The Campbell Apartment release titled, ‘In,’ (Nov 2011) features catchy melodies and a down-home attitude, thus drawing comparisons to bands as various as Weezer and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Formed in New York City in 2007, The Campbell Apartment thrilled when their debut album, ‘Insomniac’s Almanac’ was named by The Village Voice as 2008’s 4th best album. Since then, the group has relocated cross country to San Francisco. Ari Vais is the singer/songwriter who is joined by Fountains of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter who also acts as producer; Martin Schneider contributes as bassist and Ed Burch plays drums.
Keeping in line with feel good rock artists like Matchbox Twenty is Melbourne’s goodbyemotel with their latest EP, ‘Wish Your Way.’ Hailed by Inpress Magazine as “one of the finest indie rock bands currently plying their trade,” goodbyemotel formed in 2006 with Gustaf Sjodin Enstrom (vocals & guitars), Tom Marks (bass & vocals), Scott Pioro (guitars & vocals), and Mark Leahy (drums & vocals).
The band has gotten placement on the new Australian feature film, ‘Summer Coda’ as well as being featured in national TV and MTV campaigns for “End Child Slavery.” US attention has come through placement on the show, “Covert Affairs and Suits” and via the TV series “Gossip Girl” which picked up goodbyemotel’s “Last Flight of the Bat.”
‘Wish Your Way,’ following the band’s 2010 self-titled debut, was recorded by legendary producer Julian Medelsohn (Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Page, Petshop Boys). Continue reading
As we journey through the waters of life, we navigate toward our hopes and dreams. Life can be topsy turvy for a time, but ultimately we keep the horizon in view and travel ever onward. Exit 451 puts this life voyage into a musical ebb and flow.
“Seek it all and follow your calling” says “Where the Sea Meets the Sky.” We do our best to steer clear of turbulent waters. And yet, the most beautiful moments of life sometimes require that we face the storms head on. “Western Child” with its childbirth references, calls us to “give like never before” saying “it’s time to free some of my love.”
The Fall 2010 debut ‘The Sea above the Sky’ blends widely popular Duran Duran / Tears for Fears new wave elements with quirkier Queen style funk rock sounds. Weaving ambient and experimental threads into the retro fabric, Exit 451 creates a unique modern day pop rock sound.
Based in Montreal, Canada, Exit 451 consists primarily of brothers Alain (guitars, keyboards, piano, arrangements) and Martin Avon (bass, arrangements) and JP Alepins (lyrics, vocals, piano). To capture the essence of their debut album, the trio recorded ‘The Sea above the Sky’ during a one-month closed retreat at Studio 451.
For the album, Steve Nistor (Daniel Lanois’ tour drummer) recorded all drum and percussion tracks. Two drum kits were used, one of which was Jeremy Gara’s (Arcade Fire) C&C kit which Gara graciously lent to the band for the recording sessions. Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan’s producer) also contributed to the recording, lending his vintage guitars and amps to the band. Out of the 12 complete songs recorded, 10 were carefully chosen for the album.
JP Alepins spoke to Resonance about the album’s essence and the meaning behind, ‘The Sea above the Sky.’
Paper. Scissors. Rock. It’s the classic call-it game used for determining momentous decisions between rivals. Today The Paper Scissors rock the music world with their June 2011 release, ‘In Loving Memory.’
Together since 2005, the band is comprised of Jai Pyne, Ivan Lisyak, and Xavier Naughton. Highly catchy melodies with a touch of quirkiness captures the playfulness of the Sydney based band that at times sounds like they’ve taken the 80’s New Wave baton from Talking Heads. At other times, soaring vocals combine with soothing harmonies in a style reminiscent of U2’s “The Sweetest Thing.” Mixed by UK producer Tom McFall (REM, Weezer, Snow Patrol), ‘In Loving Memory’ is an artistic collection of songs. On this their sophomore album, singer/songwriter Pyne says, “We’ve shed any insecurities and have pieced together an album that embodies us as a band.”