Her Vanished Grace presents a shoegaze powerpop blend which the group has been perfecting since the early 90s. Comprised of Nancy Nieland, Charlie Nieland, Maria Theodosiadou, and Billy Loose, this New York based band boasts a dozen releases. Their latest is a ten track album titled ‘Star-Crossed,’ featuring guest appearances from members of Dead Leaf Echo, Black Sugar Transmission and The Invisible Kid.
With a sound that’s both epic and intimate, Theft is setting out to steal hearts nationwide. Triuphant rhythms and layered guitars combine with lush vocals and vulnerable lyrics to create a soundscape more suitable for arena than club venues. Theft’s debut album, ‘The Hard Way,’ released September 27th, is part one of a dual album debut, as the release of ‘For Your Rainy Heart’ quickly followed on November 29th.
Based in Los Andgeles and inspired by Brit rock, Theft is comprised of Matt McCartie (vocals), Daley Hake (guitar), Ashton Likes (bass), and Austen Hooks (drums). Theft’s accomplishments include writing an original score for the award-winning documentary show, “True Life,” and landing their single, “Breathing Underwater” as the theme song for the intervention series, “Gone Too Far.” Continue reading
Off the corner of Hollywood’s Silverlake and Sunset Boulevards you will find Silverlake Lounge, a dark bar & stage with minimal seating. It’s not the most inviting place, but if you are interested in hearing new music in close quarters, this is the place to be. Based in San Francisco, The Trophy Fire is among several bands set to take the stage. This L.A. gig is the final show of this powerpop trio’s northeast/west coast tour.
A couple dozen people have arrived, heard a few songs already, and gotten their drinks; they are ready and eager for what’s next. Continue reading
Dynamic and lyrically intense, The Trophy Fire mingles lovely harmonies with waves of power pop, creating a blend suitable for a variety of listeners.
Vocalist Ben Flanagan is backed by brothers Adam and John Schuman. Playing together since gradeschool, The Trophy Fire released their debut in 2008 titled, ‘A Lifetime in the Middle of the Ocean.’ The Trophy Fire released their ‘Armor’ EP this past June, and traveled up and down the west coast to play a few live shows in support of it. Their songs have appeared on multiple soundtracks, including the 9/11 10th anniversary Soundcheck Playlist and Escaping the Ordinary’s compilation release, featuring bands that need to be heard. ‘Modern Hearts’ touches on loneliness (“The Rent”), hopelessness (“Comrades”, “Sameside”), and straying from our own ideals (“Further than We Know”). Despite the bleakness of the lyrical material though, the music portrays incredible beauty and power.
Ben Flanagan spoke to Resonance via phone about California’s music comraderie, the current fear to create, and The Trophy Fire’s new album ‘Modern Hearts.’ Continue reading
At this time of new seasons and school years, Wiretree releases easy going pop music so happy, you want to let all bygones be bygones and just embrace the world. Their third album, ‘Make Up’ comes out today, September 6, 2011 on Cobaltworks.
Prior releases include Bouldin (2007), and Luck (2009) which landed on various year-end best-of lists (Blurt, Absolute Powerpop). Blurt Magazine described Wiretree’s sound as “Vintage ‘60s pop-sike and Velvet Underground-esque choogle to paisley underground-tinted ‘80s stylings and latterday indie rock with a distinctive anthemic edge.” That’s a mouthful to elaborate on Blurt’s label of the band as “Best Kept Secret.”
Orinated as a solo project in 2007, Wiretree developed into a full band as songwriter Kevin Peroni recruited his wife Rachel on bass, Joshua Kaplan on lead guitar, and Daniel Blanchard on drums. Pedal steel guitar player Charlie Murphy rounds out the group on occasional live performances. Wiretree’s influences include The Shins, ELO, The Kinks, Elliott Smith, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, David Bowie, Sparklehorse and lots of 90’s Britpop/rock. In fact, the bio demanded a double take to be certain the group is indeed from the US southern city Austin, TX. After their CD release, Wiretree is heading up to Dallas and Denton, then briefly over to Europe, hitting a few cities in Spain, Paris and of course, the UK.
This power dream pop band has played the US Northeast from their New York City home to Boston, Providence, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh among others, including clubs like The Mercury Lounge, Pianos, and The Bell House. Together since 1991, Nance and Charlie Nieland, Maria Theodosiadou and Billy Loose create a terrain of sweet melodies and noisy guitars that define Her Vanished Grace.
With Part 1 out in May and Part 2 due in September 2011, Mankiller follows the band’s 2009 self-titled debut which independently sold over 5,000 copies and sent Research Turtles on an extensive tour across the Gulf Coast, supporting international acts such as Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sister Hazel, and Candlebox. To top it all off, the debut album’s opening track, “Let’s Get Carried Away” was awarded 2010 “Song of the Year” by Great Britain’s RadioSix International. Based in Louisiana, Research Turtles is comprised of Jud Norman (bass, vocals), Joseph Darbonne (guitar, vocals), Logan Fontenot (guitar, vocals), and Blake Thibodeaux (drums).
In the midst of the terrific heat of summer, it seems only appropriate that the public receive a release from The Trophy Fire. The San Francisco powerpop trio releases ‘Armor ‘ today, June 14th, through Greyday Records, even as they are due for their sophomore album in September 2011.
With soothing vocals and catchy hooks, The Trophy Fire takes the best of early 80s bands like Tears for Fears and U2, throws in some Jimmy Eat World power pop, and accents the music with their own genuine lyrics, creating a sound all their own. Ben Flanagan is the vocalist backed by brothers Adam and John Schuman who have been playing together since grade school. Armor follows The Trophy Fire’s 2008 debut, A Lifetime in the Middle of the Ocean, and the group has several West Coast tour dates scheduled in support of it. Continue reading