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Prince Rupert's Drops:
At the inspired urging of original bassist Brad Truax (Home, Dan Melchior's Broke Revue, Interpol, to name a few) the somewhat secretive Prince Ruperts Drops were formed in the Brooklyn of 2005, comprised of acclaimed comics-artist Leslie Stein (guitar, vox), fellow former Broke Revue-er Bruno Meyrick-Jones (guitar, vox), and former Osprey Steve McGuirl (drums, percussion). The band soon drew com
parisons to the likes of The Groundhogs & Captain Beefheart- a sound that quickly developed and broadened to accommodate the emerging song-writing styles of each member. Following Brad's departure in 2008 to focus on high-end tour-managing, the band were joined by longtime friend and multi-talented bass-player Chad Laird (Land of Tomorrow, Jantar), thus adding another powerful cylinder to the songwriting engine. Their increasingly versatile and engaging approach has won them occupying support slots for acts broad in scope as psychedelic noiseniks Black Dice to country rockers Oakley Hall (to whom Steve has lent his talents on occasion). In 2012 PRD has been joined on stage and in the studio by another longtime-friend and former guest-musician, synthesizer-sorceress Kirsten Nordine (Jantar), turning the musical feast into a rich sonic banquet set to wow the ears of one and all.
Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have rightfully earned their reputation as the next breakout band from the music capital of New Orleans. The group’s blend of soulful, syncopated rock and earnest songwriting comes to life through a meticulously crafted and ever-evolving live performance. In 2011 they were named Best Emerging Artist at Gambit Magazine’s Big Easy Awards, and were nominated for Best Rock Act in 2012.
With the seed being planted during jam sessions at Tipitina’s Sunday Music Workshops, where drummer Andrew Campanelli and guitarist Zack Feinberg first met, the band found its frontman by pure luck when Feinberg heard David Shaw singing on his Birch Street porch. Fueling the rhythm section, Campanelli’s college friend, George Gekas, became the bassist. Feinberg later invited saxophonist Rob Ingraham, the two realizing their incontestable dynamic while taking music classes at Tulane University. After a fortuitous meeting at French Quarter Fest, Ed Williams joined on the pedal steel guitar. The newest addition to The Revivalists’ cross-generational rocking goodness comes from multi-instrumentalist Michael Girardot. Having played sporadically with the band since 2009, he has grown into an integral part of their live show.
The Revivalists incessantly tour on the national level, often times supporting giants like Rebirth Brass Band and Galactic. They’re also proud to have opened for notable acts JJ Grey & Mofro, Dr. John, and Trombone Shorty. Additionally, they have established themselves as an engaging festival act, gaining notoriety at CMJ (NYC), DeLuna Fest (Florida), Voodoo Music Fest (New Orleans), Hangout Music Festival (Gulf Shores, AL), The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Series (Washington, DC) and the legendary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. At the latter they grabbed the attention of Rolling Stone Senior Editor, David Fricke, who later called their performance, “a Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee.”
The Revivalists’ 2008 self-titled debut E.P was an Editor’s Pick for both the Jam Band and American Traditional Rock on CDBaby.com. The young band was privileged to record under the guidance of Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Chris Finney, whose resumé ranges from Dr. John to R.E.M. Songs off the album have been featured on MTV, Paste Magazine‘s Music Sampler, and on American Airlines flights. Their first full-length Vital Signs quickly became the top-selling album on CDBaby in the American Rock category.
The band’s next album, City of Sound, released in March 2012, was produced by Ben Ellman, whose credits include Galactic, Gypsyphonic Dysko, and Trombone Shorty.
Ed Williams – Pedal Steel Guitar – email@example.com
David Shaw – Vocals – firstname.lastname@example.org
Zack Feinberg – Guitar – email@example.com
Rob Ingraham – Saxophone – firstname.lastname@example.org
George Gekas – Bass – email@example.com
Andrew Campanelli – Drums – firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Girardot – Keys/Trumpet – email@example.com
"Either they replicate specific moments in the history of 20th-century American music that we cannot concretely pin down, or they are designed to reflect a set of unwritten expectations and parameters"- Pitchfork
The Midnight Hollow:
The Midnight Hollow started in San Francisco in 2011 as Spencer Draeger's solo project. After his band of 9 years unexpectedly ended, the only thought was to take a turn away from calculation, touring and spend a year writing without a band. Spencer recorded the early recordings in San Francisco-- laying the foundation before making the jump to NYC in October 2011. After the move and countless jams with jaded musicians, Draeger finally met Andrew Segreti (drums) and Trevor Murphy (guitar, synthesizers).
TMH is built for a live stage and times is morose, psychedelic, soulful but most of all authentic in it's fluctuating moods and building rhythms. Draeger's satire of classes, and the homogenized media's infinite repeat have centralized a broad theme in just an EPs worth of material set to release Winter 2012.
Walk down dingy Eldridge Street where the Lower East Side gives to Chinatown and you'll know where this band found their name. The group's members are no strangers to the bars and venues of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and they've navigated a dirty street or two. Sticking together for awhile but never with the intention of playing as a band until the name "Street Smells" hit them late one night
and led to a few weeks of gags and what ifs. The song titles came, then the album titles, then artwork and eventually they had a career's worth of material on paper.