Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Ruse

About: The Ruse

With a blend of stirring lyrics, hook-laden melodies, and arena-ready anthems, indie rock band The Ruse first captured national attention in 2008 with an MTV VMA Breakthrough Artist nomination, followed by a lead single iTunes named “Single Of The Week” (“Beautiful Is Gone”) and an accompanying album (Midnight In The City) that reached No. 21 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart in June 2009. With three independently released LPs and two EPs, the entire catalogue delivers songs that crawl into your head and possess your emotions long after they are over. The band’s signature sound – a fusion of passionately-charged operatic vocals, guitar-heavy tracks, and commanding drum and bass lines – generates the feeling of a grandiose sweeping live performance.

Vocalist John Dauer, guitarist Jim Bilus, and drummer Jason Young played together in a band since elementary school, prior to joining forces with bassist Mark Stolze in New York City to form the final lineup known as The Ruse in 2004. They released their first full-length album Light In Motion in 2006 and an EP just one year later titled Live At The Viper Room. After the group relocated to Los Angeles and found their stride with sophomore effort Midnight In The City, they experienced a groundswell of popularity with more than a dozen TV placements and appearances from HBO’s “Entourage” to MTV’s “The Hills.” On the heels of that success, the band immediately recorded and released their third LP Love Sex Confusion in 2010 and a 5-song EP titled Rebellion the following year.

As The Ruse continued to explore honest lyrics with a selfless message with each subsequent release, they swung from stripped down rock to moving, moody, and melodic ballads. Six coast-to-coast U.S. tours coinciding with album releases over the past five years helped expand their growing fanbase and hone their exciting live sets. They have performed for packed audiences at more than 300 historical venues across the U.S., from The Troubadour, Roxy, and House Of Blues to the 9:30 Club, Gramercy Theatre, and Bowery Ballroom.

In 2013, The Ruse returned to the studio after signing an independent deal with France-based KEV Records to produce and distribute their upcoming album in Europe. The band wrote and recorded the entire LP in Los Angeles, but this time they worked with producer Brad Gordon and famed mixer Mark Needham (Killers, Imagine Dragons). The result is a departure from previous albums as the band explored different sonic textures and lyrics. To prep for the album’s early 2014 release, they toured the U.K. and France with additional European dates slated for 2014. Most recently, The Ruse was chosen as the opening act for global chart-topping rockers, MUSE, for all October 2013 arena tour dates in Mexico.

“Some bands talk about having chemistry and being tight because they’ve been playing together for a few years, and we usually have a good laugh when we hear that,” said Ruse frontman John Dauer. “We literally were born into this band. Our goal is to continue to write and produce the best music that we know how, and to perform for as many people as humanly possible.”

“We want to create songs that always show off the best parts of The Ruse,” added guitarist Jim Bilus. "Our band is at our peak when we can simply step out of the way and let the melodies shine. Songs that truly make an impact feel timeless, generate an emotion, and tend resonate with all kinds of music lovers. ”

Band Highlights:

 *Opening act for Muse tour dates in Mexico (October 2013)
 *iTunes Single of the Week for "Beautiful is Gone" (June 2009)
 *No. 21 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart for Midnight In The City album (June 2009)
 *MTV Video Music Award Nomination for Breakout Artist (2008)
 *More than a dozen TV placements and appearances, including HBO’s “Entourage,” and MTV's "The Hills.”
 *Six coast-to-coast U.S. tours at more than 300 venues, including historic rock clubs Bowery Ballroom, Gramercy Theater, Mercury Lounge, and 9:30 Club in NYC/DC and The Troubadour, El Rey, Viper Room, House of Blues, Roxy, and Key Club in Los Angeles.


2011 "Rebellion" EP
2010 "Love Sex Confusion" LP
2008 "Midnight In The City" LP
2007 "Live At The Viper Room" EP
2006 “Light In Motion” LP
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rising Appalachia

About: Rising Appalachia

Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.

Led by the collective voice of sisters Leah and Chloe, and joined by their beloved band – percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown – Rising Appalachia is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off. Listen for a tapestry of song, clawhammer banjo tunes, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, djembe, barra, bodhran, spoken word, and a wealth of musical layering that will leave you called to action and lulled into rhythmic dance simultaneously. It is both genre bending and familiar at the same time. Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion.

In 2015 Rising Appalachia founded the Slow Music Movement, to help maintain an independent musical spirit in the face of such a fast-paced world. They are creatively committed to keeping their work accessible at the local street level as well as expanding to larger audiences abroad, and have continued to maintain autonomy by self- managing, recording, producing and creating, and directing their work.

They are greatly honored to do the work that they do.

“Music is the tool with which we wield political prowess. Melody for the Roots of each of us…spreading song and sound around the globe. Music has become our script for vision- not just for aural pleasure, not just for hobby, but now as a means to connect and create in ways that we aren’t taught by mainstream culture. We are building community and tackling social injustice through melody, making the stage reach out with wide arms to gather this great family. It has taken on its own personality, carrying us all along the journey. Here's to poetic observations, social change, lyrical messages, political focus, symphonic coercing, ferocious bantering, bicycles and train tracks, primal will, fresh air, harmony, flow, and beautiful noise. ”- Leah Song.

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Benjamin Bloom

About: Benjamin Bloom

In the darkest depths of Ipswich, a shadowy figure sits in a poorly lit studio, diligently plotting his impending world domination. Once simply the friendly neighbourhood keyboard player for Channel 4’s ‘Road to V’ Winners Rosalita, Benjamin Bloom lost the love of his life last year to a terminal illness, but the music didn’t stop.

Remerging heartbroken yet empowered in 2010, Bloom mixes cautionary lyrical fables with luscious melodies, bombastic pianos and the filthiest electro beats to create decadently melodramatic popular music – think Sparks, Queen, Danny Elfman, think fright night Elton John. Already making a name for himself on the national touring circuit and a regular on BBC Suffolk Introducing’s radio show, surrender yourself to Benjamin Bloom.

'In the way that every knight in shining armour should, His Royal Highness Benjamin Bloom will lead us to immortality with a fine blend of Queen...meets Sweeney Todd' - Graeme Mac, BBC Suffolk Introducing

‘His live shows are unusually professional for such a new act, showcasing melodramatic pop songs that combine hook-ridden melodies and somber messages akin to cautionary children's stories’ – Anna Dobbie, SoundProof Magazine

'With an incredible ability and stunning dexterity Benjamin Bloom strings together the purest piano melodies this side of the church with a voice so perfectly pitched in pop it resounds around your body in joyful splendour' - Kier Mills, Bloody Awful Poetry.


Sparks, Muse, Queen, Elton John, ELO, Chopin, Roger Hodgson, Rachmaninov, Vince Clarke


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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Redgy Blackout

About: Redgy Blackout

Together since 2007, Scott Perrie and Jeremy Breaks are the heart and soul of Redgy Blackout. Both come from musical backgrounds and their chemistry is unmistakable with tight harmony, eclectic instrumentation, and heartfelt vocals that all blend together to create a unique sound.

Perrie (lead vocals, guitar, piano, trumpet) grew up singing in choir and acting on the stage; he inherited his grandfathers ‘61 Gibson J45 at the end of high school soon after falling in love with The Beatles. Breaks (banjo, guitar, vocals) grew up in his father’s music store in Prince George; he played in various funk, rock and metal bands before he moved to Vancouver where he met Scott. From busking on the streets of Vancouver, to “killin’ it” in bars, clubs and festivals, they always gets people movin’ to the beat.

In 2011 they released a self-titled EP produced by Elisa Pangsaeng and mixed by Tom Dobzanzski (Said the Whale). They’ve been selected as a Top 20 artist in the Peak Performance Project in BC for a second year running with their songs Bottom of the Sea and Alexandria getting regular rotation on 102.7 The Peak in Vancouver. They recently finished two brand new singles, Lovely, Lovely Day and When I Wait, both produced by Warne Livesey (Matthew Good, Midnight Oil) set to be released this fall. They will hit the road from September 14th to October 27th with Christa Couture for their first Canadian National Tour.

Jan 12th, 2013

After much deliberation Jeremy and I have decided that we need to take a “creative” break from Redgy Blackout. We have had the most incredible time in the past few years. We’ve played some truly wonderful shows along side some very talented people and we are so thankful for everything that has come our way so far. Being involved in the Peak Performance Project during 2011 and 2012 changed our lives and introduced us to a growing music community in BC and along with that came so many new friends.

The truth is, we just need a break. We need to step back and let Redgy breath so we can both focus on other projects for a while. We both have been busy writing new songs and sometimes you need other outlets to get those songs out into the world.

So this is not goodbye; far from it. It’s a chance to grow and come back to Redgy Blackout with new energy and fresh ears to make more awesome music together. Our latest single “Lovely, Lovely Day” won the Shore 104 “Best of BC” in October 2012. See you soon!


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About: Fink

Here’s a little potted history of Fink, from 2006 ‘til today. Some might see it differently, this is how we remember it…

BISCUITS for BREAKFAST – I guess this current incarnation of Fink all started when Guy said he was up for playing bass on a few tracks (‘So Long’ on Biscuits For Breakfast being the first I think) and Tim, over beers at a pub in Hampstead, was persuaded to play drums on a few (his first being probably the title track ‘Biscuits’). Then Ninja Tune released Biscuits in 2006, and the track ‘Pretty Little Thing’ kinda struck a chord out there for some reason. So we toured, and toured and toured, learning and playing, playing and learning… We packed a tent at Lowlands festival in Holland, we sold out La Maroquinerie in Paris and Joe’s Pub in New York City, we played from the USA to Poland and everywhere in-between.

DISTANCE and TIME – When we were through learning what a soundcheck was, we wrote Distance And Time in 2007. It has some really solid tracks we think: ‘Blueberry Pancakes’, ‘If Only’ (which led to me working with John Legend), and particularly ‘This Is The Thing’, which continues to give us love not only as a decent song but also as a sync machine… Timmy took a break to pursue real life for a moment, so we toured quite a lot of Distance with Adrian the Canadrian (seen rocking out in the video section at the Haldern festival in Germany). We kinda turned to Europe big time as the UK was ignoring us a little… Radio 1 was great, but the press didn’t want to know… So we toured Europe, and loved it, so we toured it again… supporting Camille and Massive Attack, playing huge amphitheatres and everywhere from LA to Cape Town, the Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall… it was awesome….

SORT of REVOLUTION – We stopped touring Distance and went straight into the studio. Well, I say studio, but we wanted to take it somewhere else… somewhere maybe more intimate… so we converted my apartment into a recording studio-cum-storage ground, and after several visits and threats of fines from Brighton Council we delivered Sort Of Revolution in 2009, the tricky third set. We loved dub and hadn’t really represented that on previous outings so we nailed ‘Sort Of Revolution’ and ‘Q&A’ – the former gaining us our first KCRW session in LA, the second our first BBC Maida Vale session for Gilles Peterson (perhaps the last DJ on Radio 1 we expected to like our stuff). This record saw us really start to play bigger, and after all the TV stuff the fame game was beginning to kick in, which was and still is a little weird… We really did tour the shit our of this album, including a mind-bending China tour, finishing up in Australia with one of our fave gigs ever I think, at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne….

PERFECT DARKNESS – So we took a little hiatus: a bit of writing time, put our lives back together a little bit… During all of the above Timmy wrote a few books (available now on Random House: they’re about bands… lots of famous musos from the 90’s love ‘em). We recorded a couple of Sideshow albums for Aus Music, and I wrote a load of songs for other people. Then we travelled to Los Angeles in November 2010 for a blitzkrieg recording session in Steakhouse studios with Billy Bush. We had 8 tracks written and roughly planned out, plus two to do on the ground once there… y’know, kinda soak up the atmosphere as well as the Mexican junk food… We nailed the whole record from start to finish in 16 days – a feat that I think surprised the producer as much as us… we wanted to nail some hardcore blues (“Wheels”) and some big tracks (“Fear Is Like Fire”) as well as a stringy epic (“Perfect Darkness”). It came out in June 2011, and if we thought we’d toured a lot before, we were in for a surprise… eighteen months practically without let-up, taking us to new places (Oslo, Lisbon, San Diego, Mumbai), and old places but in a totally different way, like Amsterdam, this time playing Queen’s Night with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, where our stuff was scored by Jules Buckley. We released the evidence as a live album, and the whole touring period was captured on yet another live album (Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet), and after a final bash supporting the Stones at Hyde Park, we hung up our touring trousers for a while…

HARD BELIEVER – During our little break, “Warm Shadow” got released as a single after it was featured in the hit TV show The Walking Dead. It’s proved arguably the most popular thing we’ve had out there, and gave us even more evidence that people kinda like the weirder, more experimental side of Fink. So that, coupled with the orchestral experience, showed us the way to go… we met up in a few different locations (London, Amsterdam, LA, Brighton… even when you’re not touring you still feel like touring) and jammed about 20 or 30 new tunes, which got whittled down to 12, which then got whittled down to 8… so we booked another Billy Bush mission to LA, this time Sound Factory studios, full of confidence that we’d nail another couple of bangers in situ. And it worked – we basically had the busiest, hardest, most inspiring, enjoyable and intense 17 days, mainlining the coffee, performing to the mics, layering it up, trying new things out, throwing stuff away and writing new bits… (we even went easy on the Mexican junk food in favour of a few “chopped and tossed” salads)… and to our ears is was sounding pretty damn good… we premiered one of the newies “Shakespeare” on Maz from Communion’s XFM show in Jan 2014… then “Looking Too Closely” and title track “Hard Believer” hit the airwaves a few months later, very gratifyingly played on many radio stations all the way from Berlin to Los Angeles… the album emerged in July so we celebrated by playing 96 gigs across Europe and North America with our friends and musical partners Chris Nicholls (guitar) and Rubeb Hein (piano)… when the tour finished, Fin settled down to make an “alternative version” of the album using some of the more atmospheric sounds on the record, which emerged as Horizontalism in May 2015… now for some more festivals!


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The Rassle

About: The Rassle

We are super-excited to announce that we are currently hunkering down in Mission Sound studio with John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Metric, Depeche Mode) working on our new record! We couldn’t be happier with how the new songs are sounding (and can’t wait to share them with you!). Keep up with us while we’re in the studio by following us @TheRassle on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Simon Fagan

About: Simon Fagan

An American sound with elements of Gospel, folk and acoustic rock, with comparisons to Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne and Paolo Nuttini; The truth is I grew up on a diet of Credence, Van Morrison, Miles Davis, Lizzy, Pink Floyd, and some Stevie for good measure. However, my influences stretch well beyond these icons.

My love for music started when I was very young, joining my local choir, followed by the local brass band and then on to school and Uni where I studied both Music and Trumpet. I also got to play with Irish Youth Orchestra of Ireland for a few years.

After college I came very close to joining the army brass band but failed to show up to the drug test! I know what you're thinking, but the actual fact is, I found the whole thing very formal and regimented. I wasn't looking for a pension job, but something more adventurous, where I could take my own risks and be in control.

I had been singing and playing guitar with a number of bands since I was 13 so the natural progression was to put my hand to writing my own music. In the last few years I have developed both as a songwriter and performer. For the first time ever, I can say with hand on heart, that I feel truly happy with the sound that's emerging. This is helped by a great backing band, who really get the music and make rehearsals and gigging seem effortless. I've had the pleasure of opening for the likes of Lionel Richie, Smokey Robbinson, Laura Izibor and more recently Ocean Colour Scene. In the last 18 months I've toured heavily throughout Ireland and the UK and even ventured as far as US, Canada and Egypt where the response was overwhelming.

I released a 4 track EP in March '09 called 'Hired and Fired' featuring brass and woodwind. As I started touring the EP my sound naturally moved away from the brass heavy arrangements and towards a more acoustic rock sound. Much of the new songs I was writing, were more acoustic based and didn't benefit from adding brass or woodwind.  It was also during this period that I formed a permanent band. Up until know I had called in friends and session players to perform with me.

Having a regular band allowed the songs to develop naturally from gig to gig and by the time we entered the studio to record the album the overall sound was there, if a few songs were still unwritten!

The album 'Outside Looking In' was released in June 2010 in Ireland and online and is available to buy, in those places where you go to buy music. The album includes "Damn Honey", "Memphis" and "Love Don't Work", which have all just been shortlisted for this years International Songwriting Competition and last years winner of the Performance category "Never Really Cried".

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The Preatures

About: The Preatures

We wanted ‘Is This How You Feel?’ to be the blueprint for the record,” declares Izzi, “In terms of the sounds, and what we wanted to achieve.”

Given the song’s success, it seemed a tall order. The breakthrough single catapulted the five-piece from Sydney’s worst kept secret to Australia’s freshest music export, landing them on stages at Glastonbury, Coachella, Bonnaroo and the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. It clocked in at #9 on triple j’s Hottest 100 poll, won the coveted Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, and earned them high praise from fans as diverse as Pink, Harry Styles and the late, great Doc Neeson.

Blue Planet Eyes not only lives up to its bold aspirations, it blows them away. As addictive as it is ambitious, it takes the promise of ‘Is This How You Feel?’ and projects it widescreen, popping with delicious grooves, hip-hugging bass lines and choruses that just won’t quit.

From the sultry swagger of ‘Whatever You Want’ to the juicy licks of ‘Ordinary’, through the hedonism of ‘Rock And Roll Rave’… it’s an exhilarating combination of Rock & Roll and Soul, at the centre of which beats a heart of brash, joyous pop.

“I really wanted to explore pop writing,” explains Izzi “That’s the overarching theme [on the album]. I never thought I would be writing pop music, I don’t think any of us did. But the more I got into it, the more I love it – how I could make people feel the most in the least amount of time”

With two acclaimed EPs to their name, the band finally bunkered down to record their long-awaited LP amidst a heavy international touring schedule. As luck would have it, their first pick for producer Jim Eno (best known as the drummer of Texas rockers Spoon) was available, so they packed a suitcase of half-formed songs and headed to his Public Hi Fi studio in Austin.

“Jim taught us a lot of good shit,” says Thomas. “It was nice to work with a producer who’s in an actual band that we respected. He could explain things frankly.”

With Jack and Jim sharing the production, the three-week sessions were busy and fruitful. The band worked through songs during the weeks, jetting off on the weekends to play shows. Working songs in the studio, then road testing them live at career defining shows at South By Southwest and Coachella.

“When we played ‘Somebody’s Talking’ for the first time at Coachella, it didn’t have a chorus – I was just riffing words,” recounts Izzi, “We got away with it, but it wasn’t ideal. I much prefer writing in the studio, but playing it live made me realise what a great song it could be.”

With time at Public Hi-Fi running out all too soon, the band came home to their Sydney studio ‘Doldrums’ in Surry Hills to finish the job and “add the sparkle”.

“It was like we’d spent three weeks making playdoh and then had to mould it into something,” says Thomas. Jack continues, “We had two weeks left, we stayed up so many nights going through all the sessions. Last minute takes, re-tracking entire songs in a day… It was exhausting and tense.”

The late nights and last minute takes have paid off in full. Short, sharp and punchy: Blue Planet Eyes shows a band boldly evolving and reveling in their newfound freedom and vitality.

“I never want people to be bored when they listen to our music,” says Izzi, “I just want a record that makes people happy and present. That has songs that make you feel like there’s no other song on Earth for those three minutes.”

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About: UTTER

Our music is inspired by space, travel (...) by listening to our music, we want people to be carried away to an imaginary place where everything's controlled through the natural equilibrium of the universe

In 2006, some friends got together to have fun doing what they liked doing most: making music. Rapidly, they started writing their own songs and soon realized they were ready to take their music to the next level. Influenced by a wide range of bands like Sigur Ros, Depeche Mode, Dead Can Dance; to U2, Pink Floyd and Radiohead, they decided to call themselves "Utter" and started working on their first album.. The word «utter», meaning "total, complete, infinite and extreme", embodies their aspiration to deliver an incomparable music experience to their fans through original songs and unique sounds.

In 2007, two of Utter's songs were quickly playlisted on "Radio Comercial", one of Portugal's biggest Stations. In 2008, Utter had already self-produced their first album entitled "Utter", distributed nationally by Compact Records. Their first album gained momentum throughout the country, which got them an invite to the radio station "Radar FM" in Lisbon, to present their newly released album, which by then was also available in stores like FNAC. Utter then embarked on their first National Tour.

In June 2009, Giliano, Zezén, Humberto, André and João started the production of their second album, which was completed in april of 2010. The album was mixed at the QM Studioaudio in Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal) by the well known Portuguese musician and producer João Ferraz, On November 18th 2010 Utter decided to release a single off the Album while talks with Labels and plans for the future took shape. "Into the Light" was released through AWAL (artists without a label) and the single went straight to radio playlists including National Radio Antena 3 and many others.

Recently Utter released a free download entitled "first trip" which was released exclusively on the website of Antena 3 as well as exclusives on Supajam in the UK and on websites in America and other countries: Plans for the Album release are being discussed as the band continue to look at interested labels. . Stay tuned or join the mailing list for news on the album, promotions and future gigs.

Band Members:

Guitar: Gil
Drums: Zézen
Keyboards: Humberto
Bass: André
Vocals: João

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Rose’s Pawn Shop

About: Rose’s Pawn Shop

It may come as a surprise to hear the foot-stomping strains of Appalachian bluegrass channeled through a rock band here in Los Angeles, but heartache, loss and regret have always been the cornerstones of great music and this city has its share. In a town better known for porn stars and face lifts, anything as authentic and heartfelt as Rose's Pawn Shop, is a pleasant surprise.

Singer-songwriter Paul Givant grew up on the disparate array of popular musical styles any late 20th century kid did. And in that mishmash of rock, punk, country, pop, rap, and all the rest, it was American Folk and Bluegrass music that rooted deepest in Paul, transforming him and his songs. Having played in various rock bands since early high school, in 2004 Paul decided it was time to take his growing batch of old style/new school folk songs, and build them into something greater, more ferocious. The songs were there, volatile, almost flammable, but if they were to attain their potential greatness, he was going to need help.

As so many fortuned events unfold, it was through a series of chance meetings, twists of fate, and Craig's List, that Paul met kindred spirits in Sebastian St. John, Derek O'Brien, Bill Clark, Derek Swenson, and John Kraus. And in 2005 they began building the music and the band that would soon be known as Rose's Pawn Shop. This group of young musicians combined in their collective musical melting pot the old style American sounds of Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, and Hank Williams, the high energy punk of The Ramones, and The Pogues, and the melodic songwriting sensibilities of Elliott Smith and The Beatles. They were creating something musically unique and yet imbued with a familiarity and accessibility.

The final ingredient was added one fateful day when Paul's scorned ex-girlfriend/former band mate in an act of revenge stole the band's instruments and gear and took them down to the local pawn shop. Priceless. Rose's Pawn Shop was born... The match was lit.

In spring of 2006 after months of playing live and breaking ground around Los Angeles, the band recorded and released their debut album "The Arsonist". The album quickly began receiving critical praise from print and online publications as varied as "About.com", "The Daily News", "Miles of Music", and "Music Connection". A month after its release, Rose's Pawn Shop showcased and won the grand prize in Billboard Magazine and Discmaker's: Independent Music World Series. And in the summer of that year, the members of Rose's Pawn Shop dared to quit their day jobs and hit the road, and what had started as a slow and steady burn, began spreading like wildfire.

They have been touring the United States nearly non-stop ever since. On any given day you might find Rose's Pawn Shop playing the Georgia Theatre in Athens, busking the streets of Jackson Square in New Orleans, opening for Jack White and The Raconteurs at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, ripping the walls off the club in their month long residency at the Parkside Lounge in New York City, or hitting the main stage of Floydfest in Virginia. On any given day they're out there, growing their music, igniting their passion, and converting an ever increasing congregation of loyal fans.

In early 2010, Rose's Pawn Shop entered the studio with renowned producer Ethan Allen (Patty Griffin, Better Than Ezra, Counting Crows, Luscious Jackson, The 88, Gram Rabbit) to record the second album, "Dancing On the Gallows." In recording the new record, Rose's Pawn Shop found themselves rising to new level song craft and sound experimentation, while retaining the same fiery intensity and excitement of their early material. The highly anticipated album is slated for an early August 2010 release.

What do they sound like, you ask?

With an arsenal of banjos, guitars, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel, upright bass, and thundering drums, their sound is a wholesome mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom's cookin'. It's sincere, straight-forward and sexy as fuck, effortlessly combining such disparate musical styles as rock, country, bluegrass, and punk to create an incomprehensibly smooth and accessible sound for true believers and skeptics alike.

With wisdom beyond their years, they fearlessly confront traditional country music themes of loss, lamentation, and redemption, while throwing in some drinking-songs for good measure. Sure, they're borrowing pages from the books of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, and Johnny Cash, but Rose's Pawn Shop takes those pages, tears them up and sets them on fire with breakneck speed, bluegrass instrumentation, 3- and 4- part vocal harmonies and lyrics that'll break your heart.

Whether it's the dreamy snake-charm-thump of "Lone Rider," the wistful whisky-soaked wisdom of "Down The Line," the honky-tonk ruckus of "Funeral Pyre," or the Gypsy-infused mandolin twang of "Reckoning," Rose's Pawn Shop will hook you. Like catfish from the creek, they'll reel you in. And they won't let you go.

And you'll be glad they did.

Because something happens when you hear these songs. No matter how low you've sunk, something in the music finds you. It picks you up and carries you home.

Rose's Pawn Shop is:
Paul Givant - Lead Vocals, Guitar & Banjo
John Kraus - Banjo, Electric Guitar & Vocals
Tim Weed - Fiddle, Mandolin & Vocals
Stephen Andrews - Upright Bass & Electric Bass
Christian Hogan - Drums & Vocals

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