Lizard King Records est. 2003

ME

Posted on 6th July, by oli.huggins@digitalanimal.com in Artist. 1 Comment

Already heralded by Kerrang! magazine as “essentially Queen if every single member was Freddie Mercury” ME are Luke Ferris (vocals, guitar, piano), Joshua Murphy (lead guitar), Michael Godde (bass) and Spike Rogers (drums). The band formed in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia although, Australia being Australia, only drummer Spike is from Melbourne itself whereas Damien hails from Perth and Mikey scooted down from the snowy peaks of Mount Beauty. All four are agreed, however, that Melbourne is the epicentre of the Australian music scene. Indeed, Spike suggests that this is because “there are countless pubs, venues on every street corner which have capacities of 25-50 people unlike other cities” whereas Mikey just describes it as “an outburst of happiness with people hugging each other all the time. In fact,” he adds quietly, “no one wants to leave!”  Well, after a ten-month … Read More »



Santogold

Posted on 5th July, by oli.huggins@digitalanimal.com in Discography. No Comments

Santogold is the self-titled debut studio album by American alternative artist Santigold (real name Santi White, who performed under the moniker Santogold at the time of the album’s release). The album was released on April 29, 2008 in the United States and May 12 in the United Kingdom, on Downtown Records and Atlantic Records, respectively.

Blending a variety of musical genres ranging from new wave to alternative rock and reggae, the album was very well-received by critics upon release and was noted for its “cross-genre confidence”.It earned multiple spots on ‘top albums of the year’ lists from major music periodicals such as NMERolling Stone, and Spin,and was positively compared to the likes of several other artists, including Debbie Harry, The Pixies, M.I.A., Goldfrapp, The Go-Go’s, Joe Strummer, and The Slits. White, who was admittedly influenced by ’80s new wave rock, based the music of “My Superman” from the song “Red Light” by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

The album spawned four singles, most notably “L.E.S. Artistes” and “Creator”, and features appearances and/or production work from Bad Brains’ Chuck … Read More »



Santigold

Posted on 5th July, by oli.huggins@digitalanimal.com in Artist. No Comments

Santi White (born September 25, 1976), better known by her stage name Santigold (formerly Santogold), is an American songwriter, producer, and singer. Her debut album Santogold was released to positive reviews in 2008. Her new album Master of My Make-Believe is announced for spring 2012.

Her initial singles “Creator” and “L.E.S. Artistes” received attention from Internet media in 2007.

Her debut album, Santogold, was issued in April 2008. It was conceived with fellow Stiffed member John Hill. The record featured appearances and production work from Chuck Treece, Diplo and Switch amongst others. Santogold was hailed by both Entertainment Weekly and Spin. ”L.E.S. Artistes” was placed at number two on Rolling Stone ’s Singles of the Year, while Santogold was sixth on their albums of the year list. “Creator”, along with “Lights Out”, appeared in commercials in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

During the summer, the singer released on CD a mixtape called Top Ranking: A Diplo Dub which was well received by Pitchfork and NME.

Santigold at Eurockéennes, July 5, 2008

To promote her debut album, Santigold toured with M.I.A. and Björk. In June 2008, Coldplay invited her to … Read More »



The Pierces

Posted on 4th July, by oli.huggins@digitalanimal.com in Artist. No Comments

It was while they attended Auburn University that a friend sent a tape to a record company in Nashville. This eventually resulted in their debut album The Pierces (2000). It featured folk harmonies and adult alternative songs. In a 2004 interview, Allison Pierce commented that the album “sort of got lost in the shuffle”.Allmusic attributes the poor reception to “no label support”.

On August 10, 2005, their second album Light of the Moon was released through Universal. The album was produced by Brian Sperber and featured 11 tracks that the girls either wrote or co-wrote.

On March 20, 2007, their third album Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge was released in the U.S. Produced by Roger Greenawalt (Nils Lofgren, Radish, Ben Kweller), the album has been well-reviewed, particularly for the single “Boring”, which parodies celebrity socialites. The album has a darker, edgier style, at times using such diverse instruments as an accordion, a … Read More »



The Killers

Posted on 3rd July, by oli.huggins@digitalanimal.com in Artist. 1 Comment

Dave Keuning (guitar) met Brandon Flowers (vocals, keyboards) in Las Veags in 2001, bonding over their love of The Smiths, New Order, The Pet Shop Boys and Oasis. Dave and Brandon recruited Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci to play bass and drums respectively, thus completing the current line up in 2002. The band took their name from the fictional band that appeared in the New Order video for Crystal. The band signed to Lizard King Records in 2003 and the rest is history.

Lets rewind to 2001, when Brandon Flowers was abandoned by his first band, a synthpop trio known as Blush Response, after he declined to move with them to Los Angeles. After seeing Oasis play at the Hard Rock Hotel during The Tour of Brotherly Love, Flowers realized his calling was to be in a rock band and began searching for a guitar player. He eventually came across an ad … Read More »