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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Drive-By Argument was an electro-indie band from Ayr, Scotland. The quintet released their self-titled début album Drive-By Argument on May 19, 2008.
The band originally formed as part of a music project for a university course in 2004. Before the formation of the band, the members had never met, except for bassist Ryan Drever and frontman Stoke, who lived together. The band then proceeded to drop out of university and commit to their new project, Drive-By Argument.
The band released two show-only EPs during the course of 2005, called EP1 and December Demos/Dragon EP.
In late 2005, the band signed a one single deal with Glasgow label One Records, releasing their very first limited edition single “Sex Lines Are Expensive Comedy” on October 24, 2005. The song gained the band a small following, and was used regularly at Madison Square Garden on the warm-up soundtrack for the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers. It was also used once on the American … Read More »