Introducing: Solvey. The latest project from NYC’s Jessica Zambri, which has stepped into the world with its debut track of the same name, “Solvey,” on the newly founded label Killer Wail Records. Killer Wail is a New York-based record label founded in 2015 by Zambri and Noel Heroux (Hooray for Earth). Solvey makes its live debut on 2/20 at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, supporting Young Ejecta.
Speaking of her first release “Solvey”, Zambri shares, “You know when you fight and fight and fight in circles, you get so overwhelmed, you have to resist any previous roles you’ve owned and resist planning too far ahead.”
Solvey aka Jessica Zambri is known for her collaborations with Hooray for Earth and Autre Ne Veut (her vocals being a staple on both bands’ most recent albums), and most notably her last band, Zambri, the gorgeously weird electronic pop project Jessica helmed with her sister, Cristi Jo. Solvey doesn’t fit neatly into the pegs of any of the places she’s lived or bands she’s played with. As with past efforts, the strength of her voice is the anchor for the songs, which are an amalgam of ethereal harmonies and bass guitar grit. Solvey is many things: a nickname coined by Jessica’s sister Catherine, the band’s name and the album title, in addition to the title of the first single. From nowhere and everywhere, a new word with a new meaning.
Hailing from Santa Ana, California, a short drive south of Los Angeles, Jameson is reinventing rock n roll. An education in bourbon, sleep deprivation and the writings of Ernest Hemingway set alongside a musical prowess that keeps him alone, locked in his creative hub, ‘The Studio Apartment’, layering guitars and banjo, scorching vocals and pounding drums long into the night, Jameson is an irrefutable force, distilled in emotion and pouring with precision, Jameson represents a musical combination that leaves you buzzing and ultimately reaching back for the bottle.
Whilst working long hot days on a roadside fruit stand, Jameson first picked up the banjo in 2012. Finding songs were suddenly “writing themselves” he began working on the material for the forthcoming ‘Carnivore’ EP before releasing a solo acoustic record ‘Pronto’ in 2013. ‘Carnivore’ captures Jameson’s unique approach to the banjo, wielding it more like a lead guitar in a riff laden rock outfit than a country folkster and the result is startling. Leaping from the frantic single, ‘Breathe Your Last’, Jameson’s tales of travel and restlessness, love and listlessness, passion, desire and regret are bold and enticing, balancing the blistering pace and aggression of tracks such as ‘Remember’ alongside a subtly delicate approach on ‘Falling’ and ‘Surprise’.
Writing, performing and recording the record single handed, Jameson sought out Producer Dallas Krusse and Bassist Dave Beste for the finishing touches. Beste of Rival Sons fame invited Jameson to open as tour support on Rival Sons UK dates in summer of 2014 before offering the opening slot for their European and UK Fall Tour beginning Nov 9th.
Jameson’s numerous visits to the UK alongside touring on the West Coast brought him to the attention of Rupert Hine, the famous record producer, who signed Jameson as a songwriter to his publishing company, Auditorius BMG/Chrysalis. ‘Carnivore’ EP comes out in mid December.
I’m so far behind on my emails. I’m not sure I will ever get caught up. I worry it’s hopeless. That’s why I’m so slow to finding Ed Prosek. I’m so thankful that I finally got around to finding his stuff. His style of folk is very catchy and worth listening to several times.
Ed Prosek is a 22 year old Californian native now residing in Brighton, UK. Ed’s debut EP ‘California’ (2012) gained him a strong online following seeing the video for the EP’s title track gain over 40,000 YouTube views and Ed’s twitter followers rise to over 35,000. Following this initial interest, Ed’s cover of Paul Simon’s classic hit, ‘Homeward Bound’ was chosen as the soundtrack to a major tv advert for Cathedral City last year taking Ed and his music to the national audience in a direct fashion.
‘Willow Tree’ is a development on the sound Ed and his band created on ‘California’ honing his self titled ‘orchestral folk’ into a 5 track ep of astounding diversity and beauty. Featuring Ed’s eight piece ensemble including a string quartet, ‘Willow Tree’ showcases Ed’s unique ability as a songwriter, composer and arranger with a pop sensibility reminiscent of Paul Simon himself.
Kurtz is an all original New York-based band featuring big guitars and catchy hooks accented by Southern-tinged vocals, harkening back to lead singer and songwriter John Kurtz’s North Carolina roots. Influences can be heard from Springsteen to Band of Gypsies, all locked into place by Matt Brandau on bass and Bill Dobrow on drums- a rhythm section that has played with everyone from the Black Crowes to Elvis Costello to Talib Kweli.
Red Cabin is Jonathan Foster from Long Island, New York. He’s often been compared to Of Montreal or The Shins. I think that would be a fair comparison. Barricade is the first single of the album which was just recently released. Head over to his Bandcamp page to get a better feel of what his music is like and help support the self-produced artists out there.
Eternal Death from Labrador Records have released another single from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The album will be released on February 24. It’s one of the first album of 2015 that I’m really excited to hear. The band has been bringing back everything that was great about the 80’s.
Elin Berlin said of the track, “Cry” is born out of late nights and raised by obscure dance floors, built on an endless pounding that takes over your body and changes the beat of your heart, when all you’ve got is that tireless desire to drown your thoughts in heavy bass and forget. When performing this live, this is a song that makes me feel equally weak and powerful. I think it’s like that with resignation. To allow yourself to feel sad and show weakness is one of the most empowering things to do.”
Shelflife presents the debut EP from Los Angeles based The Turns, a band who looks and sounds like the product of Creation Records 1989, but apply their own twist and turns to make their music uniquely modern. This EP was originally planned for a mid-2015 release, but we are releasing it early in digital-only format in cooperation with Lollipop Records who are making the EP available on limited edition cassette.
The Turns are Michael Eng (Lead Vox/Guitar), Danny Winebarger (Vox/Guitar), Marco Cortes (Bass) and Johnny Toomey (Drums). They have been playing live relentlessly in Southern California and were invited to play the official 2014 Austin Psych Fest party at the request of the “Committee to Keep Music Evil”.
With ambient drum beats and wistful vocals, Brooklyn-duo Surf Rock is Dead (SRiD) arrive with a collection of blissful tunes that hit you like a bittersweet wave of nostalgia, kind of like that last hangover of the summer. Screaming with all the spit and grit of their new found east coast home, combined with laid back California-vibes, the washed out duo are gearing up to release their forthcoming EP, starting with their effervescent debut single, “Equinox.”
Inspired by the seemingly mundane- like skating or zoning out in the shower, and the not so mundane, like Tony Hawk’s haircut in the 80s – the duo’s music is a gorgeous dichotomy. It’s equal parts slacker rock and urgently upbeat pop that adds colour to everyday moments with their heavy hooks and euphoric melodies.
Tall Tales and the Silver Lining is a Los Angeles-based band led by songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez. Beld Jimenez grew up on the sounds of ‘70s AM radio, along with L.A. classics like Jackson Browne, Court and Spark-era Joni Mitchell, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and The Byrds. His music incorporates all of that – classic songwriting, great playing, simple, hook-heavy arrangements and thoughtful production – but updates the sound for today. It’s straightforward, heartfelt rock & roll, ten songs of love and loss, ocean-scented breezes and the hum of the open road beneath your wheels. West Coast dates through December and January, full US tour, including SXSW, this spring.
Dec 03 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Dec 05 Santa Barbara, CA @ Funzone
Dec 12 Riverside, CA @ Back to the Grind
Dec 18 Pasadena, CA @ Oldtown Pub
Jan 02 Los Angeles, CA @ Taixx
Jan 22 Costa Mesa, CA @ Casa
Feb 26 Costa Mesa, CA @ Casa