Pint Shot Riot is an indie rock band from Coventry, England. Their line-up consists of Richard 'Rocket' Emerson (guitar / vocals), Chris 'Mini Rocket' Connoll (drums / backing vocals), David 'Baby Dave' Page (bass) and Rob Clements (lead guitar / backing vocals). Influenced by the spiky rhythms and even spikier lyrics of The Clash, the working class rock ‘n’ roll attitude of Oasis and the melodies and harmonies of The Kinks. Pint Shot Riot’s songs talk not of despair but of hope, not of everyday mundane life but of dreams, not of isolation but of strength in union. It’s an ambition. A promise.
The name of the band was derived from an observation made by Emerson who, when using predictive text to message a friend, noticed that the three words are all entered using the same numerical combination and, according to Page, "it just seemed a perfect fit".
Matching polka-dot dresses, choreography, and retro sensibilities form the building blocks of the Pipettes, a modern-day girl group from Brighton, England. The group was launched in 2003 by Monster Bobby (Robert William Barry), a local promoter who sought to revive the classic Phil Spector-inspired sound of the early '60s. An all-male troupe of backing musicians, the Cassettes, made up the backbone of the Pipettes' sound, but Monster Bobby smartly recruited three photogenic vocalists to take the wheel: Rebecca Stephens (RiotBecki), Julia Clark-Lowes (the Duchess of Darkness), and Rose Elinor Dougall (Rosay). Once assembled, the Pipettes sharpened their cheeky, endearing pop routine throughout 2004, playing shows in Brighton and London.
Cycles define life. Seasons come and go. Relationships begin and end. Feelings appear, disappear, and re-appear stronger than before. On his first full-length album for Nettwerk Records, CICADA, Liam Titcomb found inspiration within that cycle.
In 2010, shortly after ending an intense relationship, Titcomb stole away to London for a month-long songwriting retreat. Exploring everything the UK had to offer and forging some incredible friendships in the process, he hit his stride as a writer and began penning the material that would eventually become his latest offering.
Don't be fooled by the eponymous nature of the name. Ash Koley is a band comprised of two people: Ash Koley and Phil Deschambault. Phil concedes his name isn't as catchy, and Ash is narcissistic enough to agree to have the band named after herself.
Their sound is an amalgamation of diverse influences, their songs sketch together diverse melodies and lyrics, drawing on cross-generational influences from Abba to the Eurythmics, and from Peter Gabriel to Radiohead. The result is a band that is a full embodiment of what they each bring to the duo – quirky charm, and upbeat classic pop music.
Born and raised in East Belfast, Gareth Dunlop enters the musical landscape as one of the most talked about new artists from Northern Ireland. BBC Radio Ulster says, "his songs communicate with a depth and wisdom beyond his years" and they named him "One to Watch."
New York five-piece Jupiter One's fresh sound breathes new life into stale stereotypes of indie rock. Born out of an urge to create mini-orchestral pieces, Jupiter One has dedicated its life to producing well-designed rock. In operation since 2003,the chemistry of these five individuals has expanded the boundaries of songwriting by incorporating new textures to create a different aural experience for each song. Many fans have compared Jupiter one to the early pioneering works of Pink Floyd, Genesis, and the Beatles. Others have appropriated more modern Brit-rock and Euro-funk associations such as Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, and Daft Punk.
Blending elements of folk and pop, Michael Logen's music intertwines the poetry and lyrical depth of the folk tradition with the infectious melodies and subtle grooves of a modern pop singer/songwriter. Michael’s songs have been recorded by a diverse group of artists ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Delerium. In addition, he wrote Kristy Lee Cook's debut country single "Airborne Ranger Infantry," with additional cuts by Mat Kearney (“City of Black and White”), Wonderland (first hit single “Nothing Moves Me Anymore”), and many others. Also, Michael has written numerous songs with Jonny Lang that will be on Lang's upcoming release.
A six-time Grammy Award winner, Brent Maher (Moraine) become one of Nashville’s most successful and critically acclaimed producers and hit songwriters. Maher’s accomplishments include over 20 number one singles, numerous top ten singles and a wide array of platinum and multi-platinum selling albums. His credits read as a “Who’s Who” of recording artists including The Judds, Shelby Lynne, Nickel Creek, Wynonna, Kenny Rogers, Jo Dee Messina, Kathy Mattea, Ray Charles, Olivia Newton-John, Dave Loggins, Dottie West, Ike & Tina Turner and many more. Recently, Maher engineered the Grammy award-winning album “The Last of the Breed” with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Ray Price.
Dave Richardson was a Canadian police officer at the time he wrote the lyrics for the hit song “Wildflower”. The words were originally a poem written for his girl friend, which he passed on to his close friend David Foster. Richardson explained his lyrical inspiration in an interview: "In 1970 I was dating a nurse, whom I would eventually marry in 1971 (it only lasted four years, though - we were both not ready for such a commitment). One night I went to pick her up at her apartment, as we had planned on going out. When she opened the door I saw that she was upset to the point of tears. She still had a housecoat on and had her hair wrapped in a towel after a shower. She told me that two elderly ladies she had been caring for in the hospital had died that day at work, and she felt terribly sad about it, as she had come to know them fairly well over a period of time. Anyway, she more or less vented her feelings and I just listened.