Go West Young Man: Go West Young Man started as the musical project of Damin Suarez and Matt Nakamura in 2005. Later guitarist Joe Edwards was added with the help of Charles Gray on bass. Adrian Prieto later joined on bass with David Mayer on guitar. Still doin our thing. "Historians may be torn over who coined the phrase “Go west young man”, Horace Greeley or John Soule, or hell, if either of them did, but the attribution seems to matter naught to Go West Young Man frontman Damin Suarez, who’s too busy fashioning himself into a sharp California popsmith to worry about which 1850s newspaperman said what first. On his band’s eponymous debut, originally released in 2005, but gaining traction this year thanks to a reissue push from One Cell Records, Suarez (ex-the Fictions) treads the piano pop paths previously traversed by the Ben Foldses of the world, leavened with the sunny, brainy pop of the Broken West and the Format. Whether it’s the highly polished, but not sterile, “The Covinas” or the classic jangle and snark of “Hard Times” ("All my friends owe me money,” Suarez sighs), GWYM is a band that knows exactly where it wants to go on this strong, confident debut. And to the band’s credit, the core fivesome (with help from plenty of musical friends) isn’t content to (metaphorically) sit in beach chairs and stare wistfully at the Pacific: witness the throbbing “The Sky is Falling” and the flirting-with-no-wave horns on the post-punky “Calypso”, surely the heaviest song to boast that upbeat title. Unless you’re already living in the Golden State, go west, young men and women, and seek out Go West Young Man." - Stephen Haag, Popmatters.com
Dune Rats: DUNE RATS ARE 2 GUYS.
Pony Boy: Pony Boy's gravel-riddled tunes have been coined, "Junkyard Country," with "smokey vocals that could rival Cat Power…channeling the romance of Patsy Cline, the blues of Gram Parsons and the balladry of Tom Waits." The sound recalls a 1950's nostalgia and Southern Gothic Soul. Channeling a myriad of influences from early blues to doom-wop, Pony Boy recorded her upcoming debut LP with producer John Would (Fiona Apple, Warren Zevon, Wanda Jackson) mostly in one-take performances between beers and Mexican food.
Warm Weather: Don't tell anyone about us.
Immanu El: Immanu El started as a musical experiment in 2004 by 16-year-old Claes Strängberg, soon joined by his twin brother Per and old childhood friend Emil Karlsson. The ambition has, ever since the start, been to create something captivating and beautiful. After finishing high school the band signed with And The Sound Records, moved to Gothenburg and got two other friends who joined the band, David Lillberg and Jonatan Josefsson. The debut album They’ll Come, They Come was released in 2007 and was followed by tours in Europe the next year. With their second album Moen released in late 2009, the band has gained a growing reputation to be one of the most promising bands from Scandinavia today. After four years on the Swedish West Coast, the maritime surroundings have made a big impression on Immanu El. Their relationship with the sea has left a clear trace upon the latest release In Passage,which was recorded in the summer of 2011and released October 29th, 2011.