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
Sanglorians : Sanglorians (2010-present)
Sanglorians are an exercise in presence, an experiential document of a three-centered posture, a memory game. A dialogue with past and future lives, a time machine for recapitulation, a manifesto of love; Sanglorians are a harmonic study in synchronicity, the heeding of a call:
We were born to rock,
And rock we shall;
So be it.
Midnight Beast: A trio of comedy upstarts with musical know-how, The Midnight Beast detonated their very own viral bomb in December 2009 – ‘Tik Tok’. A hilarious parody of the Ke$ha song, it wracked up over 25,000 YouTube hits by the end of the first day and subsequently turned the group into bona fide Internet sensations. Things were never going to be the same again. TMB (for short) – south west Londoners Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely and Ashley Horne – have now had a staggering 46 million views on YouTube as well as two sold-out tours, making headlines in 2011 as the fastest unsigned band to sell out KOKO (in a day!). In 2011 they whipped up a frenzy during HMV instore signings for their spoof boy band annual ‘Book At Us Now’ tour and in July will launch a brand new self-titled narrative comedy series for E4 produced by Warp Films. The album – due out alongside the series – is being released on the band’s own record label Sounds Like Good and there’s a definite D.I.Y thread running through their aesthetic. “The whole album was written and produced in my bedroom at my parents’ house,” continues Stefan. “We tried other labels and it just didn’t fit into any sort of mould so we decided to do it ourselves.” The midnight beast are metamorphosing in front of your eyes. Be afraid, be very afraid.
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