Shield your eyes, mortals - Blame Candy has landed. The extraterrestrial, FUTUREGLAMROCK quartet has descended upon Planet Earth with a guitar-heavy rock and roll mythos guaranteed to twist human nature on its head and thrust it into the outskirts of the stratosphere. Whether they’re dazzling concert-goers with lightning-speed instrumental virtuosity, gyrating in flawless synchronicity, or subverting social norms with gender-bending sartorial irreverence, Blame Candy leaves a glittery trail of destruction wherever they roam. The band’s bedrock is built upon its dynamic and flamboyant live performance, which ringmaster Chris Greatti describes as a “reckless and animalistic release of primal energy. Dressed to impress!” The rambunctious opener “Sweet Tooth” muses on addiction to “rock and roll symphonies” amidst winding, neoclassical guitar flurries, while the choreographed “Pathetic” dutifully illustrates the bands knack for earworm melodies and penchant for onstage theatrics. Citing classic influences like Van Halen, Queen and Prince, as well as modern kinfolk Radiohead and Tame Impala, Blame Candy’s entity is undoubtedly eccentric and eclectic, and its live show is a must-see hard rock phenomenon unlike any before. In Greatti’s words, “Blame Candy’s music is music for the 2020’s and beyond. The future of rock and roll is staring you in the face in matching red vestments. Take my hand and join us.”
When you hear the name Palm Springsteen (a name so good that John Mayer recently shouted them out on Instagram) you know exactly what kind of band to expect. A sound reminiscent of The Strokes and LCD but with a sense of humor, Palm Springsteen is filling a void in contemporary music. Band is comprised of newcomer Nick Hinman, Noah Gersh (ex- Portugal The Man & PartyBaby), & Zee Berg (The Like). Mark Foster fell in love with their demos and asked them to support the Foster the People US headline tour last year - even though they had no music released. Crowds loved the band and they sold out of merch on the first date. The buzz caught the attention of legendary agent Marsha Vlasic at AGI who has officially come on board. The team is rounded out by NY PR agency Tell All Your Friends, as well as renowned licensing house ZYNC Music.
Palm Springsteen is currently in the studio with legendary producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, The Kooks). The first single “Hey There Cowgirl was released on 2/15/19 and debuted at #5 on New Noise by Allison Hagendorf who is a fan. Expect more music in 2019.
Art pop/rock quartet The Ceremonies are composed of LA based brothers Matthew, Mark, and Michael Cook, along with cousin Kane Ritchotte. The Ceremonies’ sound has been described as ‘80s New Wave nostalgia meets cutting-edge alternative rock, though they express a move toward the stylings of what they regard as classic pop. Inspired by their favorite poems, novels, philosophies, and songs, they called themselves “The Ceremonies,” which they say are “communal gatherings where people come together to experience both the happiest and saddest of times— an event that ranges the entire spectrum of human emotion.” The group has released one self titled EP, who’s single release “Land of Gathering,” was paired with a music video directed, designed and edited by the band themselves. The group also indulges in multimedia creations, often releasing drawings, paintings, and poems.
Their biggest influences are ’80s post-punk pioneers Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, and The Cure. The oldest, 23-year-old Matthew, who is The Ceremonies’ musical architect and lyricist, cites the romantic poets William Blake and William Wordsworth, and British futurist writer Aldous Huxley as major inspirations. A lover of conceptual art and experimental film, Matthew attends art school, as does Michael, 21, who is also an abstract painter. Rounding out the highly artistic trio is Michael’s twin brother Mark, who pursues creative writing and painting with his brothers while also working toward a business degree. The images that The Ceremonies’ have made public are stark black and whites of their creative lives, whether it’s a shot of them playing guitars in the studio, Michael drawing a self-portrait, or all three of them composing a painting to illustrate the concept behind their debut single “Land of Gathering.” Drawn to the full sensory experience (it’s hard to think of Depeche Mode or Joy Division without conjuring up Anton Corbijn’s iconic portraits), The Ceremonies are in full control of their visual statement as well as their musical one.
“We cross-breed the rock band feeling with a multi-media theatrical element when we perform,” says Matthew, citing the Talking Heads’ David Byrne in Stop Making Sense as inspiration. “Our shows aren’t just concerts, but something much more special — where people can go not only to watch our performance but also to have an impactful experience.” “That’s why we call ourselves The Ceremonies,” explains Mark. “We’ve created a sense of communion through music,” adds Matthew. “Ceremonies can be both positive or negative. Ceremonies are held for someone’s funeral or wedding; they are all-encompassing gatherings about engaging with emotion.”
The exuberant “Land of Gathering” is all soaring harmonies, airy synths, and bright horns set to an insistently chugging backbeat. It’s a blend of cinematic, melodic pop lushness, ’80s New Wave nostalgia, and cutting-edge alternative rock aesthetics, reflecting the band members’ love for such classic pop tunesmiths as Michael Jackson, The Beach Boys, and The Righteous Brothers, as well as current tastemakers Arcade Fire. But the Cooks, working with producer Danny Garibay, are clever and talented enough to transcend their influences and create something entirely their own.
Matthew, Mark, Michael and Kane grew up in the Toluca Lake section of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Matthew was the artistic dreamer who played in bands, while Michael and Mark spent most of their youth on the baseball field. “I remember being the black sheep of Little League,” Matthew says. “I’d be singing to myself and daydreaming in the outfield.” “Yeah, I remember looking back at you and being so frustrated,” Mark says with a laugh. When Matthew was a teenager, he discovered a dark, swirling cover of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” by Echo and the Bunnymen, which he found an intriguing contrast to the original. He eventually turned his brothers on to his favorite music and the three formed The Ceremonies while Michael and Mark were still in high school, where they performed in an a cappella group and in musicals. Kane grew up in the same valley as the brothers, all four of them attending many of the same local shows and running in very similar packs. Years later they would meet and find many common threads that ran through them. Serendipitously, Kane Michael and Mark’s birthdays are all in chronological order. Oct 11, 12, and 13. Kane has played in bands, acted, and painted since he was a young child.