Ramonda Hammer is a Los Angeles-based grunge band whose name comes from a lady featured on the early 2000s reality television show Cheaters. The show is funny and sad, kind of how frontwoman and band founder Devin Davis writes her songs. "Davis is the queen of grunge,” says KSPC. In 2017, the band caught Rolling Stone's attention, with writer Maura Johnston naming their "Destroyers" EP an editors' pick and writing "Devin Davis' knotty, unguarded wail and Justin Geter's distortion-heavy, brutally melodic riffs on tracks like the churning 'Bender' and the breakneck 'Care to Slam?' are like an alternate Nineties where L7 was the biggest band in the world." The band's rhythm section – bassist Andy Hengl and drummer Mark Edwards – turn Davis' songs into fully formed anthems: "crunchy, grungey, no-B.S. ’90s-style alt-rock” as Buzzbands.LA described it. They've shared stages with likeminded bands like Slothrust, Palehound, Priests, Potty Mouth, Colleen Green, Dude York, Pile, and were named one of L.A.'s hardest working bands by Oh My Rockness last year. In 2018, the band will reissue the "Destroyers" EP on vinyl, release an album on the New Professor label, and tour the U.S. extensively in support.
YIP YOPS has a retro wave sound that blends the underground scene of the 80’s with a raw feeling lost in today’s popular music. YY’s 2017 release of their debut EP, Eyes, has been described by Chris Aspromonte of Casulin as, "an incredible high energy sound that cannot be easily replicated. This is a blend of genres that is unique to YIP YOPS and cannot be heard anywhere else at the moment." The EP is a diverse collection of the bands early works and represents some fan favorites. Jaded Culture writes, "This is the type of album that will make you either dance along, or sit quietly while you reflect and analyze your life. It’s truly a delicious experience!"
YIP YOPS was founded within earshot of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Having the festival so close provided a backdrop that fueled the musical interest of the band members. Songwriter and lead vocalist, Ison Van Winkle co-founded the band with bassist Jacob Gutierrez and drummer Ross Murakami in 2013. Soon after, Mari Brossfield completed the lineup, adding keyboards and songbird vocals. Ison’s low-lit and chilling lyrics puts a spotlight on today’s divided culture and are complimented by the complex and colorful instrumentation. Soundscape magazine writes, “There isn’t a lot of music out there right now that sounds as original as this.” The band has been produced by Multi-Platinum and Diamond Certified, Oscar and Grammy-nominated Producer Ronnie King (2pac, Mariah Carey, The Offspring, Rancid, Snoop Dogg).
A top priority for the band is to offer a visually stimulating live performance that paints the story written in the music. YIP YOPS are known for their quirky on-stage fashion and antics as Ison’s performance has been compared to a “mad scientist." Comparisons have been made to Jim Morrison, Michael Hutchence and other iconic front men. In addition to being added to the Coachella 2017 lineup, they have shared the stage with Fitz and the Tantrums, Moving Units, The English Beat, Classixx, Gram Rabbit, Fishbone, and Royal Canoe to name a few.
The EP will be available mid-2017 with tour dates and music videos to follow.
From Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ever So Android
Ever So Android fuse rock and roll with a contrasting electronic presence. Formed in 2012 by guitarist/programmer Drew Murray and vocalist Hope Simpson, the duo quickly gained notoriety as one of Seattle's most explosive live acts. With the addition of drummer Ben Hilzinger in 2015, Ever So Android’s sound took on a more melodic tenor. This current line up has found a band both rich in power and pop sensibility.
Micah Visser named his band after the Winnipeg neighbourhood where he grew up, where he spent his childhood learning violin and saxophone, guitar, piano, computer programming, until he could no longer remember when he stopped playing other people’s songs and began writing his own. It was here too, writing alone in his bedroom, that Visser, forged a sound that would take an indie sensibility and make it glisten, that found its way to a new kind of 21st century pop.
His stunning debut single I Will Not Return As A Tourist sets out his stall: a song that presses quiet lyrical introspection against a furious pop swell, that is at moments frayed and wild and at others immense and gleaming. “That song has stuck with me for so long,” says Visser. “It’s one of the first songs I ever wrote, and it kept popping up and kept being relevant to my life. It’s a song about feeling kind of restless and feeling a little bit helpless, like you’re more of a spectator in your own life. the line ‘I will not return as a tourist’ is a resolution to be more active in your own life and wanting to be a participant and not an observer.”
New pop stars are spawned every day; focus-grouped and conveyor-belted into being; dreamed up by music industry Svengalis and unleashed on the charts. Boniface offer something different, something rare and bright and fine: a new pop talent that has found its way alone, undiluted, electrifying, boundless in its ambition.