Phoenix, Arizona based alternative rock band, Anarbor was formed in 2003 while the members were still in junior school. After signing with Hopeless Records in 2008, Anarbor found mainstream successes providing theme's for Cartoon Network's “Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins”, ESPN's SportsCenter, Good Day L.A. and MLB Network Countdown. Along with relentless touring in the United States, Anarbor have appeared in Japan, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. While partnering with Hopeless Records, Anarbor released two E.P.'s and two full length studio albums.
More recently, Anarbor independently released their eponymous third studio album entitled, “Anarbor” in June of 2016. The album was self-funded and produced by long-time collaborator Matt Keller (Lydia, The Maine, The Summer Set, Katastro). Anarbor is comprised of lead vocalist and bassist Slade Echeverria, guitarist Adam Juwig and guitarist Danny Stravers.
Los Angeles based Silent Rival—Sara Coda [vocals], Joz Ramirez [guitar], Yutaka Sao [bass]—claim three different countries and exponentially more musical sensibilities.
Born and raised in Orange County, Coda channels the soul of Gladys Knight through Steven Tyler- style swagger and bravado. Hailing from Mexico, Joz draws heavily on nineties British garage-rock punctuated by just the right amount of glam, while Yutaka crossed the Pacific from Japan in order to chase his musical dream. Each one brings something distinct, dynamic, and definitive to the fold.
The singular magic these musicians conjured on their independent debut "The Kindness of Strangers" [Listen Loud Records] reached far beyond LA. Their introductory single “Die A Little,” peaked at #42 on the Alternative Radio charts, while Alternative Press touted it among the “29 Songs You Need To Hear...”, and introduced them to fans internationally while they played over 125 shows in 2017. Further acclaim has come from New Noise Magazine, Tattoo.com, and many more.
A shared infinite sense of drive rallies them. “There’s a really great chemistry,” agrees Joz. “I write the music, Sara writes the melodies and lyrics and Yutaka adds his elements and sonics. As a leader, Sara has a lot of energy and this mystical side to her that you don’t see in other people. It’s very new school.”
Currently in the middle of recording their follow-up to "The Kindness of Strangers" with Alain Johanes (Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Jimmy Eat World) producing, the first single, "Just One Voice", mixed by Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Kiss), is a searing and modern tale of revolution through strength in numbers.
“Just One Voice” sees Silent Rival taking cues from high-energy rock predecessors like the Strokes, New York Dolls, or Queens of the Stone Age with lead singer Sara Coda dancing in Karen O’s footsteps, delivering punch-packing vocals and anthem-worthy lyrics.
Coda begins the song "While you were sleeping in, the world you know has changed", setting the tone for the entire song. The chorus kicks in doors with a sonic barrage, announcing its' arrival, while Coda puts everyone on notice with "I’m not the only one you won’t wipe out or destroy. There’s a million, a million, a million I’m just one voice".
"As a band, we choose to reject the belief that we’re living in a messed up world. We love this world, despite its faults. We realize that we have to take responsibility for this world that we’ve created, and with that responsibility comes the power to change it. I see people working to change the world for the better every day. This song is for that army of people."
Joz adds, “It’s really cool that this band could bring together people from different backgrounds to create something unique. The fact that we get to travel around together and play shows to fans together, there’s nothing more fulfilling than that."
“We’re not trying to sell or push anything,” Sara leaves off. “We don’t want to tell you what to think, believe, or how to live your life. It’s music. Hopefully, you enjoy it. We know that we do, and we will continue to make it regardless of what others deem success.”
As Silent Rival continue to ready their second release for late 2018, their chemistry will undoubtedly solidify their place amongst modern rock’s vanguard.
Originally hailing from New Jersey, and now based in Los Angeles, The Catching features lead singer and bassist Holden Glazer (19), guitarists Jake Farbman (18) and Evan Hemwall (20) and drummer Drew Stevens (20). The pop rock band draws inspiration from Fall Out Boy, Coldplay and Imagine Dragons. Their carefully-crafted style is highlighted by a sonic palette of polished guitar hooks, Holden's rock-based vocal rasp, a driving low end coupled by a booming backbeat.
The members of The Catching met at a young age while performing together in local New Jersey music programs. Quickly realizing they shared amazing chemistry, and a common vision, this group of talented musicians began collaborating on writing original music. Ultimately, The Catching was formed in 2014.
The Catching released their first EP, "Teenage Fiction Part 1," in 2016 and toured extensively throughout the US, gaining a national fan base along the way. They have recently been in the studio writing and recording with Matt Squire, a world-renowned songwriter and producer, who has produced albums by Panic! At The Disco and All Time Low while also writing and producing top 40 hits for One Direction, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, and Selena Gomez. This powerful collaboration resulted in a new wave of songs that showcase The Catching’s sonic diversity.
Already garnering praise in the press, MTV.com called The Catching one of the "9 Boy Bands that can fill the void of One Direction's Indefinite Hiatus" and Kings of A&R cheered "I was hooked after the first listen."