Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Who's That..." Artists of the Day

I know it has been a while, but it is time again for some artists you may not have heard of!

*The first two bands are proof of how great Britain (ha ha) is when it comes to music!*

1) The Kooks: The English Indie band formed at Brighton Institute of Modern Music in 2004. Luke Pritchard, the lead singer, did a college project with bassist Max Rafferty, which started the basis of the band. When lead guitarist, Hugh Harris, and drummer, Paul Garred, joined, the group was officially named after the song "Kooks" by David Bowie (from 1971 album Hunky Dorie). Later, they were signed to Virgin Records after releasing an EP. Inside In/ Inside Out was their first album released on the label and their song "Naive" kept their album in the top 20 UK charts for over half of 2006. Eventually the album went triple platinum. After winning Best New Act at the Q awards and Best UK and Ireland Act at MTV's Europe Music Awards, the group put out a second album, Konk, in 2008. Bassist Max Rafferty was soon replaced by Dan Logan after several absences from him. Their second album went to number 1 in the UK and number 2 in Ireland. The album's first single was "Always Where I Need to Be." Currently, the group consists of Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Paul Garred and Peter Denton, who replaced Dan Logan.

Always Where I Need to Be

Ooh La La


She Moves In Her Own Way


2) The Zutons: Coming from Liverpool, the "hard to categorize" Zutons formed in 2001, taking their name from The Magic Band guitarist Bill Harkleroad, whose nickname was Zoot Horn (or "Zuton") Rollo. Originally a four piece band with Dave McCabe (lead singer), Boyan Chowdhury (lead guitarist), Sean Payne (drummer) and Russell Pritchard (bassist), Sean's girlfriend Abi Harding, who plays saxophone, joined the group on stage a few times. The group and the audience liked her so much that she became a full-time member as a vocalist and saxophonist. Although the band put out two records, Devil's Deal and Creepin' and Crawlin', they officially released their debut record in 2004, called Who Killed...... The Zutons?. It reached at number 13 on the UK charts, but a year later, it paked at number 9. Later, the labum was re-issued with the single "Don't Ever Think (Too Much), which reached number 15 on the charts. Their songs "Confusion" and "Pressure Point" were put in both UK and US commercials.

In 2006, their second album, Tired of Hanging Around, was released and reached number 2 on the UK charts. Both singles "Why Won't You Give Me Your Love" and "Valerie" peaked at number 9 on the charts. Several artists have covered the song "Valerie," including Amy Winehouse (her cover reached number 2). On July 13, 2007, the group announced that Boyan Chowdhury left the Zutons for "musical differences." Paul Molly replaced him and The Zutons released their third album in 2008, called You Can Do Anything. "Always Right Behind You" was the first single on the album. Unfortunately, the group was dropped from Sony/BMG during Christmas season of 2008 because of low album sales.

You Will You Won't

Don't Ever Think Too Much



Official Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PksBPk_8QQ4

Why Won't You Give Me Your Love

3) Band of Horses: Previously known as the Horses, they formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell (guitar and vocals) and Matt Brooke (guitar) after their former band, Carissa's Weird, disbanded. In February 2006, Joe Arnone joined the group and the same year, they released their album, Everything All the Time. Later that year, Brooke left the band to start a new band, the Grand Archives. Since then, the band relocated to South Carolina and consist of members Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds and Blake Mills. Their second album, Cease to Begin, was released in 2007 and called one of the best albums of the year by Paste Magazine. One of their songs, "Funeral," has been used in several car commercials, trailers, video games and shows. The group has been known for their Southern Rock tendencies and glimmering reverb.

The Funeral

Is There a Ghost

The Great Salt Lake

The General Specific

No One's Gonna Love You

4) Spree Wilson: From Tennesse, he calls himself "the new generation's Beat writer, Jack Kerouac-influenced...Hippie peace fighter" and a self-proclaimed nerd. His life was changed when he heard De La Soul's album, 3 Feet High and Rising. Wilson's father was a doo-wop singer in Memphis and he grew up listening to the Blues and Jazz as well as Hip-hop. Also, Spree was influenced by Rock groups, like Nirvana, Pink Floyd and Sonic Youth. These different musical influences had helped Spree Wilson to develop his unique style. When he heard OutKast, Spree decided to become a rapper ans joined the group Knives Out in Atlanta. Spree's solo mixtape, Weird Science, was released in 2007. What makes him different that the typical mainstream rapper is his laidback, witty, and intellectual style of rapping, his guitar skills and his Mr. Rodgers sweater look with an old fedora.

Novel ft. Talib Kweli and Spree Wilson

Where Do We Go From Here

Dreamworld w/ Novel

Welcome to Heartbreak Freestyle w/ Novel

On guitar

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