SHOWCASE 2 KL.16.00:
(Foto: Mathilde Johnsen)
Ensenada er én gitar, to brødre, 176 tangenter, 40 fingre, to trommestikker og en bassgitar. Disse Urørt-favorittene ga ut sin debut
EP i høst og gjester Club:larm med sin pianobaserte indierock. Finurlige verselinjer etterfølges av store refreng, og
tanker kan trekkes mot artister som Ben Folds Five, The Police, Kings of Leon og Rufus Wainwright.
Siden 2000 har femlingene i Inglow opparbeidet seg grundig erfaring. Spesialiteten er hardrock med melodiske linjer og mørkere metal elementer. Dette imponerte deler av tysk musikkbransje på ByLarm 2008 nok til at en stor turné er booket i januar, samt at bandet nå er i forhandlinger med både plateselskap og management som skal se bandet på Gamla. Med det ferske albumet «Till Deaf Do Us Apart» ute er det håp om at denne opptredenen er den som skal til for å overbevise når det gjelder som mest.
Nøkkelinfo om Inglow:
* Ny single Remember fra kommende album listet på NRJ f
* Seks uker på VG-lista med AS I AM i sommeren 08
* Var på headliner tour i Tyskland 21.-31. januar 09
* Spilte for 35 000 på NRJ in the Park 08
* Releasekonsert for Till Deaf Do Us Part høst 2007 (MTG Music) på John Dee UTSOLGT
* Support for Muse UKA 07 Trondheim
KL.18.00: LITTLE HANDS OF ASPHALT
26 år gamle Sjur Lyseid har vært en av drivkreftene i oppblomstringen av indie-scena i Oslo de siste par årene. Han har 2 gjort album som låtskriver og vokalist i Monzano, samt vært bidragsyter og produsent i en rekke band-prosjekter som bl.a. My Little Pony, Nomber 5s, Einar Stray og Roger Græsberg, men det er det lavmelte folk-prosjektet The Little Hands of Asphalt som er Sjurs hjertebarn. Det forslitte «unorsk»-begrepet er flittig satt på Little Hands’ musikk, samt middelklassegutteromspop med country-vyer. Little Trioen deltok på 08´s indie-pop samlealbum «Oslo» og vil i mars være ute med debut-plate på Spontan Audio/How Is annie Records, distribuert av Tuba.
KL.18.45: LUCKY LIPS
Bluegrass-fans har det blitt mange av i Norge de siste rene og band-floraen har gledelig nok tatt seg veldig opp.
De siste 3 årene har 3 unge damer hatt en bemerkelsesverdig utvikling på den norske scene og slått blomstervingene lengre ut for hver konsert.
Lucky Lips med Signe, Malin og Heidi i vokal-front, akkustiske gitarer og mandoliner har fått banjo, kontrabass, gitar og tromme-gutta i bandet til sette autentisk lyd bak seg.
Deriblant Rockabilly-gitaristen Stian Svee som her viser at han flere strenger spille på.
Lucky Lips henter sin inspirasjon fra artister som Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Bill Monroe og Dixie Chicks m.fl. men skriver det meste av materialet selv.
Med vokalharmonier til fryse på ryggen av, skaper Lucky Lips liv og rytmer som har vist seg å få dansefoten og cowboygliset frem i enhver publikumer.
Sist bandet spillte på Gamla ville applausen ingen ende ta og nettopp den opptreden har nå skylda for at vi ønsker de med på Club Larm.
SHOWCASE 3 KL.22.00:
“LITTLE STEVEN´S – Wicked Cool Records Label-kveld”
Little Steven Van Zandt har i en årrekke vært kjent for oss nordmenn som Bruce Sprinsteens gitarist i The E Street Band. Nå i de senere år er han og blitt til mafia-figuren Silvio Dante i Sopranos og ikke minst host bak det überkule radioprogrammet Underground Garage (Radio Tango hv.man KL.21). Little Stevens appetitt på rock har og gitt han interesse for norsk rock. Gjennom sitt plateselskap Wicked Cool Records vil han som en del av Gamlas Club Larm program gjerne presentere 2 av de norske bandene han har signet + et av sine danske garage-rock band. 2 ganger det siste året har han vært i Oslo og luktet på flere og ikke minst støttet Oslos rocke-radio nr.1, Radio Tangos kamp for å beholde sin konsesjon. Under Club Larm er han desverre på tur med The Boss, men lar sine medsammensvorne i Wicked Cool Records presentere:
KL.22.30 THE BEAT TORNADOS
The Beat Tornados har gjennom 10 år opparbeidet seg ry som et av verdens ledende surf/instrumental-band. Særlig i surfmusikkmiljøet i USA har bandet mottatt strålende kritikker.
2001´s milepæl ”Mission To Mir” fikk terningkast 6 i Dagbladet. 5´erne var ikke mindre snaue på oppfølgeren ”Scandiniavian Interlude”, som er siste i rekken før Little Steven gir ut ny plate med de. De senere år har de vært flittig brukt både i filmer som ”Kalde Føtter”, ”Lange Flate Ballær”, ”Gymnaslærer Pedersen” og snowboard-filmen ”Sist Vinter”. De var og et opplagt innslag på premiere-festen til James Bond-filmen ”Casino Royale”. Som band i ”Jungle Exotica” var de soundtracket i Norges først Burlesque-show.
KL.23.15 THE BREAKERS (DK)
The Breakers recently received Floss’ Champagne Prize as the most promising upcoming Danish Rock act of 2008. The band is known for unadulterated rock n roll with plenty of punch and verve, and heavy doses of soul, swing and R&B. Crisp, clear, melodic guitar lines by Anders Bruus and Klaus Højbjerg are driven by the heavy grooving rhythm of Jackie Larsen on bass and Thomas Stølsvig on drums. And Toke’s glam-ass gutter punk vocals conjure Rod the Mod in full Faces glory.
Last October, The Breakers’ and Little Steven presented «Underground Garage A Go-Go» at the legendary club Floss in Copenhagen, Denmark. Together, the band and Van Zandt envisioned the concept to revive an almost forgotten tradition of the ‘dance party band’ via The Breakers’ residency. The band performed two sets every Friday for the ENTIRE month.
More outstanding gigs and music to come in 2009, as The Breakers are currently working on their 3rd full length album, and their first for Wicked Cool Records.
KL.24.00 COCKTAIL SLIPPERS
Lisa Farfisa (lead vocal, keys)
Rocket Queen (guitar)
Sugar Cane (bass)
Bella Donna (drums)
«I’m seeing a coming all-girl-band trend and it will be led by the Cocktail Slippers. They are the
perfect role models for a new generation. They’re talented, they understand Rock and Roll is a
craft and they work hard at it, and they never stop wanting to learn and improve. They’ve got soul
and they’re the best.» – Little Steven
Norway’s premiere all girl band The Cocktail Slippers are ready to make their mark on the U.S. music scene with the release of St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (27 April 2009 on Wicked Cool Records). The new album features a bunch of superb rock tracks written and produced by the band. The Cocktail Slippers also invited Steven Van Zandt to contribute, and surprisingly he did. Steven ultimately wrote and produced the title track and “Heard You Got a Thing For Me.”
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre showcases what the press has called “the perfect mixture of sweet & sour, combining girl group harmonies and sass with gritty rock ‘n’ roll fervor to produce a high octane hybrid that should have all the hep cats dancing.”
The Cocktails Slippers began nearly eight years ago after a two year stint playing in a garage rock band called The Barbarellas. They recorded their first record Rock it! in 2002, and it was followed by their 2007 Wicked Cool debut, Mastermind. During the last 18 months the band has added a new guitarist and drummer while tirelessly working on their new album. All five members of the Cocktail Slippers write songs and produce their own material.
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was recorded in a converted bomb shelter in Oslo, Norway and was not without its challenges. As lead singer Lisa Farfisa explains “Imagine this… You have been working towards a record for three years. The band has taken time off work, rehearsing the songs, the studio is booked. Everything is ready. And then, five days before starting recording in the studio, the drummer calls the other members to tell them she has to quit the band!…..So what do you do? We couldn´t, and wouldn´t cancel. In the last minute a friend of ours stepped in and did the drums on the first takes.
Fortunately, it didn’t take long before we found Bella Donna. She is a GREAT drummer.”
Once the Cocktail Slippers hit their stride in the studio, there was no stopping them. Armed with lots of good material to choose from and a solid line up, the band started recording the tracks that would become St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
For only the third time in Wicked Cool history, label head Stevie Van Zandt has gotten directly involved in the production of a record (the first two times were the Chesterfield Kings’ last two albums).
Steven tells the story:
“We were hanging out with the band listening to the new songs and everybody was in a good mood because we knew the girls had taken their thing to another level. Somebody said they only needed one or two more songs to complete the album and one of the band asked me if I had anything laying around.
I played them the idea I had for ‘The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,’ and they really dug it. Somebody said it would make a great album title and somebody else said now all we need is for you to come to Oslo and produce it.
So I did.
The night before I fly to Oslo I’m lying in bed thinking about girl groups past and present and where the Cocktail Slippers fit in. I decide they’re really quite unique but they do have a trace of the Shangri-La’s attitude once you get to know them and how it would be cool to bring that out, that young girl/street theater thing, somehow on the album.
Just as I’m drifting off a melody comes to me. Now as every songwriter knows, here’s the moment of truth. Every bone in your body is telling you not to worry you’ll remember it in the morning but you know that’s the demon part of your brain lying to you so the angel part of your brain makes you get up, very much against your will, and wake up and find the tape recorder and get that thing down.
Just when I’m leaving for the plane the next day I checked it out and I had this line repeating, kind of a hypnotic groove, it reminded me of the Jaynettes ‘Sally Go Round The Roses,’ so I grabbed the tape and split.
When ‘Valentine’s Day’ turned out so good, I told the band I had another idea for a song and they were enthusiastic about it so I arranged it right there on the spot writing it chronologically as the song unfolded.
And that was ‘Heard You’ve Got A Thing For Me.’”
“Working with Steven was great,” said Squirrel. “The first thing he said when he arrived at the studio was that we needed balloons. And soon the studio was filled with 100 helium heart shaped balloons! It was inspiring.”
According to Sugar Cane, “He pushed himself as well as us to our limits during recording and made us work harder and be better than ever before. He is a great mentor and we are very fortunate to benefit
from his talent and experience.”
«I didn’t know it was possible to learn so much and get so much work done in so little time. Sleep was a luxury we could not afford, and playing guitar solos at 5 am is actually one of my best memories from this recording session,» said guitarist Rocket Queen.
The Cocktail Slippers have earned an immense boost of support from music fans worldwide in 2008. The band headlined Teen Vogue’s sold out “Rock Meets The Runway” event in New York. Teen Vogue’s event was an all-girl band search which helped foster interest and participation in rock and roll.
Everyone involved felt the Cocktail Slippers were the best example of a female rock band, and those were terrific compliments considering the first-rate judges at the event. Two notable examples were Jason Castro of American Idol and Genya Ravan of the first ever Girl Rock group Goldie and The Gingerbreads.
The tremendous 2008 for the Cocktail Slippers is also reflected with their involvement with Rock Band 2. “Give It To Me,” from the 2007 album Mastermind, is currently featured on the game, and available now for free download to RB2 gamers.
The Cocktails Slippers’ reputation as a live band is renowned among fans around the world. The band loves playing live and is always up to whatever comes their way. Once in a small Mexican restaurant in
The Netherlands the band played the entire concert standing on three dinner tables. That same day they did a concert in Antwerpen State Prison. “We had dressed up as the Beagle Boys (when they are locked up). In between the songs we made suggestions about how the prisoners could escape. We were a bit worried if they would think it was funny or not, but luckily they did,” said Farfisa.
“We are extremely happy about the outcome of the record and we are proud and excited to present it to
the world early next year,” said Rocket Queen. Now that the band has finished their most incredible album, and have an ambitious plan to support it, 2009 will only mean greater heights.
Media Contact: Lisa Vega / Lisa Vega Group