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A&R Factory Present: Joy Downer

Joy Downer is the new project from Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer, a married duo out of  Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by duality; themes of light and dark, man and woman, mind and matter collide to set the backdrop of the sound.

Their danceable debut single, “Caught In Your Spell,” is a jangle pop love song  that opens with a shimmery, dreamwave synth and is anchored by buoyant drums and groovy rhythms. All the while Bishop’s saccharine voice sings a story of obsessive intentions ending with triumphant blasts of trumpet.  

“Have you ever met someone that made you dance the fine line of being a stalker and letting that person know you’re interested?,” says Bishop about ‘Caught In Your Spell.’

The song is off their debut EP, Radio Dreamer, which was recorded and produced by Rob Kolar (of He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister and KOLARS) at his home studio in Echo Park.

Website – http://joydowner.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/joydownermusic/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/joyydowner

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/joydowner

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A&R Factory Present: The Drives

This LA based band creates a cocktail of indie rock and electro-pop that blends into a unique and different sound. Andrew Levin (songwriter, vocals) and KC (producer/songwriter) met in high school in Orange County, CA and have been playing in bands and writing music together ever since.

After searching for their sound and developing their respective music tastes in various cities including Boston and New York City, KC and Andrew returned to Los Angeles in early 2015 to put together their ideas into an EP. Their music is heavily influenced by indie rock legends such as The Strokes, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, and Kings of Leon with additional influences from Phoenix and RAC.

With catchy guitar hooks and vocal stutter effects The Drives create a unique vibe similar to modern indie acts such as The 1975 and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Listen to “Whatever” now on soundcloud.

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A&R Factory Present: Cities Vanishing

Four years ago, Eric and Brianna met at a show and then, they decided to make music together under the name of Cities Vanishing. The mixed duo from New York is ready to release a debut EP in January 2017.

Eric plays the drums, Brianna plays the theremin, and they both inject some guitar riffs and vocals into their furious and noisy music.

The theremin is an original music instrument that is often associated with the early days of electronic music. Its most famous use

in popular music was probably in 1966, when The Beach Boys released their single “Good Vibrations.” Throughout the five tracks of their debut EP “My Body Is A Temple That I’D Like To Offer You,” the theremin is bringing the light into their haunting, vivid and angry sonic distorted landscapes.
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A&R Factory Present: B00TY

The HOLY video was directed by Sadé Clacken Joseph, who recently was awarded by the White House with the 30 under 30 Emerging Carribean American Leaders Award. The video stars Golden Globe nominee and Satellite Award Winner, Sarah Hay and was choreographed by Polish So You Think You Can Dance star, Ida Nowakowska Herndon. The song and video also feature Rhea Dummet, who tours singing with Pharrel Williams and sang on his hit song ‘Happy’.

The electro-soul-funk band of multi-instrumentalists led by joint frontmen Edan Freiberger and Adam Epelbaum have been sparking up dancefloors at 1am in sold-out clubs around their adopted home of Los Angeles since they found each other at UCLA. Their set-up of falsetto swagger, horns, electric violin, and endless keyboards have made them a must-see band around the local scene of East Hollywood and Downtown LA. B00TY are the ideal visceral hedonistic party hang for anyone who wants to channel themselves back to the original vibe of 1970s primetime Sly And The Family Stone via the modern twist of electropop pioneers like Flume and current soul messiah D’Angelo. As you can tell by the name, which they’ve realised bears certain challenging connotations, B00TY don’t take themselves too seriously. They channel a goofball carefree attitude, shared by their comedic heroes. Having released three singles over 2015 and the start of 2016, this summer begins for B00TY with single ‘Holy’, their biggest and boldest statement to date. ‘Holy’ is a swelling, soaring R&B ballad with an indie flavour. It’s the type of drama-heavy, piano/strings-led soul vibe the likes of Jessie Ware, BANKS, and The Weeknd have breathed new life into.

Edan and Adam both came from prolific artistic backgrounds; Edan via San Francisco’s Bay Area following a childhood perfecting the violin, then learning every other instrument he could get his hands on, and Adam from Miami where he grew up obsessing over films, comedy and screenwriting. Both hold down full-time day jobs, Edan producing music for Hollywood (he’s currently working with Sir Anthony Hopkins on a project), Adam writing scripts with a dream to make the major studios some day. By night, however, they’re joined by childhood friend and drummer Connor Irias (who doubles up as a co-producer), guitarist Nick Setter, bassist/horn player Jesse McGinty and back-up singers Rhea Dummett (sings on Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’) and Sadé Clacken Joseph. Via ‘Holy’ the B00TY family seek to further establish themselves on the map as one to watch. The track showcases the mature side to a project that has so far combined B00ty’s musical passions with their constant search for good times, soulful intervention and a relentlessly positive outlook to life on the West Coast. “Improvisation is at the heart of everything we do.”

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A&R Factory Present: Cloud Hands

Off of Cloud Hands’ “Lucky Me” EP, has come their newest single, “Bubblemouth.” Referring to the often bubbling of the mouth during an over dose, the song illustrates the toll partying can take on people and the culture surrounding it. The song was inspired by people we saw at a concert that looked worn and beaten from their lifestyles.

Written, recorded, and mixed by members of the band, “Lucky Me” features a striking message of upsets and victories in everyday relationships. Members seek out the best elements of post-rock, alt rock, and indie rock to create the sound before you.

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A&R Factory Present: Bad Bad Hats

Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kerry Alexander (vocals, guitar, wisdom), Chris Hoge (drums, courage), and Noah Boswell (bass, power) met while attending Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn. Kerry and Chris began writing songs together in 2010, recording a collection of demos that would later become their first EP. The addition of their friend Noah in 2012 solidified the line-up. The indie rock trio’s songwriting quickly caught the ear of Minneapolis label Afternoon Records, whose alumni includes Yellow Ostrich, Now Now, Haley Bonar, and One for the Team, among others. Afternoon Records signed the trio and released their It Hurts EP in early 2013. Two years later, the band is ready to release their bold debut LP, Psychic Reader, due out on July 17th.

Before the three joined forces (creating what is now known as the Triforce), Alexander recorded rough demos in her mom’s walk-in shower and sang 90s pop covers at open mic nights. Hoge played electric guitar in high school, but took up drums in college to fill out his own fuzzy recordings. Boswell played in jazz band by day and spun turntables by night in a teen experimental rap squad called The Erotic Assassins.

As primary songwriter, Kerry’s perspective is the guiding force behind Bad Bad Hats. In her early teens, Kerry’s family moved away from her childhood home in Birmingham, Alabama. As the new kid at a new school, Alexander began writing songs to temper her loneliness and take up the time. Inspired by popular female songwriters of the 90s, notably Alanis Morissette, Kim Deal, and Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley, Kerry developed a unique songwriting voice of her own. She embraces classic melodies and simple arrangements, and does not shy away from emotive lyrics. It’s Kerry’s party and she’ll cry if she wants to.

Since the release of It Hurts, the three friends have performed around the Midwest, working on new material that expands upon the homespun sound of their previous work. Psychic Reader is the result of their sonic growth. Bolstered by the experimental touches of the album’s producer, Brett Bullion, Psychic Reader draws from the influences of all three members, exploring a number of musical styles over the course of 33 minutes. Kerry’s strong vocals and lyrical sensibilities tie the songs together as a cohesive unit, making for an album that is both surprising and universal.

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A&R Factory Present: BLAJK

Born from Toronto’s rapidly flourishing music scene, indie pop 4 piece ‘BLAJK’ wear their influences on a well-tailored sleeve. Fresh off of their first tour supporting Banners and fellow Torontonians Young Empires, BLAJK release the lead single from their forthcoming EP. “Good Liars” sees lead vocalist Jordan Radics tell the story of contrived, synthetic lives and personalities broadcast through screens and filters. BLAJK bring a sense of polished performance and compelling production to their latest single that they will be showcasing first at Canadian Music Week and on a tour of western Canada with Young Empires, and then at their debut festival performance at Bestival Toronto.
“Good Liars was built off another song we had written about a year ago.  We had always liked its energy but didn’t really know where to go with it.  So when it came time to piece together all the demos we had for the EP, that song quickly evolved and became one of our favourites.  The original demo sounded much different and it took a couple nights of writing to really bring it to life.  But when Jordan sang over it we knew it was strong and it proves to be whenever we play it live.” – BLAJK
Tour Dates
May 4 / The Velvet Underground / Toronto, ON (w/ Baio, ROMES, Only Yours and TMPL)
May 6 / Royal Ontario Museum / Toronto, ON
May 8 / Adelaide Hall / Toronto, ON (w/ Big Black Delta, Rolemodel and Wilde)
May 18 / Sugar Nightclub / Victoria, BC (w/ Young Empires)
May 19 / Fortune Sound Club / Vancouver, BC (w/ Young Empires)
May 20 / Habitat / Kelowna, BC (w/ Young Empires)
May 21 / Commonwealth / Calgary, AB (w/ Young Empires)
May 22 / Starlite Room / Edmonton, AB (w/ Young Empires)
May 24 / Amigos / Saskatoon, SK (w/ Young Empires)
May 25 / Park Theatre / Winnipeg, MB (w/ Young Empires)
Jun 12 / Bestival / Toronto, ON
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A&R Factory Present: Kristoffer & The Harbour Heads

Following months of intense rehearsal and demos sessions, Kristoffer and the Harbour Heads have brought to life their vision of a complete album; not just nine songs. The faith and confidence the band had while carving out the tracks for the record extended to their pursuit of producer James Salter – who duly accepted their invitation to travel to Gothenburg/Sweden from LA/USA to help put together the songs in Kungsten studios – where the likes of Dungen, Hokan Hellströmand Joel Alme recorded.

Our first taste from that upcoming album is “When You Say Stay.” Frontman, Kristoffer Ragnstam says “‘When You Say Stay’ is lyrically inspired by sucky relations and how easy it is to say one thing, but every bone and muscle in the body feels the opposite. Musically, I had this idea of Outkast meeting up with The Zombies for a late night for a session. But when you hear the final version it sounds like 3 guys from the little town Kungälv in Sweden.”

He closes with the conclusion, “I guess no matter how hard we try, we will always end up sound like the Kristoffer And The Harbour Heads.”

The video for “When You Say Stay” is inspired by the immigrants in Dresen, Germany and how Maja (the girl) tries in her imaginary world to get the people to smile. Kris sings “When you say stay. You mean GET OUT OF MY WAY.” Its a powerful sentence to play with, even if he sings it from a relationship point of view. It also mirrors a lot of our immigration problems. People say we should take care of the refugees. But when they actually arrive at our country’s border, many say: “Get Out Of My Way.”

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A&R Factory Present: Rewired

Rewired was formed in 2015 by Scottish singer songwriter, Andy Nagle. Andy began his musical career at the age of 9, studying classical guitar, before moving onto piano and then into full time bands. After years of gigging across the UK & Europe, Andy started Rewired with the intention of being a studio only project, but in the summer of 2015 he couldn’t resist the lure of the UK Summer Festival circuit and again hit the road with the Rewired live set.

May 2016 will see the launch of Rewired’s first single, the emotionally raw & captivating ‘Powerlines’. With plans to release another 3 singles this year, Andy is currently busy in the studio writing and recording, working with some of Scotland’s greatest musical talent.

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A&R Factory Present: Spine Of Man

Copenhagen-based guitarpop band Spine of Man consists of three young Danish fellas who’ve been humming tunes, plucking strings and banging drums since they could walk. For two years they have been polishing their sound and now they have just released their debut EP of four new tracks. Vampires is the second cut from the EP and has a darker air to it with lyrics about lust and desire.

Spine of Man formed two years ago from the ashes of indie powerpop outfit Le Clé – a popular underground act in Copenhagen. The young menwanted to turn down the bpm’s and create a more dreamy pop universe. Now they have found their sound with Mads Doemgaard on drums, Joachim Christensen on guitar/bass and Alexander on vocals/guitar.

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