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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Independent Music Awards Submission Spotlight # 2

These artists entered the 8th Independent Music Awards and are worth checking out!

To enter your band and reach 15 Million New Fans:

* By Joelle, publicist for the IMAs


These brothers from New York make music for old souls with young hearts.

Veterans of the long standing NYC rock scene, the brother's first band Hot Water(signed to Sire Records by Seymour Stein in the late 90s) released "Hot Water Music." Recording with some rock & blues greats as Benmont Tench (Tom Petty) & Sonny Landreth they learnd to craft emotional yet powerful songs.

They've supported such acts as Cheap Trick, Noel Redding, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Flying Nuetrinos, Junior Brown, Spacehog and Question Marc. The brothers usually make their yearly pilgrimage to NOLA for Jazzfest but are taking this year off to record their third album.


SONICBIDS SAYS...Classic pop group fronted by the enigmatic and eccentric Brit Davey La. Timeless, these are the songs of a generation. An antidote to the uniformed and formulaic bands that arrive by the truckload and disappear before the ink has dried on their sleevenotes...
WE SAY-- Pretty good! Who can resist a Brit?


I wish he could take a press photo without his guitar because it would be a lot less cheesy. He was apparently a VH1 Song of the Year finalist in 2005. Nothing memorable here, but nothing awful either. He can sing and harmonize, he just needs songs that really jump out at you.


From the opening note, I knew this was gonna be good. Then I read that the man behind the name is Jeremy Borer, with whom I am very familiar. Jeremy used to work at Roadrunner years ago, so it's interesting to hear that his music is the total opposite. I like "Can I go home." Perhaps you've already heard this music on The Hills.


These guys are fun. They've had local radio success in Philly and toured with The Roots, Fall Out Boy, Seal, the Flaming Lips, Travis Barker, Corrine Bailey Rae, Gym Class Heroes, Alice Smith, De La Soul, the Spin Doctors, Sister Hazel, MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh, Paolo Nutini, and Hanson. I like the singers raspy voice. Just wish it was a little less funk and more rock.


Don't laugh. Before I heard the voice, I expected a soulful black man to be singing. But wow, it's a dorky white guy. I'm really into vintage pop right now so I like this song. He'd make a good wedding singer. Really.


I've been following this band for a while. Can't wait for them to take on America! I Love them. You will, too. The Parlotones is the biggest selling rock band in South Africa. Their last 2 albums have acheived gold and platinum respectively.


I'm so glad I was able to discover this band! The Prince Edward Island Canadian's are my kinda pop rock. "Heroes of the Sidewalk" such a cute tune. And "Jezebel" reminds me of the Beach Boys. Perfect summer music right here. Their Sonicbids says "we love nick lowe and teenage fanclub and big star and the buzzcocks. we are from prince edward island and we play unabashed pop. drum machines be damned ("blasphemy!" yells the american apparel set). salut!. Gotta love it.


This Nova Scotia act must be inspired by Chris Cornell. They've got arena rock down. Sonicbids says: As “One of the hottest live bands in Canada”, The Trews are no strangers to the stage. Having performed 500+ shows over the past 3.5 years with such bands as Guns N’ Roses, Nickelback, Robert Plant and Rolling Stones.


I wish I knew what this German band was signing because they have great melody and style. Can anyone translate?


These two classically trained pianists from Ohio say they're inspired by Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL and Keane. But there's a fine line behind inspired and ripping off when it comes to TOOL. Maynard's vocal style is unique and when someone else tries to apply it to their own music, it's just not right. But the casual music fan won't care about that. So it may actually get them somewhere. In other songs, the vocals are very smooth. I'd go with that.


Why does every band nowadays feel they need to have a suspender-wearing member? I've seen too many press photos with them today, and this band just happens to get the brunt of it. Sorry. This Nashville act is rather impressive. They must have attended hook college because they know that Pop songs need a strong chorus. So many artists who entered this category of the IMAs don't have that! They have been sonically compared to Coldplay, The Fray, Keane, and Switchfoot. Tours have included stints with ...Teddy Geiger.


It's the Spanish Ozzy! Well, this Barcelona act claims to be an inverted and disjointed funk that is often reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age or the Foo Fighters." But I hear Ozzy in the vocals.


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