Wednesday, May 20, 2009
A Vancouver band that I love, Girl Goes Electric, say it all so well. I just took their myspace and used it here to share their info with you.
In true 21st century style, Girl Goes Electric is a partnership conceived on the World Wide Web and launched at a corporate coffee house. Girl Goes Electric is an electroacoustic fusion of Susan Dixon’s compelling original songs and artful handling of a guitar with Adam Percy’s passion for programming and mad keyboard genius. With sounds ranging from pulsing trip-hop and rhythmic melancholy dance music to rollicking barrelhouse, the rich textures and layers tease the ear as they reveal themselves, recalling artists like Morcheeba, Everything But The Girl, and Massive Attack.
Songwriter and chanteuse Susan Dixon is not your typical guitar-wielding chick. Her electric blue eyes and coy charm have been drawing in audiences since she first took to the stage at seventeen, but it is her wry lyrical sensibility that leaves you hanging off every word. With a confident voice and strong musicality, Susan sings of life’s beautiful frustrations - always with a playfully arched eyebrow that lets you know she is quite a joyful girl in spite of herself. Her roots are in Winnipeg, where she began her love affair with the guitar at age eight and started writing songs as an angsty adolescent. As a student at a French-language university, Susan developed cult status as “that anglo girl who writes French songs,” and went on to record a 12-song release entitled Minuit et quart. Building on a loyal following, she made multiple appearances in venues around town and garnered airplay on local radio stations. After a few misspent years writing and playing in Halifax, Susan moved her bones, books, most of her heart and what’s left of her mind to the west coast, and is thrilled to be the girl in Girl Goes Electric.
Hailing from suburban Toronto, Adam Percy cut his teeth playing and programming keyboards with Toronto funk-rock alternative group Acid Test. Their indie EP Trip On This scored the band a stint on Sire/Warner Bros. and an album release titled Drop. Top opening slots and tours quickly followed, including shows with Nine Inch Nails, Sugar Ray, Sloan, 54-40, The Ocean Blue and The Sugarcubes. Adam then took ..board touring duty with Econoline Crush, touring the US, Canada and Europe for the album Affliction on the bill with artists such as Filter, The Tea Party, Die Krupps and The Young Gods. He was then recruited for programming duties on the Bif Naked album I Bificus, which sold gold in Canada. Recording was quickly followed by tours as her keyboard player and gigging with the likes of SNFU, Raggadeath and Glueleg. After many more years of producing and recording under his belt and a recent relocation back to Vancouver, Adam brings his programming, production, and performing artistry to this new project.
Girl Goes Electric is a perfect marriage of the organic and the synthetic. Fresh, quirky, and cool. Clever, sexy, and real. With their new self titled E.P released, look for Girl Goes Electric, soon to be rocking a crowd near you.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Merch with Violet Femmes graphics is now available from our VIOLET FEMMES STORE.
You can support Violet Femmes efforts at promoting women in music by visiting our store and purchasing something that takes your fancy. This is one more way to keep the wheels turning.
Theres everything from Ceramic Travelling Cups to Tote Bags and hoodies and T shirts.
Violet Femmes Artist Lachi will be in the CMJ New Music Report #1106 and her song "We Can Fly" will be on the CMJ Sampler whi;ch is heavily pushed on college radio in June.
Lachi will also be on a Radiohead Tribute album put out by Failure to Community Records. The album will be released in July and will also have the Evanescence, The Desden Dolls and other great acts covering Radiohead songs. And of course Lachi will be doing a renditions of the seven minute "Paranoid Android," just to be a Radiohead nerd.
Lachi will also be performing at the Knitting Factory on June 11th along with acts like Julus C, and Mark Goldberg, so come out!
Confirm here: at the Event Posting
"Broke My Heart" is on rotation at Live365's WomenRadio: You can check out Women Radio
and hear lots of great music.
Indies Vancouver celebrates the independent arts with a monthly multi-media event featuring film, spoken word and music on the third Wednesday of the month. This month Indies Vancouver is held at Cafe Deux Soleils at 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver and features:
Grand Champion of the 2008 Vancouver Poetry Slam, Scruffmouth.
Short Film Slam. Film makers bring in their short films and the audience chooses a winner.
In a rare appearance together of two of Vancouver’s most creative musicians, Drip Audio recording artists Elizabeth Fischer and Tony Wilson. They will be performing original songs as well as arrangements of some their favourites.
A recognized vocalist, composer and lyricist, Elizabeth Fischer is the singer in DarkBlueWorld, who are about to release their second CD. She has recorded and performed with internationally reknowned musicians, led the noted art-rock band Animal Slaves in the 80’s, loves Hungarian songs and French chansons, and continues to explore the music of Brecht/Weill and Hans Eisler in a number of contexts.
“With her cigarette-rough voice, Fischer invites comparison to Nico or Patti Smith, though her superior range and color indicate that the similarity has more to do with persona than sound. The slow burning anger in these songs is hardly apparent at first, but finally surfaces as defiance rather than cynicism. It is the sound of a damaged romantic” - JunkMedia
Vancouver's Coastal Jazz and Blues hails Tony Wilson as "unquestionably one of the most original guitar stylists on the Canadian scene". Down Beat Magazine entitles him as "...a talismanic West Coast figure." Tony won a West Coast Music Award with his band Video Barbeque and released the critically acclaimed ‘Lowest Note’ in 2001, which went on to become a pick of the year in the Globe and Mail. Tony’s current sextet is turning heads after recent successful appearances at this year’s Guelph and Vancouver Jazz Festivals. Tony’s compositions have been played by artists as diverse as the NOW Orchestra, The Hard Rubber Orchestra, Myra Melford, Kokoro Dance, Marilyn Crispell, François Houle and Zubot & Dawson.
“...heartfelt, mercurial, and inspired” – The Georgia Straight
“wonderful and exotically quirky” – Exclaim!
“fearless music-making that spits in the face of too-polite conservatism” - textura