The Band this week is Hole an American alternative rock band formed by singer and guitarist Courtney Love and lead guitarist Eric Erlandson in Los Angeles, California in 1989. Influenced by Los Angeles' punk rock scene, and produced by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, the band's debut album, Pretty on the Inside (1991), attracted critical interest from British and American alternative press. Their second album, Live Through This, released 1994 by DGC Records, which featured less aggressive melodies and more restrained lyrical content, was widely acclaimed and reached platinum status within a year of its release. Their third album, Celebrity Skin (1998), which garnered them four Grammy nominations, marked a notable departure from their earlier punk influences, boasting a more commercially viable, "mature" sound.
Brooke Candyis an American rapper, singer, songwriter and fashion stylist. Raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Candy worked as a stripper in early adulthood. She rose to prominence after starring in Grimes' video for "Genesis" (2012), which gained viral success. Following its success, Candy's status in the underground scene rose as she began to release her own material: "Das Me" (2012), "Everybody Does" (2013), and "I Wanna Fuck Right Now" (2013). In early 2014, she signed with RCA and released her debut major label single "Opulence" with an accompanying EP of the same name on May 6, 2014. Later, she joined Columbia's UK roster. Both are divisions of Sony Music. Candy's debut album, Daddy Issues, was originally intended for a 2015 release but saw a series of delays. Following a slew of singles, including "Living Out Loud" (2017), which peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance chart, Candy left the labels. Throughout 2017 and 2018, Candy toured alongside Charli XCX and Lizzo, also headling her own "Tie Me Up Tour". Candy's second EP, Who Cares is set to come out during 2018.
Our Band this week is one of our favorites. LIZZO. Tossing her hair, flashing a confident smile, and “Feelin’ good as hell,” Lizzo wields the kind of voice that’s right at home in soul, pop, hip-hop, R&B, rock, and gospel. The vivacious and versatile vocalist’s impassioned delivery and dynamic range bonds the six tracks on her critically acclaimed major label debut EP, Coconut Oil
Gossip (previously known as The Gossip) were a three-piece American indie rock band formed in 1999 in Olympia, Washington.The band played a mix of post-punk revival, indie rock and dance-rock. Sadly the split in 2016, but we still love them!
Our Band pick this week is the feel good, soulful, rock, hip hop band Tank and the Bangas. You Have to check them out! Writing in The Washingtonian, Heather Rudow described the group's work as "lively fusion of funk, soul, hip hop, rock, and spoken word." Speaking to the Times-Picayune, the musicians in the group mentioned a variety of genres they identify with, including rock, folk, gospel and Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph's invention "Soulful Disney". In addition to Disney, the group has also mentioned anime as influence on the group's "childlike" and "magical" sensibility, in Ball's words. In the Financial Times, Joshua David Stein said, "Tank and the Bangas don’t conform to the jazz stereotypes trotted out in the lobbies of convention hotels or milked on Frenchman Street. It’s New Orleans but it’s New Orleans now
The band of the week is the cool, weird and fun metal group BabyMetal from Japan. A fascinating collision of kawaii J-pop and heavy metal. Check them out on iTunes, Spotify and Instagram