Electric City Presents
Churchill, Mike Borgia & The Problems
Kansas City, MO, 64111
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The Seattle trio imbue personal, pensive stories into lush, hypnotic harmonies. Since their 2009 major label debut, Absolutes, Barcelona—Brian Fennell [Vocals, Keys], Chris Bristol [Guitar, Vocals], and Rhett Stonelake [Drums]—have accrued more than just a little fodder for this intimate and infectious follow-up.
This time the band joined forces with producer Kevin Augunas (Gotye, Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe) and engineer Mark Neill (Black Keys) on this self-released album, which is available digitally on May 8th with a physical release on the same day via NotQuiteYours.com.
"Traditionally, we would record songs isolated from each other," says Fennell. "We would normally do each part separately, and we became very comfortable with digital recording. Kevin pushed us to play live all at once though. With his encouragement, we literally recorded everything in the same room facing each other. It's just like a live show. When you hear the music, it feels like you're in the room with us."
It's easy to get close to Barcelona on songs like the first single, "Slipping Away". Fennell's voice resounds potently alongside organic acoustic strumming. About the song, the singer enthuses, "It's one of our favorite songs to play live. It has a really different energy and set of influences from our older material. I feel like it stands out for us."
In less than two years of existence as a band, Churchill has turned more heads and attracted more attention than many bands that have been working the scene for years. Not only have they built a solid fan base with their distinct acoustic indie-rock vibe, but they have found themselves on the radar of numerous media and radio outlets, not only in their hometown of Denver, but in other places as well. They've been named as a band to watch numerous times by Metromix and Examiner.com, and Westword Magazine listed Churchill as one of its "Moovers and Shakers" in 2009. After selling more than 1000 copies of their debut self-titled EP, the band is now poised to reach an even larger audience with their first full-length project Happy/Sad.
Mike Borgia & The Problems
An italian american singer songwriter, with over a decade as an active professional. Born in New York, Mike spent his childhood playing in clubs as a guitarist and backup singer in a progressive metal band from age 13-16. He then slowly evolved into different genres of rock, indie and punk, and from the mid 90's to early 2000, He formed a band called Tread ( formerly, Samsara, Venear) With growing ambition, Tread were on their way to commercial success, until they called it quits in 2001.
From 2001 until 2010, Mike toured solo in the UK, releasing 9 solo records. His UK tours earned him a loyal fanbase, that allowed for a steady career within that time.
Then in 2011, Mike Borgia & The Problems were formed in New York as a trio, with Nathan MacCormack on Cello & Brian Bauer on drums. They released one well received E.P called "Live or die, you won't be lonely" and shortly after, Mike left New York, to live in Kansas City, in which to form the new lineup with Todd Owen (drums) James Watkins (Bass) Ben Eisiminger (keys) and a new record that is pushing them over the edge called "Goodbye New York" in 2012.
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