The Pomegranates, River City Extension
10 Brookline Street
Cambridge, MA, 02139
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River City Extension
River City Extension was born restless, curious, and conscious. It is a monster and a gentleman. Formed by singer-songwriter Joe Michelini in the fall of 2007, the band has proved to be an important addition to the development of independent folk music, and has earned the respect of everyone from seasoned punk rockers to Brit-pop legends.
After spending years building an invaluable local followin...g as a solo artist, Joe's moniker became a symbol of hope for musicians in his hometown of Toms River, NJ; like lost souls, the members of River City Extension were drawn to each other. Taking a year and a half to carefully finalize their line-up, the band went into the studio to record their DIY EP, Nautical Sabbatical. The record was self-released on January 1st of 2009, and they had no other option than to hit the road.
Be it Joe by himself, with one member, two members, or five, River City Extension toured diligently across the North-East and the Midwest, just hoping that someone would listen to the call of their wild, insatiable need to play, write, feel, and inspire. By the winter of 2010, their dream was beginning to come true.
The band had started to record their full-length album The Unmistakable Man, with no budget, no plan, and a lot of faith. As word began to spread, they found themselves supporting bands like Cake, Robert Randolph, and The Avett Brothers, in and out of their home state. Near the end of production, the band signed a deal with XOXO Records (The Gaslight Anthem, Let Me Run), and shortly there after blasted the press with what would be the new flagship of this venerable Asbury Park punk label. The Unmistakable Man was released on May 11th, 2010 with national distribution and international promise. RCE quickly garnered the attention of important music outlets such as Paste, Spin, and NPR, as well as being validated by timeless international performers such as Glenn Tilbrook of the band Squeeze, who would later make a cameo on the vinyl release of the bands first LP.
Now, River City Extension is growing up. With one national tour under their belt, countless regional tours, and a slew of new material, the fabric of these eight east-coast pioneers has been sewn to the highways of America in a way that cannot be torn, seen, stepped on, or fully understood. It is growing, it is evolving, and it is seeking the best and the worst in all of us, in hopes that we will find a common ground on which to stand with our fellow man; in hopes of writing an anthem that we can strap across our hearts and sing together with pride and understanding. This train does not stop, and these tracks do not end. For we have promises to keep, and miles to go before we sleep, and miles to go before we sleep.
When singer/songwriter Chloe Chaidez decided, at 13 years of age, to leave her previous band, Wild Youth and start again with KITTEN she had already racked up enough experience to match any artist twice her age.
By 11 years old she had the honor of sharing the stage with an impressive list of her older peers. Midlake and Conor Oberst to name just a few...
Soon after recording her first demo's with respected producer Bill Racine (Mates of State, Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev), Chloe found herself in N.Y. doing the label rounds, completely unsatisfied with the prospect of what corporate pop music was offering.
Chloe chose to leave behind any notion of being a "teen act" and returned home in order to hone her craft and pay some dues. At 14 she committed in earnest to writing and performing on her own. After a year of playing on street corners, subway busking and solo acoustic show's in notorious dive bars she was ready.
Recruiting Max Kuehn (19) on drums . (Who's father Greg is a member of the revered So Cal punk band "TSOL"), Zach Carper (23) on bass (engineer Earlimart, Grandaddy, Tokyo Police Club) and Andy Miller (18) on guitar, Chloe began to craft the music she was hearing in her head.
Together the group combined sharp New Wave melodies, a love of classic 50's songwriting, and the raw power of post punk/indie to form KITTEN.
With electric performances inspired as much by Iggy Pop as Cat Power and The Cure, KITTEN are already establishing a growing fanbase in L.A. as well as the rest of the West Coast, winning fan's one by one with a raw emotion and honesty that seems to be missing from much of today's music.
They are finishing work on their first official EP mixed by Gavin Mackillop ( PIL, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church) and were recently hailed as "The best new discovery of SXSW" by SPIN.com.
Kitten is currently gearing up for the CMJ music festival in October and a short tour of London in November followed by a three week residency at The Echo in Silverlake Ca.