The Crying Spell

Sometimes you have to take a big step back to the past in order to realize what lies in the future. Just like the Seattle, Washington-based quartet The Crying Spell: In the past year, the US formation could already convince European audiences as support act for Killing Joke and Julien-K – and now they return with their retro future electro rock with their two singles "Never Before" and "Elemental". The Crying Spell are the future!

The band is currently enjoying the success of their latest single "Elemental" from the new album "Spectrums of Light, which features each of the band members very own mothers in a very comedic and infectious video. Currently the video is in rotation on MTVu after the band won MTV's Freshman Four contest. Vocalist Len Hotrum says "Elemental is a song about the chaos and confusion that is plaguing humanity in the 21st-century. We see things going downhill and we always have a choice to make a change that turns our negative actions into positive ones".

The band released their first single "Never Before" last August and the song quickly hit over 130,000 views on Youtube. German radio stations also added this song to their playlists. The song was written after a performance in Berlin. Hotrum was inspired to compose a song he says is "about freedom, liberation and discovering spiritual awareness".

Their debut record "Through Hell To Heaven" attracted the attention of Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman who then invited the band to open for them on their UK/European tour. Stylistically inspired by mostly European acts such as early The Cure, Duran Duran,
The Cult, The Cars, Gary Numan, and also by representatives of the world-famous Seattle sound, The Crying Spell have seen a growing international fanbase ever since. In the States, they already had the honor to share the stage with big names such as VAST, Thriving Ivory, Filter, Killing Joke, Birthday Massacre, William Control, and Julien-K, the latter of which recently also took them out on tour in Europe.

While the debut featured an eclectic mix of new wave and rock, The Crying Spell have clearly developed their sound on the newest album entitled "Spectrums Of Light". Modwave is the name that the band has chosen for their retro-futuristic hybrid style – somewhere between darkened wave influences à la Depeche Mode or The Cure and the current electronica elements by modern club acts. Modern wave beyond all musical scenes for a new, open-minded generation of music listeners!

Ghost Town Riot

Ghost Town Riot's eclectic songwriting yields a captivating mix of atmospheric eeriness and heavy, orchestral flourishes, a sound described by Seattle Show Gal as "thoughtfully put together, lyrically well-written" which invokes "the days when 'indie' was synonymous with the original." (Seattle Show Gal ssgmusic.com)

Furniture Girls

Furniture Girls is a rock band. You won’t get any twang, folk-pop harmonies or atmospheric, shoe-gazing riffs from this quartet. Instead, they just crank out the jams; brash, bold, funky-as-hell electro-rock that gets a crowd moving.

With a seasoned lineup that includes producer/guitarist Bubba Jones, vocalist stayC Meyer, bassist Jim Watkins, drummer Thane Mitchell and guitarist Jason Lightfoot, Furniture Girls have been filling clubs throughout the Northwest with audiences hungry for something dynamic and different since 2007. In that time, they’ve performed with alt-rock luminaries like Linda Perry, Sky Cries Mary and My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult and shared the stage with countless musical guests, including the legendary Dr. Fink (of Prince and the Revolution), guitarist Michael Cozzi and soul singer Darrius Willrich.

Even though they fly under the hipster radar, Furniture Girls have become one of the most respected bands in Seattle’s music community, with annual appearances at music and arts festivals like Noise for the Needy, the Comcast Bite of Seattle, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon and the University District Street Fair. The band’s critically-acclaimed debut album, How I Learned to Crawl, was released by Critical Sun Recordings in August of 2010. Their sophomore release is due out in August of 2012.

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