CES / Manic Productions & Full Circle Music Presents:
Bronze Radio Return
Echo & Drake, Ladyhips
1 Union Place
Hartford, CT, 06103
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
This event is 18 and over
Bronze Radio Return
Formed in 2008, Bronze Radio Return’s line-up took a few years to solidify, though most of the band’s members were orbiting each other for years at the Hartt School, one of the country’s best schools of music, located in Hartford, Connecticut. For debut Old Time Speaker, the band relocated to Nashville for a two-week period, to, as lead vocalist Chris Henderson puts it, “A place we’d never been with a producer we’d never met, and played a bunch of songs we’d never played before.” For such an inauspicious set of circumstances, the band managed a solid and well-received debut, and forged a lasting bond with producer Chad Copelin. Old Time Speaker established the band’s relentless touring schedule, including an invitation to represent the Connecticut music scene by performing for President Obama at an event in Bridgeport, CT in 2010. Fan favorites “Digital Love” and “Lo-Fi” have been picked up for advertising and television licensing and the album landed on CMJ’s Top 200 Album Chart.
SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE!, the band’s 2011 sophomore album, is comprised of lush harmonies steeped in soulful vocals, and guitars that alternate between the blues age and the most interesting innovations of the modern. The release debuted at #4 on the Billboard Northeast Regional Heatseekers Chart and is a forward-thinking retrospective of the sounds we all love, curated and created by Henderson, Rob Griffith (drums/vocals), Bob Tanen (bass/vocals), Matt Warner (keys, vocals), Craig Struble (harmonica/guitar), and Patrick Fetkowitz (guitar). The title track, “SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE!” builds from subtle handclaps and foot-stomps, and as crackling guitar lines spread out, Henderson illuminates the performer’s perspective. “There’s always this moment near the beginning of a set where everybody is standing around. It just takes one outgoing dude, or a tipsy couple, and they just start moving. You can see two or three more people going, and then as the set progresses, more and more people start to move.”
The band has also received nearly 50 tv/film syncs including on HBO, ESPN, MTV, American Idol, and a worldwide Nissan Leaf commercial to name a few.
Echo & Drake
"#1 CT Album of 2011: "Sundrenched Elsewhere" (self-released) — This Wethersfield band's debut is a collection of stunningly well-written, and beautifully produced, songs colored by the spacious atmospherics of Brit-pop, but with a personality all their own."
~Eric Danton, The Hartford Courant
"Indie-pop outfit Echo and Drake recruited some major names to turn Sundrenched Elsewhere into a breakout album. It paid off in spades. Recorded with the microphone wizards at Telefunken Studios, and mixed by Joseph Donovan (who won a Juno Award — the Canadian equivalent of the Grammies), Sundrenched Elsewhere is loaded with epic reverb and killer falsettos. But the 2010 Band Slam champs' most fetching characteristic is the dynamic between Alex DiCicco's hyperactive drum beats (they're sprinkled liberally with tambourine) and the band's massive, spacious guitar gestures. It's like firing amachine gun into the sky. Beautiful singing, cool drum fills, jangling guitar — the band creates music that draws upon the '80s without being enslaved by them. There's urgency, there's rocking out, there's relaxed beauty, there are danceable grooves. If you like rock music, you can find something you'll dig in their songs." ~ Dan Barry, The Hartford Advocate
"I'm calling it, friends — it's going to be big… Echo & Drake is one of those rare bands… a speck of gold in a sea of brass… For an hour, Sundrenched Elsewhere made me feel like the girl I once was—guileless, green, and discovering fantastic new music around every corner."
~Gabrielle Bruney, The Wesleyan Argus
"Local, indie or major label, this is easily one of the best albums of 2011. Clearly a band to look out for…"
~Rob Farrish, Wesleyan University Radio, WESU 88.1 FM
"Indie-pop outfit Echo and Drake recruited some major names to turn Sundrenched Elsewhere into a breakout album. It paid off in spades. Recorded with the microphone wizards at Telefunken Studios, and mixed by Joseph Donovan (who won a Juno Award — the Canadian equivalent of the Grammies), Sundrenched Elsewhere is loaded with epic reverb and killer falsettos."
~Dan Barry, The Hartford Advocate
"The album has echoes of all the indie rock staples, from The National to, occasionally, Fleet Foxes… Echo & Drake could go places."
~Andrew Wagner, The Yale Herald
"Grounded in brit-pop tradition but dipped in an array of styles (post punk, indie electronic, folk), the record is layered in swirling, reverb-drenched guitars; soaring, wistful vocals; and the occasional groovy rhythm. It's the kind of album that can make you dance one minute, and cry the next."
~Scott Gargan, CTNews.com
"Beautiful singing, cool drum fills, jangling guitar — the band creates music that draws upon the '80s without being enslaved by them. There's urgency, there's rocking out, there's relaxed beauty, there are danceable grooves. If you like rock music, you can find something you'll dig in their songs." ~Dan Barry, The Hartford Advocate
"Although this Connecticut band has yet to strike a major label deal, the sound of their independent debut is quite polished... strong arrangements, soaring melodies and intelligent lyrics are sure to appeal to fans of Keane, Morrissey, early U2, Coldplay, Crowded House and Tommy Keene. Clearly a band to look out for." ~Rob Farrish, WESU 88.1FM
Ladyhips is a Jazz/Rock/Electronic band created in 2010 when four students of The Hartt School of Music came together with the hope to reach listeners with complex, interesting and grooving music. They provide ties to different genres across the board while exploring their own sound.