U.S. Royalty

From the bluesy swagger of the album opener “Hollywood Hollows” to the soaring, Washington Irving inspired anthem “Equestrian,” it is evident that MIRRORS, the debut full length from U.S. Royalty, is an album of grand scope and range. It is a document of exploration and discovery. Songs kindle a spectrum of locales as the band laces a thread of longing and movement throughout the entire album to create a cinematic experience. MIRRORS is a cohesive and unified collection.

“With this record we wanted to present a body of work, a complete thought,” says singer John Thornley. To achieve this the band wrote and rewrote songs for a year, demoing and dissecting while on the road and at home. John continues, “Because we traveled for about a year and a half before we recorded the album, there is definitely a travel vibe to the record ”

In March 2010, the band teamed up with engineer Gus Oberg (The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jr , Bloc Party) and Justin Long to begin recording the album. While in the studio, as a cohesive vision of the album began to come into focus, old songs were dropped in favor of new songs being written. The band recently released the first single off the album, “Equestrian,” and set a release date for the debut album, January 25th, 2011.

Shared experiences, traveling and playing together, informed the writing process as did a steady intake of Kubrick, Godard, McCarthy, and Spaghetti Westerns. The sun-bleached Ennio Morricone soundtracks factored heavily into the scope and range of MIRRORS, the band channeled the sense of epic drama his most memorable pieces evoke, those timeless studies in tension and release.

U.S. Royalty formed in 2008 in Washington, D.C. Built around the lifelong musical collaboration of brothers John and Paul Thornley, vocals/piano and guitar, respectively, and rounded out by Jacob Michael, bass, and Luke Adams, drums, the group has refined and expanded their collective vision since their earliest practices spent shivering around a single heater while ensconced in an abandoned trailer in rural Maryland.

They have made appearances at SXSW, NXNE, Art Basel and CMJ. Also have been featured in Esquire, Spin, The New York Times, The Washington Post and highlighted on NPR. Their work with Gant Rugger has garnered them attention in the fashion world and created unexpected bridges in the blogosphere, their music has accompanied various web-based promotional films for the label, and the band members will be featured in the Swedish line’s upcoming 2011 Spring Collection.

With the release of their debut album, U.S. Royalty delivers on capturing the volatility and explosiveness that define their live performances. While taking cues from the players of old they treat performances as feverish outpourings of rock ‘n’ roll energy and emotion. For them, there is no reason not to leave it all on the stage every night as a testimony to the music that moves them. U.S. Royalty aims for the grand and the timeless but insists on the raw and the unplanned as they forge their own way in the current musical landscape.

Bury Me A Lion

Bury Me A Lion found each other on Craigslist, yet they never expected the chemistry they would end up with. Though each member has unique musical influences, the band formed with the same goal in mind: fuse their eclectic musical tastes to create an authentic spin on Rock ‘N’ Roll that has universal appeal. To date, Bury Me A Lion has released a self-titled EP in 2009 and released their debut LP, Year of the Lion, in April 2012.

Singer Jarett Gilbert sets the tone of the band with his brash and powerful vocals. Gilbert grew up in a military family and constantly moved around as a kid, shuffling across countries all over the world. As a result, his travels led him to have diverse influences in music, lyric writing, and performance style. Gilbert’s global roots draw from artists such as The Pogues, Bruce Springsteen, Abdel Halim Hafez, Hank Williams, and more. When speaking about his style Gilbert stated, ”Jim Morrison of The Doors got me thinking about the way I sing, the way I write and the way I perform. Jim’s style, for me, was a honest and intense interpretation of emotion, where lyrics, voice and performance are indistinguishable from each other.” Emotion is the driving force in Gilbert’s live performances, which is evident on stage as he pours his heart and soul into each song. As the lyricist of the band, Gilbert describes his songwriting process as “melodically emoting” and cites the author Cormac McCarthy as the inspiration for many of his compositions.

Guitarist Sam Einhorn, who orchestrated that Craigslist search back in 2008, has played an instrumental role in shaping the band to where they are today. Einhorn’s fast-hitting cords run throughout Bury Me A Lion’s songs, adding a robust and fierce but well-tamed energy. His range of influences varies from John Coltrane to John Fruscainte, Led Zeppelin to Grizzly Bear. Einhorn and Gilbert share a special bond — as the primary songwriters of the group, Einhorn’s music compositions have always melded flawlessly with Jarett’s melodies and lyrics. “From the first time I heard Rock ‘N Roll, driving with my father at age 6, I knew music would be the obsession that consumed my life. Since that moment, I’ve been addicted to a multitude of different styles and genres. My music education helped broaden that outlook, and I know this diversity has helped me find an unique and original writing style.”

Bassist Yuri Soussov balances Einhorn’s riffs with his laid-back style, inspired by 311, The Wailers, The Weather Report, and Victor Wooten. Soussov is a multi-instrumentalist who began playing the piano at the age of three. Prior to Bury Me A Lion, Soussov played in a variety of reggae bands in the Washington D.C. area, including Lucky Dub. Drummer Mike Ostuni is the backbone of the sound, and provides the perfect accompaniment to accentuate the rest of the group. Mike cut his teeth in the Connecticut based band Static Kill before moving behind the kit of Bury Me A Lion.

Bury Me a Lion has performed on stages across the east coast, including the CBGB Festival in Times Square. Recently they shared the stage of the Catalpa NYC Festival with Snoop Dogg, The Black Keys, and TV on the Radio. They recently signed on to DJ the Turntable.fm Winter Festival with Lady Antebellum, Mat+Kim, Owl City, and Tech N9ne.

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