JAMESTOWN REVIVAL, THE SENATORS
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
This event is all ages
The first thing you realise when listening to Fossil Collective is that this is a band that do things differently. Beautiful melodic music, with rich glorious harmonies and meticulous attention to detail, it is as much an aural statement as it is a pleasure to listen to. Layer upon layer of harmony mixed with delicate uplifting sounds may well remind you of other artists, be it Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel or Midlake but this music is no mere imitation.
Whilst Fossil Collective's songs tip their cap to these classic musicians, scratch the surface and you discover something more contemporary, yet equally as rewarding.
It seems impossible that something so sonically complete could appear as if from nowhere, but Fossil Collective, the Yorkshire two-piece have been perfecting their craft and working towards this moment for years. Consisting of multi-instrumentalists David Fendick and Jonny Hooker, both were local musicians from the Leeds music scene, whose paths had crossed at various points in different bands. 'What separated Jonny from the other people I'd met was his total commitment to music' begins Dave. 'Whereas other people we were around were in bands for somewhat clichéd reasons, our focus was the music and the songs and for that reason we gravitated towards each other'. After a successful album with Leeds band Vib Gyor, the duo decided to strip everything back and start again.
Jonny reminisces "We felt we had to fold our cards and be honest to ourselves. We were listening to the kind of music we grew up with. (Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor) We decided there and then to try and capture the essence of that traditional songcraft, to strip everything back to the song, lyrics and melody'' Dave steps in "It was actually very liberating to be able to do that".
Jamestown Revival is an idea formed by Jonathan Clay & Zach Chance. For lack of a better word, it could be called a "duo", but that just doesn't quite capture the essence of their delivery. This band is two-man rock & roll, and the closest possible categorization one could label it with would sound something like "indie-rock with a southern slant". Drawing on influences ranging from The Band, to Simon and Garfunkle, Jamestown Revival's sound is harmony driven and rooted in southern soul. The two are childhood friends, and the chemistry is evident when seeing them perform. Formed in 2011, the band has already been featured on the Carson Daly Show, as well as Rolling Stone Magazine. With a self-produced EP that reached #12 on the iTunes charts, the duo has criss-crossed the country, playing everywhere from dive bars to amphitheaters. Expect a follow up full-length album this year (2012).
Phoenix-based indie start-up 'the Senators' are a new face of the Arizona music scene, but are already receiving national attention. Rooted in years of collaborative songwriting between the Teer brothers – Jesse & Rooster – the project came together in the summer of 2012.
The Senators have fashioned a sound that harkens back to the early Folk, Americana and back-beat Country while maintaining a spirited and relevant edge… with songwriting that is innovative and refreshing, but at the same time rooted deep in rich tradition.
The Senators first full-length release 'Harsher Than Whiskey/Sweeter Than Wine' is now available on iTunes & select online retailers. Singles from the album include 'the Sea and Its Floor', 'the London Bridge' and title track 'Harsher Than Whiskey'.
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