Accent Music's 25th Anniversary Afterparty, The Bullbuckers, The Lift Up, Little Invisibles, Mark Thousands

The Bullbuckers

The Bullbuckers formed in April of 2009 and have been building their reputation predominantly from playing many fine venues throughout the Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia areas and at the DE and MD beach resorts.

"This six-piece group with a horn section is like the ultimate party band. Whether they are playing reggae or another style" - Tish Michel, The Coconut Times, Ocean City

"Top-notch musicianship is a hallmark of The Bullbuckers." Roger Hillis, The Beach Comber, The Delaware News Journal

"The Bullbuckers are the livest band in Delaware."- DJ Thorro 91.3 WVUD

WINNER OF THE SPARK MAGAZINE SUMMER SERIES 2009.

The Bullbuckers have had the opportunity to play with many of their favorite artists and friends such as The Skatalites, The Slackers, Trombone Shorty, Robert Randolph, Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove, Soul Rebel, Bonerama, The Pietasters, The Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Midnight, The Wailers, and many more.

"A fusion of soul-searing and foot-stomping music - ska like you've never heard it (unless you were living in the Islands in the 60s), soul and a tinge of hip-hop. It's a Wilmington sound that has roots - and fans - round the globe." -The Examiner

"There's this moment that happens at every (Spark Magazine Annual Birthday Party), right as we're introducing the band - the crowd tenses up and waits to see if they're going to stay and listen ... I think the Bullbuckers got about five notes into their first song before I heard a guy behind me say, 'Hey, they're really good.' Indeed." - Matt Sullivan, General Manager/Editor, Spark Magazine

The Lift Up

Featuring Joe Castro (The Situation, Nero), Larry Zappaterrini (aka LAZ - The Situation, Nero), John Paul Travis (The Situation, This Show Is Fire).

Little Invisibles

And so there is, that dark powerful beauty that resonates throughout Little Invisibles’ brand of hauntingly melodic alternative pop. With Gina’s aching voice and poignant keyboard at the fore, the band’s epic, sweeping songs rise and swell like waves on a moonlit shore until they crash over the listener like a sea of Byronic heartbreak. Five of these impossibly moving songs—all composed, like the rest of the group’s music, by Gina—make up Closer, Little Invisibles’ stunning debut.

A dramatic unveiling if ever there was, Closer, which Gina co-produced, is a veritable jewel box of wide-screen modern rock. Within: jaw-dropping riches like the opener, “Breathless,” all ghostly piano, soaring vocals, and danceable trip-hop beats; the wounded-but-defiant lament “What Once Was,” the EP’s only piano-less track; and “Headrush,” a sultry duet with co-composer Lance Davis that pulses with heart-beating rhythms and gothic (small g) melodrama.

If it all sounds a bit Jane Eyre, well, then why not? Gina, who’s been through the relationship mill as much as any mature artist, maintains that she’s merely allowing her romantic angst to flower into songs that are beautiful and, ultimately, redemptive and uplifting for those who hear them. “When I’m happy I never go to the piano to write,” says Gina, who holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. “I write first and foremost from emotion, and after a breakup you never have to look far for inspiration. But even then there usually ends up being an element of hope in my songs.”

Raised in a musical family (her brother, Rich Degnars, is Little Invisibles’ drummer), Gina became a fixture on the northern Delaware/Philadelphia/New York club circuit with her previous band, Stygian Veil, which released one acclaimed album, 2001’s Poison Berries. Little Invisibles materialized in 2009, the transition dovetailing perfectly with the striking songstress’s move to more clubby beats and soundtrack-ready melodies. Strong songs are strong songs no matter what the setting, and for live appearances the band can tailor its flexible lineup to fit the given scenario; in configurations ranging from a quartet (keyboards/guitar/bass/drums) to the duo of Gina and Rich (keyboards/drums) or Gina solo, Little Invisibles have been casting their spell on audiences across the East Coast and beyond, entrancing new fans with every performance.

One outspoken fan is Grammy-winning producer Phil Nicolo (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Sting, James Taylor). “Little Invisibles have a wonderful focus and depth that is rare in modern music,” Nicolo says. “I find Gina’s unique imagery a breath of fresh air.”

“I’m just trying to write songs that are sonically compelling,” says Gina. “Music that gets a physical reaction from people, and, hopefully, resonates with them emotionally, too.”

One listen to Closer shows that her approach is working beautifully. Despite the name, Little Invisibles is an act unlikely to remain small or hidden for long.

Mark Thousands

.. Mark Thousands .. started his musical journey playing in local hardcore bands in the state of Delaware where he was born. In 1999 he joined one of the biggest New York hardcore bands of the 90's called Comin Correct. They released a full length record on Triple Crown records and toured the East Coast as well as Europe. In Europe the band played club shows in front of hundreds of people and festival shows in front of thousands. The band played with such acts as Earth Crisis, Hatebreed and Bad Brains. After being part of the band for three years Mark decided to leave the group and explore new avenues musically. .. Currently, Mark is a solo performer playing softer more personal songs in the vein of Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Rufus Wainwright, and Ron Sexsmith. .. Mark has currently released his debut CD "With Love And Light Always" produced by Richie Birkenhead of the band Into Another and Ian Love of Rival Schools... .. .. The songs from his latest effort are melodic/intimate songs accompanied with lyrics reminiscent of great poets like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Frost. There is a sweet juxtaposition of light and dark in his melodies and lyrics that pierce through to the heart of those who are in attunement. He is a heavily tattooed soft spoken gentleman whose passion is songwriting.

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Accent Music's 25th Anniversary Afterparty, The Bullbuckers, The Lift Up, Little Invisibles, Mark Thousands

Saturday, August 17 · 8:00 PM at Mojo Main