Branches

Best friends turned band-mates, the lady and gentlemen of Branches are an independent, self-writing and self-producing collective. Birthed in a living room in the suburbs of Los Angeles in 2010, Tyler, Natalie, Jacob, Mitch, Tyler, and Mike have since spent their time together making friends, playing shows, and writing and recording the songs for their EPs ("O, Light!", "Cabin", "Covers", "Songs For Christmas") and their full-length ("Thou Art The Dream", released 2/12).

In their debut EP, 'O, Light!', and their sophomore release, 'Cabin', Branches offered an eight-song sample of their sound. Through both singalong celebration and solitary longing, the sounds of 'O, Light!' and 'Cabin' provide the full spectrum of what this band is capable of: Indie-folk-rock-family-fun in a style that has been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, and Freelance Whales.

Pouring as much creativity and imagination into every live experience as they have into their studio recordings, they have been honored to sing in such notable California venues like the Cafe Du Nord (San Francisco), the Hotel Cafe (Hollywood) & the Glass House (Pomona), where the band first opened for Tyrone Wells. In April 2011, the band celebrated their first TV spot when their song "Maps of Wars" (O, Light!) was featured on an episode of One Tree Hill (CW), and have since enjoyed a second placement on One Tree Hill, as well as placements on Teen Mom (MTV), The X Factor (Fox), and Netflix original series "Hemlock Grove".

After nearly a year of dreaming, writing, recording, eating, and praying, Branches are thrilled and proud to have released their first full-length album, "Thou Art The Dream". This collection of thirteen songs explore the ideas of doubt, faith, loneliness, love, and above all, hope for life as it was meant to be. About these songs and others, Tyler says, "We write songs that we believe and make music we'd want to listen to. It's just much more fun that way." In addition to a fuller track listing, this album also features a wider array of instrumentation, adding ukulele, trombone, trumpet, violin, toy organ, and other fun noises to their existing instrumental buffet. In the wake of its release, Branches are gearing up for another fun year of traveling, singing, and making friends.

When they're not writing, recording, or playing out up and down the west coast, the band spends their time laughing at each other, frequenting local Mexican cuisine, and loving their lives. Join them for a night of singing and see for yourself what their music is all about.

Them Bones

Natalie DePaul AKA Nitty DeFaunque is an artist straight out of Chicago and currently resides in London, England. Nittys musical influences are extremely broad and her voice and style has a definite chameleon quality. Raised on Rock and Soul with lots of exposure to Gospel and Motown Nitty's music has flavor galore!! Recently teaming up with producer Nic Capelle of the popular London based Rock Electro band "Capelle" Nic has taken Nitty's creativity and vocals to a new level. With their first single "What Ya Gonna Do" Nitty DeFaunque and Capelle create a hot and spicy sound that will no doubt grab your attention! Stay tuned for the debut album of Capelle featuring the raw talent of Nitty DeFaunque, out 2012!!

Alex Manfredo

Alex Manfredo's sound is a combination of her rich, mellow tone and deep influence of jazz artists like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Hailing from Southern Illinois, this led her to continue her study of music at Millikin University. After further inspiration from the Midwest indie scene and her growing experience on stage with Millikin's top ensembles Alex began writing and performing her original tunes. The Ocean Ep, released in 2013, is a collection of those works that bring to mind the soulful sounds of Corrine Bailey Rae mixed with jazz undertones of Gretchen Parlato and Norah Jones with a dash of Rufus Wainwright's melodic style.

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Branches with Them Bones, Alex Manfredo

Saturday, October 5 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Abbey Pub