Roky Erickson

Legendary rock n roll pioneer Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson hails from Austin, Texas. He is, in the words of music writer Richie Unterberger, one of "the unknown heroes of rock and roll." As singer, songwriter, and guitar player for the legendary Austin, TX band The 13th Floor Elevators, the first rock and roll band to describe their music as "psychedelic", Roky had a profound impact on the San Francisco scene when the group traveled there in 1966.

While bands such as The Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane had the their roots in traditional acoustic folk music, the Elevators unique brand of heavy, hard-rocking electric blues pointed to a new direction for the music of the hippie generation. The Elevators only had one chart hit, the Roky-penned You're Gonna Miss Me, but their influence was far reaching. R.E.M., ZZ Top, Poi Dog Pondering, The Judybats, T-Bone Burnett, Julian Cope, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cramps, The Minutemen, Television, The Cynics, The Lyres, Teisco Del Rey, The Fuzztones and Radio Birdman have all either recorded or played live versions of Roky's songs.

In addition to these performers, Roky is an acknowledged influence on such diverse musicians as Robert Plant, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Henry Rollins, Mike Watt, Sonic Youth, The Butthole Surfers, Jon Spencer, The Damned, Red Krayola, Pere Ubu, and indie hit-makers The White Stripes. His songs have appeared on the soundtracks to the movies High Fidelity, Drugstore Cowboy, Boys Don't Cry, and Return of the Living Dead. Roky has enjoyed the support of a small but fiercely loyal cult following throughout his career.

Roky Erickson and Will Sheff at Toy Joy, Austin TX from Roky Erickson w/ Will Sheff on Vimeo.

Reverent as it is prophetic and stark, King Dude has previously shared his spiritual visions with releases on Dais, Avant!, Bathetic, Clan Destine, and Ván records. Pulling together the biblical sound and isolation of the bygone days of revelation with an atmosphere filled with hope and salvation, King Dude has woven his own brand of American music.

He brandishes many varied influences in his songwriting. Everything from British Folk, Americana, Country and Blues can be heard in his songs. Even the heavier sounds of Heavy Metal tend to sneak and slither it's way into the King Dude canon. The resulting songs are much more of a modern day hymn then your average pop song.

King Dude's music beg's the soul to lift itself up from the darkness of ignorance, towards the ever shining glorious "Light" that exists outside of all of us yet that which we are eternally connected to and at once connects everyone on Earth.

The Ballantynes

The Ballantynes are a seven piece labor of love formed in East Vancouver in 2011. United with the common goals of dancing, drinking, and reveling in each other's company, we have a sound that draws on influences that span decades, but might be best be described as living where Garage meets Gospel. With two male and two female vocalists, two guitars, two drummers, bass, and our special lady the Hammond organ, we aim for a sound that's like a big soul-soaked bear hug for your eardrums. If the bear was wearing a jean jacket and was into The Clash.

Our first single (Message/The Railtown Abbey) has sold out of its first pressing since being released in December of 2011, and our second single, released in June 2012 (Misery/Stay), is close to a similar fate. Both were recorded with Felix Fung of Little Red Sounds, and released by La-Ti-Da Records. We're pleased as punch that both singles have enjoyed great success on college radio in Western Canada and abroad.

A roaming pack of party animals and old fashioned romantics, we've had a difficult time not swooning over our new fans in Victoria, Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton, Portland, LA, & San Francisco. The humbling and warm welcomes we have received have only encouraged our core principles of friends, family, and the pursuit of the best possible times. Looking ahead, we've got recording and touring plans in the works for 2013 so stay tuned, we would be remiss not to invite everyone along for the ride.

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