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"The Bangles combined the chiming riffs and catchy melodies of British Invasion guitar pop with a hint of the energy of new wave. In the process, they became one of the handful of all-female bands of the '80s to win both critical and commercial success. The critical success came first -- with their self-titled debut EP and full-length album, All Over the Place -- and popular success arrived once they polished their sound, added some synthesizers, and deviated slightly from their trademark jangling guitar hooks. Once they were selling at the platinum level, the Bangles didn't stay together long, but they left several pop gems behind them." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusicGuide
Antigone Rising, the all female rock band known for relentless grass roots touring, is currently working on their latest studio CD, 23 Red (August 2, 2011).
Recording songs the band wrote together since Nini Camps joined the fold in 2009, 23 Red promises to showcase the signature 3-part vocal harmonies Antigone Rising fans are familiar with. "We were methodic in how we chose the songs for this upcoming studio effort," Kristen Henderson, founding member and bass player for the band, commented. "This CD isn't about indulging ourselves, for lack of a better expression. These songs all come from the heart, but if the hook didn't knock us off our feet, it didn't make the final cut."
"We focussed on melody. We focussed on arrangements. We wanted this group of songs to stick in peoples brains, and we're saving the experimental moments for the live show," Lead singer, Nini Camps, added.
Guaranteed to make the final track listing are songs previously released on the band's 2010 Live From NYC EP - Borrowed Time and Everywhere is Home. "The first time I heard Everywhere is Home, I knew Nini had to either join the band or become my permanent silent writing partner." Kristen joked via phone from her home on Long Island.
"Kristen and I have known each other for a long time", Camps added, "but it's within the past few years that our paths have really come together. We are leading fairly similar lives, as brand new moms who make a living making music. It's been a great fit not just creatively, but logistically as well. Now, when we sit down to write a song, we pretend we're writing love songs when they're really about the babies." Nini laughs.
Borrowed Time, a hands down fan favorite of the "new" Antigone, as many fans refer to the band now, was inspired by Nini's and Kristen's journey into parenthood. "When we wrote that song," Kristen stated, "I said to Nini let's imagine we had one more night to give the babies the best advice we ever could. We both went right into that place and the song was written."
What fans can also look forward to with this CD is a much more collaborative effort between all the members of the band. "When it came time for song selection, I wanted to be sure we included a few 3-and-a-half-minute, knock-you-over-the-head, no-brainers," Dena Tauriello, longtime drummer for the band, quipped. "I was so relieved to know Kristen, Cathy and Nini were in that mindset as well. There were a few songs on our list that I knew I'd fall on a sword for, and luckily everyone agreed!" Dena added, with a sigh of relief.
"I'm excited about this group of songs, and especially glad I was able to participate in the writing process more than I have on albums past," Cathy Henderson, lead guitarist and founding member, stated. One Foot Out the Door, an upbeat, foot stomping alt-country song she co-wrote with Camps will be featured on 23 Red. "We're just excited to get back out on the road and showcase these songs for the fans. This is a much happier band than it was a few years back," Cathy added. "I know these songs reflect that."
The band is recording 23 Red in New York City with producer Gary Philips. It is set to be released on August 2, 2011. -- Erica Dunlop
Antigone Rising was catapulted into the spotlight in 2005 with their Hear Music/Lava Records debut release - "From the Ground Up." A major line-up shift in 2008 led to a brief hiatus, but after a few months on the sidelines, drummer Dena Tauriello & The Henderson sisters made the decision to keep moving forward with new member Nini Camps on lead vocals.
Nini Camps is a vocal force that holds her own in the musical landscape of Antigone Rising. Her voice blends perfectly with the signature style vocal harmonies the band has become known for, while also adding her own unique sound. A first generation Cuban American, Camps originally hails from Miami, Florida. With the addition of Camps as lead singer, Antigone Rising continues to turn heads and gain popularity with their poignant lyrics, catchy melodies and soaring three-part harmonies.
Known for their driving and vivacious live show, Antigone Rising has toured with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lucinda Williams and The Bangles amongst others. Since their inception the band has released 4 independent albums. In 2004, they were signed to Lava Records, leading to a partnership with Starbucks. With the release of their album, "From The Ground Up," Antigone Rising became the first band in Starbucks' "Hear Music Debut" series.
In 2006, Antigone Rising appeared in a national print (Cosmo, Elle, Vanity Fair) and television campaign for designer clothing company 7 Jeans. They have enjoyed sponsorships with Mustang and Motorola. VH1 aired a half-hour special featuring the band and both VH-1 & CMT also embraced them by playing the video of their single, "Don't Look Back" on heavy rotation. The band has also appeared on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Emeril Live, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts & several VH-1 programs including "I Love the 70s" & "I Love the 80s" episodes.
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