Foster The People
The Kooks, Kimbra
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland, 21044
Foster The People
"Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (guitar), Max Rafferty (bass), and Paul Garred (drums) generate the rubbishy garage rock sounds of the Kooks. Named after the song on David Bowie's Hunky Dory, the Kooks met while attending Brighton Music College in the mid-2000s. Each shared a liking for the Police, the Strokes, the Everly Brothers, and Funkadelic, and the bandmates began funneling such influences into their own sweet and precocious sound in 2005. Before the year's end, the British foursome was releasing singles for Virgin UK. "Eddie's Gun" and "Sofa Song" did moderately well on the U.K. singles chart; however, the romantic playfulness of "You Don't Love Me" eventually gave the band its first ever Top 20 hit.
The Kooks' debut full-length, Inside In/Inside Out, arrived in January 2006. The band's fifth single, "Naive," landed at number five by spring. Hot on the heels of their international success, the Kooks made their American performance debut at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, TX, in March, and the U.S. version of Inside In/Inside Out arrived on Astralwerks in October 2006. Two years later, the Kooks returned with Konk, an album they hoped had a "bigger" sound than their debut. The album's arrival coincided with the announcement that Rafferty had left the band and was replaced by former Cat the Dog bassist Dan Logan." - MacKenzie Wilson, AllMusicGuide
Kimbra, NZ born songstress, is not a name synonymous with your average female singer, songwriter. Bringing a modern edge to the worn sounds of soul with a voice that belies her age, her jazz-influenced theatrical pop is inspired by a range of musical genres and artists, from Nina Simone to Bjork and Prince.
After 3 years now based in Melbourne, Kimbra has completed her debut full length album, '...Vows', set to be released in August. Featuring on the album are producers Francois Tetaz (Architecture in Helsinki, Gotye) and M-Phazes (Amerie, Pharoahe Monch). Her popular debut single and video for 'Settle Down' received rave reviews from around the world claiming her as the 'one to watch for 2011'. Kimbra also featured on Miami Horror's track 'I Look To You' and has recently released second single off the soon-to-be-released album called, 'Cameo Lover'.
Kimbra's whimsical soul pop invokes both past and modern soul luminaries, but matched with her own intrigue and quirk, a breath mint for the pop scene, and a knack for theatrics to show that being a bit "out there" is the name of her game. Make no mistake - Kimbra is picking up steam even as she arrives. It's going to be a wonderful trip.
'Kimbra's got a pretty unique style going on right about now. The cut-and-paste vocals of Settle Down and the retro energy of Cameo Lover already belie something bigger than your average pop fare, complemented by a voice that swoops as low as it peaks. This is classic jazz intonation updated for the tech-age, all scats and doo-wops chopped and changed by some of the best knob-twiddlers in the business.'