Fist Of Facts, Madam West, Johnny Butler & The Epic Fail

Fist Of Facts

They began life in a basement studio on Ludlow Street, downtown Manhattan, in the mid-80s. The bastard child of Liquid Liquid's Salvatore Principato & Ken Man Caldeira (part of the Liquid Liquid extended family and original Liquid Idiot member) the band lasted nearly a decade during which they created a uniquely downtown New York sound evoking a musical, cultural and political construct that could only have evolved at that particular time in that particular place.

The Fist of Facts sound was mostly captured on a 4-track recorder synched to some long expired sequencing software; however, in performance the band could consist of Sal, Ken Man Caldeira and a computer or a nine-piece ensemble replete with a horn section. Never standing still long enough to be defined, Fist of Facts defied any attempt to stifle the spirit of their music and strove to avoid compromise, digging deep into the idiosyncrasies of their personal experiences, political understandings and musical sensibilities. The band developed through it's ever changing line-up of significant contributors who passed through the studio or took to the stage to help decorate the sound and make their mark. Amongst those who contributed to this evolution were Mark Cunningham, Felice Rosser, Don Dowdye, Carlos Vivanco, Genevieve Boulet De Monvel and many more.

Fist of Facts strived to evoke the philosophy of the early Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov who, in his cinematic manifesto, stated: Simply: the factory of facts. Filming facts. Sorting facts. Disseminating facts. Agitating facts. Fists made of facts. Mountains of facts. Hurricanes of facts and individual little factlets.

Madam West is an NYC-based experimental soul-pop band. The group started as a duo in the mildewed recesses of a Bushwick cellar not too different from your own (residential zoning laws aside).

What started as a weekly cover session and recording project blossomed into a folk-soul-pop fusion group that continues to entertain, engage, and sometimes baffle. The group has been favorably reviewed in Stereo/Pirate, UK's Songwriting Magazine, and featured on CFUV (Canadian college radio), along with various internet radio stations.

Madam West is currently comprised of three vocalists, one keyboard player/engineer, one drummer, one guitarist and more electronics than the band has hands.

Johnny Butler & The Epic Fail

Johnny has played at Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Bear Creek, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Jazz, Voodoo Fest in New Orleans, helped write and record the tenor and baritone saxophone parts on Beyonce‘s album 4, played with tUnE-yArDs at Summer Stage in New York, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) and Warren Haynes at a Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm’s Studio, Govt Mule at the Beacon Theater in New York, Joe Lally (Fugazi), Strangefolk at StrangeCreek, La La Brooks of Phil Spector’s Crystals, The Skeletons Big Band, worked with Grammy-award winner and former American Idol Judge Randy Jackson at Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, and has opened up for Stevie Wonder, The Avett Brothers, Dr. John, Fitz and the Tantrums, Counting Crows, moe., Soulive, Sharon Jones and Dap Kings, Trombone Shorty, and the Funky Meters.

Raise it Up is Butler’s third solo release after Solo (2010) and Carousel (2013), and fourth album as a bandleader, releasing Fracture on London’s Hi4Head Records. In addition to his own work, Butler is a founding member of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, with whom he toured nationally from 2009 to 2013, recording two albums for Modern Vintage Recordings, Pound of Dirt (2012) and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds (2010).

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