The Living Statues, Sexy Ester, Catch Kid

The Living Statues

The Living Statues inhaled the sounds of '64 off an LP of A Hard Day's Night and coughed up Jack White's blood onto Cream City brick. Evolving the pop sensibilities of the British Invasion with explosive garage rock textures, "TLS" will crack your bones like empty bottles yet leave you feeling oddly at home as if you've heard them before in a fevered jukebox dream of another lifetime.

Established in 2012 in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the band is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shears, drummer Chris Morales, and bassist Alex Thornburg. On stage they've been compared to "a shot of adrenaline” and described as "edgy, dangerous and unpredictable," yet in their own words, they're just “a rock-n-roll band from the Great Midwest.”

Their debut single, Our American Cousin, was released in June 2013, followed up in April 2014 with their official debut - the Knockin' EP - recorded at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn, NY. Since the release of Knockin', TLS has recorded at Daytrotter, been nominated for three Radio Milwaukee awards, performed as part of the Emerging Artists Series at Summerfest, at School Night in Los Angeles, and on stages with Banks, Best Coast, Hanni El Khatib, Mayer Hawthorne, The Vaccines, Tokyo Police Club, and Walk The Moon.

Madison, WI based, Sexy Ester, is infused with so much John Hughesian charm a movie soundtrack couldn't contain it all. Sharp, smart, and deadly accurate with their hook laden Post-Modern Power Pop they're ready to take the US by force. Fronted by honey voiced Lyndsay Evans, who controls the stage like the Divas of old and ably backed by Adam Edar on guitar, Paul Kennedy on drums, Brad Schubert on bass, and Roscoe Evans on keyboards, Sexy Ester is no flash in the pan. They've already payed a lot of dues slugging it out in the smaller clubs and dives all over the Midwest. Their newest CD, "Sequins, Sin, & Appetite", is fast becoming a staple of college radio and the venues are getting bigger and bigger. The band swept the Alternative category at this year's Madison Area Music Awards taking home Performer, Song, and Album of the Year. Lead Singer, Lyndsay Evans, was honored with the Female Vocalist of the Year award.

Catch Kid is an up and coming alternative-rock trio residing in the beautiful foothills of the Midwest. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, the band spends its days practicing in an abandoned dairy factory – a large refrigerator door serves as the entrance to their converted studio space. To them, the practice facility is known as “The Fridge”, and the band truly believes that the musical ideas marinate there.

“Their songs are big enough for the masses, built upon strong melodic backbones and solid songwriting. And while the DNA of Catch Kid is very much the same from their debut EP, Geronimo, it’s clear that they have taken a big step forward with the release of Build a Fire with Me.
Keep an eye on these guys – we think they’re just getting revved up.” - Goodbye Babylon

The piano fueled songs display a knack for music theory and the front mans unique vocal tone produces an original sound. Rusch says “I consider myself a risk taker when frying up bacon in the morning without a shirt on”. This shows in his songwriting style that he will take any risks possible to develop the best songs he can.

Lead guitarist Jeremy Van Mill is one of the most talented guitarists in Madison, and his skill translates anthemically on stage. He brings the full sound and depth to Catch Kids songs, and remains completely in control and humble while doing so.

The fellow handling the beat responsibilities (Luke Osiecki) emerges from the snow drifts of northern Wisconsin. His uncanny ability to produce fresh, tasty beats forces the audience to shake a leg. “I am more than just a timekeeper. Every time I write my parts, my intentions are to improve the feel and vibe of the song, not just the tempo. If I get listeners to tap their foot, mission accomplished”.

With a mix of Something Corporate’s up-beat vibe, and U2’s melodic tendencies, they’re sure to leave the crowd satisfied.

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