The Shakers, Mumiy Troll, Run Run Run

The Shakers

The Shakers - “If it doesn’t fit in our Honda Element, then we don’t play it.” Not a bad M.O. for a group of talent on the rise – just cut the crap and rock out. That said, meet THE SHAKERS from Los Angeles – a fun-loving yet gritty brand of good old fashioned rock n’ roll, fronted by the ever-so-charming and undeniably heart-warming Jodie Schell.

Just when you thought every musical hybrid had been realized, LA’s THE SHAKERS have emerged as the missing link between soul and grit-rock. Previously described as “The Black Keys meets Heart” or even “AC/DC meets The Supremes,” The Shakers are able to peak potential listeners’ curiosity without even requiring the proverbial “listen.” All comparisons aside, the 4-piece outfit has created something truly original and charismatic – a brand of modern music that the ill-remaining music industry has been so desperately aching for. Loud, unapologetic, and masters of the stage domain.

The project started in 2009, when guitarist and musical catalyst Chris Lee relocated from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in hopes of igniting some inspiration via the rays and glitz of Southern California. On the evening of his arrival, Chris coincidently met Jodie Schell – a dynamic vocalist with unparalleled range and charm who immediately became the perfect fit. “The night we were introduced I didn’t realize it would only be a year or so before we’d be selling out that very room we were standing in,” Lee recalls. “A few short weeks later – when I saw Jodie perform as a back up singer and smash a tambourine on stage with the punk band she was in at the time – was when I knew we had to be in a project together.” A first writing session was quickly arranged, in which the duo wrote “Low Lights,” “Already Gone,” and put the finishing touches on “Distress Signal” – solidifying The Shakers’ core sound and three key tracks for both their debut EP and 2011’s appropriately titled Oh So Loud.

After winning the heart and commitment of exceptional drummer Nick Woods, The Shakers entered legendary NRG Studios with producer Sean Curiel to begin work on Loud. With the aid of the one and only Joseph “Bunny” Holiday at the boards, the band finished their first full-length record in time for a sold out performance at The Viper Room in Hollywood and an East Coast tour to follow. “The duality of the two-producer arrangement was enticing, but for this next album we want more cohesive tones between the tracks,” explains vocalist Jodie Schell. To that end, guitarist Chris Lee adds, “For the new record we’ll be producing it entirely ourselves, with a little help from Shooter Jennings/Gin Wigmore guitarist John Schreffler, Jr. at the boards. We’ll be doing the whole thing on 1 inch tape in his home studio, which none of us have ever done before. It’ll be a truly old school approach.” The Shakers will also have the benefit of new revered bassist Kyle Kozlowski, making his studio debut on their forthcoming album.

Fans can expect a shiny new record from The Shakers in spring of 2013. Until then, the band will continue to dominate the LA music arena, where a reputation of filling clubs like The Viper Room and Roxy Theatre keeps the lights on. The band has previously opened for such acts as Everclear, Our Lady Peace, The Motels, and Semi Precious Weapons.

In the words of vocalist Jodie Schell, “Rock n’ roll is a lifestyle, and the day we can quit our day jobs and live every day like this will be the most important day of our lives. My heart might explode on that day.”

Mumiy Troll

Taking their name from a character in the famous children's books of Tovi Jansson, Mumiy Troll have become one of Russia's most popular and critically acclaimed contemporary pop/rock acts of the '90s and 2000s. Centered around the offbeat romantic lyrics and intelligent, charismatic presence of songwriter and frontman Ilya Lagutenko, the band has developed separately from the rest of the Russian music scene, opting to work with foreign producers and recording the majority of its work in England. Although experimenting with different musical genres over the years, Mumiy Troll have developed an idiosyncratic sound placed halfway between traditional Russian rock and Brit-pop.

Run Run Run

Run Run Run is an American indie rock band from Los Angeles. The quintet consists of Xander Smith (vocals, guitar), Nic Speck (bass), Doug Palmer (guitar), Francisco DeCun (drums) and Alek Speck (keyboards). The band came to be after some rousing recording sessions with the late Fred Drake (Daniel Lanois, Mark Lanagan, Queens of The Stone Age, Victoria Williams) at Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, California.

In the fall of 2005, Run Run Run's unique indie rock sound and hypnotic lo-fi light show, two EPs and support slots for The Strokes, The Vines, Psychedelic Furs and My Chemical Romance caught the attention of Billboard Magazine. Billboard organized a showcase for the band. This performance and a residency at Silverlake's renowned Club Spaceland landed Run Run Run a record deal for Endless Winter in the U.S. and in Australia thanks to Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson. This 2006 release also featured remixes by members of Madonna, New Order, Bauhaus and Z-Trip.

After extensive touring their follow up was the Good Company ep --released on January 27, 2009. This was their first full digital release (including iTunes) and featured a video for the title track. These songs landed on MTV, VH1, The Hills, KROQ and INDIE 103.1 in L.A., as well as radio stations across the U.S. Rx3 recorded this ep with U.K. hitmaker Noah Shain (Orson) and legendary ex-Journey/ frontman, Steve Perry. The video for "Good Company" was directed by actress Pauley Perrette (NCIS, ALMOST FAMOUS, THE RING).

In 2010 Run Run Run delivered the full length CD, Pico. Thanks to Herb Alpert, the album was recorded on A&M studio's most famous API console. The title track "Pico" and single "On and On" are amongst 11 new tracks. The band enlisted Emmy award winner Michael Goorjian (SLC Punks/ Leaving Las Vegas) to direct the "Pico" video.

On June 17, 2010 L.A.'s World famous KROQ sponsored a preview show/ listening party. At the same time, Russian rock star Ilya Lagutenko introduced Russian radio to the Rx3. Enthusiasm for the single, "Song and Dance" led to 3 tours of Russia with festival slots to over 200,000 people, shows with Pink, Good Charlotte and Mumiy Troll, and a performance for over 20 million viewers on Russian television. Run Run Run finished out 2010 with a tour of U.S. and Canada, and co-headlined w/ Sophie Ellis Bextor at Red Square in Moscow.

For 2011 Rx3 gears up for more touring and the international release of their self-titled, Run Run Run. This CD remasters and compiles the band's singles from previous albums and favorite tracks picked by fans on Facebook



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