Brandon Daniel & The Chics 7" Release Party, Sugar Sugar Sugar

Brandon Daniel & The Chics

Keep Em Flying: Rotten fruit, beer bottles, spit, a half-eaten slice of pizza, panties and bras, a crowd surfers stray shoe. You never know what might be coming your way.

Well bring it, motherfuckers, and keep ‘em flying: Branden Daniel and the The Chics aren’t afraid of gettin’ dirty.

These street-slithering sexpots from Seattle work from the alleyways and dirty streets that lead to your rawest inhibitions and desires, under the spell of moonlight and whiskey-baited, knee-scraping rock n roll. The music comes walking right up to you with a coy, flirtatious stare, then gently pushes you off to the side, without turning around to see the tears roll down your face. But it isn’t heartless; it eventually comes back to comfort you and pick you up on the way back home. Singer/guitarist Branden Daniel has the menacing sneer of Iggy Pop, instilling the 60s pop-rock sensibilities of the most famous British Invaders, and the shaded cool of The Dirtbombs Mick Collins. His sonic creations crash through the scuzzy walls of some Detroit garage built from a Rolling Stones r&b foundation and the rhythmic supports of classic NW garage staples, The Kingsmen.

Previously known as Branden Daniel and Everybody Gets Laid (who in 2008 released an EP Everybody Gets Laid won raves from their hometown of Seattle all the way to Bristol, UK, where the BBC said they were “poised to take over the world.”) The band laid it all out on the line, sure enough. Then, in the magical summer of 2009, after touring the nation in support of Branden Daniel’s self-titled EP, he gave birth to The Chics, a line-up that consists of Aaron Schroeder on baritone guitar, and Matt Winter on drums.

Keep Em Flying, the debut full-length from Branden Daniel and The Chics, charges out of the gate with “All Things Chic,” a deviant full-throttled prowler of a number, that leads into the paining desire of “Missionary” before “Hey, Howie” opens its firm but tender arms to set the record straight. There’s a call and response urgency of muscular rhythm and blues on “Mor Yay,” while the title track riffs on some doo wop straight from Hill Valley High’s Enchanted Under The Sea prom, opening up a magical chasm of strong, dreamy harmonies. A string section (arranged by noted LA composer Ali Helnwein) adds a rich dose of grandiose decadence on “Feel Real,” and the compelling, impenetrable album closer “Not Like Anything.” In all, Keep Em Flying is a bold and tireless rock n roll journey that carefully navigates well-traveled roads, while paving the way for innovative technique and a wholly unique style your ears will desire and your brain will undoubtedly remember.

Keep Em Flying was recorded in Los Angeles at Kingsize Soundlabs with producer Bruce Duff in April 2010, and was completed in August 2010 at Avast! Studios in Seattle with Grammy Award-winning producer Tom Biller, who recorded “Feel Real” and “Not Like Anything”, and remixed and mastered all of Keep Em Flying.

Sugar Sugar Sugar

SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR, high energy rocknroll dosed with equal parts sex and psychedelia, formed in 2007 with one focus: to bring back the rock. Formed in Bellingham, WA, SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR have earned both local and national merit, with their punishing drums, fuzzed out bass, and raunchy guitar.

After touring the better half of the United States multiple times, and with the release of their albums, "Sugar Sugar Sugar", and "Can't Get Enough", SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR are living proof that rocknroll will never die.

A Happy Death

Amidst a cold and dirty New York winter, A Happy Death formed with the intention to create rock and roll music that has vintage tonality with a modern punch. They were soon playing the release show for their debut 7" Vinyl EP, which was recorded in the basement of a Ghost House. In search of a new weather climate, they moved across the country to Portland, Oregon. In the process of moving 3,500 miles from their hometown in Long Island, New York, the band lost their original drummer to a neglected rattle snake bite somewhere in the South Dakota Badlands. However, A Happy Death has moved on from this tragedy and along with their new drummer, they can be seen live in the Portland Metro area and surrounding states.

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