SKATERS, Team Spirit, LA Font, Canvases

SKATERS formed in NYC in 2012. The group's birth can be traced to a hectic 24 hours in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011, when singer and songwriter Michael Ian Cummings met English guitarist Josh Hubbard at a party at a "really fancy-ass house," as Cummings recalls.

A few months later, the still band-less Cummings got a call from Hubbard announcing that he'd be arriving in NYC the following day from the U.K. He'd be in town for a month and a half and wanted the group to play a gig. So they hooked up with Drummer Noah Rubin and local bassist Dan Burke, booked three shows, learned some songs Cummings and Rubin had been tinkering with (and a handful of Pixies covers), and SKATERS was formed. Later that year, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records.

Their debut record, MANHATTAN, shares stories of the city where they met. "We were all bartenders, so the songs are tales of experiences we had or saw, and other people who were characters in our life during the first year we were in this band," Cummings says.

The disc was recorded by John Hill (Santigold, Wavves) in the API room at Greenwich Village's iconic Electric Lady Studios, named after its one-of-a-kind board, which Laura Nyro had custom-made to match the drapes in her NYC apartment.

"It's like short stories," Cummings adds, deadpanning, "It's Salinger's Nine Stories but it's Eleven Stories by SKATERS. "And the writing is much worse.”

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Team Spirit

Ayad Al Adhamy looked over at his guitar collecting dust in the corner and decided that he had had enough. He picked it up, fell back in love and Team Spirit was born.

Needing a band, he got in touch with his old shred-metal college roommate Roman Tobias Pettigrew (who had spent the last few years in Los Angeles starting a cult) and recruited Cosmo Kilburn Di Giulio after finding and nearly losing him after a night's drinking in a country music bar. The line-up is rounded off by ball-kickin' drummer Mike Addesso.

Bursting with soulpower, Team Spirit's music is a cocktail of Motown basslines, Thin Lizzy-esque duelling guitars, 90's sing-along hooks, Glam beats and Chuck Berry feet.

Do you like to rock? Do you like to move your body and shake those hips of yours? Exactly.

So then, friend, get out the drinks, light your cigarette, lace up your boots and turn it up to eleven! Prepare yourself for the new mavericks of Rock n' Roll: Team Spirit.

LA Font

"Hovering just under LA’s radar, but quickly coming into view, is the City of Angels' LA Font. ... Already comparisons are being drawn between modern peers like Speedy Ortiz and ’90s influences like Built to Spill and Pavement. It’s a compliment to the band’s tight drum-bass combo and witty lyrics, yet a disservice to a group that’s clearly growing into its own sound, with thick guitar hooks and orchestral flourishes, who are ready to forge their own path." – Filter

"We love LA Font. If you don't know them, you should reconsider a few things about your life, like whether or not you're cool." - Vice


Spanning coasts from NYC to LA and the Rocky Mountains in between, Jesse Johnson and Nader Kheirbek created canvases with the intention of building dynamic musical landscapes that capture the energy of rock and roll while embracing honest pop hooks.

Featuring Kane Ritchotte on drums, Jonathan Sundeen on guitar and Max Whipple on bass, canvases will be debuting songs from their forthcoming album slated for release in 2014.

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