The Grizzly Band (Houston, TX)
“After the band finished up its setlist, the audience was not ready to call it a night. Despite amps being shut off and the house music rising up, the audience was non-relenting in their demand for more songs from their hometown band. So, the band retook the stage and ripped into another classic Grizzly tune, Nightmare Lady. This has always been one of my favorite tunes from the band, next to the seldom played Stage Dive. Grizzly keeps moving up through bigger venues, more cities and better exposure. Take my advice and get out to a show soon so you can tell folks how you saw them back in the clubs. Believe me, that day will come.” Samuel Barker – Houston Music Review
“There was reprieve in the cards for my cochleae. At Dean’s, Grizzly stomped out an appealingly hard honky-tonk sound that culminated in a nice, crunchy cover of “Folsom Prison Blues,” complete with wailing guitar solo attached.” Nathan Smith – Houston Press
“In a world of rock radio stations that keep getting weaker, It’s refreshing to know that there are a few Texas boys with balls that still put out some good rock and roll. They call it, “Southern Whiskey Punk.’ It’s what you get when you mix two parts Rancid, one part Supersuckers, a splash of Mean Gene Kelton mixed in a country shaker, and served up with a Dropkick Murphys chaser. It goes down hard, but definitely good! There is no gimmick to this band! The song “One more day” which is on the new album “Come And Take It” due out in March has an anthem quality to it that’ll make you want to throw up a fist, kiss your ole lady and drink a cold lone star beer.” MissVHaven – Tip Out Magazine
When Particles Collide (Exeter, NH)
“You’re onto something great when you can deliver a straightforward pop nugget that pulls from Motown, heavy metal and equal parts Joan Jett and Nancy Sinatra…..punk rock fury, metal crescendos and delicate melodic turns…groovy, heavy pop, slick, hypnotic new wave (power pop? power wave?).” -Jed Gottlieb The Boston Herald August 2016
“WPC’s music is an amalgam of many kinds of rock: punk, metal, grunge, Southern, classic, new wave.” – Chris Busby, The Bollard, June 2015
“She (Sasha) and drummer Chris Viner make music that’s hard to pin down, a powerful mix of art-rock and pop-punk.” -Josh Jackson, Paste Magazine, September 2014
“Clothed in a delicious pop-punk candy shell, but inside lies a rhythmic and melodic core that’s rooted in Alcott and Viner’s dynamic partnership, with elements of jazz and metal creeping in.” -Emily Burnham, Bangor Daily News, June 2014
Brightwire (Baytown, TX)
After a couple of years of touring as a harmony vocalist with Samuel Barker, Kim Daniels (now Barker!) started writing songs and taking an active role in the artistic direction the arrangements of Samuel’s older songs. Then, as Samuel’s son, Ian, joined the duo on bass, it became clear that continuing as a solo artist made no sense for Samuel, so, Brightwire was born.
After a few months of touring and playing shows, Samuel and Kim got married on March 11, 2017 and have no slowed down since. Ian has taken on a few roles in various orchestra projects, which has limited his appearances in the live setting recently, but remains a vital part of the recording and artistic process for Brightwire.
Currently, the trio are working on their debut album and racking up all the miles they can travelling around the country playing their songs for anyone with an ear to lend.