Day Sailor – (Houston, TX)
michael and amanda became friends because they both have crazy last names, a love of donuts, and a dream to make music. we started writing together in early 2010 and finished a few tracks in February 2011.
Maren Parusel – (San Diego, CA)
Maren Parusel is now releasing her first full length record on Requiemme Records.
13 new songs crafted from her life growing up in Germany and contrasted with her experiences over the past five years in sunny California. And for someone who writes beat-driven melodic pop songs it may be a bit ironic that she sought out Paul Jenkins from Black Heart Procession to produce. He’s a man known for heart wrenching dark timeless epics, but he found the emotion in Maren’s songs and the two contrasted perspectives combined for a recording with songs that are yes, melodic and catchy, but poetic at the same time.
Parusel and her band; Kyle McGee (bass) and Eric Brozgold (drums) live to play music. Together just over a year, they are building a fan base one at a time as they did on a recent three week tour to the Northwest., two trips to SXSW and another tour coming up in December.
Most recently the band was nominated and performed two songs at the San Diego Music Awards. Maren Parusel at the SDMA 2010
Having left her small home town of Tubingen, Germany just a few years ago for film School in Los Angeles, it has been an enlightening, whirlwind, and sometimes chaotic road as she and her music have evolved from punk rock in an all-girls Zeros cover band to the melodic, layered and heartfelt music she plays in her own band now.
Just off the plane in Los Angeles a few years ago, she was invited to stay at the home of Rolan Bolan (Son of T-Rex Marc Bolan) where given free reign in the studio she rediscovered her love of music. Classically trained on piano, she quickly picked up the guitar and a couple of years later after settling in San Diego she formed a Zeros tribute band Wild Weekend. That band garnered much attention through March 2009, but shortly after Maren decided to form another band to better express the music she had felt closer to and had been writing for the past few years.
Looks like that was the right decision as her new music caught the attention of mega producer Linda Perry who let her record in her Burbank studio and caught her show at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. While on tour in the opening act for a few short dates, Maren Parusel also caught the attention of The Killers and their violin player recorded on her five song demo. She also turned the heads of some music giants while playing at Alejandro Escovedo’s day party at SXSW 2010 and after her showcase was asked by the infamous Runaways Manager Kim Fowley to audition for him and several industry reps.
All of these experiences have made the band dedicated and more determined. There’s something passionate about a band that will not listen and doesn’t seem to care about the endless pitfalls and broken hearts waiting out there in the industry and on the road, as they leave armed with a handful of gigs, some vinyl, CD’s and a well rehearsed set bent on winning over the world.
Jealous Creatures – (Houston, TX )
Taking shape in early 2011, Jealous Creatures began as a collaboration between Houston locals Sarah Hirsch and Josh Barry.
Hirsch had spent time in Austin playing guitar and singing with a number of bands before deciding to return to her hometown and start something fresh. Barry, who had worked his way through a lengthy stint as drummer in Houston new wave band Japanic, was on the lookout for something new.
Reworking Hirsch’s folk-laced demos into riff-driven rock songs, the pair decided to recruit additional members for a full-fledged band. After hooking up with ex-Big Top bassist Lisa Gallo Roth, fellow Japanic keyboardist Rob Smith, and guitarist Ian Hlavacek, the band released its debut album on their own Critter Records label.
The self-titled EP showcases both sides of the band, with full-on rock like “Coffee Stains’ and ‘Faith in Man?,’ paying homage to the gritty pop rock of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders—while tracks like the subdued Eggs Alone embody a successful mix of raucous indie rock and Norah Jones-like soul.
Currently, the band is pleasing crowds around Texas with their live shows and has plans to return to the studio in June 2011 to record their first full length recording.