Label: Sharp Attack Records
Release Period: July 2014
* THINK DARK FOLK STORIES AND DREAM-POP ALLOYED TO LEONARD COHEN, JOHNNY CASH, BRIAN ENO, NICK CAVE WITH PJ HARVEY AND YOU’LL BE GETTING A SENSE OF SIX YEARS AURAL MANIFESTO *
“Ever wish The xx had a bit more bite? Then you’ll love the sultry undertones of indie pop duo Six Years;. They mix a Raveonettes feel with the work of the aforementioned Mercury Award winning band to create a layered yet intense atmosphere that actually goes somewhere” - Drunken Werewolf
“Quite the fantastic, raw indie rock duet, think Mark E.Smith dueting with PJ Harvey” - Deadly Music.
“sounding like a dark hearted Serge and Brigitte performing a psychedelicised spell craft over Animotion’s ’obsession’ this honey just smoulders with intent”- The Sunday Experience
Six Years is Marc Makarov and Vanessa Anne Redd. Their debut album ‘Rivers’ came from a request from Sean McLusky (1234 Records owner)to record a duet of Kris Kristofferson’s song “Help Me Make It Through the Night” for a feature film. Six Years is the side project of the critically acclaimed band Rubicks, and is a much more grown up affair which captures raw performance, intimacy and mood over production.
Self recorded in the back of 1234 Studios, an art gallery in Redchurch street, Shoreditch, a black room with nothing but some reverb and delay, a drum machine and their instruments , Vanessa on organ/guitar and Marc bass/synth. In the spirit of old recording studios like Sun records they recorded takes as live.
They ran into producer/engineer MPEG winner Al O’Connell who had his studio in the basement of the same building and he proceeded to mix and put the finishing touches to the record.
Rivers is a dialogue of lovers glimpsed through the shadows of stories influenced by writers, Kris Kristofferson, Tennyson , Murakami , Walt Whitman, William Golding, Greek/African myths / Native American influenced stories, Aldous Huxley.
Set in magical realities the thread of stories and myth run through like the Lady of Shallots’ cursed weaving and the thread of Anansi the spiders’ web. The lovers speak, tease, abandon, love, lust and long for one another. Intertwined with reflections on wild abandon, thoughts on death, the afterlife, heaven and hell, angels and demons and out of the doors of perception experience the artist deals with imagination and the creative process.
River of Dark
This is the story of two lovers entwined asking each other to stay the night pleading for salvation in each other’s arms. Hoping their love will cure all ills.
The struggle of creativity. The idea that being lost in imagination is a good thing. Embracing the chaos.
This Is The Day
Hopeful, wishing that the perfect moment would stay frozen forever. Influenced by Tennyson’s story of the Lady of Shallot and the African myth of Anansi the trickster spider-god of all stories.
Inspired by the strange hotel and lift in Haruki Murakami’s book ‘Dance Dance Dance’ when the protagonist goes into the lift and ends up in a different magical world, and Aldous Huxley’s the Doors of Perception.
I Go Fast, We Go faster
The excitement and realisation of the need to move through life quickly, making the most of every moment.
This is the story of a soldier going off to war and leaving the lover at home. A tragic end to a love story. The phrase ‘war’s perfume’ is taken from Walt Whitman’s novel ‘Leaves of Grass’.
The image of Crazy Horse riding across the hills in the first light of morning.
This song encapsulates the idea of the femme fatale. The idea of seduction. A reference to Pincher Martin drowning chained to the rocks in William Golding’s novel. Seduction, capture and tease.
Help Me Make It Trough the Night
A Kris Kristofferson cover. The ballad of two lovers not wanting to spend the night alone.
The story idea was influenced by Carol Carpenter / Sonic Youth track ‘Super Star’. The tragic tale of unrequited love, an imagined life between two people.
Influenced by the story of the Greek myth, ‘halcyon’ Overcoming all odds. The passage of time.Not being afraid of death or the future.
This is the lullaby of rest.
After a couple of years feeling out their sound across the UK live circuit, Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos took on the task of recording their brass, strings, electric guitar and drums based “carnival punk” sound.
They released the independently recorded Victory for the Monsters in October 2012, gaining BBC6 Music radio airplay and capturing their notorious live energy on a record that they followed up with a tour that took in France, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Reactions across Europe were enthusiastic and the band soon embarked on a second visit in April 2013, this time making additional stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. A highlight of their career to date, the band was invited to play in the Czech town of Jaroměř. This was an honour as it meant being able to entertain audiences in a region of the globe whose traditions had influenced their music in the first place.
With summer festival performances that included Boomtown, Y Not, Tramlines, Nozstock, Wychwood and Swingamajig and a third European tour under their belts, the band went into the studio to record their second album, Kill the Beast, with producer by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Destroyers, Robert Plant).
Kill the Beast takes its influences from disparate cultures and movements such as rabble rousing two tone on “Tequila Song”,”Raggle Taggle Gypsy”‘s explosive make over for the twenty first century festival scene or the apocalyptic swing of the title track. The result is a surprisingly cohesive set of songs, all infused with the trademark Weirdo energy, successfully captured on record. The band have taken a mains-wired blender to the last fifty years of popular music and dared it to dangle its naughty bits in.
Recorded and produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Carina Round, The Destroyers), Kill the Beast‘s conception was helped along by rock and roll history. The band borrowed The Clash’s tuba player (from Sandinista!), Bowie’s mixing desk, Joy Division’s guitar and even Ned’s Atomic Dustbin’s drum kit to add their own voice to rock and roll’s delightful history.
The album will be available for download on May 7th. Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos will be playing all over the UK and Europe in May 2014 to promote Kill the Beast.
RELEASED MAY 26TH, 2014
Plus two UK shows in June
- “Her Style is soothingly languid but still sassy …Sunshine by name and nature” -Metro
- “The voice is extraordinary, matched in size only by her personality and her sense of fun” – Echoes
- “Jazzy gospel voice that could loosen bricks from their mortar” – New York Times
Avery*Sunshine - singer, songwriter and pianist - who has one of the most dynamic voices – releases her hotly anticipated second album ‘The Sunroom’ out May 26th on Dome Records. Produced by her songwriting partner, guitarist Dana Johnson.
It has been three years since the release of Avery’s critically acclaimed debut album. And with the release of ‘The Sunroom’ – you can expect to hear – a mix of sublime ballads, grooves and up-tempo tracks – to expressAvery*Sunshine’s thought provoking songwriting.
Alongside ballads like ‘Sweet Afternoon’ and ‘Call My Name’ – there are the Al Green-flavoured ‘Love (Won’t Try)’, the shimmering ‘Nothing To Something’, sassy soulful shuffler ‘I Do Love’ and the up-tempo stomper ‘Time To Shine’ – to name a few…
Avery recently owned her performance on Later…with Jools Holland - where she captivated guest Ringo Starrwhen interviewed on the show “Well, we can all use a little more Sunshine”. Two sold out shows at the Union Chapel were followed by a Royal Albert Hall date, opening for BB King – which garnered great reviews and a Radio 2 playlist on her single ‘I Got Sunshine’ .
Originally from Chester, Pennsylvania, but now based in the vibrant music city of Atlanta, Avery has shared stages in the US with the likes of Eric Benet, Ledisi and Rachelle Ferrell and has collaborated on record with Roy Ayers, Will Downing and Musiq Soulchild, among others.
Avery returns to the UK to headline two shows at:-
June 20 – Islington Assembly Hall, London N1.
Show time 7.00pm. Tickets :£25.00
June 21 – Old Market, Brighton.
This is Avery*Sunshine’s time to shine!
Avery*Sunshine got her start singing at church and playing piano in her home town of Chester, Pennsylvania. She graduated from college in Atlanta, and decided to stay there. For several years she has been choral director at the renowned Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr Martin Luther King Jr preached.
In 2007 she was sought out by Jennifer Holliday to be choral director for an Atlanta production of Dreamgirls. In 2008 she made daily performances at the Democratic national convention and also sang at several events at the inauguration of President Obama.
She also found time to play a principal role in the musical play I Dream, based on the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. And she has recently acquired a manager, Paul Ewing, who also guides the career of Gregory Porter.
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