Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes:
Power diva Clairy Browne and her harmonising girl group The Bangin’ Rackettes formed in 2009 over a mutual love of nineties dance videos, early rhythm n’ blues records and big hair. They teamed up with a group of lovable rogue musicians and started rehearsing and recording in a barely standing ex-coffin factory in the suburbs of Melbourne, which quickly became the musical home to this young band. Together they have come a long way and have been bringing back the big stage show to venues and festivals all over the country with highlights including touring with the Big Day Out, playing the Forum Theatre for Melbourne Festival, appearances at Golden Plains and Falls Festival and many late night sweaty, sequined club shows along the way. The band’s sound takes you through their original interpretation of soul, jump blues, doo-wop, ska and r’n’b, while telling a story which is very much about the here and now. Their live show is an experience from start to finish, often starting with a marching band playing outside the venue, processions through the room and cameos from other singers and dancers performing from within the crowd. These dynamic and energetic live shows are created with the intention of taking their audience to another place, with their contemporary take on the heightened hysteria of 1960’s music TV. Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes recently announced the release of their debut album, Baby Caught the Bus. It was in the making for two years and was recorded with and produced by the gifted Steve Schram (Little Red, Little Birdy, Cat Empire, Eagle and the Worm). The record is an incredibly accomplished first release which recently won Album of the year on ABC Radio National and was #6 in the Age newspaper’s album of the year list. Baby Caught the Bus moves through heart-wrenching doo-wop wailing, to drunken pianos, party hysteria and tough, hard-hitting soul. This collection of songs is delivered with dynamic vocal harmonies and the force of the rhythm section, with Clairy’s big soul voice and the horns leading the procession. The album is due to be released in Japan and Europe later this year along with international touring, more recording and a mini-documentary on the horizon. There is no doubt that there is more exciting things to come, for and from Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes. “To label the show a ‘gig’ is a huge injustice to the whole production. While the spectacle is electrifying, the spine and allure of the group is Browne. She’s warm yet ballsy, with an enormous voice that could move mountains.” Madeleine O’Gorman, The Music.com.au
When you think of soul music, "attitude" isn't the first thing that always comes to mind. That's not to say the genre couldn't use a little spunk though—especially in this day and age. Thankfully, Los Angeles singer Raquel Rodriguez and her band play soul how it was always meant to be played. Their 2013 full-length debut Miss Me boasts a collection of impassioned, invigorating, and irresistible songs that are as fresh as they are fiery. Raquel discovered music very early on and became driven to sing and perform. Despite all of her formal training, she charismatically taps into an utterly effusive energy that borders on punk panache. "We want to play loud music with a groove that people can dance and drink to," she declares. "You've got to physically feel it when we're on stage or in your speakers. It has to be loud, dirty and gritty. Meeting her six-piece band while still attending class, they collectively began pursuing their own "party" in 2011, gigging tirelessly everywhere they could. A year later, the group hit the studio to record what would eventually become Miss Me. With drummer Sam Brawner producing, and engineering/mixing from Keith Armstrong at Chris Lord-Algae's studio Mix LA, they injected raw power into the music. You can hear it loud and clear on the first single and title track, "Miss Me". Blending intricate instrumentation and Raquel's infectious delivery, the song is something of a call-to-arms. "It's an anthem," she admits. "It's a girl singing about a guy who took advantage of her and didn't do anything for her. Now, because she's successful and he's not, he wants her back. She always warned him like, 'One day, you're going to miss me'. She was right." Elsewhere on the album, "Tell Me It's Fine" paints a poignant picture via her vivid lyrics and the music's sultry swing. "It's about a relationship where both people are really stubborn," she goes on. "Neither side wants to end it so they stick it out, stay together, and hope it's fine." For the bonus track "Already Beat", Raquel and co. worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Scheps [Adele]. After winning the nationwide 2012 College Battle of the Bands, they received the opportunity to work with the renowned talent. Now, she's ready to show the world how soul is really done. "It's only old school in the sense of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder making crowds get up and move," she concludes. "We wanted to bring our own spirit to something that's inspired us so much. We hope everyone wants to crank our music as loudly as possible." Raquel's merely commenced her journey, and it's going to be quite a wild ride.
Pinot is a high energy, high volume funk jam band based in Los Angeles, CA. The group was formed by drummer/producer Sam Brawner in 2006 at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music with 4 other students. The band got their start by playing house parties around campus and quickly gained a loyal fan base. Since the inception of the band, Pinot has showcased their unique style across the country and have emerged onto the jam band scene, performing alongside bands such as Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, Trombone Shorty, The Doobie Brothers, and The Original Wailers Band.