A Lot Like Birds
A Lot Like Birds is a post-hardcore band from Sacramento, CA, known for their tendency to flawlessly blend a wide array of genres; from ambient soundscapes to aggressive punk-fueled anthems to unpredictable prog-rock freakouts.
The band was initially the brainchild of guitarist Michael Franzino. Franzino invited a couple Sacramento-based musicians and friends to perform with him, the result being Plan B, the band's debut album. After solidifying a consistent lineup, the band started to pick up buzz in the Sacramento scene, with their dynamic and energetic live shows getting rave reviews.
In early 2011, the band announced that Kurt Travis (formally of Dance Gavin Dance) would be joining the band as a second vocalist. Soon after, they signed to Doghouse Records (All American Rejects, Say Anything, The Get Up Kids) and acquired The Artery Foundation (Asking Alexandria, Dance Gavin Dance, Alesana) as management.
After signing both deals, they entered Interlace Audio Recording Studio with producer / engineer Kris Crummet (Closure In Moscow, Fear Before, Dance Gavin Dance) to record their second full length, Conversation Piece.
After it's release in the fall of 2011, Conversation Piece received praise and they were called "one of post-hardcore's most important new bands and one of the few capable of saving the scene." (-MindEqualsBlown.net).
A Lot Like Birds will spend all of 2012 on the road, taking their new album and frenzied live antics to the masses.
Hearts Like Lions
Hearts Like Lions is a dynamic alternative indie rock band from Long Beach, CA, formed by front man Stephen Ramos in 2011. After tireless writing and performing shows across California, Nick Sturz (of Facedown Records recording artist Dynasty) joined the team on drums, in which Hearts Like Lions released their debut single 'Once Dead, Now Alive' online through numerous digital audio outlets as well as through the form of a music video.
OWEL is a 5-piece band hailing from NJ that takes a unique approach to instrumentation, incorporating orchestral strings and glockenspiel over traditional guitar, drums, and bass.
Although guitarist/vocalist Jay Sakong and drummer Ryan Vargas grew up in the same county of
Middlesex, New Jersey, it wasn't until late 2010 that the two would collaborate musically.
During this time, Jay was attending the Institute of Audio Research in New York, and met fellow
student and guitarist Seamus O'Connor. Before even hearing him play, Jay suggested that
Seamus join him and Ryan in their new musical venture. He explains, "Seamus and I would both
take the same train into the city, and we would just discuss music the whole time. I knew, or at
least seriously hoped, that we both understood what we wanted to create together."
After playing a few shows, they felt something was missing – that's where violinist/keyboardist
Jane Park would fit into the picture. A childhood friend of Jay's, Jane had lost contact with Jay
for years but noticed that his band was playing a set at her local Brooklyn venue and decided to
stop by. Again, even before hearing her play, Jay knew that she was the missing piece of the
puzzle. He says, "She had just played a show herself, so she had this violin strapped to her back
like a rifle." In search of a bass player, the band recruited Nunzio Moudatsos (ex-Late Cambrian),
who would round out the quintet.
The group's self-titled 2013 debut garnered attention from the likes of NPR, Stereogum,
Grantland, and Pitchfork, and continues to build a following around their vinyl release, powered
by boutique label, intheclouds. Additionally, OWEL, released an EP, Every Good Boy, produced
by Mike Watts (As Tall As Lions, The Dear Hunter), on April 28th, 2015, which received much
praise from outlets such as Noisey, Indie Shuffle, PopMatters, and Baeble Music.
OWEL is currently working on their second LP, to be released in the summer, and will be hitting
the road the rest of 2016.