Dec 18

VARIOUS CRUELTIES

Formed by frontman Liam O’Donnell in London just two short years ago, Various Cruelties is an alternative indie soul incarnation. The four-piece outfit fuses classic British guitar pop with Stax grooves to create a form of shabby Motown pop. Their self-titled debut album has been made available through their own label, Almanac Recordings, which is climbing the iTunes Alternative charts and currently in the top 50 whilst climbing to No. 77 in the Billboard New Artist Chart. The album was recorded by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Goldfrapp, Foster The People) and the track “If It Wasn’t For You” is currently used in the holiday TV commercial for the diamond jeweler, Zales, which will be utilized for Christmas and Valentine’s Day, where previous artists Alabama Shakes and Black Keys were used. Various Cruelties have supported Kasabian, The Vaccines and Grouplove and have appeared on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland alongside Lou Reed, Metallica and Aaron Neville. Their cover of Ian Brown’s “F.E.A.R.” is currently being used as the trailer for the a HBO series “Banshee” and they are in negotiation for other U.S. sync opportunities whilst considering U.S. label options. They are available for worldwide licensing, publishing futures and U.S. booking. The band is managed by Jon Chapman (jon@radiatemanagement.com), a veteran in the business who A&R’d for Island and Virgin working with Stereophonics, Placebo and scouting Daft Punk for Zomba Publishing. Reach out to Jon for more information.

LINK: www.variouscruelties.com

STREAM: “If It Wasn’t For You”

Dec 4

THE FLUXX

Five fresh-faced boys from Oslo, Norway made up of lead singer Daniel, guitarist Stephan, bassist Iver, keyboardist Jan and drummer Lars, were never daunted by hard work or accused of a lack of perseverance. The Fluxx has concentrated all its attention on drawing notice not only in their native land but also globally. They’ve done this through relentless gigging in their native Oslo and support slots with multi-platinum Eurovision artist Alexander Rybak, and have expanded their profile through multiple performances in the UK. The Fluxx have garnered early airplay support with their songs “Take You Back” and “She Cries” on a variety of global radio stations. The Tre Sheppard (Zero Hour) produced and Steve Fitzmaurice (Depeche Mode, Olly Murs, U2) mixed single “Kids On The Radio” is a refreshing alternative/pop tune that has strong global radio and synch potential. The band is highly respected for its amazing live performance ability; comparable to the more pop-inspired boy bands The Wanted and One Direction. The Fluxx have the potential to be the strongest musical exports from Norway since A-Ha, Royksopp and Stargate.

LINK: www.facebook.com/thefluxxofficial

STREAM: “Kids On The Radio”