Mar 29

NEW BEAT FUND

SoCal four-piece New Beat Fund combines sunny surf rock with elements of hip-hop, garage pop and west coast punk, tossing it all in a blender to cook up a colorful mash-up they call “G-Punk.” Their debut album, Sponge Fingers released by Red Bull Records to whom the band were signed by the label’s A&R executive Kenny “Tick” Salcido, was co-produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5), mixed by Tony Hoffer (Foster The People, Beck) and was recorded at LA’s legendary Sound City Studios has produced the singles “Sunday Funday “ and “Sikka Takin’ The Hard Way,” which were played at KROQ Los Angeles, WLKK Buffalo, KRXP Colorado Springs, WZNE Rochester, WROX Norfolk and many other stations. For the past three years, New Beat Fund has been touring across the country, playing everywhere from local frat parties and bars to shows with Blink-182, Mod Sun, New Politics and the Vans Warped Tour. The quartet have released the new single “No Type” and have announced a tour with American Authors which kicks off today in San Francisco and goes until April 9th in Dallas which includes stops in LA, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Nashville and Austin. New Beat Fund have also confirmed performances at BuzzFest 35 in Houston in April, Move Music Fest in Albany in April, the BottleRock Music Festival in Napa Valley, CA in May and the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, MI in June. The new single is already spinning on KNDD Seattle, WKQX Chicago, WRFF Philadelphia, CIMX Detroit, KDKB Phoenix, KXTE Las Vegas and more.

LINK: www.newbeatfund.com

STREAM: “No Type”

Mar 22

THE RESPONSE

Originally hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Andrew and Victoria Knopp are the duo that makes up Vancouver-based indie-pop act The Response. Determined to faithfully translate their expansive albums from tape to stage, The Response have crafted a live show that utilizes every one of their limbs and will leave you wondering exactly how a mere two people can make so much noise. Their new album, North of Nowhere, builds on The Response’s defining second album and finds a band at home in eclecticism, showcasing a sound that is fresh and varied. Produced independently, all duties from writing, recording, mixing and mastering to artwork were undertaken by the resourceful pair. The new album has sounds ranging from reverb-drenched banjo to synth pop and fuzzed-out guitars, brought together by a strong songwriting voice drawing influence from dominant indie acts such as Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, The Postal Service and Sufjan Stevens. “When they sing together, the harmony is searing,” notes Hannah McGowan on NZ website The Audience. “They are simple, understated, yet powerful. Unashamedly indie-pop, and damn good at it, too, they prefer a hands-off approach to songwriting, mastering the art of seeing what emerges without trying too hard. Their jazz school background is revealed in immaculate and cunning compositions, far more sophisticated and subtle than your usual pop fa├žade.”

LINK: www.theresponsenz.com

WATCH: “Hours”