KATRINA EX KATRINA & THE WAVES
Former lead singer from the Grammy nominated band, Katrina and The Waves, was born in Topeka, Kansas, U.S.A, and grew up with the West Coast sound (Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Heart). Katrina’s father was a Colonel in the USAF who was stationed in California, New Mexico, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska and Alabama and so Katrina moved seven times while she lived in the U.S.A. and lived in Germany and Holland until, at the age of 16, Katrina arrived in England, where she met fellow American and future Wave, Vince de la Cruz.
As a singer, Katrina was inspired by Motown, Stax and American rock as well as girl groups such as The Shangri-Las and The Shirelles. In 1983 Katrina and Vince formed Katrina and The Waves with Englishmen Alex Cooper and Kimberley Rew.
Katrina and The Waves had their first big break in 1984 when The Bangles covered their song ‘Going Down To Liverpool’. This drew attention to the group and lead to an international deal with Capitol Records.
Katrina and The Waves appeared on Johnny Carson twice.
The band’s first album was produced by Scott Litt, who went on to produce REM and Nirvana – it was his idea to add the drum intro to ‘Walking on Sunshine’ which made it irresistible to radio DJs. The first Capitol album, ‘Katrina & The Waves’ released in 1985, was a substantial critical and commercial success and ‘Walking on Sunshine was a worldwide hit earning top ten spots around the globe. (No. 9 US, No.8 UK, No.3 Canada, No.4 Australia). Since then, the song has been broadcasted over 2,500,000 times in the U.S. and was the highest played track on radio in the Summer of 2008.
Led by acclaimed drummer Brad Elvis and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chloe F. Orwell, Chicago’s The Handcuffs explore broad sonic territory while believing in the power of a great radio hook. Inhabiting some of the same musical domain as T-Rex, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers and Spiders from Mars era Bowie, The Handcuffs deliver bold, sexy songs with memorable melodies and unexpected twists. Known as much for their dynamic live shows as for being prolific writers and producers, their songs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows on Showtime, the CW, NBC, Showtime, MTV, VH1, PBS, HBO, A&E and more. The band has released three full-length albums and is currently working on the fourth. “The Handcuffs are one of the few bands capable of effectively combining the spontaneity and musicianship of glam/punk with the urgency and rough-edged sound of garage rock,” says New Jersey-based rock critic Phil Rainone. “There’s a sexy, swaggering street vibe throughout,” adds North Carolina-based critic Bill Kopp, and the Chicago Sun-Times exclaims that The Handcuffs are simply “effervescent.” Music fans and drum aficionados may recognize co-leader Elvis from a few major label go-arounds during his career and an underground (and, often, not so underground) following of fans of his drumming. Completing The Handcuffs powerhouse garage-glam lineup are bassist Emily Togni, lead guitarist Jeff Kmieciak and keyboardist Alison Hinderliter.
THE INJURED PARTIES
The Injured Parties played their debut gig in February 2005. Led by former Post Office songwriter-guitarist, Larry O. Dean, the IP’s came together after Dean’s previous band, the ambitious, avant-pop sextet, The Me Decade, imploded.
Looking to streamline the violin and viola-driven sound of TMD, Dean recruited bassist Jimmy De Lauriea (Bugga-ohng, Shiver, Amelia Glass) and drummer Mike Ebersohl (Hickory Ridge, Earthshine, Medicine Wheel, Axis, Vision, Four on the Floor, Payton and The Peers, The Veil, The Yellowhammers, Double Wide, Mistreated, Honey Don’t, Chuck Cox and the Johnson Principle, The Nashvillains, Kurt Crandall and True Story) from the vibrant Chicago music underground, creating a more classic ‘power trio’ line-up.
With rich three-part harmonies, chugging electric guitar, deft rhythms and Dean’s ‘songs and sardonica’ approach to composition, The Injured Parties’ music draws inspiration from the melody and verve of vintage Kinks, the squonk of Neil Young’s Crazy Horse, the blissful feedback of The Velvet Underground, the psychedelic twang of The Byrds, and the hard-edged pop of The Posies.
Commemorating their one year anniversary, The Injured Parties headed into the studio to record their debut album with engineer Jeff Hamand (Souled American, Tallulah, Diane Izzo), mixing in Nashville with producer Mark Nevers (Lambchop, The Clientele, Calexico, Bobby Bare Jr.). Fun with a Purpose was released in July 2009.
In 2013, the band contributed a track to Starry Eyed, a tribute album to UK powerpop band, The Records. They are currently recording their second full-length, to be released later this year. Stay tuned!”