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Wakey! Wakey!

Wakey! Wakey!Wakey!Wakey! made their presence known over the past couple years by finding a perfect balance between crowd-pleasing pop and art-damaged indie rock. It's something Grubbs learned from New York's anti-folk scene and its founding father, Lach. "To come from such a repressed musical environment and then hear someone like Regina Spektor perform with such abandon—shouting and hitting her stool with a drum stick—was priceless."

Nowadays, Grubbs is the crazy one, slapping his piano around and singing like his life depends on it while conducting a rich backdrop of sweeping strings, heavenly harmonies, and enough delicate details to make Wakey!Wakey!'s first proper LP feel like an Oscar-nominated film soundtrack. Which is ironic to say the least. After all, One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn loved a Wakey!Wakey! set so much he tapped their sun-stroked "War Sweater" track for season 6's finale and recruited Grubbs for a recurring role.

"One of my main influences now is the fact that I didn't have someone teach me proper jazz or rock playing," explains Grubbs. "I had no idea how to put a song together; no one telling me, 'Hey, you should check out Gershwin,' but it was all so fascinating to me. So I found my own style by experimenting with what works and what doesn't."


Walter Schreifels

Roadside GravesIn the late 1980s, he played in many New York hardcore bands, most notably Youth Of Today and Gorilla Biscuits (where he was also the songwriter and lyricist). After Gorilla Biscuits broke up, he formed the short lived Moondog. In October 2006, the band's self-titled EP was officially released for the first time ever on Anthology Recordings. It was previously available only as a bootleg 7" record. Moondog would transition into the more metal-oriented post-hardcore band Quicksand. He also collaborated with his former Gorilla Biscuits bandmates in the melodic hardcore band CIV, writing much of their first LP and one song on their follow-up LP despite not actually playing on the record.  Later, he helped create the melodic indie rock-styled band Rival Schools. Walking Concert, his next project, was heavily influenced by classic British acts such as Elvis Costello, The Kinks, Syd Barrett, David Bowie and The Smiths. In addition to a new solo acoustic LP scheduled for release in 2010, Schreifels reformed Rival Schools in June 2008 with plans to release a new album. In October 2009, he appeared on "Memoria : A Tribute To The Alternative 90s" with "When You Sleep", a My Bloody Valentine's cover.

On November 16, 2010, Rival Schools released the deluxe single for "Shot After Shot" on iTunes from the forthcoming record Pedals, which was released in March 2011.

As a producer, he has worked with such hardcore-related bands as Hot Water Music, Sinch and The First Step. Recently, he produced the EP Deer Strutter, the first from the UK band Cars As Weapons, and a full length titled Days Above Ground from Australian post-hardcore band, Paper Arms. He is also part owner of the record label Some Records. He has recently produced hardcore/pop punk act Title Fight's second full length titled Shed.

We are thrilled to welcome the Walter Schreifel's band to Collingswood NJ!!!  The full band will play songs from the recently released "Open Letter To The Scene", also classic songs from his days with Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Walking Concert and Rival Schools!


Lowry

LowryLowry is a band. They like to sing about love, ufos and trailer parks.

Lowry is a Brooklyn-based indie rock band with members originally hailing from Kansas, New Zealand, Australia, North Carolina and Canada. Originally emerging from New York City's "anti-folk" scene, the band has gone through several incarnations before settling into its current line-up in early 2008. Their debut studio album 'Awful Joy', which blended alt-country, psychedelia and rock was released in 2005. Signed to Engine Room Recordings in 2008, they released their sophomore studio album 'Love Is Dead' October 26th 2008.


Gunfight!

GunfightThe four members of GunFight! grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and the wild teenage nights they spent in the fields and parking lots of their home towns have led to a rowdy take on Americana. The members of this Brooklyn-based band have dubbed their music “post-country.” Like the Clash or the Ramones playing Johnny Cash covers, the band’s music combines a mix of roots-country, punk and post-punk.

The band has built a following in the live settings of loft parties, basements and venues since forming in 2007. They released the Hide Your Empties EP (on BNS Sessions) in early 2009 and recently released the full-length, Frontier Land. GunFight! has played on bills with Those Darlins, Langhorne Slim, Beach Fossils, Local Natives, Suckers, Motel Motel, Freelance Whales, Wild Yaks, The Beets, Darlings, Cale Parks and more. The band has also been written about by SPIN, FILTER, New York Magazine, CMJ, Tiny Mix Tapes, Impose, TimeOut NY, and the L Magazine.


Roadside Graves

Roadside GravesMy wife and I are both teachers, but we rarely talk about teaching beyond a good day versus a bad day. After a few years together and a few hundred dinners I realized the one exception was when she taught S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. During her Outsider unit our dinners were always punctuated with tales of students who hated reading suddenly being transformed and bright eyed at the prospect of reading a novel that related authentically to them without being dull.

We were careful to not retell the plot in song as bad broadway; rather we focused on making more nuanced allusions to characters, themes, feelings, and settings. We tried to emphasize the sensitive, frightened sides of the characters, instead of showcasing their thick skin and greaser toughness. Musically and sonically, we avoided a retro sound and kept it thick and modern, with only occasional glimpses of melodies and tones that might have pumped out of their radios at night.

The album was recorded in various states of physical distress for the band — a broken thumb, a break out of hives, fever, and coughing fits all graced our time recording and mixing at Strange Weather in Brooklyn with our handsome engineer Daniel Schlett. Some tracks were recorded by Rich Zilg and his mobile studio in a basement in NJ where a heavily-medicated Jeremy did some overdubs while recovering from an appendectomy. In the end, we cooked up eleven songs, ranging from anthems, pop songs, and ballads to a dark synthesizer instrumental to little folk ditties.

Our hope is that the listener, if so moved, can easily tie the songs to particular characters and events of the novel, but that familiarity with the story is not a prerequisite for enjoying the music or personally relating to the songs. Perhaps it will even inspire some people to read the book, or revisit it. Maybe some teachers will use it, kids will hear it, and we can contribute, in our small New Jersey way, to the legacy of one of the greatest stories about pals and trouble ever written.


Goodnight Lights

Gunfightfrom Jennifer Koch, Origivation Magazine... "This Philadelphia/New Jersey based band pretty much hijacked my brain and held it hostage for about an hour. Every element in Goodnight Lights comes together with such a sincere force... some of my favorite bands were finally smashed together in one... The influences of this band are inadvertently represented in the tracks on the album. Some of those influences include The Velvet Underground, The Pixies, The Stooges, Radiohead and The Arcade Fire. Goodnight Lights concocts a sound that channels these influences in a versatile yet original way. Innovative... There is a consistent talent in each member that exudes through each instrument played. So who are these people? Goodnight Lights includes Michael Schraeger (Guitar, Vocals), Jonah Delso (Bass, Vocals), Michael Ziegler (Drums, Hand Percussion) and the sibling dynamic of Faith Charlton (Keyboards, Vocals) and Ian Charlton (Guitar, Vocals). And yes, you read that correctly, 4 out of 5 members of this band, sings."


Steve Waitt

GunfightBased out of Brooklyn, NY, Indie-Folk artist Steve Waitt and the Mansisters are becoming one of the new favorites on the festival scene. Influences range from old school song styles of Bill Withers,  Tom Waits, and Dylan, to new school sonic textures of Beach House, Grizzly Bear, and Andrew Bird. After forming this most recent incarnation, 2 and a half years ago, Steve and the Mansisters have been gaining attention throughout the US and Europe. They gear up for US dates in September and Europe in October. You can find out more at www.stevewaitt.com.


Sara O’Brien

GunfightSara O’Brien’s sound is like Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant and Lucinda Williams with a splash of Susan Tedeschi.  Her music touches the heartstrings of kids as young as 3 and as old as 80, telling stories about the humor and tragedies of life, our Rites of passage, and her many travel experiences from the flatlands of the Midwest, to Key West, to the shores of South America.

Sara O’Brien grew up in New Jersey. At age eighteen she moved away to attend college at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. There she became the lead singer and lyricist of IRIS an original alternative rock band. Sara released two albums with IRIS, Looking at the Other Three and 807 Wesley Road. Years later, her love of music and warmer winters lured her south to Athens, GA where she immediately became immersed in the local music and arts scene. There she fronted her own original folk rock band and released her third album titled, Play it By Ear.

Sara has devoted herself to creating opportunities through music to educate on social, health, and community issues. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. degree in Cross-Cultural Education through the Arts and currently applies this method in teaching workshops in schools, homes and community centers throughout New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. In 1999 Sara founded BreastFest, a non-profit, fundraising, music festival and health awareness initiative in honor of her mother, Tyanna O’Brien who died of breast cancer in 1990. Since its inception, BreastFest has been held in Athens, GA, Clemson, SC, Baltimore, MD, New York, NY and Haddon Township, NJ.  Ten percent of the proceeds from Trampoline sales benefit BreastFest’s patient care projects. www.breastfest.org


If'n

If'nLoose, Loud and Laidback. For the past 3 years the 4 piece band if'n has meticulously crafted imaginary hit single after imaginary hit single. Performing melodic songs of self deprication blended with an Americana anthemic sensibility, if'n speaks a musical language of eloquent slang. Solid song writing and seasoned musicianship provide a fitting backdrop for the wanton Beatlesque vocal harmonies and striking melodies concocted by these lads. Bare witness to the birth of future classics.


 

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