Fabulous Diamonds are Melbourne duo, Nisa Venerosa and Jarrod Zlatic. Nisa plays drums and sings, Jarrod plays sax, electric organ, keys, and synthesizer through time-lag accumulators to make their unique avant-garde music humbly disguised as pop minimalism. Truly experimental, defiant of glib categorization, advanced and yet totally stoned-sounding.
Shellshag: www.myspace.com/shellshag Shellshag is a spastic, minimal, two-piece, rock band spewing the sound and tradition of old punk with the feeling and noise of no wave; their music and live shows are very unpredictable. These minimalists have a thunderous sound and an innovative approach. It seems that after more than ten years of shredding instruments they have mastered their tools and song writing techniques. Their noisy, pop hooks have catchy phrasing, tune and melody; their noise infiltrates these hooks and words, creating a very ambiguous sound that enhances their image.
April Maze are an Alternative Folk duo. Sivan (aka April) plays cello and sings (at the same time) - her voice is soulful and bluesy. Todd accompanies her on guitars, banjo, vocals and stomp box. Their music is primarily cello, and stomp box driven, coloured with strong vocal harmonies, and occasional samples and loops. Musical influences include Fleetwood Mac, John Butler Trio, Pearl Jam, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Tracey Chapman, Carole King, Cat Stevens, and "all music that comes from the heart".
The Knife is an electronic duo from Stockholm, Sweden formed in 1999. The band consists of siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson (formerly of Honey is Cool, now Fever Ray) and Olof Dreijer - who also run their own record company, Rabid Records. The group rarely makes public appearances, most of their promotional photos feature the members wearing masks, and formerly refused to perform live concerts. However the group has showed themselves in public wearing masks formed as bird's beaks, similar to those used by medieval doctors.
From the ashes of Sod Hauler and Lethe comes Bell Witch, the newest heavy music project for Seattle based drummer Adrian Guerra and bassist Dylan Desmond (also of Samothrace). Bell Witch's bass and drum only doom metal is extremely bleak and extremely heavy, just as it should be.
Bad Veins is an indie rock duo from Cincinnati, Ohio, composed of Benjamin Davis and Sebastien Schultz. The band released their debut self-titled album on Dangerbird Records. Davis primarily writes the music, plays guitar and keyboard, and sings, while also recording backtracking music on a reel-to-reel tape player, nicknamed Irene. Schultz plays the drums. Davis also uses a megaphone and telephone to sing into, producing an unique sound.