Kayo Dot is an avant-garde group that was formed in 2003 by Toby Driver after the disband of maudlin of the Well. They released their debut album Choirs of the Eye on John Zorn's Tzadik label that year. The music of Kayo Dot bridges several genres, from heavy metal to classical music. Their songs involve complex instrumentation (composed by singer and frontman Driver), generally without refrain. They are substantially longer than typical rock songs, often ranging from 8 to 15 minutes in length.
Amiina (formerly Amína) is a string quartet from Reykjavík, Iceland: María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir (violin), Hildur Ársælsdóttir (violin), Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir (viola) and Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir (cello). The group makes music with a great number of instruments - synth, piano, electric and baroque guitar, celtic harp, harmonium, melodica, celesta, glockenspiel, gideon harp, call bells (also called "office" or "reception" bells), glass harp, kalimba, mandolin, and musical saw played with a bow.
The Polyphonic Spree are a psychedelic pop group which formed in 2000 in Dallas, Texas, United States. The band's core members are Tim DeLaughter (lead vocals, guitar), Mark Pirro (bass) and Bryan Wakeland (drums), all former members of the alternative rock band Tripping Daisy. The band also contains 5 backing vocalists and 12 musicians. The band's lineup has generally been stable since their formation.
Goodbye Ivan is a project run by Arnaud Sponar, multi-instrumentalist coming from twenty years of extended musical experience, involved in researching different musical styles ..
Cougar is an instrumental group formed in 2005 in Wisconsin, USA. They make music referred to, by themselves, as 'emergency rock'. The group's lush, dynamic arrangements fall somewhere between Four Tet, Tortoise, Fugazi and perhaps Nick Drake imagined as more expansively pensive than eerily morbid. What separates Cougar from the post-rock pack is their keen sensibility of (and attention to) form/texture, which seems more in line with sample-based music and experimental/modern classical than indie rock, hence the preference for new genres.
The Pirate Ship Quintet is a post-rock band comprising 7 members, originally from Bournemouth and Bristol. Their cellist is a full time member of one of Britain’s most commended symphony orchestras as well as being a stand in for the famous 'London Symphony Orchestra'. The hugely praised debut, self-titled EP, mastered by Cult Of Luna's Magnus Lindberg, was released in April 2007. The band is currently working on their follow up record which is likely to be a full length album.
GATTACA is a DIY epic crust band from Czech republic. They've been around since 2009. Members play/ed in Lakmé, xNIDALx, Remek, Marnost, Dakhma, osawatomie or Abstinentia. Their lyrics are heavily inspired by politics, human and animal rights etc. The band often promotes veganism. Releases:
Split CD-r w/ Abstinentia (2009, self-released)
Demo CD-r (2009, self-released)
Split 12" LP w/ Clamant (2010, label cooperation)
Split 7" EP w/ Flowers for whores (2011, Damage Done Records)
Split 12" LP w/ Axidance (2012, label cooperation)
Sense is a name of at least name three acts: 1) A pseudonym of Adam Raisbeck (b. 25 Jun 1974, Melbourne, Australia). Since establishing himself as Soulenoid (early in 1995), he performed numerous times, in Melbourne (Club Filter, Global Warming and the Punters Club), as well as larger one-off parties, such as: the Omniglobe raves, Technofest, Big Day Out, Be Strange and Earthcore. He has also supported international stars, including: Derrick May, Stacey Pullen, Aphex Twin, Biochip C., Cylob and the On-U Sound posse.
Dashboard Confessional was started in 2000, by Chris Carrabba in Boca Raton, Florida, as a side project from his band Further Seems Forever. Chris recorded his first album, The Swiss Army Romance, in 2000. The following year, he recorded Further Seems Forever's debut album The Moon Is Down. However, he left the band soon after the album's release, instead recording and releasing his sophomore album The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, as well as a follow-up EP titled So Impossible.
One day, after his star sign promised a ‘dynamic’ afternoon, Ambrose Nock (guitar) decided it was the right time to form a band known as Apricot Rail. He was soon joined by Jack Quirk (guitar), Matthew Saville (drums) and Daniel Burt (bass). The premise of the band was simple: music based on unique guitar tunings, the use of natural harmonics, and very open ideas about other instruments, electronica and song structure.