Silbermond is a German rock band from Bautzen. The band originally formed in 1998 under the name Jast, which comes from the first letters of the band members' names (Johannes, Andreas, Stefanie, Thomas). In 2001, they changed their name to Silbermond ("Silver moon"). As opening act for Jeanette Biedermann, they became increasingly popular in Germany and Austria. They released their first album "Verschwende deine Zeit" ("Waste your time") in 2004. In late 2004 they went on tour, publishing their first concert DVD "Verschwende Deine Zeit - Live" in April 2005, which reached gold status.
Sumishta Brahm singer and writer of 13 frightened Girls originally performed solo under the name taken from the early 60's William Castle B-movie. 13 Frightened Girls supported bands on the LA club scene, including The Saints (Chris Bailey), Camper Van Beethoven and Adrian Belew. In the early 80's Sumishta lived in New York City, met Jack Rabid and worked for his influential alternative music magazine, The Big Takeover.
The Dresden Dolls are an American musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Formed in 2001, the group consists of Amanda Palmer (vocals, piano, ukulele, toy piano, harmonica) and Brian Viglione (drums, percussion, guitar, vocals). They describe their heavily art-damaged and theatrical style as "Brechtian punk cabaret", a phrase invented by Palmer because she was "terrified" that the press would invent a name that "would involve the word 'gothic'," and are part of an underground dark cabaret movement that started gaining momentum in the early 1990s.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is the musical moniker of Aly Spaltro. Spaltro began her music career writing and recording songs in a DVD rental store in Brunswick, Maine, using the store as her studio after finishing her midnight shift at the cash register. She anonymously gave out free samples of her first demo CD under the name Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, and quickly gained local popularity.
Zuprowski Connection have been involved with the Liverpool music scene for some time and have built up a considerable following. Having supported some industry heavyweights such as Testament and Hatebreed to Senser and InMe, among many others. They have also toured Europe 3 times and made a very big impression in the Czech Republic, where most of their shows are sold to capacity. The band’s name has the enviable position of being unique on the internet, where a Google search reveals not only a Facebook and Myspace presence but also videos posted on Youtube by fans of the band.
Sera Cahoone is a Seattle based singer-songwriter who got her musical start on the drums at 12 years old. At 21 she left Colorado in favor of Seattle and drummed for indie favorites Carissa's Wierd and later for Band of Horses on their acclaimed release "Everything all the Time." Despite being an accomplished guitar player and songwriter, Sera largely preferred to stay behind the drum kit until one particular tour across the US in 2006.
Bark is Norwegian born Terje Evensen, drummer and programmer, and New Zealand born (UK based) Angeline Conaghan vocals. The musical world of Bark is a world of electronic sounds, multiple layers of rhythms and atmospheres created from samples of machines, nature, people and transportation, among other sources. Grooving songs of simple bass lines, sweet and soaring melodies, .dark and sometimes politicised lyrics, and virtuoso programming. Pulsing urgent songs filled with subtle timings and phrases.
UPDATE: Die Laughing reformed in 2012 to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. On the 8th May it was announced that Die Laughing would be touring with The March Violets on a selection of key UK dates in June 2012, before beginning work on a new album. More information:
History Die Laughing are mainly remembered for their input to the 90s Goth scene but their roots go much further back into the 1980s.