Combining elements of both rock and folk music, along with disturbingly personal sentiments, dark humor, and a voice able to channel both the falsetto highs of Neil Young and the wavering raspy low tones of Leonard Cohen, Toronto's Hayden Desser has spent the last 15 years creating uniquely affecting music. The critically acclaimed musician first appeared in the early '90s armed with only his four-track tape recorder, his unexpectedly low vocal range, and an extremely detuned guitar.
Winter and Williams Band are an acoustic band hailing from Cardiff Wales integral to the blossoming Cardiff Acoustic scene. The band’s stylistic influences reveals a mix of alt rock, R&B, funk, jazz, soul, folk, and reggae. 2003. P. Winter toiled around the city at open mic nights at the forefront of a new fresh acoustic scene. This time also impressioned by DJs resident at the Toucan; their excellent use of soul,funk,hip-hop beats and of the House party DJs from Traffic the Dance Appreciation Society and the buzzing bands at Uncle Midriff's jazz society.
Cut Off Your Hands is: Nick Johnston (vocals), Jonathan Lee (guitar), Philip Hadfield (bass), and Elroy Finn (drums). Their self produced debut EP "Shaky Hands" was released in August 2006 on Speak N Spell, and includes the singles "You and I" and "Expectations". Formerly known as Shaky Hands, the band decided to change their name due to a threat of legal action from a similarly-named American band (The Shaky Hands). As their EP was intended to be titled "Cut Off Your Hands", they simply decided to switch their artist name with the EP title.
Steve Thompson is an independent singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently based in western Pennsylvania. In late 2004, he released his debut - The Enigmatic Standard (EP). Thompson has since released three full albums - Allusions To A God, Score, and NoVA. Each release by Thompson has showcased a different sound in the music ranging from folk rock to electronica. His live band features Stephen Peck (ex-Zao) on drums, Dave Trinh (ex-States of Melba) on saxophone, and Tony Regola on bass.
Born In London, England in the late eighties, acoustic Singer Songwriter Karina Berry delivers beautifully crafted melodic songs that draw in the listener.
Early influences from Morrissey and Drugstore helped develop her unique style and passion for songwriting.
After recording a 3 track EP in 2005, Karina recorded songs for the 2006 album 'Lazy Ways' alongside tracks 'The Sea' and Atlantic Highway' .
SK123 is a UK-based ambient, electronica and techno artist who began his musical career in the summer of 2000. Taking inspiration from releases on Ninja Tune, Rephlex and Warp records, SK123 released a large number of experimental EPs and short albums between 2002 and 2005. The following year he was able to produce two full-length albums (River Monkey and Zeolites) and two EPs, and in 2007 he released Soundwave to an appreciative online fanbase.
Dad Horse Ottn was a hellraiser and a punk rock scoundrel till, one day, he saw the light. The banjo light. And, drawing from southern Appalachian gospel and from the depths of his own scarred soul, he started to preach the Word through rough pure honest song. He calls it KELLER GOSPEL for it's meant to shine into the darkness of basements and other godforsaken places or souls.
What's he playing? First and foremost, there's the voice. Then we've got strong archaic banjo, and a rich bass via the fotdella bass pedal, which is an unusual foot-operated organ.
Dementio13 is a Cardiff-based producer/remixer; recording solo since 1999. His music is a curious mix of Krautrock-influenced drones, experimental electro, film soundtracks, post-rock, drum n bass and psychedelia. Dementio13 often deletes his older releases which no longer 'fit' his musical vision; in his own words, "Music is temporary." His back-catalogue is always changing.
He has also been involved in collaborative projects with the international duo Cwtch, the music collective, Sal Boca and his other solo project Diebenkorn.
Ribside (aka Clive Booth), musician and producer, draws influences from four decades of contemporary UK pop, an afternoon nap with just the sound from the matinee film filling the room, domestic bird song in the garden and the sound of fingers & thumbs drumming the dashboard in a traffic jam. See www.myspace.com/ribside