In early 2010, Zachary Garren parted ways with his previous band, Dance Gavin Dance. While pursuing his solo project, Good Health, he crossed paths with drummer, Ben Rosett, who was playing with a local band called The Trees at the time, and had played with past hardcore bands such as Brutally Honest and Sarah Larsen. Ben, interested in starting up a new project, randomly asked Zac if he wanted to jam one day, just to see if anything cool would happen... Fortunately for us, everything went perfectly and "Strawberry Girls" was formed in April of 2011. We can't even remember how many times we've been asked "where'd the band name come from?" so we might as well get that out of the way. Go look up the hit song "Christine" by Siouxie and the Banshees. There you go.
Anyway, we jammed every single day for a week and wrote like 5 whole songs. Then we quickly recorded said songs because we were so stoked on them. There's a Live Demo 2011 on bandcamp, go find it.
After seeing the first live performance of Strawberry Girls as a duo with just Ben and Zac... Ben's previous bandmate, Ian Jennings, from local band The Trees (featuring Justin Stie), excitedly wanted to be a part of the new project. Ben and Zac, wanting to take the project to the next level, brought Ian onboard to play bass for Strawberry Girls.
After that, we sat down to try to record a good batch of songs, which ended up turning into Italian Ghosts. We printed 100 original copies in Digipacks. Needing more to sell, we printed another 100 copies, but before we printed more, we remixed and remastered the songs, inverted the album artwork, and added more text on the backside. If you have a physical copy of either of those versions of our original EP...consider yourself lucky. List them for $100 on Ebay and you'll see what i mean.
We played a ton of shows, good and bad. Started writing new songs. "Do Peace."...the last song on French Ghetto, but the first song that was written for the album. It's a good closer. We wrote and recorded French Ghetto at the now Spirit Vision Studios. Previous records were recorded in Ben Rosett's parents' house, in the garage.
During the writing process for their first album, a few demo tracks were released on Bandcamp titled, "Demo 2011", containing 5 live studio tracks. Months later, Ben, Zac, and Ian brought these tracks to life, producing the album at Ben's home studio. "Italian Ghosts" was released in August 2011 as their first official EP.
Soon after that, another demo was released titled, "Do Peace (EP)", comprised of two tracks "Do Peace" and "Fight Club". Those two tracks were recorded live in Ben's home studio as well, and were intended to hold fans over until their upcoming full-length album French Ghetto.
The long awaited full-length album, French Ghetto, was released on April 20th, 2013. The album was self-recorded and produced by Ben Rosett, who, along with being a drummer and multi-instrumentalist, has been a recording engineer/producer for about 10 years. Having recently moved into a professional recording facility, Ben Rosett finally moved away from the "home studio" thing. With drummer Ben Rosett and bassist Ian Jennings, both of Strawberry Girls, becoming the owners of Spirit Vision Studios, this allowed for the new Strawberry Girls album to be recorded way better than it would have if it were recorded in a home studio.
With the release of French Ghetto, Strawberry Girls was able to attract the attention of Tommy LaCombe, owner of Tragic Hero Records (A Skylit Drive, Alesana, He Is Legend). After a month of dealing with contracts and promotion content, we have officially signed with Tragic Hero Records. We are very happy to be a part of the Tragic Hero family and we all feel it is the perfect home for us.
Then we recorded American Graffiti at Spirit Vision Studios.
Then in 2016 we re-recorded the songs from our original EP Italian Ghosts.
Comrades started as a post-hardcore band in Virginia in 2008 under a different name. Since then, we've had many ups, downs, 50-some tours, and the opportunity to meet so many awesome people and make so many amazing friends across the country.
Our music is, like any art, an outward flowing of what is within us. It has always been influenced by our faith, and something we all feel strongly about is trying to reconcile the differences of well-intentioned people on both sides of that fence, and simply trying to be the example our faith has taught us to be. We hope that we can be a light, and give encouragement, hope, and provoke thought, no matter what your worldview or affiliation.
Belle Noire is a Rock/Alternative/Ambient Quintet from San Jose, Ca.
Late 2014 They entered the Studio with Dryw Owens (from indian lakes, sianvar)to record the single "sleep", which garnered great reception upon its premier on absolutepunk.net, and from there Decided to to the Full LP with Owens, which is due out Early 2016, and honored to have shared the stage with From Indian Lakes, The Ataris, I the Mighty, A lot like Birds, Hit the Lights, Idlehands, Ghost Parade, American Scene, Further Seems Forever, A Static Lullaby, and many others.
WHO IS DENS?
Entwining thoughtful verses and anthemic choruses, DENS (formerly "The Worship Collective") is an indie rock band that delivers music that invites the listener to be a part of the experience. They eloquently weave instrumentation with lyrical content focused on the themes of hope, redemption, and grace. This four-piece released its first EP in 2011, its second EP in 2013, a Lithuanian-exclusive EP in 2015, and a full length in 2016.
With their most recent release, “From Small Seeds Come Giant Trees”, they teamed up with producer Jase Belcher from Honest Studios and The Ember Days (Nashville). “Working with Jase really helped to mature the songs, both technically but also emotionally,” said lead singer Shaun Hypes. Bassist Josh Tomlinson added, “This record really achieved our goal of capturing the energy of our live performance.” No doubt this is also a testament to the work of mastering engineer Sam “Lightning” Moses (Kari Jobe, Haste the Day).
According to Brandon Osborne (drummer), “DENS exists to create music that points to the beauty of God and the truth of the Gospel.” Josh Waltman (guitarist) sums it up, “We believe in being real and serving others. We love the music, but we also love the people and the relationships.” For DENS, the music is an honest vehicle for the message, creativity, and relationships. They work with venues, conferences, and churches (two members are pastors) to create an energetic and engaging live performance.