Month: November 2019
CAT LONDON, HOLLER AND THE HAND, JESSIE ELLIOT AND THE FALCONNAIERS
Cat London is a New Jersey, USA indie artist with a 4-piece dark-pop conglomeration backed on stage and in the studio by Rich Aveo (piano/vocal), Paul O’Keeffe (bass), and Anthony Freda (drums). London’s sound, performance, and songwriting combines Ryan Adam’s and Damien Rice’s tender portrayal of love and conflict with electrified indie-pop tunes invoking the energy of Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga (and add in some Fiona Apple and Jewel while we’re at it).
Then simply billed as “Cat,” London’s 2012 debut EP, Box of Chocolates, produced and engineered by Robert Frazza (Tony Levin, Donna Lewis) in Woodstock, New York, showcased introspective lyrics and melodic acoustic guitar. Following a BMI A&R rep’s fortuitous suggestion that her voice was better suited for piano than guitar, London taught herself to play the piano, and “Cat London” was born. Armed with a more refined sound and streamlined editing process, London developed the controlled musicality and darker, more substantial narratives that her songwriting exudes today.
London has shared the stage with world renowned performers like Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Jeffrey Gaines, Bobby Bandiera (Bon Jovi), Garland Jeffreys, John Eddie, Glen Burtnik, The Head and The Heart, and Hey Ocean. She has performed at legendary venues like the Hard Rock San Francisco, Bearsville Theater, Stone Pony, Count Basie Theater, State Theater, Strand Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Rockwood Music Hall.
In 2014, London recorded her haunting duet, “The Right Way” featuring Jerzy Jung and produced by Rich Aveo, at Lakehouse Recording Studio in Asbury Park, NJ. The single is the heart of London’s #TheRightWay, a bullying awareness and kindness campaign encouraging unity among peers. Both the campaign video and music video garnered the attention of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, National Dance Week Foundation’s Kicks for Kindness, News12 NJ Spotlight TV, and Dance Magazine’s video-of-the-month. It took home awards at the Garden State Film Festival and Ridgewood Film Festival, and screened at the Asbury Park Music in Film Festival and Rahway Film Festival.
London’s EP, Dangerous Me, finds the singer confronting the monster of self-doubt. On the album, London questions how she can trust herself if she is made up entirely of contradictions: the strong, enigmatic femme fatale of “Dangerous Me” is also the vulnerable girl of “With Him,” and the detached lover of “Involved.” The record deftly reveals that there is knowledge to be found in the mystery of the human condition. London challenges listeners to engage in their own self-reflection and find confidence in their complexities.
In Spring 2016, “Involved” was submitted and accepted by the casting directors of television show “The Song,” making London a successful entrant and finalist for its pilot episode. During filming, London was on set with Lisa Loeb, Eliot Sloan (Blessid Union of Souls), Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel), Shelly Peiken (wrote “Bitch” and “What a Girl Wants”), and other industry names. The Song is a competition based show for songwriters and is still in development phases.
At the start of 2017, London’s image was selected for the cover of Indie Bible’s latest publication. London was also featured in NJ.com and Star Ledger’s January article “NJ Bands You Must Hear in ’17.”
SOIR DU FEMME
THE GREAT DYING
The Great Dying, is a Mississippi delta singer-songwriter.
THE KEVIN ROVNER BAND
HONEY SPOT BOULEVARD
They’re hip enough to call indie, but seasoned enough to be considered rock.
More importantly, they keep the audience guessing, breaking out of rock and fusing in elements of funk, blues and even some pop.