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Lions in the Street, Oh No Yoko, Amble Greene & Factories and Alleyways
Lions in the Street
Over the past decade, Lions In The Street have become masters of coarse rock and strident roll, both of which the group’s new On The Lam EP has in spades. “On The Lam is really our label debut, which should have happened earlier,” says singer Chris Kinnon. “We made a great debut record in L.A. for TVT Records, but before it was released everything fell apart.” Layoffs, car accidents, and legal bills prevented the band from promoting their 2009 independent album properly, but it was still celebrated by critics. Jambase pronounced: “The songwriting is primo, gut-level gold, the execution even better, and the production clean – the sound of a pure rock ‘n’ roll beast on the prowl.”
2013 finds the band back on a good road and working with producer Shawn Cole and mixer Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club). On the Lam is distributed through L.A.-based indie Beverly Martel Records, owned by music business legend Sandy Roberton, who worked with Chess Records in the 60s, managed the great John Martyn, and produced Steeleye Span.
Oh No Yoko
Oh No! Yoko is a Loud 3-piece guitar-pop outfit from Abbotsford, B.C. They started writing music together at age 13 and have since written and recorded two EPs and released them independently. As well as playing hundreds of shows in the lower mainland, ON!Y have toured Canada three times alongside notable Vancouver acts Said the Whale and Teen Daze. Most recently they completed a 35 date tour spanning 18 countries in Europe within 36 days.
Amble Greene is an open source Art/Music project that leaves plenty of room for creativity and collaboration with other artists and professions. Right now it consists of a one man show, or a 3 man band, depending on the Venue. Amble Greene was named after the neighbourhood Cam grew up in whilst attending elementary school, “each spring you could see the cherry blossoms pop up everywhere, it was very beautiful, and idyllic looking”, he describes. There’s that certain spin of english about the name, which only adds to truth, most of his music is inspired by British 60′s, and 70′s pop/rock acts.
Factories and Alleyways
In one short year, Vancouver roots rock band Factories & Alleyways (Jeremy Allingham, Matt Denny-Keys and Josh Denny-Keys) has gone from casually strumming and singing its music over beer and cigarettes in a dingy basement jam space, to receiving critical praise in major publications, national radio airplay and invitations to some of the coolest gigs going.