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DARIA is a rock band based in Angers, France. The line-up of the group is Etienne (guitar), Germain (bass), Cam (vocals, guitar) and Arnaud (drums). Since its beginning in 2000, daria has developed a reputation for its loud and aggressive yet melodic music that echoes the sounds of American alternative rock bands such as Weezer, Fugazi, Foo Fighters or The Jesus Lizard. Their intense live shows have taken them across Europe and Canada, playing with bands such as Against Me, The Libertines, Qui (David Yow’s latest band), Les Thugs etc 2 April 2012 will see the band release its third album entitled ‘Red Red‘(Yotanka/Differ-Ant). This new effort was recorded in 10 days, full live conditions, everybody in the same room, minimum overdubs and computer sheits by producer Olivier Fournier at Tostaky Studio, Angers- France. It was later mixed at Fournier’s own studio- The Studioscope. The release has been followed by an extensive tour leading the band to U.S.A., Portugal, Spain, Ireland, UK, Germany, …
Beware, daria is coming for you!

GLIMMERMEN formed in 2010 from the ashes of revered Irish bands Boxes (Gavin Cowley, vocals, guitar), Jackbeast (J Bassetti, stand-up bass, vocals) and Holy Ghost Fathers (Phil Murray, drums, vocals), Glimmermen are a stripped-down three piece that take rock and roll back to its primitive core. Having quickly earned a reputation for their intense live shows, the band released their debut EP “Satellite People” last year to widespread acclaim and comparisons to Television, Pop Group and Mission of Burma. Decamping to Magpie Cage studio in Baltimore last year as Hurricane Sandy was battering the eastern seaboard, the trio hunkered down with ex-Jawbox frontman J Robbins at the controls to record their debut album. Their intention was to capture the sound of a band playing live in a room to two-inch tape, eschewing frills or effects, giving the music room to breath. The result is a stark, honest life-affirming collection of songs. Built on the rock-solid foundations of Phil Murray’s inventive drumming and J Bassetti’s propulsive stand-up bass, “I’m Dead” deals with themes of life, love, regret, paranoia and hope with Gavin Cowley’s sinewy guitar work and distinctive vocals using the sparse arrangements to maximum effect. Kicking off with the celebratory ska-infused call-to-arms of the tile track, “I’m Dead” is an engaging journey from start to finish, from the menacing spoken-word post-rock blues on “Angels & Devils” to the wisftul pop of “This Town” through to the haunting finale “Home”. With “I’m Dead”, Glimmermen have announced their arrival as a band that is very much alive and in the moment.


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