Like all great love stories, Hunter Valentine's began in a dark, crowded bar when girl met girl and an unbreakable bond was forged over cheap beer and rail whiskey. Armed with a fake ID and a king's ransom in talent, Kiyomi McCloskey was looking for a drummer and found her rhythmic soul mate in Laura Petracca. It was the first two sides of a Rubik's Cube. Eight years, two record labels, and three studio albums later, the band has solidified their line-up, put down roots in Brooklyn, and grown their fan base steadily across North America and the globe. Touring 200+ dates a year, Hunter Valentine executes their raucous brand of rock on stages in Canada, America, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the UK – with no plans to slow the pace.
This spring famed Canadian producer and Treble Charger front-man Greig Nori was added to the mix on the soon-to-be-released third effort, Collide and Conquer. Noted for his hit-making influences on bands Sum 41 and Hedley, Nori proved to be the guru Hunter Valentine needed to sharpen their skills and change up the game.Collide and Conquer is also the first album to feature new addition Veronica Sanchez on bass and Somer Bingham as guest keyboardist. The collaboration has added layers and pushed boundaries, while keeping with the unmistakable sound crafted on 2007's Impatient Romantic (True North Records) and 2010's Lessons from the Late Night (Tommy Boy).
Next stop for Hunter Valentine is reality TV series The Real L Word, premiering on Showtime July 12th. Documenting the lives and loves of a diverse cast of characters from LA to New York, the show will give fans a peek into the challenges, joys and – of course – the dramas of a being a Valentine.
Collide and Conquer is due out in August 2012
After exploding onto the LA music scene in 2010, rockers QUEEN CAVEAT have been building on the nationwide buzz of their smash debut EP, "Emptor" in 2011. This hard-hitting four-piece, led by maniacal, ferocious front-woman Lauren Little, has been quick to turn the heads of rock fans nationwide on the strength of their infectious anthems, unrivaled musicianship, and riotous - and sometimes downright dangerous - stage show.
The wild success of "Emptor" ultimately led the band to a much-hyped string of packed showcases at Austin's SXSW Festival 2011, followed shortly by a headlining slot at The Roxy Theatre for The Sunset Strip Music Festival 2011. Performances at both festivals drew rave reviews from fans, bloggers, and music executives around the country, including NBC's Jimmy Lloyd who called the shows "an adrenaline shot directly to your jugular vein" and a "journey into the black heart of the universe". Music lovers across the country took note, as news of the re-invention of the "LA Rock" sound spread like wildfire. With the world-famous Sunset Strip as their home turf, QUEEN CAVEAT mobilized their burgeoning fan base to a series of widely acclaimed sold-out shows around Southern California as 2011 came to a close, including a residency at the celebrated rock club The Viper Room.
The enormous buzz earned the attention of ABC Productions, who will be featuring QUEEN CAVEAT in a 2-hour 20/20 documentary titled "Sunset Boulevard", airing in Spring 2012. This will follow the release of the band's sophomore studio EP, "Slap on the Wrist" on March 6, 2012, recorded at the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood. Pre-sales and a free download of the EP's first single, "Resilient Me", have already garnered the attention of nationwide radio and media outlets, including 98.7FM, Showtime Networks, NBC, ABC, and countless others.
Expect a nationwide tour upcoming in summer 2012, as music fans the world over begin to re-discover the commanding power of earth-shaking, no-frills Rock and Roll - and an incomparable live show. Formed only two years ago as the progenitors defining the genre, QUEEN CAVEAT has been called "one of LA's – and America's – very best upcoming rock bands." (LA Examiner)
Or as NBC's Jimmy Lloyd might put it: "These guys will rock the snot out of your nose and leave you bleeding and you will thank them for it."
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