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BEN OTTEWELL OF GOMEZ * BUDDY * STRANGELANDIC

06/12/2014 Doors 7:00 PM    Show 8:00 PM 17 & Over
BEN OTTEWELL

BEN OTTEWELL

As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, “Gomez’s not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, “[his] voice is not of this world.”

Since his first solo release, Shapes & Shadows (2011), Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful acoustic tours across the UK, US and Australia. Now with a newly-recorded album of songs for his second solo project, Rattlebag, the singer is set to return to the road, performing his new music as well as a few Gomez favorites.

Simultaneously stripped-down and lush, Rattlebag is a collection of beautifully poetic tales of salvation and redemption, of sanctuary and braving rocky seas in search of distant shores. Ottewell’s infectious melodies and bluesy riffs will stick with you, and beg you to sing along.

“There’s a time and place for us / I will take you there,” he sings (“Shoreline”). Ben Ottewell proffers hope and promise accompanied by sublime acoustic and slide guitars, and that’s something we can all use. 

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BUDDY

BUDDY

Buddy (last name Humberston) grew up in Portland, Oregon, developing an interest in music by the age of 10, and forming his first band by the age of 16.

He left Portland to study English at Providence College in Rhode Island, after which he moved to Austin, Texas where he began again to focus on music. Buddy joined local band Piltdowns, supporting bands such as Spoon, and gaining interest from local record labels.

In 2002, Buddy relocated to Los Angeles, California, continued writing his own songs, and performed his first solo show at the Hotel Café in July 2004. He also played at one of his friend Greg Behrendt’s “Bring the Rock” nights at Largo, where he met musician and producer Robbie Rist. Together they produced and recorded Buddy’s first EP, self-titled, which was self-released in November 2004.

Local KCRW DJ Tricia Halloran began playing “Salt Point” from the EP and a radio station in Denver picked up on the cover of Kelis’s “Milkshake”, which helped to boost popularity. Buddy was offered deals with UK record labels, but he chose not to sign and instead continued promoting his material and playing live shows.

Buddy’s music has been featured in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, NBC Community The CW shows: One Tree HillSmallville, and CBS’s Ghost Whisperer. In July 2007 Buddy was featured by iTunes music store’s Indie Spotlight and CMJ’s Band Spotlight. In October 2007, Buddy played at Carnegie Hall with Aimee Mann and Howard Jones amongst others for a tribute to the songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Buddy and band began work on their follow-up to Alterations and Repairs release in the winter of 2008 at “the chalet” studios in Los Angeles.Ian Ball of the UK band Gomez came on board as co-producer. Mixed by Brian Deck of The Shins, Iron & Wine, and Mastered by Grammy Award winner Gavin Lurssen. No release date is available.

A new track entitled “Lighthouse” had its debut on an Drop Dead Diva. In 2010, Buddy co-produced Ben Ottewell’s of Gomez first solo recordShapes and Shadows out Feb 2011, Buddy will tour solo with Ben through the uk late Feb 2011-March 2011.

After a long 4 year hiatus from new material, 2012 brought and EP and a single. Out now on iTunes.

Buddy and Band are currently at work on their 2013 LP sophomore release.

STRANGELANDIC

STRANGELANDIC

Electro-folk duo Strangelandic worked closely with Grammy-winning,
super-producer Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Pearl Jam) on a captivating new
album with an original sound.

Philip Strangelandic left his hometown London, England to produce an album
alone on the Greek island Rhodes where his American wife Maria Strangelandic
is originally from.

Experimenting with contemporary studio software, he programmed drum loops
and effects, and played unusual instruments he collected traveling around
the world – Africa, India, the Middle East, Europe, Asia.

At the heart of the album is some exceptional English songwriting with
poetic lyrics and otherworldly vocals. Enriched by edgy grooves and unusual
production, Philip Strangelandic created a mellow, transporting and
mesmerizing sound.

Q Magazine gave his first album 4 stars and the coveted ‘Q Recommends’
banner. Blues Matters put him on the front cover and wrote: ‘This has to be
one of the most original artists out there’.

On stage Philip Strangelandic sings and plays Spanish guitar. Maria
Strangelandic controls drum loops, rich double bass and hypnotic sounds on
an iPad. It is intimate and yet powerful.

Their show has silenced noisy rooms and inspired rapturous applause, even a
standing ovation. It is a special performance.

The peripatetic couple recently relocated to Chicago and has previously
lived in Austin, Texas and Brooklyn, New York. Their music deals with escape
and weird world experiences, but lately they are finding themselves more at
home.

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