Happy Spring everyone! I know it’s been a while since my last post, but there is no shortage of exciting things happening here at Visionary this year. We had a fantastic time in Austin, TX at the 2013 SXSW festival! Armies (the new project featuring Dave Gutter), Aaron Lee and the Love Vigilantes, Lost in a Car Crash and Paranoid Social Club all played the showcase at The Flamingo Cantina. All of our artists put on a great show, and we have received very positive feedback from those who attended. In addition to music industry executives, we even had some VIP guests in the house to watch the showcase including members of The Flaming Lips and How to Destroy Angels.
This was Armies second performance ever (the first being at The Viper Room in Hollywood just a few days prior) and they did not disappoint. Vocalists Dave Gutter and Toni Nicole Shepherd are a contrasting duo in many aspects, complimenting each other well, while the additional backing vocals of Jody Bagley bring tight three part harmonies into play. Highlights from their set included the songs “Come”, “Death” and “At Home”. Be sure to keep an eye out for these guys because this project is on fire!
Aaron Lee & the Love Vigilantes, who just recently moved to Nashville, made the trip to Austin as well. These guys are so energetic and they certainly keep the crowd entertained by continually adding new instruments to their set for an innovative sound. They will be releasing a new EP this summer under Lightyear/Universal, and it was great to hear some of the newly recorded songs in action.
Next up was Lost in a Car Crash: there’s nothing like a bit of room-shaking rock music to compliment your afternoon drinking at SXSW. With their tight vocal harmonies, catchy lyrics and heavy hitting drummer they are sure to grab your attention. Highlights from this set included guest performances from Dave Gutter on “Unashamed” and also Aaron Lee on “Ordinary Girl”. These guys will be releasing their debut album this summer which will also include a song from guest vocalist Tommy Walter of Abandoned Pools, so keep an eye out for that as well!
Paranoid Social Club closed out the showcase with another fantastic set. If you haven’t had a chance to catch these guys live, you are missing out, and I suggest you add it to your bucket list immediately! The room was packed with both longtime fans and new ones alike, and the set list followed suit including tracks from their first album, to tracks from the upcoming album, and everything in between. Their new album, The Listening Party, will be released this summer.
Visionary would like to congratulate Abandoned Pools as one of the top signed acts of 2012. Abandoned Pools released their critically acclaimed 3rd LP, Sublime Currency under Tooth & Nail, Visionary Music and Tommy’s imprint LQP records. The second single from the album will be released in early 2013. A big thanks to Music Connection for recognizing the signing.
We are happy to announce that the first video from Abandoned Pools
new album Sublime Currency has been featured on multiple blogs
and e-zines. Tommy will also be performing a solo show in Reno, Nevada
at Cargo @Commrow on November 30th. It was been quite some time
since Tommy has visited Reno so be sure not to miss this show!
See below for the new single Sublime Currency as video of the day on spinner:
Visionary Artist Management is excited to sign the new group Armies.
The group is a mixture of some of the best talent music has to offer.
Armies features Dave Gutter pictured above from the legendary groups
Rustic Overtones and Paranoid Social Club.
Tommy Walter is the bass player, producer, mixer and many other
dudies on the project. Tommy Walter is best known for his history
in music placement and the mastermind behind the solo project
Abandoned Pools as well as the bass player of the band eels.
Dave Gutter is accompanied by female vocalist Toni Sheppard
an amazing up and coming singer. Toni gives the project a vibe
of The Bird and The Bee, mixed with Fitz and The Tantrums, while
including a bit of R&B and hip hop.
Craig Sala the drummer of Paranoid Social Club takes care of the
drums. One of the best drummers in the northeast he was a perfect
fit for the project.
Session musicians include Aaron and Jody Bagley. Aaron Bagley
is also the engineer on the project. Jody Bagley takes care of keyboards
and gives the music a new but retro feel. The Bagley’s also add their
vocals to in rich the music.
Armies are in the process of recording their debut album now.
More information and music will be released shortly.
See Dave & Toni above!