Thursday, December 4, 2014

Austin-based teen band Charlie Belle emerges with 30 years of collective playing experience; Debut EP arrives in January.


Jendayi Bonds chats with Amy Poehler, named “It Girl” by Austin Chronicle. Nylon premieres trio’s “Get To Know” video.

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Charlie Belle (L-R): Gyasi Bonds, Jendayi Bonds, Zoe Czarnecki. Photo Credit: Barclay Ice & Coal.

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Hear “Get To Know” by Charlie Belle streaming now via Rookie or at the links below!





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CHARLIE BELLE – IN THE PRESS

NYLON says “To put it simply, these are some of the raddest kids around.”

“Yup, she rocks.” – AUSTIN CHRONICLE names Jendayi Bonds of Charlie Belle Austin’s “It Girl”

Listen to the “Austin Music Minute” piece about Charlie Belle on Austin’s NPR-affiliate KUTX

“Super-melodic, toe-tapping guitar-pop” is how ROOKIE describes “Get To Know.”

“Everybody is getting to know Charlie Belle.”MTV IGGY

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See the video for “Get To Know” by Charlie Belle streaming now via NYLON or at the link below!

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Charlie Belle is an Austin, Texas-based trio comprised of three teenagers with 30-plus years of music-making between them. The group, comprised of sister and brother Jendayi Bonds (vocals, guitar) and Gyasi Bonds (drums, vocals), and Zoe Czarnecki (bass) will see the national release of its debut EP on January 13th, 2015.

The band’s catchy sing-alongs bring to mind the English “alternapop” sound of 90’s – bands such as The Sundays, Belly, and The Lemonheads (more popular in the UK than its native Boston, after all) to name a few.  Charlie Belle – named for the Bonds siblings’ great-grandmother – further sites Esperanza Spalding, The Strokes, and Arctic Monkeys as more contemporary influences.

At 16-years-old, Jendayi is the elder in Charlie Belle. Born in Atlanta, she picked up the guitar at seven years old after moving to Philadelphia, quickly began writing her own songs, and at the age of ten, formed Charlie Belle with Gyasi after relocating to Austin in 2008.  Gyasi was only four when he began drum lessons and it didn’t take long to discover that he was a natural.

In 2011, the then-duo covered “Strange Powers” (dang, these kids are cool!) for a series of videos related to the promotion of the documentary of the same name about The Magnetic Fields.  Shot in Gyasi’s bedroom when he was just eight-years-old, the clip later landed them in USA Today.

Soon after, Jendayi was interviewed by Amy Poehler as part of the comedienne’s “Smart Girls” web series and, at age 14, Jendayi fulfilled a personal goal when Charlie Belle was invited to perform at the Austin City Limits festival, an appearance that became the jump-off point for the band as a live act in Austin.

As Charlie Belle begins down the road towards national recognition with the national release of its debut EP, the band is continuing to get noticed at home.  Just this fall, The Austin Chronicle named Jendayi the “Best ‘It’ Girl” in the paper’s annual “Best of Austin” issue, summing up their coverage with a simple statement: “Yup, she rocks.”

Austin-based trio Charlie Belle will see the national release of its debut EP “Get To Know” on January 13th, 2015. Members of Charlie Belle are available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Charlie Belle
“Get To Know” EP
(S/R – Jan. 13th, 2015)

 
Track Listing:

01. Get To Know (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)
02. Shake You Off
03. Metaphorically Speaking
04. Key To My Heart
05. Under The Rug

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Charlie Belle Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Early raves roll in for David Bronson’s upcoming “Questions;” Authentic ‘70s–evoking songwriter’s latest arrives Jan. 13th.

Album helmed by Lou Reed producer Godfrey Diamond features Bowie, Lennon collaborators Robin Clark, Carlos Alomar.

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David Bronson as photographed by Kyle Dean Reinford

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Hear “Songbird” from Questions by David Bronson via Guitar World or at the links below!





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DAVID BRONSON – IN THE PRESS

“Immediately memorable.” – Guitar World

“Cat Stevens fronting David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars.” – Toronto Star

David Bronson has soaked up all the best parts of ’70s rock.” – MAGNET

“His gently wrought acoustic tapestries seem to unravel into patterns all of their own.” – CLASH (UK)

“Straight to the point. No fancy auditory bells and whistles required.” – American Songwriter

Bronson has it all.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

David’s lyrics and voice remain magical.” – Babysue

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See the album trailer for Questions, the new David Bronson album arriving Jan. 13th, 2015


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David Bronson performs an acoustic version of “Songbird” in a rooftop session for New York Natives!  See it here.

“There’s something about starting the record with a voice other than mine that I really liked,” says NYC-based songwriter David Bronson of “Songbird,” the lead-off track and first single from his upcoming album Questions (1/13/15, Big Arc Records.) “You would only do that if it’s something special, and you’re not going to get more special than Robin Clark.”

“Robin is one of the voices of David Bowie’s Young Americans and her husband Carlos Alomar was the guitarist on some of Bowie’s biggest hits, including ‘Young Americans,’ ‘Heroes,’ and ‘Fame,’ which he co-wrote with Bowie and John Lennon,” Bronson explains of the showbiz legends, who along with their daughter Lea-L√≥rien, are an integral part of Bronson’s band throughout Questions.

Besides being one third of the immortal backgrounds on Bowie’s landmark “plastic soul” album, Clark has also lent her talents to recordings and performances by Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Al Green, Bruce Springsteen, and Beyonce, to name a few. In addition to more than twenty-five years on Bowie's most commercially and critically adored work, Carlos Alomar can be heard on records by Iggy Pop, Paul McCartney, and Alicia Keys, among many more.

As it was with The Long Lost Story, production for Questions was handled once again by Lou Reed producer Godfrey Diamond, who is also the man that turned the Alomars on to Bronson’s work.

“When I mentioned Young Americans to Godfrey, I didn't actually expect him to bring in the actual singers from the record!,” Bronson exclaims.

It seems that the Alomars were more than happy to be there.  “I love intelligent songs. Songs that are worth singing, songs that would stand the test of time,” says Carlos. “When I first heard David Bronson, iconic writers came to mind. Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and dare I say it, even Bowie. Recording Questions was pure joy.”

Clark concurs, saying, “In every generation there is always a need for a great storyteller, one that can shine a light on the human condition. I think that David Bronson is that person.”

David Bronson is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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David Bronson
Questions
(Big Arc Records – Jan. 13th, 2015)


Track Listing:

01. Songbird (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
02. Move Like Water
03. Day By Day
04. Push
05. Task
06. Song of Life
07. All These Things
08. Life is Long
09. My Good Friend
10. Connect The Dots
11. Passing Fiction

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David Bronson Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion