Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hello Stranger to launch tour with Rooney and Chicago rockers The Hush Sound, wraps up new tracks with Eminem, 50 Cent collaborator Mike Elizondo.

“The indelible pop melodies on their debut album, plus their glammed out performances, have made Hello Stranger a sensation in Atlanta and L.A., plus their sassy, long-legged singer is wicked sexy.” – Penthouse

“The band’s eponymous debut features a timeless musical formula: an ultra-tight rhythm section, a dazzlingly good guitar player, and a pin-up worthy lead singer (Juliette Commagere) with jazzy vocal chops and an intuitive sense of pop melody.” – The Onion

After taking some much needed time off from touring, Hello Stranger recently announced that it will be supporting fellow Los Angeles band Rooney and Chicago rockers The Hush Sound on a string of dates, including a stop at New York City’s Irving Plaza.

Up until now, the band has been holed up in L.A., recording new material with super producer Mike Elizondo. Elizondo is best known for his work with such diverse artists as Dr. Dre, Eminem, Fiona Apple, 50 Cent, Maroon 5, Nelly Furtado, Pink and Rilo Kiley, and has contributed to hits like “The Real Slim Shady” and “In Da Club.”

“Our new stuff does not sound anything like these people, but it does sound fucking awesome. My friend Amir who has a way with words said it is ‘not subtle’ and ‘raunchy’, but I think it's witty and then also sensitive and sweet,” Hello Stranger frontwoman Juliette Commagere revealed on the band’s infamously potty mouthed MySpace blog (LINK).

Hello Stranger also recently unveiled the long awaited music video for “Take it to the Maxx” which was directed by famed film/TV producer Michael Mann’s daughter Aran. Cult films like Xanadu and Barbarella come to our minds when watching the video, but you can decide for yourself (VIDEO). Aran Mann has also worked with Bonnie Prince Billy and was the assistant art director for the Sundance hit Me and You and Everyone We Know written and directed by Miranda July. Aran and her sisters Becca and Jesse are long-time friends of Hello Stranger and are credited with most of the band’s artwork, photos and amazing stage ensembles.

Never one to lack exciting news, the band is also contributing a track to the upcoming Wong Kar Wai film, My Blueberry Nights (LINK), starring Norah Jones, Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris and Tim Roth.. The film is scheduled to hit theaters later this year and will be the Chinese director’s first in the English language.

“Led by the über-pretty vocals of Commagere, Hello Stranger applies just enough sci-fi psychedelia to its discolike verse-chorus structures to situate the band outside the mainstream box.” – Remix

Hello Stranger Live:
* w/ Rooney & The Hush Sound
08/13 Boston, MA The Roxy*
08/14 New York, NY Irving Plaza*
08/16 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony*
08/17 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero*
08/18 Towson, MA The Recher Theater*
08/20 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater*
08/21 Toledo, OH Headliners*
08/23 Chicago, IL House of Blues*
08/24 Urbana, IL The Canopy*
08/26 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club*
08/30 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom*
08/31 Cincinatti, OH Bogarts*

Hello Stranger Tracklisting:
01. Take It To The Maxx (MP3 | VIDEO)
02. Robody
03. Here We Go Again (MP3)
04. Her In These Lights
05. Kubrick Eyes
06. Learn Again To Feel
07. We Used To Talk
08. Which Side Is Mine
09. Plain And Simple
10. Es Tu Vida
11. Everyone Comes Here
12. Dancing For No One
13. Let It Ride

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