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Tony LaBosco

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Dark, Moody Instrumental Rock

Favoring the use of drone-like phrases, repeated dissonant laments, sparse minimalist instrumentation and a Digitech Whammy pedal, Virginia's Anthony LaBosco seeks to find an audience for his own brand of dark, moody Instrumental rock. Most tracks just rely on a bass, guitar and drums; some dispense with the bass and just feature guitar and drums, drum machine or percussion. Instead of a wall of sound or a wave of melody, you get the opposite effect - kind of a somber, eerie feeling that something is about to happen. A high energy track might be "Coma", which is kind of a rhythm crunch-centered tune that perhaps describes what it might feel like to actually be in a coma. "State Of Confusion" and "Darkness" are other tracks that appear to be pure rhythm. "Crybaby" is a ten-minute plus improv - maybe an ode to the wah-wah pedal, which is ridden throughout the song. The faster guitar solos tend to get a bit out of hand (such as in "Crybaby" or "Aftermath"); LaBosco could probably find more acceptance in the exotic or textural guitar arena, taking the ideas found in "Judgement Day" and "Lost Souls" to the next level.

alb Tony has been involved in music throughout most of his life. In his early days of playing guitar, he was involved with a speed-metal outfit called Savage Death. Through that band, Tony was able to market himself worldwide in many indie and underground magazines. There were numerous articles written about the band, and he played many live shows from Baltimore to New York City. Tony is constantly coming up with new material, and finds it a challenge to pursue each and every one. He has many friends signed to major labels and those that know about his musical aspirations are recommending that he pursue his dreams.

LaBosco is currently shopping his CD around to a few major record companies in the hopes of getting a record deal.

Contact Information
Anthony LaBosco
74 Brush Everard Court
Stafford, VA 22554
United States

E-mail: Tony LaBosco

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Still

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L.A.'s Guitar-Based Rock/Pop

Out of the Los Angeles area comes the band Still (don't say, "Still what?", that's an old joke, hardly fresh material), which is really the project name for singer/songwriter Wade Biery - who (along with top studio musicians) plays virtually everything on the 2001 CD release I Don't Mind. Featuring nine songs arranged in a guitar-based rock/pop format, the material is fresh, excellently produced and performed, and displays true songwriting craftsmanship. While the CD is guitar-based (meaning arranged using a base of guitar-bass-drums, along with another instrument or two for tonal color), it's not particularly guitar-oriented as such, so guitarists looking for a six-string heavy release, with either awe-inspiring or truly creative axe work will have to pass. But if your tastes run to bands such as XTC or Del Amitri, and you'd like to hear what one man with a singular vision can accomplish with just his talent, a few Macs, some studio equipment and some mixing assistance - well, prepare to be amazed.

pic Still is basically Alaskan-born and Los Angeles-based Wade Biery. Mike Owens has been in the band off and on since the beginning, and Eric Eldenius also plays drums with the band on occasion. On guitar Still has most often featured Micheal Martinsson, and Joellen Friedkin has frequently joined the group on keys/accordion. When it's not the whole football team, it's Wade at the many solo/acoustic shows. "The Distance" is Still's first release. It was recorded over the time period between late 1996 and mid 1997, and was released to very positive critical review in July 1998. Since that time it has received many glowing reviews, as well as reaching many fans domestically and internationally. Numerous radio stations around the world have been playing cuts from the CD, as well as many Internet broadcasting stations, and it has been featured on Ellen K.'s "Future Tracks" nationally syndicated radio show. Still has been at the forefront of the digital music revolution, winning many Internet band awards, as well as having many "Featured Song" and "Song of the Day" at some of the Internet's largest mp3 sites for independent music, including reaching as high as #4 at a recent competition for a $250,000.00 recording contract on GarageBand.com.

Biery is currently back on the road playing the music for anyone who will listen.

Contact Information
Lizard Heart Records
P.O. Box 4386
Chatsworth, CA 91313
United States

E-mail: Still
Web site: www.stillmusic.com

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