Swedish indie rockers, The Sounds blasted through the Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Nov 1st for a packed house as part of the band’s 2011 North American tour. The Sounds are currently supporting their latest release and fourth studio album, Something to Die For that dropped earlier this year via SideOneDummy Records and was produced entriely by the band. The album marks a shift from the band’s prior releases that saw major motifs based largely in electronica that has transgressed into more house and synthpop foundations in this latter work.
The Sounds have had a decorated career punctuated by prolific touring with leading bands such as, The Foo Fighters, The Strokes, No Doubt, Paramore and countless others. The Sounds also have a laundry list of celebrity followers ranging from Director Quentin Tarantino to hip hop icon Pharrell. The Sounds current tour run kicked off in St. Lauderdale, FL on Oct 12th and wraps up Nov 22 in Vancouver, Canada.
The Sounds are occumpanied by a hodgepodge of ecletic artists including leading support by English singer-songwriter, actress, and short-film director Natalia Kills. Kills, who began her quest for stardom at the age of 14 when she left her home in Bradford to move to London. There she found many successful years on prime time BBC television and radio. She would eventually see several songs featured on hit movie soundtracks. Kills released her debut album Perfectionist in April 2011 in Germany and Spetember release in the UK. She has also self-produced a mini-series entitled “Love, Kills xx,” which has garnered a cult-like following of fans. Kills often blurs the line between visual and auditory expression as with her film The Exhibitionist, which was filmed congruently with the recording of the Perfectionist. Natalia Kills is definitely an artist to keep an eye on as we head into 2012.
The bill was rounded out by the Bay Area’s electric pop band, The Limousines and Oklahoma City’s Kids at the Bar, with each duo garnering a gragantuan amount of buzz throughout the interwebs. The Limousines are an indietronica band consisting of multi-instramentalist/producer Giovanni Giusti and songwriter/vocalist Eric Victorino. The duo was thrust into the spotlight of international acclaim for their singles “Very Busy People” and “Internet Killed the Video Star” and subsequent first full-length album, Get Sharp, which was released in the summer of 2010 before officially signing with Dangerbird Records in Decemebr of 2010.
Kids At The Bar is the musical project of Producer/DJ duo Chad “Rad” Raunborg and Matt Buckley who impressed So Sweet Records co-founder, Eli Smith, who signed the band to his new imprint KillPop Records for release of the the band’s debut EP Exile. Since 2010, Kids At The Bar have seen popular official remixes for acts such as, Ellie Goulding, Kill Hannah, Les Savy Fav, Harlem Shakes, Trash Yourself, Toxic Avenger, and Morning Benders.
Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging was on hand for massive photo gallery of all 4 perfomring acts. Enjoy.
All Pictures by Dante Torrieri
Words by Joshua T Cohen
Kids at the Bar – Young Ones (feat. Glasnost)
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The Limousines – Internet Killed The Video Star (Official Music Video)
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Natalia Kills – Director’s Cut Video for “Wonderland”
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The Sounds – Official Music Video for “Dance With The Devil”
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