Hammydown has made your salad, and scooped the foam onto your cappuccino. She's scrubbed your splattered walls and vacuumed the dust from beneath your bed on her hands and knees. She's delivered your pizza. A boss will say time and time again that it doesn't cost anything extra to give service with a smile. With her quirky, lyric driven garage pop, Hammydown (aka Abbie Morin) digs at the true price that she and so many people like her have to pay. Gritty guitar, and wry humor capture the plight of the millennial slacker - those who button up and drag their way through the work week, try to pursue creative passions, but still just feel like losers. Based in Northampton, Mass, Hammydown released their debut EP 'Pizzaface' in July 2017.
The current project fronted by songwriter James Fonicello, Lea have been developing a following on the strength of a summer single The Duck House, produced by Bill Readey in New Haven CT, and sharing the stage with artists like OVLOV, Florida = Death, Hellrazor, The Head and Speedy Ortiz within the past few years. They have become a scene favorite as much for their characteristically chaotic indie rock as for their involvement in the scene itself. Over the years the members of Lea have played at, lived in, and booked for such D.I.Y. hotbeds as Daggett Square, Taco Hut, and Fort Flesh. While the names and lineups may change, the sound of Lea remains constant. Going a step beyond the Pixies loud/soft paradigm, Lea hits on something harder to define - a swing between focus and mess that’s mesmerizing. They have a series of singles to be released over the Fall of 2016, followed by a debut studio album.
For fans of The Pixies, Prince, Pavement, Polvo, Pile, Petty. Tom Petty.
Straight To VHS
These days, it wouldn't be unfair to call Straight to VHS the little band that could. The indie-garage trio, formed in 2009, have finally broken out of their local scene in New London, CT thanks to their most recent record, Weekend Weekend Weekend. Their third release, Weekend has garnered the attention of outlets such as top New England music blogs, numerous college radio stations, and most notably, CBS Connecticut, who named VHS one of the state's top 5 bands to watch in 2015. The album has also earned the band top prizes at New London's Whalie Awards (Best Indie Band, Rock Album of the Year) and the Connecticut Music Awards (Best Punk Band). Straight to VHS will release a new EP, Landmind, in June 2016.