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The Banana Convention are a supremely energetic Michigan-based pop-punk outfit that according to their bio, are on a mission to “put the FU in fun.” The band are fronted by charismatic lead singer Shar Molina who is backed up by drummer Chris Howard, bassist Sean Drysdale, lead guitarist Jake Voisine and percussionist Monte Nothelfer. Having already enjoyed a measure of success locally, the Banana Convention have also made high profile appearances at the House of Blues in Chicago and on the Vans Warped Tour.
The Latonas are an explosive indie rock outfit from Melbourne, Australia. The band is comprised of dual lead guitarists/vocalists Ben Runyan and Dave Fegan along with drummer Michael Rourke and bassist Dave Fegan, who also both join in on vocals. Having already created something of a name for themselves down under with their catchy, post-punk inflected indie sound, the Latonas have recently began to garner airplay in the US and the UK.
Gruhak are proof that classic rock is indeed alive and well and apparently living in Dubrovnik, Croatia. A supremely talented group of rock classicists, Gruhak is fronted by versatile singer/guitarist Boris who is capable of channeling the likes of Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, and Roger Daltrey as it suits him. Boris is backed in Gruhak by the potent combination of lead guitarist Ivan, bassist Robi and drummer Luke.
Also hailing from Nashville, Leslie Craig is an infinitely charismatic country-rock singer/songwriter with a deeply pronounced soul influence. A full time working performer by the age of 17, Leslie is a local favorite in Nashville and fronts a versatile band that’s capable of matching her every turn as she veers effortlessly from rock to blues to country to soul, all in her inimitable, soaring rootsy vocal style.
Nashville, TN’s Darling Parade are a poppy alt-rock outfit that have already had a couple of their songs featured on TV shows like Stargate Universe, The Lying Game and Fly Girls. The band are fronted by singer/guitarist Kristin Hearns and also feature Adam Hatfield on guitar, Nate McCoy on bass and Casy Conrad on drums. Darling Parade has recently released a new EP entitled Until We Say It’s Over.
Sound Drive is a five-piece power pop outfit that’s comprised of lead guitarist Eddy Btesh, singer Victor Sabbagh, bassist Carlos Marin, drummer Juan Paval and keyboardist Matt Barham. Since forming in Brooklyn back in 2009, Sound Drive have successfully crafted a distinct, contemporary rock sound that still manages to pay homage to their classic rock influences like the Beatles, ELO and Cheap Trick.