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Drawing inspiration from screwing up (a lot), Taylor Berrett has been writing and performing songs for five years. His music can best be described as blues-influenced acoustic folk-pop that floats from sarcasm to sincerity, but he will also take "good" or "bad" as acceptable descriptions, based on individual opinion. In addition to songwriting, Taylor actively pursues guitar playing. His recently-obsessive study of jazz and blues instrumentation occasionally hops over into his songwriting before it is shooed back into its corner. Taylor has shared the stage with groups that include Switchfoot, REO Speedwagon, Derek James, and Shane Hines and the Trance. He loves ping-pong and hates speaking in the third person. I hope you enjoy my music. Matthew enjoys what he does. And if he doesn't enjoy what he is doing, he doesn't do it. But he enjoys lots of things so that's usually not a problem. One of the things he greatly enjoys is music, music of all sorts, music that makes him want to dance, think, be happy, sad, delectable, undeniable, maniacal, really smiley. He expresses his own music through various percussion instruments (including the drum set, which he started playing around... let's say 6 years ago?? 2003? The international year of freshwater? European disability year?), the piano, and any melodic musical instrument, electric or acoustic, that has keys on it. He and Taylor have started to become obsessed with foosball. The favorite game used to be ping-pong but now it is foosball. It is no longer ping-pong. Just thought I would let you know that. Matthew says: "I hope you enjoy listening." http://www.myspace.com/berrettandharrison http://www.carasalimando.com/
CD RELEASE 18 year old singer/song writer Struan Shields hails from Arlington County, Virginia where he’s starting to create quite the stir, sharing stage bills with other upcoming talent in the form of pop-rockers Sing Me Insomnia, fellow singer/songwriter Chase Coy, power-poppers The Hint and Shields’ good friends; Indie-rock outfit The Downtown Fiction. Struan prides himself on his DIY ethic, choosing to write and record his songs at home and he also keeps a close relationship with his ever-increasing fan base, regularly communicating with them via various social networking sites and even offering a personal phone call for anyone who pre-orders the EP. ‘Say It Soft, Say It Sweet’ showcases Shield’s acoustic pop-rock sound perfectly and acts as a great example of the fantastic things to come from the young, aesthetically-pleasing rising star. The already popular ‘Without You’ (recently the number one download on PureVolume.com) opens the EP with its soaring sugary pop hooks that beg its listeners to sing along. The anthemic, lyrical love-triangle ‘Tell Me Where To Run’ and EP closer ‘Crazy’ follows suit, the latter comprising a melodious, life-affirming breakdown and lighters-in-the-air chorus. The tentative crooning of emotionally charged slow ditty ‘A Little Bit Longer’ and the Indie-charged rock ballad ‘Losing Sleep’ evoke the impression that Shields’ has already been both the provoker and recipient of a broken heart; his music a clear outlet to ease the associated pains. The stomping ‘Something Real’ meanwhile, with its closing “woah-oh-oh-oh-os!” is reminiscent of ‘Bleed American’ era Jimmy Eat World and is the perfect accompaniment to any Summer road trip. ‘Say It Soft, Say It Sweet’ is an accomplished, heart-string-tugging but nevertheless uplifting collection from a young gentleman with the talent and drive to become an international regular on both mainstream radio and many a home stereo. Shields’ debut is exceptionally well polished for one recorded outside the confines of a professional studio and it seems that success for Struan is imminent; as is the occurrence of his face on the walls of many teenage girls (and their mother’s!) bedrooms. http://www.myspace.com/struanshields http://www.myspace.com/berrettandharrison http://www.myspace.com/alexisbabini