Kristeenyoung, Monokino, Cruel Black Dove
KRISTEENYOUNG is a piano/keyboard and drums "rock" duo, in the golden years sense of the word, when rock was simultaneously adventurous, original, scary and fun. Think saw-toothed riffs reminiscent of JIMMY PAGE and tub-thumping, bootknocking drums born of the same era and you're halfway there. On top of that, there's the otherworldly vocals and lyrics that you have to hear to believe. The pair is made up of singer, writer, pianist/keyboardist, Kristeen Young and drummer "Baby" Jeff White.
CRUEL BLACK DOVE
"... a buzz-worthy female-fronted electronic rock outfit who set the stage on fire with their blend of passionate, hard hitting Lynch-esque music. Comparisons to PJ Harvey, Curve, and Depeche Mode aren't inappropriate, but Cruel Black Dove is still a force of their own, full to the brim with infectious sound and fury. Slinking back and forth in perfect rhythm, adding to the mood with ominous red lighting, fuzzed out bass, and a knack for on-stage exorcism, part Nick Cave, part Patti Smith, and all unpredictable ferocity. I was floored." (LIMEWIRE)
Monokino brings together the artistic visions of 3 musicians from different worlds: George van Wetering (Holland) song writer, lead vocals, guitar; Yu Jin (formerly of Cobra, first all-women rock band in Beijing, now living in Germany) on keyboard and synthesizer, and electronic drummer Frans van Gastel (Holland), who joined the band in 2007. Monokino has to date released one EP and one album in China where the band is known for its distinct musical identity playing electronic pop music. The sound has been spiced up in a rather kitschy way with a combination of melodious high pitched vocals, static keyboard, rock guitar and electronic/acoustic drum segments. In Holland, China and Germany, Monokino has received both critical and public acclaim for its indie music. Monokino is signed to Modern Sky, China’s largest independent record label.