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Stages of Sleep
Carousel, The Stages of Sleep’s full-length debut is due out December 7, 2012. Carousel takes listeners on a journey from childhood innocence, through adolescent debauchery, to adult heartache and loss, and back again. Featuring introspective lyrics, complex melodies, and lush orchestration, blended with intricate rhythms, the album is at once demanding and subtle, insistent yet fragile, and ultimately commands attention.
Bray is a San Francisco-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with the fire and strut of the classic rock front-man, the moves and voice of the classic soul-man, and the quick self-effacing humor of the classic talk show host. Ignited by jagged guitar driven grooves, ultra-catchy pop rock hooks, and his kinetic live performances, Bray never fails to fuel audiences into a feel-good frenzy. Along with his top-notch backing band, Bray has performed for crowds as large as 50,000 in ten countries around the world, sharing stages with Slash, Scott Weiland and Joe Satriani as well as members
of The Doors and the Sex Pistols.
The Buttercream Gang
A band that has paid their dues, The Buttercream Gang (comprised of Bobby Renz, Peter Davies, and Robinson Kuntz) have written, produced, and managed themselves since starting in Napa, California nine years ago – when Bobby was just 15 years old and had to walk to practice. The group also had an alter-ego as “Congo Death Lazer” – where they would play 80s covers. Originally a standard trio, the band has grown to become more of a collaborative effort with members sharing lead vocals and bouncing around on various instruments alongside Max Bonick on guitar, keys, bass and Alex Garcia on saxophones. The Buttercream Gang have come to craft an eclectic and catchy sound by way of various influencers, especially the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and African guitar music. Charged with these worldly influences and recording techniques of Jamaican music from the 60′s and 70s, the band takes on a unique sound. Mixed with Beach Boys harmonies and tinges of Animal Collective and Deerhunter’s eclecticism, The Buttercream Gang has instant appeal.