Our Artist Development incubator CONNECT has been working with some great Artists in the past few months, and so we asked them to start keeping us all up to date on their findings and goings-on. Here is the first dispatch from Curation Manager, Schuyler Rooth.
We’ve been following Coral Bones since ReverbNation’s curation team turned us onto them, and we’ve since fallen in love with the band’s compelling electro-pop music. When we established CONNECT, they were some of the first people we wanted to help. Luckily for us, Chris Bennion (above) and Landon Young of Coral Bones were stoked to meet up and work together from the outset.
Last week, the guys left their hometown of Provo, UT, to play a few shows, record some brand new material, and hang with the CONNECT team. After performing a great set at our showcase at South By Southwest in Austin, TX, a few weeks ago, the guys were ready for more stage time and strategizing.
Their first stop was Chicago, where they performed at the sold-out After Dark Party at the Art Institute of Chicago alongside fellow CONNECT Artists GlassLux. Then, the band headed to New York City where they met up with Simon Perry, a multi-platinum writer/producer and ReverbNation’s Chief Creative Officer. Simon and the guys headed to Engine Room Studios in downtown New York City to record vocals for the band’s new songs and do a bit of collaborative writing.
The rest of the week was a flurry of adventures in Manhattan and Brooklyn, most of which involved copious amounts of pizza. Chris and Landon topped off their trip by playing their favorite material upstairs at Pianos on the Lower East Side, where the eager Thursday night crowd lapped up their bouncy synths, swelling beats, and compelling lyrics.
We’re so glad to have Coral Bones joining us in CONNECT, which gave us the chance to set up their first shows in Austin, Chicago, and New York City. Be on the look out for their new EP later this year!
Check out the video for “Queensway” below:
Schuyler Rooth is the Curation Manager for CONNECT. She’s also a music journalist and curator living in Brooklyn, NY, who has been featured on numerous tastemaker blogs. Schuyler appreciates brave music, both new and old.