Two Rad New Bands via Greyday Records!

It is no surprise that brothers Adam and John Schuman have been playing together since grade school. The brothers grew up on the influence of musical artists such as Depeche Mode, Radiohead, and Sunny Day Real Estate, which echoes throughout each melody. Their music is different and engaging, and the lyrics strike at several different meanings. Spanning from metaphors to personification, the empowerment of these lyrics force you to envision the lives and struggles of everyday people. Their heartfelt approach has already resonated throughout the blogosphere – The Aquarian Weekly magazine raves that despite “all the competition in the alternative music genre, this band stands on their own.” The group has also landed features in Noisepop, San Francisco’s SFGate and a shining featured artist review on The band has developed a strong national fan following through extended touring with established acts like The Dear Hunter, Fair To Midland, Balance and Composure, Bird By Bird (ex- The Matches), and Dredg (on which singer/guitarist Ben Flanagan served double duty, playing backing guitar with the popular alt rockers). The Trophy Fire has also performed at the 2011 Noise Pop Festival, opening for Wavves, Ya La Tengo, and Best Coast.
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Hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I Was Totally Destroying It are determined to break out of their humble home state by combining musical influences spanning several generations of rockers all at once. This drive 5-piece embraces their love of 70’s icons such as Tom Petty and Elvis Costello, 80’s new wave artists such as The Cure and Kate Bush, and 90’s stalwarts like Superchunk and That Dog – to formulate their own hook-heavy rock machine. Dueling lead vocalists and songwriters Rachel Hirsh and John Booker harmonize lyrics that belie the sweet, sunny suggestions of their upbeat melodies, inviting you to listen in on their conversations about self-loathing, fear, and intimacy. Backed by a powerful rhythm section (drummer James Hepler and bassist Joe Mazzitelli), and the soaring lead guitars of Curtis Armstead, I Was Totally Destroying It have yet to slow down in the nearly 5 years since the band’s inception. The band has toured much of the country, playing with artists such as Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Motion City Soundtrack, Cursive, Superchunk, Joan Jett, Ozma and many more. IWTDI were among the News and Observer’s Great 8 of 2008 and The Independent Weekly ranked them as having one of the “Best Songs Of The Year” in 2007, 2008, and 2009! Their current release Preludes has been building on the band’s established foundation, attaining excellent reviews in PopMatters and Impose, which passionately exclaims that the band “sets a ‘melodic 90s indie guitar-rock’ standard that is about as high as can be.” The band has also been featured in a massive television ad campaign by Vivo, Bazil’s largest cell phone service provider.
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