The second edition of the Tinderbox Music Festival returns to NYC and the initial line-up is announced! We handpicked these musicians to provide a magnificent day of music. The festival will showcase a powerful and diverse group of established and emerging female artists producing innovative original music, and YOU should be there!
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Tinderbox Music FestivalSeptember 10 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NYHolly Miranda (Indie Folk) Eternia & The Band (Hip Hop)
with XYLOS (Multi-instrumentalist Pop) Charlene Kaye and The Brilliant Eyes (Indie Rock Electronic)The Debutante Hour (Indie Folk/ multi instrumental/quirky)Alyson Greenfield (Folk Electro Hip Hop)Kalae All Day (Hip Hop/Soul)EULA (Post Punk)Miss Geo (Indie Electronic Pop)Canyon. (Indie Folk)Rebecca Jordan (Jazz/Soul/Folk)Mira Stroika (Cabaret/Pop/Punk)White Wave (Experimental)Pepper Fandango (Folk / Blues)Sweet Soubrette (Indie Folk)Helicopria (Prog Rock)Sarah Aument (Indie Pop Rock)WOJCIK (Garage Rock)Sarah Walk (Singer/Songwriter / Piano Rock)Annie Fitzgerald (Americana/ Folk)WYATT (Indie Folk Pop)Natalie Farr (Alternative Folk)
Alyse Lamb is nice. The front-woman of Connecticut-based punk pop band EULA will hold your purse while you use the porta-potty. She’ll offer to split the cost of sunscreen so she can use a teaspoon of it. And when she’s performing, she always cheerfully asks the audience to “Come say hi.”
So when she gets onstage and drops it, hard, radiating an edgy punk-chick vitality and slaying her guitar like a warrior, it’s a little bit of a shock.
“I would describe my music personality as a cactus flower,” says Lamb, a petite blond, who like drummer Nate Rose and bassist Jef Maleri grew up in Connecticut. “Sharp and knarly but also nurturing and beautiful.”
“It’s a look but don’t touch kind of thing,” Rose offers helpfully.
This alter ego is the essence of EULA, a name conceived to personify the ‘someone else’ that Lamb becomes when she straps on her guitar and takes the stage (and not End User License Agreement, as any Google search of the acronym will deliver).
The trio, who met at music school in New Haven, released their latest CD, Maurice Narcisse, in April. The sound is reminiscent of Joan Jett, Hole, Belly and Sonic Youth, with Lamb’s piercing vocals and slamming guitar, melodic bass lines from Maleri, and driving percussion from Rose. ‘Awake,’ ‘Dirty Hands,’ and the title song, ‘Maurice Narcisse,’ are standouts.
The album is a subtle commentary on our self-obsessed world of reality tv and social media, the technology behind which the band readily admits is a double edged sword. “You can’t escape it. There’s no privacy and people are jamming their personal exploits down your throat,” says Lamb. “At the same time, we can harness that technology to get more exposure for the band.”
More exposure is a focus, and the band has been doing what they can to gain a bigger following.
“Success for us would be being able to focus on our music full-time,” says Rose.
“At every show there’s always at least one person who didn’t know who we were who comes up and tells us much they enjoyed the show,” says Maleri. “That’s a good feeling when you’ve reached someone like that. It keeps you going.”
That first blush of fandom is something EULA wants to capture more of, but also understands as music fans themselves.
“We played Bomb Fest last month with Best Coast, Waves, Real Estate and others,” says Lamb. “We love all those bands and wanted to share our music with them, but it was awkward, ya know? We felt kind of shy about it. So Jeff and I agreed he would do Bethany from Best Coast, and I would go up to Alex from Real Estate. So I went up to Alex, but I couldn’t talk to him. I basically gave him a CD and said, ‘love your band’ and ran away.”
That’s Lamb - so humble she’s too afraid to speak at length to her own crush bands for fear she might bother them.
But wait till he listens to the CD. Bet he’ll be surprised with a jolt from the cactus flower.
EULA plays Cake Shop on June 9 and opens for The Thermals at The Bell House on July 1. Check out their full schedule.
Words and photos by Shanda Boyett. Copyright 2011.
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