Pink Lemonade (Acoustic)
No Tears Left To Cry
Wish You Would
Maddie & Tae boldly introduced their debut single “Girl In A Country Song” shortly after signing with Dot Records. Featured on their debut album START HERE, of which they penned each of the eleven tracks, the PLATINUM-certified breakout hit soared atop the Country radio charts and made them only the third female duo to peak their debut single at #1 in the history of the Billboard Country singles chart. The gender-flipping video garnered over 38 million views and scored the duo their first-ever award: CMA Video of the Year. The pair, from Texas and Oklahoma, respectively, also swept the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards, winning both Favorite Country Artist and Favorite Country Song for GOLD-certified “Fly.” They have previously been nominated for ACM, CMT and CMA Awards. Receiving critical acclaim from NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post and Glamour, among others. Maddie & Tae have appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, TODAY, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Live! with Kelly and Michael and most recently on The Talk, where they performed a cleverly written tune about dealing with bullies called “Sierra.” Sharing their songs with fans on the road, Maddie & Tae conquered their first headlining START HERE TOUR last fall before joining Lee Brice’s LIFE OFF MY YEARS TOUR and most recently wrapping dates with Brad Paisley’s LIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR.
Unburdened by contractual obligations and working at their studio and informal clubhouse Whispering Pines in Los Angeles, Lord Huron found the freedom and comfort to pursue their vision without compromise. The result is Vide Noir: a sonically bold, bravely-executed saga that pushes the band’s sound in ambitious new directions.
Singer, songwriter and producer Ben Schneider found inspiration wandering restlessly through his adopted home of Los Angeles at night. His aimless nocturnal journeys ranged all over the city – across the twinkling grid of the valley; into the creeping shadows of the foothills; through downtown’s neon canyons; way out to the darksome ocean. The resulting collection of songs feels like an epic odyssey through the city, across dimensions and out into the cosmos.
Many of Vide Noir’s songs were tested on the road as early as 2016 and honed with a jeweler’s precision into their final form. Dusty ballads share space on the album with punky rippers, ‘50s sock-hop sways and ethereal electronic passages. Each entry is a glinting star, and together they form a sonic constellation examining the search for meaning amidst the cold indifference of the universe.
Vide Noir was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips/MGMT) and engineered by Sonny DiPerri (Portugal. The Man, Animal Collective). The album honors the traditions of both rock and folk as it embraces modern studio techniques. The stylistic experimentation speaks to Lord Huron’s confidence as storytellers and as craftsmen, armed with a growing array of tools.
Lord Huron’s work always comes richly adorned, and Vide Noir is no exception. The album will be accompanied by a wealth of imagery, films and immersive experiences crafted to expand upon its narratives and themes. A true multi-media artist, Schneider has previously used videos, a comic book, a choose-your-own-adventure hotline and assorted Easter eggs as means of deepening the listener experience. Fans steely enough to confront the ineffable have already uncovered a few of these accoutrements.
Lord Huron was created by Los Angeles-based Ben Schneider. Born and raised in Michigan, Schneider drew inspiration from the Great Lakes, which were carved by glaciers 14,000 years ago, and his music stands in awe and wonder of the natural world.
After writing and recording two independent EPs (Into the Sun and Mighty) on his own, demand grew for Lord Huron to perform live. Schneider recruited friends Mark Barry (percussion), Miguel Briseño (bass) and Tom Renaud (guitar). Having first played music together at the tender age of 12, the group reunited and quickly hit their stride, transforming the project into a full-fledged band. Lord Huron signed with IAMSOUND, and the label released 2012’s Lonesome Dreams, and Strange Trails in 2015.
Strange Trails included the song, “The Night We Met,” which was featured in the Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why.” The series and song both became hits, and “The Night We Met” was certified platinum in January of 2018. This year also marks the beginning of a unique alliance between Whispering Pines and Republic Records, who will partner in the release of Vide Noir.
Lord Huron has toured extensively in North America and Europe, earning rave reviews and performing for sold-out crowds at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. The band has appeared at a wide range of music festivals including Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival.
Recording and visual artist, Jared Lee, was the "different kid" known for sporting a Mohawk and skateboarding through his hometown of South Central. But don't expect a sob story of struggle and misunderstanding. He wore the title on his sleeve with pride, understood why he was misunderstood but was still respected by his peers for being exactly who he is, "Your Friendly Neighborhood, Duck". After graduating high school he ventured off to bay area's Academy of Arts where he honed his artistic talents, started rapping and became the guy who we now know as DUCKWRTH (a named derived from his mother's family name).
DUCKWRTH started developing a cult fan base by appearing on popular TeamBackPack Youtube videos and by releasing local mixtapes like "Ducktape" and "Taxfree V1". In 2015, to gain a different perspective on his art and take a real shot at being a player in this new music landscape, he suddenly made his way to New York where he lived with his (now) manager for over a year. In New York, during the increased tension of police brutality and gentrification, he saw firsthand the determination, sacrifice and commitment it would take to be as great as he wanted to be without compromising his integrity. This journey led to the release of the politically charged Kickdrums collaboration project, titled "Nowhere". DUCKWRTH's overall experience inspired him to take a fearless approach to writing, producing and performing his own music.
In 2016, DUCKWRTH took the energy he developed in New York back to Los Angeles where he created and released his critically acclaimed debut LP, I’M UUGLY. IM UUGLYis equal parts mainstream and underground. With smooth crossover tracks like I'M DEAD featuring Sabrina Claudio and RAREPANTHER to mosh pit songs like BLAKK RAGERand RUUUN, this was a project that merged the most unique parts of DUCKWRTH’s personality and talents to create a sound and visual palette that indicated he had not only grown as an artist but well on his way to being a music icon and visionary for his generation.
DUCKWRTH's recently released project, an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape, vows to take that vision a step further by blending genres from rock to hip hop to funk and soul and incorporating live elements from guitars to violins. What started as just an accumulation of demos he started while working on his previous release is quickly proving to be more than just a few leftover tracks sitting on his hard drive. It is a legitimate body of work that caught the interest of Republic Records and has already gained the attention of tastemakers around the world. In the short time since its release its been picked up for major sync opportunities including Real Time with Bill Maher, EA Games' Need for Speed and prime time television shows.
DUCKWRTH is adamant about being hands on in the visual perception promoted to the world through his music. He is the illustrator of all of the artwork accompanying the projects he has released, is the creative force behind all of his visuals and recently launched a line of T-shirts branded B.O.Y., a campaign that supports blurring the gender lines, discourages gender biases and encourages fans and friends to take pride in Being Only You. Hard to think his story has only just begun.