Strange Familiar to release This Is Gravity
The Strange Familiar lift their resonant pop rock to new heights on their debut full length album THIS IS GRAVITY. With a sound defined by the pairing of singer/songwriter/keyboardist Kira Leyden’s soaring vocals and elegant keyboards with guitarist/songwriter Jeff Andrea’s urgent guitar work, the album features seven new tracks and five songs from their self-released 2008 EP You Can’t Go Back, including singles “Secret Life (You & Me)“ and “Courage Is…” The album from the Los Angeles-based, Akron, OH-bred band—rounded out by bassist Frank Freeman--was co-produced by Brian Malouf (Michael Jackson, Everclear) and Curt Schnieder (Five for Fighting). THIS IS GRAVITY is currently available as a digital pre-release and will be in stores in early 2010.
Artist: The Strange Familiar
Title: This Is Gravity
Release date: 02/1/10
Single: Courage Is
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“Secret Life (You & Me)“ and “Courage Is…” have both been featured on the ABC Family hit series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." The latter was also featured in the Season 7 premiere episode of NBC smash reality competition “The Biggest Loser.” The song has gone on to receive over 65,000 paid downloads and has made it to the Top 10 Rock Chart on iTunes, all without the support of a label.
The undeniably catchy new single “I Just Want To Love You” and hit “Courage Is…” are currently being featured in all promos for the third season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager--a 2008 Teen Choice Award-winning series. The music video promo featuring "I Just Want to Love You” and THE STRANGE FAMILIAR--shot on location in late August at Los Angeles’ Grant High School--begins airing this Monday, September 7 after the season finale of the show. The new 30 & 60-second music video spots are expected to air over the next couple of months promoting the upcoming season. An extended version of the video will also be featured on ABCFamily.com, as well as a special web feature on the band, a week-long free MP3 of the album’s title track "This Is Gravity" and streaming music, photos and featured videos.
“The Strange Familiar exudes the sort of hang-tough-and-survive attitude that elicits a sea of cell phones held aloft”
- Cleveland Free Times
“....they've crafted smooth pop/rock tracks, all deftly performed...."
- Music Connection
“They're making waves on the music scene with a five-song debut EP chock-full of super-catchy hooks and soulful melodies”
- ABC Family.com
“Primed and pumped radio-ready, arena-rock machine waiting for an arena full of folks to discover them”
- Akron Beacon Journal
“A sublime new sophisticated rock band”
- Cleveland Scene Magazine
"There's intimacy and depth to Leyden's vocals and clarity and simplicity to the arrangements, which provide light-touch piano- and guitar-based support. Though Leyden's a big-voiced singer, she avoids bombast here, her glossy tone embellishing lyrics in a way that seem earthy and heartfelt."
- Cleveland Free Times
The Strange Familiar biography
As seen / heard on the 2008 Teen Choice Award Winning series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" TSF's first single, "Courage Is...", was featured in all promos used to launch this brand new hit show from ABC Family. Without radio play, it quickly became a huge fan favorite, especially online, generating over 50,000 downloads for this currently unsigned band. The Strange Familiar broke into the top 10 on iTunes in the Rock category and stayed in the Top 100 for several weeks. Stay tuned for their new single "Secret Life (You and Me)" featured in the promos for Season 2 of TSLOTAT.
The Strange Familiar is the brainchild of two young musicians who've been performing and writing together since they were 14 years old. Kira and Jeff met in grade school, and through the years have developed their soulful rock sound that is equally heartfelt and powerful. After ten years of performing and selling thousands of CDs with a former band, they not only have made themselves a staple in their local music scene, but their catchy songwriting skills also garnered them major label attention. Ashlee Simpson recorded and released "Invisible" (21 Billboard, 1 iTunes) as a single for her platinum selling album, "I Am Me"; a song Kira and Jeff penned when they were only 17. After spending most of 2006 writing and recording demos for their new project, Kira and Jeff were ready to return to the studio. This time they were extremely blessed to work with producer Brian Malouf (Dave Mathews, Everclear, Lisa Loeb, Madonna), for several weeks in Studio City, CA. With the launch of their new EP, Kira and Jeff have recently decided to relocate to Los Angeles along with their bass player, Frank Freeman, whose drive and love for music matches their own. The Strange Familiar's 5-song debut EP, captures the essence of their music in a way that is both truthful and inspiring, intimate and yet powerful. "You Can't Go Back" is aptly named as a reflection on all that these young musicians have been through, and where they are now headed.
This Is Gravity Tracklisting
1. Still Have Time
2. I Just Want To Love You
3. Courage Is
4. This Is Gravity
6. Secret Life (You and Me)
7. Nobody’s Hero
9. Raise Your Glass
10. You Can’t Go Back
11. I know Your Name
12. Never Be
"This Is Gravity" by The Strange Familiar - release date: 02/1/10..