Thursday, September 02, 2010

The White Ravens Begin New Era: Bar Gigs

Ann Arbor, MI (September 1, 2010) — Turning 18 is a rite of passage for anyone, but for a touring musician like The White Ravens’ Will Bennett, it’s a real door-opener. Literally. The Ann Arbor purveyors of quirky, intelligent pop can now bring their unique sound to a whole new audience: bar goers. One of their first stops is right in their own backyard, The Blind Pig on September 22nd with Ann Arbor jangle-folkie Nathan K and English, an indie prog-rock trio from West Bloomfield.

The core of The White Ravens is the brother-sister duo of Amy and Will Bennett. Amy writes and delivers the lyrics and plays bass, while Will writes the music and plays keyboards. This arrangement began when the siblings were 11 and 12 years old. Since then, they’ve been quite busy, recording two full-length albums, winning a 2010 Toronto Independent Music Award for Best USA band, appearing on Toronto’s Breakfast TV, composing short film scores and launching their first east coast tour. They are joined live by Vince Russo on drums and Andrew Brown on guitar.

The White Ravens’ latest release, Gargoyles and Weathervanes is filled with catchy indie pop gems like “Sparks,” which Magnet’s MP3 at 3PM called “a bright and happy number with a really sharp bass line that fills out the piano’s melody nicely”. The LP was recorded by Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders, and features Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel’s drummer for thirty years.

The White Ravens
The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
September 22, 2010
Cover: $8
Show Time: 9:30 PM
Also on the Bill: English and Nathan K

The White Ravens Tour Dates
9/1/10 Borders, Hyannis, MA
9/2/10 All Asia, Cambridge, MA
9/3/10 Campfire Festival, Cambridge, MA
9/4/10 Campfire Festival, Cambridge, MA
9/10/10 Plymouth Fall Festival, Plymouth, MI
9/14/10 The Savoy, Ypsilanti, MI
9/18/10 Backyard Bash for Community Records, Prospect Park, Ypsilanti, MI
9/22/10 The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI