If you’ve been around Faultline for any length of time over the past few years you’ve most certainly run into Mr. Kyle McGraw. His easy going demeanor and quick laugh have been warming the studio ever since his band Upstairs/Downstairs came into record their first album with us 4 years ago. Afterwards, he asked if he could stick around as an intern and quickly began assisting, then engineering sessions of his own.
Over the past year he’s been busy on both sides of the glass: playing guitar in 2 bands (both with albums on the way) and as an engineer, working on several hot releases from the past few months:
Be sure to look out for the second Upstairs/Downstairs album as well as an EP from Kyle’s other band Future Space and Time when they are released later this summer.
Battlehooch describe their music as “shape-shifting orchestral rock,” we like to call them genre bending over-achievers. From song to song the only thing that remains constant is their high energy and boundless creativity.
They are currently in the middle of an ambitious project: the Single Series 2012. Every six weeks they will be releasing two new songs (single + b-side) and an accompanying video. Watch the video for the newest single ‘Organic’ below or download it along with groovy b-side ‘Thin Patience’ both mixed here at Faultline by Kyle McGraw and Lucas Boilon.
Additionally, Battlehooch are featured in a GoPro ad which is currently airing during Giants games and are playing an upcoming show with goat god rockers Tornado Rider Friday June 8th at the Great American Music Hall. Truly a show that promises to be epic and full of epic sauce.
Balancing the tightrope between indie and mainstream rock, THE BRUISES embrace incredibly catchy choruses, dueling female vocal harmonies, and a serrated double guitar attack. Tipping their hats to acts such as Lush, That Dog, and Sleater-Kinney, the band has forged a sound that is both unique and timeless.
THE BRUISES were formed in 2001 when Jen Black met acoustic singer-songwriter Aja Blue (yes, those are their real names). Initially hailing from Peoria, IL, the girls started out as a not-so-typical acoustic duo, bringing forth genuine rock energy to their live performances and to their 2002 LP “Last Summer”. The two toured relentlessly across the US in support of the album, which garnered critical acclaim from the press and fans alike.
The year 2004 brought much change for THE BRUISES. Aja and Jen ditched the acoustic guitars and went electric, bringing into fruition the harder-edged sound they’d always envisioned. They moved to Los Angeles, CA, where they showcased their new sound with the EP “Ladies and Gentlemen….” Audiences along the West Coast went wild for the Bruises, and tracks from the EP were featured on MTV’s “Parental Control” and the HERE Network’s “Dante’s Cove”.
After a year in LA, Black and Blue relocated to San Francisco, CA where they immediately began packing local clubs with their engaging live show. The Bruises come out with guitars swinging and hands in the air, delivering an intense set that won’t soon be forgotten. In late 2006, the band went into the studio with producer Scott Tusa (Scissors For Lefty, Matt Lutz) to lay the groundwork for a full-length record.
They came to Faultline’s own Kyle McGraw to complete their latest effort “Motion Light” and the results were amazing. Be sure to keep an ear out for this highly anticipated release!
Jaden Carlson is like any other 9 1/2-year-old from
Colorado; she cross-country skis, plays soccer,
mountain bikes, draws comics and makes some mean
paper airplanes. She also happens to rock out with
her Santa Cruz 1929-00 acoustic guitar alongside
artists like Michael Franti & Spearhead, Trevor Hall,
Matt Butler, Keaton Simons, and Melvin Seals & JGB.
Jaden also spends her weekends and school vacations
performing for thousands of music lovers, including
defining appearances at the Power To The Peaceful
Festival and Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.
At just around 4 feet tall, Jaden stands as one of the brightest and
most soulful reggae rocker-meets-singer/songwriters to grace the
festival circuit. She realized her passion for guitar at age 6 and
started her venture with classical training. Jaden quickly moved to
acoustic and electric rock, teaching herself many of her favorite
covers and writing her own original material.
Jaden now prepares to independently release her sophomore
full-length album Tell Me What You See on February 22, 2011 (her
10th birthday), which follows her 2009 debut Midnight Sky. The
album showcases Jaden’s personal and musical growth, as well as
her genuine vision of peace and one love, heavily influenced by Bob
Marley and Michael Franti. As an active supporter of charities like
Feed Them With Music, Love Hope Strength, and Rock To Stop,
Jaden uses her musical platform to spread the message that we are
all the same and the importance of loving one another.
Tell Me What You See features Oren Micah Williams (drums) of Pirate
Radio, Eric Grant (bass) of The Attack Plan, Dave Shul (guitar) of
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Chris Steel (drums) of Trevor Hall, Rob
Drabkin (vocals) and Keaton Simons (vocals). The album was
recorded at Faultline Studios in San Francisco, during which over 50
paper airplanes were made and flown. Tell Me What You See was
produced by Michael Starita and Michael Ver Steegt, and engineered
by Michael Starita, Kyle McGraw and Lucas Boilon.
Over the years, San Francisco’s AM Magic has been a well known name in the local music scene. We were pleased when they came to Faultline to track and mix their latest EP with our in-house engineer, Kyle Mcgraw. Keep an ear out for this release!