Former Champions are an electro rock band based out of Richmond, Virginia. Their music showcases vocal led compositions intermixed with an array of instrumentally driven electronic pieces. A sonic blend of synthesized keys mixed with sub-bass, distorted guitar, harmonized vocals, samples, and a multitude of drums, cymbals and percussion combine to create what the band describes as “street music.”
2011 has been an exciting year for Former Champions as they released their self titled debut album and made appearances at several festivals including Camp Bisco, FloydFest, and Camp Barefoot. They have shared the stage with artists including The New Deal, Perpetual Groove, Conspirator, EOTO, Zappa plays Zappa, Papadosio, Brothers Past, Hackensaw Boys, Tea Leaf Green, and many others. FC is now gearing up for an extensive touring schedule for 2012 and are currently working on their second studio album targeted for a mid-year release.
Atlanta-based, Low-Endie Rock band, Stokeswood, was formed by lead vocalist Adam Patterson and electric guitarist, Mark Godwin. The five-piece also comprises drummer Jon Joiner, keyboardist Michael Roman and bass player/producer Justin Mullinix. Stokeswood’s independently released debut album, “Carassia” (2009), is like a sonic excursion between the lines of a poet’s story-telling prowess. Stokeswood’s sophomore album, “In the Field of the Vibrations” (2011), showcases a vocal-centric aesthetic and an array of synthesizers and guitars that are illuminated by infectious dance beats. The evolution from acoustic to electronic was a natural progression during the recording process. Stokeswood is currently and constantly touring the East Coast.