Originally formed in Austin, TX in winter 2005 by Troupe Gammage (vocals/keyboard), Nick Hurt (guitar/vocals), and Jake Stewart (drums), the band now known as SPEAK was cemented with the addition of Joey Delahoussaye (bass/vocals) in 2008.
With roots in first the dreamy pop of Radiohead and Sigur Rós, then the electronic pastiche of Beck and Cut Copy, the band received a crash course in rock while recording their first record with producer Frenchie Smith (The Dandy Warhols, Trail of Dead, The Darkness), resulting in the multichromatic 2011 debut I Believe In Everything. Surrounding the release was an Austin Music Award for Best New Band in 2010 (presented to the group by members of the Talking Heads) and appearances at the SXSW, Voodoo, Austin City Limits, and Fun Fun Fun Festivals. In addition to opening shows in Austin for musical exemplars like Cage the Elephant, Tigercity, and Royal Bangs, the band have had the opportunity to learn from and befriend a series of live favorites on the road including Jukebox the Ghost, The Chain Gang of 1974, Miniature Tigers, Geographer, Ra Ra Riot and Tegan and Sara.
Inspired by the grit and "anything goes" mentality of modern hip hop production but never at the expense of melody, SPEAK have recently finished self-producing their sophomore album (due in 2014) at their home studio in Austin.
Salt Petal's tropical musings hide turbulent themes full of soaring melodies and pulsating rhythms. In their live shows, fantastic forms and bright visuals combine with 60s rock and Argentine folk in a vivid tapestry of sound. A mash of Blondie, Gal Costa, and The Smiths as if played by a traveling folk outfit in South America, this rising California band has played storied Southland venues and has appeared on multiple radio and TV programs. The band started in early 2009 with a pair of friends who decided to try to create a niche they’d been looking for but couldn’t find in the musical scenes around Los Angeles. The sound they were seeking was related to the melodic and danceable traditions of Latin America, but mixed with the sensibilities of a jangly stripped down rock band. The result has been a five to eight-piece band of friends and family with instrumentation ranging between electric guitars, drums, bass, accordion, trumpet, synthesizers, and percussions.