POOR MAN RECORDS
About Sugar Fïtz
Building on the success of their audacious debut single, “Skin Sparks,” the Nashville duo, Sugar Fïtz, consisting of singer-songwriters Brianna Sage and Carrie Welling, is something like a magic trick—brash, bold and seemingly out of nowhere.
Their newest single, You Should Have Seen His Apartment, brimming with 80s rock glam and pop, takes the group to new heights. And with a plethora of solo material, tours, studio work, and years of experience between them, their aesthetic could not be more precise. Born out of collective frustration and a wellspring of angst, as well as deep, studied admiration of pop and 70s punk, Sugar Fïtz write the kind of songs you can sing in the shower or scream at a show. The soundtrack provides the perfect accompaniment to the group’s riotous lyrics and razor-sharp harmonies.
SUGAR FITZ is a celebration of sonics and song. The result will no doubt find its way into the soundtrack of our lives.
Photo credits: Andrea Cothern
About Human Barbie
Human Barbie is an analog fantasy; wisps of classic pop, psychedelia, and indie rock intermingle to create a melancholy dreamscape, colorful and intoxicating.
Formed in 2018 by songwriter Chris Leopold, Human Barbie is an amalgamation of a lifetime of AM-radio road trips and midnight vinyl. Recorded with 1/2” analog tape, Human Barbie’s debut album ‘Get a Life’ was captured and mixed with 100% analog effects, reverb, and performance techniques. The entire process was painstaking and deliberate; it is less a collection of songs, and more an artifact of creative introspection and deep reflection.
About Young Winona
Leaving New Zealand in 2014, Cassie and bandmate/husband Nick Gaffaney (drummer, multi-instrumentalist and one half of power rock duo, Cairo Knife Fight) left their families and everything they had known for the new mysteries of Los Angeles. With her, Cassie brought her guitar and a different hope—the hope her father had instilled in her at a young age to pursue music. “He was my champion from day one,” Cassie explains. “He bought me my first guitar.” The daughter of a Singaporean Muslim mother and an indigenous New Zealand Māori father, Cassie didn’t discover her biological roots until her teenage years. “I didn’t find out I was adopted until I was 18.” Many questions were asked. Few were immediately answered. But with the unceasing love of her parents, and their fierce support of Cassie’s clear musical talent, she soon set out on a path to uncover her life via music, turning her stories into songs.
With an unflappable work ethic and a wellspring of inspiration, Cassie and Nick, along with fellow expat Geoff Maddock on bass (who most New Zealanders will know as the brainchild behind NZ’s beloved rock act, Goldenhorse) to round out the trio, quickly carved their own space in the crowded LA music scene. Known for their powerful live shows and lilting vocal harmonies they released music under the moniker “Santa Barbara” before charting a new course as Young Winona in 2018.
Recorded at 64 Sound (Rilo Kiley), Young Winona’s recent releases LA Waste and Confess was engineered under the careful watch of James Clarke Jr (Tony Maserati), and mixed by the brilliant Benjamin Knapp (Neil Finn, The Naked and Famous) to achieve the pitted polish of Young Winona’s alternative rock bulwark, around which Cassie’s stories reside
Photo credits: Benjamin Knapp
Tummyache is an alternative rock project created by songwriter/producer Soren Bryce. The project is named after one of the side effects of severe physical anxiety and manifested from Bryce’s need to explore a new set of emotions she experienced while living in Brooklyn, New York.
Tummyache’s debut EP “Humpday” is an honest and aggressive self-dive into a myriad of intra/interpersonal issues; as well as a reflection of the human condition through the lens of absurdism. Combining the rich tones of Sharon Van Etten, the vulnerability of Julien Baker and the razor-sharp production stylings of early Smashing Pumpkins or Hole, Bryce sounds rawer than ever. Throwing off the armor of her more folk-indebted past, Bryce surrounds herself with fraught, meditative guitars that bend and break over the emotional richness of her voice. She sounds brooding, pregnant with her own pain, casting it off only when an army of drums transports her above the surface. Songs like “Machine” and “Commonplace” are a cry to understand a life without intrinsic meaning, while “median” and title track “Humpday” surrender to the existential anxiety in an attempt to be comforted by self-made hope. “In Between” is a bitter-sweet outline of Bryce seeking to simply ‘feel better’. If you’re paying attention to Soren’s social media, there have been several clues to the release of a whole new set of songs in 2021.