DOWN WITH WEBSTER and FREESOL at the Pike room

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2012
doors at 6:30pm
tickets: $10 ADV; $12 DOS (buy tickets)

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DOWN WITH WEBSTER:


Hailing from Toronto, Down With Webster is a musical force, poised to be the next international breakout from a country that is quickly becoming a leading exporter of musical sensations (Arcade Fire, Bieber and Drake). DWW formed for a junior high school talent show when not yet teens (they won), and has spent the past dozen years putting in its “10,000 hours” and then some; relentlessly writing, producing and performing hundreds of shows. DWW’s music draws from its 6 members’ disparate influences to create a hip-hop/rock (hip-rock) sound described as a modern day Sly & The Family Stone meets Beastie Boys.

DWW must be experienced live. The band’s wildly energetic, spectacular performances and constant, deep online interaction and engagement with fans through social media and DIY content ignited a viral internet buzz and fanatical fan following, resulting in massive growth of its social media sites (Facebook fans have increased from 7000 to 358,000+ fans in 13 months, including 100,000 new Facebook fans during one 5-week tour of the US in late 2010), and sold-out tours, including 10,000 people at its Toronto headline show in Summer of 2010.

DWW’s debut EP, Time To Win, vol. I, has gone Gold in Canada and produced three Platinum-selling hit singles (Your Man, Whoa Is Me, Rich Girl$), three #1 videos, and many millions of YouTube hits. Since its release via Universal Motown in late 2009, the band has toured relentlessly across North America, sharing stages with some of the biggest names in music today, including Drake, Arcade Fire, The Roots, 3Oh!3 and Black Eyed Peas.

DWW has exited its label deal and just completed its follow-up record, Time To Win, vol. II. First single She’s Dope has already created an online frenzy before official release, with fan rips of leaked early demos resulting in hundreds of thousands of YouTube plays. DWW will perform on the MuchMusic Video Awards in June alongside Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Black Keys, followed by headlined festivals across Canada this summer and international touring during the Fall of 2011 and through 2012.





FREESOL:


Memphis is America’s musical heart and soul. It’s the birthplace of rock, the spiritual home of the blues, and more recently, host to some of the best rappers of the past decade.

Fittingly, FreeSol has synthesized Memphis’ myriad of influences – seemingly via osmosis – and has crafted a fresh sound that is electrifying fans from Atlanta to Los Angeles.

“We’re bringing it back to Memphis,” says FreeSol Anderson, ringleader of the 5-piece hip-hop/rock hybrid. “Just being around so many musicians is part of what makes this city great.”

The act’s energetic sets caught the attention of Memphis native Justin Timberlake, who not only became a fan, but also signed the band to his label, Tennman/Interscope.

“We were on our way to Atlanta to sign a deal [with another label],” Free reveals. “Justin caught wind of it and immediately called us.”

The rest, as they say, is history. FreeSol did stay in Memphis, and they’ve recorded a stellar album that showcases the crushing power of the genre-hopping collective.

Indeed, the entire band seems set on “automatic” when it comes to magnificent musicianship (this is Memphis, after all), coming across as the house band “Hustle & Flow” never had; yet would have welcomed with open arms.

FreeSol’s debut offering, produced by Timbaland, Jim Jonsin, Mike Elizondo, Printz Board, Dave Tozer, Greg Gordon and The Y’s, and executive produced by Justin Timberlake, unquestionably captures the sound of the South today – which is to say soulful, danceable, edgy, fun and with a heart so large fans know it could only come out of a city at the center of America’s evolving musical journey: Memphis, Tennessee.

 

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