Santa Monica, CA, Dec. 3, 2008 â€“ Immediate Music, Hollywoodâ€™s preeminent supplier of original music for high profile, major studio feature film trailers and television projects, has launched a new division. Entitled â€œIM Bands,â€? the division will license music from hot, contemporary bands, as well as from previously notable ones, for film, TV, videogame and TV commercial projects. Immediate Music co- founders/composers/producers Yoav Goren and Jeffrey Fayman made the announcement.
Spearheaded by Immediate Musicâ€™s Director of Operations Emily Weber, the new IM Bands Division has initially signed the bands Early States, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, The Underwater, Cheater, and Globus.
Said Weber, â€œImmediate Music is renowned for having the best trailer music in the industry. Since we like to think that we have the â€˜best earsâ€™ in the business, we have decided that now would be a good time to add some talented bands to our roster. The initial bands we have signed are all exciting, popular and rockinâ€™, and we will be making their songs available for licensing to our film, TV, videogame and advertising clients. We are also planning to sign a number of additional bands to our new division within the coming weeks and months.â€?
ABOUT EARLY STATES:
Early States, fronted by 18-year old Zack Gray, is a Roseville, CA based band currently being featured on MTV.com. Pulling from influences as diverse as U2, Augustana, Radiohead and Copeland, Early States delivers a powerful, emotional seven-song EP called â€œPowerlines.â€? With singles such as â€œAn Answerâ€? and â€œSmoke in My Eyes,â€? the band taps into rock fans love for great guitar riffs and choruses; and with anthem â€œBack to the Start,â€? the band truly hits another level and showcases their song-writing abilities
Filling out the band is Shaun O’Brien (piano, guitar), and Brandon Lee (drums), Tom Hatch (Bass) and Nick Silva (Guitar). Formed in December of 2007 by Zack and Shaun, the band began to pick up momentum after taking first place at a battle of the bands competition in San Francisco, and being invited to play the Maloof Money Cup in Orange County, CA, widely known as the biggest skateboard competition ever hosted.
ABOUT DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS:
Raised in Memphis and based in Nashville, folk rock singer-guitarist Drew Holcomb is, on one level, the sum of those musically iconic cities. In the past four years, he has logged in more than 500 concert dates across the country from solo coffeehouse gigs to clubs, festivals, and colleges with his band, the Neighbors. He has also opened for Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, and a number of other well known acts.
That Holcomb has sold almost 10,000 CDs in the process is equally impressive, given he has done it all without any major label or music industry support. Not bad for someone who laughingly calls himself a â€œrecovering singer-songwriter.â€? Holcomb, 26, began playing the guitar and writing songs while a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His first two records were 2004â€™s â€œLost & Found,â€? and the acclaimed follow-up, â€œWashed in Blueâ€? (its track, â€œLong Gone Away,â€? was featured on the Lifetime TV series â€œArmy Wives.â€?) A concert album, â€œLive in Memphis,â€? came next, marking the end of his musical tenure in the Bluff City.
Holcombâ€™s backing band, the Neighbors, is comprised of guitarist Nathan Dugger, bassist Rich Brinsfield, and drummer Jon Radford, all of whom live in the same East Nashville area as Holcomb, hence the groupâ€™s name. The bandâ€™s most recent studio album, â€œPassenger Seat,â€? is a record of big songs, big gestures, and big heart.
ABOUT THE UNDERWATER:
Hailing from York, Pennsylvania, the Underwater have been on a steady rise since their inception in late 2001. After a successful tour in 2002 with hardcore legends Zao, Unearth, Underoath and Dead Poetic, the band entered the studio to record their debut album entitled â€œBleed Me Blueâ€? (EP.) The album was released nationally on Tribunal Records in early 2003, and then was later released in Europe on Lifeforce/Impression Music in the late summer of 2003. In less than a yearâ€™s time, the release had sold in excess of 6,000 copies, giving the Underwater the opportunity to land supporting gigs with Nickelback, Supergrass, Seether, and The Fire Theft, to name a few.
The band completed several European headlining tours, during which they received massive support from fans as well as the media. The single “To Find You” received heavy rotation on many European radio stations, and even charted top 25 on stations in Switzerland and Austria. In 2004 the band had a chance to work with famed producer David Bendeth (Hawthorne Heights, Imarobot, Breaking Benjamin.) During that session, they finished the tracks “Fallen One” and “Everyone.”
In 2005, the Underwater released their second EP in 2 years entitled “Lungs,â€? which became the 1 seller at FYE / Coconuts.com in the localeyez section which led to retail distribution through FYE and Coconuts in PA, NJ, DE & WV, in addition to the pre-xisting distribution through all Record and Tape Traders in MD. In April 2006, the Underwater was named XM Radio artist of the week, adding to their radio success. From 2006-2007, the band played numerous shows including shows with Live, Shinedown, Fuel, Trapt, Saliva, Quiet Drive, Dropping Daylight, Halestorm, City Sleeps and Lennon, among others. The LP “Forces,” recorded with David Bendeth, Warren Riker and Marshall Deasy and mastered by Ted Jensen, was released in May 2008.
During 1980, Cheaterâ€™s market grew steadily throughout all of Western New York State, and Cheater soon became a top drawing band in the North Eastern U.S., setting attendance records everywhere they went. Their combination of original music and their great, original rock songs made them an irresistible draw. The bandâ€™s â€œTen Cent Love Affairâ€? album in 1980 sold over 10,000 copies, having only been released in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 2005, the band released its 1983 recordings entitled â€œCheater-1983â€? on CD for the first time. Internet sales of that CD made Cheater a well known band all over Europe, Australia, Japan, and Italy, as well as the rest of the U.S.
No longer an actively performing band, Cheater was comprised of Jeff Cosco, vocals, Don Mancuso, guitar, Chris Mawdesley, guitar, Kevin McKee, bass, Blayne Pierce, keyboards, and Ron Rocco, drums (Black Sheep) started it all. The 1983 shows and recordings introduced Jimmy Fox, drums. In the early 1990’s, Mike Gladstone, guitar, was brought aboard for Cheater reunion shows.
Globusâ€™ recent CD, â€œEpicon,â€? is powerful Epic Rock, and features rock, pop, classical and world music songsâ€”originally showcased on movie screens worldwide, but now with added lyrics– fused with orchestra and choir. During its limited test launch, which took place only in the UK, â€œEpiconâ€? sold over 10,000 CD units. Globusâ€™ filmed live concert, held at the Wembley Center in London, has been seen across UK television, and the bandâ€™s three MTV-style music videos have enjoyed widespread UK TV popularity. (Note: Immediate Music co-founder Yoav Goren is a member of Globus.)
Regarding â€œEpicon,â€? UK-based music critic Jim Bloomington, said, â€œThe â€˜Epiconâ€™ album is very well done. Clearly alot of work went into filling out these tracks into music that stands on its own, and it shows. I canâ€™t stress this point enoughâ€“this album must have been a labor of love. The approach the producers took allowed them to market their music to a broader audience than just hard core movie trailer fanatics. Some of the tracks, like â€˜Preliatorâ€™ (a track derived from the â€œSpider-Man 2â€? movie trailer,) are truly enhanced by the added content — I could simply listen to it over and over until the CD wears out. These tracks are so good that Globus will surely develop a core of fanatics who are eagerly awaiting their next project.â€?
ABOUT IMMEDIATE MUSIC:
Co-founded in 1993 by composers/producers Yoav Goren and Jeffrey Fayman, and currently celebrating its 15th anniversary year, Immediate Music is widely acknowledged as Hollywoodâ€™s preeminent supplier of original music for high profile, major studio motion picture trailers. In the competitive market of motion picture advertising, the quality of Immediate Musicâ€™s compositions, as well as its high production levels, have consistently measured up against the finest motion picture scores in the entertainment industry.
In addition to the critical acclaim they regularly receive from the motion picture industry, Goren and Fayman have also had success in the world of television. The composers are the winners of a 2007 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Music Composition in a Sports Program,â€? for their work on “The XX Olympic Winter Games: The Stories of Torino.â€? This Emmy was bestowed by the National Television Academy of Arts & Sciences during the 28th Annual Emmy Awards for Sports held in NYC in 2007. Yoav Goren is also the winner of a 2008 â€œBMI Awardâ€? for his work on The Olympics telecast cited above.
Some of Immediate Musicâ€™s most recent campaigns include the creation of original music for trailers promoting â€œHancock,â€? â€œThe Incredible Hulk,â€? â€œIron Man,â€? â€œThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,â€? â€œPirates of the Caribbean 3,â€? â€œHorton Hears a Who,â€? â€œHellboy 2,â€? â€œThe Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,â€? and the custom score for â€œDragonball,â€? as well as the upcoming â€œHarry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.â€? Historically, the company has also provided music to the trailers behind such other renowned movies as â€œX-Men 1-3,â€? â€œSpiderman 2 & 3,â€? â€œHarry Potter 1-5,â€? â€œThe Da Vinci Code,â€? â€œPirates: Dean Manâ€™s Chest,â€? â€œSuperman Returns,â€? â€œLord of the Rings,â€? â€œGladiatorâ€? and â€œAmerican Beauty,â€? among them.
Immediate Music has also provided music for the promotional campaigns behind such TV programs as â€œLost,â€? â€œDesperate Housewives,â€? â€œSix Feet Under,â€? â€œWeeds,â€? â€œPrison Break,â€? â€œ24,â€? The Closer,â€? â€œSaving Grace,â€? HBOâ€™s â€œJohn Adams,â€? The Olympics, NFL Super Bowl telecasts, NHL playoffs and more. Immediate Music recently produced the theme music provided the custom in-show score for NBCâ€™s hit TV series â€œAmerican Gladiators.â€? Ad campaigns to which the company has provided music include those promoting Toyota, Ford, DirecTV, Amstel, Hitachi and Blu-Ray.
Immediate Musicâ€™s prestigious clients include such major entertainment and advertising companies as Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, Lions Gate, CBS, NBC, ABC, HBO, FOX, FOX Sports, Turner Network Television, IMAX and Saatchi & Saatchi to name some.
Immediate Musicâ€™s new headquarters is located in Santa Monica, CA. The phone is 310/260-4989 and the website is www.immediatemusic.com