Portugal’s Lusitanian and Spain’s Gracia Music have signed, at Primavera PRO, a reciprocal representation deal that will see each catalogue administered in the neighbouring Iberian country by Gracia and Lusitanian.
Both companies share similar ideals with regards to the one-stop approach, the importance of synch deals and the promotion of new artists.
Passion’d Flower is the musical creation of Skutch Shimoda, aka Sameer Gidwani. Throughout the 90s Skutch and friends (including Neil Leyton, Vince “Vaslav” Strnad, Devin Stoneham, Dan Cohen and others) recorded a series of sessions at Studio 92 in Toronto, recorded by Norm Barker.
Founded by Edward Pond and Neil Leyton in the mid-90s in Toronto, The Conscience Pilate were art-glam rockers entirely at odds with their cultural surroundings. Their debut album “Living in a Movie Scene” was critically acclaimed as the #1 Indie Record of the year in Canada in 1996, but the band disbanded a couple of years later. Pond now dedicates himself to photography, while Leyton turned to the business side of music as well, founding Fading Ways Music Publishing and then Fading Ways Records in Canada, UK, and Finland.
Lisbon-born, Toronto-raised singer-songwriter, rock n roll multi-instrumentalist and indie producer Neil Leyton has released four solo albums as well as several EPs and compilations of his work. He has also played guitar and bass in several bands during the 90’s and 00’s and his now more focused on writing and co-writing for other artists.
Leyton co-wrote the lyrics for the track “Deja Vu” on Nicke Andersson’s Imperial State Electric debut album, and has also produced sessions for other independent artists.
Leyton’s track “My New Soul” was recently featured in an Oysho company promo.
Founded on a farm in Mono, Ontario, Canada, the SHANKS are the rock’n’roll brainchild of songwriter/vocalist/bassist Ian Donald Starkey (Pistolwhip von Shankenstein). A blistering rock duo comprised (only?) of bass and drums. A combination of 1970s album-oriented rock and proto-punk, The Shanks belt-out melodic chordal arrangements amidst a sea of low end and pounding rhythms. It’s haunting, tribal arena-rock played on a basement floor.
The Shanks’ music has recently been licensed to a Sony Pictures film as well as RBC TV commercials in Canada and the States. Their extensive catalogue is as peculiar as Pistolwhip’s very own personal zeitgeist.
Alt-rock / world trail-blazers Primitive Reason releasing their sixth album, “Power to the People”, in 2013. Founder Guillermo de Llera, along with longtime guitarist Abel Beja present us with a tour-de-force in the cross-over genre, tying some great songwriting and Guillermo’s always personal / political lyrics.
“Power to the People” was recorded at drummer Tino Dias’ studio in Ericeira, Portugal and then mixed in NYC by Bob Brockmann (The Fugees, Notorious B.I.G., Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Bob Dylan, etc.) where Primitive Reason lived and played music at the turn of the century.