Free Music Friday – The Boxer Rebellion and Stephanie Schneiderman
Welcome once again to another episode of Project Rhythm Seed’s “Free Music Friday.” Today we are featuring free tracks from London, England’s The Boxer Rebellion and Portland, Oregon’s Stephanie Schneiderman.
The Boxer Rebellion track is an edgy, dynamic remix of “The Runner”, from their new album The Cold Still, crafted by the popular Welsh trio, The Joy Formidable. As a bonus, we are also offering the original album version of “The Runner”, along with the first cut on the album titled, “No Harm”, which we received during this year’s SXSW conference.
Stephanie Schneiderman came to us by way of XO Publicity. We’ve shared many acts with you from Portland over the last few months. The music scene there is nothing short of prolific. Stephanie is no different, except for the type of music she plays. Its beat driven and dark at times, yet still revealing and very personal. We are pleased to offer the track “Wide Open” from her new album, Rubber Teardrop. There is a compelling quality to this record. It is certainly worth picking up.
The Boxer Rebellion
The Boxer Rebellion and The Joy Formidable are no strangers to one another. Having crossed paths at many a festival, it was only natural that collaboration would soon be in the works. Released on February 1, 2011, and created in conjunction with Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne), The Cold Still is an exercise in master class performances and sophisticated songwriting from a band that embodies the very definition of “independent.”
The Boxer Rebellion have always remained refreshingly understated, while producing a musical output that is anything but. Comprising a line-up that neither eschews nor basks in the spotlight, what you get with this band more than any other is a sense of shared purpose – a unity impervious to external influence or critical sloganeering, which divides itself into equally vital parts of a greater whole. “We’ve always been a band that’s had a sense of seclusion, which has helped us extract the essence of what we are as a unit,” guitarist Todd Howe reveals of their working process, a point succinctly and wryly punctuated by frontman Nathan Nicholson: “I think if we were solo artists, we’d have all quit by now.”
Regarded by Billboard Magazine as an “epic, effortless offering from a quartet dead set on perfecting their pop-rock craft,” The Cold Still is continuing to captivate music fans around the world. Monumental and intimate in equal measure, it is a breathtaking album bristling with tense passion, giant riffs and heartrending lyrics, all with an effortless grace that has become The Boxer Rebellion’s trademark.
On Portland-based songwriter Stephanie Schneiderman’s new release, Rubber Teardrop, there is an almost instant realization that it is the perfect blend of two very different artists who have found their collective voice. A fluid recording that seamlessly combines the synthetic and organic into a single powerful compilation, Rubber Teardrop plays like an epic movie soundtrack, at once evocative, entertaining and dramatic, even mesmerizing at times. In fact, it is difficult to imagine that she hasn’t always been an emerging international electronic artist.
Schneiderman and renowned producer/DJ/electronic musician Keith Schreiner come from two disparate musical worlds. She is rooted in folk and Americana and lauded as a NW treasure (seven solo albums, two collaborative albums with popular girl group Dirty Martini, music production credits, film and stage roles as well as numerous performances with everyone from Five for Fighting to Hall and Oates, Heart and Pat Benetar). He is an internationally acclaimed electronic musician/producer/DJ who has worked with Grammy-winning artists like Jeff Trott, Sheryl Crow and Dr. Dre/Eminem producer Mike Elizondo.
The duo worked together for the first time in 2008, which resulted in Dangerous Fruit– a gorgeous tug o’ war that transcended genre and defied convention- earning Schneiderman an international following, a label deal and countless new licensing opportunities. What was a unique collaboration on that first outing, has now evolved into something more profound on her new album, Rubber Teardrop.