Heavy Rotation Records Showcase: Bent Knee / Sirma / Stone Giant

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Wednesday / April 3, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street

Heavy Rotation Records is a student-run record label developed for music business/management majors at Berklee to gain hands-on experience in running a record company. The dark winters of Boston bore a band that crawled out of the womb and called itself Bent Knee. The multicultural sounds of Sirma and Stone Giant will open the showcase.

Bent Knee combines orchestral textures, haunting vocals, experimental sounds, and an astonishing dynamic range. Described by Mass Mic as "a theatrical and imaginative group that puts on a great spread," Bent Knee has original songs that morph rapidly and unpredictably between fragile passages that are "dark, mysterious… and dare I say beautiful," according to Olive Music. Ryan's Smashing Life described Bent Knee's walls of sound as "a shrieking and wailing banshee, stadium-sized guitar heroics, and pounding rhythmic tides." Deli magazine named Bent Knee New England's Artist of the Month in 2012, and the band's 2011 release was selected as one of the Best Albums of the Year by Ryan's Smashing Life and Olive Music.

Sırma is influenced and inspired by creativity, humanity, and multimedia. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, and now living in Boston, Sırma's multicultural background influences her to strive for collaboration and connection. Constantly exploring her sound, Sırma has experience in production and arranging in addition to her solo work. She is currently finishing her debut EP Traces, which will be released this fall.

Stone Giant emerged from Berklee College of Music in 2012. Sebastian Fernandez and Joao Nogueira have been struggling to find the right team and energy required for this project. The band has finally found five members who have been rocking Boston and New York venues such as the Hard Rock Café, House of Blues, and continues to expand their live performances during 2013.