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Video Killed The Radio Star….The January 2010 Newsletter

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Hey, y’all…We are thrillled to announce the world premiere of our first official music video, “HOW I GET OVER YOU”!

It’s a cool mini-movie, featuring sideshow stunning Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers” star), one very evil & gorgeous Tracy Mueller (S-Factor pole dancer extraordinaire) as Maureen’s nemesis and Erisa Byrd & Shayna Cole (also from S-Factor). Boy Candy includes models Lawson Digby and Dove Benari…Fancy Cars! Movie Stars! Loud Guitars! Full credits on youtube.com…

It was written by Maureen and Producer/Director Dan Zacharias (who we met at Hunnypot), Shot by Kyle Drevlo, Edited by Kris Kasper (Wolfmother video editor) with Foley/ADR Sound by Oscar-winning Dan O’Connell from One Step Up in Burbank! Shot on site at makeup/hair artist Justefanie’s home and The Good Nite Bar in Burbank

Metrogum TV Features The Flutterbies Many thanks to our TV/Film music Rep Josh Sanderson @ Black Sand Music for hooking us up with Josh Finn @ Metrogum.com. Metrogum’s crew came out to Maureen’s recent birthday show / Black Sand signing party (with Shane Alexander) and filmed the night for a January web feature.

Here are the links to the first 2 features:

Says Josh Finn: “Metrogum is a music Web series focusing on the cross roads where indie music meets new media! We live in that space and scour the aftermath of the digital explosion picking up the pieces and spotlighting the artists and stories that come from it. Join us as we share what we find along the journey!”

Gigs

The Flutterbies had a great time at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and we’ve already been asked back for next year! Photos and video in February…

Our continued love and thanks to classic Country crooner Lynda Kay for hooking us up with NAMM, and also to James Trussart Guitars for sponsoring our set, and hosting our acoustic sets at the Trussart booth.

The Flutterbies are Maureen Davis on lead vocals, Adam Daniel on guitar/vocals, Christopher Allis on drums, Steve Whalen on bass, and Jamieson Trotter on Wurlitzer/organ/piano.

Full gig info is always posted and current at our website’s Shows page.

OUR LAST REVIEW OF 2009
To Maureen:

Your voice is like G-d French-kissing my ear

Buy Us, Baby, Buy Us….
Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is now available at two of the last existing record stores ! AMOEBA RECORDS in Hollywood, CA (www.amoeba.com) and STINKWEEDS (www.stinkweeds.com) in Phoenix, AZ. Now you can buy is in-person or online. Many thanks to taste-maker Kimber Lanning (STINKWEEDS) for featuring us at the listening station, and arranging a jam session with Mike Lander of THE SUGAR THIEVES (a band chosen as top 10 in the world by the International Blues Challenge in Memphis). We played with them at The Rhythm Room just before the holidays!

Still and always, our EP is for sale online, still and always, at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc.

Teaser for 2010:
Is a world-renowned Chicago DJ remixing THE FLUTTERBIES? More in February….

Many X’s & Oh’s

Christmas, Kudos, and “Come Alive”: The Flutterbies December newsletter

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Hey, y’all… Happy Holidays! Welcome to The Flutterbies December newsletter. Keywords this month: Christmas, kudos, and "Come Alive"!

A Holiday Gift For You, From The Flutterbies

We thought and thought… What can we give our fans for the holidays? And then we had the perfect idea: free music! So from now until New Year’s Eve, you can download the first song ever written by The Flutterbies: "Come Alive". The tune is a sweet acoustic duet between Maureen and Flutterby Adam Daniel, recorded live by Kiyoshi Graves and mixed by Tom Caffey.

Click the single art, below, to download the song (it’s also posted for download at our iLike page). Enjoy!

Click here to download "Come Alive" by The Flutterbies

Year-End Kudos

Each December, in a special year-end issue, Music Connection magazine publishes best-of-the-year lists for both recorded and live music. They say they "carefully skim the cream of the crop," and… we rose to the top! The Flutterbies appear on both their Top 25 New Music Critiques and Hot 100 List of Live Unsigned Bands for 2009. The issue, with Sting on the cover, is available at most national booksellers, newsstands, and Guitar Center stores. The top lists are also posted online:

http://musicconnection.com/digital/index.php?page=65
http://musicconnection.com/digital/index.php?page=42

Thanks, Music Connection!

Video Killed the Radio Star, continued

The Flutterbies video for our next single "How I Get Over You" is finally done!! We’ll be uploading it to YouTube and debuting it in January, ringing in 2010 in wild cinematic style… Stay tuned, stay tuned…

Upcoming Gigs

The Flutterbies are playing NAMM! The annual musical equipment trade show in Anaheim, CA is a hard gig to get, and we got it: We’re playing the opening night party, and you don’t need a NAMM badge to attend. So it’s a free show in Orange County! Come on down…

Wednesday January 13 at 8:00 PM
Hilton Anaheim Mainstage
777 Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802

Our love and thanks to classic Country crooner Lynda Kay for hooking us up with NAMM, and also to James Trussart Guitars for sponsoring our set. Gonna be a barn-burner.

The Flutterbies are Maureen Davis on lead vocals, Adam Daniel on guitar/vocals, Christopher Allis on drums, Steve Whalen on bass, and Chris Joyner on Wurlitzer/organ/piano.

Full gig info is always posted and current at our website’s Shows page.

Radio Radio

The Flutterbies continue to widen our international audience… This month, we’re on the radio in Canada! Our song "Louder Louder" is featured in a podcast called The Rock and Roll Report that also airs on CKUT FM radio in Montreal. DJ Mark Boudreau gave us this fine, fine introduction:

This is a great band… This is a great song, and it just says it all for me. This is "Louder Louder" by a band called The Flutterbies. And, I mean, what else can you do with a song called "Louder Louder" than turn it up! So turn it up…

Turn it up, indeed! Click here to stream the podcast. (We’re on 28 minutes into the show.)

Merci, Mark and Montreal!

Stocking Full of Flutterbies

Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is for sale online, still and always, at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc. The CD fits snugly into most stockings, and makes a lovely surface on which to spin dreidels after you’ve ripped it to your hard drive. So this holiday season… buy us, baby, buy us!

Happy/Merry, y’all!

xo
Maureen & The Flutterbies

Thanksgiving Twang: The Flutterbies November news

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Hey, y’all! Welcome to The Flutterbies November newsletter. Keywords this month: Top 25, birthday, and rearview!

Minds out of the gutter, children…

The Flutterbies Go Top 25

The Flutterbies will be featured in the December issue of Music Connection magazine: we’re one of their Top 25 New Music Critiques of 2009! Music Connection writes fiercely honest reviews, so we’re honored and tickled to be on their top list. Special thanks to Editor Mark Nardone for being a fan of the band.

Birthday at the Bistro

We celebrated Maureen’s birthday November 2nd with a private industry showcase at Ivan Kane’s Cafe Wa s in Hollywood, CA. The evening was produced by Black Sand Music, who recently signed The Flutterbies for TV, film, advertisement, and video game placement. After an opening set by Shane Alexander, The Flutterbies rocked the bistro… and then the bistro rocked Maureen: everyone in attendence sang her happy birthday.

It’s good to be queen.

The Flutterbies would like to thank everyone who contributed to our spectacular evening: our sound man, Holder; Lana, Ivan, Suzie, and Alex at Cafe Wa s; lovely leather-clad Lynda Kay for her invaluable assistance; our manager, Keith C. Anderson; our licensing agent, Josh Sanderson; and, of course of course, our enthusiastic audience!

Put Another Dime in the Jukebox, Baby, continued

In November you can still catch The Flutterbies’ single "Hummingbird Heart" on your local jukebox! We’re on the Paste Magazine Emerging Artist Channel on the Ecast Network. Ecast jukeboxes appear in over 10,000 bars, nightclubs, and restaurants throughout the country. You want fries with that?!

Video Killed the Radio Star, continued

The Flutterbies video for our next single "How I Get Over You" is just inches shy of done! A few foley effects and we’re fully wrapped. Please allow us to tease you with a still from the clip: Maureen in the rearview mirror…

Maureen in the mirror

Stay tuned, stay tuned, stay tuned…

Upcoming Gigs

The Flutterbies are sharing a bill with our new friend, classic country crooner Lynda Kay, at the HEAR NoHo festival in North Hollywood, CA. Cool bands will be taking over various vintage theatres, black boxes, storefronts, art galleries, loading docks, and live-work lofts in the fashionable NoHo Arts District. Pre-sale tickets buy you access to everything happening, including our set. The box office is located at the corner of Magnolia Blvd. and Lankershim Blvd.

We’ll be playing full band, and debuting some new songs! Here are the details:

Thursday December 3 at 9:00 PM
Cella Gallery
5229 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Hope to see you there…

The Flutterbies are Maureen Davis on lead vocals, Adam Daniel on guitar/vocals, Christopher Allis on drums, Steve Whalen on bass, and Chris Joyner on keys.

Full gig info is always posted and current at our website’s Shows page.

Flutterbies For Sale

Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is for sale online, still and always, at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc. We’re also still in stock at one of the last great retail stores: Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Buy us, baby, buy us!

And… Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

xo
Maureen & The Flutterbies

Jukebox, Troika, Tea, Troops, and Temptation: The Flutterbies October news

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Hey, y’all! Welcome to The Flutterbies October newsletter… Keywords this month: jukebox, troika, tea, troops, and temptation!

Put Another Dime in the Jukebox, Baby

Catch The Flutterbies’ single "Hummingbird Heart" on your local jukebox! We’re on the Paste Magazine Emerging Artist Channel on the Ecast Network. Ecast jukeboxes appear in over 10,000 bars, nightclubs, and restaurants throughout the country. And at drive-ins. And at sock-hops. We’re retro-fabulous in October.

Los Angeles Music Awards… Troika!

The Flutterbies have been nominated for THREE Los Angeles Music Awards! We’re up for Best Female Singer-Songwriter (Maureen), Best Single "Hummingbird Heart", and Best Country CD. Live voting party is October 8th at The Whisky on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA, so come on down and cast your ballot for us! $10 cover for 6 bands (we heard they rock) and a discussion panel with Grammy-winning producer David Kershenbaum and Music Connection magazine’s Mark Nardone, responsible for The Flutterbies’ first ever review back in April (thanks, Mark!). Once the votes are counted, the Los Angeles Music Awards will be at The Avalon Theatre in November.

Black Sand Music

The Flutterbies have signed a licensing deal with Josh Sanderson of Black Sand Music to shop our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis to TV, films, and video game soundtracks. We’re thrilled to join Black Sand’s roster, which includes Shane Alexander, Lenka, Michelle Featherstone, and our good friend Jim Bianco. Check out Black Sand’s MySpace to see what upcoming shows may feature our music!

Even Bad Girls Drink Tea, continued

In last month’s newsletter we asked this question: What do Maureen’s photo series Even Bad Girls Drink Tea, Algabar Loose Leaf Tea, and The Flutterbies single "Hummingbird Heart" have in common?

This month: the exciting answer!

Some weeks back, Gail at Algabar Tea was cooking up a new custom blend. As she was working, our single "Hummingbird Heart" apparently came into her mind, so she decided to name the tea just that: Hummingbird Heart. No confirmed release date yet, but the tea will be available both at The Flutterbies shows and online, where it will come packaged with a free download of our single "Hummingbird Heart"! Meanwhile, Maureen’s Even Bad Girls Drink Tea photo session last month is becoming a coffee table book, spotlighting some of Hollywood’s hottest upcoming fashion designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, and models. The book, our song, and Algabar’s tea will continue to intersect in wild, wonderful ways as we approach the holiday gift-giving season…

Video Killed the Radio Star, continued

The Flutterbies video for our next single "How I Get Over You" is being edited as we speak! And the footage looks great. Stay tuned, stay tuned, stay tuned…

Debriefing: Red, White, and Blues

The Flutterbies hit the road last month, flying to Phoenix, AZ to play a benefit for the nonprofit support-our-troops organization Soldiers R U.S. Autographed, commemorative posters from the show are available for $5, with ALL proceeds going to Soldiers R U.S. Please email maureen@theflutterbies.com to purchase a poster:

The Flutterbies Soldiers R U.S. poster

Bandmate News: The Temptation of Bart Ryan

This month The Flutterbies producer and slide guitarist Bart Ryan celebrates the release of his new solo CD Temptation! The album features Maureen on backing vocals and The Flutterbies rhythm section Steve Whalen and Christopher Allis on bass and drums, respectively. For more information, please visit Bart’s website—designed, incidentally, by The Flutterbies co-writer, bandmate, and web guru, Adam Daniel.

Upcoming Gigs

The Flutterbies (acoustic)
Sunday October 18 at 8:30 PM
Renee’s Courtyard Cafe, 522 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA

The Flutterbies (acoustic) are Maureen Davis on lead vocals, Bart Ryan on guitar/lap steel/vocals, and Adam Daniel on guitar/piano/vocals.

Full gig info is always posted and current at our website’s Shows page.

Flutterbies For Sale

Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is for sale online, still and always, at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc. We’re also still in stock at one of the last great retail stores: Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Buy us, baby, buy us!

Happy October, y’all!

xo
Maureen & The Flutterbies

Even Bad Girls Drink Tea: The Flutterbies September newsletter

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Hey, y’all! Welcome to The Flutterbies September newsletter… This month we’re all about multimedia, with new alt-country glamour pics for you, exciting video news, and more!

Even Bad Girls Drink Tea

A few weeks back, Christopher Cleary, long time friend of The Flutterbies and gifted photographer, called and said "I’m coming to town; let’s make art!" The resulting photo series is called Even Bad Girls Drink Tea and we’re knockdown thrilled to share a few pics of Maureen from the set:

    

SNEAK PREVIEW PUZZLE: What do the photo series Even Bad Girls Drink Tea, Algabar Loose Leaf Tea, and The Flutterbies’ single "Hummingbird Heart" have in common? Stay tuned for the exciting answer, coming in October’s newsletter…

Video Killed the Radio Star, continued

The Flutterbies’ video for our next single "How I Get Over You" is almost done! Filming is wrapped and the footage is off now to editor Kris Kasper, whose credits include clips by Wolfmother and Britney Spears. Detailed credits will be posted online when we debut the video, but for now we’d like to simply and sincerely thank:

1. Co-writer/producer/director Dan Zacharias (from the band Imperial Z)
2.
Director of photography Kyle Drevlo
3.
Dana Sol & Mi Casa Studios for providing cameras
4. Production coordinator & Band-Aid Mark "The Bacon" Harvey
5.
Everyone else who plotted, schemed, and participated in our raucous film shoot!

The video is epic: think Batman meets Moulin Rouge meets… The Flutterbies!

And special thanks to Mindy Sterling from the Austin Powers movies for her crazy sexy cameo! She and her riding crop are pictured here, with video co-star Lawson Digby:

Upcoming Gigs

Los Angeles Women In Music present Singer-Songwriter Night, formerly known as the Soirée, featuring… The Flutterbies!

September 16, 2009 at 8:00 PM
M Bar
1253 North Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90038

RED, WHITE, & BLUES: The Flutterbies hit the road! We’re traveling to Arizona to play a benefit for Soldiers R U.S. — a nonprofit organization that supports our troops overseas by sending care packages, as well as booking post-9/11 veterans to speak at schools about respect, responsibility, care, and citizenship. And no surprise… Maureen is the pinup poster girl for the event! Autographed, collectible posters will be sold for $5 at the show and online (order by writing maureen@theflutterbies.com) and ALL proceeds go to Soldiers R U.S.

Here’s a preview of the poster, inspired by a favorite pic by Mathew Caine at Studio Digitrope:

And here are the show details:

September 17, 2009 at 9:00 PM
Cadillac Ranch
2000 East Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281

*The Flutterbies open the evening, followed by Bart Ryan (with Maureen singing backup) and then Tempe locals Alleged Double Action

The Flutterbies (acoustic) are Maureen Davis on lead vocals, Bart Ryan on guitar/lap steel/vocals, and Adam Daniel on guitar/piano/vocals.

Full gig info is always posted and current at our website’s Shows page.

Reviews

This month’s review comes from columnist James Hames, from the online newspaper My Daily Find. James caught our August gig at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood, CA and had this to say:

The showpiece of the night was Davis under the umbrella of The Flutterbies (pronounced like a Spoonerism of butterflies). The solid songs include the engaging “Hummingbird Heart”— a song being lent to efforts to overturn Prop. 8 — and “Damn Glad,” a song that navigates the paradox of “Will I regret saying ‘good riddance’?” She travels that big-voiced Alannah Myles road with a more nuanced country feeling in the sound.

A full review of the evening, which also included solo sets by The Flutterbies’ guitarists Adam Daniel and Bart Ryan, is readable online here.

Thank you, James!

Flutterbies For Sale

Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is for sale online, still and always, at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc. We’re also in stock at one of the last great retail stores: Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Buy us, baby, buy us!

Happy September, y’all!

xo
Maureen & The Flutterbies

The Flutterbies August news

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Hey, y’all! Welcome to The Flutterbies August newsletter… This month: some exciting retail news, new pics and video for you, and more!

The Flutterbies On Sale at Amoeba Records

The last great record store! We’re pleased as punch to be on sale now at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA. Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is shelved atop Ben Folds Five and Peter Frampton, and this month it’s also a featured pick at Amoeba’s website! We’re working on booking an in-store performance this fall, so if you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by the store, grab a CD, and ask when we’re playing!

In-Flight Flutterbies

Our single "Hummingbird Heart" is in regular rotation on Lufthansa Airlines’ Country/Folk/Americana channel. So should any of you be flying to or from Germany this month, you can tune into us on your in-flight radio!

We’re worldwide, baby.

New Pic, and Video… with Trombone!

The Flutterbies live! Pic taken by Chef Dion Trujillo at our summer residency "First Tuesdays" show last month at O’Brien’s Pub in Santa Monica, CA. Later that evening, our guitarist Adam Daniel began hurriedly packing up the Les Paul sitting on a stand in the center of the photo before it was kindly pointed out to him that the guitar, in fact, belonged to Brant Biles, soundman extraordinaire and rhythm guitarist for Bart Ryan, also on the bill that night. Alt-country outlaw, indeed…

And from the same show, click here to see video of the Flutterbies’ new friend Nick "Danger" Daley jamming improbably amazing trombone along with our new song "Shoot Me". Yes: trombone.

Video Killed the Radio Star

The Flutterbies are filming our first video, for our next single "How I Get Over You". The video will co-star our good friend Mindy Sterling from the Austin Powers movies, and S-Factor pole dancers Tracy Mueller and Christina Grance. Produced and directed by Dan Zacharias, the video will be shot August 28 at The Good Nite Bar in North Hollywood, CA. Thanks to owner/bartender Daniel for gifting us with his amazing room! Stay tuned…

Upcoming Gigs

We’re continuing our recession special with more FREE gigs:

TONIGHT! August 4
Last night of our summer residency at O’Brien’s Pub
2941 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
8pm: Sentimental Sinners
9pm: The Flutterbies FULL BAND
10pm: Bart Ryan
11pm: All-star jam!

And in September… The Flutterbies are hitting the road, playing a benefit for Soldiers R Us at the Cadillac Ranch in Phoenix, AZ (exact date and time upcoming).

The Flutterbies are Maureen Davis on lead vocals, Bart Ryan on guitar/lap steel/vocals, Adam Daniel on guitar/keys/vocals, Christopher Allis on drums, and Steve Whalen on bass.

Full gig info is always posted and current at our website’s Shows page.

Reviews

This month’s review snippet comes from a fan posting at the Independent Music Awards website. We’re nominated for this year’s awards, and received this exciting and eloquent comment from NYC journalist Tammy Quinn McKillip:

The Flutterbies are city slicker country twang, urban hillbilly, rock-n-ride amazing! Maureen Davis has the voice of an angel and a body made for sin. Sexy, soulful and intelligent, the Flutterbies are everything that alternative country should be–down to Earth and transcendent.

Thanks, Tammy!

Flutterbies For Sale

Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is for sale, still and always, at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc. Buy us, baby, buy us!

Happy August, y’all!

xo
Maureen & The Flutterbies

Hear The Flutterbies @ Laemmle Theatres — Buy The Flutterbies @ Amoeba Records!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

From July 10 to August 10, you can hear The Flutterbies coast-to-coast, in-auditorium at Laemmle and Angelika Theatres — and get a coupon to buy us at Amoeba Records and www.amoeba.com!

This month, The Flutterbies hit Amoeba Records — top shelf, alongside Ben Folds Five, Foreigner and Peter Frampton! Now that you know that:

1. See a movie @ Laemmle’s or Angelika Theatres in California/Texas/New York

2. Hear our single “Hummingbird Heart” on the big screen during previews

3. Get a $2 off coupon, and go buy THE FLUTTERBIES FEATURING MAUREEN DAVIS @ Amoeba Records
or
http://www.amoeba.com/buy-stuff/category/featured-picks/page3.html

4. Bring your Amoeba receipt to our next show and get a crazy cool gift! Or scan your Amoeba receipt in, email to maureen@theflutterbies and we’ll email your treat…

See you online or in-person at Kulak’s Woodshed live international web stream July 30th!

The Flutterbies… Rock The Space!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Click the GRAB THIS tab on the widget, below, to copy it to your web/MySpace/Facebook page and THE FLUTTERBIES could win a record deal on MySpace Records, and an endorsement from Toyota! (I love my Scion XA….sigh). A fan vote will decide who wins Rock The Space and walks away with a recording contract with MySpace Records, plus $10,000 in Fender gear!

Note: There are a bunch of musical categories, and we’re in OTHER (for alt-country).

If you’re reading this post via RSS, etc. and can’t see the widget, click this link to grab it: http://adsupport.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=rockthespace.fan&sproutid=rQD2d9DrCPqmYt4l

Come on….all the coooool kids are doin’ it….and thanks for the support.

xo
Maureen

The Flutterbies & Austin Powers’ Mindy Sterling @ King King June 18

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

(Hollywood CA)  THE FLUTTERBIES (featuring Maureen Davis) join ARTISTS UNITED musicians Taxi Doll, The B.O.L.T., Sabrina Taylor, Allison Geddie, Gerina Di Marco and Alestar Digby for LIVING FREE ANIMAL SANCTUARY (www.living-free.org) to help save dogs and cats from euthanasia. Hosted by Mindy Sterling ( from “Austin Powers” — Frau Farbissina — you know Dr. Evil’s girlfriend?). Clothing & jewelry & more….tickets $10 at www.groovetickets.com — doors open 7pm, Flutterbies @ 9pm. 21 and over, please….

Come on — ya know ya wanna go ….all the cool kids are doin’ it…and get the EP — THE FLUTTERBIES FEATURING MAUREEN DAVIS at Itunes, CDBaby, Amazon, Digstation and all your favorite digital distributers.  Hear us on Rhapsody.com, indie 104/iRadioLA and all Lufthansa flights worldwide July/August!

www.altcountryforum.nl review — Belgium Loves The Flutterbies!

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

reviewer martin overheul writes:

I’m a sucker for sensual female voices, or – for that matter – for any exceptional female voice. Whether it’s Joni Mitchell, Dusty Springfield or less known singers as Lisa Mednick or Carla Cook, I really love the nuances and emotions they express with their voice. That’s why I’m so excited with the brand new self-titled EP by the American altcountry band The Flutterbies featuring the ravishing Maureen Davis. Trust me; this is a band with lots of potential.

Maureen Davis’ voice has all the great qualities of singers like Lucy Kalplansky, Pat Benatar (especially when she ‘belts out’), and Sue Foley while the guys in the band create a solid yet playful foundation.

Opener ‘Louder, Louder’ does what it promises: crashing guitars, a very tight playing rhythm section, and a fiery Maureen Davis deliver a powerful song with a distinct wink to The Pretenders. On the other hand a song like ‘Hummingbird Heart’ shows that this band also has a feeling for refinement. The delightful arrangement of this song offers Davis’ voice all the opportunities it needs to stand out.

‘How I Get Over You’ and ‘Kill Him With Kisses’ need to be played a full volume. These songs rock like a freight train gone berserk and Davis outclasses the likes of Pat Benatar by far. In between the band plays one of their two truly classy songs: ‘Faith In The Rain’, a superb country waltz with sparkling instruments and a dazzling voice. The second classy song is ‘Damn Glad’, a seemingly simple ballad with highly sensitive vocals by Maureen Davis.