Mon Oct 28 2019
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Making something cool is easy. But making something that matters is almost impossible.
Being told over and over again during their latest tour supporting their debut album, “Your band saved my life” and “Your songs have kept me going when I thought I couldn’t anymore,” friends and bandmates Pat Kiloran, Jack Vondrachek, and John Ogelby somehow stumbled into something that they never expected from their typo-coined music project that started as a satirical joke: the real power of art.
After releasing their first single in the summer of 2017, MILKK was quickly championed underground by music fans and press alike as a band that had something different. There was no big PR campaign, no major label, no secret industry connection. But starting with dozens, to hundreds, to thousands, somehow people kept hearing about the Nashville & Minneapolis-based group with the misspelled name.
With an album (#3 Alternative, #50 US Albums), two EPs (several tracks featured on Spotify editorial playlists), three US tours (sold out shows + merch lines), and an ever- growing (albeit chaotic) social media presence, MILKK is back again with a new wave of self-produced, always evolving tracks.
A stark left-turn from their previous alt-pop proclivities, MILKK’s new music makes it clear that the band has once again expanded their influences, pulling limitlessly from rap trends to Japanese anime to high fashion.
Regardless of the changes within the music itself, there’s one thing that will always remain with MILKK: a love for the people who care about them and a passion for creating things that mean everything to someone.
The Stolen is a Pop Rock band from Old Bridge, NJ, consisting of Dom Cuce (Vocals), Rob Chiarappa (Guitar/Vocals), Kevin Smart (Bass), and Mike Chiarappa (Drums). The quartet formed in 2005 as neighborhood friends who began performing their favorite covers at shows and built quite a following from taking top hits and adding their own melodic twist. Fast forward a few years, in 2009, The Stolen first began writing their own music and developed a devout following by touring the U.S. and Canada opening for heavy-hitters Neon Trees and All American Rejects.
The band released their debut EP, Adults, produced by Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger, which combined the band’s undeniable catchy hooks with sincere lyrics, unforgettable choruses, and singing guitar solos to define their unique sound. While the EP tells a heartfelt story of growing up, the music varies from lighthearted tracks like "Motion Sickness" to darker emo jams like "Getting New at Growing Old" finding that perfect blend that Alternative music has been waiting for.
Following Adults the band released “Chardonnay” an emotionally right tune released in 2015, produced by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, The Dangerous Summer) premiered through idobi radio's "The Gunz Show” and has been the band's most representative piece to date. Following the extraordinary release, The Stolen have announced a follow up release, I’m So Dead, due out Spring 2016 co-produced by guitarist Rob Chiarappa and Mike Oettinger (Man Overboard, Transit) and mastered by Grammy-nominated German Mastering engineer Robin Schmidt (The 1975, The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons). Fans can be on the lookout for the release of the EP and a U.S./Canada tour this March and April.
Danny Rivera Bio: Danny Rivera is an Boston-native singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and guitarist. Danny’s music, which is currently available on all music platforms, is primarily R&B and Pop. He sings in both the baritone and tenor ranges, effectively rendering him a baritenor. Keep up with Danny via social media at @dannyrivera_