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JACK COOPER & JAMES HOARE are ULTIMATE PAINTING, a duo formed from a fast friendship when JACK’s band MAZES (U.K.) were on tour supporting JAMES’ band VERONICA FALLS. Sharing similar tastes in music, art & films, it wasn’t until after they returned home home that a musical synergy was formed. After numerous demos were exchanged, a few casual jam sessions turned into a partnership. Christening themselves after a piece of art by the Southern Colorado desert community (and fanciful geodesic dome builders) “Drop City”, the lads set to work recording their debut, self-titled LP, out on Chicago's Trouble In Mind last October. Aquarium Drunkard listed it as one of the best albums of 2014, calling the effort "a syrupy dose of late 70s New York-inspired post punk" while SPIN said the album "injects the duo's addictive melodies into a tried and true, warm-and-fuzzy formula." MICHAEL RAULT is a Toronto-based singer, guitarist and songwriter fronting his own eponymously named band. A gifted multi- instrumentalist and arranger, his hooky blend of pop rock refracts an evolution of guitar based music through the ages. An era-defying mischievousness defines his synthesis of jukebox R’n’B and acid-laced psych as refracted through the experience of an adolescence spent idolizing the clever craftsmanship of the BEATLES and the wiggy New Orleans textures of DR. JOHN in equal measure. CLEARANCE was started in Chicago in early 2013 by MIKE BELLIS and ARTHUR VELEZ. RAULT’s latest album, Living Daylight, will see worldwide release on Burger Records in 2015. The pair first started playing in assorted basements around Ann Arbor as the FINE PRINTERS, stumbling through half-remembered covers by bands like TELEVISION and the VELVETS. Now, they've offered their own take on slanted, lo-fi rock with the release of their "Dixie Motel Two-Step" debut 7" and another one, "Greensleeve."