From: MI, United States
Genre: Pop, Alternative/Alt. Rock, Geek-Cabaret
Winner of Best International/USA/Out of Province Band for the 2010 Toronto Independent Music Awards.
"Pure talent." Jeff Milo, Dec 2010 Ann Arbor Current Magazine.
The White Ravens "write remarkably sophisticated tunes with inventive arrangements that span the entire history of modern pop." J. Poet, All Music Guide, www.allmusic.com
"The latest gem to crawl out of Jim Diamond‘s Ghetto Recorders is Saline brother and sister duo the White Ravens. Their songs come on like Ben Folds and Billy Joel taking turns sitting in with They Might Be Giants and that's not irony!" Doug Coombe, Detroit Metro Times
"There's a certain tongue-in-cheek maturity to their lyrics that, blended with their genre-expanding sense of what's possible in pop, could make The White Ravens your new favorite band." Katie Whitney, Ann Arbor Observer
"If all rock records sounded this good no one would buy anything else. . .Incredibly catchy and quirky tunes that add a new pastiche to geek rock. . .Reflects both the best and darkest intents of humanity. . .You won't be able to get The White Ravens out of your head." Wildy's World blogspot
In May, they played live across Canada on Toronto's Breakfast TV. In September they embarked on their first east coast tour, playing Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, culminating wit the prestigious Campfire Festival in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The White Ravens were born on a cold Christmas day in 2003 when bassist and vocalist Amy Bennett asked her keyboard playing brother, Will, if he wanted to start a rock band.
They combine strange but melodic keyboard compositions with biting lyrics and distinctive vocals. Many of the Bennett's inspirations and musical influences not surprisingly start with the letter"B": Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bach, and Bertold Brecht. Non-B influences include: Monty Python, Gilbert and Sullivan, They Might Be Giants, honky tonk, gypsy, and all kinds of alternative music.
The band plays live with oustanding musicians Vince Russo on drums and Andrew Brown on guitar. Fans of the Dresden Dolls, They Might Be Giants, The Pixies, The White Stripes, Depeche Mode, and David Bowie also like The White Ravens.
Their new CD, Gargoyles and Weather Vanes, was recorded with drummer, Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel's drummer of 30 years. It was recorded on vintage analog equipment at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit by Jim Diamond, who recorded the first two White Stripes CDs there. The CD was released July 6, 2010 at the Borders Bookstore flagship store in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It has been picked up for distribution in record stores. and their songs are available through outlets that include: itunes, CDBaby, and the Borders Bookstore chain.
In 2009 a song collaboration with UK artist, Andy Johnson, received airplay on the BBC radio across the UK. They also receive airplay on the local, awesome alternative Ann Arbor radio station, WCBN, which you can also listen to online at www.wcbn.org.
The White Ravens first self-titled CD was released in 2007, and is available from CDbaby.com and local Ann Arbor, Michigan independent music stores. Their drummer was Muruga Booker, a veteran drummer who played the original Woodstock in Tim Hardin's band and played with many music icons from the 60's through the 80's, including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Gerry Garcia, Dave Brubeck, George Clinton, Peter Gabriel and more.