The GoStation Chosen as Stereofame.com's Artist of the Month for 2010

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New York-based rock quintet bring an American twist to the Brit-pop sound.

In the early nineties, revivalist bands of the Brit-pop sound such as Oasis, Blur and the Verve dominated American airwaves with the familiar big hooks and catchy choruses of yesteryear set atop big walls of distorted guitar. The style defined itself not by the teased hair and bombast of the makeup-soaked era of rock that preceded it, but rather by returning to more succinct arrangements and turning focus back onto the strength of the song.

This is the school from which the GoStation, Stereofame.com’s October 2010 Artist of the Month, has earned its degree. Oasis is an obvious touchstone but to label the GoStation a mere knock-off would be selling them short. The New York-based quintet have their sights set high, aiming to revitalize a genre that has lost ground to the most recent wave of slickly produced blip-pop that seems to be imploding under its own weight of increasingly stacked synthesizers.

“I guess you could say that it is kind of a dying art,” lead singer Doug Levy said of the guitar-driven rock that characterizes his band’s sound. “But we’ve never felt like we had to apologize for our music.”

One listen to the anthemic “All Together Now,” complete with humming feedback and loud, crackling distortion, and it’s clear that the GoStation is anything but apologetic.

“It is more of that classic rock attitude,” Levy said, “without trashing hotel rooms.”

The GoStation’s style is shaped by the in-your-face guitar work of Matt Friedlander and Erik Nyquist (lead and rhythm, respectively) and is rounded out by their subtle yet driving rhythm section comprised of Nick Picozzi on bass and Vin Russoniello on drums. Levy’s vocals bring a certain frenetic energy reminiscent of a young Michael Stipe, with melodic phrasing and cadences that border on run-on. For all its ambition, the GoStation never ignores the opportunity for a big chorus, placing supreme importance on the craft of songwriting.

The GoStation is looking to expand on the identity they established in their full-length debut Passion Before Function, as they begin work on their next album, which they hope to release early next year.
Stereofame, Levy said, gives the GoStation an opportunity to expose their music to a worldwide audience, an outlet that has proven invaluable for the band. Along with its easy-to-use platform, Levy said it is Stereofame.com’s model which allows up and coming bands to get heard that makes it an attractive sounding board for independent artists.

“We’ve tried working with many different sites,” Levy said, “…but Stereofame is one of the only sites we still use.”

As Stereofame’s October 2010 Artist of the Month, the GoStation will get valuable exposure to an international audience in addition to a $1,000 prize. Stereofame is a one-of-a-kind community where artists are judged objectively by the listening audience. Artists gather more points as they rise in rank and refer their fans from other sites. Plus, artists can sell their music here, too, so they’re getting serious points while making money, something iTunes doesn’t offer!

Listeners are also rewarded for their input, as they can earn points for listening to a song and giving it a “thumbs up or down,” and writing thoughtful reviews. They can help talented artists get the attention they deserve by signing artists to their virtual record label and then promoting their signed artists to their friends. Of course, fans get tons of points for buying music and bringing people to the site, too.

All these points can be cashed in for various prizes such as iPods, musical equipment, gift cards and more.
Think you’ve got what it takes to be Stereofame’s next Artist of the Month? Then go to Stereofame.com and upload three songs to http://www.Stereofame.com/contest/artist-of-the-month.html. And if you’re a fan, log on to Stereofame.com today to help some of tomorrow’s biggest and brightest stars get heard and earn some sweet prizes at the same time!

To hear more from the GoStation, visit http://www.stereofame.com/#/thegostation

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