The band began when Vilma and Christina met in violin studio at the University of Florida. Tired of metronomes and etudes, they decided to pick up some rockier instruments and find a garage. Bret provided a practice space and drums, and Quinn provided a synthesizer and guitar. Together they create garage band rock&roll in the student ghetto of Gainesville, FL.
Following the release of their first album, ["Open EP"], Sweet City Action promoted the EP throughout Florida and branched out to other parts of the country. Tracks from the EP can be found here on Sonicbids and through their myspace page: www.myspace.com/sweetcityaction
Current news and upcoming shows can also be found on their myspace page.
Spring, 2008 included gigs in Tampa, Tallahassee, Sarasota, and a 10-day tour which included stops in Gainesville, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Panama City, FL; Pascagoula, MS; Austin, TX; and Houston, TX. In Austin, TX they played the Invasion of the GoGirls at SXSW and a gig on downtown 6th street.
Notable bands Sweet City Action has played with:
Casper and the Cookies
Sweet City Action auditioned for the Bodog Competition, which airs on the FUSE. They made it to the second round as a top twelve band in the region December, 2007.
"Falling Out of Love," from Sweet City Action's "Open" EP was selected as a top-6 finalist in The University of Florida's "Campaign for Real Love," songwriting competition.
Influences include: Bela Bartok, Rush, Talking Heads and The Magnetic Fields.
Brett Bowers- Drums, Vocals
Christina Heddesheimer- Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Vilma Jarvinen- Bass, Violin, Vocals
Quinn Martin- Synth, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Wade Powell- Guitar, Bass, Melodica
"Open" EP released October 20th, 2007. Recorded with Rob McGregor at Goldentone Records.
Tracks from "Open EP" played on:
100.5 The Buzz, Gainesville, FL
96.5 WSLR, Sarasota, FL
Streaming audio of the EP can also be heard on www.grooveshark.com
Below is an excerpt from the EP's review in "The Satellite" February, 2008 issue:
"I was immediately attracted to Sweet City Action, long before I ever funneled their music into my headphones. With their debut EP, "Open," Sweet City Action puts together a tight package of mostly jumpy and always engaging pop music. After six songs of this you only wish it would continue, instead of the empty silence as a solid album ends. Even just as a sample, "Open," should clue you in that Sweet City Action is a band to watch."
PHONE: (954)806-2185; Band's manager, Vilma
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Sweet City Action
indie rock wth an edge/alternative
Vilma Jarvinen- bass, violin, vocals
Tyler Edmunds- percussion, vocals
Christina Heddesheimer- vocals, guitar, keyboard
Hunter Stanford- guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals
Vilma and Christina were part of an all-female group, and met Tyler and Hunter through their old drummer. Christina and Tyler have known each other since freshman year.
Song to Hear:
Why they perform:
"I like putting all our ideas together and coming out with something I never expected." Christina says. "It's a great excuse to avoid real things in life." Hunter added.
Oct. 20 is their CD release party at the Atlantic, and homemade Funfetti cupcakes will accompany each CD purchase. The band is also participating in the Bodog Music Battle of the Bands, where the band with the most votes wins a recording contract.
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I was immediately attracted to Sweet City Action, long before I ever funneled their music int... I was immediately attracted to Sweet City Action, long before I ever funneled their music into my headphones. I saw them at the CMC [a Gainesville music venue] about a year ago, and they harkened back to the long gone days (circa 2005) of former Gainesville band Dasi with their exuberance and quirk.
Yet, there's always that awkward feeling when a new band puts out recorded music, and that live band you've been raving about sounds like shit. But no, those worries are unfounded in this case. With their debut EP, "Open," Sweet City Action put together a tight package of mostly jumpy and always engaging pop music.
Up front are the vocals of Christina Heddesheimer, reminiscent of the Slits' Ari Up with her half spoken vocals that come so sweet and immediate from her lips that she can kiss each syllable on its way out. Even when admonishing "corporations and the RIAA" on DRM, you can't help envision her smiling.
Also reminiscent of The Slits are the songs' seemingly free form structure, with the rhythm section providing consistently interesting beats- usually in two or three disparate sections per song. This is perhaps highlighted in the chronicle of a rocky relationship, "Backbeat." The song begins with a slow burning intro with a sonorous, um, backbeat, reminiscent of The Go-Go's track, "Automatic". It then swings into a slinky section, moving in unison with the lyrics. The song repeats the technique a few times, and each time it is natural, with just enough twist to make your hairs stand on end. And it's catchy as hell.
After six songs of this you only wish it would continue, instead of the empty silence as a solid album ends. Fortunately, Sweet City Action has plenty of shows lined up in Gainesville, where they will presumably be playing more than a six-song set. Even just as a sample, "Open," should clue you in that Sweet City Action is a band to watch.
Our sets are normally between 30 and 45 minutes long. A typical set might be:
1) Big Sweep
3) Falling Out of Love
6) You're Doing it Wrong
8) Faded Image
9) Irish Fiddling
There are no upcoming dates at this time.