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"(live review) Songs to Love and Die By...and a show with Sean Lennon"

What could be better than catching Sean Lennon on his west coast tour? How about making it early enough to hear the opening band 8mm flip you into a mesmeric spin. Spotlight focus: Juliette Beavan. Listening to her voice pour over the down tempo, nu-jazz instrumentals of 8mm is reminiscent of a midnight drive in a 56 jaguar roadster. Comparable to Portishead and Massive Attack, Juliette has this vibe so enrapturing it's impossible to take your eyes off of her. The woman invented cool. Smooth and sexy, the vocals are as elusive and captivating as the location of the band before this tour. Where have you been all my life, 8mm?! Songs to Love and Die By is the second release for the band and is a definite must for all Go-To hipsters. Trust me loves, this is one Scene Queen you won't want to miss. - thego-togirls.com


"Album Review- AP Magazine"

Four stars.

"Sexy, sultry and positively hypnotic..." - Alternative Press Magazine


"100 Bands You Need to Know 2007"

"...Songs to Love and Die By is a slow boil of narcotic thrills and sweet cocktails of dark neo-noir glamour that have garnered over a million plays on Myspace, as well as placement in films and television."
-Elliot Haight - Alternative Press Magazine


"LA Times Buzz Band"

LA Times Buzz Band

"...frames Juliette's sultry vocals in measured guitar- keyboard melodies for a smoky, cinematic feel."
-Kevin Bronson - Los Angeles Times


"KCRW"

"Got [8mm] and put it on the air the next day..."

-Nic Harcourt, KCRW - KCRW, Morning Becomes Ecclectic


"Phoenix New Times"

"Perfect...haunting...a work of art"
-Niki D'Andrea - Phoenix New Times


"Fire Walk with 8mm"

"...Taking the stage at Barking Legs Theater like a lounge act in a smoky basement bar in the 1940s, 8mm wowed the audience with darkly transcendent songs dense with complex chords progressions, intriguing lyrics and immaculate-sounding computer-triggered synths....Sean and Juliette didn't just play their songs for us. They created an atmosphere...the duo set a mood reminiscent of Julee Cruise's lounge scene in David lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me..."

-Andrew Stegall - The Pulse


Discography

Opener, EP 2004
Songs to Love and Die By, LP 2006
On a Silent NIght, EP 2007

8mm Songs have been featured on:
Grey's Anatomy
Dirt
Cold Case
Shark
One Tree Hill
Wonderfalls
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (motion picture soundtrack)
MTVs Road Rules

Our songs are streaming on numerous site and satellite stations, as well as many college and independent stations (KCRW w/Nic Harcourt, for one).

We are featured as "Ear-gasm of the Month" for July on www.ear.fm due to being the most requested new artist for the month of June.

Regular rotation on Big Sonic Chill show on 94.9fm San Diego.

A few bands we have played with:
Sean Lennon
Kill Hannah
Shiny Toy Guns
Monsters are Waiting
...etc...

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Bio

*Update*
Sean took a quick break from recording with Marilyn Manson so 8MM could hop on a plane to play the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation's Diamond Ball at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla...

In addition, 8MM is playing shows once a month (because they can't really sit still) while are writing for their next release...recently 8mm charmed and beguiled a star-studded audience at The David Lynch Foundation Benefit at The Key Club in Hollywood.

Sean Beavan - guitar, vocals, multi-instrumentalist. Sean is also a producer/ mixer, best known for his work with NIN, Marilyn Manson, No Doubt, Slayer, Thrice, System of a Down, etc...
- his discography may be viewed at: http://www.myspace.com/seanbeavan

(please scroll to the bottom for links)

Juliette Beavan - Storyteller and New Orleanian siren extraordinaire

Jon Nicholson - Keeper of the beat and man about town.

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8mm self-released their Christmas ep, "On a Silent Night". Nic Harcourt of KCRW, promptly put their version of the song, "Blue Christmas" on the air.
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8mm Songs have been featured on:
Grey's Anatomy
Dirt
Cold Case
Shark
One Tree Hill
Wonderfalls
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (motion picture soundtrack)
MTVs Road Rules
Mom at Sixteen

Bio:
Somewhere in the heat of New Orleans you'll find that life is lived differently. It's a place of ghosts and celebration, a place where music hangs heavy in the air and all the music and all the souls that have ever played it there somehow remain, alive and buoyant in the humidity. The thickness this gives the air slows things down a bit, and when you breathe it in it soaks through your bones and settles in the marrow. There is an ethereal wave, a pulse really, that you can ride through the chaos. It becomes part of your blood and your eyes begin to change. You will never see this world the same. You will never feel the same about this city or this life. It has taken part of you and given something beautiful and painful back. This kind of enchantment is the reason that people are drawn to New Orleans. It's as if the city wakes and surges to the surface just enough for you to hear her heart beat, hear her breath.

The city itself is curved into the shape of a crescent moon by a dark and muddy river that would drown you as soon as let you swim in it. Moss hangs from ancient oak trees that look down on their dark reflections in cracked and wet asphalt. In this city, beneath their gaze, there was Juliette, her heels clicking, marking time on the make shift mirror. In this city, she met Sean.

Sean had moved from the post industrial age wasteland of Cleveland, Ohio to this haunting land of jazz funerals and brass bands with Trent Reznor and the band Nine Inch Nails. As Trent's longtime engineer, co -producer, and musical director, Sean helped forge the sound of NIN from studio to the stage. Finally having a home base for various projects, Sean and Trent set about building a studio in an old abandoned funeral home in the heart of uptown New Orleans. It was during this time that, being a mortal man, Sean succumbed to the whimsy and sway of a southern girl and met his muse in Juliette. After finishing mixing Marilyn Manson's epic "Antichrist Superstar", Sean left the NIN camp and followed up with Manson's "Mechanical Animals" During production of which Sean and Juliette moved to the land of stars, scars and broken dreams: Los Angeles.

While Sean was producing the Atlantic Records band "Kill Hannah" the request to add a female voice to a chorus led him to ask the lovely Juliette to add some vocals on the last day of recording. When Juliette started to sing, the texture and dynamic of her voice bewitched both Sean and his engineer "Critter". Inspired by her ethereal voice, Sean immediately set about to write the music for the song "Never Enough" almost as an experiment. He gave Juliette the music and asked her to write lyrics and a vocal melody to it. The resulting confessional story with the plaintiff refrain "I'll never be enough for you" became a blue print for the tapestry of sorrow and beauty in the works that followed.

The two decided to become 8mm, a name that reflected the tone of their songs. The image of an old 8mm projector whirring in a clandestine back room called to mind innermost secrets and forbidden desires. The kind of thoughts we keep to ourselves, the hidden motives that drive our public lives. Very much influenced by the pulse and undercurrent of the haunted and haunting New Orleans and the bluster and underlying power plays that accompany even a simple "hello" in Los Angeles, 8mm has opened our diaries and shown us how alike we are.