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char2d2

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter

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"CHAR2D2 Small Vampires EP and Concert Review"

Char2d2, consisting of Charla McCutcheon (Bella) on guitar and Eric Breitenbach (Lefinn, Heatwave) on drums, opened for Victoria band Immaculate Machine Saturday, September 12 at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver. I was truly blown away by their set, as I had gone in with no expectations and very little knowledge beyond name recognition.
For this reviewer, there are a few things you need to check off in order to deem a set truly excellent.
As for them?
- Packed dance floor after only a few songs: check
- Responsive crowd: check
- Band members sincerely enjoying their time playing together: check (big grins all around)
- Presence of other musicians: check (rumors have it that Tegan of Tegan and Sara was around)
- Positive audience bathroom reviews: check

What truly caught me off guard was the ability of this duo to fill up the lounge with more energy and sonic presence than many considerably larger bands I’ve seen. Charla’s guitars did not seem sparse even without the presence of bass, and Eric kept the rhythm driving and pounding throughout their much-too-short set.

Below is the set list of songs that they played, mostly off their Small Vampires EP (except for the starred ones):

Only Man For Me
You Are A Small Vampire
Don’t Want To
I Am Safe
B-Day Girl**
Some Will Have To Go
Torn Apart**
Take and Send

Since grabbing a copy of it at the show, I’ve been listening to Char2d2‘s debut EP Small Vampires (what is it with vampires anyway?) on repeat. It’s a disc full of lovely romantic pop ditties that are guaranteed to stick in your head.

I cursed myself for not putting the album on my iPod as I was humming You Are A Small Vampire the entire commute to school and back. And why not? Charla has an excellent sense of melody, which is combined with a lovely girlish voice, bright melodies and sweet choruses such as,

can I be the one that you wake up at 6am?
and we talk to the clouds till we fall back asleep again

The result is an uplifting album which will make you vow to love your cherished ones just a little bit more.

The Small Vampires EP, like their set at the Biltmore, is short and sweet, and ends much too quickly. It leaves you smiling but wanting more, like a single forkful of cake. Hurry up with the full length please!

Small Vampires was written and co-produced by Charla McCutcheon, with the other half of that producing team being Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.

Char2d2 will be playing at Victoria’s Rifflandia Music Festival on Saturday Sept. 26 at the Metro Theatre. Make sure you catch them; you will not regret it! - Brenda Lee


"Rifflandia 2009 Day 3"

Following Laura Smith, Vancouver local and past member of indie pop favourites Bella Charla McCutcheon took to the stage at the Metro with her latest endeavour in the indie pop realm – an act titled Char2d2. Consisting of McCutcheon and drummer Eric Breitenbach, Char2d2 produces catchy and somewhat laid-back indie pop tunes with ease. Playing a modest set of tracks from their debut EP “Small Vampires,” which was produced by Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara, Char2d2 managed to find a very comfortable balance between the exaggerated style of Eric’s percussion with Charla’s stillness whilst providing vocals and guitar. Overall the performance was catchy and very intriguing – Char2d2 is definitely an act to look out for. - Emily Groundwater


Discography

2009 Small Vampires EP, produced by Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara)

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Bio

Originating from Vancouver, BC, Canada and best known as the front woman for
Mint Records indie-pop band Bella, Charla McCutcheon has tuned into her robotic side in CHAR2D2.  Playing guitar, synth and vocals, CHAR2D2 creates catchy indie pop, mixing melodic hooks with Suzanne Vega-like vocals. McCutcheon has had the privilege of collaborating with artists such as Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen), John Collins (The New Pornographers) and Will Schwartz (Hey Willpower, Imperial Teen) and producers Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara) and JC/DC (Tegan and Sara, New Pornographers).

She has performed with artists such as MGMT, Phoenix, The Breeders, Tegan & Sara, Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers, Mother Mother, Imperial Teen, The Brunettes, The Organ and more.


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