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Killabite

Los Angeles, California, United States | MAJOR

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"ALL BLOG REVIEWS"

We've been getting written up a lot so check them all out here. - Universal Music Sweden


"Killabite - Follow Me Home"


That's right guys, DOUBLE FLUFF! I have decided to post another cool bubblegum-ish pop kind of song :P I just can't help it. I just recently discovered this song and can't get it out of my head. It's just so catchy! The song is basically some sort of dialogue between a guy with a robotic auto-tune voice and a girl at a club. Yes, very mainstream scenario (aside from the robot guy), but the sounds are quite fresh and for some reason the robot voice just makes the song fun. Anyway, let me know what yo - modernefusion.blogspot.com


""You say you're the perfect guy""

I receive so many emails from bands and managers, yet 99% of the songs I'm sent do not mesh with the type of music I post on alienhits. I'm pretty strict about submissions. That's why it makes me so happy when I'm sent something that gets me excited. This band's so well-fitted to this blog that I'm posting their track a mere hour after I received it. Killabite are an electropop duo from L.A. (always nice to hear some new American acts) and their EP (posted on soundcloud) shows quite a bit of promise. My favorite track is the pulsing Follow Me Home, which alternates between computerized robotic vocals and Chau Phan's luscious voice (which reminds me of Lisa from the Lovemakers). There are hooks upon hooks here. It could almost be a Girls Aloud or Mini Viva track. It's got that big, bubblegum pop sound to it. Definitely a band to watch! - Alienhits Blog - #1 Hits From Another Planet


"Needing every second just to keep myself from stressing"

I just get done complaining about not having any new great songs to write about...and what falls in my lap? Only just that.

[Killabite] is made up of the space-obsessed, Swedish music-adoring Matt Engst and Chau Phan, one Canadian and one American. Chau, the main singer, co-wrote "The Rain" and "Can't Breathe" on Cyndi Lauper's Bring Ya To The Brink, but as far as I know, that's basically all the exposure they'd had up until their latest project, [Killabite].

The modus operandi for [Killabite] seems to be sparkly, female-vocaled, '80s-influenced pop, which I realize describes a third of the music getting made today. The best of [Killabite]'s music, though, is incredibly charming, melodic, and, well, refreshing. You know all those indie-pop duos with cute names like the Bird and the Bee, the Raveonettes, Muchuu, and She & Him? [Killabite] basically sound like what I hoped those groups would sound like--so really, nothing like them, or only like them if they decided to make bright, poppy, synth-filled music. You get the feeling listening to their music that it could be indie friendly, but their best songs are really so incredibly, brilliantly POP that I don't know how you couldn't be charmed by them.

Some of their pop shimmer probably comes from Alexander Kronlund, the songwriter and former Max Martin colleague behind songs like Britney Spears's "Lucky," Linda Sundblad's "Lose You,' and Robyn's "Don't Stop The Music" and "Who's That Girl." He's co-written about half the songs on the group's upcoming album and, whether it's the '60s girl group chorus of "Ai Love U" or the Kylie-friendly backing track of"Killabyte," his tracks show his pop chops. The group can do the job on their own, though, as "I Don't Care," with its bleepy verses that give way to a bouncey chorus spruced up with little electronic harp plucks, and the moodier "Guns & Makeup" show.

"Dance Tonight" is one of the cases where everything comes together for the duo. Like several of the group's other tracks, it feels like a '60s song made popular through an '80s cover with the '80s hit then being covered again today. The verses, anchored by some deep guitar in the background, feel like they push forward against the beat and the chorus's one-two-four drumbeat gives it a joyful, handclap-like feel, while Matt sprinkles synth sparkles throughout and Chau provides her best naïve-meets-coy voice to deliver lyrics that convey the joy of escape on the dancefloor. It's not a new topic, but [Killabite] and Alexander have made the arrangement, melody, and singing so catchily, cutely, earnestly appealing that that's not a problem in the least (and there are some good lyrical moments as well, ones that work perfectly in context). The song sports a great middle eight, too, complete with a chanty first half and sparser, hands-clapping-over-your-head second half.

"Off We Go," "Go Down," and robo-voice-featuring "Follow Me Home" are, likewise, also recommended.

So far, the group has only released a cover of "Puttin' On The Ritz" and even that only in Scandinavia, but you can buy it here(digital). Keep an eye out for their debut album, out this year, and in the meantime listen to some more of their songs here,here, and here. - poppostergirl


"Green Door Show"

So [Killabite] is playing at the Green Door tonight and besides my utter cupcake love for the lead singer Chau (the cutest, sweetest yet baddest bitch I’ve known for a while), this band is fucking rad and I dig their live set-up. This is actually rather remarkable as I typically detest live shows…the music never sounds as good as it does on a recording, shit is always chaotic, very few musicians have a strong stage presence, people are pushy…but I’ve seen this band live and there is just something magical about them. Plus, you get to see Chau in spandex.
Anyfuck, if you’re looking for something to do tonight let me suggest making an appearance here. The band’s website is HERE.
xo - Charming Or Tedious


"Ourstage.com Under Supervision article by kathyrynoh March 23, 2010 in Pop, Artist Feature"


Self-described as a duo of 80s-loving gear-geeks, [Killabite]…recall 80s hits with the perfect flair of today’s pop. The product of Chau Phan and Matt Engst, the sound is something that Europeans embrace and stuck up Americans eventually give into. Either way, [Killabite]… has listeners dancing. For this reason among others, the flashy duo was easily selected as a band to watch in Sweden.
With their sound overseas, [Killabite] found success with Lindex, the Swedish equivalent of a combined H&M and Victoria’s Secret, who chose the band’s cover of “Putting On The Ritz” for their Fall 2009 campaign. Subsequently, the band signed with Warner Chapel Sweden and produced their first full-length debut.

From there, [Killabite]’s overseas career took off. Passing up Britney Spears and Beyoncé on the iTunes Swedish charts, “Putting On The Ritz” became a European hit. Now the band is back in the states and ready to get America up to speed using their arsenal of irresistibly synthy tracks. Their US debut is approaching, but in the meantime [Killabite’s international success will carry them through to domestic stardom. This duo could quite possibly be America’s best kept pop secret, a throwback with style and an edge. It’s only a matter of time before [Killabite]’s success follows them home.
Check out one of their ad placements here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahK7bpji0hw&feature=player_embedded - Ourstage.com


Discography

1. Puttin' On The Ritz (2009 - Warner Sweden) - reached top 5 on Swedish iTunes and featured in a big TV campaign for clothing brand Lindex.

2. Follow Me Home (2011 - Universal Sweden)

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Los Angeles based duo, Matthew Engst (miniTRUE) from Vancouver,Canada & Chau Phan (choBOT) from Detroit (Australian-born) first met in 2007 at an underground UFOlogists meeting. Their fascination with ancient aliens, the space-time fabric, and the paranormal soon blossomed into a passion for creating cosmic Neo 80's Electro Indie Pop. The Duo started collaborating in the legendary Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles and by 2009 landed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, Scandinavia. While recording their debut album in Stockholm, they covered "Puttin’ On The Ritz"released by Warner Music Sweden which led to a national commercial sync for the Swedish Clothing Co, Lindex and subsequent radio play. By then, Chau also had writing credits with Cyndi Lauper, and Matt had written music for Showtime's up and coming series, Web Therapy (staring Lisa Kudrow). Chau will be heard on Britney Spears 2011 release singing backup on 2 tracks. While in Sweden they had the opportunity to record tracks with some of the countries finest producers including Axwell (Swedish House Mafia), Alexander Kronlund (Robyn, Britney), and Max Martin (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Pink). They have been picked up by Stranded Rekords under Universal Sweden for distribution in Scandinavia. NRJ, Stockholm's pop station, has selected Killabite as a hot new artist and their single Follow Me Home was 2011's Smash Hit of Week 5.

Their innocent vocals, vintage synths, electro beats, laser light show, and alternative news inspired lyrics make for an ‘indie-pop dream’. Some of the artists that have influenced Killabite include: The Eurythmics, The Knife, Beck, John & Yoko, Teddybears, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Daft Punk, and Blondie just to name a few.