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Following up was Pardi Gras, an electro pop band which also formed in Fall 2009. This seven member band filled the stage and drew in a crowd with a mix of both original songs and covers such as Ke$ha's Tick Tock, a real crowd pleaser. Attempting to get the audience moving, lead singer Dillon Mealey and keytar player Seth Crane brought great energy to the stage, jumping around and clapping. At the start of their last song, Mealey announced, "This song is called Lose It, so let's all just lose it!"

-By Maggie Oliver - The Leader


Mardi Gras: A time representative of partying.

Pardigras: A band representative of...well, we'll let you take an educated guess.

"We knew when we played our first few shows," says Dillon the band's lead vocalist "that everyone would dance their butts off, so we wanted a name with party vibes. Chris looked at all of us and was like ‘how about Pardigras' I was like ‘what dude?' and he goes...'It's like Mardi Gras, with more Party!' We all laughed, but it stuck."

And stick it did...in the heads of droves and droves of devoted Pardigras fans addicted to their danceable brand of electro pop tunes (head to their Myspace and listen to "perfect 10" to know what we're talking about!). Speaking of addiction, PG fans aren't the only one's who believe this band is on to something. Pardigras is already generating tons of industry buzz and have turned down several label deals in order to maintain control over their product (and more importantly enable us to feature them on Unsigned Finds!). Without any label support the boys have already had their tunes spun on major stations such as KISS FM and have developed a strong fan base overseas in Japan. They've shared the stage with mega band Brand New and indie fan favorite band Rookie of the Year.

Though they're billed as a party band, for these boys, song inspiration comes from a place deeper than your average Saturday night out. "Most of our songs are inspired by personal experiences with relationships we had, long time girlfriends, hot flings and new acquaintances." Delving even deeper into the emotional side of these self-proclaimed party boys, they even describe, "Some of the songs are about where we aspire to be in the future and about our dreams."

Though it might be easy to assume that these Pardigras "dreams' are laden with fantasies of stardom and celebrity, these dudes have more pressing items on their agenda...like putting on a killer live show for their fans. Ask any female Pardigras groupie and they'll tell you that you'll never leave a PG show with your hair in tact or your makeup still perfectly applied. The band admits it too -- "be prepared to sweat when you come to our shows," says Chris "because you can't help but dance to our music. I don't know that I've ever been to a show quite like ours. Every time we play somewhere different, in a different city, different crowd it inevitably transforms into a giant dance party."

So, next time you're looking to go out and strut your best dance moves, skip the club and head to Pardigras gig instead.

Be sure to listen to Pardigras' music on MySpace or click here for a free download. And, of course you can check them out on Facebook. Like what you hear? Tell us why in the comments section below!

-Jenna Hally Rubenstein - Seventeen Magazine


Discography

- NEW LP
We Prey Like Lions (2011)

Track Listing:
1) Heartbreak Girl
2) The Feeling
3) A Touch Above the Rest
4.) The Color of My Atmosphere
5.) You'll Never Be Home
6.) Pardi All Night
7.) Writing in the Sand
8.) Make You Believe
9.) We Prey Like Lions
10.) Heartbreak Girl Remix

- EP (2009):
Twist & Shake

Track Listing:
1.) Perfect Ten
2.) City Lights
3.) Shooting Stars
4.) Express
5.) Make You Believe

Pardi Gras has been aired on these radio stations:

Kiss FM...............Jamestown, NY
Z101....................Buffalo, NY
WCVF 88.9 FM...Fredonia, NY
WBNY 91.3 FM...Buffalo, NY (Interview/Showcase Oct. 7th 2010)

Tracks can be heard streamed on:

http://pardigras.bandcamp.com/
purevolume.com/pardigras
myspace.com/pardigrasmusic

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Bio

There are certain emotions that are driven from our bodies through bright lights, late nights and pulsing beats. Those emotions punctuate our freedom from reality. To encapsulate a break from reality and put audience members in a different state of mind is something that the new electro-pop band Pardigras knows how to do on a nightly basis. Only being together for a little over a year, the band Pardigras has a refined sound which moves its dedicated fan base to come out to every show with comfortable shoes and an electricity to dance. The band is motivated through dreams of sharing these notions with the world. "Though it might be easy to assume that these Pardigras "dreams' are laden with fantasies of stardom and celebrity, these dudes have more pressing items on their agenda...like putting on a killer live show for their fans. Ask any female Pardigras groupie and they'll tell you that you'll never leave a PG show with your hair in tact or your makeup still perfectly applied."- Jenna Rubenstein, Seventeen Magazine. The band has redefined electro- pop rock as something with tangibility, the ability to connect across genres and demographics and is driven by real, true inspiration.

Pardigras is a six-piece electro-pop band from Fredonia, New York. They have released an EP, entitled Twist and Shake, self recorded and produced Chris Grabar and Dillon Mealey. Originally the band consisted of just the two members, Dillon Mealey (lead vocals) and Chris Grabar (rhythm guitar/ MC), but as they began to play live shows, added the members Brian Paniknowski (drums/ back up vocals), Christian Carlson (lead guitar), Tyler Gold (synthesizer) and Jeff Alvarado (bass). Pardigras can be compared to bands like Metro Station with more punch, 3Oh!3 with more poignant and melodic lyrics or Cobra Starship with more soul. The band is currently projected to release their first full length album, We Prey Like Lions, by the beginning of Jan, 2011. The group has already gone on tour, played with super-groups Brand New and Indie rock favorite Rookie of the Year, among other artists.The band has also received press from seventeen magazine, college newspaper The Leader, been spun on KISS FM, had numerous radio interviews and signed with Just Seven Entertainment Group. The band has also been selected for the National Association for Campus Activities Main Stage Showcase in February.

For booking/ general inquiries contact:
Dan Brown- General Manager
ph: 203-499-7216
danbrown527@hotmail.com
Just 7 Entertainment Group

Pardigras elucidates pop, rock and electronic genres with that little extra something to make the music shine.