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'Anonymity' 2001 Independent Single Release (Aus)
'Notes' EP 2003 Wizard Rec. (Los Angeles only)



Emotional, melodic, dynamic, and powerful are words that come to mind when introduced to the band Porcelain. Porcelain has an unique lineup and an original sound. Their sound is based on the dynamic vocals of female front Lo Roberts, the powerful melodic guitars of Ben Richards, the emotional layers of violinist Asha Mevlana and the strength of rhythm section Ewen Penberthy-Groves (Bass) and Ritchie Schafe (Drums). Porcelain formed in 1999 in Wollongong, just outside of Sydney Australia, by songwriting duo Lo and Ben. They had performed together in a big band during high school (Lo singing, Ben on trumpet). Originally an acoustic duo, the band soon expanded to include a rhythm section including Ewen (who had played Sax in the big band), Ritchie (who attended Lo's highschool) and Nadege De Vet on violin. Over the next 2 years, Porcelain rose to the top of their local scene, winning a MusicOz Award and later gaining a spot on the M-One tour with the Goo Goo Dolls, Simple Plan, Nickelback and Lifehouse. An industry buzz attracted interest from Sony Records and Wizard Records and in 2003 Porcelain elected to sign with Wizard, an independent label who had a more immediate focus on the U.S market. In 2003 the band relocated to Los Angeles and began to build a name by sustaining residencies at multiple venues including the Viper Room. Performing over 100 shows in 2003 the majority being showcases on Sunset Strip, the band developed their live show and local fan-base which attracted interest from Universal Records, Maverick Records and local press... "Porcelain...a dizzying on-stage array...Porcelain's estimable range...is at once buoyant and mesmerizing..." Kevin Bronson/L.A. TIMES "Time to add some Porcelain to your collection... Singer Lo Roberts...flaunts a natural stage presence not a million miles removed from that of Gwen Stefani, and easily lures listeners into her complex, occasionally confrontational world. Porcelain isn't like many other bands out there. That's what makes it so valuable," Dean Goodman (Editor)/REUTERS Entertainment Review In 2005, Porcelain signed directly to Universal Records under A&R Jolene Cherry with Wizard retaining Australian, New Zealand and South African territories. Nadege De Vet moved back to Australia and the band found Asha Mevlana and her 7 string electric violin (originally from Boston) to take her place, giving porcelain an international line-up. Since then, the band has been completing writing and pre-production for their debut album which Universal will release in early 2007. These sessions have included working with Linda Perry (4 Non-Blondes,Pink, Gwen Stefani), Mike Elizondo (50 Cent, Eminem, Fiona Apple) and Holly Knight (Aerosmith, Pat Benatar), Mike Chapman (Blondie) and Mike Green (Yellowcard, Black Maria, Matches) Porcelain is a truly original band with great songs and amazing stage presence - far removed from the actor/singer genre in todays industry. This is a band who would not be out of place touring with the likes of U2, Coldplay or Dave Matthew's Band.