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"The Rescues: A Torrent of Talent A Wedding Gig Helped Put Four Gifted Musicians on the Road to Success"

The Rescues: A Torrent of Talent
A Wedding Gig Helped Put Four Gifted Musicians on the Road to Success

By Moira E. McLaughlin

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 28, 2009

You could say, in a way, the Rescues started as a wedding band.

"A guy named Billy had us play his wedding reception," says Gabriel Mann, one of the group's members,from his Los Angeles music studio. Billy wanted something interesting
at his party. Mann, Kyler England
and Adrianne Gonzalez, three
30-something friends and
L.A.-based singer-songwriters,
played originals and covers
together.

Sure, taking the gig was all for the money, Mann says with a laugh. But it was at that wedding reception that the Rescues were born.

Less than two years later, the Rescues, now a four-person band showcasing beautiful, tight and unique vocal harmonies, have had songs featured on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Army Wives."

"We didn't have an ulterior motive," Mann says. "The three of us got together, and it just felt good. It felt good to be in a band."

They released their first album, "Crazy Ever After," in 2008. Thinking they would need a temporary substitute for Mann, who was composing music for a video game at the time, they asked Rob Giles, another friend and singer-songwriter, to join them. Mann didn't need to take a hiatus after all, but the band added Giles to the mix anyway.

Many bands are labeled alternative, but the Rescues actually are. Their sound is incomparable. It's not often you find four equally talented musicians in one band, let alone
four lead singers. They each play numerous instruments, sing and write music.

Gonzalez, England and Giles attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. Mann majored
in musical composition at the University of Pennsylvania and has written compositions for such TV shows as "Arrested Development" and "Office Space." None of them are musical slouches riding on their looks or their connections. Each has found some level of success
separately. And together they might find the synergy to propel themselves forward.

"One of the very interesting things about it is that all of us have our own [stuff] going on. We have made time for this thing because we believe in it,"
Mann says.

In January, the band spent three weeks working on "Let Loose the Horses," a not-yet-released album that employs creative sounds in a very accessible, poppy package while continuing to
showcase the foursome's crown jewel: the vocal harmonies. "Ultimately I think there was a real magic when the four of us got together," Mann says.

So much talent could be a curse for a band without the right amount of collaboration. "There's definitely no person in the band who is a wallflower," Mann says. Coming up with good music is not a problem, but "coming up with something we all agree on," he says, "is the hard part. There's definitely no shortage of information, talent or ideas. It's usually, do we like any of these 10 things and which are we going to go with?"

They use some songwriting methods: Sitting in a circle, they'll write down what they're thinking; each musician will read his or her thoughts aloud and then they all "mine it for certain things." Or maybe one or two of them come up with an idea that the rest like.

"The giving-up of control is a positive and a negative," Mann says. "We also would have days when we would come into the studio and bang our heads against the wall and everyone hated everything the others were doing."

But during those three weeks in January, they not only produced, they also realized they could work together. "It's really difficult. It's not for the faint of heart," Mann says. Yet,
"ultimately the ends are worth the means."

Luckily for the Rescues, the ends these days are about a lot more than getting paid after playing a few sets at a wedding.

The Rescues Appearing Aug. 30 at Iota (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). Show starts at 8:30
p.m. Tickets: $15, at the door only. The Download: For a sampling of the Rescues' music,
check out: From "Crazy Ever After": -- "Break Me Out" -- "Crazy Ever After" -- "My Heart
With You" -- "Break Me Out" - Washington Post


"The Rescues benefit concert tonight at the Troubadour"

The Rescues benefit concert tonight at the Troubadout
WHO: THE RESCUES will join Glen Phillips (ex-Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sara Bareilles, Maria Taylor, Paris Carney at The Troubadour tonight (August 12) for a benefit concert to raise funds for Kelly’s health care.

Comprised of four successful and critically acclaimed solo singer-songwriters in their own right, THE RESCUES--KYLER ENGLAND (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, bass), GABRIEL MANN (vocals, Wurlitzer, piano, celeste), ADRIANNE GONZALEZ (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, bass) and ROB GILES (vocals, acoustic guitars, bass, drums)--have more than 15 albums, dozens of songwriting awards, and thousands of miles on the road between them.

Coming off their recent sold-out residency at the Hotel Café and a packed debut last week at LA’s famed Troubadour, THE RESCUES will launch their first-ever East Coast tour August 19 in Boston, MA with recording artist AM (on Filter Records) supporting. The two-week trek will hit New York City’s Canal Room on Friday, August 21.


Before heading out on an East Coast tour, the group will return to the Troubadour on August 12 for a special cause. A longtime friend of the band, Kelly Buchanan--a New York-based singer/songwriter--suffered a traumatic brain injury during a street hockey game in March 2008. Three of the four members of THE RESCUES attended Berklee College of Music alongside Kelly Buchanan.

"We’ve known Kelly for a long time, and we’re thrilled for this opportunity to bring the L.A. music community together to celebrate the music of one of our own,“ notes singer/guitarist KYLER ENGLAND.

For tickets to the August 12 show, visit: http://www.troubadour.com/. Fans who cannot attend the show but still wish to contribute may donate via Paypal at http://www.kellybuchanan.com/ - Mickie's Zoo


"The Rescues Play Benefit Show"

The Rescues Play Benefit Show
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New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Red Wind) - THE RESCUES will join Glen Phillips (ex-Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sara Bareilles, Maria Taylor, Paris Carney at The Troubadour tomorrow night (August 12) for a benefit concert to raise funds for Kelly's health care.

Comprised of four successful and critically acclaimed solo singer-songwriters in their own right, THE RESCUES-KYLER ENGLAND (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, bass), GABRIEL MANN (vocals, Wurlitzer, piano, celeste), ADRIANNE GONZALEZ (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, bass) and ROB GILES (vocals, acoustic guitars, bass, drums)-have more than 15 albums, dozens of songwriting awards, and thousands of miles on the road between them.
Coming off their recent sold-out residency at the Hotel Cafe' and a packed debut last week at LA's famed Troubadour, THE RESCUES will launch their first-ever East Coast tour August 19 in Boston, MA with recording artist AM (on Filter Records) supporting. The two-week trek will hit New York City's Canal Room on Friday, August 21.

Before heading out on an East Coast tour, the group will return to the Troubadour on August 12 for a special cause. A longtime friend of the band, Kelly Buchanan-a New York-based singer/songwriter-suffered a traumatic brain injury during a street hockey game in March 2008. Three of the four members of THE RESCUES attended Berklee College of Music alongside Kelly Buchanan. "We've known Kelly for a long time, and we're thrilled for this opportunity to bring the L.A. music community together to celebrate the music of one of our own," notes singer/guitarist KYLER ENGLAND. For tickets to the August 12 show, visit: www.troubadour.com. Fans who cannot attend the show but still wish to contribute may donate via Paypal at www.kellybuchanan.com. - Top-40Charts.com


"The Rescues Take Over The Troubadour To Save You From Indie/Rock Band Boredom"

The Rescues Take Over The Troubadour To Save You From Indie/Rock Band Boredom
BY Pauline Kurks FOR LA2DAY.COM Jul 29, 2009

A packed Troubadour came a-calling our name on a recent Thursday, to invite us to sample the delights The Rescues had to offer. Seeing as the band are about to head off on a national tour, we caught up with them before they played one of their last LA shows for a while.

Individually established musicians in their own right, The Rescues have moved into the new realm of now touring as a proper band. The Troubadour was cramped and sweaty waiting for The Rescues to pick up one of the smorgasbord of instruments in stage. We were even half-hoping to see our beloved Mayor, Mr. Antonio Villaraigosa, singing along in the corner, as, "He's become somewhat of a staple at our shows," laughed Adrianne Gonzalez. Besides the political backing, the Los Angeles based quartet have been a common name in the list of bright Indie bands to watch out for. Fresh off a residency at Hotel Cafe, "The First Indie Super group" aren't nearly as pretentious as they should be. "I don't think we're cool enough to be called Indie, are we?" asked Rob Giles, who seemed to be able to play every instrument from drums to keys.

While watching The Rescues on stage, we can admit to feeling more than a little envious at the ease of the band's merry go-round with their instruments. "I'd never picked up a bass before joining the band," Adrianne explained, "so I tried it out." She's not the only one though. "Yeah, it was a grueling time," Rob laughed. Luckily for us, the concert was anything but.

The Rescues

It is rare at the best of times to find a group of musicians able to switch so effortlessly between instruments, but The Rescues seem to also amply throw in charisma and modesty for good measure. Combined with riotous funky rock melodies and their phenomenal ability to each possess perfected vocals, you can't help but get carried away with their music. Their four part harmonies provide a fluid entrance into their roaring bass-heavy bridges and chorus on their album title track, "Let Loose The Horses," which is soon to be released.

"The ongoing themes in our music is the comparison of lightness and dark, hope and peril, freedom and mortality. We all love big soaring, sweeping melodies" Kyler England related. Rob remarked, "our intention when writing a song is, finish a song today, without anyone getting physically injured. " We laughed before Adrianne broke it up by adding, "You think we're kidding?"

The Rescues

Morphing together as a quartet, the fact that they all supply lead vocals luckily doesn't result in quadruple the lead-singer ego syndrome. "We can all agree Radiohead is a great band, " says Gabriel Man. But agreeing when writing isn't always that easy. "You can't afford to be precious when it comes to writing, when something gets through all four of our filters, we know it's going to work," explains Rob.

The Rescues Rock

Modesty is rare with great talent but luckily Los Angeles has found that in The Rescues. Being present at The Troubadour on this night allowed the audience to reignite their faith in Indie Rock bands, as The Rescues truly throw out a life-vest to listeners drowning in pretentious over-rated music. Catch the new wave, by visiting The Rescues when they next play The Troubadour again on August 12th for a charity event.

The Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

The Rescues
http://www.myspace.com/therescues
http://www.therescues.com

Story and Photos By: Pauline Kurks - LA2Day


"Concert Review: The Rescues"


Concert Review: The Rescues
DateTuesday, August 18, 2009 at 10:12AM

Last week at the Troubadour the Rescues presented the audience with a set that showcased the band's great potential. They were restricted by the short set time imposed due to the show having many other artists on the bill, but they made the most of their short time on stage.

Their stage presence invites the audience to get lost in the music for a short while. It's as if you are watching a friend play music as opposed to huge rockstars on the stage. Both the music and the show are very accessible for new fans who might not be familiar with the band. The Rescues are one of those bands that you might see opening for another band, and then decide that you can't leave the show before you buy a copy of the record.

The band ended their set with “Break Me Out” which is a song of epic proportions. When mainstream radio gets their hands on this track, it will become the next “Sometime Around Midnight.” The song sounds great in the recording, but that doesn't even compare to how great it sounds live. That can be said for the Rescues as a whole. They are a band that comes to life in a whole new way on the stage.

As many people in LA know, it can be just as hard to find a good local band. Wading through the seas of horrible music in order to find one band that has any decent tunes or a good stage show. The Rescues has all of that. The music is solid. The show is even better. If you haven't heard the Rescues music yet, head on over to www.mypsace.com/therescues and add yourself to their group of 20,000+ friends.

The Rescues can be seen on a short East Coast tour right now, for a full list of dates check out the band's myspace.
- therockandrollsupershow.com


"The Rescues To The Rescue"

The Rescues To The Rescue

07/30/2009
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(MSO) Comprised of four successful and critically acclaimed solo singer-songwriters in their own right, The Rescues--Kyler England (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, bass), Gabriel Mann (vocals, Wurlitzer, piano, celeste), Adrianne Gonzalez (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, bass) and Rob Giles (vocals, acoustic guitars, bass, drums)--have more than 15 albums, dozens of songwriting awards, and thousands of miles on the road between them.

Coming off their recent sold-out residency at the Hotel Cafe and a packed debut last week at LA's famed Troubadour, The Rescues will launch their first-ever East Coast tour August 19 in Boston, MA with recording artist AM (on Filter Records) supporting.

The two-week trek will hit New York City's Canal Room on Friday, August 21. Before heading east, the group will return to the Troubadour on August 12 for a special cause. A longtime friend of the band, Kelly Buchanan--a New York-based singer/songwriter--suffered a traumatic brain injury during a street hockey game in March 2008. The Rescues will join Glen Phillips (ex-Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sara Bareilles, Maria Taylor, Paris Carney and more to be announced for a benefit concert to raise funds for Kelly's health care.

Three of the four members of The Rescues attended Berklee College of Music alongside Kelly Buchanan. "We've known Kelly for a long time, and we're thrilled for this opportunity to bring the L.A. music community together to celebrate the music of one of our own," notes singer/guitarist Kyler England. - antimusic.com


"THE RESCUES: ACCLAIMED LOS ANGELES-BASED GROUP SET TO LAUNCH EAST COAST TOUR AUGUST 19 IN BOSTON"

7.29.2009
THE RESCUES: ACCLAIMED LOS ANGELES-BASED GROUP SET TO LAUNCH EAST COAST TOUR AUGUST 19 IN BOSTON


NEW SONG “BREAK ME OUT” IS FEATURED ON THE “DROP DEAD DIVA” TV SERIES AIRING ON LIFETIME NETWORK

BAND TO PERFORM AT LOS ANGELES BENEFIT SHOW FOR SINGER/SONGWRITER KELLY BUCHANAN
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 AT THE TROUBADOUR IN LOS ANGELES



The whole is greater than the sum of its parts…

Comprised of four successful and critically acclaimed solo singer-songwriters in their own right, THE RESCUES--KYLER ENGLAND (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, bass), GABRIEL MANN (vocals, Wurlitzer, piano, celeste), ADRIANNE GONZALEZ (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, bass) and ROB GILES (vocals, acoustic guitars, bass, drums)--have more than 15 albums, dozens of songwriting awards, and thousands of miles on the road between them.
Coming off their recent sold-out residency at the Hotel Café and a packed debut last week at LA’s famed Troubadour, THE RESCUES will launch their first-ever East Coast tour August 19 in Boston, MA with recording artist AM (on Filter Records) supporting. The two-week trek will hit New York City’s Canal Room on Friday, August 21. Before heading east, the group will return to the Troubadour on August 12 for a special cause. A longtime friend of the band, Kelly Buchanan--a New York-based singer/songwriter--suffered a traumatic brain injury during a street hockey game in March 2008. THE RESCUES will join Glen Phillips (ex-Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sara Bareilles, Maria Taylor, Paris Carney and more to be announced for a benefit concert to raise funds for Kelly’s health care. Three of the four members of THE RESCUES attended Berklee College of Music alongside Kelly Buchanan. "We’ve known Kelly for a long time, and we’re thrilled for this opportunity to bring the L.A. music community together to celebrate the music of one of our own,“ notes singer/guitarist KYLER ENGLAND. For tickets to the August 12 show, visit: www.troubadour.com. Fans who cannot attend the show but still wish to contribute may donate via Paypal at www.kellybuchanan.com.
What started as a lark at a party in the Hollywood Hills has turned into a burgeoning force on the local Los Angeles music scene with the city’s Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa becoming a fixture at the group’s shows and recently introducing them onstage. The group’s chemistry is evident at their explosive, emotional live shows, highlighting a new, compelling indie-pop sound with multi-instrumental, four-part harmonies which have earned the group rave reviews in their hometown of Los Angeles. “It’s hard to believe they’ve only been playing together for about a year,” noted the LA Weekly. “Their voices take flight on the soaring opener, ‘Lost Along the Way,’ and rarely land again.” Elsewhere, Music Connection added, “Historic. A new band composed of four of L.A.’s finest singer-songwriters. It was as if these four had been born for this moment, such was the chemistry emanating from the stage. The Rescues have everything they need to become the leaders in a musical revolution.”
THE RESCUES’ new song “Break Me Out” is currently featured in the TV and radio promotional spots for the Lifetime TV series “Drop Dead Diva” with Margaret Cho. To view the clip, click: http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/drop-dead-diva/previews/video/introducing-drop-dead-diva. Four of their songs have been featured on the current season of "Grey's Anatomy.” In addition, the group’s songs have been featured on the TV series “Army Wives,” and in the films The Lucky Ones and Superhero Movie. The group performed live on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” program. THE RESCUES music can already be heard on the following stations including influential Los Angeles taste-making station KCRW 89.9 Los Angeles, KTAO (New Mexico), KSLU (St. Louis, MO) KRVS (Louisiana) WRUV (Vermont), WSFX/WRRW (North Carolina), WHFC (Maryland), WUTC (Chattanooga, TN), KDNK/ KVNF (Colorado), WAER (New York), WCRX-A KAXE (Minnesota) KSMF (Sacramento, CA) KNBA (Alaska), KCLC (St. Charles, MO) and WJCU (Cleveland, OH).
Catch THE RESCUES on the road in the following cities:

DATE CITY VENUE
Kelly Buchanan benefit w/ Glen Phillips, Sara Bareilles, Maria Taylor, Paris Carney and more.
Wed 8/12 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
With AM opening
Wed 8/19 Boston, MA Club Passim (7:00pm)
Thu 8/20 Philadelphia, PA World Café (7:30pm)
Fri 8/21 New York, NY Canal Room (8:00pm)
With AM and Ellen Cherry opening
Sat 8/22 Annapolis, MD Rams Head Tavern (8:00 pm)
With AM opening
Sun 8/26 Atlanta, GA Eddie’s Attic (8:00pm)
Mon 8/27 Silk Hope, NC Merry Band Farm (7:00pm)
Tue 8/28 Charlotte, NC Evening Muse
Wed 8/29 Raleigh, NC Pour House (7:00pm)
Thu 8/30 Arlington, VA IOTA Club and Café (7:00pm)
- Rock The Caz*ba


"THE RESCUES-Performing at the Troubadour on Thursday, July 23"

THE RESCUES-Performing at the
Troubadour on Thursday, July 23
July 15, 4:50 PM
THE RESCUES: Performing at the THE TROUBADOUR, on THURSDAY, JULY 23 with Amy Kuney
and The Paper Raincoat supporting, doors open: 8:00pm.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. No band in recent history illustrates that notion better
than THE RESCUES. Comprised of four successful and critically acclaimed solo singer-songwriters
in their own right, THE RESCUES--KYLER ENGLAND (vocals, acoustic guitar, keys), GABRIEL
MANN (vocals, Wurlitzer, percussion), ADRIANNE GONZALEZ (vocals, acoustic guitar, keys, bass)
and ROB GILES (vocals, acoustic guitars, keys, electric guitar, bass, drums)--have more than 15
albums, dozens of songwriting awards, and thousands of miles on the road between them.
What started as a lark at a party in the Hollywood Hills has turned into a burgeoning force on the LA
music scene. Coming off their recent sold-out residency at the Hotel Café, THE RESCUES will
release an EP featuring upcoming tracks as well as live cuts. Stay tuned for more information. The
group will launch their first ever East Coast tour this August with Filter recording artist AM.
The group’s chemistry is evident at their explosive, emotional live shows, highlighting a new,
compelling indie-pop sound with multi-instrumental, four-part harmonies which have earned the
group rave reviews in their hometown of Los Angeles. “It’s hard to believe they’ve only been playing
together for about a year,” noted the LA Weekly. “Their voices take flight on the soaring opener, ‘Lost
Along the Way,’ and rarely land again.” Elsewhere, Music Connection added, “Historic. A new band
composed of four of L.A.’s finest singer-songwriters. It was as if these four had been born for this
moment, such was the chemistry emanating from the stage. The Rescues have everything they need
to become the leaders in a musical revolution.”
THE RESCUES have performed live on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” program. Four of their songs have
been featured on the current season of "Grey's Anatomy.” In addition, the group’s songs have been
featured on the TV series “Army Wives,” and in the films “The Lucky Ones” and “Superhero Movie.”
THE RESCUES music can already be heard on the following stations including influential Los
Angeles taste-making station KCRW 89.9 Los Angeles, KTAO (New Mexico), KSLU (St. Louis, MO)
KRVS (Louisiana) WRUV (Vermont), WSFX/WRRW (North Carolina), WHFC (Maryland), WUTC
(Chattanooga, TN), KDNK/ KVNF (Colorado), WAER (New York), WCRX-A KAXE (Minnesota) KSMF
(Sacramento, CA) KNBA (Alaska), KCLC (St. Charles, MO) and WJCU (Cleveland, OH).
Link to Troubadour show:
http://eventful.com/performers/the-rescues-/P0-001-000102806-6
Video Link:
www.youtube.com/rescuesmusic - Hollywood Examiner


Discography

The Rescues EP (2008)
Crazy Ever After (2008)

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The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. No band in recent history illustrates that notion better than The Rescues. What started as a lark at a party in the Hollywood Hills has turned into a burgeoning force on the LA music scene. Comprised of four successful and critically acclaimed solo singer-songwriters in their own right, The Rescues, Kyler England (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, bass), Gabriel Mann (vocals, Wurlitzer, piano, celeste), Adrianne Gonzalez (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, bass) and Rob Giles (vocals, acoustic guitars, bass, drums) have solo albums, dozens of songwriting awards, and thousands of miles on the road between them.

The group�s chemistry is evident at their explosive, emotional live shows, during which the band frequently swaps instruments and breaks into four-part harmonies. The shows highlight a new, compelling indie-pop sound and have earned the group rave reviews in their hometown of Los Angeles. �It�s hard to believe they�ve only been playing together for about a year,� noted the LA Weekly. �Their voices take flight�and rarely land again.� Elsewhere, Music Connection added, �Historic. A new band composed of four of L.A.�s finest singer-songwriters. It was as if these four had been born for this moment, such was the chemistry emanating from the stage. The Rescues have everything they need to become the leaders in a musical revolution.�

The Rescues have performed live on NPR�s �Mountain Stage� program. Four of their songs have been featured on the current season of "Grey's Anatomy.� In addition, the group�s songs have been featured on the TV series �Army Wives,� and in the films The Lucky Ones and Superhero Movie. The Rescues� �Break Me Out� is currently featured in the TV and radio promotional spots for the Lifetime TV series �Drop Dead Diva� with Margaret Cho. The Rescues can already be heard on the following stations including influential Los Angeles taste-making station KCRW 89.9 Los Angeles, KTAO (New Mexico), KSLU (St. Louis, MO) KRVS (Louisiana) WRUV (Vermont), WSFX/WRRW (North Carolina), WHFC (Maryland), WUTC (Chattanooga, TN), KDNK/ KVNF (Colorado), WAER (New York), WCRX-A KAXE (Minnesota) KSMF (Sacramento, CA) KNBA (Alaska), KCLC (St. Charles, MO) and WJCU (Cleveland, OH).