Los Angeles-based indie pop/folk/electric duo STRANGERS YOU KNOW have released their brand new single “USED“ – the track will be featured on their new EP Loosen Up The Leash, out March 11. Listen to the track here.
The duo added two more stops to their 2016 festival circuit with back-to-back weekend performances at Coachella Music and Arts Festival, April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, CA, as well as BottleRock Napa Valley, happening May 27-29 in Napa Valley, CA. The band was also added to the Grammy Museum Homegrown showcase at SXSW, which will take place on March 18 at Tap Room at the Market. As previously announced, the LA group will also perform at the Hangout Music Festival, May 20-22, 2016 in Gulf Shores, AL, and the Firefly Music Festival, June 16-19, 2016 in Dover, DE. In addition to their festival dates, the band will play at the iconic Sunset Strip venue, The Roxy, on March 11th, in celebration of the release of their EP.
STRANGERS YOU KNOW is no stranger to the festival scene. In fact, the pair — Grady Lee (vocals, guitar) and Adam Haagen (piano, guitar, vocals, banjo, mandolin) — met three years ago by happenstance in the heart of the desert as attendees of the iconic Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Bonding over synths, beats, guitars, lyrics and melody, the foundation of STRANGERS YOU KNOW was born.
“Before becoming a band, we would both go to as many festivals as possible,” shares Adam. “Now it feels like a dream that we get to experience this magical event from the other side… literally.. on stage.”
With their new EP, Grady and Adam continue to evolve. With every release, a new sound emerges. In the studio the two work in tandem, sure there are disputes about where a certain melody may go or if a lyric is right for a particular song but in the end, everything comes together perfectly.
“The past year has mostly been about reinvention for us, and we are excited to finally leave the laboratory and show the world the Frankenstein-like creations we’ve been working on,” Adam explains.
STRANGERS YOU KNOW takes inspiration from many different sources, each member bringing their own color to the group. Adam, a native of West LA, and Grady, a Santa Barbara local, draw on many different influences ranging from folk rock, to pop, to electronica. Their sound represents everything that they’re feeling in the moment.
“It’s not this giant group of pop ideology of other people telling us what we need to be,” Grady adds. STRANGERS YOU KNOW do everything themselves from the songwriting to the recording. It’s their music and no matter how much it grows and shifts, it will always belong to them — more importantly, it belongs to the listener.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
March 11 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy
April 16, 2016 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music and Arts Festival
April 23 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music and Arts Festival
May 20-22 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival
May 27-29 – Napa Valley, CA – BottleRock Napa Valley
June 16-19 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival