Little Stranger is an alternative/hip-hop duo born in Philadelphia, PA and transplanted to Charleston, SC. John Shields and Kevin Shields (of no known relation) comprise the charismatic two-piece as an “interchangeable, indispensable pair in limbo between rapper and singer-songwriter.” 2015 saw the band’s formation followed quickly by their first full length release, Buddha the Beast. Recorded in Philadelphia and Charleston, Buddha the Beast offers a “mashup of electronic beats, surf-ready sounds, and hip-hop…each song is an experience all its own.”
What started as a side-project quickly moved into the forefront as the duo’s chemistry on stage and in the studio sparked a unified vision. Prior to Little Stranger, both Shields and Shields fronted their own bands that would go on to share the stage with other notable acts such as Slightly Stoopid, Steel Pulse, Grace Potter, The Heavy Pets, and John Brown’s Body. With years of on-stage experience between them, Little Stranger bring an energy and freestyle approach to each live show, paying mind to the importance of keeping every performance fresh and unique.
With influences from artists such as Beck, Gorillaz, and Outkast, Little Stranger combine melodic songwriting with hip-hop-inspired lyricism and production, creating a sound that slips into your subconscious after one listen!
Charleston, South Carolina’s SondorBlue is comprised of three exceptionally talented vocalists who could each easily front their own bands – Connor Hollifield on lead guitar, John Sheehan on guitar and keyboards and Andrew Halley at center stage on bass – with drummer, Drew Lewis holding down a clockwork backbeat. They come together to create harmonies unlike any you have ever heard. BuzzArtists called their musical combination “swirling, harmony-driven indie rock,” though you might want to add a touch of ‘pop’ to the band’s ever-evolving recipe.
If longevity for bands is determined by their ability to pull off their recorded material in a live setting, then SondorBlue is set up for a long, fruitful career. Look for them at a venue near you.