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The Likes Of Us Look To The Future With Their Latest Album, Time Traveler
Burbank, Calif.’s jazz-pop-folk duo, The Likes of Us, has been building a name for themselves in the L.A. music scene for the past few years. From recently releasing their latest album, Time Traveler (2014), to creating their own music space to showcase their and other L.A. bands’ efforts, the two musicians have worked hard to hone and establish their distinct sound. In addition to several licensing deals and a large social media following, the effort has resulted in their featured track on WiFi PR Group’s compilation, Indie Anthems Vol. 6.
The Likes of Us is comprised of Benj Heard on guitar, piano and vocals and Katrina Stone on vocals, and they both love to mix the sounds of the 1940s with contemporary folk and pop. This type of music has been inspired by The Andrews Sisters, Jason Mraz, Ingrid Michaelson, Imagine Dragons and The Jud Conion Chorus. As they both contribute to the lyrics, which are often inspired by their own relationship as friends and bandmates, they look to Jason Reeves and Ryan Tedder, whose wordplay influences their own songwriting.
With all of these influences has come a unique sound that is often compared to other duos such as Lady Antebellum and The Civil Wars, mostly because they are an acoustic male-female duo. But ultimately, The Likes of Us feel that they are a bit more jazz-infused than those named acts, and they tend to focus on showcasing the vocal arrangements used in the 1940s and 1950s.
Following up their self-titled debut (2012), The Likes of Us have recently released their second recording effort, Time Traveler (2014). Coinciding with that release, The Likes of Us also have one of their tracks featured on WiFi PR Group’s compilation, Indie Anthems Vol. 6, which is a collection of international independent talent spanning a wide range of genres that WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over. Recently released at Toronto’s NXNE fest, the digital mixtape was handed out on 3,500 download cards to festival attendees, and 1,500 more download copies are now available on the Indie Anthems Bandcamp page.
Another one of their biggest accomplishments together as a band is their idea for Maeweather Music, a venue and sound stage they built where they host parties and shoot videos. In this space, they have been able to perform their own music with various bands they enjoy. They worked to solve the problem of too many bands cramming into one show in venues throughout L.A. to create a space where they have more control over the type of experience they give themselves and their fans. The duo also held a listening party for their latest album there on June 12th, the album’s official release day.
The Likes of Us have enjoyed several music licensing deals, such as regional commercials, nonprofit videos, wedding videos and short documentaries. They work with royalty-free licensing through a company called The Music Bed and have thus far received positive responses to their music, enough so that these endeavors funded their latest album.
The Likes of Us’ music is available for free on their website as well as on iTunes. Their latest album is also available on Noisetrade.com, where fans can download the album for free. They will also be adding their music to streaming sites in the future.
Fans can check out videos from The Likes of Us on their YouTube page, including videos for “Stay,” a Rihanna and Mikky Ekko cover, “As Long As You Love Me” and “Love Like This.”
About The Likes of Us Music
The Likes of Us (2012)
Time Traveler (2014)
Alisa St. Rock
WiFi PR Group
About WiFi PR Group
WiFi PR Group, www.wifiprgroup.com, based in Los Angeles, CA, is an innovative marketing force in the interconnecting worlds of Philanthropy, Business and Entertainment. Specializing in digital publicity and branding, WiFi PR works closely with its clients to create business to business and business to consumer campaigns.