FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Virginia Pearce
YOUTH RUN SPY HOP RECORDS SHOWS OFF UTAH’S MUSICAL TALENT IN TWO NEW RELEASES
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (July 22, 2011) — Spy Hop Records, one of the countries only entirely youth run record labels, has spent the last year mining Utah’s musical depths and has come up with two unique new albums. “Grains of Salt” is a compilation of 10 eclectic local bands that will give listeners a true taste of what SLC has to offer. The other, a self titled debut of Spy Hop’s own Musicology band, “The Orchard”, is an impressive mix of 60’s pop and fresh hip-hop and features some killer vocals by the group. Both albums will be available on Friday, July 29th online and at the release party at Kilby Court.
“Grains of Salt” features some of Utah’s freshest faces in the music scene. Indie rockers The Mighty Sequoyah, jazz/blues band Big Blue Ox, and acoustic duo Come September and electronica jams from The Ethical Chemist round out the compilation. On top of all of that, the CD is packaged in a limited edition hand screen-printed press created in conjunction with local cool guys Copper Palate Press.
The debut album from The Orchard, Spy Hop Productions newest band; has a fresh, distinct sound drawing from pop, hip-hop and classic balladry formats. The Orchard’s eight members are all well-rounded musicians and songwriters and their songs have a great perspective that any listener would be privileged to share.
Spy Hop Records student and producer Stephanie Velasco said, "With the Grains of Salt compilation, we were looking to change it up a bit and really explore the talent that Salt Lake City has to offer. Each artist is unique which resulted in a really diverse album. Plus, we got to screen-print the covers ourselves, so it becomes a art piece - not just a record."
A records release party will be held at Kilby Court Friday, July 29th at 7:00pm and feature The Orchard, Come September and singer/songwriter Joel Brown.
Albums will be available for purchase for $10 at the release party or on ITunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
About Spy Hop Records
Spy Hop Records is a class offered under the Loud & Clear Audio Program of Spy Hop Productions. The program was created in 2008 with a goal of creating an independent, artist-driven record label that produces, distributes, and promotes unsigned bands from the Salt Lake area.
Spy Hop Records is a yearlong experience that provides its teen participants with the unique opportunity to run an independent youth-produced, record label. Participants in Spy Hop Records actively seek out and develop local youth talent, while focusing on a variety of business and creative skills, including recording, marketing and retail management, and art design. Participants collaborate, while earning a stipend, to create and release four albums by local young musicians, including the Musicology band.
About Spy Hop Productions
Spy Hop Productions is a nonprofit youth media arts and education center whose purpose is to empower youth to express their voice and with it create positive change in their lives, their community, and the world. Our mission is to encourage free expression, self-discovery, critical and inventive thinking, and skilled participation via the big screen, the airwaves, and the web. Recognized by the White House as one of the top arts and humanities based organizations in the country, Spy Hop was chosen as a finalist for the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Award given by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Spy Hop Productions
Director of Marketing & Community Programs