music combines modern grooves and textures with elegant melodies
and hard rock power. They're a trip-hop band mixed with a rock
band, a pop band, and a funk band. One thing for sure -- they
absolutely don't sound like any other band.
If you had to
compare, you might say they're like a cross betweed Portishead
and the Pretenders. Or like Moby mixed-up with the Doors and
early Roxy Music. They are an intensely creative and unique
pop band that manages to make music that's both eclectic and
accessible at the same time.
The Velvet Chain
sound is easily identifiable, yet the band's overall style is
multi-dimensional. They'll be all smooth, dark and melodic -
graceful and delicate - then the next thing you know, you're
into a really heavy groove, and you don't know how you got there.
You never know what's coming next with this band.
unpredictibility" is fundamental to their style. It creates
a tension in the music that's both mesmerizing and alluring.
Yet, no matter how much variety and stylistic diversity they
throw at you, you can always tell it's them.
Velvet Chain is
fronted by award-winning vocalist, Erika Amato, and headed by
composer-producer-bassist Jeff Stacy. The band's magic lies
in the perfect match between Jeff Stacy's musical style and
Erika Amato's voice and vibe. This combination is the essence
of Velvet Chain's instantly recognizable, liquid-explosive sound.
most valuable asset is lead singer Erika Amato. Erika has a
confident and commanding stage presence, with a silky, hauntingly
pure voice. She releases her vocal power with exquisite style
and ease, singing with remarkable technical skill and versatility
-- yet, her stage presence remains down-to-earth and gracious.
Erika is a class-act, starkly beautiful, intelligent, sincere,
and always in command of the room. She's an elegant rocker with
a smokey-vixen kind of sex appeal that she owns like her voice.
is based out of Los Angeles, where they enjoy a large local
following. The band has released 4 albums and amassed a fan
database of over 10,000 worldwide. They are well-known for technical
innovation, including a "super-enhanced" Live CD containing
a 24 minute concert movie in QuickTime, and the "Custom
Velvet Chain Album," where fans choose both the songs and
the artwork via the VC website. Velvet Chain also appeared on
the popular television show, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer,"
as well as the show's soundtrack album, selling over 300,000
units worldwide. The band itself has sold over 16,000 units
via the internet, gigs, and traditional distribution.
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