XL102 Battle of the Bands Finals

XL102 Battle of the Bands Finals

Broke Royals, One Friend, Gemini Love

Thu, May 31, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Broadberry

Richmond, VA

Free

This event is all ages

Broke Royals
Broke Royals
In 2014, Colin Cross broke ground on his recording studio after years as a touring musician. A veteran of the Midwest pop-punk scene, Cross had transplanted to Virginia, where he envisioned a new role for himself as a producer, following in the footsteps of local giants like Pharrell, Timbaland, and Dave Grohl.

To generate business, Cross needed demos to entice potential clients and he invited Philip Basnight, a solo folk singer, to record songs in the new studio. In their first sessions, the musical chemistry was palpable, but neither Cross nor Basnight predicted that their partnership was just beginning.

The musical chemistry was real and the partnership was only just beginning. Cross’s business started to take off as he recorded everything from hip-hop to folk rock, but he and Basnight always seemed to find time to collaborate on new tracks. Before long, what had been a side project took center stage and found a name in Broke Royals.

In just three years, Basnight and Cross have honed a singular sound and toured the country. True to the roots of their earliest moments in the studio, Basnight and Cross continue to find new ways to meld the genres and inspiration that define their “new American rock" sound.

After countless shows and three EPs, Broke Royals has returned from the studio for a fourth time with a full-length album. For their self-titled debut, Broke Royals buried themselves in the mountains of New York with producer John Naclerio at his famed Nada Recording Studio to capture the dynamic evolution of three years of musicianship.

Seamlessly integrating traditional rock with new digital elements, the guitar-driven rock, pop hooks, and Cross’ infectious beats fuse gracefully with Basnight's lyrical narratives. The songs are a mix of fictional and autobiographical stories of young adulthood. Stories about love and loss, hope and fear, and setbacks and perseverance. While the characters found on the album are often lost, or even misguided, they are always moving towards something hopeful. They keep falling up and Broke Royals’ debut album is their victory lap.
One Friend
One Friend
Gemini Love
Gemini Love
Mark Jones started writing what would become Gemini Love songs at the age of 17. He branched out with local Richmond musicians and after several lineup changes Jones had a steady partner in drummer Coty Heiser. The two gigged as a duo for about a year in the Richmond area. In late 2014 Jones and Heiser's catchy tunes caught the attention of Red States' drummer Matt Burton who joined the band as the bass player. They adopted the moniker Gemini Love and hit the Richmond scene running.

In May of 2016, Gemini Love released their first EP entitled "What's My Porpoise?" to favorable reviews. Later that year, the trio added EDB guitarist and keyboardist Sebastian Martin to make for a fuller and more dynamic live show. Multi-intrumentalist Chasington J. Gilker Jr. III was recruited in late 2016 and joined the band in the studio to work on their first full-length project. On Valentine's Day 2018, Indoor Suns Productions released "I've Got Cooties" a 12 track album chalked full of poppy and catchy Love tunes. On the strength of the release and the significant airplay across several platforms the band hit the road in support of the record.

Gemini Love has toured up and down the East Coast performing with such acts including: Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Will Wood and the Tapeworms, Broke Royals, the Everymen, Little Stranger, and Quiet Life. They were finalists in Shaka's Live Battle of the Bands as well as runners up in XL102's BFD Battle of the Bands. Gemini Love is a featured artist on RVA Music Scene: Volume One.

The band is currently back in the studio recording a 6 track EP which is scheduled to be released by Indoor Suns Productions in early Jan, 2019.
Venue Information:
The Broadberry
2729 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thebroadberry.com