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BMI Podcast #13 Jumps Across the Pond

Posted in News on August 25, 2006
BMI continues to share tomorrow's hottest music today with its groundbreaking "See It Hear First(tm)" new artist podcast series - the first of its kind in the music industry. Available at bmi.com/podcast, BMI podcast #13 showcases an assorted sampling of pop music from the U.K. Artists the Romance, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Cathead and Steve Stapley each illustrate a different facet of the plush pop environment alive and well in the United Kingdom today.

BMI's "See It Hear First" podcast has become an important tool for exposing new BMI songwriters and artists to key industry professionals and fans alike. Since its release in May 2005, more than one million listeners from around the world have tuned in to discover new music from a broad range of genres and regions.

In addition to hearing great music from an array of vital new songwriters and artists, podcast listeners can also vote for their favorite artist to help them win a CD duplication package from Disc Makers, the leading CD manufacturer for the independent musician. Winners get 1,000 discs, a prize with a promotional value of more than $10,000.

All editions of the BMI podcast are available at bmi.com/podcast, as well as from iTunes at bmi.com/itunes and Yahoo's podcast directory at podcasts.yahoo.com, or you can listen on the go with mobile podcasting services like Pod2Mob. The first in the music industry to be listed in Apple's podcast directory, "See It Hear First" is currently rated five out of five stars at Yahoo! and has won the "5 Star Award" from PodSpider, one of the world's largest podcast databases.

The Romance
The Romance employs sharp guitar hooks and intense thrusts of vocals to strike pop gold. Members Matt, Adam, Sean and Danny were "drawn together for their love of music and a good pop tune," and are riding a buzz that's led to opening slots for Arctic Monkeys and Babyshambles. Hear the band's nostalgic pop take on U.K. punk here on "This Town."

Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Techno/pop maestros Does It Offend You, Yeah? slice and dice music from 1978 to today, piecing together a puzzle of various genres guaranteed to intrigue eager ears, minds and feet. The two members utilize synthesizers and remixes to form their complex weaves. Listen to their raw and refreshing concoction here on "We Are Rockstars."

Cathead
Cathead, formed by singer/songwriter Tim Phillips, was made complete by the additions of members Alex Dickson, Henrik and Paul Winter-Hart. Citing influences including Tom Waits, Neil Young and David Bowie, the quartet creates a sound rich in guitar rifts and layered melodies, buoyed by Phillips' charming vocals. Savor their unique blend of influences and innovation on "Alcoholic."

Steve Stapley
Veteran songwriter Steve Stapley's gravelly, soulful vocals swell emotively over understated, clean acoustic guitar. His lyrics address the hopeful and the wistful, striking a captivating balance that is somehow both soothing and stimulating. Hear it first on "Beyond the Blues."