No strangers to the limelight, hip-hop satirists Lord T & Eloise have once again made a splash with the national media for, more or less, crashing a party.
As you may recall, group member Maurice Eloise XIII (the golden one) famously walked the red carpet at the Grammys last year, posing for paparazzi and earning himself and the duo a mention on the E! network, albeit on a worst-dressed re-cap segment. This year, his "twin brother" Lord Treadwell (the one in the wig) pulled the same stunt to greater effect.
Not only did Lord T walk the red carpet, he rubbed shoulders with comic actor Jack Black. "He asked me if I played guitar and if he could call me 'Lord Shred-well,' to which I replied, 'Call me what you will,'" Lord T said. He also did several international TV interviews and managed to sneak in a widely distributed photograph alongside Paris Hilton. And yes, like Eloise, he made E!'s worst-dressed list.
This bit of national attention comes on the heels of some other interesting developments within the Lord T & Eloise camp. The duo recently added a host of new onstage characters under the umbrella name The Aristocrunk Society. Among the new faces are the group's live drummer and supposed descendant of Theodore Roosevelt, T.R., and a new MC called The General, who has "led musical wars on all seven continents."
Other news concerning Lord T & Eloise's future includes a confirmed showcase at this year's South By Southwest music festival in March, a likely national TV appearance later in the year, and an ever-expanding nationwide touring schedule.
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Newly christened secular-music label Ardent Music, which shares its name and home with the legendary recording complex Ardent Studios and the highly successful Christian label Ardent Records, has added a second Memphis act to its roster, the relatively unknown but emerging local outfit Star and Micey.
Star and Micey is a tuneful, folksy indie pop/rock group that's been playing sporadic local shows for the last five years. At times reminiscent of Elliott Smith, Of Montreal, and Rubber Soul-era Beatles, Star and Micey's core is a pair of longtime friends and musical collaborators: lead vocalist and guitar player Joshua Cosby and bass player and vocalist Geoff Smith. The duo cut its teeth early on with a string of gigs at the primarily acoustic Midtown venue Otherlands Coffee Bar. Otherlands' promoter James Manning took an instant liking to the group and has kept them on his schedule on a consistent basis ever since.
"If I see something that's objectively good, all personal taste aside, then I get them in the club," Manning said. "I could tell right away that Star and Micey had the total package — they write and perform well and have the looks to be marketable."
The group's relationship with Ardent developed accidentally.
One night, Cosby went to the Midtown bar Neil's on a whim and got asked to play a few songs in between the sets of the scheduled performers, one of whom was Ardent engineer and local songwriter/musician Nick Redmond. Redmond and Cosby hit it off, and the two began discussing a possible collaboration. One thing led to another.
"Nick brought us in for a live session, and everybody liked it. So they brought us back again to make a full-blown recording. After that, they decided to sign us," Smith said.
Ardent Music plans to release Star and Micey's as-yet-untitled debut EP in March, with a full-length coming later in the year. The band is also beefing up its live show with Redmond on lead guitar, keyboardist Doug Walker (of Chess Club), and a rotating cast of drummers.
"We're really excited about the band right now," Smith said. "Josh and I never thought anything like this would happen with our music. Just to be signed to a label, not to mention one associated with one of the most legendary recording studios of all time, is a dream come true."