It is December 2011 and you know what that means! It is time for the fourth 'Band of the Month' spotlight to be announced.
Since it is the final month of 2011, we decided to do things a little different than the last three spotlights. Throughout last month, we asked you, the fans, which artist or band you wanted to see featured on Basement Entertainment's official website for December 2011. And, after giving you a month to vote, and providing four artists or bands to chose from, Aria was officially chosen as the December 2011 'Band of the Month'.
Aria, (definition: air, melody, tune; specifically: an accompanied elaborate melody sung (as in an opera) by a single voice) hails from St. Catharines, Ontario. This band has a unique sound, which they describe as, "strong, poppy vocal melodies and dance-y drum beats all the while fusing them harmoniously with edgy, intricate guitar leads and driving rhythms."
"Aria's versatile sound is influenced by bands from all over the musical spectrum and makes them appeal to a variety of audiences, but, the band manages to retain their own identity."
With lead vocalist Bianca Dyrland relocating over two thousand miles from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to St. Catharines, Ontario to pursue her dream in music, this band is blowing up within the music scene everywhere. Aria released their self-titled EP, back on December 10th 2010, and it is currently available to purchase on iTunes.
Aria continue to grow and they have had the great opportunity to put some incredible experiences behind them already. So far they have won the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands and played the Darien Center, New York date back in 2010. They have also played the main stage at Canadian music festivals such as the S.C.E.N.E Music Festival in St. Catharines, Ontario and the KOI Music Festival in Kitchener, Ontario. On top of those accomplishments, this band went very close to selling out a venue for their EP release in their hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario. Finally, Aria have been asked to be featured at Canadian Music Week 2012 this coming March of 2012 close by, in Toronto, Ontario.
So, you are certainly going to want to check out this band very soon. Plus, to make things even more exciting, Aria will be going on tour in January of 2012 and will be dropping by Waterloo, Ontario on January 3rd 2012, so make sure you check out their tour dates.
While you are on Aria's Facebook page checking out their tour dates, be sure to find your way to their Youtube Channel as well. Once you are there, you can watch Aria's official music video for their phenomenal song, Escaping The Transience, found here:
Photo credit: Aria
Picture 1: From left to right: Damian Birdsey (guitar), Anthony James (guitar), Bianca Martens (vocals), Nick Baskerville (bass) & Malcolm Sanderson (drums)
Picture 2: Aria - Aria EP Cover
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