(Los Angeles, California â€“ April 5, 2010) â€“ This Thursday, April 8th Candice Anitra will celebrate the release of her debut LP Bark Then Bite at Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY. She will take the stage to perform new singles and a full complement of songs from the majestic and cutting-edge album while being backed by a host of acclaimed musicians including Jason Mills on drums (Stomp, Beetroot), Wes Mingus on guitar (The Revelations, Wu-Tang Clan, Res, Bilal), Yayoi Ikawa on keys, Marivaldo Dos Santos on percussion (Stomp, Beetroot), and talented Derek Nievergelt on bass. The show will introduce her “righteously raspy” and sultry soul music â€“ think Sade meets The Doors
â€œA pacifist in pumps / Not afraid to throw a punch / Or eat your hurt feelings for lunch,â€ says Candice Anitra on the female powered anthem â€œToo Much Woman.â€ Amidst Candiceâ€™s progressive feminist angle is a sound that is simultaneously new and vintage â€“ producer Joel Hamilton references the music as â€œTina Turner meets The Beatlesâ€ or â€œFiona Apple meets India.Arie.â€
Candice Anitra has been bearing witness to alchemy at work. Bark then Bite is the product of progressive chemistry coming together: 15 days at Studio G in Brooklyn with magical producer|engineer|artist Joel Hamilton, the same month he was wrapping Billboardâ€™s #1 Top Heatseekerâ€™s album Blakroc; Dub Trio’s return from Matisyahuâ€™s tour to lay the musical foundations of the album with past credits including 50 Cent, Mos Def, Common, The Fugees and Tupac Shakur; Marika Hughes’s rolling through with her cello one Saturday morning after playing for Whitney Houston’s release; Soulive’s Neal Evans’s recording his organ in a hotel room overseas; and lastly, Scotty Hard’s remixing of “Objectify” with cameos by influential jazz artists Steven Bernstein, Kenny Wolleson and Michael Blake – a confluence of fortuitous forces for her debut LP.
Candice Anitra proves herself a force who could make a definitive mark on a new decade of music, art and politics. The songstress pushes the envelope with an infusion of funked up rock nâ€™ roll complete with sexually-seductive politically-progressive lyrical content. The albumâ€™s title reflects its ferocity. It is soul music in the genreâ€™s deepest and broadest sense, the music stretches beyond standard definitions but captures Candiceâ€™s vision as an artist.
Candice Anitra defines herself as a singer-songwriter-alchemist. Her words turn lifeâ€™s grist into gold. The first single â€œObjectifyâ€ flips the script on typical notions of objectification and celebrates the sensual and liberating opportunities to be â€œobjectifiedâ€ according to oneâ€™s own self-definition. With the opening track â€œWhite Linesâ€ Bark then Bite begins with hard hitting percussion. The song is a challenge to single-minded, short-sighted, patronizing ideologies â€“ a literal response to Ann Coulter but figuratively suggesting the possibilities for personal transformation. The uptempo â€œLetâ€™s Continueâ€ could easily be a hit single without sacrificing depth, profoundly advancing a romance while cautioning against the relationshipâ€™s preceding shortcomings. Marika Hughes tantalizes with her cello on the trackâ€™s extended outro. Songs like â€œTake Me,â€ â€œCross the Water,â€ â€œBad Tasteâ€ and â€œDark Thingsâ€ possess melodies that recall Sadeâ€™s sultriness but lyrics that are more sensually provocative and emotionally ambiguous (a laâ€™ Meshell Nâ€™Degeocello). â€œWe Are Loveâ€ which was featured as a Valentineâ€™s Day Promo on GLAAD.org manifests itself as a catchy homage to the power of the human spirit, written out of dismay of Californiaâ€™s passage of Proposition 8 in November 2008. The song is an offered anthem for the gay rights and marriage equality movements, a rebuke of intolerance but ultimately a celebration of loveâ€™s transcendent possibilities.
Album Release Party:
Thursday, April 8th
125 Fifth Ave @ Sterling Place
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Also featuring Brazil Underground and DJ O-Spindles