Interview – 11/20/15
Winners of the The Akademia Music Award for Best Jazz / Pop Album for ’Entanglement’
in the November 2015 Akademia Music Awards!
The Strands are a rare wine of music, like a fine Cabernet Sauvignon that is impressively good at first taste but gets richer, smokier and more complex as you continue to listen. By the time lead singer Amanda Campbell finishes the last note of the last song of a performance or a recording, you realize that the music of The Strands has become a familiar friend, prized yet comfortable. Their performance Saturday night to a standing room only crowd at Hollywood’s venerable Room5 Lounge perfectly showcased British soul singer Campbell’s uncanny ability to sing as smooth as glass, but put a bite into the words. Her uniquely supple voice evokes nostalgia, determination and romance all at once. The performance also showcased the intense lyrics of keyboardist and songwriter Susan Ferrari whose playing parses a tone for the band and whose musical poetry enters your ears and creates the moods and places and times and feelings The Strand is known for. The band was formed in 2011 when Campbell, known as Mandy in her hometown of Barking England and who now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, dogs, cats and chickens), sang at a karaoke party where people were stunned at the quality of her voice. Her husband, bass player Paul Campbell, did what any husband would do – he formed a band with his wife as the lead singer, bringing together top flight talent like Ferrari, West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Inductee guitarist Richard Green and long-time popular drummer Lance Tamanaha, formerly of Jupiter Ignition. The wisdom of Paul’s choices was apparent Saturday night on stage at the Room5.
– Patrick O’Heffernan. Host, Music FridayLive!
The Strands – EPK with radio interviews
The Strands – One Sheet