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LA-based Hunter Green is a young band quickly gaining momentum in the Reggae and Rock scenes. The group began performing in the Fall of 2010. Formed by Dre Gipson (Fishbone/Eek-a-Mouse) with Steven "Tree" Padilla, Jeff Laos, and Marc Rey (Eek-a-Mouse, Mandrill, Weapon of Choice), this versatile group shares an experience from a rich background of musical diversity while staying true to roots and groove. Hunter Green is an artist's band that maintains it's simplistic appeal.
The music of LA VIE resides where the bright city lights of rock and roll fade so eloquently into the countryside of folk music. Characterized by strong lyrical hooks and unforgettable melodies, with a live performance that moves across the stage like a hurricane. The band was recently featured in the Indie Spotlight on the front page of Youtube, and every show in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA is at full capacity. Their debut self-titled EP was produced by Andrew Dixon (Colbie Caillat, Augustana). They took a more international approach to their 2nd EP, titled 'Redemption Day', which was produced by Fredrik Eriksson in Los Angeles, Stockholm, and London. The album was completed in less than three weeks leading up to it's release on May 28, 2011, when the band performed live in the UK for millions of people on the Dermot O'Leary show on BBC Radio 2. They have since turned their recent radio notoriety into a successful touring schedule both in the states on overseas, having spent much of the spring performing all over Europe. The band put out both of their studio EPs as a 'Dual-EP' package, donating a percentage of the sales to the Rubicon Team, a disaster relief organization based out of Los Angeles, California. LA VIE has also partnered with the global peace movement ‘Peace One Day’, having donated their song (titled ‘Peace One Day’) to the campaign in order to raise awareness for the cause. LA VIE is all at once a throwback to the old days and a fresh look towards the future with their grassroots approach to creating music and building their career. There is an endearing timelessness to their songs that all the while underscores their affinity for big pop rock music and the mystical qualities of writing universally understood messages.
Matt Bradford: "With a face like a forklift and the body of an olive (no pimento), Matt Bradford needed an outlet to express his angst and a means to attract the women. Music seemed the perfect avenue, but unfortunately Matt chose to play folk. He builds his own lap steels using the wood of dewy meadows and glades, and pickups from Del Marzio. Once a talented bullfighter renowned in Spain as El Chupacabra, Matt’s lyrics pull from the sport he loves and describe the friends he lost. While you can hear him play at venues throughout Los Angeles, he does his best work in the bedroom, alone.
In his free time, Matt loves to drink milk."