Welcome to AAA/Non-Comm!!!AAA/Non-Comm is one of the most musically passionate formats out there, which is why we promote to them. On this page you can check out our current offerings in audio (below) and visual (below that), and you can click through to learn even more about our roster. Enjoy!
Giulia Millanta (Ugly Cat Music), from Austin, TX via Florence, Italy.
A funambulist is a tight rope walker. A person who connects two places that are far away, or separated. Originally from Florence, Italy, Giulia Millanta moved to Austin in 2012 after touring Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and other parts of the United States. Her travels have contributed greatly to her musical journey and the development of a songwriting style that explores what it means to be a part of this human experience.
Giulia began singing and playing the guitar from a young age, mostly performing traditional folk songs. Over the span of her musical career, she has created three albums of which she wrote all the music, while also being responsible for the production and arrangements. Her approach as a singer songwriter conveys a range of tones, from melancholic solo pieces to feisty and danceable folk songs as performed through English, Italian, Spanish and French. Her music transcends cultural boundaries stylistically as evoked in her lyrics ability to portray universal life experiences.
The Funambulist is Giulia’s fourth release, and one of her most conceptual projects. The album reflects on the contemplation that traveling brings, a chance to look out the window of a moving car and ponder the lives and situations of others in a new environment. She communicates longing, joy, regret, hope, and the importance of risk: the will to leave what is comfortable in order to attain a greater understanding of existence.
When you travel, you are somehow suspended, you are in no place and no time. This can invite a great a sense of unsettlement but if you’re willing to dance and make music on that tightrope, you also get a chance to think and evaluate all the things we often don’t take enough time to think about.
Suggested single, "Lost In Space" goes for ADDS October 6-7.
Nuclear Honey (self-released), from Raleigh, NC
"If you can't hear, then we probably aren't the band for you."
Prior to forming Nuclear Honey, Reaves Greer and Gray Henderson played in Raleigh, NC based bands, Ascella Vega and Sign of the Rhino as drummer and guitarist respectively. After each band came to an end, they decided to take a new, more natural approach to music where they would be managing the instruments in which their songwriting takes place. This moved Reaves out from behind the skins to join Gray on guitar. Each having written a number of new songs between Sign of the Rhino and the formation of Nuclear Honey in late Fall of 2011, they leisurely recorded four songs with longtime friend Dave Bartholomew in the front office of his family's tombstone engraving business. The four tracks were released in July of 2012 as their debut EP appropriately entitled, "Tombstone Sessions." Their follow-up EP Nobody Panic features the band in a more fully realized vibe, taking the listener through various notes of Americana and jam, making live audiences dance.
Strange Culprits (self-released), from Berkeley, CA.
Strange Culprits creates genre-defying music that draws inspiration from rock, pop, classic R&B, and folk. They aims to flip the bird at being constrained to one style of music, choosing instead to operate by the simple credo that a good song is a good song, whether it was inspired by Motown, Woody Guthrie, or Cheap Trick. To put it in terms of contemporary bands, Strange Culprits is somewhere between White Denim, James Blake, and The National.
Listenable and something immediately familiar, they have released the Self Contained EP, lead single "Baby I'm Down" goes for ADDS September 16.
Chet Vincent & the Big Bend (Wild Kindness), from Pittsburgh, PA.
Chet Vincent & The Big Bend is a five-piece rock band based out of the unique cultural oddity that is Pittsburgh. They combine the raw electric energy of heavy blues and modern indie/alt. rock with haunting and sometimes heartwarming songwriting in the spirit of the American folk tradition. The band produced, recorded, and mixed Unconventional Dog in drummer Abe Anderson’s childhood home, developing an album largely inspired by the alternative rock of the 90s, as well as the classic rock of the 60s and 70s, that they all grew up listening to and playing. Yet the sound is new for the band, a signal of newly discovered maturity and comfort in their skin. With this effort, they’ve announced that they are in debt to no one but their ever-wandering muses.