This week’s unsigned artist is Santa Barbara rock band Loomis & the Lust. The band formed in early 2008 and is composed of Will Loomis (guitar/vocals), Casey Hooper (guitar), Anthony Sonetti (drums), and Scott Hansen (bass).
This month, the band’s music video “Bright Red Chords” won MTVu’s best “Freshman” video and is now in rotation on MTVu, and picked up by 35 other cable outlets and retail chains for air play. The band was also chosen by MTV IGGY to be featured in a series on 20 developing artists, called “What’s Fresh,” that will air this winter. The band has won two contests by both Music Mix USA and Fuse TV for the best music video from an unsigned band. They were selected by Filter Magazine to appear in the Urban Outfitters store sampler and on the Delta airlines indie rock channel, and it has recently begun to get radio airplay on legendary rock stations such as WMMR in Philadelphia. The band was also hand picked by MySpace to be part of their “Friends” program for developing bands, Loomis & the Last was asked to do a remix of one of their songs for Rockstar Games/PSP using a new software game made by Timbaland called Beaterator.
The band just finished their first tour in the fall of 2009, a six week “Back to the U” college tour on the west coast, and are currently working on their second release which will drop in early 2010.
Upon first listen of their music I was immediately charmed by the beats. They have sound that is reminiscent of 70’s rock with a fun and funky groove that will get you “dancing to the beat.” It is no wonder the Californian quartet has made a splash on the music scene garnering major attention.