the new single from Beneath the Underdog finally out .
– FAST magazine
MUSIC REVIEW Beneath The Underdog
By Chad Zachary Mulchin
On Thursday night at the Viper Room, Codega presented a line-up of four bands on the main stage, plus an acoustic lounge downstairs. The band that most rocked the house was Beneath The Underdog, backed onstage by Viva Lion.
The set began with Daniele Cardinale on vocals and acoustic guitar, supported by guitarist Claudio Falconi and keyboardist Bianca Di Cesare of the Rome-based group Viva Lion. They got the energy going in the building with three pop-folk songs with high-tempo strumming.
Once the crowd was nice and warm, acoustic guitars were traded for electric as singer/guitarist Luca Crostella hopped on stage with drummer Priya Kanwar and bassist El Hombre — Beneath the Underdog had arrived.
Luca took the mic, Stratocaster in hand, and performed his crossbreed of electro-dance-experimental-rock. At times songs sounded like a mix of Talking Heads, Bowie, Wang Chung and the Murder City Devils. The tunes had grooving bass lines and powerful arrangements that seemed well rehearsed. Band mate interplay was natural and they knew how to build a climax.
When the band performed “Butterfly” sparkly wings were tossed into the audience from the stage. Luca’s vocals were spastic but fantastic. Sometimes choruses had the charm of hooligan chants. Drummer Priya “Lethal Remnance” Kanwar beat the drums like they owed her money. Everyone onstage knew how to move. It was a party up there.
ReviewBasil Nestor @ SmarterBet
If Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel had a love-child, it would be this type of music. -Basil Nestor
Review ---Jaclyn Strong, The Codega
Former bass player of Unico and TULIP, Luca Crostella has since cultivated a unique vocal style and sound all his own. And like pieces to the puzzle, fit right in with fellow Italian artists Giuseppe Patane , Robbie Angelucci, and Stefano Trampetti. Together they create the world that is Beneath the Underdog. Their full-length debut album, Lullabies for Your Inner Child displays the quartet s eclectic, worldly sound. As the creator of intimate fusion nights at the Blu Monkey and dedicated host to his live Kill Radio podcast every Saturday, Luca Crostella is the definition of community in the Los Angeles Music Scene. - Jaclyn Strong, The Codega --- Jaclyn Strong, The Codega
Review --- Lullanies for your Inner child -- Philippe Rammik, The Stage
A Fairy Tale... The Reality, The Dream, and the gray area in between. Never ending Story of a human being and its transformation into immortal spiritual all knowing eternal Being of light ...from his sunset to sunrise… a journey of love and pain, always in connectivity with nature and beauty. From emptiness to fulfillment...always searching the essence... a magical blend of sounds, grooves, and electro-acoustic landscapes, all connected by lyrical poetry...from Trippy Rock to Dreamy Pop...All our feelings are present...free to fall or to fly...to cry or to smile...to rest or to dance... Romantic intense...True and deep...powerful and emotional... a genuine Human Experience...
Based in Los Angeles CA, Founded in 2004
Genre: #Rock #Alternative
Label: Calcata Music
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Beneath the Underdog’s latest album, Lullabies for Your Inner Child, is a kaleidoscope of rock and pop infused with a touch of jazz and served over alluring electronic beats. The tracks are energetic and powerful with confident rhythms that somehow avoid frenzied or frenetic conclusions. It’s like watching ocean waves breaking on a shore; the experience is sometimes dreamy or trippy but (unlike traditional lullabies) never sleepy. The beats are strong and occasionally even pensive, yet somehow calming and thoughtful.
The beguiling tracks from this remarkable collection directly reflect the unusual background of BTU’s main driving force, singer/songwriter Luca Crostella.
Luca was born in Rome, Italy and then moved as a child to a small yet remarkable Italian town called Calcata. With roots that go back to Roman times, the settlement is a thriving international art community, described in the New York Times, as what "may be the grooviest village in Italy, home to a wacky community of about 100 Artists, bohemians, aging hippies and New Age types."
Calcata’s bohemian atmosphere is the genesis for Luca’s distinctive musical direction. His earliest musical experiments involved straight jazz, but Luca quickly evolved a rock/pop style that incorporates intricate electronic beats.
This is the sound that he carried to Los Angeles and showcased in breakthrough musical acts over the past decade like Unico and Tulip, acts that deeply influenced the LA music scene and brought Luca to the attention of renowned musical producer and songwriter Giuseppe (Pata) Patane’. Pata has collaborated with numerous music legends such as Quincy Jones, Stewart Levine, Sunny Levine, Mickey Avalon, Hugh Masekela, and many others
Now with Pata as producer, Luca and the other members of BTU have created Lullabies For Your Inner Child, a powerful ode to your ears and your soul.
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