Rising Stars [Issue
From the Ground Up By
From the Ground Up
been to a Starbucks lately, you may have heard Antigone Risings From
The Ground Up playing in the background. The Lava/Atlantic album, scheduled
for release in record stores later this summer, has until now been available
only at Starbucks outlets as a unique marketing strategy to introduce the public
to new talent.
Henderson, the bands guitarist explains: We signed with Lava in
2003 and wed been working on a studio album. [When] Starbucks came up
with the idea to launch albums by new artists, Jason [Flom], who is the president
of our label said, It should be Antigone Rising. He arranged
an audition, Starbucks said yes, and From The Ground Up made its debut
at Starbucks stores in May. The CD has enjoyed surprising success, entering
Billboards Comprehensive Albums chart at number 93, without radio or TV
Sisters Kristin and Cathy Henderson founded Antigone Rising some years ago when
they were just out of college and living in the West Village. They got the bands
name from a character in Greek mythology whom they felt represented a
strong female heroine. The band took shape with Kristen and Cathy on guitars,
Dena Tauriello on drums, Jen Zielenback on bass, and a powerhouse lead singer
known simply as Cassidy. After four years of playing full time, booking their
own shows, and ignoring industry trends, their signing by Lava was a happy accident.
Says Kristen, Someone had sent Jason a demo of us - and he came out to
one of our showcases and signed us on the spot. We werent looking for
it but we said, What the hell, we might as well try it.
From The Ground Up was recorded at New Yorks Sony Studios with a live
audience and captures Antigone Risings harmony-drenched classic
rock sound. Songwriting is shared by Cassidy and the Henderson sisters.
We typically collaborate, says Kristen. Ill write a
song and Ill bring it to Cathy and shell add a couple of things
or Ill do the same later to her songs. Some exceptions include Kristens
moving tribute to a deceased friend, Michael, and Cassidys
take on a one-night stand, Longshot.
Mainstream popularity could be next for Antigone Rising but theyre grateful
for the Starbucks break. There was no better way, says Kristin.
Especially with the climate of radio and how hard it is to break a new
From the Ground Up