West Indian Girl
West Indian Girl West Indian Girl is a lifestyle. In a genre unto its own, the band fuses psychedelia, classic rock, electronica and modern jam- layering it with smooth ambient textures that invoke positive feelings and remind listeners what is right in today's music. Unique songwriting, consciously altering live shows and a universal crossover appeal has allowed West Indian Girl to rapidly gain a national following with fans of all ages. Originally signed to Astralwerks, the LA band was born as a concept by Francis Ten and Robert James of a sound that revolved around texture, mood and lyrical romanticism-songs inspired by ideals and motivated by feeling. As the band developed through touring, Mark Lewis (drums), Mariqueen Maandig (vocals) and Nathan Van Hala (keys) became integral pieces of the puzzle. The project that began as a duo was now cemented as a cohesive five piece band. Since releasing their debut album, the band has toured nationally both as a supporting act and as a headliner. Along the way, West Indian Girl has shared the stage with My Morning Jacket, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Fischerspooner, Phoenix, Turin Brakes, and others. The band has also become a presence in the festival scene playing the High Sierra Festival and San Diego Street Scene in the summer of 2006. West Indian Girl's dynamic songwriting has also seen success, as their dramatic, melodic style lends itself well to the licensing world. This has led to national TV spots on CBS's "The Unit", WB's "One Tree Hill" and "Veronica Mars", NBC's "The Fallen", ABC's "The Surface", Fox's "Bones" along with Budweiser and Samsung commercials. After finishing up their summer tour, the band has entrenched themselves in the studio- working on their follow up album. In the two years since the release of their self titled album, the band has been able to grow and develop as a cohesive unit that is evident in the new material. WIG has earned national exposure through cross-country touring and licensing to TV. With the arrival of their greatly anticipated upcoming album, West Indian Girl is no doubt positioned on the brink of stardom.