“Winner of Artist of the Year 2012 and nominated for Best Album of the Year, Best Rock Artist of the Year and Best Pop Artist of the Year at the Artist In Music Awards 2012, The Controversy is an acclaimed indie rock band based in Los Angeles, CA. What started out as The Controversy’s lead singer’s solo project, Laura Vall, quickly evolved into a more mature sound with the increasing involvement of the guitar player, co-writer and co-producer of the project, Thomas Hjorth. The Controversy’s first album (still released under Laura Vall in July of 2011) “Real” has received critical acclaimed reviews, describing it as “stunning”, “off the hook”, “Rich songs with powerful lyrics and musical serenity”, “refreshing change from the overproduced pop” and “unique, powerfully emotional, honest and ethereal”.
Mark and I were joined today by two wonderful and talented artists from L.A, Laura Vall and Thomas Hjorth. Laura originally started this as a single project however, it soon became THE CONTROVERSAY after meeting Thomas. The other members of the band that were unable to join us today are Mike Papagni on Drums. Spencer Wright on Bass and Ryan Bray on Acoustic Guitar.
Mark had a little bit of difficulty with Thomas’s last name however we got over that and he was “Just Thomas” for the rest of the show!
Mark and I briefly met them at the ARTISTS IN MUSIC AWARDS back in February when we watched Laura receive an award for “BEST ARTIST” Laura and Thomas talked about that moment when they were announced as the winners and how it felt to have won the award! Laura also received the LBGTQ award! Our only regret is that we didn’t get to spend much time with them that night and we didn’t get a photo with them! Let’s hope we can change that when we plan to revisit L.A. in 2013 for the next awards show!
Laura and Thomas at the ARTISTS IN MUSIC AWARDS at the Key club in Hollywood – February 2012
Laura collecting her reward from Micky Jayy
TWITTER TUESDAY is a 2 hours show and our guest artists are with us for approximately 90mins. You might think that this is a long time for a live show, but Mark and I never seem to be able to fit everything in as the show seems to fly by. Laura and Thomas were fantastic to talk to I could have listened to them for a lot longer than the show allowed.
Awesome couple who talked about, how they met, their musical backgrounds, their hopes for the new band, their plans for the future of the band and much much more! http://www.butterfliesradio.com/home/twitter-tuesday-live/
In this blog I have also included a lot of photos. During the show I asked who was responsible for the great promotional photos and found out that Thomas does them. He also produces the awesome video for the song REAL check it out http://youtu.be/BcXwo43W9XU
During the show we featured three songs from THE CONTROVERSY and they are all from their first album REAL. The live listeners to today’s show were giving back some great feedback to Laura and Thomas about the songs we played! Be sure to check out all their music as this is just a taste of what this awesome band has produced so far!
REAL – A rocking single about the duality of the good and the evil inside each one of us and the disconnection we sometimes feel between what we want to do and what we think it’s right. Powerful vocals accompanied with layers of driving guitars, synths, live drums and electronic beats.
LITTLE STAR –Emotional electro pop ballad written in memorial of Laura’s best childhood friend. The song talks about the strength, will to fight and the light of the vanishing 20 year old. Crying vocals held with synths, vibey guitars and driving drums and beats.
SO LOW – Back to the roots, this indie folk song talks about how sharing your life experiences with complete strangers in a bar can make you feel less lonely. It’s an easy sing-along song with the depth and layers in the production that defines the sound of The Controversy.
Check out their first album REAL from here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/real/id450249653
CHECK OUT THIS AWESOME BAND – THE CONTROVERSY and follow and give them the support that they deserve http://www.thecontroversyband.com/
Laura and Thomas, thank you so much for taking the time to join Mark and I today on our live show. It was such a pleasure to meet and talk with you both. You are both beautiful people. I had a great time and on behalf of Mark and myself I would like to wish you all the best with your future ventures. We hope we get to meet again next year in L.A. Please keep in touch!
We also featured the following artists and their songs, all of whom are new to the Butterflies Radio Rotation:
DREAM DEVICE – STILL YOUNG
TANQUERAY PARADE – IM A LIAR
CAROL’S SONG OF THE WEEK – MATTER OF FACT PURPOSE
TIA MCGRAFF – COLD AS STEEL
SERVET – RESOLUTION
SAMPLE RATE – THE BREATHE