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Toby Rand of Juke Kartel

November 12, 2010 by  
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On September 28th Juke Kartel dropped their first US release titled Levolution.  Don’t know what it means?  You shouldn’t …yet. It’s a word the band coined themselves to encompass their years together and their rock and roll pilgrimage from their homes in Australia to their new digs in Los Angeles.

Front man Toby Rand first made his mark in the good ole US of A on a little show called Rockstar SuperNova, vying for a chance to become the lead singer of Tommy Lee’s band.  While he didn’t win, It gave him just enough leverage to return to Australia and blow the roof off the place with his own band Juke Kartel.  With some success under their belts and a lust for a full on global rock and roll takeover the band uprooted their lives and moved to LaLa Land – a gutsy move that has paid dividends.

Levolution is about as solid a collection of rock tunes that one will find, from the anthemic rocker “Throw It Away” poised for sports stadiums across the nation, to the acoustic, live recorded “Soulshaper” to the beautifully rich and deep layers of “Find Out”.  It’s definitely a contender for our top ten list of the year. The album mixes a few of the band’s older tracks with several new songs to give the perfect 1-2-3 lights out punch of rock and roll mastery.

I recently had the chance to chat to Toby about his move to California, the new album, and how it all fell into place, and after an hour of listening to that accent, I might just be in love.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

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TWRY Video of the Week: Juke Kartel / If Only

Our video of the week is the latest from Juke Kartel off of their Carved Records debut Levolution.  Check out the video below for their song “If Only”.

CD Review: Juke Kartel / Levolution

October 5, 2010 by  
Filed under CD Reviews, Daily Music News

Juke Kartel
 Levolution
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Carved Records

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


 
Reviewed by:  Justin Bartz
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Juke Kartel Online Listening Party For “Levolution”

September 28, 2010 by  
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Levolution, the US debut album from melodic rockers Juke Kartel, hits stores today. The album was a true labor of love by the band, who have played together since 2006 and recently made a move from Australia to the States. Lead singer Toby Rand said in a recent interview that Levolution is a story of the journey of the band, whom he describes as “big, powerful, and guitar-driven, with stadium sonic sound.” Single “If Only” proves this point, uniting the band’s gift for melody with heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. Check out the listening party above to preview the album, which is now available for download on iTunes.

For more updates and news from the band, find them on Facebook or visit JukeKartel.com.

Aussie Rockers Juke Kartel Make Their US Debut With “Levolution”

September 2, 2010 by  
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We got our first taste of Juke Kartel when their frontman Toby Rand participated in “Rockstar: Supernova”.  After the show he returned to Australia to reunite with his band Juke Kartel.

Fast forward to the present and the band is about to release their album Levolution on Carved Records on September 28th.  Levolution finds musical symmetry in its strong hooks, multi-textured instrumentals and passionate vocals. And as the album is more than just your typical rock record, Juke Kartel is not just a rock band: “We’re more than just band-mates; we’re a family that chose each other.” 

Preview a few of the tracks below:
Bullet Wearing Trademark Clothes:

If Only:

Like what you hear? Check out more on the band at their official website JukeKartel.com or pre-order the album here.