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Reisender began when singer-songwriter Paul Conroy bought a neglected mandolin for 40 euros from a Flea Market in Stuttgart, Germany. The first few songs were written under bridges and on street corners of 20 different cities in Europe. What began as scrappy busker tunes eventually evolved into an eclectic mix of 80s-reminiscent synths and drums, grooving mandolin riffs, and unadulterated indie pop hooks. In 2016, Conroy partnered with Nic Gracia and Rob Marshall of The Canvas Group to mix and master Conroy’s debut EP “New Year” and soon after the three formed a band and developed their signature sound, opening for national touring bands such as Hippo Campus and Eisley in San Francisco clubs including Great American Music Hall, Bottom of the Hill, and Rickshaw Stop.
In 2018, Reisender’s live line-up changed to include guitarist and trombonist Rurik Schtaklef, who with Conroy perform as a dynamic two-piece. The pair continued to work with The Canvas Group to develop a new stylistic edge to the band’s sound, comparable to Phoenix, Tame Impala, or Mac Demarco. The result is their new full-length album ‘Fmly’ released April 23rd 2021.
Conroy’s greatest personal influences are Paul Simon, Damon Albarn, Pixies, and Paul McCartney.
Sophia Raven Rose
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Sophia Raven Rose is a heartfelt indie-folk singer-songwriter with subtle country-pop influences. She’s a classically trained vocalist and self-taught instrumentalist. Her mixed background in opera and jazz vocals lends itself to moody harmonies and catchy melodies. Sophia plays intimate acoustic sets of original tunes on ukulele and guitar.