2015 WINNERS MARCH ONWARD
by Victoria Wasylak
The 2015 winners of the Pavoh Music Award Program remain a particularly ravenous bunch. Selected in February 2015 as three of the best New England acts under 21, Lizzy Marella from New Hampshire, 21st Century Fugitives from Massachusetts, and The Brazen Youth from Connecticut remain on the move and in the studio, garnering awards, records, and releases.
Interlochen Academy student Lizzy Marella has released her first album under her new stage name, Elytta. Her debut work, aptly named Release, features the single “I Want You,” accompanied by an eye-catching technicolor music video for the springy track. Release, recorded and produced at Rocking Horse Studios, garnered the title “Merit Winner” from the YoungArts Foundation, and Marella hopes to release a sophomore album by December.
“The RADAR Awards (now rebranded as The Pavoh Music Awards) was an amazing experience for me. I had never been in a competition for my music before and to receive such great feedback from judges that I respected and admired gave me much more confidence as a performer and songwriter,” Marella said. “I also credit my win with being able to preform at more venues around the New England area.”
Even before the Pavoh Awards, 21st Century Fugitives was a force of nature, far from fledgling, despite their youth. Prior to the awards, the supergroup had already opened for Boston legends Dropkick Murphys in 2014. After nabbing the Pavoh title, the boys went on to open for the Murphys again in 2015, as well as become the youngest band to ever compete in the Boston Rock and Roll Rumble. Perhaps most impressing of all, the group will be featured as “The Future of Rock” un the upcoming release “RAT SUITE,” a video compilation of Rathskellar-era bands performing at the RAT Suite in the Hotel Commonwealth.
“The Pavoh Award was important to 21CF, and to MANY young musicians, as there are many who won't give young people the opportunity to prove that they are truly musicians,” band manager Artie Lucas said. “PAVOH does just that, and the bands selected feel honored to be awarded. 21CF always references their gratitude at having been a Pavoh Award Winner!”
Connecticut indie-pop duo The Brazen Youth have been working on their album The Bristlecone Man and have released the sparse acoustic single “Reassess Me.” Co-founder Charles Dahlke described the process that he and band partner Nick Lussier have been using for the production of their forthcoming album.
“We’ve spent the last two years confined inside a tiny room that smells of dust, working on a concept album which uses first and third person narration to explain the life of The Bristlecone Man who lives and dies and lives and dies and never forgets his previous lives,” Dahlke said. “The Pavoh Awards was the first time either of us ever felt an overwhelming amount of adrenaline on stage and we are thankful for the opportunity the award brought us,” he added. “Judging art is a very subjective thing but supporting art is a very important thing and the Pavoh association does a great job of displaying their opinions as their opinions and they do a great job supporting young and emerging artists.”