| Arthur Yoria |
Based in Houston, the Chicago native got a late start in music when he first picked up the guitar while attending the University of Houston. After stints in The Jeepneys and Lavendula Arthur decided to set out on his own and released a 4-song, self-titled EP in 2001 followed by a 5-song EP, can you still look adorable in 2002. Having racked up rave reviews and nominations in the Houston Press Music Awards, Arthur felt it was time to record a full-length. So with the help of good friend and former Houston Rocket, Matt Maloney, 12Records, Inc. was created for that very purpose. Building on the success of the label’s first full-length, I’ll Be Here Awake in 2004, Arthur has since released a 5-song EP of songs in Spanish, Suerte Mijo, and a 3-song EP of songs in English, Something Must Be Wrong. 2007 brings with it : Handshake Smiles which finds Yoria venturing into new stylistic territory by infusing his now trademark hook laden indie-pop gems with everything from 70's AM radio rock to Americana to the sounds of the 60's British Invasion. Lyrically, Handshake Smiles feels more intimate than any previous release and Arthur claims to have taken a more autobiographical approach. “This record is about the last two years or so of my life.” Says Arthur, “I've grown up a little and oddly enough, I’m starting to have more fun or at least I’m seeing the humor in all of the stuff that used to do me in.” Whether it’s with his seasoned 4-piece band or with his “solo-electro” act, the live shows have been known to captivate even the most jaded of venue patrons. He’s toured the U.S., South America and the U.K. In addition, Arthur has had songs placed on the OC, the Fellicity DVD collection, various MTV shows, Adam & Eve and has had songs featured in Arizona Jeans and Domino's Pizza ads.
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