The Ashley Wilkes Band
GIRL Records signed The Ashley Wilkes
Band after seeing them perform at various NYC events including Hunter (SUNY)
College's ROCK FOR DEMOC! Concert (organized by Wilkes), FESTIVAL OF THE GARDENS
(an ongoing battle to save the endangered gardens on NYC's lower east side &
sponsored by Cover Magazine) and Lo-Fi Sundays at Gaslight, NYC. Wilkes also plays
hostess of GIRRLCORE, a once-a-month Saturday evening of "girl bands" and
the ever-so-popular SWAG TABLE, over the top entertainers and surprise guest performers.
The band's debut release "SKIRTS &
ART" has been labeled everything from cynical lounge pop to cow-punk to
girl empowerment music. With live footage aired on NYC's cable TV community (Tweeter
TV, TransACTION TV, and Rockin' Clubs) the band appears on various websites including
NYNewMusic.com, The College 500, NewMusicreview.com and gigmasters.com. On college
radio, the single "Settled In" from "Skirts & Art" received
rotation on over 200 stations in the northeast.
On college radio, the single
"Settled In" from "Skirts & Art" received rotation on over
200 stations in the northeast.
The band's eclectic line-up comprised of Ashley
Wilkes on vocals & guitar. Founder and primary songwriter, the NYC dweller
is famous for her totally east village wardrobe, quirky behavior and provocative
lyrics. Naomi Watanabe, drummer in the band wears the tiara for cow-punk japanese
pop princess. Fresh off the plane from Japan on an academic scholarship and snagged
by Wilkes, Naomi switched her studies to upbeat tempos and art! The band's banner,
logos, flyers and promotional pieces are designed by Watanabe. Amy Lipman,
a graduate of Columbia and preschool teacher plays the acoustic bass. Always hoarse
from her days of playing guitar and singing for the kids, the band welcomes Lipman's
hoarse (we like to call it lush) texture to the harmonies. Marcy Gordon, a
frustrated lawyer who got tired of the corporate sleaze (as she puts it) decided
she'd rather play guitar all day and adds an earthmother-ness to the crew. Recruited
from a pretty famous blue-grass band (that now has a price on Ashley's head) Scott
Cornwell, (Brooklyn born & raised) fondly referred to as Baby Monroe wouldn't
be caught alive without his banjo. Just ask the last photographer who tried to take
a photo of him with it out of the picture! Switching from banjo to lap steel to dobro
leaves just enough time for Cornwell to sing a tune or two of his own. Collectively
the band aspires to HAVE FUN & LIVE FOR THE LAUGHS. YEE-HAW!
"Ashley Wilkes has a sexy name and sexy music!"
"This short EP is jam packed with nice soothing songs with strong vocals by
Ashley Wilkes. Skirts & Art has that lo-fi flava, and if you got that cravin'
you'll like this."
"...a mix of girlish enthusiasm and charm and a well trained voice ...she can
twist and turn a note as well as Annie Lennox ever could."
"The band's Brownie's show was full of spirit and spunk...catchy tunes delivered
with slicing vocals. If The Ashley Wilkes Band doesn't leave you with a swagger in
your step, you probably won't fog a mirror put up to your mouth."
"Kristen Hersh-esque vocals meet the better days of Salem 66. "Settled
In" is a comforting opener that shows off this band's talent of writing lazy,
sparse and retro pop songs."
"The lyrics are clever and to the point...the groove is upbeat and fun."
The Music Paper
"Cynical lounge pop...sweetened by an oboe and cello. Acoustic guitars give
overall sound an avant-garde feel. Girls rule in this band."
Next Show: (watch this space)
147 West 78th Street