Jan 29, 2017
with special guest Claire Vandiver
The Original Cafe Eleven
St. Augustine Beach, FL
$12adv / $15door
“Going in, we said ‘lets make a bad ass indie rock record with a sound as big and dynamic as we can, without compromising one single heartfelt lyric.”
Singer-songwriter Heather Maloney did just that on her newest LP, Making Me Break. Working with Grammy- nominated producer Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses, Avett Brothers), the two crafted and delivered on an artistic vision to merge Maloney’s folk roots with indie rock.
“The sounds I love in indie rock are so lush, and textured, and intricate, like someone spent a lot of time on this, so they must really care,” Maloney explains, citing influences such as Ben Howard, The Shins, and Io Echo. “And as a singer-songwriter raised on folk, I am drawn to lyrics that that are meaningful, intelligent, tell a story, paint pictures… that care. So I just wanted to make an album that cared musically and lyrically. Some sort of a bleeding heart meeting a distant, unaffected, sparkly rock band. That was the goal.”
Maloney’s new music has a definite edge, but it also has a classically trained voice that delivers well-crafted lyrics over a technical arrangement—a combination we’ve recently seen getting mainstream appreciation once more. Suddenly, the term “singer- songwriter” carries serious weight again. Chalk it up to a revival of everything 90s and Maloney’s influence from “those bleeding hearts,” as she calls them, referring to artists’ like Fiona Apple, Tori Amos and Aimee Mann.
Claire Vandiver was born in Nashville, Tn the "Music City". It was only fitting that she would turn out to be a singer. She recalls singing her whole life and somehow always being involved in music. Claire moved to Florida at a young age. Growing up in a musical family she was influenced and exposed to many styles of music. Claire’s father Chip Vandiver, is an accomplished blues/southern rock guitar player who co-writes and accompanies Claire at her gigs. Claire has been honing her craft playing gigs for the past six years at many venues in the Florida area. After high school Claire attended Daytona State College where she was enrolled in their music production program for a few semesters. She then decided to focus on her career full time. Little did she know she would meet a fellow class mate and graduate of the program, Lamar Hickley, who would be instrumental in the recording of her Ep. Recently Claire opened up for folk artist Heather Maloney, at Café 11 in St-Augustine FL. Claire released her debut Ep "Hot Blood" July 1st 2016. It can be found digitally on iTunes and Amazon music. Physical copy's can be ordered through the store link