PLUSH SWALLOW is: Thalie Dror (Vocals/Lead Guitar) Sharon Oster (Bass/Backing Vocals) Katrina Porter (Acoustic Guitar/Backing Vocals) The name turns heads and so do these women: a 'girl band' who can play! Three women, three guitars, three voices. Based in Los Angeles, Plush Swallow is a high energy, vocally driven trio of alluring alterna-pop/rock performers, who win over crowds with their seductive three-part harmonies, engaging melodies, and charismatic live performances (think Abba meets The Corrs with a bit more grit). Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, singer/songwriter Thalie Dror picked up New York bassist Sharon Oster and LA guitarist Katrina Porter at a fateful Hollywood party in 1999 and they have been rocking the LA scene since early 2000 at such LA haunts as Genghis Cohen, Molly Malone's, Highland Grounds, and Taix Lounge. Their most successful gig to date was their recent CD release party at that famous Hollywood musicians' hot spot, The Mint, where their harmonies completely mesmerized the full house. Among the group's more memorable gigs was a performance at the Claremont Pride Festival in 2001, where promoter/organizer Bill Flower informed the trio they were 'The living end.' 'It was an afternoon gig playing in the sun before a wonderful crowd who were stripping for us. The audience was so appreciative we got them to flash us during our encore.' says bassist Oster, who adds laughing, 'We don't encourage that at every show, but the crowd was feeling it.' While Plush Swallow has still been making the LA scene as of late, the trio did take some time out to record it's much asked for debut CD. The eponymous EP-length release, now available, features 'Move On,' co-written by Dror and Oster (a PhD student at UCLA in English), and six tracks written by Dror, whose brilliant songwriting draws on the likes of Carole King, Led Zeppelin, and producer David Foster (who wrote Dror's all-time favorite song, Chaka Khan's 'Through the Fire'). 'I wrote the lyrics to 'Move On' about my father,' Oster says. 'The song was my immediate response to his premature passing away. It turned out to be a good way to cope with his death,' she says. The song stands out, as it's the only track not written solely by Dror. 'When Thalie started jamming that haunting melody, the lyrics just came to me,' Oster says. 'It doesn't surprise me her melody inspired the song. Thalie has this incredibly natural flair for coming up with melodies that grab you immediately and don't let go.' Among Dror's favorite tracks on the CD is 'Hear me Call,' which was inspired by a break-up with her longest love and closest friend. 'To me that song is a way of holding on to the moment of actually deciding to say goodbye,' Dror says. 'Left Hand,' a standout live and favorite among women, also drew inspiration from a breakup. 'With 'Left Hand' I had just broken up with my boyfriend and I was bored,' says Dror, leaving fans to interpret the song for themselves. According to Porter (whose songwriting will appear in the next CD), fans are very vocal about their response to the band, which is one of the things she's proudest of as a member of Plush Swallow. 'I hear people say they find certain songs that reach right to the heart of them,' she says. 'And people always let us know after shows that they really felt the music.' Oster adds smiling, 'Yes, we have had some interesting responses to our music.' After one Molly Malone's gig, as Dror recalls, 'Three guys in suits actually invited us back to the Beverly Hills Hotel to sign contracts over drinks.'
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