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The PondHawks

Are The PondHawks Chicago’s Best Kept Pop Music Secret?
The up and coming unsigned indie band is making waves not only on the radio, but also in social media. They have over 470,000 likes on Facebook, 36,000 + followers on Twitter, 46,425 fans on MySpace, and thousands of Reverbnation fans, putting their fan base over 500,000.
WHAT IS THE SECRET? Formed in 2007 by songwriting partners Mario Novelli and Jorie Gracen, The PondHawks have since captured a worldwide audience with catchy melodies and a pioneering approach to music. Some may call it retro-rock with a now sound, but the band’s unique signature style falls into its own category.
The PondHawks have an artistry for storytelling, which evolves through meticulously crafted passages that create atmosphere and mood. Their music is driven by poetic lyricism that is clever and compelling. Stellar vocal harmonies intertwine seamlessly through musical interludes that unfold with stunning synchronicity and energy. Instruments are carefully selected to drive the melody and the emotional power of the song.
Their critically acclaimed albums, The PondHawks Have Landed (2010) and Dreaming Over Ireland (2012) received extensive Triple A FM radio airplay in the US and massive Internet radio play worldwide with albums selling out their initial runs. The PondHawks Have Landed, reached the #7 spot in the Top 10 (USA) Regional Albums of 2011.
The band’s hit song “Drive,” from Dreaming Over Ireland, charted at #1 on Music World Radio’s Top 20 Alternative Songs Euro Chart. Votes from thousands of fans from around the world kept the song at #1 for 13 weeks.
When The PondHawks’ holiday song “Winter Wine” premiered on a UK radio station in December 2015 — their first new music in three years — 45,842 listeners from around the world tuned in to hear the song. At the time the song aired, it was 11:50 PM EST and 4:50 AM in Europe.
At a recent outdoor concert headlined by the band, more than 8,000 fans showed up.
Their fan base is predominately 13 to 35-year-olds with a nearly a 50/50 split of male and female fans. The largest region is the USA with 64.6% of their fan base that spans 25 countries.
On social media sites, The PondHawks were recently recognized as a “Top 10 Social Media Influencer in the Banding community” on Twitter by Kear.com who reports the industry leading data that provides influencers intelligence for social media platforms.
THE SECRET IS OUT! The PondHawks' third album Blue Light (2016), their first new album in four years, made an impact on popular streaming services. Spotify, Google Play, and Apple Music are driving album sales on iTunes (US, Europe), and Amazon.com (US, UK, Russia, Europe).
Blue Light hit the top album spot in the Official Holiday Music Guide of iTunes Download Releases for November 2016 and made the 59th Grammy Awards ballot in 13 categories.
Two days after the album’s first single, “Bitter Game” was released, it charted at #3 in the Top 15 Reverbnation Picks of the Week posted by A Journal of Musical Things.
Alan Cross, music critic at, A Journal of Musical Things, writes: "The PondHawks have a mid-to-late ’60’s sound that brings to mind a combination of The Beatles and David Bowie.”
Blue Light received robust radio airplay in the US and Europe with all 10 songs popping up on radio station playlists. Album track, “Future In Our Hands” charted at #1 on Milwaukee, Triple A radio station, WBSD 89.1 FM’s playlist.
Music Critic Tom Lounges of the Northwest Indiana Times writes a year-end column with his pick of the Top 10 Regional (USA) Albums each year. Blue Light made the Top 10 at #6.
Blue Light is the PondHawks second album to make this prestigious list.
Tom Lounges' Top 10 Regional Album Picks of 2016 at #6) THE PONDHAWKS -- Blue Light (Riverpool Records) “This band's 2010 debut album - The PondHawks Have Landed -- had made this list and this worthy successor does likewise. Its groovy psych-pop sound resonates with us boomers who miss the sparkling hooks and bouncy beat of Sixties pop. The PondHawks create tasty ear candy while blending the British flavor of those beloved Mersey Beat boys with the kind of Sunshine-pop made famous by the likes of Boyce & Hart. Be warned! This 10-song collection is upbeat, energized and prone to causing spontaneous "happy feet." Blue Light not only fulfills the promise The PondHawks made to music fans with their debut album, but continues towards the next level on the more progressive '60s sound of the last two tracks, "Orange Sunset Time" and the Eastern-flavored "Incredible Dream."
Tom's Picks: "Wire Me" and "Bitter Game"” Alan Haber of Pure Pop Radio had this to say about Blue Light: “This Chicago trio is a melodic treat, melding retro and contemporary influences for a decidedly catchy listening experience. Clever touches delight across the whole program, from the mandolin-powered “Armadilla,” with its playful vocal harmonies, to the pop pleasures of four-on-the-floor pop-rocker ‘Bitter Game.’ Mario Novelli, Jorie Gracen and Michael Gillespie deliver a highly desirable album and win on all cylinders.”
After one listen to Blue Light, fans of The Beatles, ELO and Paul McCartney and Wings, will be delighted to find a happy mix of pop, rock, and classic rock influences jam-packed with tasty Beatlesque flavors and psychedelia.
The PondHawks are currently the #1 ranked Indie band in the USA on the Reverbnation charts. They were selected out of 3.7 million bands to join the prestigious Reverbnation Connect A & R group based in New York City. Connect’s A & R Director, Matt DuFour described The PondHawks’ music as “timeless.
Album: Blue Light (2016)
The PondHawks' third album Blue Light (2016), their first new album in four years, made an impact on popular streaming services. Spotify, Google Play, and Apple Music are driving album sales on iTunes (US, Europe), and Amazon.com (US, UK, Russia, Europe).
Blue Light hit the top album spot in the Official Holiday Music Guide of iTunes Download Releases for November 2016 and made the 59th Grammy Awards ballot in 13 categories.
Two days after the album’s first single, “Bitter Game” was released, it charted at #3 in the Top 15 Reverbnation Picks of the Week posted by A Journal of Musical Things.
Alan Cross, music critic at, A Journal of Musical Things, writes: "The PondHawks have a mid-to-late ’60’s sound that brings to mind a combination of The Beatles and David Bowie.”
Blue Light received robust radio airplay in the US and Europe with all 10 songs popping up on radio station playlists. Album track, “Future In Our Hands” charted at #1 on Milwaukee, Triple A radio station, WBSD 89.1 FM’s playlist.
Music Critic Tom Lounges of the Northwest Indiana Times writes a year-end column with his pick of the Top 10 Regional (USA) Albums each year. Blue Light made the Top 10 at #6. Blue Light is the PondHawks second album to make this prestigious list.
Tom Lounges' Top 10 Regional Album Picks of 2016 at #6) THE PONDHAWKS -- Blue Light (Riverpool Records) “This band's 2010 debut album - The PondHawks Have Landed -- had made this list and this worthy successor does likewise. Its groovy psych-pop sound resonates with us boomers who miss the sparkling hooks and bouncy beat of Sixties pop. The PondHawks create tasty ear candy while blending the British flavor of those beloved Mersey Beat boys with the kind of Sunshine-pop made famous by the likes of Boyce & Hart. Be warned! This 10-song collection is upbeat, energized and prone to causing spontaneous "happy feet." Blue Light not only fulfills the promise The PondHawks made to music fans with their debut album, but continues towards the next level on the more progressive '60s sound of the last two tracks, "Orange Sunset Time" and the Eastern-flavored "Incredible Dream." Tom's Picks: "Wire Me" and "Bitter Game"” Alan Haber of Pure Pop Radio had this to say about Blue Light: “This Chicago trio is a melodic treat, melding retro and contemporary influences for a decidedly catchy listening experience. Clever touches delight across the whole program, from the mandolin-powered “Armadilla,” with its playful vocal harmonies, to the pop pleasures of four-on-the-floor pop-rocker ‘Bitter Game.’
Mario Novelli, Jorie Gracen and Michael Gillespie deliver a highly desirable album and win on all cylinders.” After one listen to Blue Light, fans of The Beatles, ELO and Paul McCartney and Wings, will be delighted to find a happy mix of pop, rock, and classic rock influences jam-packed with tasty Beatlesque flavors and psychedelia.


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# (PST) Name length Rating Notes
1 9:00 Bitter Game 03:54 4 New song
2 9:03 Far Away 03:04 4 New song
3 9:07 Come Rain Or Disarray 03:12 4 New song
4 9:10 Wire Me 03:39 4 New song
5 9:14 Blue Light 03:38 4 New song
6 9:17 Rhythm And Purples 04:36 4 New song
7 9:22 Armadilla 03:28 4 New song
8 9:26 Future In Our Hands 03:49 4 New song
9 9:30 Incredible Dream 02:52 4 New song
10 9:32 Orange Sunset Time 05:06 4 New song

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Keith Morris 

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11 9:38 Keith Morris Thousand Mile Stairs 04:23 4 New song
12 9:42 Keith Morris What Happened To Your Party? 08:45 4 New song
13 9:51 Eric Val Tragedy 03:35 4 New song
14 9:55 The Experimental Beautiful Horizons 04:24 4 New song
15 9:59 Man eat Grass Whyee 02:31 4 New song
16 10:02 Mike Shannon & Big Bus Dream Jones Is In The House 04:19 4 New song
17 10:06 Miles Silver The Whiplash Kid 03:33 4 New song
18 10:10 Second Hand Arms Dealer Blister and a Scratch 03:51 4 New song
19 10:14 StuckFish CALLING 06:05 4 New song
20 10:20 TolbertToz Let You Go 04:51 5
21 10:25 Anja Schumann The Little Mermaid Song 04:20 4
22 10:29 Allen and Douglas Million Moments 04:14 4
23 10:33 BK Gray Hellbound 04:43 4
24 10:38 Blue Return Everything 03:23 4
25 10:42 Brendan McMahon Friday's In December 04:34 4
26 10:46 JetBelly Before the Amber Hour 05:21 4
27 10:52 JetBelly The Lost Parade 04:17 4
28 10:56 Lance Glass Do I Need A Reason 03:30 4 New song
29 11:00 Nicole Berke UP  04:26 4
30 11:04 Sonny Hunter You Want Attention 03:40 4
31 11:08 Howard Simon Sweet Little Mystery 04:44 4
32 11:13 Wild Horse Broken & Forgotten 03:48 4
33 11:17 TJ Doyle Something For You 04:34 4
34 11:21 Ashes Fall You Deserve Better 03:26 4
35 11:25 Black Horse Motel Bones 03:52 4
36 11:29 Cold California Escape 03:16 4
37 11:32 Liam Naughton Mother nature 02:47 4
38 11:35 Mama's Broke Even Though 03:25 4
39 11:39 Pete Falloon Lay Down In The Morning Light 02:57 4
40 11:42 Petrella Bring The Children Home 03:26 4
41 11:45 Petrella Working in the USA 03:18 4
42 11:49 Riff Reign Night Train 03:39 4
43 11:52 Robert Machado The Feast 03:29 4
44 11:56 shaun tobar Why ? 04:01 4
45 12:00 Sirens Harbor Tenere 05:00 4
46 12:05 St.Cyr-White West Wind 03:21 4
47 12:08 Steve Rodgers Head Up High 03:01 4
48 12:12 Sweet Roger Conditions 05:25 4
49 12:17 Swirl Rise Up 03:39 4
50 12:21 Tandem Unicycle World Tilts 03:26 4
51 12:24 Victor Samalot El Hombre Sin Nombre 03:01 3
52 12:27 Violent Attitude If Noticed Ever-Ticking Clock 06:53 4
53 12:34 Voice of Addiction I Can't Breathe 02:45 4
54 12:37 w3detour Back To You 04:08 4
55 12:41 Ac G Black Magic 03:29 4
56 12:45 Alessandro Bagagli What Have You Done 04:43 4
57 12:50 The Arañads Going to the Doctor 03:13 4
58 12:53 Ashes Fall Zealous 04:16 4
59 12:57 Bleak Right From Good 04:14 4
60 1:02 Clint Slate Above the Moon 03:38 4
61 1:05 Flight Mongoose My Stomach Hurts 03:44 4
62 1:09 The Groovebirds Time It Takes 04:07 4
63 1:13 Icicle Best Not Talk 03:32 4
64 1:17 A&L Tell Me When it's Over 03:36 4
65 1:21 Richard Gilbert I'll Say Goodbye 04:02 3
66 1:25 Molly Hanmer Dead Happy 05:14 3 New song
67 1:30 Brian The Hat Duckworth I'll Just Run Away 02:29 3
68 1:33 Marc Viens It's a long way from London to LA 03:07 3 New song
69 1:36 Brother Neil Spinning Our Wheels 03:33 3
70 1:40 Brother Neil Wake Up Little Lady 02:20 3
71 1:42 Dongle Neon Priest 02:11 3
72 1:44 Swamp Guy Kayton Mama's Gone to Memphis 04:34 3
73 1:49 Amanda Campbell I should be working 03:21 3
74 1:52 BAMIL The Meaning 04:32 3
75 1:57 Christopher Langley Johnston Economic Upturn 04:11 2 New song