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Jillian Iva: singer
Becky Kupersmith (Bex): keyboardist
Kelly Harris (Lay Lay): drummer

CATCH VON IVA WITH GLASVEGAS APRIL 2-16!

DATE VENUE LOCATION
APRIL    
2 La Tulipe Montreal, QC
3 Mod Club Toronto, ONT
4 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
6 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
7 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
9 Bluebird Theatre Denver, CO
10 Avalon Theater - Salt Lake Salt Lake City, UT
12 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
13 Neumos Crystal Ballroom Seattle, WA
14 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
16 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA

 

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Von Iva’s “Hell on Heels” National US Tour with Semi Precious Weapons and Nico Vega Begins January 13

Band to make major film debut alongside Zooey Deschanel & Jim Carrey in Warner Bros’ #1 movie Yes Man

“Girls on Film” EP out now!!!

LOS ANGELES, January 5, 2009 – San Francisco’s Von Iva special mix of musical madness and their distinctive blend of electro-pop-rock executed by synths, drums, and gritty soulful vocals is beautifully showcased on their new EP, Girls on Film (self-released). The 6 song set features some tracks from their 2007 CD Our Own Island (i.e., “LALA,” “Birds of Prey,” and “Guise”) and some new songs (i.e., “Living For It,” “Emerald Eyes,” and “Electricity.”)

As infectious as the ladies recordings are, it’s the trio’s live shows that move the masses. “An ass-shaking mix of soul, disco and dirty, raw rock & roll, this San Francisco band rattles the rafters with an aural love potion.” raved LA Weekly. While SF Weekly says: “Believe the hype Von Iva is the new purveyor of soul, and it's got the groove-drunk fans to prove it.”
But it’s the uber cool Bust Magazine that really captures all one can say about Von Iva... “If you've ever wished for Franz Ferdinand, P.J. Harvey, Gary Numan, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to be bottled up into a love potion, here it is. They're soul-shaking dance-punk queens-and they're going to rock your world.”

Not only will Von Iva rock your world on stages across America this Winter, they are currently rocking it on the Hollywood big screen in their movie debut playing the band that Zooey Deschanel fronts in the #1 film with Jim Carrey, Yes Man. Von Iva also wrote the song “Yes Man” specifically for the film which runs over the end credits.

Von Iva will embark on a national US tour with New York’s most outrageous rock band, Semi Precious Weapons, and the sultry Los Angeles based Nico Vega for the “Hell on Heels” tour beginning January 13, 2009. See dates listed below (more tba). Nico Vega only appear on the tour from Jan. 13 – Feb. 3.


Von Iva “Hell on Heels” Tour

DATE VENUE LOCATION
JAN 2009    
13 Burt's Tiki Lounge Albuquerque, NM
15 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX
16 Fitzgerald's Houston, TX
17 Sue Ellen's Vixen Lounge Dallas, TX
18 Emo's Austin, TX
19 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
22 Off The Wagon Montgomery, AL
23 Floyd's Music Store Tallahassee, FL
24 Chili Pepper Supper Club Cocoa Beach, FL
25 Backbooth Orlando, FL
27 Jack Rabbit's Jacksonville, FL
28 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
29 The Milestone Charlotte, NC
30 The Red & the Black Washington, DC
31 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
FEB 2009    
1 The Khyber Philadelphia, PA
3 T.T. The Bear's Cambridge, MA
4 Webster Underground Hartford, CT
5 Hard Rock Cafe' Pittsburgh, PA
6 The Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
7 Ravari Room Columbus, OH
9 Cicero's St. Louis, MO
10 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
11 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
13 Uncle Festers Bloomington, IN
13 Farm Rootcellar Bloomington, IN
14 The Brass Rail Fort Wayne, IN
MAR 2009    
7 Plush Lounge Tucson, AZ
9 The Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV
10 Bar Pink San Diego, CA
11 Knitting Factory Los Angeles, CA
12 Red Devil Lounge San Francisco, CA
13 Voodoo Lounge San Jose, CA
15 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
16 El Corazon Seattle, WA

More dates to be announced.

For press inquires on VON IVA please contact: Ken Phillips Publicity Group, inc. (323) 845-9997 or kpgroup@yahoo.com as well as http://kenphillipsgroup.com/Phillips/voniva.htm for hi res images,etc.


Look Who’s Singing Von Iva’s Praises….

“Vixen soulstress Jillian Iva[‘s] shy curtsy couldn’t disguise the band’s raw energy.”
-Spin magazine

“Believe the hype: Von Iva is the new purveyor of soul...”
-San Francisco Weekly

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“If you ever wished for Franz Ferdinand, P.J. Harvey, Gary Numan, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to be bottled up into a love potion, here it is… They’re soul-shaking dance-punk queens-and they're going to rock your world."
- Bust Magazine

“Von Iva is pure swagger and bold soul.”
-Venus magazine

“An ass-shaking mix of soul, disco, and dirty raw rock and roll…”
-LA Weekly

“Von Iva is one of the greatest girl groups I’ve heard in my life.”
-The Village Voice

“The fashion-forward trio straddle the border between skuzzy and sultry with sweat-inducing plunges into the intersections of Gossip spit and spunk, Devo/Wire post-punk, and Timbaland gadung-a-dung-dunk.”
-San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Their brand of must-move-this-moment music is only fully realized live.”
-7x7

Six tracks of dance-floor electro-rock summon both Annie Lennox, in Jillian Iva's powerful vocals, and Blondie, in the band's aggressive use of synth and drum machines. "Girls on Film" packs a punch and teases better things to come. -Eastbay Express

With fierce, oversize grooves, drama-queen sexuality and hook-laden songs that keep dance floors crowded, it's no surprise that Hollywood has come a knockin' for Von Iva's rockin'. -San Francisco Chronicle

   
 
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Von Iva bio

Jillian Iva: singer
Rebecca Kupersmith (Bex): keyboardist
Kelly Harris (Lay Lay): drummer

Jillian Iva, Bex, and Kelly Harris, better known as the San Francisco-based trio Von Iva, has had many musical tags thrust upon them. Electro pop punk. Soul rock dance. Synth rawk. Fashion-forward dance punk queens. Alt-pop. Gay icons. Dirty disco. The new purveyors of soul. A bombastic live band. Punk soul. A booty-shaking mix of soul, disco, and dirty raw rock and roll. Genre-crossing. Skuzzy and sultry. A saucy little affair.

And, you know what? All of those descriptions ring true for these fearless femmes. It’s Von Iva special mix of musical madness that has landed the group, which formed in 2004, such opportunities as these: Playing the band that Zooey Deschanel fronts in her new film with Jim Carrey, Yes Man, out December 2008; writing the theme song for Curl Girls on the Logo television channel aimed at the gay and lesbian market; and getting their song, “Birds of Prey,” in the 2008 Jerry O’Connell/Heather Graham movie Baby on Board, “Same Sad Song” in Showtime’s The L Word in 2006, the video for “Not Hot to Trot” in select Dell computers in 2006, and “LALA” in heavy rotation at Forever 21 stores nationwide. And, of course, earning coveted opening slots for such a diverse group of acts as the Go-Go’s, Lady Sovereign, the Walkmen, the Gossip, !!!, the Raveonettes, Imperia Teen, Girl in a Coma, Noisepop, The Warped Tour and more.

“Every time someone asks, ‘What do you sound like?’ I still trip up,” admits lead singer Jillian, whose great grandmother (Iva) – a snake charmer in a carnival - inspired the band’s name. “But, that’s a good thing. Being able to cross all genres by playing with everyone from the Go-Go’s to !!! really defines who we are.”

Adds drummer Kelly Harris (a.k.a. Lay Lay): “There’s this outside culture that can either totally inspire you and push you into their direction or you can choose to totally ignore it and hole up and do your own thing. We chose the latter. It’s good that it’s hard to compare us to others. That was intended. We want to keep people on their toes.”

Their distinctive blend of electro-pop-rock executed by synths, drums, and gritty soulful vocals (no bass or guitar in this group, though an early incarnation featured 7 Year Bitch’s Elizabeth Davis on bass) is beautifully showcased on their new EP, Girls on Film (Oct. 28, self-released), which features some tracks from their 2007 CD Our Own Island on Ruby Tower Records, (i.e., “LALA,” “Birds of Prey,” and “Guise”) and some new songs (i.e., “Living For It,” “Emerald Eyes,” and “Let It Go.”) The group’s first release was a self-titled EP on Cochon Records in 2004, which included the aforementioned “Same Sad Song” and “Not Hot to Trot.”

Seeing where each of the band members comes from musically explains how they got to the sound that is uniquely Von Iva. Jillian grew up listening to her parents’ Motown records and was fascinated at a young age by the “glitz and glamour” of the Supremes, Tina Turner’s “amazing stage presence and her sexy-but-badass persona,” as well as Bauhaus, Joy Division, Siouxsie Sioux, and even Guns N’ Roses. Bex, meanwhile, “fucking loves” Kylie Minogue and the Darkness in equal doses, while still being inspired by 1970s rock, vintage gear, and, of course, Joy Division. Kelly grew up on Sly and the Family Stone, and all the “disco rhythmic funky stuff” she could get her hands on with some ‘80s Giorgio Moroder coolness mixed in. And, yes, Joy Division.

But, as infectious as Von Iva’s recordings are, it’s the trio’s live shows that have created the buzz and lured everyone from rock chicks who need new strong female role models to raise their fists for to fashionistas who thrive on sass and attitude to gay men who fawn over Jillian to club kids who like to dance their asses off. This spectrum of appeal extends to impressing musicians with whom they’ve shared the stage, including veteran drummer Gina Schock of the Go-Go’s:   “I like Von Iva because they are great musicians and they write good songs that rock. They are also fantastic live and put on a really entertaining show.”

“Our performance and energy is what we’re about,” says Kelly, who notes that the group plays everything live as true to their records (“No weird overdubs live!”) “You never know what’s going to happen at one of our shows. We’ll do an extended jam you haven’t heard before on one of your favorite songs. Jillian really loves to crawl around on things and get on top of the speaker cabs or my kick drum. Bex’s keyboards are played through amps instead of the P.A. and she’s distorting them into this ground-shaking sound. Girls and boys hop up onstage with us.”

Adds Bex, “Jillian is a total gay man icon. She is one of those people I can see drag queens impersonating. That is part of our appeal. She is sexual, she doesn’t give a fuck, and she takes command of the stage and the audience.”

Von Iva will soon be taking command of the big screen when they appear in Yes Man, the new Jim Carrey/Zooey Deschanel Warner Bros. comedy, out Dec. 19. As a result of an intensive two-week writing and rehearsal session to fully manifest the fictional Munchausen by Proxy, the group performs original songs, “Uh Huh” and “Sweet Ballad,” with Zooey and Jillian trading off on vocals in a few scenes in the movie. Von Iva also wrote the song “Yes Man” specifically for the film and it will run over the end credits.

It’s a true DIY success story of how Von Iva wound up in a major motion picture without even having a major record deal. Yes Man music supervisor Jonathan Karp was stocking up on music at Amoeba Records in L.A. one day – as he often does – and was struck by the CD cover for Von Iva’s Our Own Island, which was created in the group’s true DIY form with Becky and Kelly designing the cover. He picked up the CD, liked what he heard, and the rest, as they say, is movie history.

“When I saw the cover to Von Iva's CD Our Own Island, I was immediately drawn to their look, and instinctively knew they might be the right band for Yes Man,” says Jonathan Karp, whose previous music supervision credits include most of Judd Apatow’s most famous films, including Knocked Up, Superbad, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and others. “When I popped in the CD for a listen, it was the perfect mix of uniqueness, great songs, and attitude that we were looking for.”

Von Iva will be on the Yes Man soundtrack as well, and is touring through the fall and winter while eyeing spring 2009 to release a new full-length CD.

Von Iva's electro-pop-rock-disco-soul sound is awaking the masses and shaking some asses and they have only just begun.


   
 
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