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Rock: Americana Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock Rock: Riot Grrrl Rock: Rock & Roll Moods: Solo Female Artist

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United States - California

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Solvej Schou

Born and raised in Hollywood, half Danish and Jewish-Polish, and singing since she was a kid, Pasadena, California based Solvej Schou (SOUL-vye SKOH) showcases a raw and bluesy rock 'n' roll vocal strut with guitar inspired by the likes of Janis Joplin, X, Pretenders, Etta James, PJ Harvey, Aretha Franklin, Bikini Kill and Patti Smith.

Hailed by Flavorwire for her “lightning riffs and hear-me-roar attitude” and by Pasadena Weekly as a “feisty PJ Harvey-influenced rocker,” Schou has played solo and in bands (Bitch & Moan, The Lassiebeat, Racquet, Naughty Bird) in Los Angeles, New York City and Copenhagen, Denmark. She’s performed with groups such as Gossip, at festivals including CMJ, Make Music Pasadena and the Eclectic, at venues including NYC's the Knitting Factory, Seattle's Funhouse and Copenhagen's Christianshavn Bådudlejningand, and at L.A. clubs such as the Whiskey, Redwood Bar, Taix, The Smell and The Echo.

Schou's music covers everything from grief, loss, love, social justice, American identity and being a saucy woman to paying homage to Charlie Parker and David Bowie. A BMI registered songwriter, she released her self-titled solo debut album in late 2014. In 2015, Flavorwire premiered the fiery black-and-white video for her song “Cruel Hearted Woman,” inspired by PJ Harvey’s 1993 “Man-Size” video and Solvej’s past life as a revival ‘60s Mod scene go-go champ. Soulful, big and recorded with musicians at Medley Studios in Copenhagen, her 2015 single “Friendship” made L.A. Record’s best of 2015 reader poll.

Schou's new full-band solo album "Quiet For Too Long," released on June 7, 2019, the same week as the 100th anniversary of Congress approving the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, dives into issues ranging from police brutality, anti-immigrant fervor, gun violence, gender equality and powerful womanhood to mortality, depression, love and David Bowie’s death. The record is available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and CD Baby, and as limited edition red vinyl. "It's a record that reflects this current political climate: If your nerves aren't charged and tingling by the end, your emotions at tipping point, you aren't paying attention," says LA Weekly, which named "Quiet For Too Long" its album of the week the week of its release.

Personal and political, loud and passionate, "Quiet For Too Long" is filled with Schou’s belted vocals and driving guitar, and also features talented Chelsea Jean Speer-Guzman (VesuviaSonic, Modern Time Machines, Chelsea Jean) on bass and back-up vocals, Eric Hasenbein (12 dirty lovers) on guitar and Bryan Bos (Goldenboy, Moonwash, Crossed Keys) on drums. The album was recorded, mixed and engineered at L.A.’s Station House Studio in Echo Park by Mark Rains, who recorded Alice Bag’s acclaimed recent solo albums. The album was mastered by Marsh Mastering's Stephen Marsh (The Donnas, Ozomatli, Los Lobos) in Hollywood, and was pressed to vinyl by L.A.’s Rainbo Records. Artist Delbar Shahbaz painted a colorful and bold portrait of Schou for the cover, with the cover design by Braveland.

© Solvej Schou 2019