For fans of electronic music – and the far-reaching wave of style and pop culture that followed in the wake of the 80s – Berlin vocalist Terri Nunn is an icon. As the charismatic vocalist for a band that virtually launched electronic dance rock in the U.S., Terri earned the No. 11 spot on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Women in Rock.” It might come as a surprise then to hear that Terri (who inspired legions of modern female rockers) was first inspired by male role models like Robert Plant and David Bowie. “The first artists that changed my brain about what I wanted to do were men,” Terri confesses. “On stage they were really loud, powerful, sexy and irreverent. The guys seemed to have a lot more fun than any of the girls I saw.” But Terri’s perception shifted when she discovered the artistry of three very distinct women in rock: Grace Slick, Anne Wilson and Stevie Nicks. “Grace Slick was really like a guy on stage, and she showed me the role I wanted in a rock band,” Terri explains. “Anne Wilson also had an incredible vocal power and presence, because she was very influenced by Robert Plant. Stevie Nicks was femininity and mystery in the midst of the rock world, and I wanted that, too.”
Still performing and recording more than 20 years after the release of the groundbreaking debut, Pleasure Victim, Terri and Berlin are currently touring in support of 4Play, the group’s impressive 10th release. An eclectic and ambitious album, 4Play is comprised of new material along with both electronic and alternative rock covers from a first rate selection of artists – David Bowie, Depeche Mode and industrial-Goth icon Marilyn Manson, to name a few. With a mix of both studio and live recordings, 4 Play is everything you’d expect from Berlin, a band that continues to explore and perfect a sound they pioneered over two decades ago. “Although we didn’t realize it at the time,” Terri recalls, “Berlin’s early sound was the start of modern electronic music. That sound has morphed into industrial, trance and now electroclash. Bands like Interpol, Fisherspooner and Goldfrapp are actually direct descendents of what we were doing in the ‘80s.” Inspired by Ultravox and Kraftwerk – two European bands using state-of-the-art keyboards to create sounds entirely different from those of a traditional keyboard instrument – Terri and Berlin co-founder John Crawford followed their inspiration to form a band centered on this keyboard driven sound, but fronted by a dynamic female vocalist. “At the time we came out,” Terri offers, “labels were signing power-pop bands like the Knack, The Plimsouls and The GoGos. We thought we might have something that was different and unique, but the record labels just didn’t understand what we were doing and we were laughed at.” Berlin persevered, honing their songwriting skills until a then-fledgling record label, Enigma signed Berlin on the strength of a collection of demos. Those demos became the group’s first release, the EP Pleasure Victim. “We created the record, including the cover, for Enigma for under $3,000,” Terri admits. When Pleasure Victim sold 25,000 copies in one month, Geffen signed Berlin, purchased the recording from Enigma and re-released the record at the beginning of 1983. Pleasure Victim went on to achieve multi-platinum sales in America.
Singer/Songwriter/Guitarists Nicole Sutton and Mark McGee take musical vision and crossover appeal to new heights. Their persuasive, genre bending sound is a template for a new era of world class Rock music! With 4 studio releases Luvplanet (2003), State of Mind (2005), Lucky One(2008) and Luvolution(2010), their loyal followers and reputation as an arena ready band continues to grow. Songwriters Sutton and McGee deliver exciting Rock anthems, slow moving ballads and progressive psychedelic jams all laden with strumming acoustics, big guns electric guitars and perfectly woven rhythms. With memorable hooks, meaningful lyrics and raw genuine emotion, their music lures you in. Longtime bassist Tommy Sisco and drummer Scott McKenzie connect the musical circle with their irresistible feel and syncopated grooves. The music’s universal appeal penetrates the hearts of people 7 to 70 with songs illuminating with global potential.
Luvplanet’s music is currently getting spins on Radio such as: Northern California stations 97.7 the River, 107.7 the Bone and 95.9 the Krush.
In 2010 & 2011, Luvplanet was nominated for Best Rock group at Sonoma County’s North Bay Music Awards and dubbed the ‘Critic’s Choice’ by Bohemian magazine.
Roger Fisher (Heart) says… Nicole Sutton, where have you been? You deserve a high chart position, top radio rotation and chauffeur-driven rides to receive your grammy’s! Nonpretentious lyrics on a bed of guitar greatness express songs that aren’t clichécluttered. I think all the greatest guitarists in the world would agree that Mark McGee stands among them as impressive and inspiring!
Luvplanet’s performed w/ Boston, John Waite, B52’s, Plain White T’s, Third Eye Blind, Eddie Money, Montrose, The Mother Hips, Todd Rundgren,, Michael Schenker, UFO, Mother Hips, Jesse Colin Young, Pat Travers, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Y&T, Eric Martin, Adrian Belew (King Crimson), The Tubes, Davey Pattison, The Donnas, Marshall Tucker Band, Lydia Pense, MoonAlice, Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) and George Lynch.