Artist Match Up of the Week: The Ceremonies Vs. Betty Who

First Up…

Name: The Ceremonies

Sounds Like:  fun. , The Smiths 

Label: Capitol Records 



The Ceremonies is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California.  Their sound has been described as ‘80s New Wave nostalgia meets cutting-edge alternative rock. The three members, of the band consists of brothers Matthew Cook (age 21), Mark Cook (age 20), and Michael Cook (age 20).  Formed in 2010 they did not  release any music until late 2012. They are currently managed by Troy Carter and has been signed to a joint label between Atom factory and Capitol Records.

The Ceremonies have listed some of their influences being  Echo and The Bunnymen, The Smiths, and The Cure.   They recently released theur self-titled debut EP on October 8th, 2013 preceding the debut of their music video “Land Of Gathering”, which was featured on MTV´s Artists to Watch. Check out the video below. 

Check out some of their other tracks as well.

I think they do a good job describing their sound, its  a new age type of indie rock and you can really hear the influences bands like the Smiths have had on them.  I definitely can´t say I don´t like what I hear.   The have a good new sound and a real connection to social media, which we all know is a huge factors these days.  They know how to connect with their fans without just posting about their music. The use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and youtube and follow a consistent image.  It refreshing to see young artists have a defined sound and look already established, there is a lot potential in this group of brothers.

Next Up…

Name: Betty Who

Label: RCA Records

Sounds Like: Katy Perry, Madonna, 



This next artists has been featured in a lot of blogs and has already created a following after a video featuring her song went viral.  This Australian-born, New York-based pop singer released her upbeat debut EP, The Movement, last April. Since then, the 22-year-old born Jessica Newham has worked tirelessly to get her catchy melodies as good as anything topping the charts today. She has recently  joined a roster of RCA artists that includes heavyweights like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson. Her second EP is due out in early 2014.

Check out the Viral Video that had her name burning up the blog world.

Take a listen to her debut EP, The Movement


I think in this case I would sign both these acts!  Each one has something that I think would make them successful in the industry today.  The Ceremonies have an interesting sounds a a defined look, I think their ready for big things.  Betty Who knows how to write a damn good pop song and I can see her competing with current pop artists like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

What do you all think?  Who would you sign? 

Sources: 14 Musical Acts To Watch in 2014 |