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Scranton rocker Lily Mao and the Resonaters sign with Brooklyn label to release new EP

Scranton rocker Lily Mao and the Resonaters sign with Brooklyn label to release new EP
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From a press release:

Lily Mao and The Resonaters, a New York City rock group with roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania, have signed with Brooklyn record label A Diamond Heart Production to release a new EP later this year.

The band is known for an original and exciting new sound that includes influences of punk, glam, and grunge rock; ’80s new wave; and ’90s pop. Vocalist, lyricist, guitarist, and Scranton native Lily Maopolski leads the quartet, which features Hawley musician Gabby Borges on drums, along with producer Nate Jasensky on guitar and Tui Jordan on bass.

“We’re incredibly excited to sign with A Diamond Heart Production in this next step forward in our musical careers,” Mao said.

A Diamond Heart Production is an artist development label and recording, music, and publishing company created by singer, songwriter, and record producer Vanessa Silberman.

“The group’s dynamic exciting live shows, great songwriting with truly authentic messages, and raw musicianship made it an easy decision for Diamond Heart to get on board and be part of the team,” Silberman explained.

“I’m beyond excited to have Lily join the roster and for A Diamond Heart to be part of her journey, help support her music as well as nurture her career and continue to watch the band’s success grow. The future is bright for Lily.”

Recorded at Greenpoint Recording Collective in Brooklyn and produced by Jasensky, the six-song EP “Human Being Animal” will follow their previous releases, “Seasick on the Subway,” nominated for a 2021 Wavy Award for Song of the Year, and debut album “Run to Madness,” a record of “bluesy surf rock with Patti Smith-esque lyrics” released independently in 2018; Mao celebrated with an album release party at Ale Mary’s in Scranton. Their growing discography is available now on all major streaming platforms.

Busking in the streets of New York by day and playing out in the city’s vast DIY scene by night, garage rocker Lily Mao has hammered out a niche in Brooklyn’s indie rock community with her gritty recordings and vibrant stage personality. In 2018, the Scranton singer/songwriter moved to Brooklyn, where she formed a power trio with fellow NEPA native Gabby Borges and Nate Jasensky. Playing stages like Rough Trade, the Mercury Lounge, and the Knitting Factory, the band most recently welcomed Tui Jordan on bass.

“Everyone at the label has been wonderful to work with,” Mao noted. “Personally, I’m thrilled to take this artistic and creative journey with Vanessa and look forward to sharing new music with our fans soon.”

With over 50 releases under its catalog, A Diamond Heart Production offers a very community-driven home and spirit on the label side as well distribution (Symphonic Distribution). The label prides itself on being an artist friendly music company with old school record label traits and a new school state of mind in the digital age. In 2020 and 2021, A Diamond Heart launched two new sub labels, Success Records and Poppy Records.

Photo by Justene Bartkowski