Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Monograms shares new track 'Sounds Like Mean Spirit'



Brooklyn-based, experimental indie rock band Monograms share their new single "Sounds Like Mean Spirit." Yesterday, mxdwn premiered the track with praise, stating, "Based around a determined bassline and a serpentine guitar lead, Jacobs’ fuzzed-out voice spits out lines like 'nothing ever changes / nothing stays the same.' The song gradually builds up steam through the chorus, only to complete release the energy to begin the verse again from scratch, building once again from a sparse bass." Earlier this week, the band announced their hometown release show on September 21st at The Broadway in Brooklyn (AdHoc Presents) with Big Bliss, Russian Baths and Jelly Kelly (purchase tickets here). Living Wire LP is due out September 20th via PaperCup Music.

The largest looming concept behind this album and the songs written on Living Wire is about the current state of creativity and the controlled environment that we exist within - a not so subtle jab at the state of technology and the constant noise that revolves around us, within social media, moderne life and everywhere - a buzzing choir, a living wire. With all the distractions, pop ups, influencers and stimuli in modern life, it can prove difficult to quiet that noise and focus on what you want to make. Additionally, A "live wire" is a person or object with so much energy that it becomes completely unpredictable or combustable, and the connotation is very polarizing: positive or negative, but either way overwhelming. Jacobs sees himself as one of these types. It’s hard for him to sit still and that’s not always a good or bad thing, but therein lies the challenge: quieting the noise long enough to create something, in this case, a record, that is based on his own reflections.

It was important to Jacobs to make somewhat of an about-face with this album and try some different techniques based on the music he was listening to, which was lots of 80's era pop music, 90's era college radio rotations, as well as a variety of electronic music from the past four decades. Having the ability to record a lot of components of the tracks at home in his makeshift home studio allows for a lot of experimentation, so some songs were started there, while others were workshopped with the band in a rehearsal or live setting or written fully in the studio. At the helm was producer/mixer Ben Rice, whose creative fingerprints are all over the record, Rice and Jacobs produced the record together and Rice mixed the entire album at his studio in Brooklyn, Degraw Sound.

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Thursday, 8 August 2019

TODAY!!!!! Tom Sail releases his second single, ‘Wounded’



Today, Tom Sail, Manchester-bred, London-transplanted singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who releases his second single, ‘Wounded’. A howling chorus and driving beat propel ‘Wounded’ through a tight three minutes of what Sail calls his “retro-indie pop” with heavy rock and a touch of pop at the core.

Listen close for echoes of The Beatles, The War on Drugs, Oasis and Motown in Sail’s music, of which a 12-song album will be released later in 2019. The product of two years’ work by “scraping together” one or two days in RAK Studios, the as-yet untitled album will showcase his talents by playing every instrument .

“I come from a very musical family, and taught myself to play since I was 10 years old,” Sail says. Some of the ideas for my music were generated during a six-month trip through South-East Asia, Australia and America and written in the back of a camper van on a tiny guitar I bought in Vietnam”.
When he’s writing a song, Tom says that the process starts with a mix of any of four ingredients: melody, story, lyrics and a riff. “Sometimes I will pick up the guitar and the song will just start with a melody. Other times I will pick up a phrase from a book or something written on the back of a bus seat which will inspire me to create a lyric” he says.

Perhaps with a nod to his Beatles and Motown influences, Sail turns to the melancholy of their early works. “I like how all the Motown and early Beatles are always about heartbreak,” he says. “I like to feel melancholic hopefulness in my songs – they are usually sad to a point but not depressing.”
‘Wounded’ and its haunting predecessor, single ‘Two Weeks’ both deliver riveting musical introductions to this new talent. What five words would Tom Sail use to describe his upcoming album?  “Retro. Melancholic. Hopeful. Dreamy. Pensive.”



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Pixies shares New Music video 'Catefish Kate'


LOS ANGELES, CA — Tuesday, August 6, 2019 — The animated new music video for 'Catfish Kate,' the first radio single from Pixies’ studio album 'Beneath The Eyrie' due out September 13th (BMG), ventures deep into the imagination of the band’s main lyricist Black Francis.  The clip weaves the bizarre lyrical and visual tale of mountain woman Kate’s simple task to catch a fish for that night’s dinner, and what occurs that has her known forever after as 'Catfish Kate.'

The clip was created by the UK/European-based Krank! Collective who also produced the animated video for Pixies’ 'Tenement Song' from 2016’s Head Carrier.  Krank!’s Neirin Best and Lianne Pierce created the 'Catfish Kate' video using a variety of handmade and digital animation techniques, including old school light box, painted animation, rotoscoping and digital compositing.

'Catfish Kate' follows 'On Graveyard Hill,' the first track released from the album that debuted at #1 on FMQB’s SubModern Chart.  'Beneath The Eyrie' was produced by GRAMMY-nominated Tom Dalgety and recorded last December at Dreamland Studios near Woodstock, NY.  The band’s 'It’s a Pixies Podcast' is the 12-episode podcast that gives fans a real “fly-on-the-wall" look at the album’s recording process.  Each episode has fans witnessing the interaction between vocalist/rhythm guitarist Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago, drummer David Lovering, bassist Paz Lenchantin and Dalgety, shining a light on how the songs evolved from a simple riff to what you’ll hear on the finished album.  'It’s a Pixies Podcast' is about half-way through with Episode Seven released this Thursday (8/8), and is available globally on Apple, Spotify, Deezer, and Stitcher.

Pixies 2019-2020 global trek to support 'Beneath The Eyre' begins Saturday August 31st at the Daydream Festival in Pasadena, CA.  The band then heads to the UK for its first European tour in two years, kicking off September 13th.  More worldwide dates will be announced shortly.

AUGUST
31  Daydream Festival, Pasadena, CA

SEPTEMBER
12  De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK
13  Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
14  Pavilions, Plymouth, UK
16  O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
17  O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
18  O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
20  Alexandra Palace, London, UK
21  O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
22  O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
23  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
25  Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK
26  Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
29  Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
30  Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden

OCTOBER
 1   KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
 3   TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
 4   O13 Poppodium, Tilburg, The Netherlands
 5   Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
 7   Palladium, Cologne, Germany
 8   Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
 9   Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
11  Estragon, Bologna, Italy
12  Todays at OGR, Turin, Italy
13  X-Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
15  Tonhalle, Munich, Germany
16  Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
17  Luxexpo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
19  L'Olympia, Paris, France
20  Le Radiant, Lyon, France
21  Le Liberte, Rennes, France
23  Sant Jordi Club, Barcelona, Spain
24  Riviera, Madrid, Spain
25  Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal
26  Coliseum, Galicia, Spain


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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Prolific Indie-rock sensation Ro Bergman Shares ‘Horizon’ Single


Indie-rock connoisseur Ro Bergman has released recently released his track  ‘Horizon’ via Bergman Music. The track was produced by Niko Stoessl (worked with the likes of Dave Gahan, IamX, NIHILS, Motoboy) and was composed by Bergman himself alongside Niko Stoessl while the video was directed by Acoda. Bergman has already racked up an impressive 50 000 Spotify streams and 41 000 Youtube views.

The Austrian-made masterpiece ‘Horizon’ has lyrics of encouragement that speak of new horizons and beginnings. The track gives one the sense of journey as you are transported into a different world through the riveting track.

Speaking of the track Bergman notes: “Out of the underground into the open, I had to write ‘Horizon’ to break out and see my new horizons.”



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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Lightning Bolt announce new album Sonic Citadel



Legendary duo Lightning Bolt will be releasing their seventh full length album, Sonic Citadel, on 11 October 2019. On Sonic Citadel, the band often called the loudest rock outfit around have done the daring, stripping away some of their distorted mask to reveal the naked pop forms beneath the noise like never before. In addition to the new album, Lightning Bolt will be reissuing their entire Load Records catalogue via Thrill Jockey throughout 2019 and 2020, starting with Wonderful Rainbow, out 23 August. Lightning Bolt will be touring this fall and winter - full list of dates to be announced.

Over their career Lightning Bolt’s incomparable sound has been built on the ebb and flow between the power of raw, unbridled simplicity and a boundless, childlike sense of wonder. Sonic Citadel marks the duo’s most varied and diverse work since their seminal album Wonderful Rainbow, exploring a large breadth of emotions between and within each song. Bassist Brian Gibson and drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale again recorded with Seth Manchester at the esteemed Machines With Magnets to capture the abandon of their music with clarity and Gibson’s incredible dynamic range clearly to make the record as visceral an experience as their live performances. The pummeling “Blow To The Head” and swirling “Van Halen 2049” bookend the album with two of the most ferocious songs in the band’s catalogue, with the former built as a Black Pus (Brian Chippendale’s solo outlet) track on steroids. In stark contrast, songs like “Don Henley In The Park,” and “All Insane” take on almost conventional pop shapes despite being entirely spontaneous pieces crafted in the studio. “Hüsker Dön’t” too defies expectations as one of the poppiest songs in their discography with a chugging but clear chord progression and some of Chippendale’s least distorted vocals. These wildly varying approaches are a testament to the duo’s immeasurable capacity to explore new sonic territory organically, and largely through improvisation.

In the four years between album releases, each member’s increasingly prolific creative endeavors limited their time to create together. Brian Gibson was the sole artist, musician and co-designer of the acclaimed video game Thumper, which has since proliferated across a multitude of platforms, and won countless awards including the 2019 Apple Design Award. Brian Chippendale, who has always created the band’s visual art, released the graphic novel Puke Force, was included in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time,” and recently collaborated with fashion designers Eckhaus Latta.

Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel tracklist:
1. Blow To The Head
2. USA Is A Psycho
3. Air Conditioning
4. Hüsker Dön't
5. Big Banger
6. Halloween 3
7. Don Henley In The Park
8. Tom Thump
9. Bouncy House
10. All Insane
11. Van Halen 2049




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Friday, 2 August 2019

Prettiest Eyes Share "Mr. President" Music Video On Self-Titled



Castle Face Records signee Prettiest Eyes have shared the video for their track "Mr. President". Their new LP Vol. 3 is out now on Castle Face. Prior to the album release, the band shared the track "Nekrodisco" on BrooklynVegan. The band will spend this fall touring with Oh Sees.

Last year’s “Pools" having taken up a sizable chunk of our cold dark hearts, we were delighted to hear that LA post-industrial trio Prettiest Eyes have a new gang of crowd-stirrers. None too early, either; once you’ve become accustomed to their clanging synthetic orbit, it’s hard to find other tunes that truly scratch the same itch. Volume 3 bursts at the seams with chrome-dipped timbres and surprise sharp edges, alien klaxon-calls and wailing dissonance offsetting the ziplock’d grease of their insistent drum and bass grooves. Prettiest Eyes are one of the most exciting live bands going on right now, and Volume 3 catches them in fine fettle. It’s out on Castle Face records now.

Tour Dates:
9/30 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
10/1 San Francisco, CA- The Chapel
10/2 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
10/4 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10/7 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
10/10 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue Mainroom
10/11 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
10/12 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
10/14 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
10/15 Montreal, QC - Le National
10/16 Cambridge, MC - The Sinclair
10/18 New York, NY - Warsaw
10/19 New York, NY - Warsaw
10/20 New York, NY - Warsaw
10/22 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10/23 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10/24 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10/25 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s
10/26 Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas
10/27 Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas
10/29 Albuquerque, NM - Sister Bar
10/31 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

Vol. 3 - TRACKLISTING
Johnny Come Home
It Cost’s To Be Austere
I Don’t Know
Mr. President
Nekrodisco
The Shame
Another Earth
Marihuana
Summer In LA
No More Summer
Strange Distance
La Maldad




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Thursday, 1 August 2019

Rock band Weston Rd release their first brutal music video for ‘Take You Down’


Alternative-Rock band Weston Rd has shared the music video for the single ‘Take You Down’. The English rock outfit originally comes from the small country town of Stafford, where they also found the inspiration for their name.

The band cite fairly diverse influences, from Black Sabbath to Hip Hop.  The video presents a whirlwind of drums and the harsh architecture of the ruins pairing well with the guttural vocals. Shot in both a set of ruins and as well as the behind the scenes aspects of the band’s lives, the viewer is presented with a unique combination of a formal music video meeting.

‘Take You Down’ is our first ever single and also the first song ever written with the band in mind, even before Weston Rd was Weston Rd! As it was then, the band was dealt a nasty blow by someone close to us. Just a few hours later, all of the emotion and thoughts that were provoked resulted in ‘Take You Down.’ You can kind of call it group therapy so we hope that it will be group therapy for all those that get to listen to it too!’


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