Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Robin Romei /// Vapours

The new
video for Robin Romei's single "Vapours" has been unleashed! It's already had good praises from Contact Music and lots of airplay from BBC's Gary Crowley.

“A one man music machine inspired by the Clash and The Smiths”-
Gary Crowley- BBC RADIO London

“Driven by an entirely deeper dynamic than most pop artists, Robin Romei
inhabits a very special world of extraordinary sounds and endless vision.”

“Effy” is extraordinary. Romei’s arrangement produces a cool, fun, unique, attention-grabbing auditory experience.
This song in particular is a hit-in-the-making!”
Indie Mirror

After the success of the double A sided single "EFFY / (WE ARE) THE UNDERDOGS" back in November 2013, the variable workhorse, Robin Romei, returns with another exciting single, "VAPOURS". Robin's infectious take on old school, cult sounds has already seen him tour Europe and the U.S including Hollywood's sought after Whiskey a Go Go and Tramlines Festival. Beyond this he has received national radio play, most notably for his earlier efforts on BBC Radio 6 and Frank Skinner's Morning Show on Absolute Radio. Working closely with Sony EMI and Universal's Adrian Hall, one of the world's most prominent engineers and producers, Romei’s newest project is the most remarkable to date.

The born and bred Londoner brings forward an intriguing blend of classic rock, punk and pop in this recent effort, and you can't help but notice parallels with classic cult bands like The Clash and The Smiths.  Besides Romei’s ability to write faultlessly crafted pop songs it is his lyrical content which has got to be one of his best assets. Romei’s content is both thought-provoking, wholesome and introverted, which is often brilliantly contrasted by his astonishing guitar riffs, anthemic choruses and hearty voice which sits somewhere between Robert Smith and Morrisey.

In a time where commercialism has often shrouded the industry with tacky undertones, Robin Romei will stand out with an undeniably reverberating presence, managing to capture some of the more vintage styles of the early punk and rock eras whilst maintaining a catchy pop formula. The Underdog is set to take his full band around the South Coast and London in June 2014. Already receiving heavy pre-release support, with nationwide publications and radio support please stay tuned for imminent updates.

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014


Word on the scene is that TENFIVESIXTY are to grace our ears with a new single, "Control" (out 28th July!). Rumours

‘Do This For Me’ is one of the most beautifully haunting singles I’ve heard in years – and not haunting in the regular, overused journo sense, but haunting because of the pleasantly haunted, trance-like state I currently find myself in”

“With a strong live reputation this indie-rock / noise pop band are here to stay”
With Guitars
"On par with CHVRCHES!”
Sine FM

With the recent reemergence of Mazzy Star and Slowdive, it’s clear that there’s still very much a place for dreamy Romanticism in today’s musical climate as TenFiveSixty reappear with their greatly anticipated single ‘Control’. Set for release in the coming months on the 28th July, north-west outfit TenFiveSixty are Amongst the latest wave of plaintive pop torch-bearers produced and mixed by renowned producer Robert Harder (Brian Eno, Herbie Hancock, Whitey, Squarepusher).

Formed by Jen Bailey and Rick Hornby a few years back, the group say it was a shared love of, “lost romanticism, soundtracks, 60’s girl groups, 80’s hooks, good footwear, attention to detail, and the darker side of classic British guitar pop” that brought them together, and such reference points are certainly audible in the material they’ve released so far.

With inspirations stemming from early cinema including the 1983 American drama 'Rumble Fish': "Alienation and teen angst summed up and beautifully shot", and the epic Maysles brothers' documentary on the Rolling Stones' 1969 U.S tour ‘Gimme Shelter’: "The most intense gig in history… Life/death/music", the duo focus their energies on the symbolism within their music. Their influences go deeper still, homing in on specific imagery within art and film: "The theme of escape in both film and art is always influential to us, the whole 'to the big city' idea: runaway destinations, cityscapes, skylines, New York/Paris/London." This is overtly evident in their sense of distance and exploration.

Beyond their artistic vision connecting film, art and music, the group hold New York central to their work, including the evolution of the punk/disco/pop scenes of the 70s. It seems that anything on film influenced this incredible band, with New York standing as an epicentre for its iconography, "making fire escapes look iconic."
Their first outing ‘Killer’s Son’ first captured imaginations when it was released as a free download back in 2012, and sonically seemed better fitted to the saloons of the American mid-west than the pubs of the English north-west. Their first full-length release - ‘Do This For Me’, through Giant Haystacks / Fierce Panda - saw them dip into wistful balladry, and came accompanied by a remix from Californian psych-rockers Crocodiles, while their brand of poignant introspection found a fitting setting when they were invited to support Britpop icons Suede at the Southend leg of their UK tour last year.

After recently headlining at Matt And Phreds in Manchester, further support has come from BBC’s Introducing Manchester and, as they take their hometown by storm they will continue to make listeners dance with a broken heart. We’re confident that their next effort, ‘Control’ will pull them further into the limelight.

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