Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Belle and Sebastian: Indie by the Sea


Glaswegian indie band, Belle and Sebastian takes to the sea from 8 - 12 August for their own The Boaty Weekender festival sailing a roundtrip Barcelona to Cagliari, Sardinia. The festival will feature acts like Mogwai, Yo La Tengo, Camera Obscura, Teenage Fanclub, Django Django - Just to name a few. Those joining can expect, in addition to the live music acts, comedy shows, theme nights and on board activities including meditation, nautical knot-tying art, yoga and everything from hot tubs to the on board casino.

Find tickets for The Boaty Weekender HERE.
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However they will not lay dormant until then. Alongside Ex Hex and Men I Trust, the band has just announced a North American tour leading up to the festival. Set to kick off on 11 July, Belle and Sebastian start their tour in Charlottesville, through Boston and then on to Canada for Montreal and Toronto. To finish off the tour the band arrive back in the States for Pittsburg, Cleveland and Royal Oak, Michigan.

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

'No Intention Of Changing The World' - Lex Audrey's diverse debut album is out


Austrian Indie-electronic act, Lex Audrey have released their self-produced, composed and mixed debut album No Intention Of Changing The World. Out on Las Vegas Records, it features their latest single, ‘Winter II,’ which was premiered by top end tastemaker publications COMPLEX .

The Vienna-based trio is Niklas Pichler (vocals), Patrick Pillichshammer (drums and samples), and Lukas Staudinger (synth and bass). Drawing parallels to acts like Bastille, Bob Moses, Foster The People, and Son Lux, Lex Audrey manages to tiptoe on the thin line that blends all the best elements from rock, indie, and electronica.

“It‘s hard to summarize this album in just a few sentences, as we worked very long and hard on it. A lot of the songs are very critical about how technology sometimes has a negative impact on society and the way people interact with each other. We don‘t know if our listeners feel the same way about it yet, but we can‘t wait to find out.” says vocalist Niklas.

No Intention Of Changing The World is a diverse 12-track effort, and Lex Audrey remain enigmatic in terms genre on this album. However, there seems to be unceasing energy within the music, an array of song styles that one can't help but feel shouldn't work on paper, but certainly do.


Upcoming Tour dates for 2019

Italy:
7 March, POMOPERO, Breganze
9 March, MISHIMA, Terni
10 March, DISSONANZE, Cava de’ Tirreni
14 March, PRIMACLASSE, Ragusa
15 March, MONO, Catania
16 March, ZOOTV, Brucoli
17 March, HMORA, Siracusa
18 March, BOLAZZI, Palermo
20 March, OFF, Lamezia Terme
21 March, HUB, Cosenza
22 March, MR ROLLY’S, Vitulazio
23 March, DELIRI, Sora
25 March, LE MURA, Roma
26 March, MARLA, Perugia
27 March EX CINEMA AURORA, Livorno

Germany:
16 April, FZW, Dortmund
18 April, SUBSTAGE, Karlsruhe

Austria:
29 Apr CHELSEA, Vienna


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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Yacht Punk share music video for "Indian Summer" ahead of album 'Ghosts'


LA indie-rock outfit, Yacht Punk, have shared a brand new video for their single, "Indian Summer." The video was premiered on Tuesday with Wolf in a Suit, who praised the video saying, "the music video takes a unique and refreshing route as it is a finely tuned blend of classic vibes and contemporary touches that makes it all really stand out." The single is off the band's upcoming record, Ghosts, which is due out Friday, April 5th.

Laying on the floor of his unfinished basement studio in Beachwood Canyon, Graham Bockmiller realized it was time to go out on his own. The LA-based band Great White Buffalo had run its course, leaving him unsure what would come next. Graham spent the next year holed up inside his studio by himself; contemplating life, writing, collecting nude calendars of Eastern European women suggestively holding large trophy carp, and experimenting with the raw recording skills he had taught himself. Inspired by artists like The Strokes, Foals, and HEALTH, he began exploring new sounds and textures outside of the traditional rock staples of guitar, drums, and bass – testing the limits of his DIY recording chops in search for a more interesting, vibier sound. These songs would later become the beginning of Yacht Punk.

Graham tinkered on demos until a chance meeting with Michael Pozzi (guitar) at Davey Wayne’s on Hollywood Boulevard. Michael was all-in on the project after visiting the studio and hearing where the music was going, and they were soon joined by Graham’s roommate Tricky (drums, no discernible first or last name) and Justin Ricard (bass). They took the demos to producer and indie-rock guru Matt Wignall’s (Cold War Kids, Mando Diao, J. Roddy Walston and the Business) eclectic Tackyland studio in Long Beach. In his converted garage studio (where “Hang Me Out to Dry” was recorded), Wignall took the music to further and weirder places with his unique production black magic. Afterwards, the band brought the tracks back to LA, where they were finished with mixer/engineer Will Brierre (The Killers “Hot Fuss”). Their single “Need a Reason” was featured on Spotify’s New Noise and Fresh Finds playlists.

So here it is. Yacht Punk sounds like Stephen King’s movie Maximum Overdrive took a handful of downers. It has something to do with free-basing weed wax off nice silverware you heated up on an electric stove. It’s drinking daiquiris out of a hollowed-out pineapple at a vampire bar, flying on acid. It’s doing hippie-flips in the desert while eating steak dinner with a roommates’ retired relatives, having a black dumpster cat named Mazzy Star, and destroying another pair of white Converse. No, they don't ride on yachts and they don't play punk.


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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Amycanbe Mesmerize With New Track ‘White Slide’


Dream-pop quartet Amycanbe are hardly noobs in the music scene. Starting out in 2002 featuring Mattia Mercuriali and Marco Trinchillo, they traversed the musical landscape as a duo, and can now boast a full quartet featuring the input of Francesca Amati and Mattia "Matta" Dallara.


Three albums and four EP’s later, Amycanbe prepare to release their latest offering, White Slide EP. The first single to be lifted is ‘White Slide’ which features the mixing efforts of Mark Plati, known for his work with David Bowie, Prince, Robbie Williams and The Cure.


Born and based in Cervia, Italy, Amycanbe’s soundscape has been likened to that of The xx, The Naked and Famous, or The Cocteau Twins, although it is clear that the band embody their own unique characteristics. 




‘White Slide’ is a mesmerizing track - deep, soft and pulsating. Layers of sonic depth collaged into slow driving beats merge into a gently unfolding whole that touches the soul with its velveteen atmosphere.


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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Papooz announce London Oslo headline show - Watch their video for "You & I"


Papooz have today announced details for a London Oslo headline show on April 9, 2019, which will go on sale this Friday, February 8. 

The date follows a recent sold-out Scala date, and will arrive close on the tail of the Parisian band’s forthcoming new album release, ‘Night Sketches’, which is out March 8, 2019 via Half Awake/IDOL. Produced by Adrien Durand of Bon Voyage Organisation and with radio play from 6Music, the record is the follow up to Armand Penicaut & Ulysse Cottin’s 2016 debut ‘Green Juice’, which featured single ‘Ann Wants To Dance’, whose SoKo-directed video has since clocked over 12 million streams online. The band have recently released the new video for lead-off single ‘You & I’, which has clocked in excess of 100,000 views since being uploaded.

Filmed at Le Balajo - one of Paris’ oldest Cabaret clubs, owned by a wrestling dynasty - the droll video  for 70s piano ballad ‘You & I’ was directed by Armand’s girlfriend, director & illustrator Victoria Lafaurie and stars Ulysse's other half, Danish actor & model Klara Kristin. Speaking about the video, Lafaurie says; “Like in Tex Avery's animated cartoons, Ulysse & Armand are Klara Kristin's conscience. Will she fall for the Devil or the Angel? We shot the video in Super 16 film. It was fun to mix the aesthetics of American cartoons with biblical clichés and a few 'Ramen Western' inspired scenes.”

Armand & Ulysse were originally thrown together as part of boozy gatherings of literary obsessives in their home city of Paris. Early and altogether more earnest ambitions to create a political fanzine together were soon ditched in favour of finessing the music pair had instead begun writing. Early computer demos of their warped, bossa nova-informed pop fed off of a shared aff'nity for bedfellows as unpredictable as the Beach Boys & Ella Fitzgerald, to The White Stripes & Karen Dalton.

Enabled by Durand’s butter-smooth production and Penicault & Cottin’s androgynous vocals (sung by the two Anglophiles in English throughout), ‘Night Sketches’ finds Papooz distilling these unlikely antecedents into distinctly skewed exotic pop, leavened with surreal, character-driven lyricism. Having met previously on the fertile French alternative scene - amongst other friends including La Femme, Polo & Pan and Feu! Chatterton - the duo originally sought out the Bon Voyage frontman Durand wanting to buy one of his synths - a Minikorg 700. Durand was so enamoured by the early demos for ‘Night Sketches’ he later heard, he lent them not only the synth but also his own production services alongside. 



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