Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Ben McKelvey Gives Off Quite a Sweat in ‘Wild Child’ music Video

Essex boy, Ben McKelvey released his new music video for ‘Wild Child’ lifted off his 2018 album and a damn good way to tease his upcoming tour with Jake Clemons (Bruce Springsteen’s band). 

McKelvey had a great energy about him and it shows in the music video as he and his (session?) band perform in what seems to be a garage. The man has a stunningly soulful but rough voice and he has full command over it. Speaking about ‘Wild Child’, Ben McKelvey said “‘Wild Child’ was the last song I recorded for the album. It instantly became my favourite on the record and probably is my favourite I’ve ever written. There’s a lot of emotion in this song and it’s the most personal I’ve ever written. A song based on true events about how being a musician is something you can’t choose to let go when it’s in your blood and how it can destroy personal relationships. A tough song to write but very therapeutic. It was written at a low point in my life but when we get to play it live, it’s just incredible. I guess it’s dedicated to the musicians out there giving it their all.” 

Ben McKelvey Live Performances:


19/07/19   PENNFEST (main stage)

22/10/19   KING TUTS, GLASGOW w/ Jake Clemons

23/10/19   O2 ACADEMY2, SHEFFIELD w/ Jake Clemons

24/10/19   O2 ACADEMY2, LIVERPOOL w/ Jake Clemons

25/10/19   O2 ACADEMY2, OXFORD w/ Jake Clemons

26/10/19   O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON w/ Jake Clemons

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Announcement the album 'The Longshot' this week

Man, I gotta say that if 2016 was the year we lost our heroes, 2019 is the one where the rest stood up and did something. Look, I’m not saying Billie Joe Armstrong has been quiet. The man’s been on his work binge since Green Day released Revolution Radio. I’m just saying that this is proving to be an exciting year for the men and women my generation grew up idolizing. First came the damn graphic novel they decided to write ‘Last of the American Girls’ that Rolling Stone called “A fabulous left-wing love song to a rebel girl. . . when Armstrong sings, ‘she won’t cooperate,’ he’s giving her the highest compliment he can imagine.” Seriously, do all my heroes have to be involved in comics?

And now we get an Instagram post from Armstrong’s side project The Longshot promising an announcement sometime this week. I mean… how much is my heart supposed to take, Billie? Slow it down, Coach. Give us ‘90s kids a chance to recover from the ‘Young and Doomed’ headshot Iero gave us first.


Here's a little reminder of what The Longshot it all about:


The aforementioned announcement came in just a few hours ago and the news stands thus:
The Longshot is going back on tour, folks! The first two dates are at The Golden Bull in Oakland on June 7th & 8th.

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Friday, 24 May 2019

David Baron Drops Delicate New Track ‘People of No Concern’

David Baron released new single ‘People Of No Concern’ feat. Lettie & Madeleine. For this offering Baron collaborated with 11-year-old Madeleine, an avid singer, guitar player and gymnast, as well as Lettie, a London based singer-songwriter composer who has, since 2008, released three albums with Baron to much critical acclaim. Lettie has previously collaborated with Anthony Phillips, John Cooper Clarke and toured as a support for Peter Murphy over the years.

Speaking of the track David says: “It is a magical musical conversation between two angels. Combining small string ensemble, classical piano, and evolving EMS Synthi analogue tones with the power of human voices both young and older.”

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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Paper Idol released new song 'Still So Alive'

Paper Idol, the pseudonym of Matan KG, has released his new single "Still So Alive".

When talking about the track Matan says, "The song that is now “Still So Alive” used to be titled "Sex on a Balcony," after a fictional romantic experience. After all, sex on a balcony is the absolute last thing that would happen to a broke 23-year-old living in his sister's garage. I wrote, recorded, and produced the entire song in the lonely town of Coolum, Australia, where I was making music before moving to LA. I was feeling extremely isolated, living with 5 medical students who didn’t understand what I was doing all day, or why I would bother doing it. “Still So Alive" was my catharsis, an outlet for the fear and confusion and a reminder to myself that I still existed."

Paper Idol is the brainchild of Matan KG, Milwaukee-born music producer and former Wesleyan University neuroscience student. It all started in 2015 as a college dance-punk project with a ragtag rotating band, leaving Matan studying by day and collecting noise complaints by night.

After college, Matan considered attending medical school. He took a job as a project manager at a healthcare technology company, and soon found himself in Copenhagen installing medical records in Danish hospitals. In response to extreme boredom and unfulfilled musical aspirations, Matan left the office behind, and – like many hopefuls before him – drove to Los Angeles without a home, job, or any real plan in place.

In retrospect, relocating to LA was the right move. Now settled in with a like-minded community of artists, Matan KG bounces between songwriting, producing, and performing. As a solo artist, he has amassed over 2 million streams on "Easy" (Seeking Blue), with more collaborations on the way.

Paper Idol is more than just another indie pop band; it is a multi-dimensional art project with Matan as the auteur. He writes, records, and produces the music himself, in addition to designing and creating the artwork. Inspired by nu-disco and dance music as much as art pop and indie rock, Paper Idol offers a rare combination of new-school production and old-school vibes. This spring, Paper Idol is linking up with the formidable electronic label Lowly for a string of summer releases and playing select shows in celebrated Los Angeles venues such as The Mint and The Echo. While remaining a one-man act in the studio, Paper Idol is joined live by Adam Rochelle (keyboards/synths) and Victor Singer (drums).

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