Thursday, 31 October 2019

Singer JJ Wilde releases music video from the song 'The Rush'

JJ Wilde releases the official video for ‘The Rush’ today. The emerging alt-rock vocalist channels rockstar aesthetics and makes them her own in the video, where we see the long-haired rising rock badass sprawled on a bed surrounded by models, rocking out in the middle of an adoring crowd, smoking a joint, and riding a motorcycle into the night. The exciting visual, bolstered by the road-tested swagger JJ Wilde has become known for, is sure to send shockwaves through your system.

Taken from her debut EP, ‘Wilde Eyes, Steady Hands’. JJ is making a major impression on the modern face of rock music with her EP crossing one million streams on Spotify.

The four-song EP is a cathartic, rousing and well-varied amalgamation of pure, fiercely unapologetic rock n roll. It strikes the perfect balance between raucousness and sincerity, mixing together sweltering odes to independence (like the riotous ‘The Rush’ which serves as a perfectly executed soundtrack for reckless indulgence) with warmer self-reflective moments (like ‘State of Mind’ which finds JJ confronting her imperfections, knowing she'll eventually learn from her mistakes). She pairs her earnest songwriting with her instantly memorable, velveteen rasp and full-throttle guitar.

Sewing together an honesty that calls to mind Liz Phair, a swagger reminiscent of Bikini Kill, and a Courtney Love-esque snarl, JJ Wilde is not only paying respect to the heart and soul of rock music, but fully chiseling her own place within the genre.

The EP is out via BMG/Black Box on all streaming services and is a brash declaration of artistry from a refreshing new voice in rock.

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Take a trip down memory lane with Drew Davies' latest song, 'Mrs Taylor'

Drew Davies has just had his latest single, ‘Mrs Taylor’ premiered via Pure Grain Audio who said that, “Davies has put together an impressive track that shines a bright light on his striking vocal polish which emphasizes the track’s lyrical qualities”. You can read the full premiere here. The track will be officially released on 1st of November.

The single heralds Drew Davies upcoming EP (mixed by Steve Honest) via  AD1. While there’s no indication of when the EP will be shared, we can’t help but hope that it will be before the New Year, to carry us into it in style.

The UK-based musician gives some insight into the personal nature of the track, “Mrs Taylor is a song about childhood. Growing up in the South Yorkshire countryside it wasn’t always easy to get around. My oldest friend’s mother Mrs Taylor used to ferry us around a lot and take care of us if we ever got into scrapes. When I learned of her passing I immediately started writing lyrics and music; ‘Mrs Taylor’ was written then and there as an ode to childhood and to those who took care of me in those formative years.”

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Scottish Indie-Pop Musician Angus Munro Announces Release Of A New Song ‘Equaliza’

His music has been dubbed “therapy rock” by Gavin Docherty of Scottish Daily Express.  If you’ve heard of the artist I’m sure you’ll agree. The song ‘Equaliza’ comes from Angus Munro’s debut EP Mirror Man. ‘Equaliza’ is expected for release 8th November via Counselor Records. This will be the third single from the Scottish chamber pop artist. The singer-songwriter shares the story behind is new single, “Equaliza, to me is one of my most personal songs and despite the difficult time-period in which it was written, it remains a time-capsule of the man I once was, and a reminder of how far I’ve come.”

Angus’s life in music was born out of catharsis, using songwriting at the piano and singing. He would attend open mic nights and workshops, Angus adds “over the years, I learned that the person I would affect onstage was my real self.  I became more confident in not only who I was but talking about mental health as a whole’.

He has received much support from the likes of, Roddy Hart, recording artist and composer of hit horror musical Anna & The Apocalypse, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland, The Skinny, Gavin Docherty, Scottish Daily Express to name a few.

Until his latest single drops, watch his previous release ‘Mirror Man’ below

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Alternative Musician Young Guv Gives Us A Peek Into His Anticipated Album GUV II With New Song ‘She’s A Fantasy‘

Young Guv gives us another taste of his anticipated album with the new single "She's A Fantasy". The new single will appear on his forthcoming release GUV II (part two of a 2-LP series following previous LP GUV I). The new album is expected Oct 25th via Run For Cover Records, co-written with James Matthew VII.

Young Guv is Toronto-based Ben Cook, known for his collaborations with No Warning and F**ked Up. He has been active in hardcore scenes since the late '90s, but ventured into a indie in the 2000s. His style evolved through the rest of the 2000s into a more indie-pop/power-pop which has become his signature style since his 2015 debut album Ripe 4 Luv.

Young Guv is expected to play in NYC, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago with Vivian Girls this month, details below.

1 - She's A Fantasy
2 - Try Not To Hang On So Hard
3 - Caught Lookin'
4 - Trying To Decide
5 - Forgot To Feel
6 - Can I Luv U In My Own Way
7 - Song About Feeling Insane
8 - Can I Just Call U
9 - Can't Say Goodbye

Young Guv Live Dates:

10/17: Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw ^
10/18: Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church ^
10/20: Somerville, MA - ONCE Ballroom ^
11/1: Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle ^
11/2: Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle ^

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Austrian Singer-Songwriter Ro Bergman Enraptures With His Dreamy Indie-Rock Touch

Austrian born Ro Bergman released ‘All We Are’ a couple of weeks back. The single was released ahead of his EP New Horizon that is expected to be available 25 October via Bergman Music and follows on from singles 'Horizon' and 'Clouds'

The song premiered via CLASH Magazine. It was produced by Niko Stoessl (Dave Gahan, IamX, NIHILS, Motoboy) and composed by both Bergman and Stoessl. The singer has been praised by the likes of Elicit Magazine, XS Noize, VH1 and MTV. Ro Bergman explains his latest single ‘All We Are,’ “Nothing is ever ours forever. We should stop trying to own life...”

Bergman’s unique blend of indie-rock draws influence from artists like Beck, Bon Iver, Fink, The National and The Verve, but his sound still remains unique without mirroring theirs. While his sound is undeniably his own, it bears reminiscence to Tame Impala, Foals, Local Natives and Chet Faker. Each song could bear resemblance to other artists, but never emulate one alone. ‘All We Are’ for example is nostalgic of early Coldplay but still distinctly Bergman’s.

If ‘All We Are’ is any indication of what might follow, Bergman is definitely one to watch. We look forward to hearing what he has to offer next. But for now, we can drift away into ‘All We Are’ below.

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Interview with singer/songwriter Jordan Sommerlad

New York-based Indie rock singer/songwriter Jordan Sommerlad used to stay up late in his room to work on music when he was a teen and he still does the same thing today, recording in his apartment. Music has always been therapeutic for him; it’s a way to separate from the worries of the day.

For Jordan, this migration took him from a feeling of malaise that hung over him like City Of Angel’s smog, to soaking in vibrancy of Gotham life during artistically inspiring late-night Harlem walks.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

In middle school for Christmas one year my aunt gave me a 4-track cassette recorder.  Up to that point, I had been taking piano and guitar lessons, but that all felt a little bit like homework.  When I had the chance to combine elements together and actually have something tangible to show for it, everything changed.  It unlocked writing in a different way I hadn't known before.  Production is my favorite part of the process, and the real joy is hearing all the elements of a song come together for the first time in the form that other people will hear them in.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Usually, it starts by fiddling around on the guitar or synth late at night in my bedroom studio.  Whenever I'm playing, I'm also recording, so the songwriting process and the recording process are sort of the same thing for me.  If I find a riff or sound that I like, I find that I have to structure it out that night in one sitting or the song will probably die in demo-land.  I have tons of half-finished samples of things that I keep wanting to revisit, but it's really key to pounce on that initial excitement to make sure the skeleton of the track is there.  Once that is in place, it's just a lot of tinkering that usually goes on far too long before it's finally finished.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Almost without fail it's going to see bands I love play live.  Halfway through a set, I'm itching to get back home and start working on a new song.  Something about seeing the artists you admire most do the same thing you want to do just really works.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

Eh, I could complain about streaming services for a while but one thing I'm consistently sad about it seeing people with crummy headphones.  If I had one recommendation, it's to get a nice pair of over-ear headphones, I don't go anywhere without them.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Studio work and music creation.  The joy of coming up with a new song or sound that's really working is tough to beat.  It's like knowing a secret before anyone else, and it's so exciting to think you have this thing that no one else has heard but when they do maybe it'll be the one that they love.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

Soundcloud has been an amazing community to share music in.  Once I got a message from a guy in Japan who covered a song I had uploaded.  That was a first, and a very cool feeling, knowing that someone on the other side of the world was not only listening but making it their own.

What's on your current playlist?

I'm on a Big Theif kick at the moment.  I just saw them play here in New York, and it was a fantastic show.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

My latest album, "Your Favorite Palindrome" just came out Oct. 4th.  Thankfully I have a backlog of songs I'd been toying around with, and I'm going back to record in a friends studio in a month or so.  It will be the first time I'm trying to do something outside of my own home studio, which is a new challenge I'm looking forward to.  Other than that I'll be playing live around NYC as much as I can.

Famous last words?

Progress not perfection, good words to live by.

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Rock band Skinny Lister reveals new music video from the song ‘Second Amendment’

A microcosmic period drama with a Skinny-twist, the new video finds the London sextet cast as pilgrims crossing the ocean in search of a new home.

Dressed head-to-toe in costume typical of the 18th Century, the good ship Skinny and its crew make ground up on the shores of a strange new land: America. Though it quickly becomes apparent they may not be first settlers to arrive there…

Speaking about the adventurous new video, frontman Dan Heptinstall says:

“As well as being a great excuse to dress up in late 18th-century costume, the video is designed to illustrate how out of step the ‘Second Amendment’ is with the modern world. Wearing clothes contemporary to its creation, we land from the sea into a modern age where we’re completely out of place. The muskets are fake by the way!”

An anthemic punk-shanty that slinks along a jangly guitar line reminiscent of The Smiths, ‘Second Amendment’ is the latest single from Skinny Lister. Originally, one of the highlights of their Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Temper Trap) produced 2019 album ‘The Story Is…’, the current single version of the track has now been given a fresh lease of life with a brand new mix especially for its Autumn release.

One of the most political tracks on ‘The Story Is…’, the song is written indirect reference to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. A controversial subject that is hotly debated across America, the track has opened up thought-provoking conversations with Skinny’s many friends and fans in the USA whilst on tour. As Dan explains:

“The first thing to say here is that we love America. We enjoy touring there and our fans and friends all across the country have been amazing to us over the years. We’re not trying to alienate anyone or suggesting people with alternative beliefs would not be welcome at a Skinny show. On the contrary, everyone is welcome… We realize [The Second Amendment] is a very complex and emotive issue, but we do heavily question U.S. gun laws. Laws that were designed during the musket era for taking up arms against a ‘tyrannical government’ have little relevance today. Gun death stats in the U.S. speak for themselves - approaching 40,000 per year. The ongoing argument to tackle the problem by adding more guns - such as proposals to arm teachers feels out of control. The song’s mention of God is not to criticize those with deeply held religious beliefs, but rather those who use God to support their defense of the Second Amendment. The track has already opened up some interesting conversations with our American friends. And we think it’s a discussion worth having.”

Touring the new single along with their fourth studio release ‘The Story Is…’ across the world throughout 2019, the punk sextet now set their sights on a second lap of the US and Canada on an imminent tour with The Interrupters (16 Oct - 9 Nov). The six-piece then jet back to the UK for a run of headline dates in the run-up to Christmas.

With KERRANG! praising their recent shows as “drenched in gloriously ramshackle character, with crashing sea shanties and heartfelt protest songs swirling in a saltily potent mix”; don’t be dragging your flagon when the Skinnies bring their explosive live show back to a town near you this Winter.

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Friday, 18 October 2019

Ethereal Dream-Pop Band Me Not You Reveal The Title Of Their Next Song ‘America’

                                 Image: Shervin Lainez            

Me Not You have released their new single ‘America’. The song will appear on their debut album Already Gone, which will be released on November 8th. Their previous single ‘I Should Know Better’ premiered on Clash Magazine to an abundance of support from respected publications like Billboard, Stereogum, The Line Of Best Fit, Noisey, Earmilk and plenty of others. They have accumulated nearly 6 million Spotify streams and landed at #1 on Hype Machine Charts, not once, but twice.

Straight out of New York, Me Not You is Eric Zeiler and Nikki Taylor. The duo have created an ethereal garage-pop sound. Following the success of their two previous EP’s Reckoning and Reckoning 2, they are ready to release a full-length debut album to the world Already Gone. The LP was composed and written entirely by the pair themselves, and if previous releases are anything to go by ‘America’ is expected to slay.

Me Not You’s sound has been compared to numerous styles including that of Sisters of Mercy’s deep gothic bass to Siouxsie Sioux’s and Blonde Redhead’s vocals. Their sound evidently borrows stylings from many genres creating something totally idiosyncratic, almost transcendent.

Speaking of ‘America’, Nikki explains: “America is a look at the soul of my country. It's a song about the disconnect between what I thought it was, and what I fear it might be. Especially in the wake of the crisis of mass detentions and the separation of families at our border, I think it's time we took a long look in the mirror and ask who we are, what we really stand for, and where we go from here." We will be sure to share our opinions on the track with you. If it’s like anything they have released before we will surely find it to be yet another gem.

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Interview: We chat to FELIN on the release of new single ‘Money Honey’

FELIN have revealed their latest single ‘MoneyHoney’. Following single ‘LaLaLa’, this becomes the fourth single ahead of upcoming album Reckless Dreamers. FELIN says “It’s one of the most playful songs on the upcoming album.”

FELIN is a Stockholm-based audiovisual duo, songwriter/artist Elin Blom and photographer/director Fredrik Etoall. Together FELIN is not just a music duo, but they emphasize on visuals incorporate into their image as well, via “invisible band member” Fredrik Etoall (the “F” in FELIN). We caught up with singer (and visible member) Elin Blom.

Tell us about your earliest musical memory?

This is a tough one because I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. Like before I could even talk I made up melodies and once I started talking I put words to these melodies I’ve been told, always making all my relatives attend little concerts in my parents’ basement haha.

At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself "This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?

I have these moments all the time. My first moment was when my dad showed me a video of Blondie, I think I was about 11 years old and had just started my first band. My sound has since then always been leaning towards rock but with pop melodies, because I love the energy drums and noisy guitars bring on stage, but I’m also a sucker for strong catchy melodies. But with every single you want your sound to evolve a bit. I remember when we wrote ‘LaLaLa,’ which is the previous single, when we had finished writing that song I had one of those moments where I was like: This is what the album should sound like!

Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:
Albums that defined my sound in the early years were The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious, Blondie - Parallel Lines and The Killers - Day & Age for example. In the making of this album I’ve listened a lot to Elle King - Shake The Spirit, Amy Winehouse - Back To Black and Tarantino Soundtracks.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

Basically everything on the upcoming album is recorded live, drums, bass, guitars, organs, strings, horns, you name it. That adds a special touch to the sound. Our most used effects on this upcoming album would probably be distortion and tremolo. I love distorted vocals.

What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?
I party haha. I get a lot of my best concepts when I’m hungover, it makes you contemplate life in a different way. I also watch crime tv-series or read books. Most of my lyrics are pretty dark and twisted so I write better if I’m upset about something.

Lately, I’ve been worrying a lot about what’s going on in society, and women’s rights is something I hold close to my heart and want to support through my music.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?

Performing! No doubt about it. I write music so I can get out there and play it live. There’s no better feeling or energy than that.

As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I love how music is so available anywhere and anytime now with streaming, but I hate how an artist a lot of the time is just defined by numbers and the amount of streams they have. In Sweden, the live music scene is dying and that makes me so sad. I would love if there were more venues where you can experience upcoming bands.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn't the world sleep on?

Chair Model, I love their song ”Cherry.” Viagra Boys, they’re already creating quite a buzz especially in Sweden and they’re awesome live. My amazing friend Bishat, she’s the queen of dark pop. And Julia Frej, her voice is just wow! I have a lot of friends releasing music soon which is going to be fire!

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

I’m currently on tour in Sweden and have 3 stops left before October is over and on the 1st of November, I’m releasing my debut album ”Reckless Dreamers,” which I’m super excited about! We’ll throw one hell of a release party at Fotografiska in Stockholm, so anyone in town should grab tickets.

Famous last words?

Reckless Dreamers Never Die

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Interview with singer/songwriter Somebody’s Child

Irish-born indie-pop/rock singer Somebody’s Child returns with arguably one of his best tracks to date, the brilliant ‘Jungle’. By using his music as a platform to maintain a conversation on mental health, he constantly finds solace in songwriting and he is not afraid to share or address any of his personal journeys.

Somebody’s Child had made a considerable impression online, with flattering reviews from tastemaking blogs such as Clash, EARMILK, Atwood magazine and many others. He also reached No.1 on Hype Machine chart, landed numerous Tracks of the Day, and earned placements on the coveted Spotify editorial playlists ‘Hot New Bands’ and ‘A Breath of Fresh Eire’.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

Production wasn't something I got into until I was ready to release my music not too long ago, but my music appreciation started when I gave upgrades on the piano and started playing and writing music that I was interested in around age 15.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

I generally get inspired by a melody or lyric. I can't explain where it comes from but I cherish that moment a lot. Without that moment there is no song so it is important to treat it with respect and keep the momentum. From that initial spark, I try and sing the melody over and over in different ways while recording myself on my phone and flesh out the idea some more. Sooner or later a more logical process starts when trying to piece everything together, but I have found the less logic involved usually results in a stronger song.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Listening to music, going about my business, while falling asleep and working with other people mainly.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I am still getting to grips with the business and there's something new to learn around every corner. Sometimes it's hard to stay away from the business end of things but sometimes I can't get away from it if I feel it'll further my career. It's important to step back as a songwriter and focus on the art and that is something I continue to struggle with.

I guess on that note, there isn't as much money in the industry anymore so there are tons of artists and not enough managers to help deal with the business end so artists are really left to cover a bunch of different roles which only takes away from their creativity. Perhaps more an appreciation for that fact and helpful platforms and educational sources to ease the workload of the independent artist would be a good chance, for a start.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
Music creation is definitely my core value in this business. Without that there is nothing else. Playing live is awesome and really helps the confidence but it's not why I got into music.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

My first festival in Ireland when people were singing back my music for the first was pretty special. I didn't realize it had impacted as much.

What's on your current playlist?

I'm actually in a lull of music listening which is never a good thing so I can't answer that. I'll let you know when I get back into it!

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

A whole bunch of different styles and influences. Some more singles and hopefully an album sooner rather than later. Also lots and lots of touring!

Famous last words?

The best side of life is on the other side of fear.

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Indie Electronic Producers Solstis Have Released An Expertly Crafted New EP As The Sun Hits

Indie Electric duo Solstis have released their new EP As The Sun Hits. The EP was released via Lowly Palace on the 11th of October. The EP, the first in a 3-part series, is aimed at highlighting Solstis’ new sound. Since their formation in 2014, the Seattle-based duo have enjoyed major success. Their viral hit ‘Echoes’ and their captivating remixes for singer-songwriter Melanie Martinez. Collectively the pair have racked up over 25 million plays on streaming platforms across the board.

Duo Andy Garcia and Brandon Myers started collaborating in high school 10 years ago. After delivering their debut album Nowhere in 2018, Solstis shifted away from point-and-click creations to avenues of easy-listening instrumentation.

The duo gives some insight about their new EP, “As the Sun Hits is a 3-part EP series highlighting our new sound. Influenced by 90s shoegaze and melodic bass, we wanted to use this project to transition away from an animated aesthetic portrayed by mechanic future bass to a more organic, wholesome instrumental focused appeal. The new aesthetic is highlighted by warm colors, everyday scenery and pixelation to bring the listener a sense of escape and clarify within the daily situations they constantly experience.”

As the Sun Hits (EP) Tracklist:
01. Lost
02. About You
03. Miss You
04. Horizon

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Indie-country rock band A Thousand Horses releases a new song ‘Livin' My Best Life’

Acclaimed country rock band A Thousand Horses have just released the brand new single, ‘Livin’ My Best Life’. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, ‘Livin’ My Best Life’ is the first track unveiled from the band’s forthcoming new album, which is set for release next year. The album is A Thousand Horses’ first project in partnership with Cobb’s Low Country Sound imprint at Elektra Records. Additional album details to be announced soon.

Of reuniting in the studio with Cobb, guitarist Zach Brown shares, “Dave’s been a long-time supporter of the band. He’s always really believed in us and gets our vision, and always has. I mean, we named our band in his studio 10 years ago. It’s amazing this journey we’ve had with him.” Adds fellow guitarist Bill Satcher, “Dave is a brother. It’s great to get in there and make records with your friends. He is like an additional member of the band in that situation.”

The release of ‘Livin’ My Best Life’ adds to a series of breakout years for A Thousand Horses following their acclaimed full-length debut Southernality in 2015. The album’s lead single, ‘Smoke’, reached #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, which made them the first group to top the chart with a debut single since Zac Brown Band’s ‘Chicken Fried’ in 2008.

Of the band, Rolling Stone praised, “country music’s new Lynyrd Skynyrd…a muscular mix of radio country and Southern rock,” while CMT declared, “stellar…the quartet is learning from the best, making records they believe in, being true to themselves, their artistry and making it happen.” Most recently, the band released 2017’s deluxe EP, Bridges, of which Sounds Like Nashville hailed, “showcases what A Thousand Horses do best with a mixture of heavy Southern rock influences and nostalgic country storytelling that will have listeners begging for more.”

Based in Nashville, TN, A Thousand Horses is Michael Hobby (vocals), Bill Satcher (guitar), Zach Brown (guitar) and Graham DeLoach (bass). Since their debut, the band has toured extensively across the world including dates supporting artists such as Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman and more.

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

UK-based indie-rock band October Drift announces new debut album and song ‘Forever Whatever’

October Drift have shared their new single, ‘Forever Whatever’, the title track from their upcoming debut album, which will be released on January 24th via Physical Education Records. The band are currently on a UK headline tour and will play Manchester’s Night & Day Café tonight (October 4th).

A juxtaposition of calm and chaos, the track combines the brooding emotion of Joy Division and New Order with the volatility of The Bends-era Radiohead. Swelling and anthemic, the track opens to an engulfing explosion of distorted guitars, before hushed verses highlight the track’s elegiac yet hopeful lyricism. Frontman Kiran Roy’s potent vocals are set against resonant instrumentals, before launching into a chorus charged with immersive intensity.

“We've never really cared about being fashionable,” says Kiran. “Most of our peers are making politically charged music - which is understandable and important - but that's not what comes naturally to us. We've always written from a space that's more personal. I take my faults and fears and mould them into something more positive; be it loneliness, teenage angst, or inadequacy.

“I try to put a positive spin on these internal struggles in the hope that a feeling of optimism will reflect onto listeners who are dealing with the same emotions. My favourite music always feels relatable, like you’re feeling the same as the artist, even though their intention might not match your interpretation. That’s what we’re aiming for in our lyrics – a relatability to everyday life.”

‘Forever Whatever’ follows their previous singles ‘Losing My Touch’ - released earlier this year - and ‘All Broken Down’ and ‘Come And Find Me’, released to widespread acclaim last year. With influences as varied as The National, Radiohead, Interpol and Nick Drake, their heavy, pop-inflected rock is delivering a rejuvenating injection of fresh blood to the genre.

October Drift’s debut album, Forever Whatever, is a cathartic collection of tracks encompassing themes of loneliness, fear and ultimate positivity, and builds on the solid foundation that they have built over years of touring and writing to cement themselves as an important and powerful new presence.

One of the most electrifying, charismatic and formidable live acts of the past two years – with appearances at festivals including Glastonbury’s John Peel stage, Reading & Leeds and The Great Escape, as well as a major European tour with Editors in 2018 and a slot at Liverpool’s Sound City – the band look certain to ascend to even greater heights in 2019.

4th – Night & Day Café, Manchester
5th – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
6th – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
8th – The Parish, Huddersfield
9th – Picture House Social, Sheffield
10th – Portland Arms, Cambridge
11th – Kasbah, Coventry
12th – The Met Lounge, Peterborough
14th – The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
15th – The Cookie, Leicester
16th – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
17th – The Star inn, Guildford
18th – Railway Inn, Winchester

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Friday, 11 October 2019

Lyricist and vocalist Jacob Lee shares his 'Sorrow' poetic reading of song

Australian musician Jacob Lee has been displaying his love for poetry proudly this year. Lee has just released a poetic rendition of his own track, ‘Sorrow’. The single was originally released around mid-September and premiered via Rolling Stone India. The official music video followed shortly afterwards with the video for the poetic reading marking the beginning of October.

Lee is known for releasing music wrought with emotion however the simple reinterpretation of his own work leaves the listener reeling with sentiment. Writing lyrics from such a clearly personal place can be a risky move for many artists with the concept coming across as contrived. However, you can see the delicate balance Lee strikes consistently with his upcoming release of Jacob Lee's Book of Lyricism (Vol 1) later this year.

The singer/songer writer strives to engage with his fans and the public as much as possible, with a community page even being set up on Facebook for his fans to connect with each other. Lee himself is fairly active on this page, pushing to absorb external influences and learn more about the ever-changing nature of people.

Speaking of the track he notes: "'Sorrow' came from one of the most difficult nights of my life. The song describes in detail the night itself from two different perspectives. I think anyone who's been through intense heartache will relate to this one"

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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Interview with indie-electronic meets folk producer Mammals

Australian producer and multi-instrumentalist Guy Brown, well know as Mammals composed and produced music for advertising and films for many years. He felt the urge to reignite his creativity, so in 2016 he quit his full-time job and relocated to Mollymook. From there, he embarked on a year of world travel and songwriting to piece together what would become his own soundtrack to escapism, his sophomore EP Chase Your Bliss.

A number of tracks were released last year by Mammals, which includes L D R U’s ‘Can’t Drive’.The time has come for Mammals to come out of hibernation once again, as some of his most exciting new material joins us in 2019.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

My eldest brother was and still is a super eccentric dude. Growing up, he would always be putting on shows and musical numbers at the house, that we would all get involved in. With my father being a huge music lover, I recall jamming to Blues and Old School Rock before I knew what was going on.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Melodies are usually inspired or searched for after I have produced a beat, or have a rough idea growing. Sometimes it's hard to hear what my subconscious is trying to say until I crack a word or phrase. Everything seems to click from then on.

So many times I’ve found myself forcing a song out, endless hours of writing shit. But in magical moments, they can come out naturally and honest. From the person you truly are.

I live really close to the beach and epic surf which allows me to step back from the studio and take my palette into the water with me. A lot of the time I’ll listen to the instrumental last before going for a surf. This is where a lot of great ideas come from.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

An epic view, Jameson or night time. It’s all about the vibe. Bouncing ideas off other people really brings out the best stuff. My ideal beat making evening consists of comfy pants, fairy lights, and loud beats, getting politely loose to really get in the zone in different states of mind.

I also find that being hungover, emotional or alone really exposes honesty in my writing. I remember performing at Splendour In The Grass with LDRU in 2018. The after-party never stopped until it finally hit like a tone of bricks. I found myself back home searching for meaning over some simple chords on my balcony. This is how my latest single 'Calm Down' was written.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I’d just like to see Sydney's music scene back again. Some of my fondest memories are hitting up random joints and bars discovering new bands. The NSW government has ruined our culture and crippled small businesses with their lockout laws, ultimately destroying the music scene. As of yesterday (amazingly enough) they have removed the laws, but the damage has been done. It will take years before we catch up to the other cities of the world.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

There have been moments alone in the studio that I absolutely love. Working on new music, being immersed and disconnected from anything else going on in the world is such an amazing feeling. It’s kind of like being in a dream, then you snap out of it and get to see where you went the next day. Sometimes it can work out epic, other times I listen and go, ‘What the fuck was I thinking?!’ But that's cool too!

I find I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and write a single or something that other people will like, however, looking at the big picture of music creation my most memorable experiences are just living in that zone and following random things that may never see the light of day.

I also have a deep love for electronic and techno music. I make heaps of it that I have never released. Those nights are so sick. Maybe one day.

Then, the other beautiful side of music is performing live. That’s when I really get lost. The energy of an audience is a powerful thing. Everyone is connected for a moment. I can’t wait to tour again.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

A few years back we supported ‘The 1975’ on their Australian tour. The Sydney show was nuts. Chicks were cueing up around the block of The Enmore from 6 in the morning. My music, my no means is moshed pit material, but there were literally young girls getting dragged out of the crowd passing out and crying. I'm not too sure if any of them knew who we were but it was just a trip.

Also, personal messages from people across the globe really melt my heart. It really makes all the difference to hear that something I have created resonates with another person's experience in this crazy world we live in.

What's on your current playlist?

Oh man, how good is listening to music for the 1st time? In my ‘Yummy And Fresh’ playlist on Spotify, we have ‘Cola Boy’, ‘Will Van Horn’, ‘Kazam’ and ‘Mild Life’. ‘Damn Magnificent Moon’ is such a jam. Some Greg Phillinganes. Other vibes I’m loving atm ‘Khruangbin’, ‘Connan Mockasin’ and ‘Jon Hopkins’ forever.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

Rumour has it there is another EP this year. Is there? who knows. I guess we shall find out.

Famous last words?

Should have eaten the taco.

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