Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Indie rockers Colony House release new song ‘Original Material’

Nashville indie rockers Colony House’s new single ‘Original Material’ has just been released, following the announcement of their upcoming album Leave What’s Lost Behind, out on January 24th.

“The only thing I have to offer that is truly ‘original’ is myself,” explains singer Caleb Chapman. “I know this to be true but don't always believe it. ‘Original Material’ is about the on-going fight to get out of my own way.”

A confluence of serendipity, fate, and inspiration led the band back to their roots lyrically. The album incorporates a storied family history going back generations mixed with folklore surrounding a runaway to create an album worthy of being a classic novel. The band teamed up with Ben Shive, who produced Colony House’s debut album When I Was Younger, to tap into the freedom of their formative years as a band.

‘Original Material’ is the second track to be taken from Leave What’s Lost Behind, following the release of lead single ‘Looking For Some Light’.

Colony House first captured attention in 2014 with their lead single ‘Silhouettes’ taken from their debut album When I Was Younger, which became the #1 played track on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation for four months straight.

The band followed the debut album with Only The Lonely, which featured singles ‘You Know It’ and ‘You & I’, and led Entertainment Weekly to include the album on their Must List and describe it as “...[fusing] swampy blues, scuzzy garage rock, and infectious indie-pop... its massive jams will sound great booming from a festival stage.”

Colony House has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, CONAN, TODAY show and more and head out on the road with a major North American tour following the album release, and UK and European shows later in the Spring.

Leave What’s Lost Behind – Track List
1. Looking For Some Light
2. Runaway Pt.1 (Love Has A Limit)
3. Leave What’s Lost Behind
4. Original Material
5. El Capitan
6. Why Even Try
7. Runaway Pt.2 (Love Is A Compass)
8. Where I’m From
9. Take It Slow
10. Julia
11. Trying
12. Runaway Pt.3 (The Weight)
13. The Hope Inside

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Rock band Twisted Wheel release new song, ‘Black & Blue’

Not shying away from the major issues today, the band remain as culturally relevant as ever. The latest track is a story of self-medication and depression, coupled with a tribute to the genius of American poet Sylvia Plath. After overdosing on medication, she reflected: “I blissfully succumbed to the whirling blackness that I honestly believed was eternal oblivion”; the same eternal oblivion which has left a seemingly irreparable scar on the lives of young people today who continue their lives under a melancholic sky of darkness and uncertainty. The willingness to reflect upon the issues that universally affect young people including suicide and mental illness through the medium of art is something that the band feel is important to get people talking and inspire those who feel they have nothing left to give.

The band state: “Black and Blue is essentially the story of somebody who has lost faith in everything and everyone, feeling like the world has beaten them down. Despite this, the feel of the track is actually very bright and melodic, giving a strong sense that things can get better”.

Following another successful year of sold out gigs across the country and major festival appearances at Reading + Leeds, Kendal Calling and Y-Not, the band head towards their last set of 2019 dates including two recently announced support slots with Liam Gallagher on his latest arena tour in Newcastle and Birmingham.

Next year, the band will release their highly anticipated third album: 'Satisfying The Ritual’ (20 March 2020), which will feature the tracks 'Nomad Hat', ‘DNA', ‘Rebel' and new single 'Black & Blue' among its tracklisting.

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Meet the mind behind your next indie-pop existential soundtrack, Evon Rose with 'Something More'

Hailing for the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria we have Evon Rose releasing their latest indie-pop single, ‘Something More’ via Timbits Records. The track explores idea of life after death with Panglossian views meeting gritty guitar lines, coming together to create the soundtrack for the question that we eventually all come to ask ourselves.

Curious about the mind behind our existential soundtrack, we decided to sit down with the lead singer and founding member of Evon Rose, Andreas Schuster. With a history of studying international business in Sydney, we knew he would present some new viewpoints for us to consider.

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

It usually starts with a feeling, a riff or a certain topic. Sometimes, when I’m playing around with my guitar, a tune just pops up in my head. First step then is to put this first idea into a verse or chorus, whichever it feels like. Then I try to repeat this phonetic idea and to finalize a melody. After that comes the first writing of proper lyrics, which sometimes also evolves in a parallel manner. Then, I usually take that idea to our producer and/or guitarist to get their feedback and ideas of how it could develop and we continue that process until we feel we’re ready to start working on a proper arrangement with the band and see how it feels performing the song.

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

Wow, that’s a tough one. Each has its different merits - I love the diversity of it. I’d say the songwriting and creating music for me is a deeply personal process of expressing myself. The recording in the studio is detailed preparation at first and a lot of tiny improvements and re-interpretations until the song properly “sits” and all sounds go together. Live is a totally different story. It’s more about the connection with the audience, the shared joy of a live concert, the performance. I wouldn’t want to miss any step of the way.

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

It was the release concert of our first single ‘New Shores’. After the concert a man wanted to speak to me and said, he attended the concert purely by chance – he was on his way home from visiting his daughter in the hospital. He thanked me very dearly and said I had given him some hope and strength since he’s going through some hard times. That again gave me strength and confirmation that I’m doing what I want to do from the bottom of my heart. A really blissful moment.

Your latest single, ‘Something More’ explores the idea of life after death. What triggered this thought process for you?

I have always been intrigued by different spiritual beliefs and rituals and the question of what else is out there. Whether there is more to us than flesh and bones. For this song particularly it was because of a loss in my family we suffered not long ago.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?

Impossible to say. Of course there are some that were better and some that were worse, but each gig has a different atmosphere and different challenges. I just enjoy each and every one. Maybe the best gig is yet to come.

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing? 

That will be a definite YES! I would love to play at Live at Red Rocks once, the scenery is amazing!

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

More songs, more gigs and constant evolvement.

One last thought to leave with your fans?

Thank you all for tuning in and hope you enjoy our music!

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Interview with indie-rock music producer Francis Moon

28-year-old Swedish indie-rock music producer Francis Moon is a solo project, playing under several different names and bands throughout the years, he decided to turn all his creative energy into an independent project in 2015. Francis Moon's music can be described as a potent blend of indie-rock combined with a special dream-like atmosphere, fresh off the reverberated strings. Influences are many and include bands like Valley, Mew, The 1975, Bibio, Coldplay, Bon Iver, and Veronica Maggio to mention just a few.

Francis Moon had gained many new listeners since his single ‘In Colour’, which was released earlier this year on alexrainbirdRecords and has amassed over 420,000 streams. This brings the total streams on his unique take on cinematic indie rock to a staggering 2.5 million on Spotify alone.

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

When I was young I always stood in front of the TV or the mirror and "performed" as famous artists such as Michael Jackson, Roxette, The Beatles. My dream was to one day make music and perform in front of thousands of people. However, the first real impact music had on me was a deeper emotional level was through 2 bands. One band was Beatles and their song “She Loves You”.

My friend Pontus had been talking about a song his brothers had shown him earlier for weeks. At that time we did not know much English and he more or less pronounced the title as “Schlafsa” which didn’t make any sense to me. However, he then let me hear the track and I understood it was called “She Loves You”. That song activated something in me, even though it is not one of my favourite Beatles songs!

The second band that got me deeper into music was Bon Jovi.

My uncle gave me the CD  “Bed of Roses” on Christmas one year, and somehow, Bon Jovi stuck with me until their release of "It's my life" which unfortunately is catchy but horrible song haha. But I have to admit I love the 80’s version of Bon Jovi. From there on it just exploded. I love many different types of genres and I believe I can find something inspiring in all (almost) of them.

My first entry into music production took place when I was 11 years old. A couple of friends of mine had just started jamming together/recording songs and for some reason the thought out singer had gotten sick. So instead they asked me and I joined as a singer/guitarist. Nerve-wracking to say the least!

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

There are a few things that I always do to get the songwriting process going. Over the years I have been trying different approaches and discovered what works best for my creative process. Most of the time I start with creating the music, which can be a riff on the guitar, piano chords e.g basically, anything that comes to mind that represents how I am feeling at the moment. Once I have an idea of music, I start to look for photos/images online where I would love to be at the moment while listening to this specific music. It could be putting up images for inspiration on the wall and then putting all ends together to finish the song. I always finish with the lyrics. Not sure if this is something common, but works for me so that’s why I am continuing to do so.

I do see my music as therapy, since I have always had a hard time opening up to people, to talk about feelings and what I am feeling at the moment. With the music, I can get all my feelings out and see it from another perspective. Some people write a diary, go to a therapist, while I just found my peace in music.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Oh, that is so much actually. I learned over the years to tackle life with an open mind and to live in the moment as cliche as it may sound.  But it gives me so much back in return thinking that way.

So what comes first to my mind is meeting interesting and inspiring people that plant different ideas in your head simply by just being themselves and with their stories.

As I also touched upon earlier, images/photography is something that triggers my creativity in a good way. It can also be that I hear a specific synth sound in a song on the radio that is so amazing that I just have the urge to create something. So yes, a lot!

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?

Oh my, don’t remind me about it. However, I do think it is somewhat a great thing that musicians are “forced” to step up when it comes to marketing and promotion. I’ve seen and heard a lot of bands that think by simply releasing a song they will get famous overnight. I would say that happens to a lucky handful of individuals but it is all about consistency and taking action to promote yourself, be out there and be fearless in the approach without being too cocky. It is all about balance! Self-confidence, "hard work" (work hard but most of all work SMART) are my keywords in all of this.

At the moment I can’t think of something that I would like to personally change in the music industry.

I tend to do a lot of PR myself in combination with my releases and that can take a few weeks to squeeze as much as possible out at the moment. So, I would say to make it easier/more affordable for musicians to get in contact with PR agencies and get their music out. It shouldn't be the size of the wallet that decides which artists that make or break in the market, which is somewhat the feeling I have now of the music industry.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
I do love both! Studio work for me is therapy and is a safe place where I can fully let everything out and surprise myself. Playing in front of a live audience is what adds color to all of that. It is great to get the adrenaline going and to see the impact the songs have on other individuals. One can sit weeks/months or even years with a song but playing live is all about being in the moment.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
One of the moments must have been when I played as a pre-show to “Walk the Moon” at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm some years ago. They were nervous and didn’t know what to expect in terms of the amount of people that would show up and so did we. However, the place was completely packed when we started playing, and hundreds of people were dancing,  singing and just making that evening a very special one for me.

What's on your current playlist?

I would say everything from heaven to hell, haha. This month my playlist is so diverse, it must be the autumn season playing a trick on me! But artists/bands that currently are on repeat a bit more than others are Thomas Dybdahl, Valley, The Blaze, and Estraden.

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

At the end of November, I will release a remix for ‘In Colour’ that I am really happy about. I got contacted by 2 great DJs ( to be announced) that wanted to give the song a new electronic twist and it turned out amazing. Now we will throw the song out into the world and hopefully straight into dance floors across the globe. Going further on the topic, I just started to record what will become an EP/album that hopefully will see the light of day within a few months. All depending on how it goes! And then take the EP/Album on tour across Europe as well sometime next year.

Famous last words?

Stay true to yourself and don’t settle for less! ✌️

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Indie-rock band Judah & The Lion releases new song ‘Alright’

Bringing high octane, party-centric energy straight outta Nashville, the explosive trio Judah & The Lion are set to return to the UK next month as a continuation of their huge Worldwide headline tour celebrating this year’s hit album Pep Talks.

They will be playing in London, Dublin, Glasgow, and Paris following their memorable visit earlier this year where they impressed sold-out audiences with their genre-defying, dance-inducing sound.

Pep Talks has seen the band hit new heights following their breakout debut Folk Hop ‘n’ Roll, garnering millions of streams across DSP’s worldwide with the UK increasingly becoming their biggest market outside the US.

Their fastest-growing single from the album ‘Why Did You Run?’ was added to the new FIFA 2020 soundtrack while ‘Let Go.’ has been chosen as ESPN’s College Football anthem - a huge feat for the self-confessed sport fanatics.

Continuing the celebrations, they have now shared the next single from the record ‘Alright’ which also features in the EA Sports NHL 2020 game which is out now.

Fronted by the exceptionally charismatic Judah Akers, Judah & The Lion have an exciting uniqueness that stands them out from the crowd and puts them high on the list as an unmissable band on the rise.

Having toured with the likes of TwentyOne Pilots, Jimmy Eat World and Incubus and collaborated with artists such as country’s Kacey Musgraves and rapper Jon Bellion, the band straddle the boundaries between pop-punk and indie-folk, while expertly incorporating hip-hop and electronic additions, to create an exciting crossover style that has secured them top spots at US Alternative Radio and gold and platinum certifications.

Judah & The Lion appeared in a feature on Exit Through Sound

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