Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Iconic Canadian Reggae Artist SNOW Releases the Official Music Video for “Informer 2018”

Photo credit: Jassa-Campbell-Photography
Darrin Kenneth O’Brien, the Canadian reggae artist known as SNOW, has debuted the official music video for his latest release, “Informer 2018”.  The music video for the re-worked version of his chart-topping single from 1993 continues the 25th anniversary celebration of the release of Snow’s song “Informer”.  The brand new version of Snow’s breakout reggae single is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms.   

To bring the music video for “Informer 2018” to fruition, Snow teamed up with Roton Music and flew out to Bucharest, Romania to film for several days.  The video was directed for Radikal Records by acclaimed Romanian music video director Bogdan Pau of Next Generation Media Creative.   In the “Informer 2018” music video, Snow appears at a night-club with a surprise performance, as the club-goers vibe to the infectious beat of his newly re-worked version of “Informer”.  The vividly-colored, bright video embodies the vibrant new energy behind the new “Informer 2018”, a collaboration between Snow and one of the UK’s hottest production teams, Audiofreaks.

Written by Snow, M.C. Shan, and Edmond Leary, “Informer” was the lead single from Snow’s debut album, 12 Inches of Snow, which sold over 8 million records worldwide and was certified RIAA Platinum in the U.S. and CRIA Triple Platinum in Canada.  The infectious nineties classic “Informer” made U.S. history in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling and the highest-charting reggae single ever.  The song’s enduring popularity has continued from 1994, where Snow won a Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording, to 2017, when he received a SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award.  For the new re-recorded, re-worked version of “Informer”, the award-winning producers in Audiofreaks gave the classic reggae hit a new dance club sound for 2018.  With Audiofreaks’ fresh new spin on Snow’s reggae phenomenon, “Informer 2018” is set to make waves on music charts around the world again. 

As 2018 marks his return to the music industry, fans can expect to hear more from Snow in the coming months.  With exciting new remixes and collaborations yet to be revealed, Snow is excited to continue his career and ensure the enduring legacy of his name in music.

About Radikal Records: Established in 1990, and based in the greater New York City area, Radikal Records is one of the United States’ leading independent record labels.  In business for more than 25 years, they are focused on marketing, promoting, and distributing artists – not only to audiences in the USA, but also on a global basis to partners world-wide.  Artists included on their roster over the years include: Kristian Nairn, DJs From Mars, Tony Moran, Salt Ashes, 2 Unlimited, N-Trance, Zombie Nation, ATB, Yello, Scooter, Schiller, Blank & Jones, Cosmic Gate, Sinead O’Connor, Ayah Marar, and many others.  

SNOW "Informer 2018 (Official Music Video)
Watch it HERE

Friday, 13 April 2018

OOMPH! – Sign worldwide deal with Napalm Records

Photo Credit: Agata Nigrovskaya

The pioneers of German Rock are now heavy part of the Napalm Records family! 

Since their founding back in 1990, OOMPH! have been leaders in the scene and have created their very own version of hard Rock music. Along their journey they were never afraid of fusing any influences. This courage was rewarded by creating their own niche between Metal, Industrial, EBM and Gothic! They have shaped a new musical genre in Germany with bands such as  Rammstein, who have named OOMPH! as one of their influences.

Gold and Platinum Awards, international chart entries, the #1 single "Augen Auf!" are just a few examples of their remarkable success. For OOMPH! being on top of German Rock music is the result of lots of hard work and fearless creativity. Now they have found a strong partner with Napalm Records!

OOMPH! on the signing with Napalm Records: “Right between both of our last tours in Russia and Europe, we started to gather new ideas for our upcoming 13th studio album! With these first new songs we contacted various record labels and were able to choose from 8 very promising offers in the end!  

We are extremely happy to have found in Napalm Records a strong and broad partner world-wide, who has worked extremely successfully in all different areas of Rock and Metal with their artists in recent years. Napalm Records offers exactly the right prerequisites for our next steps and we look forward to a long-term collaboration!"

Thomas Caser, CEO Napalm Records states: “With OOMPH! we proudly present one of the most exciting and influential German Rock bands as a brand new signing on Napalm Records! We are very much looking forward to a successful future with the band!” 

OOMPH! are currently working on a new studio album – scheduled for a 2019 release via Napalm Records! 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

40 Years in the Rock 'n'Roll Wilderness BY James Stevenson

LABEL PInk Gun RELEASE 27 April 2018

James Stevenson started playing guitar professionally in 1977 forty years ago hence the title of his retrospective 2 CD pack ’40 Years In The Rock ‘n’ Roll Wilderness’.   His career has included Chelsea, Generation X, Kim Wilde, Hot Club (with Glen Matlock), Gene Loves Jezebel, Annabel Lamb, The Cult, The Alarm, The International Swingers (with Glen Matlock and Clem Burke), Tricky, Scott Walker, Holy Holy (with Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti) and many more.  

He’s played on a around 400 tracks. This is his own selection of some of his favourites. “It was hard choosing, but I didn’t want it to run to more than two CDs” says James.  

There are 32 tracks on the two discs. Some were hits – such as 'Water On Glass’ by Kim Wilde and ‘Brand New You’re Retro’ by Tricky. Others are more obscure – a rare live recording of Gen X performing Bowie’s ‘Andy Warhol’ and Henry Badowski’s ‘Baby Sign Here With Me’. There’s also the previously unreleased ‘Big Tears’ featuring Gary Holton on lead vocals.  

‘40 Years In The Rock n Roll Wilderness’ is fascinating collection of music spanning the forty year career of one London’s most remarkable guitarists and will be available  HERE.

Comeback Kid to release MIDNIGHT OIL cover 'Beds Are Burning'

Canada's finest hardcore/punk outfit Comeback Kid have announced the release of brand new music in the form of a two track single titled Beds Are Burning. The single will include the band's cover of the Midnight Oil classic of the same name, as well as previously unreleased song 'Little Soldier' which came together during the Outsider sessions.

Commented singer Andrew Neufeld: "A while back I randomly saw the video for the song Beds Are Burning. I had heard it in passing many times before but the video intrigued me at that particular time. After finding out that it was a protest song about giving back lands to an indigenous group in Australia,  it resonated with me because of the current situation our Canadian government has with its indigenous people."

The single will be released digitally on May 4th via Nuclear Blast. A limited print run of 500 7" vinyl will be (mainly) available on tour during their upcoming Australian dates onward. See the tour schedule below.

Comeback Kid will be playing at the three Slam Dunk Festival dates next month, don't miss their killer performances at those shows!

26.05. UK Leeds - Slam Dunk Festival North 27.05. UK Hatfield - Slam Dunk Festival South 28.05. UK Birmingham - Slam Dunk Festival Midlands

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

RadioDriveBy's Trent Clark Joins Craig Owens' badXchannels

Photo credit: Matt Cardinal

As badXchannels' mastermind CRAIG OWENS continues his musical metamorphosis of the more experimental side of rhythm-based alternative music, he has tapped friend and fellow musician TRENT CLARK of alt-rock band RadioDriveBy to join in the evolution. "Trent’s a close friend, who’s been on a similar path in life," explains Craig. "We spend our days trying to make sense of it all, and when making music it kind of all becomes one thing. The collaboration allows for a focus of purity and expression when creating. It’s nice to be able to let go of control, it’s exciting, and makes me want to make music again." 

Adds Trent: "The meeting of our minds was such an organic experience, and I think that lends itself to the music we've been making. I had played a show with Craig awhile back, and he asked if I'd ever be interested in doing some writing together. From there we just started jamming out on a pretty consistent basis, and then *boom* here we are now! It's been a great ride so far. The universe has a funny way of putting you in the right place, at the right times."

As the product of their collaboration, badXchannels have released the new video "Memory". Originally premiering on Alternative Press, the video was filmed in Sedona, Arizona by Swiss director John Osterman, offering an atmospheric and cinematic glimpse inside which Altpress describes as the "slow-evolving, late-night-listening grooves of badXchanels."    

"One of the songs we've done together that I am super proud of is 'Memory', which was a really great experience composing together," Trent says. "I love working with Craig because he is very driven and passionate about making great music. When we write together, we never know what we are going to come up with, which is really exciting."

In addition, badXchannels have announced a trio of Texas shows in May with the ethereal Fifty Grand and the experimentally ambient Eastghost. 

May 18th - Austin, TX @ Sidewinder May 19th - Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar May 20th - Houston, TX @ Houston Undrgrnd

"I know we've got a bunch of stuff that you'll be hearing in the future that I am excited to share with the world," explains Craig. "We've been super inspired by all sorts of ethereal, dark, and raw sounds as of late, and have been especially inspired by movie scoring and sound design. We keep a very open mind to music, and draw inspiration from an eclectic mix. The new stuff to come will definitely speak for itself!"

The mastermind behind such seminal alternative bands Chiodos, Cinematic Sunrise, The Sound of Animals Fighting, and Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, Owens took some time off after the final breakup of Chiodos in early 2015 to re-find his muse. In the two years since, he has moved back home to Detroit after a brief stint in Los Angeles and gotten back to what drew him to music in the first place – the desire to create and shape the music within his soul. Keeping a low profile and recording music as badXchannels, Owens drew inspiration from a broad swath of music that includes film soundtracks and scores, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. Having collaborated with such luminaries as Dr. Dre, D12, Fifty Grand (of TeamSesh) and gotten support from underground superstar Bones, Owens leaves no stone unturned, creating music from inspiration rather than record label demands.

With more music on the horizon and more surprises in store, Craig and his new cohort Trent are planning on experimenting and writing new material.  "We’re going to continue releasing single after single over the next few months, begin touring, and continue on the journey that seems to be just getting started with badXchannels," he concludes. "The goal is to continue releasing quality content and leave a legacy in the strength, and entirety of our musical catalogue - to communicate with the world and hopefully leave an indentation for those who feel the same way about life as we do."

badXchannels "Memory"