Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Last week, it was announced that June 2, 2017 will mark the release of Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group TENGGER CAVALRY's upcoming full-length album, Die On My Ride. The band is thrilled to announce that just a day after album drops, they will kick off a 25+ date North American headline tour featuring support from Venezuelan world music/progressive fusion guitarist Felix Martin and pagan folk metal group Helsott.
The tour will begin in Montreal, QC on June 3 and visit several other major Canadian and U.S. cities before coming to an end on July 8 in Manchester, NH (Helsott will appear June 18-June 27). See below for a full listing of dates.
TENGGER CAVALRY frontman Nature G states: "After so many months off the road, hours and hours of recording in the studio and many intense rehearsals, we are so excited to finally hit the road and raid with Felix Martin and Helsott! Helsott is amazing - they play European-influenced pagan folk metal, and Felix Martin is an absolutely skillful progressive-influenced metal/rock act. We're stoked to play many songs from our brand new album and also to have these awesome fellow world/folk music artists out with us!"
TENGGER CAVALRY Headline Tour Dates w/ Felix Martin, Helsott: *Helsott will appear June 18-June 27
6/03 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz 6/04 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks 6/05 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck 6/06 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo 6/08 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme 6/09 - Indianapolis, IN @ Taps Live 6/10 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen 6/11 - Fargo, ND @ Aquarium 6/13 - Winnipeg, MB @ Windsor Hotel 6/14 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos 6/15 - Edmonton, AB @ Brixx 6/16 - Calgary, AB @ Distortion 6/18 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater* 6/19 - Seattle, WA @ Highline* 6/21 - Portland, OR @ Dantes* 6/23 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill* 6/24 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar* 6/25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red* 6/27 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive* 6/28 - Kansas, City MO @ Riot Room 6/29 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar 6/30 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone 7/01 - Nashville, TN @ East Room 7/03 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 7/04 - Asheville, NC @ Mothlight 7/05 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter 7/06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Fire 7/07 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus 7/08 - Manchester, NH @ Jewel
Each night on tour, fans can look forward to hearing TENGGER CAVALRY favorites and new tracks from the band's aforementioned new album, Die On My Ride. The new album expands on the band's celebrated, exotic metal-meets-Mongolian/Central Asian musical influence and lyrical explorations of tradition, history and warfare by delving into more topical themes of personally-experienced racial discrimination, identity conflicts and equal rights issues.
Die On My Ride was self-produced at Nature G's production studio Raiding Media, and is available to pre-order now in both physical CD and vinyl format via M-Theory Audio or digitally via the band's Bandcamp page.
Die On My Ride is TENGGER CAVALRY's first album available in vinyl format, as well as their first album to be released with M-Theory Audio - the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America. The album is distributed by AISA/RED in North America.
In addition to these North American dates, TENGGER CAVALRY plans to announce several performances at European festivals this summer. Stay tuned!
Monday, 24 April 2017
THE DAHMERS bring their exhilarating mix of garage punk and lo-fi action rock with chilling lyrical themes to the UK for a one off show at Nambucca in London on Sunday May 28, 2017. They’ll be joined by The Riven. For more info and tickets go to: www.nambucca.co.uk.
THE DAHMERS + The Riven. May 2017: 28th LONDON - Nambucca
BLOOD - GUTS - DEATH 13 TRACKS OF PURE ROCK N ROLL HORROR. NO FILLERS - ONLY KILLERS!! The Dahmers recently released their highly anticipated new album ‘In The Dead Of The Night’ album on Lovely Records. As dusk settles in and night time aproaches The Dahmers rise from their coffins once more. Like bloodthirsty creatures of rock n roll they will burst out into the moonlight leaving solitude behind on a rampage for terror. 13 nerve breaking songs dedicated to the darkest of hours that will cut you down ruthlessly. A mutation of garage punk, energic rock and 60s pop makes 'In The Dead Of Night' a Frankensteins monster of music.
The Dahmers released their debut album ‘Demon’ on Farsot Records in 2014. The album quickly sold out and got an international release through Lövely records in 2015. The band released their ‘Terror On Wheels’ EP in 2015 and ‘Blood On My Hands’ EP in 2016. ‘Blood On My Hands’ got elected on of the top 50 songs 2016 by Swedish National Radio as one of few rock n roll songs on the list. The band´s new album ‘In The Dead Of Night’ was recorded in Studio Underjord by Joona Hassinen. Mixed by Linus ‘Linkan’ Björnlund and mastered by Magnus Lindberg. Artwork by Branca Studios.
Thursday, 20 April 2017
California melodic punk band TEN FOOT POLE has announced the release of their new album Setlist, out on May 26 via Los Angeles based record label, Cyber Tracks. Setlist includes new recordings of eleven previously released songs, plus two new tracks. Pre-orders for the album begin on May 5 and can be purchased on that day here: www.cyber-tracks.com
"We are excited to have fresh new recordings of our favorite old TFP songs, plus a couple of new ones, to introduce modern Ten Foot Pole to our friends, old and new." says vocalist Dennis Jagard.
For their first album in over a decade, Ten Foot Pole knew they wanted to give back to their fans after years of their loyalty. Produced and mixed by Kyle Black (New Found Glory, Strung Out), the 13 tracks featured on Setlist pay homage to the legendary California punk scene - a journey through the eyes of a band who has toured relentlessly on three continents, performing with the likes of NOFX, The Offspring, and Rancid, to name a few. Longtime fans can note the quality of the album simply through the crisp guitar licks and definition in Jagard’s voice.
The new songs, “Scars” and “I Don’t Want To Go” suggest that the years have injected a maturity to the lyrics and complexity to the music, without losing the passion of being an underground act. The new Ten Foot Pole is still as aggressive, urgent and personal as ever, a true testament to the timelessness of American punk rock.
Ten Foot Pole is Dennis Jagard (Lead Singer), Scott Hallquist (Lead Guitar), Keith Divel (Lead Guitar II), Pat Magrath (Drums) and Chris Del Rio (Bass).
Texas based singer/songwriter Ryan Hamilton and his band The Traitors are proud to announce an 8 date UK tour in August and promise the shows will be “as close to a drunken rock n roll show in a Texas saloon that folks can get in the UK. Drinks, music, friends. good vibes and good times all around.” To celebrate the forthcoming tour Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors unveil the official video for infectious single Heavy Heart:
The video captures perfectly the contrast of the different kinds of beauty in the UK, filmed in a nature reserve near Ashy De La Zouch, and then capturing great street art in Manchester.
Heavy Heart is taken from the new album The Devil’s In The Detail , which is an uplifting and energetic yet sensitive record, that celebrates music and storytelling. The 12 finely crafted songs, clearly represent Ryan Hamilton and The Traitors distinctive mix of melodic pop and rock. Aside from Ryan the album features UK musicians, including Ginger Wildheart – who handpicked Ryan & The Traitors as his main tour support in 2016 and plays lead guitar on the majority of the tracks. Scottish singer/songwriter Chrissy Barnacle also provides velvety backing vocals and duets on Don’t Say I Told You So.
The Devil’s In The Detail, recorded in Scotland in a “building that's older than America” with producer Dave Draper, perfectly captures the bands live sound. “It's the first album I've ever made where I haven't wanted to go back and make changes.” explains Ryan “For me, it's a wonderful marriage of pop, rock & country. Something really cool happens when you bring my classic rock, hair metal loving British band mates, and my old school country, pop/rock loving Texan self together. It shouldn't come together as organically as it does, but it works, and we love it.”
Full of melody and charm with no reliance on nostalgia The Devil’s In The Detail is an aural treat and truly deserves a place in your heart. Finally Ryan wants to say “THANK YOU to the wonderful people who are supporting us. We operate under our own record label, and our own management. We are out there competing with the big boys and doing it all on our own terms. We couldn't do it without all the incredible folks in the UK behind us, spreading the word. So, really, from my heart: THANK YOU.”
August HEAVY HEART UK Tour dates: Thu 17th Bannermans Bar Edinburgh Fri 18th Think Tank Newcastle Newcastle upon Tyne Sat 19th Brudenell Social Club Leeds Sun 20th Sound Control Manchester Tue 22nd Hare & Hounds Kings Heath Birmingham Wed 23rd The Bodega Nottingham Thu 24th Thekla Bristol Bristol Fri 25th Borderline London
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Grammy-nominated Americana stars The Lumineers today announce the release of ‘Seeds’, an exclusive 10” vinyl set to be released in conjunction with Record Store Day. The limited edition release from the critically-lauded Denver-based outfit shows the progression of two of the most popular tracks from their No.1 sophomore album ‘Cleopatra’ (‘Angela’ and ‘Long Way From Home’) from initial demo, through recording to the live entity.
‘Angela’ is a subtle and restrained classic folk-rock song, which could have come straight out of Laurel Canyon in the late 60s-70s. It builds and crescendos seemingly lost in the vault of classic songwriting reappearing in 2017 as ageless and compelling. The 405 labelling the piece as “...the perfect example of The Lumineers' commitment to working through quality material that they believe in.”
The other offering on ‘Seeds’, ‘Long Way From Home’, displays the band’s uncompromising songwriting & emotional prowess in full force, centred on a simple picked guitar line and frontman Wesley Schultz' voice, lyricism & storytelling centre stage.
Discussing the release, Schultz shared, “With ‘Angela’, you'll hear how lyrics change and bridges and verses are moved around. And with ‘Long Way From Home’ you'll hear an entire intro, i.e. a brand new part of the song that was omitted on the studio album, but can be heard in the live version.”
‘Seeds’ will be released on Record Store Day on Saturday 22nd April and you can find it at your local (participating) record store HERE.
The Lumineers are currently in the midst of an extensive North American arena tour in support of last year’s #1 album ‘Cleopatra’, which was described by The Evening Standard as “Echo-laden, sparse Americana illuminated by Wesley Schultz’s remarkable voice.” The band’s current live plot on The Cleopatra World tour has seen them play to adoring fans all over, including two sold out nights at the legendary Madison Square Garden. The band will return to London this summer with an appearance at Hyde Park’s British Summer Time Series (appearing alongside similarly-revered songwriters Stevie Nicksand Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). Following that The Lumineers hit the road and will perform in stadiums opening up 13 shows with U2.
‘Seeds’ Track List Side A: 1. Angela 2. Angela (Live) 3. Angela Seed (For Fra) Side B 1. Long Way From Home 2. Long Way From Home (Live) 3. Long Way From Home Seed
Taken from their debut album ‘Sequins & C-Bombs’, released last year on Grweat Records, The Lounge Kittens have selected Usher’s ultimate club banger ‘Yeah’ for their latest video offering.
Taking on the roles of Usher, Lil’ John and Ludacris the video sees the girls raising the roof of London’s legendary Dingwalls venue, transforming it into a sizzling hot nightclub with the help of some of their most dedicated fans. During their hugely successful PledgeMusic campaign, Kitten fans were given the chance to be in one of their now infamous videos; a chance which they relished. “The fans were AMAZING.” says Jen, Red Kitten. “We weren’t sure what to expect after giving them the brief but they did not disappoint. They threw themselves into everything we asked them to with typical C-Bomb Squad attitudes – just awesome.”
“Yeah was always going to get the TLK video treatment,” says Blue Kitten, Timia. “It’s such a stand out track for us as we love singing Ludacris’ filthy rap. It’s so challenging to perform live. But the video was a great excuse to mix things up again and try out a different style, particularly when it came to our characters. It was a real pleasure to dance about in trainers without a stiletto in sight!”
The Lounge Kittens head out on their ‘Bringing Up The Rear’ tour tomorrow. See them live at: 20.04 Oxford Bullingdon 21.04 London Dingwalls 22.04 Liverpool Arts Club 2 26.04 Norwich Waterfront Studio 27.04 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms 28.04 York Fibbers 29.04 Glasgow Garage Attic 30.04 Sheffield Leadmill
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
KILLING JOKE announce European Tour includes intimate London show plus Special Guest appearances with Guns n’ Roses
atherers of the UK and Europe, Killing Joke are delighted to announce a series of shows for the summer… “As always, we're looking forward to seeing many familiar faces out there, but also meeting some first-timers. It's wonderful to still be playing live for you, so hope you can join us…” Killing Joke will start the tour with an intimate show at the Scala in North London on Monday, June 12th, before heading into mainland Europe; this run of dates includes 2 shows as Special Guests to Guns n’ Roses in Poland and Germany.
Watch now, Killing Joke’s latest video, the apocalyptic ‘New Cold War’, directed by long-term associate / designer, Mike Coles:
‘New Cold War’ is taken from Killing Joke’s 16th studio album, ‘Pylon’, the band’s third consecutive release via Spinefarm Records; ‘Pylon’ entered the UK charts at No.16, giving the band their highest official UK chart entry in 21 years, their third highest ever! In true KJ fashion, ‘Pylon’ is very much music as ritual – raw, uncompromising and precisely-targeted lyrically; proof that Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth & Big Paul, the original Killing Joke personnel, are currently delivering the best and most relevant material of their career, with no mellowing or softening of the edges getting in the way.
With collective nostrils flared and righteous anger carried torch-high, Killing Joke continue to take their music of resistance to fresh levels, both in the studio and out on the road…
EUROPEAN TOUR JUNE 2017: Mon 12th Scala, London, UK (headline show) Wed 14th Zeche, Bochum, Germany (headline show) Thur 15th Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany (headline show) Fri 16th Werk 2, Leipzig, Germany (headline show) Sun 18th Fléda Club, Brno, Czech Republic (headline show) Mon 19th Progresja, Warsaw, Poland (headline show) Tues 20th Stadion Energa, Gdansk, Poland (special guests with Guns n’ Roses) Thur 22nd Messegelande, Hanover, Germany (special guests with Guns n’ Roses)
After 12 long years, Brooklyn hard rock legends LIFE OF AGONY are finally back with their brand new album A Place Where There's No More Pain, which is set to be released April 28th via Napalm Records. So far, 2 songs from the album have been released to the public, the title track 'A Place Where There’s No More Pain', as well as the band's just recently premiered single for 'World Gone Mad'. Now LIFE OF AGONY, back in their famous and original River Runs Red- line up fronted by the one & only Mina Caputo, unleash the official, and hell of a scary, video for 'World Gone Mad'!
"The message behind ‘World Gone Mad’ could not be more relevant to what's going on all over this planet right now. People are more divided than ever, and if we continue to ignore the fact that this world is busting at its seams and just continue to "stick our heads underground," like the lyrics suggest, we will see a madness in our lifetime like we've never experienced before,” explained bassist Alan Robert just recently. He continues: "With the 'World Gone Mad' video, we were really looking to break out of the typical performance video approach to capture a high concept visual. There is clearly a strong homage to horror movies such as Hellraiser and The Ring, and U.K. director Leigh Brooks of Firebelly Films went above and beyond to bring our ideas to life. It's definitely the darkest and scariest looking video we've done to date."
Dive into the 'World Gone Mad' and watch LIFE OF AGONY's brand new video here:
Place Where There's No More Pain' coming out April 28th 2017 on Napalm Records.
Monday, 17 April 2017
Mt. Wolf are delighted to share their new video for 'Heavenbound' on The Independent today. Taken from the forthcoming album - due out May 26th on CRC Music.
London’s Mt. Wolf have experienced much since their early days as a band – line-up changes, enviable hype and interest and, most of all, a sense of expectation that has never left them. With upcoming debut album “Aetherlight” set to not only meet but exceed those tall expectations, they released the emotive and thought-provoking video to the anthemic “Heavenbound”. The song owes a melodic debt to the literate, epic songcraft of Echo & The Bunnymen and The National while retaining the sky-scraping atmospherics that have become the band’s trademark, capturing the band at perhaps their most anthemic yet. Visually, the short films captures that same ethereal connection as it charts a man’s final minutes, projecting the sense that love will always be so much stronger than hate.
The director James Ayling, of Cape Films, says of the video: “I think everyone will have their own interpretation of the video. For me, it was about the idea of death acting as a force to unite people. For some death offers the chance to reflect and ask for forgiveness; for others, it provides an opportunity to find peace and the ability to forgive.”
And this from Mt. Wolf frontman and album co-producer Bassi: “Heavenbound deals with the different journeys entangled with death. The song is largely about letting go and moving on, while the video takes a slightly different approach: compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love for others can triumph in the face of hate and violence.”
Our first taste of “Aetherlight” was the 6 minute opus “The Electric” and alongside the video for “Heavenbound” the album is now available to pre-order direct from their label CRC Music.
Patience has been the key, as the band worked tirelessly behind the scenes towards the all-encompassing sound for their new material that they had always aimed for. After a productive 12 months with super-producer Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83, Daughter) they have returned with a debut album that confirms that sound is now very much realised.
The band will play the following shows to launch the album: 8th June – Hoxton Hall, London 9th June – The Eagle Inn, Manchester 10th June – The Lantern, Bristol
On June 9, 2017, Metropolis recording artists THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE will release UNDER YOUR SPELL, their seventh release. These 11 songs reveal a side of the Canadian band that audiences may not have seen before. Proving to be the band's most intimate and emotive record to date, Under Your Spell is a captivating hybrid of 80's, electronica, and aggressive guitars, fused with dark, cinematic melodic progressions, blending the expansive breadth of The Birthday Massacre's signature sound, creating a deeply personal, immersive collection of songs.
In addition, the band has announced a North American tour that kicks off on May 18th at Toronto's The Opera House and circles the continent, hitting cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, NYC and Boston. (full dates below) Driven by band's signature, unique blend of spiraling synth melodies, walls of guitar, and evocative vocals, Under Your Spell hits all the bases that audiences have come to reliably expect from the band - songs that range from dark, aggressive anthems to danceable, pretty pop - and every shade in between.
There is a rawness to the emotion that is expressed through this album, an openness and vulnerability that perhaps feels new for the listener. It becomes clearer than ever through this release of the tight bond that exists between the band, and their willingness to explore heartbreak and loss together. With these songs, they have entered the darkness of the most fragile emotions, and come back with a cohesive and detailed portrait of music that captures both the anger and the hope that exist within a moment in time.
The Birthday Massacre continue to make the music that is so very unique to them. Once again, they have managed to create an album that somehow feels so familiar, yet challenges the listener to continue alongside them on their ever-changing, ever-growing journey.
THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE Under Your Spell Tour: May 18: Toronto, CAN @ The Opera House 'May 19: Detroit Mi @ Magic Stick May 20: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge May 21: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze May 22: St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room May 23: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater May 25: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater May 26: Salt Lake City @ The Complex May 28: Vancouver, BC @ Venue May 29: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon May 31: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre June 1: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s June 3: Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre June 4: Pomona, Ca @ Glasshouse June 5: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock June 6: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls June 8: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger June 9: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill June 10: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar June 12: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum June 13: Orlando, FL @ The Social June 14: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade-Heaven June 16: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage June 17: Philadelphia, PA @ Dracula’s Ball / Trocadero Theatre (TBM Only) June 18: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony June 19: New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Marlin Room) June 21: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
After a rollercoaster twenty-five year career as an artist, curator, and tastemaker, James Lavelle returns with UNKLE’s fifth studio album, The Road Part 1. The Road Part 1 is a collection of fifteen new UNKLE tracks inspired following his curation of 2014’s Meltdown Festival at Southbank, their most successful festival to date. It is a collective creative venture by musicians including London folk-rock artist and poet Keaton Henson, Primal Scream’s Andrew Innes, The Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss, long time UNKLE collaborator Mark Lanegan, and Mercury Prize nominee ESKA.
Lavelle also found new friends and collaborators in Queens of the Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore and Beck drummer Justin Stanley, who make definitive contributions throughout the record.
Recorded in UK, Europe and Los Angeles’ Pink Duck Studios, The Road Part 1 is the product of a desire to create something fresh and innovative, that also celebrates the rich history of UNKLE, and showcases a new wave of talent such as Elliott Power, Mïnk and YSEÉ. The album also features long-term collaborators Philip Sheppard, Chris Goss, Twiggy and Troy Van Leeuwen. Lavelle set out to make a record that tapped into the multicultural landscape of modern London. His mission was to unite the eclectic mix of ideas, cultures and genres under the UNKLE umbrella and create something unique.
James Lavelle praises the role of collaboration, and its importance at the core of the project: “I hadn’t made a record in a long time, and the incarnation of UNKLE had changed in that now, it was me on my own. For that reason, I wanted to make a record that I hadn’t been able to before, going back to the roots of where I came from, with a foot in modern London.” In July of last year UNKLE released their first single in seven years. teaming up with Elliott Power, Mïnk and YSEÉ for the gospel-infused "Cowboys or Indians". Followed by "Sick Lullaby" in February 2017, his second collaboration with Keaton Henson. "Sick Lullaby" is tender and cinematic - a beautiful lullaby that empowers Henson’s delicate vocals.
The latest track from The Road Part 1, "Looking For The Rain," is a call to arms in our turbulent modern world, written by Mark Lanegan with string arrangements by Will Malone (Massive Attack, Unfinished Symphony and UNKLE's "Lonely Soul", amongst others). Creative visual collaborations are a core part of the immersive experience The Road Part 1 offers. Following the immense success of his critically acclaimed exhibition Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick last summer at Somerset House, Lavelle continued his collaborative relationship with esteemed artists throughout the creation of The Road Part 1. The release will include cinematic and thought-provoking official videos from artists and visionaries including Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones ("Cowboys or Indians", "Sick Lullaby"); Norbert Schroener ("The Road"); and many more to be revealed.
The official video for the album’s title track "The Road", directed by German filmmaker Norbert Schoerner, has also been premiered exclusively on It’s Nice That. The collaboration follows from Schoerner’s involvement with James Lavelle's Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick exhibition.
The footage was filmed by using a drone to explore the stark American wilderness. Norbert Schoerner and James Lavelle have created a film that in Schoerner’s own words “describes the ever present conflict between natural landscape and human progress”. The masterfully curated list of visual collaborators extends to the physical release of The Road Part 1. The cover art is from a painting by German contemporary artists Jonas Burgert. The 36-page booklet features artwork by contemporary luminaries including Turner Prize nominee Nathan Coley, John Isaacs, David Nicholson, Norbert Schoerner, Doug Foster, Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones. It was designed by James Lavelle and up-and-coming designer George Stewart-Lockhart.
In the twenty years since UNKLE’s debut album Psyence Fiction, Lavelle has been prolific. He created four studio albums with UNKLE (Psyence Fiction, Never Never Land, War Stories and Where Did The Night Fall), a host of critically acclaimed film scores, and curated a series of art exhibitions through Daydreaming With..., most notably, the hugely successful Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick exhibition at Somerset House, and his latest exhibition Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents THE ROAD: SOHO at the Lazarides Gallery earlier this year.
The exhibition at the Lazarides Gallery was a celebration of 25 years of UNKLE, and whilst The Road Part 1 may be their fifth studio album, it is in many ways a new beginning. With shows booked throughout the year and The Road Part 2 already in the making, it feels that even after 25 years, the road for UNKLE has only just begun.
Los Angeles-based collective Salt Petal is invigorating audiences and critics alike with a tropical surf-dance sound in a category all its own. A cross-border combination of Argentinian folk, Brazilian tropicalia, cumbia and up tempo surf rock blurs ethnic and musical boundaries, bringing to mind Blondie, Os Mutantes, Gal Costa, and 60′s rock and roll. The band’s sound is one of the freshest to come out of Los Angeles, showcasing deep South American rhythms with vibrant indie pop harmonies and textures.
Founding members, Autumn Harrison and Rodrigo Gonzalez started the band after a trip to Buenos Aires, where their late night singalong sessions turned into the beginning of their first record. After performing in small cafes and receiving positive responses from musician friends, they began to play bigger stages and soon became one of the most sought after festival bands in Los Angeles.
Salt Petal has played high profile venues and festivals such as SXSW, Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books, Echo Park Rising, Chinatown Summer Nights and Make Music Pasadena, performing alongside well-known artists including Lila Downs, Grimes, Robert DeLong, We Are Scientists, La Santa Cecilia, Chicano Batman, members of Blondie, Jane’s Addiction and more. Not only have their videos been featured on MTV Tr3s and the band written up in Billboard, but they recently won an international songwriting competition voted on by representatives of the BBC. The musical collective has also performed a special in-studio for Seattle’s acclaimed NPR station KEXP, broadcasted internationally.
Salt Petal’s latest release, Rare Hearts was recorded at the famed London Bridge Studios in Seattle with producer Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, Atlas Genius) and mixed and mastered by Raymond Richards (Local Natives, Avid Dancer). The album aims to be a constant reminder for humanity to have faith and love in ourselves, in order to continue to get through difficult moments. The central theme is “exploring the fight everyday against yourself to be able to see what you have around you” reveals Harrison.
Their sound is heavily influenced by the adventuresome explorations of South America's music revolutions in the 60s and 70s, such as Tropicalia, Gonzalez confides,"Tropicalia had such a great philosophy of taking things on, consuming and devouring what was available and experimenting with it in a boundary-less way, in the search of a new identity." Salt Petal aspires to do the same, with their new release Rare Hearts. They write from loving a variety of sounds found in California, with rhythms and sounds from across the Americas considered on equal footing with rock, soul, and blues. The musical collective describes their sound as subconscious and a natural extension of who they are and hope that Rare Hearts will inspire people to be passionate, courageous and of course to dance!
Leading single ‘Telephone’ is a mixing pot of surf rock and 60’s psych, a dance anthem for the millennium. While the single ‘Disco Rats’, successfully showcases Salt Petal’s diverse musical sound. Rare Hearts features heavy trombone, funky bass lines and surfrock guitar riffs, paired with Harrison’s vocals creating a colorful and vibrant musical journey.
Rare Hearts is set for release April 28, 2017 worldwide.
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
The Black Angels have shared new track Half Believing, the scorched-earth centerpiece off their upcoming LP Death Song, out April 21st on Partisan Records.
In addition, the Austin psych-rock godfathers have confirmed a run of West Coast tour dates, following an expensive tour this Spring that includes a stop at new NYC venue Brooklyn Steel on May 2. Full routing below.
Produced by Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins), Death Song is the band's first LP in 4+ years, and has earned early raves from NPR, Drowned In Sound, Mojo, Shindig!, Classic Rock, Record Collector, the NY Times + more.
On April 22nd, a special limited edition release of Death Song will be made av ailable in honour of Record Store Day, including the new album on two glow-in-the-dark vinyl LPs and packaging printed entirely in blacklight-reactive ink.
See the band live in the UK on the following dates: 22 April - Rough Trade East - London, UK 22 Sept - Forum – London, UK 23 Sept - Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia – Liverpool, UK 25 Sept - SWG3 – Glasgow, UK 26 Sept - Institute 2 – Birmingham, UK 27 Sept - Trinity – Bristol, UK
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
THE ROCKET SUMMER Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of "DO YOU FEEL" with a North American Tour This Summer
Sometimes, to see how far you’ve come, you have to look back at your beginnings. For multi-instrumentalist, BRYCE AVARY of THE ROCKET SUMMER, his evolution into the powerpop/indie rock powerhouse that he is becoming has origins in his dynamic and explosive entrance into the mainstream ten years ago with his breakthrough album DO YOU FEEL. Before he embarks into his evolution forward, Avary will be stepping out of the studio where he is working on new music to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of a special album for TRS fans by performing the album for the first time ever in its entirety.The Do You Feel 10 Year Anniversary Tour kicks off in his home state of Texas on July 20 at Austin’s Antone’s and circles North America, hitting venues such as Dallas' Trees (July 21), NYC's Gramercy Theatre (August 3), Toronto's The Mod Club (August 8), Chicago's The Bottom Lounge (August 12), SF's Slim's (Aug. 24), and Los Angeles' The Roxy (August 25). VIP/Pre-sale tickets will become available Wednesday, April 12 at 10:00am Eastern Time, and general public tickets go on-sale Friday, April 14 at 10:00am Local Time. Tickets will be available at http://www.therocketsummer.com/tour/. (full dates below).
Celebrating the album which earned them the cover of Alternative Press who hailed him as “merging Cheap Trick’s hard pop hooks with Dashboard Confessional’s earnestness”, Avary will be playing Do You Feel along with an additional set of fan favorites from Hello, Good Friend, Of Men and Angels, Calendar Days, Life Will Write The Words, and Zoetic and spiking it with some brand new material that he's working on. In addition, the tour will launch the first ever double vinyl pressing of Do You Feel which will be sold on the road, as well as online and in stores. A limited edition double purple vinyl will be available only for VIP ticket purchasers on tour.
His first major label release via Island Def Jam, Do You Feel launched him out of the underground and into mainstream consciousness. Do You Feel balanced melody, meaning, and musicianship, embodying Avary’s forte of infusing passion into pop music with a variety of instruments and influences. From the cutting, rocking industry criticism of “A Song is Not a Business Plan”, to the bouncy calls to consciousness of “Break It Out” and “Do You Feel”, to the R&B-tinged, saxophone-backed “So Much Love” which featured the horn section that played on Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke album, to the epic, layered closing track “So, In This Hour”, Avary made it clear that he was uninhibited both from musical and lyrical standpoints. Furthermore, the recurring message and focus on re-sensitizing and retaining identity amidst a world of cruelty and conformity found throughout Do You Feel still rings true today as it did 10 years ago.
Currently working on the follow-up to his sixth studio album Zoetic, Avary is building on the dynamic evolution of his music that Diffuser claims, “simultaneously evokes Foster The People and Justin Timberlake" and Infectious Magazine believes “displays exactly what pop rock music would sound like if it were zapped with 100,000 volts and lived to tell the tale.” Forever challenging himself and his fans, Avary isn’t content releasing the same record over and over again, and thus expands and grows his oeuvre without fear of risks or alienation, even spurring New Noise to compare the album to “Foster the People or Passion Pit filtered through Michael Jackson.” With songs like the worldly-focused, wearily hopeful “Same Air” to the thrashing inner-conflicts of “Cold War” which Substream likened “as if Trent Reznor, Mutemath and Paper Route formed a supergroup in secret” , Zoetic continues the conscientious, heartfelt approach to songwriting felt on every album by The Rocket Summer, but carried out in a darker shell. It is with this same fierce independent spirit that The Rocket Summer is able to have the freedom to look fondly back at the album that propelled him forward, Do You Feel without embracing nostalgic tightly.
Check out the dates below and be sure to catch The Rocket Summer’s national Do You Feel 10 Year Tour when it comes to a city near you!
7.20 Antone’s Austin, TX 7.21 Trees Dallas, TX 7.22 Warehouse Live [Studio] Houston, TX 7.25 The Social Orlando, FL 7.26 Crowbar Tampa, FL 7.28 Masquerade Atlanta, GA 7.29 Exit/In Nashville, TN 7.30 Visulite Theatre Charlotte, NC 8.1 Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC 8.3 The Gramercy Theatre New York, NY 8.4 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA 8.5 The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia, PA 8.6 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA 8.8 The Mod Club Toronto, ON 8.10 Skully’s Music Diner Columbus, OH 8.11 The Loving Touch Detroit, MI 8.12 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL 8.13 Cabooze on the West Bank Minneapolis, MN 8.15 Wooly’s Des Moines, IA 8.16 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO 8.18 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO 8.19 Club Sound Salt Lake City, UT 8.22 The Crocodile Seattle, WA 8.24 Slim’s San Francisco, CA 8.25 The Roxy Theatre West Hollywood, CA 8.26 Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV 8.27 The Holding Company San Diego, CA 8.29 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, 6 April 2017
PARLIAMENT TATTOO STUDIO have joined forces with the iconic metal band JUDAS PRIEST to bring you HELL BENT FOR LEATHER: An exhibition of hand painted leather biker jackets inspired by the band’s albums and song titles by some of the worlds greatest tattoo artists.
The first exhibition of its kind featuring tattooing nobility such as Grime, Jondix, Scott Move, Gregory Whitehead, Xam, and more, the landmark exhibition is set to make waves in both the music and tattoo art communities. Each artist taking part in the exhibition has selected their favourite JUDAS PRIEST song or album title from which to create their artwork - painting directly onto the back of biker jackets using specially designed acrylic leather paint - each piece represents hours of meticulous work resulting in some of the most exciting heavy metal artwork ever produced.
Kicking off with a bang the Metal God ROB HALFORD will take time out of the studio where he is working with JUDAS PRIEST on their new album, to open an exclusive showcase exhibiting the leather jackets to press, influencers and celebrities.
Hosted at Parliament Tattoo in London, guests of the private view will also have the opportunity to take home a piece of artwork of their own that will last a lifetime - a tattoo by one of Parliament’s resident artists. The studio will release JUDAS PRIEST themed tattoo flash, which guests can select from should they wish to make the ultimate homage to the legendary band.
Following the private view, the one off pieces will be displayed publicly in London this May, at a free exhibition in the heart of Camden. A drinks reception will launch the week long event on Friday 5th May at the Provender Building, right in the subculture epicenter that is the Stables Market.
Moving on from its stint in London, the jackets will head south to the prestigious Brighton Tattoo Convention on 13th & 14th May where they will exhibit alongside more than 300 world class tattooists, including several of the artists participating in the Hell Bent for Leather exhibition.
Following the events, the jackets will be auctioned off online to benefit both The Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund - both extremely worthy causes close to the hearts of JUDAS PRIEST - the exhibition hopes to raise as much money as possible for the two charities
FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Abby Drielsma (AUS), Elliot Wells (UK), Gregory Whitehead (USA), Grime (USA), Joao Bosco (BR), Jondix (UK). Kelly Violet (UK), Liam Sparkes (UK), Rafel Delalande (FR), Robert Borbas (HU), Scott Move (UK), Tamara Santibanez (USA), Tas Danazoglou (CY), Tony Hundahl (USA), Uncle Allan (DE), Wendy Pham (DE), Xam (UK).
5th - 10th May 2017 Opening Party: 5th May, Times TBC Location: Provender Building
The Brighton Tattoo Convention 13th & 14th May 2017 Location: The Brighton Centre Kings Road Brighton, BN1 2GR For more Information visit www.brightontattoo.com
The Stables Market Chalk Farm Road London NW1 8AH
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Yesterday Irish superstar Imelda May has released a powerful music video for her new single, ‘Should've Been You’. Inspired by the recent Women’s March, Imelda herself created the concept for the video, which was filmed in Brixton, London, by director Laura Scrivano. Shot in one continuous take, the video sees Imelda and a group of everyday 'superwomen' – real Imelda May fans who responded to a Facebook post – march through Brixton Market holding placards with messages of solidarity and empowerment. It follows Imelda’s appearance at the Brit Awards wearing her #dresslikeawoman outfit.
Imelda reveals, “I wrote Should've Been You as a personal story of heartbreak, regret and eventual empowerment but when making this video I wanted it to reflect current feelings of solidarity amongst lots of women worldwide in response to events unfolding around us such as the Trump administration’s approach to affordable health and maternity issues. I wanted to ask the question 'who takes care of us? We are 50% of the world and it’s the people in power’s responsibility to take care of women as well. It still seems like it’s a man’s world and in 2017 that’s shocking. And I have a young daughter, which changes your perception of how you want things to be. You want to leave her a better world, you think ahead that way.”
Imelda continues, “The women in the video, who were predominately made up of my fans, represent a cross section of wonderful everyday women – superwomen from all walks of life. They are not victims or aggressive towards men but are powerful and positive representations of the female spirit and solidarity. I am very proud of it. We worked hard, had fun, had many laughs and all before most ran off to do the school run! They all made me feel proud to be a woman!”
The track is taken from her hotly anticipated forthcoming fifth studio record, ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ - produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett and featuring musical contributions from guitar hero Jeff Beck (on ‘Black Tears’) and piano legend Jools Holland – it is fast becoming one of the most anticipated albums of this year. Praised by publications including Mojo (“A powerful new direction”) Uncut, The Mirror (who described her new music as “Raw and real”) to the Mail On Sunday (who made it Album Of The Week, gave it four stars and stated: "Great albums tend to be growers, but this one grabs you at first acquaintance"), The Daily Telegraph (comparing it to Bob Dylan’s classic album ‘Blood On The Tracks’) alongside support from US industry publication Billboard Magazine as well as UK tastemaker music publications from Foxes Magazine to The Four Oh Five.
Bob Dylan also recently revealed he is a fan of Imelda, including her alongside Iggy Pop and Valerie June as his favourite recent artists, in a rare interview with Bill Flanagan, published on his website.
Imelda May, born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated female artists in history. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono and Smokey Robinson and can count high profile artists including Bob Dylan and Bono amongst her fans. Her previous album ‘Tribal’ debuted at #1 in Ireland and #3 in the UK.
Imelda has also announced her extensive 2017 UK Headline Tour in May, including a night at The London Palladium. A string of shows in the U.S. and Canada in June follows, including three dates as support for Elvis Costello.
MAY 2017 UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES: THU 04 IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE FRI 05 CARDIFF ST DAVID’S HALL SAT 06 CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE MON 08 SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION TUE 09 GUILDFORD G LIVE THU 11 READING HEXAGON FRI 12 BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION THEATRE SAT 1 NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL MON 15 LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC TUE 16 YORK BARBICAN THU 18 LONDON PALLADIUM FRI 19 BRISTOL COLSTON HALL SAT 20 MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL MON 22 BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL TUE 23 EDINBURGH USHER HALL WED 24 GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL FRI 26 GATESHEAD THE SAGE SAT 27 BELFAST WATERFRONT HALL MON 29 DUBLIN, BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE TUE 30 DUBLIN, BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE WED 31 DUBLIN, BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE
JUNE 2017 USA TOUR DATES: TUE 20 RICHMOND, VA - RICHMOND RACEWAY COMPLEX* WED 21 CHARLOTTE, NC - CHARLOTTE METRO CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATRE* THU 22 VIENNA, VA - FILENE CENTER AT WOLF* SAT 24 BOSTON, MA - PARADISE ROCK CLUB SUN 25 PHILADELPHIA, PA - UNION TRANSFER TUE 27 NEW YORK, NY - WEBSTER HALL WED 28 TORONTO, ON - DANFORTH MUSIC HALL FRI 30 CHICAGO, IL - PARK WEST
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
Psychedelic Norwegian alt-country troupe DIG DEEPER share new single "Stars Tonight" / New EP out May 19
“When we realised we were stuck in a northern outpost, where those elected to political power were working to close borders, refuse people in need basic rights and brag about having the strictest policies on immigration in Europe, we decided to make this record.”
These are the words of Norway’s Dig Deeper about their new “Stars tonight” EP, which they use as a way to highlight and criticise their government’s inhumane policies on immigration, and tell stories in the tradition of American alt-country from a European perspective – think Richmond Fontaine or Son Volt. This was somewhat of a turn for Dig Deeper; a band that originally set out to focus on having a good time playing trippy guitar music, described as “Norwegian mountain rock with a touch of War On Drugs and paisley underground.”
Dig Deeper seeks into the Norwegian mountains with their spacious, glacial sounds, long, layered grooves and singer Einar Kaupang´s heartfelt honesty. Their electric Norwegian road rock has a prominent psychedelic prefix and sets itself out with a clear storytelling approach. The songs here draw up the outlines of a man trying to “make it” in today´s Europe. These are songs of escape, distance, travel, identity, loss, and the search for freedom.
Dig Deeper are: Einar Kaupang (vocals, guitars) Øystein Braut (guitars, sitar, backing vocals) Jørgen Knutsen (bass, backing vocals) Raymond Tungesvik (drums, backing vocals)
LEFTFIELD Ready to Release "Leftism 22", A Very Special Reissue of Their Seminal Debut "Leftism" on May 5th
LEFTFIELD - Neil Barnes and Paul Daley - one of electronic music's all time greatest acts - has announced the release of Leftism 22, a very special reissue of their seminal debut album Leftism, which will be available to May 5, 2017 via Sony CG.
Leftfield was formed in 1989, before emerging publicly in 1990 with "Not Forgotten," a song that established a template for a new strain of British house music, leaning away from American styles dominating UK clubs. Released in January 1995, their debut album Leftism remains one of the defining statements of dance music, a gloriously inter-woven bombardment of musical styles and immaculate grooves, nominated for a Mercury Prize and later voted in the top ten greatest albums of all time by readers of Q Magazine. The album spawned numerous hit singles in "Open Up" - their now legendary collaboration with John Lydon, "Original" featuring Curve’s Toni Halliday, "Release the Pressure" featuring Earl Sixteen, and "Afro-Left" with vocals by Neil Cole a.k.a. Djum Djum.
Leftism 22 arrives 22 years on from the release of the acclaimed original, in a remastered version overseen by Leftfield’s Neil Barnes (who now runs the band solo) and Paul Daley. It will be available in a limited edition 3xLP vinyl, mirroring the original release and will include download codes for the remastered album and new mixes will be included. Plus digital and 2xCD editions that will feature the original album remastered, as well as all 11 original tracks remixed by a host of artists, including Skream , Adrian Sherwood, BodyJack and Voiski, making 22 tracks in total.
“I suppose Leftism was completely different to anything else at the time,” says Paul Daley, looking back. “We tried to push sonic boundaries and used every inch of the speakers available, and then tried to push it a bit more. It was like pop music sticking two fingers up to pop music at the time and people seemed to take notice.”
“We came together in a quest to make the best record we could,” says Neil Barnes. “I remember all of the epic days in the studio, and I remember moments of satisfaction when we knew we'd nailed it. Tracks developed organically as we continually changed elements to make them work. It was an exhilarating experience, a special time.”
“There has been so much music and new genres since we made Leftfism,” continues Daley. “The baton has been passed on four or five generations but i like to think our record gave music and pop culture a little nudge at the time. It was part of a movement and musical revolution that came from a DIY mentality born from the technology available. The album is like part of me that represents my youth and energy of a more innocent and quite different time both socially and musically. When I listen to it now i think: yeah, nice one, that was definitely worth all the effort and late nights.”
“Paul and I really worked well together,” says Barnes. “We each respected the other’s opinion. It was all about the music. And now, I've come to enjoy it again. I appreciate that it means a lot to so many people. I'm really honored and often deeply moved by all the amazing things that people say about the record. Having Matt Colton re-master the album was a real pleasure, and I realized that Paul and I had created something really special.”
Throughout the 90s Leftfield were untouchable live and on record, starting a snowball rolling for British dance music alongside outfits like Orbital, Underworld and the Dust / Chemical Brothers in breaking electronic music from the underground, onto the stage and into the charts.
They have always been regarded as one of electronic music’s defining live acts. The now-infamous Liveism tour that followed Leftism’s release set a new precedent in sonic presentation as the behemoth sound system, which aimed to replicate the cataclysmic bass effect of reggae sound systems, incurred more complaints than Motörhead, and a ban from Brixton Academy when plaster started flaking from the ceiling. The tour elevated dance music from anonymous club PA to major event, with guest vocalists joining the party.
Monday, 3 April 2017
GOLDIE has released a brand new track, "Prism," taken from his forthcoming double LP THE JOURNEY MAN. The track showcases the darker and more underground sounds of Goldie’s repertoire, is available to stream and download now on all digital platforms upon purchase of the album.
Goldie says: “This is one of my favourite drum‘n’bass tracks on the album. I wanted to reach back into the 1980s…to capture that feeling when you melt gold in a crucible. When it’s at its hottest point, to create something precious from the raw materials – drum breaks, basslines. But the most important element for me is the melody”.
"Prism" follows Goldie’s previous single "I Adore You", the dramatic and cinematic video for which starred Stephen Graham. Goldie will release his brand new double album, The Journey Man, on June 16, 2017, via Cooking Vinyl and Goldie’s own record label, Metalheadz. The album comprises two parts, 16 brand new tracks in total, all written and produced by the MOBO Award-winning songwriter, DJ, producer, visual artist and actor Goldie (MBE). It also features a host of collaborators handpicked by Goldie to help realize his vision for the album.
Goldie by Chelone Wolf“In my music,” says Goldie “is everything I’ve learned, everyone I’ve met, everything I’ve experienced.” And it’s been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator - who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with several landmark releases - has a unique story to tell. From children’s homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK’s most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS One, Goldie has always been one of a kind.
Collaborators on The Journey Man album include vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan, who was discovered when chosen in the three-part BBC series Goldie's Band By Royal Appointment and later provided the vocals for Goldie’s 2012 single "Freedom". Other featured vocalists on the album include Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, José James, Naomi Pryor as well as Goldie’s wife, Mika Wassenaar Price.
Goldie recently played four triumphant sold out shows at iconic London jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s earlier this month. Performing tracks from The Journey Man as well as classics from his repertoire, he was joined on stage by the Heritage Ensemble as well as many of the collaborators on the forthcoming album and was met with a rapturous response from the audiences.
Thursday, 30 March 2017
Like a synesthesia-induced landscape found within the vivid worlds of films a la Tron or The Neon Demon, Austin + Houston duo Night Drive arrive today with the scattered and lo-fi visuals for their track "Rise and Fall" on Paper Mag. The group are also thrilled to announce their debut self-titled record, due June 16th via Roll Call Records.
Explaining the song on Paper Mag, the duo - comprised of Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon noted,"Rise and Fall is about unexpected change as two people find themselves going in different directions. A sudden and untimely break up. We wanted the overall sound to be a bit dreamy and distant, which relates to that feeling of your life disintegrating and slipping through your hands like smoke, being unable to hold on to it. But we also wanted an energetic intensity to it, which relates more to the feeling of rushing headlong towards an inevitable tragedy and being unable to avert it, no matter what you do or where you turn."
Inspired by sci-fi cinematic landscapes, the duo's modern synth-pop seeks to explore the darker currents of abstract emotion. With infectious melodies wrapped in thoughtful lyrics, layered over pulsing dance beats, the group create an ethereal electronic world drenched in noir aesthetics. With the handful of tracks and remixes they've released, the duo's dreamy songs have already garnered attention from the likes of SPIN as well as causing a stir from tastemakers in the blogosphere.
Night Drive's self-titled debut album brings to mind the aesthetics of acts like Interpol or The Knife, and is an effort best consumed in it's entirety. From the John Carpenter-esque stylings of hazy album opener, "Hyperion" to the urgent synth of "Strange Telepathy" or the slow-burning and subtle "Ghost Craft," from start to finish, the LP is a textured soundscape and surreal journey through sound.
Having recently toured with the likes of CHVRCHES, Austra, Yacht, Robert DeLong, and Miami Horror, Night Drive has several dates coming up in Houston, New York and Austin.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Song: Produced by Japanese Wallpaper Recorded by Charlie Daly Mixed by Rob Kinelsi Mastered by Chris Athens.
Video: Prod Co. // Young Black Youth www.yby.com.au Director/Producer // Nima Nabili Rad DOP // Nima Nabili Rad Production Coordinator // Phil Sandell 1st AC // James Ward Miller 2nd AC // Rory Pippan Gaffer // Josh Koster Editor // Nick Eades Colorist // Nima Nabili Rad BTS // Ryan Cantwell PA // Dale Brumfield, Nikita Kimiye Make up // Sam Vlassis Hair // Abi Wales Styling // Chloe Spalding Special Effects Make up // Leigh Madden Special Effects Make up assistant // Emma Niven-Aitken Runner // Jake Viskic Visual inserts DOP // Nima Nabili Rad Compositing // Nick Eades
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Ice-T’s BODY COUNT just launched the new track “Black Hoodie” (taken from the band’s forthcoming album “Bloodlust”) via this explosive music video directed by Treach Tribe, so click on the link below now to check it out.
Ice-T states: "This type of thing happens everyday and nobody marches or it never makes the news. The video speaks for itself." “Black Hoodie” and the previously released tracks “No Lives Matter” and “The Ski Mask Way” are available as instant-grats on iTunes, Amazon etc. as well as on all major streaming platforms.
BODY COUNT’s new album “Bloodlust” will be released as Digipak CD, Gatefold LP (including the entire album on CD) and digitally on March 31st.
Vinyl-maniacs: “Bloodlust” is available in the following vinyl colours:
Black vinyl: unlimited Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in France Lilac: limited to 600 copies, exclusively available in Australia Transparent-red: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at CM Distro Europe White vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores Transparent-blue: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP
Ice-T and BODY COUNT have perfected their mix of thrash, punk and bottom heavy doom across five albums, hitting a zenith with the unstoppable “Manslaughter”. They embody the monumental Southern California tradition of street born punk bands like Suicidal Tendencies combined with the aggressive aural napalm of Slayer. This is abrasive, in-your-face heavy metal at its very finest.
BODY COUNT line-up: Ice-T – vocals Ernie C – guitars Juan Garcia – guitars Vincent Price – bass Ill Will – drums
Monday, 27 March 2017
Tel Aviv based indie duo Lola Marsh had great success with their 2016 EP “You’re Mine.” Both singles from the EP, “Sirens” and “You’re Mine" totaled 10 million streams on Spotify, principally in the US. Now, their eagerly anticipated debut album, Remember Roses is set for release on June 9, 2017. The album kicks off with a new single “Wishing Girl” – an unstoppable song carried by memorable whistling and an addictive melody, which premiered on PopMatters yesterday.
Written by vocalist Yael Shoshana Cohen and instrumentalist Gil Landau, the forthcoming album sees their sound inspired, matured and smooth. Yael and Gil have managed to free themselves from overwhelming influences – be it Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, Edith Piaf – and compose a feel-good soundtrack for the summer season. The album shines with suave romanticism and sweet nostalgia. Friendship, love and fears from childhood are recurrent themes that flow throughout the eleven songs.
The record’s coherence owes a lot to Yael and Gil’s special connection, as they used to be a couple on and off stage. As they are often quoted as saying, “ working together has always been a source of inspiration.” Melodies, choruses and additional arrangements on Remember Roses seem to run so effortlessly from this emotional harmony. If the tracks “You’re Mine” and “Sirens” need no more introduction, they sit alongside new songs on the album that show how far Lola Marsh has evolved in the space of a few years.
Yael Shoshana Cohen belongs to a category of singers that instantly captures the audience’s attention; together with producer Gil Landau they created Lola Marsh. Many discovered their intoxicating sound on the duo's debut EP “You’re Mine” released in 2016, which established the Tel-Avivian duo as one of last year’s major pop folk sensations.
Following a successful test drive and a widely celebrated European festival tour, we can only anticipate that the best has yet to come.
On Friday, March 24, official presale for the concert film "RAMMSTEIN: PARIS" began ahead of its worldwide release on May 19. The film, which will be released in many configurations, sets new standards. In March 2012, during the "Made in Germany" tour, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund shot two acclaimed Rammstein concerts at the Palais Omnisports arena in Paris in front of 17,000 spectators. Featuring 22 songs from the band's entire repertoire, the resulting film is not only the most spectacular collection of imagery about the most successful German rock band of our time, but also a masterpiece of music cinema, capturing Rammstein's energy as a unique visual and sonic experience.
Åkerlund is notorious for his radical, pioneering video clips for bands such as The Prodigy, Metallica, the Rolling Stones and also Rammstein. Absurd details, upended perspectives, shocks of contrast and sensory confusion flicker through his music productions, and in "RAMMSTEIN: PARIS", he celebrates this from the very first minute. Rammstein play 22 songs (128 mins), ranging from "Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?", the first song from the very first album, to "Frühling in Paris" from the last studio album "Liebe ist für alle da".
Artistically and dramaturgically ingeniously staged, like an overwhelming video clip, "RAMMSTEIN: PARIS" is one of the best rock concert films of all time. "Absolument"
A first impression of this masterpiece can be seen HERE.
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Released on DECCA on 7th April
At last Imelda has become Madame May and I am not talking about her new hairdo, making her look like a young and sexy Chrissie Hynde. I am not speculating either about the mum of one reinventing her image after a heartfelt break up... And if that’s what you want to read about you can pass your way folks.
We are here to talk about 'Life. Love. Flesh. Blood', Imelda May’s new and latest album which will be released on Decca (!!!!). I will be honest with you, I have never been too much of a fan of her previous era (but I respect it) but it has changed now because... gosh, this album is ahead of anything produced recently in Ireland. The mix of jazz, blues, gospel, ballads is classic but so refreshingly crafted that I cannot fault any title. Well obviously, everybody will talk to you about Black Tears which is obviously good, but not only because Jeff Beck is on it. For me the opening title Call Me is one of the best, insofar as it is setting the tone of the album. It is clear: the punkie butterfly has clearly morphed into an accomplished artist with a capital A. The rockabilly tunes of the past look very pale when compared to Human or even the Calexico-ish Sixth Sense.
An average title though in my own opinion is Bad Habit, but we can settle our disagreement by agreeing this is maybe a good-bye song to her rockabilly past. The quality of the following tracks which are Levitate or the superb When It’s My Time may leave you breathless so much. There is such a soft intensity in those songs. I quite like Leave Me Lonely too. Not that the song is innovative in any shape or form, but it is catchy and insidiously infectious in its own way.
Despite being recorded in only seven days, the overall production is top notch. But should we be surprised when all the musicians on board have come with a huge studio experience, acquired with top artists such as Costello, Plant or even Elton John, so no wonder why all the tunes are so meticulously delivered. Now, and this maybe a paradox, but I am really smitten by the vocals. Imelda’s voice is in control at all time and is clearly relegating the other musical instruments to a figurative role.
Finally, I could not help smiling at the title closing the album: The Girl I Used to Be. So, paraphrasing Imelda’s lyrics I would say that once upon a time there was a Dublin girl whose hairdo and music was very popular and then one day it became stellar.
If I was to pick 3 only: Call Me, Sixth Sense, Human
Live Test: I hope I will be able to tell you soon
Review by Pascal Derrien
Thursday, 23 March 2017
2017 got off to a flying start for Astroid Boys, releasing new track Foreigners which is currently sitting at over 150,000 views on YouTube and things are looking to get even better as today Astroid Boys announce a string of UK live dates starting in April!
After gaining a big following on the underground scene since forming in 2012, rising rock/grime collective Astroid Boys, who hail from Cardiff’s CF10 area code, have partnered with Music for Nations (Sony) as the label’s first signing since being recently re-launched.
Comprising Traxx (MC), Benji (MC), DJ Comfort (DJ), Dellux (producer) and Big H (drums), Astroid Boys have created something new and exciting, which was the intention when co-frontman Traxx started the band in 2012, wanting to merge his past as a punk kid with his transition into grime in his late teens.
With the band sitting comfortably between grime and punk/hardcore, their sound fuses together multiple sub-cultures and perspectives—a growth that defines them less as a band and more as a voice for the youth. Not many artists can say they’ve supported Trash Talk and Deez Nuts, as well as Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Skepta and Stormzy, but Astroid Boys have taken their live show to the urban and metal scenes across the UK. Along with an impressive list of tour supports under their belt, they’ve played at Reading & Leeds Festival, Download Festival and T in the Park, as well as festivals in mainland Europe, including Block Party Festival and With Full Force Festival in Germany.
LIVE DATES: 28th April – Hit The North Festival, Newcastle 2nd May – Music Hall, Ramsgate 3rd May – The Horn, St Albans 4th May – Empire, Coventry 5th May – Vintage Bar, Doncaster 6th May – Parish, Huddersfield 8th May – KU Bar, Stockton 9th May – Tunnels, Aberdeen 10th May – Alma Inn, Bolton 11th May – Focus Wales, Central Station, Wrexham 9th June – Download Festival, Donington 13th August – Boomtown Fair, Winchester
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
On May 26th Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics release their swaggering debut album The Man With Stars On His Knees. full of wit and rage. The band will showcase the dynamic debut at festivals through out the UK this summer including: Download Festival, Camden Rocks, Wildfire Festival and Ramblin’ Man Fair.
The Man With Stars On His Knees is informed by the sharp musical intelligence of Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics. “A lot of thought went into making an album that made sense. For a few years, I was so confused, tense and lost that I had more ammunition than I had ever had before to write lyrics and melodies that took me through the realms of anger, upset, uprising and all manner of feelings that probably manifested under a blanket of pressure and time.”
After leaving Heaven’s Basement, Buchanan formed The Cult Classics with sibling Laurie Buchanan on guitar, Tom McCarthy (guitar), Chris Guyatt (bass), and Kev Hickman (drums), as he “wanted to be true to the art in [his] mind, and the sound”, “I'm proud to fly the flag for something a little different.”
Recorded at Plus11 Studio with long-term friend and producer James Curtis-Thomas, the resulting dynamic and fulfilling The Man With Stars On His Knees comes from “doing what musicians do best. Creating.“
The record kicks off with Show Me What You’re Made Of as thunderous as prime Soundgarden and as kooky as MUSE and sets the tone for the whole album. The singles follow; first the lyrically purposeful and autobiographical All The Things You've Said And Done is is an angry kick to the teeth and the first song Buchanan wrote for the album. It bristles with conviction, while the Iggy Pop inspired Dancin’ Down Below with its riotous hooks follows.
This album is about struggle “bought on by surrounding yourself with the wrong people at the wrong time. What comes of that is negative energy. It’s the reason the album has such unique titles on it.” The Devil That Needs You talks of un-helpable addiction, A God Is No Friend speaks of not knowing what to turn to next be it a higher force or your next hit on whatever next passes by in the shop window of life, Mind Of A Mute speaks of how judged I felt over the years, there’s so much meat to this record. I don’t believe I could have written something like this without having been beat to an absolute pulp.”
You never find yourself in the presence of music that sounds self-consciously clever, everything flows before the incredibly elegant Morals, a showpiece song, stacked harmonies closes the album in the best possible way. Every one of these 10 songs is a master class in how to write melodies that pull the heartstrings while refusing to rein in the balls-out instincts. Combined with the combination of fearsomely virtuosic metallic riffing, solid pile driving rhythm section and Aaron’s versatile and soulful voice ensures that The Man With Stars On His Knees is a colossal and essential debut.
It was important to the band to keep the album-circle tight. They didn’t want outsiders getting in on it and the album was like “a speakeasy, nobody knew anything about it unless they were on the inside and it stayed like that for months. Ryan Woods (bass/guitars on album) had a friend, Sam Mayle who had followed Buchanan from the previous band – it just so happened he was an insane artist. Ryan showed Aaron some of his work, amongst them a portrait of a singer from a great band of the mid-noughties and Aaron loved it so much because of the colour and detail that he asked him to do a version of it for the album in question, through this, the striking cover image was born.
Aaron Buchanan believes and understands rock music can be both an unalloyed pleasure and a conduit for ideas, a means of provoking thought, a world in which you can reinvent yourself at the same time. And this has been achieved with the astonishing The Man With Stars On His Knees. “It’s inspired by many records, writers and voices from Eddie Vedder and Scott Weiland through to Queen and Manson – but it stands alone in it’s own cabinet of approval. The Man With Stars On His Knees was built for curious ears.”
The Man With Stars On His Knees retools every aspect of Buchanan’s story so far into something bigger, bolder and more emotionally potent. This brilliant and provocative artist has produced a hugely appealing and a simultaneously intricate and infectious debut album that deserves your attention The Man With Stars On His Knees is an enabling vision and unequivocal triumph.
The Man With Stars On His Knees track listing: 01 Show Me What Your’e Made Of. 02 All The Things You’ve Said And Done. 03 Dancin’ Down Below. 04 The Devil That Needs You. 05 Journey Out Of Here. 06 The Man With Stars On His Knees. 07 A God Is No Friend. 08 Left Me For Dead. 09 Mind Of A Mute . 10 Morals.
To pre-order the CD go to: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/aaronbuchananandthecultclassics
Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics UK dates June: 3rd Camden Rocks Festival. 11th Download Festival. 25th Wildfire Festival. July 29th Ramblin' Man Fair.
Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics are: Vocals: Aaron Buchanan Guitar: Laurie Buchanan Guitar: Tom McCarthy Bass: Chris Guyatt Drums: Kev Hickman
Monday, 20 March 2017
Released February 17th, 2017 via Capitol Records
Blue Grass or mainstream country ain’t really a style I have bought in when it comes to music but when Dani K, our chief editor, mentioned to me it was an album of covers I almost choked. Now... never say never and rise to the challenge I told myself.
A few things were going to make this easy I told myself. Alison Krauss is well known vocalist and has a great voice check, musicians and production crew are always associated with high quality check, I can pass the more country sound like tunes check 😊.
Now surprise surprise! It turns out, thanks to Alison, that I now like Willie Nelson, who would have bet on that one!!! Beautiful piano intro, soft and aerial guitar and a bit of accordion... and I am now ready to wear cow boy boots when I listen to I Never cared For You.
River in the Rain from Roger Miller, which admittedly I never heard of (I know I know :-) ), is my second best preferred title on this record and I have found myself going back to this ballad on a regular basis. I seriously think I am going to buy a cow boy hat over the next few days.
Gentle on My Mind Pop intro originally sang by Glen Campbell, a retired country star, is the prelude to a soft and nice musical road trip to Arkansas and I am now contemplating purchasing a wild horse for the urban cowboy that I am slowly becoming.
I am told that Brenda Lee was the first artist singing All Alone Am I. I don’t know if it was one of her signature tunes, but it is a poignant song about loss that Alison has clearly made hers and this in the most superb fashion that an artist can do I must say.
You Don’t Know Me from Eddy Arnold concludes this 10-track cover album Called "Windy City", not an album that I thought I would end up appreciating but you know what, cowboys have a soft and tender heart too. 😊
If I was to pick three only: I Never Cared For You, Gentle On My Mind, All Alone Am I
Live test: If my horse brings me there...
Album review by Pascal Derrien
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Calling the track a “twisted love song,” lead singer Rena Lovelis says that “Break My Heart” was inspired by over-romanticizing the painful part of a break-up. “It’s about how, in a relationship, you go through these phases — the first date, the first kiss, the honeymoon — and then after you’ve experienced all the amazing parts of that love, you want to go to the dark side. You want this person to break your heart so you can feel what it’s like to long for them and to feel so desperate that you’ll do anything to get them back. So it’s kind of masochistic!”
Hey Violet will perform “Guys My Age” on US TV show, Late Night With Seth Meyers on March 21st. They are currently working on their debut album, which will be out later this year via Virgin EMI. In the meantime, the band which is Rena, her sister Nia Lovelis (drums), Miranda Miller (keys, vocals), Casey Moreta (lead guitar) and Iain Shipp (bass) are currently on a sold out US tour. UK fan will get the chance to see the band live this spring, dates below:
UK TOUR DATES IN MAY: 8TH – LONDON, THE GARAGE 9TH – GLASGOW, O2 ABC 2 10TH – MANCHESTER, SOUND CONTROL
“Break My Heart” is the follow-up to Hey Violet’s smash single “Guys My Age”, which was named one of the Best Songs of 2016 by The New York Times and one of the 20 Best Songs of 2016 by V Magazine. The video for the single also racked up over 10 million views. The band are currently featured on the March cover of Alternative Press.
Hey Violet’s current EP Brand New Moves, debuted as the #1 artist album on iTunes in the U.S. and U.K. The Los Angeles Times compared their move “from grimy punk to shiny pop” to the Go-Go’s, while Galore declares front woman Rena Lovelis, “emits an unheard of level of rock-stardom for such a small girl without even singing a single note. But when she does sing, it’s as if Courtney Love, Gwen Stefani, and Hayley Williams crashed into each other and made a whole new generation of rock star.”
MANIC STREET PREACHERS Celebrates 10th Anniversary of "Send Away the Tigers" on May 12th w/ Double CD/Vinyl Set
MANIC STREET PREACHERS get set for spring/summer of 2017 with a selection of activities both release wise and live. Having recently moved into a new studio outside Newport after leaving their Cardiff base in the Autumn of 2016, they are about to start work on a new album, the follow up to 2014’s critically acclaimed No. 2 album Futurology.
Their eighth album SEND AWAY THE TIGERS enjoys its 10th Anniversary and a very special edition is being released with a double CD + DVD folio book, double gatefold vinyl (with download codes) and a digital version available on May 12, 2017. Featuring all audio remastered by James Dean Bradfield of the original album, there will also be unheard demos, a bonus disc of b-sides and rare tracks; a DVD of their full 2007 Glastonbury set; promo videos and rare/never seen before footage from rehearsals. Nicky Wire has also contributed handwritten lyrics and imagery from his personal archive.
"Send Away The Tigers was a very important record for us, it gave us a new lease of life and helped us to rediscover our love of the band. This edition helps to tell the whole story. Through demos, home recordings and hand-written lyrics you find intimate details of a band about to reinvent themselves.” - Manic Street Preachers
James Dean Bradfield has also composed the soundtrack to a new independent film released on March 10th. The Chamber is a claustrophobic survival thriller, set below the Yellow Sea and described as a “new sound from Bradfield and adds to the dark and atmospheric mood of the film”. The album is released on Sony Classics on the same day as the film.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Download Festival, the undisputed champion of rock and metal, has today announced the grand return of WWE NXT LIVE! to the hallowed grounds of Donington Park. Music fans will once again be electrified with incredible displays of skill and athleticism, as the hugest names in Sports Entertainment deliver the complete WWE NXT experience alongside the world’s biggest rock stars, on June 9 - 11. Tickets are available now from downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.
Alongside headliners System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith, fans can catch NXT Superstars *Bobby Roode, Aleister Black, Tye Dillinger, Kassius Ohno, Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, Nikki Cross and many more as they bring the hard-hitting, innovative and action packed brand of NXT to the purpose built, full scale ring in the main festival arena.
Last year saw NXT make a huge impact with Download fans, delivering a weekend of action to capacity crowds with shocking debuts, high flying manoeuvres and surprising returns from the biggest names in sports entertainment.
It also provided one of the most touching moments in Download history when Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative and WWE icon Triple H was awarded the Metal Hammer ‘Spirit Of Lemmy’ award on the main stage, in honour of his relationship with the late legendary Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister and to acknowledge the affinity between the rock and wrestling worlds.
Download Festival Promoter, Dave Bradley said: “Having WWE NXT at Download is like seeing what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object – you just know sparks are gonna fly! Wrestling and rock music go hand in hand and if last year is anything to go by, this exclusive festival experience is only going to be bigger & better for round two! This is not to be missed.”
Current NXT Champion Bobby Roode, who made headlines with his NXT debut at last year’s Download Festival said: “Download was my very first show in NXT. The combination of NXT Superstars and massive musical acts, entertaining tens of thousands of passionate fans makes Download a unique experience. Returning to Download as NXT Champion will make this an extra special moment for me as a performer.
WWE has been synonymous with rock culture for decades and has a long history of engaging with the rock community, previously collaborating with the likes of; Motorhead, Killswitch Engage, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Living Colour, Rob Zombie, POD and many more huge bands.
Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts icons of rock and metal to its main stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.
DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2017 LINE UP: A DAY TO REMEMBER | AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS | AEROSMITH | AFI | AIRBOURNE | ALESTORM | ALTER BRIDGE | ANATHEMA | AS IT IS | ASTROID BOYS | BARONESS | BASEMENT | BIFFY CLYRO | BLOOD YOUTH | BRUTAI | CASEY | CLUTCH | COHEED AND CAMBRIA | CREEPER | CROWN THE EMPIRE | DEAD LABEL | DEAD! | DEVILDRIVER | DEVILSKIN | DINOSAUR PILE-UP | EVERY TIME I DIE | EXODUS | FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH | FIZZY BLOOD | FOUR YEAR STRONG | FOZZY | GOD DAMN | GOOD CHARLOTTE | GREYWIND | GROVE STREET FAMILIES | HACKTIVIST | HOLDING ABSENCE | I THE MIGHTY | IDLES | IN FLAMES | ISSUES | JUNIOR | KNUCKLE PUCK | KVELERTAK | LIKE A STORM | LOST SOCIETY | MASTODON | MINISTRY | MOOSE BLOOD | M O S E S | MOTIONLESS IN WHITE | NORMANDIE | NORTHLANE | OF MICE & MEN | OPETH | PIERCE THE VEIL | PROPHETS OF RAGE | RED FANG | RED SUN RISING | ROB ZOMBIE | SABATON | SHE MUST BURN | SIMPLE PLAN | SLAYER | SLEEPING WITH SIRENS | STATE CHAMPS | STEEL PANTHER | STONE BROKEN | SUICIDAL TENDENCIES | SUM 41 | SYSTEM OF A DOWN | THE CADILLAC THREE | THE CHARM THE FURY | THE CONTORTIONIST | THE DEAD DAISIES | THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA | THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN | THE KING BLUES | THE LAFONTAINES | THE LOUNGE KITTENS | THE ONE HUNDRED | THE STORY SO FAR | TOUCHÉ AMORÉ | TRASH BOAT | VENOM PRISON | WALLFLOWER | WEDNESDAY 13