Thursday 8 June 2017

Sam Clark releases new video

Meet captivating, pop singer-songwriter Sam Clark. The Los Angeles based, Australian-born artist first rose to fame as an actor on the hit Australian TV program ‘Neighbours’. Credited in over 850 episodes of the internationally successful show, award nominated Clark's credits also include several films and a major role in the five time Emmy-winning FOX/Paramount production Grease: Live. His talent however, is clearly not limited to acting, having achieved top 40 success as a pop singer in Australia with his debut music release 'Broken'.

Clark’s latest musical release entitled 'Out Of Reach’ is co-written with Grammy award-winner Bill Grainer (Jennifer Hudson, Kimberley Locke). He confides how there was an instant connection between the two of them, “Despite us being from opposite sides of the globe we immediately hit it off and knew we were onto something special. We’ve been writing as a team between LA and NY under the moniker 'The Long Losts' ever since”. 'Out of Reach' is produced by fellow Australian, Andrew Furze (ARIA awards, The X Factor) and his team at TAG Music, who helped create this truly undeniable pop hit.

‘Out Of Reach’ is an intoxicating pop anthem featuring a melodic and energetic arrangement, paired with Clark’s honest and meaningful lyrics. This quintessential love song is an ode to authentic romance that is both relatable and heartfelt. "I want my songs to be catchy without compromising their lyrical content. If I had to choose a single theme that runs through all my songs, it would be love”, Clark admits. This narrative is further explored in the cinematic music video for ‘Out Of Reach’, as Clark adventures towards multiple forms of love.

Renowned for his live looping skills, Sam Clark is a seasoned performer having played hundreds of unique and engaging, one-man shows around the world. 'Out of Reach' is set for release summer 2017.

Wednesday 7 June 2017

ACROSS THE ATLANTIC - new music video '24 Hours'

Coming in HOT straight from San Antonio,TX, ACROSS THE ATLANTIC have announced the signing to SharpTone Records and have released a new video for their song '24 Hours'. Watch the video here:

The band consists of singer Jay Martinez backed by guitarists Jason Lugo & Julio Bautista along side bassist Jayy Garza & drummer Cody Cook. ACROSS THE ATLANTIC are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album which is slated for a summer release. In addition, ACROSS THE ATLANTIC currently have scheduled a homecoming festival in their hometown of San Antonio on May 27th at local venue The Korova. More info coming soon - stay tuned!

TENGGER CAVALRY Reveals Music Video for Politically-Charged Track "Independence Day"

Tengger Cavalry 2017 Tour Dates: 6/08 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Pyramid Scheme 6/09 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Taps Live 6/10 – Chicago, Ill. @ Beat Kitchen 6/11 – Fargo, N.D. @ Aquarium 6/13 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Windsor Hotel 6/14 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Amigos 6/15 – Edmonton, Alberta @ The Starlite Room 6/16 – Calgary, Alberta @ Distortion 6/18 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Astoria 6/19 – Seattle, Wash. @ Highline 6/21 – Portland, Ore. @ Dantes 6/23 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bottom of the Hill 6/24 – San Diego, Calif. @ Soda Bar 6/25 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Club Red 6/27 – Denver, Colo. @ Hi Dive 6/28 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Riot Room 6/29 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Hi Tone 6/30 – St Louis, Mo. @ Fubar 7/01 – Nashville, Tenn. @ East Room 7/02 – Johnson City, Tenn. @ The Hideaway 7/03 – Atlanta, Ga. @ 529 7/04 – Asheville, N.C. @ Mothlight 7/05 – Richmond, Va. @ Strange Matter 7/06 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Fire 7/07 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Saint Vitus 7/08 – Manchester, N.H. @ Jewel 7/21 – Simandre-sur-Suran. France @ Ragnard Rock Fest 2017 8/5 – Wacken, Germany @ Hauptstra├če – Wacken Open Air 8/19 – Borre, Vestfold, Norway @ Midgardsblot Metalfestival

White Reaper announce October EU/UK tour // New album 'The World's Best American Band' out now via Polyvinyl Records

Photo credit: Jesse DeFlorio

Following on from the April release of their new album 'The World's Best American Band' on Polyvinyl Records, Louisville indie/garage band White Reaper have announced a short run of EU/UK tour dates for this October. The band will be playing the following dates:

23-Oct-17 / UK / Brighton - The Prince Albert 24-Oct-17 / UK / London - Sebright Arms 25-Oct-17 / UK / London - Old Blue Last 29-Oct-17 / Germany / Hamburg - Nochtwach 30-Oct-17 / Germany / Berlin - Musik & Frieden 31-Oct-17 / Germany / Cologne - MTC More dates TBA

A video for the latest track "The World's Best American Band" has just emerged too. One of the album’s centrepieces, the Simon Young-animated video for the title track premiered recently. Watch the video here:

Make sure to come out and see why people are singing the praises about this band, like when NPR caught them at this year's SXSW... "White Reaper's latest single is called 'The World's Best American Band,' which might seem a little hyperbolic until you've seen it live."

Tuesday 6 June 2017


THE ONE HUNDRED have revealed a video for ‘Monster’, the second single from their forthcoming album, ‘Chaos + Bliss’. The clip was recently filmed in part at a nineteenth century fort in Rochester, Kent and features the most kick-ass of nightmare slayers!

Watch the video for ‘Monster’ here.

‘Chaos + Bliss’, The One Hundred’s debut studio album, was released via Spinefarm Records on June 2nd 2017. The 12 tracks – including lead UK single / video ‘Dark Matters’ and follow-up ‘Monster’ (both premiered on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show) – will be available on CD, DL & LP, with the latter featuring bonus song ‘Temples’ (accessed via the free download card).

Pre-orders for the album are now live, including signed items and merchandising bundles, with ‘Monster’ being offered as an ‘instant grat’. The One Hundred are also imminently heading out on their full debut headline tour kicking off May 1st in Southampton; from here, the band continue across the UK, then out to France and Germany.

MAY UK / EURO TOUR DATES: 01 - UK - Southampton, Joiners 03 - UK - Bath, Moles 04 - UK - Plymouth, Underground 05 - UK - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach 06 - UK - Nottingham, Rock City Basement 08 - UK - Glasgow, The Garage 09 – UK - Leeds, The Key Club 10 - UK - Birmingham, Asylum 2 11 - UK - London, Boston Music Room 13 – UK - Manchester, Rebellion 15 – FR - Paris, Backstage by the Mill 16 – DE - Cologne, Blue Shell 17 - DE - Hamburg, Hafenklang 18 – DE - Berlin, Maze

Tickets for all shows are on sale now. The One Hundred will also appear at the Teddy Rocks Festival in Dorset on April 29th plus the Download Festival on June10th. More tour and festival plans will be revealed in due course.

The One Hundred are: Vocals - Jacob Field Guitar – Tim Hider Bass – Phil Kneller Drums – Joe Balchin


Photo credit: CHARLIE SHUCK

COOKING VINYL is pleased to announce the signing of Seattle native NOAH GUNDERSEN, joining the label’s already star-studded line-up alongside Gogol Bordello, Alison Moyet, Lewis Watson, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, amongst others.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Howie and the good folks at Cooking Vinyl,” Gundersen says. “In the ever-shifting music industry, it's rare to find people willing to think outside the box and ahead of the curve, while still committing to a meaningful, hands-on approach. I have full confidence that the team at Cooking Vinyl are these kinds of people.”

In regards to the signing announcement, President of Cooking Vinyl America, Howie Gabriel, notes, “On behalf of the global Cooking Vinyl team, I am so excited to welcome Noah Gundersen to our family of artists. With a new album on the way, being able to use our resources to bring the album to the global music market is something we pride ourselves on being able to do. This marks a new era for Noah, and we couldn't be more happy to be part of this journey.”

For his upcoming fourth studio album, fans will find Gundersen's musical palette expanded from his previous works, showcasing thicker guitars and a heightened sense of self-awareness in his songwriting. Coming later this year, the highly anticipated body of work will reflect a whole new side of Gundersen, capitalizing on his already strong media following. NPR notes, “his songs are as intimate as a confessional.” Rolling Stone also took notice of Gundersen early on in his career saying, “It’s rare to see a young artist arrive so fully formed in his or her musical direction, but just in his mid-twenties, Noah Gundersen already seems to possess the soul of a grizzly rocker.”

Now, with a new label, new management (Red Light’s Mark Cunningham) and a new album on the way, Gundersen is ready to make 2017 his biggest mark on music yet. Currently, Gundersen is on the road with City and Colour (full dates below) and will be performing at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival on July 15 - 16. A new album is planned for release in the Fall of 2017.

TOUR DATES WITH CITY AND COLOUR: > June 06 - State Theatre - Portland, ME > June 08 - Blue Bills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA > June 09 - College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT > June 10 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY > July 15 - 16 - Vancouver Folk Music Festival - Vancouver, CAN

Monday 5 June 2017


For a band with such a strong and unmistakable catalogue of original material, Placebo have always had an impeccable way with a cover version. Starting with a take on Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe, way back in 1996, they have freely interpreted the songs of others to complement the originals. Their choice of covers – from Nick Drake to Boney M; Serge Gainsbourg to Depeche Mode – demonstrates Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal’s musical influences and heritage. Rather than keep their musical passions locked in an ivory tower, they approach each interpretation with an excitement to share what they love.

With its sledgehammer beat and Molko’s keening vocal, ‘Life’s What You Make It’ – the lead track from last year’s EP of the same name – instantly reminds you of all the reasons you fell in love with Placebo. There is a great deal in common with the work of Talk Talk (who sang the original in 1986) and Placebo: both remained true to their artistic vision, even if that has sometimes meant not taking the easy route. The song’s message of making the best of circumstances strikes a particular chord in the challenging era in which we live.

“We covered Talk Talk's Life's What You Make It because it is a song from the 80s that we still liked, and wondered if we could replicate Gwen Stefani's global smash hit with her band's cover of 'It's My Life'. That remains to be seen…” Brian Molko says. Molko wanted something different for the film to accompany their song. He had a concept in mind that was loosely based around the original 1986 Talk Talk video that was shot at night on London’s Wimbledon Common. It featured the band surrounded by nature, complete with, as Molko puts it, “little beasties crawling over leaves”. Brian felt that there could be an updated version, where “the band would be robots playing instruments and that e-waste would replace nature, as it appears to be doing only a few decades after the song’s original release”. The brief that the band put out to prospective directors was short, simple and open to interpretation: “e-waste, please!”

It’s not that Placebo were inundated with appropriate responses. Brian continues, “The only director who actually came back to us with a treatment about e-waste was Sasha Rainbow. I called her up to sound her out and discovered that I was speaking to a very brave and passionate woman.”

Rainbow’s accompanying film for ‘Life’s What You Make It’ was shot in Agbogbloshie, a former wetland in the heart of Accra, in Ghana, which is home to one of the world's largest electronic waste dumps. It sets an apocalyptic backdrop of first-world waste against the daily lives of those who inhabit this thoroughly otherworldly space.

“I told her that she had balls of steel for actually daring to go film on location in Ghana and that, no, we would not be coming, since we were timid little souls,” Molko says. “The two boys in the film live in this extraordinary place,” Rainbow says. “Which for me, highlights a human’s ability to adapt with incredible strength, resilience, and humanity.” It is a compelling look into a world that few know exists: “I hoped to capture the environment in a dreamily meditative way that would at once juxtapose and yet synergise with the theme of the song, and glimpse at part of the repercussions of our current technological revolution. On the one hand, technology is enabling us to create things beyond our wildest imagination, and yet little discussion has been had about what to do with all our discarded e-waste.”

“I think that it is important to stress that the video is not anti-technology,” Molko adds. “That would be ridiculous, considering how much it enriches our daily lives. To me, it is about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity that has not been chosen. We do, however, hope that it will make the viewer think about the repercussions of just throwing away tech that doesn't work anymore. There are several new and ingenious ways to recycle tech these days. Some companies will even give you money for it. All it takes is a little more effort.” One of songwriter Mark Hollis’ key phrases in ‘Life’s What You Make It’, “yesterday’s favourite”, is sung so powerfully by Molko, and underlines the e-waste message strongly in the film; yet it is far from being downbeat – the boys are seen dancing and laughing, making the most of their circumstances.

‘Life’s What You Make It’ continues Placebo’s remarkable run of singles, and its accompanying short film will provide one of the most thought-provoking moments you’ll have all year.

The video for Placebo’s new single ‘Life’s What You Make It’ premiered Friday, June 2 2017.


October: Sat 7 | Edinburgh Usher Hall Sun 8 | Dundee Caird Hall Tue 10 | Doncaster Dome Wed 11 | Blackpool Empress Ballroom Fri 13 | Reading Rivermead Sat 14 | Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Mon 16 | Portsmouth Guildhall Tue 17 | Swindon Oasis Fri 20 | Plymouth Pavilions Sat 21 | Wolverhampton Civic Hall Mon 23 | London O2 Brixton Academy