Friday, 1 August 2014

Debut track from Harper

ALT-pop singer Harper has released her debut track Island taken from forthcoming EP The Velvet, out on August 4th.

Harper - aka Sam Harper - was born in Bristol, mainly brought up in Wales and now lives in East London.

Her EP was produced by Eagleeye, who have worked with Little Mix, Pixie Lott and Conor Maynard.

You can listen to Island below and for more on the artist visit harpersounds.com


Thursday, 31 July 2014

New single from City And The Sea

CANADIAN alt-rockers City And The Sea have released their new track Venture.

The band from Hamilton, Ontario, told RealSoundsOK: "It is more of a mission statement than just a song. In fact, we're hell bent on bringing real rock 'n' roll back from the brink."

The four-piece formed in 2010 are planning to release their next single in September and also had this to say.

"We are well aware that our name spells out the acronym CATS and we're cool with that because cats are nimble and instinctive creatures - kinds like rock 'n' roll.

"None of us own cats, but we hop you like the tunes."

For more on the band visit their facebook, twitter or bandcamp pages.

First single from The Tallest Tree

THE Tallest Tree have released a video for their first single Boat.

The duo - Dawn from Dundas, Ontario, and Armando from Mexico City - met when Armando's band The Oats played in Canada. They are now married.

Armando told RealSoundsOK: "Every time Dawn came to visit Mexico City, we would write a new song. We're not sure if the shell shock of getting torn apart at an airport will ever wear off. But now we are joined at the hip and we're getting to do what we love together."

For more on the love-struck couple's music, visit facebook.com/thetallesttreeband

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Forty Nineteens Q&A

Band name:
The Forty Nineteens, it is Calif legal code for Good Behavior Credit, our saying is Everyone deserves time off for good behavior. 

Where are you from?
The band is from Temecula, California. We are inland and between LA and San Diego. It is an area with many wineries. John grew up in Detroit, I'm from Pittsburgh, Chuck Hemet Calif and Chris is from New Hampshire.

Who is in your band?
John Pozza: vocals/bass, Chuck Gorian: guitar, Christopher Whelton: guitar, Nick Zeigler: drums

How would you describe yourselves?
We've been told that we have a modern take on the 80's garage/pop scene. I guess we somehow manage to take all the influences and give it a modern twist. We've never stopped listening to new music, so maybe that helps us. 

Who are your main influences musically?
John likes The Romantics, Beatles, Graham Parker and the Rumour, Chuck likes Social Distortion, Chris likes Allman Bros influences, and I like The Who, and garage rock.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We achieve it every day, that is, just being able to play is a big achievement in its own right. We don't set unrealistic goals, we just make sure we continue writing a creating. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
May I break it down into recording and live?  The most important thing recording wise, is having David Newton from The Mighty Lemon Drops as our producer. He makes recording fun, and makes you want to get in there and not be afraid to try anything. That is rare!!  And for live: John and I go way back, playing with a lot of cool bands, but the biggest highlight for us was recently playing with The Fleshtones at Pappy and Harriet's. They are an incredible band, Legends!!, one of the last  active bands from CBGB's. Jumping on the tables, balancing on chairs while playing guitar solos. They do it all!! We provided the backline for them, so the even helped us load our gear. Awesome!  

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
That one night in Anytown USA on tour, Let's just say...stay away from inexpensive whiskey, and tilt-a-whirls, cos you'll lose every time. Seriously though, we've never taken ourselves serious enough to have a moment to forget. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Pink '55 Bel Air. It's just a stomper of a song. Distorted bass, farfisa, two guitar solos, surf beat, and garage rock vocals. 

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
We'd like to remind everyone to support their local music scene. It depends on and needs you. 


Rugged & Draped Q&A

Your names:
Yona & Dayana.

Where are you from?

Yona was born in New York. Dayana in Lebanon. Rugged & Draped was born in Los Angeles

Name of band: 

Rugged & Draped.

How would you describe yourselves?
We are Muck. A new form of rock that is wet and trashy and as a rule deep and ensnaring. We play to accent the noises that are less conventional and we write lyrics that are meant to challenge the mind. Our mission is to help persons become more analytic and less damned and forgotten.

Who are your main influences musically?
The Velvet Underground had a profound effect on our decision to start publishing our music. We took a lot of inspiration from bands such as Slipknot, Nirvana.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
A reality where people are being entertained but also entertaining new ideas. Ideas that come from the art they chose to surround themselves with. At the heart of our message we scream "if you have the courage to die, have the courage to live".

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Connecting with people. Fans, artists, and people in the industry alike are more than just numbers to us. What we treasure most is community and mentality. So really no single show or day of sales will ever compare to the knowledge that we have extended an idea that captivates and ignites the minds of others. In our own way we are building a more accepting and knowledgeable world. Every step towards this we see come to fruition is exhilarating.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Not applicable. We treasure all of our experiences right down to living on the streets and handing out free CDs to our fellow homeless. Truly there is no point in facing problems if you don't make those experiences into unforgettable moments. So forget shame and regret and reclaim every part of life as an experience. That is learning to live well. This we know will lead to less suffering. Shortly put "get good at living and be good at living".

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
"Evilution is a Lie" really signifies a lot for us. It's a song about being at the edge of wholeness and health yet being enamored with negativity. We wrote and recorded it in our RV atop a cliff in Malibu overlooking the ocean. We felt at the time so harmonious in ourselves yet so at odds with society. The chorus "everything elemental, love and strife,  comes together seperates and dies" is an ancient theory of the philosopher Empedocles.  It says to us that all that is, the good and the bad, is what moves human existence. It is a reminder to accept and be in harmony with the processes that makes us who we are.

Where can we listen to it? 
http://www.reverbnation.com/ruggeddraped/song/18920646-evilution-is-a-lie



Where can we find out more about your music?
We are very active tweeters. We say things we think and feel and that are incorporated in our music. So check out https://twitter.com/TollensModus
If you want to listen to our music, see whats new with us, or ask us anything then check us out on reverbnation. http://www.reverbnation.com/ruggeddraped
You can connect and interact with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ruggedndraped
If you want to buy our album pre pressed release you can find it in all the major online retailers, through our reverbnation store or one of these links.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-gummy-bear-orgy-pp/id732484879
https://www.amazon.com/gp/dmusic/device/mp3/store/album/B00G61PPHU?ie=UTF8#album/B00G61PPHU
It's also available on international Amazon sights just search "The Gummy Bear Orgy" which is the name of the album.


Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
Orgy meant in ancient Greek: a group that shares the same theory.
Rugs and Drapes are used to decorate. We choose this name because we notice the integral nature of self. We are all decorated by ourselves and society.
There is something about being skinny and walking around in leather jackets that is just a lot of fun.
Also here is our official bio:
Rugged and Draped is Muck. A new genre of music and the premium grunge alternative. A dynamic mixture of noise rock, philosophical lyrics, and global activism. Muck is wet garbage and our sound is wet and trashy. We highlight the time between the times and the sounds that compose those sounds which are whole and beautiful. We do so to help you see that everything is integral. As people we are constructed of all perceptions of ourselves. Those known to us and those unknown to us. As part of society we change along with the world. As musicians the meaning of our works are altered by the inter-subjective mental world.
We are all Rugged & Draped. We are decorated and arranged by those around us. Planned by our selves. We are beings of context and subtext, intention and extension. Our music is for you, for us, and will have it's effect directly or indirectly on everyone. Be part of the direction! Put yourself in the path of our vector and have your heart and mind set on fire by the constant that is our change. We are all sensing, acting, and reacting. We share this world together. We are you, your family, and your society.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Lish Ventura Q&A

Your name
Alycia (Lish) Ventura. 

Where are you from? 
Leominster, Massachusetts, USA.

How would you describe yourselves?
I like to think of myself from a singing perspective as a person who can sing whatever is thrown at them. I literally can sing anything from Birdy to Evanesence. Its really just about emotion and trying to send the message that the song is trying to get across.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Mostly Katy Perry, because she was rejected by numerous record labels, but never gave up on her dream. 

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
I want to inspire someone to persevere a career that they love. Most people get put down when they want their dreams to come true, so I want someone to look at me and say, "If she did it, why can't I?"

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Being number three on the Boston pop charts is possibly the greatest thing to ever happen to me, because I get told that I am a fantastic singer all the time by friends and family, it isn't out of the ordinary. But when complete strangers look at what I have to offer and like it, that's when it hits you that you have something. Also, my video "Imaginary"is one of my larger accomplishments on this path. We had a lot of people in the production of this video and we had a lot of fun doing it.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I don't want to forget anything, really. I know it sounds corny, but every mistake you make on a career path is a lesson, and if i forgot one of my lessons, I don't think I would be where I am today. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?  
At the moment, I just have cover songs posted. But the song that represents me, and what I want my music to represent is Titanium. Its influential in many ways: "you shoot me down, but I won't fall, I am titanium." The beat of the music is really happy and fun too. 

Where can we listen to it?


Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
My new songs will be released in late 2014 and early 2015 , for starters. I will be accomplishing a lot soon! I am currently working in the studio with Emmy/Platinum Award winning producer Sunny Lake, Media Producer Eric Baird, and Music Industry Veteran Hugh Norton at Crush Media Studios near Boston, Massachusetts. I am currently writing new songs for an album. We are not sure of the release date as of yet, but we are moving as quickly as possible to get it all complete. I continue to write new songs each week as the whole thing takes shape. I'm really excited to share it all with he world, but I also want to make sure it's just right before we do. I want make sure I have a great connection to this new music and it's something my fans will also feel is the right thing. I want them to feel this music they way that I do. We are having a lot of fun and I think in the end that is the most important thing. You have to love what you do. Now that my fan base has really started to grow I have gained a new appreciation for all of them. The comments really drive me to keep pushing harder. This whole thing is going to take off and I am so thrilled to be right here in the middle. Nothing could be better.

Foxer Q&A

Your name: 
Sam J Cutbush.

Where are you from? 
Gosport, UK.

Name of band: 
Foxer.

Who else is in your band?
I play bass and sing, we also have Peaceman on vocals and guitar, Roy Ludford on guitar and synth and Jack Mitchell behind the kit.

How would you describe yourselves? 
We play our version of rock and roll!

Who are your main influences musically? 
Led Zeppelin, Queens of The Stone Age, a whole host of blues, rock, funk, latin... good music inspires!

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
To keep making it.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Playing with Loading Data on their UK tour, a great bunch, amazing band, and we've stayed friends after, playing with them again later in the year.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Getting a set cut short at a gig in Camden at an empty venue after taking three hours to get there due to getting lost...

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
The Great Brain Robbery. The energy is palpable, it's a powerful, intense song and sums up us as a force.

Where can we listen to it? 



Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask? 
Just that music is the most powerful force in the world. Get a song in your head and your ass to a gig!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

New single from Calling All Cars

CALLING All Cars have released the video for new single Standing In The Ocean with the band's album Raise The People out on Monday.

Lead singer and principal songwriter of the Melbourne outfit, Haydn Ing, said the song was "one of those that just came to me, almost like it had to get out and be heard".

He wrote the song in just 15 minutes and the band recorded a demo in three hours the next day at Ing's small home studio, with blankets and pillows over their makeshift drum kit and amp-less bass so as not to annoy the neighbours.

Ing added: "The finished product is literally the first time we ever played the song, so there's a desperation and an excitement captured in there that can sometimes be very hard to reproduce. And if you listen carefully, you might even hear my next door neighbour's dog."

You can watch the video below and for more on the band visit callingallcars.net


Debut album coming from David Woodcock

SINGER-songwriter David Woodcock will release his eponymous debut album on September 1st through Blow Up Records.

The pianist's first singles have already gained strong UK radio support from Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music, and John Kennedy on XFM.

And what's more, David is from RealSoundsOK's home town of Southend-on-Sea.

You can order the album now on iTunes and you can listen to the track Beggars Can't Be Choosers below.


Debut single from See You In Reno

ROCK four-piece See You In Reno have released their debut single Check.

It is taken from the Essex outfit's debut EP Masks, which is out next month, and was produced by Feed The Rhino's Oz Craggs at Hidden Track Studios.

Of course, RealSoundsOK was waaaayy ahead on these guys and if you want to find out a bit more about them, check out the Q&A they did with me a full year ago by clicking here.

You can also have a listen to Check below and visit seeyouinreno.com for more info and loads of links.