Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Dukes Of New York Q&A

Your name: 
Will Hessey (guitar / vox).

Where are you from? 
Ipswich, Suffolk.

Name of band: 
Dukes of New York.

Who else is in your band? 
Philip Bradbrook (bass / backing vox) and Drew Macdonald - drums.

How would you describe yourselves? 
The Dr Pepper of music. Rock with a pop twist – POCK.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Electric Six, Bowie, Supergrass.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
For our music to reach anyone and everyone who may be interested in giving it a chance.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Contributing vocals on the forthcoming Electric Six album “Human Zoo” on the track “Karate Lips”.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Nothing... yet.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
“Wake Up The Make Up” - it has all the right ingredients to make a DoNY song. Quirk, bitchy lyrics, and guitar solos.

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?
Ta muchly!


Message To Venus joy at Indiegogo campaign

ROCKERS Message To Venus have successfully completed a two-month Indiegogo campaign to help fund the release and promotion of debut album Victims & Villains.

The campaign generated more than $11,000 through fan support and means the album will be released in early 2015. Those who contributed will get an advance copy along with special perks including a limited-edition Message To Venus comic book.

John Feliciano, guitarist in the Miami-based outfit, told RealSoundsOK: "We're blown away by all the support we received through the Indiegogo campaign.

"Fans really embraced the new album and comic book projects. We can't thank everyone that contributed enough."

During the course of the campaign the band launched new track Hollow, which is now available on iTunes.

Vocalist/guitarist Jandre Nadal recently told Revolver: "Hollow is a track about living the life you want. Making your own choices as a person, not following a shadow of what someone wants for you."

Victims & Villains was recorded in the band's native San Juan, Puerto Rico, with producer Leo Alvarez.

You can check out a teaser video below and for more on the band visit messagetovenus.com


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Self-titled LP from Blackburn Hall

MELLOW rock trio Blackburn Hall have released their self-titled record.

Pete Hall, the brains behind the Hamilton, Ontario, outfit got in touch with RealSoundsOK to introduce the band.

He said: "It's my first full-length record since the demise of my orchestral outfit, A Northern Chorus, back in 2008.

"In a a haze of fuzz saturated in an endless loop of tape delay that races as if it were a machine, you will find out latest record."

You can watch the video for first single Echoes Beat Louder Than Drums below and get the full record at blackburnhall.bandcamp.com

You can also find out more about the band, which also features Adam Melnick on bass and Dan Empringham on drums, on Facebook.

Debut song from Kacy Hill

THIS is the video for Experience, the debut track by LA alt-pop artist Kacy Hill.

Despite its title, the song was one of the first made by the Phoenix-born singer after she "found herself writing music by accident".

You can watch/listen to the video below and head over to kacyhill.com to find out more.


New album coming from Dinner Belles

COUNTRY/folk outfit Dinner Belles will release their album The River and The Willow on October 28th through Sonic Unyon.

The band from Hamilton, Ontario, have also released a live video of the track Wandering Eye.

They told RealSoundsOK: "We formed as a family of fast friends over a mutual love of folk, roots, rock and roll and country music. No one takes the lead; everything comes together in the most relaxed manner.

"We're not concerned with much outside of creating something genuine and truthful, even writing this seems like more information than we want to give. We ask that you simply listen to the music and decide for yourself if it moves you."

You can listen to Wandering Eye below and for more on the band visit twitter.com/dinnerbelles_ and to buy the album go to dinnerbelles.bandcamp.com


Reflections video from MisterWives

NEW York trio MisterWives have unveiled a video for Reflections, the title track from their debut EP released earlier this year.

The EP, produced and mixed by Eminem collaborator Frequency, has gained lots of praise and MTV are using the track Vagabond for their new drama Finding Carter.

The band are following up their tour of the US supporting Bleachers by hitting the road with electro punks Twenty One Pilots.

A trip across the Atlantic to the UK and Europe is in the pipeline for 2015 in support of their debut album.

Watch/listen to Reflections below and for more info visit misterwives.com, facebook.com/misterwives or twitter.com/misterwives

Set It Off to release second album

POP rockers Set It Off will release their second album Duality on October 14th.

The album - the follow up to 2012's Cinematics - was recorded in LA with producers Brandon Paddock (Avril Lavigne, Christina Perri, Timeflies), Tommy English (We Came As Romans, Black Veil Brides) and Matt Appleton (Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger).

Cody Carson - vocalist for band from Tampa, Florida - told RealSoundsOK: "I've always been borderline obsessed with the notion of duality. Something about the juxtaposition of two polar opposites seems so vulnerable and blatantly human to me. 

"Everyone has two sides, the side they let people see and the side they hide. In this record I decided to bare exactly who I am and what I go through in my day to day life. Love, heartbreak, sex, alcohol, happiness, sadness, anger, the human experience. I want you to hear this record and experience every human emotion you're capable of feeling.

"It's not just the lyrical content that represents duality, the instrumentals portray it as well. You'll hear dark, minor verses that transition to bright, happy choruses. Just like our lives, the great involuntary, impulsive non-stop roller coaster ride.

"I'm sick of fake people and watching them skate by with the idea that it's okay to put on an act to gain confidence and trust in their peers. Allow me to be the first to tell you this about myself: I am good, I am evil. I am solace, I am chaos. I am human, and that's all I've ever wanted to be. Be human with us and show us your true duality."

Set It Off premiered a clip of Why Worry during the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards, which you can watch below.

For more on the band visit setitoffband.com or twitter.com/setitoff

Debut EP from Memory In Plant

PSYCHEDLIC trio Memory In Plant have released their debut EP An Epic Triumph.

The EP was self-produced by the Tel Aviv outfit in their home studios and includes the singles This Love, Shame On Me and Eyes Up.

Imri Cohen from the band told RealSoundsOK: "All three of us are musical producers and really love to experiment with different forms of music.

"Our lyrics consist with elements of space and time, with the additional human planting here and there and the music is influenced by experimental, psychedelic, electronic and progressive rock.

Have a listen to the EP below and download it at memoryinplant.bandcamp.com/album/an-epic-triumph

For more on the band, visit facebook.com/MemoryInPlant, twitter.com/MemoryInPlant or read the Q&A the band did with RealSoundsOK back in May here.


Faultlines EP on the way from Road To Horizon

POST hardcore five-piece Road To Horizon will release their EP Faultlines on October 20th.

The Yorkshire boys caught the attention of BBC Introducing in Leeds with their Chapters EP in 2013 and have gone on to share the stage with the like of Heart In Hand, The Defiled and Funeral For A Friend.

Faultlines was recorded with Lee Batiuk (While She Sleeps, Deaf Havana).

You can view the lyric video for their track Sirens below and for more on the band visit their Facebook page.



New video and EP from The Kut

BASEMENT rockers The Kut have released the video for Mario, taken from the band's Make Up EP out last month on Criminal Records.

The London trio have received exposure and praise on Scuzz TV and in Kerrang! magazine, but are keen for the focus to be on the music rather than them.

Lead singer Maha told RealSoundsOK: "It's a shame that being an all-girl band is still seen as gimmick.

"There's always a lot of focus put on it, but we are all serious musicians. We love female-fronted acts, but for us the main focus has always been the music."

You can check out the video below and for more on the band visit thekut.co.uk