Friday, 27 February 2015

The Darlins Q&A

Your names: 
Erinn Bates and Jude Toy.

Where are you from? 
Erinn is from Nashville, TN, and Jude is from Portland, OR.

Name of band: 
The Darlins.

How would you describe yourselves and your music? 
We are a country duo based in Nashville. We write most of our songs together and sometimes with other writers. Our music is rootsy, real, and written from our own experiences. 

Who are your main influences musically? 
Our main influences range from Dolly Parton to Stevie Nicks. We also love Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, and Loretta Lynn. 

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
We hope to be super successful singer/songwriters living the dream of performing and sharing our music with music fans around the world. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
The major highlight so far would be winning the second Annual Hourly Gig, the national battle of the bands sponsored by Snagajob, here in the US.  Being voted by the country to open for hit duo, Montgomery Gentry, opened major doors for us. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
I think we could both agree that having a band back you up on stage at the last minute (and they have never heard your songs before) was a really bad idea. That happened in Nashville at a major showcase early in our development as a duo and it was being filmed for a TV pilot! Not a good moment!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
At the moment, Crush would represent The Darlins very well. It is a song we wrote together that was the first one that really defined our sound. 

Where can we listen to it? 
Listen at our official website at www.thedarlins.com or at https://m.soundcloud.com/thedarlins/crush


Where can we find out more about your music? 
Please check us out and like us at www.facebook.com/thedarlins, say hi to us and follow us at www.twitter.com/thedarlinsmusicwww.instagram.com/thedarlins and for news, tour schedule, and more updates, please check out our website, www.thedarlins.com

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask? 
Thank you so much for finding us! We appreciate your time and interest in us and our music. We hope to make it to the UK soon!

James Poole Q&A

Your name:
I've been called a great many things but James Poole is the one my parents prefer.

Where are you from? 
The Norfolk broads, various little villages. It's like the Shire only with more village cooperatives and goal posts with no nets.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Blue-eyed soul at the heart with a hint of pop. As for me, well, find out for yourself, I'm always on Twitter.

Who are your main influences musically?
They vary. I like listening to a bit of everything. Depends on my mood as well. Often, I listen to music which will help with what I'm trying to create. So, as an example, recently, I needed some intense atmospheric drums on a track, so I listened to a lot of Lorde, whose engineer is a drums wizard, then when I work on my own drums production I can compare it to what is popularly seen as the very best.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I have a great many specific goals but generally, I'd like longevity, versatility and to feel that at the end of it all, I'm leaving behind a recognised legacy that I can be proud to call my life's work. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
On an academic level, teaching myself how to produce. Before Summer 2014, I'd only written toplines, hooks and melodies. Now I feel more creative, limitless and in much better control of my art and what I release.
Arguably more important are my loyal and passionate fans. They are a constant highlight, with me through everything. They mean the world to me. They're probably, definitely reading this - HIIIIIIII GUYS! 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
None really. We all meet plenty of fools in whatever career we choose but often surviving ensures winning. Don't let anyone ever be the reason you drop out or give up.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I couldn't pick a song from the first EP. It'd be like having a favourite child. The next release will be the title track of my second EP - I think that represents who I am right now.

Where can we listen to it? 
Here's a link to my debut EP:
'For Your Ears Only'
Like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter and you'll soon get a taste of the second EP.


Where can we find out more about your music? 

Punk kids Simmer to release second EP

AMBIENT punk newcomers Simmer will release their second EP Yellow Streak via Dog Knights Productions on March 30th.

There will be a limited edition run of 300 7-inch vinyl records in transparent yellow or green - and each comes with a digital download code and full colour insert.

Dog Knights boss Darren Harvey told RealSoundsOK: "I'm really excited about working with Simmer. There are plenty of bands doing the whole 'emo/shoegaze crossover-thing' right now, but these guys are genuinely doing something more interesting than the rest."

You can listen to EP track Douse below and for more on the band visit facebook.com/simmercheshire


New video from The Phantoms

INDIE rockers The Phantoms have released the video for their new single Wasting Time.

The boys from West Lothian have been winning a few fans since the launch of debut EP This Is How It Should Be and have earned support slots alongside Catfish And The Bottlemen and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

The four-piece are made up of Colin Simpson (vox, rhythm guitar), Colin McKillop (lead guitar), Peter Stewart (bass, backing vox) and Blair Cullen (drums).

Watch the video below and visit facebook.com/TMATW for more on the band.


North Seasons give us video for Never Forget This

MELODIC hardcore band North Seasons have unveiled the video for latest single Never Forget This.

It is the second single taken from the Newcastle outfit's debut EP Eyes For The Blind, out now on Kill/Hurt Records.

You can watch the video for yourself below and for more on the band visit facebook.com/northseasonsuk

Thursday, 26 February 2015

New EP from David Woodcock

ACCLAIMED singer-songwriter David Woodcock has released his new EP The Adventures Of You And Me.

It follows hot on the heels of the Southend musician's self-titled debut album, which won strong support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley and John Kennedy.

The Adventures Of You And Me comes from the album but is backed up with new tracks Why Does My Heart Ache So Much?, Any Fool Can Fall In Love and I Forgot To Miss You.

Have a listen below and visit davidwoodcockmusic.com for more.

Postcode deliver Part Two of Year Of The Zebra

ALTERNATIVE band Postcode have released EP Year Of The Zebra Part Two on Small Bear Records.

It's the follow-up to September's Part One and was released to coincide with guitarist Mikie Daugherty's birthday.

Once again it was recorded as a duo with founding members Mikie and Marie Reynolds.

Mikie says Part Two sees the Manx band return to "more familiar terrain, darker and in places noisier" compared to Part One.

You can watch the video for the track Take Me As I Am below and for read Mikie's blog post on the EP.


Selina Q&A

Your name:
Selina.

Where are you from?
London.

Name of band:
I'm a solo act but I regularly perform with a number of musicians either in a band or an acoustic duo.

Who else is in your band?
The other musicians I work with most are Adam Leaver (Guitar and Production), Terri Ohta (Drums), Benjamin Tan (Bass) and Shutaro Tsujimoto (Guitar). I have also performed with Yuma Imaoka (Guitar) in Tokyo.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
I often find it difficult to describe my music as I incorporate lots of different styles. I write a mixture of rock and pop songs in both English and Japanese and like to experiment with other styles also.

Who are your main influences musically?
I have a really wide range of influences from classical to jazz to metal but I guess I draw my influences mainly from alternative rock and j rock. I like to discover new music through anime theme songs quite often and I guess my interest in this can influence my music also.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I love bands that try fusing different styles and make music more accessible to new fans. I hope to achieve something similar with my music in time. I also am travelling out to Japan this summer to study Japanese properly and hope that this will allow me to write more music in Japanese and communicate with my Japanese listeners with a greater degree of fluency.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
My "career" is still relatively fresh and therefore I don't know that I've had that many experiences. However, playing live and having people come up to be afterwards asking for an EP and saying they support me is really what makes all the hard work worthwhile ^_^

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I'm not sure that I've had any experiences in particular that I'd want to forget. Even those that have been difficult or stressful have resulted in me learning new things.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Right now, I have two releases and I guess I would recommend people have a listen of my most recent single, Requiem. This was released in both Japanese and English, which in itself is something I'm quite proud of.

Where can we listen to it? 



Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
I will have a new single out on March 25th called 'Queen of Illusion' and later this year, I'm hoping to release my first full album so please like and follow to keep up to date!

Emaros Q&A

Your name:
Emaros.

Where are you from?
I’m from The Netherlands.

How would you describe yourself and your music?
As a mix between dance/EDM and pop. But I’m not bound to a particular genre, I follow my heart in every song that I create.

Who are your main influences musically?
From pop to trance, but also other genres. I love music with passion in it. Whether the song is about partying, love, sadness or joy, it has to touch your heart. As a young kid I grew up with pop artists and bands like Michael Jackson, U2, Prince, Duran Duran, and so on. The Eighties' music influenced me greatly. I think you can still hear those influences in some way in my music. But, of course, modern dance music plays a very important role, which you can clearly hear.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I just want to pour out my heart into the music. I like to see people go out of their minds: out of their old narrow mindsets, into a life of bliss, love and pleasure. Music can really help to achieve that.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
I think there are a lot of highlights. Every time I see someone who is lost in my music is truly a highlight. Why? Because good music conveys passion. It’s like energy that flows from the artist and his music to the listener. The more energy, the more satisfaction and pleasure, the greater the highlight. For both the artist and listener.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Too many moments to mention, ha ha! But to be serious, I don’t know.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
‘Sail Away’. It’s a timeless song to me. This song says more about life, love, peace, pain, sadness and bliss than I can explain in words.

Where can we listen to it?


Where can we find out more about your music? 
Some of the best places on the internet to go right now:

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Just enjoy it! Let’s have some fun in this crazy world.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Metal band The Agonist release new album

METALLERS The Agonist have unveiled the video for A Gentle Disease.

The track is taken from the Canadians' new album Eye Of Providence, which was released this week via Century Media Records.

Vocalist Vicky Psarakis told RealSoundsOK: "A Gentle Disease was one of the most interesting tracks to write and record. It allowed us to take the band somewhere it’s never been before and I was really happy to be a part of that. 

"I remember hearing the music and being left with a wide spectrum of emotions. On the one hand, it’s acoustic and simple compared to other songs on the album. At the same time the chord progression is quite unpredictable, leaving you in a very unsettling mood. 

"This song also let me to explode a more subdued jazz vocal style that I enjoy. I think the song adds to the diversity of 'Eye Of Providence'. Lyrically, like the music, 'A Gentle Disease' is based on contradiction. Imagine being thrown into a world where everything is turned upside down and exact opposite of what you’re used to."

The band will also be heading out on a European tour in March with Otep and Ferium. There will be dates in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the UK.

Check out A Gentle Disease below and for more details visit facebook.com/theagonistofficial