Thursday, 21 August 2014

Meresha Q&A

Your name:
Meresha.

Where are you from?
I’m from South Florida, but was born in Warsaw.

How would you describe yourselves?
Musician/alien/vegan | Soon to take over da world :-)
I'm mainly a vocalist, but I do play guitar, piano and drums. I usually write all the words and music on my songs, as well as play all the sounds.

Who are your main influences musically?
About six years ago I got into Paramore and their lead singer Hayley Williams. I travelled almost 20,000 miles to go to their concerts in Chicago, Long Island, Warsaw, Atlantic City and Baltimore. I was hooked. Last week I met the band in person before their show in West Palm Beach. I cried. You can see my video about the meeting on my YouTube page.
Right now I also really like Disclosure, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus and James Blake.
From the classics I love Freddie Mercury of Queen, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. You can see my live Led Zeppelin covers on my YouTube.
I like eccentric songs of many genres – alternative, electronic, rock, pop, R&B, rap.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I’m going step by step. I want to build a sustainable life as a musician. Right now I'm releasing song by song. I'll probably put out an EP later this year.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Probably my debut concert at B.B. King’s at the end of last year. People who supported my crowdfunded EP “Lunatic” were there to hear the songs live for the first time.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
There were a time the gear wasn’t set up right and a live performance was not good. Lesson learned.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
“Acid Bass” is my current favorite. It's a dance number and uses some original synth equipment. Hope you like it!

Where can we listen to it?
YouTube (Audio vid): http://youtu.be/zq_QQyKfEwM



Where can we find out more about your music? 


Anything else you'd like to say about your music that I forgot to ask? 
You can get a free copy of “Fool Don’t Be” here: http://fooldontbe.viinyl.com

Mandolin-based indie rock - enough said

IT'S not very often you hear from a mandolin-based indie rock duo - but today is one of those days.

Feral Conservatives have just released a double a-side The Light In The Hall on BandCamp, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

It was produced for the Virginia Beach duo by Mark Padgett.

Matt from the band told RealSoundsOK: "It marks new territory for us. Encompassing both the beauty of violin with airy female vocals, versus walls of feedback over aggressive beats, this release truly showcases our duality between the mandolin/folk singer-songwriter craft and and the chaos of 90's-inspired noise rock."

You can check out the video for Little Pieces below and for more visit feralconservatives.bandcamp.com

Big names pick up on Joe Symes and the Loving Kind

ACOUSTIC rock outfit Joe Symes and the Loving Kind have been busy making a name for themselves on the UK club and festival circuits.

The Liverpool band have played alongside the likes of Steve Cradock [Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene], The Blockheads, Bloc Party and Alt J and also played at an after-show bash for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

They have also been booked by Creation Records legend Alan McGee and were introduced at an album launch night last month by Beatles promoter Sam Leach.

For more on the band and their eponymous debut album, visit joesymes.co.uk

Third album from Arkells

ARKELLS have released their third album High Noon.

The Canadian rockers say the album sees them embrace of "melting pot of modern production, heartfelt vocals and throwback soul", which all sounds kinda good.

The band have also put out the single 11:11 and lead singer Max Kerman said: "We've written songs about love before, but the protagonist is usually a bit of an asshole and the situation in general is grim. 11:11 is the opposite of that.

"There's nothing but hope in the air, blue skies ahead. There's a local rock n roll club called The Casbah in our home town of Hamilton, Ontario, and that's where the song takes place. I was at a show watching a band and I met a girl."

You can listen to 11:11 below and for more on the band visit arkells.ca


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Debut LP from Black Lady Soul

BLACK Lady Soul have released their eponymous debut album.

The Toronto, Canada, outfit got in touch with RealSoundsOK to say: "We believe music should not be limited by conventional descriptors. They often fall short of justly illustrating the many variations and creations the human mind is capable of.

"Our latest single The Fall sets forth to break out of the mundane and ordinary. We've melded elements of jazz, rock, and hip hop, all tied together by Rai's striking lyricism and unique vocals.

"It is the experience of individuals rising from a chance-less suburbia to an unforgiving city; endeavouring to succeed in their ambitions. Their stories delve into the struggle of love, addiction, personal identity, and global issues."

You can watch the video for The Fall below and if you like what you hear you can get the album from blackladysoul.bandcamp.com


Sunken Monkey Q&A

Your name: 
Adam.

Where are you from? 
Burnley, Lancashire, England.

Name of band: 
Sunken Monkey.

Who else is in your band?
Spindle (guitar, vocals), Rob (guitar), Hendy (drums) and me (bass).

How would you describe yourselves? 
Party animals.

Who are your main influences musically? 
NOFX, The Menzingers and Rise Against.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
To have fun mainly, work hard and see where it takes us.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
It would have to be our forthcoming album, we're very proud of the progression we have made since our debut album back in 2009.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
There's been a few! Some cringe worthy drunken performances in our early days!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
More Beer Than Blood.

Where can we listen to it? 
It is from our forthcoming album released in October, it will be on Spotify/Bandcamp etc closer to the date.

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?
Our single come out on August 18th, titled This Town's Too Big (For The Both Of Us) and a video to accompany it has also been released.

Friedrich Fall Q&A

Your name:
My name is Friedrich Fall.

Where are you from?
I am from Estonia.

How would you describe yourself?
Alternative/indie/lo-fi rock, it's hard to pin my music into a narrow genre because I find it hard to commit to a single sound. I'm always trying to do something i haven't done before.

Who are your main influences musically?
Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Captain Beefheart, Lou Reed, The Who, Joy Division, Scorpions (when Uli Jon Roth was with them), Sly and the Family Stone.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
As much as possible.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
This Q&A, i've only just started putting my songs out into to the world.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
All the moments when creating something seemed like a waste of time.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I would choose Party, because with it's mixture of funny/mean irony and desperation, it perfectly represents all the different sides of my songs.

Where can we listen to it?


Where can we find out more about your music?

Friday, 8 August 2014

Aces and Eights Q&A

Your name: 
Cameron Geercke (drums).

Where are you from?
We are based in Sydney, Australia

Name of band: 
Aces and Eights.

Who else is in your band?
We have Chrissy as our vocalist, Dre and Steve on guitars, and Andy on bass.

How would you describe yourselves?
Coming from a wide range of musical backgrounds we have managed to find a musical middle ground towards the heavier end of the pop punk genre.

Who are your main influences musically?
Chrissy's latest tattoo goes to show one of our main influences is A Day To Remember. Other influences include Paramore and Halestorm, although each individual band member brings influence from their own personal musical experiences and this could range from the likes of Fleetwood Mac to artists such as Flume.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
It would be quicker to list the things we hope not to achieve. Our goal in this band is to constantly compete and do better than we have previously done. Of course we would love to be the next biggest thing and international superstars, however I have a more important goal in mind when I pick up a guitar to start writing a new song. When we were young we all heard songs that changed our lives and as we are older and realize the world isn't all rainbows and flying around on the backs of magical unicorns, we want to provide some sort of distraction through entertainment and allow people to just enjoy themselves for a while. We only sing about experiences we've been through and hopefully people can relate to these ideas.

What has been the highlight of your music career and why?
The highlight of our music career has been the incredible response we have had to our song Feel That Way. We were overwhelmed with the feedback we got and where we were getting it from! Places in Europe and America were not only listening but recommending other listen to it. Still boggles my mind that a song written and recorded in Dre's living room, independent of anyone external to the band has already reached so many people. 

If you had to choose just one of your songs to represent you music, what would it be and why?
Feel that Way takes the cake on this one! This song has a taste of all the genres you are likely encounter through our up and coming EP, from a post chorus breakdown to flowing melodies through the outro its a true representation of the music we love to listen to.

Where can we listen to it?


Where can we find out more about the band?
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/acesandeights4
Twitter: @A8Band

L.D.C.N Q&A

Your name: 
Louie Baker.

Where are you from?
Norwich, Norfolk, UK.

Name of band: 
L.D.C.N.

How would you describe yourself? 
I am a producer of sorts, mainly just a bedroom producer if you had to give me a label. However I plan on changing that soon. 

Who are your main influences musically?
Boards of Canada, Larry Fisherman, Aphex Twin, Lacey, lots of different stuff mainly from the hip hop genre at the moment, although I am inspired by a lot of ambient and general chill-out music such as Tycho or Bonobo.  

What do I hope to achieve in music? 
I plan on working on big projects such as producing albums and helping to produce the tracks for my own written material. I'd also like to be in a position where I could tour places and work with many other artists and producers, collaborating and creating new music.  

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Releasing an album and then being contacted by the BBC, which has led to me an interview in September.  

And  what's the moment you want to forget?
Releasing an EP titled "Floating" as a Christmas present. The thought was there as it was a free Christmas present, but only one of the four tracks was actually any good. 

If you had to choose just one of your songs to represent you music, what would it be and why?
Probably It's Going to be Okay for the reason that it really captured the mood of how I was when I made the track and also because it sits right in the heart of the album Away From Here. It just really captures the journey. But because of that it was also a low key type of track in that it was too personal almost and didnt get a ton plays, although the people who did hear it loved it!

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else that you'd like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
My latest release "Summer Rain" was released on the 19th of July and is out on Bandcamp for free (with the option to donate). The download includes a few extras including a PDF booklet. 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Jimmy Curry Q&A

Your name:
Jimmy Curry.

Where are you from?
Portland, Oregon.

How would you describe yourself?
I'm manic, heartbroken, obsessed, and sleep deprived. My music lately has been really loud and funky. I'm so tired all the time. Whenever I perform I get pooped from all the shouting.

Who are your main influences musically?
Beck, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Deerhunter, Wilco, My Bloody Valentine, Hank Williams, Merzbow, Neu!, Broadcast, Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 2 Chainz. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I want it all...! I want to make music that is never boring and always different and also really exquisite and good. Most ambitiously, I want to write songs that people remember things by. Weird moods they got that they flash back to when they hear my tunes. I want to be famous. I want to change the game. I want to make people dance and weep as if something important has happened.

What has been the highlight of your career so far and why?
A show I did at Reed College a couple months ago as I was finishing up my electro-pop album Apocalypse Freaks. It was something of a concept show: I enlisted some friends to dress up in exercise apparel (headbands, sweatpants, etc.) and be my backup dancers as I danced and sang along to pre-recorded backing tracks blasting on a PA system.
The setting was perfect. I bought a couple of six-packs of bright green gatorades to surround us, and the only lights on were these red LED strips on the ground that made the whole thing look like a gym from hell. The sound was great, the moves were funky, and the crowd loved it. It was so much fun!!
I loved this performance because I felt very artistically fulfilled, yes, but also especially because I really felt like I was part of a creative community that night. Noisy soul-screech looper Consumer (http://soundcloud.com/consumermp) played, as well as a brilliant performance art duo called Yah-Eef-Ay (their whole performance that night is on Youtube: https://youtube.com/watch?v=-LB99lixwao).
It was all so good!! I have never felt more welcome than I have in Portland. Nights like that are what I live for.

And what's the moment you want to forget?
There have been really bad times I just won't talk about. Most of high school, maybe. My music wasn't good yet and neither were my friends. A lot of toil and a lot of waiting in those days.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
That is so hard!! I work in albums and streams and concepts! But if I had to pick: maybe the song Charlene, which closes my lo-fi noise rock album Never Been Lonely. It's about girls, it's about loneliness, it's about the immense wonder of being, and god damn if that isn't what most of my music is about. Sonically I pick it because it goes different ways; it's quiet and it's loud and it's rhythmic and it wilts too.
It's a folk song, which is funny because I've recorded almost no folk songs despite writing many dozens of them by now. Maybe I pick Charlene, then, because it hints at my music's potential. I think I've made good stuff now, but I don't think I've begun to approach the good I'm truly capable of.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
jamescurryiv.com is the place. I also have a soundcloud, and a Facebook page, and a twitter all under the handle jamescurryiv. I have a youtube channel too (youtube.com/thethefourth) where upload music videos, demos, and other sorts of musical sketches.

Anything else you'd like to say that I forgot to ask?
Thank you for reading, if you read, and thank you for listening, if you listened. I mean what even is a book if no one reads it?