Shy For Shore

Published by Doug under Electro Pop.

 

Synth duo Shy for Shore have announced the upcoming release of the melodic and 80s-inspired ‘Love, Again’ on June the 16th. The single is set to build upon 2013’s breakthrough EPs ‘Then The Heartbreak’ and ‘1985’, which saw Shy for Shore’s meteoric rise as one of the most up-and-coming acts in Scandinavia.

Forming in 2011 following a chance introduction at Camden’s Roundhouse, Shy for Shore quickly developed a penchant for post-rock and overdriven riffs. Inspired by the local sound of their environment, the band’s original outfit cut their teeth around the London local gig circuit. However, a move to the Netherlands completely reorganised and altered the band, transforming them into dreampop shoegazers reflecting their location with a chameleonic power. Heavy praise followed the organic change of sound, including critical admiration from Crack in the Road, HillyDilly and Under the Radar.

Since establishing themselves in Norway, including national television appearances and having their work on the soundtrack of an independent film, Shy for Shore are setting their sights on the rest of Europe with plans to tour extensively throughout the year. Shy for Shore’s Love, Again is the group’s flagship during this expansion.

With a heart made of ice that melts at the touch, Love, Again is an achingly beautiful track and the listener’s perfect introduction to Shy for Shore. Mari Nordén’s heartfelt vocals are marched perfectly with melodic and ocean-deep synthesisers courtesy of Oz Page, painting a composition that is delightful electronica possessive of the beautiful human spirit. Reminiscent of 80s synth whilst still being wholly originally, Shy for Shore and Love, Again are headstrong and powerful creations, a 21st century spirit dropped into a legwarmer distopia.

 

Foxsmith

Published by Doug under Indie Rock.

Off the back of their first single ‘Wake Up’ last year, Brisbane band Foxsmith take a darker twist with their second single Pentimento.

Recorded and mixed by producer Yanto Browning (The Medics, Tara Simmons, The Jungle Giants), this second offering from the four-piece is laden with lush melodies, beginning quite intimately before snapping into catchy guitar and synth hooks. Stirring yet comforting, Pentimento explores existentialism and follows the bands new direction into darker, shimmering soundscapes and grooves.

The track is a greatly anticipated follow up to their first single ‘Wake Up’ which was well-received, gaining airplay on local and online radio stations including Triple J Unearthed, 3RRR and 4ZZZ, where it was added to rotation and remained in 4ZZZ’s Top 10 for over a month in December/January. The video clip for ‘Wake Up’ was premiered online through Groupie Magazine and featured on local and international music blogs including Mess+Noise, City & Sound and Ground Sound LA to name a few.

Accompanying their new track is an animation by local Brisbane artist Seana Seeto, who takes the viewer through many worlds following the journey of a blob-shaped protagonist, a harbinger of mishaps. For the release of this new single and animation clip, Foxsmith are hosting a collaborative arts event, featuring local Brisbane bands and an artshow, on Saturday 16th August at The Zoo in Brisbane.

 

Flora Cash

Published by Doug under Indie Folk.

I have another band for everyone to fall in love with.  They go by the name of Flora Cash.  They put together a really good write up about themselves I thought I would share with you:

We met on SoundCloud in early 2012 (where each of us had been posting music for some time). Our (for lack of a better term) “musical attraction” to one another quickly turned into something more and it wasn’t long before we began a “Skype relationship,” which lasted roughly five months. And by relationship, we really mean “relationship” in the fullest sense of the word… We were on Skype together as often as we possibly could be; morning ’til night and even that… never seemed enough. In June, 2012, Shpresa flew to Cole in Minneapolis, from Stockholm, and stayed until we returned to Sweden in August of the same year. It was in Sweden that Flora Cash; our ‘musical offspring,’ was truly born.

By the end of 2012, we had begun to collaborate with Swedish singer/songwriter and producer Daniel Westerlund (formerly of The Goner) and had, with Daniel as our producer- released our “mighty fine EP,” which contained tracks such as “Mighty Fine” and “Summerset,” and at the same time (to our delight and amazement): had quickly begun to assemble a loyal bunch of listeners in and around Stockholm (and on YouTube.)

While 2012 marked the crucial first steps of our musical journey- 2013 was a particularly big year for us. From several sold out shows in Stockholm (thanks again for coming everyone! we love you) to a three-month ‘mini-tour’ of London- (where we lived in a small room just under 2 miles south of Parliament)- 2013 saw us moving around constantly and playing any tavern, pub or venue we could find time for. 2013 also saw the release of an EP, of which we’re very proud- called “made it for you.” The EP features, among others: “Freakin’ Love” and “When You Came (Oh Oh Oh),” both tracks of which did really well in terms of iTunes sales and views on YouTube.

From mid-2013 to June of 2014 we lived in Minneapolis (plotting our escape back to Sweden… hehe, kidding!) and are currently living in Stockholm, Sweden, working diligently on our first full-length album, “Assemble the Journey,” which we plan to release… in the near future.

 

VÉRITÉ

Published by Doug under Electro Pop.

 

Hailing from New York City, VÉRITÉ offers emotive, hard-hitting alternative pop at the highest quality. Whilst working hard in the studio with the producer Elliot Jacobson on her debut EP, she has made “Strange Enough” available to stream. 

Hear it via her soundcloud now: https://soundcloud.com/veritemusic/strange-enough-1

VÉRITÉ the single’s lyrical content, “Strange Enough is a contemplation of all the questions I’d ask myself about my relationship, and why we bother ourselves to try to make things work sometimes.” 

She continues, “The song goes back and forth between the nostalgia of what was, the reality of how things shift as time moves on, and how ultimately we romanticize moments that are fleeting.”

 

Racing Glaciers

Published by Doug under Indie Rock.

 

“Moths is a song about been drawn to someone. Being so obsessed that you can’t get away even if you know you should.” Explains the band, “Trouble and harm is inevitable but you don’t mind. It was all worth it.”  Having moments of both pure delicacy and unbridled adventure, Moths will keep you guessing until the blistering climax.
Their last offering, New Country, premiered on Neon Gold and was followed on from a large collection of tastemaker blogs which saw the track reach top 5 on Hypem.  Such online admiration was naturally followed by UK radio support, picking up Radio 1 & Xfm plays.  The new single, like with New Country, was mixed by Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club, Peace.)
Racing Glaciers are Tim Monaghan (Lead Singer/Keys/Guitar,) Danny Thorpe (Backing Vocals/Rhythm Guitar,) Matt Scheepers (Backing Vocals/Bass/Trumpet,) Simon Millest (Lead Guitar) and Matt Welch (Drums.)

 

Alvvays

Published by Doug under Indie Pop.

Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle.
Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan grew up as next-door neighbours in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and folk-songs. Heartbreaks of different shades soon entered their lives, as did the music of Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian. Similar noisy melancholy drifted over to Prince Edward Island, finding Alec O’Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac.
Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since dusk or maybe dawn, when stars were appearing or fading off. As a result, their debut self-titled album is both sun-splashed and twilit — nine songs concealing drunkenness, defeat and death in tungsten-tinted pop that glitters like sea glass.

 

With needlepoint melody and verse, Rankin and O’Hanley’s songs were recorded at Chad VanGaalen’s Yoko Eno studio and mixed by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile).

 

The resultant album is loud and clear and sure. Flood your ears.

Upcoming Shows:

07/23 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen %

07/25 – Guelph, Canada @ Hillside Music Festival

07/26 – Guelph, Canada @ Hillside Music Festival

07/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade

08/05 – London @ Birthdays

08/06 – London @ Rough Trade East

08/09 – Kingston, ON @ Wolfe Island Festival

08/14 – Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe

08/16 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola

10/20 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction 2 &

10/21 – Liverpool, UK @ Kazimier &

10/22 – Dublin, Ireland @ O2 Academy &

10/24 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute &

10/25 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club &

10/26 – Newcastle, UK @ Riverside &

10/28 – Brighton, UK @ Komedia &

10/29 – London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire &

% w/ J Fernandez
& w/ Real Estate

Two Wounded Birds

Published by Doug under Indie Pop.

I’ve known about Two Wounded Birds for a while but were at the back of my mind for a really long time.  Recently, I decided to look them up and see if they had more than the two songs they released on Holiday Records a few years back.  It turns out they released a self-titled album as well.  This is such a great album made of classic sound rock songs.  I’m a little heart broken to hear they’ve broken up since then.  I guess it’s yet another band I’ll never see live; a list that grows longer all the time.  I haven’t found much on the band but here’s a good write up on them:

Rock and Roll has always been the music of the outsider, it’s always been a snub to the mediocrity of mainstream norms and aspirations. Yet, in a world where marketing rules, rock and roll has too often been co-opted as a method of selling records. One day a band is a nu-folk sensation , and then they’re leather clad poster boys posing in front of Triumph Bonneville’s. But for Two Wounded Birds, there’s always been Vince Taylor on the stereo and Elvis’ picture on the wall. There’s no marketing strategy with this band, no friends in high places, no favours to pull in.

They’re from Margate, But there’s a benefit to being so isolated. As wave after wave of the next big things have engulfed England’s cities, singer Johnny Danger has quietly amassed a mountain of classic records in his quiet corner of the country, collecting everything from doo-wop to New York punk of the late 70s. From this fountainhead of pop, Two Wounded Birds have steeped themselves in the defining sounds of the last 60 years, creating their own micro-community in an unreceptive, generally hostile home town.
This all-encompassing love of rock and pop has acted as a block to the relentless buzz of the hype machines and instilled in the band a fervent appreciation of melody and a deep reverence for the song. And it comes across in the music: listen to All We Wanna Do and try and get that melody out of your head, or put on Night Patrol and try not to catch a chill.

In other words, for once, this is the real deal.

 

Beverly

Published by Doug under Indie Rock.

Beverly_hires

Beverly - a recording project between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose. Conceived on the road, the songwriting and production reflects both Citron’s pop insight and Rose’s sharp ear for arrangement. ‘Careers’ (out 7/1 on Kanine Records) combines raw pop, post-punk and dreamy melodies drawing inspiration from The Amps and The Clean.

To transport the songs out of the studio and to tour in support of the record, Citron will collaborate with additional musicians and Rose, treating Beverly as a side recording project, will continue to maintain focus on her solo career.

The Travelling Band

Published by Doug under Indie Rock.

 

Manchester five-piece The Travelling Band, famed for their wonderful live prowess and feel-good epic-folk, have announced the upcoming release The Big Defreeze. The album is hugely anticipated following a three-year gap since their last long-player, Screaming is Something, received both critic and fan adulation.

Despite a long gap between album two and three, The Travelling Band have experienced anything but a hiatus, instead taking the time to hone and enhance their already much loved trademark sound. The Travelling Band departed from their last tour in 2011 – which saw them enthrall the United States at SXSW – and have since patiently crafted their own personal recording studio, forged a record label and also revolutionized their horizons through remix collaborations with mix legend and Grammy award-winner Chris Lord-Alge. This break between releases has seen The Travelling Band become musical artisans, hugely benefiting The Big Defreeze as a result.

Produced by Lestyn Polson (Patti Smith, David Bowie) at the ethereally iconic Church Studios, The Big Defreeze oozes with creative freedom and massive landscapes, embodying The Travelling Band’s album gap. Standout track Passing Ships is a marauding beauty that hops, skips and jumps amid a backdrop of pop perfection, deeply breathing in a glorious, vast head space. Polson has expertly captured The Travelling Band’s eminent live act into a long-player that is second-for- second as equally explosive, giddy and wonderful as a Travelling Band gig.

The Travelling Band’s The Big Defreeze is personified by blissfully clean compositions that still harbour a rough and determined bite. Part E-Street Band and Faces submerged in 21st century gleam and shine, The Big Defreeze will delight and mesmerize deeply-rooted Travelling Band fanatics and newcomers alike; reminiscent of an introduction to a person, whom you could have sworn you met before, whom you fall in love instantly.

The Travelling Bands’ third album The Big Defreeze will be released on Sideways Saloon/Republic of Music on August 25th on limited edition yellow vinyl, 2 disc deluxe CD and digital formats.

The band will also set off in August for the following tour dates:

AUG

8 – CROPREDY FESTIVAL, NR. BANBURY

16 – UNDRESSED FESTIVAL, HALLE ST. PETERS, MANCHESTER

23 – GREEN BELT FESTIVAL, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

30 – OFF THE TRACKS FESTIVAL, DERBYSHIRE

SEPT

7 – SC4M FESTIVAL, WINCHESTER

12 – THE INSTITUTE, KELVEDON, ESSEX

14 – SHREWSBURY FIELDS FESTIVAL

OCT

2 KENDAL, THE BREWERY

3 LEEDS, BRUDENELL

8 LIVERPOOL, THE KAZIMIER

9 EDINBURGH, VOODOO ROOMS

10 GLASGOW, BROADCAST

11 LETHAM, LETHAM HALL

22 LONDON, THE LEXINGTON

24 OXFORD, ARTS BAR (BULLINGDON ARMS)

25 BRISTOL, THE LOUISIANA

28 BRIGHTON, GREEN DOOR STORE

NOV

28 HURST GREEN, VILLAGE HALL

 

Rural Alberta Advantage

Published by Doug under Indie Folk.

 

The Rural Alberta Advantage will release their highly-anticipated third album, Mended With Gold, on September 30th via Saddle Creek. The twelve-track album was recorded at Toronto’s Candle Recording with the band’s long-time live engineer Matt Lederman (Hayden, !!!, Besnard Lakes) alongside  co-producer Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, F*cked Up). Mended With Gold’s “Terrified” is available to stream and share via SoundCloud. Mended With Gold can be

pre-ordered now on CD, LP, Deluxe LP (clear with gold splatter vinyl) and digitally in the Saddle Creek online store or here on iTunes. The Rural Alberta Advantage has just announced an extensive tour in support of their upcoming release. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

  

In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008′s Hometowns and 2011′s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPINThe New York TimesRolling StonePitchforkNPR, among others), two Juno Award nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), the Polaris Music Prize Long List, and a hard earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA’s latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape.

Nils recalls, “Last spring, I rented a remote cottage up in the Bruce Peninsula on the recommendation of some friends to try to do some writing for the new album.  It turned out to be a pretty terrifying place to be alone with your thoughts – locals told me to watch out for black bears, the heat wasn’t working and at night it sounded like the cottage was surrounded by wolves. I slept with a pocket knife at arms-reach. It’s funny the lines that will run through your head when you’re alone like that and trying to get yourself to sleep- they inspired “To Be Scared”, which is probably one of my favorite songs on the record.”

  

The ideas and moods created in these songs tie back to the album title Mended With Gold, embracing the idea that the breakage and repair of an object becomes part of its unique history and ultimately makes it more valuable instead of a blemish to disguise. The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes, losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably powerful work of beauty.

The Rural Alberta Advantage Tour Dates: 

7-8-14 Toronto, ON Massey Hall

7-18/20-14 Dawson City, YT Dawson City Festival 

7-26-14 Welland,ON Owenpalooza

8-8-14 Kingston, ON Wolfe Island Music Festival
9-18/20-14 Montreal, QC Pop Montreal
10-3-14 Vankleek Hill, ON Beau’s Oktoberfest event
10-09-14 Detroit, MI Magic Stick*
10-10-14 Columbus, OH Skully’s*
10-11-14 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio*
10-12-14 St. Louis, MO Firebird*
10-14-14 Chicago, IL Metro
10-15-14 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall*
10-16-14 Omaha, NE Slowdown*
10-17-14 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue*
10-20-14 Edmonton, AB Starlite*
10-21-14 Calgary, AB McEwan Ballroom*
10-23-14 Vancouver, BC Commodore
10-24-14 Seattle, WA The Crocodile*
10-25-14 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge*
10-27-14 San Francisco, CA The Independent
10-29-14 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theatre*
10-30-14 San Diego, CA Soda Bar*
11-01-14 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
11-02-14 Denver, CO Hi Dive
11-04-14 Dallas, TX Club Dada*
11-05-14 Austin, TX Red 7*
11-06-14 New Orleans, LA Beatnik*
11-07-14 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree Café*
11-08-14 Atlanta, GA The Earl*
11-09-14 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506*
11-11-14 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel*
11-12-14 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church*
11-13-14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom*
11-14-14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom*
11-15-14 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair*
11-21-14 Birmingham, UK The Hare and Hounds
11-22-14 Glasgow, UK Broadcast
11-24-14 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
11-25-14 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen
11-26-14 London, UK Islington Assembly
11-27-14 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso Upstairs
11-29-14 Munster, GE Gleiss22
12-1-14 Cologne, GE Knust
12-3-14 Berlin, GE  Lido
12-4-14 Munich, GE Atomic Café
12-5-14 Frankfurt, GE Zoom