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Generationals Share “Gatekeeper” song Available Now On All DSPs

From their inception, Generationals have existed at the convergence of classic style and contemporary technique. Students of an analog school actualized in a digital medium, Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner have always felt most comfortable reveling in this juxtaposition. Grounded in a catalog of infectious pop hooks that feel both familiar and radically new all at once, Generationals mastered their distinct voice as a means to widen the path before them.

Reader As Detective, their new full-length album, weds vintage pop canon and modern pop production in a way this duo has proven incomparably adept. From the cornerstone sample of “I Turned My Back on the Written Word,” (a recontextualization of an unreleased b-side) to the playful synths & stuttered drums of “Dream Box,” and jogging rhythms of “Breaking Your Silence,” Generationals continue to push the envelope by playing by their own rules.

In the years following their last album, Alix, the band experimented by releasing one-off singles and videos immediately upon their completion, which eventually formed 2018’s State Dogs collection. This method – an exploratory dive in shirking the nature of traditional album rollouts – refined how they approached writing. Freed from the album-cycle mentality, the pair was able to focus on each track autonomously, rather than as a fragment of a larger batch of songs.

Reader As Detective is the result of purposeful time spent honing Generationals’ craft as progressive songwriters. With the help of producer and longtime collaborator Dan Black, they dug into new methods of creation with a fearlessness for experimentation that is equally vital to the experience of both artist and listener. With Reader As Detective, Generationals have reached a high-water mark in an already noteworthy career – isolation and celebration set to a major key.

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Alternative-Rock Band Weston Rd Shares ‘Take You Down’ Music Video

Stafford-based alternative rock band Weston Rd has just shared the music video for their debut single ‘Take You Down’ via XSnoize. The video was directed by Damien Sandoval (worked with artists such as Kahlani, Quavo Huncho, Tyga, Lil Kim) and the creative producer of the video was Miss Vivianna (Worked with DMX, Rudimental, Little Mix). Both had the vision of harnessing the grit and authenticity of Weston Rd’s emphatic performance.

The music video was set in two locations – the first, castle ruins in the English countryside and the second a gig venue. The video leaves you wanting to hear more, while at the same time giving some insight into the band’s creative process.

“Shooting our first music video was an insane experience. We were lucky enough to shoot in the grounds of Stafford Castle making our own little bit of history right there!  We were also privileged to have the legendary Damien Sandoval directing knowing that his credits range from Quavo Huncho to Lil Kim.  The whole day was so insane, having a drone zooming around the castle ruins whilst we played live. It was just epic!” – Weston Rd reflect on the experience of shooting the music video.

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Brooklyn-based, experimental indie rock band Monograms share their lead single “Don’t Fight For It,” and announce their debut LP, Living Wire. The 405 premiered the track with praise, stating, “Ostensibly a song about “finding yourself and letting go in this crazy world,” to use Jacobs’ words, ‘Don’t Fight For It’ revels in a sound embedded in the DNA of an entire generation. Monograms’ version of this sound captures the raw emotion at the heart of all the best songs of the era, infused with a little modernity, both in sound and spirit.” Living Wire LP is due out September 20th via PaperCup Music.

The largest looming concept behind this album and the songs written on Living Wire is about the current state of creativity and the controlled environment that we exist within – a not so subtle jab at the state of technology and the constant noise that revolves around us, within social media, moderne life and everywhere – a buzzing choir, a living wire. With all the distractions, pop ups, influencers and stimuli in modern life, it can prove difficult to quiet that noise and focus on what you want to make. Additionally, A “live wire” is a person or object with so much energy that it becomes completely unpredictable or combustable, and the connotation is very polarizing: positive or negative, but either way overwhelming. Jacobs sees himself as one of these types. It’s hard for him to sit still and that’s not always a good or bad thing, but therein lies the challenge: quieting the noise long enough to create something, in this case, a record, that is based on his own reflections.

It was important to Jacobs to make somewhat of an about-face with this album and try some different techniques based on the music he was listening to, which was lots of 80’s era pop music, 90’s era college radio rotations, as well as a variety of electronic music from the past four decades. Having the ability to record a lot of components of the tracks at home in his makeshift home studio allows for a lot of experimentation, so some songs were started there, while others were workshopped with the band in a rehearsal or live setting or written fully in the studio. At the helm was producer/mixer Ben Rice, whose creative fingerprints are all over the record, Rice and Jacobs produced the record together and Rice mixed the entire album at his studio in Brooklyn, Degraw Sound.

Monograms is the alias of front-man and multi-instrumentalist Ian Jacobs. Over the past few years, the project quickly expanded from a Brooklyn, NYC bedroom recording experiment to a full band endeavor – current lineup includes Rich Carrillo (drums), Michelle Feliciano (synth) and Sam Bartos (bass). Since its conception, Monograms has been performing everyone they can get feet and sound to stage, supporting international indie regulars Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Goggs (Ty Segall/Ex Cult) Sunflower Bean, Ezra Furman, Caveman, A Place To Bury Strangers, Girl Band, Be Forest, Vertical Scratchers (members of Caribou/Brainiac), Dreamers, Gang Of Youths, Quilt  and more, as well as attaining notable press traction from all over the U.S. and Europe. The music of Monograms is eclectic by design; mosaic pallets that use Jacobs’ vocals, melodic threads and lucid rythms to hold it all together. The foundation of pop-song structures wrapped in new-wave tones and angular riffs, point the band’s approach at previous decades and the heyday of alternative college radio, as well as contemporary DIY vibes that pull from similar genres. Monograms is Brooklyn’s Nuke Wave.

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Joywave release their anti-choas single, ‘Like A Kennedy’

Joywave recently released their ear catching single, ‘Like a Kennedy on the 21st of June. Self described as an ‘anti-chaos song’, the track is inspired by complete exhaustion and media burnout. While the sound is consistently alt-indie/dreamy-pop, the lyrics start off with a surprising and unusual set of lyrics, “my head is swelling like a Kennedy”.

The combination of singing about assassinations and bombs with the mellowed out music creates an impactful result, allowing you to truly focus on the lyrics. However, Joywave themselves put the song into the best perspective with their audio commentary (you can find it below).

New York based, Joywave has proved just as prolific and popular on the road, performing countless headline dates, show-stealing sets at international festivals spanning Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bumbershoot, and the UK’s Reading/Leeds. They also support runs with such artists as The Killers, Young the Giant, Walk the Moon and many more.

Joywave will be releasing the music video for the single, ‘Like A Kennedy’ soon.

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HUNGER ‘Light It Up’ with new single

HUNGER have just released their new single ‘Light It Up’ via Born and Raised Records. It is the first track in a monthly release cycle leading up to their debut album Mosaik to be released on December 20, 2019.
The Vienna-based trio is Daniel Rumpel, Johannes Herbst and Lucas Fendrich. They began HUNGER in 2015 after all being in bands previously. There was a unanimous decision to no longer play live, but after the recording their first few track, the band realised how much they had missed playing to a live audience. Their extensive touring schedule has since seen them perform at a string of festivals, including Out Of The Woods Festival with the likes of  Alt-J, Phoenix, Feist, Sohn, Milky Chance, and The Strumbellas.
‘Light It Up’ acts as an exciting prelude to their upcoming album. Blending elements of alt-rock, synth-pop and dark electronica it presents a multi-layered universe of off-center pop-rock well worth exploring.
Speaking of the track HUNGER explain: “’Light It Up’ is about adventures, moments and memories we’ve experienced and still want to experience in our lives. It’s an anthem for going out and to live and experience life and its freedoms. We wrote and recorded the song in a little hut in the Austrian alps. The ‘gospel choir’ halfway through the song was recorded in a tiny kitchen and is basically just the three of us and our producer singing in hundreds of tracks.”

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KETTLE OF KITES have revealed a new single: ‘Orchid’, a haunting new cut that offers reflects on the blurring of fiction and reality as Earth stands on the precipice of environmental disaster.

As with the rest of upcoming studio album ‘Arrows’, the latest single from the post-rock collective sources its inspiration from the revolutionary works of science fiction author Isaac Asimov. Chiming with the recent Extinction Rebellion and climate change protests that have taken place across Europe, Asimov’s novels often dwelled on the implications of man-made ecological disaster and the lyrics of ‘Orchid’ find Kettle of Kites inflecting his sentiments to provide timely reflection on the urgent need for environmental action.

Frontman and lyricist of Kettle of Kites Tom Stearn explains further:

“In much of the science fiction works of Isaac Asimov the creation of a parallel universe set in the future serves as a tool to explore forward thinking ideas but also to focus our attention on our present. ‘Orchid’ is set between present and possible future, reality and fiction, and is the song from ‘Arrows’ which is closest to our own current reality and is set in the moment when humanity is forced to abandon earth, now polluted and uninhabitable because of radioactive substances.”

Cruising the astral planes between REM, Idlewild and Talk Talk, ‘Orchid’ is the latest sonically ambitious and majestically progressive cut from Kettle of Kites. With a slow-burning and wistful atmospherics that build to a brooding, apocalyptic crescendo, ‘Orchid’ animates a dystopian world once only envisioned in the nightmares of Asimov with lucid effect. As Earth stands on the precipice of facing such a reality, ‘Orchid’ acts as a stark reminder of our fragile planet’s mortality and of the accountability humanity must take to preserve its future.

‘Orchid’ is just the latest in a string of singles including ‘Weathervane’ and ‘Oliver’ that lead to much anticipated new album ‘Arrows’ this Autumn. A science fiction concept album that traverses the listener through space, time and beyond, the record features 9 tracks of stimulating post-rock each inspired by the groundbreaking ideas of Isaac Asimov.

At a time when isolationism and ideological inward-looking, seem to be gripping the western world with greater effect every day, Kettle of Kites are a band unafraid to break the curve. With its constituent members hailing from Scotland, England, Belgium and Italy, Kettle of Kites gaze far beyond the borders of Earth and transfix upon the wonders of the universe and its limitless possibilities. Arriving in 2019 like a pan-European, sci-fi space rock programme, the four piece will deliver their new album this Autumn: ‘Arrows’, an innovative concept record inspired by the works of science-fiction pioneer: Isaac Asimov.

Straddling the astral planes between Radiohead, Talk Talk and Green-era REM, Kettle of Kites are a sci-fi inspired rock band currently based in Italy.  Releasing ‘Loan’ in 2015, the band’s debut album arrived as very much the solo effort of Scottish songwriter and former member of orchestral indie-pop outfit Admiral Fallow: Tom Stearn. Recorded unceremoniously in a basement in Italy, the  release was finessed half way across the world at the famous A Pocket Full Of Stones studio in Australia.

Returning to the project in 2019 with an expanded line up and a brave new vision for the band’s future, Stearn enlisted talents from across Europe in the form of Genoa’s Pietro Martinelli (bass), Brussels-based Marco Giongrandi (guitar) and London-based drummer Riccardo Chiaberta, to map out the musical schematics of upcoming concept album: ‘Arrows’. Combining a wealth of experiences from music scenes across Europe, on ‘Arrows’ the new-look line up adeptly illustrate the vividly visionary worlds and endlessly imaginative idiosyncrasies of acclaimed Science Fiction author Isaac Asimov. Harnessing supernova crescendos to spacial melodies with artful effect, ‘Arrows’ sees Kettle of Kites charting their true potential with nine intrepidly arranged and intergalactically influenced compositions that reach for the stars.


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Dark and atmospheric PINERO|SERENE release second single, ‘Dead Flowers’

Alternative dream-pop duo PINERO|SERENE gears up to release their debut EP, Dark Matter on the 12th of July. Ahead of that, they have shared their second single, ‘Dead Flowers’ premiered by TMRW Magazine. The single was officially released last Friday, 28th of June.

Based in the artistic hub of London’s East End, PINERO|SERENE create dark, atmospheric soundscapes, through a unique and paralleled songwriting collaboration, that personifies emotional experience. Neeq moved to London from Berkshire to pursue a passion for photography and music. She dabbled in spoken word poetry, fascinated by the potency of words, and has since honed her skills to the development of abstract songwriting and production skills. Cheryl began playing bass at age thirteen, and toured around Germany and The Netherlands in her early twenties, eventually settling in London.

“‘Dead Flowers’ is the last in the chain of a four-track EP, which takes you on a journey through personal evolution. It’s about facing the fear of letting go, to make space for a new dimension of existence and perception.” – PINERO|SERENE on their latest single.

The music video for their single ‘Take My Soul’ was also premiered last month, on the 14th, with positive responses so far. You can watch it below

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Infectious indie rock single shared by UV Rays

Last Friday indie rock band UV Rays announced their new EP, ‘The Right Stuff’, and shared lead single “Overrated.” Under The Radar premiered the track, praising, “The single takes its cues from ’90s emo, opening with an in media res beginning that evolves into an explosive chorus that mixes bright vocal harmonies with a pleasingly discordant wall of distorted guitars.”

Coming quickly on the heels of the Try and Begin EP, the Brooklyn four-piece UV Rays have returned with The Right Stuff EP, a three-song collection of infectious indie rock that further establishes them as some of the most exciting songwriters in the city. While Try and Begin cast a wide net, demonstrating UV Rays’ knack for melding complex instrumental arrangements with pop sensibilities, The Right Stuff presents a more streamlined side of the band that proudly puts their dynamic vocal melodies at the centre of the action.

Opening track “Overrated,” sung by drummer Erica Warner, begins with a thicket of snarling guitars before launching headfirst into one of the band’s catchiest choruses to date, despite its menacing cult-y overtones. “We’re genuinely not as selectively welcoming as the song portrays, but like, close enough,” Warner quips.

The band draws inspiration from artists such as Nirvana, the Beatles and, the Buzzcocks.

The Right Stuff EP – Tracklisting:
01. Overrated
02. Girlfriend
03. Faster Now

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