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Satire meets desert funk-rock in Jamila & The Other Heroes latest song

We love the weird. We love the unusual. We especially love the weird and unusual when it’s making a political statement. Jamila & The Other Heroes do this with class and style, with their newly released, ‘Aliens In My Bed’ via Springstoff.

Take art-rock meeting neo-psychedelia and you have the true heart of Jamila & The Other Heroes. Speaking of heart, this outfit certainly has it as they explore love in times of capitalism. The satirical lyrics will make you giggle and while the reverberating bass and cheeky guitar line are sure to get stuck in your head. A good combination if you want to send a message to the public.

“We had just performed at Fusion Festival, followed by a discussion about love in times of capitalism. Quite agitated about the ephemerality of love affairs, I created the melody and lyrics under a long post-festival-rush shower in the woods. I had to sing it to myself many times before going to sleep in order to not forget it, because I lost my phone in the festival and could not take a sound memory. Luckily, I remembered everything the morning after and brought it to the band to build the whole arrangement including a Middle Eastern influenced Guitar Riff by Leon Sánchez”

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Ocean Alley shares a new song ‘Tombstone’

Australian powerhouses Ocean Alley return with the smooth new single ‘Tombstone’, infusing their summery, psychedelic sound with a sprinkling of funk, soul and classic rock.

Recorded at The Grove Studios and produced by long-time friend and collaborator Callum Howell, the passionate and heartfelt ‘Tombstone’ dives headfirst into bright, psychedelic tones and a floating melody, creating an intoxicating combination pairing Baden Donegal’s buttery vocals with the group’s signature epic harmonies. The track reminisces about a place that was once the perfect respite, however is now just a wasteland, and the sombre lyrical tone is juxtaposed by the upbeat drums and endlessly catchy chorus.

In the midst of their relentless international touring schedule over the past 12 months, Ocean Alley have used their short breaks at home to write and demo new music, with previous singles ‘Stained Glass’ and ‘Infinity’ released earlier in the year. They will bunker down between shows over the coming months to continue writing and recording, with upcoming appearances at Bay Dreams Festival and stadium supports for Six60 in New Zealand, plus all stops on the Laneway Festival national run still to come.

A momentous year for the band, 2019 started with taking out #1 in the triple j Hottest 100 of 2018 for their smash single ‘Confidence’, and was rounded out with their first ARIA nomination for Song of the Year. They sold out 30 shows around the world, having performed 6 headline shows in New Zealand and 3 in Bali, 32 dates in the USA and Canada, plus a run of 18 shows across Europe and the UK including 2 sold out London dates – the second of which was added due to phenomenal demand.

Back in their homeland of Australia, they performed acclaimed festival sets including Bluesfest, Land of Plenty, Spilt Milk and a career-defining, Saturday night main stage performance at Splendour In The Grass which saw triple j declare “The bigger the stage, the better Ocean Alley get.” The band also found time to curate the sold out, inaugural A Day For The Beaches – a community event held on the Northern Beaches last month to raise money and awareness for local charities One Eighty and Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and give back to their hometown.

Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Ocean Alley – Baden Donegal (vocals), Angus Goodwin (guitar), Nic Blom (bass), Lach Galbraith (keys/vocals), Mitch Galbraith (guitar) and Tom O’Brien (drums) – have solidified their position as one of Australia’s most exciting bands.

The six-piece have two albums under their belt, Lost Tropics (2016) and the critically acclaimed Chiaroscuro (2018) which peaked at #11 on the ARIA Chart and spawned the triple j Hottest 100 #1 and ARIA Top 10 Double Platinum certified single ‘Confidence’, that was nominated for ARIA Song of the Year in 2019.

Having surpassed 200 million catalogue streams, as well as achieving the impressive feat of attaining more than 1.2 million monthly Spotify listeners, Ocean Alley continue to captivate audiences worldwide with their infectious blend of psychedelic surf-rock, selling out a slew of shows at home and abroad, plus performing festivals including Falls Festival, Sziget Festival (HU) and Rhythm and Vines (NZ).

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Interview with soul-rock band Wagner the Band

Vienna-based singer/songwriter Rainer Wagner was born in 1983 in the small town of Wiener Neustadt south of Vienna. He grew up listening to 60s and 70s music and later in life he was heavily influenced by the funk and soul music of Prince.

After some failed band projects in his early twenties, he decided to go on a 3year singing and vocal coaching education in Copenhagen and graduated in 2017. Apart from his studies, he gained a lot of experience playing in several cover bands but always with the dream in mind that one day he will create his own project.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

Probably the earliest memories I recall are driving on holidays with my parents in a little car and my dad singing, whistling or humming songs by Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and later, as a teenager, I listened to my dad’s vinyl collection consisting of bands like The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix. I was born in the 80s but I am a musical child of the 60s.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

For me, there are no real rules or strict processes when it comes to songwriting. Sometimes I get inspired by a good movie, sometimes I play chords and start flow singing over them, other times I start with the lyrics and move on from there.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

I have a toolbox that I call the songwriting circle. It’s based on the idea that you start with one thing, for instance with writing lyrics, and if you get stuck you move on to another one, f.i. playing chords or flow singing or playing around with grooves. Anytime you get stuck you move on to the next thing.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I would fight for more artistic depth, fair payment of artists, more variety in the mainstream radios… Now I sound like a politician. Vote for me!!!

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

I love both and I wouldn’t separate them from each other. Often when I write music I visualize myself performing the song live. I think that helps me to stay focused on what the song really needs.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

The first time I heard someone singing a song of mine. That was pure magic!

What’s on your current playlist?

Paolo Nutini, Prince, Gregory Porter, Michael Kiwanuka, Damien Rice, Lylit, Joe Traxler, KTEE, …..

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

Apart from more live shows I will go to the studio and record a live EP with songs from my debut album ”Awkward Hearts” and release them in 2020.

Famous last words?

I should have never switched from Scotch to Martinis

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Take a stance against bullying with Saint Mars’ newly released song

Saint Mars, a indie rock band with the best intentions, have just released their latest single, ‘Help’ via Grá Mór Phonic Records. The song was composed by band member Marc Darcange and songwriter Julius Conrad. Tryzdin, lead singer of the band, contributed his personal experiences and thoughts, bringing the song alive with emotion.

The band were previously featured on Muze FM, where they went deep into the antibullying message set by the song:

“I would like to see kids take action any time they see bullying happening in their neighbourhoods or schools. First start with saying something to them yourself and then if things get out of hand, take it to an adult. I went through major bullying as a kid and I still do. I write a lot of the most meaningful songs off of my experiences.” – Tryzdin.

You can read the full interview here. However, Muze FM aren’t the only ones paying attention as the track was originally premiered via Clash Magazine. Could it be the founder of the band (Angelo Bruschini – Massive Attack guitarist) and previous collaborators (Jethro Alonestar Sheeran – Ed Sheeran’s cousin) that are making people pay attention? We don’t think so. We think it’s purely the music.

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Bad//Dreems release new music video for ‘Sonny’

Bad//Dreems have dropped a brand new video clip for ‘Sonny’, the latest cut from their recent record ‘Doomsday Ballet’. The band has also announced their return to the UK in March 2020, as well as their first shows in Europe.

Bad//Dreems will kick off their 9-date UK/EU 2020 run in Brighton on March 12th playing London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, and Bristol – audiences they’re about to become well acquainted with whilst supporting The Chats on their November/December UK run kicking off next week. Bad//Dreems will also debut their intense & electrifying live show in Rotterdam, Cologne and Paris.

The five-piece released their third album ‘Doomsday Ballet’ on October 18th. It has since received critical praise, including an Australian Music Prize nomination, US radio love from KEXP and numerous other college radio stations, a packet album feature on triple j and a packed out Australian album tour.

Off the back of the first two blistering singles, ‘Double Dreaming’ and ‘Morning Rain’, comes ‘Sonny’. With its thick, lush guitar textures, Sonny was “originally a jangling ballad about the passing of time, loss and longing,” explains guitarist, Alex Cameron. “In the studio it took on a more rough and tumble form including a rambunctious guitar solo”.

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Indie rock band Fabian Jack released a new song ‘Purpose’

Their enthusiasm spills from the stage, fighting the good fun fight, and making venues ‘great again’, with their powerful hook-laden, chorus-led pop. Their sound is in-your-face, they command the stage and the room, bringing their party-loving singalong audience with them, venue to venue, growing gig to gig. Just like the bands they’re regularly compared to – Blondie, The Cure, The Police, Two Door Cinema Club and Bloc Party.

Music venues are closing across the UK and London at frightening speed for all music lovers and Fabian Jack is putting their amps where their mouths are, hopping aboard their luxury tour bus (well, van) and hitting them all… hard.

From the Camden’s Dublin Castle, Half Moon Putney, Soho’s St Moritz Club, The Monarch, OTC Bar, New Cross Inn, The Finsbury, Amersham arms… They’ve played the lot and are now spreading their wings further afield.

Fabian members have collectively shared stages with Razorlight, James Blunt, Roger Daltrey, Echo and the Bunnymen, Erasure and Noisettes.

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Indie rock outfit Evon Rose unveil their uplifting new single ‘Something More’

Indie rock outfit Evon Rose released their new single ‘Something More’ on 22 November via Timbits Records.

Based in Vienna, Austria, Evon Rose is Jonas Skielboe from Denmark (guitar), Byron Cortes from Colombia (bass), Peter Nadasdi from Hungary (drums), and lead by vocalist Andreas Schuster.

The track is an upbeat offering, framed by smooth vocals, and expert instrumentals. Although it is based on themes of life after death, ‘Something More’ leaves the listener walking away with a sense of optimism.

Lead singer Andreas explains:  “I’ve been intrigued by many spiritual beliefs which led me to dig deeper into some of the known self-experience rituals. My inner voice always told me there is more out there and for me music was often a way to express and process the things happening in my life.

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