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Get out your best set of speakers to hear Uppermost’s latest song

French-Iranian producer Uppermost has releasing his flaming new single, ‘Fire Starter’ via Uppwind Records. Feeling the need to express a genuine feeling of revolt and rebelling against the status quo, the producer has stepped away from his own traditional forms of music production. Turning towards a fusion of electronica and rock, ‘Fire Starter’ is one for big speakers.

“In the creative process, I have learnt that any idea or inspiration, no matter how useless it may sound, can trigger a big step towards a beautiful artwork if we act on it. ‘Fire Starter’ is a tribute to those elusive moments that can lead to the biggest changes in our lives if we value their power.”

Uppermost is already teasing his fans with talk of a new release. Earlier this week, he shared on Facebook:

“Just finished reworking one of the simple sessions but it pretty much turned into a new track! I might release this as a new single.”

It’s safe to say that we have marked the producer and eagerly await to see if he ventures further into this new realm of electronica and rock. What do you think he’ll do next?

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Interview with Indie Rock n’ Roll band The Burma

Cork, Ireland-based Indie Rock n’ Roll band The Burma was influenced by the American Indie scene of the early 2000s and British guitar bands of the 80s and 90s.

They released their single ‘Quicksand’ in October 2018 and have gained extensive national airplay since its release. It was also made Song of The Day by Joe.ie.

See our exclusive interview with the band below

How has your musical background helped shaped your sound?

We’ve all been interested in music and playing in bands since we were teenagers. Our sound is shaped by the music the three of us are into, bands like The Killers, The Smiths and Arctic Monkeys are all common ground for the 3 of us but each of us have our own favourite bands/albums that we listen to ourselves. I think this makes the sound more diverse. It makes it a sound that’s not just based off of one similar influence but our own individual influences that’s then tied in together.

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

Peter, our guitar player is the main songwriter in the band. Once he has an idea for a tune he’ll put a demo together using Ableton Live and send it on to myself and Tony. Tony will put lyrics to it and then the structure, arrangement and ideas are worked out in our rehearsals.

What are or were some of the challenges for you in producing or performing while keeping true to your vision of your music.

Playing certain songs at gigs has been challenging at times and has taken some trial and error to figure out what works, especially if we’ve added a lot of things to the recording. We’ve started to add synths, pads and some other odd sounds to our live shows using tracks that Peter has made in Ableton. It can be tough making sure that those sounds or effects come across in the way you’ve intended them to. You have to make sure that you spend time in rehearsals working on the production of it all before you bring it to the live show.

Who are three musicians you think the world needs to hear right now?

The Davies Brothers from Co. Clare, Ireland. Sara Ryan based out of Cork City and a great Indie Folk band called Rowan, also based out of Cork City – three savage Irish acts.

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

We love both but I think doing gigs is definitely where it’s at for us.

Any “strange tales” or things that may have happened during a show that seemed too weird to be true?

Haha not yet

Do you find that social media and keeping up with your fans has become overwhelming? Or do you rely heavily on others to take care of that for the band? Which platform would you say that you enjoy engaging with the most?

I wouldn’t say it’s overwhelming. Social media has become something that all acts need to engage with these days, especially up and coming acts, that’s just the reality of it. The band is run by the 3 of us. We have a booking agent that takes care of our live dates but other than that we’re very much a self-sufficient band. I think Instagram would be the platform we’re most active on these days, it’s not necessarily intentional either, so I guess that means we enjoy that one the most.

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

We’ve got a lot of support on release days over the last year which really means a load to us. We feel we kicked it up a gear over the last 18 months or so, so we’re constantly trying to build on that and keep the standard high. We did kind of a hometown gig in Cobh, Co. Cork just before Christmas and had one of the best gigs we’ve had so far there. Tony and Peter are from Cobh and we got savage support from the community. The gig was on in Cobh Ramblers FC and two local acts played support for us that night so it was very much a local affair. Everyone from The Ramblers really treated us well and got behind the gig big time, definitely a night to remember for us.

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

We’ll have a brand new 5 track EP called “Sugar Moonlight” out in the next couple of months. We’ll be touring right through to the end of the year off the back of that release both in Ireland and the UK. All gigs will be announced on our website and all social media platforms so make sure to check those out!

Famous last words?

Have a listen to our new single!

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Interview with alternative indie-rock guitar band Hybrid Kid

Brighton-based three-piece indie rock band Hybrid Kid has been playing for a number of years in various guises and places, including the US, where the band were based for a prolonged stint. Now back on home soil, appearances on Brighton’s Latest TV, The Roadee, airplay on Xfm, Radio, Reverb and many college radio stations worldwide have slowly built them an underground cult following worldwide.

The enthusiasm and energy of Hybrid Kid is an extension of three wayward personalities: Danny (guitar/vocals), Tim (bass), and Mattia (drums) bring a dynamic and experimental edge to this band of seasoned rock’n’roll travellers.

See our exclusive interview with the band below

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

My sister’s record collection.  There was Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Zeppelin, early Genesis, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Leonard Cohen.  A lot of stuff I still listen to today.  Late 60s/early 70s was a really imaginative time for music.

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

I try to find a chord or riff I’ve never played or heard anywhere before, then start from there.  I’m sure there’s a chord out there somewhere waiting to be invented.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

The best part is bringing a song idea to a rehearsal and seeing what the rest of the band does with it.  Sometimes you end up with something that sounds completely different to how you imagined it would turn out.

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?

It sometimes seems like as long as you’re great at social media it doesn’t matter how good your music is.  For new bands maybe not charging on the door would be an idea.  Much as I hate to say it but people would rather spend £4 on beer than the risk it on a band they haven’t heard of.  If it was free entry they might just wander in.

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

Writing songs is hard and sitting in a studio watching a guy working on pro tools can be pretty dull so I’m going for live performing which is where the fun really starts

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

I once did a show in San Francisco and was talking to an old guy beforehand who’d seen all the great bands who played there in the 60s.  He was saying how going to a gig back then was like going to church, a real spiritual thing for him but things weren’t the same now.  Halfway through our set I looked down from the stage and saw him again, headbanging in the front row.  I think we sent that guy to church that night.

What’s on your current playlist?

Fontaines DC, Goat Girl also into a lot of folky stuff like Big Thief and Sufjan Stevens

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

We have a 3 or 4 brand new singles coming out in the next couple of months and are trying to write a song a week with a view to recording a new album late spring/summer.

Famous last words?

I ain’t dead yet

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Award-winning singers Ferris & Sylvester release a music video for their song ‘I Dare You’

Ferris & Sylvester have released the video for their latest single ‘I Dare You’, which wraps up what has been a phenomenal year for the highly acclaimed London duo. The video premiered with Gigwise who called the song, “Pure, furious and carnal bluesy rock ‘n’ roll.”

From hushed folk beginnings, ‘I Dare You’ explodes into an epic piece of blues-rock, calling to mind the likes of The White Stripes or The Kills. The video flits between ethereal immersive colours of the pair, into an intense strobe-lit performance.

Regarding the video Ferris & Sylvester say, “It felt right to create something bold and vibrant. We shot the video whilst we were on tour and wanted to capture how it felt to play the song night after night. The song is angry and aggressive and we were keen to throw all of that at it. It certainly shows a darker shade of us and we’re proud to have it out there.”

‘I Dare You’ was released earlier this year ahead of Ferris & Sylvester’s largest headline tour yet, where they played over 20 dates across the UK and Ireland, including two sold-out nights at London’s Omeara. The single received great support from BBC 6Music and BBC Introducing, alongside critical praise from Metro, The Independent and more.

Ferris & Sylvester have cemented themselves as the most exciting and talked about new name on the blues/Americana UK scene this year.

It was recently announced that the pair are the winners of the ‘Emerging Artist Award’ at the forthcoming UK Americana Awards 2020, selected by Radio 2’s Bob Harris.

The band also made a distinct mark on the US this year, making a killer debut at SXSW, where they performed in over 10 showcases, before returning to continue to impress at Americanafest in Nashville. Ferris & Sylvester have already been announced to play SXSW 2020. Before this, the band will head out on tour across Europe with Jade Bird through February and March.

With the release of their highly anticipated debut album coming next year, Ferris & Sylvester’s unstoppable upward trajectory is set to continue through 2020.

Ferris & Sylvester appeared in a feature on Indie Music

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The Just Joans releases a brand new song ‘Wee Guys (Bobby’s Got A Punctured Lung)’

“Wee Guys (Bobby’s Got A Punctured Lung)” is the new single from cult Scottish miserablists, The Just Joans. The track is taken from their forthcoming album “The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans”, due out on 10 January via Fika Recordings. “Wee Guys (Bobby’s Got A Punctured Lung)” recalls the feeling of growing up in and around Glasgow in the 1980s and 1990s when knife crime and casual violence cast a long shadow. Disenfranchised and bored, the wee guys were often victims of circumstance, class and geography. The artwork is a great representation of the song by the band’s own Katie Pope. The track was premiered by Brooklyn Vegan who wrote, “their biting sense of humour (and thick Glaswegian accents) make for easy comparisons to The Vaselines.”

“The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans” is a deeply personal collection of songs that hazily recall the past and contemplate the futility of the future. At the forefront remain the mischievous lyrics and heartfelt vocals of siblings David and Katie Pope, aided and abetted by Chris Elkin on lead guitar, Fraser Ford on bass guitar, Arion Xenos on keyboards and Jason Sweeney on drums.

A titular twist on the classic gothic horror novel “The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner” by compatriot James Hogg, the new album is the follow-up to 2017’s “You Might Be Smiling Now…” and contains the kind of melodies and mockery that led Uncut to class the band as the point at which “Stephin Merritt lies down with The Vaselines.”

“The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans” is a veritable smorgasbord of misery, longing and unrequited love; stories of small-town resentments, half-forgotten school friends, failing relationships and awkward workplace conversations. As David explains: “It’s a collection torn from the pages of the diary I haven’t kept over the past 25 years. There are songs about places and people I vaguely remember, feelings I think that I once may have felt and the onset of middle-aged ennui.”

Despite entering new territory with the addition of brass and strings, they have nevertheless maintained the DIY ethos that made them darlings of the underground indie-pop scene, with each song on the album recorded and produced by the band in various gloomy bedrooms around Glasgow.

The Just Joans appeared in a feature on Muze.FM

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