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Premiere: Indie-pop band The Shop Window announces a new song ‘Mannequin Lies’

Maidstone, Kent UK Indie-pop band The Shop Window shares a brand new song ‘Mannequin Lies’ which is set to be released on the 17th of April 2020.

The Shop Window is fronted by the dynamic duo of Carl Mann (vocals/guitars) and Simon ‘Syd’ Oxlee (vocals/keys), whose journey began over two decades ago when they landed their first record deal.

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Interview with the indie-pop rock trio AutoPilot

Indie-pop rock trio AutoPilot blend huge synth hooks seamlessly with distorted guitars and combine them with anthemic vocals to create instant, contagious choruses guaranteed to have the audience singing along after the first listen.

With a sound as polished as pop, with the bite of punk and live performance packed with energy, AutoPilot is rapidly building a name for themselves both locally and across the UK.

How has your musical background helped shape your sound?

We all have different tastes in music. Andy’s background in ‘The Enemy’ alongside his love for Punk compliments well with Jack’s Indie lyrical style and Chris’s Alternative inspired beats. We draw from different genres making music we would listen to ourselves. There is enough doom and gloom in the world at the moment, so we write songs that offer escapism.

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

We love performing live and that’s always at the forefront of our minds when we write songs. Our tunes are melody-driven and written to be enjoyed on first listen. We all write, which gives our tracks variety, but the common themes are big synth hooks with distorted guitars. Jack is a big fan of wordplay, so his lyrics are usually fairly witty (or he likes to think so anyway). Whatever we end up with is then “AutoPiloted up” by which we mean adding our signature blend of synth and guitar and making sure that the energy of our live performance comes across in the track.

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

For a guitar band we are very synthy, so not having a synth player is a slight problem – we work with samples live which is great because it guarantees a massive sound in every venue, and a sample pad is much cheaper than an extra band member (and makes less mistakes!). Another challenge is that because we spend so much time touring around the UK, we sometimes don’t have the energy to write as much as we would like. Overall though we love what we do, and it’s all worth it when we see crowds of people enjoying our music.

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

Jack – Without a doubt, the world needs Lizzo right now. She oozes positivity and is spreading a really important message about loving yourself. She’s creating really interesting music and I just think she’s great

Chris – I think Billie Eilish is killing it at the moment, she’s definitely making the music she wants to make without being influenced by anyone else. For someone so young to do that is mad, and I’m excited to see what she does next.

Andy – AutoPilot.. obviously. Because we’re mint and we need the money to eat.

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

Live shows hands down. We have probably spent too much time touring, rather than in the studio, but we just love gigging so much! Nothing compares to hitting a different town every weekend and seeing people connecting with the music we have written. Beats sitting in a dark studio listening to Chris hitting the kick drum, or Jack messing up a guitar solo over and over again.

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

Andy’s favourite thing to do is break his bass string on the first note of a gig – it has happened three times! Luckily he always has his spare to hand.

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?

To be honest the admin side of band life is exhausting. People think being in a band is all rock and roll but we probably spend more time on socials than we do on stage! It is awesome to keep up with fans and see their responses to our tunes, but it takes a lot of work to keep a constant stream of content coming. We do enjoy showing fans what we’re about though, and we have some fun with it.

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

We played The Big Feastival last summer, and during our set, a young kid came right up to the stage and was headbanging away. We ended up inviting him onto the stage and little dude air-guitared his socks off. It was incredible to see someone get completely engrossed in the songs and reminded us all about the power of a great rock show.

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

We’ve got a lot planned for the summer, and we’re hoping to get a few more releases out before we hit festival season. You can expect more high energy indie bops and gigs across the UK.

Famous last words?

One more red wine and I’ll be fine!

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Q&A with ‘Empty Swimming Pool’ band Voodoo Bandits

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English indie rock band the Voodoo Bandits have released their new single ‘Empty Swimming Pool’ via Superblue Records. They have been featured on rising Youtube channels like Fancy Melancholic and Sounds New Sounds Good. Their debut single was voted as track of the week on Indie Rocks Radio Manchester and featured on Spotify’s ‘Hot New Bands’ Editorial Playlist. They have a collective stream count of 140 000 plays. ‘Empty Swimming Pool’ was produced by Dave Armstrong (Back Door Slam), and the mix and mastering were done by Jamie McIntyre (The Covasettes and The Flitz). We find out more about the four-piece indie rock group in this interview.

How did the band form?

The band as we know formed sometime late 2018, not becoming active till we released our first song in March 2019! However, our roots go back. Myself (Ben), Corey (guitar), and Nathan (drums) played together back in 2016 as teens. I met them at an after-exams house party. A few months later I went from being terrible at guitar to halfway OK, I wrote a couple of songs and fancied forming a band. I hazily recalled that they played instruments (I didn’t know them before this!), so I hit them up! We then went through many singers, cover gigs, and previous releases with different folks, until I became a frontman and Charlotte (bass) joined, where we became the band as we know it!

How has your musical background helped shaped your sound?

Although two members have a pretty musical background growing up, I don’t think it has shaped our sound much!

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

Always starts with a riff! Sometimes it feels like the right riff will never come, but eventually, it does. After this, I make sure we can get a sick lead going, and get bass and drums to link the whole song together and drive it home. Once an idea gets established and feels strong enough, I’ll add other parts, such as verses, middle 8s, and solos. I tend to get the vocals finished last. I really enjoy creating emphasized rhythms on our songs, as they feel fun to play and listen to. ‘Empty Swimming Pool’ is no exception, giving a very big in your face part played by everyone, counting you into the song right off the bat!

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

It can be hard trying to replicate records live! But we mostly stay very close to the elements we have, and try to use a technique to create dynamics, making ourselves sound as big as possible! I also think it’s important for us to remember to let loose and have fun live, I write music designed to be fun for us to play; being so new, with not so many live shows played we are coming into ourselves, trying to convey our energetic and happy sound as 4 people on stage!

Who are three musicians you think the world needs to hear right now?
Hockey Dad, Marsicans, Sports Team.

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

I actually love the creation of the songs. Catching an idea and seeing it come together; I then can’t wait to record it and eventually perform it!

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

We once played alongside John Otway and saw some things man!

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?

We don’t get an overwhelming amount, but we do get enough to be really encouraging! It’s enough for a couple of people to handle as long as our phones are handy. We do make a point of being quick and being meaningful with responses. We really like to talk and interact with fans and make sure to leave no-one ignored, as we truly appreciate anyone who’s taken the time out to reach out to us! Instagram is favoured for interaction and keeps us the busiest!

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

We’ve not played that many shows yet, so seeing people sing the words and dancing is still amazing to see. Reviews online and what people say about us very much sticks in my memory too and fuels us to keep trying in this industry. However, It was awesome when a few of the crowd ended up on stage for the final track when we played in Manchester!

Besides two members currently in college, does the other half have 9-5 jobs or projects that they are busy with on the side?

Charlotte (bass) is a full-time Ship Registrar, and I am a part-time Fire Fighter and occasional pint pourer at the pub.

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

You can expect a few songs in 2020 for sure, more shows in the UK, and our first step into festivals.


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Q&A with Indie-pop band Belles

Brighton based Indie quartet Belles have had a fast start since forming in Early 2018. They make music that is both nostalgic and current, focusing on catchy choruses and powerful drops.

Having already received acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing and Indie Central Music, Belles are undoubtedly proving their talent with anthemic melodies that combine their indie roots with pop sensibilities.

How has your musical background helped shape your sound?

We all come from families that are into/at least enjoy music, so our parent’s musical tastes have naturally had an impact on some of the music that we listen to. We’ve all also been playing in bands since we’ve been physically able too, and we think having such a long background in live music definitely affects our sound.

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

We like to write together fundamentally. Often one of the lads will have an idea and bring it into a room, or produce a rough demo for us to listen to and then we go from there really. When writing a song we’ll make sure to pay close attention to rhythm and when not to play. We think this is a really good way of making music sound interesting and is a bit of a signature of our sound.

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

With some of our songs, we layered quite a lot of synth parts. Performing this live without hiring a keyboard player (we’d have to feed them/they take up a lot of space and we’ve only ever had tiny cars) was always a problem initially. We addressed this however by using backing tracks and having Alex play along to a click.

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

Three bands we think the world should know better are Marsicans, Palace and Bellevue Days

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

As much as we love the process of creating new music, performing live is the big one for us. There’s genuinely no feeling like engaging with a room full of brand new faces through music. Once we’ve finished a track we can’t wait to share it with the world, face to face.

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

Turning up to show to play and realising the venue was the back of a truck in a field was a pretty strange one. Great fun though! We’ve also had certain members of the band (who will remain anonymous) Veet their legs before going on stage because it was a really hot day.

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?

Absolutely not, there’s something amazing about being able to reach out to people that wouldn’t have been able to access it so easily in years past. We really enjoy how informal Twitter is, and how eager to engage with new bands that a lot of its user-base is.

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

The novelty of hearing people sing back our lyrics to us will never wear off. It’s genuinely one of the best feelings in the world.

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

We have a release coming on the 13th of March, with a music video to follow. We’re pairing these with a run of headline shows including stops in Southampton, London and Brighton.
Tickets for London and Brighton are still on sale and dates/ticket information is available on all our pages ✌🏼

Famous last words?

It’ll be alright on the night.

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Interview with singer Claudia Jonas

South African born singer Claudia Jonas, with moving to Sweden she had been influenced by different cultures and languages she started to create her own music at the age of seven.

She is currently writing music for a vast variety of genres and assignments, while also performing live. She has been involved in many different projects over the last years and has always strived for experiences that intertwine various musical cultures and expressions.


How has your musical background helped shaped your sound?

In my early years my family moved to Sweden from South Africa, which was a big cultural change for me. With two different mother tongues and Swedish as a third language, music became my most important means of expression. I initially started creating music at the age of seven. At the age of twelve I started recording in our home studio that my father and uncle built for my sister and I.

I always had a really clear image of how I wanted my music to sound and what I wanted to express. As I started university at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2011, that vision changed somewhat. I realized I was being influenced by my growing knowledge of the technical side of music, as well as teachers- the “do’s and don’ts”, or “rules of music”.

I then took an active decision to not let myself be too influenced by outer influences and have ever since. It is normal to evolve and inevitable to be influenced, and that is growing, but it is also important I think to be aware of the choices one makes while creating music and stay true to oneself.

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

It often starts with a melody that comes to mind in my sleep, on a plane or during work. I then record myself singing it on my phone and will start working on it within the next few days on the piano. I have sometimes composed while trying out a new instrument, where the sound inspires me to a melody.

Most of the time an event will inspire the creation of a song. In this case ‘Best Thing’ was inspired by my constant travelling back and forth to London to be with my love. My next song coming out was inspired by a particularly unfriendly character I came across one day near my house…ironically it later became one of my favourite songs!

After putting the song together on the piano, I generally move into the studio where I start producing and I see where that takes me.

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

To be honest I don’t really struggle with keeping true to my vision of a song. Usually I know exactly what I’m looking for in my music. If I struggle making that happen in the studio in the production phase, I then will turn to one of my producer friends that I know will get it right.

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

That is a tough question as I think there are so many amazing artists out there.
Definitely my sister Julia Jonas though, I think her music is absolutely fantastic and extremely inspiring.

I am a huge fan of Susanne Sundfør, she has one of the most beautiful voices I know of and creates unique and magical music.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Dido, her music to me is nostalgic, dreamy and always makes me feel good.

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

I love both for different reasons but I do prefer performing to an audience. The exchange one has with the audience and the fact that what is happening is happening right there and then, involving so many people, that is just the best feeling.

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

Not hugely weird, but I did have a surprising encounter at one of my gigs… We were approached and thanked by a really friendly guy who’d been sitting in front of us during the gig. After exchanging a few friendly words we realized it was Björn Borg. That to me was really fun and exciting as I’m a big fan of tennis and grew up while he was at the forefront of the sport. He was lovely and left us quite a tip!

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 have never been a social media person and really struggle keeping up with it. I literally hate it and actually hardly ever use it. I love being in my world, in the present with the people around me there and then. I love telling a story in person and I hate posting things about myself. That’s why I think live performances are great, a moment where you really are present and you are sharing that moment with hundreds or thousands of other people.

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

I wrote this song a while back and one of my best friends had the demo on one of her playlists. When I recently sent the new version to her, she told me that re-listening to the song brought up so many special memories from that period of time… Her praise made me so happy, having written a song that could create such strong feelings in somebody.

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

I have created a lot of new music and can’t wait to get it out there! So definitely more songs on the way!

Famous last words?

I am so grateful to all the support I have received so far and to have been given the opportunities to do what I love most in the world, making music.

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Q&A with the indie-pop band The Sunset Beach Hut

Indie-pop band The Sunset Beach Hut has been rapidly gaining attention on the Birmingham gigging circuit. Taking influence from the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, The Japanese House, Bombay BicycleClub and Fickle Friends, they have combined their efforts into creating something new. With funky bass lines, prominent guitar hooks, and pop-inspired vocals.

They are starting to win the hearts of the Midlanders and look forward to taking their music elsewhere.

See our exclusive interview with them below:

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

Matty and Ben have been writing and playing music together since they were 14/15. Matty recorded his first song with garage band on an old mac using a USB Wii singstar mic to record everything, including drums vocals and guitar in his garage (it’s apparently still up on Youtube if you know where to look). I started writing and performing when I joined my local music group at 12. When I was 14/15 I was in an acoustic pop covers group, but my first proper entry was when I met Matty and Ben at 17 and we were in this pop-punk -esque band.

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

There are a few different ways that our songs come together. Usually Matty and Ben sit down and record the basics of a song. Matty will start with bass and drums then Ben will write his guitar parts by improvising over the top of it. Once they are happy with it they send it over to me. Usually I start by recording a melody I think works and then try and fit lyrics in over the top either off the top of my head or stuff that I’ve written recently.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

We do a lot of mileage in this band. I currently live in Cardiff, Matty and Ben live in Shrewsbury and Luke lives in Birmingham. So we all spend a lot of time in the car on the way to practice and to gigs. This gives us a lot of time to listen to different songs and come up with ideas. I know Matty and I both make a lot of voice memos of stuff we’ve come up with while heading along the road.

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 wish that there were more women in the scene and that they were more supportive of each other. I think we have so much to offer the world and each other. There are so many guys on this scene and we need to realise that we aren’t competing with each other, we all add something different and we should learn to appreciate that more.

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

I think we definitely prefer performing. The reason we write is to share it. We want it to resonate with people, and whilst we love creating music there are times when it can get really stressful. Especially when everyone has their own idea of what they want a song to sound like, but I think in the end it makes the end result so special because you’ve worked so hard to get there.

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

Last January we played a show at O2 Academy 3 and we decided to play an acoustic version of our first single ‘Comfort’ and everyone started singing it back at us. It was the best way to start the new year with a really intimate gig filled with all the friends we’ve managed to make through doing this. It was also Luke’s first ever gig with us, which makes it extra special for him!

What’s on your current playlist?

I know the new Bombay album has been a big one for us here’s some of the other stuff we’ve been listening to:

Matty: Itoldyouiwouldeatyou, Easy Life, Bedroom High Club, Gaffa Tape Sandy
Luke: Foals, Fickle Friends, Indoor Pets, Vant and Vistas
Aphra: GIRLI, Hayley Williams, Fickle Friends, IDER and St. Vincent

Matty, Ben and I all have playlists on our Spotify profile that you can check out! I try to keep mine as up to date as possible.

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

Our next single ‘twenty//25\five’ is out on the 6th March followed by our International Women’s Day show at The Sunflower Lounge on the 8th. We’ve also got a few more songs that we want to release this year whilst trying to fit in as many shows as possible.

Famous last words?

“11am is surely not too early for practice”

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Premiere: Four-piece band Primo! share new song ‘Perfect Paper’

Melbourne-based four-piece band Primo! have shared a brand new song ‘Perfect Paper’ from their second full-length album “Sogni” to be released on April 17th by Upset The Rhythm.

Primo! are a quartet from Melbourne writing up-tempo, terse, chorus and verse with two guitars, bass, drums and a shared group vocal sensibility to adorn their enquiries into deconstructed punk.

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Solo Artist Drew Makes noise releases neo-pop song

Drew Makes Noise has just released his new single that feels like sunshine on the ears, titled ‘Satellite’. The track was released via One Inch Punch. During his time performing with the Ed Zealous band, Drew Makes Noise would support acts such as Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club, and Maximo Park. The band has received features in CLASH Magazine, as well as air play by Phil Taggart for BBC Radio 1. They have performed at the acclaimed Glastonbury Festival. Now as a solo artist, Drew Makes Noise has been supported by Gemma Bradley and Aine Cronin-MCartney for BBC ATL Introducing.

Drew Makes Noise’s sound is a fusion of neo-pop crossing over with psychedelic pop. He finds inspiration in a combination of 80’s and 90’s to the current sounds of today. These acts include Wolf Parade, Polyphonic Spree, John Grant, Mercury Rev, and Tame Impala. ‘Satellite’ captures Drew Makes Noise impressive creative ability as a musician, combining all of his musical influences that result in a fusion of summer euphoria.

Drew Makes Noise speaks about the single, “Satellite came from a 2-hour long solo jam on Pro Tools with arpeggiators and synths. There was so much of it that I wrote albums worth of songs in the time it took me to put all the complex pieces together in a song. Depending on how I feel I sing the lyrics with no sense of irony or completely ironically.”


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Premiere: Demons Of Ruby Mae announces brand new song ‘This Is Your Time’

Music duo Demons Of Ruby Mae has announced a brand new track ‘This Is Your Time’ which is set for release the 6th of March.

After releasing their self-titled debut in 2018 and signing to North American and European labels Anti Fragile Records and Long Branch Records respectively in 2019, Manchester indie duo Demons Of Ruby Mae take things to the next level yet again, with their eagerly anticipated new single ‘This Is Your Time.’

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Interview with singer Garbage Queen

Music producer Garbage Queen is the madness, darkness and nonsense. When she began to exist the world changed forever. Garbage Queen was born and raised in Poland and has since moved to the United Kingdom in 2015. She fell in love with music when, as a child, she was watching her mother rehearsing for her own recitals. She is a classically trained violinist, piano-player, vocalist and songwriter.

‘Reflection’ is Garbage Queen’s first official single, a magical amalgamation of post-punk, theatrical rock and madness. ‘Reflection’ is a rollercoaster that will take the listener on a dark, yet a fanciful journey through Garbage Queen’s creative, brooding soul. Using an array of vocal talents, quirky songwriting skills and a full-force band.

See our exclusive interview with her

How has your musical background helped shaped your sound?

I started playing the violin when I was 4 years old. Since I was a little child music was an important part of my life. I remember being obsessed with Chopin when I was little. Classical training provides me with a lot of tools but also created a lot of boundaries in my head. I guess that’s the reason why my songwriting is a bit quirky. It is a mix of following rules and trying to break them at the same time.

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

Usually, the main idea will emerge in my head out of nowhere, I record little melodies, write down lyrics. I let the idea rest for a few days and then sit down and expand it. Sometimes the process is really quick, other times it takes more effort. Usually I ‘draw’ the song. I think about dynamics, hooks, the way I want to start and end the song. I consider the listener’s emotions and the message I want to send across.

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

Squidge, The Fangs of The Dodo, Delight the Thief

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

I think about the big picture when creating music and studio forces you to take the piece apart and analyse each single note. It is a hermetic environment, dissociated from real life. I find it easier to perform, where I get instant responses from the audience. The energy is floating around the room and music becomes something bigger.

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

I performed in Poland in a small art gallery that was situated outside the local church. In the middle of my performance, some of the older priests joined the performance while I was singing a cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Disco Stick’ as well as a few other spicy numbers. They all seemed really entertained and were nice to me after the performance. I like to believe that they were liberal and open-minded priests who understood English perfectly!

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 do manage all of my social media myself. I find it’s so amazing to be able to keep in touch with fans and other musicians. I always encourage people to message me! If you ever have a difficult day or need some love please feel free to drop me a message on Instagram or Facebook @garbagequeen.music.

I personally love using Instagram. I do have a quirky way of seeing the world and I like to play with silly filters etc Still, my favourite tool to edit pictures and make them look ridiculous is good old’ Paint!

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

Every single one of them is so memorable and important to me. I love talking to people after the show. I value each one of those conversations when I know I made people feel things. It gives me the energy to keep going.

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

A lot. I am working on a lot of music now. I will treat you well in 2020 😉

Famous last words?

I am Garbage Queen and I own my shit.

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