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Indie-rock band Paradas releases new song and electric break-up anthem

Leeds-based band Paradas has officially released their new single, ‘With No Feeling’ via Paradas Records. The single features on their upcoming EP release, After This (17th of June 2020). They have recieved extensive support from the BBC including BBC Introducing Alan Raw, BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey’s Sylvie Blackmore. The band has performed at over thirty gigs within the UK,  opening for acts like Red Rum Club and Max Bloom, of Yuck.

The band includes lead singer Liam Schwegmann from South Africa, drummer Danny Pash from London, as well as lead guitarist Matt Hanson and bassist Cameron Maxwell from Manchester. Band members met and formed together in 2018, during their studies at Leeds Beckett University. They cite inspiration from acts such as  Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, Pixies, Courteeners and Foo Fighters. Paradas’s sound on ‘With No Feeling’ is reminiscent of 2000’s break-up rock anthems. The honest lyrics, emotionally persuasive vocal stylings, and electric guitar riffs make this track emotionally impactful.

Paradas adds,“In an upbeat fashion, this song portrays themes of lost love and loneliness. It speaks about someone in a relationship who’s feeling of love has disappeared, however, they stay with that person in the fear of being alone without them.”

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Q&A with Sheffield-based Four Piece band PUREST

Sheffield-based Four Piece band PUREST consisting of James Rollings (guitar/vocals), Danny Davidson, (bass), Richard Bithrey (guitar) and Ashley Platts (drums), has already built up a large fan base.

The reason for this is, among other things, their loud, exciting live shows, which also brought them attention from some labels, including that of The Libertines drummer Gary Powell, 25 Hour Convenience Store.

See our exclusive interview with the band

How has your musical background helped shape your sound?

Listening to records that my dad played around the house growing up has inevitably seeped into my subconscious, although sounding unfamiliar at that time once I came of age and started making my own music I instantly knew that I wanted to explore different sounds. We’d liken ourselves to early Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen’s pop sensibilities.

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

Often it can start with a hook or a melody on any of the instruments, then the lyrics and structure are something we work on overtime until we’ve fleshed out the track to a place we are all happy with.
What are or were some of the challenges for you in producing or performing while keeping true to your vision of your music.

I think it’s hard to complete your creative vision on the end product exactly how you wish. There are so many avenues to explore that it’s difficult to let songs go or to not want to make improvements to live sets and constantly develop tracks.

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

If you mean in terms of new bands we think the Pale White are fantastic also October Drift have a top new album out! A more under the radar discovery we have made is a song by Dream Ceremony called ‘Hearts on Fire’ which is great, definitely check that out.

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

It changes from time to time, we love being in the studio, and the creative process involved in writing but there’s nothing like connecting to an audience especially when it resonates with people and makes a connection.

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

We did once have a fan that travelled across to all our UK dates which seemed crazy at the time as we had just started but they were dead nice.

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?

It’s definitely something we’ve got more involved with over time you almost have to embrace it in today’s culture of social media, in a way I guess it’s positive, we’ve been able to connect with people all over the world from our recent tour which normally you’d never get the chance to converse with.

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

When we went on our recent European tour with The Libertines meeting fans in Germany and France was pretty surreal I guess you write in a confined space of four close people and when that translates to other countries it’s surprising in the best possible way!

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

They’ll be a new single we’ve just recorded with Gary Powell that we’re really excited about that will be out in April/May time, then possibly an album.. we’ll keep you posted.

Famous last words?

Listen to us and help spread the word, we hope to see you at a show in the near future!

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Interview with France-based folk duo Racoon Racoon

France-based folk duo Racoon Racoon are often compared to The Paper Kites, Fenne Lily or Imaginary Future, their honeyed harmonies are like two beautiful souls dancing between an acoustic guitar and fluttering violins.

The ten-year couple began to compose together when living in Belgium, in 2016 and soon released a first EP “Our Love’s Funeral” in February 2017 on the German label Majestic Casual Records. Early 2018, they released their second EP “Dawn Chorus”, written in the heart of the Italian Alps.

See our exclusive interview with them below:

How has your musical background helped shape your sound?

Léa : Leonard has been playing and making music since he was a teenager, though he was more into teenage rock when he first began… But he was always influenced by The Beatles obviously, and artists like Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt… He’d always wished to create something in that register. So when we moved to Belgium in 2016 to work in a recording studio and brought with us nothing but an acoustic guitar, that was our chance to start creating this project.

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

Léa : Our songwriting process varies from one song to another… The first EP was mainly written by Leo, because they were songs he wrote a long time ago, except for Our Love’s Funeral and Young Wolves. The second EP was written more equitably, and the third was mainly written by myself.
For us both, writing is something very personal, we almost never write together, side by side. The only song that was written this way is “A Wave of Goodbyes”.

We always need to be a bit far from each other, trying things on our own, looking for a spark, and when we have it, we are then ready to share with each other.

When we do, there’s always a fight “Nah I don’t like this, this yes, this no…”, and we eventually come to an agreement. That’s how we know a song is born 🙂

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

Leonard : The most complicated part for us had always been the acoustic folk guitar sound.
I’m still not happy with what we got so far, it was either too roomy, boomy, or the signal to noise ratio was shit.

So I’m still pursuing the quest of a nice and balanced fingerstyle sound, I’m confident we’re gonna get there one day !

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

Bedouine, whose soft voice and production is really soothing in these dark hours we’re all going through, Theo Lawrence who’s only 22 and sounds like some folk band from the 70s, really impressive work ! And then Andrew Bird and specifically his track Pulaski at night which we listen to on repeat because this track is just perfection. Voilà.

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

Léa : Studio work is always more comfortable and secure than live performance… You have time, a thousand chances to do it right, there’s no risk, no pressure.

Live performance is the exact opposite, one time, one chance to do it the best you can.

We’ve rarely played live with Racoon Racoon, but every time we have, the reaction from the audience was really worth the risk. There are (almost) no emotions when you record in studio, it is “work”, whereas playing live doesn’t feel to be “work”, and that’s were the true passion unleashes !

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

Léa : As we just said, we haven’t had a lot of opportunities to play live yet (one was supposed to be next week on a Festival but obviously it’s been canceled…), but we are playing a lot of shows with the solo project of Léo called Camel Power Club, and I think we can both agree on our weirdest moment to also be one of the greatest : in Tecate Pal Norte in Monterrey, Mexico. It’s one of the largest festivals in America, it has 5 or 7 stages I don’t exactly remember, but something really out of this world, enormous.

We were booked on an Electro-DJ scene. Because we are playing live, and actually singing, we couldn’t plug the stage monitors that were placed behind us and could have caused larsen in the mics. The results was that we had zero feedback, so we played the whole show hearing more of the concert that was taking place in the biggest stage 500m behind us (I believe it was the 1975), than our own sound. And the worst thing is that you don’t know if your singing is in tune, and the only moment when you finally hear your voice you realize it is absolutely wrong haha… (Since then we’re using in-ears !) But the audience didn’t seem to care and was absolutely on fire, that’s why I think it was the best concert we played in the worst conditions ever !

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?

Léa : Social Media has indeed become a huge part of a band’s activity and communication… Especially Instagram. It can feel overwhelming at times, I think I’ve spent 2 or 3 months without posting almost anything since December, which felt great. It actually really depends on your mood and if you have things/news you wanna share. I think we shouldn’t force ourselves to post anything if we don’t feel like it, unfortunately, because of algorithms and all, you always have to be active if you don’t want to end up in the limbo… And that’s quite irritating.

Today if you take care of everything yourself, like we do, you almost spend more time creating materials for socials than actually creating music, so it’s a bit of nonsense to be honest… But one gotta play the game I guess !

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

Léa : One day, someone reached out from China, saying our songs were buzzing in a streaming platform we never heard of called NetEase, which is a kind of Spotify mixed with Twitter or Facebook… Meaning every listener can put a comment on a song, share it etc. So we looked into it and realized that our song Our Love’s Funeral had indeed several thousands of comments from people sharing their stories, either it was about break up, love, friendship, they were just sharing their lives, with nothing but kindness to each other. That was something incredible to discover ! I think it’s a marvelous feeling to realize your song actually doesn’t belong to you anymore because it has become something else, that has a special meaning in someone else’s life.

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

Songs, songs, songs and songs ! And live sessions 🙂 We have a few singles we’re gonna release in the coming months, with an EP planned end of 2020. We also shot a couple Live Sessions with a super talented filmmaker called Danny Feng who lives in Berlin. We’re really looking forward to have these out ! The first will come out around mid April, for Deep Brown Eyes.

Famous last words?

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” Mark Twain

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Band Milo Gore self-releases heartbreaking indie-alternative song ‘Green Eyes’

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Indie-alternative band Milo Gore has just self-released their new single that tugs at the heartstrings titled ‘Green Eyes’. Music blog Relish Rock comments on the single, “You can hear the sincerity in lead singer  Milo’s vocals and lyrics, and you feel emotionally connected to the world of the song. The buoyant guitar riffs, and pounding drums provide a bit of relief to the emotionally raw and confessional lyrics.” 
The band is led by the founder, and lead singer Milo. He has mentioned in previous statements that this upcoming album is documenting his struggles with mental health, and drug addiction amongst other themes of love and loss. The band has cited Girl in Red, Penelope Isles, The 1975, Bears Den and Idles as highly influential to their sound. ‘Green Eyes’ hooks the listener with its lively instrumental intro right at the start, and pulsating sound throughout. Once you listen to Milo’s vocals and lyrics, you cannot switch off. You will feel emotionally attached until the last second of the song. 
Milo Gore shares, “’Green Eyes’ is a tale of love and loss. It is a song about learning to dance on your own again. Learning to love yourself again, learning to be happy again, and ultimately content with being alone. It discusses the moment when the one you love has gone from your life, and you are forced into learning to love yourself, and the others around you, once again.”
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