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Alt Rocker Drew Davies releases pure reminiscences in latest song

Soloist Drew Davies has released his alternative-rock track that’s thrown us right back into the seventies. ‘Mrs Taylor’ was released at the beginning of November, just in time to drive us all back home for the upcoming festive season.

The track carries a nostalgic element as Drew Davies revisits his own childhood memories. Centred around fond memories of a friends mother, ‘Mrs Taylor’ reaches into our adolescence and pulls forth memories of our own. The reminiscent song featuring energetic instrumentals sets itself up for success, pulling listeners around the world in.

With Drew Davies himself taking the lead on vocals, keyboards and synthesizers he receives support from a few other trusted colleagues. Alicia Light appears on bass guitar with Mark Anderson following on guitar. Finally, backing it all up and laying the foundations comes Luca Volpi on drums.

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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 REVEAL ECO-CONSCIOUS NEW SINGLE ‘ORCHID’

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.

KETTLE OF KITES – ‘ARROWS’ – WILL BE RELEASED ON 11 OCTOBER 2019.

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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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Emerging songstress JULA presents ‘Leave’, a powerful debut.

JULA, the flourishing voice from Amsterdam, has shared her debut single ‘Leave’ via Tall Mountain Records on May 31st, 2019. Written by JULA and co-produced alongside Jan Schröder (known for his work with Causes, DO, Mainstreet and Martin Garrix), the song comes off of her upcoming debut EP PHOENIX, set to drop this year.

‘Leave’ features an unpretentious, minimal instrumental that creates a cool, open and musing ambience. JULA’s controlled voice effortlessly shines through and warms the track, poetically carrying a message of resilience and fearless self-determination.

“I remember when I first had the idea for this song; I was at home with my loop station just improvising, making soundscapes. It was a cold day and as I sat there, this song just came to me.” JULA says about the theme of her debut offering. “It’s about a feeling I sometimes have, a weight that I carry with me. A feeling that overwhelms me, which I can not escape. I wallow in it for a while, cover myself in it and then, all of a sudden, it’s gone. It’s a very lonely feeling, very dark, but it’s not necessarily negative, it’s a part of me I have learned to accept and even appreciate sometimes; without the low, I can’t experience the high. That is what ‘Leave’ is about.”



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Deerhunter Announce Tour Dates, Tickets On Sale

Deerhunter have announced details of a UK and European tour for this Autumn. As part of the UK run, the Atlanta-based act will play their biggest headline show at London’s iconic Roundhouse on 3 November, with support from Cate Le Bon. Tickets for all headline shows – excluding Dublin and Manchester – are now on sale (the latter will be available on Friday 14 June). Deerhunter will be touring throughout the summer, with a full list of tour dates at deerhuntermusic.com.
 
DEERHUNTER TOUR DATES
2 November – DUBLIN, IE, Whelans [TICKETS]
3 November – LONDON, GB, Roundhouse (w/ Cate Le Bon) [TICKETS]
4 November – BRIGHTON, GB, Concorde 2 [TICKETS]
5 November – BRISTOL, GB, SWX [TICKETS]
6 November – MANCHESTER, GB, O2 Ritz [TICKETS]
7 November – BIRMINGHAM, GB, The Crossing [TICKETS]
8 November – UTRECHT, NL, Le Guess Who? Festival [TICKETS]
10 November – KORTRIJK, BE, Sonic City [TICKETS]
13 November – LYON, FR, Epicerie Moderne [TICKETS]
14 November – BOLOGNA, IT, TPO
15 November – YVERDON-LES-BAINS, CH, L’Amalgame [TICKETS]
16 November – MUNICH, DE, Technikum [TICKETS]
17 November – BERLIN, DE, SynästhesieFestival
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19 November – WARSAW, PL, Klub Hybrydy [TICKETS]
20 November – GDANSK, PL, Shakespeare Theatre [TICKETS]

Deerhunter’s critically-acclaimed eighth LP Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared – released in January – forgets the questions and makes up unrelated answers. It gets up, walks around, it records itself in several strategic geographic points across North America. It comes home, restructures itself and goes back to bed to avoid the bad news.

Deerhunter have made a science fiction album about the present. Is it needed right now? Is it relevant? Perhaps only to a small audience. DADA was a reaction to the horrors of war. Punk was a reaction to the slow and vacant 70’s. Hip Hop was a liberated musical culture that challenged the notions presented wholesale about the African-American experience. What is popular music today a reaction to?
 

Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? is now available HERE

Listen to the Deerhunter Sunday Night Radio Hour playlist,
updated weekly on Spotify HERE.

Watch the video for recent single ‘Death In Midsummer’ below. 

‘Death In Midsummer’
[Official Video]
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Hooked like Helen Turns Pop on its Head with Tragedy of Physics EP


The Tragedy of Physics EP by Hooked Like Helen released today 31 May via Stipp Manor Music. The EP was co-produced by Grammy Award-winning mixer, engineer and producer Isha Erskine. A man who has also worked with artists like Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5 and Black Eyed Peas.

Pulling all their influences together, Hooked Like Helen concocts a brand of pop that’s both unique and pleasantly familiar all at the same time. From ‘Tear this Place Apart’ to ‘Liar’ and ‘It Goes On’… the duo make pure, emotional and colourful pop music with an edge.  

Tragedy Of Physics EP Tracklist:

1. Tear This Place Apart 
2. No Turning Back 
3. Liar 
4. Beautiful World 
5. It Goes On (featuring Emily Keener)


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Frank’s Breaking ‘Barriers’ with The Future Violents


Over 2 years and a near-fatal accident later and we finally have the Barriers album. The LP went public today 31 May and I would bet my box of smokes that people were up all night waiting to hear what exactly Frank Iero and The Future Violents sound like. 

Stepping away from Iero’s OCD-like insistence of 12 track LPs, Barriers breaks that with a fat 14 track listing, each no doubt created just to tear your poor black & white-striped soul apart. While the fandom carry on screaming about how different it sounds and Frank’s voice… Allow me to direct your attention towards the lyrics, folks. That’s the rabbit hole you really want to fall in.

I’ll say nothing further, just listen for yourself.
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