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Indie-rock band Tempesst announce new album

London-based indie-rock quintet Tempesst have announced their debut album Must Be A Dream will be released September 30th, via Pony Recordings. Along with the album announcement, the band are also releasing the album’s first single “On The Run”, out today alongside a candid studio video directed by the band’s very own Andy Banjanin.

A vivid, expansive sample of the band’s upcoming full length; “On The Run” and the forthcoming album follow Tempesst’s two previously released EP’s ‘Adult Wonderland’ and ‘Doomsday’, both widely lauded for their ’60s and ’70s influenced indie-psych fusion.

On new single “On The Run” the band layer vocal harmonies on top of reverb heavy instrumentation orchestrated far and wide into a massive psychedelic pop exploration.  It’s all brought back to earth by Tempesst vocalist Toma Banjanin’s slithering baritone and stories of death, substance abuse and the loss of innocence forever.

Speaking on the new single, singer Toma shared: “‘On The Run’ was written about a close friend who disappeared for a decade and returned as someone completely different, and it’s an ongoing trauma. When I connected the music to the lyrics to try and finish the song, it felt like it had a rolling rhythm, so the chorus fell into place from there. For me, this song carries a lot more emotional weight.”

Consisting of Sunshine Coast, Australia born twin brothers Toma (vocals, guitars) and Andy Banjanin (drums); the band is rounded out by fellow Australian’s Kane Reynolds (keys) and Blake Misipeka (bass), and Swiss/American guitarist Eric Weber. Now all residing in London where upcoming debut album Must Be A Dream was written and recorded, Tempesst have become well known for their sweeping, psych-touched indie rock.

Produced by longstanding collaborator Elliot Heinrich, and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (known for his work with Parquet Courts, Temples, Yak, and Sorry), Must Be A Dream came together at the band’s very own Pony Studios, a studio space that Tempesst built themselves in Hackney, East London. A massive step forward from their previous short format releases, Must Be A Dream is a wide-eyed excursion of folk-tinged psychedelia with nods to Spiritualized, Galaxie 500, the Flaming Lips and the Beach Boys.

Ten tracks of psychedelic pop grandiosity, combining the classic teachings of Laurel Canyon-esque folk harmonization with bombastic sensibilities found in the works of Love, ELO, Pink Floyd, Wings and more. Must Be A Dream is a paradox of complexity and musical prowess shrouded beneath deceivingly simple pop melodies, producing a dense, sun-kissed record that explores themes of identity, purpose, ageing, love, loss, substance abuse, the death of loved ones and remembering the beauty beneath it all.

Tempesst’s new single “On The Run” is out now, released June 17th. Debut album Must Be A Dream is released September 30th, via Pony Recordings.

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Band Delta Spirit announce new album after six-year hiatus

Delta Spirit have announced their first new album in six years, What Is There, out on September 11th via New West Records.

Their New West Records debut follows their acclaimed 2014 studio album Into The Wide, of which Uncut said the band “… progressively unleash waves of measured ferocity… toward payoffs that are staggering in their intensity.” What Is There was recorded at Sonic Ranch outside of El Paso, TX, produced by the band and mixed by Tchad Blake (U2, Black Keys), and is dedicated to the memory of their friend and musical inspiration, Richard Swift.

The powerful, cinematic video was directed by Michael Parks Randa and shot during the Covid-19 pandemic at over 30 locations throughout North America. After speaking with roughly 70 cinematographers to learn about their particular circumstances, Randa directed 30 individuals across the country to safely document an intimate portrait of Americans in isolation. Randa said “The result is a celebration of the collaborative spirit of filmmaking, a successful experiment in safely navigating production during the pandemic, and a mosaic of America during this time.”

Formed in Southern California in 2005, Delta Spirit took an extended break after supporting their acclaimed effort Into The Wide. “In 2015, we were getting along like family gets along,” admits frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez. “That means sometimes we didn’t like each other too much. We were just growing apart. When we took a break and the band stopped, the friendships got an opportunity to come back.” He offers, “Personality-wise, our band is five contrarians trying to agree on an idea. When your similarity is that you’re contrarian, it’s tough. But when things work out, it’s incredible.”

Over the past six years, Matthew Logan Vasquez has released and toured behind three celebrated solo albums, multi-instrumentalist Kelly Winrich launched a career as a producer (Nathaniel Rateliff), while bassist Jonathan Jameson, guitarist Will McLaren, and drummer Brandon Young collaborated and toured with Sam Outlaw, Mikky Ekko, the Los Angeles band Muna, among others. The band members now call Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Austin, and Montreal home, and reconvened in Brooklyn, NY for a jam session in 2018. Vasquez says, “When we played together, we found the same joy and took it deeper.”

Delta Spirit not only return, but move forward together on What Is There. They wrote and recorded from a new place informed by maturity gained by their journey, break, and reunion. They locked into the process together and eventually found the sweet spot where they were all on the same page. Vasquez says, “I’m really proud of our body of work, but especially proud of where everybody has gotten to now. I have a lot of hope for us. I’m grateful for everyone in this band. There’s a lot of raw honesty in the music. It’s a record for right now, instead of pandering to the past. It’s the next step.” As much as What Is There reflects their journey thus far, it also ushers them into new territory as both musicians and, most importantly, friends.

What Is There will be available across digital platforms, on compact disc, and standard black vinyl. A limited to 500 Clear with Black Marble Vinyl Edition will be available at Independent Retailers, a limited to 350 Coke Bottle Clear & White, Hand-Poured Color Vinyl Edition will be available exclusively through the Magnolia Record Club, while an exclusive Opaque Yellow & Black Marble Vinyl edition is available for Pre-Order NOW via NEW WEST RECORDS.

What Is There Track Listing
1. The Pressure
2. It Ain’t Easy
3. How Bout It
4. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
5. Better Now
6. Home Again
7. Making Sense
8. Lover’s Heart
9. Just the Same
10. What Is There

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Oxen share creative music video under social distancing

We’ve seen a few inventive music videos come our way in the last few months as a result of current circumstances. Some of them are wonderfully creative and others shine with simplicity. One of our favourites so far is the music video for ‘Dark and Depressive’ from Indie-rock duo Oxen, who filmed theirs in an old gym.

“It was somewhat hard finding a film crew, or the money to pay them, when there was a raging pandemic going on. But there’s this kind of old school gym in the same building I live in and although neither of us got a lot of experience lifting heavy stuff, there was a certain vibe and smell that went well together with our visual goal for this video.” – Oxen share the story behind the video.

One can only imagine the smell the pair had to contend with while shooting the video. However, the stoic attitude maintained throughout provides a twisted sense of humour that appeals to us right now. We think it will probably appeal to you too. Check it out below:

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Singer LÉON releases new song ‘Who You Lovin’

Building off the success of her self-titled debut album, LÉON delivers her second single of the year ‘Who You Lovin’- a contemporary track that evokes elements of the 70’s mixed with her signature sad girl indie vibe. With a more assertive sound, LÉON gets candid about feeling haunted by a lost relationship and unapologetically wondering who they are lovin’. It’s the type of heart break hit you’ll keep on repeat after a breakup, right before the glow up.

“‘Who You Lovin’ is a song that I wrote a while back ago with my close friend and producer, Martin Stilling,” LÉON explains of how the song came about. “I recall feeling kind of frustrated over a certain situation when we wrote it and that the lyrics came out right away, pretty much. It was as if i felt a mixture of being mad and really tired of someone, but also a strong need to be seen and feeling wanted at the same time. So all of those emotions ended up in this song. It feels like I’ve waited for the right moment to release ‘Who You Lovin’ so i’m really happy that I get to share it with everybody now. I hope people will like it.”

The critically acclaimed Swedish artist also plans to release her sophomore full-length studio album later this year through LÉON Recordings, her imprint partnership with BMG.

Since releasing her career debut single in 2015, LÉON has consistently delivered with every release, demonstrates her knack for crafting emotive, tender, and unforgettable pop songs. The songstress has amassed over 440 million total global streams and is a regular critic’s favourite in the press, racking up praise from the likes of Vogue, Glamour, In-Style, The Fader, and more. In addition to making her late-night television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden, she has sold out many headline shows worldwide and performed at U.S. festival staples including Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza.

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Travel to Switzerland with Saint Mars and their latest music video

Saint Mars have been a band on our radar for some time now, specifically since they released their single, ‘Help’ via Grá Mór Phonic Records last year. As such, we definitely took note when they released their latest single, ‘Pacific State’ via their new label, AntiFragile Music and, to our joy, an accompanying music video. You can read our feature on their previous single here.

Lead singer, Tryzdin shares his thoughts on the making of the music video, “This video means a lot to me. I was 13 and was making my first ever trip to Switzerland. I will never forget the nerves and the anxious emotions I felt on the way there and the rest of the trip. Pacific State is a video that will give you post-apocalyptic vibes. I see it as a world after WW3 and they are all trying to survive as well as find survivors that may have been lost in all the wreckage.  We come across a girl on the side of the mountain and Marc sends me to follow her as he heads back to tell the others about our discovery. But as I follow her, I notice she has a map that is leading her right to us. I head back to the base to tell the others. We hear the castle doors creak open…. and we realize that it is the same girl we had seen on the mountain, we stand guard but not for long as we realize that the girl that we had been following was just a little girl trying to find a safe place to call home all along.”

We can see why this music video would make the young singer proud. Between scenic landscapes most musicians can only dream of, a Herculean storyline and the appearance of Jethro “Alonestar” Sheeran to provide his unique twist, the video marks itself as one for the books. In an additional twist, Saint Mars have begun a competition on their Youtube page, inviting viewers to comment and like their video in return for the chance to win 100$ and 50$ in online store vouchers.

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Indie-folk singer/songwriter Simon Alexander released new song ‘Then, Maybe’

Swedish singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Simon Alexander emerged in 2017 with the self-released debut EP Won’t Be Found, breathing new air into the modern folk scene. By continuously releasing several self-recorded acoustic tracks he quickly gained recognition for his profound lyrics and heartfelt vocal melodies, getting comparisons to Matt Corby and Dylan LeBlanc.

After a collaboration with producer Tobias Ekqvist, from Hurricane Love, two singles, Slide and Last Dance, was born and later released in 2018 after a signing with Swedish record label Rehn Music Group.

The new singles showed a wider range of songwriting, venturing into a more pop-infused direction, and was featured on Spotify curated playlists such as New Music Friday in several countries.

After touring various parts of Scandinavia, with prominent shows on SPOT Festival 2019 and Live At Heart, Simon went in the studio to record the upcoming release, resulting in EP ‘In The Rust’ which will be released later this year. The first single – ‘Move Steady’ – is due release September 13th.

With fans from all over the world, an eye-catching live act, and songs featured in all kinds of media ranging from video games, radio, to larger YouTube channels, Simon Alexander is destined to take a huge leap this year on becoming a household name on the indie/folk scene.

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UK Alt-rock musician Drew Davies releases Twilight Zone video

Previous member of The Mercy House band and  London soloist Drew Davies has premiered the music video for his latest single, ‘X and Y’ via Wonderland. Magazine. The single is featured on his upcoming self-titled album, releasing on the 15th of May 2020. The album boasts boasts mixing credits  by Steve Honest (Oasis, Eurythmics) and mastering by John Webber (David Bowie, Super Furry Animals).

Drew Davies talks about the video, “The video for X and Y acts as a waypoint in time, given that the lockdown was announced hours after we finished shooting. There was a strange atmosphere in the air and London was pretty much like a ghost town; I think because of this and the work of Henry Croston (Director) the video acts as a time capsule for what’s been a very unusual period in our lives.”

Dave Rave share, “The video provides an eerie atmosphere with open yet empty restaurants close to being devoid of patrons. Davies warm vocals soften the unease of the unsettling imagery.”

Davies carries a lyrical message of hope, and light amongst an uncanny atmosphere that feels like you are watching another episode of The Twilight Zone.


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London alt-rock soloist Drew Davies shares song ‘X and Y’

Rock soloist Drew Davies has released his single, ‘X and Y’ on 1 May via AD1. ‘X and Y’ is lifted from his upcoming self-titled album, which will release on the 15th of May 2020. The album was mixed by Steve Honest (Oasis, Eurythmics) and mastered by John Webber (David Bowie, Super Furry Animals). Davies has been featured by publications, including Clash Magazine, Atwood Magazine, Music Week, Music News, and Pure Grain Audio to name a few. He has also recieved radio play from BBC Introducing London with Gary Crowley, BBC Radio York’s Introducing with Jericho Keys, BBC Wales, Radio X, Planet Rock. Davies cites the sounds of The National, Scott Walker, Vangelis, and Tom Petty as highly influential to his music.

Drew Davies talks about the release, “I wrote ‘X and Y’ on women’s day a few years ago. It’s a song that on one hand calls for equality for all people, no matter their age, sex or orientation; whilst on the other hand calling out hypocrisy stemming from the kinds of people who say one thing publicly and another behind closed doors. It was originally written on piano but for the single and album we decided to add a pseudo-Tarantino vibe with vintage guitars and synthesizers.”

Sound Labyrinth adds,”Lyrically Davies shines a light on modern society, in the hopes to engage and create discourse around the topic of gender normalities.”

Indie Music carries a similar sentiment, “Davies creates retro rock nostalgia in his soundscape on ‘X and Y’, but his message is of modern thinking about gender norms that constrict us from being our true selves.”


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Interview with five piece alternative rock band Ruby Dutch

Five piece alternative rock band Ruby Dutch has created a ferocious sound, culminated with prominent bass and drum lines to groove to. This band have embodied a harmonic relationship between two guitars that are complemented by flowing use of vocals and synthesiser.

The perfect mix between indie and alternative that delights any musical appetite, generated through compatible and organic songwriting that results in a compelling and engaging sound. A sound distilled by influences such as Nothing But Thieves, Foals and Everything Everything.

How has your musical background helped shaped your sound?

The majority of us have done a fair degree of classical tuition growing up, which has helped us to be open to various influences (not just the usual contemporary sounds.) We all met at music uni, each with something contrasting to offer – which kind of blended together into this weird, and hopefully unique sound we’re bringing to the table now!

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

It’s a real natural way of writing, each of us respectively has come up with an idea, whether it’s a hooky riff or melody line, or even a simple harmony, and we progress from there. It’s almost always in a rehearsal environment when we’re all together. Occasionally, we spark an idea at home individually (usually a fuck up when we’re practising) which can also be thrown in the mix. Jess (vocals) establishes a theme from the sound of the instrumental parts to base her lyrics around.

We’re very much a band that are gripped by the idea of rising and fall in music. Take Muse as a primary example. We love to build momentum progressively by chucking stuff in and pulling back on parts at the appropriate times – Jess builds the energy of the lyrics as the music ebbs and flows.

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

We’re trying to tackle a heavily saturated area of music, by instilling powerful, female-fronted vocals, with the catchy indie rock that has made bands like Foals and Everything Everything so prevalent. It’s not always been easy to achieve this – we’re set in the ways that we want to do all of the above but with more atmospherics, however, we have learnt to adapt the preliminary ideas. Not being too attached to the initial ‘finished product’ of the music! We allow a producer with a different ear to adapt a track where needed, for the sake of the overall quality.

I don’t think the energy that is portrayed in the music itself can be questioned. Some of us have had personal issues over our time playing together, that has impacted our level at gigs. Translating that anger and negative energy into delivering a peak performance on stage has actually really helped to deliver what Ruby Dutch are striving for.

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

Franc Moody, Kid Kapichi and Kudu Blue. All bloody brilliant in their own way

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

Performing, 100%. The recording side of things is great fun and instils the ability to nail respective parts down, but nothing will beat the adrenaline rush of playing to a crazy crowd. We matured on stage, not in the studio!

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

Playing an entire set as the Mystery Gang for a Halloween gig, and our drummer sweated half his body weight out in a full Scooby-Doo outfit…

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?

Victor takes care of all things social media and the whole ‘branding’ side of things, acting in a manager capacity. It does take its toll at times, more so because there are always 100 different ideas he has at once to enhance exposure than just doing the simple tasks! It has been an around the clock job, keeping on top of things.. we hope to have more manpower on that front as we progress.

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

One person who came to our first ever London gig, said after our performance, that she runs a bar in Utah, and would love nothing more than to put us on when we hit the states! A distant dream yet, but it’s all about building those contacts 😉

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

Naturally, with the whole pandemic, it’s halted all our plans for festival slots and a lot of recording this year. However, we are aiming to have 4 singles out this year, and a massive 2021.

Famous last words?

2020 is OUR year !!!

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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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