I’m sorry, I don’t know who took the OG picture. I think it’s Chris Baker.
Just a quick one to let you all know you should listen to Jamie Lenman’s new song, Mississippi.
I would embed it here, but it won’t let me, so I’ll just link you here.
“I’m super excited for people to hear the new material,” he says, “and I’m looking forward to seeing folks in person throughout the year.” Thoughts? Absolutely, yes. And there’s potential tour dates coming up? Get in.
Listen to the song if you want something from Jamie that feels… sludgy? Let’s not label it and just say it’s a fun listen if you like rock music.
Release Date For Solo Album Announced
Big Lenny B is a bassist that has rubbed shoulders with some rather big names as a supporting and session musician, however, this year Lenny is making the jump to releasing his solo material. He’s shared the stage with many big names, such as: Feeder, Razorlight, The Feeling, Noah and the Whale, as well as supporting the likes of Foxes and Scouting for Girls.
This year, Lenny is putting that experience into practice and releasing his debut solo album, …& Friends. Right now, you can also stream the first single from that, In A minute.
The single is available on February the 16th and the album will be available on the 23rd of February, so stay tuned if you like what you hear above.
The song itself is a sickly sweet sounding tune that sounds like Muse with more major key synth arpeggios going on. It sounds incredibly bombastic with the swooping vocals and the majestic chorus and the dramatic drums. Basically, this means that the song is made for arena rocking, even the little electronic samples that bleep and bloop along with the airy percussion and reverbed guitar during the interlude.
It’s all good fun and that is perfectly suited for the nostalgia-heads that miss a bit of Bryan Adams every now and then. If that sounds like your sort of deal, mark down the 23rd of February for the album …& Friends.
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Soulful duo release their cover of Save A Prayer
Today we’re have a lovely cover song from a great duo Moses Project. This project is made up of Kiki and Sergio who have been apart for over 20 years and now, they’re reunited and decided to make some music. That’s rather nice, isn’t it?
As it turns out, it is! I love this cover of a Save A Prayer – they’ve managed to do justice for a song that’s full of nostalgic value. The song may not be as grand or sweeping as the original, but these two manage to imbue it with their own personal charm that comes across in their captivating voices. It’s also wonderful to see that they’ve given the song a sense of individual energy from the combination of spry drum machines and bright guitars and soaring voices.
I really enjoyed this charming cover.
Sisters available on the 30th of January
Mama Moonshine are a bluesy, funky foursome from London that take influences from a variety of influences ranging from Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Ella Fitzgerald and it shows. The band is preparing to release their new single, on the 30th of January, called Sisters.
The band have actually already received a few words of encouragement from Tune Yards and Little Dragon – Yukimi Nagano, from Little Dragon, had this to say: ‘Had a listen to your music. You have a great voice! Keep writing songs 🙂 and have a blast in the studio!! Lots of luv Yukimi.’ So it’s good to see that these lot have got a sound worth noting, at least by Nagano, but how does it what do I think?
Sisters is rather groovy and I think it does set the right tone for what Mama Moonshine are all about. There’s plenty of funky bass and beats from the percussion to keep you jiving along and the guitar does a rather sweet job of adding some bright and warm textures to the song, especially as the song progresses – the guitar gets slightly more rampant. You can almost imagine listening to Sisters on a large boat somewhere in the Mississippi while the song gets thicker and you dance harder, if a little bit clumsily.
The vocals are very Caro Emerald/Ella Fitzgerald and the lyrics themselves are relatively straightforward, which is cool, because who wants to have to contemplate the meaning of life while jiving? Both the vocals and lyrics demonstrate a great sense of confidence in singer, Ruth Armitt, and her strong performance with an already tight sounding band – an absolute pleasure to see live, I’m sure.
But yeah, this is a funky track that I really like, I recommend you keep an eye on the band and if you like what you’ve heard today, maybe you should check out the Sisters single on the 30th of January. If you want to keep track, follow the usual suspects:
French noisers release debut album on March 2nd
Death Engine are a French noise/hardcore band that are set to release their debut full length, Mud, on March 2nd next year. These guys released an EP, Amen, last year, which sounded incredibly horrific and sludgey , so I’m expecting good things from this album. Hopefully, there’ll be some concepts expanded on – even Amen was quite ambitious and large sounding.
To keep the fans at bay until release, they’ve released a video for a song off of Mud called, Still. Listen and watch above. It’s also available to stream through their Bandcamp.
I recommend you keep an eye on Death Engine if you’re into noise, crust-punk, sludge, or anything remotely heavy, they’ve got a lot to offer us and I’m looking forward to a full release next year. Stay tuned in, with the following social-medias:
New Song Empty Head
Screaming Females are a punk band from New Jersey and they’re setting up to release their 6th album, Rose Mountain on the 24th of February. I’m just going to put it out there, I’ve never actually heard anything from this lot, but after listening to the opener, Empty Head, from the new album, I’m more than interested!
The song itself hosts a behemoth of an intro and is followed by a slightly restrained verse. It’s all rather fun, as you might have come to expect from Screaming Females, although there has been some debate about the direction that the band have been taking. In some instances, I can see what people are talking about, Empty Head seems extremely down to earth, considering some of the more aggressive songs they’ve put out, like Boyfriend. But it’s only fair to expect some evolution from a band that’s been together as long as this.
It is also only one track from the new album, so for all you know, the rest of the album could be entirely different from the song that’s been previewed.
Either way, if you’re interested, you can pre-order Rose Mountain on iTunes.
New album Range Anxiety out January 27th 2015
The Twerps are an Australian indie-rock band that are gearing up to release sophomore album, Range Anxiety, on January 27th next year and February 2nd in the UK. To get all of the fans, and potential new fans, excited, they’ve released a trailer that samples a few songs and sprinkles in a day to day living clips of frontman Martin Frawley.
“A lot of people assume that I could fart and produce a hit single,” he laments about a minute in, roaming woefully through an amusement park. A bit later: “I think it’s fair to say that in rock ‘n’ roll there’s a lot of spare time, and I spend a lot of that time drinking. Quite a lot of the time, it’s by myself.”
It’s a bit of a giggle and the music is soft and serene, so it’s worth a watch and maybe a mark on your calendar.