When I think of The Seamonsters I think of six, Doc Martin-wearing young girls, fresh out of Sheffield, coated in glitter and generally having a bloody great time on stage and playing music together, and at least by the end of 2017, you all should be thinking the same. Today marks the day of the release of their brand spanking new track Wonderland on Twin Records. The girls start the track as they mean to go on, with an echoing retro sounding guitar riff, continuing this throughout the track but making it a heavier electric sound as the track goes on. It is clear that the band have been influenced by the likes of Black Honey with the same amount of sass, bass and electric guitar. It is very refreshing to see a group of young girls taking up a rocky sound as it is something that the music industry is certainly lacking. The single is out from today, 21st July. It is certainly not one to miss.
The Dublin based band ‘Ivy Nations’ are back with their latest offering of heavy synths and roaring chorus’ putting their own unique spin on the dance-rock genre.
The indie-quartet have already garnered quite a fan-base in their nascent career supporting the likes of Kodaline, The Strypes and The Academic off the back of a handful of releases.
Having worked with producer Phil Magee (Kodaline and The Script) the newest, is ‘Live By Design’ out on 7th April explores the pace of modern day life and technology.
Their cutting beats and heavy synths holds true to their energetic and dreamy identity but seems to be a big thrust forward in tempo.
The band we’ll be playing at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on the day of the release. This will be a momentous occasion in their fledgling history arriving back at the venue they confessed was the best moment in music thus far.
Taking influence from the likes of ‘Vampire Weekend, Foals and Two Door Cinema Club’ ‘Live By Design’ produced and directed by Blacktooth Films is being released on Reckless Records.
Their fresh take on blending genre’s have Irish music mag ‘The Last Mixed Tape’ lauding the band as having ‘a refreshingly infectious take on the dance-rock genre. With such a vivid beginning, it’s exciting to think of where Ivy Nations will go from here.’
Brighton based band, Warsaw Radio (W.R.) are back with their latest single ‘After Eve’ which takes on the unique perspective of Adam in the story of Adam and Eve.
These days, the topics that artists base their songs on in popular music can be very banal and dull; the same old songs about unrequited love and heartbreak. However, whilst ‘After Eve’ does focus on a couple, it goes one step further, imagining what it would be like if Adam and Eve had been separated after being banished from the Garden of Eden.
With original starting points and imagination for writing their songs, Warsaw Radio already have one up on other artists, before you’ve even listened to the music. The band create a folk-inspired blend of rock-pop that distinguishes itself with a classically orchestrated edge. The warm and emotive vocals of front-man, Brian McNamara, combine with the rich instrumentation of soaring string sections and well-crafted songwriting, making for a unique listening experience.
The name of the band has a particularly interesting origin and stems from when Brian was reading about the siege of Warsaw in 1939. Throughout the whole siege, the Warsaw Radio orchestra continued to play their music until their transmission mast was destroyed by an artillery shell. Their determination really truly influenced McNamara who said: “The story really inspired me. Working as an original artist in what can be a tough industry can be hard and having an inspiration like these guys in 1939 helps to keep you going”.
Liverpool based trio, Trudy and the Romance have somewhat shifted their styles between releases so far but ‘Sandman’ exhibits the band at their sprawling indie-rock best.
This time round, there is an orderly chaos to their sound recalling the likes of early noughties indie outfits such as The Libertines, but nonetheless, there is also a distinct britishness to their vibe.
The band have recently being playing support for The Big Moon on their national tour but if the boys from Liverpool can keep making stuff like ‘Sandman’, then they’ll be sure to headlining a tour of their own in the very near future.
‘Love Songs For Scarlett’ is the debut EP from Los Angeles based folk musician Clem Darling, who is otherwise known as Tuffet Bunnies.
The debut EP from the folk artist is a collection of love songs (as you can tell from the name) dedicated to Darling’s circus performer girlfriend.
Clem describes the songs as though ‘they’ve been written by a bunch of gypsies that popped out of the back of a caravan’ and if that isn’t a reason to listen to the EP then I’m not sure what is!
Darling’s grandmother was always the biggest fan of his work, but the holocaust survivor sadly passed away recently. However, Clem continues to write honest, charming songs in the same manner that pleased his grandmother.
Since playing in garage-rock bands and performing with the likes of Jucifier, Two Cow Garage and Carson McHone, Darling has moved away from this genre in favour of his new folk-rock-pop sound.
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Electro-rock band Everything Under have followed up their storming single ‘Team’ with the equally 80s infused ‘Happy Matters’.
Aiming to reinvent the electronic rock genre and make it more accessible to all, EU have developed their industrial sound, blending 80s synth-pop with a dark, brooding overtone.
After losing his sister in a car crash, front-man, Mark J. Heidecke diverted his grief by enrolling at a digital arts college in California where he learnt the trades of sound design, music theory and performance. Alongside Mark’s sound engineering techniques, he also taught himself how to play guitar and keyboard, with which he authored 34 new EU tracks that were mastered by world renowned sound engineer Bernie Grundman.
Eventually moving back to Illinois, Mark quickly employed the talents of Jeff Lane and Kevin T. Jones who completed the band’s lineup.
‘Happy Matters’ is also accompanied by a psychedelic music video that perfectly visualizes the vibe of Everything Under’s music.
The mysterious Injin’s ‘Tennessee’ is a track of intrigue with a truly unique sound. Deep resonating synths combine with a swirling woodwind section to create a never-heard-before amalgamation of both natural and fabricated sounds.
The track will be sure to strike a chord with lovers of 80s music, with echoing vocals reminiscent of Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) and Holly Johnson (Frankie goes to Hollywood). On a more contemporary note, the distinctive synth-based heart of the track evokes hints of Baltimore indie-electro rockers, Future Islands.
If the track proves to stir your intrigue and wonder for Injin even more, get on over to his website where you can read up on his fascinating story as a musician.