Cholesterol Jones – Satan’s in Heaven

Cholesterol Jones, an artist with a winning name and a winning mentality. Not for Cholesterol the by-numbers acoustic indie gravy train – instead, his sound is somewhere vaguely near country, folk and alt-pop, as likely to have sprung from 1965 as 2017…and all the better for it.

Taken from the EP of the same name, “Satan’s in Heaven” is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek dig at Donald Trump and his supporters, though that undermines the deftness of the musical content. The accompanying video is an artistic triumph, the perfect mixture of dayglo laughs and acerbic criticism.

Cholesterol was born on a US army base in Bavaria before moving to Boston, where he spent his formative years. After a period of twenty years living in New York City, he now splits his time between London, Boston and Cape Cod, his observations of the world around him keener than ever. Drawing on influences including Dwight Yoakam and Johnny Cash, there are also elements of the more eclectic end of the popular music spectrum – dashes of Squeeze; splashes of Luna; portions of They Might be Giants. Clever lyrically but with hooks galore.

Cholesterol has played live at such legendary venues as LA’s Whiskey-A-Go-Go and Soho’s 12-Bar Club, though has now dedicated himself to the studio and film-making.  The live scene’s loss is humanity’s gain, the campaign to make Cholesterol Jones president starts here.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cholesteroljones  

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6k7mwh5t1p771vkWad10KY

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_FUIRHFOjIPFNoQbgeBv_Q?view_as=subscriber

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CholesterolJones

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CholesterolJone

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cholesteroljones/

Website: https://cholesteroljones.com/

Pink Milk’s “Purple” Reviewed

If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear that there were at least four people playing on this, Pink Milk’s debut album, Purple. In fact, there are but two, Maria Forslund (vocals, drums) and Edward Forslund (guitars, bass), both of whom use every effects pedal they can to tweak up the volume that extra notch and get it to echo that little longer.

Opener, “River Phoenix”, sets the scene perfectly – ice-cold moodiness with the threat of malevolent showers, there are no words but the intention is clear. Appropriately, their muscles are flexed further on “Muscles”, Mariah’s breathy tones swooping over enormous guitar chords and a slowly stomping dinosaur footstep of a drum beat.

“Detroit” sees Pink Milk at their version of breakneck speed, which is any other guitar band’s slow number being played at 33rpm instead of 45rpm. The accompanying video is a nice counterpoint to the track – hazy and happy, yet oddly haunting. “Kill 4 U”, perhaps the strongest track on the album, has a Depeche Mode-esque dark majesty to it, the guitar work is genuinely thrilling, showcasing an instrument taken for granted but still capable of astonishing.

“LA Cop” is something of a welcome instrumental pause for breath – the echoes suggest huge amounts of space, yet the overall sound is strangely claustrophobic. “Awakening of Laura” is pushed out of the way quickly by “Sushi Dreams (Flesh & Blood)”, which is every bit as terrifying as it looks on paper – in fact, although causal listeners will point fingers excitedly at My Bloody Valentine and The Cranes as precursors, this reminded me very much of electro-rock innovators, Chrome, and their starkly cruel thrash.

“Drommens Skepp” and “Sans Toi” pick up the pace yet further, really bringing the tracks together as an album, as opposed to a collection of assembled, random tracks. It feels like the whole album has been dragging us towards something; which, in turns out, it has. Their cover of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love is” is a slap around the face of the band’s AOR chops and reinvents it as a mournful, epitaph-like statement. Purple takes time to fall in love with but the effort is well worth the investment.

Links:

SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/pinkmilktheband

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6pfkVhn2nBIYUEu9nKHdLV

Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvRWoJAz6IGcGmuw3qqah9A

Facebook:

 https://www.facebook.com/pinkmilkmusic/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/pm_theband

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/pinkmilkmusic/

Website:

http://www.pinkmilkmusic.com

Temper Cartel- Babysitter

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Indie four-piece have just released a new single ‘Babysitter’, jam packed with attitude. It has a perfectly put together intro with vocals comparable to the The Black Keys with a hint of The Kooks (you’ll see what I mean..). . The blend of delicate and gruff guitar riffs, that are becoming a signature sound for Temper Cartel, is clear in this track and it complimented by the heavier vocals and catchy repetition  “down down down and get lost in the sound”.

Temper Cartel are known for their political and literature influences and in this track you can see this from the metaphorical devices cleverly used by front-man Josh, who seems to intertwine them in all the band’s tracks, “I don’t need a babysitter” relates to a controlling government, regarding the frustration of the last general election. For the video to accompany this track, they recruited 40 fans to make the child-esque trantrum style video.

Made up of Danny Fisher (lead guitar/arrangements), Josh Alden (rhythm/lead vocal/lyricist), Sam Alden (drums) and Everton Barbato (bass guitar), Temper Cartel have support from the likes of BBC6 Music and BBC Introducing as well as numerous indie music magazines. They have recently played with The Strypes and The Bluetones certainly making them a band to watch this upcoming year.

 

Links:

https://tempercartel.com/

https://soundcloud.com/tempercartel

https://en-gb.facebook.com/tempercartel/

https://twitter.com/tempercartel?lang=en

https://www.instagram.com/tempercartel/

Album Review: ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’ by The Moonlandingz

When I first heard Fat White Family’s debut album Champagne Holocaust, four years ago, I knew that I was listening to the most important band of that time. Heavily influenced by The Fall and The Country Teasers – the Fat Whites created an album, that certainly lyrically, was much more interesting than anything else at the time.

As well as the electric live shows, the band’s follow up: ‘Songs For Our Mothers’ cemented their status as the most interesting band in the UK. So when I discovered the songwriting partnership of the South London band, singer Lias Saoudi and guitarist Saul Adamczewski, had begun a side project, I was eager to find out what other musical interests they were influenced by.

Saoudi, who adopts the alter ego of fictional narcissist Jonny Rocket on the album, and Adamczewski, have teamed up with Sheffield electro-duo, Eccentronic Research Council, to create The Moonlandingz’ synth-pop driven debut album Interplanetary Class Classics. The album also features Yoko Ono, whose son and friend of the band, Sean, deploys psychedelic guitar on the track ‘Sweet Saturn Mine’. Rebecca Taylor of Snow Club, drummer Ross Orton, bassist Mairead O’Connor and Randy Jones, the cowboy from The Village People, complete the line-up.

The album opener ‘Vessels’ begins with heavy drumming and Saoudi’s low vocals drenched with fuzzy guitar that eventually leads to the front-man returning to the voice that served him so well on Fat Whites’ debut in the chorus. Like ‘Vessels’, tracks such as ‘Sweet Saturn Mine’ and ‘Black Hanz’ are undeniably catchy pop tunes, where the lyrics apply the same sinister, ironic outlook Saoudi has used many times. For example, in ‘I.D.S’, written about everyone’s favourite bastard Iain Duncan Smith, Saoudi expresses his displeasure at Duncan’s policies, singing: “40,000 years of job club.”

Saoudi channels his inner Lou Reed on the album’s best track, ‘The Strangle Of Anna’, paying homage to Reed’s New York band with they lyric: “I made you listen to Sunday morning, you spit it out across the parquet flooring.” The song also has elements of The Velvet Underground’s ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’, with Rebecca Taylor’s impressive PJ Harvey-like vocals. The Moonlandingz wrap it up with Yoko Ono wailing on the electronically-led ‘The Cities Undone’, which also features The Human League’s Phil Oakey.

This album, musically, doesn’t offer anything too original, but nothing does these days, it seems fairly impossible. But in an era where most popular music makes me want to die, it’s refreshing to see the likes of Saoudi not pretending to be a wild original or taking himself too seriously. And much like the Fat Whites, The Moonlandingz’ debut is lyrically, heads and shoulders above the majority of the landfill-indie that occupies popular guitar music today.

Joe Forte

Eden Royals Set For New Release

If you love your indie music and haven’t heard of Eden Royals yet, then you’re in for a treat. The Essex based band make a wonderfully funky and infectious brand of indie-guitar pop that oozes that British home-grown music quality.

The group haven’t had a release for a while now, since they’ve been touring in America with platinum selling band, Third Eye Blind, but now they’ve returned with more experience to release their new single ‘Time Won’t Wait’ on March 10th, which is taken from the EP of the same name.

Eden Royals consists of Lloyd Buck, John Ryder, Kenny Cole and Sean Quigley, and the boys have varying musical backgrounds. John used to be in a Beatles tribute band called The Day Trippers, whilst Lloyd had featured in music videos for Paul McCartney and Pete Doherty. They have all brought their relevant experience to the band and the result is one of chemistry and powerful dynamics that make them one to watch for the future.

They’ve even played at Liverpool’s Sound City festival where they shared a stage with King Krule, Bastille and Peace and the Daily Mirror voted them as one of their top bands.

Although the single isn’t out until next month, you can listen to some of the band’s previous work here, including the catchy track ‘Close To The Sun’.

Links

www.facebook.com/edenroyals

www.twitter.com/edenroyals

Beautiful Disguise – Newborn

Latest release from ‘Newborn’ demonstrates how this band are just getting better and better. Their latest track ‘Beautiful Disguise’ is a reflection of the society that we live in’s vanity and it’s obsession with that.  

The lyrics ‘ There’s a big old empty space/ and a smile that cracks your face’, suggest a critical outlook but paired with a rthym like this, the track has nothing morbid about it! The latest track of their self titled ep, Newborn follows on from ‘Runaround’, their biggest track yet.

The band are clearly developing their sound, taking influence from Muse, Nirvana, Metallica, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Arctic Monkeys, who set a high bar for the band. and it’s growing more individual, I’m definitely excited to hear more from these guys. And there’s not long to wait with their new EP out June 14th.

Yo Are Sure To ‘Shake It’ With New Single!

Single set to hit on June 15th

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The latest single taken from the album will be the hard hitting, punk laced track ‘Shake It’ – dripping in punchy bass-lines, quasi-spoken vocals and a distinctly trippy sensibility.

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Altogether, it makes for a unique cocktail of flavours which is tough to pigeonhole, sewn together by the originality of vocalist Andre’s delivery.

Single ‘Shake It’ will be available from June 15th.

Links:

https://twitter.com/itmustbeyo

https://www.youtube.com/YoMusic

http://instagram.com/itmustbeyo/

https://www.facebook.com/itmustbeyo

Looking for Liam implore you to ‘Take What You Need’ with new single

Exciting new track to be unleashed on June 1st

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A hard hitting melodic rock group with echoes of Incubus with added rawness, Looking For Liam are an Essex based four piece band who have also been compared to the wide ranging indie sounds and created an anthemic fusion of Muse, Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys. That those acts are so eclectic in their approach gives you an idea of what is so special about Looking For Liam – their ability to write indie-rock music with a number of different styles and tropes.

Formed in 2010, they first gained momentum in 2011 with a Battle of the Bands competition win, BBC Introducing coverage and a debut EP. Since then they have added another Battle of the Bands contest victory plus an appearance at Brownstock Festival to their CV, and with new single ‘Take What You Need’ coming on June 1st their stock is set to rise further.

On the booming single, lead vocalist and songwriter Tom Harper-Ward had this to say:

“‘Take What You Need’ is a true representation of our sound and musical direction. We hope you enjoy it!”

Hear the track for yourself here: https://soundcloud.com/lookingforliam/take-what-you-need

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Brilliantly self-produced, the track above is a great example of their layered and intricate approach to songwriting, with heavier moments acting as punctuation to the more contemplative sections. It’s hugely impressive work from a band who are still only in their late teens, but show a great deal of maturity in their music.

With four members who share a deep love for creating music, and tastes that overlap to create their varied indie back catalogue, Looking For Liam are a band who not only benefit from a great deal of talent at present, but the great potential to expand on it. That makes this band one of the most exciting in the UK right now.

Looking for Liam are:

Tom Harper-Ward – Lead Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals

Jordan Spowart – Rhythm Guitar

Sam House – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals

Charlie Townsend – Drums/Backing Vocals

Links:

www.lookingforliam.com/

http://www.soundcloud.com/lookingforliam

www.facebook.com/LookingforLiam

www.twitter.com/lookingforliam

Vida ready to release incredible double A side single ‘Electric Lady’/’Fade Away’

Two track release unveiled on June 15th

A truly exciting band who have been likened to some of the shining lights of UK indie, Vida are a British four piece who are going places. Drawing comparisons to a wide ranging indie catalogue, including the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Miles Kane and more, their growing reputation has seen them garnering recognition from some of the country’s top tastemakers.

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Their new single is a double A-side release showing two of the different sides of the group. First, ‘Electric Lady’ tells the story of repeated overnight stays with the same girl after meeting on several nights out, and the awkwardness that follows the next morning. Meanwhile, ‘Fade Away’ speaks of another level of awkward – finding yourself in the same room as an ex…

You can hear both songs here:

https://soundcloud.com/wearevida/sets/electric-lady

Already supported by Amazing Radio  for their previous single ‘Colour’, Vida have also been building their reputation on the live circuit. Having been handpicked to play XFM’s This Feeling shows several times, as well as four gigs at prestigious independent venue King Tuts in Glasgow, they also headlined a charity festival in Stirling to great acclaim.

Their appearance at the fundraising events mirrors their approach to music, offering fans something free in exchange for their ongoing support. Vida are known for handing out music and merchandise at live shows, free to music fans who go home with EPs, CDs, badges and more. This lovely approach is spreading the word and helping to build a legion of fans, who will continue to build Vida into a force to be reckoned with.

‘Electric Lady’ and ‘Fade Away’ will be released on June 15th.

Links:

Vida Official

www.facebook.com/cravingkarma

Vida (@wearevida) on Twitter

Vida (@wearevidaofficial) • Instagram photos and videos

kINKY dOVE – Set to Take Off!

Meet kINKY dOVE – an exciting rock n’ roll set from London and Australia.

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Made up of Scott Wade, Damian ‘Virgil’ Ward, Sulene Fleming and Adam Falkner. None of these are strangers to the spotlight, with Damian’s previous band V-Capri achieving recognisable success in his home city of Perth, with 6 top-10 singles, and a no. 77 on the UK charts, and Scott recently rubbing shoulders with Ed Milliband at a garden party in London. London-based singer and writer Sulene has toured all over the UK and Europe with bands such as The New Mastersounds and The Fantastics! Sulene has also featured on dance tracks released by Freestyle Records and the Ministry of Sound. Adam has been in One eskimO for many years, as well as recording with kINKY dOVE, and he is the drummer of choice for Dido, Pete Doherty and Amy Macdonald – to name a few.

The album, kINKY dOVE – Vol 1, is made up of a diverse collection of tracks that are simmering with synthesizers and soaring vocals from Sulene, with more sultry post-rock vocals contributed by Scott, and complimented by the catchy guitar riffs from Damian. Renowned producers Chris Kimsey and Phill Brown have played a part in the sound of kINKY dOVE.

Having already gigged at the Bedford venue in London, which has played host to many other now-famous acts, kINKY dOVE are looking to expand their audience, and it certainly won’t be difficult. In just a week they managed to gain over 500 plays on a dance remix version of their song ‘A Great Ride’ – which you can listen too here: https://soundcloud.com/thebenz/a-great-ride-kinky-dovemojo-filter-reflektor-remix

The song depicts a nice break-up, unlike most songs of tortured emotion, this song (a duet) speaks of a couple still expressing love for each other, without the sexual desire. It shows how break-ups don’t always have to be acid if the journey was ‘A Great Ride’.

For another dance remix of one of kINKY dOVE’s tracks, along the lines of trance, try this puppy on Youtube…..

It’s Called Heartache – (Sky Adams RMX)    http://youtu.be/tJIxSzoYQ-g

Or on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/kinkydove/its-called-heartache-remix

Click here for the music video to their song ‘No Correlation’ – which was filmed when they performed at The Bedford: http://youtu.be/AP9jSJePqWg?list=UUe3dK0w2SfQ5iW64EZfEm2A

A classic track from the album is ‘Judgement Day. This song is about being judged for who we are and what we look like, which society starts doing to us all from the day we are born. It is also about the absurdity of drugs being criminalised, and how society does not have the guts to change the law, which, of all possible legal changes, would have the effect of taking so much crime out of our lives. The day that our politicians are brave enough to show proper leadership and courage on this matter will also be Judgement Day.

Other songs tackle issues like depression (On Your Own), unrequited love (Lust We Must) as well as ‘Fly Me Away’ – a dance track that dares to dream about everyone from everywhere coming together and dancing in unity.

The album was released on 15th October 2014, and is available to download now on all retailers!

Social Networking

www.facebook.com/kinkydove

www.soundcloud.com/kinkydove

www.reverbnation.com/kinkydove