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System Corporation – Dismal Universal Hiss (28 April 2017)

New Zealand’s System Corporation Announce Debut Single ‘Dismal Universal Hiss’

New Zealand rock outfit System Corporation released their debut single ‘Dismal Universal Hiss’ well ahead of their debut album ‘Fiction Dept.’, slated for release in late 2017.
System Corporation began in 2011, based on a conversation between Phil Somervell (The Datsuns) and their long standing engineer Scott Newth about swapping demos. The two were sharing a flat in Stockholm while The Datsuns were working on their fifth album ‘Death Rattle Boogie’.
Scott began work on producing the demos, cutting them up, rearranging them, and adding vocals. They became a trio when they enlisted fellow Datsuns’ bandmate Ben Cole (also from The Joint Chiefs) on drums, and then evolved into a five-piece when Scott started working on his own demos for the project, finally enlisting his brothers and bandmates Andrew and Kent Newth (Rumpus Room) to help flesh them out. However, the original trio ended up collaborating on a number of new songs, giving System Corporation two distinct songwriting avenues.
While most of the band’s production work happens in Hamilton, they hail from Thames (Phil), Hamilton (Andrew, Scott and Kent) and Wellington (Ben).  The members cite numerous influences, including The Rolling Stones, John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Ty Segall, Sonic Youth, The Clash and The Stone Roses, and New Zealand’s The Subliminals. Scott Newth takes particular inspiration from both music that is “beautifully calculated” and, at the opposite end of that, “beautifully uncontrolled”.
The name System Corporation is a vague translation of Systembolaget, a government-owned and operated liquor store chain in Sweden. What is more interesting than the fact that both the project and its name were born in Sweden is that, through Systembolaget, the government is able to effectively control alcohol sales and identify problem areas in order to divert profits back into social services. System Corporation is an ironically corporate name for an organization promoting such a socialist ethos.
The band’s debut single ‘Dismal Universal Hiss’ could easily have been written about the rise of Trump or Brexit. But it wasn’t – it was written at the time of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the rise of the so-called 99%, mass protests, and rallying against a broken system that creates ill-gotten wealth and sucks it into a vacuum unattainable by the mere masses.
“The song is about the futility of the situation we are in. That even when you vote for change, when you vote in a non-politician like Trump or John Key in NZ, you end up getting more of the same, or in these cases, things get a lot worse for the poorer end of society,” explains Scott Newth. “It also has hints of hope that, one day, real change might happen, while touching on the futility of protest movements like Occupy Wall St, that in the end, changed very little.”
Dismal Universal Hiss was released on April 28 and is available via usual online platforms, but can also be ordered through the band’s Bandcamp.
CREDITS
Performed by System Corporation
Phil Somervell: Bass, Guitar, Keys
Scott Newth: Vocals
Andrew Newth: Guitar
Kent Newth: Guitar
Ben Cole: Drums
Written and recorded by Scott Newth and Phil Somervell
Produced by Scott Newth
LYRICS
All the little people
holding up their little signs
in their little countries
All the little ideas
floating in the ether
but no one sees the bigger picture
All the little urchins
digging in the piles we make
of things we took for granted
You can look up high to the ivory towers
but what a waste of time
no ones coming down
To see you
To help you
To wait on you
To feed you
To bring you up
To teach you
To tell you what to do
All the little people
holding up their little hands
for a grasp at power
Making promises
they will never keep
while they pursue their own agenda
Making money go round
while they take their cut
sell back to you what you already own
You can look up high to the ivory towers
but what a waste of time
no ones coming down
If you put your ear to the ground
you can hear all the
sorry little people
The dismal universal hiss
of the discontented
talking in a whisper
All these little voices
making little noises
its simmers now but will come to the boil
You can look up high to the ivory towers
but what a waste of time
no ones coming down
To see you
To help you
To wait on you
To feed you
To bring you up
To teach you
To tell you what to do
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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Alternative

 

Neil – Black Flowers (Seahorse Recordings 26 May 2017)

Seahorse Recordings to Release Neil ‘Black Flowers’ LP, Previews ‘Blank Sheet’ Single

Seahorse Recordings presents the sophomore album from Neil, called ‘Black Flowers’. Recorded on the isle of Sicily in southern Italy with renowned producer Paolo Messere (Blessed Child Opera), these 11 tracks showcase songmanship that mix folk with grunge, and vocals with an uncanny resemblance to Gavin Rossdale (of Bush).

The first single from this album is ‘Blank Sheet’, which deals with writer’s block – that moment when the artist is in front of a white sheet and cannot dial into his muse.

Written and performed by Neil Lucchetta (vocals, guitar, harmonica). This second album offers a more rock-oriented sound than the previous album thanks to the contribution of Andrea Breda on drums and Alessandro “Ake” Donazzon on bass. Now, during live performances, he is accompanied by Andrea Breda and Alex Michielin (bass).

Originating from the Italian city of Pieve di Soligo (Treviso), Neil began his path as a singer-songwriter, having written his first song in English at the age of 14. He’s been composing ever since, his sonic output infused with folk pop, laden with acoustic guitars and dreamy lyrics.

This new album follows up Neil’s debut album ‘Apart’, released in 2013. This new offering takes the listener on an intimate journey through his personal experiences and stories. The unremitting vision permeating his music presents us with great scenery and breathtaking views of the different facets of his life.

The band cite numerous influences, including Sun Kil Moon, Elliott Smith, The Cure, Nick Drake, Puzzle Muteson, Damien Rice, Neil Young, and Rivulets.

‘Black Flowers’ is inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s ‘Les Fleur du Mal’ and more precisely from the collection “Spleen et Idéal”, which is about existential boredom. The 11 pieces that compose it are small stories surrounding this emotion – more precisely, this Spleen.

“Making music is my way of expressing what I live every day, I write about the emotions I live in my life and I would love that the people who listen to me identify themselves in my emotions,” explains Neil Lucchetta. “The idea for ‘Black Flowers’ came from the recordings on my debut album ‘Apart’, which is basically 10 songs about separation. From here came the idea of creating some kind of theme-based album.”

‘Black Flowers’ will be available digitally via key digital music platforms as of May 30 and is already available for pre-order on the band’s Bandcamp.

CREDITS

Neil Lucchetta – Voice,Guitar,Harmonica and other stuff
Alessandro “Ake” Donazzon – Bass and other stuff
Andrea Breda – Drums
Produced by Paolo Messere
‘Blank Sheet’ video directed by Michele Scarpulla
‘Blank Sheet’ filmed by Gian Paolo Serna
Editing / effects / post production by Elephant Film
Makeup Artist – Michele Corrocher

TRACK LIST

1. Spleen
2. Blank Sheet
3. My Tired Heart
4. Chains
5. Promise
6. Clown
7. The Meaning Fades
8. Not a Love Song
9. Moth
10. Awaiting
11. Spleen II

LIVE DATES

APRIL 30  Refrontolo, Italy – Mostra Del Passito
MAY 28     Marostica, Italy – Festa della Ciliegia
JUNE 10   Cartigliano, Italy – Rive Jazz Club
JUNE 21   Venice, Italy – Ai Biliardi
FEB 25, 2017 Treviso, Italy – Dump

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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Alternative

 

Pattern Language – Total Squaresville (Happy Robots Records 16 June 2017)

Pattern Language debuts on London’s Happy Robots Records with ‘Total Squaresville’ Mini-Album, Teases First Single

London’s Happy Robots Records has announced they will be releasing the ‘Total Squaresville’ mini-album from synth-electronic crafter Pattern Language. From this collection of six tracks, they are teasing the lead single ‘By Time We Get There’ with a catchy retro video by Cheyene Grow at 75 Ohms. Created using obsolete corporate video equipment from the 20th century and generating real-time video landscapes and infinite textures.  This is Pattern Language’s debut release, scheduled for release in June 2017.
Pattern Language is the new project of Chris Frain. Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, Frain was previously keyboard player for the indie-pop band The Giranimals (where he developed a love for the staple sounds of the Minimoog and Melotron instruments) and bassist for the power-prog rock trio Tanuki. In 2013, Frain decided to pursue a solo electronic music career after a chance viewing of the BBC4 documentary “Synth Britannia”, which made him fall back in love with the sound of the synthesizer.

“Each one of the pieces on this album were started from some very basic idea about sound or structure or primary influence, and yet I was surpirsed by all the twists and turns they took through the stages of composition, recording, and mixing,” says Chris Frain. “It’s still fun to listen to each piece and how they took on a life of its own to become something new and unexpected, even to me.”

Apart from sounding similar to krautrock legends like Kraftwerk, Cluster, Harmonia, and La Dusseldorf, the tracks found on ‘Total Squaresville’ showcase Frain drawing heavily on influences from his childhood, including The Art of Noise, Eurythmics, Thomas Dolby, and the 1980s iteration of King Crimson. Particularly noteworthy is the use of pre-Roland 808 sounds for the drum machine parts, placing this version of synthwave closer to the late 1970s than the mid-to-late 1980s sound currently dominating this sub-genre.
Tracks like ‘By the Time We Get There’ and ‘Squaresville’ sound like lost Conny Plank projects – complete with simple, direct melodies and motorik-beat rhythms. The Mini-Album’s closer ‘Le Chocs des Etoiles’ (named after the original French title of campy science fiction flop ‘Star Crash’) could easily remind the listener of songs by AIR and Stereolab with its liberal use of Melotron strings and bongo-heavy percussion. While almost unheard of in popular electronic music, ‘The Castellers’ glides along in 3/4 waltz time, replete with flamenco hand-claps. Electro and space disco-inspired ‘A Pattern Language’, along with the moody minimalist piece ‘Deeply Recessed Windows’, round out the tracklist for this debut release.
‘Total Squaresville’ follows up Chris Frain’s remix on the most recent EP from fellow Happy Robots artist Rodney Cromwell, described by Louder Than War as “replete with keyboard accompaniments that could easily be by John Carpenter…one of the stand out tracks of the EP.”
‘Total Squaresville’ is the ninth release on Happy Robots Records and is distributed by Cargo Records, mastered for analogue warmth on digital devices. Watch the video to ‘By Time We Get There’ at www.happyrobots.co.uk
TRACK LIST

1. By Time We Get There
2. Deeply Recessed Windows
3. The Castellers
4. Squaresville
5. A Pattern Language
6. Le Choc des Etoiles

CREDITS
Music and design concept by Chris Frain
Cover artwork by Matt Ashton (of Saloon and The Leaf Library)

Video by Cheyene Grow at 75 Ohms (75O)

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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Alternative

 

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians – Amerikana (Picture In My Ear Records – 9 June 2017)

Psychedelic rock/folk/Americana stalwarts The Stevenson Ranch Davidians Present ‘Holy Life’ from Coming ‘Amerikana’ Album

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians have announced they will release their new album ‘Amerikana’ in June, but are teasing what’s to come with the lead single ‘Holy Life’ and accompanying video. This is The Davidians’ first album since 2009, scheduled for release in June 2017 on Minneapolis-based Picture In My Ear Records.
Steeped in the aura of the perennially mythologized psychedelic culture of Southern California and making music influenced by the enduring essence of ‘60s psych, folk and soul, woven with strands of early American roots music, The Stevenson Ranch Davidians has, since 2006, revealed itself in shifting configurations.

While the lineup has continually coalesced around lead singer and songwriter Dwayne Seagraves, the collective has always had a guiding vision and goal: to create music that seeks to simultaneously demystify and deify the human experience.

‘Amerikana’ represents a new direction for the band, where the dreamy, flowing sound of albums past is infused with a fresh sense of inspiration, energy and purpose. This is an eclectic, yet cohesive, set of songs that glorify the human spirit while condemning those who seek to destroy it.

Seagraves states that Amerikana also celebrates what he views as true magic: human will put to action. Through his songs, he hopes to convey the sense that human beings have been the sole source of all great insights and achievements throughout history, and that power originates from within individuals rather than from gods, governments or other external sources.

“Holy Life is basically a deification of the Human Spirit,” says Dwayne Seagraves. “I view the record and every song on it as a celebration of the human spirit as well as a condemnation of those who seek to destroy it. What inspired it was a period of time in which I was exposed to those who seek to destroy it and the record was written as a direct counter balance to that.”

The band’s new lineup brings a range of talent, experience and inspiration to The Stevenson Ranch Davidians’ sound. In addition to longtime Davidians’ bassist Jessica Latiolait, guitarist Rob Campanella is a member of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Quarter After, while his brother – drummer and backing vocalist Andy Campanella – is a veteran of Occult Wisdom, Imogene and Chief Nowhere. Guitarist Misha Bullock, the sole Englishman in the fold, formerly played with Tennis System.

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians “Amerikana” LP will be available on Classic Black 150G Vinyl with Lyric Inner Sleeve, but is already available for pre-order on Picture in My Ear Records ‘ Bandcamp at https://pictureinmyearrecords.bandcamp.com/album/amerikana

On May 4, The Stevenson Ranch Davidians will be headlining Lolipop Records‘ event at Harvard & Stone in Hollywood (5221 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, California).

CREDITS
Written, performed and produced by Dwayne Seagraves
Mixed by Bryan Showalter
Mastered by Isaac Betesh
Video created by Jacob Kedzierski

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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Alternative, Psychedelic

 

San Francisco’s Quiet Domino Delivers Electro Pop Bliss in Debut ‘Metropelium’ Single

San Francisco’s Quiet Domino Delivers Electro Pop Bliss in Debut ‘Metropelium’ Single

Quiet Domino is a new indietronica hubbub and freak-pop expression, whose debut single ‘Metropelium’ drew its inspiration from new musings on a hometown city. Founded in San Francisco, this is the new project of singer-songwriter-reckoner Mark Nelsen… a new persona… a trial… a groovy menace tucked within his Saturn return. Filmed in downtown Los Angeles, the accompanying video, which is directed by Andrew Herwitz and produced by Onema Pictures, stars LA-based model and musician Victoria Murdok, who became friends with Nelsen at a show he played in LA.
Mark Nelsen’s unpredictable live shows and knack for writing and producing genre-blending songs led him to create his debut single as Quiet Domino. Over the past few years, he has become known as a solo acoustic performer of expressive folk-pop and also as a member of several Bay Area psychedelic rock bands, namely Dooms Virginia and Annie Girl & The Flight.
This soulful tune ‘Metropelium’ – pronounced ‘Meh-trHop-Eh-Lee-Um’ – is a word he made up, combining ’Metropolis’ and ‘Mausoleum’ to describe the modern city experience. The narrator wonders what the city’s dreams have manifested in this modern age – an age where we are all dancing while simultaneously on our phones; comfortably disengaging from each other while yearning for true connection. Plug in or unplug? Stay or go? The city moves with you.
“The internet has become our Mausoleum of recycled Metropolitan culture. Our experience is ‘Metropelium’,” says Mark Nelsen. “Why do we continue to dance atop a cultural veneer?”

The track’s realization had to await its synths, electronic beats and studio matrimony with keyboardist / producer Devin Farney. Inspired by the likes of LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, Washed Out, Black Moth Super Rainbow and Foster The People, the result is a sonically lush hybrid cocktail with illustrious hints of Moby, Black Keys, Flaming Lips and Thom Yorke.

This experimentation eventually gave birth to the project and a fresh live set. Quiet Domino currently performs as a one-man band with synth, vocal loops, guitar, and a drum machine – occasionally joined by a few backing players.

Quiet Domino will be playing San Francisco’s Swedish American Hall on April 26, supporting Porcelain Raft. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 8:00 PM.

LYRICS
Meet me south of the city
I’ll be ready
You and, me and, your maybes

Can’t believe the time that it took for you to get over certain things
Thought I was the one who was misunderstood for a crook – you always had the looks

In the Metropelium, temperature rising temperature fallin’
Sentimental weather will never render the scene
Its a digital dream

Emperor Norton is cashing in

Might I say? Might I do?
Might I stay here with you?
There’s a thought of my own, of my own
Just one of my own

Can’t believe the number of people all plugged in
And I am one of them

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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Alternative

 

New Zero God, Rumors, and Nochnoy Dozor – Live @ Embros Theatre, 5 May

On Friday 5 May, a rock concert will take place at Embros Self-Managed Theatre (Riga Palamidi 2, Psirri, Athens – Greece) with free entrance.
These three bands are: New Zero God, Rumors, and Nochnoy Dozor.


New Zero God was formed in 2006 in Athens by Mike Pougounas, former singer of the Greek band The Flowers of Romance.

From the onset, they seamlessly mixed punk rock, post punk, and goth which carried over onto their debut album “Fun Is A Four Letter Word” eventually ending up in the top ten of Terrorizer Magazine [UK] for two months in 2011.

Their mini album “Club Bizarre” followed, released by UK label Secret Sin Records and on January 2013 the same label put out New Zero God’s album “MMXIII”.

The band returned in 2016 with the album “Short Tales & Tall Shadows”, listed by many international media as one of the best releases for 2016.

Other New Zero God releases included two 7” singles “Destination Unknown / Forever Today” (Surgut Resort Records – 2013) and the split single “Redemption / Madhouse Magical” (New Savage Records UK – 2016), which shared sides with Scottish band Savage Cut on the other side.

On the band’s Bandcamp page one can download for free the mini album “Zona Pericolosa” recorded live in Italy.

The band also released two charity digital singles. The track “The Night Calls Your Name” with all artist proceeds going directly to the UK’s “Sophie Lancaster Foundation”, which deals with hate crimes. The track “Second Chance” has all artist proceeds going directly to the U.S. foundation HAWC, which provides aid to those suffering from domestic and child abuse.

In 2014, New Zero God brought together five Greek bands, putting together a festival to raise money for medicines to the Hellinikon Medical Center.

The band will perform with the following line up:
Mike Pougounas – Vocals
Akis Nikolaidis – Guitar
John Psimopoulos – Drums
Mike Semertzoglou – Bass

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Five piece Alternative Post Rock band Rumors formed in Athens in 2009.
They split up three years ago but now they are back with gigs around Greece.

Their new EP is titled “Time of the Cherries” and will be available at Embros Theatre on 5th of May.

 

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Nochnoy Dozor was formed on December 2015.
They are a five piece Athenian band which puts together different music influences creating an atmospheric sound on rock music forms.

Although the band members are also playing with other bands (Universe217, Mapplerun, Blame Canada, One Man Drop) the idea of Nochnoy Dozor’s project is different.

The band is now on their first recording steps while playing live in Athens.

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The Foreign Resort – She is Lost (19 April 2017)

The Foreign Resort previews ‘She Is Lost’ Single, Announces Canadian Tour

Danish post-punk trio The Foreign Resort release their new single ‘She is Lost’ on April 19. This is the first song from the band’s next full length album, marking a return to the analogue sound of their ‘New Frontiers’ album, only this time the sound is more minimalistic and with plenty of electronics and spacious drums to create a dreamy yet upbeat soundscape full of contrast. The release is timed with a 10-day Canadian tour and a performance in Toronto at the prestigious Canadian Music Week.

For lead singer Mikkel B. Jakobsen ‘She is Lost’ is a very personal song about what he sarcastically refers to as “the summer of love”: “It was one of the worst summers in my life. I came out strong on the other side, but this song was written partly when things were looking very bad and I was not doing the right things to get to a better place and partly when I had realized it was not just me who was the problem. Hence the title ‘She is Lost’.”

The band has also contributed the track ‘Skyline/Decay’ to ‘Alternative F?acts: A Shoegaze Resistance Compilation’. Curated by DKFM Shoegaze Radio, this involves shoegaze and dream pop artists in opposition to tyranny, and in support of civil liberties and women’s health. All proceeds from this compilation shall be split evenly between American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.

The Foreign Resort are Denmark’s finest musical export of post-punk and dark new wave, led by singer and songwriter Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen. The band combines the shadowy mysticism of The Cure’s Pornography era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem. Intricate reverb-enveloped guitar lines glide over Steffan Petersen’s motorik bass and Morten Hansen’s powerful drumming, all while Mikkel’s taut and sincere vocal delivery demands your attention.

Having toured with The Raveonettes, A Place to Bury Strangers and Swervedriver, The Foreign Resort has also shared bills with bands like DIIV, The Soft Moon, The KVB, Slowdive, Minor Victories and, most recently, Cold CaveThey’ve also toured the USA relentlessly, addicted to the allure of America’s lost highways. Since 2010, the band has been rigorous in playing more than 400 shows across North America and Europe with performances at several festivals incl. SXSW, Iceland Airwaves, Wave Gotik Treffen in Germany and now also Canadian Music Week 2017.

The band’s latest release ‘The American Dream’ was dubbed “post punk par excellence” by Deep Ground, with Slug Magazine saying this is “an EP that possesses a singular fault: It is not long enough”. The Foreign Resort’s 2014 album “New Frontiers” ranked among the year’s top albums at radio stations like WZBC Boston and KDHX St. Louis as well as numerous European and American blogs. With several music videos to their credit, there is no video for the new single ‘She is Lost’ yet, motivating the band to crowdsource their new video.

CREDITS

Written, composed and performed by:
Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen, Morten Hansen, Henrik Fischlein
Produced & mixed by The Foreign Resort
Engineered by The Foreign Resort & Bo Karlsson
Recorded at White Dwarf Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mastered by Chris Cline

CANADIAN TOUR DATES

APRIL 20 Toronto – Nightowl Club (Canadian Music Week)
APRIL 21 Ottawa – Bar Robo with ONFIILM & The City Gates
APRIL 22 TBA
APRIL 23 Oshawa – The Atria with L’Autre Dame & Cyphier
APRIL 24 Peterborough – The Spill with Severed Feathers
APRIL 25 Montreal – Brasserie Beaubien with The City Gates & T R A C E S
APRIL 26 Guelph – Silence with Glass Apple Bonzai & Slutmother
APRIL 27  Windsor – Phog Lounge with Ethrelite & Foxhart Fishman
APRIL 28  London – The 488 Open Jam

APRIL 29 Sudbury – The Asylum

OTHER TOUR DATES
MAY 18  Aarhus, Denmark – Sway (with Dead Leaf Echo)

MAY 19  Odense, Denmark – Studenterhuset (with Dead Leaf Echo)
MAY 20  Copenhagen, Denmark – BB18 (with Dead Leaf Echo)
MAY 24  Leipzig, Germany – Bandhaus (with Dead Leaf Echo)
SEPT 26  Lübeck, Germany – Riders Cafe
SEPT 28  Sønderborg, Denmark – Black Spot
SEPT 29  Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell
SEPT 30  Prague, Czech Republic – TBC
NOV 3  Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu (with She Past Away)
NOV 4  Lucerne, Switzerland – Sedel (with Rev Rev Rev)
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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Post Punk