Mastered by Ride frontman Mark Gardenerat hisOX4Sound Studionear Oxford, this long-player was produced, recorded and mixed by Rauli ‘Rake’ Eskolin, a very achieved Finnish producer who has worked on over a dozen No. 1 records in Finland in the past 20 years.
“Lyrically, there is a loose theme on the album about the way people continue to actually socially distance themselves from others (even without or before the pandemic) due to the influence of social media and maybe the internet in general. The album title is a nod to that, the “heat death of the universe” being the lack of and eventual end of real-life social connections between people,” says Johannes Susitaival.
Hailing from Helsinki, Pennies by the Pound was formed in 2016 by Johannes Susitaival as a solo project, but it quickly became a three-piece involving musicians from his past bands.
While still part of a punk rock band, Johannes began exploring some quite different musical avenues, which led to the self-produced ‘Bloodshed and the Blinding Sunlight’ EP in 2018. Having found their ideal producer after several years of searching, they began recording demos in 2019 for what would become this album. Due to the pandemic, they were finally able to record these tracks in autumn of 2020.
Pennies By The Pound’s sound blends ’80s prog rock and ’90s-early ’00s alternative rock – essentially heavily guitar-driven with a touch of keyboards… Big choruses, quite a few guitar and keyboard solos and grandiose arrangements.
“This album is rooted in the fact that I became heavily interested in ’80s Marillion a few years ago, especially the ‘Clutching at Straws’ LP. You can definitely hear the influence on the record, but there’s a lot of ’80s Rush too, spiced up with contemporary influences like Muse and Radiohead. As an artist, I’ve always been hesitant to make records that sound the same as the previous ones I’ve done, so the sound keeps evolving,” says Johannes Susitaival.
“I wanted to make a record that is borderline ridiculous, in some ways, and definitely not very contemporary. Then again, for the first time in my life, I had a chance to work with a producer, whose work I have admired since the turn of the millennium and this definitely influenced the album and its sound”.
‘Indigo Screams’ is out now, available everywhere digitally, including Apple Music and Spotify. The full ‘Heat Death of the Universe’ album will be released on May 21 and can already be ordered via Bandcamp.
TRACK LIST 01. The Waters 02. Strange Matter 03. Strange Stars (Lies Closer To Truth Than Beauty) 04. 139 05. Indigo Screams 06. San Francisco Skyline 07. Heat Death
CREDITS Johannes Susitaival – vocals, drums, keyboards, rhythm guitar Vesa Ranta – lead guitar, rhythm guitar Tomi Laaksonen – bass guitar Alexander Meaney – additional lead guitar Written by Johannes Susitaival and Mikko Maksimainen Arrangements by Pennies by the Pound and Rauli Eskolin Produced, recorded and mixed by Rauli “Rake” Eskolin Recorded at E-Studio, Sipoo, Finland and Soundtrack Studio, Porvoo, Finland Mastered by Mark Gardener in OX4 Sound near Oxford
The record began its journey more than seven years ago, when Lisa met Irish theatre composer Jules Maxwell before working together for the first time. Things really took root when Gerrard and Maxwell began writing songs for their earlier collaboration ‘The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices (Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares)’. They were later introduced to Chapman and asked him to produce this album, which represents a stunning departure for all three of them.
Jules Maxwell explains: “‘Burn’ was never planned to be an album. Like many joyous things in life, it grew slowly and unexpectedly. One song at a time. The seeds had been planted by Lisa and I whilst we were working on songs for another album, but didn’t begin to flower until months, years later. Without Daryl Bamonte’s tenacious encouragement and James Chapman’s sonic vision it would not have come to fruition at all. Lisa Gerrard is in my opinion one of the most important singers of her generation and it continues to be an enormous privilege for me to be working with her. What we have created still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up from time to time. Listen to it in one go from beginning to end if you can.”
Lisa Gerrard introduces this long-play “The album begins with ‘Heleali’, a meditation on the eternal rise and fall of the tides. It is a call to let go of the past and reflect on the elusive shadows of evaporation.”
With Chapman joining the duo as producer, ideas generated freely and over time, a distinct sound for their work began to emerge. Their focus was to create something that was both euphoric and compelling; more inventive than what they had worked on separately in the past. From gentle beginnings, each track builds and intensifies, creating a hypnotic experience to listen to from start to finish. With Lisa remaining in Australia, Jules adding his keys and percussion from France, and James bringing new light to the sound from England, the three were literally worlds apart, but those worlds fused in this music.
“It was such a huge honour for me to work with Lisa and Jules in making this album, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. My role was really to build on the ideas, and it was a pleasure to work with such rich and exciting material. I was very grateful to be given the freedom to explore the production, there was a real trust between everyone from the beginning, which made things very exciting for me. Having such freedom from the start enabled me to be more confident in the ideas, which in turn created more possibilities with the choices that were made. When I listen to the album now, I feel that freedom and excitement within each track,” says James Chapman.
Sosna’s video is among seven specially commissioned films to accompany the release of the album. The first of these, created by Polish director Jacob Chelkowski’s video for the title track ‘Noyalain (Burn)’, proves more than a little provocative in these days of Covid, as it portrays the simple, traumatic act of touching.
In early March, Jules Maxwell also released his sophomore solo album ‘Nocturnes’ – the debut release for the newly-formed Archangelo Recordings. This beautifully melancholic collection of instrumental pieces was written and recorded over the past four years, much of it in collaboration with the acclaimed UK-based Vincent Dance Theatre.
‘Deshta (Forever)’ and ‘Noyalain (Burn)’ are both available digitally across online platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify. The full ‘Burn’ album, was released on May 7, on vinyl, CD and digitally at https://orcd.co/lisajulesburn
As this 8-track collection won’t be out until July 9, they present us an advance slice of goodness in the lead track ‘Bluebird, Hollywood… Domino’, a psychedelic upbeat 6/8 stomp with a nod to ’22 Dreams’ period Weller and British psychedelic rock group Traffic. The overdriven bass and the chiming guitars have a hint of Macca’s ‘Rain’ and Townsend’s ‘Seeker’.
‘Bluebird, Hollywood… Domino’ was recorded at the Gorstey Shack (Russ’s converted garage) and Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton with producer Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant, Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, Scott Matthews, Squeeze, Goldblade), who also produced and mixed this track. The forthcoming album also involves mixing (and a guest cello performance) by legendary producer George Shilling (Blur, Primal Scream, Cathal Coughlan, Teenage Fanclub, Mike Oldfield). Ride frontman and renowned producer Mark Gardener provided oversight and mastering at his OX4 Sound Studionear Oxford.
Based in the former Staffordshire mining town of Burntwood, their music runs with the moods, widely described as dystopian, electric, hopeful, hopeless and thoughtful… The sort of sounds Henry Spencer would have played if he had a Sony Walkman.
‘…from Prince’s Park to Farsley – Volume I’ is the follow up to the duo’s ‘extended play one’album, which was released in December 2020 and received support from BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, and a whole host of DAB and worldwide radio stations.
The Gorstey Lea Street Choir are Michael Clapham and Russ Phillips, two friends on a life-long journey, having met as teenagers in the mid-’80s, it took until 2016 for them to turn their teenage plans — discussed back when both were involved in aspiring Manchester bands — into a reality with the birth of this project.
The band reformed after reuniting for Russ’ birthday party that year and a subsequent impromptu gig. After 15 plus years of not playing an instrument, singing or songwriting, Michael dove back in with a ferver that led to such a massive response from the crowd and landlord alike, with 2 songs turning into 2 hours and a guaranteed booking the next month. ‘What’s your band name boys? ‘The Gorstey Lea Street Choir’ is quickly retorted an amalgam of that first meeting point and Van Morrison’s LP ‘His Band and The Street Choir’.
A door is unlocked to a new journey… In 2018, they entered Wolverhampton’s Magic Garden studios to work with an old friend and producer legend Gavin Monaghan and finally released their brilliant debut single‘The British Isles’ in 2019, featuring an inspired spoken-word intro from their hero – Joe Strummer. Chris Hawkins from BBC Radio 6 Music picked up on the track, kicking things off again after a hiatus of 35 years!
“This song is a cautionary tale of days gone by, what may have been and where we are now, we are two man in our ‘mid lives’ (average age 51 and a half). We have a lot to look back and learn from and a lot to look forward too!!! It’s amazing what we have created, two middle aged men fumbling around with some of our favourite musical toys in Russ’s converted garage,” says Michael Clapham.
“We are both very proud of what this track and the upcoming mini LP represents, plus we also cannot wait for you to hear the re-imaginations that our friend and collaborator Choque (Black Star Liner) has created to go alongside the 4 original tracks,”adds Russ Philips.
As of May 13, ‘Bluebird, Hollywood… Domino’ will be available everywhere digitally, including Apple Musicand Spotify. The full album ‘…from Prince’s Park to Farsley – Volume I’ will be released on July 9 and can already be pre-ordered via the label’s Bandcamp.
SINGLE CREDITS Written and arranged by Michael Clapham and Russ Phillips Performed by The Gorstey Lea Street Choir Gavin Monaghan – recording, mixing and production Recorded at the Gorstey Shack and Magic Garden Studios Mark Gardener – supervision & mastering at OX4 Sound Studio
Callow Youth release new EP ‘Straight To The End‘, out now on Golden Robot Records.
Hailing from Failsworth/Tameside in Manchester UK, Callow Youth epitomize everything that is great about Brit-rock. They are arguably the hottest young band to come out of Manchester in the last few years, and have recently signed to label powerhouse Golden Robot Records.
Big on melody and soaked in jangly riffs, they deliver a fiery brand of hook ridden indie rock. Callow Youth last week released a new single ‘Straight To The End’. Straight To The End is also the name of their new EP which is out now on all digital platforms!
The Straight To The End EP represents the varied emotions experienced when up against the sometimes overwhelming complexities of life today. The pressures and emotions and the indestructible instinct of the Human spirit not to give up – to find something or someone to cling to and to overcome adversity to find your ‘happy’ place – no matter how small.
‘’The melodic guitar solo is a joy to behold and really picks you up from the doldrums of the lyrical description of British deprivation. The tune is big, brash and honest; without any of the sugar coating, you get with a lot of modern music today.’’ Rock Regeneration UK (on the single ‘Over Your Head’).
‘’Callow Youth have remained confident after their absence and still manage to find the perfect balance in their music – just like Alfie says in the track “It doesn’t get much better than this”.’’ – Happy People Music UK (on the single ‘Over Your Head’).
ABOUT CALLOW YOUTH We all know there’s something magical in the ‘musical waters’ of Manchester as it’s shaped so many excellent artists that have helped paint the picture of UK’s musical heritage. There are many bands who have been hyped up as the next big thing, but have come and gone with barely a whisper.
However, North Manchester-based Callow Youth are genuinely laying down a strong claim to write their own chapter in this proud musical heritage.
Starting out in late 2017 after leaving school, Callow Youth released their first demo EP Vibe in 2018, their 3 ‘proper’ single releases to date perfectly highlighting a growth in maturity, both in terms of song writing and mastering their craft as musicians, that belies their tender age. Steve Lamacq has featured the bands 2019 single ‘Red Leather’ on his BBC6 music show and the track reached number 3 in the UK vinyl singles charts on release.
A host of acclaimed live shows across the country have also helped to cement their claim to be considered genuine contenders, a claim their loyal fanbase wholeheartedly testify to and indeed display when watching their new heroes. CallowYouth have had numerous radio plays all over the world and their combined singles streams has surpassed 300k on Spotify alone. The band’s biggest Manchester headline show to date came in March at the Deaf Institute, which continued in their proud tradition of selling out headline gigs months in advance.
With their new EP Straight to the End enchanting the world, these guys are the real deal!
Upcoming shows: Friday 10th September, The Bread Shed, Manchester Saturday 18th September, The Grace, London Friday 24th September, The Hug And Pint, Glasgow Ticket sales link: https://linktr.ee/callowyouth
Sydney-based alternative-rock trio RedHook have recently unleashed their long-awaited debut EP ‘Bad Decisions’ – produced by Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly, Trophy Eyes), and mixed by James Paul Wisner (Hands Like Houses, Underoath).
‘Bad Decisions’ consists of six emotionally-charged songs of audacious alternative rock. From the defiant rage of ‘Cure 4 Psycho’ to the bittersweet oddity of ‘I Don’t Keep Up’, to the fragile moments of despair in ‘Alien’, each song pulsates with its own unique energy while delivering the unmistakable infectious hooks, passionate lyrics, bold arrangements, and genre-bending quirk that have come to define RedHook’s expansive sound.
Lead singer Emmy Mack talks about the process of making ‘Bad Decisions’:
“’Bad Decisions’ feels like my Horcrux. There’s a chunk of my soul trapped in here. I wrote most of these lyrics when my mental health was circling the drain. I was going through a challenging time where I couldn’t understand my own mind; I felt like a freak, like a fuck-up, like no matter what I did, I couldn’t stop hurting the people I cared about most. And I poured every last ounce of hatred, rage, confusion, frustration, depression and despair that I felt towards myself and the world around me into these six songs.”
EP opener ‘I Don’t Keep Up’ is a playful declaration of identity and difference, setting up crucial themes of navigating mental illness – as well as ensuing feelings of imperfection, abnormality and failure – which reverberate across the entire EP. The second track, ‘Cure 4 Psycho’ delivers trenchant arrangements, complemented by Mack’s grimacing vocals travelling through the darker lyrical elements of RedHook’s catalogue.
This steers the listener into title track and lead single ‘Bad Decisions’, where RedHook use a confessional punk slice to assert their energy and immensity, before introducing the record’s heaviest track, ‘Kamikaze’. Layered with unshakable riffs and haywire electronics, ‘Kamikaze’ is a high-tempo explosion of frantic instrumentation. Mack’s rasping vocals are complimented by feature guest Will King of Windwaker, with both singers colliding in an exhilarating bridge, leading into the song’s fiery climax.
Next up, ‘Alien’ shows us RedHook at their most vulnerable. Stripped-back verses launch into a titanic chorus, rich in texture and melody, as lush guitars, verdant vocal harmonies, and atmospheric synths add even more weight to Mack’s emotionally-wrought storytelling. Finally, ‘Your Heroes Are Bullshit’ caps off the EP impressively with a tale of existential meltdown. Mack’s brutal performance is front and centre as the track hurtles towards the EP’s colossal finale.
Guitarist Craig Wilkinson, assistant producer on the EP alongside Dave Petrovic (Northlane, Tonight Alive), talks about the development of ‘Bad Decisions’:
“It feels huge to finally release our debut EP. The one silver lining of watching our entire 2020 schedule go up in flames was finally getting the chance to double down in the studio and give our fans what they’ve been asking for. Musically, we wanted to challenge ourselves and push our song writing to fresh limits, cross breeding our love of riffs and all things heavy with fresh sounds from the worlds of EDM, pop, hip-hop and more. I even got to go back to my high school jazz band roots and bust out a sax solo!”
Singles off the ‘Bad Decisions’ EP have been widely embraced by the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music, with ‘Cure 4 Psycho’ being added to rotation on triple j, along with further radio support from Kerrang! Radio (UK), triple j Unearthed, The Faction, 4ZZZ and Aussie Music Weekly. The tracks have also received praise from blogs Rock Sound (UK), Rolling Stone (AUS), Music Feeds, HEAVY Mag, Hysteria Magazine and The Soundcheck, with multiple video clips being added to rotation on ABC’s Rage.
To coincide with the release, the band will be embarking on an Australian headline tour, including shows at The Brightside in Brisbane, Crowbar in Sydney (SOLD OUT), the Crown & Anchor in Adelaide, Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, the Prince of Wales in Bunbury, along with Amplifier (+18) and HQ (AA) in Perth.
They’ll also be joining the likes of Northlane and In Hearts Wake at the inaugural Full Tilt Festival in Sydney this July, before appearing as part of the music line-up of Sydney extreme sports festival District X alongside Hands Like Houses and Hooligan Hefs in October.
This continues on from appearances at Download UK, Good Things, BIGSOUND and Halloween Hysteria, as well as supporting the likes of The Amity Affliction, Sevendust, Hands Like Houses and Ocean Grove.
Crimson Riot have released new single ‘Shatter’, on Die Laughing Records.
Hot on the heels of their latest single, the Irish inspired drinking anthem, ‘St. James Gate’; Crimson Riot have released a brand new single and video ‘Shatter’.
‘Shatter’ is a story about a one-sided relationship and trying to keep it together. A partnership is usually 50/50 but it isn’t always that way, sometimes finding yourself giving more than the other party. If you’re not careful, it could leave you feeling empty and shattered, like a broken vessel that has lost its contents.
The punk rock power trio from Las Vegas produce yet another catchy, melodic, punk tinged rock anthem. Big things are certainly in store for Crimson Riot!
Crimson Riot was formed in July of 2017 when their prior band of six years, The Roxy Gunn Project, took a drastic turn as their lead guitarist had to leave due to medical issues. Having a heavy punk influence, the remaining three members decided to go a different direction with their music and follow their punk roots. Virtually overnight they created Crimson Riot.
Their prior experience performing together and reputation allowed them to hit the ground running and acquire several high profile shows right out of the gate. Crimson Riot was very well received by former fans of RGP, the media and fellow bands. Audiovein Magazine said, “Yes!, This is what you guys should have been doing all along. Perfect!” Dominic Davi (Tsunami Bomb) stated “Your worst show is some bands’ best show”.
Once the word got out, many promoters quickly jumped on booking them shows opening for touring headliners. They even caught the attention of punk icons Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger) and Greg Hetson (Bad Religion) from the Punk Rock Karaoke band and were brought in to open at the Viper Room in Hollywood, CA.
In 2018, Crimson Riot won Who Will Rock You?, a tv series produced and sponsored by TopGolf, beating eight other bands and gaining fans around the country, with several million views across various media platforms.
With the release of their first single and music video “Here’s The Bad News Laura (The Shake Machine Is Down)”, a quirky, pop-punk anthem that the masses could relate to, the band became an instant hit , prompting fans to bring milkshakes to shows.
Crimson Riot’s debut album,Classy Punk For Trashy People, is an eleven song collection of original songs that include a plethora of different punk influenced styles. It received a massive pre-order from fans all around the globe. Along with hit album, Crimson Riot produced a DIY video for their single “Hurt”, grabbing over 1000 views in just a few days. The Pop Break Magazine gave it a 10 out of 10, saying “Crimson Riot is the best punk band to enter the scene in a long time. With Roxy Gunn and Chris Reject on vocals, the band sounds like a cross between Tsunami Bomb and New Found Glory.”
Crimson Riot, dubbed the “Punk Rock Partridge Family” by iHeart Radio’s Bobby Bones, is lead by singer/guitarist Roxy Gunn with her husband Chris Reject on bass guitar and additional vocals, all held together by her father Ryan J on drums. Their songs are heavy, catchy, pop punk anthems which get the crowd immersed into each story, with music that delivers a high energy soundtrack for multiple dancing styles and head-bopping.
HEY BABY! are an alternative/surf/punk band from Brisbane Australia and they released their new single ‘Walking Home’ via Riot Records (Part of Golden Robot Global Entertainment) on 20th April.
‘Walking Home’ is a sonic punk anthem about bumping into your ex and hooking up; don’t do it! In four and a half minutes you will ride a wave of anger, bitterness, and cynicism, peppered with desire and lost love. Backed by blistering guitars, wild drum fills that impossibly stay in time, and supersonic soundscapes that layer upon themselves to create gooey waves of punk rock goodness.
HEY BABY! are known for their fast, jangly, energetic tunes and highly entertaining live show.
ABOUT HEY BABY! Hey Baby! began eight years ago when 16-year-old KacperMajchrowski first learnt how to record his musings on a computer, using a simple drum machine and running guitars and basses through a preamp. When Kacper made the move from Sydney to Brisbane he met drummer JaegerBrodie while jamming at a house party, bonding over a similar music tastes. This later inspired the name of the band’s debut EP Couch House after the name of the hang out spot. Wanting to form a band, they put a call out on the Internet for another guitarist, which was answered by local shredder SamWilson – who impressed the pair with her lightning fretwork. After losing their bass player to bigger and better things, the band enlisted Callum Young, the guitarist of Jaeger’s other band ‘TheJumpkicks to play bass and the quartet launched straight into recording their sophomore EP. Since releasing their debut single ‘1800-WEED’ the band have toured and lit up the stage with the likes of Press Club, Crocodylus, ThePrettyLittles, Coolboys and the Frontman, Totty, TheSleepyheads, Dear Seattle and more.
NYC’s Dope Sagittarius presents firey ‘Black Empress’ feat. hip hop icon Mike Ladd ‘Sacred Places’ album to be released on vinyl on May 14
NYC-based rock-punk-funk fusion outfit Dope Sagittarius present their new single ‘Black Empress’, a rocking hip-hop electo soundclash – a song for this Black Lives Matter age, where each person plays or rhymes their feelings about the endless stream of police shootings of Black people.
Dope Sagittarius is the brainchild of Harlem-based Luqman Brown, whose mother is a folk-singer-turned-teacher and father a well-known playwright. The independent spirit of art in his blood got amped up early upon seeing Funkadelic at the Apollo. By high school, he had joined his third band — punk-funk outfit FunkFace, who first opened for 24-7 Spyz and soon Fishbone, slowly rising to prominence through hundreds of shows and three studio releases.
“When I wrote this song, back in 2016, it was because I was fed up with the killing of unarmed Black people by police that year and throughout American history. Sadly, not much has changed since then. This is my way of saying that, if we can’t stop this senseless killing, the world will end in chaos and violence,” says Luqman Brown. “This is a rock tune that defies the genre thanks to the otherworldly violin playing of Mazz Swift (who’s played with everyone from Whitney Houston to Valerie June and, most recently, as string mistress for D’Angelo’s ‘Vanguard Strings’), as well as the lyrical mastery of Paris-based hip-hop legend/wordsmith/rap pioneer Mike Ladd, who The Guardian described as “the king of the hip-hop concept” and who has performed with legendary London Street artist Remi Rough and visionary jazz pianist Vijay Iyer).
The accompanying video was directed by Morgan Freeman with support from cinematographer Andrew Coury. Produced by Carlyle Smith with Executive Producers Luqman Brown and LaRonda Davis, this video was filmed at YouTube Studios New York City and stars Angelana Jones as the Goddess, Anthony Bowman as the Newscaster, along with M.C. Whistler on Vox/ Guitar, Ernest G. D’Amaso on Bass, Entrified Mcloud on Keys and Ramsey Jones on Drums.
This is the latest taster of their ‘Sacred Places’album, which will be released on 12″ vinyl on May 14 via their own imprint Buddhabug Records. The record also comes with a copy of the comic book “Dope Sagittarius In the Bumbaclout Strain”, which was written by Luqman Brown with artwork by Tim Smith III.
“Tim has worked on many Marvel titles such as ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Ms Marvel’. He also did a series called ‘Black’, where the only people in the world who had super powers were black. My comic is the first chapter, introducing you to three tuskegee airmen (Captain M.C. Whisler (that’s myself), Sargeant Bambam (that’s William Ramsey Jones) and Leftenant Spanish (that’s Ernesto D’ Amaso). They have been chosen by the great Bam Beyonder to fly a B-29 bomber plane through the multiverse to stop the evil D Incredible from destroying all life with mediocre music,” says Luqman Brown.
Dope Sagittarius also recently revealed alt pop jazz single ‘Define Love’. Filmed at Studio 111 Brooklyn, the video was produced by LaRondaDavis for Primordial Punk and directed by James Muscarella. This song features Micah Gaugh (The Veldt, Burnt Sugar, The Arkestra Chamber) on sax, jazz luminary Marc Cary (who’s played with Dizzy Gillespie and Meshell Ndegeocello) on piano, the incomparable Corey Glover (Living Colour) on backup vocals and finally, the Master himself, Ronny Drayton(who’s played with everybody from the Persuaders and The Chambers Brothers to Defunkt, Nona Hendryx, and 24-7 Spyz) on guitar.
While the ‘Sacred Places’ album was originally set to release in 2017, Luqman suffered a stroke. Everything screeched to a halt while he learned to speak and walk again, followed by heart surgery in 2019. After two years of continual recovery, he’s back and ready to present this album, as if he’s never missed a beat.
This collection of tracks presents a rich tapestry of funky grooves, thoughtful synths and rocking vocals, featuring contributions by such achieved artists as Ronny Drayton, Corey Glover, Mike Ladd, Marc Cary, Roy Radics, Mazz Swift and Micah Gaugh.
“Being able to properly put this record out into the world means that I didn’t give up in the face of death. This album was supposed to be released in 2017, but I had a stroke as a result of severe complications with my heart. In 2019, I underwent heart surgery to place an LVAD in my heart to keep it pumping. The result of these health complications left me weak and without the breath to perform,” says Luqman Brown.
“At the time, I thought that myself and this album would never make it out into the world—as proud as I am of it. Nevertheless, I slowly came back and now the world will get to hear what it’s like living in NYC everyday—hard times, staying alive, and taking the time to have a good brunch along the way.”
‘Define Love’ is out now across digital stores such as Apple Musicand streaming platforms at Spotify. The ‘Sacred Places’ LP will be released on vinyl on May 14, and can already be pre-ordered via Bandcampand also from Buddhabug Records.
ALBUMS CREDITS Performed by Dope Sagittarius Written by Luqman Brown and Brian Gosher Produced by Brian Gosher Recorded in Harlem, New York and North Brunswick, New Jersey, except ‘LaRonda’ Mixing and Mastering by Brian Gosher.
First Nations indiepop artist Madisyn Whajne presents title track off debut ‘Save Our Hearts’ LP
Toronto-based First Nations singer-songwriter Madisyn Whajnepresents the title track from her debut record ‘Save Our Hearts’. The accompanying videowas produced by Bobby Bulat. Both invigorating and bittersweet, Whajne demonstrates resilience and survival in the face of pain and heartbreak.
This long-player was recorded live to tape with Montreal super-producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, The Barr Brothers) and Shae Brossard (Bahamas, The Dears)at Montreal’s famed Hotel2Tango Studio. Inspired by The Go-Go’s, this album is upbeat and loaded with positive energy.
Whajne (pronounced Wayne) is a member of the Whitefish River First Nation (Manitoulin District of Ontario), who has spent most of her life searching: for her purpose, for her family, for herself. Taken from her parents as a toddler during the infamous Sixties Scoop, in which the Canadian government forcibly rehoused tens of thousands of native children, Whajne grew up without knowing her real name, to say nothing of her heritage. Her life has been shaped by a hunger for truth and understanding, a yearning that lies at the core of her artistry.
“My heart was searching for answers when I wrote this song. I had spent so many years convincing myself I was okay when I was really denying myself something I wanted so badly, and I think that is relatable. There is a sad love story being told in between the lines and by writing and pouring my heart out, I uncovered some truths… that the love I was seeking outside of myself was really the love I needed to find within myself,” says Madisyn Whajne.
“The song is about letting go and filling yourself up again. Being vulnerable can be such a beautiful thing and so much can be learned if we are open. I learned to be true to myself and pursue the happiness we are all entitled to.”
Whajne’s debut album is invigorating and bittersweet, demonstrating resilience and survival in the face of pain and heartbreak, blending elements of such artists as Alvvays, Snail Mail, Rilo Kiley and Real Estate. Here we find straight driving guitars and semi-gritty punk rock drums, topped off with vocals radiating a sunny surfer pop vibe… a little sultry with some attitude.
Whajne’s band includes producer Jay McBride on bass, James Gray (of Soft Set) on guitar, and her husband Bobby Bulat (of Basia Bulat) on drums. Rarely wearing her emotions and details her life journey in explicit narrative terms, Whajne’s story is written between the lines as she navigates love and trust, reunion and rejection, faith and fate.
“The video for ‘Save My Heart’ was filmed last fall. We hauled my air organ up to the top of Devils Glen and found the perfect spot to shoot. We only had a few hours and we made the video in record time. We kept the concept simple and I love the way it turned out. The song speaks for itself so the imagery can take over and almost be meditative. Shot and edited by Bobby, it was our first attempt at using the drone. It turned out so beautiful and cinematic though, I couldn’t be more grateful,” says Whajne.
‘Save Our Hearts’ is out now, available everywhere digitally, including Apple Music, Spotify and also directly from the artist via Bandcamp.
CREDITS Madisyn Whajne: B3 Organ, Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals & Back Up Vocals James Gray: Electric Guitar & Back Up Vocals Jay McBride: Bass, Acoustic Guitar & Back Up Vocals Brittany Clarke: Back Up Vocals Bobby Bulat: Drums and Auxiliary Percussion Produced by Madisyn Whajne & Jay McBride Recorded and Engineered by Howard Bilerman & Shae Brossard at Hotel2Tango in Montreal Additional recording by Jay McBride at E5 Studio in Mississauga Mixed by Shae Brossard at Hotel2Tango Mastered by Harris Newman at Gray Market Mastering in Montreal All songs written by Madisyn Whajne & James Gray and published by Madisyn Whajne
Resurrection is the Released February 12, 2002 compilation album from English progressive rock band Atomic Rooster. The album comes as a three-disc set, which features songs from Atomic Roooster (1970), Death Walks Behind You (1970) and In Hearing of Atomic Rooster (1971). […]
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Να και ένα συγκρότημα από την πόλη Tours της Γαλλίας, το οποίο δεν έχουμε δει να έχει ανέβει σε μπλόγκ. Ονομάζονται Les Enfants Terribles και έχουν βγάλει μόνο ένα επτάϊντσο single και ένα άλμπουμ. Αρχικά το όνομα τους ήταν Acid Brains, όμως αφού υπέγραψαν με την θρυλική Βρετανική δισκογραφική Midnight Music, το άλλαξαν σε Les Enfants Terribles, πιθανόν ως φ […]