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Linda Em – London Irish (Talking Elephant Records 21 September 2018)

Linda Em announces new ‘London Irish’ EP, previews ‘Wild Fire’ single

London-based Irish-born songstress Linda Em has announced her new ‘London Irish’ EP, to be released this fall via Talking Elephant Records. Ahead of that, ‘Wild Fire’ is the first single from this release – a sultry song that is as much of an earworm as it is seductive.

This EP is the first step in a different direction for Linda, towards a more atmospheric and spacious sound and vocal performance. It is both poetic and storytelling while still being brutally honest and personal. Her pure and raw vocals beautifully convey a nostalgic lyrical narrative, her warm endearing vocals drawing the listener into her musical story telling.

The ‘London Irish’ EP was recorded, produced and mastered at Orphan Recording, Dublin by Gavin Glass (Paul Brady, John Grant, Lisa Hannigan, Mundy), who is also music director for John Carney’s film ‘Sing Street’). It was mixed by Scott Halliday (John Grant, Lisa Hannigan and previously guitar tech for Prince and James Vincent Mcmorrow).

‘Wild Fire’ is about the power struggle in a relationship built on control and passion, where there can be no victor. Written by Linda Em and Eamon P. Gilmore, on this track, Em shares vocal duties with Gavin Glass.

“This is definitely more of love story or indeed a power battle. If you watch Game of Thrones, for instance, you’ll see that Wild Fire was one of their deadly weapons of choice. The fear of wild fire is indeed a fantastic metaphor for human passion and love and energy that could not be controlled or tamed,” says Linda Em. “The song is also an expression of a woman’s desire for freedom and the sadness that comes when two lovers simply aren’t right for each other. Even if they have this intense love, we realise as we get older, that love alone just isn’t enough.”

Originally hailing from Waterford, Ireland, Linda’s family immigrated to London’s East End in the 1980s. A natural singer, songwriter and storyteller, her lyrical narrative is comparable to that of authors, poets and playwrights with a strong visual essence, stimulating the listener’s own imagination. Her music explores a wide array of themes from forgotten fateful stories and uncelebrated heroines of the past to her own personal and family experiences.

Linda first started singing blues and rock ’n’ roll in pubs and clubs in her early twenties before meeting Chris Wyatt, with whom she wrote and recorded her first album ‘Shadow Lands’ in 2015. Her sound has grown to adopt strong elements of Americana and folk noir with an ominous and atmospheric Celtic undercurrent to it and splashes of gospel and soul.

“As a lyricist I’m telling a story and, through working with producer Gavin Glass, I think the musical side reflects and illustrates that. Gavin has managed to give the songs and sound a strong cohesiveness even though the songs are all written with different people,” says Linda Em.

Linda draws an ethereal energy flow from her inspirations, citing numerous artists as influences, including Leonard Cohen,  Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Portishead, Hank Williams, Ennio Morriconeand the poetry of Ted Hughes.

Linda Em produces music in an extraordinary mix of influences and genres, blending folk (revisited from a current London / Irish cultural perspective), a bit of rock, Celtic melody and American blues. Her music is timeless, filtering new compositions through the prism of her musical heritage to produce an overall modern day eclectic feel.

The ‘London Irish’ EP will be available through the regular online stores and streaming platforms as of September 21, 2018, and will also be available on CD from Talking Elephant Records.

Linda Em will be playing an EP launch show in London on September 26 at Water Rats (19:30 – 22:30, 328 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross) with support by Crayon Angels and JMK James.

TRACK LIST
1 Wild Fire
2 Two Hands
3 Little Lightmaker
4 White Horse

CREDITS
‘Wild Fire’ written by Linda Em / Eamon Gilmore
‘Two Hands’ written by Linda Em / Ian Montague
‘Little Lightmaker’ written by Linda Em / Linda Coogan Byrne
‘White Horse’ written by Linda Em / Chris Wyatt
All tracks mixed by Scott Halliday
Mastering by Gavin Glass at Orphan Recording Studios

‘Wild Fire’, ‘Little Lightmaker’ and ‘White Horse’ produced by Gavin Glass
Recorded at Orphan Recording Studios, Dublin
Bass and drums by Scott Halliday
Mandolin, acoustic and baritone guitars on ‘Little Lightmaker’ by Robin James Hurt
Backing Vocals on ‘Wild Fire’ & ‘Little Lightmaker’ by Teresa Connelly
All other instruments by Gavin Glass

‘Two Hands’ recorded by Rupert Gillett
Recorded at The Cabin Recording Studios, Walthamstow, London
Piano by Suzanne Ho
Opera vocal by Neeharika Gollapalli

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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in Alternative

 

Walter Lure & The Waldos – Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo (Cleopatra Records 17 August 2018)

Sole surviving Heartbreakers member Walter Lure announces new album with The Waldos

Recently signed to Cleopatra RecordsWalter Lure & The Waldos have announced their new album ‘Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo’. This is the first new album in 24 years from legendary guitarist-vocalist Walter Lure, an original member of The Heartbreakers, who spearheaded the first wave of punk rock.

“This is my first release of new songs in 25 years or so since the last Waldo’s album. That might seem like a long time but it really only feels like a few years-life seems to contract over long periods for some reason,” says Walter Lure.

Ahead of this album release, the band is teasing the lead track ‘Crazy Kids’. The lead track ‘Crazy Kids’ will also be featured in the forthcoming full-length film ‘Thunders: Room 37’, which dramatizes the final days of Lure’s former bandmate Johnny Thunders.

Walter Lure tells the story: “Crazy Kids was originally written back in the 90’s sometime after the first Waldo’s release but, for some god knows what reason, I forgot about it after awhile. I hadn’t performed it in over 20 years until I dug it out again for this new release. The opening chords have a hint of a Sex Pistols feel to it and that was definitely on purpose. I remember discussing the high A major chord with Steve Jones of the Pistols on the Anarchy tour. It has lots of open strings reverberating with the higher notes.”

Their new full-length also features other new tunes such as ‘Damn Your Soul’, as well as killer new versions of Heartbreakers classics ‘London Boys’ and‘Take A Chance On Me’.

Today Walter Lure & The Waldos is made up of Walter Lure (guitar and vocals), Takanori Ichiuji (bass and vocals), Tak Nakai a.k.a. Takto (guitar and vocals), and Joe Rizzo (drums and vocals).

In 1975, Walter Lure became an original member of The Heartbreakers as guitarist and vocalist, joining Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan (of the New York Dolls), and Richard Hell (of Television), who was later replaced by Billy Rath. Lure was playing with glam-punk band The Demons when he joined The Heartbreakers and earlier played with anarchic Bronx hard rock groupBloodbath in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

The Heartbreakers supported the Sex Pistols on their ill-fated 1976 Anarchy Tour just as the UK punk scene was building momentum. In 1977, they released their first and only studio album ‘L.A.M.F.’ The band’s 1977 song ‘London Boys’ is a swipe at the Sex Pistols, in response to the Pistols’ song ‘New York’, a put-down of the New York Dolls.

After The Heartbreakers’ “official” breakup in 1977, the band would often reform, continuing to play the occasional gig right up until Johnny Thunders’ death in 1991.

The Heartbreakers final show was for the Johnny Thunders Memorial Concert. In 1994, three Heartbreakers – Walter Lure, Tony Coiro and Joey Pinter – were joined by Jeff West in releasing ‘Rent Party’, The Waldos’ debut album.

Lure also worked with The Ramones on their albums ‘Subterranean Jungle’ (1983), ‘Too Tough To Die’ (1984) and ‘Animal Boy’ (1986), released a single with The Blessed, and also started a number of bands, including The Hurricanes and The Heroes, before ultimately founding The Waldos.  In 1997, Walter Lure also played a set of shows for the 40th anniversary of The Heartbreakers ‘L.A.M.F.’ album, joined by Blondie’s Clem Burke, Sex Pistols’ bassist Glen Matlock and Social Distortion’s Mike Ness.

On August 17, ‘Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo’ will be available from digital music stores and streaming platforms such as Spotify, but it is already available for pre-order via Bandcamp, where it is also available on both CD and red vinyl with reverse-board jackets.

On September 1, Walter Lure & The Waldos will hold their record release party at Bowery Electric in New York. Ahead of that, on July 15, the band will also be playing Johnny Thunders’ Birthday Bash at Bowery Electric, along withLenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), The Carvels NYC, Heap, The Hipp Pipps, Lulu Lewis, Red Datsun, The Ritualists, The Skelekasters, The Skullers, Steve Krebs & The Maynard G’s, The Threads, DJ Steve Fallon, and Dennis Doyle.

TRACK LIST
01 Crazy Kids
02 Damn Your Soul
03 Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)
04 London Boys
05 Lazy Day
06 Take A Chance On Me
07 Wham Bam Boo
08 Bye Bye Baby
09 She Doesn’t Love You
10 Little Black Book
11 Don’t Mess With Cupid
12 You Talk Too Much

CREDITS
Performed by Walter Lure & The Waldos
Featuring Trisha Scotti
Andy Shernoff – Background vocals
Brian Hurd and Randy Pratt – Harmonica
Arno Hhecht,Danny Ray – Sax
Joey Pinter – Guitar Solo on ‘Take a Chance on Me’
Produced by Andy Shernoff
Engineered by JZ Barrell at Randyland Studios, Manhasset, NY
Mixed by Joe Blaney at Overlook Mixdown
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering
Overdubbed at Andy’s House of Hits by Andy Shernoff
Design and Layout by Fendi Nugroho

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Posted by on July 12, 2018 in Alternative

 

Lost Chocolate Lab – Lost Landscapes (31 August 2018)

Seattle’s Lost Chocolate Lab Announces ‘Lost Landscapes’ LP, Previews ‘Squall’ single

Seattle-based artist Lost Chocolate Lab has announced the forthcoming release of a new ‘Lost Landscapes’ album. The first single ‘Squall’ can be streamed ahead of this. From soft blankets of distortion to hazy clouds of noise, this is a long-lost love letter to the first wave of shoegaze six-string pioneers, where guitars caterwaul in-collision with cascading waves of reverberation and acrobatic effects-pedal atmospherics.

Here we find the guitar-based lyricism of Godspeed You! Black Emperor or The Grateful Dead, combined with the barely-guitar noise-explorations of My Bloody Valentine, Jimi Hendrix and Flying Saucer Attack.

Lost Landscapes is over 80 minutes of spontaneous guitar composition, rippling-with-waves of effects pedal manipulation, bilious clouds of feedback, and laser-sharp tendrils of sonic-storytelling. Recorded over a long-weekend in Seattlein the 2017 winter, base-tracks were laid-down digitally in 2 sessions of single-pass improvisations. Revisited with a second improvised pass of solo guitar atmospherics, this gave birth to the 10 songs on this album. Mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering, these sound sculptures harness hi-fidelity emotions.

Lost Chocolate Lab is led by guitarist Damian Kastbauer and became a noise-making unit following the disbanding of Minneapolis noisepop shoegaze pioneers February (Carrot Top/ Saint Marie Records) in 1997. Formed as a platform to reach further into the moment through mostly improvisational works leveraging long-form musical expression, Kastbauer has guided this music project through its various formats – from producing mind-bending noise, meditative ambient flute music with Julie Kastbauer, and full-on improvisational space jazz as a trio with Minneapolis drummer JP Hauer.

In its current incarnation, the basic elements of improvisation, instrumental storytelling, and guitar-based expression have been synthesized into a pure expression of the effects-heavy solo guitars, mucking-with the fabric of space and time. These works fundamentally aim to channel the “now” of improvisation and tap into the flow of possibility from fingertip to speaker cone. After setting up a system of playback that allows for the dynamic manipulation of guitar and effects in realtime, the goal is to let it flow and bottle the lightning for repeated playback.

The visual accompaniment to the full Lost Landscapes album was collected during a daily 9-5 commute across the water from Seattle to Bellevue. Soundtracked by evolving landscapes and inexorably linked to a time and place in urban Washington, processing was applied to the visuals in an effort to mirror the unfolding soundscapes that were being refined through a process of daily iteration. What began as a physical expression manifested in the swirling effect-pedal aesthetic of solo guitar performance was melded to abstract visuals in an audio-visual ballet of tonality and psychedelic imagery.

Lost Chocolate ‘Lost Landscapes’ will be available on August 31 across online music stores and streaming platforms, as well as via Bandcamp.

TRACK LIST
1. Contents / Weightless     10:13
2. Alien Lands             06:53
3. Squall             06:36
4. Everything Is Heavy         03:43
5. Let’s Fold Space         04:56
6. Night Drive             06:32
7. Horseback Headspin        08:16
8. We Start Over?         05:54
9. Dancing Towards Infinity     08:12
10. This Could Be The End     09:39

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Posted by on July 5, 2018 in Alternative