Proving Anyone Who Tells You ‘No’, Wrong. Saint Mars Are Taking A stance Against Bullying With New Brand New Single

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking through the barriers that bullying can build around a persons self esteem and confidence, the boys over at Saint Mars have been hard at work to combat the effects that bullying can have on people of any ages, however, the band have used a unique and heartfelt tactic to convey their message.

The band have brought on the help of a young Tryzdin Grubbs, an extremely talented and gifted singer who found internet fame in 2013, where he was filmed covering Adele’s ‘Hello’. This may seem like an unusual approach, but having Tryzdin’s young voice has given the music a new spin, and as the track is from the point of view from a younger subject, it seems extremely fitting for Tryzdin to provide his voice to the character, making the project deep, meaningful and heartfelt.

Be sure to check them out:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/saint_mars

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJDziNXZFtNpmd_BIZ1z_EA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAINT.MARS.OFFICIAL/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarcDarcange?edit=true

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saint.mars/

Website: https://www.saintmars.net

IOTAPHI Go Behind the Scenes on Nominated Music Video ‘Kids of Chaos’

Electro-noir duo IOTAPHI have shared a Behind the Scenes clip for their music video ‘Kids of Chaos’. The Italy-via-Greece outfit have brought their dark-hued, cinematic soundscapes to life with a visual that sees athletes from Greece’s Down Syndrome Association throwing shapes in a derelict-looking gymnasium, shrouded in fog.

In the behind-the-scenes video, director Gregory Rentis says that the video was one of his most challenging projects. Speaking of the concept behind the visual, he says: “The initial point was to recreate sort of a Big Bang,” he explains, “all the girls are like stars or planets; they would disperse into our space and they sort of got together to create this planetary system which was basically a dance.”

Watch the full Behind the Scenes video below:

 

Follow IOTAPHI:

Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI_Soundcloud

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7aoZqb2BsVc6Ez6MppdGwD?si=aKBE0IsdQQqhSzBis58S9w

YouTube: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI_YouTube

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

Instagram: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI_Instagram

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IOTAPHIofficial

if JohnlikeJohn then I Like John

JohnlikeJohn might well be my favourite new discovery. He’s witty, sincere, poetic and kind of cool about it.

His new EP entitled ‘Vegans Are Evil Too’ sums up his brilliant commentary on human existence before you’ve even heard a single note. So far the only glimpse at the full EP we’ve had is this exquisite live video of John and his band playing the beautifully judged ‘I am scared too’. In this it is clear that every word comes from the heart and that he loves what he’s doing. JohnlikeJohn’s brilliant sense of humour also shines through as you hang on every word, epitomised in the line ‘I’m an Aquarius but thats bull’. Think Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Cooper Clarke.

Of course, the video showcases his brilliant songwriting, simple chords, simple melodies but together in a very endearing way. With the help of his female backing singer the song has some beautiful harmonies popping in toward the end. The talents of him and his band is obvious however their great personalities also show as they run around town having what likes a great time.

Watch the live version of ‘I am Scared too’ below

Follow JohnlikeJohn
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JohnlikeJohn/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/johnlikej

No use crying over Pink Milk – Dark Swedish soundscapes in the form of ‘Purple’

It would be unfair to describe Pink Milk’s debut album as simply a ten track Shoegaze album, but rather as whole; a menacing, ethereal soundscape.

Pink Milk are preparing for the October release of their debut album Purple, and with it the group have successfully encapsulated a wide range of influences, offering something for fans of everything alternative and beyond.

The album does not cut around any corners, the album is introduced with an instrumental titled River Phoenix which sets the foundation as to what to expect from the rest of the album. Instantly greeting the listener with sounds reminiscent of The Cure (a la Disintegration & Pornography).

What the album does very well is that it keeps a consistent balance between the dream pop ethereal sounds of aforementioned  influence and the noisier & hectic sounds, following influence from artists such as Mogwai & Low, known for creating soundscapes.

However, what differentiates Pink Milk’s Purple from their influences is it’s contemporary feel and it doesn’t rely too much on classic influences of familiarity; it comes across authentic & artistic in that sense.

Tracks such as ‘Muscles’ present the listener with ethereal, dreamlike soundscapes – these tracks paint a picture and are filled with effective tension, with an almost tribal-like dynamic. Whilst tracks such as ‘Detroit’ and ‘Awakening of Laura’ follow a more upbeat feel and are examples of the kind of “proto-gaze” sound you would hear from artists such as The Jesus & Mary Chain.

A personal favorite on this album is ‘Drömmens skepp’,  a brooding piece deriving from Swedish songwriter Staffan Percy. The track is unforgiving, as is the rest of the album and stays true to itself throughout.

The album concludes with a Foreigner cover of ‘I want to know what love is’, it’s a very appealing conclusion to the album and Pink Milk maintain the authenticity of the tune and keep it recognizable yet add their own flavor, in a tasteful way.

The album encapsulates the art-rock format and the avant-garde that is noise music and keeps it original, Purple does not follow a formula, and that’s what makes it appealing on first listen, just like the first listen of Psychocandy – it offers something different yet attractive.

However, where Purple flaws is with the linearity of the tracks themselves, whilst the pacing of the album of itself is consistent and enough to keep the listeners interested, the tracks themselves stay very linear for the entire two and a half minute average. Tracks such as ‘Muscles’ can be forgiven, the linearity adds to the context of the piece, yet songs such as Detroit attempt to crescendo and are let down when the drum pattern is exactly the same throughout.

This sort of linearity will only keep the most hardcore of noise-rock fans interested, working out what effects they are using in their compositions to replicate the “wall of sound” aesthetic, but I felt after listening to a minute of each track, I could easily anticipate or guess what the latter minute or two of the track will sound like – it didn’t leave much of a surprise to keep me continuously interested.

All in all however, Purple by Pink Milk felt satisfying for what it is. A ten track soundscape of dark alternative music, reminiscing about abrasive artists such as Low – whilst being original enough to keep me interested. The linearity does become apparent after the first couple of tracks, yet it’s original aesthetic is enough to draw fans of similar artists in.

Purple by Pink Milk is out on the 20th of October, you can keep up with the band on their social networks below;

https://soundcloud.com/pinkmilktheband

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

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

https://twitter.com/pm_theband

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

http://www.pinkmilkmusic.com

 

J.J Leone reloads his musical prowess for new single.

Coined as a “Dark Soul” artist, J.J Leone prepares for an October release of his new single ‘Reload’.

Already selling out the legendary Ronnie Scott’s, J.J is also championing a unique style, ‘Reload’ is a sound that is both contemporary yet refreshing to the R&B and Soul genres.

‘Reload’ features melancholic vibes that are becoming more and more prominent in contemporary pop music today, following the likes of Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd. Featuring croon-styled vocals, and an electronic backing.

What differentiates J.J is the song being led by the guitar – allowing for the cross-genre compatibility between his soul driven sound and recent post noughties indie textures such as The XX.

Whilst the tune has its comparisons with other pop contemporaries and artists who have followed suit with electronics mixed with instrumentation, the track does indeed hold well on its own, and importantly suits the contemporary music climate.

The songs structure sets the dynamics and feel of the song incredibly well, a strong crescendo element to the composition; J.J spaces out his resources well and does not go in with all guns blazing – creating more of an impact, and even though the conclusive guitar solo does feel slightly out of place upon the first couple of listens, and a breakdown may have potentially been more favourable, I feel it’s an appropriate risk and concludes the song in a gripping manner.

What ‘Reload’ does splendidly is capture the growing melancholic atmosphere that some R&B and Pop artists are incorporating into their work and putting a familiar yet original spin on it, creating a more accessible & enjoyable form of the sound.

‘Reload’ is out on October the 6th and is available to pre-order now. To keep up to date with J.J Leone and his upcoming release check out his social media pages below.

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/j-j-leone​​

Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamjjleone​​

Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamjjleone​​

Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/jjleone​​

Website: www.jjleone.com

 

 

“The Mario Baloetlli of art school rock” Johann Sebastian Punk teases his debut album with the release of ‘Confessions’

Sicily’s answer to Syd Barret; Johann Sebastian Punk is preparing for the debut of his debut album Phoney Music Entertainment with the release of ‘Confessions’ which is sure to take listeners on a sonic journey of sorts.

What is apparent is that Johann has adorned an embodiment of some of the greatest icons of the eclectic side of the music world, including names such as Bowie, Adam Ant & Syd Barrett – going beyond the boundaries of when music becomes art.

Incorporating the iconic storytelling aspects of songwriting modeled by the aforementioned influences. The song is more than just a five minute jingle, it’s a psychedelic journey that presents something new with each listen.

Whilst the previously mentioned influences give an overall picture as to what the listener might expect upon listening. The song features a diverse range of influences and sparks multiple ideas in its composition, the ambient yet haunting atmosphere of the song sets the overall mood for the song.

The song features intricate choral-like vocals which makes the composition sound grand, along with woodwind instruments that add a fantastical element to the piece.

The composition concludes with a crescendo, still maintaining that dream-like, fantastical quality to the piece, we are introduced with a static drum beat. It brings familiarity in the form of Radiohead’s more experimental tunes and even The Beatles during their psychedelic years.

What Confessions does well is paint a sonic picture, those who are looking for substance and something comparable to artwork can eagerly look forward to Johann’s debut album Phoney Music Entertainment, which releases on the 13th of October. However, not only is a second single ‘Tragedy’ due for release before then, but U.K fans can listen to the debut album digitally during the second week of September.

For more on Johann Sebastian Punk and to keep up with his upcoming releases, you can find his social media links below;

Twitter: @JohannSebastianPunk

Instagram: @johannsebastianpunk

https://www.facebook.com/johannsebastianpunk/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUUkQQFWXIFK8R3YjHY0jA

Jak Chantler prepares to don his ‘Shell Suit’ in his latest release with Short Sharp Scratch.

Jak Chantler of former Kerrang’s ‘Best Unsigned Band’ Kingskin is prepare for the launch of his new project Short Sharp Scratch, with the release of ‘Shell Suit’ and the upcoming EP of the same name.

With Short Sharp Scratch, Chantler is stepping away from the alternative rock sounds of Kingskin and has crafted a soulful pop sound that juxtaposes his last musical outfit.

Writing new tunes since before Kingskins break-up, Chantler has also enjoyed success working alongside Charlie Andrew of Alt J and Madness fame and has also had high profile guitar performances in front of the likes of James Corden, Rick Astley & Gordon Ramsey.

With ‘Shell Suit’, Chantler has crafted a sound that is initially a throwback to the classic soulful-funky sound of the 70’s and 80’s akin to Chaka Khan. Yet the song instantly finds its place among recent pop classics such as Childish Gambino and his latest release to the likes of indie-pop sounds from Haim.

The engaging instrumental is accompanied by powerful vocals that really drive the soul of the song home whilst giving it a contemporary touch.

The song is a charming nostalgia trip to fans of the party anthems of old yet is also a fresh re-imagining with a modern take; yet the song remains authentic both the soul and pop influences of this track.

Whilst the track & EP releases next month, you can check out a teaser in the form of a live performance at Abbey Road here;

Short Sharp Scratch’s debut EP Shell Suit releases on the 15th of September, for now you can keep up to date with Short Sharp Scratch on the social network links below;

https://twitter.com/Short_Scratch

https://www.facebook.com/shortsharpscratchmusic/

“I don’t need a babysitter!” Temper Cartel channel a guileless rage in their new track ‘Babysitter’

Temper Cartel have thrown their toys out of the pram so to speak with their energetic indie anthem and music video for ‘Babysitter’.

The video was released on the 9th of August, and features a collection of over 40 fans acting out child-like states, having a tantrum, fitting the hectic dynamic of the tune.

The song carries an upbeat and energetic quality throughout, whilst retaining the thrashing sounds of influences such as The Libertines and The Strokes, whilst referencing these names, Temper Cartel solidify their place in modern indie alongside Catfish & the Bottlemen.

The song not only fits in with the lo-fi garage inspired aesthetic of the early noughties but also the often looked over experimental britpop bands of the early 90s, such as Supergrass, infusing a collective sound of alternative rock.

Alongside the vocals features a band with a diverse range of textures coming from each of the instruments, from the Coxon-esque guitar riffs that have an ascending pattern comparable to reaching boiling point: to the thumping sounds of the bass and drum coupling together to drive the song.

When it comes to interpreting the song, director A. Rigozzi interpreted the first line “I don’t need a babysitter!” as relating to an authoritarian government: As such, the song features substance and is a well thought out composition, from a vocalised instrumental section to the lyrical content.

Babysitter by Temper Cartel is out now and you can check out the music video to the single here;

In anticipation of their forthcoming debut album, you can keep up to date on details of that on their social networks;

https://tempercartel.com/

https://soundcloud.com/tempercartel

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

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

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

“Going back to 505” – Italy’s answer to the Arctic Monkeys; Five o Five.

East coast Italians Five O Five prepare for the release of their debut album @Y&! showcasing their noughties driven anthem ‘Where They Bring Sophie?’

With the members being as young as 18 years old, the quartet have encapsulated the garage-rock inspiration of bolstering riff orientated music, along with accented and fuzzy vocals and a pounding drum beat, following the legacy left in the early noughties that is groovy indie music.

At just 18 years old, Five o Five have already performed to audiences as big a 2500 at the Adriatic Bowl for the international skate contest. They are no stranger to expansive performances and are already seasoned at a young age.

With an obvious influence to the Arctic Monkeys album Favourite Worst Nightmare the song is carried by a heavy lo-fi guitar riff that maintains a catchy melody. Along side a consistent voice covered with a fuzzy layer to drive that garage-aesthetic. It is apparent that they take the best of their other influences as well such as the White Stripes’ low-fi and hard hitting textures & the Beatles experimentation and broad influences and mix that with their own personal sounds to create their mark.

What Five o Five incorporate to add a layer of atmosphere are keyboard segments that fill and elevate breaks where there is no guitar. An electronic influence is also apparent, swapping accustomed guitar solos, for a pitch shifted keyboard breakdown which adds a refreshing take to the genre.

What Five o Five do really well in their new track ‘Where They Bring Sophie?’ is they encapsulate everyone’s favourite indie era and remind us of what made it so iconic, whilst creating a refreshing take on it that is not too alien, yet also unique.

‘Where They Bring Sophie?’ is released on the 25th of August in the U.K. and you can check out the music video here;

You can keep up to date on their social networks below;

https://www.facebook.com/fiveofiveband/

https://www.instagram.com/fiveofiveband/?hl=it

https://open.spotify.com/album/7jTLw59MnOckO3OwrO52MA

https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/where-they-bring-sophie/id1255474696?i=1255475083

“She’s flying like a spaceman” – Pablo & The Appleheads prepare for album launch with ‘Zaida’

Barcelona based singer-songwriter Pablo Villavecchia and his band of “Appleheads” prepare for the release of their sophomore album Alessandra with an upbeat preview in the form of ‘Zaida’, the new track off of the album.

Upon first listen it’s obvious that this song will make it into  summer playlists with it’s upbeat qualities and multiple sing-a-long hooks that will instantly be stuck in the listeners heads. Channeling influences from The Kooks and The Beatles, along with noticeable influence from the late David Bowie, encapsulated in the chimerical lyrics.

Whilst using dream-like lyricism, the songs message contrasts the upbeat nature of the sound and carries a strong message, taking the hook “flying like a spaceman”and using it in a metaphorical way.

Whilst at first it seems the song is directed at indie-pop audiences; for fans of The Kooks. The tune has the perfect balance of indie and pop as well as hints of folks, fans of artists such as  Arcade Fire to Paolo Nutini could jive with this catchy number.

Zaida is a tune, it delivers its purpose in a clear and concise way, it essentially does what it says on the tin.

However, with Pablo and the Appleheads it’s not just the music, the music video to accompany the track is visual eye-candy, the overall aesthetic comes as one whole package. The influence from Tame Impala’s last album with it’s visual aesthetic mixed with the musical aesthetic is apparent. Combined with the message within the lyrics works wonders.

You can check out the music video to Pablo and The Appleheads ‘Zaida’ here;

You can also stream and purchase ‘Zaida’ on Spotify & ITunes;

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/zaida-single/id1263082315?ls=1&app=itunes

Alessandra is released on the 31st of August, but for now you can keep up with Pablo & the Appleheads on their social networks;

https://www.facebook.com/pabloandtheappleheads/?fref=nf

https://twitter.com/PabloAppleheads

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_7SXqgXIeHNFZjLi4Ss9w

https://pabloandtheappleheads.com/