Monthly Archives: July 2013

Introducing…Vulkano

Erupting from the coast of Stockholm, Sweden, Vulkano is an explosive new duo pushing punk forward in their own charming way. They are uncompromising, extrovert and maximalist.

Vulkano

Swedish duo Vulkano

With a passion for astrology, the paranormal and nature, healing stones, tropical landscapes, mythology and mountains, Vulkano consists of the constantly headbanging Lisa Pyk-Wirström (keyboards/percussion) and the tour de force, the hissing feline Cissi Efraimsson (drums/lead vocals).

For Vulkano, it’s really all about their live show, a power unto itself. If they could, they’d have steaming hot bombastic shows containing choreography, costumes, magic tricks and light displays, creating a world where everything is possible. But, for the time being, they are releasing their debut single Vision Tricks which they self-release on July 29.

Taking inspiration from Pink Floyd, Siouxie & the Banshees, Bo Hansson, Velvet Underground and films such as Lucifer Rising, Barbarella, Holy Mountain and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Vulkano want to explore the realms of art, music, film, fashion and performance. They want to amaze, make people react and interact and they want to abuse their art school roots.

Back in Stockholm they have their own Vulkano club night, have directed videos including a recent one for Swedish DJ collective Mash Up International and are currently working on their own psychedelic short film. But that’s all by the by, because the real focus is their gutsy, potent punk full of hooks, chaos and straight-up boundless energy.

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Introducing…Little Death Machine

Little Death Machine are Daniel Cross and Clare Tsangari who have been making music as a duo since the start of 2013. Hit Me is their first release and they plan to follow it up with another two singles in the coming months. When performing live they are joined by Jamie Kendall who provides the visuals.

Little Death Machine took their name from the Chapman Brother’s sculpture. Daniel Cross explained about the band’s music and ethos: “It’s very personal but you can still dance to it.

We run our own club night called Stay Ugly. We created it in order to avoid some of London’s more questionable promoters. I suppose our ethos would be a combination of guitar pedals, computer glitches, interesting beats, varied vocals and an atmospheric live show.”

Hit Me is a mash up of electronica, grunge, rock and dance. The vocals lend themselves towards rock and screamo while the beats lend themselves towards dance and electronica (with a rock influence to say the least). If you think of The White Stripes you’re partially there with describing the dynamic of Little Death Machine. However, it’s safe to say that Tsangari is much more talented on the drums than Megan White.

Hit Me is an atmospheric rock/dance number that will get stuck in your head. It’s a great mix of genres with a sound that you would expect from a full band and not just two people.

The video for Hit Me is below.

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CocoRosie Reveal Brand New and Controversial Video for Child Bride

Following the release of their stunning new album Tales of a GrassWidow through City Slang last month, CocoRosie have unveiled a stirring new clip for track Child Bride.

The clip comes ahead of a special sold out show at London’s Barbican this Saturday, plus an appearance at Latitude Festival on Sunday. The band also announce a string of new UK live dates for the coming months.

The Child Bride video comes alongside CocoRosie sister Bianca Cassidy’s involvement in Girls Against God, a boldly feminist exploration and multi-generational arts and letters publication, deploying the arts to illuminate the oppressive, obsolete nature of traditional, male-defined religions and other patriarchal institutions — “We must resist and reinvent,” Casady declares.

In the video, directed by Emma Freeman, the motions of Girls Against God are illustrated to poignant effect. “Child Bride is my forth music video for CocoRosie” Freeman explains. “A tale of a young girl who is married to an older man and removed from her family. Through a window in her husband’s home, she dreams of being back with them. Do they still think about her? Lonely, abandoned and made to be a wife and woman.

“Every year, an estimated 14 million girls are married before they turn 18. Robbed of their childhood, denied their rights to health, education and security. I encourage people to get involved and visit www.girlsnotbrides.org.”

Tales Of A Grass Widow is the fifth album from the cross-disciplinary performance artists, now signed to City Slang for European release on May 27 2013.

The songs in Tales of a Grass Widow touch on CocoRosie’s personal response to the group’s feminist mission – Grass widow itself is an archaic term meaning an abandoned mistress and sets the scene for an album full of unsettling turmoil and contrasting stark beauty.

“We are burning with optimism,” Bianca asserts. “I feel a global awakening to the realisation that we have been comfortable in a social prison for thousands of years. We, women and men, oppressed by patriarchal views and systems with religions who despise women.

“You can find the phrase ‘Eve The Whore’ in almost every western language. It rolls off the tongue without a second thought, without acknowledging how Religions have blamed women and their bodies and their sex on the fall of ‘man’.”

Produced in association with Valgeir Sigurðsson, Tales of a Grass Widow features 11 songs and, in keeping with prior compositions, synthesises electronic and organic music conveying a compelling futuristic, return-to-nature sound. Punctuation comes across the record with beat box from CocoRosie’s longtime collaborator, Tez.

You can catch CocoRosie live on the following dates:
17 Jul Lyon – Les Nuits des Fourvière
20 Jul London – Barbican
21 Jul Suffolk – Latitude Festival
22 Jul Hebden Bridge – Trades Club
26 Jul St Petersburg – A2
28 Jul Moscow – Avantfest 2013
30 Jul Riga – Palladium
01 Aug Oslo – Rockefeller
02 Sep Bremen – Schlachthof
03 Sep Copenhagen – Vega
04 Sep Aarhus – Voxhall
07 Sep Dresden – Reithalle
08 Sep Katovice – Galeria Szyb Wilson
09 Sep Poznan – CK Zamek
11 Sep Salzburg – Rockhaus
12 Sep Graz – SPPC
13 Sep Stuttgart – Wagenhallen
14 Sep Neuchâtel – Cas a Chocs
15 Sep Zurich – Kaufleuten
16 Sep Amsterdam – Paradiso
18 Sep Leuven – Het Depot
19 Sep Frankfurt – Mouson Turm
20 Sep Frankfurt – Mouson Turm
21 Sep Köln – Gloria
22 Sep Tilburg – Incubate Fest @ City Theatre
23 Sep Nancy – L’Autre Canal
25 Sep Paris – Olympia
26 Sep St Malo – La Nouvelle Vague
27 Sep Brighton – Brighton Dome
29 Sep Manchester – Academy 2
30 Sep London – Oval Space
01 Oct Gateshead – The Sage
02 Oct Dublin – Button Factory

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Man Man Announce North America Tour Dates In Support of New Album, On Oni Pond

Celebrated Philadelphia rockers Man Man have just announced a series of North America live dates in support of their highly anticipated new album On Oni Pond. The record is set to arrive in stores this September 10 via Anti-.

Man Man have also released the first track off the album, Head On. In an early review of Head On, Pitchfork writes: “Head On finds Honus Honus making the most out of his wealth of experience, transmuting it into wisdom and empathy. Head On sounds surprisingly direct for Man Man: Honus asks the listener to hold on to their heart in any number of emotionally difficult situations, to ‘Hold it high above flood waters…’ ‘never let nobody drag it under…’ not ‘even when the whole world’s bitter…’ It resonates largely because Man Man themselves have taken their licks and endured, evolving from their excitable and divisive Beefheart/Zappa-influenced early work into rich and resonant piano pop that values populism over provocation.” You can read the full review here.

Praise from the blog world continues to pour in with Stereogum calling Head On:  ‘…A song that sounds brave simply because of its sweet melody and the loveliness of Honus’s lyric’. Consequence of Sound said: ‘In their own bizarre way, Honus Honus and Pow Pow have crafted a motivational tune, delivering strange-yet-beautiful life advice (‘Hold on to your heart/ Never let nobody drag it under’) over lush harmonies, muted guitars, and random bits of string work.” And The Needle Drop adding: ‘With this new track, Man Man is standing on the merits of their songwriting…The synth melodies are breezy and the string arrangements that come through toward the song’s finish are gorgeous. The chords have a certain sourness to them as well, reminding fans that Man Man will always have a bit of darkness to them–no matter how accessible the songs get.”

You can catch Man Man live on the following dates:
September 19 Chop Shop Charlotte, NC
September 20 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
September 21 Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA
September 22 Fitzgerald’s Houstin, TX
September 23 Club Dada Dallas, TX
September 24 The Mohawk Austin, TX
September 26 Tricky Falls El Paso, TX
September 27 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
September 28 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
September 29 The Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
October 1 Great American San Francisco, CA
October 2 Great American San Francisco, CA
October 4 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
October 5 Neumo’s Seattle, WA
October 8 Neurolux Boise, ID
October 9 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
October 10 The Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
October 11 Slowdown Omaha, NE
October 12 First Ave Minneapolis, MN
October 13 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
October 14 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
October 15 Wexner Ctr for the Arts Columbus, OH
October 16 The Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
October 20 Paradise Boston, MA
October 21 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
October 22 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
October 24 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale, PA
October 26 Chronic Town State College, PA
October 27 9:30 Club Washington, DC
October 30 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
October 31 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA

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Moon King Announce Forthcoming Release of New Album Obsession Out In September

Toronto’s Moon King will be issuing their debut European release on September 16 via Tough Love (Girls Names, Weird Dreams, CYMBALS). Entitled Obsession, the record compiles all of the band’s output to date as well as one previously unreleased track and will be available on LP, CD and digital download.

Comprised of Toronto native Daniel Benjamin and collaborator/co-conspirator, Maddy Wilde, the duo have been making music together for most of their lives. As Moon King, the two singers weave dreamlike harmonies over buzz-saw guitars and electronic percussion, their live performances capturing a raw-nerve intensity that verges on ecstatic.

Moon King

Moon King

While they have ties to a handful of other Canadian projects – Majical Cloudz, Grimes, Austra – they more obviously share a sonic affinity with the alien androgyny of Cocteau Twins, mbv and The Breeders. Many of Daniel’s songs appeal to our darker subconscious desires, revelling in the embrace of fear and ego as a means of escape. Daniel also frequently performs with his brother Airick and his group, Doldrums.

Only Child is the first track taken from Obsession and can be heard here.

Obsession is released on 16 September on Tough Love Records.

Moon King tour Europe in September with Born Ruffians which happens to coincide with the release of Obsession. You can catch them live on the following dates:

Sept 18 – The Soup Kitchen, Manchester, w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 19 – Concrete, London w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 20 – Green Store Room, Brighton w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 21 – Incubate Festival, Tilburg
Sept 23 – Video, Ghent
Sept 24 – Birthdays, London
Sept 26 – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
Sept 27 – Gebaude 9, Cologne, w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 28 – Berlin Independent Night, Berlin
Sept 30 – Witoof Bar, Brussels, w/ Born Ruffians
Oct 1 – La Grande Mix, Tourcoing, w/ Born Ruffians
Oct 2 – Trabendo, Paris w/ Born Ruffians
Nov 2 – Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik

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Lonely The Brave Announce Debut London Headline Performance at The Lexington

Having won over audiences at this year’s Download Festival and Hard Rock Calling, Lonely The Brave have announced that they will play their first ever London headline show at The Lexington in October.

Completed by David Jakes’ breath-taking vocals, Lonely The Brave’s unique style of expansive rock continues to capture the hearts of new listeners, converting them into instant fans and simultaneously gathering support from all corners of the music industry. Radio support has come from BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and Alice Levine and has been heavily championed by Zane Lowe.

Those who managed to catch the band at the previously mentioned Download Festival or Hard Rock Calling will know that Lonely The Brave’s songs are elevated to unimaginable heights when witnessed in a live environment. The intimate ambience of The Lexington will only enhance this experience making this a truly spectacular event that is not to be missed.

Pre-sale tickets are available from 10am on Thursday 18 July. General sale will start from 10am on Friday 19 July. Tickets can be bought here.

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Introducing…Kid Wave

Kid Wave are a London-based four piece who appreciate and show their love for big guitar sounds and surfy vocals.

Kid Wave have had a brilliant start since forming in the early days of 2013. The mixed troop, led by vocalist and guitarist Lea Emmery and guitarist Mattias Bhatt, released their first demo All I Want/Brimstone in late 2012. They’ve also supported the likes of Poolside and China Rats as well as played the sold out Great Escape Festival in Brighton.

Now the foursome are set to release their debut single, Shelley. Shelley is a summer tune with whispering and softly sighing vocals mixed with upbeat guitar riffs that won’t fail to get you in the mood for those long summer evenings spent in pub gardens.

Shelly is out on July 29 via BATTLE WORLDWIDE RECORDINGS.

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