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Introducing…The Furrs

Brisbane based rock outfit The Furrs are on a roll. Alongside a slew of live accolades, The Furrs are proud to present their latest sonic offering in their new single Money as well as a slice of retro visual to go with it.

Another offering of bluesy-rock goodness, Money follows on from the tracks that put The Furrs on the map, Get On Your Horse and Little Boy which saw them named second in triple j Unearthed’s “Best Discoveries of 2014”.

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Introducing…The Ninjas

The Ninjas

The Ninjas

The Ninjas are a high energy rock duo from Brisbane, Australia returning with their latest single Never Had Much Time.

Recorded with Australian super producer Magoo this release sees the band take another giant leap forward with slicker production, bigger riffs and a stadium ready sound that is sure to get people dancing.

They’re early releases Yeah Yeah Yeah and Kill Em All gained the band an impressive following online and will all appear on the bands debut EP which is due out this August.

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Indie Shuffles Premieres Debut Song, Brother Blue, From Best Revenge

After almost 15 years of friendship, guitarist, songwriter and producer Keaton Simons (Gnarls Barkley, Snoop Dogg, Tre Hardson of The Pharcyde) and experimental drummer, songwriter and producer Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta, Bosnian Rainbows, T-Bone Burnett, John Cale of The Velvet Underground) have finally come together to form their newest project, Best Revenge. Yesterday, Indie Shuffle premiered Brother Blue, the first recorded song from the duo’s project.

Indie Shuffle said: “Brother Blue kicks off with the peculiar menace of a 80s film score. It soon devolves into a sneering rockabilly track, lacerating the listener with both a swaggering guitar and bold, vocal machismo. The lyrics convey wisdom through hurt and Parks’ drums throb with the pulse of reckoning. This is an accessible song with an authentic blues rock mentality. You don’t hear a new track like this often.”

Best Revenge Brother Blue

Best Revenge Brother Blue artwork

Best Revenge mixes modern and old school sounds for a down-home dirty, raw rock ‘n roll vibe with a modern, technological spin. Keaton sings and plays guitar (including electric and acoustic guitars as well as baritone and fretless) and Deantoni plays drums while he simultaneously live samples Keaton’s voice and plays it on the keyboard through a series of computerised effects – note: there are no loops in Best Revenge. The result is thoughtful music that excites and feels damn good. With a massive sound coming from just the two artists, this new project calls upon the adage “seeing is believing.”

Deemed “a triple threat” by his hometown’s Los Angeles Times, Keaton Simons has been captivating audiences for years with his raw, gritty voice, soul-baring songwriting and incomparable, sought-after electric and acoustic guitar work. He’s been brought on as a guitarist, as well as bassist, singer, writer and musical director for such notable acts as Gnarls Barkley, Snoop Dogg, and Tre Hardsonof The Pharcyde. With his own solo project, Keaton has co-produced and released records on major labels, licensed hundreds of songs for TV and film, toured nationally and internationally and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Last Call with Carson Daly.

Hailing form Newnan, Georgia, Deantoni Parks is a new wave/avant-garde experimental drummer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He has written, toured and collaborated with T-Bone Burnett, Bosnian Rainbows, The Mars Volta, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Cale of The Velvet Underground, Yoko Ono, Moby, Basement Jaxx and Cody Chesnutt. Additionally, Deantoni wrote and played drums for the Grand Theft Auto 5 original soundtrack and is co-founder of Dark Angels alongside producer and keyboardist Nicci Kasper, as well as a member of KUDU.

After meeting almost 15 years ago through jazz/funk trio Soulive, Keaton Simons and Deantoni Parks have not only been close friends but true admirers of each other’s respective work. Best Revenge is the first of what they hope will be many collaborative projects. Fans will have the opportunity to catch them live in Austin, Texas this week at SXSW.

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Introducing…Little Brother Eli

Little Brother Eli is the musical lovechild of Alex Grew and Joshua Rigal. Over the last eight months they have been writing and recording music which has culminated in this exciting project. Their influences have derived from blues artists as well as old school hip hop but the main focus for them is writing and producing great songs.

When performing live Little Brother Eli are accompanied by their band consisting of Benji Page, Adam Stowe and Linus Taylor. Allowing their songs to take on a totally new light, the duo describe this as a very exciting experience.

After their recent performance at iconic Jazz venue Ronnie Scotts in Soho, it’s no surprise that Little Brother Eli have gained a lot of fans in the lead up to the release of their forthcoming debut EP.

Their debut EP is out for digital release and has been described as “The Real Deal when it comes to blues and soul music” by The Flux. Alex and Josh have extracted the rich melodies of blues and combined them with the excitement of old school hip hop and an injection of good old rock ‘n’ roll. Creating a sound that is not only relevant to this generation but is musically intriguing to all.

Track one on the EP is Animal Fair – an incredibly bluesy, punchy song full of great guitar riffs and spine tingling vocals. The vocals seep passion. It’s unbelievably hard to sing the blues and come across as feeling it but Little Brother Eli totally and completely manage this. Animal Fair has slightly ridiculous lyrics but it works – it’s metaphorical. There’s enough control in the vocals on this song to keep it structured but there’s also that really important rawness which is what makes blues music such an emotional rollercoaster.

Awkward Positions is about exactly what you expect it to be about just from its title, “She likes the/Lights on/So that she can start to hypnotise you/It’s all that she thinks about…I heard she’s good on her knees…”. It’s a more solemn blues track with, once again, wonderful vocals that will make your jaw fall open. This time though the vocals are angry. If you think The Black Keys meets The Script – that is what the vocals are like. There’s the blues style from The Black Keys but also that slight Irish twinge heard in Danny O’Donoghue’s voice giving the vocals quite a unique sound.

When She Sings is the final track on Little Brother Eli’s EP. It has a swaying blues rhythm and is a full bodied track with explosive guitar riffs and soulful vocals. There are reggae influences around half way through the song which gives it that summery sound. This is the sort of song that would sound amazing blasting from huge speakers in the garden on a summer evening. There is a do-wop style to it with strong 1950s rock ‘n’ roll influences. They’ve saved the best to last with When She Sings.

Little Brother Eli’s EP is out now.

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