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Introducing…Chase City

Chase City

Chase City

Creating a stunning blend of sun-drenched guitar pop and indie rock that boasts catchy hooks and soaring melodies, Chase City have all the winning ingredients of a band who will soundtrack your summer.

Taking cues from the likes of Vampire Weekend, Last Dinosaurs and San Cisco, the band’s latest single Go Back is instant yet enthralling; showcasing all the best qualities of a pure pop song. Think upbeat, bouncy melodies and a chorus earworm…this is a sonic slice from a band who are consistently bringing the good times.

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Introducing…Slow Turismo

Cracking out of a cacoon of extensive writing and recording, Slow Turismo hit the ground running with their first single Breathe.

The dark and quirky clip was directed by the enigmatic Luke McGrath and features award-winning dancer, Alison Plevey. The song captures the feeling of limbo as a relationship comes to an end. Yes, you may have just broken up with your girlfriend but it’s Friday afternoon, leading into a long weekend and you can deal with it on Tuesday.

Listed as one of the hottest new independent talents in the country, Slow Turismo cultivate the kind of indie pop that alternative listeners are looking to hear. Similar to the bold work of Cloud Control, Bombay Bicycle Club and LCD Soundsystem, Slow Turismo writes music that nestles in between several genres which are distinguished by complex arrangements.

Their live performances are a call to arms for marginalised youth who are looking for a dance floor that has the energy of a house party, inducing the crowd to sing along to lyrics that are full of relatable life lessons. They have shared the stage with Van She, Playwrite and electro-upcomer, Raus and are no strangers to music festivals, events and high-profile venues.

Slow Turismo is currently working alongside ARIA award winning producer, Magoo (Powderfinger, Regurgitator, Jungle Giants) and will soon release their second single, Thunderstorm.

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Introducing…Young Maverick

Young Maverick

Young Maverick

Melbourne’s Young Maverick could be the new kings of tropical, feel-good pop given half the chance. Their new EP Holiday Popular is absolutely brimming with uplifting hooks and energetic excuses to, well, bounce.

New single Hey Woo follows on from the endearing as sin Running Around that organically pricked the ear of the likes of Zan Rowe on triple j. There’s plenty on offer throughout: the snazzy riff, the heart-wrenching lyrics and the infectious chorus. Look out, Jinja Safari and New Navy.

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Sheppard To Release Geronimo EP

Australian phenomenon Sheppard make their long-awaited North American debut with the Geronimo EP, available through iTunes and all digital retailers next Tuesday August 12 2014. Last week, the group premiered the cinematic music video for the title track which was made available for the first time in the U.S. on Idolator.

Currently quadruple-platinum in Australia, Geronimo merges artful instrumentation with indie rock panache and undeniable pop prowess. With its anthemic chorus and refreshing blend of male and female harmonies, it is evident why the song has become the number one most played track on the Australian Airplay Chart and holds the record for the longest running number one single by an independent Australian artist. What’s more, Geronimo is the highest selling Australian song of the year.

This month, the Brisbane six-piece’s independent Australian album debut, Bombs Away, took number one  on Australia’s top album charts, cementing Sheppard as one of the country’s foremost breaking acts. Across the pond, UK fans have responded with similar enthusiasm. Global streams on Geronimo exceed one million and counting while UK streams alone are impressively nearing 150,000 with 20,000 on Spotify during release week. Currently, the song also stands strong at number three on the UK’s Spotify viral chart. Now, Sheppard is gearing up to conquer the United States.

Most recently, the band gave a much buzzed about performance on the grand finale of The Voice in Australia and VIBE Magazine named them one of five acts “ready to pop.” Moreover, other artists and tastemakers have been quite vocal about their admiration of Sheppard. The Vamps, Scooter Braun and more recently tweeted their support.

Sheppard is comprised of siblings, George, Amy and Emma Sheppard along with friends Jay Bovino, Michael Butler and Dean Gordon.  They officially touch down with Geronimo next week.

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Stormporter Release New Single, Sparkle Shimmer Shine

Stormporter are two story-writing Brits making sweet, soulful, indie pop-rock noise. Tim, from England and Tones, a Scot, came together to share their stories, make sweet music together and share fun times in their adopted country – New Zealand.

Stormporter tell stories through their music; stories about life. We all go through storms in our lives – sometimes exciting, often turbulent and sometimes life-changing. Stormporter believe there will always be someone or something to carry you through the storm.They hope the songs will get under your skin, that you’ll be moved or touched in some way, that the songs will become part of the soundtrack of your life. Perhaps, these songs will somehow help you through life’s storms.

Their debut single, Find Yourself, was released on March 10 and was well received. Now they are back with their new single, Sparkle Shimmer Shine.

Stormporter’s sound and the influence for their songs are rooted in British Mod culture. The result of this is a sweet and unique, soulful, grooving indie pop-rock sound and a vibe that will get you up out of your seats.

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Introducing…Stormporter

Stormporter are two story-writing Brits making sweet, soulful, indie pop-rock noise. Tim, from England and Tones, a Scot, came together to share their stories, make sweet music together and share fun times in their adopted country – New Zealand.

Stormporter

Stormporter

Stormporter tell stories through their music; stories about life. We all go through storms in our lives – sometimes exciting, often turbulent and sometimes life-changing. Stormporter believe there will always be someone or something to carry you through the storm.They hope the songs will get under your skin, that you’ll be moved or touched in some way, that the songs will become part of the soundtrack of your life. Perhaps, these songs will somehow help you through life’s storms.

Stormporter are hitting the stage and taking their infectious brand of soulful, indie pop-rock to New Zealand and the world.

Their debut single was released on March 10 and has been well received. The song is ear-worming it’s way across radio airwaves in New Zealand and the video is also being screened on New Zealand national music television (C4 and Juice TV).

The debut single, Find Yourself and their second single (due for release late April) were produced by Kiwi legend, Ben King (Goldenhorse, Grand Rapids). King also contributed bass on the songs. You’ll also hear Matthias Jordan (Pluto, Gin Wigmore) tinkling on the keys and cooking up some crazy big Hammond organ sounds. Adam Tobeck (Jesse Sheehan) is grooving on the drums and the sultry sounds of Haddon Smith (The Checks, Ruby Frost) on horns.

Stormporter’s sound and the influence for their songs are rooted in British Mod culture and the idea for the video for Find Yourself was inspired by the Northern Soul movement, born out of Northern England back in the late 60s/early 70s.

The result of this is a sweet and unique, soulful, grooving indie pop-rock sound and a vibe that will get you up out of your seats.

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The Machine Room – Sweden EP Review

New label Disorder Recordings is set to release new material from Scottish skygazers The Machine Room this month. Disorder Recordings rises from the promoters behind the popular Old Blue Last club night. The Machine Room packed out many venues throughout 2013 including The Shacklewell Arms, Birthdays and The Bull & Gate as well as appearing at festivals such as T In The Park. It’s 2014 and they’re back ready to release new material that was only previously heard at their enthralling live shows.

Following the release of singles Sweden (Fierce Panda/Label Fandango) and Chances (Disorder Recordings), The Machine Room release their first EP since 2012’s Love From A Distance, entitled Sweden.

Last year the indie dream-pop five piece released the first single to be taken from their new EP, catchy lead track Sweden via Fierce Panda/Label Fandango. The release attracted a whole load of positive press including being made Track Of The Week by respected music/culture website The 405.

The second single to be taken from the Sweden EP is Chances which was unleashed to the world on 3 March. Having already gained airplay from BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, the chances are this will be the bands most successful single to date.

The Machine Room from Edinburgh consist of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Bryden backed up by Adie Emanuel (drums), Cecilia Stamp (synths, keys, guitar, backing vocals), Ryan Marinello (guitar, backing vocals) and Scott Hitchings (bass). They exist in their own swirling world of heavyweight rhythms and featherweight melodies. Sweden EP is released on Monday 17 March 2014 on Disorder Recordings and is undoubtedly the mildly electro-fied dreamers most catchy and well produced work to date. They have truly found their dreamy shoe-gazing sound and built upon the success of their previous offerings with complex beats and swirling guitar treats.

The Machine Room

The Machine Room

The title track has electronic synth sounds which are reminiscent of  the 80s. It’s dream pop soundscape at its best which gives it a wonderful atmospheric sound. Sweden has faint vocals placing much more focus on the atmospheric instrumentation. The distortion of the bass notes on the synths adds a sense of drama to this song. The instrumentation calms around two thirds of the way through the song to prepare for a final build up towards the end of the track, creating a sense of tension just before it ends. You’ll find your head swaying along even if you don’t know what this song or band are about. Sweden is 100% worthy of radio play.

Persistent Suitor has a very different sound to the first track on the EP. The vocals are more dominant than in the previous song and carry the melody, “I was dancing in circles for you/And falling in love with you/And crawling all over you…” Persistent Suitor sounds familiar in its sound. Combining uplifting, light hearted guitar notes and bass notes with the indie drum beat gives it a danceable, fast paced beat. It’s quite a dramatic number, especially in the middle of the song. Alongside the melodic vocals, the bass riff carries this song making it something very memorable.

Lose A Friend is dark in comparison to the previous tracks. It features unusual vocals which start to show off the vocal range and abilities. The bass notes are paramount in this track presenting a haunting quality to this band’s writing. The drum beat suddenly kicks in giving this song its 80s pop feel and soundscape quality.

Chances was released earlier this month. Once again, the indie guitar carries the melody producing a pleasant and gentle riff. The lyrics, “I’ve had my chances…” is repeated but stays surprisingly fresh. It’s a hook that will stay with you.

The Machine Room’s Sweden EP is a wonderful snippet into the workings of this band. It will be released on March 17 via Disorder Recordings.

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