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Introducing…Homes

Homes

Homes

Homes is a seven-piece, soul poppin’ rock n’ roll freight train of groove from Melbourne, Australia. Homes’ initial existence was as a two piece, made up of good friends and songwriters Fin Bradley and Henry Badger, who together not only passed high school, but wrote and workshopped the initial Homes repertoire before scouting some of Melbourne’s finest musicians to join the family.

The latest offering from the band, Did You Find What You’re Looking For? pits the hard hitting, fast paced live attitude and sound of 70’s surf rock with traditional hooks and grooves picked straight from the crates of soul records. Vocals dripping in Hendrix-esque swagger are teamed with axe-slaying riffs; blistering horns soar over the soulful grit of Rhodes keys, creating a track oozing with live energy. Homes’ sound is reminiscent of artists such as Saskwatch, Jimi Hendrix, The Cat Empire and David Bowie.

With irresistible groove and impeccable execution, Homes weave a bold and colourful musical patchwork that is sure not only to turn heads but also to break necks.

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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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Ark Life – The Dream Of You & Me Album Review

From 2007 to 2012, songwriter Jesse Elliott led rock & roll band These United States through five studio albums and nearly 1,000 live performances in the U.S., Canada and Europe, appearing everywhere from Glastonbury to SXSW, Daytrotter to Lollapalooza and garnering praise from NPR, The New York Times, SPIN, KEXP and others.

The Dream of You & Me is the debut record from Ark Life, a new project fronted by Elliott. In early 2013, Elliott stopped in Denver on his way to a new life in New York and started making music with pianist Lindsay Giles, bassist Anna Morsett (of TUS), guitarist Natalie Tate and veteran Denver drummer Ben Desoto. The result was Ark Life, a project that has now shared the stage with Ringo Starr, The Head & the Heart, Ryan Bingham and more. Produced by Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, The Dream of You & Me is made up of equal parts mischief and heartthrob, inspired by the band’s enduring love for CCR, Tom Petty, Motown and the campfire singalong.

Ark Life

Ark Life

Ark Life recently premiered What You Want To on Purevolume which is taken from their debut album. What You Want To has some brilliant thought-provoking lyrics, “I should have folded that letter/I should have looked for a phone/I should not smile at these strangers/I should pack up and depart/But the heaviest weight on my heart/Is not what I should do/But what I want to…” What You Want To is a little bit Jackson 5 in places; the tempo, the funk inspired keyboard and the soulful vocals all aid this. What You Want To is a marvellous blend of good and strong mind-opening lyrics, Americana, Folk, Jazz and Funk.

Contrasting this upbeat sound, You’re With Me follows What You Want To. You’re With Me is a ballad featuring female vocals to start with in a gospel inspired, harmonic setting. It’s such an angelic beginning to a song making it perfectly beautiful. The harmonies are gorgeous and silky. This track is so simple consisting of vocals and piano with the occasional help from the bass drum or an odd electric guitar chord. It’s a pure song with pure lyrics, “If they ask who snuck you in/Say me baby/If they want to know who took you in/Just say me”. You’ll fall in love with this track – guaranteed.

Molly Brown brings the beat back. It’s straight back to the upbeat Americana style. Molly Brown has an addictive melody and feel to it. It’s just a briliant, uplifting number with Elliot’s odd yet attractive vocals.

While Molly Brown is uplifting in one sense of the word, She is uplifting in a different way. There’s a very strong rock & roll feel to this track. If you’ve heard Imelda May, whose tracks feature that typical Blues guitar tone, then you’ll probably love this track. She is a little bit like the sort of sound Robert Plant and Alison Krauss brought to the limelight a few years ago with their Raising Sand album.

Rock & Roll (Take It Easy) finishes the album nicely. It has a jazzy, soft feel with an incredibly catchy chorus and blissful harmonies. Rock & Roll (Take It Easy) is simple but effective. In some ways, it could be seen as Elliot’s way of saying goodbye to the one band (These United States) and welcoming his new adventures with the next, “There comes a time in every man’s life/Shoot shoot the best of me/When they can’t dance….Has to settle down and find himself a good loot…Shoot shoot he tries/Maybe a saxophone can get him back right…”

Rock & Roll (Take It Easy) is the perfect ending track to an absolutely magnificent debut album. Ark Life’s The Dream Of You & Me will leave you speechless. You’ll be feeling uplifted, reminiscent, questioning and wondering all at the same time. The lyrics are astonishingly open, clever and worldly while the music is joyful and vintage yet fresh.

Ark Life’s The Dream Of You & Me is out on August 19 on Misra Records/Greater Than Collective.

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Introducing…Aloha Radio

Local surf-soul-rock ‘n’ roll band, Aloha Radio, will be releasing a brand new music video for See You Again on July 7. See You Again will be the first single from Aloha Radio’s latest EP, Pulling Me Under. Aloha Radio will debut the new video on their YouTube channel.

Written for a struggling friend, See You Again chronicles two people losing touch through “…telephone towers and wire bends”. The ukulele “jazz” ballad feels like a confessional lullaby, especially when the singer, Lauren Mulderrig hits the lyric “Maybe I never told you how much I care…Go to reach for me now, I will always be there” with bone shaking vibrato and sincerity. “We decided to release See You Again as our first single because this song really means something to us” states Mulderrig. “When we play it at shows it creates a deep connection with our audience. Everyone finds different meaning in the lyrics and I think that’s cool”.

See You Again gets up close and personal with Aloha Radio primarily featuring tightly framed shots of each members face. The new music video will feature Mulderrig singing the lyrics into a green rotary style phone to multiple strangers using a series of early cell phones, pay phones and call boxes. This isn’t another beach bound video from Aloha Radio, although the video was filmed in various locations throughout Southern California, the settings are dry, dusty and barren; quite opposite of their wet surf inspired sound. Directed and produced in house by Chris Hori, Aloha Radio’s drummer, See You Again is cinematic, creative and unique.

Be sure to watch See You Again for yourself on Aloha Radio’s YouTube channel next Monday 7 July.

Visit Aloha Radio’s website at www.AlohaRadioBand.com for more information.

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Introducing…Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry Smoke is a southern rock band hailing from Atlanta, GA. They have toured with acts including Zac Brown Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Eric Church.

The band is currently wrapping up their Fire in the Hole headline tour which sold out dozens of venues in the US and Europe.

Now they are gearing up to release their live concert CD and DVD which includes a previously unreleased track and behind the scenes footage of the making of Yesterday’s Wine. The CD and DVD combo, Leave A Scar Live In North Carolina, will be released on July 8.

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Ark Life Announce News Of Debut Album, The Dream Of You & Me

From 2007 to 2012, songwriter Jesse Elliott led rock & roll band These United States through five studio albums and nearly 1,000 live performances in the US, Canada and Europe, appearing everywhere from Glastonbury to SXSW, Daytrotter to Lollapalooza and garnering praise from NPR, The New York Times, SPIN, KEXP and others.

In early 2013, Elliott was stopping over for a month in Denver on his way to a new life in New York but as the members of Ark Life met each other, journeyed into the mountains and started playing music together, it became clear he’d have to stick around a little longer. The three-part harmonies of pianist Lindsay Giles, bassist Anna Morsett (also of TUS) and guitarist Natalie Tate blended too perfectly with veteran Denver drummer Ben Desoto (Nathaniel Rateliff, The Czars) and Ark Life was on the road to creating their debut album The Dream of You & Me. The album will be out August 19 2014 on Denver label Greater Than Collective and was produced by Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats. The band has just shared the first track, Let Your Heart Break with Paste Magazine which you can listen to here and onSoundcloud.

The Dream of You & Me is a mile high ocean of uplift, equal parts mischief and heartthrob, that pulls as much from contemporaries like Heartless Bastards, Elvis Perkins, and Sallie Ford as from the band’s enduring loves for CCR, Motown, Tom Petty and the classic campfire singalong. Fifteen months and 150 shows in, the garage-soul upstarts have toured coast to coast, sharing stages with Of Montreal, Gregory Alan Isakov, PHOX, The Moondoggies, The Head & the Heart, Mount Moriah, Ryan Bingham, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Ha Ha Tonka and more.

Ark Life has just announced summer tour dates, including festival sets at Green Box Arts Festival & Joshua Tree Music Festival as well as a run of dates with Portland’s Quiet Life. All dates are below:

June 3 — Morrison, CO — Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 5 — Los Angeles, CA — Highland Park Film Fest (Jesse Elliott solo)
June 6 — Yorkville, IL — Music Under the Stars
June 7 — Chicago, IL — Val’s List Summer Kick-off
June 8 — Dixon, IL — House Concert (email for details)
June 27 — Avon, CO — Beaver Creek Music Experience
June 28 — Crestone, CO — The Cloud Station
July 1 — Denver, CO — Levitt Pavilion (Ruby Hill Park)
July 2 — Everywhere, EV — LIVE FROM LEON Webcast
July 4 — Green Mountain Falls, CO — Green Box Arts Festival
July 24-27 — Denver, CO — The UMS
Aug 7 — Boise, ID — The Crux
Aug 8 — Hood River, OR — Cebu
Aug 12 — Seattle, WA — Tractor Tavern**
Aug 13 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge**
Aug 15 — Oakland, CA — We Are Scandinavia**
Aug 17 — Ventura, CA — Iron & Resin**
Aug 19 — Everywhere, EV – The Dream of You & Me release
Aug 19 — Las Vegas, NV — Downtown Container Park
Aug 20 — Flagstaff, AZ — Firecreek
Aug 21 — El Prado, NM — Taos Mesa Brewing
Aug 22 — Colorado Springs, CO — Ivywild**
Sept 13 — San Diego, CA — San Diego Music Thing
Oct 10-12 — Joshua Tree, CA — Joshua Tree Music Festival

** w/ Quiet Life

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PEP Announces Updated Release Date For New EP, My Baby And Me

PEP originally began as the solo project of Starlight Girls drummer Karys Rhea. In the fall of 2011, after hearing Runaround Sue playing in a clothing store, Rhea became nostalgic and downloaded over 100 albums from the 50s and early 60s. Soon after that, she couldn’t stop humming those infectious doo-wop style melodies indicative of the era. These stylings are front and center on Stephen which MTV Hive described as “…the Brooklyn-based musician’s influences — ’60s girl groups like the Shangri-Las and The Ronettes — shine through on the track which could just as easily be found issuing from the radio of a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle as from your iTunes.” If you’re fed up with the wind and rain, Stephen is sure to get you dreaming about the summer with its lazy, summer guitar melodies, soft drum beat and rhythmic finger clicking. The track has been recently released on Soundcloud, you can hear it here (and if you hang on until the end, the EP’s title track will also play).

 

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PEP promo shot

Stephen can be found on the upcoming PEP EP, My Baby and Me, which has an updated release date of February 11 (pushed back from the original December 3 release date) on digital/cd/7″ vinyl. The EP features Emil Hewitt (Emil & Friends) on bass and was mixed by Jake Aron (Jamie Lidell, Grizzly Bear, Chairlift, Yeasayer). PEP has announced the first batch of live dates for the new year as well including the February 10 record release show at the Mercury Lounge in New York.

Karys began recording the album, My Baby And Me EP, in early 2012 while she was on a three-month tour of the heartland with Starlight Girls. When she returned to Brooklyn, the next obvious step was to assemble a band and bring these songs to life on stage. After a few initial line-up changes, PEP has settled into a tight knit act that includes Morgan Lynch and Ilana Webber on backing vocals and percussion, Eric Jackowitz on drums, Teddy Williams on bass and David Origlieri on guitar. In a live setting, the six piece set up truly breathes a vintage wind into PEP’s unique brand of indie doo-wop. PEP completes the picture with an army of back-up singers and choreographed moves reminiscent of 1960s girl groups who all clearly provide an inspirational spring board.

PEP will be playing various live dates in New York throughout 2014. Find out more here.

You can catch PEP live on the following dates:
January 22 – New York, NY @ BreakThru Radio
February 10 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (record release show)

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