Johnny Hoffman and the Residents

With the release of their first album, ‘Welcome to Everott’, last summer (2013) Washington based punk group Johnny Hoffman and the Residents (JHOFF) are gaining a lot of attention. Despite their growing recognition by the likes of MTV and Warped Magazine relatively little is known about the two-piece band – until now!

They both come from relatively fraught backgrounds having experiences of loss and tragedy from a young age. Joe lost his big sister to a drug overdose when he was young losing a best friend and a role model as someone who influenced a lot of his music and writing. The Name “Johnny Hoffman” is in honour of John Hoffman, a late great uncle of Joe’s who was also lost around the same time.

These losses have allowed JHOFF to deal with some difficult emotions which only adds to the strength, sincerity and rawness of their music. They recorded Drug Hotel, Tracy Girl, Inner City on a digital 16 track Roland recording system in the upstairs bedroom of Joe’s Dad’s house. Their lo-fi sound comes from the techniques they used to record in boxing up an old Peavey amp in a cardboard box with high gain and mic’ing it up from the outside.

“Most of the time we relied on instinct and intuition to guide where the songs should go next. Basically flying by the seat of our pants, recording every noise, rattle and hiss that made the hair stand on the back of our necks”.

Their inspirations at the time of writing and recording were Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes, The Pixies, Captain Beefheart and The Beatles. But they are also very involved with the local hardcore punk scene working with and being influenced by bands from various spots around the Washington area.

“We express a very particular groove native to our area and can never be replicated due to the struggle and life lived behind each song”.

Joe also runs an all age’s underground venue, called The Creative’s Underground, in the building where they live where they get various performers from the Northwest to perform.

Drugs have also influenced them to some extent: “We have also had our fair share of experience with psychedelics, that we believe open up the flood gates to a synchronicity in writing new music.” They are not short of a few weird tales: “Black Sabbath, strobe lights and standing out in the rain with our brains oozing…we have seen vinyl album covers talking to us and been lost in a large wooden play structure…”

‘Leather Face’ is a track taken from their latest album. You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNrLulpVpbY&feature=youtu.be

Want to hear more? Check out ‘Han Solo’ taken from their previous release ‘Knuckle Deep’: https://soundcloud.com/jhoffandtherez/han-solo

Social Networks:
Twitter: @Jhoffandtherez
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jhoffandtherez
Youtube- http://www.youtube.com/user/Jhoffandtherez?feature=watch
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Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jhoffandtherez
Instagram: @jhoffandtherez

Edinburgh Rock Singer Dmarco is set for stardom

After spending his childhood hanging out backstage with famous musicians and harbouring an ever-growing lust for music, Daryl ‘Dmarco’ is now ready for the spotlight.

 

HOLLYWOOD-CRUSH-AUG2013As a completely new artist, with a brand new album that has yet to be released, UK rock singer Daryl Demarco, who is no stranger to the music industry, has been brushing shoulders with celebrities for years. He has grown up a product of his surroundings and there is no doubt that the music in his blood has been heavily influenced by his past. He can boast of an impressive childhood, his father owned three separate concert halls by the time Daryl was 15 in Edinburgh and Glasgow, which over the years, have been home to literally hundreds of the biggest selling artists in the world as they pass through on tour. Not many teenagers can say that they have partied backstage with Justin Timberlake and the Black Eyed Peas or simply hanging out pre concert with Slash playing guitar, one of the most influential guitarists of all time. At a point in his childhood, Dmarco’s mother’s partner was Jo Callis, the songwriter and multi instrumentalist from supergroup ‘The Human League’. From the young age of 8, Daryl would sit outside Jo’s room in the evenings, press his ear to the door and listen to him crafting new songs on his guitar whilst trying to avoid getting caught by his mother for being out of bed.

The single ‘Hollywood Crush’, the album’s title name, has got ‘cult smash’ oozing out of it’s pores. It is a revolutionary, ‘middle-finger’ up to the Hollywood film industry. It is the story of the underdog. How many youngsters ever get the chance to meet the actor/actress they have a crush on in the flesh and for that person to even know that they exist? Yet ironically, it is this fantasy that Hollwood has been selling for years. Dmarco doesn’t believe in fairytales, he does though believe in the impossible dream. The album in its entirety conveys the bitter after taste of emotions that are tainted by the destructive nature of love – the positive mixed with the melancholy. Dmarco keeps it simple when talking about complex emotions, enabling his audience to relate to the songs the first time they hear them.

Two tracks off of the album were recorded in the same studio where the legendary David Bowie recorded his album ‘Heroes’ in Berlin, where he worked with his producer and Scottish tenor, Martin Aelred. One of the songs from the album, ‘All I Need’, was recorded in the stairwell of this colossal old wartime building. Dmarco demanded he sing the vocal in the stairwell, it took 8 people to run 170 metres of cable, eventually reaching the stairwell from the studio and only then was the vocal recorded.

It’s not just Dmarco’s musical life that has been riddled with curiosity and adventure. He has travelled thousands of miles around the world, however, on his most recent journey, when he arrived at Nepal he was refused entry to Tibet and detained by the Chinese government officials, he was eventually released after three weeks. His reason for being refused is still unknown.

A key feature in Dmarco’s individuality as an artist, is his ingenuity. He decided that having complete control over the creative process of his music was a crucial aspect for his development as an artist. He set out perfecting the art of film making, in total putting in excess of 1000 hours so that he can create a music video for every song he releases. In a present day world, where musical creativity has became a scarcity, fate has had its hand forced to stage a credible fight back, and it has inspired Dmarco to produce rock music with a soulful edge, that is universally engaging and exhilarating.

 

Hollywood Crush is due for release in March 2014, alongside Dmarco’s first tour in Japan.

 

Social Networking and Websites

www.wearedmarco.com

https://soundcloud.com/dmarcomusic

https://twitter.com/Dmarcomusic

THE TREATMENT – NEW STUDIO ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 3rd 2014 VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS BACKED UP BY HEADLINE UK TOUR

TreatmentTHE TREATMENT have announced a headline tour of the UK for February 2014 in support of their new / second studio album, title tbc.

“We cannot wait to get back on the road in February! If you are coming to the show, prepare yourself for the wildest night. In February, we’re bringing the party to you!” – Matt Jones, The Treatment vocalist.

At the moment, the Cambridge outfit are out on the road with Aussie rockers Airbourne, guesting on a run of 11 UK dates that climaxes at the London Forum on Dec 13th, and also takes in an appearance (on November30th) at the Hard Rock Hell event in North Wales.

The full list of headline shows is as follows:-

FEBRUARY 2014

3 Norwich, Waterfront Studio

4 Nottingham, Rock City Basement

5 Stoke, The Sugarmill

7 London, O2 Academy, Islington

8 Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

9 Manchester, Academy 3

10 Sheffield, Corporation

11 Glasgow, King Tut’s

13 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

14 Bristol, Thekla

Following the tour, the band will be making appearances at rock festivals at home & abroad, as well as releasing further singles & videos from Album No. 2.

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www.twitter.com/TheTreatmentUK

Pale Green Things – the next big thing for Brit-Pop?

ImageMulti-instrumentalist set to release eponymous debut EP in January 2014

With plans to become a 21st century one-man band entitled ‘Pale Green Things’, Jack Traynor has revealed  his exciting plans to provide audiences with a unique performance experience, using a fusion of live instruments, djing equipment and analogue effects.

Jack has an impressive performance history, supporting acts such as ‘The Riffles’, ‘Dave Mcpherson’, ‘The Coral’ (at Noel Gallaghers after show party) and ‘Dirty Sanchez’. He has also played several times alongside ‘The Virginmarys’, an exceedingly popular band in the US.

Jack’s personal interests have obviously inspired his song-writing on his EP, those being a love of the Icelandic language, global population and world history. Blending a fusion of indie/punk with brit-pop, with lyrics depicting his interest in geography and global-warming, Jack certainly has a knack for captivating his audience.

His song ‘Captain Planet’ is the lead song on the EP, and the incredibly catchy chorus has a very similar sound to ‘The Wombats’. It is based around a relationship going south, whilst also being a fun tribute to the TV show Captain Planet. Jack says he alludes to this because “it had a hippy mentality for kids all over the world, uniting to beat global warming/pollution”. You can watch the energetic music video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uvyt-a25d4

Pale Green Things new EP will be released 20th January 2014, and will be accompanied by several gigs with many still to be announced.

Upcoming gigs:

25th January- Castle Rock, Alderly Edge

22nd March- The Kings Arms, Manchester

More gigs TBC

Social Networking

www.twitter.com/palegreenband

www.facebook.com/palegreenthingsband

https://soundcloud.com/palegreenthings

Kid Wave – ‘Shelley’

 

With a dreamlike quality that draws on influences such as Stevie Nicks era Fleetwood Mac, the guitar of Johnny Marr and the surfer feel of the Beach Boys, Kid Wave have put together this second video for the track ‘Shelley’. Lovely stuff.

Dutch indie pop-rocker Natasha Nicholls releases debut EP

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-track download raising money for handicapped children in Asia and Africa

Hailing from a ‘tiny village in the Netherlands’, Natasha Nicholls is an exciting, self-taught musician who quite literally writes songs in her sleep. Having already gained the attraction of the national media in the Netherlands, De Telegraaf (the Dutch version of the Daily Mail) and Story Magazine (one of the biggest magazines in the Netherlands) just to name a couple have featured the young musician.

Each of the three songs from her debut EP, titled simply ‘EP’, were developed from ideas which were roughly recorded after waking up with melodies and lyrics in her head. It’s indicative of a passionately DIY approach that is also reflected in her excellent animated video, which she edited to suit her song entirely herself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_IfYlilpIg

In fact, Natasha Nicholls is a self-made musician in every sense, building her own website from scratch as well as creating the artwork for the EP and setting up and taking her own artist photos. It’s a fierce approach which has won her a great online following and attracted much media attention, as aforementioned – not bad going for an artist who’s also juggling her time with her student studies.

Even more impressive, Natasha Nicholls’ charity work has raised a lot of money over the years for needy children around the world, leading to her own recently established children’s foundation that aims to help handicapped children and orphans in Asia and Africa. For each copy of the EP sold, Natasha has pledged a percentage to the cause.

You can download the EP here: http://natashanicholls.bandcamp.com/

Further links:

www.natashanichollsmusic.com

www.youtube.com/La1880

www.facebook.com/natashanichollsmusic

www.twitter.com/natashanmusic