Professional Musician – Marcus Nand

Having played alongside the world’s greatest musicians and recorded a guitar solo for Rod Stewart’s latest album, Marcus Nand’s experience as a professional musician is certainly unmistakable. The eponymous single release from the album, ‘Time And Tide Wait For No Man’, has been described as “a definite step ahead in Nand’s eclectic music career” and the album as going “through different aspects of life, in which many listeners may easily find themselves into” by online music website Blue Bird Reviews.

While focusing more on the introspective and reflective aspects of life with his first single release, other songs on the album include catchy and flamenco influenced tracks such as ‘Everything’.

The musician was born in Merseyside, grew up in Spain and has a Fiji-Indian father and English Mother really which has immensely contributed to shaping him as a person. His latest album is an all-embracing expression of his upbringing and open minded worldview: “Musically, it’s the first time I’ve actually incorporated all of my musical influences including, Rock, Flamenco, Pop, Arabic and Indian influences so that was a big factor when I was producing it.”

The album ‘Time And Tide Wait For No Man’ is out on 22nd April 2016

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/MarcusNandMusic

https://twitter.com/marcusnand

https://soundcloud.com/marcus-nand

http://marcusnand.com/

The Blow Monkeys’ Dr. Robert Shares New Single

Dr. Robert, iconic singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with The Blow Monkeys, releases his tenth solo album ‘Out There’ on 2nd May via Fencat Records.

Recorded at home on his ancient 8 track Tascam tape machine, the album is a home-cooked, heartfelt affair. “Home”, by the way, is the house Robert and his wife Michele built a few years ago in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in deepest Andalucia, Southern Spain.

With ‘Out There’, Robert explores the deep seam of acoustic songwriting that has characterized much of his previous solo work, from the acoustic stylings of early Marc Bolan to the jazzy diversions of Tim Buckley. “I used a lot of open tunings which is all new to me so I couldn’t fall into well-worn paths. It’s about the drone in those tunings. No middle eights or key changes or bridges. Just groove.”

Robert enlisted help from some fellow travelers along the way. Richard “Snakehips” Dudanski, one-time drummer in Joe Strummers pre-Clash combo the 101’ers as well as Metal Box era PIL, lends his drumming skills to the hypnotic ‘Lost in Rasa’, one of the albums standout tracks.

The album also features the exquisite piano and accordion playing of young Jos Hawken, a native Shetland Islander who now resides up in the mountains near Robert. Local busking “Professor” of saxophone, Joe Degado, also joins the party on the Brel-like, ‘A Bottomless Pit’ along with ‘Lost in Rasa’.

“I wanted to make music for its own sake. Just for the sheer joy of it. The best moments come when you’re just sitting around in the kitchen or whatever, strumming and singing and laughing. That’s the approach I took in my little studio. First takes, mistakes and all – before self-consciousness sets in. I played most of the instruments myself out of necessity and even made my drumming debut!”, says Robert.

First coming to prominence in the mid 1980’s as the frontman of pop-soul group, The Blow Monkeys, the band had a golden period of hit albums and singles, sprouting opinions and striking poses in equal measure, before disbanding in 1990.

His first solo album, ‘Realms of Gold’, released in 1994, was hailed as a classic of its kind, imbued with the spirit of his Greenwich village heroes Fred Neil and Tim Hardin and featured good friend Paul Weller. A series of eclectic and singular solo albums followed including writing and producing an album of duets with 60’s soul legend PP Arnold along with collaborations with Beth Orton and Terry Callier.

Reforming The Blow Monkeys in 2008, the band have since released four brand new albums, a box set and live album and now, more than thirty years in the business, Robert shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, he’s speeding up. “I had a health scare a few years back. I gave up drinking and took up dreaming again. Stopped feeling sorry for myself and started “feeling” again. I’ve never stopped but I’ve never felt this excited about making music.” Twenty albums and counting, Robert is making the freshest music of his life. Long may it continue.

 

  1. The Mirrored Lake
  2. The Architects
  3. A Bottomless Pit
  4. All The Way Back Home
  5. Lost in Rasa
  6. Don’t Throw Our Love Away
  7. Rack And Ruin
  8. I Ain’t Running Anymore
  9. Here I Lie
  10. Still I Turn To You
  11. The Gold Standard

Dead Hormones announce new EP ‘Nothing, Nothing.. Then Something’

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For fans of: Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age

Hull’s finest alt-rock exports Dead Hormones are releasing their brand spankin’ new EP, ‘Nothing, Nothing.. Then Something’ on February 19 via Warren Records. Good news? Daaamn right.

This four track beast is all snotty, spiky punk smacking metaphorical lips with accessible-as-all-heck stadium-ready alt-rock. That’s that. Simple. There’s no frills here just quality sounds that’ll probably make your day – definitely. Listen, and find out / think for yourself. It’s worth your damn time, trust.

The band comments on the EP’s development: “Most of the songs on the release are only a couple of months old and were all written within a few weeks of each other.

As soon as we wrote these songs we were just really eager to record them. We believe the overall sound of ‘Nothing, Nothing..’ is a big step in the right direction for us, it almost feels like we’ve revamped our style and rediscovered what we really want our music to be.”

Dead Hormones have been carving a pretty awesome reputation performing locally with the likes of Forever Cult, No Nothings, Night Flowers and more, oh, they’ve got some national dates coming up this year. Stay tuned ‘n’ that.

While you’re waiting for the EP – check out ‘General Error’ by the band, here:

https://soundcloud.com/dead-hormones-uk/general-error-1

Dead Hormones are: Jacob Tillison (guitars, vocals), Ollie Gibson (drums), Tom Greaves (guitar, vocals) and Ben Morrod (bass, vocals)

Forthcoming Debut Album and New Release ‘We Go With What We Know’ By Righteous Reprobates

Having worked with the Grammy winning Sean Magee in Abbey Road studios on their forthcoming debut album, the London & Kent based four piece is stepping into the footsteps of so many great bands before them, ranging from Britpop acts like Oasis and Blur to the rock and pop legends of the 60s and 70s, and right through to the now.

Righteous Reprobates have had plenty of strong support (including very healthy Radio play) for their last single ‘My Psychosis’, with Pure M Magazine writing : Its fresh feel is complemented by hints of an old-school sound that, when thrown together, work well and demonstrate plenty of potential for the band’s future.The follow up ‘We Go With What We Know’ is an energy driven rock’n’roll pop power-boost!

Upcoming Gigs:

4th March (8.40 – 9.10pm) – THE COMEDY, 7 Oxendon Street, London

‘We Go With What We Know’ is out on 15th April 2016

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/righteousreprobates

http://righteousreprobates.com

https://soundcloud.com/righteous-reprobates-500102521

Donnie Willow – ‘Inhale. Exhale.’

Hailing from Glasgow and beginning in 2009 as school friends, Donnie Willow are an alt-rock, 3 piece that have tirelessly been touring the UK and building up a loyal and enthusiastic fan base who have seen the release of 3 EPs up till now.

This mini-album, ‘Inhale. Exhale’ is being self-released, on March 4th.
The highly anticipated debut mini-album was recorded at 45 A-Side Studios in Glasgow with Bruce Rintoul (Twin Atlantic, Fatherson) and mastered by Ed Woods (Reuben, The Xcerts, Freeze The Atlantic).

The first offering from the band, ‘I Eat Flies‘, can be streamed on the below link:
https://soundcloud.com/donniewillow/i-eat-flies/s-qQM15

On the first single, the band comment; “Like all the songs on the mini-album, ‘I Eat Flies’ went through different versions during the writing process. We felt this made each song sound the best it could before going into the studio. We experiment with different song styles on the record, and feel this single displays our aggressive side. After playing these songs live for the past couple of years we are really happy with how they turned out after working with Bruce Rintoul and Ed Woods.”  
Tracklisting:
1. Inhale
2. Jagged Teeth
3. I Eat Flies
4. Easy Come, Easy Go
5. Little Brother
6. Fairytale
7. Exhale

 

The band has previously played with the likes of Don Broco, Fatherson, The Xcerts, Ghost Town, Freeze The Atlantic & Brontide and 2016 will see them touring much more extensively around the UK again.

DONNIE WILLOW:
ARTHUR PIDDINGTON – GUITAR/VOX
SAM PEPPIETTE – BASS/VOX
PETER BUNTING – DRUMS

Muse and The Chemical Brothers join Benicàssim 2016 line-up

Muse and The Chemical Brothers are the latest acts lined up for the Benicàssim Festival 2016.

The event is set to take place on the Valencian coast between July 14-17, with Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, The Maccabees and Jamie XX already confirmed.

New additions today (February 10) include headliners Muse, who will return to Benicàssim nine years after their 2007 set. The band’s only other confirmed European festival date this summer is at Sziget in Hungary in August.

Also on the bill will be The Chemical Brothers, as well as Disclosure, Massive Attack, The 1975, The Vaccines, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Spanish band Hinds.

The line-up for Benicàssim 2016 so far is as follows:

Muse
The Chemical Brothers
Kendrick Lamar
Major Lazer
Disclosure
The 1975
Jamie xx
The Maccabees
The Vaccines
Massive Attack
Catfish and The Bottlemen
Hinds