Glasgow-based der Mist joined forces through a local charity that was founded to to help out young musicians, and are now set to take on the electro-rock scene. With their multi-instrumental talents, the duo have pieced together a debut album that has the sound and atmosphere of a band with many more, showcasing powerful choruses and impressive instrumentals.
Their first lead single of the album ‘It’s Alright’, which was released January 15th, touches upon topics that can be related to the pandemic, as it brings the positive theme of “everything will be okay in the end” – which is just the type of thing we need to get us through the current lockdown! Craig, 1/2 of der Mist, says his favourite part of the creative process was “trying to channel his inner 80’s child”; he goes on to say they were aiming for something new and fresh, yet with that nostalgic feeling, which is definitely something that was achieved with the 12 track album.
der Mist brings us the 80’s inspired electro-rock album that we’ve been missing over the last few decades, picking up on old school inspirations whilst making a sound that is so distinct to themselves and their own style.
Throughout the creation of their album, they released regular content detailing their experiences and the musical processes behind them piecing the album together, being completely transparent about their style of music and the type of people they are – which is something seen as rare within the industry. If you’re looking for good music with strong personality behind it, der Mist are the two-piece for you.
Glasgow-based Barry Noakes has drawn together his multi-instrumental and multi-genre skills to piece together his new and upcoming part-folk, part-country, part-indie album, set to release on the first day of May!
Starting at a young age, Barry’s passion for music shone through as he began to develop his skills with a range of different instruments, beginning with the viola, violin, and piano, whilst also working on readying his vocals for a career in music. He soon came to learn that the guitar was also an instrument he had interest in, which changed his university choices completely as he chose to forgo classical music college, and instead began his higher education on an audio tech course in Salford.
He took a complete change in career paths once he graduated and pursued a career in London as a software engineer. However, this hadn’t stopped him on his adventure in the music industry as throughout his university experience he featured in several indie bands, one of which – Sugarfix – he released 2 EP’s with. He also began to further advance his skills with other instruments, as he learnt how to play the fiddle and incorporated that sound into his music making. This lead to some of his songs taking on more of a folk-sound, which can be heard on several tracks through the album!
Similar to many of us, Barry became productive with his passions throughout lockdown earlier this year and brought his multi-instrumental talents together to compose A New Dawn. The album features Barry playing all of his own instruments whilst also taking on the vocals, something that is rare in today’s age of current music. A New Dawn offers the perfect combination of indie, folk and country, whilst showcasing Barry’s advance range of musical skills, as he plays the piano, double bass, mandolin, fiddle and viola on his tracks.
You can hear that perfect combination of, in Barry’s own words, “Part-folk, part-indie, part-country, all heart” on the 1st of May, but for now be sure to follow Barry Noakes for further news and updates!
My name is Tee Total Guitar. I had an accident, and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever’s happened, it’s like I’ve landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.
Well, maybe not quite but Wailing Recluse’s eponymous album has certainly got us feeling like we’ve travelled back to the guilded era of classic rock. And actually, when the music is as good as this, we don’t want to travel back home. Sorry Sam Tyler, it just sounds better here.
The vocals bear more than a passing resemblance to Ozzy Osbourne in Sabbath’s heyday, and the stop-start rhythm of the lead guitar— at its peak on lead track ‘Fallen Angel’— recalls the pure, unadulterated heaviness of ‘War Pigs’. You can also discern a touch of Zeppelin in the overall coherence of the album, which has clearly been carefully crafted to function as a complete whole.
There are, for example, two acoustic songs (‘I’ll See Your Face Again’ and ‘Find Our Way Back Home’) right in the natural ‘middle’ of the album, a feature which harks back to the tendency of classic rock bands featuring an acoustic gig-within-a-gig around the halfway point of their shows. These two tracks are the most lyrically personal of the album, inspired by lead Richard Terris’s own experience of loss and subsequent realisation that strong, loving relationships can never really be lost.
The poignancy of these songs sandwiches perfectly in between the iron-forged riffs of the heavier tracks and Wailing Recluse provides the listener with an aural experience that flows together in a natural and organic way. This is certainly no mean feat in the age of streaming.
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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.
As 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.