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!
Ohio-based Jordan Dean is set to release his upcoming indie-pop EP Local on March 12th, featuring lead tracks ‘Local’ and ‘Drunk’. Despite being born and raised in Cleveland, Jordan’s new tunes touch upon his primarily British influences, whilst they also master a sound that is so naturally Jordan Dean.
Local offers 5 songs that each have a slightly different premise, with each one honing back to Jordan’s musical inspirations. The eponymous track ‘Local’ and ‘Drunk’ show a resemblance to the likes of Jamie T, Arctic Monkeys, Viola Beach and The Kooks, embodying sounds that feel real and raw. Local is readily available for listeners looking to find new and upcoming indie artists that are breaking out into the music world in 2021!
Jordan has worked tirelessly over his EP, teaming up with his producer to piece together music that will draw in crowds at festivals and fill out venues:
“I told my producer that I wanted to sound like a four-piece band that packed a 300-person venue and I feel like we accomplished that on the Local EP. We said it in thestudio that this EP feels like a 30-minute set that you would see in a small venue, packed with people who really want to be there.”
This is definitely something I can agree with after listening through the 5 tracks, Jordan has created the type of music that would make you stop in your tracks at Leeds Festival and leave you eager to hear out the rest of his set.
While Local is more up-beat and excitable, Jordan has a range of different tempos throughout his EP, one of those being in ‘What I’m Feeling’, which is much slower than his previously released songs. ‘What I’m Feeling’ is the type of song you listen to while staring out the window, losing yourself in the lyrics and relating them to your own personal situations. This is another talent of Jordan’s, having written all of his songs himself to such a high standard.
He wrote these songs at an age as young as 18, which is impressive when he produces lyrics which resonate within you and bring you back to another time of your life, a time with less responsibility and worries.
Jordan has recently teased another song from Local – ‘Rabbit Hole’, which you can listen to here!
Having achieved more than his allotted 15 minutes of fame when a YouTube video of him singing Adele’s Hello went ballistic, garnering nearly 3.5 million views, Tryzdin Grubbs can be forgiven for thinking that his brush with fame was nice whilst it lasted. However, a visit from Saint Mars front man, Marc Darchange, inquiring as to whether he’d be interested in collaborating on a track for their next album, has lead to Tryzdin becoming a full-time front man for the band.
Following their critically acclaimed 2017 EP, Ocean Blues, Saint Mars have now released their latest single, Somewhere Somebody, part of their forthcoming concept album centered on the true story of one 13 year-old boy’s tragic experience as a result of sustained bullying. The track, and the album as a whole, is given an entirely more sobering slant with the knowledge that Tryzdin himself has found how physically and emotionally damaging bullying can be. With the band also featuring long-term Massive Attack guitarist, Angelo Bruschini, Somewhere Somebody is a powerful, intoxicating experience, with a video which emphasises the impact bullying can have on peoples’ lives.
Saint Mars comprise keyboardist and singer, Marc Darcange; guitarist/bassist, Angelo Bruschini; bassist, keyboardist and singer, Jason X (ex-Transposer) and latest recruit Tryzdin. Tryzdin caught Marc’s attention along the way via the video and led to him flying from Switzerland to Columbus in America with the intention of recording just one track – six tracks later, it became clear that the parallels between the boy around whom the concept album revolves and Tryzdin were startling, from his age to his personal experiences.
Somewhere Somebody showcases Tryzdin’s mature, yearning vocals alongside some almost liquid-like keyboard atmospherics and chiming guitar. The forthcoming video reinforces the song’s narrative of the 13 year-old boy looking for love via his mobile phone, only to realise that he must love himself first. The single also features an acoustic version of Saint Mars’ first single, Ocean Blues, and a Vantablack remix of Somewhere Somebody and will appear on the album, Celesteville, to be released later in 2018.
Edinburgh based trio ‘Screamin’ Whisper’ are taking 2018 by storm, with the recent release of their music video for indie-rock delight ‘Filth’, and now the album release in full swing, there is just no stopping them!
Having spent a few years growing their fan base throughout their local circuit, and developing their sound, Screamin’ whisper are no at a point where they can be proud of their work, which is the perfect fuel for any upcoming band.
The band have even gotten to the point where fans are chanting the slogans written all over their merch, with ‘Bazzer is a Knobhead’ being one of the faves.
So if this tickles all of your indie-rock taste buds, be sure to check them out:
We managed to get the chance to sit down and speak to Canadian classic rocker George Swan about his past releases as well as what is yet to come…
Q:What attracted you to the kind of music you play?
A: The power of the music was the main thing for me. I listened to lots of prog rock in the 70’s. I was getting into Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Deep Purple, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Zombies and The Who etc. I really liked the heavy rock with the synthesizer and distorted organs going on. Then I saw guys like The Who in 1977 and became a big Who fan overnight. I also saw AC/DC around the same time with Bon Scott, and BTO-Bachman Turner Overdrive- among others. I became a real fan of power rock.
Q: What is your local music scene like? How do you think you fit in?
A: My local music scene is very limited these days. It’s too expensive here, everybody has left. The venues are closing down too, so it’s not good. Back in the day though, there were 12 or so live venues in Richmond alone where bands could play. We fit right in.
Q: How do you go about writing your songs? What is the process you go through?
A: For song writing, usually while fooling around with a keyboard of some kind I’ll come up with a chord progression that sounds cool to me… I jam on it for a while with the band, if there is one, and see what I/we come up with. For the most part my vocals are sung over the progression and I just see what I come up with for words while jamming. I record everything and you know basically play something for 45 minutes or so and see how it sounds.
Q: After so many years playing in bands, how have you found the move into being, essentially, a solo artist?
A: Now I win more arguments! *kidding*… No it’s definitely not as much fun, you really enjoy having all that input. Plus there’s a lot more spontaneity in a band where you can just go somewhere musically on a whim and see what comes out.
With the release of all 13 albums, all now available on Soundcloud:
For nearly over 3 years now, Oceans Of Noise have been writing, recording and performing. With a packed set list, immersive stage show and respected presence, they are now ready to branch out.
Based in Turkey, where each member has had a past in music professionally, the band are making the rounds, and with brand new material recorded in New York with producer Joel Hamilton, who’s past experience with bands such as Bonobo, Highly Suspect, Tom Waits and Unsane made him an easy pairing for Oceans Of Noise.
The brand new EP ‘Oceans Of Noise’ set to be released on January 26th, the band are now ready to start playing live and their starting with London. The EP itself features great tunes such as ‘The Age Of Ghouls’ and ‘Frozen Love’, so be sure to stay tuned.
One of 2017’s most guarded secrets can now be revealed… Slam Dunk Festival will have not one, but two major headline artists! Pop-punk titans Good Charlotte will be joining the previously announced emo-rock legends Jimmy Eat World. Their co-headline performance is set to be a defining moment for the festival as it marks the Slam Dunk Festival debut of both show-stopping artists.
This ground-breaking line-up news will also see PVRIS, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Creeper, Thursday, Every Time I Die, Knuckle Puck, Crown The Empire and Real Friends, perform momental live sets over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
From bursting into the public consciousness with their chart-conquering pop punk through to becoming true kings of their genre via stints on MTV and six huge studio albums, few bands have had the staying power of Good Charlotte. Lead by the Madden brothers Benji and Joel, the multi-platinum stars will be at Slam Dunk to prove exactly why they’ve stayed at the top of their game over the past two decades.
Few bands have had the stratospheric rise of Massachusetts three piece PVRIS. Since their inception in 2012 they’ve gone from strength to strength and garnered a legion of fans in the process. Next year they’ll bring their signature anthemic rock, as found on this year’s acclaimed full length ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’, to Hatfield, Leeds and Birmingham for a show that’s not to be missed. They last played the festival in 2015, after which being originally booked for the new bands stage were upgraded to the main stage due to their sudden rise in popularity. Now they return in 2018 to be one of the festival’s biggest artists.
One of the most incendiary live acts on the planet, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are a band born to reach staggering heights. After standing as one of the most recognisable voices in modern British rock over the past decade, Frank and his Rattlesnakes have had a mammoth rise over the past 18 months – releasing two vastly acclaimed albums, capturing festival audiences with sets of the weekends and culminating in their biggest headline show to date at London’s Brixton Academy. Witness the revolution first hand when they take the stage at Slam Dunk 2018.
Frank Carter says:
‘I cannot wait to play Slam Dunk – this has been an incredible couple of years for us, and I can’t think of a better way to start our festival season in 2018 than showing up and absolutely dominating at Slam Dunk. Get ready – we’ll see you in the Snake pit!’
A phenomenon not seen for many a-year, Creeper are the hottest name in alternative music. The release of their debut album ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’ captured the mysterious yet anthemic heights that they’ve been promising since they first emerged on the scene. Lead from the charismatic figure of frontman Will Gould, Creeper aren’t just set to break through but takeover British alternative music – and Slam Dunk 2018 is bound to be another insatiable introduction to the special world they’re forming
“It is with great excitement that we can announce today that we will be returning to Slam Dunk festival in 2018. Slam Dunk is always such an important event for our scene each year, and it is an incredible privilege to be playing the main stage. See you all there!”
After seven years away, Thursday will return to the UK in 2018, with Slam Dunk Festival the only place to catch one of the most hotly-anticipated reunions in alt-rock history. Lead by the inimitable presence of frontman Geoff Rickly, Thursday reached out and touched at the hearts and minds of a generation – with records like ‘Full Collapse’ and ‘War All The Time’ still heralded as some of the most influential snapshots in time that the genre has ever seen. After time spent apart, and a feverish demand for their return – Slam Dunk 2018 is primed for a truly special moment as Thursday finally return to prove just why they sit in a class of their own. Having having played the very first Slam Dunk Festival in 2007, it is indeed a momentous welcome back!
After last playing Slam Dunk in 2016, metalcore titans Every Time I Die can’t stay away and have promised more chaos in the moshpit than ever before. The Buffalo hardcore heavyweights have gained vast recognition on this year’s UK tour run, selling out the likes of KOKO, receiving 5Ks and delivering a visceral display of their force. Their performance will be an unmissable part of Slam Dunk 2018.
Joining these incredible names will be Crown The Empire, Real Friends and Knuckle Puck, all of which are set to return to the festival after memorable performances in 2014 and 2015. All three acts are set to serve up the perfect combination of anthemic metalcore complete with razor-sharp riffs, energetic post-emo choruses and classic pop-punk with an Illinois twist, May is set to deliver the best Slam Dunk Festival to date!
After its most successful year to date in 2017, Slam Dunk Festival has been crowned the Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards! The news comes after the first huge names were announced for 2018, along with details of an expanded and new site for Slam Dunk South at Hatfield Park.
Over double the size of the previous location, Hatfield Park is located in the grounds of Hatfield House and situated directly opposite Hatfield train station, making it even more accessible and accommodating for festival goers wishing to revel in Slam Dunk Festival’s alternative extravaganza.
Festival Director, Ben Ray comments:
“I’m very happy to win this award of course. The event that we put on is very unique, with each of the 3 metropolitan sites offering something different….The fenced off festival site built in a city centre in Leeds, the only multistage music festival to be held on the NEC complex and I’m glad after 8 years on the university campus in Hatfield we could win the award for them the final time there.”
Slam Dunk Festival 2018 will begin in its spiritual home of Leeds, Millennium Square, before travelling to the new location of Hatfield Park, and finishing at the beloved Birmingham NEC.
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL NORTH – SATURDAY 26TH MAY – LEEDS CITY CENTRE
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL SOUTH – SUNDAY 27TH MAY – HATFIELD PARK
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL MIDLANDS – BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28TH MAY – BIRMINGHAM NEC
Tickets on sale now and are available from http://slamdunkmusic.com/
Cost £49 or £55 including the infamous afterparty. All subject to booking fees.
New for 2018 will be an instalment scheme. Customers will be able to reserve their ticket for a small cost and pay the rest in instalments up to the event.
Bavarian-born and resident in both the US and UK, Cholesterol Jones, debuts his new single ‘Satan’s in Heaven’.
The single has an unusual video to accompany it. All animated, it’s sure to catch viewers attention.
The video tells a story of Trump and the election – heaven is America and Satan is Trump, on the off-chance you didn’t quite get it!
If you’re into gospel/country music then this song is definitely for you, though this only tells half the story, as the rest of the EP see’s him playing everything from pop to indie-rock. You can have a good old sing-a-long either way.
You can watch the video below:
Once you start watching it, it becomes disturbingly addictive. We dare you to tear yourself away!
Hooray! The Sheratons, we’re hearing, are heralding the return of The Paisley Underground, the indie-pop movement that actually WAS crying out for resurrection. Better Days has all the hallmarks of the unassuming, yet sparkly scene that politely excused itself during the 1980s and has been meekly waiting to be invited back in again. First have a listen to their cracking new song, then investigate our recommendations for other Paisley Power Pop Princes and Princesses
The Three O’Clock. Not our favourites, we must confess but even the name of the genre started with them, a causal remark in an interview. That’s how wars start.
Ah, the ever-jangleful Rain Parade, a band around whom many others in the scene seemed magnetically, if not literally connected to
Dream Syndicate. Still going! See the smashing clip of them playing with Led Zep’s John Paul Jones earlier this year. Trippier than many of their kin but well-worth investigating.
The Bangles. Yes, them. Not only a none-more 80s chart-topping outfit but a damn fine live band and a fully-fledged paid up member of the Paisley Underground, performing with all the aforementioned bands in recent years on reunion tours. Here’s a nice early clip:
…and here’s your wildcard. Thin White Rope are a band so worthy of reappraisal, we might start posting about them on a weekly basis. Not only were they dyed-in-the-wool Paisley, they are arguably one of the most important bands in the forming of Desert Rock, which gave birth to the likes of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age.