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.
Proving themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting metal bands, Helestios prepare for the release of their upcoming album ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’, which will be available to the world on December 18th.
Helestios hail from Latvia, Greece and Netherlands but are now based in Basingstone, England. The metal powerhouse is made up of Henrijs Leja (vocals/guitar); Stelios Aggelis (lead guitar); Ian den Boer (drums) and Agnis Aldiņš (bass). Blending all of their musical backgrounds and culture into one, Helestios’ sound is quite something, and probably different to the metal bands you’ve heard before.
The most intriguing quality of the album is the many mediums used to grab the attention of the listener. The album begins with distorted synth and unique throat singing, before the introduction of furious riffs.
Lebanese prayer is also incorporated in the introduction to the album’s final track, ‘Return to Baalbek’, which was recorded by Henrijs during mass protests against the Government in the Lebanese city.
The extreme vocals that tell the story of the album pulls all these elements of their sound together into a metal explosion you won’t want to miss.
If you listen beyond the intense, gripping vocals, you’ll hear that Helestios use their lyrics to encourage listeners to stay true to themselves and to use their inner power to battle through any struggles they may be having.
The album is an accessible introduction to the world of metal and is perfect if you’re looking to be empowered by their power and fury, let off some steam by head-banging in your bedroom, or for imagining being in the middle of a mosh pit.
“We want to provoke people to think a bit deeper and realise there’s more than everyday mainstream media has to offer. There’s enough exciting stuff going on right now in various scientific fields from uncovering very unusual facts about ancient history to modern genetics and with our new understanding we should re-apply and re-view many things that we believe are cornerstones. Not to mention the fact we live in an era when individual human rights are noticeably reduced. We’re looking to stand together with everyone, brothers and sisters and friends through metal – stand together for what is right!”
Make sure to follow Helestios on social media to be the first to hear ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’ on December 18th!
The song is the second to be taken from the returning band’s upcoming new album ‘Power Up’, which is set for release on Friday (November 13). The LP is AC/DC’s first since 2014’s ‘Rock Or Bust’.
‘Realize’ follows on from the LP’s lead single ‘Shot In The Dark’ which arrived last month, and you can hear the final preview of AC/DC’s ‘Power Up’ below.
The full tracklist for AC/DC’s ‘Power Up’ is as follows:
1. Realize 2. Rejection 3. Shot In The Dark 4. Through The Mists Of Time 5. Kick You When You’re Down 6. Witch’s Spell 7. Demon Fire 8. Wild Reputation 9. No Man’s Land 10. Systems Down 11. Money Shot 12. Code Red
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Frontman Brian Johnson said that he hopes the new record will inspire a whole new generation of AC/DC fans.
“Instead of looking at dancers on TikTok, I’m hoping this album will make young kids go out and buy a guitar, learn the riffs and discover the rest of our catalogue,” he said. “It would just be great to get more young rock bands out there, writing their own songs and getting up there on stage.”
Skydiving, Bunjee Jumping, no matter whats on your Bucket List, giving Nearly Skulls’ long awaited new album ‘Bucket Listing’ a listen should be instantly fast tracked to top priority.
We’ve all been dying to know more about the mysterious rockers ever since we first heard their 2020 single ‘Dots’ and learnt that all they would reveal was that they are based in Manchester and comprise of Andy (guitars/bass); Paul (vocals; guitar) and Dean (drums)…though who knows if these are even their real names.
Their recently released music video for the heavily political track ‘American Rules’ connected few dots as the group were presented as the rock and roll skulls that they have taken on as their personas. However, the beauty is in the mystery and their debut album ‘Bucket Listing’ keeps the excitement alive with 13 tracks of classic rock greatness for you to get stuck into.
With their age and appearance being unclear ‘Nearly Skulls’ prove that you don’t have to have a certain look or persona to create unmissable rock earworms, stripping it back simply to raw musical talent. Blending statement tracks with a heavier twist such as ‘American Rules’ and ‘Headphones’ into a lineup with the laid back acoustics of ‘Be Better’ and soft rock beats of ‘Move Along’ mean that this album holds something for everyone and a track for every mood.
Always keeping us on our toes, Nearly Skulls let the music do the talking and leave us in the dark when it comes to the identity of these masked magic-makers, but the delivery of a firm rock favourite that we just can’t stop listening to is more than enough to keep us happy. And who knows, maybe one day the mystery will come to light…
You can listen to ‘Bucket Listing’ on Spotify via the link below and give ‘Nearly Skulls’ a follow on social media so you don’t miss out on any new tracks or potential identity clues.
Having been described by a fellow artist as ‘like Laura Marling crossed with Billie Holiday’, Bristol based duo Tamsyn and James, aka Toyface, are a mouth watering proposition for music fans. With a varied collection of 11 songs making up their debut album, the pair have blended an eclectic range of influences that has resulted in an album with strong jazz and cinematic leanings; both playful and plaintive.
The pair’s songwriting process is varied: sometimes involving Tamsyn writing lyrics alongside her own simple structures on guitar; but often times working from a cappellas, which James then lays piano chords underneath. This is clearly a combination that works well and has yielded a crop of songs which are relatable to anybody who has ever found themselves working hard to find a place in the world – a situation most, if not all of us, know well.
In Tamsyn’s own words, the album ‘charts a process of experiencing, coping with, and the eventual resolution of, existential angst that I went through in my early 20s’; by way of heartbreak, physical insecurity and complex family ties’. And it’s from this well of shared stories where Toyface’s main strength lies – their ability to write with searing honesty about the common human experience, and lay those tales out across an intense, shifting musical backdrop.
For an example check out the lead album track ‘Flight’:
The album is set to be exclusively launched in the duo’s home town of Bristol on April 24th, with the album to follow shortly after. The release marks the culmination of a journey that started with a chance meeting on the way back from the Secret Garden Party festival a number of years ago.
Trying to find a way back to Bristol at the end of the festival, Tamsyn managed to find her way onto a truck with a group of revellers heading in that direction. Not long into the journey, an incident on the road left the group stranded for 28 hours waiting for the journey to continue, during which time the group bonded.
The only two people from the group headed to Bristol were Tamsyn and James, whose chance meeting has led to a sibling-like closeness, the formation of Toyface and the debut album ‘Follow the Rules of the Trainwreck’.
With a new festival season on the horizon, there will be plenty more chances to see Toyface in the very near future, starting with that album launch gig on April 24th.
Their new album, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Mafia’ drops on May 11th, and includes the single ‘She’s Hot’:
With a sound which follows naturally on from the likes of Guns ‘n’ Roses and Aerosmith, only with the powerful female vocals of Faith Blurry, they are already turning heads in their home country having won the national ‘Rock the Road Contest’. Competing against 70 hand-picked bands from across the country Rockstar Frame came out on top thanks to their killer songs and great live show.
Rockstar Frame have an origin story like no other. The band was started when founder Max was in a coma after falling from cliff. His family played him rock music while he was unconscious, and he woke with the belief that the music helped to bring him back – inspiring him to write his own.
From there, the band was formed, and has been growing ever since – only set to get even bigger with the arrival of the new album and the help of a growing fanbase.
That fanbase will, in fact, have the opportunity to pick up a free copy of the new album. The album launch gig – date to be confirmed soon – will see 20 free CDs on offer for the first 20 who come dressed as an old school ‘gangster’ to join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mafia and get into the spirit of the evening.
The show, like the album, is set to be a blinder. ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Mafia’ is released on May 11th.
An indie rock band with an unusually varied style, Noel and Pandas are an Italian group who revel in adding varied ideas and influences to a strong foundation of indie rock. With new album ‘In the Art of Doom’ already getting the band plenty of plaudits, the time has now come for the latest single release, the provocatively titled ‘Whip Me’.
Already marked out as the hottest new rock proposition from Italy, Noel and the Pandas continue to go from strength to strength. Produced by guitarist Nicola Rosti and with lyrics from band founder Noel, the debut album is a true labour of love from a songwriter whose outlook on life has changed dramatically in recent years
His is a story of riches to rags. After a promising career as a banker was ended overnight, he has picked himself back up using nothing but his music and the experiences he has to write about. The power of music to move and transform those who make and hear it is often underestimated, but Noel is living proof that – with enough talent and determination – it’s possible to come back from the brink.
‘It all started when my first life ended and a brand new one was there to begin’ says Noel now. And, with the fresh sounds of Noel and the Pandas to show for it, it’s a new life with plenty to look forward to.
With a gritty, dirty groove pushed by chugging drums, distorted power chords and a spoken vocal that suits the style perfectly, it’s the latest addition to what is growing to be a very strong back catalogue;
UK born but now US based, John Graham’s new album is set to reach these shores showcasing slick, contemporary indie-rock with electronic touches and a heap of swagger. With influences including the Stone roses, Kasabian, The Cure, Depeche mode and more, it’s an album full of ideas which is primed to make an impact. The album is something of a departure for Graham, whose previous work under the name Quivver has seen him gaining countless plaudits producing house and techno music.
However, ‘Cold Sun’ and lead single ‘Roll the Dice’ prove that there are multiple strings to this particular bow, by turning out tunes which are strongly based on the indie rock genre. These hook laden, energetic tracks are then laced with dynamic electronic ideas, ported over from his experience in the EDM genres, to give them extra flavour. It’s not common that indie, rock and electronic ideas are mixed so effectively, with the latter adding superb textures to the former, and it’s certainly one hell of a combination thanks to the subtlety of John Graham’s genre bending.
This combination is showcased by this superb video for the single – not suitable for those with a fear of heights, it blends off kilter performance footage with a montage of adrenaline pumping, high risk stunts. It’s a truly compelling watch married to a fantastic musical groove:
His new music does a fantastic job of proving that thanks to a brazen and assured indie rock approach that drips with attitude. It’s a long way from the jungle and house specialist who started out in the 1990s and is well established in that environment. Over the years since, John Graham (as Quivver) has picked up myriad honours and career highs. The quality of his work can be vouched for by over 45,000 online followers, as well as record deals with Virgin, Warner Brothers &Hooj Choons who he has had record deals with in the past.
Single ‘Roll the Dice’ is out June 1st, to be followed on June 29th by the ‘Cold Sun’ album, both through Distinctive Records.
The Franks are Jon, Kaleb and Tane. A Gritty Pop Soul Trio fresh out of London who released their debut single, Lies on 12th March 2012.
The Franks have been broadcast by Alex Lester of Radio 2 on 13th March 2012 and have received Regional airplay at Lionheart Radio FM Newcastle, Saint Fm in Essex and Alan Robson’s Night Owl’s Programme on Metro Radio to date.
The Franks have had a great deal of online activity. Links and articles will be pasted below along with Comment, Quotes from National and Regional Producers and Programmers as below*
The Franks BACKGROUND
Jon, Kaleb and Tane had been performing individually for several years as musicians. Jon played the piano, Kaleb the guitar and Tane the Drums. Their union was a little unexpected as they were all from very different parts of the globe. Jon was from Essex, Kaleb was from Newcastle and Tane from New Zealand. However, their passion for Gospel, Soul and Motown music brought them together.
Kaleb, Jon and Tane found that when they just sang together they were creating a big Soul sound. They each went on to front a track with the other two singers echoing sections, splitting the songs into three part harmonies.
They developed their contemporary, vibrant, commercial music, keeping the influence of 60s soul. Their sounds are reminiscent of The Four Seasons, The Four Tops along with the Pop Soul grooves of Duffy and Winehouse.
“Lies” is a hard-hitting pop soul track. It’s catchy and fronted by Kaleb who has the gritty soul voice. The echoes are harmonised by Jon and Tane. The song reveals the anger Kaleb is facing towards his ex-girlfriend. It tells the story of how she has had a hold over him and how the past relationship wasn’t real. It also reveals the emotion and passion he still feels for her.
In 2014 a second single and album ‘Love Drunk Soul’ will be released via #FTMusicBook. The band have already built a strong live fan base playing regular gigs at venues including, Ronnie Scotts, Floriditas, Café De Paris and Madame JoJos.
They are thrilled to be releasing their tracks via Freethemusicbook.com and will keep you posted via ‘The Book Review’ on their page of forthcoming news on the bands progress.
Quotes to date:
The Franks “LIES” – NATIONAL AND REGIONAL RADIO COMMENTS : Alex Lester – RADIO 2- Lies has received airplay.
MALCOLM PRINCE, Executive Producer – Graham Norton & Paul O’Grady Radio 2 “Lies is a good upbeat track. I have no problems with the production. It will be up for consideration on our playlist.”
Mark Plant, Producer DRIVETIME Radio 2 – “The track is a really strong song. I can very easily hear the song on the Radio 2 playlist.”
RADIO 2 – Broadcast assistant Joe Haddow – ‘I like the feel of this track…it’s fresh and soulful and has a really good rhythm. The chorus is quite instant and becomes catchy after a couple of listens. The lead vocal is really interesting – I think it works though, not too gruff, just the right side. It compliments the brass really well…and the harmonies at the end soften the blow too. It stands out from other singers at the moment and harks back to some of James Brown’s earlier efforts. I can see Radio 2 playing this – certainly spot plays, but perhaps a cheeky c-list too. I think it would work well on certain shows across the board’
Maxximum FM – “I’m going to fit this in to one of our shows”
Music Scheduler/Playlist Manager Saint FM – “’Lies’ has been aired on two Saint FM shows, Midnight Café & Local Talent. It will go out again on the Local Talent show on Monday between 7-9pm. We think it’s a fabulous record.”
BBC Radio Wales – “Good track. I’ll take it in to the next Playlist meeting.” – Music Scheduler/Playlist Manager
Smooth Radio – “ I would consider putting them on as the opening act on one of our ‘Love Music Live’ shows.” – Head Of Presentation, Smooth Radio Network
Metro Radio – “I have played this, more plays to come.” – Alan Robson, Night Owls Show
Smooth Radio Network – “Love the track, very Northern Soul-esque. Smooth is definitely a station that can play this band.” – Head Of Presentation, Smooth Radio Network
Live Session with Robert Elms, BBC Radio London 94.9 – March 28th 2012
Robert Elms and his producer Graham love the track “Lies” and have played it numerous times on BBC London and gave The Franks the opportunity to sing live and have an interview… Click on the link and go to 2:33.40