Devi Charmian: Folk Rocker with a unique name

When you know something is good, you know it’s good. The minute we heard Charmian Devi’s new music we just knew it was special and at this present time, whilst the world is falling apart, her music allows you to escape all the troubles of the world. But first, why not get to know more about Chairmian Devi and afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to indulge her music. 

“Charmian Devi has a unique gift for arrangements and composition. Vocals are sweet and sultry. She has talent and her music a sultry and fresh effort.”Michele McManmon, The LA Indie Music Examiner.

“Such a Disgrace’ is the exact opposite with her song. It’s a groovy soul that makes your go out to her.” IndieDial.com

Folk- rock trooper, Chairmian Devi has already written two of this year’s most infectious and seething rock songs and she also assembled a band featuring some of rock’s most revered names;  guitarist Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group); Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan’s bass player since 1989; Tom Waits; Paul Simon) and Sonic Youth drummer, Steve Shelley, not to mention the talented work of Marc Urselli behind the production desk (six-times nominated and three-times Grammy award winner: Lou Reed; Mike Patton; Keith Richards; ZZ Top and many more!) Proving her standing among these rock legends, Chairmian Devi is your new rock hero!

Watch the promo video for No Peace here:

…and the lyric video for Radio of None here:

Based in Canada, Chairmian Devi has spent her life as a musician, from melodic garage bands through to lead singer and songwriter for 90s punk band, Wretch Ethyl who became Canada’s most talk-about bands, opening for the likes of Seattle grunge legends, 7 Year Bitch and punk icons, Nomeansno. Their demise after four fraught years sadly coincided with the tragic death of her husband – it was from the burning embers of this dark and harrowing time that Charmian Devi relocated to London for two years to rebuild her life. Still haunted by her turbulent past, she returned to Canada and a new Charmian emerged, a songwriter and musician who was truly able to crystallise her experiences and express them through her music.

“I really enjoyed recording with Charmian Devi…her songs remind me of bands like the Velvet Underground, raw intuitive and in-tune with the times.” Bassist, Tony Garnier

Dedicated to a life in music and resolutely opposed to authoritarian regimes and dogma, Charmian is the embodiment of everything rock n roll stands for: truth; revolution and unyielding artistry. Her latest single, Radio of None is available on 8th April.

“I’ve really enjoyed producing Charmian because there are fewer and fewer artists today that play inspired & raw folk/rock music and are not trying to polish everything to sound more commercial. Her music speaks the truth and she puts all of herself into her songs. That’s also why I wanted to use musicians that are comfortable in an environment of spontaneous music that’s rough around the edges but carries a meaning and an attitude. Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and Sonic Youth are all raw and unapologetic and make great rock and/or folk music with powerful lyrics and meanings, so choosing Lenny, Tony and Steve was an obvious choice because that is exactly what Charmian does too!” Three-times Grammy Award-winning producer, Marc Urselli

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Kyra Jinx: Lincoln’s Answer to R&B

Lincolnshire’s R&B Kyra Jinx sets out to be the summers hottest star. Influenced by artists such as, Stormzy, Paramore and Chunkz, Kyra is definitely what the UK needs this summer.

You can listen to her forthcoming single, 1 of 1 here

Kyras passion for music started when she graduated from learning the guitar to then working with Patrick Osei at Hot Money Studios, which helps her escape the stresses of life. 

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SCHOOL OF X RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘BAD LOVE’ ALONGSIDE HAUNTING VIDEO DEBUT ALBUM ‘ARMLOCK’ IS OUT MAY 29TH

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School of X reveals a hopeful song about overcoming inscrutable lows of love. The song is taken from the debut album Armlock, released on May 29. Musician and director Frederik Valentin has created the accompanying music video.

In February, School of X released the first single,  “Collarbone (feat. Lord Siva)”, of his forthcoming debut album. “Collarbone” bridged the explosive and heavily produced style of the debut EP Faded. Dream. with the intimate and intense songs on 2019’s Destiny EP. Today, School of X announces the title and release date of his debut album Armlock, out on May 29. Accompanying the announcement is School of X’s second single from the debut album, “Bad Love” – a love song about overcoming trying times.

School of X’s Rasmus Littauer about the song:

“It’s about feeling alone in a relationship, having lost faith or trust, about how much the relationship suddenly matters when it’s slipping through your fingers. But that’s how love is – it comes and goes and we all have to put up a constant fight to save it and bring it back.”

The music video was created with friend, director and fellow musician Frederik Valentin just when the covid-19 virus forced the ongoing lock-down in Denmark.

“Frederik has been a vital part of the visual side of School of X since the beginning. I admire his creativity and always have for the 10 years we have known each other. We wanted to capture duality, danger and love with this video. It was a tough process because of covid-19. We couldn’t really meet except for outside and inside we were always 3-4 meters apart. We feel we succeeded, and under the circumstances I think this video makes the experience of Bad Love even more powerful.”

The debut album Armlock is released on May 29. Like “Bad Love”, it’s full of ambiguity — although an armlock is usually known as a restraining technique,, for School of X the word can also contain something positive.

The title emerged in the early morning hours when Rasmus Littauer and his friend were in New York City.

“I came up with the title while driving in a taxi in NYC at 4am in the morning arm in arm with one of my best friends. We were pretty ecstatic about being together in this city at that moment. Literally, “Armlock” of course also has a negative meaning. And this duality means a lot to me because one of my only real struggles is that I’m always trying to break out of what I’m doing. I’m simply scared of being stuck and of being held down by the world around me. It’s not just in music I feel like this – the impermanence of my entire existence is really a lot on my mind”

The School of X moniker is inspired by Eks-skolen – an anti-establishment art collective that was based in Copenhagen in the 1960s. Alongside his work with School of X, Rasmus Littauer has toured the world for the past 7 years as the musical director and drummer for MØ and has also worked with acts such as Liss, Clairo, and many more.

Armlock will be released on vinyl, CD and digital via Tambourhinoceros on May 29.

Don’t Shut Up says Millie When Mental Health issues Are at Stake

Everybody is talking about Millie and The Shut Up, no I mean everybody , just have a look at who is raving .

“There’s just so much spirit in that band… and she has such a great voice as well!” – Alex Baker, Kerrang Radio

“She’s got an incredible voice” – John Kennedy, Radio X

“MILLIE MANDERS AND THE SHUTUP AS ONE OF THE U.K.’S MOST VITAL ACTS, AND AN ADRENALINE BOOST TO EVEN THE MOST STONEY-HEARTED MUSIC FAN” – New Noise

“MANDERS’ MUSIC NEVER FEELS OVERWROUGHT WITH COMMENTARY, YET MANAGES TO CONVEY ITS MESSAGES EFFORTLESSLY” – Louder Than War

“I love it. REFRESHING. What a way to start my day” – Lynval Golding, The Specials

Now we insist you rave by checking out all the links and telling your friends or if you have no friends tell your enemies as the things they are singing about are crucial we feel .

Silent Screams

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Millie Manders: Vox/Ukulele/Saxophone

Alessandro Vitiello: Drums

James Pendle: Guitars

Georgina Boreham: Bass

Dominic Walker: Sax/Trumpet/Synths

Ok well got to get on so that’s a brief , say hi to Millie piece , as we know most of you are short on time as you have to head out to a gig……ah ok….well now we recall you have a lot of time on your hands here is a bit more information but only coz we love you and we love Millie and the gang . Based in both London and Norwich, Millie Manders & The Shutup create cross-genre punk that is hard to ignore. With lyricism that pokes fun, draws you in or leaves you questioning social norms teamed with incredible vocal dexterity, grinding guitars, irresistible horn hooks and a pumping rhythm section, the Millie Manders Music Machine churns out more raw punk fusion than you can shake a stick at, with a huge amount of pop appeal. Released ahead of the hugely anticipated album, Telling Truths, Breaking Ties, Silent Screams is the song Millie Manders & The Shutup have always seemed destined to release. A delirious mix of punk, ska, pop and dagger-sharp lyrics, it sees Millie Manders and the Shutup as one of the UK’s most exciting acts. At a time when fear and the unknown seems rife in the world, Silent Screams is a message to those feeling at their lowest that there is always hope.

Although it features many of the hooks, riffs and sheer power that fans have come to expect from Millie Manders & the Shutup, it is Silent Screams’ lyrical contact which really hits home hard. Dealing with suicidal thoughts and the feeling of being trapped, Silent Screams is typical of a band whose commitment to social justice is as ingrained in them as their love of music. With both Millie and George in the band constantly battling against mental health issues, there’s a truth and poignancy to the track which magnifies the song’s power immensely. Silent Screams feels destined to become an anthem for those feeling imprisoned by their own thoughts.

Tom Odell’s Producer Joins Forces with Glam Guitar God Bowen to Forge the Ultimate Climax

So if a legendary guy like Tom Odell’s producer thinks Aussie born Beau is beautiful…geddit?!!!!… then we have to agree and we can’t resist but to be bowin’ down to Mr.Bowen and rave about this glam king. Beau Bowen’s debut opus is entitled, with typically tongue-in-cheek style, The Great Anticlimax, the title track from which is the forthcoming single. Alongside other key tracks, such as the debut single, A Rock ‘n’ Roll Story, The Great Anticlimax is a REAL album, with heart-breaking tales of a failed romance with a stripper; heart-warming stories of true romance with a stripper and an invitation to be dazzled by the mysteries of his glitter volcano of a brain. Recorded using vintage synths, it was produced as we mentioned in our rather witty intro  by Miles James (Tom Odell); was mixed by 5-times Grammy Award-winner Jimmy Douglass (Led Zeppelin; Roxy Music; Timbaland) and mastered by Grammy-winner Mike Bozzi (Kendrick Lamar; Tupac; Childish Gambino). So does that wet your appetite , yes it does , so do you want to listen to the Beaumeister…yes you do , so here goes , fill your boots.

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