Glasgow based electro-rock duo der Mist is set to smash on to the scene with their brand new single ‘It’s Alright’, releasing on January 15. The unique blend of pop, indie, rock and synth sounds gives this band a super unique edge that is hard to find in today’s climate. The new single brings something fresh and acts as a precursor to the release of their debut self-titled album next month which is something you do not want to miss.
Composed of Craig McKissick and Ali Whitty, both based in Glasgow, the duo are armed with a plethora of instruments and skills, making them sound as though there’s more in the band than just two. Having previously playing in Crash My Model Car (signed to V2 Records) and Augusta Fireball, Ali was introduced to Craig through a local charity he set up to help young musicians. Their introduction clearly worked, as the two decided to miss out on being in a traditional full band to become something a bit different.
Covid-19 lockdowns may have separated the duo, but this only motivated them to do more, using YouTube to create vlogs about their musical developments and opinions, among practicing other exciting methods to promote their music. Touching on the common struggles of any musician – from picking out your band name to sorting out your artwork – these vlogs helped keep their morale up whilst helping others in the music community.
The single comes on January 15, accompanied with a brilliant video on the 22nd, capturing the essence of der Mist and putting them on the map as ones to watch. ‘It’s Alright’ really makes you feel like everything will be alright, combining rock, indie and synthetic sounds to produce something brand new and extremely interesting. Taking inspiration from some of the giants from the 80’s synth genres, and the classic charm of modern rock, the duo’s upcoming album should stir real excitement among any music fans.
November 26th saw YUNGBLUD’s 7th single release this year, bringing us an emotionally charged song mars, telling the story of a young trans woman fighting to be who she truly is, and spreading the message of self-identity and fighting for what is right. The song comes quickly after previous release Cotton Candy, which received a hugely positive reaction from fans and new listeners alike.
The video quickly followed, dropping 5pm yesterday. You can watch Below:
mars comes as one of the featured songs on the Weird!, which is releasing at the later date of December 4th, after being pushed back due to the delay in production of the Vinyl versions of the album.
YUNGBLUD has been teasing the content of this album, redesigning his style in a more liberating lyrical style with charged messages, as per for any of his releases. Earlier this year, he described the new album as “Inspired by Bowie”, the latest video clearly nodding its head towards the late performer.
I was lucky enough to get in touch with Jenna (Middle Bottom of the picture below), one of the featured actors in the music video, to ask about what the song means to her, the filming process and what it was like working with YUNGBLUD on set.
“The song to me means reaching out to each other. From the moment I read the lyrics I felt it was about the story of a young trans woman who has been through a hell of a fight to be who she knows she is, and this can connect with everyone in one way or another. Fighting for yourself and what you deserve, fighting for what you know others deserve and, in this case, ultimately prevailing with Bright coloured lipstick and a tougher skin. Support each other, love each other!“
“And the filming process was an absolute joy! Dom was so clear with what he wanted and that he wanted us to be OURSELVES. And you can see this in the video when everyone has a slightly different take on the fight. I felt completely supported and encouraged and most of the filming was done in one or two takes as it was made so clear what we were asked to portray.”
Keeping this year busy with announcements, we are blessed with three different tours over the next year, firstly with the Weird Time Of Life tour, an online event which sees both old and brand new songs performed in a location specific livestream, which is currently ongoing. Concert-goers can buy tickets for any location across the world, talk with fellow fans and be introduced to new bands through the support acts. You can still buy tickets here, with the run ongoing until the 7th December. The next announcement is the Intimate As F*CK, shows brought to fans in tiny venues across smaller cities in April and May of next year. Unfortunately these tickets have already sold out due to high demand! But if you still would really like that live event to see the new album releases in person, the Life On Mars tour is taking place late 2021. You can view dates and tickets here.
With the United Kingdom slowly coming out of national lockdown after the Coronavirus Pandemic slows, we as listeners can only hope with baited breath that these concerts can still go ahead, and it not, we hope a plethora of new music can come instead.
For some, lockdown was a series of unfortunate events. For Four Crooks, however, the global pandemic was a catalyst of creativity, from which grew their brand new EP, Black Magic.
The band, hailing from Telford, took to a remote farmhouse to combine their thoughts and musical talent to bring to us Feel Alright, Paranoia, and the title track, Black Magic, all together combining as a brilliant, heavy Indie EP reminiscent of Royal Blood and Nothing But Thieves.
Four Crooks consists of Dave Morris (vocals/guitar); Eamonn Russell (guitar); Toby Barnett (bass) and Dan Quinton-Jones (drums). Four seemingly average guys who came together over their love and need for heavier sounding Indie tracks.
Eamonn met Dave the night he was being kicked out of a bar after an altercation with the manager over gig fees and, as they walked together, carrying the kit, they bonded over their love for a particular sound of music. Toby and Dan joined in with this shared passion and inside the farmhouse, without distractions, the EP was born.
The three tracks on the EP show the rawness of the band. Just four lads who are being open and honest about mental health and relationship struggles.
The title track by the same name as the EP mentions the highly additive qualities of women, and other substances, warning us of the highs and lows. Feel Alright introduces us to the struggles of getting through a difficult relationship, whilst holding your head high. The track features a bouncing, feel good melody – definitely a lockdown mood booster.
The final track, Paranoia, speaks of the struggles of dealing with anxiety and doubts, with a heavy bassline that will be stuck in your head for days.
Overall, the EP is a solid listen, with three tracks that really show the band’s talent, and with the second national lockdown over our heads, can we be looking forward to new music from this up-and-coming band? Lets hope so!
Follow Four Crooks on Social Media for more announcements:
Indie-punk Maverick Vanderocker returns with a brand new EP – The Good Punk – a 5 track journey, bringing us a brilliant mix of punk, indie and psychedelia in this experimental EP.
Soon to be turned into a short film, the short album touches on themes of sex, voyeurism and confirms Vanderocker’s place in the alternative music scene.
Vanderocker is an indie music project lead by Adrienne Vanderocker, an LA based performance artist who comes from a family of Dutch-American classical musicians. Boasting a huge amount of talent, Adrienne composed the EP, playing guitar, bass and synth on the record. Together with the producing skills of Brandon Eggleston and several noteworthy guest artists such as Federico Pol Jr (Joe Cocker), Peter Holmström (The Dandy Warhols, PIA), and Brendan Bond (Black Pumas), the EP was born.
Vanderocker have continued to soundtrack an eccentric and dreamlike view of the world, best described by Adrienne herself:
“In my mind, it’s a basic study of humans on different levels, almost from an Alien National Geographic kind of perspective. ‘Here is Earth, a most beautiful place and here are the alluring creatures who call themselves human beings. Let’s observe them when they are just in their bodies. Now look how they change when they interact with other groups’ – like a typical lab observation, right? Which is interesting in itself; but then of course, we have to look at how amazingly powerful humans can be when they disengage from the drama and plug into something bigger than themselves. I find comfort in all of it, when I can step back and observe us the way a newcomer might.”
In the early stages of their music, Vanderocker worked more with classic rock and electronica, but through experimentation and collaboration, the sound has become more polished, honing in on the perfect hybrid genre, including trip-hop, avant garde, roadhouse blues and indie pop.
Vanderocker have continued to push musical boundaries, working with Phil Ek (Modest Mouse; Built to Spill) on single, Dear Future Self in August 2020 and appearing on the soundtrack to the PS4/XBox One/PC game, Beyond Blue. Tying all of the music together and encapsulating the Vanderocker journey, the short film, Cult for You, will be a 1920s-esque erotic flick, with shooting beginning this November.
The Good Punk is due to be released on the 13th November, and the track list goes as follows:
Cult For you opens with punchy, punk guitar that lead the track, accompanied by haunting and sensual vocals. As the harmonies layer, the track becomes more intense, leaving the listener in their own imagination.
“Earthly pleasure. Birthright. A pure journey of the flesh. The most basic, primal experiential potential of having a human body. You can get off and go about your day unaffected, or you can reach other dimensions, use sex as medicine and heal yourself and/or your other, or connect to pure God essence, just by knowing how to use your body as a vessel. Sex is a portal. I like the duality there is in sex and the sensual worlds alone- the drama, the meaning, the purpose all begins in our heads and then trickles through our bodies to be expressed and manifested.”
Endless city leads with a heavy bassline, introducing the other instruments that layer upon each other. It really gives you a nostalgic feeling of walking through an empty city at night, feeling empowered but intrigued by the mystery around you.
“Now we take the human experience out of the singular and look at it from about 50 yards away, for instance, watching small groups interact in our favourite petri dish – a city at night. This environment is a prime setting for getting the extreme highs and polar opposite lows out of people, often within the same experience. We follow our subject, seemingly feminine, through the streets where she bears witness to all of it. People’s faces become lock boxes for sins, secrets, or resilience, or heroism, and they also become the most open, revealing, expressions of themselves on the flip of a dime. There is also the idea that a city at night is also where you have the easiest access to mind altering substances, either through drugs, or euphoric divination – and seeing how the two paths can have their similarities is interesting to me. The two paths can look the same but feel and affect one in polar opposite ways. Of course, all these experiences lead to the same goal- wanting to feel loved, and oh the trouble humans go through to achieve this feeling. From an outside perspective, it would make you deeply curious what the fuss is about.”
Taking Notes boasts a more avant-garde feel to it, bringing in more electronic and psych vibes. The layering of the voices with whispers really gives a trippy feel to the track. Sit back and close your eyes, you’re in for a journey with this one. This is also included as a bonus track instrumental, which is simply incredible and really give the instruments their spotlight.
“This is the most avant-garde piece on the EP. Establishing a deep funky groove as a setting for a narrative on the human experience and how we have to go through all this strange and often painful play to be able to tap into the higher experience and of course, our true potential. I was setting up a kind of 70’s vibe as the foundation and Pete ended up putting some really cool guitar work, creating this brilliant soundscape over the piece. In case anyone wanted to enjoy this piece without the narrative, we included a bonus instrumental on the EP.”
Supercell really brings the punk into this EP, with its message about waking up, coming together and “opening the eyes of the human race”. It is a brilliant final track to the EP, especially considering what society has been through this year.
“This track takes a look at how powerful humans are when they come together for a cause .Of course, it particularly speaks to all the unrest and upset around the massive corruption and ongoing systemic racism. When I was writing Supercell I was just thinking about that superpower gene that kicks in when change happens. I wrote it thinking about it in that context and then learned what a Supercell actually is- a Supercell is the mother of all storms. It couldn’t have been more perfect.”
Keep an eye on Vanderocker’s social media accounts for the release of this fantastic and thought-provoking EP.
“MeMe Detroit bridges the gaps between grunge, indie and Blues rock…” Louder than War
“This is the kind of person you get jealous of because they’re an incredibly talented singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer…”Janice Long – BBC Radio
“Great voice” – Johnny Doom
MeMe Detroit teases new track following the overwhelming positive reaction from the previous releases. Mean Rock n Roller Promises to be a rebellious anthem for anyone who just wants to be themselves rather than conforming to societal norms, lead by a woman who wears these values not just on her sleeve, but in her clothes and artistic makeup.
Pure passion and feelings are poured into each of MeMe’s records and live performances, which are self described as “Uplifting Angst” by the British/Columbian artist, perfectly capturing her Riot Girl energy whilst also keeping something super unique, combining gritty-grungy vocals with power-indie.
MeMe is also one of those insanely talented people that are just stupidly good at everything, with her featuring on the vocals, as well as guitar, bass and synth, with bandmate Kallum McEwen backing up the track with the drums.
The band are well known for their explosive energy both on the stage and off, with hundreds of positive reviews from their live shows, and raving critiques from BBC Introducing, while the band have landed regular airtime on Kerrang! Radio, Janice Long’s show on BBC Radio Wales and have featured on Fresh on the Net’s‘Fresh Faves’.
If you are looking for a new punk track that makes you want to don your creeper boots and stick on a spiked collar, watch this space, or check out some of their previous releases if you just cant wait! A favorite is “How she Runs”, which you can watch the video for below.
MeMe is currently rallying fans from around the globe to crowdsource and put together a new music video for Mean Rock n Roller, which, if anything like some of their previous videos, features a short introductory story before the music kicks in, giving us more insight and context to the track.
Keep an eye on their socials for updates on this, along with exclusive live streams on their social media, full of high powered grunge and attitude.
“Mean Rock N Roller is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek song that we had written as a bit of fun but at the same time says “fuck you” to the limiting beliefs that are pressed on us by society as we grow up. You can basically be, do or have anything you want in life when you put your mind to it, so never settle. It’s pointless”.
Keep up to date with all news related to MeMe Detroit, including the release of the single on the 30th October this year!
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.
With a sound that has elements of 90s rock, psychedelic break downs and an all-round euphoric atmosphere, Keemosabe cater to lovers of the likes of Kings of Leon, John Mayer and Foals.
Set to release their self-titled forthcoming EP, the Italian indie-rock band are set to take the year by storm. Their vision and sound reflects the fury and drama of the world’s largest cities, reflected most in their forthcoming track ‘Out of They City’ that mirrors this concept visually through its accompanied video.
Their London dates proved a huge success, selling out both The Islington and Servant’s Jazz Quarters, whilst their popularity in Milan saw them playing the city’s largest venues, including the 3,000-capacity Alcatraz. After recording and mastering their EP at Abbey Road Studios, they were subsequently invited to perform a live show at the fabled Studio One.
With music that merges energetic grooves, powerful riffs and pop melodies, the band produces music of genre-spanning quality that is impossible not to love. With live dates in Italy and England planned for this year and their debut album nearing completion, Keemosabe are set to be one of 2019’s new faces of indie-rock.
The brain child of ex Pharmaceutical company worker Duncan Morris, Anarchy Reigns is a hard hitting rock group who’s fuel and fire drives them to speak their mind and say what they want.
Duncans persona known as ‘Hitch’ is a big, leather dressed figure who’s dark appearance allows him to speak his mind on current social and economic issues. New track “Hypocrisy” focuses on his feelings towards US and UK politics, questioning the legitimacy of world leaders and the lies we’ve been fed throughout the years. As well as focusing on the contradictory actions that these officials have been accused of.
So if you want a real reaction to the worlds current affairs, be sure to check them out:
Ahhh, nice n sleazy does it. Vulpine Smile are a Cambridge band who clearly have a slobbering delight for 60s -style garage rock, with a bluesy base to their music but a cultured finish, all fleshed out with rather harrowingly crunchy guitars. A slow, creeping intro to their latest A-side, The Way it Flows, gives little indication that these humble beginnings will give way to a decidedly more throaty assault. Like a prolonged hammer attack to your head, the build of ferocity becomes ever-more alarming, the the point where it feels like you’ve merged into the song itself as a protagonist.
B-side, Glass Machine, is equally arresting, with a superb fuzzed-out guitar leading to yet more salacious vocals and a trippy, hallucinatory journey. It’s all terrific stuff and bodes well for their EP, which should be unveiled to us soon. You should love it, never mind smile about it.
Having spent the last couple of weeks digesting the rattlingly good album from Mexican neo-grunge funksters, Ikkarus. All of which made us think – from a continent so huge, why are there so few successful rock bands?
Well, since they inspired us, where better to start? Their debut album, Stains & Echoes is an immediately arresting collection of songs which have the buzzing, growl of the early 90’s Pacific North-West combined with the bass thump of Red Hot Chili Peppers. The end result is catchy, raucous and both nostalgic and forward-thinking at the same time. Recommended!
? AND THE MYSTERIANS
Question Mark (also answering to Rudy Martinez) founded his band in 1962 and are still a going concern, largely due to their break-out hit, 96 Tears. Though actually hailing from Michigan, their Latin roots made them one of the first rock bands to have a number one hit in America with a South American heritage (honorable mention to Ritchie Valens).
We could hardly get away with not including Carlos Santana, perhaps the most famous Mexican musician to ever live (certainly to an English-speaking audience). Taking the blues and infusing it with traditional South American music and rock have led him to enjoy a career where he is adopted by new generations of musicians and audiences with each new release.
Brazilian psych legends, Os Mutantes, sprang into life in 1968, well-soaked in dripping technicolour visuals and trippy, Beatles-esque harmonies. They achieved attention decades later when cited by Kurt Cobain as an influence and were rumoured to be lined up as Nirvana’s support band for a tour, that for tragic reasons, never happened.
Formed in the mid-80s in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, it wasn’t until the early 90s that they became one of the most successful metal bands on the planet. Their early death metal sound grew to include more mainstream riffs, punk and Brazilian rhythms. Their 1193 album, Chaos A.D. is still hailed as one of the greatest metal albums of all-time.