AMBIENT-EXPERIMENTAL-POP: GRAWL!X SHARES NEW TRACK ‘PANDO’ AND ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW ALBUM AYE!

Feat. Haiku Salut

For this track I would suggest a nice fruity cider (preferably cold with a summer breeze and the heat of a BBQ)

The brainchild and alter-ego of James Machin, Derbyshire-based Grawl!x has announced the forthcoming release of his brand new album, Aye! (out May 28th) and shared mesmerising new single, ‘Pando’. ‘Pando is an explosion of sun-drenched colour – with layered guitars, jumping pop beats and yearning vocals, the track was written as an ode to an elusive person that Machin had not heard from in a long time.

Recorded over months of disjointed sessions in various bedrooms and spaces, and featuring vocals and instrumentation by Haiku Salut, Grawl!x’s hypnotic experimental dream-pop album recalls Dan Deacon and Animal Collective at their finest.

Truly captivating; swells of psychedelic guitars accompany layers of distant voices, and hazy, hypnotic drums – stylistically reminiscent of Panda Bear and, in parts, Alt-J. The album theme was derived from a concept taken from the Kubler-Ross model of the five stages of dealing with grief, with Aye! (the third album in a trilogy) exploring the final stage – acceptance.

Aye! was written over the course of a number of months in an almost abandoned church on a hill in the Derbyshire countryside. Machin would walk to the church in all weathers, never encountering another soul there. Machin explains: “Inside that rather foreboding structure is an old upright piano, displaying a laminated sheet of paper with the words ‘This Piano was Meant to be Played’. So he did, regularly.

This inspired the concept of an entire church tour – with a full band, Grawl!x played numerous tour dates in some of the UK’s most beautiful churches, bringing audiences Machin’s melodic creations as they were originally intended.

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The record’s lyrical themes centre around an unfortunate incident involving a mysterious ‘friend’ of the ex-My Psychoanalyst singer and guitarist. Speaking about these themes, Machin said: “Whereas my response to that would have been to mope around, his was to say ‘YES’ to whatever came his way. An affirmative attitude, that I admired.”

Hence whilst reflections on such dark subjects might in other hands have produced something grim and mawkish, out of grief Machin has wrought songs of beauty and wonder. The multi-instrumentalist played and recorded all of the instruments on Aye!, keen to create an album of two parts – a dream-pop A side and a slicker, electronic B side. Experimental soundscape ‘Compliance’ serves to mark this divide, and signpost a turning point in the album. This is a record about coping with the aftermath of grief – and how life goes on. It’s there in the haunting ‘Destination’ and the cyclical ‘Circadian Riddim’, laden as they are with drum machines and spacey synths.

Final track ‘Gumption’ features instrumentation by acclaimed Derbyshire band Haiku Salut woven around Machin’s carefully constructed soundscapes, these are compositions that tastefully blend acoustic and electronic elements that grow deeper with each listen.

The music James Machin makes as Grawl!x (pronounced ‘Grawlix’- a term used in comic book circles to refer to the ampersands and hash-tags used when a character is using profane language) is gentle and spacious, but with a deep well of feeling that often rises up out of nowhere to take over. This can be joyous, riveting, sometimes even terrifying.

Aye! starts out with simple piano and a string quartet arrangement, a gentle opening that acts as a sort of ‘reset’ button on your world, readying you for the 9 tracks that follow.

Machin will be touring with Grawl!x – full band – in June. Details to follow.

Tracklisting:
1. (Night Start)
2. Frontispiece
3. Pando
4. Kumquat
5. Dearth
6. Compliance
7. Circadian Riddim
8. Destination
9. Gumption
10. Aye

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Electrifying self-titled debut album from Belfast rock band, The Irontown Diehards

Belfast band, The Irontown Diehards, deliver this self-titled debut album, a hi-octane rock riff-fest set for release on May 27th.

Citing Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry and Bon Jovi as influences, The Irontown Diehards are a band that hard rock enthusiasts worldwide need in their iTunes libraries. Making up their sound are belting vocal hooks, speeding rhythms and headbanging riffs that’ll leave your neck toned.

As described by Belfast Metalheads Reunited: ‘they have combined the essential elements to forge a fierce rock sound that is delivered as if they wield a battleaxe’.

A formidable live act, the band match their lively sound with a distinctive image, dressing unconventionally in Victorian worker garb as if they just so happened to stumble out of a time machine into the 21st Century and discover electric guitars. All the members have previously played in top Northern Ireland rock and metal bands including Last Known Addiction, Almighty Fallen, Stormzone, Warcrux and Dead Zebra. Their collective musical experience shows, both in their musicianship and their performance.

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‘Fly High’ is the lead single, a soaring ballad with an explosive chorus. It features a cracking guitar solo and culminates into a mighty and epic crescendo.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asBNz9dqWV0

‘’…there is no doubt that they are bringing something new and interesting to a Northern Ireland scene in which it can sometimes be difficult to find’’ write Planet Mosh.

The album will be available for pre-order shortly, ready for its release on May 27th.

Links:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/step-inside-promotional-single/id1007239482

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theirontowndiehards/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/itdiehards

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/irontown-diehards/sets/the-irontown-diehards-album/s-s72Se

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGJ71UB2DeoX_S6wAkQKgkw

 

‘Message In A Bottle’ – Elena Roxy Rose

Booze!? Gin!

Listen to it here:

An inspiration to many through her book ‘To Eat or Not To Eat’, Elena Roxy Rose hopes to channel the positive energy she has surrounded herself with into her upcoming album. Simplicity is key and her aspirations are ones of spreading love and enlightenment rather than the mainstream media promoted goals of swelled egos and material gain.

During the conception and production years of the album Elena overcame many of life’s inevitable struggles and her self-belief and constant faith in the power of music has resulted in a fantastic release with real meaning and scope. All the universal experiences that one goes through are woven into this superb collection of positive and upbeat original songs that enable the listener to get lost in a colourful paint box of emotions.

‘Message in a Bottle’ is out on November 23rd.

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Links:

http://www.elenaroxyrose.com/

https://soundcloud.com/elenaroxyrose

https://www.facebook.com/Elena-Roxy-Rose

https://twitter.com/ElenaRoxyRose

Lola Is Bringing It Back With Brand New Track – Are You Looking For Love

Booze!?! Red Wine!

Lola Lamour is the first to admit she is behind the times. In fact, she says she might as well be living in the past – she has always been “influenced by vintage styles”, and her home is furnished in a retro style, right “down to the plug sockets”.

Her music is no exception. Lola has a sophisticated sound that transports the listener back to the big band days, not least when she gets up on stage with her thirteen-piece band, performing swing, soul, rockabilly, blues and more.

But the accomplished singer isn’t entirely out of touch. Her latest single, ‘Are You Looking for Love?’ doesn’t feel out of place – it is a modern take on the sounds of the Swing Era, and is inspired by popular artists Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.

Watch  Lola’s ‘Are You Looking for Love?’ here:

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Links:

Website:www.lolalamour.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/misslolalamour

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-lamours

Vidal & Curma To Release EP August 10th

Currently splitting time between their Northern Italian hometown of Padova and the UK’s capital, songwriters Vidal & Curma are a duo making a name for themselves in London. Playing in some of the most prestigious independent music venues in the city, their reputation has already won them a residency at the revered Proud Camden, where they were invited for repeat showings by popular demand thanks to the innate energy and sense of fun in their songs.

Their music boasts a loose, anarchic freshness without compromising on quality, giving an acoustic twist on the indie likes of The Libertines, The Strokes, Mac Demarco, and Velvet Underground to name a few. But perhaps their closest comparison is less well known – both Vidal and Curma are huge fans of Django Reinhardt, a gypsy guitarist  from Belgium who was active from the 30s to the 50s. Reinhardt single-handedly invented the gypsy-jazz genre, and both band members consider him the best guitarist of all time.

His brilliance has clearly rubbed off, and the new three track EP ‘Another Plane’ is a real, offbeat, acoustic treat.

See Vidal & Curma in action with this live Tradiio session:

‘Another Plane’  is due for release on August 10th.

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Tradiio is available here:

Web – http://tradiio.com

iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tradiio-discover-new-music/id882599955?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tradiio&hl=en_GB

Connect with Tradiio on social media:

https://facebook.com/tradiio

https://twitter.com/tradiio

Vidal & Curma Links: 

https://facebook.com/VidalCurma

https://twitter.com/vidalcurma

http://tradiio.com/vidal-curma-1

Morecambe and Wise Classic Featured On TV Adverts Set to Make Local Girl a Star

Listen to Ashleigh Wood’s ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ here:

Ashleigh Wood’s Version of Morecambe and Wise’s ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ is a reflection of summertime; light, sunny and full of joy. It is a perfect song to enjoy blasting through your car speakers, barbequing or simply lounging outside and making the most of the somewhat unpredictable British weather, and Ashleigh truly makes the song her own. Just try and listen to it without wanting to do the hopping routine the legendary comedians made famous on their classic shows. Summer is here and Ashleigh Wood is set to truly bring it sunshine, whatever the weather.

Bring Me Sunshine will be available from August 24th.

Links:

Website: http://www.ashleighwood.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AshleighWoodMusic

Twitter: @ashleigh_wood_

BowLDN due to share their new single ‘Survivor’

Powerful track set for release on June 22nd

https://soundcloud.com/bowldnmusic/bowldn-survivor-prod-by-dj-shaw

Diagnosed with learning difficulties at a relatively late stage in his schooling, BowLDN was initially told by his mainstream school that he wouldn’t pass his GCSE exams. Taking the decision to leave behind a school who had lost faith, he studied for his GCSEs at a YMCA training school, eventually passing each subject and specialising in music.

Moving on to college, he once again found himself lost in the shuffle, and getting in with the wrong crowd. A scrape with the law left him sentenced to one year’s probation and 30 hours community service.

Encouraged as part of his sentence to join a drama group called Bare Truths, BowLDN met a supportive group of people who allowed him to express himself creatively for perhaps the first time. Once his sentence was up, and he was no longer required to attend the group, he continued anyway – learning with each session and honing his creative outlet.

The next step is the release of ‘Survivor’ on June 22nd. From there – who knows?

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/BowLDNMusic

https://twitter.com/BowLDNMusic

https://instagram.com/bowldnmusic/

Estrella with their new single ‘We Will Go On’ will make YOU want to rock on

New single, from the upcoming album of the same name, to be released on June 8th

You can hear it for yourself here:

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Tour Dates – Estrella / Enuff Z’Nuff

13/05 – The Underworld, London – England

14/05 – The Leopard, Doncaster – England

15/0 – The Scene, Swansea – Wales

16/05 – The Globe, Cardiff – Wales

17/05 – The Diamond Rock Club, Antrim – Northern Ireland

18/05 – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh – Scotland

19/05 – The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield – England

20/05 – The Iron Road, Evesham – England

22/05 – Independence Live, Madrid – Spain

23/05 – Monasterio, Barcelona – Spain

24/05 – El Veintiuno, Huesca – Spain

Festivals

11/06 – Download – Doghouse Stage

28/06 – Wildfire – South Lanarkshire

28/08 – Glammed Out – Camden, Purple Turtle

Links:

www.estrellarocks.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/estrellarocks

Twitter – www.twitter.com/estrella_rocks

YouTube – www.youtube.com/officialestrella

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Kinky Dove rock out with new self-titled EP

3 track release set to be unleashed on June 15th

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Born in Australia but now living in London, Kinky Dove is the musical moniker of frontman Scott Wade and his evolving collective of musicians. Progenitors of gritty, driving rock, the group are readying themselves for a fresh assault on the music industry with a brand new three track EP.

Their particular brand of rock and roll, defined in many ways by the bluesy, post-rock growl of Wade on vocals, is currently in short supply both nationally and globally, and Kinky Dove are now looking to redress that balance.

For a taste of their punchy style, check out the video to EP track ‘Some Kind of Fool’, featuring an epic slap-happy montage of Hollywood moments.

The EP also features a remix/cover version of classic 1978 track ‘Another Girl Another Planet’ by The Only Ones – in this case titled simply ‘Another Girl’.

There is also a trance remix of ‘It’s Called Heartache’ on the EP. You can find the video for this at

The EP is online at

Produced by Chris Kimsey, previously of Olympic Studios, the EP marks Kinky Dove out as one of the earthiest rock bands on the scene. Fans of Scott Wade and Kinky Dove before they began working together, the producer understood the style and heights at which the music was aiming, and helped mould that vision into the musical reality that Kinky Dove has become.

The CD was mixed by Wade. Studio legend Phill Brown loved the sound of the CD, commenting that the mixes were “open and alive.”

The resulting EP is a continuation of form from previous album ‘Kinky Dove vol. 1’, and the latest step in Kinky Dove’s climb.

Links:

www.facebook.com/kinkydove

www.reverbnation.com/kinkydove

www.kinkydove.com

Vida release incredible double A side single ‘Electric Lady’/’Fade Away’

Two track release unveiled on June 15th

A truly exciting band who have been likened to some of the shining lights of UK indie, Vida are a British four piece who are going places. Drawing comparisons to a wide ranging indie catalogue, including the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Miles Kane and more, their growing reputation has seen them garnering recognition from some of the country’s top tastemakers.

Their new single is a double A-side release showing two of the different sides of the group. First, ‘Electric Lady’ tells the story of repeated overnight stays with the same girl after meeting on several nights out, and the awkwardness that follows the next morning. Meanwhile, ‘Fade Away’ speaks of a completely different kind of awkward – finding yourself in the same room as an ex…

You can hear both songs here:

https://soundcloud.com/wearevida/sets/electric-lady

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Already supported by Amazing Radio  for their previous single ‘Colour’, Vida have also been building their reputation on the live circuit. Having been handpicked to play XFM’s This Feeling shows several times, as well as four gigs at prestigious independent venue King Tuts in Glasgow, they also headlined a charity festival in Stirling to great acclaim.

Their appearance at the fundraising events mirrors their approach to music, offering fans something free in exchange for their ongoing support. Vida are known for handing out music and merchandise at live shows, free to music fans who go home with EPs, CDs, badges and more. This generous approach is spreading the word and helping to build a legion of fans, who will continue to build Vida into a force to be reckoned with.

‘Electric Lady’ and ‘Fade Away’ will be released on June 15th.

Links:

Vida Official

www.facebook.com/cravingkarma

Vida (@wearevida) on Twitter

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