1 October 2014

The Phantom Band to play The Kazimier Liverpool

The Phantom Band The Kazimier Liverpool

The Phantom Band to play The Kazimier Liverpool

Returning with their first new album in four years, cult Glaswegian six piece The Phantom Band return to Liverpool , 3 years after putting in a memorable show at a sold out gig at The Blucoat on School Lane.

The new album, Strange Friend, has scored 8/10 ratings from NME and Clash, with Uncut praising the group as ‘one of Britain's most inventive bands’ in a celebratory review.

Suffusing Krautrock rhythms with folk instrumentation and pop melodies the Glasgow band are signed to legendary Scottish indie label Chemikal Underground, home to Mogwai and Loch Lomond. The second set of UK gigs the group are undertaking this year, their live return on home soil in June at the Glasgow School of Art received a four star review from The Guardian.

19.30 Tuesday 7 October

(Wolstenholme Sq)

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SubSound presents KOAN Sound at Camp and Furnace Liverpool

SubSound KOAN Sound Camp and Furnace Liverpool

SubSound presents KOAN Sound at Camp and Furnace Liverpool

Fresh from their involvement with the massive Baltic Block Party in May, SubSound are back for the autumn season with their most exciting line­ups to date. Saturday 18 October see's them playing host at an exciting new venue, Haus @ Camp and Furnace,to the legendary Bristolian purveyors of glitch­hop and crunked up bass: KOAN Sound.

It’s strange how the end of one musical group can be exactly the sort of catalyst needed to spawn another. KOAN Sound are certainly a highly gifted example of this phenomenon. It was in 2008 that KOAN Sound emerged from the ashes of several other musical endeavours, fusing passion for electronic music with sheer musical intuition.

Since then KOAN Sound's development has been astronomical, synthesising ever more complex and inspirational patterns. And with influences such as The Prodigy, Amon Tobin and Noisia, it’s not hard to see why KOAN Sound productions and releases are synonymous with dark gripping basslines, elegantly mastered and meticulously executed. Very much evident in their current mind blowing Dynasty EP.

KOAN Sound's creative and above all original ethos has granted them well deserved credibility from producers, DJ and music fans around the globe. Armed with a creative diversity second to none, they have set themselves apart from their peers and continue to push music boundaries not restrained by tempo or genre, all connected by their trademark ‘KOAN’ sound Backing up KOAN Sound are a whole host of local hero's. First up is William Breakspear a British bass music producer who blends bass aggression with funky nuskool drums and glitchy samples to create a unique yet familiar sound. He started writing and producing with an Atari ST and Akai S950 at the age of 16, using his parent’s record collection of Rock, Soul and Reggae as inspiration. Breakspear established the brilliant Skanky Panky Records alongside Buddha from SixAM and has released a slew of successful bootlegs,original tracks and official remixes.

Starting as a DnB DJ at the tender age of 15, Horza quickly fell in love with all forms of bass music from across the world. Horza's eclectic sets have earned him slots across the UK including a spot at Outlook Festival. His stand out trademark sound is from his unwillingness to stick to a one­genre set but keeping his style purely party vibes.

A familiar face to anybody who has been to Django’s Riff on a Saturday for as long as we can remember. Co­owner of Glitch Hop label Skanky Panky Records and all round nice guy, Buddha promises to bring a huge bag of floor shakin Glitch Hop to close this night off in fine style.

With a line up that crosses over between dubstep, glitch­hop, drum n bass and everything in­between expect this to be a blistering bass music jamboree.

30 September 2014

Three Days Grace release new single entitled I Am Machine

Three Days Grace new single I Am Machine

Three Days Grace release new single entitled I Am Machine

Canadian rockers Three Days Grace releases today their brand new single entitled" I Am Machine," their follow up to "Painkiller," the band's record-holding 12th  #1 single at Active Rock Radio.

Comments Neil Sanderson about their new single: "Sonically, we wanted to create a 'machine-like' sound in parts of the song.  We were inspired by the images from the opening scene of Tim Burton's 'Edward Scissorhands'...relentless machines turning and churning, never ceasing to operate.  Lyrically the song is about how sometimes you feel like you are in an endless routine and cannot escape. Every day seems the same.  No freedom from the vicious cycle that your life can sometimes control, you begin to feel numb to the world around you, as you yearn to just feel anything, any emotion."

 "I Am Machine" is the second track revealed from their new studio album scheduled for release March 31,2015 and was co-written by the band, produced by Gavin Brown and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. Three Days Grace re-teamed with Gavin Brown, who produced the band's platinum-selling 2003 self-titled debut album.  "We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other," says band member Neil Sanderson. "Gavin was a huge part of that in the beginning and we feel like we're back in those days where we're high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands."

The band has spent much of the year vigorously touring, writing and recording their new album.

Three Days Grace is Matt Walst (lead vocals), Neil Sanderson (drums, piano, backing vocals), Brad Walst (bass guitar), and Barry Stock (lead guitar) .The band boast holding the record with 12 #1 singles at Active Rock Radio, more than any other band in history and has  sold over  6 million albums in the United States. 

The band's first single with new singer Matt Walst "Painkiller" celebrates their 12th #1 single. Their previous album TRANSIT OF VENUS was released in October 2012, debuted #1 on the Hard Rock Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and was nominated for Best Rock Album of the Year by the Juno Awards. TRANSIT OF VENUS spawned three #1 singles "Chalk Outline," "The High Road" and "Misery Loves My Company," Their other #1s include 'World So Cold,""Good Life," "Break," "Never Too Late," "Animal," "Pain," "Just Like You" and "Home" from previous albums.

"I Am Machine" links:

Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios Release Tombstone

Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios Tombstone

Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios Release Tombstone

"Tombstone," from Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios, showcases a "wall of guitar"
 trademark style that alerts the listener that classic rock is alive and well. As the album unfolds, catchy pop hooks and epic rock harmonies are unveiled in a ceremony of searing sound. Complete with social commentary and a defined style, once described by Magnet 
as a "blend of power pop, folk rock and Tom Petty/Neil Young classicism," listeners are
reminded of the individuality of a Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios record upon first hearing "Tombstone."

Hopkins, who has been a part of the American music scene since 1985, is, amazingly, still an undiscovered talent to some.  Founding the Tucson, Ariz. based Sidewinders (RCA 1989-91)/Sand Rubies (Polygram 1993), Hopkins toured the U.S. and celebrated success with college/indie rock classics "Witchdoctor" and "We Don't Do That Anymore" (both went to #5 on the CMJ charts). In 1991, Hopkins formed Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios as a side project; it soon became his full time band when the Sand Rubies stopped touring. He has consistently cranked out new records and tours yearly in Germany/Europe (25 tours) where, in 1996, he was one of the first artists signed to Germany's Blue Rose Records.

A new member of the Tucson Musicians Museum (Class of 2013), Hopkins enters music history as the quintessential desert rocker, a constant in the bedrock of alternative music. As evidenced on "Tombstone," Hopkins possesses an ability to create unmistakable guitar tones that drive a hallmark sound and, as the years pass, he continues to reinvent and motivate himself for yet another album and tour.

Industry Quotes
"I am playing it in my car since three days now - can't stop! If Tom Petty calls his new album 'maximum rock and roll' how should we call this? Super maximum rock and roll? It's another great record my friend, proud as always to release it! Great job, whoever is involved in it! Your fans will love it!
Edgar Heckmann/ Blue Rose Records, Germany

"I finally heard it completely. I am totally exhausted. Brilliant! Uutstanding! I could scream and cry at the same time for joy. My reverence to the great master! I salute respectfully!"
Holger J. Schubert/ The Rich Hopkins German Fan Club

"It's a brilliant effort. A bunch of great songs on there and good production. Nice job!
Quinn Bishop/ Cactus Music, Houston, Texas 

"TOMBSTONE"* Track Listing:
1.     Don't Worry (Hopkins)
2.     Everything (Hopkins/ Novak/ Sanchez)
3.     Tombstone (Hopkins/ Novak)
4.     Home Of The Brave (Hopkins/ Novak)
5.     Free Man (Novak/ Hopkins)
6.     Hang On (Hopkins/ Novak)
7.     Top Of The World (Hopkins/ Novak)
8.     No Regrets (Hopkins/ Novak)
9.     Campfire Chat w/Luke and Jimmy (Hopkins/ Sanchez)
10.   Private Shaw (Hopkins)
11.   Mourning Song (Novak/ Hopkins)
12.   Leona's Waltz (Hopkins/ Novak)

For more information, please visit Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios online at:

Ariana Grande Makes Saturday Night Live Debut

Ariana Grande Saturday Night Live Debut
Photo Credit: 2014/Dana Edelson/NBC

Ariana Grande Makes Saturday Night Live Debut

ARIANA GRANDE made her Saturday Night Live debut this past weekend, performing “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder” with The Weeknd and on the kick-off episode of the historic show’s 40th season.

She gave a stunning performance of “Break Free” from her sophomore album, My Everything [Republic Records]—which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

GRANDE was joined by surprise guest The Weeknd for her new single “Love Me Harder”.

 In addition to these performances, GRANDE appeared in the skit “He-Man and Lion-O”. Check it out here!

The Swiines to accompany Jake Bugg on Scottish Tour

The Swiines Jake Bugg Scottish Tour

The Swiines to accompany Jake Bugg on Scottish Tour

It’s no coincidence that The Swiines front man Scott Bugg shares his name with Jake Bugg. They’re cousins. In fact, Jake used to rehearse and play live with The Swiines aged just 14 before his career took off, so it’s very fitting that they should join forces again for his autumn tour.

Scott said recently: “It’s an amazing opportunity for our band. We are so delighted that he has chosen us to support him. It will give us a huge boost, and help us to get the break that we need’’

This will be the second time that the band has supported Jake Bugg. They opened for him in front of a 10,000 strong home-crowd at Bugg's sold out event at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena in February this year.

Fresh off their 1st UK tour with The Rifles in the spring, the band has enjoyed a successful summer of gigs and festivals around the country, as well as taking time out to work on new material and record in preparation for the yet untitled debut album release later this year.

Jake Bugg commented while discussing their songs “- ‘Back of ya mind’ is a banger! Scotland will love ‘em!"

Tour Dates

Glasgow          9th October 2014
Dundee            10th October 2014
Edinburgh        12th October 2014

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Sam Smith releases video for Restart

Sam Smith video Restart

Sam Smith releases video for Restart

Sam Smith has had an incredible year, following the success of his debut album "In The Lonely Hour" he has toured across the globe performing at iconic venues and festivals throughout the year.  To mark the end of a standout summer Sam has compiled footage of the past 8 months to accompany 'Restart', a track taken from the deluxe edition of his album.  Produced by legendary Radio 1 DJ, Zane Lowe, 'Restart' is an upbeat fusion of soul and R'n'B that echoes the likes of Luther Vandross and Chaka Khan.

On the video Sam explains "Restart is one of my favourite tracks on the album and I really felt like I wanted to visualise it,” says Smith. “I had such an amazing time putting this video together, remembering some incredible moments from this year and also a recent trip with my team to Brighton this summer.”

29 September 2014

Early Ghost release new single Everything Goes With It

Early Ghost new single Everything Goes With It

Brighton-based sextet Early Ghost have released a new video for their single release 'Everything Goes With It', out this September.

Made up of members hailing from both Brighton and London, Early Ghost have built up a reputation as one of the most exciting acts to emerge out of Brighton's fledging neo-psych scene. Coming together over a shared love of The Doors, Early Ghost's unique sound sits somewhere squarely between the garage-driven psychedelia of The 13th Floor Elevators and the Californian surf of The Growlers. 

With a wide array of instrumentation that includes both brass and banjos, Early Ghost may be helping pioneer the UK post-psych scene, however the vast range of sounds afforded to the expansive band has made them stand out amongst their peers. Over their short lifespan, the sextet have already supported such acts as Beirut, First Aid Kit and Jacco Gardner, as well as performing at Green Man, Hop Farm, Camden Crawl and The Great Escape festivals amongst others.

New single 'Everything Goes With It' is out now, self-released by the band and will precede their new EP later this year. 

29 Sep – LONDON – Old Blue Last (w/ Orval Carlos Sibelius)