Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Secret Colours


About: Secret Colours

Secret Colours revel in being the bastard seed of the '60s psychedelia and '90s Britpop bloodlines. Since their eponymous debut in 2010, the band moved swiftly from neophyte in the Chicago psychedelic-newgaze scene to crusader over the course of unforgettable performances at Austin Psych Fest and Levitation in 2012. Appearances with Night Beats, Ringo Deathstarr, Elephant Stone, Spindrift, Asteroid #4, and The Warlocks, have continued to keep Secret Colours in the hearts and minds of their Chicago faithful, but all the while, they've been hard at work with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Gomez, Sage Francis, Iron & Wine) sharpening the edges of their polychromatic sophomore album, Peach.

The songs from the sleeker collective of Tommy Evans, Dave Stach, Justin Frederick, and Eric Hehr are definitively next level, but are still drenched in the sound that will help you to turn on, tune in, and drop out. Secret Colours released their latest LP “Positive Distractions Part 1” on Feb 4th, 2014.


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wayne Reynolds

About: Wayne Reynolds

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Wayne Reynolds doesn’t want to be fenced in. From the beginning of his musical life all the way up to the present moment, he has consistently avoided kowtowing to any brand of musical dogma. “I’m reminded,” muses Reynolds, “of the exhortation by none other than Bobby McFerrin that we should not live in the same musical room all the time. Walk around, don't get stuck.”

It should be no surprise, then, that when it comes to musical breeds, Reynolds is a bit of a mongrel, and proud of it. His album, Another Day Goes By, contains elements of folk, pop, jazz, classical, bossa nova, and more, all filtered through the singular sensibility that’s unique to the man steering the songs.

Despite the easygoing, understated tone of many of the tracks on Another Day Goes By, and the earthy, organic feel of the production, Reynolds comes from a family with close connections to the classical tradition. Not only was his great-grandfather William Burnet Tuthill the acclaimed architect behind the creation of Carnegie Hall and a gifted musician to boot, Reynolds’ grandfather and parents were also classically trained players. Much to his parents’ dismay, their guitar-playing offspring ended up playing in several rock bands as a teenager in Memphis. Though nobody knew it at the time, the last of these, The Jokers, would have a close tie to rock & roll history. “This band played a lot in clubs and shows in the area and had several members that became part of The Box Tops,” remembers Reynolds. “I was only 15, several years younger than the others, and when they quit school to play with [Box Tops singer/future Big Star frontman] Alex Chilton and the others, I declined, or really, was denied by my parents, as you can imagine.”

There may be an alternate universe where Reynolds stayed the course with his Memphis bandmates and ended up as part of the group that we know for scaling the late-‘60s charts with “The Letter” and “Cry Like a Baby.” But in our reality, true to his lifelong eclectic nature, he investigated other musical areas instead. Reynolds then met classical guitar legend Christopher Parkening, who was just a young man himself at the time, and was impressed enough to begin a serious study of guitar technique. “Through high school and college I kept at it and eventually went to music school on a scholarship to study with the great Cuban guitarist, Juan Mercadal,” recalls Reynolds of his artistic evolution.

Though Reynolds became well versed in classical guitar, he recalls, “I was always arranging some pop standards to play for pure fun.” By the time he became a part of the music faculty at the University of Memphis, Reynolds was moving into still more new territory, crafting soundtrack music for public television programs. But all the while, there was yet another place Reynolds’ constantly shifting muse was gradually leading him, towards the creation of Another Day Goes By.

“Over a few years I had written a group of songs that I was playing for friends,” explains Reynolds. “They were very impressed by the different quality they heard in the tunes and insisted that I do something about recording them.” The musical mélange that Reynolds’ friends heard, in advance of the public at large, was partly the product of his idiosyncratic influences (everything from bossa nova masters Baden Powell and Joao Gilberto to pop tunesmiths Jimmy Webb and Billy Joel) and partly his own set of musical fingerprints.

“We eventually went to work getting the songs arranged and recorded,” says Reynolds of the production process for Another Day Goes By. “We developed the arrangements more or less in real time with the rhythm section, and then multiple overdubs for the soprano sax, background singers, and the rest.” Though the record has a rich, full sound and finds Reynolds supported by a full band of obviously empathetic players, the arrangements are acoustic-oriented and the album retains a light, airy feel. There’s breathing space between the instruments, a natural-sounding vibe that’s sonically succinct but still feels somehow spontaneous.

The fluid finger-picking acoustic guitar patterns that drive the opening track, the romance-filled “All I’ll Ever Need,” give an indication right off the bat that Reynolds knows his way around a fretboard but isn’t one for hitting listeners over the head with ostentatious licks. At the same time, the seemingly classical-inspired guitar lines that light up “A Little Gray” could only come from the hands of someone with a lifetime of technique at their command. The combination of jazzy, minor-key moves and Reynolds’ warm, deep vocal tones on the album’s closing cut, “If You Walked Into My Life,” hark back to an era when it was still possible to turn on a Top 40 station and hear an accessible-but-sophisticated ballad like George Benson’s “This Masquerade.” And from the welcoming, James Taylor-like folk-pop feel of “Focus on the Love” to the plangent electric guitar coloring and insistent rhythm of “How to Be Me,” Another Day Goes By adheres to the open-ended artistic ethos that has sustained Reynolds since the beginning of his musical journey. When he says, “I want to have as broad and complete an offering as I can. I am challenged by all musical idioms and admire those artists who play lots of styles very well,” even a casual listen to this album proves that he takes those sentiments to heart.

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About: Ursina

Ursina is a singer songwriter born and raised in a small village high up in the swiss mountains. Very early on Ursina felt the urge to express herself through music through the classic music she experienced in her early life at home and later through her study of Jazz music.

Pop music has always been a strong influence in Ursina’s life, especially through bands from scandinavia. The Scandinavian music captured her attention so much that she packed her bag and travelled to copenhagen in 2010, where she played music and wrote new songs. The results brought forth her first EP called “LONTAN”, which was recorded with her swiss/danish band “URSINA'S DANISH LABORATORY” and released in january 2012. This collaboration and experiment soon came to an end when ursina returned to switzerland.

Never one to sit still, Ursina soon began writing new music and released her second EP titled “TIME IS A THIEF”. The EP was released April 25th, 2013 on Bancamp.

Ursina released a new EP on Januaury 31st, 2014 titled “Hiding Behind a Mask”.

John Deck

About: John Deck

John Deck has been writing music for much of his life but never performed publicly or made his music generally accessible. Aside from collaborations on which he has worked with teachers for performance by children in schools, his music has not seen the light of day.

John Deck tells stories in his music and the songs reflect both recent and past experiences in his life. His preference is to write songs for other performers although the most important thing for him is that people enjoy his music.

After much cajoling by people close to him, he has been persuaded to put his music into the public eye. This album, titled “Part of Me” to reflect one of the songs and the important part music has played in his life, is the end product.

The album would not have been possible without immense help from Rob Aubrey, recording engineer and owner of Aubitt Studios in Southampton, and Steve Thorne, a Southampton-based singer/songwriter, who, in addition to playing a leading part in the arrangement of the music on the album, features in most of the songs. Marlene Hill, a singer/performer from Portsmouth, has also been a star in lending her wonderful voice to two of the tracks. In addition, thanks are due to Tim Payne for his acoustic guitar work on tracks 2 and 4.

Entirely self-funded, this album may turn out to be the only one John Deck ever makes. That will depend on public reaction to it and you are invited to let him know what you think.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013


About: Mugstar

Mugstar are an English rock and progressive rock band, influenced by kraut/psych/space/noise rock such as Oneida, Sonic Youth, Neu! and Hawkwind. Since 2003 they have issued several full length albums, a split release with Mudhoney and an etched 10”. Mugstar recorded the last-ever Peel Session with the late John Peel.

Mugstar formed in Liverpool. Their first single, "Spotlight Over Memphis", drew attention from John Peel, who played the 7" on his radio show. It was after the next 7", "Flavin' Hotrod", that Peel offered the band a Peel Session. A split 7" with Hunting Lodge followed. A mini-album on Kabukikore Records, "Dark Matter", come next, closely followed by a session for BBC Radio One's Huw Stephens. In January 2006 the band released "My Baby Skull Has Not Yet Flowered".

The band's self-titled debut album was released on CD at the end of 2006 on Sea Records, and on Critical MASS Records on a limited run of heavy weight vinyl in 2007. Mugstar then started a productive relationship with Ireland based Trensmat Records with run of limited 7" singles. One of these releases was a split 7" with Seattle's Mudhoney, with both bands doing covers of Hawkwind songs. During this time Red Panda and Mugstar featured on a one-sided 10" single, each performing half of "Tamlin", a song made famous by Fairport Convention.

Mugstar signed to Important Records, who then released "...Sun, Broken..." in March 2010. Their third album, "Lime", was released in November 2010. For Record Store Day 2011 Mugstar contribute a cover of "I Got the Six" by ZZ Top for "I'm So Agitated", a 12" also featuring Carlton Melton, The Heads and Kool Aid, on Agitated Records. "Lime" and "...Sun, Broken..." have both been released through Agitated Records on vinyl in September 2011. These were followed by a split album on Rocket Recordings with New York's Oneida - called "Collisions 2" - and a 40 remix of "Serra" (from "Lime") by Loop's Robert Hampson.

The band's fifth album, "Axis", came out in late 2012.

In April 2013 they performed a radio session for Marc Riley on his BBC 6 Music evening show.

Mugstar are currently signed to Important Records in the US and to Agitated Records in the UK.

Band Members:

Pete Smyth - Guitar/vocals/keyboards
Neil Murphy - Guitar/noises/knowledge
Jason Stoll - Bass/sax/upper cuts
Steve Ashton - Drums
Sam Wiehl / Robert Parker - Visuals/projections

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Trucker Diablo

About: Trucker Diablo

Trucker Diablo was born in 2008 and quickly gained a name for themselves picking up endorsements along the way from their peers such as Ricky Warwick, Ginger Wildheart, Joe Elliot, Damon Johnson and Cormac Neeson.

2011 saw the band be hand picked by festival promoters to appear at Download Festival and finish off the year supporting Black Stone Cherry on the sold out Irish leg of their UK tour. Leading right into 2012 the band has their single “Drink Beer, Destroy” feature on Kerrang TV, MTV Australia and Xbox game Rock Band 3.  Following on the boys took 2012 by the throat and played a massive 43 shows, which including some key highlights from playing Hammerfest with Anthrax, supporting Foo Fighters at Tennents Vital, supporting Terrorvision on their UK tour, rocking crowds on the main stage at Hard Rock Hell festival and topping off 2012 by supporting their heroes “Thin Lizzy” in Belfast.

After the success of their debut album “ The Devil Rhythm”, the band will release their highly anticipated second album “Songs of Iron”, which was released on 14th May 2013 through Ripple Music (USA) and Bad Reputation(EU). First single “The Rebel” was released February 2013 and second single “Drive” was released at the start of April. Third Single “Maybe You’re The One” was released in September 2013 and the band recently got tipped as a new band to watch on the U.S nationwide rock show, THAT METAL SHOW.

Album: Songs of Iron – 2013

Album: The Devil Rhythm – 2012

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Alexandra Stréliski

About: Alexandra Stréliski

Alexandra Stréliski is a Montreal-based pianist and composer. Her music is distinguished by its simplicity and the truth of ...its notes, sometimes evoking Satie, Glass and Tiersen. Imbued with both, melancholy and light, her first album, "Pianoscope" (december 2010), transports its audience into a dreamy and cinematic universe. As of today, her music is part of several film and commercial projects.

Alexandra now works as a music composer in the image and focuses more on film and thematic style. In particular, she wrote the string arrangements for her recent compositions, which will be presented (with directory Pianoscope) for the first time on stage at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal this year (2013).

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Kungens Man

About: Kungens Man

Translated, Kungens Man means “King’s Man”.

Kungens Man are a Progressive, Psychedelic, Trans-rock band from Stockholm Sweden. The number of members vary, but the core of the band is four men in their forties who already paid their debts to society.

Kungens Män is a cosmic music organism transmitting from Stockholm, Tellus.
Wooden soundscapes found in comet dust. Warped human brain waves due to heavy use of electricity. Always battling for peace, deconstruction and paradox.

The current form first appeared on Earth in 2012.

Kungens Män creates psychedelic improvisation within the elements of progressive rock / shoegaze, and free jazz. Some of their inspiration comes from tradition Swedish improv rock such as Träd, Gräs och Stenar, International Harvester, Pärson Sound etc.

Kungens Män is a vehicle for transportation. It is the elevator, the wave, the train of association. The hang out in the pool of noise.

It is the expression of un-responsibility. Kungens Män will always do the wrong thing, play the wrong note, wrong the wrong, wrong. Have no fear, Kungens Man is here!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013


About: Aviators

Who am I?

Well, I’m an independent electronic musician. I pretty much make everything from dubstep to alternative, metal to orchestral. I specialize in vocal songs, which usually take elements from alternative rock and modern electronica. I prefer to cover and combine a wide range of genres instead of fitting into just one. Why settle for one when you can have them all?

I began my musical journey at the age of 4, when I began playing the violin. I played it for 8 years before quitting and moving on to other things. I figured that playing the violin would never get me anywhere in life, but I now realize that it had grown my skills in music theory, as well as teaching me to read music.

I picked up the guitar shortly after quitting violin, and instead of taking lessons I taught myself. Instead of going the typical route of learning chords and such, I just played around with solos and learned to play songs by ear.

In early 2011, I took my first step in music production; I began using a DAW. Garageband was my first one, and it taught me all the basics. I played around with everything I could and pumped out a couple absolutely horrible songs. After months of fiddling with Garageband, I chose to move to a more pro-level DAW. Fruity Loops was my first choice, and I quickly learned that I wasn’t ready for such a big switch. Having no idea what I was doing was a good thing, though… It allowed me to learn quickly by trial and error. I played around with it for a couple months, and I ended up working on what became my debut album, Reflections of a Dream.

And then… Ponies.

If you’ve never heard of bronies, let me explain them to you. They’re teenage/adult men and women who watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Simple as that. It may sound odd, but the fantastic production and clever writing of the show caught my eye from the start. In October of 2011, I became a brony. I was a bit ashamed of it at first, but I quickly grew out of that.

Right before the release of Reflections of a Dream in December, I asked The Living Tombstone if he would remix one of the tracks. To my surprise, he agreed. I had been listening to his music since I became a brony, so it was an honor for me to have him remix one of my tracks. After he finished the remix, it began a flood of his fans to my YouTube channel. This was the beginning of my “fan base”, and the fact that it was 99% bronies encouraged me to start making brony music myself.

And I did.

I made brony song after brony song. To this date I make several brony songs a month, along with an occasional non-pony song. I continue to work towards a professional career as a musician, with the hopes of one day being able to make a living making music like I do now.

I’m currently working on my third full-length album titled “From All Sides”, and later plan to continue making brony-themed works under the name “The Sharded”, a duo project with fellow brony artist Bronyfied.


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