SINKA, a heavy hitting three-piece from Watford are beginning to make a name for themselves after releasing ‘Fussy’ last year. Perhaps a little heavier than what Turtle Tempo would usually review but when we heard the soaring vocals and the pounding riffs, it was clear the band had a special sound and we had to be the ones to listen to it.
The track is exciting and different – it constantly builds and better still, it delivers. Their rich vocals are complimented perfectly when met by the crunching guitar riffs and powerful background drums. The song encapsulates a perfect peak and trough structure – heaviness is met by light melodies and catchy lyrics which make for an audibly interested and dynamic track which makes us want to listen to it again and again.
Fussy - SiNKA - YouTube
After releasing their first single, ‘You Run’ in 2016, the band worked on new music and have come back with something that promises an exciting and dynamic debut EP when it is released in the summer. We’re incredibly excited to hear what range of music is featured on the EP as we’re convinced they have something special to deliver.
It’s not just us either, SINKA played at Camden Rocks Alt-Rock All-Dayer in April and were subsequently booked to play at Camden Rocks Festival itself in June, where the band will be performing on Saturday 1stJune at The Monarch at 7pm and on Sunday 2ndJune at the Black Heart at 2pm. If you can’t make Camden Rocks, try and get down to one of their other performances throughout London and surrounding areas – they promise an incredible live show.
Hey Dom! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Sure can. Hey gang, my name’s Dom – I make music, pour my heart out on a daily basis, and generally try to have an awesome time in the process.
You’ve just released your new single – Is Your Lover Still Cool. Congrats! What’s the story behind the song?
It’s really as much about growing up as it is about falling in love.
Basically, I wanted to look at unrequited love in a really honest, slightly humorous and reflective way. I was an absolute geek growing up and this song speaks to that, but it also looks at all the things that used to matter and wonders how important they really are.
Where was the single recorded?
The song was recorded in Byron Bay in this gorgeous beach shack studio with Jack Gray and Robert Conley (who are both incredibly talented human beings).
I see you’ve relocated to Sydney. What’s the music scene like over there compared to London?
I’m genuinely amazed how insanely talented everyone is over here. The scene is a little bit smaller, but this means there’s a lot more support from the music industry in general.
Personally, I find Australian music pretty insane at the moment. There are some artists really defining their sound and inspiring globally like Julia Jacklin, Courtney Barnett, Dean Lewis and Troye Sivan. And that’s just scratching the surface – it’s a privilege to be part of it.
If you could tour with any band / artist in the world, who would it be and why?
Well, I’d probably give the fan boy me the ultimate experience and support Panic at the Disco during a Pretty Odd album renaissance. Though if I could tour with Joni Mitchell and duet on A Case Of You, well… that would be lovely also. Needless to say, I’m a fan of multiple genres.
What’s been your favourite musical experience to date?
Wow, that’s an extremely difficult question. I’m going to go with watching Hot Chip at Benicassim festival in unbearable humidity, having the time of my life. It’s easier to answer as a fan.
As an artist, my favourite moment is probably when you’re able to silence a crowd with your first note, it’s pretty wonderful to get that immediate connection.
Have you got much planned for the rest of the year? Any live shows coming up?
This year is going to be a bit cray cray. Next single is out in almost a month (yikes), then I’m touring Sydney and Melbourne, which I’m about to announce. The single launch for Is Your Lover Still Cool just happened and it was a blast.
Essex-born, London-based singer-songwriter RosieMay brings her own blend of soulful electronic pop to the table with new single Forgiveness.
Singing of loss and seeking redemption, what starts as a relatively minimal arrangement showcasing emotive vocals soon blooms into a pop anthem with an infectiously catchy chorus.
I had a chat to RosieMay to find out more about the story behind the song, who and what inspires her and what’s coming up post-Forgiveness…
Hi RosieMay! When did you first start making music?
Hi Annie! My mum tells me I was singing at two and I haven’t stopped since.
At primary school, my music teacher noticed I could sing, loved music and became my musical mentor. He taught me to play the trumpet, which was his instrument of choice, and told me of his time playing in Shirley Bassey’s band, which inspired me big time!
Later in secondary school, I took piano lessons. I wrote my first song at around 13 for my music GCSE and was encouraged to take it into a studio to record professionally.
Congrats on your new single Forgiveness. What’s the story behind the song?
Thanks Annie. All of my songs are written from personal experience and Forgiveness was written about the feeling that I did not do enough to help a friend in their time of need. It’s all about losing, being lost and wanting to find redemption.
What was the recording process like?
I have quite a unique songwriting partnership with my former guitarist and friend Cal Owen who now lives in Vancouver. He sends the beats and I write lyrics, then we go back and forth over the internet until we have a song.
For Forgiveness, I then took the demo into the studio and recorded the track with the House of Spirituals. I loved working with these guys – they were fun and they really got what I am about. I really think they took the production to the next level!
What’s been your favourite musical experience to date?
On a personal level it was selling out the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch for my EP launch a few years back! That was my first real music release. I was lucky to have a very talented backing band and it felt like I was announcing myself as an artist for real!
I also enjoyed being played by Daniel P Carter on Radio 1 as his rock track of the week as part of my feature with US Band King 810.
If you could tour with any band / artist in the world, who would it be and why?
There’s more than one answer here!
Christina Aguilera or Alicia Keys, as I’ve grown up with them as my idols and the thought of spending time around them and on the same stage would be amazing.
Right now I would say I would love to tour with Jessie Ware, Lykke Li or Honne. I feel these artists have a similar vibe to me and I love their music.
What’s coming up next for you this year? Can we see you perform live any time soon?
I have just finished recording my next single which will be out in the coming weeks.
Songwriting and studio work continues as I’m hoping for a steady release of singles over the next year.
I love performing live and I’ve just started to think about getting a new band together (synths, guitar & a brass section!) to take the songs out, so watch this space!
Kosmonauts are a talented quartet from Manchester who have returned again with a Lady Lovesick, a unique blend of rich melodies and catchy lyrics. The track follows Falling Apart, which was released earlier this year and reaffirmed Kosmonauts position in the emerging indie music scene.
The track is powerful and it certainly has everything, it intertwines infectious lyrics that no doubt will be stuck in your head for days alongside the ironically feel good rhythm. The track already has over 10,000 streams and for good reason, you are constantly hooked throughout the song and by the time it has finished, you are ready to listen to it all over again.
Lyrically, the track illustrates a girl who desires the idea of a loving relationship but is so clouded when it’s in front of her that she doesn’t see that it’s not right. The band allude that the song is a ‘conversation from the perspective of the friend who sees the fault in her logic but knows she won’t listen’. Though it tells the tale of a heart-breaking story, the tracks thrashing rhythm will have you momentarily forgetting the trials and tribulations of modern day romances and friendships and instead transport you to a new feel-good world.
You can listen to the track here and also make sure you check out the beautifully-produced lyrics video which the band have recently released down below.
KOSMONAUTS - Lady Lovesick (Lyric Video) - YouTube
Hey Arliston! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey Annie! We are a three-piece band from London, and we’ve just released our first single of 2019 – Loud.
George is from the midlands via Italy, Jordi is from Barcelona and I’m from Brighton, so it’s a real mix of influences and directions but somehow it all works out.
I love your new single Loud. Tell me about how it was written and recorded…
Thank you! So, the story with Loud is, we were asked to prepare a cover for a Sofar Sounds session, and came up with our version of Better Now by Post Malone (naturally). It was very chilled and had a nice little acoustic guitar hook that George played in the chorus.
After we played the gig, we got back to the studio and started mucking around with distortion and amps and realised that actually the song could be much (much) bigger in scale. A few long nights later and Loud was born!
I’m hearing elements of The National and Bon Iver (two of my favourite bands). Who are your biggest musical influences?
Well, speaking for myself, you’ve hit the nail on the head. I love those two bands.
Other big influences are Matt Corby’s Telluric, Explosions in the Sky and The Meters.
George comes from a finger-pick style guitar and folk background, but picked up an electric guitar when he moved to London, and Jordi is actually from a metal background. But we all agree on people like Victor Taiwo, Ben Khan, James Blake and Nao. They are big influences on us as a band, collectively.
If you could play any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
Hmm, it’s got to be something like the Sydney Opera house… or actually, I’ve had some amazing experiences as an audience member at the Roundhouse, so perhaps there (also, potentially a smidge more achievable than an Australian Opera House).
What’s the best advice you ever received as musicians?
Hmm… I think just ‘keep moving forward’ is the best piece of advice we’ve received so far.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, or become disillusioned by the music industry, and if that happens you’re likely to stop developing and learning as an artist. So keep moving forward, everyone!
What’s coming up next for Arliston? Is there more music on the way?
We have a fun little stop motion video that we made for Loud due to come out in the next couple of weeks, and then are due to release another track after that. Stay tuned!
Victoria’s Flight – aka Glasgow-based childhood friends Craig Harkness and Matt Robertson kick-start a summer of new music with the first of three singles, Paradise.
Narrating a relatable tale of falling fast for someone new – and all the excitement and trepidation that comes with that experience – Paradise is an intoxicatingly catchy concoction of indie guitar licks and chanting vocal hooks.
I had a chat to Craig and Matt to find out more about the band and their future plans…
Hey guys! How long have you been making music together?
We have played about with music for a good few years, but only really made a conscious decision to make music as a band in 2017.
Congrats on your new single Paradise. What’s the story behind the song?
Thanks! It’s about reactions and how when you meet someone, even though at the time you might not know it, a journey is beginning. Maybe it’s to a kind of Paradise, maybe it’s not.
How was the single recorded / produced?
We recorded the single between Glasgow and with producer Sam Cramer at Studio 13 in London.
I see you’ve got a couple of live shows coming up. What’s your dream venue?
Somewhere iconic. We always talk about playing New York one day, like the Bowery or something. If SNL would have us, then their studio would be ok as well. Although, Broadcast in Glasgow (where we are playing our next gig on the 11th of May) has a real nice vibe!
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Bit of a mish-mash really. From the Beach Boys and Motown to Paul Simon and Blur. Music has always been this huge focal point of both of our lives growing up.
What’s coming up next for Victoria’s Flight? Is there more music on the way?
Paradise is the first of three single releases that tell a story of a summer of love and loss. You can hear them at our next gig at Broadcast!
Formed in 2017, JEPH is a promising Indie-Rock band from the South Coast of England. Having already released three singles: All I Do, Hey Baby and Harry whilst performing alongside the likes of Ed the Dog and Jerry Williams. The four-piece, who recently signed to Honeymooner Records, are destined for great things.
Whilst speaking of their charm as a band, they reveal that ‘a large chunk of our lyrics are about heartbreak – not just in the romantic sense, there is a lot to be heartbroken about in the world right now’. But whilst the band does an incredible job of capturing emotional and heartfelt lyrics that resonate with their dedicated fan base, they simultaneously embed it with layered instrumentals and fresh, dynamic soundscapes that produce a song that that is endlessly playable. LOLA is no different.
LOLA is powerful, it screams passion through the vehicle of breath-taking vocals and a catchy rhythm. Every time the song finishes we just want to play it again and again and it would be a pleasure for us to have the head-banging chorus stuck in our heads for days on end. The single effortlessly transports us as if it’s the soundtrack to a headstrong character’s 90’s movie, panning as she’s running through the streets. In all honesty, it could be. It’s nostalgic and intoxicating – it makes us want to be unpredictable. LOLA combines the riotous striking influence of Wolf Alice and sculpts it alongside the emotionally-rich sounds of Alvvays and is left with what is, in my opinion, one of the most feel-good songs of the last few months.
LOLA was released on the 3rd Mayy 2019 across all platforms and I’d highly recommend listening to it as soon as you can. Once you’ve listened and become addicted like we have, make sure you get down to one of their upcoming live shows including their support slot at Turtle Tempo’s showcase at The Finsbury on 25thMay 2019. JEPH will be performing alongside The Barratt’s supporting Voodoo and the Crypts – make sure you get down to see some incredible acts!
APRIL 8 – ANTEROS – SOUTHAMPTON – JOINERS MAY 3 – PORTSMOUTH – EDGE OF THE WEDGE MAY 9 BRIGHTON – TGE
MAY 25– LONDON – TURTLE TEMPO – THE FINSBURY JUNE 5 / 6 BRIGHTON – HOPE AND RUIN (TBC) JULY 11 – LONDON – DUBLIN CASTLE
In the meantime, follow the band via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram because as well as being talented musicians, you’ll find some frankly hilarious content including a recent ‘porridge-gate’ – so you’ll certainly be in for a treat. You can find LOLAand other released music on Spotify here.
We’re excited to see what’s to come for JEPH and we’ll certainly be listening to LOLA on repeat until we hear what’s next for them.
Hey Mikkel! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi. I’m a Danish musician / songwriter / producer. 32 years of age. A one-man army – for better or worse – that likes to write anthemic tunes with grounded and despondent lyrics.
What’s behind the name King of Nowhere?
I don’t know when I first thought of it. I know it’s a part of an ‘alternative’ title for a Radiohead song. So maybe it stems from there.
I liked it because it reminds me of my recording and distribution process. The idea of being the sole owner and proprietor of this music, that no one really sees or listens to. It makes sense in my head, but it’s difficult to articulate.
You’ve just released your new single – You Don’t Get To Keep The Dog. Can you tell me about how the song was written and recorded?
It’s actually an older song of mine. Written to a friend who was going through a break-up.
I think I first tried to record a version back in 2015-16, but I never got it right. I’m not sure I have now, but now I consider it done.
My process is basically always the same. Get an idea, usually around a piano, and just start recording, one layer at a time.
If you could tour with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I really don’t have any particular musicians I’d like to tour with. I’ve never toured, by the way.
I think I’d like to have my closest friends with me though. That would be the best.
What’s coming up next for you? Any live shows coming up?
I haven’t any live shows coming up. I hope I can still get some gigs late in the summer, but none for now.
I have an EP coming out late summer. Right now, I’m working on a video for my next single, which will be out within the next couple of weeks.
Hey Jolé! Congrats on your beautiful new single All I Need. What’s the story behind the song?
Thank you. The song is about working through relationships. It talks about what you can give somebody you love whilst needing that in return to make things work.
What was the writing / recording process like?
It was quite natural really. Usually it starts with just a voice note. I’ll then send it to my producer and we will build it up in the studio. I didn’t really do any demos for this record, just went with my gut on most things!
Who are your main musical influences?
I’m a huge lover of pop music, but I grew up on guitar music and folk. I grew up on a mixture of The Beach Boys and Van Morrison, but recently have been listening to a lot of Astronauts Etc and Big Red Machine.
I see you’ve spent some time performing in other bands. Have those experiences had an impact on your solo career?
Definitely. It’s taught me a lot about songwriting by myself and how important and valuable it can be to bounce off other people’s ideas. I love co-writing and I think that comes from my time in bands.
If you could perform in any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
Red Rocks! I love being outside and it looks beautiful.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a musician?
Just do your own thing. Don’t copy others, but borrow ideas and make them your own. Also, don’t compare yourself to others!
What’s coming up next for you? Any live shows?
My album is out on 24th May and I am playing a bunch of shows in the lead up to that (mainly Sofar Sounds).
The big one for me is my album launch, which will be on the 28th May at The Waiting Room in London. It’s my first headline show!
Coming from a budding Brighton music scene, indie quintet MOTH are definitely a force to be reckoned with if new single ‘Cloud 9’ is anything to go by.
The band, who draw distinctive reggae and R&B influences in their sound have released a follow up to debut single Thirst which tallied 10,000 streams and counting on Spotify, it certainly made us thirsty for more!
Keep an ear open for the cheeky ‘ding’ of a triangle before the chorus hits, truly magnificent stuff!