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Cardiff-based brothers: Producer, Ben Dabson and Guitarist, Dafydd Dabson, have been making noise together since before they could talk. Codewalkers was formed in 2016 when they recruited vocalist Seun Babatola to provide a message to their music. The trio were joined in 2018 by Bassist Chay Lockyer and Drummer Aled Lloyd. Their music is a mix of rock, rap and reggae. Ambitious in scope and featuring a mix of live and electronic instruments, it moves from catchy reggae hooks to hip-hop grooves. Often drawing on his childhood experiences in Nigeria, lyricist Seun Babatola can cover serious issues in his writing - gender, violence, societal expectations - but the music is always full of life and energy. It makes you dance, it makes you think. Seun says of their new single ‘Part of the Pride': ‘I was looking to write something with subliminal positivity. Breaking chains and making moves is a common theme across the musical spectrum, because everybody has faced some sort of struggle. This track simply reminds you that every problem you faced brought you to where you are now, and that no matter how alone you sometimes feel, you are still part of someone's pack, someone's pride. Even if that pride is just a bunch of music junkies twerking at the club or smashing through the mosh pit.’
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Best known for tender ballads that touch on love, loss and family, Brisbane's Dave Power has a deep and colourful songbook. His music – typically heartfelt country and blues – looks at the world from every different angle. Incorporating a rich tapestry of elements (not to mention some absolutely killer musicians) Dave's latest release, captures him at his barnstorming best – finding the perfect balance between his trademark emotional slow-burners and his burgeoning love for lively bar room blues. Led by its emotional first single Close Behind, Steinman Carrera & the New Suit of Blues delivers the goods – showcasing the breathtaking highs and lows Dave can create as a songwriter. From the poignancy of I Don't Care That You're Gone, to the lighter vibes of I'm Sorry World, Steinman Carrera & the New Suit of Blues wears Dave Power's mark of sincerity. No less important than the unfeigned numbers though, some songs on the EP exist purely in the name of fun. From the perfect downbeat boogie blues of new single Sweet Lovin' to the up-tempo swagger of Feeling The Blues, these are the songs that make you want to dance. Ain't nothing wrong with that.
Dave's body of work is an impressive chronology of an ever-evolving artist. His 2009 debut Addiction made grand music out of simple elements; showcasing Dave as a thoughtful and talented songwriter. His 2013 follow-up Looking Life In The Eye was bigger, bolder, yet drenched in the same authentic emotion. Two years later, Dave released the beautiful Handful Of Feathers – steering him in the more polished direction that would eventually lead to Steinman Carrera & the New Suit of Blues, his greatest work to date. Hunkered down in the studio with renowned guitarist Michael Fix, Dave has thrown his heart and soul into Steinman Carrera & the New Suit of Blues. Through every note he plays and sings, an obvious truth emerges: Dave Power loves music. In the studio or on the stage, he is where he is meant to be. The peculiar title of the record reflects Dave's further entrenchment in the blues, which has been a natural progression born of endless hours on the road, jamming and recording. Always one to throw himself into his work, Dave has once again created something truly honest and expressive in Steinman Carrera & the New Suit of Blues.
New single 'Sweet Lovin' and EP 'Steinman Carrera & the New Suit of Blues' out nowiTunes - Apple Music - Spotify - Google Music
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Dave Power and The Freefall Trio Friday March 8 - The Retro Bar, Brisbane w/ The Black Dakotas (fb event)
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Natalie’s life has played out like one long country song. The product of a broken home, with numerous stepbrothers, sisters and mothers, the singer was raised by her truck driver father, a KB drinkin’, camel-smokin’ man with the charm of Burt Reynolds. He would sing along to classics by Willie Nelson and The Highwaymen as Natalie lay in the sleeper cab of his prime mover, rolling interstate.
Natalie’s singing career didn’t begin until the age of 34, when she realised her love for writing was more than just words on a page, it was her way of feeding her emotion an escape from the daily routine. In just three years Natalie has been up, down and across Australia singing and sharing her stories of love, loss and heartache to festivals and shows all over, captivating audiences with her honest and chilling words along with her sound that fit's all the the missing link's in Australian country music.
The Debut Single is called 'If We Said Goodbye'
The song is produced by Bill Chambers and is a powerful message that “you can raise your babies equally as well, apart.”
Natalie says.
"Natalie Henry’s Music straddles that ragged fence between country and folky/blues, real life stories! Combine Nat’s unique voice with Emily’s harmonies, superb guitar playing, and you have a powerful duo!" - Bill Chambers
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After the massive success of his debut single 'This is Never Ending', Leeds-based Rock/Alternative Solo Artist and Multi Instrumentalist Aiden Hatfield is due to release his debut EP 'Chapter One' on March 15th. The EP has already hit #1 on Amazon Music's 'Digital Rock Album' chart.
The EP explores the themes of passion, conflict and loss. The thoughts and feelings behind every song are not only apparent in the lyrical content, but are also very evident in the music that supports them. A person’s mind can only deal with so much, it’s clear that songwriting is Aiden’s way of allowing himself to speak about what he’s dealing with.
Aiden openly suffers with Depression. He has dedicated the last four years to creating a successful brand https://inmusicwetrust.co.uk that donates 50% of profits to the 'Mind' charity. After interviews on the likes of the BBC and with how prevalent the subject has now become in the music industry, the brand is thriving and continues to help people every day. Aiden's music touches on these subjects and he hopes that through his music he can continue to do so.
Tour dates:
Aiden will soon be announcing a UK-wide March/April 'Chapter One' Tour.
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If Sufjan Stevens was on a Beatles kick and stumbled upon a lost track from Beck’s Sea Change, it may sound like “All This Time,” a handful of broken romances distilled into one story. Boy wants girl, but plays it cool. She feels rejected and moves on. Boy comes crawling back, and she wants nothing to do with him. Rinse and repeat. The dogged heart defies the brain, again and again. After all this time I still spend all this time on you. It’s only fitting to release this yearning love song on Valentine’s Day.
Before starting Van Bellman last year, singer/guitarist Zac Taylor was writing and producing songs with other bands and artists. “I initially wrote ‘All This Time’ for Connell Cruise, who was label mates with my other band American Authors on Island Records a couple years ago, but has since moved back to South Africa where he just won Dancing With the Stars. But I always loved this song and I didn’t want it to fall through the cracks.”
“I’m mainly a guitarist but I love writing on piano because I can come across some happy accidents. That’s where the piano riff came from: a toy piano gathering dust in the corner of Mission Sound studio with one broken key, which you can hear in the track if you listen closely. I composed the string section digitally and had my friends Marie Kim (currently playing keys for Mitski) and Andy Baldwin (acclaimed mixing engineer for Björk, Cat Power, St Lucia, yours truly) replace it with actual cello and violin, which is truly a sonic treat in today’s digital age.”
The first three Van Bellman releases are all a bit different from each other. Sirius XM’s AltNation debuted the first single “I Hate To See You This Way,” a “bluesy rock and indie pop track that hits you hard from the second it starts and never seems to lose its momentum” (Live Nation’s Ones to Watch). “Gold & Blue” is “more of a pop anthem than the darkly ambient first single” (Billboard). “All This Time” is a forlorn love song with more orchestral elements and straightforward storyline.
Van Bellman has hit the ground running since its inception less than a year ago and shows no signs of slowing down.
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Gena Perala releases an exciting new single I WILL NEVER KNOW.
Working with long-time producer Chris Gestrin, the two have a strong connection, moving seamlessly through genres, creating a down tempo synth sound enhanced by Perala’s smooth, sweet vocals and poetic lyrics. With a voice that is warm and compelling, Perala creates a style all her own – soft yet strong. “The song is not just about a relationship, or lack there of, but about the idea or feeling when you want something so bad but that something might not want you back. The bridge of the song is also a commentary on how we use technology to speak and connect with each other these days, losing the nuances of voice and eye contact which has led, I believe to an epidemic loss of empathy,” Perala explains.
The chorus of the song is a about laying it all on the line, “guts exploding,” and the coloured smoke bombs, fireworks and sparklers in the visual represent that aspect, “all my guts splattered on the table,” Perala says, shedding light on some of the imagery in the video.
I WILL NEVER KNOW is a minimal down-tempo electronic synth song that flirts with pop elements; It’s the second track, off a three song EP Perala plans for 2019. It is bit of a departure from her last album (Exactly Nowhere, 2014): Perala trades in her piano for a synthesizer and her drummer for a drum machine.
Perala’s upcoming releases will feature more of this electronic sound without straying too far away from her singer songwriter, lyrical roots: “Going into the studio I had very specific ideas of what I wanted and co-produced the songs with Chris Gestrin, he was the perfect person for this project since his studio is literally packed with synths and drum machines.”I WILL NEVER KNOW leans towards avant-garde pop but then again, Gena Perala is pretty avant-garde herself. “Gena Perala is a modern renaissance woman. Raised on the carnival circuit, she developed a keen insight into the human condition, and the artful storytelling style of a life-long performer.” –Wildy’s World “It was the sheer frank sincerity of her lyricism that made her stand out to me. She is obviously unafraid to share her feelings, and unlike many musicians, she does it believably, she is like the bridge between anti-folk and pop, like a Canadian Emmy The Great, or Rae Morris with a bit of punk spirit in her. Basically, Gena is someone you want to be friends with, but you’ll have to settle for her great music.”–Thank folk for that “Her songs are intensely honest and Perala never strays away from touchy subjects or beats around the bush, always upfront and concise, her willingness to sing things, thoughts, and ideas that we may at first think of as ‘weak’ or ‘desperate’, come off as stronger and more charismatic than ever. Never sugar-coating anything yet always able to sing with a sweetness that is hard to match, Perala has a natural knack for storytelling and opening up about certain subjects that others just cannot pull off or whom would never dare.”
–MV Remix SOCIAL MEDIA/STREAMING LINKS: **GOOD GIRL VISUAL**(Track 1 off EP):
Links to Gena Perala
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/genaperala
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Each year, we dedicate months at a time and set aside our lives to write and record music deep in the woods of Cedar, BC. We live at the studio and immerse ourselves in the process of making music. We’re very particular about the fidelity and character of every aspect of a production, sometimes spending days refining individual elements.
The recording of “Lay of the Land,” our new song, was left dormant for a year before being resurrected in 2018 during our tenure at Risque Disque Records where some extra details were added. You can watch the official video on YouTube now or stream the track on Spotify 𐄂 SoundCloud.
It's been hard not to get political lyrically in recent times, and “Lay of the Land” is definitely a product of that. We've all felt the change in climate and have been questioning our beliefs more so than ever. “Lay of the Land” is essentially motivation to never stop questioning yourself. Nobody has the answer, nobody is perfect. That’s something you have to be willing to accept and acknowledge when you're in the wrong.
Take “Lay of the Land” as a free pass to admit you were wrong without any judgement.
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Dreamy post-punk rockersCrooked Ghost have revealed their new video for 'Roadkill', which appears on their new album'Skeleton House'. The album from the Asheville, North Carolina-based collective will be released on limited edition 12" vinyl on February 15. It sounds like going on a blind date with Buffalo Bill, speeding down a long Vegas highway, while listening to Blondie's 'Heart of Glass'. The accompanying video was created by Devan Burger, shot at the band's practice space and along the Blue Ridge parkway in the freezing cold. In paranoid b-film style, this is a creepy ode to going on dates with serial killers, fast cars, being a teenage runaway, dead animals and secret desires."There's a nervous and sexually frustrated energy to this song. Dark and paranoid, but longing for something... I really love the duality of this song. The almost-disco drums to the howling punk breakdown at the end, it really is one of our best songs," says Crooked Ghost frontman Ray Clark."Roadkill is dangerous and a bit risque. It's about lust and wanderlust; a wayward runaway on a date with a serial killer. This is one of my favorite songs from the record because it has a deep, dark ferocity to it that I'm really attracted to. I love the urgency of it, and how it goes wild at the end. Besides, this video was a lot of fun to make." This new single follows up the first single to be released from the album, 'Sleepwalker'. Their debut LP 'Strange Burial Rituals', released in March 2017. This new offering has two distinct halves: the first is lighter, the second darker. The whole thing plays out like a story, or rather, two opposite stories that are intertwined. Formed in 2013 by Ray Clark, Crooked Ghost was initially a channel for leftover songs that didn’t seem to fit in any of the other bands Clark was involved in, but quickly became the focal point of Ray’s creative energy. Today Crooked Ghost is Ray Clark, Chris Saldin, Jon Wyatt, Charles Reed and Alex Cannon. The heavily emotive and dreamily lush 'Skeleton House' is the band's sophomore LP - a dark and hazy dreamscape of lush and angular melody, with a stark lyrical rawness touching upon such subjects as addiction, trauma, loss, superstition, and everything that gets left behind after a catastrophic event. The album consists of eight tracks, ranging from dreamy and playful to anguished and harrowing. Billowing vocal patterns weave intricate stories between shimmering guitar crescendos, cascading synths and mathematical percussion. With the power-pop punch of Catch Fire, the dark-disco punk breakdown of Roadkill, to the angular yet dreamy swoon of Sleepwalker, Skeleton House will impress and even haunt you."These songs were inspired by the loss of someone I loved to a fire. The idea that something like a fire could destroy so much, but still leave something behind was so inticing to me. I wanted these songs to represent resilience and strength, and to be able to process loss in a healthy way. I wanted to find a way to bring light to the darker things I was experiencing, and to arrange the pieces into something beautiful," says Ray Clark."We recorded this album up in Black Mountain, NC in the dead of winter. The snowy and icy landscape definitely added to the album's atmosphere. This is also our first release on vinyl, making it very special for all of us. As kaleidoscopic as it sounds, I feel we very much achieved the piece of art we were wanting to make."
'Skeleton House' is now out on CD and the vinyl edition can be ordered via Bandcamp.
It is also available digitally across music stores and streaming platforms such as
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Thirty years is a long time. If you don’t think so, provided your parents are still alive, look at them 30 years ago and take at them now.
That thirty-year period is the period that Ken Kunin has been in this crazy music industry. In thirty years, Kunin has released 8 albums and is just about to release his 9th with his band Ken Kunin & the Crooked Sky, except it isn’t exactly an album but a three- part 18 song release that is the soundtrack for a screenplay. Part one of the soundtrack contains the first seven songs will be released Friday February 15th (today) and is called I am the fixer Part1/3 from the screenplay I am the fixer which Kunin created the concept for and co-wrote. All the music on this Three- part album was written and produced by Ken.
This project is without question is the grandest undertaking of Kunin’s artistic career. Creating and producing a screenplay alongside a soundtrack while trying to produce a full-length feature film is something that has made Ken dig deep to fully create the world of a character only known as “The Fixer”. He is a character who collects and restores what people leave for curb side collection and happens to also commit a few hits per year to supplement his income and remove terrible people from society. While Kunin has been sitting on the concept for a few years, it took a few years to form his band Ken Kunin & the Crooked Sky. The aim was to create a band that is not only incredibly skilful in studio confides but have the flexibility to perform the music in a live setting. There is something to be said about having four consummate veteran musicians all of which have 30 or more years touring and recording experience. It takes just that to pull off the sound in Kunin’s head which he has stated was highly under the influence of Pink Floyd meets Townes Van Zandt, meets Badfinger. The end results are highly catchy songs with a touch of psychedelia and a dark junk blues country undertone. As the project is a soundtrack, the songs and their release are chronological in accordance to the screenplay.
Ken Kunin & the Crooked Sky are planning a few tour dates that fit in with their slightly chaotic work commitments and family life. Kunin has the fun of balancing running a 17- year fitness business that pays the bills, hosting On Song International and seeing to it that I am the fixer the film gets produced. That said, the band is extremely proud of its dark and haunting live shows.
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On 1st March, The Orange Circus Band will release their eagerly awaited weekend anthem, The Saturday Song, accompanied by a video that showcases their summer full of festivals and foot-stomping, that is undeniably The Circus in every way!
It comes shortly after November's release of I Miss You, and a stint of roaming the land, sleeping in the hills, and documenting their adventures in the intrepid video to the track 'Ain't Got No Home'.
Over the past 12 months The Orange Circus Band has been busy playing festivals across the country including Cambridge Folk Festival (2018's headliners at The Den stage), Black Deer festival, Beat Herder festival and Maverick Festival, they've played amongst industry legends and those in the making, such as Patti Smith, First Aid Kit, Rhiannon Giddens, John Prine, Eric Bibb, Ashley Campbell, Ward Thomas, Whiskey Shivers, and many more.
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• TOUR DATES •
1st March - The Forum - Tunbridge Wells
2nd March - Hawthorns - Glastonbury
9th March - Luna Lounge - London
29th March - The Royal Oak - Sevenoaks
30th March - Jenny Lind - Hastings
17th April - The Musician - Leicester
19th April - Leith Depot - Edinburgh
17th May - The Garage - Swansea
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