Northern Ireland's Jealous of the Birds shares new single 'Russian Doll'; taken from new EP out July 13th
Following on from her recent single 'Plastic Skeletons' - and its accompanying video - today Northern Ireland's Jealous of the Birds - aka Naomi Hamilton - returns once more with 'Russian Doll', the closing track of her forthcoming new EP, The Moths Of What I Want Will Eat Me In My Sleep, which arrives July 13th via her new homes Hand In Hive (UK & Europe) and Canvasback Music (US).
'Russian Doll' - which originally appeared on Hamilton's 2016 debut album, Parma Violets, in a slightly more subdued form - makes a return on the new EP retooled, re-mixed by Ben Baptie (Young Fathers, Daughter, Lianne La Havas, London Grammar) and sounding the best it's ever done. A meandering, driving number replete with punchy guitars, syncopated wordplay and well-travelled imagery, it sits comfortably in the middle of a Venn diagram between Elastica, Speedy Ortiz and Cat Power.
Hamilton, speaking of the song's central metaphor, says:-
"It’s about when you’re in a relationship and you’re having someone else projecting certain things on you and a lot of the time you don’t have any control over that. It’s matching up the person you want to become and what someone else sees you as... I was thinking about the Freudian iceberg and it’s a comparison: you’ve got the sense of self and your ego and it’s all very multi-layered."
Watch the lyric video for 'Russian Doll' here: https://youtu.be/AJ6DUrb1okk
And revisit the raucous recent video for 'Plastic Skeletons', directed by Libby Burke Wilde, here: https://youtu.be/EmYfPMDJoQs
Hamilton has been making waves in the indie music scene since her debut EP Capricorn, which she recorded while studying English and Creative Writing at Queen’s University, Belfast. Then, following the 2016 release of her aforementioned debut album proper, Parma Violets, came a serendipitous SXSW performance that same year that would ultimately lead to her signing with Canvasback (alt-J, The War on Drugs) and subsequently Hand In Hive (Saltwater Sun, Dama Scout).
Recent single 'Plastic Skeletons' was debuted by NPR, who write "[It] takes the singer's gift for evocative, concisely crafted, seemingly free-associated wordcraft and sets it against a swirling and forceful psych-rock arrangement." Since its launch, the track has seen UK radio support across BBC Radio1 (where it was recently awarded Huw Stephens' Tune of the Week), 6Music, Amazing Radio and more.
See further below for where you can catch Jealous of the Birds live in the coming months and keep your eyes peeled for more dates on both sides of the Atlantic to be announced soon.
Sept 27 | Dublin, Ireland - The Workman's Club
Oct 14 | Dublin, Ireland - Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Pre-order The Moths of What I Want Will Eat Me in My Sleep on 12" white vinyl here.
Rising, British pop prodigy Emily Burns has today shared an acoustic version of her catchiest single yet; 'Cheat', as the original nears one million streams on Spotify (taking her total Spotify stream count to over five million since her first single release earlier this year). Listen to the acoustic version [smarturl.it/CHEATacoustic]here, or revisit the original.
'Cheat' perfectly demonstrates Emily's knack for story telling in her music, with her relatable lyricism atop impeccable melody and infectious hooks, and is the third cut to be taken from her forthcoming debut mini-album 'Seven Scenes From The Same Summer', out 20th July on 37 Adventures (JONES, salute, Geowulf).
Explaining the meaning behind the song, Emily reveals:
"I wrote “Cheat” after a whirlwind romance that ended much more abruptly than I’d hoped for! I was feeling let down but was struggling to see anything other than the good in this person. Then I had a chat with some friends who reminded me that I would have behaved very differently in the situation so, I went into the studio and expressed that. I wrote this one with LMBY, who’s a really good friend of mine, which made it super easy to get straight to the details and vent freely. I felt much better after writing it…"
Likened to Charli XCX and MØ (The Line of Best Fit) and Sigrid and Tove Lo (Popjustice, Disco Naïveté), 22-year old Emily is writing modern, ambitious, frank pop songs about ex-girlfriends, spite, love and revenge. Having recently returned from some writing sessions in Sweden with MadFun (all female producer crew) and TEN (home of Tove Stryke, Icona Pop and all the Scandi greats), her mini-album release will be supported by a headline London show at Sebright Arms, and a return to her homeland Scotland.
Date listings as follows:
Sat 14th July - Longitude, Dublin
Wed 1st Aug - Sebright Arms, London (headline show)
Fri 3rd Aug - Belladrum, Scotland
Sat 18th Aug - Hardwick Live, Stockton Upon Tees
Sat 25th Aug - Pride, Manchester
Sat 15th Sept - UWE Freshers Ball, Bristol
Sat 3rd Nov - 2Q Festival, Lincoln
Sat 1st Dec - DIVA Music Festival, Great Yarmouth
'Seven Scenes From The Same Summer' will be available in limited-edition pink vinyl LP (pre-order here).
Stay tuned for more news to come soon.
Punk rock artist and women's empowerment activist, Shiragirl, has premiered the live video for her single "Summers Comin" exclusively with New Noise Magazine. Watch HERE. The track is taken from Shiragirl's recently released EP, Brooklyn Goes Hollywood, which was lauded as "an alternative electro pop-punk reverie" by AltPress. Produced by Tim Armstrong (Rancid, The Transplants, Pink, The Interrupters) and John King (Beastie Boys, Beck, Dust Brothers), Brooklyn Goes Hollywood features a new sound; one that fuses punk rock, new wave and modern dance pop. The EP is available now on all digital platforms. For more information on Shiragirl, please visit: https://shiragirl.com/.
With deep roots on the East Coast, this "Punk Rock Madonna" first splashed onto the scene after crashing the Vans Warped Tour. As the legend goes, a young, determined Shira showed up in her iconic pink RV, created her own stage and performed atop it with her band. After receiving a rousing crowd response, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman invited Shira to return the following summer to host an official Shiragirl Stage. The stage went on to host over 200 female-fronted bands, many making their Warped debuts, including Paramore on their first ever tour, and the legendary Joan Jett. This year, the Shiragirl Stage returned to the 2018 Vans Warped Tour for select dates, including Pomona, San Diego, Ventura and more, and hosted artists such as Blameshift, Shiragirl, Elana J, No Small Children, Whitney Peyton, Bridge City Sinners, Turbulent Hearts and Moa, plus new additions Rivals, Vanessa Silberman and Babs from Emo Nite (DJ set). Shiragirl is also set to perform on the Full Sail Stage at select Warped Tour dates in July, including Milwaukee and Indianapolis.
With the Shiragirl Stage, Shira accomplished her mission to inspire and empower women, by providing them a platform for creative expression. She also broke into the boys club, and made Punk Rock history. Shiragirl's story was featured in the book 'Misfit Summer Camp: 20 Years On The Road With The Vans Warped Tour'. She received an MTV Warpie Award, and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Warped Tour Time Capsule Exhibit as well.
Shiragirl went on to rock stages across North America, including support slots for Rancid, NOFX, and Juliette Lewis. In 2017, Shiragirl shot a music video for her single "RESIST" at the Women's March, and was invited back to play the 2018 Women's March. Shiragirl may travel far and wide, but her soul will always be Forever Warped.
7/23 - Warped Tour Full Sail Stage, Milwaukee, WI
7/24 - Warped Tour Full Sail Stage, Indianapolis, IN
Pet Shop Boys will release the final set of albums in their definitive ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums. This fourth batch of releases will see the PSB albums ‘Behaviour’ from 1990, the 1993 album ‘Very’ and the 1996 album ‘Bilingual’ reissued on 31st August 2018. The albums have been remastered and repackaged, and will be accompanied by ‘Further listening’ albums of master quality bonus tracks - including demos, extended mixes and remixes of tracks from the albums and others created in the same period as each record.
‘Behaviour’ was Pet Shop Boys’ fourth studio album, recorded largely in Munich, Germany at co-producer Harold Faltermeyer’s studio. The album was then completed at London’s Sarm West Studios, and was released in October 1990 – hitting number 2 on the UK Album Chart and going on to earn platinum certification.
The LP is seen by some as one of Pet Shop Boys’ most contemplative and moving records, and features the singles ‘So hard’, ‘How can you expect to be taken seriously?’ and their classic track ‘Being boring’. This ‘Catalogue’ release of ‘Behaviour’ features Further listening bonus tracks such as an extended mix of ‘Where the streets have no name (I can’t take my eyes off you)’ and an ambient mix of ‘Music for boys’ - both of which are previously unreleased on CD.
Behaviour/Further listening 1990-1991:
1 Being boring
2 This must be the place I waited years to leave
3 To face the truth
4 How can you expect to be taken seriously?
5 Only the wind
6 My October symphony
7 So hard
9 The end of the world
1 It must be obvious
2 So hard (extended dance mix)
4 Being boring (extended mix)
5 Bet she’s not your girlfriend
6 We all feel better in the dark (extended mix)
7 Where the streets have no name (I can’t take my eyes off you) (extended mix)
8 Jealousy (extended version)
9 Generic jingle •
10 DJ culture (extended mix)
11 Was it worth it? (twelve-inch mix)
12 Music for boys (ambient mix)
13 DJ culture (seven-inch mix)
• Previously unreleased
The 1993 album ‘Very’ was a number one record for Pet Shop Boys in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland, and has to date sold in excess of five million copies worldwide. It contains 5 singles, including their cover of ‘Go West’ – a number 2 hit for PSB – and lead single ‘Can you forgive her?’.
Stylistically, ‘Very’ could be said to serve as an antithesis to ‘Behaviour’, insofar as the production and lyrical themes are generally more upbeat and positive than those of the previous album. Visually, too, PSB reinvented their image to incorporate more vivid colours and brightness, including Very’s now-iconic “Lego” album cover. The album is also the first to be produced almost entirely by Pet Shop Boys themselves - with additional programming and production courtesy of Pete Gleadall and Stephen Hague. This ‘Catalogue’ issue of ‘Very’ includes a Further listening disc of bonus material, such as the previously-unreleased tracks ‘Falling’ (a demo for Kylie Minogue), and a 1992 twelve-inch mix of ‘Go West’.
Very/Further listening 1992–1994:
1 Can you forgive her?
2 I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing
4 A different point of view
5 Dreaming of the Queen
6 Yesterday, when I was mad
7 The theatre
8 One and one make five
9 To speak is a sin
10 Young offender
11 One in a million
12 Go West
1 Go West (1992 twelve-inch mix)
2 Forever in love
3 Confidential (demo for Tina)
4 Hey, headmaster
6 Too many people
7 I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing (seven-inch version)
8 Violence (Haçienda version)
9 Falling (demo for Kylie)
11 If love were all
12 Absolutely fabulous (single version)
14 Some speculation
15 Yesterday, when I was mad (single version)
16 Girls and boys (live in Rio)
Released in September 1996, ‘Bilingual’ was the sixth studio album to be released by Pet Shop Boys. It was a UK top 5 record upon release and included 5 singles, all of which were UK top 20 singles. As is often the case with PSB records, ‘Bilingual’ comprises many influences, including those of the music of Latin America, due partly to the Spanish and Latin music Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe had been listening to prior to recording the album.
The album was recorded by PSB with Danny Tenaglia and Chris Porter, and has since gained platinum certification in Spain, and Gold in the UK. This ‘Catalogue’ release of ‘Bilingual’ includes a Further listening CD of bonus tracks, with previously-unreleased new versions of ‘Discoteca’ and ‘A red letter day’.
Bilingual/Further listening: 1995-1997:
5 Se a vida é (That’s the way life is)
6 It always comes as a surprise
7 A red letter day
8 Up against it
9 The survivors
11 To step aside
12 Saturday night forever
1 Paninaro ’95
2 In the night (1995)
3 The truck-driver and his mate
4 Hit and miss
5 How I learned to hate rock ’n’ roll
7 Delusions of grandeur
8 Discoteca (single version) •
9 The calm before the storm
10 Discoteca (new version)
11 The boy who couldn’t keep his clothes on
12 A red letter day (expanded single version)
13 The view from your balcony
14 Disco potential
15 Somewhere (extended mix)
• Previously unreleased
The ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ reissues of ‘Behaviour’, ‘Very’ and Bilingual’ will go on sale 31st August 2018. The three albums will be packaged with an extensive booklet in which Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe discuss each song, illustrated with many archive photographs. The entire project is designed by Farrow. To pre-order the albums, please follow the links below:
‘Behaviour’ – https://lnk.to/PSBBehaviourMP
‘Very’ - https://lnk.to/PSBVeryMP
‘Bilingual’ – https://lnk.to/PSBBilingualMP
The ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ reissue series began last year with the release of ‘Nightlife’, ‘Release’ and ‘Fundamental’ which all entered the Top 40 album charts, followed by re-issues of ‘Yes’ and ‘Elysium’, and later ‘Please’, ‘Actually’ and ‘Introspective’.
The reissues of ‘Please’, ‘Actually’, ‘Introspective’, ‘Behaviour’, ‘Very’ and ‘Bilingual’ were originally released with bonus Further listening albums in 2001 and are being newly remastered with their original track-listings for this project.
The votes have been counted, and chart-topping, singer songwriter Harry Styles has been crowned the winner! Harry Styles will take home the coveted Best Live Act Award, sponsored by Ticketmaster and Live Nation, at today’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, an event which raises money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.As the only award voted for by the public at today’s awards, devoted fans proved their dedication to give the award-winning Brit the title of Best Live Act. Receiving 60% of the vote, Styles fought off competition from ten other nominees including Adele, Stormzy, Iron Maiden and Ed Sheeran.
This award is Harry Styles’ first solo win, although he has held the title of Best Live Act twice in 2013 and 2016 as part of boy band One Direction. Previous winners of the award include Sir Paul McCartney (2011), Arctic Monkeys (2015) and Little Mix (2017).
The Best Live Act winner is currently on his debut world tour as a solo act, which will see him play 89 shows across Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Asia, performing hits from his self-titled certified gold and platinum album. Since signing a recording deal in 2016 with Columbia Records, his first solo single, Sign of the Times, reached number one in the UK and number four in the US. Its music video earned him a Brit Award and an iHeartRadio Music Award.
Andrew Parsons, MD Ticketmaster UK says:-
“Harry Styles is a global sensation who won the hearts of many in One Direction and continues to do so in his solo career, so it’s not surprising that he has earned the title of Best Live Act. It’s great to see such support for the British star after his record-breaking debut album and world tour – this award is thoroughly deserved.”
Fans voted for the shortlist of 11 artists, who performed in the UK between March 2017 and March 2018, handpicked by a panel of music industry experts. The nominated artists were:
Nordoff Robbins has already announced the first wave of other winners at the O2 Silver Clef Awards 2018. Roger Waters and Robert Plant will receive the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award and the Integro Outstanding Award respectively. Stereophonics, the American Express Icon Award, Jorja Smith, the Amazon Music Best Newcomer Award, Ellie Goulding, the Liz Hobbs Best Female Award, George Ezra, the AEG Presents Best Male Award, The Script, the Raymond Weil International Award, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, the PPL Classical Award and Bastille, the Sky Best Group Award.
Gruff Rhys performs 'No Profit In Pain' outside Cardiff Castle to officially launch National Theatre Wales’ NHS70 Festival
Welsh singer Gruff Rhys performed his new song, No Profit in Pain today outside Cardiff Castle to officially launch National Theatre Wales’ NHS70 Festival.
National Theatre Wales commissioned Gruff Rhys to write a brand-new song paying tribute to the NHS during its anniversary year. No Profit in Pain was released today (5 July 2018), the actual day that the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday.
Earlier today, Gruff, along with National Theatre Wales’ Artistic Director, Kully Thiarai, gathered under the Aneurin Bevan Statue (the Welsh Labour MP from Tredegar who was responsible for creating the NHS in 1948) on Cardiff’s Queen Street for a photo opportunity to officially launch National Theatre Wales’s NHS70 Festival.
National Theatre Wales will celebrate the National Health Service’s 70th birthday throughout July with a month-long, multi-artform festival, inspired by the staff and patients of this unique institution. This country-wide festival will feature productions and events made and performed in locations across Wales, all celebrating one of Wales’ best exports.
Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director at NTW said:-
“It’s great to have an opportunity to invite Gruff back to collaborate with us here at National Theatre Wales to be part of our NHS70 festival. A festival that seeks to celebrate the NHS - a much loved institution that is close to so many people's hearts. An idea born in Wales and made universal by Aneurin Bevan from Tredegar. This anniversary is our chance to pay tribute to a great Welsh story and thank ‘Nye’ for his creation, and most importantly to say thank you and celebrate the staff and volunteers of our unique NHS who pick us up when we fall.”
“The NHS is something that we can too easily take for granted. It’s been there for me throughout my life and has also saved many of my family members lives. In that sense it means more than anything I could ever convey in a pop song. For the song I’ve focused on the battle to keep the NHS as a free service in public ownership. Privatisation is creeping in and it will be a death knell for the NHS we all love and cherish if we are not vigilant.”
NHS70 Festival productions and events will be performed in venues all over Wales, including hospitals, schools, memorial halls and arts venues in Carmarthen, Welshpool, Wrexham, Bangor and Tredegar, birthplace of the NHS’ founder, Aneurin Bevan, all as part of the festival.
Aneira Thomas, the first baby ever to be born under the NHS and Patron of the NHS70 Festival said:-
“I think National Theatre Wales NHS70 Festival is a wonderful idea. It’s great to see the arts community celebrate this unique institution with us all. As patron of the festival, I can’t wait to see some of these some of the shows they have planned which all pay tribute to the staff, volunteers and patients of our wonderful NHS”.
You can listen to No Profit in Pain via http://bit.ly/NoProfitInPain
A link to the No Profit in Pain can be viewed here http://bit.ly/NoProfitInPainVID
For further information about NTW’s NHS70 Festvial, click here https://www.nationaltheatrewales.org/
Ashes Collide is an alternative rock band from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Their music is inspired by 2000’s American rock, based on memorable guitar riffs, simple harmonies and powerful female vocals. While this style certainly attracts lots of fans, the group are in constant search of their own unique niche within the genre.
The band was created in spring 2015 by Nikita Frolov (guitar) and Alexahder Kolchin (drums) and completed in early 2016 by Roman Vtorov (bass) and Marfa Savchenko (vocals/lyrics). Since 2016, Ashes Collide have quickly gained popularity in their hometown and neighboring cities, performing many live shows. Their first single Ashes Collide, self-released in 2016, caused a lot of interest in the local rock communities and gigs in Finland and Estonia during 2017/2018 have marked the beginning of the groups planned global expansion. The latest work of the band, the EP First Collide, which was recorded in 2017, will be released worldwide later in the year on Sliptrick Records.
Ashes Collide are now working on new album as a follow-up to First Collide and booking future gigs that will allow them to express and show their developing style plus some significant changes to the bands sound.
First Collide | Released TBA, 2018 on Sliptrick Records
Ashes Collide are:
Marfa Savchenko – Vocals
Nikita Frolov – Guitar
Roman Vtorov – Bass
Aleksandr Kolchin – Drums
Band links: Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | VK | On Sliptrick
InVogue Records proudly welcomes Sweden-based band Smash Into Pieces. The band blends elements electro & rock to create a very melodic sound with singalong anthems.
The band's label debut single will be released on April 20th. You can pre save the new single via Spotify here: https://ffm.to/superstarinme
Smash Into Pieces consists of:-
Chris Adam Hedman Sorbye (Lead Vocals)
Benjamin Jennebo (Guitar/Vocals)
Per Bergquist (Guitar/Vocals)
The Apocalypse DJ (percussion).
The band was founded by The Apocalypse DJ who has caught the attention of press & fans with his unique look & technology incorporated into his live performance.
SIP's last full length album "Rise and Shine" was released worldwide in January 2017. The album has collected over 12.5 million streams on Spotify alone. The band released a follow up single "Boomerang" that has gathered over 1.8 million streams in a short period on Spotify.
"We always try to find different types of artists for the IVR roster. We have never signed anything like Smash Into Pieces so I'm very excited to put something different out there for us. Great guys making great music, honored to be a part of what they are doing."
APR 27- Falun, Sweden- Falun Bowling & Krog (w/ Amaranthe, Jay Smith)
APR 28- Västerås Rockfest- Vasteras, Sweden (w/ Amaranthe, Lillasyster, Corroded)
APR 30- Västervik, Sweden- Simson
MAY 04- Stockholm, Sweden- Harry B James
MAY 05- Örebro, Sweden- Ritz Nightclub (w/ Jay Smith, NORMANDIE)
MAY 11- Göteborg, Sweden- Sticky Fingers (w/ Jay Smith)
MAY 12- Linkoping, Sweden The Crypt LKPG (w/ Sonic Syndicate, Jay Smith)
MAY 19- Hova, Sweden - Rockfickan
MAY 25- Edsbyn, Sweden- Parken
MAY 26- Ornskoldsvik, Sweden - Statt
JUL 07- Helsingborg, Sweden - Sundspärlan (w/ HammerFall, CyHra)
JUL 14- Asele, Sweden- Trillen (w/ Dead by April, Corroded)
The Eclectic prog rock band Ancient Oak Consort reveal the preview and the first single By the Sea in total streaming: https://player.believe.fr/v2/3615931290320, of their third new album Hate War Love, that will be out on May 18th. The release of the album was anticipated by the video clip 'By The Sea'
Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth), Voice; Mathias Blad (Falconer), Voice; Giulia Stefani (Ravenscry).
Alyusha (pronounced ‘Ali-usher’) is the progressive vocalist, writer and producer who today shares the first song “Cracks” from her upcoming “Little God” EP.
Born to Japanese & Romanian / Irish parents, Alyusha has a rich musical heritage, which as a producer she combines with her influence of industrial, city sonic landscapes. This combination of influences creates a futuristic and sometimes jarring sound, juxtaposing light and dark with provoking songwriting.
Since her second single "Paradise" with Linden Jay charted at Number 2 on Spotify’s ‘Global Viral Charts’, she’s toured Europe alongside working on new material in the studio, collaborating with other artists and spent some time in Tokyo where she immersed herself and collected sounds from the city. One of the artists that the progressive, classically trained musician collaborated with is Warp’s “ghetto futuristic artist” Gaika where she features on and co-produced “The Deal”.
“Cracks” has a smooth yet experimental interplay between formation and demolition delivered by her soothing vocals, effortlessly malleable in character with a sound that while soul-infused orbits around the fascinatingly cold decaying tones of jarred Hip Hop and a unique R&B hybrid.
Alyusha doubles down the attack with lyrics that tackle emotion and personal subjects with a lawless attitude. Discussing Japanese philosophical ideologies such as ‘wabi sabi (embracing the imperfect) and ‘kintsugi’ (the ancient art form of mending cracks with gold paint in pottery). This symbolises the belief that only something that has been broken has the potential to transform in to becoming something more beautiful.
While lyrically her vocals are lucid and inviting; the grimy production on her first cut of 2018 transfers its tough and unforgiving strength to the listener.
Check out “Cracks” (Listen here) and stay tuned for more from “Little God” EP
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