English Indie Pop group Blossoms unveil live version of latest single 'If You Think This Is Real Life'
Blossoms have revealed a live version of their latest single If You Think This Is Real Life. The track is taken from the band’s 11th February Stockport Plaza show that was also streamed in full on YouTube. The band will be releasing a new track from the set each week, following the order of the show’s setlist. These songs will make up a full live album, Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport which will be released in full on the 3rd July. Physical copies of the album will be available later in the year.
The band have rescheduled their headline UK tour dates that were postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic until this August. The new, August dates are listed below.
4th August - London - 02 Forum Kentish Town
5th August - London - 02 Forum Kentish Town
6th August - London - 02 Forum Kentish Town
15th August - Leeds - 02 Academy
19th August - Glasgow - 02 Academy
21st August - Hull - Bonus Arena
22nd August - Manchester - Manchester Arena
25th August - Newcastle - 02 Academy
26th August - Birmingham - 02 Academy
Blossoms current album Foolish Loving Spaces went to Number 1 album in the UK album charts on its release in January and features singles The Keeper and Your Girlfriend.
Since forming in 2013, Blossoms have enjoyed widespread success and acclaim. Their 2016 debut full length topped the album charts for two consecutive weeks and went on to earn the band BRIT Award and Mercury Prize nominations, while 2018’s Cool Like You charted at number 4 in the UK album chart, spawning the anthemic singles I Can’t Stand It, There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls) and How Long Will This Last
Death By Fungi is a Mumbai based hardcore act that takes inspiration from different styles of mathcore, metallic hardcore, d-beat, and other hardcore subgenres. They have been around since 2013 and are considered one of the pioneers of the Bombay Hardcore scene, through several EP's and splits. Their debut EP 'Die In Bombay' releases on 5th of August, and their first single is already streaming.
Stream the first single at Idioteq, RIGHT HERE
Rolling Stone India post article about the upcoming Death By Fungi EP:
DEATH BY FUNGI was formed in 2013 by Vrishank Menon and Kamran Raza, quickly releasing their first demo later that year. The addition of Aryaman Chatterjee to the line-up, saw the band shift towards a more aggressive hardcore sound, resulting in another EP in 2015. This was followed by several live shows and another EP, titled In Dearth Of, in 2016. This release as well as 2017's split with Indian sludge band Shepherd, cemented the sound and style DBF are known for in their country — a chaotic, frantic and outspoken style of hardcore that is technical in its delivery while also referencing more melodic acts. Taking inspiration from a wide spectrum of sonic sources, ranging from the likes of Converge and Shai Hulud to Propagandhi, DBF forge a contemporary hardcore/punk sound with intelligent songwriting and infectious guitar-work.
Now considered one of the pioneers of Bombay Hardcore, Death By Fungi return to the fray with their first release in 2 years. While the band’s previous records saw them evolve from a melodic hardcore origin to incorporate influences from skatepunk, powerviolence and mathcore, “Die In Bombay” sets out to combine all influences into one melodic, abrasive and disorienting frenzy of relentless d-beat driven anarchy. As one of the most important bands in India right now, DBF continues to forge the shape & future of hardcore in South Asia, while staying true to its origins at the same time. While musically they lie somewhere between Botch, Coalesce, Deadguy and Despise You, the lyrical content is purely about life in Bombay - a huge metropolis that's engulfed by class and religious divide, polluted by an atmosphere of violence. Die in Bombay is the first record to feature Tabish Khidir of Mumbai-based doom metal band DIRGE on vocals.
In order for their sonic vision to be achieved to fruition, Death By Fungi's latest release was mastered by Derek Leisy at Audiosiege. It is a crucial point in defining a unique sound and aesthetic for the band after years of honing their craft. As a result, DBF stands as one of the more refreshing bands in hardcore today, both in terms of the music and in terms of the narrative they present, with the band being vocal about many issues related to social justice and human rights.
Their debut EP launches digitally on the 5th of August, and the band is set to tour across India in support of their latest release, alongside the rest of the Indian hardcore punk family.
Fast rising pop prodigy Jamie Hannah has been busy working with Boy George on several songs and today releases his new single ‘House of Truth’. The duet with George received a premiere by PEOPLE magazine yesterday, who hailed it a “summer smash”.
‘House of Truth’ is a truly unique and infectious song; beginning with a soulful refrain and driving beat. Jamie and George take turns with the early verses which in turn build to a gospel infused crescendo. The full breadth and range of Jamie’s 4-octave spanning vocals are showcased as the duo are joined by a joyous gospel choir. “I am very lucky to have Boy George as a mentor. The whole process of making and recording the song and video with such an icon has been very surreal” says Hannah. Equal adoration beams from Boy George as he exclaims “Jamie is a Natural!”
Jamie Hannah is a 22 year old British singer-songwriter with an extraordinary voice. His incredible vocal capabilities were honed at the Royal College of Music, where he trained in opera. Fusing this training with a variety of genres results in pop music with true passion, unlike anything else you’re likely to hear right now. His huge range and soaring falsetto makes ‘House of Truth’ one of the most affirming hits of the summer.
‘House of Truth’ follows this year’s earlier release ‘Sound of My Youth’, which was produced by notorious producer Benny D (Stormzy, Kylie Minogue). Since its release, Jamie has been gathering support from media the world over, as well as from some big celebrity stars including Oscar winner Dame Emma Thomson and Entertainment Presenter India Willoughby. Whilst supporting the track, Jamie has also been performing live throughout the country, most recently supporting Heather Small on the Voice of the M People Tour.
Iconic pop pioneer Charli XCX teams up with French pop phenomenon Christine and the Queens to release new track Gone, and its electrifying music video; the co-written Gone is taken from XCX’s upcoming album Charli - out September 13th.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
STREAM 'GONE' HERE
A highly anticipated collaboration between two pop sensations, Gone is a dynamic, pulsating and hard-hitting ode to the complexities of falling prey to others’ opinions. A perfect pop harmony between XCX and Chris, Gone has already been scouted by Annie Mac for the Hottest Record in the World title.
Following the track’s live debut at Primavera Sound Festival, today Gone officially releases with an incredible accompanying music video, featuring Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens intensely bound on opposite ends of a car. As the song unfolds, Chris frees herself and Charli from their ties, leading the pair to reunite in an explosive and charged performance.
The release of Gone follows Charli XCX’s announcement of her new album Charli to release on September 13th and her transatlantic tour Charli LIVE for Autumn, and is Chris’ first new song since releasing her critically acclaimed album Chris last year.
The art of collaboration is at the heart of the album, a verified saviour of pop, Charli seamlessly binds musical genres from the vast pop spectrum. With Executive Production by Charli XCX and A. G. Cook, collaborators include Lizzo, Christine and the Queens, Haim, Troye Sivan, Brooke Candy, CupcakKe, Big Freedia, Sky Ferreira, Clairo and Yaeji. Charli teamed with AR makeup artist Ines Alpha to design her artworks with a goal of dismantling classic beauty ideals, a pairing which resulted in her striking album cover.
Global superstar Sam Smith has released his new single “How Do You Sleep?” alongside accompanying video – out now via Capitol Records.
Teaming up with world renowned songwriter/producer Max Martin as well as Savan Kotecha and ILYA, Sam Smith delivers another slice of pop perfection. “How Do You Sleep?” sees Sam’s signature vocals soar above the dreamlike production from ILYA (for MXM Productions) before the song explodes into the dance fuelled chorus. The stunning video which was also released today is directed by Grant Singer and choreographed by Parris Goebel.
Speaking about the new single, Sam Smith explains “This year, both personally and musically, I feel so free. More than ever I have had so much fun making this record and this video. Time to dance darlings x”
This latest release follows on from recent single “Dancing with a Stranger”, a joint release by Sam Smith and Normani which saw the pair amass over 6M copies with over 1BN streams, become the #1 airplay in the US & UK and achieve platinum status in 15 countries. Last summer also saw Smith release his global hit with Calvin Harris “Promises” which the pair performed at the BRIT Awards earlier this year. This week also saw Sam Smith reach 10 million YouTube subscribers – one of only 8 UK artists to achieve this accolade.
During his career Sam has sold over 22 million albums worldwide and notched up seven UK No. 1 records to date including ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ – the first Bond theme to reach the position, gaining him a Guinness World Record. In addition, he has also received four Grammy Awards, three BRITs and an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song (Writing’s On The Wall).
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Blameshift have debuted their new single "My Own Worst Enemy" on all digital platforms.
The song can be heard here.
While playing dates on the final year of the Vans Warped Tour in California this summer, the band decided to take a few days off to get back into the studio with long time producer, Erik Ron. Ron had just finished recording the brand new Godsmack record and was riding high off it’s success. Together they recorded Blameshift’s newest single, "My Own Worst Enemy", the first single out of many that the band plans to release throughout the next 6 months.
Blameshift is a female fronted hard rock band from Long Island, NY. Their roots stem from relentless touring for the past 8 + years that consisted of over 25 national tours, building an impressive grass roots fan base around the world.
Italian punk/hardcore act Peste has revealed a new track called "Mercy", first single taken from the upcoming self-titled EP available in 7" and digital format in the first part of 2019 via This Is Core. The track was recorded and mixed at Magma Studio of Turin by Davide Donvito, and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Oathbreaker...) at The Atomic Garden Studio in San Francisco. About "Mercy" the frontman Marco Fresia says:-
"'Mercy' talks about God, about the merciful and charitable God who has condemned us to live a very happy and enchanting life on this Earth. It is a song that speaks of how we can not wait to see and relive the return of his favourite son to show him all our gratitude with nails, hammers and crosses".
Listen "Mercy"at this LINK.
Peste s the union of musicians taken from the Italian underground scene. A new punk/hardcore project with members of Tutti I Colori Del Buio, Haram, If I Die Today and Papazeta. Violence, negativity and hate against mankind are the keywords for describe their work. In their fast five pieces Peste deal with the brutal horror hidden inside of everyone soul, the human ability of destroying everything all around without no remorse remaining a slave of fear till death. A truly daily and deeply nightmare inside every human being.
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Canadian hard rockers Pterodactyl Problems have released their new single "Protest" over at Glacially Musical. The track is taken from their upcoming album Esoteric Hobbies which will be released in February 2019.
Listen to the song here: http://glaciallymusical.blogspot.com/2018/11/stream-protest-by-pterodactyl-problems.html
Pterodactyl Problems are:
Davey White: guitar and vocals
Jack Neila: guitar
Ciarán Neely: guitar and bass
Oliver Salathiel: drums
The brand new single "Povezet" ("will be luck") from Russian classic Russian rock band Znaki saw the light not long ago. This song is influenced with the especial philosophic view of the world as well way to look for the answers of the life's questions.
Znaki became their musical way in 2005 from the single "Polly" which have got high rotations over the radio stations in Russia.
South African singer-songwriter Kaien Cruz releases her brand new single, the alluring ‘Dangerous’, via Platoon.
Seamlessly fusing pop and nu-soul elements with an infectious electronic beat, ‘Dangerous’ radiates flickers of summer melodies, lyrically echoing the sentiment of ‘Maneater’ (both Hall & Oates, and Nelly Furtado versions).
“I wrote ‘Dangerous’ during a very frustrating time in my life. I’d just realised that a lot of people in this industry that I thought had my back, actually didn’t. So this song is about those people and and other things in my life that I thought were good for me, but were only holding me back. The chords I started with gave me a Michael Jackson kind of vibe which my dad absolutely loved! I built on this to give it more of a pop feeling.”
‘Dangerous’ is the first new music to come from the Durban-born artist, following the release of her 8-track debut EP ‘Mansion Mind’ last year.
Kaien Cruz has played guitar since she was 8 years old. By the time she had reached 16, having written and performed songs to her family, her sister suggested that she uploaded her music to Soundcloud. It was around this time that she began to put a voice to her creations.
The singer-songwriter’s big break came when she was discovered on Instagram by Durban-based producer Aewon Wolf of the Wolfpack. “Aewon gave me my introduction to the music industry and I have met a few people through him who have taught me a lot of things, good and bad. I’m a lot wiser since meeting Aewon and I definitely believe everything happens for a reason” she says.
At the tender age of 19, Kaien has already opened for Justin Bieber on the South African lef of the global megastar’s Purpose Tour; collaborated with Kyle Deutsch (of ‘Back to the Beach’ fame) and South Africa’s top rapping sensation Nasty C, and had her collaboration with producer Sketchy Bongy, ‘Love Me In The Dark’, nominated for the South African Music Award.
Kaien Cruz is currently working on a brand new EP out in LA.
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