Sunday, July 26, 2015

On An On: It's Not Over

Minneapolis trio On An On dropped their second full-length 'And The Wave Has Two Sides' this week. The dreamy track "It's Not Over" is accompanied by a fun video by acclaimed director Carlos Lopez Estrada.

Ryne Estwing, Alissa Ricci and Nate Eiesland kick off an extensive U.S. tour August 20 in Milwaukee and wrap it up September 24 in Chicago. (Note: they have one gig in Toronto September 22.)

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Bohicas: Swarm

London quartet The Bohicas drop their debut full-length 'The Making Of' August 21. The excellent early single "Swarm" now has a video to go with it.

(Left to right:) Ady Acolatse (bass, vocals), Dominic McGuinness (guitar, lead vocals) Brendan Heaney (drums, vocals) and  Dominic John (guitar, vocals) are currently playing various summer festivals; next up July 26 is Fuji Rock in Niigata, Japan. October 2-30 they will be touring the UK and continental Europe.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Club Kuru: All The Days + Long Drive + Seesaw

In late April London based artist Club Kuru aka Laurie Erskine released his outstanding debut EP 'All The Days' containing the mesmerizing title track plus three additional stellar songs: "Loot", "Seesaw" and "Long Drive". (July 31 he drops the EP 'Long Drive' which will contain remixes of that track.)

Excellent videos were created to go with three out of four songs from the debut collection; the clips were directed by Erskine's fellow Brits Danny Sangra ("All The Days") and Thomas Bridgen ("Long Drive" and Seesaw")

There are no gigs scheduled at this point, but check his Facebook page for updates.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

LA Priest: Learning To Love

28-year-old Samuel Eastgate aka Sam Dust, formerly of UK band Late Of The Pier, released his debut full-length 'Inji' under the moniker LA Priest [pronounced laaaa priest] late last month. The ten-song album includes the stellar double track "Party Zute/Learning To Love"; a video for "Learning To Love" was published July 2. Directed by his brother Isaac Eastgate, it stars the mad sound scientist himself and a semi-fluffy white dog. What's not to love?

LA Priest has three festival dates scheduled at this point. Saturday, July 18 he'll be performing at the Dour Festival in Belgium. In the fall he has shows at Bestival on the Isle of Wight (September 10-13) and at Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik (November 4-8).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gøspel: Ain't Gonna Let You In

Forming only last year, London trio Gøspel have just dropped their third single "Ain't Gonna Let You In".  It follows the release of "EMPR" in January and the debut single "Disasters Running Wild" in July of 2014. All three outstanding tracks are available on their Bandcamp page; "Ain't Gonna Let You In" is also available on iTunes UK.  

The stunning vocals are courtesy of Beth Anderton-Allen who together with Will Pennell and Chris Willsher have managed to create an utterly hypnotic sound. Here's hoping there are plans for both a debut full-length and substantial touring around and outside the UK.

The montage accompanying "Ain't Gonna Let You In" is a hot, glorious mess that somehow works as the perfect music video. It was directed/edited by The Stag aka Oliver.  (iTunes UK)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Josh Flowers & The Wild: I'm Gone + Jacques Cousteau

London quartet Josh Flowers & The Wild released their debut five-track EP 'Young Bones' in March of 2013 and will drop a full-length later this year.  Two outstanding teaser songs from the upcoming album have been uploaded to Soundcloud: "I'm Gone" and "Jacques Cousteau".

The band is currently doing a mini-tour at various venues around London: next up Thursday June 25 is a show at storied pub The KPH where Tom Jones once performed for 10 pounds in the early days of his career.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Nico & Vinz: When The Day Comes

I first wrote about Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz two years ago and posted the video for the stellar song "Am I Wrong" which has since then become a big hit worldwide, incl. in the U.S. The track is included on the full-length 'Black Star Elephant', released in October 2014. (Note: the two changed their name from Envy after signing with Warner Bros. in January 2014.)

Their latest video, a poignant tale accompanying the outstanding track "When the Day Comes", was published in September 2014. As with the excellent clip that was shot for "Am I Wrong", this one too was directed by fellow Norwegian Kavar Singh.

Having toured extensively in Europe and the U.S. throughout 2014, it must be nice to slow things down a little this year. So far there are only two dates scheduled for the summer:  Friday June 26 they have a show at the three-day Bråvalla Festival in Norrköping, Sweden. Friday July 3 they will be performing at the Superdome in New Orleans as part of the four-day Essence Festival.

My post from two years ago: