With Kevin Shields still on the world’s longest holiday, the title of feedback royalty is still up for grabs. The shoegaze scene has exploded over the last twelve months, though nothing has really stood out as being particularly original or worthy of repeated listens. Pink Milk, a drum/guitar duo from Sweden have made the first noteworthy attempt to clinch the title.
If you’re going to do the guitar feedback thing, you might as well go for broke. Duly, the echo and size of the sound here is almost intoxicating, I can only imagine there are casualties at their live shows. The lead track from their forthcoming album, Kill 4 U, is Pink Milk at their tantalising best, crashing, cloying guitar riffs and zephyr-like vocals, it’s the sound of bellowing whales above water.
The buzz the band is creating, from Kerrang to 6 Music, have made their soon to be released album, Purple, one of the most anticipated among rock fans this year, with their cover version of Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love is? taking the original song to all sorts of dark places and dragging you kicking and screaming along. Drink deeply from Pink Milk before they get huge.
Hailing from Sicily, self-styled dandy/gypsy hybrid Johann has developed a persona which brings to mind troubadours such as Sufjan Stevens, whilst also evoking thoughts of the pixie-ish faux naivety of early David Bowie and Syd Barrett. Mixed in with the freak Wurlitzer sound of harpsichords, Latin rhythms and, yes, flugelhorns, is the ever-present Johann, delivering his polemics in a style somewhere between and beyond Shakespeare and Adam Ant.
If you’re looking to experience something new in September and October, Feline & Strange and friends have exactly what it is you’re looking for. Featuring live music and spectacular light shows, the Steam Punk Records Roadshow Tour is hitting venues around the UK and it really is something that can’t be missed. A spectacle of the weird, the wonderful and everything in between, there’s something new for everyone here.
The love child of Mad Max style visions of the future and Victorian fashion and culture, the steam punk movement has been gaining traction over the last few years and is one of the most interesting social movements to appear in the last few years. Let your curiosity get the better of you and indulge in the wonder that is steam punk, even if for just one night!
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For nearly 40 years now, ‘Crack of Dawn’have been meticulously honing their craft, and the results are clear, honest and hard to deny. These guys are one of those bands that have always been around, working hard simply for the love of it, and their latest release ‘Spotlight’is no exception to this. It is a soulful, sublime ballad that wraps you up and holds you seemingly forever.
They are also one of Canada’s most successful musical stories, releasing their first album in 1976 from which there were a number of hits including ‘It’s Alright (This Feeling)’, ‘Keep The Faith’ and ‘The Key’. This however is not all. They also outsold ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’ in Canada (a feat that only a small number of bands from this period can claim), were the first black band to get a record deal in Canada with Columbia and were tipped as being one to watch by billboard in the USA before everything started to go a little quiet due to “musical differences” within the band.
However, with differences put aside and new music coming, ‘Crack of Dawn’are back on top and ready to pop. Check out the new single ‘Spotlight’ and be sure to keep an eye on them
Hailing from Romania, Modiwo are no ordinary pop group. In fact, this isn’t just pop- it’s world-pop, taking inspiration from across the globe, from all kinds of people.
The band have written their own success story in Romania whilst contributing their time to supporting a number of charity initiatives too. For example, , they are currently involved with a charity called Fruit Fusion, where audiences attending their gigs will pay with fruit rather than money, the proceeds then being donated to local orphanages, in conjunction with The Bureau of Children’s’ Rights Protection. An average show can deliver up to 700kg of fruit to those most deserving. Modiwo carry this healthy living ethos through to their own lifestyles and into their music, promoting yoga and meditation as well as using their music as a form of relaxation therapy.
Joining together musical forces from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Hungary, their unique anthemic dream-pop sound is embellished in their live shows with a wide range of unusual influences including alpine horns, didgeridoos, and shakuhachi solos. Their latest track, “Never Give Up”, is an achingly blissful pillow of sunshine which brings to mind all the dreamiest elements of The Beloved.
Watch the video for ‘Never Give Up’ here:
Fancy losing yourself for two and a half hours of classical literature and top-notch music…all at the same time?
Introducing Roger Rudenstein, already a celebrated name in America with thousands of Soundcloud streams to his name as well as plaudits from the likes of The New York Times. Roger has an impressive arsenal of work already under his belt, veering from his sensitive take on the devastation AIDS has brought to family’s lives to biting satire at the expense of Presidents past (George W. Bush) and present (you-know-who).
He is now introducing himself to European audiences by reinvigorating an already hugely popular European work in a different discipline – James Joyce’s epic tale of a very extraordinary day in the life of an early 20th Century Dubliner.
Check out Roger here: