80’s obsessed Empathy Test release third album

Empathy Test are set to release their third studio album this week and as Louder Than War put it, it contains “A set of songs lovers of 80s synth pop will be drooling over the minute the first verse has been heard.” 

With the single ‘Monsters’ already released (listen in the link below) we can see why Louder Than War are calling all 80s synth pop lovers to join the Empathy Test hype train. 

The band themselves are self proclaimed 80s obsessive having admitted their name is a nod to science fiction classic Blade Runner and ensuring that the new album will have a vinyl version released in 2020 too. 

And with this new and bigger than ever sound that the guys are bringing with this new album, we believe it won’t just be 80s lovers that are tuning in and downloading ‘Monsters’ on Friday – we expect big things for the London based electro-pop band and can’t wait to see what this year has in store for them. 

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David Crosby Will Reissue CPR’s Two Studio Albums, Plus Two Live Album Via BMG

After being a part of two of rock & roll’s most foundational bands (the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, respectively), and four years removed from a life-saving liver transplant, David Crosby channeled the creative frustration he had been feeling into CPR’s 1998 self-titled debut. Joined by noted session guitarist Jeff Pevar and Crosby’s recently reunited son James Raymond, the trio crafted smart, heady, jazz-indebted rock that showcased their stunning harmonies. They followed that three years later with 2001’s Just Like Gravity, an album that refined the burgeoning trio’s sound. On May 15th, BMG will reissue CPRJust Like Gravity and the group’s two live album – Live at Cuesta College and Live at the Wiltern. All four albums will be available digitally, and CPR and Just Like Gravity will be available on CD July 31st, with liner notes written by Steve Silberman, the award-winning science writer who hosted the illuminating Freak Flag Flying podcast with Crosby from earlier this year.

“CPR was me realizing that the world of CSN and Y was getting old and stuck in its place and that I needed to still keep moving,” says Crosby. “That I had more and different music in me that needed room to grow and stretch. CPR was me finding my son James and realizing pretty quickly that he was an even better musician that I was, and that he was rapidly becoming the best writing partner I’d ever had. CPR was a wonderful chemistry that has now become the Sky Trails band. I don’t think very many people heard these records, and I do think that they are some of the best work I’ve been involved with. Enjoy.”

Still on the road with CSN – but as Crosby says merely “turning on the smoke machines and playing the hits” – the two-time rock & roll hall of famer wanted an outlet for his still churning creativity. After meeting Raymond for the first time shortly after his liver transplant, the pair discovered a creative chemistry neither saw coming. They went on a songwriting spree, and after recruiting Pevar, went on to make CPR. After a series of successful tours, they went back into the studio to record Just Like Gravity. And by opening himself up to working with younger artists to help stoke his creative fires, Crosby’s recent late-career resurgence – highlighted by 2014’s Croz, 2016’s Lighthouse, 2017’s Sky Trails and 2018’s Here If You Listen – can really be traced back to working with Raymond and Pevar in CPR.

CPR was very much a precursor to Crosby’s acclaimed Sky Trails album and the ace live band that grew out of that album, both of which feature Pevar and Raymond. Spin called Sky Trails Crosby’s “most stylistically diverse and sonically lush solo album,” while the Associated Press called it “an excellent batch of tunes.” In many ways, CPR and Just Like Gravity were albums that pushed against what was popular in rock at the time – CPR going up against the nu-metal wave of the late 90’s, and Just Like Gravity coming at the beginning of the turn of the century “rock revival” led by acts like the Strokes and the White Stripes. Crosby, Pevar and Raymond weren’t chasing after the flavor of the day or trying to recreate old glories, they simply followed their muse, trends be damned.

As Silberman says in the liner notes for the Just Like Gravity reissue, “CPR and Just Like Gravity were two of the most powerful and personal records Crosby made in his celebrated career, but they flew under most critics’ radar and quickly went out of print. The lessons that Crosby learned by opening up his creative process, however, made possible later collaborative breakthroughs like Croz, Sky Trails, Lighthouse, and Here If You Listen. Far from done at this point, his best work was still ahead of him.”

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The Lightness Of Being Ready For Movements

The Lightness of Being have already been backed by big names in the music industry – they have worked with The Breeders’ engineer Nick Trepka, played with up-and-coming blues rock band Graveltones, and have headlined venues around London. And with the release of ‘Movements’ they’re bound to turn even more heads in 2015. The band came together after Gabriel and Sergio struck up a chance conversation – and despite coming from all walks of life they soon began rehearsing and playing shows in London.

The debut EP “Directions” got heads banging last year, and the amp has been turned up even higher for their three-track release ‘Movements’.

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Listen to ‘Unknown’ here:

‘Movements’ EP is due to be released on September 7th.

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STILLHOUND UNLEASH SURREAL VIDEO FOR THEIR SECOND OFFERING ‘THINK THIS WAY’

’Think This Way’ is the brilliant new track from Stillhound, consisting of school friends Fergus Cook, Laurie Corlett-Donald, Dave Lloyd and latest addition Cat Myers. The band have been locked away in various studios and mountain lodges around their native Scotland, developing their sound and taking inspiration from art, geography and the far flung soundscapes created by Boards of Canada to the pop aesthetic of Tears for Fears.

Their first offering ‘Seethe Unseen’ emerged for the dark side of Stillhound, blending atmospheric pop with glistening and emotive electronica, drawing influences from multiple faucets of music and blending it into an original form. Follow up ’Think This Way’ encompasses digital textures and sounds, accompanied by a driving beat with the vocals creating a beautifully bleak outlook that draws from the song’s landscape. The video was directed and edited by Gareth Goodlad of On Red and features guest camera work, costume design and production by Daniel Cook.

Stillhound’s live show is still in development stage but with a handful of tracks waiting to be unleashed, they look ready to pick up the electronic-pop mantle and make 2015 their own.

Vida release incredible double A side single ‘Electric Lady’/’Fade Away’

A truly exciting band who have been likened to some of the shining lights of UK indie, Vida are a British four piece who are going places. Drawing comparisons to a wide ranging indie catalogue, including the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Miles Kane and more, their growing reputation has seen them garnering recognition from some of the country’s top tastemakers.

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Their new single is a double A-side release showing two of the different sides of the group. First, ‘Electric Lady’ tells the story of repeated overnight stays with the same girl after meeting on several nights out, and the awkwardness that follows the next morning. Meanwhile, ‘Fade Away’ speaks of a completely different kind of awkward – finding yourself in the same room as an ex…

You can hear both songs here:

https://soundcloud.com/wearevida/sets/electric-lady

Already supported by Amazing Radio  for their previous single ‘Colour’, Vida have also been building their reputation on the live circuit. Having been handpicked to play XFM’s This Feeling shows several times, as well as four gigs at prestigious independent venue King Tuts in Glasgow, they also headlined a charity festival in Stirling to great acclaim.

Their appearance at the fundraising events mirrors their approach to music, offering fans something free in exchange for their ongoing support. Vida are known for handing out music and merchandise at live shows, free to music fans who go home with EPs, CDs, badges and more. This generous approach is spreading the word and helping to build a legion of fans, who will continue to build Vida into a force to be reckoned with.

‘Electric Lady’ and ‘Fade Away’ will be released on June 15th.

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The Machismo’s New Album – ‘Britpop Fucked My Wife’

The Machismo’s are set to release a brand new comeback album, made up of unreleased music on their own ‘Machismo’s records’ imprint.

In the 90’s The Machismo’s were voted in the NME as one of the ‘band’s to watch’ that year, and were given an NME single of the week for ‘My Narghile’, which was also playlisted on BBC Radio 1. The future looked bright…

However, as is often the case outside influences led to a lengthy break from the industry. But now The Machismo’s are making their comeback ‘putting the punk back into indie’.

The new album, subtly titled ‘Britpop Fucked My Wife’ after the bands perceived ‘kick in the teeth’ by Britpop’s lad culture in the mid 90’s, has roots stretching back 18 years, before drugs and depression put a halt to one of Indie’s most promising trio’s. But now The Machismo’s are back to their best with a planned future tour and more new music than ever before.

You can watch the video for ‘My Narghile’ here: 

More experienced this time round, The Machismo’s are determined to make their way forward with their unique brand of in your face experimental indie pop, coupled with mellower songs of peace and positivity. The name itself is something of an ironic reaction to the masculinity inherent in the music business, and indeed the world, and the band want to challenge this kind of behaviour in the laudable belief that it is time women should take control of everything, to make the world a better place.

A true one-off in a music industry of copycats, The Machismo’s have overcome many personal battles and demons to return to the stage stronger and better than ever.

Single ‘My Narghile’ will be out Feb 23rd as a digital download, with album following March 3rd on 12″ vinyl and download, on Machismo’s Records.

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Lettie to releases Single ‘CrossRoads’

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Artist : LETTIE featuringDAVE BARBAROSSA

Title: ‘CROSSROADS’

RELEASE DATE: 18 August

LABEL: White

Official website: http://www.lettiemusic.com

 

 

The young and stylish majesty of soulful, (similar to) French disco is set to release her new EP ‘Crossroads’ featuring Dave Barbarossa on 18th August.

Lettie’s edgy and original voice is made even more atmospheric with legendary Barbarossa’s tribal drumming and punk aspects added to her track, and the extremely positive comments on her smooth website, saying she is ‘enigmatic’ and suited to be ‘bubblegum pop’s cooler older sister’ show that she is definitely a rising star.

Vision Music Promotion have portrayed Lettie as a keen and inspiring individual, telling the world that she herself approached Barbarossa to produce the indie track. The press release also states that the song was recorded with ‘very few overdubs’- giving evidence for her pure and perfect voice and boldness.

This will no doubt make millions love her even more. Her success doesn’t even stop there- not only was ‘Crossroads’ mixed by Grammy award winner Cameron Craig, but she is also set to release her fourth album later this year which she worked on with Mark Vernon, the thriving journalist and broadcaster.

Lettie’s expert voice, Barbarossa’s historical and popular tribal drumming, and her professional links and killer confidence will get her track a long way in the music industry.

Legendary Dave Barbarossa as drummer for both Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow was instrumental in creating the “Tribal” drumming trend that was popular among British and some American bands in the 70s and 80s. Having made a huge mark on punk music before drumming with Republica in the mid 1990s, he continues to perform with Adam Ant and his own band Cauldronated.

Space Elevator – Rock Band formed after West End Show closes

“We Will Rock You” close on 31st May

What now for the stars of the show?

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After 12 Years on the West End, the hugely popular show, ‘We will rock you’ will be closing for the final time.

Although with 4,500 performances and 6.6 million tickets sold across 12 years, what will the musicians do now?

WELL, THE TIME IS NOW AND THE BAND IS SPACE ELEVATOR!

Some of the Shows musicians have formed a new band called Space Elevator, playing the same type of rock music and unlike the iPlanet, no musical instruments are banned.

The group have played together in ‘We will Rock You’ and have now hooked up with the beautifully bonkers front woman ‘The Duchess’ to form the next best thing in British Rock.

Members from the new band, Space Elevator are asked about the show and their aspirations

When asked why Queen and Ben Elton’s show was such a success, they believe it is simply the Music.

“This is universally known and loved, Queen have so many hits that we would defy almost anyone even almost 30 years after the original four last played live not to know 90% of the Show. The music is loud and the audience gets swept away every night and at the end it’s like being at a rock concert, with the chance to stand up, stomp and clap and go nuts. Queen wrote songs that speak to all classes, all generations. They write songs to be sung on football terraces and also on the West End stage. Every member of Queen has written a top 10 hit.  Such a vast catalogue of instantly catchy accessible music! The lyrics are witty and poignant and uplifting. The band in the show sounds so incredible that you get carried away with nostalgia and enthusiasm. Even though most of the vocals sound “musical theatre” the actual band sounds totally authentic and rocking like a Queen concert and that’s why it works. Also it shows great respect to Freddie’s memory. He was the greatest front man ever and this is acknowledged in the story”.

The Space Elevator line up have also worked in other West End shows including Rock of Ages, Rocky Horror, Wicked, Footloose, The Sound Of Music, Flashdance and Quadrophenia but now the focus is on the new music.

A final question was put to lead singer The Duchess…as to whether it was the show that gave them the Space Elevator idea? She commented that

“the music of Queen massively influenced Space Elevator’s sound, Freddie’s voice and Brian’s guitar especially, plus the bombastic theatrical sound of Queen. The song We Are The Losers is a complete homage to the sound of Queen with an obvious nod to We Are The Champions!”

Space Elevator consist of guitarist David Young (We Will Rock You/Curved Air), Elliott Ware (The Who/Rock of Ages/We Will Rock You/Sunny Afternoon) on keys, Neil Murray (Whitesnake/Black Sabbath/Gary Moore/The Brian May Band, We Will Rock You) on bass and Brian Greene (George Benson/Curved Air) on drums along with mysterious lead singer “The Duchess”.

Space Elevator CD is out now – from Amazon, HMV and all good record shops. Cat No SECD1

Musicians/singers are available for interview