John Graham will ‘Roll the Dice’ with new single and album ‘Cold Sun’ this June

June 29th album Cold Sun’ to be introduced with single ‘Roll The Dice’ on June 1st through Distinctive Records

 

UK born but now US based, John Graham’s new album is set to reach these shores showcasing slick, contemporary indie-rock with electronic touches and a heap of swagger. With influences including the Stone roses, Kasabian, The Cure, Depeche mode and more, it’s an album full of ideas which is primed to make an impact. The album is something of a departure for Graham, whose previous work under the name Quivver has seen him gaining countless plaudits producing house and techno music.

John Graham 2However, ‘Cold Sun’ and lead single ‘Roll the Dice’ prove that there are multiple strings to this particular bow,  by turning out tunes which are strongly based on the indie rock genre. These hook laden, energetic tracks are then laced with dynamic electronic ideas, ported over from his experience in the EDM genres, to give them extra flavour. It’s not common that indie, rock and electronic ideas are mixed so effectively, with the latter adding superb textures to the former, and it’s certainly one hell of a combination thanks to the subtlety of John Graham’s genre bending.

This combination is showcased by this superb video for the single  – not suitable for those with a fear of heights, it blends off kilter performance footage with a montage of adrenaline pumping, high risk stunts. It’s a truly compelling watch married to a fantastic musical groove.

 

 

The ‘Cold Sun’ album has been in the making for many years, being written in snatched time between full time work as a house and techno DJ and producer. It’s release is the culmination of an ambition John Graham has had for many years – to create a collection of songs that don’t fit neatly into a specific genre, and demonstrate just how versatile his writing can be.

His new music does a fantastic job of proving that thanks to a brazen and assured indie rock approach that drips with attitude. It’s a long way from the jungle and house specialist who started out in the 1990s and is well established in that environment. Over the years since, John Graham (as Quivver) has picked up myriad honours and career highs. The quality of his work can be vouched for by over 45,000 online followers, as well as record  deals with Virgin, Warner Brothers  &Hooj Choons who he has had record deals with in the past.

Single ‘Roll the Dice’ is out June 1st, to be followed on June 29th by the ‘Cold Sun’ album, both through Distinctive Records.

 

Links:
https://soundcloud.com/quivver_john_graham
https://www.facebook.com/QuivverMusic
http://twitter.com/quivver

Strange Fiction look to ‘Tease Her’ with first single from new album

Single precedes official release of new album ‘Orange’

 

A Barcelona based band who all grew up in households surrounded by music, it’s little wonder that the four members of Strange Fiction ended up writing and recording their own music. With varied musical backgrounds, their new album ‘Orange’ is a heady blend of genres, particularly rock, indie and pop, with influences as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Michael Jackson and Tracy Chapman.

foto11It’s an unusual mix, but one that shines through in the neat pop groove and vocal of lead single ‘Tease Her’ which gives way to a huge rocking chorus. The track – written about a misunderstanding over a girl at a party which may or may not have resulted in a band member being soaked by beer – is a stellar introduction to the raw sound of the band.

 

https://strangefiction.bandcamp.com/track/tease-her

 

Engineered and recorded in Spain by Tomàs Robisco and mastered in London by Andy “Hippy” Baldwin from Metropolis Studios respectively, the album is a triumph, capturing perfectly the edge that the band works to bring to their live sound.

The songs are specially designed to play well live as well as in the recordings, and if you like what you’re hearing above then keep an eye on the band’s social media – they’ll soon be releasing live, acoustic videos of their songs so music fans all around the world will be able to see the quality of this young band for themselves.

‘Tease Her’ is due for release May 18th with the album to follow on June 1st.

 

Links:

http://www.strangefiction.co.uk/
https://strangefiction.bandcamp.com/releases
https://twitter.com/strangefiction_
https://www.facebook.com/strangefictionband?fref=ts

Stunning female vocalist Aubrey Whitfield ready for new single ‘Every Cloud’

London based songwriter set to release follow up to current track ‘Indigo’ on May 25th

“There are voices then there are voices. When Aubrey Whitfield draws breath on stage it is to produce notes of such quality that crystal seems like a description for broken glass”. – Wirral News

Originally from Merseyside, Aubrey Whitfield moved to London several years ago to fulfil her musical ambitions and hasn’t looked back since. Her vocal, described as ‘like a grittier Annie Lennox’, is one that simply can’t be ignored once heard, and has led to steadily growing success since her move to the capital.

280215-A1.207Having signed a publishing contract with Broken Music Publishing/Ripe Recordings in 2012, Aubrey set up her own record label, 2ube Records, in February 2014 in order to release her music, the latest of which is upcoming single ‘Every Cloud’.

The single, originally written when Whitfield was 17, was given a fresh start and new lyrics four months ago following the end of a relationship. It perfectly captures the realisation that, though she believed her girlfriend to be a soul mate, the pair were never meant to be together in the first place. It’s a simple, relatable concept which will resonate with many who have loved and lost, and you can hear it for yourself here:

 

 

Recorded at Denmark Street Studios in London, the track was engineered, mixed and mastered by Guy Katsav (The View, Laura Marling, David Guetta). The fact that Aubrey Whitfield is working with such high calibre names is a reflection on her growing reputation in the industry. Just last year, a pop song (‘Fly Like a Ghost’) written and produced by Aubrey herself was released through 2ube Records and went on to secure international airplay on over 80 radio stations worldwide.

A hard worker who has paid her dues in the industry, Aubrey Whitfield is proof that – eventually cream will rise to the top. Back in the 2000s, she played Barfly in Liverpool alongside another up and coming band called the Kaiser Chiefs. And now here she is making her own way having gigged at prestigious venues such as The Cavern Club, Guilfest, The Troubadour Club and many more.

Even back then Aubrey Whitfield’s ambitions were clear as she ran her own record label, E3 Records,  from 2001-2004 while living on Merseyside. And with ‘Every Cloud’ now on the horizon, her drive has never been stronger.

For more of Aubrey Whitfield, music fans can get a free download of single ‘Indigo’ if they subscribe to her mailing list at www.aubreywhitfield.com.

 

Links:
www.aubreywhitfield.com
www.soundcloud.com/aubreywhitfiel
www.facebook.com/aubreywhitfielduk
www.twitter.com/aubreysongs

Twinwood Festival

The original and best vintage music and dance festival:

Twinwood Festival set  for August 2015

 

After its huge success last year, the UK’s largest vintage music and dance extravaganza, Twinwood Festival will return to Twinwood Arena in Clapham, Bedfordshire this summer. It will be the event’s 14th year, held over the weekend of 29th-31st August, and it’s set to be the biggest yet, with countless attractions for festival goers who visit from all over the world.

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For a taste of what the weekend has in store, check out some clips from last year’s festival:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTdY4H5byvU       (short video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koMbnZcZ_YI        (long video)

 

Attractions

As ever, the festival will be a haven for music lovers who have an appreciation for good popular retro music. With 60 live bands playing music through the decades over 11 venues, including the centrepiece outdoor arena, festivalgoers are spoilt for choice. The bands and artists will include the excellent Si Cranstoun, The London Swing Orchestra, 60s group The Overtures, Rock ‘n’ Roll band Joey and the Jivers, The Revolutionaires big band and many, many more class acts. From the classic days of Charlston, through the 40s to the rock and roll of the 50s and the music of the swinging 60s, the range of acts is vast – right the way through to electro-swing acts that blend tradition with modernity.

With so much choice, it’s just as well all the venues have acres of sprung dance floors which reverberate to the beat of the music, and after you’ve been to the retro dance lessons that will be available across the weekend, taking in swing dancing, modern jive, rock and roll, the jitterbug and plenty more besides, you’ll be on the floors as well.

To help set the scene, Twinwood Festival Village will also be filled with over 100 vintage traders selling fabulous fashions and collectables, plus there will be flying displays, classic vehicles and museums to feast your eyes on. There will even be a choice of hair and beauty salons to make sure you look the part.

Other live entertainment will include comedy and vintage fashion shows, and a host of music bars and eclectic food outlets serving a great range of food and drink throughout.

Last but not least, 2015 sees the return, for only the second year, of the Mr and Miss Vintage UK competition, which will crown those who have most accurately captured the look and spirit of the festival. The contest is one of the centre pieces of the whole weekend, where the winners go home with exclusive prizes presented by Twinwood’s special guest star Anita Harris.

 

 

Tickets

Fantastic camping for caravans, motor homes and tents is provided next to the Festival Village and five nights stay, with good facilities, is available to 3 day ticket holders at a great price.

Also non camping festival goers will be able to buy tickets for individual days as well as 3-day weekend tickets.

 

Tickets on sale now from http://www.twinwoodevents.com/ or you can ring the ticket hotline on 01234 824773 or 07914 093552 or 07914 093553

 

 

For more information on Twinwood Festival 2015, please contact Vicky@quitegreat.co.uk or call 01223 844 440

THE WINDMILLS PROJECT – DEATH DISCO EP [STATION K RECORDS]


Coming Soon on limited edition 10” vinyl only, The Death Disco EP represents the first of 3 x 10” vinyl only Chapters comprising the debut album to be released by The Windmills Project  – a rock opera influenced but not contained by the classics of the genre (Tommy, Quadrophenia) and Nic Roeg’s celluloid masterpiece “The Man Who Fell To Earth.”

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There is no Bowie or Sting, no Elton, but a young sorceress lands on Earth nonetheless to document a small world obsessed with, and about to be consumed by, sex, propaganda, powerlust, religious war & social carnage. Is she an archangel of redemption or the darkangel sent to cast the planet down in misery? There’s the rub.

Brand New Deep Web KolleKtiv, The Windmills Project shake a Molotov of art, film, realpolitik, cyber-skullduggery and dark beats. Comprising the sorceress and various digitally linked creative cells from Wessex, Leicester, Nottingham, Rotherham, Cumbria, Cambridge and London, The Windmills Project will release the “Death Disco” and the subsequent Chapters of the opera on 10″ vinyl only on their own Station K Records label. Remixes have already been completed by Superstylers, Gordon John and North2South for the Death Disco. The Evolution will not be televised, but the remixes and the vinyl are ready to roll.

Glistening synth pop from Cosby’s new ‘Summer Gold’ EP

A trio from Richmond, Virginia in the US, Cosby are a band on the rise. With their very own brand of upbeat synth pop with 1980s flavours, they combine anthemic melodies, smooth harmonies, driving guitar hooks, ethereal synth layers and dance beats to great effect on new EP ‘Summer Gold’.

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Influenced by the likes of Tears for Fears, Aha, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys but giving their own music a contemporary production sheen, the band were formed when brothers Chris and Chip Cosby joined forces after years of playing separately, the results were golden from the very start. Soon, Mike Levinson entered the fray as drummer and percussionist, and the band haven’t looked back since.

‘Summer Gold’ is the latest fruit of their labours, the quality of which is typified by the pace, energy and huge chorus of pulsating single ‘Heartracer’ – and it also helps that that the arcade game influenced video is a real treat:

Pulsating single ‘Heartracer’ to accompany May 11th EP release

Mixed and mastered by producer Andreas Magnusson, ‘Heartracer’ and the ‘Summer Gold’ EP is a follow up to previous album ‘In Flight’. With that album starting to open doors, 2015 will be Cosby’s year to smash through them on both sides of the Atlantic.

Want to hear more? Check out the Branded James Remix of previous album title track ‘In Flight’:

https://soundcloud.com/cosbyband/in-flight-branded-james-remix

Links:

www.cosbymusic.com

www.soundcloud.com/cosbyband

www.facebook.com/musicbycosby

www.twitter.com/cosbyband

Playing Mars – Burning Desire

The enigmatic duo made up of Jeff Shapiro and Angelique Lihou, aka ‘Playing Mars’ are hitting the high notes with new track ‘Burning Desire’.

The newly formed two-piece are set to release the stunningly eerie brand new track ‘Burning Desire’.

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The London-based twosome pride themselves on capturing stimulation from vibes caught out of spontaneity. ‘Burning Desire’ is the product of a jamming session on Angelique’s birthday at 4am in Clapton. Upon investment of their creative expertise, the track oozes drama with a conspiratorial feel, with Jeff’s hypnotic bass line and Angelique’s hauntingly melodious vocals.

‘Burning Desire’, showcases the pair’s musical talents and is an artistic demonstration of their unique creative chemistry. The pair are open to and influenced by every day moments that otherwise pass us by; making their music a captivating expression of what we all often think and feel. The pair are very much genuine music makers, taking inspiration from their surroundings, they even used the sound of Angelique’s spike scraping the floor in ‘Burning Desire’.

Links:

http://www.playingmars.com/

https://twitter.com/PlayingMars

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Playing-Mars/428027367362998?fref=ts

https://soundcloud.com/playing-mars

Belle Roscoe set to make a bang with second album ‘Boom Boom’

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LP to be preceded with new single ‘Gun To My Head’ – out April 20th

Born and raised in Australia, sibling duo Belle Roscoe combine contemporary sounds and production with classic retro song writing styles. They have been described as ‘a cross between Arcade Fire & Fleetwood Mac’ but in truth this description does them a disservice. In their varied, melodic music, you can hear many influences, including the eclectic likes of Neil Young, Bowie, Springsteen, Elbow and Fleet Foxes.

It’s a combination, underpinned by flawless sibling vocal harmonies, that tightly fixes their ambition to marry the modern with the classic; an ambition which is more than met with new album ‘Boom Boom’. For a taste of what we’re talking about, check out lead single ‘Gun To My Head’ here:

https://soundcloud.com/info-234-1/gun-to-my-head-album-version

The new album was written in Paris (recorded between Belgium, Malta and Paris) and is heavily influenced by the joys and hardships of living and writing so far from home – as summed up perfectly on album track ‘Paris II’, itself a follow up to ‘Paris’ from their self-titled debut album. Life in the creative, romantic French capital tended to blend moments of beauty with those of struggle, mostly in financial matters and in dealing with music industry types. Still, the pair clung on to their lives in the city and drew from it a rich vein of song writing inspirations.

Now back in Melbourne, the exciting but humbling experience has resulted in a new maturity to their music, and a new perspective on life in general. The new album ‘Boom Boom’ is produced by Luuk Cox (Shameboy, Girls in Hawaii, Stromae & MLCD), and the time will soon be right to share it with the wider world.

Over the years Belle Roscoe have either supported or played alongside many major Australian artists including Jet, Cat Empire, Husky, Wolf Mother, James Reyne, Killing Heidi and more, as well playing countless festivals and sold out shows in both Europe and Australia. Hard working and genuine in their love of the art, Belle Roscoe are set to make 2015 a breakthrough year.

And, if you’re in any doubt as to their pedigree, they even have a live appearance on TV soap Neighbours to their name. How many up and coming bands can say that?

Links:

Website: www.belleroscoe.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/info-234-1/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belleroscoemusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/belleroscoe

Instagram: http://instagram.com/belle_roscoe

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/belleroscoevideos

Wings of Pegasus soar with new rock track ‘That’s Metal (To My Ears)’

Wings of Pegasus

  • Single from debut album ‘Persistence’ out May 10th
  • Raising money for Cancer Research UK through the ‘Make Chart History’ Campaign

Hard rock with an 80s twist inspired by the likes of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Dokken and more, Wings of Pegasus are a rock band with a big sound and a fresh approach to the music industry. With new single ‘That’s Metal (To My Ears)’ due in May, the band are running a campaign called ‘Make Chart History’, aiming to take the independent release to the very top of the charts, all the while donating the proceeds to Cancer Research UK.

 

Hoping to whip up a groundswell of support, songwriter Fil Henley is working hard to spread the word on the campaign as well as the single itself – an independently produced homage to old 80’s bands with big hair and screeching guitar solos. Designed to encourage listeners to dust off the air guitar, it’s great fun and the most light hearted track on the ‘Persistence’ album, which is out now.

 

Hear the track here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXK75hkwHKo

 

Produced in house by Henley, who taught himself the techniques to keep the band independent, the song is the perfect catalyst for the charity drive and ‘Make Chart History’ campaign to hang on. Key tastemakers Leona Graham of Absolute Radio and John Kennedy at XFM have already voiced their support for Wings of Pegasus’ music, and the band are working hard to continue getting the word out.

 

The hard work is also typified by Fil Henley’s dedication to conversing personally with all the fans on Twitter, and with the number of followers standing at over 50,000, that’s a lot of messages! It doesn’t hurt that the band have the talent to back up the graft, as proven by their appearance in the final of the ‘Unsigned Festival 2010’ at the IndigO2 venue. Finishing 3rd out of 12,000 bands, it was a huge boost to the group who haven’t looked back since.

 

Fiercely independent, the band have also had label interest, but chose to stick to their own path. Frontman Henley was even scouted to join a different group, but chose to make the music he wanted to make with Wings of Pegasus.

 

The result is the superb new single and the ‘Make Chart History’ campaign – all set to culminate in the May 10th release date.

 

Links:

www.wingsofpegasusband.com

www.facebook.com/wingsofpegasus

www.twitter.com/wingsofpegasus

www.reverbnation.com/wingsofpegasus

 

‘Make Chart History’ campaign links –

www.facebook.com/makecharthistory

www.twitter.com/makecharthistry

Preacher – ‘Signals’

It’s been an exciting couple of decades for Scottish rock music, with several North of the Border groups making it onto the global stage. Excellent 8 piece rock band Preacher are the latest along the Scottish production line, bringing their very own take on melodic progressive rock along for the ride.

Influenced by the classic likes of Pink Floyd, Preacher are updating the psychedelic rock tropes in a modern day setting and turning heads along the way. Their album launch made them the very first unsigned act to headline the ABC1 02 in Glasgow, which speaks to how much impact their new material has.

Fronted by Martin Murphy, the backstory of Preacher is almost as incredible as the music. The album concept started when Murphy suffered a severe stroke seven years ago, a near death experience which served as a reason to think about life’s priorities. It was this that inspired Martin, with melodies and lyrics which would eventually make it onto the ‘Signals’ album already written down by the time he left hospital.

It’s been a tumultuous ride since then, with a debut LP seven years in the making while the band worked on building their live reputation. They also had to replace a lead guitarist with addiction issues – a position eventually filled by Martin’s son Greg Murphy, who impressively went from Guitar Hero novice to self-taught virtuoso in the space of 16 months.

After all that, Preacher has become something of a family affair, whether by blood or shared experience of getting this album ready for release. It all culminates in 2015, with the single and album out in April, followed by a summer festival which will see them share a stage with rock royalty in Status Quo.

As is often said – good things come to those who wait.

 

www.preacherrock.co.uk

http://preacherrock.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/PreacherBand

https://twitter.com/Preacherrock

https://soundcloud.com/preacher-2

https://www.youtube.com/user/47preacher