Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Regrettes announce debut album "Feel Your Feelings, Fool", available 13 January 2017 via Warner Bros. Records

Perfectly imperfect - that’s one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O - with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly - the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.

Today, the band announce their debut record, "Feel Your Feelings Fool!", available January 13, 2017 via Warner Bros. Records. Alongside the announcement, the band share a special cover of classic, "Marshmallow World," just in time for the holidays and will be available on 7 inch vinyl as part of Record Store Day.

Lead by outspoken front woman, Lydia Night, and comprised of Genessa Gariano on guitar, Sage Chavis on bass and drummer Maxx Morando, the group have left the rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Sleigh Bells, Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill, Bleached, Pins and more. With a handful of singles released, the group have already caught the attention from outlets like NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, The Observer, Vogue, Noisey and more, with NYLON heralding them as a “punk act you should be listening to”.

From the opening moments on a track by The Regrettes, we’re greeted with a wall of guitars, infectious melodies and a wistful nostalgia that continues right until the final notes. Taking cues from acts like Hinds and Hole, there’s a wistful sense of youth and vulnerability that lies at the heart of each song.

A song by The Regrettes is, essentially, a diary entry into 16 year old Lydia’s life. “My music is a spectrum of every emotion that I have felt in the last year, and you can hear that when you hear the songs. Everything that is happening in my life influences me. It’s everything from boys, to friends, to being pissed off at people, to being really sad. Just everything.”

The most intoxicating draw of The Regrettes is their bashful, heart-on-your-sleeve temperament - writing urgent and fast-paced pop songs with a punk rock mentality. “The way that we write, it’s all based on honesty,” muses Lydia on the group’s punk aesthetic. “If I finish a song, I’ll just leave it - I won’t really go back to it. I like things to feel in the moment and I don’t want it to be perfect. If I work on something too much I lose it and get bored and I want to do the next one..”

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Gotta Catch 'Em All! TENGGER CAVALRY Releases Mongolian Metal-Style Pokémon Gym Battle Theme Cover

Global Music Award-winning Nomadic Mongolian folk metal group TENGGER CAVALRY are feeling Pokémon fever with the recent buzz around Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sun and Moon. Naturally, the only cure for this fever was to record a cover track! TENGGER CAVALRY just dropped a Mongolian metal-style cover of the Pokémon Gym Battle Theme, which you can hear now via Metal Injection. Listen HERE.

Right now, you can pre-order TENGGER CAVALRY's upcoming kAAn EP via Bandcamp, where you can also stream a new track "Wasted". The band surprised fans with the EP announcement late last month. The album will be available next Monday, December 12, and fans should expect a new music video for the title track coming soon.

TENGGER CAVALRY will perform one of their only local shows this winter at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, December 16 at 8:00pm. The band will be joined by Tungsten, Entropy and Goblin Hovel.

This show follows the band's recent honorary performance at the 29th Annual Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ceremony in Princeton, NJ, a conference dedicated to the legendary Mongolian.

Nature Ganganbaigal and TENGGER CAVALRY have been turning heads in the music world since the band's inception in 2010. In 2014, Ganganbaigal released his Mongolian New Age album To Where Tengger Leads Me. The album won a bronze medal from Global Music Awards and a nomination from Hollywood Music in Media Awards. In 2015, Nature moved to New York City from China and re-located the band with brand new American members. On Christmas Eve 2015, TENGGER CAVALRY sold out the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

TENGGER CAVALRY blends the nomadic music tradition of Central Asia with heavy metal music, creating the unique music genre mentioned above, Mongolian folk metal. Nature Ganganbaigal performs multiple Mongolian nomadic instruments including Mongolian horse-head fiddle Morin Khuur, Mongolian flute, Tibetan horn, Mongolian guitar (Tovshuur) and other instruments native to the region. He is also able to sing using the ancient Mongolian singing tradition of Khoomei, also known as throat singing or overtone singing. After the release of four studio albums in Europe and United States, TENGGER CAVALRY has become known as one of the most unique, innovative and exciting metal bands in Asia.

Margate - "Snow Day EP", Released 16 December 2016 via Cyber Tracks - EP REVIEW

Margate - "Snow Day EP"
Released 16 December 2016 via Cyber Tracks

If you are addicted to Xmas FM (105.20 ... I pretend it is for my kids) here in Ireland you can forget to drive home for Christmas with Chris Rea. It is really not "cool" to believe in a Pogues fairy tale, even if it is from New York, and I would even go as far as saying that Kylie Minogue’s complaint about 'Christmas is not Christmas' until you get here is a bit of a pile of rubbish. What you need for Xmas is good 5 track EP from Margate; with 3 original titles and two acoustic versions of Snow Day and I Had a Tall One.

Well if you don’t believe me, maybe you will when you will find out that the big guy in red is well known for listening to punk rock when he is on his skates and I would dare you to make sure you amalgamate no other artists with Margate because that is the favourite band of his favourite playmate (Kids go to bed now).

Not sure if we are going to have a white Christmas but if there is some white stuff on a frozen ground you can be sure Snow day will be sung by all the snow boarder heroes in your neighbourhood. A short, inviting and good mood tune. I Had a Tall One is one of those simple songs which I am sure some elves likes Pulley or No Use For a Name would have loved to have manufactured in their own workshop.

By the way, you know what? If you don’t get to go home or if you end up on your own at Xmas I suggest you have Xmas at Potsie’s. There will be some beautifully pop punk holiday anthems with some mainstream Christmas themes in it. In less than two minutes and seven seconds joy, happiness, guitars and beautiful vocals will take you on a sing along sleigh all the way to awesomeness. Now in the unlikely event it was too loud for your delicate little ears you can still listen to the excellent acoustic version of Snow Day.

The beach Boys of punk are back with a light hearted take on our favourite holiday of the year. Now I am telling you it is not too late to add the Snow Day EP on your list, just saying.

Ah yeah, almost forgot: Merry Xmas everybody!

Santa’s Track: Snow Day
Chimney Track: I Had A Tall One
Red Hot After Dark Holiday Karaoke Top 3:Xmas At Potsie’s

Review by Pascal Derrien

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Highly Suspect - GRAMMY nomination w/ David Bowie, Metallica, Radiohead + Twenty One Pilots

This morning Highly Suspect, who has the number one alternative album via the Billboard Music Chart, picked up their third Grammy nomination in 18 months for Best Rock Song. 'My Name Is Human' is the lead single off the band's critically acclaimed Sophomore album 'The Boy Who Died Wolf' and has sat atop the rock radio charts for several weeks.

Highly Suspect is reigniting the rock genre through their progressive rock sound, attitude and powerful vocals. Born out of the bustling indie rock-centric borough of Brooklyn, NYC, the Cape Cod-bred rockers formed around the talents of Johnny Stevens (guitar, vocals, synths) and twin siblings Ryan (drums, vocals) and Rich (bass, vocals) Meyer.

Their debut album, Mister Asylum, produced by Joel Hamilton (Black Keys, Elvis Costello) earned two Grammy nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album. The boys performed their song 'Lydia' at the Grammy's pre-telecast show. Their Grammy journey was documented by Billboard, The New York Times, and more.

This year the band is beyond excited about their nomination and are humbled to be nominated along side such iconic artists as David Bowie, Metallica, Radiohead and Twenty One Pilots.

THIEVERY CORPORATION Announce "The Temple of I & I" for Feb. 10, 2017

Photo credit: Jen Maler

"The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us," explains Eric Hilton of DC-based electronic band THIEVERY CORPORATION about their new album THE TEMPLE OF I & I (release date: February 10, 2017 via ESL Music). "On the musical map, Jamaica is an entire continent. Frankly, we could have spent a year there, soaking up the vibes in the air and the strength and resilience resonating from the people. And for us, the only way to connect with this rich source of inspiration was to work in that environment - to feel the pulse of the place."

Infused with the culture and rhythm of Jamaica, The Temple of I & I is an extension of the dub ethos and aesthetic that they’ve harbored since their debut EP Sounds from Thievery Hi-Fi, except this time, they dove headfirst into the rich and warm musical environs of Port Antonio, Jamaica and surrounded themselves with the island’s magic. Kicking off in February 2015, Hilton, Rob Garza and their DC-based live rhythm section settled into the deep part of Jamaica – Port Antonio – and began recording in Geejam Studios. "People couldn't believe Robbie Myers, our guitarist, wasn't Jamaican," laughs Hilton. "I think they're used to people coming down from London or LA to record rock and pop records, and they were thrilled that we had such a handle on their sound. It felt like the respect was mutual. It was beyond gratifying. High Grade ganja and bottles of Appleton rum started to show up on the reg."

Rife with inspired sounds of the island, The Temple of I & I kicks off with “Thief Rockers”, easing the listener into a reverb-heavy tropical sway that introduces Kingston-newcomer, vocalist Racquel Jones. “I met her on my first trip to Port Antonio and she played some demos at Geejam. She had actually used Thievery Corporation as her demo backing track, and it was a perfect match when I heard it. We've been waiting years to find a conscious, brilliant, female Jamaican singer and MC. As a model and former Miss Jamaica contestant, you'd never expect the pure lyrical fire and tough delivery could come out of her. It's impressive," explains Hilton.

"The Temple of I & I is a place of worship that exists only in our imagination; a place where all people are chosen people and the unity of living things is possible,” explains Hilton about the album’s title. “So much of the world is divided into tribes and belief systems that have imprisoned people's consciousness and allowed a few to control the many. Culture can be a blessing and a curse. Humanity transcends tribe and culture. This has been a constant theme in Thievery Corporation's message since day one"

Thievery Corporation is Eric Hilton and Rob Garza. The Temple of I & I will be released on February 10, 2017 via ESL Records.

TOUR DATES US: Dec 07 Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA Dec 08 The National - Richmond, VA Dec 09 Terminal 5 - New York, NY Dec 10 The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA Dec 12 State Theatre - Portland, ME Dec 13 House of Blues - Boston, MA Dec 14 College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT Dec 15 9:30 Club - Washington, DC Dec 16 9:30 Club - Washington, DC Dec 17 9:30 Club - Washington, DC

Europe: Feb 15 Lisbon Coliseum - Lisbon, Portugal Feb 17 Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain Feb 19 Fabrique - Milan, Italy Feb 20 Kaserne Basel - Basel, Switzerland Feb 22 L'Alhambra - Paris, France Feb 24 Astra - Berlin, Germany Feb 25 Roxy - Prague, Czech Republic Feb 25 Megaclub - Katowice, Poland Feb 26 Konzerthaus - Vienna, Austria Feb 28 Batschkapp - Frankfurt, Germany Mar 01 Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands Mar 02 Den Atelier - Luxembourg, Luxembourg Mar 04 Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, Belgium Mar 05 The Roundhouse - London, United Kingdom