The Gromble – Slam (Free Download!)

Indie bands these days are a dime a dozen but The Gromble are about to change that with the release of their first single “Slam,” an upbeat mood piece that starts with an irresistible hook and builds towards unexpected, sunny, vocoder fuelled bliss. “Slam” launches on the 16th of June, ahead of second single “Don’t Stand a Chance,” and an album later in the year.

Hailing from the warm shores of California, the five-piece grew up playing together in various bands and have established the kind of rare synchronicity that has helped them carve out their own idiosyncratic niche: a charming blend of orchestral alt-folk and indie rock, honed live supporting such acts as The Lemonheads. With the classical intensity of early greats Pavement, Weezer and Neutral Milk Hotel and a taste for the heartland classics, they arrive somewhere between Grouplove, Miniature Tigers, and Vampire Weekend. They take their name from a character in Nickelodeon’s Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, a perfect indicator of their unashamed love for 90’s pop culture and for the sense of humour runs beneath the surface of their songs.

This is music for when you’re coming of age, music to soundtrack the best years of your life. The Gromble provide something different for everyone in their refreshing refusal to settle for the status quo and as such, they’ve already been championed by such reputable names as Gold Flake Paint, VICE, KROQ, and Indie Shuffle.

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Emma Garrett – Change Your Bones

Emma Garrett recently released her self-titled debut EP to much critical acclaim. With many hailing her as “definitely one to watch” – Digital Fix, Garrett has been praised heavily for her powerful, impassioned vocals, epic multi-instrumental songwriting and heartfelt, soul-baring lyrics.

Following the release of her debut EP, Emma Garrett is set to play a one-off London date, headlining St. Pancras Old Church, London on Thursday 5th June, followed by the following Summer festivals:

Thursday 5th June: St. Pancras Old Church, London (Headline)
Saturday 30th August: Bingley Music Live (Festival)
Saturday 13th September: Hardwick Live Garden Party (Festival)

Ahead of the forthcoming live dates, the dramatic track Change Your Bones – taken from Garrett’s debut EP – is being offered to fans as a Free Download via Soundcloud, while the  thought provoking video can be watched via Vimeo, following its premiere on God Is In The TV.

More new music from NuBorg – ‘You You’ single out now

Hot on the heels of recent single ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’, NuBorg is back with another new single ‘You You’:

The latest track in her campaign to release her upcoming album track by track on the 15th of each month – with the album release due in August once all the songs are available – ‘You You’ is described as her most straightforward pop song yet, eschewing the darkness of previous, more atmosphere based efforts in order to write a full on playlist friendly tune.

The results are successful, NuBorg’s most immediately accessible song yet and a change from her usual sound. We’re looking forward to next month’s return to the more introspective form of previous songs, but in the meantime this is an enjoyable diversion.

Patrick McCallion’s Small Words – Rising Star Makes New Track Available To Fans.

Patrick McCallionHalifax’s very own Patrick McCallion is celebrating the rebranding of his musical persona by releasing the track ‘Light Entertainment’ to his fans for free.

As the singer/songwriter in the band ‘Small Words’ Patrick has already caught the attention of some key players in the music business, while previous release ‘Murky Waters’ has been causing quite a stir. The rebrand to ‘Patrick McCallion’s Small Words’ has been prompted by opportunities presenting themselves to Patrick McCallion as a writer and singer. Patrick feels that he has gone through too much under the name ‘Small Words’ to just drop the moniker.

New track ‘Light Entertainment’ is a rip roaring energetic commentary on the banality of lives lived out on social media, but ultimately it’s positive message, that you can achieve your goals with a bit of courage, makes this an uplifting ‘message song!’

There is an intelligent message and social conscience running through Patrick’s music, although this shouldn’t put off music lovers who just want to hear catchy guitar infused pop.

With impressive live performances alongside the likes of Primal Scream, Razorlight, The Fratellis and James Morrison and acclaimed releases ‘Murky Waters’, ‘Neat Little Package’ and ‘Nice’ Patrick McCallion is the real deal.

Punchy intelligent lyrics combined with impressive musicianship will surely see Patrick McCallion achieve anything he puts his mind to.

To download the track ‘Light Entertainment’ for free follow this link http://smallwords.bandcamp.com/track/a-little-light-entertainment

See the video for Patrick’s previous release ‘Nice’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UajiogQewc

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BigDee looks to revolutionise music industry with innovative subscription model

Ambitious Italian rock musician BigDee is the unique project of an innovative songwriter, creating a rule bending blend of classic rock and roll and a new model for the music industry.

Influenced by timeless rock music from the USA and the UK, BigDee produces top quality original rock and roll music made in Italy. For just a small taste of his classy, and classic, style, check out his track ‘Susan’:

Full of thumping rhythms and crunching guitars, his is the sound of a rock musician working to create truly inspiring new music that is built to be pulled apart and enjoyed time and again. Challenging himself to consistently write new songs that stand the test of time and quality, BigDee is an artist who is always pushing boundaries.

And it’s not just his music that sets him apart.

BigDee’s innovative distribution model sees him refuse to conform to the release of ‘singles’ and ‘albums’. Instead, fans of his music can subscribe to receive his new music directly with new, original rock songs available every 6-8 weeks. With a one-off subscription of €10, rock music fans can enjoy a lifetime subscription to new music from BigDee. You can subscribe here:

http://www.bigdeerock.com/2/shop_559551.html?cat=3753

Finding no use for the traditional (read: old) forms of promotion, BigDee instead relies on word of mouth to bring people to his web pages, and encourages people to simply enjoy the music before subscribing forever with a one-off fee.

It’s an approach that is definitely working. With support from radio in Italy and the US, BigDee is now looking to bring his industry expanding ideas to the UK. Check out the websites below, and subscribe to BigDee now – your reward will be regular doses of old fashioned rock and roll.

 

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Official site: www.bigdeerock.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bigdeerockandroll?ref=hl

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bigdee

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-big-dee-1

Rah Rah ‘The Poet’s Dead’ album out 9th June

Rah Rah’s new album ‘The Poet’s Dead’, set for release 9th June on Hidden Pony label, is their third but their first in the UK. The Canadian 6 piece, recently nominated for ‘Alternative Album of the Year’ at The Juno Awards in Canada, is a collective of multi-instrumentalists who take turns fronting the band, writing songs and swapping instruments…impressive.

 

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL: Do you want to play at The Isle Of Wight Festival?

IOW flyerDo you want to play at the Isle of Wight Festival this summer? The line-up for the Isle of Wight Festival this year includes Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro and Red Hot Chilli Peppers! Would you like the chance to join them and perform at the Isle of Wight Festival?

 

Walkabout have teamed up with the Isle of Wight Festival and Future Music to run a Road to The Isle of Wight Festival Competition for musicians of all types to win a slot on this year’s Isle of Wight Festival which takes place on 12th-15th June. The Isle of Wight Festival competition is supported by Jack Daniels, so the winner will not only get a slot at the Isle of Wight Festival but they will also receive £500 expenses covered and lots of Jack Daniels goodies including limited edition Jack Daniels Guitars!

 

The Isle of Wight Festival competition runs nationally through May at every Walkabout venue, with the Grand Final taking place in London at Temple on Sunday 8th June to decide the winning act. Last year’s winning act FELLA came from Reading and performed on the Rising Stage.

 

For more information and to enter please email your name, number and closest Walkabout venue to office@openmicuk.co.uk. You can find all the Walkabout venues here.

 

Find more information about the Isle of Wight Festival Competition here.

 

 

Open Mic UK 2014 – Singing competition audition dates announced

Open Mic LogoSinging competition audition dates have been announced for Open Mic UK 2014 – the nationwide singing competition searching for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists!

 

Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Luke Friend, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’sLucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music. Open Mic UK is an exciting competition to get involved in, and the singing competition audition dates for 2014 have just been announced!

 

Singing competition audition dates announced – Open Mic UK 2014

 

We’ll be holding singing competition auditions at the following regions for Open Mic UK 2014! Book your singing competition audition now to secure your place!

 

Saturday 23rd August at Concourse Suites 29-30, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham,B40 1NT.

 

Sunday 24th August at The Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 7HA.

 

Sunday 31st August at Vincent Harris Suite, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.

 

Sunday 31st August atDingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

 

Saturday 6th September atStudio 1, City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ.

 

Sunday 7th September atBritannic Suite, The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.

 

Sunday 7th September at Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road,  Southville,  Bristol, BS3 1TF.

 

Sunday 14th September at Palace Theatre, London Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA.

 

Sunday 14th September at The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.

 

Sunday 14th September at Ferneham Hall, Fareham (near Southampton/Portsmouth), PO16 7DB.

 

Saturday 20th September atMilton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.

 

Saturday 20th September atCommittee Room 1, Hove Centre, Hove, Norton Road, Brighton, BN3 4AH.

 

Sunday 21st September atSub89, 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.

 

Sunday 21st September atBoardroom, Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, London UB3 2UE.

 

Sunday 21st September atBritannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham, NG1 6BN.

 

Saturday 27th September at Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW.

 

Saturday 27th September at Kings Hall, Balmoral, Belfast, BT9 6GW.

 

The Open Mic UK singing competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, so get your singing competition audition booked now to avoid disappointment!

 

Get your singing competition audition booked here.

The Lowriders EP: Tracks from feature film ‘I Am Soldier’

When Zane Lowe says that a new group sound ‘like a proper band’, it usually means they have something about them. It also gives you an accurate idea of The Lowriders’ sound – full, powerful and driven by an indie sensibility that Lowe tends to enjoy in any new band.

It’s this sound – described accurately on the press release as ‘unpretentious’ and ‘recogniseably British’ – that has seen The Lowriders’ stock rise recently, after supporting The Futureheads, Peter Buck, Pop Will Eat Itself & Dingus Khan, as well as playing gigs at prestigious venues such as the 100 club.

The new EP, ‘I Am Soldier’, should help them continue this rise. A coherent flood of indie sound that fits together perfectly from song to song (without each one sounding the same as the last), this is a release for true lovers of a well chugged guitar.

Click here to buy the EP, and check out the title track here: