Archive for March, 2010

Dub Fx

March 29, 2010

Dub Fx (Benjamin Stanford) started off being a street performer in St Kilda, Melbourne making music using only his beatboxing, vocals and loop effect pedals. As seen in the video below- the result is an amazing reggae/hip hop/dubstep style music that’s easy going to listen and dance to. Listening to the end result first, I personally didn’t think much of it until my friend showed me the making behind the product.

The entire process is just plain awesome.

Since starting out, he’s moved over to England to perform on the streets and through social networking and word of mouth- he’s shot up into popularity almost instantenously. He’s now performed all over the world with his good friend Flower Fairy who does some vocals on his tracks. He’s come out with an album, “Everythinks a Ripple” that was released in January this year (2010). Just watch the clip and I’m sure you’d want to check out the album.

Links:
Dub Fx Official Site
Dub Fx MySpace
Dub Fx Facebook

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Au Revoir Simone

March 20, 2010

Au Revoir Simone is three pretty New York girls, Erika Forster, Annie Hart & Heather D’Angelo, who create beautiful innocent sounding electro-indie music. The majority of their songs are created on vintage keyboards, drum machines and various different percussion instruments combined in a way which gives a very childlike playful vibe-musically like a cool breeze on a warm day. Another perfect artist to play when having a backyard tea party. With every new album they release, they have stayed true to their original and unique style however it is clear that they have progressed and developed as artists.

They have released three albums:
Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation – 2005
The Bird of Music – 2007
Still Night, Still Light – 2009

If you enjoy female vocals similar to Ladytron, I would highly suggest giving these girls a listen.

Links:
Au Revoir Simone Official Site
Au Revoir Simone MySpace
Au Revoir Simone Facebook

Frightened Rabbit

March 6, 2010


Photo by Jannica Honey

Frightened Rabbit was suggested by a friend of mine and I’m glad he suggested it. This Scottish indie five piece band creates thought-evoking music with a mixture of calm and intense music. As you can see each member of the band all play more than one instrument- everyone works incredibly well together to accommodate for each other and as a result they make music that flows with each of their own instruments. This is despite the initial band being a one person band with the rest of the members joining in at various times from 2003 onwards.

You’ve got :
Scott Hutchison- Lead Vocalist, Rhythm Guitarist and Lyricist (Joined 2003)
Billy Kennedy- Lead Guitarist, Keyboards, Backing Vocalist and Bassist (Joined 2005)
Andy Monaghan- Guitarist, Keyboardist, Backing Vocalist (Joined 2008)
Grant Hutchison- Drummer, Backing Vocalist and Percussionist (Joined 2004)
Gordon Skene- Keyboardist, Guitarist, Backing Vocalist (Joined 2009)

They were recently in Australia for the Laneway festivals promoting the very soon to be released album “Winter of Mixed Drinks” (available for pre-order on their various websites). Past albums you should definitely find and buy are “Sing the Greys” (2006) and “The Midnight Organ Fight” (2008).

Links:
Frightened Rabbit Official
Frightened Rabbit MySpace
Frightened Rabbit Facebook

Troubador

March 1, 2010

This New Jersey band I hope gets picked up very soon! Troubador is an indie rock foursome with some decent talent.
The thing that drew me to this music is on top of the beautiful soft piano, guitar and bass melodies with clever drumming- there is a soothing beautiful voice. Perfect for a home picnic in the backyard with tea and cupcakes! I hope all you guys support them, especially all you New Jersians who have the opportunity to see them live. In the meantime check out their kooky interview:

How did you come up with the name?
During u.s. history class, we were learning about Troubadours, and I [Erika] thought it would be the single coolest thing just to live that kind of lifestyle, like to just travel around and play music for my whole life and to meet new people so it was always in the back of my mind, because I have ALWAYS wanted to be in a band that if I ever did, it would be called Troubador.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Erika Ricchini (piano, vox), Chris Small (guitar, vox), Elliot Reynolds (Bass, assorted percussion) and Dave Henry (drums).

What did you guys do before the group started?
Just normal high school things I guess haha, we’ve all been into music pretty much our whole lives, I started out when I was not even a year old yet, singing before I could walk and playing around on my grandparents upright piano at the same time I was learning to walk. I officially took up music in 3rd grade, I started playing violin. I didn’t learn piano until Freshman year. We have all played on church worship teams at one point or another as well.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Strangely enough, not at all. songwriting is something that comes naturally to all of us, and we’re like-minded in the musical sense so it’s very easy to play off of each other but we’re also musically different enough to be able to produce our signature unique sound. it’s a perfect fit.

Any big plans for the near future?
Our between the truth and the lies-ep is set to release about this time next month and we’re also hoping to tour this coming summer. we hope to be signed on a major label sometime in the future and make music our careers.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Erika- either Purple Bottle by Animal Collective– it’s just so good, it gets turned on as soon as I get in my car– or Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros, it’s the single happiest song I have ever heard in my entire life.

Chris- Into the Sea- As Cities Burn

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Erika- either my macbook pro or my cameras/Lenses/Film.
Chris- my macbook pro.

(we’re all Mac people.)

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
Nobody is perfect. we all have our flaws and our moments and tend to get snappy with each other at times but for the most part, we’re like a family and in the end we’re always willing to work it out one way or another, even if that is giving someone distance for a little while. oh! and communication is key!

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
I drive a 1992 Buick Skylark named Raolina. I talk to her. I even refer to her as “her” in front of the guys and I think it might creep them out a little.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
[laughs to herself] I don’t know about the other guys, but for me, it’s attracted both boys AND girls alike…

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Well, it’s kinda become a tradition for Chris to break a string almost religiously, always in the WORST part possible. there was also a time when EVERY show we played we forgot SOMETHING important. for example, when we played in Philly once, I forgot my piano stand (had to use a table form the bar) and Adam forgot his sticks (my dad had to cross the bridge to bring them!) another time, we were playing an hour and a half away in Vineland and Adam forgot his cymbals (no idea how that happens) luckily, another band was nice enough to let us borrow theirs. the only one that we couldn’t recover from was when we were playing a last-minute show up in trenton, and I forgot the power supply for my keyboard– let’s just say we had to improvise and it was NOT a very good show :o)

Everyone should have take a long peek at their MySpace music page for plenty of videos and tracks to listen to!

Update:
The have an upcoming show for “Between the Truth and the Lies EP” (March 19th) available to purchase at their shows and on iTunes. They are planning on returning to Gradwell House studios to work on their second EP.

Links:
Troubador MySpace