Posts Tagged ‘Alternative’

Near

August 18, 2010

Near is a band comprised of four young and talented guys from New Jersey. They create some real nice chilled out indie/rock music with some elements of folk in there (in my opinion). The mix of clever drum beats and great acoustic guitar melodies only add to the ‘easy on the ears’ vocals. Perfect for listening to while driving on a clear sunny day with the windows down and wind in your hair! To add to the appeal of this band, these guys seem genuinely down to earth, personable and most importantly patient (this post should have gone up months ago along with a lot of other posts so I apologise to the band for this long delay).

Check out the interview below:
How did you come up with the name?
Well, I guess it was the one that we fought over the least… The NEAR Shoemaker is actually the name of the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid. It also happens to be the name of a character from an anime. We usually like to leave the true origins of the name up to speculation though 🙂

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Tim Pearson- 22 years old, from Erial, NJ (piano, vocals)

Kevin Finn- 24 years old, from Collingswood, NJ (synth, guitar)

Mike Sherry- 22 years old, from Atco, NJ (guitar, vocals)

Ray Gallagher- 21 years old, from Deptford, NJ (percussion)

What did you guys do before the group started?
Well, before deciding to become a band we were a crime-fighting group. That ended when we forgot to set our profiles to private on Facebook and our secret identities were all revealed. Besides that we have pretty normal jobs: Mike works for a hospital, Kevin is a teacher, Tim works at a coffee shop, and Ray is a server at Olive Garden.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Really I’d say we’re still starting out. We’ve been together with this lineup less than a year. Honestly the hardest part has been working around each other’s schedules. The music is the easy part!

Any big plans for the near future?
The main thing we’re doing is continuing to work on recording our debut album.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Kevin: Homesick by Radical Face

Tim: Same Mistake by James Blunt

Mike: No Surprises by Radiohead

Ray: Greet the Sacred Cow by Primus

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
That we need to make sure we set aside time just to hang out every once and awhile. It can’t always be business. When Mike got married we all went camping for his bachelor party, and it really brought us a lot closer together. Now, when we play shows, I feel like the audience can sense that bond between us, and that kinda helps us establish a connection with them too.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Yes. Two of us are married already; how do you think that happened?

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
I guess the most embarrassing thing so far is when Tim’s keyboard stand collapsed mid-song during our set at BCC’s Music Fest! After attempting to continue the song with the keyboard on Tim’s lap, we ended up having to stop the song so we could fix it.

To get more information about these guys- like bookings and contact details- visit any of the links below and I highly suggest you do! As said previously, they’re currently working on a new album and free for any performances.

Links:
Near Official Website
Near Facebook

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Patrick Wolf

November 23, 2009

The theatrical Patrick Wolf will be performing in Perth December 12th! His creations combine synths and classical instruments- includes the Piano, Ukelele and the Viola. As a result his music is very theatrical and dramatic yet chillingly soothing- it often reminds me of musical plays or music that goes with the climax moments in movies. His voice is similar to the deep mysterious singing voice of Roger Waters from Pink Floyd which fits so so perfectly with the music. So if you love Pink Floyd give Patrick Wolf a listen, it’s a modern version with more electro and less rock but just as dramatic and intense. Then if you like that- go and get your ticket to see him live!

Links:
Patrick Wolf Official
Patrick Wolf MySpace
Patrick Wolf Facebook

You Love Her Because She’s Dead

November 19, 2009

This very well-known British duo has created some eclectic crazy fun music that has pretty much shot them up in their underground alternative/8-bit music scene. As said in the interview- they had a very progressive rise in popularity which was helped by their Live Bristol show being featured in Skins (all you skins fan would definitely know about this)! Enjoy their very informative and interesting interview:

How did you come up with the name?
YOU LOVE HER COZ SHE’S DEAD was just a random name given to the project when it was just a one man project in 2005/2006, when I was still mainly concentrating on hardcore, but until the end of 2007 when there were other people involved the idea to gig anything hadn’t really been considered but the name just stuck when we did. YOU LOVE HER COZ SHE’S DEAD sort of (i admit, awkwardly) suggests the idea of loving people more while they’re still around, and prods the concept that people are idolized in death more than in life, usually because of death. Thats the bullshit explanation, but really it doesn’t mean a thing.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Elle (Vocals/Synth) is 22 and I, Jay (Programming/Sampling/Bass/Synth) am 27. We’re both from the UK, Bristol/London/Brighton.

What did you guys do before the group started?
I’m not sure what Elle did before the band, I just met her through a friend in a bar and her past is all a bit hazy. I put out a couple of records out 2006/2007 with my old hardcore band which I started back in 2002 in London, which is also when my dabbling in electronic music started, because i used to demo everything for the band using some programs on my PC, which were more suited to electronic music anyway.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Well to be dead honest the things that have happened for YLHCSD have happened very naturally & easily since we put out our first ‘official’ record with Kitsune, which was the ‘Inner City Angst’ EP. Being invited to appear in SKINS is a good example of what I mean when I say things went smoothly for a debut release. We had been in Paris with Gildas, Jean & Constance from the label at the time when that happened, spending some time in the city, just after a German stint, before playing the Kitsune Maison 6 release party at ‘The Maroquinerie’ with autoKratz and Cazals, so it all felt like things were happening very fast for YLHCSD, and we filmed for SKINS just a week later (episode7/series3). I had a fever, it was not fun. The road crew and our manager we have worked with since the very start have all become close friends and that makes everything more enjoyable from the get-go, especially when you’re in a foreign country a long way from home – it’s relaxing to be with folks you can trust.

Any big plans for the near future?
Yeah well we just did a recent limited white vinyl self-release of ‘Me Versus You’ which was something we just wanted to do ourselves (includes CD copy if don’t have a record player, and a few copies still left available from http://www.ylhcsd.bigcartel.com), we’ve decided to do another DIY release for the track ‘Young Tender Hearts Beat Fast’; re-recorded and with a brand new video promo featuring a unicorn – The song is about being young, the innocence of first love, and we like the way the film ‘Legend’ from the 1980’s portrays that, being born in ’82 that film is engrained into my psyche, so we hope you’ll enjoy the video (Produced by Elliot Dear who also did our ‘Dead End’ video).

Pre-order for ‘Young Tender Hearts Beat Fast’ is now up, i think there will only be 200 copies, and the official release looks like 2nd November.

Aside from those releases we have been writing new material which may be teamed up with re-masters of older tracks for a mini-album or perhaps even full length. For that we would like to work with a label again, and we’ve been talking to a few.

**Random questions**
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Unfortunately the truth is ‘Young Tender Hearts Beat Fast’ on loop as I’ve been remixing it for the release. If it hadn’t been then I think Florence The Machine would be on – Reminds me of Jefferson Airplane. Awesome. Elle’s not stopped listening to Booty Luv’s dubstep remix of ‘Say It’.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Laptop, sadly.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
My Akai MPC 1000 is ‘The Millennium Falcon’, and the reason I call it that is because to make it work you have to whack it just right.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
I’m pretty sure that being in a band isn’t exactly the most attractive thing for a person to do haha. Everyone’s in a fucking band! I’d much rather be able to say I’m a butcher, or an explorer and not be lying – because being good with an axe, or a lot of rope, is surely far sexier.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Apart from the usual equipment getting trashed or tipped over, once there was a random old sofa on the stage at a show we did in Munster (Germany) and someone decided to come and sit on it, facing the crowd, and gaze at people blankly while we were playing.. weirdly, that was surprisingly uncomfortable for everyone involved.

Now if you enjoy the Canadian duo Crystal Castles, enjoy this crazy-melodic music!
Ps- I do love the Star Wars reference to the inanimate object!

Links:
YLHBSD Merch
YLHBSD MySpace
YLHBSD Official Site
YLHBSD Facebook
YLHBSD Twitter
YLHBSD Youtube

OMGITM

September 25, 2009

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Oh My God It’s Techno Music!!!!!!

These guys are ALL about techno music from the shirts they make to their supermixes they create! They incorporate the two so well getting amazing djs to deck themselves in their tees- check it all out right now!

Supermix #3
An absolutely amazing smooth perfectly put together mix! Available for download here and many many more (up to #15) available for download from any of the links below!

Links:
OMGITM Official
OMGITM Facebook
OMGITM MySpace
OMGITM Shop

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Crookers

August 11, 2009

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Now this is another Italian electro team from Milan that make some amazing remixes- one of the many is the popular Kid Cudi “Day’N’Nite”. These guys are not new at all, starting in 2003 and now have pretty much performed EVERYWHERE- they’re also a huge favourite in Cite Carousel and constantly played. DJ Bot and DJ Phra play around with their bass but just as creative with their melodies and they truly vary up their tracks.

By the WAAAAY- their first album is on track to being release so I suggest you definitely keep an eye out for it!

Links:
Crookers MySpace
Crookers Facebook

The Bloody Beetroots

July 30, 2009

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Bloody Beetroots i’m sure most of you would have heard of after seeing them live in Perth earlier this month. The Italian duo- Bobby Rifo & Tommy Tea- usually perform with their trademark masks but it doesn’t stop them from getting the crowd dancing! They describe themselves as “the bastard son of the Misfits and Daft Punk” and I’d have to agree- listening to them would make you want to do a mix between crazy ass rocking out in a mosh pit and dancing in a way that may not actually be classed as dancing? Either way ever since they started pouring remixes in January 2007, increasing amounts of people have been downloading their shiz like crazy. Clearly their most listened to song of the moment is “warp”- have a look down below:

ROMBORAMA is the album to look out for.
I dare you to listen to it right now- in fact I double dare ya!

Links:
Bloody Beetroots MySpace
Bloody Beetroots Facebook

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Children Collide

July 7, 2009

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These Melbourne guys have sky-rocketed on the music scene (Yes, It’s a pun). Ryan Caesar, Johnny Mackay & Heath Crawley create music centred around Space and Rockets- their single “Farewell Rocketship” proved to be the most popular with the crowd wailing the chorus during their gig at Amps.

Their album “The Long Now” was released October 2008 but they did have three EP’s before hand:
2005: We Three, Brave And True
2006: Glass Mountain Liars
2009: Farewell Rocketship

I would love to put up a free link for you guys but that’s just not possible or else I be in trouble- Plus these guys in my opinion a WAY too good I hope you all buy their album and support these Aussie musicians!

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Links:
Children Collide Official Site
Children Collide MySpace

Nudie Jeans Co.

July 3, 2009

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Jeans shopping is such a pain but you know that once you found the right pair (or 5) you’ll pretty much wear them out till beyond repair. Nudie Jeans has been so popular recently because it seems to fit well as well as provide people with the right style that most are looking out for- cuz they have an unbelievable range of jeans available from the Average Joe slack wear to the Thin Finn skinnies. And to match the large range of fit, is the variety of colours!

Despite the name, the company does sell tees, collared long/short sleeve shirts, jackets, accessories eeeeeven underwearr! The main concept for these jeans turns into something philosophical:

We love jeans, a passion we share with everyone who mourns a pair of worn out jeans as a close friend. Jeans share the same soul and attitude as music. The inspiration springs from the same dreams. As a true jeans brand we are not looking for the short-term trends. The inspiration is far from glamour and catwalks. The collection is tight, like a rock band, reflecting the feeling of everyday life.

Design goes beyond creating just a product that serves to fulfil a need or a function. The philosophy of Nudie jeans is to become part of your dreams. Jeans have a natural built-in dream and attitude.

Nudie will stay true to jeans and all about jeans.

Nudie is the ”naked truth about denim”. Denim has the ability to age beautifully – formed by its user into a second skin, naked and personal. The longer it lives the more character it gets. The indigo is a living colour that fades and gives the denim its character. The more you wear your jeans the more beautiful they get. Jeans are more than just a piece of clothing.

In Perth, Nudie Jeans can be found innn-
Highs & Lows – 1/672 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley- 08 9272 9893
Ricarda- 91 Waratah Ave, Dalkeith- +61 8 9389 9494
Subway DC- Freo, Perth City & Claremont

Have fun exploring your denim style!

Links:
Nudie Jeans Website
Nudie Jeans Online Store

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Hellz – New Summer ’09 Collection

June 25, 2009

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WELL- I know I’m putting up heaps of brands that I have featured already but I like to keep up to date with the new seasons. Especially with Hellz! These guys have amazing hot attitude and while this is the Summer ’09 season- you could always imagine wearing the clothes in a nice hot summers day while you’re stuck under the covers this winter.

I featured Hellz back in January this year – so their winter line is what I can wear nowww!!! Have a look and it may be of some inspiration to you.

Links:
Hellz Clothing

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Glass I Ghost

May 27, 2009

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It seems to be harder and harder now to find some actually decent listenable electro music because to be honest, most are starting to sound the same as each other! These guys provide something that stems off mixing the best parts of every electro group. They’ve got the deep heavy bass, quirky melodies and decent vocals that sounds different enough while untouched by synths. If you like the electro music of Boys Noize but the alternative vocal sounds of The Rapture– this here is nice fresh combination/variation of what possibly could be your favourites. Oh- And it’s totaly danceable.

How did you come up with the name?
Phil and I were throwing around names, looking for something with a little alliteration, something that would embody the essence of our music and evoke strong imagery. Glass I Ghost just stuck with us.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
I’m James and I’m 99 years old, or at least that’s what my MySpace says. Phil is about 11,300 days old. We’ve been haunting California for all our lives, currently in Sacramento.

What did you guys do before the group started?
We had other bands. Phil was particularly ambitions in that regard. He’s been in tons of cool bands. I was more shy than him and mostly made music that no one got to listen to. And then there were the solo projects and other asides.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Phil and I had immediate musical chemistry. I don’t think either of us have had such good luck with that before. When we meet we were both feeling a little disillusioned with our past projects and bands and we were really looking to do something that was just for us. Something that, even if no one else liked it, we would still love playing it.

Any big plans for the near future?
Ya, we are almost finished recording our EP. Soon it will be up for sale. And at some point after that, we would like to put together a tour so, if there are any other bands, managers or event coordinators out there who are interested, message us.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
I just rediscovered the song “That’s All” by Genesis and of coarse, “Machine in the Ghost” by the Faint.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Oh, that’s a good question! Got to be my computer. Maybe my Micro Korg… no. The computer. I live online.

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
Unquestionably, compromise has been the most valuable lesson I‘ve learned. When you’re a kid and you’re looking for advise on making music or making art you get all these misleading messages from ‘successful’ artists saying, “Don’t ever compromise, be yourself.” That’s great, but if you want to do something bigger than yourself, you’ll need to recognize that you don’t know everything and inevitably you’ll want to compromise.

Do you have a secret name for your favorite inanimate object?
Yes. Wooly. I won’t tell you what it is. You’ll make fun of me.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Yes. And sometimes they can be aggressive and scary but it always makes me laugh.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Nothing crazy yet, just embarrassing. We played one show during a ‘Super Hero’ night at a club and we were the only ones dressed up. We felt really silly.

Now this here is a free download of their song Perfect Strangers– it’s laid out there too easy for you guys to click and take sooo come on now!

Links:
Glass I Ghost MySpace

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