“The songs all creep up on you, rather than being over-the-top. What they will ensure is that you’ll want to go
back and check them out again and again.”
- Malcolm Dome, Classic Rock Magazine
"The Trews' strength is in the hooky rock that dominates the set list... They nimbly balance between commercial pop and tougher rock without falling into either camp.”
- Hal Horowitz, All Music
Since the release of their highly celebrated debut House of Ill Fame (2003), The Trews have gained a reputation as one of Canada's most electrifying live Rock bands. Ten years, five studio albums and thousands of gigs in, the Ontario-based rockers are still going strong and are as willing as ever to break the mold. They release their self-titled, Nettwerk debut digitally in the U.S. on April 22, 2014.
"One of the most pleasing, satisfying aspects of the current psychedelic resurgence... One part Neu! beat, one part Syd Barrett vision." – Clash
"Crisp piano and meaty bass meander around a tight motorik rhythm. It's exciting stuff." – The Line Of Best Fit
"Forlorn and frantic, like Neu! chasing New Order across the beach in Ibiza at 4am."
– The Guardian
Having cut his teeth in much-touted Manchester band Keith, Oli Bayston has more recently been acquiring production credits alongside Dan Carey (Steve Mason and Toy), playing keyboards for the likes of Willy Mason and putting his accomplished song-writing talents on display for The 2 Bears, George Fitzgerald and Rosie Lowe.
Now, under the Francis Bacon inspired moniker Boxed In - the name is loosely derived from Bacon’s infamous Head VI, once described as “the operation through which the entire body escapes through the mouth” - he has stepped into the spotlight to reveal his immaculately produced, energetic sound and signed to Nettwerk for his debut release, due out later this year. A new song, “No Joke,” from the forthcoming album debuted earlier this week on UK blog The Line Of Best Fit.
Filmed by a photographer friend on a recent shoot in India with Jurgen Teller, the “No Joke” video features 'The Kolcata Laughing Society' on one of their uplifting morning 'routines'. After a quick edit, it was set to the glitchy piano and smooth, sophisticated vocals of Bayston's first solo offering.
Iconic frontman Peter Murphy will release his tenth solo album, Lion, on June 3, 2014. Lead single “Hang Up,” as well as the album pre-order, will be available on iTunes starting April 8. Record Store Day aficionados will have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive, limited edition 7” single featuring “Hang Up (Dub Mix)” and “I’m On Your Side” on April 19.
Produced by Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve), Lion is comprised of 11 tracks that possesses an elegant master of tone – bass heavy, stark, shimmering and symphonic. It sustains a heart-in-throat tension from start to finish.
“…[“Miracle” is] as fun visually as it is sonically.” – MTV Buzzworthy
"Ghost Beach are the Venn diagram of their influences—Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, The Police, and Daft Punk—and then some, thanks to a shitload of synths, some nostalgic 80s sonics and even the occasional reggae groove. The sound is unmistakably their own.” – VICE’s Noisey
“If you can get people dancing as early as noon. You're good. They did." – NPR’s All Songs Considered
Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beach, consisting of Josh Ocean & Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn, have perfected their unique blend of retro & futuristic soaring synth pop with their debut full-length album, Blonde- out now.
Today, Vancouver indie pop-rockers Young Liars share their new single, "Night Window," which premiered on Indie Shuffle and Exclaim! earlier this week. The track is available now worldwide on iTunes. Stepping inside the mind of lead singer Jordan Raine as he reminisces about a teenage romance, "Night Window" is one of four tracks off the upcoming Night Window EP, which will be released digitally on April 29, 2014.
To Listen To "Night Window":
The Night Window EP features infectious dance floor starter "Young Again," coupled with a remix courtesy of UK's Boxed In, as well as a remix of "Night Window" by Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine Ok.
Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, has announced that his new album, Whispers, will be released on June 10, 2014. The lead single in North America, “Scare Away The Dark,” will be available on iTunes and all DSPs on April 1 (NA only). Passenger will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday, March 28, where he’ll perform “Scare Away The Dark” for the first time on national television.
Recorded in Sydney and co-produced by Chris Vallejo, Whispers is comprised of 11 tracks that tell tales – some real, some imagined – of love, death, growing up and getting old. A master of story telling, Passenger yet again strikes the perfect balance between the heartbreaking and the humorous, all wrapped in beautiful instrumentation, creating a sumptuous, symphonic sound.
“This is easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made,” explains Passenger. “It’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it’s a really positive album.”
Australia’s Boy & Bear launches North American tour
"Southern Sun" top 10 on Triple A top 30 radio chart
Sold out dates include Denver (3/19), Philly (3/22), DC (3/23), NYC (3/24), Boston (3/26), San Francisco (4/8) And Los Angeles (4/9)
Band To Appear On VH1's "Big Morning Buzz" On March 25
Upcoming In-Studio Sessions Include NYC's WFUV, Philly's XPN World Cafe, Sirius XM, Boston's The River, LA's KCSN, Denver's KBCO, Portland's KINK And San Francisco's KFOG
SXSW Coverage Includes The Atlantic's "18 Bands To Check Out From SXSW 2014," NPR's "SXSW 2014 In Pictures," Huffington Post's "40 Artists To Know At SXSW 2014," KGSR @ SXSW Live
Summer Festivals Include Firefly Music Festival And Forecastle Festival
Harlequin Dream was recorded at Australia's legendary Alberts Studio, produced by Boy & Bear and ARIA-award winner Wayne Connolly and mixed by Seattle-based Phil Ek (Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, The Shins, Father John Misty). In Australia, the album had a steady run at #1, was certified Gold, and received several ARIA Award nominations, including Best Group, Best Rock Album and Producer Of The Year. This follows their award-winning debut LP Moonfire, which won five awards at 2011 ARIAs, including the coveted group and best album prizes for their acclaimed debut – Album Of The Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Album, Breakthrough Single and Best Adult Contemporary Album.
Acclaimed U.S. producer/DJ and two-time Grammy Nominee Morgan Page will take his acclaimed 3D experience to Austin this week in the midst of SXSW for a special appearance on Thursday, March 13 at Summit, Austin’s newest premiere lounge and night club. Last fall, Page brought his groundbreaking, fully immersive 3D visuals to 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada (with 20+ sold out) on his Morgan Page Presents tour (MPP3D). For more info and tickets, click here.
The members of Victoria B.C.’s Current Swell have dusted off their spandex body suits (come on, we all have them, right?) and channeled their inner Richard Simmons for some serious choreographed sweating in their new viral video for “Rollin” from their forthcoming new album Ulysses, out May 6. Enjoy 4 minutes and 40 seconds of pure athleticism: http://youtu.be/Z9uva8FRwvs.
The band also just shared another album track this week called "Keys To The Kingdom." Check it out on Soundcloud here: