We chatted to THE K’s about their latest single TV

Although TV was released back in September, we still thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with Nikki from the Merseyside based band. TV is now available across all streaming services.

Who are The K’s and how would you describe your sound?

We’re a four piece band from Earlestown in the North west of England. Jamie Boyle (Vocals and guitar), Ryan Breslin (Lead Guitar), Dexter Baker (Bass) and Jordan Holden (Drums). It’s hard to describe our sound because we can’t really be put into one category. It’s like energetic indie-punk but we like to mix it up and slow it down with fan favourites like Hoping Maybe and Valley One. We can’t be put into just one category, we take the best bits of them all and throw it all together and people buzz off it.

If you had to sum yourselves up in three words, what would you say?

The Best About

What’s the main reason you make music?

We were all mad into good music at a young age which is why we all decided to pick up instruments in the first place. I don’t even think it was ever a conscious choice at the beginning to be like ‘Right today I’m gonna make some music of my own’ or anything like that. It starts off as learning to play bits of tunes on a guitar and just snowballs into writing full tunes of your own, then if people like it you’re addicted and can’t stop. Lucky enough for us people love it and we have the best job in the world. I don’t think we’ll ever stop. I’ll still be smashing tunes out when I’m 80.

You’ve just released your new single ‘TV’, could you tell us more about it?

I wrote ‘TV’ probably at the back end of last year. It’s a sort of sarcastic account of my experience growing up in modern England and I know it’s the same in many parts of the world. We’re sold these dreams on the TV showing the lives of celebrities and socialites and when you’re younger, it’s like you believe it’s real life and it’s what you should be aiming for. As you get older though you realise it’s all bollocks. None of it matters, really.

Did you have any help with the writing and recording process for TV?

We recorded it at Parr Street studios in Liverpool with Chris Taylor. Chris is a great bloke and a great producer, who works with some mint bands. He did all the recording and production of the track. As for writing no we don’t have any help with any of it, I think if you’re a band and are asking for outside help to write your tunes it’s probably time to knock it on the head.

What’s you’re favourite memory of a gig?

Every gig we do is always class. The crowds keep getting bigger and bigger, which means only one thing, the parties get better and better! I think a favourite to date would be Kendal Calling last year, they had to close the tent down as there were too many people trying to watch us and to get that at a festival where it’s not really ‘your crowd’ is ace.

What advice would you give to those looking to make music?

I’d say stay true to yourself when writing. That’s pretty vague but I mean like, write about stuff that you actually care about or that means something to you, however abstract it may be.

For example in my situation, I’m a lad from a little shit town in the NW of England, I’m never gonna sit and write about driving a Cadillac down route 66, am I? I mean I could, but it’d be proper shit, haha. So yeah, I’d say write stuff that matters to you – people connect with it more! I think they do, anyway.

What is next for The K’s?

We’ve an absolutely stacked calendar for next year, we’re gonna try and do two years worth of shows in one! And there’s some absolutely massive things happening behind the scenes that we obviously can’t talk about! But yeah, our main focus is at the minute is getting back out and seeing our fans as soon as we can. The best part about being in a band is the live shows by a mile, and we miss it more than anything!

The K’s can be found at:
Facebook /theksoffical
Twitter /TheKsUK
Instagram /theksoffical
https://theksareonfire.com/

In the meantime, I’d like to thank Nikki and the rest of the band for answering my questions and wish them the best of luck for the future. I hope to catch them at one of their live shows next year! You can find their show listing here

The next addition of TrueStyleMusic’s monthly playlist is now live!

With a whole new design, the latest edition of TrueStyleMusic’s monthly playlist is now live. With nine of our favourite tracks discovered over the last month (some may have been released over a month ago).

Kicking off this month is Wanna Be, the latest single from Shawn Rushil Mathews. Coming from Harrisburg, PA, this indie-pop-rock track brings together elements of a romantic song, but with the hidden layers behind it. This song is also produced only using electric guitars, bass and a live drum kit (no synths!). Shawn has also provided us with the artwork for this month’s edition of the playlist.

Next we have Overwhelmed by Crossing I’s Dotting T’s, another one from across the pond. This new era punk-track really demonstrates the message of feeling overwhelmed with emotions and feelings of lack of identity. Matthew, the main man behind the music, also has Tourette’s, and uses his music to help raise awareness and wants to help others with the condition.

Following on we have Self Love, the debut single from Ellie Lave. This Greek/British singer songwriter combines a mix of washed out guitars with soft indie melodies to create a track that is destined to go far.

This is followed by Springbar, with their new single If I’m In Trouble, released TODAY. This is Springbar’s second single of the year, after their first single in 2018 and their debut EP last year. Another indie track in this playlist (notice a theme yet?), this song is one I cannot wait to hopefully hear live. Also their guitarist has my favourite guitar, I’ll let you guess which one…

After this is Loops, the latest single from dream-pop-lowfi-rnb artist Emmy, from London. This is a bit of a different style to the others on this playlist, and hopefully the messages behind the song come through to everyone. Talking about the song, Emmy said “I wrote Loops during lockdown about feeling unfulfilled in your twenties. At the same time it’s about learning to accept that you won’t feel like this forever and not to be so hard on yourself. I’m hoping many people will be able to relate to the topic of finding yourself lost in the loops of your 20’s. Loops will be streaming on all platforms from Friday 13th November 2020.” I personally really like the addition of the synth-saxophone in the middle of the song. The single is also released today.

Another one from across the pond, The Magnolias latest single The Painting is next to feature on this month’s playlist. Although the lyrics seem quite literal, about a painting or statue, there is a clear hidden meaning behind the song, and the washed out guitar sound really helps drive this home. Unfortunately, the dreaded C word hit just as this band were hitting it off, but I hope they will be playing live shows as soon as it is safe to do so!

This next one is another with a unique story behind the music. Man and Boy, the “naturally talented 14 year old drummer” along with his “Britpop father” recently released their debut double-single, with their two tracks 1996 and Adelaide, which features on the playlist. Completely recorded at home during lockdown, the father’s old ways mix with the boy’s young style to create something truly unique, but still wonderful.

Deafpony follow, with their latest track Break Me, a reverb-drenched, upbeat indie rock track dripping with pop swagger that was recorded in unconventional spaces over the COVID-19 lockdown. This song really demonstrates the tough times we have all been facing over recent months, the music industry especially so, and how hard we are all working to get through it. Another indie banger, this is one I can see getting some play time on a Thekla Thursday (if you know, you know).

And to round it all off, we have Answer Back with their track Blissful, taken from their latest EP Fate And Fortune. After taking a few year break from making music, the band are back, with the kind of music you can expect at grassroots venues across the country (#SaveOurVenues), the mix of hard driving vocals and well thought out sounds make this track one to look out for.

And that’s it, another month and another edition of the playlist. Hopefully you have found at least one track that is to your liking, and please do keep supporting these bands and artists, they really do need it. And hopefully we will all be able to see each other at a gig some time soon! Find the playlist here

We chatted to The Baskervilles about their latest release ONLY HUMAN

Can you tell us a bit about the band? Where are you from and how did you all meet?

Aaron: The Baskervilles came to life after two previous bands died due to various members leaving to focus on day jobs and other interests. Me and James coming from one band and Callum and Blair coming from the other. James had already started playing under the name of The Baskervilles as a solo project, when the rest of us joined up we sort of decided to restart the The Baskervilles as a collaborative project but decided to keep the name because we all really liked it.

Where does the name come from?

James: The name comes from the Sherlock Homes Novels. Sherlock was always obsessed with the puzzle rather than an external notion of justice or right and wrong. it needed solving because it hadn’t yet been solved. That’s how I’ve always felt about songwriting. I don’t sit there trying to write songs, I kind of trip over the cusp of one, like a little artefact poking out of the sand. Once I know they’re there I can’t stop until I’ve uncovered the whole thing, and once you’ve really got the dust off them it’s the best feeling in the world. 

If you had to sum each member of the band up in one word, what would you say?

Aaron – Spine Blair – Heart James – Lungs Tam – Appendix B 

You recently released your latest single Only Human. What does this song mean to you, as a band?

James: Lyrically it’s very much about this idea of lust under quarantine. The desire to see someone when you can’t, and almost enjoying the fantasy that things would go better than they really would if only you could see each other. 
Aaron: I also feel this song was born from really different process of us, we had to write it during lock-down, while being completely separated from each other. It meant we couldn’t test anything out in a live environment and had to rely on messages and phone calls to relay notes and ideas. It was different for us, but ultimately it worked out really well and we’re really happy with the final song.

Planning the video was also really tricky because most venues and locations were shut. So we ended up filming the whole thing in a small garage on the hottest day of the year. 

Where did the inspiration come from?

James: I’m not sure where the lyric “only human” came from but it’s what I started with and then Aaron kind of started suggesting video ideas based on this super natural vibe and I tried to mix that with the whole lust under quarantine vibe. 
Aaron: Visually I wanted to take the title ‘Only Human’ and flip it on its head. The idea that we’re all only human on the outside but inside we all have thoughts and feelings that make us question our humanity. The idea was to bring that to life by having Roxy play this almost supernatural monster that was tugging away at James’s humanity. 

Is this a hint at more new music on the way?

Aaron: Absolutely! We’re always working on new material and we’ll certainly be releasing new music in 2021… the real question is when will we be able to play it live?!

Did you have any help with the writing and recording process?

Aaron: We do all our own writing and as I mentioned before lock-down has forced us to adapt our writing process. But the great thing is we’re each now set up to write and record demos at home, so it’s now super easy to throw ideas at each other on a regular basis. For recording we work with a producer called Tom Donovan, the guys is a crazy sort of genius who really helps us capture the ideas we put in our demos in their best light, he’s really helped us push our ambitions for what we put into our music production wise. 

How have you guys been keeping yourself busy during lockdown?

Aaron: I think we’ve all been working really hard on producing new music. Trying new directions and finding out what direction the band can take sonically. 

Which artists are you currently listening to?

Aaron: Personally I’ve been listening to a lot of Bring Me The Horizon, While She Sleeps, Machine Gun Kelly and Nothing but Thieves. 

What is next for The Baskervilles?

Aaron: Definitely more music! Everything else is kind of COVID dependant, we’d love to be playing live again as soon as possible… but who know’s when that will happen at this point.

Where can we find out more about you?

Website – http://www.thebaskervillesofficial.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thebaskervillesmusic
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/the_baskervilles
Twitter – https://twitter.com/baskervillesuk

We chatted to Stu from SHADER about their latest single TRUE TO LIFE

With the release of their killer latest single back in September, I thought it would be a good opportunity to chat to their lead singer and guitarist Stu Whitson

Can you tell us a bit about the band? Where are you from and how did you all meet?

Shader is:
Stu Whiston – Vocals & Guitar
Mike Lo Bosco – Lead Guitar
Darren Edwards – Bass
Tom Turney – Drums

We’re based in Stoke and signed to 42’s Records in Manchester. Darren, Mike and myself have been mates since we were kids. I met Mike at music college. We started out in a covers band and then began writing original songs. We all went our separate ways for abit before forming Shader in late 2017. Tom joined on drums just over a year ago.

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If I were to use the phrase “for fans of”, who would you liken yourselves to?

The Smiths, The Killers, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Verve, Oasis, U2, The Who, The Beatles.

You recently released your latest single True To Life. Where did the inspiration come from for this song?

We wrote the song a very long time ago after listening to The Killers ‘Hot Fuss’ album on repeat . Once Tom joined we began building the track up around the chords. It was written the morning after a shite night out to an indie club. It’s kind of pointing at the self-entitled generation who are never happy with what they’ve got.

What does the song mean to you?

Not really sure. I think it’s bloody catchy. Beyond that it reminds me I’m in a better
place now than when I wrote it. So thankful.

Is this a hint at more new music on the way?

Yes. The next single is our best song yet.

Did you have any help with the writing and recording process?

I tend to bring songs to the band to build up on. Gavin Monaghan is our trusty producer. He’s worked with Editors, The Twang, Sherlocks & The Blinders. He helps make our songs sound righteous.

What advice would you give to someone looking to make music?

Never give up

Pre-COVID and world-gone-mad, what are some of your favourite stories from
gigs?

Mike (lead Guitarist) and myself went to a Ryan Adams gig a few years ago. People kept shouting for Wonderwall and Mike shouted ‘Cast No Shadow’. Everyone around us started chuckling like fuck.

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Where can we find out more about you?

https://www.facebook.com/shaderuk
https://www.twitter.com/shaderuk
https://www.instagram.com/shaderuk

Anything else you would like to tell us?

Wear a mask

And with these key words of advice, what is there left to do but check out Shader’s work. I’d like to thank Stu for taking the time to answer my questions and wish him and the band the best of luck with all their new music.

We chatted to Bryony about her latest single MORE THAN FRIENDS

With the release of her latest single TODAY across all streaming platforms, we thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with the Berkshire based artist about all things music

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from and where did music start for you?

I’m a pop singer/songwriter from Berkshire. I started guitar lessons when I was about 9, and just tried to learn as many pop songs I could play and sing along to as possible. After a while I started writing my own songs and that’s where the real love for songwriting started. Over the years my music taste has definitely changed a lot – I’ve gone from writing super slow guitar ballads to much bigger pop songs.

If you were to sum yourself up in three words, what would you say?

This is a difficult one! It’s going to have to be: stubborn & super emotional. Wish I could say I wasn’t a massive cry baby but I most definitely am! 

Can you tell us a bit about your latest single, More Than Friends, released today?

My producer came to me with this rough backing track during lockdown and it had a real Robyn/Dagny vibe. I just wanted to write something that reminded me of going out and having fun before we’d all got locked away. It’s a bit ironic really that it’s coming out a day after the second lockdown starts! The song is really about finding someone who makes you really happy when you’re so used to someone who makes you feel the complete opposite.

Is this a hint at more new music on the way?

Oooh maybe… I’ve been writing a lot during lockdown so I might have a few things lined up!

Who produced this? Have you worked with them before? How did you find working with them?

I’ve worked with Joe Cooper on all my songs so far, not only because he is an incredible producer but he was also my housemate from university! So I always know it’s going to be a fun and easy session because I’ve known him for a while. He is constantly sending me new tracks he’s produced and seeing if I’d be interested in writing the topline. I love the whole set up and I always know he’s got something really good on the go.

Where do you find your biggest inspirations?

It’s a real mix nowadays – I was always massively inspired by Savannah Outen when I was younger back in the golden days of YouTube. She’s probably a big reason I started singing. With this new music I’ve been making it’s been massively influenced by Fletcher & Dagny, with a little bit of Phil Collins. Bit of a random addition there, but I love Phil Collins.

Pre world-gone-mad, did you get to play many shows? Are there any plans to get back on the road when it is safe?

I was actually only a few days away from playing a show when lockdown started! I was absolutely gutted, I feel like the live shows are where you can really bring the songs to life. After being postponed a few times, I’ll now be opening for Alessandro Ciminata on April 27th 2021. If you’re interested in watching me dance around the stage singing songs about my exes, you should definitely grab a ticket here.

How did you keep yourself busy during lockdown 1, and what do you think will fill your time in lockdown 2?

I actually found myself quite productive in the first lockdown! I work full time alongside creating music, so continued my job working from home and wrote and recorded songs in the evening. I did all the single photoshoots in my bedroom and back garden, and then when things started to reopen I did a quick photoshoot on my town centre’s car park roof! I think this lockdown though I’m not going to be as tough on myself, as I definitely thought I wasn’t being productive enough the first time round. I need to learn it’s ok to do no work one evening and just sit and read a book. You need to give yourself a break every so often!

Where can we find out more about you?

You can find me @bryonymusicuk on all socials. I’ve also been sucked in by Tik Tok over lockdown so for even more content you should follow me on there!

Anything else you would like to tell us?

I’m so excited to bring out all the music I’ve been working on over lockdown, so definitely keep an eye out for more stuff to come!

And with that I’d like to thank Bryony for taking the time to answer my questions and wish her the best of luck with all her future adventures!

We chatted to EJ Mann about his debut single ITS’S AUTOMATIC

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from and where did music start for you?

I’m originally from Yorkshire, but now live in London. I can remember finding a 45″ vinyl in a cupboard at home that my dad had bought along with the local pub jukebox when I was about 8 years old. It was Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” and the second I heard it – that was it! What a track, what a voice, what was this??!  I guess that lead me to all the greats really – Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones etc, but I really got into guitars when a friend handed me a recording of Ocean Colour Scene’s “Riverboat Song”. I had just hit the drinking age and seemed to spend every minute watching bands at shows or trying to learn their songs. This kinda leads on nicely to my blog post below bud: https://www.ejmannmusic.co/its-taken-a-lifetime 

In three words, how would you sum yourself up?

Always VERY loud 

You recently released your debut single It’s Automatic. What does this song mean to you?

It means everything really – it was the first track I wrote for the album “This Is Nowhere” and was the catalyst for the whole next chapter in my music career. It was the first time I’ve genuinely written and recorded a song exactly how I want to. It explores the idea of us as a population being on autopilot and going along with corporate ideas and advertising and the way things “should” be done in life and to be totally honest, perhaps in the music industry too. 

Did you have any help with the writing and process?

Not with the writing process at all. (My long suffering girlfriend will occasionally hear a demo and give me the thumbs up or thumbs down, but apart from that it is a very solo process). I play all instruments and pre-produce everything myself. However, a superb chap named David Watts produces in a cracking studio called Chairworks (back up North near home) and really makes the tracks come to life. He drafted in a cracking drummer called Jake to help make the track sound massive and tweaks the dials to make it sound great (in my opinion) for radio airplay. 

What are some of your favourite things you’ve heard about the song?

The best and funniest are the Facebook comments from people who don’t like the songs: “Not another bloke with a guitar” “Get a new haircut” “Rubbish” 

Some of the nicer quotes come from fans: “What an inspiring story” “Your track has just knocked The Courteeners off the top of my playlist it’s that good” “Insane voice and songwriter” 

During my time as a songwriter, BBC Introducing have described me as their “favourite track of the week”. BBC Radio 1 have described me as “someone worth getting excited about”. The Yorkshire Post described my music as “effervescent rock and roll”   

What were some of your favourite gig stories from the world before COVID?

Playing with The Flaming Lips at a festival was very cool. Wayne Coyne asked one of our friends if he’d like to dress up as a 10ft inflatable Alien on stage (they love to dress everybody up and get fans on stage). Of course he said yes, but just as they hit the first track, our friend caught his foot on the drum riser and the air started to slowly leak from the suit in front of 20,000 people! I think somewhere I have a picture from the side of stage with what looks like a melted plastic jelly where an Alien should’ve been stood Haha!  

What is one thing you are not missing from gigs?

Load in and out for sure! Haha! Lifting heavy, lumpy equipment all in a rush – not fun. 

What is next for you?

I’m a strong advocate of the independent, DIY route in the music industry. I’m dedicated to building my fanbase and meeting them directly through my website and email list. I’ve gained some great friendships this way and love to hear from fans on a much more personal level. I’m often chatting via email and social media and feel it shows a genuine care for those willing to support me and my music. So expect more single releases and definitely lots of free music videos, Christmas giveaways and rewards for the dedicate folks who want to be involved. I’d like to create a membership program for the true fans too, so watch this space!  

How have you been passing the time in lockdown?

Haha! I’ve recently written a blog piece about this right here too: https://www.ejmannmusic.co/lockdown/  

Where can we find out more about you?

The website has regular blog updates:https://www.ejmannmusic.co 
Come and say hello on all socials @ejmannmusic 

Anything you would like to tell us?

Just to say thank you for supporting independent music and that all your followers can receive 2 free tracks direct from my website at: https://www.ejmannmusic.co/free-music

Well, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and check out EJ’s single, available on all streaming platforms now! I’d like to thank EJ for taking the time to answer my questions and wish him the best of luck with all his new music

We chatted to FLING about their new single BEST FRIEND

With the release of their latest single, Best Friend, out earlier this month, I thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with the Bradford based band about their latest adventures.

Can you tell us a little bit about the band? Where are you all from and how did you meet?

We’re all a bunch of mates from Bradford, but even when we’re weren’t mates our paths seemed to cross in different musical outfits. Now it seems like we can’t get rid of each other.

If I were to use the phrase “for fans of”, who would you liken yourself to?

Our old manager once wrote a bio on us likening us to the visceral energy of ‘The Fat White Family’ infused with the melodic grooves of ‘Primal Scream’ and ‘The Beta Band’. Now I don’t know much about that, I’d say we’re for fans of people who ‘choose life’.

You recently released your latest single, Best Friend. Can you tell us about what the songs mean to you as a band?

 The song is reminiscent of a time before all the lockdown madness an isolation. A time spent with your best friend be it a man, woman, animal or whatever else. For us as a band it is also emotional in an extra sense as we are now taking time away from this project. So it’s a nostalgic look back to the moments we’ve shared.

Is this a hint at more new music on the way?

 For the time being no, as we are taking time away from this project to explore new sounds and arts!

Where do you find inspiration for your music?

On the northern fields n moors between the months of late August an early November.

Who produces your music? How do you find working with them?

Lee Smith. His works flows amazing, one second you’re here on a fender Rhodes, next you’re on an AsdaPrice guitar. And that thing he told me about Charlie’s mum, I’ll never forget.

What advice would you give to someone looking to make music?

Discover what makes you tic, what you love, your strengths and weaknesses, and most importantly don’t take advice off anyone. Especially people in bands.

Are there plans to get back on the road when it is safe to do so?

Whenever that’ll be, we shall see. For now TBC.

What is next for Fling?

Well, we’re waiting for all this to blow over before we decide whether or not to take this any further.

Where can we find out more about you?

Don’t wanna mention any names but get ya self down to Bradford, England and witness it. We do our best to put the message across in the videos an music.

Anything you would like to tell us?

Jacks goldfish died today, he’s only regret is not giving them a name before they died. Peace an love.

And with that slightly sad ending, I’d like to thank the band for taking the time to answer my questions and wish them the best with whatever the future shall bring.

We caught up with NEON ISLANDS about their latest single MOON

With the release of their latest single only a few days ago, I thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with the band about all things music.

Can you tell us a bit about Neon Islands? Where are you from and how did you all meet?

We are from a bit all over the place. Spain, England, Malta, Argentina… but we all met at uni in Guildford, and we live in London now. We all met during freshers week at uni – we were so lucky to find each other so fast!

The name is pretty unique, where did it come from?

We like to think of the Neon Islands as the place where we take people to when they hear our music. When we play shows, we like to think we are creating a space where everyone can feel safe and do whatever they want for at least 45 minutes. We love how, depending on the night, people react to the songs in different ways. There is something so real about that, so pure. That’s what Neon Islands represent to us, and that is what we try to portray in our recorded music too.

You recently released your latest single, Moon. What does this song mean to you as a band?

‘Moon’ is a very important song for us, for many different reasons. Musically, I think ‘Moon’ finally achieves something we had been looking for. There’s a balance in this track that I think really defines our sound and how we want to sound like, it’s almost as if all our influences had aligned perfectly to create exactly the sound we wanted. Also, lyrically, the song is very relevant to the moment we are living in. It talks about long-distance relationships, and the challenges, pain and boring routines that come with them. There are so many people in the world now who can’t see their loved ones that I think could relate to the feelings that ‘Moon’ represents! 

Is this a hint at more new music on the way?

Well, we’ve realised that the one thing covid-19 can’t take away from us, is the ability of writing, recording and releasing music. So we have decided that’s what we are going to be doing until this thing is over!

Who produced this? Have you worked with them before? What was it like working with them?

For this single, we went back to Numen Studios, to work with the amazing team there. After having a great experience recording at Metropolis Studios with the amazing Liam Nolan, we actually discovered that working in a smaller studio, where the time pressure is not that high, allowed us to focus more on the little details that define our sound. The team at Numen are almost like our extended family; such a core part of our sound! It was great to be back. 

Where do you look to find musical inspiration?

I think we are all music lovers above everything else. We are constantly looking for new music, and I think that is so important for a band. Of course we all love some of the same bands (Talking Heads, The Strokes, Foals, David Bowie…), but if we only listened to them, our music would sound boring and limited. It’s so important to listen to music as a band too, and to share what everyone is loving at the moment. I’m personally obsessed with Do Nothing, Our Girl and Fenne Lily.

Before the world went mad, did you get a chance to play any gigs?

Absolutely! And that is what we miss the most. We’ve always been a live band. We belong on a stage, and nowhere else. Without live music, we would make no sense basically. I think it’s so important we talk about this. Gigs were such an important thing in our lives up until March 2020. I recently realised we hadn’t really talked about it enough. Creative people who are not able to do what they used to do anymore should be talking about the psychological challenges that come with that, and we should definitely support each other. Live music will be back. I have no doubt of that. But we need to make sure we are supporting our independent venues and our independent bands enough, to ensure we can all go back to work when it’s safe to do so. 

What are some of your favourite stories from these shows?

We have endless stories from shows. Loads of them from sell-out shows at The Boileroom in Guildford, which is the venue that pretty much saw us grow up as a band. I once came off the stage in the middle of a song while I was asking the crowd to mosh pit, ran to the bar and poured myself a pint! That was pretty fun. But I think we all hold incredible memories from the sold-out show we played at KOKO, from the first time we played a UK festival (Isle of Wight), and also from when we headlined Rock the South in Malta last year – it was the most insane crowd we’ve ever had. I think I was more time crowd surfing than actually on the stage. It was Sam’s (our drummer) first crowdsurf too! Which was pretty epic. 

What is next for Neon Islands?

We are just going to keep going! It feels incredible to release music again after such a weird year. So you can expect quite a lot more from us in the coming months!

Where can we find out more about you?

I always used to answer this question saying that the best thing you can do to support us, is come down to a show. But of course, this wouldn’t make much sense anymore. So the best thing you could do to keep in touch, is to follow us on social media, but most importantly to join our mailing list and so we can talk to you directly!! And of course, if you love the music, make sure you tell your friends and family about it. You can’t imagine how much that helps.

Anything you would like to tell us?

Thank you so much for having us, and stay tuned for more 🙂 And stay safe!! xx

And with that, I’d like to extend my thanks to the guys for answering my questions and wish them the best of luck for the future, and I hope to see them at a show soon!

NEW MUSIC ALERT: Flo Hope, We Are Viable

If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that it’s been a tough few months for those in the Arts sector. If the whole COVID situation was not bad enough, a certain MPs comments has not mad things any better.

When I saw a post by Flo in a Facebook group, I knew I had to get on it. Her amazing voice really helps hit home the message that we, the people in the music industry, are viable.

Talking about the song to TrueStyleMusic, Flo said:

I wanted to write a song in response to this worrying time, summarising just a fraction of how many of us are feeling. We are angry, frustrated and worried for our futures – but with uncertainty comes hope and solidarity. I only wrote this (lyrics, mixing and mastering) in a day, with the time I had, but I hope it provides support for fellow performers and others within the arts industries. The arts are so vital to our lives, and the economy – and nothing can stop us, or the noise we make. We are viable. More than viable. 

Although this isn’t the kind of style I would normally cover, I think the message supersedes any genre limitation that exist in the music world.

You can find more of Flo’s music on her YouTube channel here

I chatted to YARD OF BLONDES about their latest single DO U NEED MORE

With the release from the band out TODAY across all streaming platforms, I thought it would be a good time to have a chat to the band and see how they are getting on.

Tell us a bit about the band. Where are you from and how did you all meet?

We are Yard of Blondes and we’re from all over the place!

Fanny (Bass/Vocals) and myself, Vincent, (Vocals/guitar) are both French but we met in Los Angeles, California, in 2010 and that’s where we are established. We started as an acoustic duet and soon evolved towards a heavier kind of music. That’s when we decided to make Yard Of Blondes a full band. We added new members and after a couple of line-up changes we ended up with the amazing Forrest Mitchell (Drums/Vocals) from Northern California and Burak Yerebakan (Guitar) from Turkey. We met those two in a very millennial fashion as we were swiping through an app called Vampr. It’s like a dating app but instead of finding dates, you find musicians!

If you had to sum up your style in three words, what would you say?

Grunge, Melodic, Heavy

You released today your latest single Do You Need More? What does this song mean to you as a band?

This song means a lot to us! It was one of the first songs we wrote for our upcoming debut album and it’s the song we always play first at our shows. It’s a song that seems very straight forward but it evolves into a more complicated piece throughout the song as Fanny is adding more and more layers of vocals and as we end up breaking the installed routine with some surprisingly heavy bridge. Regarding the lyrics, it’s also a tricky song. It feels like it’s a love song at the beginning of the song but it’s actually a toxic love story where one gaslights another and it ends up with kind of a Stockholm syndrome situation.

Did you have any help with the writing, recording and producing process?

For this album, we wanted to go old school and work with a producer so we ended up contacting Billy Grazaidei (Founding member of Biohazard). He has a studio in Los Angeles where we have been recording our previous EP, with another engineer. Billy once stumbled on our record and contacted us. I guess he loved what he heard! He was such an honor to be praised by such a legend. After discussing with him, we realized he was the perfect match for us as he could give us the heaviness we were looking for but he also understood that we wanted to keep our melodic side and magnify our harmonies. We started rearranging the songs with him and slowly we recorded everything, song after another. In the end, it took several years of work as we were working on a budget but we are very happy. Then, Michael Patterson (Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, …) mixed the record and Maor Applebaum (Faith no more) gave the last touch by doing the mastering. We couldn’t find a more appropriate team for that record!

Is there any plans for a music video?

Yes, and we are currently editing it. It will be a very DIY animation video. None of us know how those software work, yet we decided to give it a shot and it’s turning out well. It will be out later this month.

Pre-COVID, did you get to play many shows? Are there any plans to get back out onto the road when it is safe to do so?

That’s the thing we miss the most right now. We used to play a lot around LA and we had plans to tour on the West Coast and in Europe when COVID happened and shattered everything. Hopefully, we’ll be able to come up with new plans next year.

What are some of your favourite memories of the band?

I think we all cherish our show at the Troubadour last year. That was one of the highlights of the band. Playing on such a legendary stage was an amazing moment. The venue was packed with our friends and fans and It was definitely something special for us. Another great memory was our tour in France in 2015. It was great to be back in our home country and show what we have cooked abroad. We hope to be back there soon too.

What lies next for Yard Of Blondes?

We are going to release one more single in November and then the Album is scheduled for February/ March. There might be a surprise release around Christmas though. So stay tuned!

Where can we find out more about you?

www.yardofblondes.com

www.facebook.com/YOBmusic

www.instagram.com/yardofblondes

Anything you would like to tell us?

Click on this link and follow us on your favorite platform, that would help us a lot. Thanks!

I’d like to thank Vincent for taking the time to answer my questions, and wish him and the rest of the band the best of luck with the new single and upcoming album!