With an impressive following in their native Australia, afro-infused electro-funk pioneers Broadway Sounds will finally be bringing their effervescent retro fun to the rest of the world, with an EP release scheduled ahead of some UK festival appearances this summer. The "Exclusive Love/Digital Influence" EP release will drop on 20th May via 100 Billion Wires and features the brand new title track, which premiered today on Stereogum, who called it "an irresistible dance jaunt".
[ Listen to 'Exclusive Love/Digital Influence' ]
Meeting at the intersection of afro rock, boogie funk, township jive, afro funk, kwela jazz, soca, RnB, folk and soul, Broadway Sounds are a new breed of psych-pop that push the boundaries and make it work.
100 Billion Wires is a new London based independent label project set up as a labour of love by 3 friends to support exciting new left-field music from the grass roots. Drawing on their collective experience of working in labels, live and music publishing, across acts ranging from Young Fathers, ho99o9, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Peanut Butter Wolf to The Fall, Shabazz Palaces, Metronomy & The Streets - eclectic tastes are reflected in the label's approach to releasing new music from emerging artists.
Broadway Sounds will play the following live dates this summer, with more to be announced shortly:
15th July - Beatherder Festival, Lancashire UK
23rd July - Hootenanny, London UK
24th July - Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire UK
The Italian duo of Helalyn Flowers strike back at full force with the uncompromising determination of redefining our sonic foundation! A quite ambitious challenge after the detonating success of their last studio album “White Me In // Black Me Out” released back in 2013 after which we were all wondering what could be achieved next… Well, with the last October surprise release of the “Beware Of Light” EP, Helalyn Flowers clearly reaffirmed their sonic force and capacity of selecting the perfect guests to collaborate with for an optimal result. The astounding duet with Chris Pohl (Blutengel, Terminal Choice…) instantly pushed them back in the spotlight of all alternative clubs across the globe.
N0emi Aurora and maXX are not the kind of artists who content themselves repeating the same recipe of success again and again. And on this new 4th full length album, they more than ever push their artistic limits to the max: connecting extremes together, fusing eclectic music styles just like playing with fire and ice, experimenting with their colourful sonic palette for the absolute fusion of genres distilled into their very own and so characteristic hi-energy and modern darkwave style lead by the charismatic female vocals of N0emi Aurora whose impressive vocal range and extravagant personality are showcased at their ultimate best evoking singers like Lady Gaga, Siouxsie Sioux or yet Cristina Scabbia at other moments!
Just take extremely opposite songs like the catchy addictive cyber pop of “Frozen Star” and the speed punk rock collaboration with Angelspit on “Maths Of Chaos” and you clearly perceive that the bar set by this album of maturity for Helalyn Flowers affirms the band’s open minded creative approach. We witness their unique ability to marry their diverse range of influences across their compositions while keeping a sharp sound cohesion along the line while making at the same time allusions to Rammstein’s heaviness, Gary Numan’s melody, David Bowie’s depth, KMFDM’s rage, The Cure’s darkness or yet Madonna’s magnetism.
From the martial rhythmic Industrial Metal of "Karmageddon" or "New Days Of Babylon" to the EBM-injected Electro Rock of "Synthetic Paranoia". From the surprising blend of Psychic TV's Acid Techno-Era meets The Prodigy and Black Metal-infused Killing Joke tones of "Shadow Complex" to the sci-fi ambient touch of the post-urban hit "Frozen Star". From the freezing ritual chant of “Eerie” to the goth rock anthem “For All Bad Things” or yet the ultimate industrial ballad “I Saved An Angel” and its ghostly guitars, melodic piano notes and stunning vocal lines. “Sonic Foundation” is an addictive album uniting catchy Electro and alluring Industrial Metal in absolute symbiosis thanks to Helalyn Flowers’ unique sound alchemy bringing power, melody, darkness and sexiness in one cohesive sound shell. "Sonic Foundation" is an album that uncoils through dangerous and surrealistic figurative worlds, invoking post-primitive scenarios à-la William Burroughs and David Lynch.
The band’s strong imagery and iconic visuals get an expanded dimension on the albums deluxe carton box edition augmented by the "Androids In Agony" bonus disc, a non stop-mix of reinterpretations by acts like The Psychic Force, Alien Vampires, Ego Likeness, Simon Carter, EEXEE etc., while Diana S. from Junksista and Ms Larsen from Lunacy Box contribute with remixes and additional guest vocals. Cherry on the cake: add two hard-club mixes from Helalyn Flowers of their songs "Karmageddon" and "Shadow Complex"…
Icelandic rockers CeaseTone use animation to tackle mental health in their captivating "Bright Side" video
Yesterday The MuseBox announced the release of “Bright Side,” the captivating new stop animation video from Iceland’s hottest new export, electro indie rockers CeaseTone. CeaseTone will make their SXSW debut this March in Austin, TX. CeaseTone overcame 150 bands to win the 2015 All Tomorrow’s Parties Unsigned Talent Competition and enjoyed watching “Full Circle” head to #17 of Iceland’s top music chart. CeaseTone will accompany Icelandic folkster Axel Flovent on a March tour of the U.S. surrounding their SXSW appearance.
CeaseTone are comprised of Hafsteinn Þráinsson (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Sólrún Mjöll Kjartansdóttir (drums), Jökull Brynjarsson (synths, samples, keyboard), and Steinar Karlsson (bass). Recent reviews point to the band’s dynamic and captivating live show that audiences at SXSW are sure to enjoy. Tónlist.de raves that “CeaseTone’s indie rock, decorated with electronic sounds, is powerful and the live sets are energetic."
According to Þráinsson, the figure in the “Bright Side” video goes through an interpretation of mental struggle, “looking for the bright side which seems to be visible, but is always just out of reach.” Þráinsson had the concept for the video, but didn't know anyone who could complete the project in time: “I did, however, know how to cut out paper and take pictures with a camera, so I figured I could just make it analog stop motion. I used that to my advantage in getting a raw and humble visualization of a concept that came straight from the heart.”
CeaseTone will perform several showcases at SXSW and are available for pre-festival interviews. More information on CeaseTone is available on their official website.
Hopeless Records is excited to announce the signing of electro-pop act, The Ready Set. Along with the signing news, The Ready Set has announced that the band will be releasing their new album, 'I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love', on April 8, 2016. The music video for the first single, 'Good Enough', can be viewed here. The new album is now available to pre-order on iTunes with a free instant download of 'Good Enough' here. Fans can also pre-order various merch bundles from the webstore, here.
'I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love' - an album full of pop gems with infectious tropical backbeats - marks some of The Ready Set's strongest work to date. “The record as a whole feels like a reinvention of myself,” says Jordan Witzigreuter of The Ready Set. “I stripped everything down and produced the whole thing by myself from top to bottom, so it could feel 100% true to what I wanted it to be. It's a fresh start.”
The Ready Set will be embarking on tour in the U.S. with a number of headlining dates later this month, followed by The Fight For Something tour with Tonight Alive, Set It Off, and Say We Can Fly, which kicks off on March 1st. Please see below for dates.
Purchase tickets here: http://on.fb.me/1S36fjn
Jordan Witzigreuter was only 20 years old when nearly overnight, the young Indiana-born musician—who had spent the better part of his teens writing an arsenal of illegally catchy, electro-pop songs—was plucked from near obscurity and thrust into the spotlight. Six years have passed since the release of The Ready Set’s debut album, I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming, which hit No. 3 on Billboard’s Heatseakers chart, thanks to the platinum-selling success of the LP’s first single, “Love Like Woe. 2011 saw the release of The Ready Set’s sophomore album Feel Good Now and the hit song “Young Forever.” The band’s most recent album, 2014’s The Bad & The Better, charted at #75 on the Billboard 200. The Ready Set has toured with The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cher Loyd, Breathe Carolina, We The Kings, and more.
'I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love' Track Listing:
1. Disappearing Act
2. Being Afraid
3. Good Enough
5. I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love
6. Run With Me
7. Should We Go Downtown
9. No Love (feat. Ansley Newman)
11. Fire In The Sky
12. See You
“CeaseTone knocked our socks off, combining folk, post-rock, and prog rock. The last song exploded in the most glamorous way." - Reykjavik on Stage
The MuseBox recently announced the release of 'Sight of Your Life,' the new single from Iceland’s hottest new export, electro indie rockers CeaseTone. CeaseTone will make their SXSW debut this March in Austin, TX. With JaJaJaMusic.com calling their debut single 'Full Circle' “an opening salvo of tightly wound dark-wave pop,” CeaseTone overcame 150 bands to win the 2015 All Tomorrow’s Parties Unsigned Talent Competition and enjoyed watching “Full Circle” head to #17 of Iceland’s top music chart. CeaseTone will accompany Icelandic folkster Axel Flovent on a March tour of the U.S. surrounding their SXSW appearance.
According to Right Cord Music, CeaseTone are an enthralling talent worthy of comparisons to Iceland’s most prominent acts:
"Somehow Icelandic music never disappoints, and its latest exports, CeaseTone, are no different. Their brand of electro indie rock does what we demand of all our featured artists: It stops us in our tracks and makes us want to listen again and again."
CeaseTone will be performing several showcases at SXSW and are available for pre-festival interviews.
3rd / 4th: Promotional performance Location TBA (Reykjavík Calling), Boston, MA
5th: Middle East w/Axel Flóvent (Reykjavík Calling), Boston, MA
15th-17th: South by Southwest (venue TBA), Austin, TX
18th: Martyr w/Axel Flóvent (Reykjavík Calling), Chicago, IL
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