Man Is Not A Bird, an innovative Paris-based quartet, are preparing to make landfall in the U.S. with their first international release, "Life & Levity". The four track collection includes EP title track which Nothing But Hope & Passon claims, "post-rock lovers can expect epic and distinctive sounds that team up with hypnotic shoegaze elements." Expect five minutes of cinematic beauty that doesn’t need to hide from the genre’s big players like Explosions In The Sky.
The much-anticipated EP will officially be available via Splendid (in partnership with Believe Digital) on June 3, 2016. Preorder is available now. Listen to title track HERE
Last summer, the fearless rockers undertook a 10-show tour of the United Kingdom, culminating with a triumphant performance in London that impressed a variety of industry insiders drawn to the band’s obvious international potential.
From there, the band went straight back into the studio to write and record the tracks that have become "Life & Levity". Previously instrumental, these new songs now find the band exploring complex vocal arrangements, while retaining their distinctive post-punk sound.
The band continues to tour internationally, recently road-testing "Life & Levity" with two trips around Germany and eastern Europe, as well as a 5 day run in Spain just last week.
Last year also saw the release of Man Is Not a Bird’s critically acclaimed debut mini-album, "Survived The Great Flood". The album was prominently featured on MTV Pulse Europe and French channel D17, and has over 500,000 streams on Spotify France.
After a sold-out Parisian launch party for the album, the band was asked by British Rock Band, Ride, to open for them on certain dates during the European leg of their mega-reunion World Tour. The tour concluded with Man Is Not A Bird's first visit to the mythical Paris Olympia Music hall, playing in front of a capacity audience.
Look out for remixes from French Touch supremo, Alex Gopher, Italian chaos monger SBCR from the Bloody Beetroots, Toog & Roman Kouder.
Leading up to its release, symphonic rock songstress Bella D has showcased the prowess of her upcoming full-length album, "The Crystal Ceiling", out next Friday, May 13, 2016. Alongside her musical teammate and producer / co-writer / drummer Charlie Zeleny (otherwise known by DRMAGDN and for his work with Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess, Blotted Science, Behold the Arctopus and others), Bella D has created a world of her own with her steampunk-inspired lyrics and haunting melodies.
With the recent release of unforgettable tracks "Invincible", "End of The World", "The Crystal Ceiling", and "There's No Room For You", Bella D and DRMAGDN have already proven the unique songwriting ability within their musical pairing. Kicking it up a few notches, the pair has once again demonstrated their rare talents by taking something amazing and re-interpreting it, as established with their darkened and haunting interpretation of Muse's monster hit "Starlight", out now.
Get your first taste of "Starlight" now via Bella D's first music video, available for viewing now exclusively via Loudwire's "New Music Showcase": http://loudwire.com/new-music-showcase-exclusive-premieres-from-bella-d-the-giraffes-vesuvius/
***Listeners should note that "Starlight" is not available on the upcoming album, "The Crystal Ceiling", and can only be purchased via iTunes as a single. As of now, Bella D's cover of"Starlight" is charting within the Top 50 on the iTunes New Release Rock Chart. Download your copy of the track here.
Bella D states:-
"When we reinvented Muse's "Starlight," the gravity and darkness brought a new and deep meaning to the song. There is longing and sadness in our version of someone desperately trying to find their way home. The song starts small but ends in a musical supernova that triumphantly heralds an epic and exciting future that lies ahead."
Zeleny (DRMAGDN) adds:-
"This "Starlight" Remix "Bella D ft. DRMAGDN" arrangement is the ultimate tribute to a favourite Muse song where we reinvented the mainstream original version to make it sound even more epic like other big Muse tracks. There are echoes of Massive Attack, Dubstep / EDM influences and a huge cinematic sound of full orchestra, rock band, tons of electronics and tons of epic drums. This song is also a product of the future: Not a single member recorded in the same room together and recorded all their parts virtually through the internet."
Australian rock band Hands Like Houses have released new video for 'Degrees Of Separation', one of the standout tracks off their third studio album, "Dissonants". The band have partnered with Rock Sound to premier new video 'Degrees Of Separation' Watch it now here
Singer Trenton spoke of new video for 'Degrees Of Separation' and said 'We wanted to explore a visual, art based video this time rather than one focused on performance. The whole video is meant to be a subtle juxtaposition of ideas, where nothing quite belongs, yet we're stuck with those moments and environments and have to wait them out.' He continues "I feel like Degrees encapsulates the struggles of creating Dissonants - both the time and creative challenges involved. We wrote much of the album in a snowy winter setting (a very alien thing to us Australians!) that made it feel like it was the perfect metaphor for trying to make something worthwhile while being so far from where you belong. The upbeat vibe contrasts the fairly dark and personal lyric matter, so it's a fun song to crank live while still keeping it real and grounded. "
Hands Like Houses' recent album Dissonants was produced by James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Underoath), who helmed the band’s 2013 breakout album Unimagine.
Electric Citizen premiere a new song, “Golden Mean” (watch below), from the Cincinnati rock band’s forthcoming album, Higher Time (May 13, RidingEasy Records).
Consequence of Sound recently included the band, and Higher Time, in their list of 2016’s Most Anticipated Metal Albums, saying “Electric Citizen have the most breakout potential of all the young bands on this list, and with songs this good, they deserve to blow up.”
Electric Citizen will join Wolfmother for a European outing, kicking off on April 8 in Dublin before concluding on release date, May 13, in Barcelona. North American tour dates will be announced soon.
Wolfmother/Electric Citizen tour dates:
April 8 Dublin, Ireland Olympia Theatre
April 9 Manchester, UK Academy
April 10 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK O2 Academy
April 12 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy
April 13 Leeds, UK O2 Academy
April 16 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy
April 17 Bristol, UK O2 Academy
April 20 London, UK O2 Academy
April 22 Koln, Germany Palladium
April 23 Wiesbaden, Germany Schlachtof
April 25 Paris, France Le Trianon
April 26 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
April 27 Brussels, Belgium AB
April 29 Groningen, Netherlands Oosterpoort
April 30 Tilburg, Netherlands 013
May 1 Hamburg, Germany Grosse Freiheit 36
May 2 Berlin, Germany Columbiahalle
May 4 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
May 5 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller
May 6 Djurgarden, Sweden Gruna Lund
May 8 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
May 9 Zurich, Switzgerland Volkshaus
May 10 Munich, Germany Kesselhaus
May 11 Wien, Austria Arena
May 13 Barcelona, Spain Apolo 1
Higher Time track list:
2. Social Phobia
3. Misery Keeper
4. Devils in Passing Time
5. Golden Mean
6. Higher Time
7. Ghost of Me
8. Natural Law
10. Two Hearted Woman
"We are totally stoked to sign a new long term lucrative deal with Manchester based Rocksector Records that will see this EP and the next album released by the label. In a time when bands jump ship in a heartbeat and show no respect or loyalty to the very people that showed that all important support when it was most needed, we are more than happy to build from our foundations with a label that we trust, a label that works hard, a label that is independent of so much of the corporate bullshit" - singer Dean Foxx
Knock Out Kaine have performed at some of the most prestigious Festivals, such as Download and Bloodstock, toured Europe extensively with Adler's Appetite (Steven Adler from Guns N Roses), Faster Pussycat, Love/Hate and shows with Status Quo, Heavens Basement and many more!
2016 sees the Lincoln based combo head to Belgium for Wildfest (with Crazy Lixx & Crucified Barbara) & Wizzfest (with former Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley). They also headline SOS Festival on the Sunday evening, which promises to be a spectacular show!
Mark Appleton of Rocksector Records adds:-
"We're absolutely thrilled to complete this deal with Knock Out Kaine. They're a band that has been around a few years now and undoubtedly earned their stripes on the live circuit, seeing tangible progress during the past couple of years which is testament to their gutsy determination, sacrifice and commitment, as needed in this business. However, don't let that image of the 'struggling musician' pervade all aspects of what they do because hand-in-hand with the grit and determination is a shining talent in song-writing and performance which sets them apart from so many of their peers and is now deservedly paying off"
Formed in 2005, Knock Out Kaine went on to win Kerrang!'s Best Unsigned Live Act in 2008, going on to release a hugely impressive debut album 'House of Sins' via German label DOTT Music in 2012.
They subsequently signed with Rocksector Records for the release of the follow-up album "Rise Of The Electric Jester" on 2nd March 2015 and this review typifies the excellent response..
'quintessentially British, it is uplifting and joyous but has an underlying intelligent maturity that will give it longevity' - Fireworks magazine
'Cruel Britannia' is set to be released on 4th April 2016 via Rocksector Records.
Dean Foxx : lead vocals
Danny Krash : drums
Jimmy Bohemian : lead guitar
Lee Byrne : bass guitar
Engineered and produced by Matt Elliss of Axis Studios, Doncaster (UK)
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