DEMI THE DAREDEVIL

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Demi The Daredevil are an alternative rock/art pop outfit from the American state of Texas.

In the decade the band have been in existence, it is fair to say they have had their share of ups and downs.

Having experienced some initial success, they were dealt a huge blow in 2009 with the sudden death of original frontman and primary songwriter Jovan Ortiz.

With the departure of Marc Martel soon after, it was left to drummer Jeff Azar to take on the mantle of creative lynchpin.

Bringing on board some new faces, including his brother Thomas, Azar set about evolving their sound into a mix of bright alternative rock, dark theatrics and deeply psychological lyrics, influenced by an eclectic range of bands and artists.

All this, as well as the assistance of respected producer John McCracken, has resulted in Demi The Daredevil receiving much acclaim and a growing following worldwide.

With the success of their recently-released EP ‘The Secret Schizoid’, it was time to have a chat with Jeff.

How did the band get together initially?

It all started in our hometown of El Paso,”El Chuco”.

Our original lead singer Jovan (RIP) and Marc started playing guitar together, and a mutual friend of ours brought me into their mix.

I started off on the drums in this band, and we used to play in my grandma’s garage.

How did the name Demi The Daredevil come about?

Demi is short for demigod, which is a half man, half god.

Marc and Jovan chose Demi the Daredevil over the alternative, which was The Rootbeer KamiKazis.

To somebody who is discovering your music for the first time, how would you describe it to them?

Art pop with a dark theatrical twist. Think Queen meets Genesis meets Chicago if you’re an oldie. Think My Chemical Romance meets Twenty One Pilots meets Panic! At The Disco if you’re a youngen.

What are the band’s musical influences?

Minus the above mentioned, Green Day, Blink-182, Muse, The Used, Prince, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, David Bowie, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Danny Elfman, to name a FEW.

I don’t feel like I’ve chosen X amount of bands to take inspiration from. There’s a lot of stuff I listened to as a kid that comes out in the music now, like Savage Garden for example, my first cassette tape.

What is your approach to songwriting?

Who comes up with the initial ideas started from Jovan to Marc to my brother Thomas to me, and everyone’s approach is a bit different.

For me, I need to start with an emotional chord progression, one that grounds you in the present moment. A good progression is a like a true sentence, that is most important to me.

I try out syncopated rhythms with the core instruments, I blurt out melodies with my mouth or make them on the keyboard. I then tie separately written lyrics to the melody.

When recording comes around, I usually change the lyrics to be more like I’m shouting them TO someone, not just talking to myself, and the melodies change to ones that have more oomph to them.

Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?

Lyrical inspiration starts from what I think is a big realization or feeling, like a fainting spell or burst of rage or a sad feeling after a reality check of some kind, then it takes a while to get a more of a bird’s eye view on it and to say it better than when I would try to describe it initially.

Your EP ‘Secret Schizoid’ came out recently. How has the reaction been to it?

Well, to the people that have taken the time to hear it, it’s been great, because they have been citing influences that I know have influenced me, so it affirms what Demi is doing.

As far as press, well let’s just say you’re the fourth person to give us the time of day, so thank you for that!

What is the band’s experience of playing live?

It’s had its ups and downs! Right now, I’m trying to have more fun and play with less inhibitions, which makes it more entertaining for people I think, in a different way than being purely a good instrumentalist.

What have you got lined up in the near future?

Well, just before speaking to you, I was at an Austin Music Foundation panel in regards to touring, which is going to be what we’re focusing on again now that we can promote the recent EP.

So, we’ll promote to our niche audiences in surrounding cities, and try to win over the bartender if no-one shows up.

We are still going to release singles I think, the next one is currently being mixed by Matt Neveskey from Blue October.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

Having fans in select cities across the globe who we’re playing shows to, and getting songs licensed out for the love of God, I mean, by the grace of my lucky stars, get a publishing deal and license some songs out.

DEMI THE DAREDEVIL’S LATEST EP ‘THE SECRET SCHIZOID’ IS AVAILABLE NOW.

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BRISTOL REGGAE LEGENDS TALISMAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM NEXT MARCH

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Popular Bristol reggae crew Talisman are to deliver their stunning new album ‘Don’t Play With Fyah’ on Friday 17th March 2017 through Sugar Shack Records.

Most bands with a history that stretches back four decades are content to go through the motions, their creative peak somewhere in the past, but not Talisman.

Their forthcoming album includes some of the strongest material they’ve ever recorded, with seven brand new songs and the corresponding dub counter parts; this is their finest album to date.

With such strong material, they knew they had to pull out all the stops when it came to the final mixes and who better than legendary musician, producer, engineer and all round British reggae genius Dennis Bovell, who has worked with such acts as  Madness, Arcade Fire and Joss Stone.

The album kicks off with ‘Relijan’, a roots anthem with lyrics that resonate with contemporary relevance whilst the music has the timeless feel of the best seventies roots.

This track raises the game for Talisman and puts them on par with such British greats as Aswad, Steel Pulse and Misty in Roots at their best; it is without doubt destined to be seen as a classic of the genre.

The pace and the lyrical intent doesn’t let up as we start ‘Talkin’ Revolution’, which for long time fans of the band is a real treat; a brand new song yet imbued with the feel and vibes of their early eighties work.

It would not have felt out of place in their sets during those years and yet, this bridge between the past and present manages to surpass what went before, a real achievement and another certain future favourite for fans.

‘She Look Like Reggae’ is a charming piece of observational songwriting that rewards repeated listening with hidden depths and also provides a good opportunity to mention the very welcome use of a full horn section on some of these tracks.

There’s something right about Talisman with horns that once again ties their long distinguished musical heritage in with the present.

The title track is another strong tune with a different style of vintage feel and also lends its title to the album.

It is followed in a similar vein by ‘Hear No Evil’ and ‘Racism Never Sleep’, rounding off a trio of songs carrying a warning message, those messages perhaps being more
relevant now than at any time this century.

Rounding off the vocals with something of a change of pace is ‘Wheel and Come Again’, a joyful and upbeat song that has a pop sensibility but in the best sense; a song that will appeal to a wide audience.

It’s hard to overstate Dennis Bovell’s contribution to British music, reggae in particular and we can’t think of anyone more qualified to mix these tracks.

Dub mixes really are his forte, with more than four decades of experience mixing the best in British dubs. The seven dub versions here, deliver in every way, true dub re-imaginings and not mere afterthoughts.

Dennis has refashioned them into alternative mixes, shifting focus, taking whole new pathways as he navigates the multi-tracks, sometimes familiar, sometimes with an entirely new emphasis.

These dubs happily stand on their own merits and let’s hope that this is just the first of much collaboration with the great man.

TALISMAN’S NEW ALBUM ‘DON’T PLAY WITH FYAH’ WILL BE RELEASED ON CD AND DIGITALLY ON MARCH 17TH 2017.

ALSO AVAILABLE WILL BE A LIMITED EDITION VINYL EIGHT-TRACK LP, FEATURING FOUR OF THE VOCALS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING DUB VERSIONS.

ALT ROCKERS ELASEA TO RELEASE NEW EP THIS COMING SPRING

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Rising British rock crew Elasea express a sound that packs colossal riffs, smart arrangements, and layered vocals.

With influences ranging from You Me At Six, Bring Me The Horizon, and Lower Than Atlantis, the Berkshire five-piece are ready to climb as they release their brand new EP, Lesson Learnt, on Friday 17th March 2017 through all platforms.

Consisting of Andy Bradford (rhythm guitar/vocals), Liv Jones (bass/vocals), Calum Radmore (lead guitar), Ashley Haskell (drums), and Braydie Haskell (keyboards, synth and samples), the band take from a wealth of inspiration and have absorbed their predecessors’ influences before adding their own imposing stamp.

In doing so, they now despatch an enthralling sound that is refreshingly accessible and earnest.

Since their inception, Elasea have always been an industrious unit.

In 2015, the alternative rockers delivered their debut EP, ‘Where I Belong’, to much acclaim from the likes of Already Heard, Alt Corner, Toxic and Punktastic, as well as earning support from Rock Sound magazine.

After this debut release, they reshaped their line-up and added keyboard and synths to an already potent sound.

Support shows with the likes of Funeral For A Friend, AllUsOnDrugs, Veridian, and Echoic soon followed, helping to further refine the band’s own live performances, as well as allowing them to cultivate a growing fan-base.

Now the five-some are braced to strike out on their own. The ascending rocksmiths drop their sophomore EP ‘Lesson Learnt’ this coming March, and it greatly surpasses expectations.

Their new video single ‘Breathe’ starts proceedings in spectacular fashion with its eerie beginnings, before hammering out a soaring riff that ideally accompanies Andy Bradford’s emotive voice.

The track highlights the band’s thoughtful texturing with Liv Jones peppering the cut with her alluring vocals and Braydie Haskell’s adept use of synth.

‘Time Stops’ illustrates the quintet’s notable dynamism and shrewd phrasing, not to mention their towering ability to unleash a beast of a hook equal to Ashley Haskell’s pounding drumming.

‘On My Own’ parades Calum Radmore’s nifty guitar work, as well as exploring Bradford’s vocal diversity, as he bellows out Dave Grohl-esque screams.

By the time ‘Walls’ comes to light, which further reaffirms the band’s stature and quality, you should be suitably convinced that Elasea have crafted a record that truly shines.

CHECK OUT ELASEA’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://www.elasea.com AND THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES FOR TOUR DATES AND SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS.

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/elaseauk

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/elaseauk

INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/elaseauk

 

 

 

 

 

 

YORKSHIRE’S FAVOURITE BUSKERS GLASS CAVES RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘DO YOU HAVE A NAME’

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Busking sensations Glass Caves have released their new single ‘Do You Have a Name?’

At a time when the music industry seems plagued with instantaneousness and entitlement, too few bands appear willing to put in the groundwork in order to build a successful career.

Fortunately, Pontefract four-piece Glass Caves are a band whose tireless work ethic is matched only by their seemingly limitless ambition.

Equally at home either busking on street corners or selling out venues nationwide, the band’s propensity for doing everything themselves has inspired a devotion in their fans which sees them travelling from all corners of the UK in order to be a part of Glass Caves’ incendiary live shows; shows which have seen them support Augustines, headline London’s Koko, and play a myriad of festivals including Isle of Wight and Reading/Leeds.

It’s not just live that Glass Caves excel themselves. In what proved to be a testament to their early leg-work, their self-funded debut album ‘Alive’ made Record Store Day’s Top 40 when it was released in 2014. Fast forward almost exactly two years and the band are back with their new single ‘Do You Have A Name’.

Three-and-a-half minutes of atmospheric indie rock, ‘Do You Have A Name’ builds on the same emotionally charged format as Glass Caves’ previous output while managing to feel like the band at their most fully realised yet.

Richly emotive, honest and heartfelt, this is the Glass Caves of 2016, and the buzz is only going to get louder.

CHECK OUT GLASS CAVES’ MUSIC AT: www.soundcloud.com/glass-caves & www.youtube.com/theglasscaves

FOR MORE INFO, TAKE A LOOK AT THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.glasscaves.co.uk

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/glasscavesmusic

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/glasscaves

INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/glasscaves

 

 

 

LILIUM RELEASE NEW VIDEO

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Brit alt-combo Lilium have released their stunning video new single ‘Disappear’ via Deathly Records, and you can watch the video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORDONFXqIbs

Expressing an intoxicating sound that tips its hat to everyone from Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam and Muse to proggy acts such as Yes and The Dear Hunter, Lilium’s music is powerfully melodic and moving, and has a relatable coherence that belies the complex and intricate craft used to create it, making it all the more unique and engulfing.

Having started life in the South West, and consisting of Samuel Dobbyn, Graeme Haywood, and siblings Andrew and Emma Heselton, Lilium’s success was capped with receiving the Cornish Guardian’s What’s on Cornwall ‘Best Live Act’.

Pinning down impressive supports with Young Kato, and with The 1975 at Boardmasters Festival has also greatly aided their progression.

More recently, the four piece upped sticks and relocated to Liverpool, gathering
more support slots with bands such as Grumble Bee and Demob Happy.

Lilium have just been snapped up by emerging indie label Deathly Records, and have now released their first single, ‘Disappear’.

The track perfectly showcases the band’s charisma and diversity, as the single washes over you with a magnetising hook and thoughtful arrangements that keenly highlight
the innovative crew’s classy song-writing ability.

Armed with an eye-catching animated video (which has just been premiered by Getintothis), further material, a recent and highly successful launch show, and widespread shows during the start of the year, Lilium are certainly ones to watch for
2017!

The video for ‘Disappear’ was directed and produced by Lilium with animation by Ajmal Areeb Ishaq (https://www.facebook.com/areebonary), and you can watch
it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORDONFXqIbs

‘DISAPPEAR’ IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE/STREAM FROM:

DEEZER: http://www.deezer.com/artist/11435420

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/track/4Jnot4cCpKelCQF0Pb4j6h

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/disappear-single/id1174484230

GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bl3vhctc2vh3brqi3y4dqkbndae&tid=song-Tfrv5qef6umha6hho2p2oqxsssy

 

 

 

 

 

ORBIT CULTURE

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ORBIT CULTURE (from l-r): Richard Hansson (guitar), Niklas Karlsson (vocals/guitar), Markus Bladh (drums), Fredrik Lennartson (bass).

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Hailing from a small town deep in southern Sweden, metal quartet Orbit Culture have been making quite an impact on the rock scene in their native homeland these last couple of years.

With a sound that is heavy but melodic and progressive at the same time, and lyrics dealing with themes of science, mythology and the struggles of humanity, they have attracted a devoted following in their part of the world.

Therefore, coupled with the success of their third album ‘Rasen’, released earlier this year, it surely can only be a matter of time before the four-piece’s popularity spreads across Scandinavia and on to British shores.

I chatted to frontman Niklas Karlsson about their past, present and future.

How did the band get together initially?

Originally, we started out as a small jam group with different people playing different instruments.

It was not until I started to record some demos on my computer that our old guitarist Maximilian and I decided to form a band.

We got two more guys on board, Christoffer and Markus, and that’s when we officially became a band.

How did the name Orbit Culture come about?

We used a band name generator online to come up with the name, so there’s not really a background or message behind it.

To somebody discovering your music for the first time, how would you describe it to them?

If you like Swedish metal from the 90’s combined with a touch of modern metal, modern production and deep growling vocals, I really think you should check it out.

What are your musical influences?

Metallica, Behemoth, Meshuggah, Gojira, Lamb of God and so many more.

What is the band’s approach to songwriting?

There never goes a day where we don’t think about creating or playing music in some way and that can both inspire you but also wear you out.

Where does the inspiration come from for your lyrics?

Lyrically, we’re very interested in the topic of anxiety and such and living with those sorts of things.

How is the experience of playing live?

The experience up till now has been good. Let’s hope it stays that way (laughs).

What have you got lined up in the near future?

A bunch of new songs that will be released as an EP and hopefully some live shows around Sweden.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We’ll be hopefully picked up on a steady touring schedule, along with releasing new music for people to enjoy.

CHECK OUT ORBIT CULTURE’S MUSIC ON SPOTIFY, SOUNDCLOUD AND AT: https://orbitculture.bandcamp.com/

MORE INFO AT:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/OrbitCulture

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/orbitculture

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/OrbitCultureOfficial

 

FERO LUX

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Fero Lux are a post-hardcore/mathcore four-piece from southern Florida.

Since their formation in 2010, they have toured all over the States, building up a loyal fan base with a thrashy sound coupled with politically charged lyrics, which has resulted in them being likened to bands such as Glassjaw and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

With their latest album ‘No Rest’ enjoying rave reviews, and also embarking on a tour of the American west coast with newly reformed mathcore legends The Number Twelve Looks Like You early next year, it was time to have a chat with them about all things Fero Lux.

How did the band get together?

I was lying on the grass on Sunday morning of last week, indulging in my self-defeat.

My mind was thugged, all laced and bugged, all twisted wrong and beat.

A comfortable three feet deep.

How did the name Fero Lux come about?

My friend said I could use it, and she took it from some occult type reference.

Spooky stuff!

How would you describe your sound?

Imagine a delicious vegan mac and cheese. Scary at first, but delicious when you get to know it.

What are the band’s musical influences?

Shitty Deepak Chopra quotes that inherently make no sense, and At The Drive-In, Coalesce, Botch, Glassjaw etc…

What is your approach to songwriting?

What will we enjoy playing live, and how we can express our feelings in a somewhat complex movement that eventually gives way to a raw, more simple bit of rage, doesn’t have to stay, doesn’t have to go, and a lot of arrangement is by feel.

Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?

Primarily, this terrible Earth, which is full of pieces of shit, and also trying to better ourselves by operating on compassion and evidence.

What’s your experience of playing live?

I’d like to think we are as genuine as can be. We’re not concerned with what anyone likes, but being as real and in the moment as possible.

I think it inspires people in a non-musical way, but that’s my opinion.

What has the band got lined up in the near future?

Man oh man oh man, if terries were to come up in here?

We have a new video for our song “Double Ghost” and we will be touring with the Number Twelve Looks Like You for their west coast run of the U.S.!!

What’s your long-term aim?

To wheeze the juice as much as possible, and tour forever.

CHECK OUT FERO LUX’S MUSIC AT: www.fero-lux.bandcamp.com AND VIDEOS AT: www.youtube.com/user/feroluxtube

MORE INFO AT:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/feroluxmusic/

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/fero_lux

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/ferolux