Based out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Nick Anderson has a voice that takes you into the deepest parts of yourself. At the age of 17, he was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder that leads to depression. As he sat in his basement lost in the darkness of his own mind, a song came on the radio that made him feel like he wasn’t alone. This moment, along with the tools he discovered to manage his mind, solidified a career in music.
As a mental health advocate, and an honest writer, Nick Anderson plays reflective music that digs deep into the emotion of the millennial dreamer, pursuing a style that blends alternative, folk, and power-pop with deep lyrical introspection. His influence is drawn from the likes of John Mayer and James Bay.
His newest release, EPHREM I & II, is a six-track release that puts Anderson's lyrical and songwriting talents on display, backed by his band The Skinny Lovers. Nick wrote the release in an apartment in the basement of an old tire factory called Banbury Place that had a good price. It had one single window peering just above the sidewalk outside. It went on to receive a great response on radio, charting number 1, 12, and 18 in Florida, 8 in Massachusetts, and 24 in Iowa.
Nick has opened for Cartel, The Summer Set, This Providence, and The Millenium, as well as toured the Midwest with platinum selling rock band Saving Abel (Addicted, 18 Days). He has also secured sponsorships with Reverend Guitars and Dean Markley Strings, in addition to working with mastering engineers Emily Lazar and Randy Merrill (Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Adele, Bieber).
The single"CU Again" is the title track on Adrian Underhill's album that was produced by Kindness (Solange, Robyn, Blood Orange). The 10 songs on ‘CU Again’ are the culmination of many years of sonic exploration. Having grown up in Vancouver before moving to Montreal and then Toronto, Adrian spent time in rock bands and making lo-fi recordings on his own, before moving towards a 70s songwriter vibe infused with a more modern production style & sound. The LP is set to be released later this year.
Adrian's thoughts on the song:
"One thing I really like about this song is that it is left open ended who the song is being sung for. It’s about the universal feeling of missing someone and that could be a platonic or romantic relationship. To me, the song invites you as the listener to also become the singer of the song, the protagonist, to sing along if you have ever felt the feeling of missing somebody that means a lot to you."
The smouldering talent that is Leaone continues his rise with a new track ‘Livewire’ taken from his sublime EP ‘Wild Horse Ride On’, released through Fierce Panda this October 13th.
Leaone’s sweetly sobering and sombre tracks have already seen him compared to The National and described as the missing link between Leonard Cohen and Lana Del Ray. While, on his debut ‘Oh, My Sweetest Sin’, released this summer, Leaone found himself winning support from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio1 and the local BBC Introducing teams in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as performing in support of Emmy The Great and Roddy Womble.
With his second EP ‘Wild Horse Ride On’ to follow this October, the troubadour has gathered another glittering collection of tracks for the release which have already won him fans including Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins on BBC 6Music.
With his new release supported by the Arts Council England, Leaone just keeps giving us a reason to come back, and the excellent ‘Livewire’ - produced by Pete Jarrett (who has written for Betsy and Lao Ra) - sets the perfect marker for the new release.
In the words of Leaone “the song is ultimately an apology for my sometimes fiery temper and a confession of my on-going love” and also features the Brisbane-based artist Leo Altarelli on trumpet.
‘Wild Horse Ride On’ is released on October 13th 2017 through Fierce Panda. Leaone’s first EP ‘Oh, My Sweetest Sin’ is out now.
18 Oct – LONDON – Paper Vintage Dress (w/ Chris Hornsby)
Steven K. Smith has more than 20 recording to his name both solo and collaboratively. He was the founding member of the post rock outfit MABOU from Cleveland, Ohio. His also worked with Jason Sloan in the acclaimed dark ambient project DOLMEN. In addition to A Signal In The Static he is a member of SPIRICOM with Columbus, Ohio guitarist Marc Cody. Smith lives outside of Kent, Ohio on a farm with his wife and a menagerie of animals.
A Signal In The Static is a sonic flood whose immense current blurs the line between cleansing and obliterating. The unrelenting, multi-textured wash of synthesizers and heavily processed guitars is propelled by expansive, driving bass and percussion that is equal parts primal and mechanical. Throughout its massive presence, A Future Remembered swells with layers of melody that penetrate its dense landscape and supply a constant tidal force. As the galactic waves surge and dissolve, they purge the earthly terrain in their wake.
Eugene, Oregon-based quartet Spiller embrace their Pacific Northwest roots and DIY mentality. Their diverse taste provides listeners with a melting pot of rock, math, jamming and jazz. With a passion for live performance, Spiller encapsulates the spontaneous nature of improvisation while combining it with an indie-rock flare. With their latest double EP, Reuben and Coldcut, Spiller has taken their sound to the next level, both lyrically and musically.
Spiller is proud to be part of a the Eugene, Oregon community, with the music and community coming ahead of glitz and glam. They produce no-frills, wholly memorable music that is well worth checking out.
"The songs from Reuben and Cold Cut are some that we’ve been playing live for almost a year now," bassist Aidan D’Angelo explains. "Because the songs were born in a live setting, we thought it was important to capture that same feeling of improvisation and spontaneity in the recording process. To do so, our drummer/engineer (Justin) set us up over at the music school and, using borrowed gear and whatever else he could find, made a great studio for us to record these songs. We spent the full day running through the tracks and what you hear on this double EP is the result of that day's work."
"Fall of last year I got around to watching 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' the documentary on Nina Simone," explains singer/guitarist Sam Mendoza. "It was incredibly inspiring just seeing how fearlessly she used her craft as a medium for protest and empowerment. This was around post-election time, where most of my friends and family were in a state of disarray and uncertainty. That frustration combined with having watched the film left me feeling restless."
"I was (and still am) concerned about our new administration essentially giving up on the planet, specifically the possibility of seeing the EPA and natural spaces going to dust. The lyrics came right out and almost immediately messed with a guitar sketch recorded via iPhone a few months prior. Per Spiller tradition, we decided to throw a jam/improvisational section in the middle of the song. It kind of serves as a strange preface to the heavy breakdown, which really conveys the big scary feelings. I like how the song takes many different directions; it could be jumbled, but we worked on the transitions to tie it all together."
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.
GroundBurst is an instrumental rock trio whose sound strikes for the band’s kaleidoscopic approach and wide-open mindset. The band consists of Phil, Si, and Erik, respectively on guitars, bass & keys, and drums. These three talented musicians set out to create a lush, diverse and textural musical backdrop, borrowing from influences as diverse as electronic music, psychedelia, rock and even jazz with a minimalistic flair. Their recent release, “Triad” is an EP featuring 3 original compositions, as the title of the release might lead you to guess!