True Gents are an 8-piece band from Scotland with a special vein of atmospheric, psych-infused jangle-pop. Formed by school-mates Euan Nicol and Toby Jeffery in 2006, True Gents would meet up in the haunting woods of lnvermay, Perthshire and work on songs late into the night upon formation. Shortly after beginning to write songs together, the duo entered and won a singer/songwriter competition at Perthshire Amber - The Dougie MacLean Festival. Over the past few years, Jeffery/Nicol have been working hard to continually progress as writers by introducing different elements into the band and adapting their styles. Working with talented local producers like Robin Wynn-Evans (Manic Street Preachers, Sam Brown, The View, Dodgy), and David Macfarlane (Red Pine Timber Company, The New Madricis), True Gents have created a back catalog of music which has received warm reviews over the years. Having gone down an alternative-folk route in the past with their self-funded EP in 2009 and their debut album 'In the Dark we Set Sail' in 2013, the band are now set to release their latest piece of work 'Blood Moon'.Their lineup changed not so long ago. Original members remaining include Jeffery/Nicol (guitar, vocals) and Ian Scobie (accordion/psychedelic keys). With the introduction of Stu (the thunder) Bennett on lead guitar, the hard-hitting Toole brothers on the rhythm section, and Rea Pirnie/Rosemary Stanford on backing vocals, the act's sound is more striking than ever. Again self-funded by the band, 'Blood Moon' will be the band's most rock-oriented sound to date with indie, folk-rock and psych-pop influences, ranging from many of the band's influences such as Turin Brakes, The Byrds, Magnolia Electric Company, Spiritualized, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, and more.
Instant Empire is a rock group from Denver that formed nearly eight years ago. Since then, they have released three EPs and a couple LPs, the most recent of which – 'Last of the Lovers' – will be released this August. The five-piece crafted the album with a concept centering around “the relentless march of time … consumed with finding grace and beauty in life’s tiny moments.”
The band's sophomore album is a beautiful listen, with a fairly dark theme complemented by bright and wonderfully contagious melodies. One of many highlights off the release is “Slow to Reveal”, a track with multiple vocal layers rising in intensity over shimmering guitars and an ’80s-tinged polish. The hook that features the lyrics “whispers and sideways glances” is full of intensity and supremely melodic songwriting, a great demonstration of the band’s talents.
“The initial spark for this song came after spending one too many days in Vegas, and all the heat, booze, gluttony and sickness that comes with that town,” vocalist and lyricist Scotty Saunders explains. “But the song eventually took on a larger rumination on how easily we let addiction and darkness into our lives. Depending on the situations you put yourself into, or the people you surround yourself with … evil can sometimes feel tangible. ‘Slow to Reveal’ explores that idea a bit.”
Rare Monk is a Portland, OR based indie rock band. They are gearing up to release their debut full-length album, A Future, in the summer of 2017 -- featuring 10 brand new songs recorded in Portland with Skyler Norwood (Blind Pilot, Horsefeathers, Priory).
In 2015, Rare Monk released their apocalyptic-tinged self-titled EP, produced by Tom McFall (Weezer, Bloc Party, Snow Patrol, R.E.M.). Singles "Warning Pulse" and "California (Will Burn)" received considerable attention form the blogosphere, college radio, and streaming services such as Spotify. This was the follow-up to 2014's widely lauded 7-inch "Splice/Sleep Attack". The boutique record label, B3SCI Records, released both EPs.
In 2016 Rare Monk faced several lineup changes. Their original guitarist and violist left and the once 5-piece became a 4-piece with the addition of lead guitarist and vocalist Hugh Jepson. With the addition of Jepson, Rare Monk started focusing more on writing bigger guitar parts, dueling leads, and beautiful falsetto harmonies. What resulted were ten new songs written and recorded over the course of the last year and a half.
The songs deal with death and agency – our control (both individual and as a species) of how the future will play out. “It’s easy to be deterministic – the world’s a shit show right now and it feels like all we can do is make popcorn – so there’s a lot of grappling and grasping for free will.” The songs are also a lot of fun – big guitar fun – a commitment to giant choruses as a medium to discuss humanity’s doom and how we might prevent it. If there’s a unifying theme to the album, it’s that we have control over the music we make, that band practice is chaos under our control and feedback cures all diseases.
Rare Monk decided to release their debut full-length independently after self producing much of the album, alongside Norwood, having previously worked with him on 2013's "Death By Proxy EP". These tracks represent a sound formed over the course of the last five years, containing some of their most adventurous yet accessible songs to date.
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!
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks.