With a Big Moon support slot this autumn and SXSW in the bag, Trudy and the Romance’s scurvy ascent has been as pestilent as the plague, infecting hearts and minds everywhere. Labelled ‘50s mutant pop’ by assorted members of the press, their previous single ‘He Sings’ sallied lecherously up to number 7 on the UK Spotify viral charts. Their freakbeat flavoured skiffle clearly strikes a chord with legions of mutant fans everywhere and is a broken bottle to the face of blind conformity. With more material in the works and more gigging before the year is out, whatever Trudy and the Romance are cooking up will be a drunken witch’s brew of lovesick sea shanties and rabble rousing ditties. To all those who thought the age of romance in music is long dead, Trudy and the Romance stand defiant as mutated specimens of a bygone era.
Mindsedge has taken a different approach than on the first album "Theta". They wanted this record to feel smooth and be much more positive, despite retaining the dramatic feel of the previous record. The songs feel tighter and more structured. Shades, the titular track is unique in a few ways. It is a redoing of the drummer's old song that he recorded along with the bassist in their old band. He wrote it himself but we wanted to put a new "Mindsedge" spin on it... so they made it sound nothing like a Mindsedge song. It's somewhat ambient and poppy at the same time (even if it's twice as long as your run-of-the-mill pop-song) and features vocals by Małgorzata Pawłowska (who you can also hear on Pathways) as well as keyboards by jazz guitarist Piotr Grudzińsk. Another unique thing about the song is that it was recorded with instruments downtuned to 432Hz instead of 440Hz. It made them sound deeper, perhaps somewhat broken but also very warm.
From Mountains are a new 4 piece instrumental post rock band from Buckinghamshire, UK. With soaring guitar, delicate piano and a driving rhythm section 'From Mountains' piece together an emotive cinematic soundscape experience. Couple this with live projection of the 1982 classic 'Koyaanisqatsi' , their performances act as a live soundtrack to a visually breath taking film. The debut 5 track EP was recorded live in the epic surroundings of Wittington House near High Wycombe and mixed & mastered in The Lodge Studios, Northampton. October 2016
Defend The Rhino is a cinematic instrumental music project conceived by singer-songwriter / composer / audio engineer, Nathaniel Sutton. A multi-instrumentalist with a flair for musical drama, he pursued a degree in audio engineering, developing a deft touch for exploiting emotion through sonic texture and expansive soundscapes.
Defend The Rhino cites influence from instrumental artists such as Mogwai, Explosions In the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. He is currently presenting Defend The Rhino for feature/review opportunities for his debut album, "There's No Place Like Home", released through Mint 400 Records based in New Jersey, USA.
"Of Gentlemen & Cowards" formed in 2010. As a band they 've seen ups and downs, including an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman and an ill-fated cruise ship gig that both broke their collective heart and yet transformed our sound into a more soulful one. Through it all, as Of Gentlemen & Cowards they 've persevered their optimistic outlook.
'Make It On Your Own' started as a song about coming home after being away, and seeing your city and your life from the outside as you hadn't seen before. "Of Gentlemen & Cowards" wrote it as a reminder to themselves of all the things they love but also the things they wish to change. During the two years they spent writing and recording this record the song took on a larger meaning for them and became a mantra for their band. You are never gonna get anywhere if you're waiting for a big break, and to truly be happy you'll need to reevaluate what success means to you. The music video follows four stories where the characters set out to accomplish their goals big and small, and though the outcome may not always be life changing, the act of pursuing the goal is celebrated as accomplishment in itself.
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!