and Alice is a two piece math-rock band hailing from Bath and Chippenham based in the UK. The two members Chris Tucker (guitar, vocals) and Joe Sgroi (drums, vocals) met at college and after discovering a shared passion for wiggly time signatures and angular song structures, decided to start writing together. and Alice has been together for about two years now and have just released their debut EP, With Friends.
James North, production wizard, had and Alice over for three hazy weekends of recording in his bedroom. It was a great opportunity for good friends to just hang out and have loads of fun whilst remaining productive. Their debut EP, aptly titled With Friends is a testament to the amount of people in the band's lives that they have leant on, not only in this project, but in every aspect of life. The EP is a concise overview of the kind of music and Alice has been obsessing over these past two years; big, catchy instrumentals, wonky time sigs, ringing vocals and above all - sprinkles of sentiment. Now available for FREE download via MoonSwing Netlabel, the band have also joined their eclectic roster of independent artists from all over the world.
Since recording this, and Alice have written a whole host of new tracks, so keep your ears to the ground people!
Amos val is the musical project of Nathan Jurgensen. Formed in the garages, storage units and basements of the Portland, Oregon, Amos val’s sound is layered, meditative, crushing and introspective. Since 2007 it has seen many additional members come and go but for the last two years, it has been solely curated by Nathan which led to the 2018 release New Teeth.
Thematically, the album puts ugly personal growth at its center and stands life up against the grand scheme of time. It revels in allowing things to decay so that change can occur. New Teeth’s lyrical explorings include panic attacks, the universe, isolation, time, triumph, surgery, babies, fate, friendship, flesh, teeth, dreams and guitar meanderings whose patterns fuse, bend and break apart. All held together by big, beautiful drums.
From the driving wall of "Holy Grass" to the dark aggression of "Skepticism" to the heart-wrenching falsetto of title track "New Teeth," the album is a cathartic and flowing encounter.
Because Amos val is driven by a sole member it is free from internal scrutiny and is free to live as long as it wants to express itself. Live shows are rare but forthright and sincere music is frequent.
Cape Town-based four piece post-rock band Yndian Mynah burst into the atmosphere with an exhilarating introductory two-track demo EP and accompanying eight-track live album 'Live at Mercury', both out now via MoonSwing Netlabel showcasing their ability to bend genres like twisted wire; textural post-rock sections, driving alternative waves with hints of ferocious math and prog leanings, painting their ever-changing and delicately kaleidoscopic portrait.
(Brooklyn, NY) The Hollow Ends is a folk-rock band fronted by Saint Louis-based songwriter Zachary Schwartz. Mixing socially conscious lyrics with anthemic choruses and roots/Americana sounds with punk rock energy, The Hollow Ends deliver a varied but cohesive and compelling musical package. Schwartz moves seamlessly between punchy, driven punk, and gorgeously arranged folk and roots music blanketed in delicate harmonies.
Now, The Hollow Ends are gearing up to release their debut full-length, Bears In Mind, out July 27th via Brave New Records.
In this current musical moment monopolized by bands emptily boasting ‘shoegaze elements’ and peddling 80s throwback dream-pop, The Hollow Ends is a breath of fresh air. To be sure, the basic elements of a Hollow Ends song—soaring vocal harmonies, social conscious lyrics, pounding drums, and distorted hollow-body guitar—are not new. Certainly upbeat, stomp-clap folk has reasserted itself cyclically in popular music over the last few years. The unique offering of The Hollow Ends, however, is a marriage of grit with precision: Schwartz manages to make flawless vocal performances and perfectly executed, thoughtful arrangements come alive with a moving, gritty sincerity communicated to equal effect in songs fast and slow.
This is on full display on Bears In Mind. Through the frantic kick drum in “Close To Flames,” the subdued violin drone and operatic harmonies in “City Lights,” the wild, carnival-like arrangements that punctuate “The Air,” and the minimal instrumentals that provide context for the massive vocal performance in “Ibex Fights,” runs those common threads of grit and precision that make The Hollow Ends such a delight to listen to.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.