This publisher had the pleasure of writing for The Cubes a few times, so it is another honour to write the review for The Cubes’ first full length LP “Untitled”. The band were formed in 2012 by songwriter/ guitarist Jacob Solarek following a jam session with friends. After a few lineup changes, The band currently comprises of Solarek ( Vocals, Guitar, Piano), Chris Jones ( Bass) and Danny Kirkham ( Drums).

Untitled is a healthy diet of blues, jazz, folk and funk to create another outing of highs and lows. The band continue to impress with their tight musicianship and thought-provoking lyrics that center on more darker topics like depression, faith, homelessness and love.

This LP provides more fresh and engaging material that won’t disappoint followers of the band that may have had the opportunity to listen to the band’s EP FALL OUT, which I had the privilege in reviewing last April for The Old School Project. (You can read the full article below) “ Untitled” shows another example of the band’s maturity to craft good songs that are subject lead. I will review the ten track LP by picking out some highlights of the LP below;

The album begins with a prelude entitled INTRO, which is a melodic combination of piano and acoustic guitar melded together to feel like the listener has been introduced to a long journey on this odyssey.

DRAWING THE STARS II - This indie track is a good song to begin with its heavy bass lines and up-tempo riff, Solarek proclaims “finally reached something at least”. This feels like the writer has had time to reflect which reaches a climax with a lovely interlude between two sparring guitar riffs and the bass.

https://open.spotify.com/track/2fQloB4RbcDFiW3r7L7lxu?si=HZvtjirQS-aadTWYWOCavg - Drawing The Star II

HOMELESS - The next track looks at the taboo of homelessness, as the vocal style takes a more provocative stance. The aggressive riff feels like it reflects the frustration behind the message to the song.

ROSARY is another acoustic track that I think looks at faith during troubled times in the songwriter’s life. The basic strumming patterns. The vocals feel sullen, as the singer contemplates this. The choral background singing during the verses sound like guardian angels helping with the decision.

CORPSE is an acoustic track which I think is another introspective look at peoples’ attitudes. The hazy riff skips along nicely with the strong imagery addressed within this song. This feels upbeat, but the subject feels like this may be undermining the issue.

https://open.spotify.com/track/3xPCxdUmLdeeaTslDuWHHd?si=VpScjsgEQTy8OQXqzzdBWQ- Corpse

The album wraps up with a more intimate cover of DRAWING WITH STARS II . Solarek sings a more familiar tone that is set against the backdrop of a warm jazz section that feels like it has been sung o the listener at a club

MR BLUES is my standout track with its dirty blues-soaked riff that trudges along to the lyric’s topic of downtrodden in love. Overall, I enjoyed how each track blended into one another by telling its own story with a variation of genres and polished production values. I would recommend giving it a listen.

You can visit The Cubes Website for more information on the band via https://the-cubes.org/the-cubes/

Alternatively, you can follow the band on social media to find out more about “ Untitled”, and any upcoming gigs via

https://www.facebook.com/the.cubes.liverpool/,

https://www.facebook.com/Jacob.Solarek.Music/

https://twitter.com/JacobSolarek1

https://soundcloud.com/jacob89-1

Also, You can read my previous review of The Cubes’ EP Fall Out for The Old School Project here.

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Entropia (Entropy) is the measure of disorder of a system, but the third album of Brazilian singer/songwriter and guitar player Edu Aguiar is far from chaos. The “late musician” (as he calls himself) from Rio de Janeiro presents a real tribute to the best of Brazilian popular music (MPB) tradition: elegant melodies, inspired lyrics and that irresistible bossa- nova-jazz touch. Enjoy!

(GF) When did your relationship with music start?

(EA) My parents were lovers and listened to all kinds of music. As a teenager I already wanted to work with music, but ironically I only had the courage to make my debut after my forties. I was very discouraged by my father, who used to say that an artist in Brazil was doomed to starve. Despite of that, during high school I started composing alone or together with a friend. I recorded the melodies of my songs on cassette tapes and kept them. All my albums have some material from those tapes and I still have a lot of unreleased recordings that I plan to use in future projects.

(GF) What are your musical references?

(EA) Peter Gabriel, Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin, REM and Pearl Jam come right in mind. Big Brazilian icons, such as Joao Gilberto, Nara, Tom and Vinicius, and Paulinho da Viola, Edu Lobo, Chico, Caetano, Gil, Milton. And also recent names in music, such as Livia Nestrovski, among many others.

(GF) Tell us a little about the history of the production of the new CD, "Entropia" (Entropy)?

(EA) After my previous album, "Dias de Blumer", I already had the new project in mind, and decided that it would be all as acoustic as possible, preferably with strings, voice and percussion. With this concept in mind, I invited my friend Mingo Araújo, a renowned percussionist; because I knew that the work I wanted would only be possible with his rhythmic texture. He was also the one responsible for bringing Camila Matoso to our team, an interpreter with the kind of voice, attitude and personality required to perform for the first time a song that had never been heard by anyone before. She sings 12 out of the 14 songs on the album. And there is also an instrumental tune and a song performed by guest singer Zélia Duncan. Geraldo Azevedo, Fred Martins and Eugenio Dale are also on the vocals. My first minimalist concept was replaced by a more organic aesthetic, but I think we quite kept the original spirit of the project.

(GF) Future Projects?

(EA) I have two new projects, one already in progress, similar to "Entropia", with some new partners. The other one is still a draft: an album with songs sang in Spanish, co-authored with several South American artists. I hope to release it in 2021 and I might even spend some time abroad to make this project happen. Let's see what comes. Independent production is always a little box full of surprises.

Written by Geisa Fernandes - Brasil / Rio de Janeiro

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I met Venezuelan trombonist Gregory Boza while hiring musicians for my first gig in Lima, Peru. His contact was given to me by a common friend, also leaving abroad and I couldn´t help thinking how the ups and downs of his native country in recent years impacted the trajectory of many musicians, who are now starting over in different music scenarios. Boza told me his first days in Peru were very hard and that we had to take many under-qualified jobs before being able to get a place as a musician and that competition was very hard. How did he deal with it? With a little help from the Buddhist wisdom. Familiar with the faith for a long time already, since 2018 Boza became a regular practitioner of meditation. According to him, “it helps to focus on the really important things”.

 

(GF) When did you start learning music?

(GB) My contact with music was at the age of 14. In 2008, I started in the National Orchestral System of Youth and Children's Choirs, in Trujillo. Six months later, I moved to Maracaibo and there I went to the Jose Luis Paz Music Conservatory. A year later I entered the Zuliana Youth Rafael Urdaneta Symphony (OSJZRU)), which belonged to the system of orchestras. 2011 the Maracaibo Big Band was created and they invited me to be part of a big band with Andrés Briceño, who regularly offered workshops for drummers in Maracaibo. Roberto Paredes decided to carry on with the big band project and I played with them up to the end of 2017.

 

(GF) And how about your musical references?

(GB) My musical references change according to the challenges that music presents to me, but during my formation years I listened to music from all genres: Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, pieces for trombone and also a lot of Jazz, Michel Camilo, Pat Metheny, J.J. Johnson among others.

 

(GF) Special highlights?

(GB) 2011 I travelled to Italy to the Bergamo Cultural Festival with the OSJZRU. I had the opportunity to work with great singers, such as Rafael el Brito Chicken, Ilan Chester, among others. Playing symphonic repertoire, I travelled to Caracas and played at the Latin American Trombone Academy, led by Maestro Miguel Sanchez. I travelled many times to Caracas in order to have classes with renowned teachers such as Norman Bolter, Angel Subero and Giovanny Scarpetta. 2012 I decided to move to Caracas and become a regular student at the academy. I had bass trombone classes with Franklin Moreno. I lived there up to the end of 2013.

 

(GF) How about your future projects?

(GB) I am actually starting in a new band. Last June I was invited to become a member of Los Barraza, a well-known Peruvian orchestra. They have a very busy agenda with presentations in different parts of the country and I am very excited about it.


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Friday, 12 April 2019 09:51

Chatting With Trey Connor

Since the age of 13, Trey Connor has been captivating people with his skilful guitar work and clear, melodic voice. Now, gone is the child and before you stands a man ready to dominate the pop-rock scene. Heading off to Austin, Texas - a city known for its live music - from his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, Trey is ready to start over. Talking about his musical background, inspirations and reasons for the move, here is my interview with the outstanding Trey Connor.

Trey, your journey into music began at a relatively young age performing since 13, and even playing in a band during your mid-teens. Why did you choose to be a musician?

It’s a funny story actually. I picked up the guitar when I was 11 after an obsession with Guitar Hero and that pushed me to learn the real thing. A few years later, I started singing and just knew that music was what I wanted to do with my life.

Is your family musical in any way?

My grandma was a self-taught keyboard player and singer, but she was the only other musician in the family.

In 2015, you won the Detroit Music 'People's Choice Award', and started producing albums from 2016 onwards. However, you now moved away from Detroit to Texas - why the relocation and essential 'starting over'?

The Detroit music scene will always have a special place in my heart, but I was just ready for my next adventure. It has definitely been tough 'starting over', but I have met some really cool people here, and the city is all about everything music. The scene is much larger and diverse here, and I believe it’s worth starting fresh if it’s in a place with more opportunities.

Why did you choose Austin?

I know Austin might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of relocating for music. I chose Austin over places like LA or Nashville for a few different reasons, but mainly because I like the vibe here a lot. There’s a little bit of everything for everybody here, and it really is a beautiful and inspirational city. It’s also the live music capital of the country!

Relocation is a massive responsibility, regardless of the purpose of your move. What advice would you give to performers who are moving to a new area and scene?

My advice is that, if you really feel that relocating is the best move for your career don’t second-guess yourself and just do it while you still can. My only regret is that it took me so long to find the courage to actually do it. Also, don’t be too selective with opportunities. Take every one you can get and play out as much as you can because that’s how you’ll meet people and really get to know the scene.

Who are your inspirations from a musical and personal perspective?

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters has and always will be one of my huge inspirations. Not only is he an incredibly talented musician, but you can tell he’s a great, humble guy. As far as artist influences go, I love James Bay, Imagine Dragons, NEEDTOBREATHE, Goo Goo Dolls, Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay – to name a few.

You have an upcoming single in the works. What can you tell me about it?

If all goes well, I’m planning the release of a new single sometime in the spring. I’m spending a lot of time on this one because I really want it to be its own thing, so it doesn’t blend in with my last EP.

Have you experienced any challenges when recording the single?

Just delays so far with the move and everything, but the springtime is what I’m shooting for!

 

What is your songwriting process?

I usually start off with a melody first, then structure it, then add lyrics and clean everything up. I have done it differently though; it just depends on what hits me first.

You played in bands when you were younger. Do you prefer performing as part of a band or as a solo artist?

Even as a solo artist, I definitely prefer performing when backed with a band!

You're only 22, so do you think your youth is a benefit or a disadvantage when embarking on a new musical project?

I think it is a little bit of both. I like to think I still have a lot of time to achieve my goals, but also realise there is still a lot of learning and experiences ahead for me.

If you could perform with any artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?

This is a tough question. I would kill for the opportunity to perform with a band like U2 or NEEDTOBREATHE. They are both incredible performers in different ways, and I’m all about putting on a great show. There’s a lot to learn from these guys.

That's it! Thanks so much for speaking with me, Trey. I hope you enjoy Austin, and I look forward to your new single.

If you want to find out more about Trey Connor, then check him out on his Facebook, Twitter or official website. As a special something extra, we have his new video 'My Ghosts' available!

*embed the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_oUStgSMRw

*note: here are the links - https://twitter.com/TreyConnorMusic https://www.facebook.com/TreyConnorMusic/
http://www.treyconnor.com/




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When I think of Britpop, I immediately imagine bands like The Verve, Oasis, Blur and Supergrass. The kids with shaggy who sing about certain aspects of life in, for some reason, the same tone of voice. I’m not saying it’s a good thing; I’m not saying it’s a bad thing – I’m making a sober observation. Why do I mention this? I mention this because the band Reardon Love has been grouped into Britpop.

Alright, Nicole, so we don’t really care. Of course, you don’t. Why should you care that this band remind me of The Verve but were inspired by Joy Division? Why should you care that the band were only formed last year but are making waves with their debut single, ‘Sweet Brandon Teena (Respond To Me)’? Why should you care that they are selling out shows? The fact that you’re still reading my review shows you care a little.


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Reardon Love are a four-piece from Hull with style, swag and understated attitude which is evident in their debut video and song. One of my favourite elements to ‘Sweet Brandon Teena (Respond To Me)’ is the ominous opening with prominent guitar picking, which then transitions into a melodic instrumentation. The simple verses demonstrate vocalist Matt Fletcher’s charming baritone with a smooth movement to upbeat choruses – nothing too outrageous but showing simple is best.

The song is not over the top. It can’t compete with epic tunes, such as ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ or ‘Song 2’. However, this isn’t to say that it won’t be on repeat or stuck in my head for the next few weeks. In all honesty, Reardon Love’s debut single is one of the best songs I have come across this year. I have a feeling in my bones that the band will be big, and I can’t wait to see what else they have for us! Quick tip Matt: ditch the glittery jacket.


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I first met Felipe Fuentes at a rehearsal for a performance at the National Museum for Visual Arts in Montevideo. Cool appeal, social awareness: the young (25), virtuoso bass/double bass “+ some other instruments” (as his social network profile advices) player and composer is one of those talents hard to tag, but easy to enjoy.

(GF) You and music: how did it start?

(FF) I could say that I had contact with music one day before I was born, when Jaime Roos, a well-known Uruguayan author visited my house. As a child, I had the habit of sitting on an armchair, next to a window facing the street and by the sound of the motors I could say the car brand. My parents have both played instruments at some point in their lives, besides being both music lovers and very curious, so I've always been in contact with many music genres. My father is a graphic designer and a photographer, so I also met many musicians through him, for he would be either photographing them or working on their album covers. But even with this favourable environment, the education system in Uruguay for music is quite disastrous, and does not have a conservatory focused on current music, which is why I have learned more in private lessons and with the experience of playing, than in any other way. That means that I had to overcome several obstacles that perhaps a good formal education would have facilitated.

 

(GF) What about your references and influences?

(FF) I have several and very varied ones. I could summarize it by saying that, like a sponge, I absorb something from everything, even things that I do not like at first. I do recognize a strong influence of Afro music in my work, not only in its Uruguayan variant, the candombe, but also as it is represented in other countries and cultures, such as in the United States, Brazil, Cuba, Morocco, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa. I also like Flamenco and the music from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China and Japan. Today I'm listening a lot to Flying Lotus revisiting Frank Zappa, and saxophonist Tony Malaby.

(GF) You started your career very young. Any highlights?


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(FF) The first time I performed live on a large stage. I was 13 years old and it was in the Sala Zitarrosa [a prestigious venue in Montevideo], as the guest of a band called Pecho e 'Fierro. I also consider a milestone my participation in the last festival hosted at the Summer Theater, an important local event.

(GF) Future projects?

(FF) Next July, I will release "Sankofa" with rapper AVR (Alvaro Silva), an album that took us 3 years to prepare. Alvaro's great-grandfather, Juan Julio Arrascaeta was actually one of the first afro poets to be published in the region. The album is a mix of candombe rhythms, hip hop drums, socially conscious lyrics and black poetry.

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Stepping away from the drawing board for a brief moment, Jeff Kitselman from pop-punk All From Nothing sits down with Nicole Mendes from The Old School Project. Here is what this talented guy from Kansas had to say.

NM: Hi there. I hope you're well and ready for a chat. The questions aren't too prying, so shall we begin?

JK: Yes, let’s do this!

NM: Let's get all of the introductory questions out of the way. First thing, who am I speaking with and what part do you play in the band?

JK: This is Jeff Kitselman, lead singer and rhythm guitarist.

NM: How did All From Nothing come together?

JK: I started the band about two years ago calling it All Or Nothing, but we were notified that the name was already taken a few months into it, and decided to stick close to the original name and still had meaning to us. We've had several members come and go, as I think most bands experience. Sage Thurston, our drummer, has been with me the longest, coming up on about a year and a half. The other guys joined early last summer, and our current group has been very committed and solid with common goals moving forward.

NM: I'm guessing your band name expresses your approach to music, but am I correct?

JK: It does. The process of building anything from the ground up is a grind, and you have to start somewhere; so, it has meaning to us as we continue to push forward. It all starts with an idea and then hard work from there!


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NM: You are releasing a new single called 'Actions Speak' soon. What can you tell us about the track?

JK: We are excited for the release. It is all but done now at the studio; just needs some mixing and then deciding how we want to release it! The song was written, taken from a previous relationship that ended not that long ago. I still feel the pain from the relationship when playing it.

NM: 'Actions Speak' is part of an EP you are currently working on. What can you tell us about the EP, if anything?

JK: We are excited about this new release. We started with the idea of another five or six-song EP, but we are now maybe looking at a full album as we have about nine songs that we are working on!

NM: Using 'Actions Speak' as an example, could you tell me about your songwriting process?

JK: We typically start a song by the melody, something that we like the sound of. After coming up with some musical parts and the structure of the song, I then decide what to write about and fit it within the structure so that it hopefully flows well. I personally write most of my music on the acoustic guitar first before moving it over to an electric. 'Actions Speak' was written by Sage Thurston for the most part regarding musically, and then I wrote most of the lyrics to it.

NM: What about the recording process?

JK: The recording process is evolving as our first EP was almost completely recorded by Sage. He played guitar, bass and drums, and even some backing vocals; then I went in and recorded all of the main vocals at a studio in the Kansas City area. With Pav, our bassist, and Gabriel Molina, lead guitarist, really stepping up their roles in the band. They are now becoming more involved in the recording process, and this will create an interesting dynamic moving forward with the songwriting process as well.

    

NM: What is the inspiration for 'Actions Speak'?

JK: Both Sage and I went through recent breakups this past year that were hard, and the best therapy for myself is to turn it into a song. I often do when something is bothering me or conflicting within.

NM: You released a single a couple of months ago, so do you find it easier to keep recording and releasing material as compared to breaks between releases?

JK: We just wish there was more time in the day! I would love to get all of the songs we have done and completed out for the public; I'm excited for what is coming! We have so many new song ideas on top of the nine or ten songs we are recording at the moment. For myself, I like to keep putting new material out versus a long break in music, especially with all of the material we have. As of now, we are not experiencing any kind of writer's block! :)

NM: Do you think releasing content regularly is important and why?

JK: We do feel it is very important as to stay in our fans' minds and ears in the hope of continuing to grow as a band. Our goal is to put out an EP or album every 12 to 18 months; promoting and marketing the album for that timeframe.

NM: In your Facebook biography, you say there are too many musical influences to mention, but do you have one or two artists that seem to have a greater influence on your sound? Who are they, and why are they up there?

JK: For myself, my greatest influences would have been when I was a young teenager and really falling in love with rock and roll. I grew up listening to what my parents listened to; as there was no internet, you only had the radio, cassettes and CDs! That being said, I was a fan of Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Guns 'N Roses, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Poison in the late 80s, and then Nirvana hit. It had a huge impact on me and the many other grunge bands from the 90s. Blink 182, Green Day and Offspring, along with Social Distortion helped carve out my own punk influences.

When a certain song hits you, it is such a natural high with the release of endorphins. I know it is different for everyone, but for me, it's the way a vocalist sings/screams, the energy from the guitars and the way it empowers you. I was sold on rock from the day I heard it and can't see that ever changing.

NM: Do you have any future tours planned to promote the single and upcoming EP?

JK: As of now we don’t have any tours planned. We would love to do something this summer but haven’t made all of the contacts yet to put something like that together. With the band also all working, and school as well, any tours as of now definitely have to be strategic. We hope to set up a couple of two-week tours soon with the right connections to make that happen.


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NM: You released a music video for your single 'Down On Me' last month. What was filming like for the video?

JK: We had so much fun doing this video. It was a day where we had a few inches of snow, and Gabe and Sage brought up doing a video on a whim! Gabriel is also a very talented cameraman/videographer, and he shot the whole thing.

NM: Most people say filming a music video is a treat, but did you experience any challenges?

JK: The biggest challenges are the time and energy it takes in doing videos. It takes a full day, plus all of the planning, and when hiring someone else, it can be expensive. The percentage of people that watch video content though versus just listening to our songs, I have been told, is over 100%; so, it is a must do!

We do definitely enjoy them, but it's hard to do them, hit the recording studio and play shows all at once. Again, we just need more hours in the day to get everything done that we want to accomplish or get to the point that we are making a living doing this.

NM: Who developed the concept for the video and was the final result in line with this?

JK: The concept of 'Down On Me' was mostly put together by Gabe and Sage, with input from both Pav and myself.

NM: People have favourite established acts, but who is your favourite independent act at the moment and why that musician?

JK: That is a tough one. There are some great local bands that are independent making great music! From some of the locals that I have recently heard in the KC area, I really like Stories Through Storms, Champagne Campaign, Sweet Ascent and From the Ashes. All four bands are pushing hard to make a name for themselves; they are all very talented and inspire me to continue improving on my own songwriting. They have been an influence on me, helping me learn each step in moving forward in taking the band to the next level.

NM: That's it! Thanks so much for speaking with me. Good luck for the EP, tours and any other musical endeavours. :)

JK: Thank you so much for the interview; we truly appreciate your interest in All From Nothing!

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Biscay

Biscay are a six-piece from UK. The band’s name derives from the location they are based. Biscay are fronted by the exciting young French singer Elea may. The sextuplet are a hybrid of Funk, Jazz and World Music. The award-winning outfit enjoyed a successful 2018 winning five songwriting competitions combined with May’s sweet voice is accompanied by an accomplished rhythm section that plays a combustion of upbeat funk and rich jazz textures.

http://biscay.co.uk/

This is a basic account with an attractive image of the band set in the background. The white colour seems to be an easy backdrop to the material you will find. There is a nice Bio section, alongside a link to Biscay’s latest music video. You will find a link to a music player alongside a lovely gallery of colourful snaps of the band. There is also A press release section with links to magazine articles and reviews of the band.

https://www.facebook.com/biscaymusic/

This is a helpful site for anybody interested in the band. There are regular post updates from the studio, as well as photos and videos of recordings. This idea of giving visitors exclusive behind the scene footage conveys itself as professional.

 

Four Trips Ahead

Four Trips Ahead is a Prog/Metal act from New York formed in 2003 by Lead singer/songwriter Pete Wilson. The band have steadily forged a hard-working reputation with extensive tours across the States and Europe, including the UK. They have also featured in several Musical publications and received national airplay. Wilson’s strong and impassioned vocals are matched by the intricate guitar solos and pounding drums that are reminiscent of American act Black Label Society.

Four Trips Ahead recently released Latest Album “... And the Fire Within” last Spring.

Four Trips Ahead are;

Pete Wilson - Vocals

Brian Eisenpresser- Guitars

Dan Cassidy- Bass

Ken Candelas- Drums

http://fourtripsahead.com/

This is a very professional site with an attractive logo, and a large background photo of the band. I felt this gave the impression of a renowned rock act. There are some nice quotes about the music from reputable Music publications, as well as an extensive bio on FTA’s latest album “… And the Fire Within”. There is a link to the band’s YouTube account, as well as a photo gallery. The news section promises exciting upcoming releases, but it is not regularly updated.

https://www.facebook.com/fourtripsahead/

This is another well managed account by the band. There are regular posts on media promo, gigs etc. They seem to interact on each post with the fans, which is always a plus for any music fan. There are links to other social media accounts, plus videos that gain behind the scenes access, as well as an extensive photo gallery. I felt impressed with the overall feeling that they enjoy interacting with the fans.

Explorers

Explorers are a Synth/pop act from Chesterfield, England. The two -piece were inspired to form the band through a bond of 80’s cinema, Nostalgia and “a DIY spirit”. They derived their name from a Joe Dante film. The duo previously appeared in several indie bands, including MYbe ;which outsoled Maximo Park and Placebo in the charts. The duo produces warm and atmospheric music replete with synths and hazy vocals.

Explorers are;

Jez Dennis – Drums, Vocals

Rob Bannister- Synths, vocals

https://www.weareexplorers.co.uk/

This is another attractive site with a backdrop of sunset that gives the impressions of a warm welcome. There is an extensive bio on the duo, a music player, which includes new single “Waiting for the sun”, plus a section dedicated to the Explorers’ social media activity. The only negative is there is no photo gallery to peruse.

https://www.facebook.com/weareexplorers/

This is a good FB page from Explorers. The outfit have formed an engaging page that interacts with new fans. They regularly post updates in regards to music promotion. There are some colourful pictures of the band on stage, plus sneak peek of new music recorded in the studio

Sirsy

Sirsy are a rock and soul duet from New York. The duo is Lead singer/ Drummer Melanie Krahmer, who has previously featured in Modern Drummer Magazine, and guitarist Rich Libutti.

They have performed over 200 shows annually over a ten-year span that includes opening slots for established acts like Maroon 5, Cheap Trick etc. Krahmer’s vocals are powerful and energetic with the sardonic grooves of Libutti’s guitar lines.

Sirsy are currently working on a follow up to 2015 EP “ Sketches and Ghosts”

https://www.sirsy.com/

This is a very well- organized site that has been done to professional standard. The duo’s hard work ethic has been transposed into creating a vibrant and compelling webpage that is worth a browse if you have a few minutes. The strong colour scheme is instantly attractive with a slideshow effect informing visitors of the band’s recent achievements. The sections are categorized with a dropdown menu for any subject of interest. There is an updated gig schedule, MP3 links to Sirsy’s back catalogue alongside an option to read through the lyrics, too. The video sections feature a link to their YouTube channel.

Also, the photo section is divided into separate pictures such as press, live, Instagram etc. The about section concludes with an extensive biography, alongside a press kit.

https://www.facebook.com/sirsyband/

This is another fun and entertaining site designed to engage with listeners. The profile picture of the band as caricatures highlights their personality, which is a warm gesture for visitors. There are regular posts of their recent tour, photos of the band enjoying themselves across the states plus videos that act as a diary as they drive from coast to coast. This gives the impression that they enjoy what they do.

Sandoval Band

Sandoval Band is Jean Sandoval, A guitarist/singer/songwriter from Meridian, CT, USA. He enjoys creating different sounds to form unique ones and has toured extensively alongside with fellow musicians. Sandoval writes soulful tunes blended with blues, jazz, country and Latin flavour. Sandoval shares similarities with Santana and Jeff Healy.

Sandoval recently released new EP “Sound of It All: Part A” in January.

https://www.sandovalband.com/

This is another professional site. The viewer is greeted by a large photo of Sandoval, alongside an instant player of his latest EP. There are some pictures of the guitarist in the studio, as well as some with his gear. There is also a video of the guitarist performing live on a local TV show.

https://www.facebook.com/sandovalband

This is another well managed FB page that engages with the audience. The posts show how Sandoval values his listeners with regular updates on his personal life, as well as tours and new music. There are videos that offer sneak previews of the new album, as well of the band working hard in the studio. I feel this is another positive for new fans interested in learning more about the guitarist.

Chrysalis

Chrysalis are an underground Indie/ Heavy metal outfit from Barstow, CA. The band have experienced something of a meteoric rise since the days when they self- released their debut album in College. Since then, they have featured in several notable music publications such as Revolver and Metal Hammer, as well as toured with acts like Ill Nino and A Day to Remember.

Chrysalis have gone on to release a further two albums to date, including a successful crowdfund campaign in support of the second one.

The band create atmospheric sounds via crushing guitars and pounding drums. They write progressive music with thought provoking lyrics.

Chrysalis are:

Yessi Burton - Vocals / Guitar / Keys
Chris Norris - Guitar / Backing Vocals
Gabe Gallego - Guitar / Backing Vocals
Jared Sturgis - Bass
Billy Norris – Drums

https://chrysalisband.com

This is a pleasant site to visit with an attractive overhead and a nice blend of colours that reflects the emotional and calming aura of Chrysalis. There is certainly no lack of music for the regular site browsers. There is a full catalogue; which includes videos of the singles, too. I found that you need to scroll down to discover this, as well as several social media links, and information on the band. There is a comprehensive bio, which seems outdated. Overall, this is an interesting insight for fans none too familiar with their sound.

https://www.facebook.com/ChrysalisBand/

This seems like a site managed by the band themselves in order to promote their material. There are regular updates on their music, plus interaction with their fans. Also, the pictures seem like music posters from their gigs, with the exception of a few. Th videos seem like guitar breakdowns for the fans. My only criticism is that the site has not been active for over a year.


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Ramshackle

Ramshackle are a Punk rock act from Sydney, Australia, comprising of friends from England, Australia and China. The band were originally formed as a three piece by two high school friends, who had competed together in Battle of the Bands competitions. They were joined by an English bassist, whose family moved to Sydney when he was 9 years old. The band were finally converted into a four piece in 2013 following the arrival of a music producer from China on drums.

Ramshackle have regularly toured across Australia at some big venues, as well as local festivals.

The band play high energy guitar orientated music with melodic vocals and powerful lyrics.

Ramshackle are:

Lead Vocals & bass: Tony Austin

Guitar & vocals: Jared Montgomery

Guitar & vocals: James Wall

Drums: Jack Gao

https://ramshackle.com.au/

This is another well managed site with some great on-stage pictures of the group in performance, an extensive about section, and lyrics. There is a music player for those interested in their sound, alongside a couple of videos of the band on stage. The only criticism is it would have been nice to see a few more videos of the band.

https://www.facebook.com/ramshackleband/

This is another good facebook page with posts on upcoming gigs, a comprehensive collection of photos of the band in rehearsal, as well as performing on stage. The videos are an insight into the band in rehearsal, which feels like it really involves the fans. My only criticism is that the posts haven’t been updated since May.

Wild Horse

Wild Horse are a four-piece hard rock act from East Sussex, England formed by brothers, Jack and Henry Baldwin. The band have been compared to The Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys, and have appeared at notable venues across London and Southern England.

The hard working outfit were recognized in 2014 as “Rock the House” nominees, They have released two albums &3 EP’s to date.

Wild Horse recently released second album “Songs About Last Night” in June. They are currently working on a new EP

http://www.wildhorse-rockband.com/home

This is another attractive site with an intent to promote the act’s credentials. There are various links to Wild Horse Music via various established online music platforms, some sharp images of the band, as well as an extensive bio. I feel this is a good introduction to Wild Horse.

https://www.facebook.com/wildhorseuk/

This is a great site that embodies the band’s hard work ethic. I feel this reflects the band’s personality with in-depth posts that regularly update fans on gigs and music promos. There are tons of photos of the band onstage, as well as videos of the band onstage, and latest music tracks. This is a professional site managed to appeal to fans.

Mitch Dalton and the Studio kings

Mitch Dalton and The Studio kings are a British supergroup formed by revered guitarist Mitch Dalton, whose played with Robbie Williams and Melody Gardot. The band are completed by Pianist David Arch, best known for his work on TV show “Strictly Come Dancing”, and in the Oscar winning film “The King’s speech”, Bassist Steve Pearce (Van Morrison) and drummer Ian Thomas (Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton). The band play melodious grooves and have featured music on several films and tv shows.

Mitch Dalton and The Super kings have a debut album called “...Meet Mitch Dalton and the Studio Kings”

http://www.mitchdalton.co.uk/

This is another well managed site with a stylish font and colourful pictures on the home page.

There are snippets of reviews, as well as a bio and a link to the band’s new album. The pictures contain images of the band in the studio, as well as videos’ too. I felt this was an interesting look into the band, which gave an insight into their music.

https://www.facebook.com/MitchDaltonandTheStudioKings/

This site doesn’t offer much information on the band. There are posts on the band’s shows with a promo photo. There are no videos, and the last update was in March.

Black Olives

Black Olives are a hard rock act from London, England. The band debuted headlining the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 with the support of BBC Music live.

The band have continued to set the bar with high profile appearances at notable venues and festivals in England, which includes a performance in Moldova to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Black olives have also supported Joss Stone at the Royal Philharmonic too. The band fuse Brit pop with classic rock music to creates well-crafted melodies.

Black Olives have released 3 albums to date to much critical acclaim. Their latest “Double Standards” came out in 2017.

https://www.blackolivesmusic.com/home

This is a nicely organized site with a link to that latest album plus a compelling bio on Black Olives, plus a music player that covers a majority of their albums, plus photos from their past European tours. There is also a nicely updated schedule page,too. I feel this is another site apt for new fans.

https://www.facebook.com/blackolivesmusic/

This is a rather informative page with regular posts updating readers on airplay submissions, upcoming gigs, and photos of them, too. The photo section provides intricately taken snaps of the band on stage via colour /black & white. I also found the video section to be different from your usual FB band pages, in which we get insight into the recording of various tracks. Overall, a fully insightful introduction for new fans.

Attic Theory

Attic Theory are the amalgamation of former members of Matchstickmen and Rain May fall. The Liverpool- Based outfit play self- proclaimed “Sexy Groovy Rock”

Attic Theory derived the name from an episode of CBS TV series Elementary, and have performed at venues like the 02 Academy, alongside high-profile support slots for established artists like Graham Bonnett, Quireboys and DiamondHead.

Attic Theory will soon embark on a tour in support of The Soap Girls and Saving Abel. They will soon be releasing new material, too.

Attic Theory are;

Peter Donnelly - Guitar

Tim Cunningham - Guitar & Backing Vocals

Lewis Wright - Vocals

Kenneth McArthur - Bass

'25 hours & 5 minutes Party' Dave Hornby – Drums

http://www.attictheory.co.uk/home

This is another attractive site to the all-conquering eye. The opening page features a large graphic with the enticement to watch their new video. There is a much-detailed biography, as well as a Spotify link to the band’s latest track “Saints Amongst Us”. I feel it would have been nice to hear more because they sound good. There is only one video to view. It certainly is a site in development. However, it is a good start.

https://www.facebook.com/AtticTheory/

This is another fully informative site. There are regular updates on the band’s latest news, Gigs, plus they share another act’s material, which shows the band’s kindness. The photo section details the act’s sense of humor, alongside festival appearances, and music posters. This reflects the impression the act is down to earth and feel comfortable engaging with a new audience.


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Interview with Tiê Alves

The urban troubadour: why Tiê Alves is one of the most interesting artists of the new Brazilian popular music.

Tiê Alves updates the concept of the troubadour blending the best of the MPB (the Brazilian popular music) tradition with a urban touch, which in this case means the mega metropolis of São Paulo. The cultural melting pot of the city and its oppressive immensity are the background for inventive melodies and original lyrics performed with a blasé-yet-shy allure simply impossible to resist.

(GF) When did your contact with music start?

(TA) I began when I was a child. My mother played guitar and sang to me and my father was always very musical. At home, we heard a lot of music, mainly Brazilian music, but also The Beatles among other genres. My sister plays, as well: flute, percussion and double bass, but she works with graphic design. By the way, she developed the cover and all the artwork of my first album. I was 16 when I became interested in playing the guitar and decided to take classes. By that time, I was a huge fan of rock bands such as Nirvana and Pink Floyd. So I set up a band with my high school friends, started playing and never stopped since then. The guitar seduced me right from the start because of its versatility, but also because it is a very intimate instrument that must be kept very close to the body. It is said that the guitar “searches” for the most introspective personalities, for the shy people.

(GF) How about your musical education? Who were your mentors and influences?

(TA) I went to college and got a degree in Music at the Faculty of Arts Alcântara Machado. I also studied singing and Brazilian folk guitar, that we call “viola caipira”. I did this training as a musician, but in parallel I composed regularly. Creation has always been very important to me. Gradually, I joined other partners and developed my composition, but it all started in a very intuitive way. I was mainly influenced by Brazilian musicians, such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento. After I have built a repertoire of original songs, in 2014 I recorded my first album: O Rio e a Lua (The River and the Moon).

(GF) And how was the production of your debut album?

(TA) It was a great learning experience. Since it was my first one, I literally learned by doing. Fortunately, I had a super talented producer named Ana Rodrigues, who understood my concept and brought a lot of information in terms of arrangements.

(GF) Any coming projects?

(TA) I'm producing my second album, “Tá Osso” (Tough Break, on a free translation) produced by guitarist Luiz Cláudio Sousa. This album has been crowdfunded and it has a strong influence of Jazz. The idea for the name came from an idiom usually used in Brazil to describe financial problems, but in the song, it describes a person who is head-over-heels.

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Written by Geisa Fernandes - Brasil / Rio de Janeiro

The repertoire of this jazz singer and awarded songwriter from Rio de Janeiro reveals influences of Brazilian popular music, the French chanson and Latin American rhythms, but most of all, Geisa Fernandes is a jazz singer. Billie Holiday aficionada (back in college folks used to call her "Lady Doc"), this PhD holder and Comics researcher was a former vocalist of several bands in São Paulo. 

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(GF) How did your relationship with music start?

(EF) Since an early age, I´ve listened and enjoyed music. My father, an amateur musician himself, played tambourine and always had a lot of fun. I associate music with joy and positive vibes this day. At 13 I started to learn guitar and electric bass. I decided to pursue my career as a musician, when I was around 15. I even started a technical degree, but soon realized that was not what I wanted for me.

(GF) What are your main musical references?

(EF) I simply have to mention firstly the Brazilian music. Its tradition is so rich and strong that provides me a lot of material to deal with, so I am constantly researching on current and old composers and performers. I admire Hermeto Pascoal, Hamilton de Hollanda, Yamandú Costa, Tom Jobim, Pipoquinha, among many others. I was also got in touch with jazz and experimental music during my studies. In the jazz field, I admire the Bill Evans's Trio and the brilliant double bass player Scott LaFaro and John Coltrane's Quartet. In experimental music, I like Webern and Steve Reich very much. Frank Zappa is also a great reference!

 

(GF) What is it like working with a Brazilian tradition genre, such as Choro, in Europe?

(EF) I think it's really cool to be able to work with Choro and Brazilian Music here. I live since 2015 in Brussels, a very interesting, multicultural city. Here I was able to meet many musicians, also Brazilians, who are very interested and talented, and who play Brazilian music very well. People here are also very interested in our music and in our culture in general and so I could build an engaged fan base. Learning French and Dutch help me a lot, too.

 

(GF) Tell us about your latest album, ‘Burocrático’ (Bureaucratic)

(EF) Burocrático is the third album of the Everton Firmeza Trio. I started it in 2014, when I was still living in Belo Horizonte, because I wanted to have a project of mine, in which I would take the lead and make all the important decisions. Usually as a bass player I work on other musicians' projects, and I'm always subject to their decisions. I then invited Fred Selva, vibraphonist, and Felipe Bastos, drummer and percussionist, to record the album ‘Firmeza!’ and promote it in some gigs in the city. Later, when I came to Brussels in 2015, I invited Italian pianist Piergiorgio Pirro and drummer Josaphat Hounnou from Benin, a West African country that has many cultural similarities with Brazil to continue the project. Piergiorgio studied classical music, jazz and experimental music, while Josaphat thoroughly studied Benin and African rhythms, but also jazz and pop music. Since then we have done several presentations and recorded two albums: Younger ‘Brother’ (2018) and ‘Burocrático’ (2019), which has been recorded in a single day.

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