REVIEW: ‘ISLAND APOLLO’ DROP THEIR NEW TUNE ‘HOLD IT DOWN’ PRODUCED BY ERIC LILAVOIS

The SoCal Five peice ‘Island Apollo’ coming in to the music scene with thir indie pop and funky urban griives and now their latest single ‘Hold It Down’ which I think you hear how much the band grow with every release and its great to see a strong and well flowed track.

‘Hold It Down’ with the upbat and funky grooves we all love from the guys come straight in puts a smile on your face and instantly makes you sway to the beat.
Vocals so fine and easy listening its takes you on the journey if Island Apollo’s music and its really interesting with not just this release, every release they’ve made so far.
The Production gives it that extra special hit to the song, your going to love this!

check out ‘Hold It Down’ Below:

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REVIEW: THE DEBUT SINGLE ‘ CRYIN’ FOR YOU’ FROM ‘TOOTH & NAIL’ IS HERE! 

Tooth and Nail are a duo based in Leeds with a Grunge-Soul, Blues and vocals to make you feel warm inside. 
A big guitar solo to set the song up perfectly, a song to make you relaxed but also a track you would hear on a tv show and radio on repeat! 
Check it out for yourself 

https://m.soundcloud.com/saintinthecitypr/tooth-nail-cryin-for-you
Also Tooth &a Nail have a few gigs coming up too;
15th April – The Old Blue Last, LONDON

19th May – The Library, LEEDS

15th June – The Eagle Inn, MANCHESTER
For ticket info, head to toothandnailmusic.co.uk 

Follow Tooth & Nail on Social Media;

Twitter @toothandnailuk & Facebook facebook.com/toothandnailuk

SWEDISH ROCK BAND ‘MY HEART IS A METRONOME’ TALK THEIR NEW SINGLE AND EP ‘TIERP’ CHECK OUT WHAT WAS SAID RIGHT HERE! 

What is the bands name? My heart is a metronome

 

How did you come up with the bands name?

“My heart is a metronome” is kind of like a reminder too keep going, to never give up on your goals, especially musically. If you give the name some thought you’ll get it. 

 

What is your genre of music?

Alternative rock, maybe?

 

Give us a little bio about you as individuals and as a band.

We started out as a band about 4 years ago. Well, actually, it all started with Mattis Malinen (vocals and guitar) who wrote a whole lot of music on his own and then busked the streets throughout Europe. When he came back home to Sweden he felt the songs lacked a rhythm section. This is where Gustaf Simonsson (bass) and Felix Carlsten (drums) joined the band. Mattis used to collect live videos on his harddrive when he was around 15. One day he found a video of the band System of a down playing a show at Big day out festival. The guitarist Daron Malakian was acting crazy, running around stage, spinning around, throwing himself on the ground to play a solo. This is what got Mattis into playing guitar. The rest is history.

 

 

Gustaf had been interested in music for his whole life. Growing up in i family with his mother who was an opera singer and grandpa who was a cantor, it was no coincidence Gustaf started to play music at a young age. He did his first live performance as a new born baby, representing “the new year” on stage at a big gala party. He then used to perform on every big family occasion singin’ funny songs alone on stage. When he was 9 years old he was learning how to play the guitar. He was really focused to learn how to play a clean barré chord. He tried and tried, but did not succeed. He got so disappointed and sad that he climbed into a closet, held the door shut from the inside and refused to get out. That is what you call a real musician! Legend says he still walks into his closet when he can’t figure out the right chord for a song.

 

When it comes to Felix he literally started playing the drums on ice cream boxes, saucepan lids and plastic toys when he was 14 years old. He also liked to go to the kitchen, open the pantry and oven and hit everything that would make a sound. At last, his parents got so annoyed (impressed?) that they finally bought him a drum kit. However, we want to believe that they bought him the drumkit due to that they thought he had talent. Funny thing is that it is the same drumkit as he plays on, on the song ”Feel Think”.

 

What made you go in to music?

Music made us!

 

Are you a signed?

Yes! We’re on the fantastic indie label Soul City Enterprise, a label started by our beloved friend and manager Tobias “Pitbull” Rosén.

 

Your brand new Single is out ‘Tierp’, what can you tell us about it?

 it’s the place where Mattis grew up and spent his first 18 years. It’s a song about memories and friendship and how to hold on to that. 

 

What was the recording process like?

We recorded the EP in our rehearsal space with the help of our good friends Jakob Jakobsson Blom and Axel Tovedal. It felt a lot more like “home” compared to expensive recording studios and it also meant that we could put more time into playing around with sounds and ideas. And to go and take a swim in the river when we had to.

 

What was the writing process like?

Fantastic and fun. We love writing music together and we hope that reflects in our songs. We write together by jamming in the rehearsal space.

 

Who did you let listen to the single before it was released?

Close friends and family. 

 

You have released your EP’ Tierp’, tell us more about that.

It consists of 4 tracks which we’ve put our heart and soul into and are really proud of. The songs are quite different from one another, but they’re still held together in some weird way. 

It was written and produced by ourselves, recorded by the above mentioned friends and mixed by grammy award winner Pelle Gunnerfeldt (The Hives, Refused).

 

Describe each track in three words.

Tierp – Disco, melodic, alternative.

Pick it up – Rhythmic, playful, technical.

Queen – Groovy, groovy, morecowbell

Bubble – Energetic, fast, bubbly

 

Do you play any instruments?

Thank god we do. Mattis plays guitar, Felix drums and Gustaf is slappin’ da bass. 

 

Who are your influences?

The list is long! Anything from soul classics to fast metal. 

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Life and what comes with it. 

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Hopefully playing bigger stages, touring worldwide and making a living off of our music.

 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

We all have dayjobs. Mattis works at a home for people with disabilities, Felix is a management consultant and Gustaf is a building construction engineer.

 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

I think it all varies for the three of us. For Mattis it was “Psycho” by System of a down. For Felix it was “Drain You” with Nirvana. Gustaf’s first own album he bought himself was Michael Jackson – Thriller. Memories are vague, but that album probably had a big influence.

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Can’t think of one given straight to us, but a good quote from the legend Jeff Buckley is: 

“Be the best. No negativity. No weakness. No acquiescence to fear or disaster. No errors of ignorance. No evasion to reality”

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

Do your own thing, work hard and trust no one. The most important thing is to have fun though and try to hold on to why you started playing music in the first place!

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Life’s a bitch and then you die.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,

1/ where is the first place you visit

Bäverns rehearsal space. 

2/ where is the first place you see

You see an awesome church/cathedral #hotforchurches

3/ where is the first food place you go and what do you get

 Jappi – red curry!

 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

Our instruments, merch, backdrop, fresh ginger aaaand… a setlist for Mattis.

 

You work with Quite Great PR how did that come about?

We found them through googling around for UK PR agencies.

 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

First of all we have our own webpage http://www.myheartisametronome.com 

where you can read more about us and get direct links to all of our social media platforms. 

If you are a lazy one, here you go:

 

Facebook: facebook.com/myheartisametronome

Instagram: @myheartisametronome

Twitter: @MHIAMband

Snapchat @MHIAMband

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_sirsd9qo6wFKnBVv0pHQ

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4aaBqtuCgkgQce4h3lZKDc

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/myheartisametronome-1

 

REVIEW:  APERA ARE A NEW ZEALAND TRIO AND HAVE JUST RELEASED THEIR LATEST ALBUM ‘LIFT YOU UP’ AND IT DEFINATELY DOES!

Apera Woodfine is the man behind the vocals,guitar and is THE LEAD then we have Andy Deihl (you may have seen his name before on my blog also in JimmyMoore&Cas.D), Andy plays drums and does vocals for Apera then last but not least is Sam Stretch who plays bass and does some vocals too. 

Slow start yet a dark feel to the track which it relates to the title ‘Dark Days’ which makes it very honest.
Check out the video for ‘Dark Days’ 

‘Testify’ has a more upbeat feel and a great guitar solo to introduce the song.

The heavy drum really gives it the extra and pushes it so well. 

Vocals are fantastic and sang again with that honest feeling.
‘Spaceman’ feels more of a song that makes you wonder about everything and everyone and make you wonder whether to ask twice but at the same time you don’t need to. The vocals are sang so clear and bold to really get the message out.
‘In The City’ tells the story of Apera ‘In The City’ how his ‘mum told him to write everything down’ and ‘how hard it is to be a man ‘ ‘In The City’ 

I love how this track is more vocals than instrumental but the instrumental really emphasises it more in what he is singing about.
This is just 4 of the 11 tracks on the new album ‘Lift You Up’ 
Grab a copy right here to listen to the rest;
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/lift-you-up/id1216337881
Or STREAM it and let us know you favourite track 
Spotify -https://open.spotify.com/album/47AJRaa6so9yhoL3TPeKsk

Get all the updates in Apera right here 
Website;

http://www.apera.nz/
Facebook;

https://www.facebook.com/aperamusic/

A TRIO CALLED ‘ THE TRUEBELLES’ ARE SET TO MAKE YOU DANCE YOUR NIGHT AWAY WITH THEIR LATEST SINGLE ‘MISTER NOBODY’  AND WHAT ELSE DO THEY PLANNED 

What is your bands name? 
The Truebelles
How did you come up with the name?
It’s a faux take on 1940’s Americana. The word Belle comes from that. We like the way Amy Winehouse mixed it up with hip hop, jazz and 1960’s culture.
What is your genre of music?
The genre is good songs. We like to mix it up. We like to dance.
Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.
Lorena is the lead vocal on Mister Nobody although we take turns on lead vocals. Grace has emotional versatility as a singer and Tallulah is the most developed as a songwriter. We share a passion for seeing more a dynamic and healthy representation of women in the media.
 
What made you go in to music?
Grace: Freddie Mercury.
Tallulah: Passion.
Lorena: I can’t remember I was singing before I could speak.
Are you a signed?
We are a collective as much as a band or act. We all have individual projects and we do The Truebelles because we love it not really because we are legally bound to it.  
Your brand new Pop single ‘Mister Nobody is out, what an you tell us about it? 
It’s straight forwardly about standing up for yourself. its about a man who can’t find his own way so he relies on a woman too much so she has to stand up for herself for both their sakes.
Tell us more about the title of the single process.
Our producer came up with it. We think it’s really about him.
What was the recording process like? 
We work with a writer producer on the Truebelles we make alot up in the recording studio. It was recorded at Katie Melua’s keyboardist’s studio.
What was the writing process like?
The writing, recording and producing processes all bleed into each other on this project.
Who did you show Mister Nobody to first?
We played it to a film director as we knew right away it was the song we wanted to launch with.
Will we see an Album or Ep this year? 
Most of the album is recorded we had to break off a few times as Tallulah was filming for Television and Lorena had some huge Gigs at the O2 in Scottland.
Do you have any gigs coming up, if so where will you be heading?
We plan to do a few low key spots although it depends how well the single does.
Do you play any instruments?
Tallulah: I play Guitar.
Lorena: I write top line melodies and use a work station so I play synth.
Grace: Keyboards in the studio. 
Who are your influences?

Grace: Freddie Mercury, Chromeo, Christina Aguilera… Too many to mention. Prince also. 

Tallulah: Kate Bush. I really like a lot of electronica such as Oh Wonder, James Blake. So many.
Lorena: Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Jamiroquai, Jill Scott, Santana, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder.
Tallulah, youve had experience in the Enetertainment industry doing voice over and currently in the top 12 of Britains Next Top Model which congrataulations might we add… what is the best advice you’ve been given and passed it on? 
Lorena: I did some ADR for Margo Robbie’s Jane in the Tarzan movie, best advice is “learn from your mistakes”.
Tallulah: best advice “go for it”.
Grace: from mother. it’s “failing to prepare, is preparation for failure”
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Grace; you just start somewhere and then keep going until you finish.
Lorena: If you are a good listener it helps you. You pick up on all kinds of sounds from your environment and it helps to inspire.
Tallulah: it’s comes from deep inside.
How do you prepare? 
We get naked under a full moon. 
Would you be up for collaborations with other artists if so how could they contact you?
Grace: Yes.
Lorena: Maybe
Tallulah: Don’t call us we’ll call you.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Tallulah; in the mirror.
Grace: Running the Queen Vic in Eastenders. Is that show still on ?
Lorena: I’d like to Expand from my ADR and do some Character movie acting.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Tallulah: Paint, modelling also.
Grace: I like to relax with my cats although I live with a guitar player so there is always music.
Lorena: Acting. 
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 
In harmony: ….”to many to mention”
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
(Already answered as above)
 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Grace: if you’re a quitter, Quit. If you’re a sticker, stick.
Tallulah: if you’re a shitter, shit.
Lorena: Amen.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Tallulah: We don’t, were flexible.
You get off a plane in your hometown, 

1/ where is the first place you visit

2/ where is the first place you see 

3/ where is the first food place you go and what do you get

 Grace: it’s the same for all three Mum at home.
 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 
Lorena: Five fingers to open to mic drop when you smash the gig.
You work with Quite Great PR, how did that come about? 
Grace: We got our producer to call Pete Bassett and we all went to meet that one man legend and he loves us. 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Tallulah: Yes we do. (Mimes mic drop)
Grace: ha-ha
Lorena: funny girl.

http://www.thetruebelles.com/

READY TO FOLLOW UP THEIR EP ‘EL DORADO’ ITS ‘DRAWING NORTH’  WHO CHATS TO ME ABOUT THEIR NEW EP SET TO DROP IN SPRING,PROGRESSIONIS KEY AND THESE GUYS ARE  CERTAINLY READY TO SHOW US!

What are your names?Drew, Po and Jake

What is the band’s name?

Drawing North

How did you come up with the band’s name?

It came originally from a play on words of my name – Drew Southwell Draw/Drawing from Drew, North from Southwell and we all liked it and decided that it could also represent an adventure. The North aspect kind of symbolized venturing out of our home of Australia and pursuing music in America and other parts of the world.

What is your genre of music?

Alternative pop

Give us a little bio about you individually and as a band.

I’m a songwriter/producer and I’ve been playing musical instruments since I was a child. I’ve written with a large number of other writers in America through my travels, which in turn helped us acquire our visas to live here! We started the band in in 2010 but didn’t really take it seriously until a few years ago. When we recorded and released our debut album El Dorado which peaked at #3 on iTunes through Universal Music. We’ve played over 200 shows and have showcased at festivals such as SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, Vans Warped Tour and more. Our next EP comes out this year!

You are set to release a new EP this spring, tell us more about it.

We recorded it end of last year on a beautiful beach on the central coast of Australia with a producer named Andy Mak with whom I co-produced it with. We did 5 songs and we’ll be releasing a bunch of singles before the EP drops later this year. The first is called Stay and comes out April 5!

It is a follow up to your LP El Dorado , what is different about the new EP?

The style has progressed and we’ve grown as writers and musicians. I’d say the music is current and the production elements are a bit more electronic.

Some of your previous tracks have been endorsed by Joel Madden, How did that come about?

One of our first songs we released was a song called Timepiece and we did an acoustic video for it. He somehow stumbled upon it and tweeted about it saying how much he liked it and for everyone to check it out. It was really cool as a younger band to wake up to a whole ton of comments and new fans.

You have also played so many great festivals, What are they like?

Festivals are so much fun. The biggest crowd we’ve played to was a festival in our hometown in Australia to 15000 people. One of the coolest aspects is all the other artists on the bill that we get to meet and chat to. We we’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with some acts much bigger than us and it’s always great to hear their stories and advice or even just have share some drinks!
What is your dream festival to perform?

Coachella would be amazing. Glastonbury is also up there.

What made you get into music?

We all loved performing and loved playing instruments growing up. I think everyone secretly everyone wants a career as a rockstar so as young, naïve teenagers we decided to pursue it!

Are you signed?

We signed with Universal Music Australia for distribution of our debut album last year, but we are now unsigned and doing the next EP independently.

Will you be touring this year?

Yes! We’ve been touring since the start of the year and will be continuing throughout the rest of the year.

If so, where will you be heading?

At this point, just America and Australia.

Who are your influences?

This is a hard question because there are so many new and innovative artists that inspire you to keep going and to keep creating. Songwriting-wise would be Max Martin, Ryan Tedder or Dr Luke.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Usually from personal experiences or stories that have happened to us, our friends or family. We try to be always be aware of what is happening around us and try to translate that to music.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully touring and playing bigger shows, writing with bigger artists and still growing and learning.

When your not doing music,what do you do?

I’m a graphic designer so I do a lot of art. I also love to snowboard and travel.

You are from Australia, what is the music scene like over there?

It’s a lot smaller than here in America, but there are some incredible artists back home. The festivals are also a lot of fun.

What would be your dream venue to play in your hometown?

One of the stadiums in each major city would be a pretty wild achievement!

For anyone visiting Australia, where would you recommend they go?

Anywhere on the beach. Australia is beautiful and has some incredible rainforests up north too. Sydney and Melbourne are insanely fun.

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist or Band who would it be?

Ed Sheeran or Coldplay would be a dream. The 1975 would be dope too.

If you could collaborate with one US Artist or Band who would it be?  

One Republic  or The Weeknd would be a lot of fun.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Aim to remain humble and believe in yourself daily.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?  

One quote I often think of is ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ It’s cliché but it’s very relevant to the music industry. You have to have a lot of skill but you also have to have a lot of luck and this helps me every time I doubt myself to keep building and growing.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

The melodies, the lighting, the production, the venue and the clothes the performers wear.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Instagram.com/drawingnorth
Facebook.com/drawingnorth
Twitter.com/drawingnorth
Soundcloud.com/drawingnorth
Youtube.com/drawingnorth

’14 STEPS TO HARLEM’ IS THE BRAND NEW ALBUM SET TO RELEASE ON THE 28TH APRIL AND I CHAT WITH GARLAND JEFFREYS TO GET THE LOW DOWN ON IT.

What is your name?GARLAND JEFFREYS

What is your genre of music?

ROCK / POP / BLUES

You are set to release you new album ’14 Steps to Harlem’ on the 28th April, can you tell us more about it?

This is my third album in six years and for a guy my age, that’s something to be proud of – not to mention that the music is great! It has my usual autobiographical subject matter and a mix of genres – rock, pop, reggae, and even a little bit of an alt-folkie sound. We used my core performing band and some great session players. It was recorded at two studios in Brooklyn, NY and mixed and mastered in New York City.

Describe each track in two words.
WHEN YOU CALL MY NAME: Nouveau breakup
SCHOOLYARD BLUES: Feisty shorty
14 STEPS TO HARLEM: Paternal respect
Check out the music video for 14 Steps to Harlem below

REGGAE ON BROADWAY: Clash memory
TIME GOES AWAY: Family philosophy
SPANISH HEART: “Matador” 2
I’M A DREAMER: Real me
WAITING FOR THE MAN: Funky Lou
HELP: Song essence
COLORED BOY SAID: Racial advice
LUNA PARK LOVE THEME: Wife’s theme
What is the message you want to send out when the album is released?

This is who I am, who I’ve always been and what I’ve always stood for.

What are you most looking excited about the release?

Getting out there and playing the songs, and the invigoration of meeting new people as a result.

What was the writing process like?

Very slow. All songs came from my cassette demos, which is how I compose, using my guitar and the cassette player. The tapes are not always well organized so we had to do some digging to find the nuggets of inspiration. Some songs were from a few years ago and some very new.

What was the recording process like?
Lots of fun since I recorded with guys I’ve worked with before. Very loose. James Maddock, my co-producer was very creative and came up with some great ideas.

Will you be releasing any more videos for your next single off this album?

Yes our next video will be for Venus.

You are heading out on a UK Tour as well, what are you most looking forward too?

The UK fans are very discriminating but when they like something you do they really let you know, so I’m excited to see how they like the new music and performance of the new tunes.

Which city are you most looking forward to playing?

James Maddock hails from Leicester and his family comes out and makes us feel very welcome. Also looking forward to Poole to see our great friend Mick Tarrant – and London, to work with genius promoter Stuart Lyon again at Nells Jazz – and to return to Newcastle and Kinross, beautiful towns – we are looking forward to everything!

Do you have any surprises up your sleeve for the show?

If I did I wouldn’t say!

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Do not sell your publishing.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

As above; and never compromise on your values. Don’t be seduced by a trend, just write and perform your own stuff and if it’s good, people will recognize it. You might not become a superstar but you will have your integrity.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

One day at a time.

You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit
My neighborhood park bench to see my guys.

2/ where is the first place you see

My couch.

3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get

Tal Bagels for an everything bagel with cream cheese and lox.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1) My hat
2) To thank my band for their hard work
3) To thank the audience for coming out
4) To have a coffee half hour before stage
5) My lyrics
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Official site: garlandjeffreys.com
Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/garlandjeffreys
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GarlandJeffreys/