The Music Mag: Unsigned UK Music News, Reviews & Promotion
“I exist to edify every person’s pursuit of the illusive.” A quote from Anie that showcases her creative, mysterious and eclectic style.
Anie is a new artist that shrouds herself in mystery. Not only do we not know anything about her, we are left wondering whether she even exists. Rumours are that Anie was created by a collective of artists from the east coast, however some believe that she exists in human form. The project is mostly a mystery, so far consisting of strange films filled with ambient strings, noise and flickering frames. She has rarely spoken publicly, but has made a brief statement on her social media accounts, describing her goal to “reconcile the vast loneliness and absurdity of existence,” as well as her intent to release an upcoming short album, named Lovekill.
Lovekill is a beautiful and powerful introduction for Anie and can be listened to below:
An astonishing collection of intricate pop songs, Lovekill is set to be released on August 22, 2014. The EP will be available, in its entirety, for free streaming and download from Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
TORO bodyguard Festivals are getting safer – but it’s still wise to take precautions this summer.
One the whole, a festival is a pretty safe place to be. Human nature dictates wherever there are thousands of revellers intent on parting hard, there’s always the potential for a spot of bother here and there – but the evidence seem to suggest festivals are actually getting safer all the time.
For one thing, the figures show most festivals are reporting year-on-year falls in crime. Also, it’s worth taking a close look at the crowd. Gone are the days when acts did their sets before scurrying out via limo or helicopter as soon as their job was done; most festivals are now places where the rich and famous (including the actual performers) actually want to spend time. It’s certainly no novelty to see the likes of Kate Moss in the crowd as big-named festivals have transformed into prime celebrity hangouts.
Of course, not all of us have a personal bodyguard at our disposal. If you’re planning to go to a festival this summer, it’s worth applying a little common sense when it comes to staying safe. Here are a few things to think about before and after you get there.
When you get there, don’t make your car a tempting target
So you’ve arrived safely, the sun’s shining and you’re keen to get set up. Don’t leave your jacket (or anything else) lying around on the seats. Anyone intent on doing a quick smash and grab on a car is looking for a target that will bear fruit. USB cables on the dash, sat-nav sucker marks still on the windscreen; these are the type of things that single out your car from the rest.
Think about how best to stay connected
How did we arrange meet-ups before mobiles? You may be about to find out. Signal strength can be patchy at festival venues so when you get there it’s worth having a look at where you can get a reception. Doing your own thing and wandering around is all part of the fun – but if you want to touch base as a group from time to time to make sure everyone’s ok, the most reliable way forward is to pre-arrange a meet-up at a landmark for a set time.
Think about whether your phone battery is likely to last the weekend. Many festivals have charge-up points but you might not want to face a long queue at one. A portable battery pack is one option. Also, if you’ve got an older ‘brick’ of a phone at home that’s less battery hungry than your iPhone, you might want to think about transferring your sim card to that for the weekend (it’ll be less of a target for thieves too).
Should I bring a lock for my tent?
A padlock on a tent suggests there’s something inside worth stealing and serves little purpose given a tent can be easily sliced open. You can do without your iPad for the weekend – (and that goes for all non-essential valuable stuff).
Sadly, it’s not unknown for festival campers to wake up to find the tent has been raided while they’ve slept. Don’t leave your wallet in your jeans pocket at the foot of the tent; hide your valuables carefully before you settle down for the night (under your sleeping bag perhaps). Better still; make use of onsite lockers and valuables areas. One tip is to leave the inside of your tent deliberately messy. A thief wants to be in and out in a flash – so make it look like it’s not going to be worth the rummage.
Get to know the people in the tents around you; that way you and your neighbours can spot unwelcome strangers more easily.
As with any big night out, it’s a matter of common sense. The vast majority of people are just like you, out to have a good time. The sheer size of a festival means it’s very often easier to walk away from trouble when you see it than it is in the confines of a city centre pub. If you wouldn’t go wandering about on your own in the dark at home, you shouldn’t do it at a festival either.
Staying safe and staying connected means you can get on with making the most of your festival experience.
If you’re organising a live event, get in touch with TORO Crew, a specialist event crew and logistics service supplying stage crew, and sound and lighting engineers to expertly cover all your crewing needs.
With their own brand of eclectic pop, Slightly Left of Centre are a trio of music lovers residing in Melbourne, Australia. Formed by close friends Vince and Mick, Slightly Left of Centre take a mix of 80’s and 90’s pop and infuse it with electronic and rock elements to result in one hell of a sound.
Since their formation in 2010 the band have been recording tracks in their own purpose built studios – so not only do they create their funky beats, they also produce and mix all of their own material as well.
Their new release entitled ‘Call me for the weekend’ tells you everything you need to know about the Australian outfit. Lots of fun, unbelievably funky, and just a little bit different, the track was released on the 6th June and has been impressing fans, old and new alike, who continue to show their support through social media.
‘Call me for the weekend’ is taken from their second album, which aims to showcase some of their most diverse material to date. Their first album ‘The Right Direction’ was released in 2012 to a very popular reaction and was even available to download for free! Now for a band who need to make a living from selling their music, this speaks absolute volumes about how much they love what they do – and it definitely comes across in their new single.
Definitely a people’s band, Slightly Left of Centre are going about things the right way! With great music, friendly personalities and their desire to deliver everything they can for their fans, SLC are ones to watch out for.
The Foundry Studios is a commercial recording studio facility in the heart of Sheffield owned and run by production company SoundBytes Media who are dedicated to developing and supporting new music. The Foundry Session’s are recorded live with no tuning or over dubbing so artists are showcased for what they can really do. It offers a great platform to help promote both new and established artists alike.
Check out some of the latest sessions here.
And you can Apply to Play here.
Why not subscribe toy our Youtube channel and keep up to date with the latest sessions as they are uploaded.
Formed in Northampton 2010, The Moons is the creation of singer, guitarist and songwriter, Andy Crofts. With two critically acclaimed albums to date, ‘Life On Earth’ (2010) and ‘Fables of History’ (2012), which was produced by The Moons and Stay Kybert, The Moons are purveyors of the great British pop song.
The latest single is their second release from their new album their new album ‘Mindwaves’. Their previous album entitled ‘Fables of history’ received good reviews and coverage, including an 8/10 review on NME – where reviewer Hamish MacBain wrote “the quality – of the harmonies, the instrumentation and most importantly the songs – is high, and remains so throughout.” And it’s only gotten better!
The new single ‘Body Snatchers’ takes influence from White Stripes, with it’s kaleidoscopic beat, crunchy riffs and powerful drumming. You can watch the new video below:
Anthony Terlizzi dedicated his life to music at the University of New Hampshire when he formed the band Fake Empire with musical mastermind Brian Leahy and vocalist Emily Ranauro. Fake Empire became local favorites, playing numerous shows in the area, but only recorded a handful of songs in the time spent at UNH. Upon graduation in 2010, Fake Empire members dispersed.
Anthony moved back to his hometown Brewster, NY where he felt inspired by the surroundings in which he grew up in. He translated his surroundings into music, which led to the creation of his debut album, “Color Blind.” Color Blind embodies various styles of music. There are two instrumental tracks, “Heron” and “Tonetta.” There are songs that exemplify a singer-songwriter, acoustic feel which are influenced by artists such as Neil Young and Mark Kozelek. Color Blind also introduces grunge style rock songs including “Hydroplane” and “Fire Remains.” Everything you hear on the album was done by Anthony, and the album was even self produced. The album was recorded off the shore of the lake where he grew up in his home makeshift studio. “Color Blind” exemplifies the exuberance of Terlizzi’s craft combining elements of Rock and Folk with intimate guitar and vocal melodies.
Despite the title of the album being spelled incorrectly (that’s right we’re from the UK and proud!), the emotionally packed debut album from Shore Drive is one to remember. Sounding like a mix between the acoustical stylings of Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday and the post-rock instrumentals of God is an Astronaut, Anthony has crafted a great sound.
L0m is a 21 year old producer out of Montreal. He makes music as a hobby and doesn’t really let any single genre define his sound.
His most recent songs can be streamed from his Soundcloud page below:
Cup 0f Love:
L0m fuses beats, piano, synth and loops to help create his unique style. The vocals on A&R (Angels and Robots) are provided by Janis, and really adds to the melody and helps the track flow.
Christos Mark, New York born and raised, has just released his latest single ‘Don’t call it love’. The indie singer-songwriter entwines his Greek musical heritage in to his music in an original and innovative way, receiving a good response from the music industry.
His music video ‘Call me’ was retweeted by VEVO to their 1.5 million followers, despite being a no-budget video shot in Mykonos, Greece. The video was produced by WNDRBRD (Grant Michaels) who is currently touring with Selena Gomez, and has produced hits with “SZA,” Oh Land and Courtney Love.
Christos Mark is now gearing-up to film his next music video for another new original single, “Don’t call it love”:
The Greek indie songster has been selling out gigs at some of New York’s most well known venues, such as the Bitter End and it’s easy to see why. ‘Don’t call it love’ is a well produced song which mixes some of the best indie sounds with Greek dance culture. The chorus will get stuck in your mind, the beat will get your foot tapping and Christos’ silky vocals will leave you wanting more. ‘Don’t call it love’ is unique, current and we like it a lot.
The track is produced by Tina Shafer. As a singer, songwriter, vocal coach and artistic director of the New York Songwriter’s Circle, Tina has helped to discover and/or develop the careers of many of today’s international top artists, such as Lana Del Rey, Norah Jones, , Avril Lavigne, Ducan Cummings (The Virgins), Tony-Award winner Billy Porter, and Vanessa Carlton. She has also written songs for Celine Dion and Donna Summer to name a few.
Tina and Christos have been working together on his new EP, so it’s safe to say that you’ll be hearing a lot more about Christos Mark and his new single ‘Don’t call it love’. Keep your eyes peeled!
Alive Way is a self-funded pop/rock band from Lithuania founded in 2009 by Justinas Stanislovaitis. Since being formed, the group have released 5 digital albums and have performed at the open air festival Roko Naktys to a crowd of over 30,000.
“Our main mission is to help people feel happy and find peace in their souls, Alive Way songs represent the journey of life, and in life there is a lot of sorrow, joy, fighting, struggling, all these experiences and emotions are put into songs.”
Alive Way’s music style is classic rock played with modern attitude, inspired by artists like Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, and Eric Clapton. Take a listen to their single ‘Big City’ below:
Alive Way received awards for best voice and the best guitar in festivals “Cia ir Dabar” and “Grock” and also appeared on national TV in international song contest Eurovision 2011 and 2012.
Along with ‘Big City’ the band are best known for their hit songs ‘Amazed By You’, ‘Slipped Away’, ‘Summer Came Along’, ‘Christine’, ‘Distance’ and ‘Racing The Street Lights’.
It’s hard to place Catalina Shortwave in to a single genre. As a proud lo-fi group, they draw influences from punk, hard rock, country and even R&B. Catalina Shortwave commented on not limiting themselves to one genre: “the beauty and magic of music can happen when the strength of the songs and the passion of the performances overcomes the usual limitations of a DIY project”.
The group is formed of Brent, Marty and Dave. The three music veterans hail from New York/New England and write songs based upon their experiences in their lives. Ranging from lost love and heartbreak to the struggles in everday life, as well as the potential joys. Their album >>Repeater>> tells a story as they leave their blood on the strings.
“It Ain’t Cool To Say You’re From Seattle Anymore” is the last track on >>Repeater>> and drastically unlike the ones that precede it. The song is a story about a guy, a song about the fickleness of the music business, and big ‘up yours’ to Hipster hegemony, all rolled into one. Listen to the track below: