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We The Undersigned (WTU) is the world’s first extradimensional band – a rag-tag crew of reggaefunk adventurers from another dimension of sound and colour. Featuring a plethora of musicians, singers and rappers – including the riotous Blowback Horns! They astound crowds with their colourful, high octane shows and their powerful STANKH music – a mixture of many influences including reggae, funk, jazz, afrobeat, rock and rap.
WTU has made a name for themselves as pioneers of musical creativity and synthesis; and harbingers of a revolutionary mindset of political, spiritual and personal liberation.
The band has supported such legendary artists as Toots and the Maytals (twice), the Skatalites, the Apples, Youngblood Brass Band. We have also played with the wonderful Dawn Penn as her backing band to great acclaim.
For 2013, they play around the UK and Europe to promote their second ‘do-it-yourself’ style recorded EP ‘Activation of the Groove’, which is available on www.wetheundersigned.co.uk, iTunes, Amazon and all other common online distribution sites. Live on stage, We The Undersigned will represent the STANKH at festivals such as Positive Vibrations, Vol. 1 (Kazimier Garden, Liverpool), Methusala Festival (Lancashire) and One Love Festival (Essex).
“There is no way that you can listen to We The Undersigned and not bob your head or tap your feet along. Go on… try!”
As the winners of Musician of the Month for May, why not check out some of We, The Undersigned’s music above. The track Archetype is especially funky and recommended highly by The Music Mag and they’re the type of band you just have to go and see live.
Location: New York, USA
Genre: Singer Songwriter / Acoustic
Melody Rose is a vocalist from Long Island. Melody has been fortunate to many prestigious opportunities, such as touring Europe on two occasions, performing the Montreux Jazz Festival, and having performances of her own solo career.
Melody Rose is working on her debut album. She is always eager to take on more projects, whether it be collaborating with other musicians,writing, recording, performing, or participating in ensembles.
Melody Rose – Dressed to Kill
Dressed to Kill is a beautiful song, mixing a a catchy tune with a powerfully soulful voice. Soul is definitely one thing that Melody has no shortage of, and you’ll be sure to listen again and again to gain an insight in to this young up-and-coming artist.
Melody has a great future in front of her. Be sure to check out her facebook page for more info!
After a quiet winter, buried in their Deep South London studio, laying down tracks and winding their live set so tight it hurts, AOM emerge into proto-spring with two singles (one frustratingly on hold with a host of legal-beagles in tow…) & the first of a plethora of live shows with which to awaken the winter-weary masses. The first fruits appear in March – a single & download entitled ‘Loosen Up’, backed with 4 London live shows in quick succession…
11th march – single launch. Lord Nelson, Southwark.
14th march – the finsbury
21st march – rhythm factory – charity
4th june – the white lion – charity
‘Loosen Up’ was recorded aboard a red trawler aka studio Lightship95… it has a tight pop structure and is both angular & edgy – bringing to mind very early Cure – but combines rock elements with the syncopated rhythmns more often associated with samba. Fusing these tight elements into a 3 1/2 minute pop song suggests a band in tune with their influences and a combined love of New Wave, Indie, Post-Punk, Dance & Pop. The Ambassadors import the very best of the 80’s guitar-led pop sound and embellish it with 20 years of further musical progression & knowledge to create their own sound.
The band thrive in a live environment however & previous festivals (Guilfest saw their fanbase expand to include Roger Daltry & various Bunnymen…), a residency at Proud in Camden, cherry-picked support slots & sell-out London Shows plus a glut of National (BBC One/ 6/ XFM etc) & International Radio support has seen the boys return, keen for much more in 2013.
Following ‘Loosen Up’, should be (the youtube smash) ‘Push It’ which blurs a splash of the Kinks into the Salt & Pepa classic. Currently (forbidden on youtube) spending time with M’lud and various wigs in a fancy courtroom, we’re hoping it’s set free for summer… In the meantime, with these all-corrupted, tie-straightened, credit-crunched times, what could be more appropriate than the Ambassadors message… ‘Loosen Up’.
‘Peppered with grunge, Brit-pop and rock with influences ranging from classical to funk, their fresh, bold sound and dynamic live shows attract interest and audiences all over the country’ LONDON DAILY NEWS
LOOSEN UP :: YOUTUBE http://bit.ly/AOMyoutube
21st century Troubadour Sam Sallon releases a new EP called Kathy’s Song, featuring his idiosyncratic take on the Paul Simon classic, plus three other songs, two of which are from his new album One For The Road which is due out in early 2013 on indie imprint Indigo-Octagon.
Sam’s soaring voice is reminiscent of Mark Hollis, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, and Michael Head – haunting and passionate, a perfect foil to his intricate and driven songwriting. The Kathy’s Song EP was recorded with One For The Road album producer David Watson (Bert Jansch, Eric Clapton), and features a stellar line-up including Neil Cowley and Evan Jenkins from the Neil Cowley Trio.
There is something keeningly fresh and original about Sam Sallon’s songwriting, never one to shy away from a desire to write songs that are memorable, classic even, he retains originality and poise in his work. Covering topics such as war, relationships, love, the grinding toil of work, as well as the everyday nuances of life.
Sam has been playing and performing since the age of 15, most recently sharing the stage with Pete Doherty at The Royal Albert Hall, Lyle Lovett, Dot Allison, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Nouvelle Vague and the Neil Cowley Trio. He has made an impact at a number of festivals including the Cheltenham Folk Festival, Secret Garden Party, Big Chill, Bestival and Wilderness.
The Kathy’s Song EP is a powerful taster of the sound of things to come. Look out for his brilliant new album One For The Road in May 2013. A full tour and media campaign will be rolling out in its support in 2013.
Location: North Wales
Genre: Alternative / Indie
Indigo Sky are a 4 piece Alternative Indie band from North Wales. After being together for 2 years their album ‘Pretty Intentions’ will be released on the 13th of December 2012. Having four people with different influences have brought together the sound, ranging from The Cure to Snow Patrol to Muse.
Indigo Sky – I’m Not Here
Fun with a clean indie sound, Indigo Sky won the competition hands down for December on The Music Mag. This is just the start for them as they are definitely destined for great things. Their song ‘I’m not here’ can be found on the sidebar as a featured song until the end of January!
If you like what you see and hear, check out Indigo Sky on facebook.
Location: London, UK
Genre: Rock / Punk
Mayhem Deranged are an old fashioned rock band from London, UK. Their lead singer Ray Mayhew is perhaps best known in music history as being the mad drummer for pop-cyberpunk band Sigue Sigue Sputnik from 1983 to 1990. When Sputnik disbanded in 1990 he quickly formed Mayhem Deranged – a vehicle for Ray to show his abilities both as a singer & a songwriter. Early versions of “50 Megaton Love” and “Kept Woman” featuring John Liesk on guitar were recorded during 1990.
Mayhem Deranged – Here I Go Again
Later that year guitarist Kevin Prockter comes on board and a large body of material is amassed until mid 1993. Regrettably, the master recording sessions never took place and the demos were shelved until recently. Another albums worth of material was written in 1996 with a new line up and an all new sound. Again, masters were not achieved and all the material shelved.
Ray sporadically performed in a variety of different incarnations of Mayhem Deranged over the years since, most of it under the radar… Until Now.
It wasn’t until March 2008, when guitarist Kevin Prockter returned to the group and bassist Robert Godfrey was added to record the track “Here I Go Again” (above). Mayhem Deranged then played their first official public gig in September 2008.
Mayhem Deranged’s sound is what we love: old school rock, mixed with some old school punk. Proper vocals, with meaningful yet catchy lyrics, sang over the top of some crunky electric guitar riffs, not forgetting the drumming – of course. Check out Here I Am Again above, and if you like what you hear head on over to their website: here.
Recently hailed by Kerrang! as “one of the most exciting – and important – new British bands to emerge this year”, My Preserver are about to release their debut album ‘Revolutions In The Head’ on November 5th 2012.
The band are currently winning support from Kerrang!, Rock Sound, XFM, BBC Introducing and Kerrang! Radio following the single releases ‘King Jesus’, ‘You Know Something That I Don’t Know’ and Terrorist’, all taken from the new album.
‘You Know Something That I Don’t Know’ (single // out now):
‘King Jesus’ (music video // out now)
The Fire Beneath The Sea are an experimental rap group from Liverpool who incorporate a wide variety of sounds and styles rather than getting bogged down in one set genre and produce brightly coloured, original, socially and politically conscious, love filled music.
As they won the October competition on our facebook page, they have their song attached to our sidebar for a month!
If you like what you hear and want to follow them further, check out their facebook page.
Memory Lane by Higharts is just that. An album that has so much it conjures up memories of The Kinks, Oasis, The Ramones and so much more.
Jaunty, sing-a-long-with-me tracks like Memory Lane and She Gave Me The Letter are contrasted perfectly by the blasphemous Walk on Water and the spat out Lonely Old Soul whose guitar solos conjure images of burning souls at the gates of hell.
Each track has it’s own personality and when Caviar starts you know your in for a roller coaster of a ride. Crunching guitar sounds and hard hitting bass and drums instantly make you look towards the source of the sound, wanting to see it for yourself. And Don’t Know Who You Think You Are has a venom that again strikes deep inside. Knowledge that this song is aimed at someone gives a chill to the listener.
From here we take another turn and end up in a madcap landscape of surreal. Blissful ignorance has it all. Great lyrics, hammond organ and a build up that just keeps rising. A real good album track that smacks of mid-sixties Rolling Stones.
Headrush starts with a cracking Who-style guitar/drum build up that would have dance floors waiting in anticipation for the big kick-in. And that kick in doesn’t disappoint. Headrush is 3 chord rock and roll anthem. A ode to a girl without the flowers.
Memory Lane is a real treat for the ears. I suggest you check Higharts out now.
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Madame So launches her solo career following a stint of successful open mic gigs and impressive performances at venues including Proud, Camden Rock and The Lexington.
Gaining acclaim for her pure, unadulterated sound, she is one to watch and is currently recording her debut E.P set for release in the fall of 2012.
An acoustic singer songwriter hailing from Paris, currently living in London, her song writing is best described as a social commentary (on the matters of love and alienation) delivered around lo-fi pop melodies.
Her sound has been likened to Hole/Courtney Love, Dylan, Patti Smith and Tracy Chapman.
Madame So moved to London a decade ago working as an arts project co-ordinator and journalist – a fitting role accompany the song writing side to her life. In 2011 she took the plunge to share songs with others.
Madame So is currently accepting gigs in and around the London area.
For more on Madame So visit her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Madame-So/451070058258471