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UK rock band Jupiter Falls recently signed a deal with US label UNIR1 Records after a discussion on Skype. James Hart, lead singer of Jupiter Falls, revealed to The Music Mag that only days after receiving air play in the US they received contact from the label asking to discuss a potential deal.
Having recently formed in May 2013, Jupiter Falls are a great example of what is possible if unsigned musicians work on creating a good sound and push for radio airplay. James was extremely happy at the record deal: “At the moment everything is a highlight. But signing the contract and the release of our single so far probably the best [moment]. Our tour starts in Feb which we cant wait for and includes the west coast of America.”
The band formed after James contacted guitarist, Deano Silk, on Youtube asking to use his backing tracks for one of his songs. Since which they added Dan, Matt and Lewie to the roster. Skip to just 3 short months later and the band had worked hard and written an album, which is due to be released on December 16th, 2013.
It’s not always been easy for the band members before forming as Jupiter Falls and James shared advice with fellow musicians during the interview; “any advice I would give is never give up. I’ve done this 13 years since I was 15 and I am finally realising my dream. Work hard and you will get your rewards.”
Jupiter Falls was the first independent band from the UK for independent label UNIR1 and their debut single ‘World War Three’ was released on October 7th and can be viewed below on Youtube.
If you want to find out more information or to keep in touch with Jupiter Falls, follow them on their Facebook page.
If like the rest of modern humanity you check out Youtube for your daily dose of music, news, or to watch doughy eyed cats do cute things, then you might be as annoyed as I am at James Arthur being over advertised. Currently it seems that every Youtube ad is shoving James Arthur’s new single down our digital throats.
Not only is the fairly average singer being pushed on Youtube, he’s also everywhere in the mainstream news – from the red tops to forums across the globe. Most recently he hit out at Kingsland Road (another X-factor creation) on Twitter saying “Im sorry but this Kingsland Road have me cringing to the max, they aren’t good enough. There time must come to an end this Sunday #xfactor.”.
At the current time of writing this article the single ‘You’re nobody til somebody loves you’, which some may not know was made famous by Dean Martin, has received a whopping 2 and a half million views. Lets not forget that the song hasn’t even been released yet.
The Dean Martin track on Youtube however has 150,000 views and if you search for ‘You’re nobody til somebody loves you’ on Google or Youtube it would take you a while to even realise that Dean even recorded the song. Well here it is, in case you’re curious:
That says a lot about the money available and the power behind the Simon Cowell-lead giant that is Syco Entertainment. It’s already become apparent that the majority of artists heard currently have come from the X-Factor or Britain’s Got Talent. It just seems very difficult for a talented musician to break through without the backing of a multi-million dollar record label behind them.
So the moral of the story ladies and gentlemen is to follow the path of one James Arthur, stop focusing on your music and push to get on the X-Factor. Once there if you’re a good enough singer and performer you’ve got every chance in the world of covering a song, getting a number 1 hit and co-incidentally annoying a minority of the country who appreciate good, quality music.
Formed in 2008, Brighton based Yossarian had a break through in 2012 being compared to the likes of The National and Pink Floyd. Not only did the hit the festival scene last year, Yossarian raised $10,000 to crowd-fund their debut album, due for release in 2014 called ‘The Little We Know’.
Yossarian’s debut album sees the band combine multi-layered guitars, Floyd-esque minimalism, harrowing cryptic vocals, with heartfelt dark-yet-uplifting songwriting full of conviction and detail.
Originally called The Vanderpols, Yossarian’s best gig so far was playing at the Hop Farm Festival but it’s not necessarily their favourite: “the most memorable was playing a gig at Heroes bar in Kentish Town, a venue that seems to close down and re-open at least 3 times a year” Ash told us “There was probably no more than 50 people there but the venue owner loved our set so much that he started bribing us with tequila shots to keep us playing encores”.
Their sound is new, a little bit different, and mixes post rock, modern pop and old school alternative rock. There’s definitely a strong Pink Floyd influence in their music, mixed with The National-esque vocals. ‘The Little We Know’ strings together themes of alienation in London, travels around Europe and Australia, mixed with death of loved ones, the end of relationships, hope, luck, God and even the history of the universe.
Highlights from the album include the building majesty of “Arrow Part 1”, the beautiful transitional acceptance of “The Season Song,” and the delicate, inspiring “Underwater,” all of which tell a story in technicolour.
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UK Number 1 October 13th 2013: Miley Cyrus pipped Eminem to the UK number 1 spot with her controversial hit ‘Wrecking Ball’. The ex Disney star has divided audience across the world, and whether or not you like Miley, the likelihood is tha you’ve heard about the teen swinging naked from a wrecking ball.
Not only did Miley Cyrus win the number 1 single, she also reached number 1 in the album chart with ‘Bangerz’, with the title of the album perhaps being a quick look in to her psyche.
The Official UK Top 10 – October 13th 2013:
1/ Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
2/ Eminem – Bezerk
3/ OneRepublic – Counting Stars
4/ Conor Maynard – R U Crazy
5/ Saturdays – Disco Love
6/ James Blunt – Disco Heart
7/ Katy Perry – Roar
8/ Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty
9/ John Newman – Cheating
10/ Vamps – Can We Dance
Miley, with her second UK number 1, was quoted as saying “I truly appreciate the love I’m getting from the UK”. She fought off stiff competition from Eminem and last weeks chart topped – OneRepublic. However I think most people would have guessed that this week would provide no competition for the controversial, twerker that is Myley Cyrus.
There were 6 new entries in to the top 10 this week. I wonder who scheduled that, especially with Miley and Eminem bother entering new tracks. The other new entries were Conor Maynard’s ‘R U Crazy’, Saturdays’ ‘Disco Love’, James Blunt’s long-awaited return with the well timed track ‘Bonfire Heart’, and John Newman’s single ‘Cheating’.
Justin Bieber couldn’t break in to the top 10 this week with his new entry ‘Heartbreaker’ (Yeah right…) slotting in at number 14. Tune in next week to see if Miley can hold on to that number 1 spot.
Hailing from a lovely little place in Cornwall by the name of St. Agnes, Auction for the Promise Club have released their new single ‘Walk the Line’. Proud of their Cornish routes, the band incorporate the beauty and ruggedness of the small sea side village in to their music, and dare I say it they may very well be the best band from Cornwall in recent time.
The song ‘Walk the Line’ – no relation to the Johnny Cash classic – has a beautiful melodic guitar track underneath some beautiful vocals from the lead of Auction for the Promise Club. The video itself is also very well recorded and deserves a watch below:
Surrealist geek electro upstarts Neon Highwire are the party destroying sensation that have been named as ones to watch with good reason. They’ve been championed by Tom Robinson of BBC 6Music, had track named track of the year by Sherwood Radio before it was even released and have gained a reputation for their devastating live shows countrywide which have included performances with Pete & The Pirates, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Dragonette to name a few.
The band’s 2009 début EP Luminescence (mastered at The Exchange), described by Rock Sound magazine as “cutting their angular-chops in all the right places, and it shows” was a shining culmination of these various elements. It includes the single Neon Blink, subsequently released on Blue Dove Records with a number of high profile remix b-sides and also featured in a Finnish TV show created by Jere Vainikka. It also features the sensationally catchy Under Moonlight, featured in the film “Maya’s Voice” and a favourite of Tom Robinson (BBC) and James Theaker (NME) with good reason.
2010 saw the digital single release of the spectacular Bear At The Bus Stop with its incredible accompanying promotional video which on the day of its release caused their channel to become the 45th most viewed musician on Youtube. This was followed in 2011 with the anthemic Spin Off & the cult sensation Kim Jong Il Looking At Things.
In 2013 the band release their incredible debut album Relate, a cataclysmic journey documenting the breakdown of relationships, the discovery of self and the hurt that goes with the process. Featuring 13 incredible tracks including the cool intensity of “Just Suppose”, the dance-floor magnet “Initialise” & the sublime “These Movies Have Become One Big Joke”. It’s no wonder there’s so much excitement for this release.
Whether it’s the insightful witticisms of their interviews and blog updates, the detail within the multiple layers integral to their sound or the infectious beats that bring to mind the meat of Sonic Youth’s accessible phase being fed through a Bugged Out filter, it’s no wonder Neon Highwire count artists such as French Horn Rebellion or Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs amongst their fans. In their own twisted words, it’s an electravaganza.
Follow Neon Highwire at http://www.neonhighwire.com
UK Number 1, 6th October 2013: Jason Derulo was knocked from the number one top by OneRepublic, with their first ever UK Number 1. ‘Counting Stars’ by American pop-rock band OneRepublic is taken from their third studio album – Native. ‘Counting Stars’ was initially released on June 14th 2013 in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland – landing top 5 spots, as well as now getting that UK number 1.
The Official UK Top 10 – October 6th 2013
1/ OneRepublic – Counting Stars
2/ Vamps – Can We Dance
3/ Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty
4/ Katy Perry – Roar
5/ Chase & Status – Count On Me
6/ Avicii – You Make Me
7/ Demi Lovato – Skyscraper
8/ Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)
9/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love (ft. Mary Lambert)
10/ Dizzee Rascal – Something Really Bad (ft. Will.i.am)
Vamps missed out on the number 1 spot by an apparent mere 1,150 copies with ‘Can We Dance’ – the closest fought battle for the number 1 spot for the whole of 2013 so far. So Vamps fans, if you’re feeling bad for not buying the song, go ahead and slap yourself… now. Alright then, moving on.
Watch the UK Number one, OneRepublic – Counting Stars here:
Two new entries from Dizzee Rascal and Chase & Status entered at number 10 and number 5 – pushing out Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.
Demi Lovato was propelled back in to the top 10 with Skyscraper; most likely with the X-Factor effect having something to do with the well-used song pushing it’s way back in.
Ever wondered how to be a rock star on stage? How to become an icon? What it takes to be a rock legend? Read on for a few pieces of advice on how to maximise your performance on stage, mixed in with loads of cool pictures for inspiration – read on rockers!
Have a good look
Whether you make girls swoon with your beautiful looks, work out constantly, or just have something a bit different about you – stand out and have a look, a style, a je ne sais quoi. Take Kurt Cobain, Axl Rose and Till Lindemann as examples. Kurt was a good looking chap that had his grungy style locked down, Axl tried various things from impersonating John Lennon to stealing Dexter Holland’s hair-braid idea – but he had a presence to him. Now Till Lindemann offers the je ne sais quoi, just something different – a bit extreme – but boy you’re not going to forget him any time soon!
Be an evil motherf@#ker!
Muwahaha! If you want to summon all that is rock on stage, then a little bit of worshiping satan goes a long way. Ozzy Ozbourne bit the heads off bats, Marilyn Manson did a lot of things which are better left unwritten and many other bands portray metal as being evil. It’s written in to the rock & metal culture and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it! However, it’s definitely best done with a cheeky grin, rather than being all out serious!
Have a softer side
Whilst it pays to be heavy, a lot of the big rock and metal bands release softer, melodic songs that fans adore – ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘November Rain’ and ‘Snuff’ to name just a few tracks that stand out. Corey Taylor is a great example of how to have a softer side – he’s a nu-metal screamer when leading Slipknot, but he can be caught singing beautifully on acoustic pieces if you’re ever lucky enough to catch him in a smaller tent at a festival, just like this performance below:
Interact with the crowd
Whether you have fifty fans watching, or fifty thousand, if you don’t interact with the fans and get them involved, they will leave a little disappointed. One gig to name was The Distillers when they were big after ‘Drain the Blood’ hit. Their gig was basically song after song from the album with no interaction – you might as well just stand there and put on the album loud and not bother forking out for a ticket. So interact with the audience; get them raising their horns, chanting along, flipping you off, whatever it takes to make them feel a part of the show.
Respect the legends
When you see a band live, you’ll often hear them talk of their influences and who they look up to. This respect is a great asset and helps give you and your band a connection with the crowd. It also gives you a chance to rock out your own cover version of an all time classic!
And all served with a slice of humour
Unless you are the new-coming of Jesus with a guitar strapped to his chest, don’t take yourself too seriously. In keeping with the ‘how to be a rock star’ theme here are two of the funniest bands in recent time – Tenacious D and Foo Fighters:
Hopefully this random little slice of rock inspiration will help when it comes to perfecting your stage presence. Whether it be at a festival, in the local pub, or on guitar hero in your front room – may the rock God’s salute you!
Introducing Alexis Kings, a new London based band who have recently received a wave of attention through some of their new releases.
Alexis Kings are soon to release their first EP ‘1972’ featuring the first single ‘1972’ which is not yet released, but is currently is the process of being mastered.
The EP also features their viral track ‘Brothers’ along with AK’s first track ‘Get Set Go Home’ which both have had music videos made for them. Alexis Kings have also been lucky enough to headline BBC Introducing Beds Herts and Bucks recent gig at the Hat Factory in Luton.
Listen to ‘Get Set Home’ here:
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