Whilst I’m busy soldiering on with life, listening endlessly to submissions then finding I’ve run out of time to anything, I’m thankful for when a Tuesday rolls around and I can hand everything over to Rormix to do my work for me. Bliss. Here are your five for this week, don’t forget to click the images to see the videos and to download the app. Go on, it’s free. You’re losing nothing. NOTHING!!!!
JPNSGRLS – Monarch Butterfly
JPNSGRLS — pronounced “Japanese Girls” — formed in Vancouver in 2010 with a lineup that includes Serl, Kerr, guitarist Oliver Mann and bassist Chris McClelland. Their name was inspired by the female Japanese rock band Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, and they made their debut with The Sharkweek EP in 2013 on Light Organ Records.Their brand new debut LP, Circulation, the outfit hunkered down in Vancouver’s Greenhouse Studios with producer Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties). The twelve songs were tracked in just seven days and mix straight-out-of-the-garage noisiness with earworm hooks and genre-jumping eclecticism. Circulation, mastered by world-renowned engineer Greg Calbi (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT), along with their whirlwind live show honed on support tours for July Talk & Mounties, presents JPNSGRLS as a force to be reckoned with.
Empire Affair – DNA Code
Today’s featured artist is Empire Affair, who formed in Bournemouth in early 2011 (And featured previously on WCT – C). The band consists of Neil Tallant (vocals), Jack Woolston (guitar), Matt Park (guitar and keys), Tom Parrett (bass) and Darren Sheppard (drums). In the last few years the band has played over 100 gigs, including headline shows in London, Bournemouth, Oxford, Winchester and Croatia. Empire Affair’s 3rd EP ‘Pangs’ was released on September the 5th and shows a creative progression from 2011′s Red Light EP and 2012′s Sparks in the Dark EP.
United Ghosts – Out Of Love
United Ghosts – blending a variety of influences ranging from Kraut-rock and electro to classy psychedelia and shoegaze. Featuring shared girl-boy vocals, the overall impact is a cohesive sound that celebrates its influences, while keeping one eye firmly set towards the future.Their one of BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne’s favourites, and it’s clear to see why (Pssst, I interviewed them too! Where DO Rormix get their crazy ideas from… – C). Recently they have stripped back from a four-piece to just two members – Sha Sabi and Axel Ray Steuerwald – and the pair have been enjoying the freedom of exploring a number of different influences to create a fresh and interesting sound. Whatever they’re doing – it’s working.
Teenage Wildlife – I Wont Ever
Teenage Wildlife – the musical brainchild of renowned London photographer John Wright. He states he has been making music ‘forever’ but John Wright has always been better known for his stunning photography which has gained attention from the fashion press for years. His obsession with visual imagery is obvious from his stunningly filmed music videos, two of which are available on Rormix.John is a multi-instrumentalist who states his influences as being Van Morrison and Curtis Mayfield, and records all of his tracks in his attic studio. He has recently collaborated with Paul Weller, Johnny Marr and John Taylor for the soundtrack to ‘Saville Row is Rock and Roll’ – a short film for GQ. Last month he released ‘The Last Great Love Affair’ – a highly recommended listen.
The Talks – Don’t Look Behind You
The Talks Dub Ska rockers from Yorkshire UK, in just a short space of time The Talks have built themselves a compelling live reputation across the UK and Europe delivering sweaty, high octane, dance floor filling shows, treading the boards with the likes of Madness, The Specials, Rancid, The Beat, The King Blues and many more.
In April 2014 the band released the new ‘Don’t Look Behind You’, their first single from upcoming album ‘Commoners, Piers, Drunks and Thieves’, which has boosted the bands popularity seeing them dramatically increase their touring schedule and break through further into commercial and alternative media across Europe.