And as the wheels once again begin to turn on the churn factory that is WCT, everything returns to normal. Yes, there’ll be no more of this Rormix on a Wednesday nonsense – I’m terribly sorry about all that! I’ve even reached the point of having the next 3 weeks completely booked up with things to write. I know some of you (alright, the two of you that read this crap) will be anxious to know what’s coming soon. Well I’m not telling. What? This isn’t one of my ranty things? Oh alright then, Rormix are great, download the app, sales spiel… Here are five videos for you to tuck into;
Dexters – Start To Run
Dexters are a 5 piece indie rock band based out of London, England. They started in mid 2011 and have since created four amazing music videos that can all be found on Rormix. In November, the band re-embark on the road for an extensive UK tour concluding with their biggest headline show to date at London’s Islington Assembly Hall preceded by a 7 date German & Swiss headline tour. The band, eager to look after their devoted fans, are offering a free and exclusive EP to all those who buy a ticket to see them on their headline tour of the UK this Autumn. Not bad!
Tom Rowlett, lead singer of Dexters, says “We’ve come a long way in the past couple of years and have built an army of fans we now consider friends along the way. This is a little nod to say ‘Thank you, we really do appreciate your support.’”The EP includes 3 live tracks, “Can’t Sleep” off their debut album “Shimmer Gold” + brand new track ‘The Nature Of The Beast’ and ‘Shimmer Gold’ from the Alchemea Sessions plus “Recover” recorded last year at the bands XFM session.
Hugh Bob and the Hustle – North Country
Singer-songwriter Hugh Robert Masterson grew up in Butternut, Wisconsin – a quaint but fading small town with decrepit mills, dirt roads, farms, beat down bars, and a population of 300. “It’s the kind of place where the silence is deafening and the stars are so bright you can feel nothing but humbled,” says Masterson. His band Hugh Bob and The Hustle and their masterful self-titled debut album brings to life this slice of classic Americana with ruggedly poetic lyrics and sweetly winsome roots rock.
Masterson is currently gigging actively with The Hustle, building a strong live profile with their vibrantly authentic musicality, impassioned sincerity, and downhome exuberance. “I remember playing that first show. I had done all this stuff to prove myself. I was sitting there in the basement of the venue and I was so nervous I wanted to run away,” he says. “But when I got onstage, the adrenaline from the people’s response made it all feel so worthwhile.”
The Balconies – Good and Ugly
The Balconies a Rock and Roll 4 piece from Ottawa/Toronto! In the blink of an eye, the group has grown from a humble indie pop band to a leather-clad three-headed rock and roll monster, punctuated by 80s hair metal flair.
With Jacquie at the helm, backed by the rippling rhythms of Liam and Stephen, The Balconies continue to steamroll unsuspecting crowds throughout Europe and continental North America – doing it heavier and sweatier each and every night (go ahead, try to outdo Jacquie’s deep rock lunges and swirling hair). They’ve shared the stage with Cold War Kids, Mother Mother, Devo, Sloan, Stars, Wide Mouth Mason, Big Sugar, Tokyo Police Club, Bad Religion, Rival Sons, and the Sam Roberts Band.
Kramies – Sea Otter Cottage
Kramies is an alternative/ indie artist based out of Denver. His EP ”The Wooden Heart” features Jason Lytle of Grandaddy in the role of producer and collaborator, along with extra production by Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard). Since last week the EP has been available for free! Since its release a year ago on the brilliant Hidden Shoal Label, ”The Wooden Heart” has received so many wonderful reviews and kind mentions that he is giving it away for free in hopes it can touch a few more listeners.
Here is a Bandcamp link to “The Wooden Heart” EP where you can easily download it for free. Luckily for you this link also includes all the extra artwork by French photographer Jérôme Sevrette and hand written lyrics.
Justin Levinson – Free Love
Justin Levinson is a renowned singer/songwriter, known for a catalog of songs covering everything from power-pop to country. Earning steady praise from audiences and critics since 2005, this Vermont native describes his music as feel-good heartbreak songs.
Paying his dues and honing his craft at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Justin’s breakthrough ultimately came with his ode to small-town life, “City With Two Streetlights” from his debut record 1175 Boylston. The song spent eight straight weeks on the top 25 CMJ Charts, gaining airplay in over 350 stations across the country. Amidst a slot in the 2006 International Pop Overthrown Tour and an award for Best Male Artist at the International Acoustic Music Awards, his sophomore album Bury Your Love was released.
Closing the decade in 2009 was the alternative-country inspired album Predetermined Fate, which brought Justin his strongest reviews to date; the success of the Sirius radio staple “Waiting For Someone To Love Me” won Justin a nomination for Singer/Songwriter Discovery of the Year. Levinson’s newest album This Side of Me, This Side of You was released in January 2012 and includes backing band The Valcours who dress Justin’s distressful lyrics with an eclectic mix of piano, loud guitar, horns, strings, and dreamy harmonies.
Director Tone Evans shows us just how unique Levinson truly is in this heartwarming clip “Free Love.” Comedic scenes shine a light on the misfortunes of love, and bring forth the lighter side of dating. The song is sung from the perspective of someone who has played the field one too many times and is looking for a chance to settle down with something more substantial. An immersed lover cleverly follows Justin as his lyrics foretell his feelings about the trials and tribulations of free love. With a smart and stylish ending, “Free Love” speaks volumes of Justin Levinson’s defining characteristics.
Weren’t they great? Click the pics for the videos, but you knew that already. You’re so smart. And beautiful. I’m back later today…