Her latest single “Sad Boy” narrates being purely infatuated with a certain person, but eventually realising that you probably spent too much time fantasizing about them, rather than getting to know them in the real world. Lena confides, “It’s about a Sad boy I met last fall. He fascinated me. I think in great part because I simply didn’t understand him. At the time, I didn’t realize how greatly I had romanticized the idea of him. I still remember the times when we would text each other for hours like highschool kids and how it made me feel. Although, nothing about the idea I created of him in my head ended up being as great as who he was in reality. I often find things to be better in my imagination.”
“Sad Boy” was written the day Lena realized that this boy was going to be nothing but another disappointment. She explains, “I was in such a bad mood and it felt like no song could match the exact way I was feeling.” The reflective song sees Lena migrating into a more alternative pop sound, as she discovers new aspects of her own style. Showcasing her stunning falsetto vocals, this release reveals an entire new side to the artist than we have ever seen before. With simple instrumentation, her vocals soar atop delicate guitar arrangements, before kicking into an ardent percussion section.
Bring Me The Horizon have dropped a huge new single, ‘Strangers’.
Vocalist Oli Sykes had this to say about the track:
“The song came out of a long writing trip in LA, and as soon as the lyric ‘we’re just a room full of strangers’ came it took on such a deeper double meaning – how it would feel to be performing it live as that’s what it is.. all strangers connecting on this mad level.. and that it was like rehab..
Coming out of lockdown and the pandemic, everyone is recovering from something and I’m so aware that so many people struggle daily with differing traumas, and just wanted to stress that they’re not in this alone… and we’re a community here to help each other”
STORRY is a sex-positive, queer, feminist, left-brained artist who is pushing culture forward. Writing and producing, she is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos.
Her art is raw and honest to the max. After surviving an abusive relationship, STORRY was left with the shards of broken self-esteem caused by trauma that she needed to put back together again. “Intimate Abuse” is about finding someone amazing and loving, who saw her as beautiful in all of her complexity.
The Kite Machine is like nothing you’ve ever heard before, in fact, not even close. Their pulsating synth wave rock sound uncovers a whole new breadth of sonics that stands out above the noise. Pulling influences from funk gods Daft Punk, the Australian outfit wanted to channel this energy alongside guitar centred rock n roll, and the result is simply staggering. Think Royal Blood but with a supercharged funk edge.
After the huge success of their self titled debut album back in 2019, the band have been working hard on new material and arrive with their thunderous new single ‘Your Touch’. Packed full of immediate hooks and explosive guitars and synths, this embodies everything The Kite Machine are, one giant beat after another. A song all about that feeling you get when you start falling in love with someone, ‘Your Touch’ is fast faced, colourful and groovy all at the same time, with a production that will knock you senseless into the euphoria they have so brilliantly created – and that’s psychedelic dance rock with a dark indie synth underbelly.
A groundbreaking and spine tingling sound that will unearth and hit you instantaneously, there is so much to love about The Kite Machine and their totally unique offering. Entering into a super exciting new genre packed full of heavy synths, sweaty dance beats and guitars that don’t give you a second’s rest, The Kite Machine is a relentless fusion that you won’t be able to switch off.
Richmond’s hard-charging, thrash metal maniacs MUNICIPAL WASTE have released their 7th studio album, Electrified Brain, today via Nuclear Blast.
The band also recently debuted the album’s title track and third single, ‘Electrified Brain‘, arriving in the grotesque form of a face-melting horror short directed by esteemed FX artist Norman Cabrera.
Commenting on the single and video, guitarist Ryan Waste says:
“’Electrified Brain’ is a tale of revenge and redemption, continuing the concept of our song ‘Mental Shock’ rounding out the ‘Deathripper Trilogy.’ It’s about being wrongfully accused and stripped of your rights, only to overcome and break free through the electric power of heavy music. We called upon our friend Norman Cabrera once again to handle the title track music video after the incredible job he did on ‘Slime and Punishment.’ Visually he went above and beyond and it became a much more cinematic experience thanks to Rob Lucas at Wolfpack Studios.”
Norman Cabrera adds about making the video:
“I pulled out all the stops for this video. It’s in the spirit of classic Heavy Metal videos like Ozzy’s Bark at the Moon and Dio’s The Last in Line. Sci Fi-Horror imagery lends itself very well to the vibe of the band. We’re channeling a bit of Cronenberg and Carpenter. The best sci fi movies of the past often take current events and put them in a fantastic setting. The video takes place in a not so distant dystopian future where your individuality can be taken away by a faceless organization. It’s a wild concept but not too far off from our world today.”
Ohio metalcore giants Miss May I reveal another new single from their upcoming seventh studio album ‘Curse Of Existence‘, due out via SharpTone Records on 2nd September.
On the new release, Levi Benton says: “‘Earth Shaker’ is our self description on the ones who are motivated to get themselves out of the ‘mayhem’ they are experiencing. Everyone out there has reached the breaking point where enough is enough and the time comes to make a change. Sometimes that change can make ripples in your life and redirect you to a new path, but its still forward and that’s what matters. Even when it feels like there is no where to go you can become an ‘Earth Shaker’ and make your own quake in your life.”
If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
I (Hootin, i.e. Nick Houghton) am a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the west coast of Canada.
How did you all meet?
I am a solo artist. But I have a close group of friends I lean on heavily for contributions, advice, rewrites and most importantly, deleting stuff.
How long have you been playing?
I’ve been in the world of music for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories was as a 6 year old playing Cotton Eyed Joe on the violin in a traveling show. In my teens I took up the drums, playing in every jazz band, orchestra and musical in the B.C. area, eventually enrolling at the local conservatory, where I got to work closely with jazz icons like Paul Horn and Misha Piatigorsky. After University I played with the funk rock band The Party On The High Street, performing constantly all over the world for six years, releasing 5 albums, one of which was recorded at Bear Creek studios with Ryan Hadlock, a Grammy nominee for his work with the Lumineers. While with The Party on High Street we partnered with a pair of actors and helped write a musical titled The Saints of British Rock.
This is my first venture as a solo artist, after 6 years on the road with TPOHS and the subsequent hiatus from music during which I lived in Los Angeles I’ve returned back to my home in Canada, where in 2021 I released my first full length album “Exit Conditions” and followed it up with a single Wake Up Call in January of 2022 and a second in May of 2022 titled The New Queen.
What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Hmm, that’s tough. I would go with: Contemplative expressive alternative.
What are your musical influences?
I take inspiration from a lot of different artists. At first the list might seem quite eclectic but it has a theme. What makes a great artist to me is one that I feel is truly expressing an idea, something personal or tangible. There is a lot of music that just picks a catchy phrase and repeats it over and over in hopes of getting it stuck in your head; often there is no greater message to it. Artists that catch my ear are trying to tell me something whether that be with the lyrics, the instrumentation, or both. If I feel like a song is just trying to get my attention I lose interest pretty fast.
Off the top of my head, for amazing lyrics you really can’t beat Laura Marling or Tom Waits.
For pure energy, there is a well known underground funk band from Vancouver called Five Alarm Funk that constantly tours across Canada. Their size varies but usually consists of no less than 6 members, their music is primarily instrumental but is some of the hardest hitting, energetic, danceable music I have ever heard. As a drummer by trade, it’s impossible to not be inspired by them. Unlike most ensembles, Five Alarm Funk sets up their live performance with their drummer front and center. Nobody else does that as far as I know.
There is another Vancouver based artist named Matthew Goode, his raw expression is unbeatable. If you really pay attention to his music, it’s like sitting in on a therapy session.
I also find expression in the way you perform extremely important, and for that my first stop is Jordan Rakei. The tone of his voice, the soft diction, it creates so much texture to his music… I find it irresistible.
Here is a little list of others I really enjoy: Franc Moody, Tom Misch, Lianne La Havas, Still Woozy, Erik Sumo, FKJ, Half Moon Run, Pinegrove, Mike Snow, Amber Mark, Neil Frances, Rudy Norman.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
It was while playing at a halloween party in Comox British Columbia… I saw a guy stick a bottle rocket in his butt, light it, bend over, and fire it towards the crowd. That image is burned into my memory for all time.
Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?
I’m still not back to performing. I am heavily focused on being in the studio at the moment. I am currently releasing a new single every 3-4 months. I figure that in about a year’s time I’ll be back on stage. For now I’m keen to just focus on writing and building up my catalog.
What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
Dashboard Confessional’s “A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar”. I used to be embarrassed of the power my angsty teenage phase still has on me but now I embrace it. You wanna come over and cry about that girl that said no in grade 9? I’m in, let’s do it. hahaha
What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?
Franc Moody. A disco funk duo from London. If you haven’t checked them out, do yourself a favor.
Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
Yes! I’m currently releasing a new single about every 3-4 months. I just released The New Queen in May, so will likely be releasing my next one in September!
Femegades have dropped a new single with a melodic punk twist in the form of ‘Speechless’.
This acts as a taste of their debut EP, ‘Pornsick’ and it’s a hell of a track which introduces them to new fans.
Written in collaboration with Gemma Aitchison of Yes Matters UK, the song is an urgent slice of punk rock that couldn’t feel more vital, or more timely given recent articles in the news. And with previous EP Pornsick tackling such vital themes as women subjected to male violence and narratives surrounding consent head-on, it’s a fitting progression for the four-piece, who are using the EP to push both the boundaries, and their ethos, even further, all the while providing a voice to those who might not otherwise have one.
One of Denmark’s finest metal exports, CABAL, have announced their new album “Magno Interitus”that will be released on October 21st via Nuclear Blast. The band have also released a fitting video for their new single “Exsanguination”
CABAL states: “The album ‘Magno Interitus’ – which translates to ‘The Great Decay,’ was written during the pandemic when we felt like everything was falling apart right in front of us, both in grand scheme of things but also on a much more personal level. So most of the songs serve as an outlet for all of the emotions we’ve felt during this time, which is also why this might not be the most uplifting album ever produced. The album was recorded, produced and mixed and mastered by our very own Chris Kreutzfeldt.”
Following the success of his debut EP released through Loud Era Records, Louis Attillio Vigorito, better known as Louyah has released his latest single “Peter Pan”.
“Peter Pan” encapsulates Louyah’s ambition to live a life where you are unapologetically yourself. He states, “Peter Pan is honestly a shot at the labels. I’ve been ducked/pushed and always set back as an artist. I’ll never let anyone judge me for what I am and who I’m supposed to be. It’s fine they don’t want the music now. I’ll keep pushing and making my dreams come true!”
“My influences are the ones who surround me” states Louyah, however Young Pwavy, Kevin Boris, Gervs, Dakun and Nick Zullo are up there when it comes to musical inspiration. Having already racked up an impressive array of streams, and social media engagement hitting the millions, we are sure to see even greater things from Louyah in the coming months. Receiving over 9000 pre-saves in one weekend alone, “Peter Pan” is sure to be a hit with fans.