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September 23, 2020 Melodic rock band Certain Animals announce debut album

Melodic rock band Certain Animals announce debut album

Songs To Make You Move is the debut album of Rotterdam rock trio Certain Animals: melodic rock filled with vocal harmonies.The album was recorded in their self-built Deer Sound Studio in the port of Rotterdam. On their first long play record, the band does not hesitate to pay homage to their musical heroes, whose vinyl records are on the boys’ turntable every day. The Beatles, Beach Boys, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Electric Light Orchestra are regularly pulled off the shelf, but the fuzzy and phasey work of contemporary bands like Tame Impala is also unmistakably heard on Songs To Make You Move. Certain Animals have matured, and you can hear that on their debut album. The band does not pretend to be rougher than it is and is not louder than what the song calls for. Besides their bulging LP collections, the love for music is reflected in twelve dazzling tracks. Certain Animals honestly show what they love. From Automaton’ to ‘Zenithis’, Songs To Make You Move, a record for music lovers, by music lovers.

In less then three years, the band managed to build a strong live reputation by playing shows on major Dutch festivals in famous venues all over the country, and they also performed across the border in Belgium and Germany. Their intriguing sound makes for energetic live shows filled with intimate moments and explosive bursts of energy.

Since October last year they have been releasing a steady stream of eight singles. This to the delight of an ever growing number of (inter)national fans, radiostations and blogs. The singles were featured in Spotify New Music Friday and New Alternative playlists a.o., Apple Music New Music Daily and Best Of The Week, and iTunes Alternative & All Genres charts in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Sweden. They got airplay in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Poland, Austria, Croatia, UK, Jamaica, Australia, Canada and US.

And what about the incredible album artwork? A nice detail is the Rotterdam skyline in the background!

The album release concert is 25 September in prestigious De Doelen, Rotterdam in The Netherlands

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August 28, 2020 70’s inspired rock band KEYS share song ‘The Strain’

70’s inspired rock band KEYS share song ‘The Strain’

The Strain’ is the third single taken from KEYS new album HOME SCHOOLING: A Collection of 4-track rarities, out on 21/08/20.

Matthew Evans Vocals/Guitar/Songwriting talks us through this personal of songs:

The Strain is about friendship. I knew it before, but lockdown has really brought home the importance of my friends to me. There’s a hurt at the heart of The Strain. I was trying to capture what I call the Swansea Soul. I was channelling Pete Hamm. I’m so proud that Badfinger come from Swansea. It blows my mind. I find it quite easy to tap into that sense of longing and what the Welsh call Hiraeth. It’s probably the most personal song I’ve ever written.”

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August 21, 2020 Band TV PEOPLE announce new music

Band TV PEOPLE announce new music

Rising Dublin quartet TV PEOPLE return on 4th September with their third single of 2020, ‘Nothing More’ and its accompanying video directed by Robert Clarke.

Mixed and recorded at Darklands Audio with Dan Doherty (Fontaines D.C., Vulpynes) and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Christian Wright (Radiohead, Blur, LCD Soundsystem), ‘Nothing More’ sees the band come to terms with identity and the struggle of finding a purpose in life.

Speaking about the single, the band explain: “It reflects on the superficial challenges of finding yourself that you face in adolescence and early adulthood, and contrasts these with a deeper existential anxiety that emerges in their place as you begin to overcome them.”

 “The song documents the experience of trying to make peace with the realisation that life may be inherently meaningless and deal with the burden of being responsible for your own life’s purpose. It was written remotely during the lockdown period by sending each other music and mixing a home demo which was a new way of writing for us.”

‘Nothing More’ follows the release of singles ‘Kitchen Sinking’ and ‘Time Eats Up’ earlier in 2020, with ‘Kitchen Sinking’ earning a spot on Spotify’s ‘An Alternative Éire’ playlist, and ‘Time Eats Up’ receiving heavy promotion from the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Hailing from the heart of Ireland’s capital, TV People are a Dublin four-piece who lace their indie/garage rock sound with punk-infused undertones. Despite forming in early 2019, the band have been honing their craft across the live scene, making themselves one of the most exciting bands coming out of Dublin right now.

First toying with the idea of creating the band, Paul, Brendan and Len later recruited Rob to perfect the group’s dynamic. Since, TV People have worked with Dan Doherty (Darklands Audio) and Christian Wright (Abbey Road Studios) on their latest releases and also garnered support from the likes of Abbey Road Studios, The Daily Star, Earmilk, When The Horn Blows, Amazing Radio, RTÉ and 98FM, and more.

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April 29, 2020 Psych Rock band Ocean Alley announces new album

Psych Rock band Ocean Alley announces new album

Australia’s funkiest musical export Ocean Alley is thrilled to announce their highly anticipated third album Lonely Diamond, out independently June 19th, with distribution via UNIFIED Music Group. The news follows the premiere of their latest single from the record, ‘Hot Chicken’, on triple j this morning, and comes off the back of the recent postponement of their Australian tour until 2021.

Grappling with spiralling out of control, ‘Hot Chicken’ encapsulates the seduction and suffering that comes from wrestling with the devil on one’s shoulder. Accentuated by the dangerous edge to vocalist Baden Donegal’s voice, “I’ll be the razor if you want to play”, the taunting driving guitars intensify the feeling to fight. Threaded with echoes of an Ennio Morricone Spaghetti Western score, the song’s expansive soundscape grows and conquers, transporting the listener to the middle of a dusty stand-off in a state of isolation and emptiness.

Drawing from the nostalgia of music eras past, Lonely Diamond combines 70s guitar rock, country and western, old school funk and synth-heavy new wave to create a deeply contemplative and atmospheric odyssey reminiscent of music legends including Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits and Pink Floyd.

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