Tuesday, 13 September 2016
The one when JC met Losing Victory 13/9/16
Always good to chat to @LosingVictory. We talked new single "break" & vid . And general nakedness !
Inc on @rivierafm #jccooperlive show tonight
Listeners choices from #jccooperlive playlist @rivierafm
New Device -Strung out
Jeff Finlin -Sugar Blue
Symmetry -Gotta wake you up
Indya -Strip me down
Monocled man's -Fiction Afloat
Liam Browne & the love -Baby grow
Dead dollar days -Sex drive
Carlos -This how we live
Paolo Morena -All the wires lead to flesh
Enola Fall -Stab on
Rob Richings -Ten seconds
Glitch code -Glimmer
Martin Jenson -All I wanna do
Losing Victory -Break
Naked Sunday are a three piece dirty blues rock band based in the Midlands. Formed in 2012, the trio comprises of Martin Sta...nyer, lead vocals, guitar and piano, Laura Stanyer, on bass and backing vocals, and Craig Stanley on drums. The band are achieving great success, appearing in Kerrang Magazine, Bizarre and Big Cheese. They have also been awarded CD of the month by Ryans Gig Guide. Their music has been played on local radio and BBC Radio in the UK. They have also been featured on, the American station Rockers Dive, with their music reaching New York and Canada.
All three members have been featured in the music video by The Dead Daisies ‘Face I Love’, as well as performing vocals in the choir on The Darkness song Last of our Kind.
The lead singer, Martin Stanyer, co-wrote the song, Hope Aint a Bad Thing, which reached number 16 in the UK Charts. All three band members also play on this track which, at the end, samples a speech from 'This Christmas'. This track led to all three members being presented the outstanding achievement award by Muff Murfin for their time with M.A.S Records.
Life on the road is constant and Naked Sunday generally rack up around 80+ gigs a year, travelling and performing across all corners of the UK. If you are looking for a band with more than just a few tunes, then Naked Sunday are the whole package. They provide a visual performance, welcoming audience participation, helping fans to relate to the band members and their songs.
Playing such prestigious venues as The Robin 2, The Roadhouse and The Slade Rooms, Naked Sunday set the standard for rock-n-roll, bringing back the traditional band. 2016 sees them continuing with their commitment and hard work ethic appearing on AMP'd which is hosted by Johnny Doom, taking them from strength to strength.
Glitch Code release ‘Glimmer’ from critically acclaimed new album Gifted_Damaged
"...an apex of sonic brilliance"
– Fireworks Magazine
"Complex, interesting, impressive and deeply evocative"
– Black Velvet Magazine
Glitch Code is the innovative musical vehicle of songwriter and producer, Paul Kirkpatrick, and vocalist Rachel Harvey. Together they deliver a hypnotic blend of electro, rock and alternative pop.
‘Glimmer’ is the latest single from the duo’s highly-praised debut album Gifted_Damaged, released earlier this year. It comes with a brand new dramatic and psychedelic music video.
Watch video for ‘Glimmer’ here:
The group’s experimental style has seen them using unusual instruments such as theremin and fretless bass, whilst incorporating the latest soft synths and plug-ins available. Elements of David Bowie, Kate Bush and The Eurhythmics can be found in their sound.
Singer Rachel Harvey is a former television and film actress and was previously in a band called Axis before meeting with Paul Kirkpatrick to form Glitch Code.
All artwork for Gifted_Damaged was designed by Laurence Stevens, who has previously worked with the likes of Muse and The Eurhythmics. The CD packaging takes the unique form of a book, consisting of 24 pages, lyrics and an embossed cover, it is an example of the group’s limitless creativity.
The single ‘Glimmer’ is out 29/08/16
Free Ride who are based in Finland.
Hailing from the Tornio-River delta area which borderlines Finland and Sweden, Free Ride have been moving from strength to strength since the release of their debut album in 2008, and gigs around Finland and various American car shows.
Free Ride's new album World Of Fools is now available to purchase, and you can find details on this along with information on forthcoming gig dates by visiting their website www.reverbnation.com/freeriderock or you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/officialfreeride and www.twitter.com/freeriderockfin
Rob RichingsParkas and Boots
Debut Album Released October 7th 2016 on Crescent Records
Audio Listening Links
Single Ten Seconds https://soundcloud.com/robrichings/ten-seconds/s-XBSlV
Album Parkas And Boots https://soundcloud.com/robrichings/sets/parkas-and-boots-2016/s-5kt6E
Robrichings.com / Twitter/RobRichings / Facebook/RobRichingsMusic / YouTube/RobRichings
ENOLA FALL ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘STAB ON!’
Anthemic new indie pop track is lifted from ‘Heliotropic’ LP
Melbourne-based Tasmanian indie-poppers Enola Fall have unveiled Stab On!, the lead single from their new album Heliotropic. The soaring slice of windswept indie-pop showcases sharp lyrics & hooks alongside new wave guitars and synths.
For the last decade Enola Fall have become a fixture on the Australian indie scene, playing major festivals and supporting acts like Courtney Barnett, The Jezabels, Amanda Palmer and The Violent Femmes on tour. Anchored by singer/guitarist/songwriter Joe Nuttall, the band have picked up press acclaim with Huffington Post, USA Today & Stereogum, played shows across the USA and enjoyed radio support from tastemakers at Triple J & over 100 American stations.
‘Stab On!’ was recorded in Sydney with Lachlan Mitchell (The Vines/The Jezabels) and is a fitting introduction to Enola Fall for European audiences - urgent, melodic and deceptively dark, it skewers hipster culture whilst offering earworm hooks and an insistent energy. As Nuttall explains - “This song is a statement about simply not giving a fuck if you’re cool or not. There’s a culture in Melbourne of not-trying-too-hard. It’s a strange combination of hipster kids and that particular Australian apathy, where there’s the mindset of ‘Don’t spend too much effort or time on art, just grow a moustache’, which is the worst advice to give a musician ever!”
ASYLUMS announce new single ‘SUNDAY COMMUTERS’ taken from their critically acclaimed debut album KILLER BRAIN WAVES + Sept/Oct tour dates
Artist : ASYLUMS
Single : 'SUNDAY COMMUTERS'
Album : KILLER BRAIN WAVES
Label : COOL THING RECORDS
Focus Date : OCT 21ST
Track Length : 3:05
BBC 6 Music ALBUM OF THE DAY - August 2nd 2016
"Accomplished, fresh and exhilarating" 9/10 - Louder Than War
"Anti-boredom Anthems for the "information genocide age" 10/10
‘Remember the last time we heard of a great band from Southend-on- Sea – The Horrors? Well Asylums are just as good, but a whole load more colorful’ - BBC Introducing Online
Southend on Sea’s ASYLUMS are back with another exhilarating cut taken from their critically acclaimed debut album KILLER BRAIN WAVES which is out now via D.I.Y imprint COOL THING RECORDS. The new single is titled ‘Sunday Commuters’ and ASYLUMS will be releasing it to support their forthcoming live shows as well as their highly anticipated October Headline tour calling at lots of venues across the United Kingdom.
ASYLUMS - SUNDAY COMMUTERS The day job. Like clockwork. Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. Two weeks off in Summer. Pub on Saturday nights. Ah, Sundays. Lie in. Sunday papers, roast dinner, blah blah blah.
No? Not for a band like Asylums. Sure, they’ve all still got the 9 to 5 as they’re all partial to eating and having somewhere to live. But they make the music happen outside of that. Evenings, weekends, bank holidays… Touring? A superhuman effort, but they make it work. No Vampiric sleep schedule for them.
Southend to Watford is quite a commute to make an album. Up at 6AM on a Sunday to make a 9AM recordings session, drifting through the deserted financial district like the only people alive, feeling like you’re in a zombie movie.
These experiences inspired new single “Sunday Commuters”, and it’s themes of swimming against the current. With some of the coolest harmonies from the “Killer Brain Waves” album (thanks to drummer Henry), a 1960s vibe underpins this song of alienation and the human condition in twenty-first century Britain, all the while juxtaposed with the killer hook that gives the nod towards early Blur and Smashing Pumpkins.
It all started with a killer brainwave in a spare bedroom in Southend-on-Sea. Over the last two years the killer brainwave turned into killer pop hooks and killer lyrics, which turned into killer singles, and now a killer album. And some killer videos, too.
With the harsh climate of Austerity Britain kicking the non-wealthy in the nether regions, necessity dictated that the band take the do-it-your-bloody-self approach right from the off, and Asylums have proved that you don’t need a huge budget, just really really good songs and a bit of creativity.
Which is just as well, as A) they’ve never had any sort of budget and B) they write really really good songs and are a bit creative.
“Killer Brain Waves” really is a killer album – just ask BBC Radio 1 or Radio X, or ask BBC 6Music who liked it so much they made it album of the day on August 2nd. You could even ask Steve Lamacq, who in addition to playing Asylums a lot on his show, saw the band receive a unanimous thumbs up on his Roundtable show.
The huge critical acclaim for this debut record is made even more special, as many of the reviews praise the social relevancy of the songs within – post-millennial anxiety? Asylums are going to shout about it.
And there’s been no slacking off on a Summer Holiday – Asylums have foregone the beaches and donkey rides, and kept on grafting. Following a sold-out album launch for Radio X at London’s Lexington, came prestigious slots for the band at Reading & Leeds Festival and Bestival; even during the album launch week they put the champers on hold and headed for the studio to record some new music… Will we see the fruits of their studio labours soon? We’ll have to wait and see… So what else is next? Plenty. That’s what.
A headline tour in October with support from Blackwaters (a band for whom Luke from Asylums has been writing and producing tracks alongside Carl Barat); support slots with old friends The Enemy are also coming soon. 2017 is also looking bright for their Cool Thing imprint – new music from other bands will finally be emerging from the label, based in the same spare bedroom where the very first killer brainwave happened.
And 2016 is by no means done and dusted - Asylums still have some surprises up their sleeves for this year. All good things to those who wait, and all that.
8th - Bestval, Isle Of Wight
16th - London, Forum
16th - London, Hackney Wonderland
21st - Southend, Chinnerys
22nd - Salford, Eagle Inn
23rd - Oxford, The Cellar
25th - Bristol, Exchange
26th - Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
27th - Leicester, The Cookie
28th - Digbeth, The Rainbow
29th - Aldershot, West End Centre
Website www.asylumsband.com | Twitter www.twitter.com/asylumsband
Paolo Morena was born to be a musician – it’s
in his blood. His Grandfather and Father were both
accomplished musicians who played in bands in Southern Italy
where the family originates from. Paolo’s Uncle Tino was
even World Champion Accordionist in 1969.
Following a failed relationship at the age of
17 he ran away to Amsterdam – the pivotal moment of his
life. Amsterdam at the age of 17 was an incredible city to
be living in. Working in a coffee shop by day and playing in
Bars at night, Paolo came into contact with all manner of
people and sounds that were to give him the foundations of
the music career that followed.
Challenged to put together a band in under a week
to support the Australian Doors at the Macanti Plaza, Paolo
found and rehearsed a band - and achieved the target, to
play in front of 5000 people, in under a week! Those band
members were to become life long friends and led directly
to travel and adventures abroad, including France, Australia
and the US. By the time Paolo returned to the UK he was
a skilled and accomplished musician, with a wealth of
experiences behind him and several diaries full of songs.
A brief period of fronting a 3 piece rock band,
The Morena’s, followed. But though that led to radio
sessions with Janice Long on R2 and Xfm with Lauren Laverne,
tours with the likes of INME, and appearances on C4, there
was a growing dissatisfaction with Band life, that led to
Paolo’s eureka moment - and the start of his journey as
the 21st Century One Man Band.
The past 3 years have been about developing the
Live Looping show – playing over 300 gigs across the
country in that time, and gaining a reputation as a unique
performer. His debut solo album,’ TheMightySmall” was
released in 2015 to great acclaim amongst fans and Industry
alike - supported by BBC Introducing and gaining plays from
the likes of Huey Morgan on 6Music (“Damn, that kid got it
The album attracted the attention of the likes
of the Caffe Nero chain where Paolo’s music was
playlisted as a “Featured New Artist” and the US
publishing group Downtown, who signed Paolo to their roster.
“All The Wires Lead To Flesh” is the first
track to come from the new album, “38” set for release
in 2017 and is Paolo’s first overtly political track,
reflecting the turbulence of the times we are living in.
Meantime Paolo will continue his hectic touring schedule for
the rest of 2016, whilst continuing to write tracks for the
For more information (inc live dates) check out
the Paolo Morena website and Social Media
iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/this-how-we-live-single/id1146329031
Monocled Man’s new album ‘We Drift Meridian’, coming out on Sept 25th on Whirlwind Recordings.
The concept of the album is obscure remote islands and atolls with layers of haunting electronic and acoustic soundscapes which reflect the remoteness and sometimes curious histories and characters associated with these far-flung, isolated spaces.
Mancunian genre-meddlers Liam Browne & The Love release bouncy indie anthem ‘Baby Grow’ (and new album Forget & Remember)
"The music is raw and unpretentious, juxtaposed with the vocals, which have an idiosyncratic style and are consistently engaging, while the lyrics are intriguing and intelligent."
- Nigel Colley, Reflex Artists
‘Liam is a born front man who always looks like he’s playing to a stadium’
- Rowetta of the Happy Mondays
Having found themselves a cult following in Manchester, unsigned genre-meddling indie act Liam Browne & The Love seem destined to take on the rest of the country with their eclectic and nutty Northern-rooted sound.
Straight off their upcoming album Forget & Remember, their brand new single ‘Baby Grow’ is an upbeat and bouncy indie rock anthem that provides a small taster of the band’s large sonic scope. A music video is set to drop soon
Delivered with a raw and untamed Mancunian attitude, the album Forget & Remember is a crazy cocktail of lad rock, hip hop, folk and electronica all recorded in guitarist James Fraser’s garage (later mixed at Noise Boy Studios). Rowetta of the legendary Happy Mondays appears on two of the record’s tracks.
Watch music video for ‘Confused’ (ft. Rowetta of The Happy Mondays) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS2qNJm5YWw
The group have an unusual origin story - frontman Liam was in the Amazon and a Shaman convinced him to sing for the first time initiating his aspirations as a vocalist and a songwriter. He met fellow member James at a Shamanic workshop the following year and from that point on they started making music together.
On top of his work as a musician, Liam Browne has starred in a number of cult movies including acclaimed raunchy Brit flick brilliantlove. He is close to Stereophonics lead singer Kelly Jones after taking the lead role in his music videos for ‘Violins and Tambourines’ and ‘In the Moment’.
"I naively feel like Scorsese finding his De Niro"
– Kelly Jones of Stereophonics, whilst directing Liam Browne in one of his music videos
Adding to his eventful background, Liam was involved in a near-fatal accident that almost prevented the band from ever coming to be. Whilst jacking his car up by the side of the M60, the vehicle dropped on top of him, leaving him trapped beneath it for two hours. It was only due to breathing techniques learnt though yoga that he was able to conserve oxygen and survive.
Forget & Remember is out 2nd October. Beck, Badly Drawn Boy, Kelly Jones and Rowetta all already own copies of the unreleased album.
The single ‘Baby Grow’ is out 2nd September
The dreaded shrill of the 3 second alarm sets up an infectiously hooky verse which leads into a wham-bam-slam of a chorus leaving no doubt of the intended message.
The new single from Californian 4-piece Symmetry, is led by vocalist Mike Campbell whose powerful range embraces both the delicate and the passionate, whilst interwoven by the subtle guitar work of founder Jared Hara, coupled with the intoxicating rhythm from Will Weiner on bass and Max D’Anda’s commanding drums, we are left with a 3-minute Pop Classic.
Symmetry bring ‘Gotta Wake You Up’ exclusively to the UK following their roaring success here last year. Having toured with Don Broco, Third Eye Blind and most recently coming home from a blistering 30 date US tour with British band Coast. They are ready to return and embrace their UK fans and revisit their old stomping ground of St. Albans.
Unpretentious, simple, yet contagious this is a song that will stay with you from the minute you wake up.
Finlin writes with a minimalist grit of Sam Shepard and Raymond Carver. Tune in for an elusive magic.”- The Chicago Sun Times
“Some folks come to Nashville, amble over to music row and look for a cookie cutter solution. Hand Jeff Finlin a cookie cutter, and he’s liable to melt it down and then forge it into something sharper and more dangerous.”- Peter Cooper, The Tennessean
Video for album track ‘I Killed Myself Last Night: https://youtu.be/SdP1hWDTAJ0
Rising from the ashes of the self- a voice appears. Though the voice has been there all along it’s been muffled by the sound of a train that carries the load of youth, ambition, want and a lust for more. Once that train stops rolling it reveals its musings. This voice ruminates in the work of Jeff Finlin.
Jeff Finlin’s work is funny, insightful, playfully sardonic, and capable of exhuming archetypal musings from its listeners. It documents a vivacious spiritual path in poetry and song. In this respect, Finlin’s work represents a kind of modern day American Rumi-ism.
New album ‘Life After Death’ is somewhat of a ‘best of’ or ‘an introduction to’, featuring 20 key tracks for those who have not crossed paths with this maverick and prolific songwriter. Spanning his back catalogue, this collection seeks to show the depth and diversity of Finlin’s composition, creating a full picture of him in 2016.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the grandson of Irish railroad workers (who seemed to be in the habit of leaping from trains), music, writing and travel became fascination for Finlin. He began with a wanderlust, traveling America using every form of transportation, with the exception of tuk tuk (still on the bucket list). Having played in bands in Boston, Ohio and L.A, he finally wound up in Nashville with long-time mate and Academy Award nominee Gwil Owen to form the rock band The Thieves. They released the acclaimed ‘Seduced By Money’, produced by Marshall Crenshaw on Capitol Records. Venturing out on his own he went on to produce the self-released ‘Lonely Light’ before going on to produce the Little Dog/ Mercury release, ‘Highway Diaries’.
Never one for the convention of Nashville, he moved to the far west of America and set up shop. For the last 12 years he has been delivering writing and music of depth and candor that has consistently made its appearance around the world. His song “Sugar Blue” found its way into Cameron Crowe’s feature film “Elizabethtown” alongside the likes of Tom Petty, Elton John, Lyndsey Buckingham and My Morning Jacket. This new compilation of his work from brand new West London based label Man In The Moon Records represents a distinctive core of his music and poetic thought.
Sober since 1997, Finlin took up the practice of yoga to enhance and promote his spiritual life. His resulting work documents a spiritual path of experience that became the main focus and structure of his art and life. He recently began work on a foundation called Recover.Yoga with the hopes of giving back the practice of yoga to people in all forms of recovery. Jeff has also just released a new book of poetry which will probably blow a few minds alongside his prosaic music, it’s entitled ‘The Seduction Of Radha’.
Jeff Finlin has always carved out his own path. Tune into “Life after Death”—you’ll hear an elusive magic.
Life After Death – The Essential Jeff Finlin is released on September 9th on Man In The Moon Records.
Nana Kay Agyekum aka GoldKay is of Ghanaian descent, born in Ghana but raised in South East
London. While he comes from a very rough mixed background, GoldKay, formerly part of a DJing team Virtual Soundz, managed to complete a degree in Business Management and a Masters in International Business Practices. However music has always been his way of expressing himself freely.
There are high hopes for the 2013 Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist, however, only time will tell as to whether he will replicate a solid mainstream arrival as his fellow UK Afrobeats artist Fuse ODG did in 2012.
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