THE MAN WHO – Canadian Indie Trio Lose Their Minds On Their Brand New Bass Driven Footstomper

Daily electricity to load your batteries

3 February 2023

Band: THE BAND WHO
Who: Indie rockers from Toronto, Canada.
They took their name from a quote by American
essayist/abolitionist/poet Ralph Waldo Emerson :
“The world makes way for the man who knows where he’s going.”

New single: LOSE MY MIND

“Nothing’s better than hanging out with some friends and letting the night take you
on a ride. The inspiration for our energizing song “Lose My Mind” was wanting to let
loose and have a great time. The verses touch on the hangover brain fog, the next
day’s souvenir. But a little hair of the dog never hurt anyone.”

TUTV: Expect a stupendous bass-driven foot-stomper full of burning passion and
zippy zeal. A bit like Eels when he’s on a roll. Beat-heavy and boogielicious all the way.
Have it on repeat and lose your mind, for a while. Why not, it feels liberating.

Press play.

Also streaming on Spotify

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THE MAN WHO: Facebook – Instagram

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Heading To Australia With Two (Out Of Three) ATUM ACTS Under Their Arms

3 February 2023

Chicago‘s bombastic veteran rockers THE SMASHING PUMPKINS orchestrated by Billy Corgan have dropped – in two consecutive weeks – two acts of their XL longplayer, named ATUM: A Rock Opera In Three Acts with no less than 33 songs in total.

Stream those two first ATUM ACTS here via Spotify.

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And Australia is waiting to hear lots of those new songs live.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: Facebook – Instagram

She Is FUCKING SAM CASEY

New striking strokes

3 February 2023

Toronto-based songstress SAM CASEY had a couple of soulful singles out
last year – New Company and Good Fight – and a magnificent goosebumps
cover of Etta James’ heartbreaking classic I’d Rather Go Blind and now she
dives into 2023 with a whole different piece.

Casey about new single I’M FUCKING SAM “It talks about the pressures of any young
adult who has recently left their safety net. It’s about dating the wrong guy, choosing the
wrong friends, and learning about yourself through these negative experiences. It illustrates
the experience of being wanted/adored for what you can do for someone rather than who
you really are. It also discusses the vices that we may fall back on when discovering these
ugly realities for the first time.”

It’s a sharp-tongued and guitar-tingling hip-pop tune. “I Never been so happy with
myself / I know who I am”
she sings, after past mistakes when it came to boyfriends
and companions, and she damn sounds confident. She’s done with wrong decisions.
She’s fucking SAM. Deal with it!

The accompanying video is directed by Agata Waclawska.

Watch/listen.

SAM CASEY: Facebook – Instagram

THE WAEVE – A Saxy Modern-Day Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra Pairing – Debut LP Out Now

Standout longplayers

3 February 2023

British duo THE WAEVE – aka Graham Coxon (Blur) and songstress
Rose Elinor Dougall – have their first collaborative, self-titled album
out today. Order info here.

NME talked with the pair about the longplayer.

DIY Magazine: “This self-titled debut from the pairing of Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and journeywoman songwriter Rose Elinor Dougall is a curious collection of contrasts. Most notably, that between the protagonists’ own voices; Rose’s a strong, smooth and often deep one with an almost RP accent; Graham’s his signature twang, faltering and vulnerable. The rough and the smooth rub up against each other – the squall of Graham’s guitar juxtaposed against slick brass, soaring strings or appearing just as the lyrical content threatens to veer into soppy territory… Cinematic in scope, often luscious in its arrangements, it’s a singular gem.”
Score: 4/5.

TUTV: Several tracks bring the thought to mind of Coxon-Dougall being a modern
day Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood. As romantic, dreamy, and moony as the glam
stars were, but The Waeve explore other places too (alone or together), where it’s
rather darksome, misty and not glamorous at all.

Coxon‘s bedazzling saxophone play is everywhere. It creates a jazzy and smoky
night-bar coziness on the lullabies (Drowning / Over and Over / Undine), it glows on
the groovy hauntingness of Kill Me Again (one of the best singles of 2022 on Turn Up
The Volume
‘s list), Sleepwalking and Someone Up There, and it goes over the top on the head-spinning psych pace of Something Pretty and on the ballad Can I Call You that
turns into a prog-rock jam midway.

Different moods, different sonic textures, with matching vocal performances.
Back now to another couple of spins, to get even deeper into the versatile
layers at play here. Join me, it’s a riveting ride.

Key singles/clips: Kill Me Again / Drowning / Over and Over

– KILL ME AGAIN –
Stunning sax-groover

– DROWNING –
Shoegazy dream pop reverie

– OVER AND OVER –
Romantic, jazzy duet

Full album stream

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THE WAEVE: Website – Instagram

ELTON JOHN On Top Of The UK Singles Chart 50 Years Ago Today With ‘CROCODILE ROCK’

3 February 2023

It seems like megastar/songwriter and flamboyant personality/performer
ELTON JOHN (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight 75 years ago) is around like
forever.

Well, it is when you have a look at his catalog. 31 albums (so far) in 52 years
plus 5 collaborative LPs and 10 movie soundtracks. But also a countless series
of hit singles, including the flaming classic CROCODILE ROCK from his 1973 LP
Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player.

The single went to the top of the UK Singles Chart
50 years ago today, on 3 February 1973.

Studio version

Live version

ELTON JOHN: Bio – Discography – Website

Waking Up With Greek Electro-Synth-Wave Act REFLECTION BACK

Works faster and harder than caffeine


Band: REFLECTION BACK

3 February 2023

Band: REFLECTION BACK
Who: The manifestation of mastermind’s Elis Alex musical visions, originating
from the urban landscapes of Athens, Greece. The band aims at delivering melodic
Goth Rock and Post-Punk with a modern 21st-century edge and the darkest imagery, infused by Alex’s Black Metal past. The result is dark, fast, and polished striking the
perfect balance between dreamy synth lines, crystalline guitars, and infectious vocal hooks.

New single NO STARS IN THE SKY
The first piece from the upcoming debut album
Last Stop to Nowhere
, out on 3 March in collaboration
with Swiss Dark Nights.

Following the 2022 debut EP Entering Dreamtime Reflection Back
returns with this scintillating synth symphony from their upcoming
album. It resonates trancy and sticky, frisky and twisty. Even without
stars, the sky can look bright.

Check it out.

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REFLECTION BACK: Facebook – Instagram