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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

It’s just another way to be heard

One of the best bands that separated from the massive attendance in the third campaign of The Old School Project is A Second Life. As they say, we're taking a ride, going a journey, living an adventure. Hop on and enjoy it with us!

This can be understood with certainty by the social media of the band and its members personally, not only for the continuous updates on the band's progress but also for the participation in small but also big events.

An initiative that confirms the band's intention to be heard and to help other bands to be heard is the list they have created at Spotify where artists can add their music and thus have a supportive and musical brainstorming.

Chris's motto in our communication was "It's just another way to be heard."

So bands and artists do not hesitate to contact Chris to add your tracks.

The goal is 10,000 followers.


Since you've come so far ...

.... we would like to inform you about The Old School Project's operation. Over time, the number of people interested in The Old School Project has steadily increased. Unlike other websites and online media, the core of The Old School Project is not the well-known journalists and radio producers, but the young people in the field of journalism who nevertheless worthy of their place. Therefore, the resources for running The Old School Project, which requires time, money and hard work, come only from its physical place, the coffeehouse.

So to continue to provide our services to upcoming bands / artists, giving the opportunity to new journalists publish their articles, and to develop our innovative ideas, we ask you to devote a minute of your time and become a part of The Old School Project.


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In the middle of May will be hosted by the Montauk Music Festival 2018 where A Second Life will be on stage for 4 days !!!

About a month away we play for 4 Days Out-in Montauk. We can not wait !!!! as Chris has recently informed us.

About Montauk Music Festival 2018

The Ninth Annual Montauk Music Festival is to be held on May 17 - 20, 2018, and will feature over 100 bands and singer/song writers to perform over 400 shows. These shows will take place at over 40 different Montauk restaurants and venues, as well as free open air concerts at the Gazebo on the Green. It will feature original music of all types, including rock, pop, Americana, alternative, reggae, blues, jazz, flamenco and country.

The Montauk Music Festival is a volunteer-run, grassroots live music event designed to celebrate, support, and promote the thriving Montauk music scene while showcasing and stimulating the burgeoning artistic, commercial and pedestrian activity in Montauk. The festival would not be possible without the generous support by businesses and individuals who, like the festival organizers, are dedicated to nurturing this vital component of the area's culture. Past performers include: Urban Sun, One Love, The Folkadelics, Love In Stockholm, Split Tongue Crow, Jonathan Fritz, Zap & The Naturals, Chris Merritt, Otis, Eleanor Dubinsky, Oogee Wawa, Kaydi Johnson, Swamp Cabbage and many more.

Montauk + Music + Friends + Family = The Perfect Weekend

 

 

In the near future, 12 May at 22:00, A Second Life will appear at The Bitter End for a night that promises to last until the morning.

Tickets $15.

Come rock all night and After party till the Am !

Stay Close Support and Enjoy!

The Old School Project - Representing A Generation -

Rock is always on a constant to find a band to make us stand up and listen - Please step forward Blue Helix! They are a melodic/grunge rock band from Washington State, USA and Sao Paulo, Brazil formed in 2008 by the talented vocalist Sami Chohfi. The other band members are Arman Birang (Guitar), Marco Bicca ( Drums) and Brandon Wolf Gebhardt ( Bass).

The band’s sound replicates all the mechanisms of 90’s rock with it’s powerful choruses, distorted riffs and relatable lyrical content. Blue Helix recently released a follow up to the successful A Tale Of Two Halves with latest EP Anti-social Butterfly, Available via itunes, Spotify, Soundcloud etc .

The album begins with the self-titled track with an anti- bullying message as powerful as the vocal lines that strike like a venomous snake. Chohfi’s sneers reverberate around a driving rythm that bounces with each tenacious drumbeat. The foot stomping riff has all the hallmarks to break the mainstream rock charts.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/01-anti-social-butterfly?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

Enemy delves into the band’s more melodic arsenal with another evocative message. This track about self- loathing is replete with power chords that bridge a catchy pop hook. Lyrics about social anxieties and battling demons work a treat for the band because it is accessible to listeners who relate through an emotive narrative that is told through a versatile vocal range .

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/02-enemy?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

Despair is a short and effective interlude that clock in with over a minute. A dark and haunting track with atmospheric electronics that feels like a man alone revealing his inner struggles to a public audience.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/03-despair?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

This Tragedy  Despair is a beautiful and melancholic look at global affairs that sees the band’s sound evolving not only through the aforementioned impressive vocal ranges, but through lead guitarist Birang’s ability to construct harmonic riffs that builds to an intense solo that feels like the music is soaring higher and higher. This Tragedy Despair goes into this tragedy as an intro. The song was written about a horrible flight I was on that hit horrible air and many of us on the plane thought we were going to crash. The 0xygen masks fell down and people were screaming. I wrote those two songs referring to all the thoughts going through my head in that time of crisis.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/04-this-tragedy?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

Runaways is another hard rock track that delivers heavily distorted guitars and bone shattering breakdowns . The musicianship impresses with transitions from low tuned power chords and melodic verses that builds a monstrous chorus that shares are not too similar to SOAD vocalist Serj Tankian. The rhythm section of bassist Wolf and Drummer Bicca intensity creates a more refined sound to the band’s depth.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/05-runaways?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

The EP closes with the commercially viable Anodyne  which is a love song for music. A pop fused journey that venture into radio territory with its multi layered keyboards and guitar hooks wraps up an enjoyable outing for the group. The polished production and musical craft proves Blue Helix have the ingredients to succeed.

Sami Chohfi wrote and recorded all the songs. Anodyne lead Guitar was written by Arman Birang. This Tragedy was written by Sami Chohfi.


Since you've come so far ...

.... we would like to inform you about The Old School Project's operation. Over time, the number of people interested in The Old School Project has steadily increased. Unlike other websites and online media, the core of The Old School Project is not the well-known journalists and radio producers, but the young people in the field of journalism who nevertheless worthy of their place. Therefore, the resources for running The Old School Project, which requires time, money and hard work, come only from its physical place, the coffeehouse.

So to continue to provide our services to upcoming bands / artists, giving the opportunity to new journalists publish their articles, and to develop our innovative ideas, we ask you to devote a minute of your time and become a part of The Old School Project.


You want to go bigger? Enter your own contribution amount.


 

  

 

You can access Blue Helix via several social accounts;

https://www.bluehelixmusic.com/ is professionally designed for fans to get insight into each member’s bio, Album’s lyrics, latest news, tours and videos.

https://www.facebook.com/BlueHelixMusic/ features band photos, event updates, a community section for fans , posts.

https://twitter.com/bluehelixmusic features latest tweets on concerts, news, videos, media.

https://www.instagram.com/bluehelixmusic/ a collection of colourful and intimate images of the band in concert.

 

Published in Europe Section
Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

A Second Life - Review And Interview

A Second Life is an Alternative Rock band from New York, who were formed over a bond of friendships and love of the NY music scene. The overall sound of the band is described as U2 meets Kings Of Leon dipped in 30 seconds to Mars. Their goal is to create thought provoking music that evokes emotions. The current line up consists of Chris Damphouse ( Vocals) Dan DelVecchio (guitars and vocals), Max Ross (guitar, piano, vocals), Justin Scheidling (drums), Dan O’Dowd (bass), and Rob Mino (guitar). The band will be supporting the release of their debut EP Civil Life with a tour across the U.S , as well as several festival appearances during the Summer 2018.

I shall give the reader a quick review of the new five- track Civil Life which will give listeners a good opportunity to hear the band’s melodic and evocative music close up.

Just Whisper is a lovely opener packed full of melodious charm. Damphouse’s vocals blend against a backdrop of harmonious power chords and backing vocals when the chorus kicks in. This track works well as a breakout hit for radio airplay.

You’re Missing From Me is a more upbeat track that opens with an atmospheric buzz of electric guitar . It is a track that is full of hooks and subtle transitions into melodic guitar lines and bright bridges that supplement the vocal qualities that sing about been apart. This is easily the standout track for me because of the huge singalong chorus and guitar techniques with the pedal that are added to give it some definition.

Civil War is an anthemic acoustic track about finding a resolution to conflict. This track illustrates the band’s influences of U2 and 30 seconds to mars within it. The small melodic patterns and intimate vocals are sung against a backbeat of rhythmic drumming and acoustic guitar. The track slowly builds towards the chorus at the end with heartfelt singing. I feel this is another good track that would appeal to a teenage audience and fans of the aforementioned bands.

Beautiful Distraction is another acoustic track that is reflective in the title (beautiful)! The lyrics are poetic and strike strong imagery against the backdrop of expressive pop rock. The band have the ability to know how to write tracks with swirling melodies and beats. The addition of backing vocals gives the songs an extra edge, along with the harmonious guitar lines with an effects pedal is like the music equivalent of painting on a canvas.

You ends with a change in direction. It is an edgy and up-tempo track that has these toes tapping! The track begins with a thick , funky bass line that explodes with a continuous crunchy riff and catchy chorus and distorted vocals that has all the ingredients to be a smash hit. You can’t help dance to

A Second Life will next be performing at The Bitter End in New York, NY on May 12th before an appearance at Montauk Music Festival on May 17th in Montauk, NY

 

You can find more information on the band via their social media accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/ASecondLifeNY/

https://www.instagram.com/asecondlifemusic/

https://twitter.com/asecondlifeNY

 

A Second Life Interview

 

Good morning, Could you tell us how you met The Old School Project?

We found you on Indie music bus. Nick is amazing the way he supports us bands!

Could you tell me about how the band formed and what lead you to start a band?

I had taken a year off and really missed the music. I decided to learn Guitar and found a great Teacher (Dan Delvecchio). We had so many of the same ideas I realized it was time to make music again!!!

Who would you say the biggest influences on your musical career so far?

It is a hard question. I’d say my Dad and Brother Max. Also, the music that inspires me comes from everywhere. But I’d say U2 , 30 seconds to Mars, Kings of Leon to name a few!!!

You say you write music to evoke emotions, how do you feel you can achieve this in your writing?

It comes from my heart , it’s a fire I feel. Each song has a meaning to me. Every moment in my life I can remember music to accompany it!

What are the reasons behind the name A Second Life?

It’s simple really . It means a second shot at this whole music thing!!

What are your goals moving forward in the industry?

To be heard, to share my music with as many ears that will listen. I don't do this for fame or fortune . I do it because I simply love music.

You have a huge following on platforms like Spotify, How important do you think stations like them and TOSP are for unsigned acts trying to get noticed?

They are insanely important!!!! Back only a few years ago indie artists would have to have a record deal to be heard . Now we can do all of it ourselves. In the end it's just like running a company you need hard work and consistency !

You recently released your Debut EP called Civil Life . What is the idea behind the title, and what was the recording process like during the making of it?

The Idea is it's all about living a life to be proud of, a life my kids would be proud of. We record with Rob Freeman at Audio Pilot studios in NJ. He’s simply awesome he doesn't let us ever settle for …ehhhh! When we suck he tells us ! if you can't take constructive criticism you should not make music.

You will be performing at the four day event Montauk Music Festival beginning on May 17th, how excited are you to be performing there?

We can't wait!!!! it's a beautiful location with people who want to hear new music!!!

What will are fans likely to expect from your appearance?

A real genuine band that brings it every time they play. We are here for them , we want them to feel what we feel!

Is there any dream venue, or festival, you’d like to perform at?

Its right on Long Island , I want to play a Northwell Theater, Jones Beach. Its right on the water. I’ve seen most of my favorites play there. To stand under the stars and share my music with a crowded hometown Theater would be priceless . I’d play for free !!!

And Finally, what is next for A Second life?

To keep pushing, to keep putting our lives to music, to enjoy the process, to enjoy the ride!!!

Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

My name is Anselm and I have a strong passion for music. I host two rock radio shows for the internet on a weekly basis. Also, I have experience in the past year of writing music reviews and conducting interviews with upcoming artists for several online music magazines. My main goal is to continue to write for thse interested in learning about what is new in the musical world.

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Published in Europe Section
Thursday, 02 May 2019 13:00

The Mutant Art Of Multi talented Tchella

From circus clown to songwriting, from São Paulo to the world: Brazilian multi artist Tchella has a lot to tell!

(GF) How was your first contact with music?

(Tchella) Probably it must have been in my mother's womb, because my father always liked music (laughs). When I was two, my parents gave me a little piano toy and I was fascinated by it. At the age of five, I got a microphone recorder and recorded thousands of songs on it. At 8, I entered the choir of the school and at 12 I started at the musical conservatory to study popular keyboard and theory. Despite to my strong connection to music, I never imagined that I would become a singer. At 12, I got in contact with performing arts and decided that I wanted to be an actress. I´ve spent my teenage years preparing myself to apply for a good performing arts school. I took circus, theatre, dance and music classes and workshops. Finally, I graduated in Performing Arts and worked professionally in the field since I was 17 years old. I have experience with theatre, street theatre, circus, cinema, advertising and music. But then, when I was 23 I started composing and I wrote many songs. That was the beginning of my career in music.

 

(GF) What are your musical references?

(Tchella) The biggest influence is Elis Regina, with her soulful and passionate interpretations. I also like Rita Lee and Maria Bethania very much and also Pitty, Tulipa Ruiz, Céu.

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(GF) Working with all those forms of expression, you probably have some amazing stoires to tell. Any particular one?

(Tchella) Many ones, actually. I witnessed, for example, an audience that could not understand a word of Portuguese being moved to tears, while I sang and played the song "A Triste Partida", by Brazilian author Patativa do Assaré and I almost froze my toes once doing a tour in Portugal, in the middle of the winter, performing texts from the same author. Once I have starred in a production that won the Cannes Film Festival. I had my picture printed in international newspapers, but I only heard of the award a long time later. But one of the most memorable experiences is the presence of pianist Pepe Cisneros, who already played with Elza Soares, Caetano, Fabiana Cozza, Toninho Horta recording a track in my first album: Transmutante.

 

(GF) Any new projects?

(Tchella) The Transmutante Tour begins in May 2019. It will start in Rio de Janeiro, with a presentation at Audio Rebel on the 19th. On the 28th I'm in São Paulo at Centro Cultural São Paulo. This year, I will also visit Brasília, Curitiba and Belo Horizonte. In the second half of the year, I will release the music video Supernatural, a super production with a super team and a Tchella totally transmuted on stage. And new singles are also planned to be released in music platforms by the end of the year.

 

Written by Geisa Fernandes - Brasil / Rio de Janeiro

The repertoire of this jazz singer and awarded songwriter from Rio de Janeiro reveals influences of Brazilian popular music, the French chanson and Latin American rhythms, but most of all, Geisa Fernandes is a jazz singer. Billie Holiday aficionada (back in college folks used to call her "Lady Doc"), this PhD holder and Comics researcher was a former vocalist of several bands in São Paulo. 

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Published in South America Section
Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Quick Review Slow Motion Suicide

Slow Motion Suicide are an Alternative four- piece from Zagreb, Croatia formed by Lead singer Nicky Ingram with Mark Leossa ( Guitar) Anna Smith ( Bass) and Iggy Krutz ( drums) completing the line-up. The band name derives from an oxymoron of the things we find beautiful and ugly slowly killing us

The band recently released their self- titled Debut LP , which is a 45 min 10 track wall of voluminous pop songs and heartfelt lyrics that will do more than provoke your thoughts. The band describe themselves as a“ collective of human beings crafting melodies for maladies in the 21st century”.

This is something that does not disappoint on a release this writer found himself listening to again on repeat! Each track boasts no- filler, but instead are finely honed pieces of craftsmanship that strike an understanding with the listener.

Revolution is one of those beautiful emotive tracks that reminds me of the early noughties rock acts like Blink 182 and Alkaline Trio. It begins with a spoken monologue of an elder bemoaning the state of anarchy amongst youths before the bass drums kick in before the harmonious reverbs of power chords enter the fray when bright chords strike at the bridge that gives way to crisp vocal qualities that are steeped in raw emotion, which reflect a downtrodden youth rallying for change.

The album takes a change in musical direction with Cellar Door showing some elements of Folk/Alternative rock stylings and Castaway playing the style of melodic teenage angst that was popular amongst the Emo scene.

The next highlight is Goliath, which is easily the standout track on the album. It starts with a groovy riff that instantly hooks you in with its gritty sound before Ingram’s vocals pull you in further with silky lines that retain from expressing any real malice. The song builds to a catchy chorus that will have the crowds swaying before the final breakdown leads to a mesmerising solo full of depth and meaning.

The album continues to find its way with tracks like Make Believe, which is another powerful track with backing female vocals and November is another anthem track stacked with fuzzy guitars and defiance. This could easily be a breakthrough hit with radio stations across the pond.

Animal is the penultimate track with deep lyrical subject and pop hooks is a good choice to wrap up affairs. The song starts with the echoes of guitar pedal effects that reflect the dark undertones. This builds to delicious hooks and a chorus that would easily be a hit amongst many a new audience that likes crisp rock tracks with salacious guitar lines and emotional music.

You can follow Slow Motion Suicide via their website and several other social media accounts.

Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

My name is Anselm and I have a strong passion for music. I host two rock radio shows for the internet on a weekly basis. Also, I have experience in the past year of writing music reviews and conducting interviews with upcoming artists for several online music magazines. My main goal is to continue to write for thse interested in learning about what is new in the musical world.

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I met Uiara Leigo at a conference for indie musicians in São Paulo. We exchanged CDs and she explained me in her deep, calm voice that she had worked for a long time as a nurse. Later, while listening to her album, it all made sense: Uiara takes care of people and their needs. Traditional African rhythms are the starting point for a musical journey filled with lyrics about racism, homo and transphobia among other delicate subjects, without sounding preachy. Beautifully human, with a scent of magic.

(GF) Can you tell us about your first contact with music?

I guess it all started in my mother´s womb, when I first listened to the sounds of the percussion. My father used to play during religions ceremonies held by my grandmother. She was what we call “mãe de santo” [a priest woman in African religions] and my father, an amateur musician and composer, was my first contact to music. I guess my heartbeat was defined by that drums. I always wanted to be a singer and my great influences were The Beatles, U2, Brazilian rockers such as Renato Russo, Cazuza and Cássia Eller and the MPB (Brazilian popular m usic) tradition: Caetano Veloso and Maria Bethânia. As a child, I took part in a religious choir and when I was 13, I learned to play the guitar with my brother, a musical therapist and teacher, but apart from that, I never had any musical training. Instead, I went to the Nursing College in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais (I am originally from a small town in Rio de Janeiro called Macaé).

(GF) And when was your “come back” to the music?

Only after graduation. By then, I´ve decided to make my dream come true. I began singing in bars. I was also part of a rock band, but in 2010 I decided to launch my solo career with an album called “Pedra Bruta” (“Rough Stone”). Six years later, I released “Meu Canto é Segredo” (“My Song is Secret”).

(GF) How would you define your music?

I propose a universe of creation with no rules or labels. This concept guided my last project, giving me the freedom to mix the influences of important Brazilian movements, such as Tropicalism, with my childhood references, the sounds of the candomblé drums. Together with my musical producer Hérmanes Abreu, we created a very special sound for the project, reaffirming our African-Brazilian musical heritage. The promotional single “Basta” (“Enough”) is a call for reflection upon all sorts of intolerance.


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.... we would like to inform you about The Old School Project's operation. Over time, the number of people interested in The Old School Project has steadily increased. Unlike other websites and online media, the core of The Old School Project is not the well-known journalists and radio producers, but the young people in the field of journalism who nevertheless worthy of their place. Therefore, the resources for running The Old School Project, which requires time, money and hard work, come only from its physical place, the coffeehouse.

So to continue to provide our services to upcoming bands / artists, giving the opportunity to new journalists publish their articles, and to develop our innovative ideas, we ask you to devote a minute of your time and become a part of The Old School Project.


You want to go bigger? Enter your own contribution amount.


 

(GF) What´s next?

I am recording a new project called “Somos feitos do agora” ("We're made of now"). It is inspired by reflections on time and happiness, conflicts, hope, solitude and love. I wrote all five tracks and the arrangements bring a mix of Rock´n´Roll, Blues and Progressive. I stick with the primordial characteristic in my career: the freedom of creation!

Written by Geisa Fernandes - Brasil / Rio de Janeiro

The repertoire of this jazz singer and awarded songwriter from Rio de Janeiro reveals influences of Brazilian popular music, the French chanson and Latin American rhythms, but most of all, Geisa Fernandes is a jazz singer. Billie Holiday aficionada (back in college folks used to call her "Lady Doc"), this PhD holder and Comics researcher was a former vocalist of several bands in São Paulo. 

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Published in South America Section
Thursday, 27 December 2018 12:10

Le Lien Interview

Le Lien Interview

Le Lien is an artist I first discovered during the recent campaign for The Old School Project. I described her music as having an “evocative charm”. The Texan songstress is equally adapt playing an instrument to singing on her own. Le Lien has released two singles to date in the guise of “Somebody to Love” & Give Me Your Love” with hopes of releasing a new album in the near future. Lien’s music incorporates genres as diverse as blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul etc. I took the opportunity to speak with the singer about her inspirations, music, and acting.

1. Good day, could you start of by telling us how you first discovered The Old School Project?

Anselm did a short writeup about me and my music recently.

2. Could you introduce yourself by explaining to readers a bit about you?

My name is Le Lien. First name Le and Last name Lien. You pronounce it Lee Lynn. I am a singer/ songwriter. I write music for all genres however, my genre of choice for myself and my music is blues rock. I also design web sites, paint, dance, act and draw.

3. Your music is described as “Spunky and Soulful”, could you explain a little bit about how this relates to the music you make?

I think a writer described my music as “Spunky and Soulful” because he heard the rock vibes and also listened to me sing some of my unpublished songs. I chose the blues rock genre because it helps me express lyrics with soul.

4. Who are your musical influences?

I will give you a short list because I love so much music an all genres. Sia, James Morrison, Lake Street Dive, Alabama Shakes, Janice Joplin, Garbage (I am a huge fan of Shirley manson & Butch Vig), Patsy Cline, Gary Clark Jr., Rolling Stones, Welshly Arms and Kill it Kid ( I think they have disbanded), No Doubt and the Foo Fighters.

5. What inspires you to write lyrics?

Anything can inspire me to write lyrics. Sometimes songs come to me in my sleep and I have to wake up and record the song. I could be driving and see something that will inspire me to write a poem that I will turn into a song. Sometimes I watch TV, and even a sad part will inspire me to write. I have to say that I write the most songs when I am going through pain or heartache.

6. You have released two single “Somebody to Love” and “Give Me Your love”, Could you tell listeners about them?

Somebody to Love: I wrote Somebody to Love with Callin Passero of Dead Hello. I listened to his music online and I love his distinct rock sound. So I reached out to him. He had an idea for this song and we finished the song together. The song is about when I am really feeling good about myself as a single woman and declaring to the universe- without apology- that I want and deserve love in my life. It is a fun and up beat song that anyone can dance to.

Give Me Your love: Give me your love is a song I wrote when I bought my first fender Strat around 2011. I was newly single and divorced. During this time, I was discovering myself again and what I wanted out of my love life. It is also another song about not being timid and letting a man know how I like to be pleased. It is a message a woman can express to a man after they are consensual and you share with him how you like to be pleased.

7. Do you plan on making an album in the distant future?

Yes, I would like to make an album or at the very least – an EP in 2019. I have a lot of songs that would fit my next release. If I don’t release an EP, it will be at the very least a single. I would like my next release to showcase my vocals a bit more. I would also like to tell more meaningful and heartfelt stories in my next release.

8. What is your recording process behind making music?

A lot of the times I get the music and visuals all at one. I hear the music, see the music video as I write out the lyrics. I really enjoy co-writing and will work with a composer who can help me complete the song with music. It also helps me get out of my own head, hear a different perspective of the song and the song then takes on its own life.

9. You are also an actor; Do you find any similarities between music performance and acting on stage?

I think it is all about telling a story, making it your own, expressing it through your body in a meaningful way.

10. Do you plan on doing any concerts in the new year?

I would love to do concerts in the new year but right now, I am more focused on writing music that I can record.

11. Who would be your dream act to perform with?

I would love to put on a concert with Gary Clark Jr., Welshly Arms, Alabama Shakes, James Morrison and Garbage.

12. And what would be your dream venue?

I have played smaller venues in Austin and Los Angeles but I would love to go on tour and play for larger stadiums and venues. Some of my dream venues are the Wigmore Hall in London, the Forum in California, Madison Square Garden in New York, the Toyota Center in Houston. I don’t have just one dream venue because I would love to go on tour and play in lots of big stadiums.

13. Do you find it difficult for young artists to break into the music industry these days?

I feel like I am a new budding artist still learning and have a lot to still share with the world. In my journey, I find that it is difficult for new artists because of our mindset. We need to give ourselves permission to make the music we want. We need to know that the more we do it, the better we will get at it. Once we can get the appropriate team or mentor it will help us see that there is a world of opportunity out there. We just need to be resourceful, make meaningful connections and work hard for what we want. The best advice I have ever received is to never give up. We also need to know that it is not about breaking into the industry, but rather finding our own audience and carving our own new path.


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14. How important do you feel site like platforms like TOSP, Spotify, Soundcloud etc. are to a musician starting out like yourself?

I think they are tools we can use to promote our own music and have given more people an opportunity to share their music. Although it pays artists very little royalties per play, it helps people from all over discover your new music. I have new people signing up to my mailing list every day which helps me grown my audience and in turn – I hope will help fund my artistry.

15. And finally, what are the future ambitions for Le Lien?

I would like to do more professional acting, creating art and release new music in 2019.

If you enjoyed my interview with Le Lien, Please find a link here of my previous write up on the star, plus links to her social media sites and website.


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Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

My name is Anselm and I have a strong passion for music. I host two rock radio shows for the internet on a weekly basis. Also, I have experience in the past year of writing music reviews and conducting interviews with upcoming artists for several online music magazines. My main goal is to continue to write for thse interested in learning about what is new in the musical world.

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Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band- For Stories EP Review

 

Mark Stone & the Dirty Country Band , from Minnesota, formed in 2012 as a solo project for Mark Stone himself. Since then, Stone (Guitar/Vocals) has acquired the musical talents of Todd Jameson (Bass), Johnny Strutt (Drums) to form The Dirty Country Band.

They are influenced by Southern Rock and Country, which is prevalent in the song structures and writing. However on their latest release “ For Stories” takes a different direction. The main focus is on good ol’ country rock with hard rock riffs and powerful beats. This EP sees the group coming into their own as a close knit outfit that is evident on here. The chemistry between the music is apparent from the beginning that these are men love their craft!

On first track Until Someone Remember my name is a nice country song that is relatable to a contingency of folk who want to pack in their jobs to play music. The overall structure of the track is a feelgood one steeped with elements of heavy guitar lines that are reminiscent of 70’s southern rock. And a strong, swinging rhythm that supplements Stone’s reflective lyrics.

When love goes to war is an acoustic track that is suitable for a long drive home along the highway. Stone shows his versatility with the guitar and on vocals that express raw emotion that will touch any heartstring in this song about falling out with a loved one. It is these samples of the ability to produce natural forms of motions through music that makes Stone a good songwriter.

The things that impress me the most about Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band is the musical textures that plays off each other . Strutt’s drumming remains consistent throughout, acting like a metronome that dictates the rhythm. Furthermore, The intelligent lyrics that retain strong storytelling throughout.

Faster than they fall is a combination of Dirty Country ( Excuse the pun!) and Boogie Rock. The riff is a loud and simple juggernaut of a tune that will keep your feet swaying. The strong beats reflect Skynyrd in there pomp with driving rhythm section is like a train pounding the tracks at high speed. This is my favourite standout track that could easily be a breakthrough in the commercial rock charts with fans of 70s and 80’s southern rock .

 

And finally, before you are gone is a country/gospel track that is a nod to religious faith that introduces an organ section that adds depth to the melody vocal lines that make this a beautiful end to an accomplished outing for the dirty country band.

The eP is now available for pre- oreder on Itunes.https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/for-stories-ep/1343653581

You can catch the band on April 5th with the 2 dudes w/ acoustic guitars @ Neumann’s bar in St Paul, Minn

You can also gain further access to the band’s catalogue, tours, news and merchandise via

http://www.markstonemn.com

https://www.facebook.com/markstonemn

https://twitter.com/mst0ne

https://www.youtube.com/c/MarkStoneandtheDirtyCountryBand

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Blackbird Sons are a four-piece Hard rock act, hailing from Finland. The band consists of Niko Hamalainen (Lead Vocals, Guitars) Riku Kanaoja (Guitar, Backing Vocals) Lauri Aaltonen ( Bass, Backing Vocals) and Tatu Lankinen ( Drums), who play “ slap in the face” rock ‘n’ roll music.

Blackbird Sons cite AC/DC, The Who and ZZ Top as influences on their brand of highly charged classic rock, exploding with riffs and soaring vocals. They are due to release a new five- track EP entitled “Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Dead”, which is a follow up to 2017’s debut “Back In The Game”. The band said of the release “We Want the people to hear that rock music is still alive and kicking and full of that “raw and rebellious energy”. We wanted to make an EP that would make you tap your feet, bang your head, raise your hands and shout “Rock and Roll Ain’t Dead!”.

I have had the great pleasure of reviewing the lead single for the band on my blog, but now I shall review the new EP, which promises every much the raw, pulsating hard rock to expect.

Break Me Down shares all the signatures of some standard blues rock mixed with bounds of raw rock shares similarities to AC/DC that strike the listener like a viper. The simple chord progressions build towards a frenetic finish that combine vocals with a delicious solo that is supplemented by some nice breaks in the track.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Dead is the lead single that underlies all the rebellious energy the band state. A boundless ball of high-octane rock that will leave heads spinning, and feet worn out. The track opens with another up-tempo riff Blackbird Sons have a knack for.

Rolling is another rollercoaster of a track that offers a different facet to the quartet’s style. There is more of a blues influence that retains a tight rhythm throughout, accompanied by Hamalainen’s snarl. Here the band are able to express their songwriting abilities with another penchant to lure listeners in with a singalong chorus and well-crafted riffs.

Running Away is another fun track full of zest; which is one of the band’s strengths. The band know how to enjoy themselves by writing effective tunes. The choral cries of “You got me running/ running away” sounds like a band with nothing to lose. The full throttle nature of each track appeals to any true rock fan with salacious solos that will whip any headbanger into a storm.

She Is Evil is a slower tempo track that features the band on backing vocals. The intro builds gradually, as each finger picks like a lurking shadow before Hamalainen enters with a crunchy riff. The harmonic chorus accompanies the vocalist, as a tradeoff between vocals and guitar ensues.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Dead will be released on May 24th

You can hear the lead track via the link below;

https://youtu.be/83rAU9Dlevg Blackbird Sons- Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Dead

If you are interested in the band following the review. You may want to look at these sites;

https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdsons

https://www.instagram.com/blackbirdsonsofficial/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1XVq2HKteWNGHMkpwYLImZ

Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

My name is Anselm and I have a strong passion for music. I host two rock radio shows for the internet on a weekly basis. Also, I have experience in the past year of writing music reviews and conducting interviews with upcoming artists for several online music magazines. My main goal is to continue to write for thse interested in learning about what is new in the musical world.

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Up-and-coming Jam-Funk act from Washington DC, Surprise Attack, have recently reached out and we are happy to reveal and announce our Full EP Review, Interview and Artist Spotlight here atwww.jambandpurist.com 
 
Surprise Attacks most recent EP release entitled, 'Water' is an elemental achievement and coincides with their previous releases, 'Earth' and 'Fire.' This album concept is highly original and represents the level of awareness this band has as a collective. Dubbing themselves, "Mountain Funk," their influences range from improvisational, Appalachian-Folk and Funk music, which coagulates to form Surprise Attack.
 
'Water' begins with “M.D.M.A.” a song that highlights this bands lyrical qualities, and even includes a barbershop quartet style vocal harmony and a great Jam melody. This song expresses creative and unique songwriting structures and transitions. As an opening track, this song is well selected and while most of us think of ecstasy or some other illicit experience, after reflecting, this song has nothing to do with that at all. It's something far beyond the acronym.  
 
Recording 'Water' in their home studio, Surprise Attack, uses what they have to produce a listenable album with a solid sound. While, I would love to hear what these guys could do in a professional studio, 'Water' is a great platform to release musical ideas, expand their repertoire and work on their band style. Danny Durazo, Ian Frye, Jay Rowe, Jeremy Begun and Tom Casey all have a unique blend of musical styles and collaborate as a cohesive unit.
 
"J.N.S." opens up with a strong Latin rhythm structure and great guitar licks. The vocal melody itself can be heard prevalently and the disco sound is undeniably danceable. This one could be jammed out live and with the right amount of improvisation, this song could be taken to the next level. The feeling that "J.N.S." brings forth is something greater than I think is on this recording and while this recording doesn’t capture all the intricate qualities, it does show the creative talents of this band.
 
"Down And Out" takes this band on a different route down I-495 using the easy pass to get out of traffic. This song is much more the "mountain" side of their sound and has a country-folk feel. The initial reaction is calm, collective and juxtaposes with the story itself of being down and out without cash in the city. This song is very relatable and at times funny and could be commercially viable if the band decided to use it in that capacity.
 
"Train Of Thought" is by far my favorite track from this album and comes with a high recommendation. This songs structure itself is very Zappa-esque and takes the progressive development of improvisation jam music to the forefront of this album. "Train Of Thought" caught my attention initially for its transitions, reminiscent of moe. Phish and Zappa all combined but still original. Surprise Attack should work towards making all their songs this quality and level of conceptuality.
 
Altogether and combined with its counterparts, 'Fire' and 'Earth,' 'Water' EP stands out as a great beginning for any up-and-coming band to promote themselves off of. D.C.’s budding music scene is expanding and many great jam acts are growing within this community. I look for Surprise Attack to attack the scene with the same intensity that they have brought to 'Water.' Check out the EP here:https://surpriseattackdc.bandcamp.com/album/water-ep and follow Surprise Attack on all social media platforms for more. Is ‘Wind’ on the way?
 
 
 
Interview with Surprise Attack
 
(JBP) What made you form Surprise Attack and start playing music together? 
 
Surprise Attack is actually the band that we formed back in high school. We were together for about a year before moving to different towns, going to college, and more or less, going on a permanent hiatus. We’ve all been close friends for quite some time now and as our musical taste expanded, we were going to shows together, and collectively starting analyzing the music we were listening to on a much deeper level than ever before. After we graduated, we started organizing “jams in the cabin” where we’d rent out a cabin for a weekend, set up a temporary studio, and create improvised music together. It wasn’t long after starting those meet-ups that we realized just how essential music was and is, in all of our lives. We moved back to Northern Virginia, where we grew up and where Surprise Attack was originally formed and have been pushing our development as hard as we can ever since.
 
(JBP) What are your goals in the music industry?
 
Our goal is to become full time musicians and to take Surprise Attack wherever in the world we can. Granted how much the music industry has been changing, we do our best to keep up with the technology and methodologies that will enable us to be competitive with the bands that are several years ahead of us. We embrace the free content model in hopes of recreating the taper vibe that surrounded The Dead and other Jam bands. As a band that revolves around the live experience and performing a unique set every night, we put a ton effort into conveying that through our content distribution.
 
(JBP) Do you guys have any experiences opening up for bigger bands? Or any bands you hope to share the stage with one day? 
 
It was a really cool experience to play with Midnight North. Watching Grahame Lesh (the band’s front man and son of Phil Lesh) on stage with The Terrapin Family Band at Lockn ‘17 after opening up for his project at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA was beyond surreal. We, and every other jam band, pretty much owe our existence to the Dead, so rubbing elbows with someone who continues the Dead’s tradition of improvisational music just deepened our desire to become a part of that tradition as well.
 
(JBP) I have also met with Grahame; he is a treasure to this community. Where else do you take influence musically?
 
All of us have always been fans of older bands, as well as more contemporary music, and take tons of influences from Funk groups, Jazz artists, Rock bands, etc, but our first experiences with the Jam bands The String Cheese Incident, Phish, and The Grateful Dead iterations were extremely eye-opening. It wasn't until seeing these Jam veterans operate live, that we realized the potential for creating an exciting performance that incorporates elements from Funk, Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, Latin, and Dance music. Eclectic is definitely the word that comes to mind when thinking of Surprise Attack’s taste in music and we owe that to the inspiration we've drawn from the Jam music community.
 
(JBP) How do you think your sound and band can evolve to become something greater and bring something fresh and original to the music scene?
 
The biggest focus for our music and Surprise Attack as an entity is to be as genuine and authentic as possible. We love all types of music and feel like we don't ever compromise putting out a sound that is truly us. There is also an element of eccentricity to our sound that is just different; partially because we go for so many styles, which makes it hard to pin us down as an “x” band when in comes to our catalog, but also because we're just a bit odd ourselves. I think our personality really shines through in our music, which could be refreshing in a music scene that can be pretty self-serious.
 
(JBP) Who is the main songwriter or is it more of a collective musical environment?
 
We definitely view our original works, as well as covers, as the product of a collective musical environment. A lot of the time, a member will come with a certain number of parts or ideas to a song and we will have brainstorming sessions in which the final project is envisioned. We very much so operate as a democracy and welcome all ideas and criticism towards developing the most cohesive music that we possibly can put out. Refining the songs is always an ongoing process and we use our home studio to take scratch recordings as songs are coming into being and revisit the recordings to make changes on sections as a whole, transitions, and individual parts. If someone has an idea for a certain part of a song, even if we thought it was completed a while ago, we’ll try it out and see if it fits.  We're still making refinements to songs we wrote years ago.
 
(JBP) This album was self-produced, was this recorded in a home studio and if so, can you can you share what programs you used or experiences you had recording?
 
This album was indeed recorded in our home studio! For our most recent EP, Water, we used Logic on our Mac Mini after transitioning away from Ableton Live. Developing our home studio has been an adventure and a half with moving in to our first band house, acoustically treating our main room, and constantly upgrading our set up. Over the past 2 years we’ve continuously invested every bit of money we’ve made into upgrading to new, better technology and methodologies that enable us to share solid self-produced studio and live recordings with the musical community for free. The recording experience has always been extremely fulfilling for us too because we get the opportunity to come back to material we’ve been performing live and really put the polishing touches on the songs to make them whole. We are all about the live environment, but recording allows us to take things we normally experience from one perspective and dissect it from a million different ones. Then we use those new perspectives to form a new and better version of the song that we can play live.
 
(JBP) Have you had any wild band experiences yet? 
 
One time, when we were supposed to play an afternoon gig for a Brewery’s anniversary party we had an extremely unfortunate series of technical difficulties. We had our PA and the stage entirely set up and were preparing for sound check when our bass player realized his electric bass wasn’t producing any sound at all. We tested a bunch of different cables and inputs devices to see if we could get any signal, but alas nothing. Fortunately our drummer lived nearby and was able to quickly grab his old beat up bass. Mind you this was like a first instrument you’ve ever had kind of bass and we were extremely unsure how it was going to sound but were VERY desperate. We plugged it in and the darn thing wasn’t producing any sound either! In a frenzy, our guitar player and bass player ran to the nearest music store to buy a bass and we were able to get our set moving just after the anticipated start time. We ended up having a great time and overcoming the stress, but we still joke about all the completely unexpected technical challenges that can kick you in the butt like having 2 basses fail on you in one day!
 
Thanks to Surprise Attack for taking the time to reach out and letting us interview them! If you are interested in having your album reviewed by www.jambandpurist.com contact us and we will work out an option that suites your bands needs. Who else do you want to see on JBP? Let us know.

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