You don’t often see a Harmonica as being the main focus of a bands music, but Nave Blues are changing it up, using the old to lay down the fresh sounds of the new.
Nave Blues are a band from Norway, with lead singer and harmonica player Nave Pundik leading the way. From an early age, Nave has always been a fan of the unique and different styles of bands such as Led Zeppelin, SuperTramp, Howlin Wolf, and Little Walter. Nave Blues have released songs for people to listen to, and with this, Nave plans to take his new, harmonica based music to the world with the sounds that will invigorate everyone’s outlook on the blues.
From a delicate and thoughtful rendition of ‘Sitting on top of the world’, to moody track ‘The Ghost Collector’ brought to you from Nave himself. Their latest single ‘Posses you’ has been released and is available on YouTube, Soundcloud and other music streaming platforms.
This band is sure to be a band to watch out for in the near future.
Steampunk is a movement in popular culture which has broken free of its dirigible moorings and crossed over into everything from film to music. Steampunk started as a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. However, steampunk and Neo-Victorian are different in that the Neo-Victorian movement does not extrapolate on technology and embraces the positive aspects of the Victorian era’s culture and philosophy – Kim Newman’s early Anno Dracula work, for example, roots itself in Victorian Britain and surrounds itself with notable characters from the era, but has them behaving in the manner of the time.
Steampunk most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or of the modern authors such as Philip Pullman. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative-history-style presentations of such technology as steam cannons, lighter-than-air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine.
The first known appearance of the term steampunk was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created as far back as the 1950s or 1960s. It can occasionally become entwined with other sub-genres, such as H.P.Lovecraft’s world of Old Ones and humans in peril. Steampunk has also come to refer to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century. The most recent entrant to this world has been music, the Steampunk Records label putting together an entire roster of bands who subscribe to the artistic ethics of the genre. As well as putting out albums of the bands, they have also performed concerts around the UK, seeing audiences attend the shows dressed, as the bands do, in suitably neo-Victorian style. As a movement, it succeeds largely as there are no boundaries relating to age or genre, the inclusivity and the fact that it is already deliberately slightly dated, meaning that it has a longevity that many movements which have been and gone have lacked.
Soul as a label has come to mean less and less since the 1990s. It became a byword for directionless warbling, the Mariah Carey school of flitting around the scales being incredibly dexterous vocally but lacking, ironically…soul.
Mercifully, this year has seen a much-welcomed rejuvination of the genre, seeing artists playing soul music which is recognisable as being in the same vein as classic Stax and Motown artists – the reason for this? They actually play musical instruments. Who’da thunk it?!
Lawrence Preston is a bassist, the much perennially unsung guitarist who is the glue which subtly binds so many classic songs. Having being tutored by Freddie Stone, of the legendary Sly and the Family Stone, he has mastered both the instrument and the art of song-writing. Though deftly written, Something for You is not drenched in overdubs and effects – it’s very much a case of less is more, allowing space for the music and the lyrics to breathe. Lawrence’s vocals are velvety smooth without being cloying or too saccharine – against, it’s so often about being economical with the music and having confidence in the song itself. We digress. Enjoy.
Have you ever heard Arabian / Egyptian infused Metal? I thought not… prepare yourself for Homerik!
For a 3 piece, Homerik have a massive, some what overwhelming sound. Right from the first listen their audacious sound leaves you taken a back. The first release from their album for instance, ‘Wendigo’ starts with distant screaming accompanied by a demonistic screamo voice… you think you know where this is heading right? Nope. It then jumps straight in to a tribal inspired rhythm and voices before building and eventually reaching the thundering orchestral metal you’ve been waiting for. All very confusing… but somehow utterly brilliant
Its clear that Homerik are striving for a new sound and they have achieved it with consummate ease, any one part of this 5 minute tune would be enough to make you go wow… BUT THERES 5 MINUTES OF THIS MADNESS. In much the same way ‘Curse of the Black Nile’ leads you on a confusing journey through ritualistic ancient Egyption music, before jumping between blistering Metal and Opera with no hesitation. Truly the whole album has me on the edge of my seat.
Homerik’s self titled album ‘Homerik’ will be released this halloween – https://homerik.org/about/
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Hooray! The Sheratons, we’re hearing, are heralding the return of The Paisley Underground, the indie-pop movement that actually WAS crying out for resurrection. Better Days has all the hallmarks of the unassuming, yet sparkly scene that politely excused itself during the 1980s and has been meekly waiting to be invited back in again. First have a listen to their cracking new song, then investigate our recommendations for other Paisley Power Pop Princes and Princesses
- The Three O’Clock. Not our favourites, we must confess but even the name of the genre started with them, a causal remark in an interview. That’s how wars start.
- Ah, the ever-jangleful Rain Parade, a band around whom many others in the scene seemed magnetically, if not literally connected to
- Dream Syndicate. Still going! See the smashing clip of them playing with Led Zep’s John Paul Jones earlier this year. Trippier than many of their kin but well-worth investigating.
- The Bangles. Yes, them. Not only a none-more 80s chart-topping outfit but a damn fine live band and a fully-fledged paid up member of the Paisley Underground, performing with all the aforementioned bands in recent years on reunion tours. Here’s a nice early clip:
- …and here’s your wildcard. Thin White Rope are a band so worthy of reappraisal, we might start posting about them on a weekly basis. Not only were they dyed-in-the-wool Paisley, they are arguably one of the most important bands in the forming of Desert Rock, which gave birth to the likes of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age.
Kid Kapichi’s new track ‘Waster’ is mammoth anthem that will have you turning up the volume on your stereo and blaring out the melodies.
This years summer tune came from UK’s Kid Kapichi, who’s mix of influences, drawn from artists such as Queens of the stone age, Royal blood and Ratboy, this four-piece have made it known that their time is now.
This sing-a-long instalment is a fresh yet instant classic in the underground rock scene. Its use of melody and hook’s are heard clearly in the chorus and the opening chant. The opening riff is a blast, that greets the soft, laidback in instrumentation and vibe of the verse, however the chorus is another punch, with full band and vocal melodies taking you on the ultimate rock and roll ride.
The song itself playfully looks at the idea of ‘partying youth’. “On the surface it’s basically about getting messed up and partying, but more deeply there’s a meaning that our generation are constantly looked down at and referred to as a lost cause, partly from living in such a difficult time for opportunity”. Kid Kapichi explain. This is a very special and forward topic, which effects so many young people, and forever will as there will never be a shortage of teenage angst, in which Kid Kapichi provide the perfect soundtrack to.
Be sure to check them out!
As you might expect from an artist sharing the name with that of a Greek God, Adonis is no ordinary musician. Writer, producer, arranger, musician and singer, Adonis is no fly-by-night on the scene – he has honed his craft over several years, and has worked alongside some legendary names in the music industry.
“My Different Lover” is the first single from his eagerly awaited album, “The Genies’ Out the Bottle” and perfectly showcases Adonis’ spiritual, positive philosophy and musical skills.
In an industry that increasingly relies on scandal and salaciousness, “My Different Lover” focuses on the spiritual love between two people, rather than lust. Taking influences classic Motown and soul and r&b from both 70s and 80s, the exhilarating production is enlivened by Adonis’ bass playing and multi-layered keyboards and vocals, giving a contemporary feel whilst still openly celebrating his influences.
Pre-order on I-Tunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/my-different-lover-single/id1287236160