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The New Album From Matt Boroff

American born, but Austrian based musician-extraordinaire, Matt Boroff, is back with his third album to date, Grand Delusion, which is a tour de force from start to finish.

Having rubbed shoulders with some of the best in the business back in the 90s and sharing stages with the likes of Nirvana and Kyuss, Matt is a musician with a wealth of experience in his hands. Since then, after the dissolution of his high-school band in 1995, Matt has been focusing on honing his craftsmanship as a songwriter, going on to form Matt Boroff and The Mirrors.

‘What A Shame’ is a highlight from the album, showing just what Matt is capable of. Opening with a desert-esque blues intro, Matt drops the song into walls of distorted guitar and pounding drums, eventually evolving the track into some kind of 90s grunge, modern rock hybrid. It’s quite the beast.

The group toured Europe extensively, sharing the bills with rock titans such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Calexico. However in 2010, Boroff decided to go solo, releasing two solo LPs, one EP and now ‘Grand Delusion’ which is set for release May 5th.

Matt will be performing a headline show in London at the Old Blue Last February 6th.

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Bayonesse Release ‘Angel Touching Down’

No stranger to the dramatic, lead vocalist Christy Lee Rogers, is taking a pause from her hectic fine art career as an underwater artist, to collaborate with fellow artist and musician Ryan Murphy – forming the alternative indie rock band Bayonesse.

Rogers is known internationally by the press as the contemporary version of Baroque artists like Caravaggio.  Murphy, the owner and designer of rocker jewellery line Silver Luthier and front man for the rock band Forty Point, originally came into the band as producer to help structure Rogers’ vision, and eventually stayed on to solidify the duo.

In search of peace and understanding within a crazy, vulnerable, yet beautiful world, the pair have shifted their passions to the medium of music – harnessing the most “powerful and intense” art form in which to express their thoughts and emotions.

Their debut alternative rock single ‘Angel Touching Down’ from their upcoming album ‘Bleeding Heart’ is accompanied by a dark and avant garde underwater music video filmed and directed by Rogers.

The music video, starring actress Elisabeth Donaldson and Bayonesse themselves, and edited by award winning filmmaker Ray Izad-Mehr, gives life to the darkness and turmoil underlying their heart-felt lyrics. Completely unaltered and un-coloured, the footage is raw out of the camera, with a frenetic and stylized editing technique.

Rogers’ fine art work has been featured in the likes of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The Independent, Global Times and more. And Murphy’s rocker jewelry can be seen on Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, the guitar of James Hettfield of Metallica, and more.

Bayonesse have a wide range of musical influences including: Muse, Bjork, Imagine Dragons, to The Kills, Smashing Pumpkins, Ludovico Einaudi, Massive Attack and Metric. Through their diverse backgrounds and influences, they have formed a unique and unusual sound

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‘Home’ by James Kennedy

Welsh singer-songwriter, James Kennedy, has returned to the world of music with his storming solo album, Home.

If Kennedy looks a little familiar, then you might recognise him from hard-rock band, Kyshera, who have found success in alternative circles in past years. However, with Home, James is moving away from his former style, instead adopting a more melodic rock sound, yet still driven by his powerful vocals.

The touring lifestyle with Kyshera proved difficult to handle for James which led to a period of depression for the talented songwriter. However, he managed to relieve his suffering by using songwriting as an outlet of release, eventually creating the beautifully crafted Home in just a few months.

Kennedy had serious hearing problems as a child, resulting in 3 major surgeries and the fear of permanent hearing loss always in the back of his mind. This led to his school life being interrupted, so James became an adept self-learner which he applied to learning guitar, vocals, piano, bass and music production. The self-taught musician was soon accepted to Welsh College of Music & Drama, before working in a recording studio where he used his skills to form his own label, Konic Records.

With an enticing range of powerful and gentle rock songs, it will be interesting to see how Kennedy has reinvented a style of music that has seemingly disappeared in recent years.

Home is out 31st March and you can check out James and his music here:

Links:

www.jameskennedystuff.com

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah announce new album and release single ‘Fireproof’

Indie rock group Clap Your Hands Say Yeah announce their new album ‘The Tourist’ set to drop February 24th. To build the excitement even more, the group have decided to share their first single ‘Fireproof’.

Frontman Alec Ounsworth says “I wanted to experiment with packing lyrics. On this album, the lyrics and vocal melody effectively carry the songs, maybe more than anything else.”

Listen to ‘Fireproof’ here:

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Screams On Sunday explore today’s internet obsessed society in ‘The Night’

The alternative rock group that formed through the internet, Screams On Sunday (SOS), are set to release their single ‘The Night’ late January. The single blends guitar solos with rock rhythms, forming a unique raw sound. The Spanish female fronted band have based the track on the idea that today’s society are internet obsessed, lacking real life relations.

SOS met over the internet but soon became extremely close. Their close bond meant they could create music together with ease, soon releasing their debut EP ‘Call Reality A Lie’.

Listen to ‘Call Reality A Lie’ here:

‘The Night’ was recorded at Sound-Hub in Belper and mastered at Metropolis Studios in London. SOS find themselves improvising as it creates a more honest raw sound, meaning the production process perfects that improvised sound but still portraying what is inside.

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Track Review: ‘Glimmer’ by Glitch Code

Glitch Code is the fascinating musical vehicle behind the talented minds of singer, Rachel Harvey, and songwriter/producer, Paul Kirkpatrick.

The single ‘Glimmer’ comes from the band’s album, Gifted_Damaged which has received critical acclaim from a number of publications including Subba Cultcha and Rhythm and Booze.

With dark and brooding vocals, Harvey adds a very distinctive edge to Glitch Code’s brand of alternative electro-pop that may remind listeners of Kate Bush, Annie Lennox’s work with the Eurythmics or (going out on a limb here) the moody sound of Evanescence.

As you can see, trying to pin down Glitch Code’s music is difficult because it is so eclectic, evidently drawing influences from a number of musical locations. Therefore, perhaps we should stop trying to compare them to others and embrace them for their individualism! Their experimental approach to songwriting has even led to them using unique instruments to fine-tune their sound, such as fretless basses and the theremin (yes, I had to look it up too).

What can be said though is that there is definitely a few sprinkles of 80s production values found in Glitch Code’s mixing pot with computer-esque synths and robotic sound effects. This, combined with the heavily distorted guitar that upholds the track creates a truly one-of-a-kind sound that has been meticulously tweaked to electro-pop perfection – nobody is making music quite like Glitch Code at the moment.

Overall, you need to get on the Glitch Code hype ASAP so you can say that you were into them a long time before before a whole host of other bands come along trying to imitate their style. Go on! Do it!

Find out a little more about Glitch code right here:

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