An Interview With The One, The Only…Hard Rocker George Swan!

 

We managed to get the chance to sit down and speak to Canadian classic rocker George Swan about his past releases as well as what is yet to come…

Q:What attracted you to the kind of music you play?

A: The power of the music was the main thing for me. I listened to lots of prog rock in the 70’s.  I was getting into Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Deep Purple, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Zombies and The Who etc.  I really liked the heavy rock with the synthesizer and distorted organs going on.  Then I saw guys like The Who in 1977 and became a big Who fan overnight.  I also saw AC/DC around the same time with Bon Scott, and BTO-Bachman Turner Overdrive- among others.  I became a real fan of power rock.

Q: What is your local music scene like? How do you think you fit in?

A: My local music scene is very limited these days.  It’s too expensive here, everybody has left.  The venues are closing down too, so it’s not good.  Back in the day though, there were 12 or so live venues in Richmond alone where bands could play.  We fit right in.

Q: How do you go about writing your songs? What is the process you go through? 

A: For song writing, usually while fooling around with a keyboard of some kind I’ll come up with a chord progression that sounds cool to me…  I jam on it for a while with the band, if there is one, and see what I/we come up with.  For the most part my vocals are sung over the progression and I just see what I come up with for words while jamming.  I record everything and you know basically play something for 45 minutes or so and see how it sounds. 

Q: After so many years playing in bands, how have you found the move into being, essentially, a solo artist?

A: Now I win more arguments!  *kidding*…  No it’s definitely not as much fun, you really enjoy having all that input.  Plus there’s a lot more spontaneity in a band where you can just go somewhere musically on a whim and see what comes out. 

 

With the release of all 13 albums, all now available on Soundcloud:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-571409490

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7brDLTnkrW9zCLZhVOQ9Je

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTA5ewTTm_tCTLfTjBzFHDw

Bandcamp: https://bigdikblak.bandcamp.com/music

Website: www.bigdikblak.com             

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Oceans Of Noise Are Introducing A New Wave Of Music For 2018

 

 

For nearly over 3 years now, Oceans Of Noise have been writing, recording and performing. With a packed set list, immersive stage show and respected presence, they are now ready to branch out.

Based in Turkey, where each member has had a past in music professionally, the band are making the rounds, and with brand new material recorded in New York with producer Joel Hamilton, who’s past experience with bands such as Bonobo, Highly Suspect, Tom Waits and Unsane made him an easy pairing for Oceans Of Noise.

The brand new EP ‘Oceans Of Noise’ set to be released on January 26th, the band are now ready to start playing live and their starting with London. The EP itself features great tunes such as ‘The Age Of Ghouls’ and ‘Frozen Love’, so be sure to stay tuned.

 

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/oceans-of-noise/1296282833

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/21HzqFortyEjD2yOdCZAPY

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/oceansofnoise

Facebook: facebook.com/oceansofnoise

Twitter: twitter.com/oceansofnoise

Instagram: instagram.com/oceansofnoiseband

Website: oceansofnoiseband.com

 

‘Get Beyond’ – The Dream Like, Euphoric Music Trip by John Dylan

To say that this is his first solo venture, John Dylan has managed to put his best foot forward. ‘Get beyond’ is our first glimpse into his upcoming album: ‘Peripheral Drift Illusion’, and what a beautiful glimpse it is. From the outset we are lifted by electronic waves of gentle guitar tones supported by the catchy rhythmic rumble of drums and bass. The electronic-funk introduction, with its psychedelic undertone, carries us to John Dylan’s expert, intricate and soul-filled guitar skills, serving to build that unique sound that the track boasts.

These enchanting isolated guitar notes perfectly introduce us to John’s excellent falsetto vocals, which are then once again accompanied by the earth-rumbling bass and drums, creating a sound that you can’t help but love. The funk of the bass interlaced with electronic, dreamy vocals and lyrics creates a stunning, unique sound.

I think that it is this unique sound that truly captures John’s attitude to life, he notes that ‘there are hopeful moments in the form of songs like ‘Get Beyond’, where I encourage myself to get out of bed and come out of hiding into the world’, this is reflected in the euphoric, laid-back but emotional sound within ‘Get Beyond’ that empowers us to do the same.

The magnificent sound that ‘Get beyond’ captures, is an exciting, alluring taste of whats to come with his new album ‘Peripheral Drift Illusion’, I can’t wait to hear what other genres and styles he explores next.

Catch the song here:

 

Find out more about John Dylan here:

 

 

New catchy rock song ‘We Go With What We Know’ from UK band, Righteous Reprobates

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UK rockers, Righteous Reprobates, release this catchy guitar anthem, featuring a fantastic hook and some vaguely psychedelic phaser-soaked guitars. The band take influence from a mix of 60s/70s rock acts as well as Britpop groups such as Oasis and Blur. This track and their previous single ‘My Psychosis’ are set to appear on the band’s upcoming album.

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/righteousreprobates

http://righteousreprobates.com

https://soundcloud.com/righteous-reprobates-500102521

GOLDSMACK Unveil new video for ‘Good Morning Star’ with The VPME

“They’ve produced a rather wonderful debut EP after striking a rich vein of creativity to extract five shiny nuggets of mystical psychedelic pop.
We’re delighted to premiere their video for what is perhaps our favourite track on the EP ‘ Good Morning Star’ a driving melodic psych-pop gem.”
– THE VPME

To define Goldsmack, just imagine that Love, Bruce Haack, The Velvet Underground and Nico teamed up to compose a song for a Disney classic. They are a psychedelic power pop trio of gold-scented, gold junkies, created to bring discord and entropy into the world of pop music with a sound that is soft and electric; quirky and genuine; super serious and absolutely whimsical.