Beldon Haigh’s Anti-Trump Protest Song: ‘Freedom’

Standing up to the questionable presidency of Donald Trump is Scottish singer-songwriter, Beldon Haigh.

With his song of protest, ‘Freedom’ tells you everything you need to know about the 45th president of the USA and why you should stand up and protest his leadership. You might be wondering why a Scotsman is writing an Anti-Trump protest song, but in fact, Beldon’s wife is a Honduran immigrant with family in the US who fear that they may be deported. He is also concerned about the messages that Trump has sent out so far concerning race and sex, and he doesn’t want his three children to grow up in a world where these comments are considered acceptable.

Taking influence from the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Lou Reed, Beldon has penned an easy-listening pop-rock tune that is both pleasing to listen to, as well as being informative, with a powerful agenda.

Beldon’s affinity for writing ballads and protest songs is demonstrated through his quality musicianship and clever storytelling, employing touches of humour along with substantial lyricism that always has a purpose. As well as this, Beldon favours true musicality, utilising real musicians and real instruments to create his contemporary style of melodic pop-rock.

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

Corinna Jane Is Back With ‘Echoes Of My Mind’

Talented singer-songwriter Corinna Jane is cementing herself in the pop music scene with the second release from her upcoming EP Hard In Love. ‘Echoes of My Mind’ picks up where Corinna left off with ‘Three Faces Of You’ in terms of musical quality, but she takes on a slightly different ballad-esque sound with the new single.

‘Echoes Of My Mind’ is a highly introspective track from Corinna, looking back to a difficult break up for the inspiration of the song. It addresses the sort of recurring flashbacks in your mind of past experiences that you can’t seem to get rid of, evoking a strong sense of longing, but pain too.

Corinna has never been afraid of being herself, crafting her own unique brand of piano driven alternative rock. The keen actress, model and radio presenter has a quirky style and personality, which has led to her receiving airplay on the likes of BBC Radio 6, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing and making the top 5 solo artists at the Rock The House Competition.

Having supported Black Beard’s Tea Party, Marina Celeste from Nouvelle Vague, Leddra Chapman and been a guest vocalist/co-writer with German DJ Mark-Oh, it’s clear Corinna is ready to take the music industry by storm.

Watch the video of Corinna performing ‘Echoes Of My Mind’ here!

Links:

www.soundcloud.com/corinnajane

https://www.facebook.com/corinnajanemusic/

https://twitter.com/Corinna_Jane

https://www.youtube.com/user/Corinnajane

Track Review: Leat Haber’s Vintage Inspired ‘Wait for Me’

She has been labelled as Israel’s own Amy Winehouse, but Leat Haber’s ‘Wait for Me’ has a unique vintage inspired edge that takes us back to the old days.

Having listened to the likes of the Temptations, Jackson 5 and Cat Stevens whilst she was growing up, Leat has honed a quirky pop sound based on her favourite elements of older music. Leat is so devoted to the vintage image and vibe that she even uses old equipment in and out of the studio to obtain the perfect retro sound and stay faithful to the music that has fueled her songwriting passion. You can’t knock her for being a perfectionist!

The clean guitar tone conjures images of a 60s American high school dance, like something from a movie, whilst Leat’s vocals provide a distinct richness to the track.  The subtle doo-wap back up singers complete the 50s/60s image and contribute to the overall texture of the song. This is one thing that makes Leat’s music so special, not only is it a delight for the ears, but it creates vivid imagery of the time period that one can easily imagine; Leat seems to be reinventing the music of then, for now.

‘Wait for Me’ was inspired partly by the television series, Mad Men, in which many of the female characters are stay at home wives, whilst the men work and often cheat without anything being said. Leat considers herself a feminist and so her inspiration for the song is justified as well as being an original starting point for song writing.

Comparing Leat to other artists is a difficult task when she is producing old-style pop music in the modern day, but vocally, she isn’t a million miles away from acts such as Paloma Faith, Gabriella Cilmi or even Duffy.

Overall, ‘Wait for Me’ is an wonderfully crafted piece of nostalgia made relevant for today’s audience, so watch this space when it comes to Leat Haber!

Links

https://leathaber1.bandcamp.com/album/flying-on-a-kite

https://www.instagram.com/leathabersingersongwriter/

Groovy indie outfit The Northcoast release dazzling single ‘With You’

“With You is the perfect musical mix of dance, synthpop and indie sheen. Its bubbly rhythm-driving guitar riff feels lifted from “Songs from the Big Chair” or “Purple Rain”, bouncing with the same excitement that Michael Jackson’s guitarists brought to their hits in the 1980s” – Mitch Mosk (CEO Atwood Magazine)

Hailing from different locations across the north coast of America, The Northcoast’s three members come from New York, New Jersey and Seattle. They are the perfect example of how distance is no barrier to making music and with the aid of technology they have been emailing projects to each other and making music for over 10 years.

“With You” is their latest sparkly single, produced by Tom Lord-Alge, and is the perfect accompaniment to a long road trip or lazing on the grass on a summer’s day.

Watch/Listen to “With You” here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ1Hy4r7irM&feature=youtu.be

Each member of the group has played at least three instruments since childhood and this, combined with their multi-cultural backgrounds, has given the group a plethora of musical influences and experience. Combining the pumping beats of Michael Jackson and bass lines of Passion Pit and Chvrches, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

The Northcoast have realised their childhood dream of both making and performing music. Having made an impact on the stages of Vans Warped Tour and played alongside big names such as Gia Farrell, their future is already looking bright!

 

Links:

http://www.soundcloud.com/the-northcoast

https://www.facebook.com/thenorthcoastband

https://twitter.com/thenrthcst

https://thenrthcst.bandcamp.com/

https://www.instagram.com/the.northcoast/?hl=en

Jaunty summer anthem ‘Young You’ from excitingly fresh Norwegian indie giants KMF – (Kakkmaddafakka)

This band has undeniable chemistry!’ – IndieBerlin

Norwegian indie band KMF (Kakkmaddafakka) spearhead their own unique effervescent sound on this summery single ‘Young You’.

The song is a feelgood blend of groovy bass, bouncy pianos and breezy reverb-soaked vocals. You can feel the warm rays of the sun on your face whilst listening to it.

Listen to the single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N50ugwIegBk

The band hail from the beautiful city of Bergen, where they have grown from a small local group to an internationally recognised act. Their Facebook band page currently has over 150, 000 likes.

Having toured all over the world, KMF regularly play to 5000 fans at their own club shows across the continent and have appeared at and headlined stages at renowned festivals such as Melt! Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Arenal Sound in Spain and Hurricane Festival. With support constantly coming their way, they seem destined to continue onwards and upwards and are not likely to stop until their out the stratosphere.

The group proclaim themselves to be ‘sauna extremists’, having gone so far as to perform naked in a sauna once on Norwegian national news!

Amongst sauna-extremism, the band’s other hobbies include football, gaming and Djing (two of the members Axel and Pål run a popular club concept ‘Klubben’ and a hip hop night in Bergen – proof of a band with eclectic musical tastes).

On May 31st the band will be playing an exclusive UK show at the prestige O2 Academy Islington.

‘Young You’ is out May 13th and is set to appear on the group’s upcoming self-titled album KMF set for release June 3rd.

Kakkmaddafakka can get the muddy dance floors of the European festival circuit pumping – but they can prop you up against a tree to lounge in the midsummer sun, too.

Noisey

Links:

 

https://soundcloud.com/kakkmaddafakka

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuBabbpsL4gvTfFjdHuSN0g

https://www.facebook.com/kakkmaddafakkamusic

https://twitter.com/kakkmaddafakka

http://www.kmfband.com/

 

 

UK singer-songwriter Alan Bonner demonstrates unique nocturnal sound with new album ‘Night Music’

This is the type of music that will endure long after other fads and fashions have passed on by’ – Electric Harmony Blog

Mr. Bonner has the means of a pauper but sings with the heart of a king.’ – Surviving The Golden Age Blog

 

UK singer-songwriter Alan Bonner is set to deliver his third album, Night Music – a smoky, dimly-lit collection of songs inspired by London and its nocturnal inhabitance.

As Bonner puts it: ‘songs inspired by drinkers, thieves, prostitutes, spurned lovers, fallen rock stars and chance meetings with strangers on night buses. Songs inspired by the disaffected creatures that take to the streets and the bars of the city when the sun goes down.

The album touches on personal tales of long-distance romances, family relationships and depression as well as world-encompassing topics of love, hope and mortality. This is all delivered with a vivid and poetic lyricism certain to appeal to fans of artists like Rufus Wainwright, The National, Sufjan Stevens and Perfume Genius.

Produced by Aneek Thapar and recorded in South London, Night Music’s backdrop is one of intimate pianos, orchestral strings and minimalist percussion that perfectly encapsulate the album’s title.

He holds this whole history of gay men’s relationships in his music that Beyonce as a straight woman will never once hold.’ – QX magazine

Bonner has regularly worked with LGBT charities, being a gay artist himself. His interests in social issues have also extended to substance abusers and the homeless, having worked voluntarily and professionally as a support worker.

Having already released two well-received previous albums, Bonner will hopefully build on his success with this new release. Already, he has received previous airplay on stations such as BBC 6 Music and MTV Italy, and achieved press coverage from Grazia, Gay Times, Attitude, Time Out London and RTE Ireland.

Although based in London, the artist has spent a lot of time recently living out of a suitcase, touring extensively across the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia and the US.

Hear an 8 track sample of the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/alanbonnermusic/sets/night-music-album-sampler

 

Watch video for ‘Always Tomorrow’ here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ46k4s7GdE&feature=youtu.be

The album ‘Night Music’ is out on 27th May 2016.

Links:

 

https://soundcloud.com/ALANBONNERMUSIC

https://www.facebook.com/ALANBONNERMUSIC/

https://twitter.com/alanbonnermusic

www.youtube.com/AlanBonnerMusic

www.alanbonnermusic.com

 

The Breaking Pattern revitalise emo rock on spectacular new album, ‘There Are Roadmaps In Our Veins’

Somebody told us about these guys from across the pond – Check them out!

Arizona indie rock group, The Breaking Pattern, are bringing a fresh new sound to the emo scene on their debut album There Are Roadmaps In Our Veins. Anthemic vocals and reverb-soaked guitars make for a euphoric and equally lovelorn summery sound.

The band cite emo and pop-punk acts such as Real Friends, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and The Hotelier as influences. Fellow Arizona indie rockers Lydia have offered the band much support, their guitarist Justin Camacho even co-writing songs with the band in the past.

The album lyrically tackles the hurdles of a failing relationship. The band’s frontman explains: ‘The album is somewhat of a break-up album, chronicling the various stages of a doomed relationship from the moments leading up to the split until the resolution and recovery. I say “somewhat” because it is not a concept album. The songs do not tell one specific story, but are a compilation of personal experience and the stories I’ve witnessed from friends who had their own hearts disintegrated into red dust.

 

Producer Cory Spotts engineers the record, having worked with other esteemed Arizona acts including The Maine, The Summer Set, BlessTheFall and Job for a Cowboy.

 

Within the first few months of their formation, the band opened for celebrated acts such as Emarosa, This Century, Weatherbox and The Rocket Summer. They have since sold out multiple shows.

 

Vocalist Derek Hackman previously fronted a band called Ezer. Having long had a passion for music, he began writing songs aged 11. Moving house frequently as a child, Derek dealt with long periods of social isolation that fuelled his songwriting. The first time he ever sang live was at his high school graduation – in front of 6000 people. He was so nervous he vomited in the bathroom only minutes prior to going up on stage.

 

Derek is also a published poet and has a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

 

Making up the band’s other members include drummer Brandon (who also handles a lot of the photography), guitarist Nick (who happens to also be an award-winning coffee roaster) and bassist Jacob (who is Columbian and fluent in Spanish).

 

The face of the Phoenix emo revival movement’ – The Huffington Post

 

A promo video for the album’s opening track ‘Let Love go’ is available here: https://youtu.be/c3mzFSMi22w

There Are Roadmaps In Our Veins is out April 8th.

Links:

Www.TheBreakingPattern.Bandcamp.Com

Www.Youtube.com/TheBreakingPattern

Www.Facebook.Com/TheBreakingPattern

Www.Twitter.com/TheBreakPattern