Currents

  • Counterfeit

    Counterfeit

    "It Gets Better"

    A Soon to be infamous And anthemic chorus set to inspire anyone who’s having a difficult time in their lives, London’s own COUNTERFEIT hit the ground running on our shores, and memorably so, with their unifying protest song “It Gets Better”!

     

    “It Gets Better” is a deeply personal song and its message cuts right to the heart of who we are. Our goal is to bring people together, to dismantle the barriers that divide us as a species and to make a change in the world. We are in a time of need. We need to come together and to learn to love again. Learn to listen again. Learn to talk again. Learn to feel again. Learn to let go and let in. It’s a small start but if we try, I do believe that we can start to change things because I myself have learnt that with these small steps it does indeed get better.”- Jamie Campbell Bower & COUNTERFEIT.

     

    Delivered with relentless urgency, raw power-pop bombast, massive melodies, and grand ambition collide in COUNTERFEIT, a band with a moniker that cleverly subverts their remarkably pure authenticity. There is nothing fake about this transcendent powerhouse of passion and sweat. COUNTERFEIT combine visceral risk-taking groove with a sizeable theatricality, brilliantly stomping through punchy rhythms with grace.

     

    Overflowing with a wit and wonder drawn from a deep well of yearning for genuine connection, the upstart quintet builds community from the bitter ashes of solitude. This band transforms dissatisfaction, depression, and anxiety into empowering new anthems. COUNTERFEIT is equal parts emotional exorcism and optimistic celebration.

     

    Having just wrapped a run of North American dates, “It Gets Better” is COUNTERFEIT‘s first song to be released since 2017’s critically acclaimed debut “Together We Are Stronger” (“Best Live Band”—AIM Awards, “Best British Newcomers”—KERRANG! Awards), and it will appear on the follow-up album to be arriving in 2020. They’re only Just Getting Started!

    Listen: Counterfeit – “It Gets Better” (clean radio edit)

    Counterfeit – “It Gets Better” (clean radio edit)

  • missyou

    missyou

    "notthatdeep"

    New York City’s missyou pulls inspiration from film and visual arts, and paint a broad aural picture on the instant, and at the same time ominous, sexy and dark New single “notthatdeep”.

     

    “This song is built on the idea that things don’t always work out, but you have to keep pushing. It’s important to try and sometimes even if you don’t succeed, the beauty is in the journey, and the lessons you learn in failing are sometimes the ones that teach you the way to prevail. We have to be better for each other, for the planet, for the ones that come after us.”—Blaise Beyhan of missyou

     

    Growing up in a commune in Alaska might not seem like a fertile breeding ground for music, but missyou front man Blaise Beyhan draws upon that and other experiences of living a nomadic lifestyle from an early age to craft the band’s dark yet sexy Alternative Pop songs.

     

    Born with a restless spirit, Beyhan left Alaska at the age of 14, and moved around continuously, living in 10 cities in 7 states before finally settling in New York.  He began writing music and creating visuals that drew upon his many experiences of living life untethered to any single place. Looking for musicians to write and record with – Blaise’s Time Out New ad grabbed the attention of guitarist Omer Wald, who was born in Los Angeles but raised in Israel.  Wald moved to NYC to pursue his music career, and the two found a karmic connection that led to them playing gigs together around the city. Drummer Vin Quinones came to their shows and became a fan of what they were creating and eventually joined the band. He and Bassist Pete Valentini grew up together in New Jersey, and the current lineup was solidified.

     

    missyou’s “notthatdeep” is the first taste off the band’s forthcoming sophomore EP which will be released in 2020.

     

    “New York-based missyou is one of the more intriguing alternative/indie/pop bands in recent years….an infectious song that showcases their own personal music taste, pulling in a heavy influence from R&B to their pop-tinged alternative music. – Substream Magazine

     

    “combines the moody, vulnerable elements of emo anthems with an electronic backdrop that leaves listeners debating whether they should cry or dance.” – Alternative Press

    Listen: missyou “notthatdeep” (clean radio edit)

    missyou “notthatdeep” (clean radio edit)

  • Lion

    Lion

    "Wolf"

    The first time LION (aka Beth Lowen) sang in public, a woman she didn’t know approached her. “You sound like you’ve smoked 20 cigarettes,” she told her, “and drunk a bottle of whisky.” Given that Beth was 10-years-old and unsurprisingly had done nothing of the sort, she started to cry. “I thought that was a bad thing,” she recalls, laughing. “And my parents were like, ‘No, no! That’s good!”

     

    Nowadays, Lowen embraces the ferocious, Janis Joplin-esque rasp of her voice. In fact, it’s one of the reasons she chose to adopt the name LION. “Someone said I sound like a lion,” she explains, “Also, everyone says I have lion hair, and ‘Löwen’ means lions in German.” Still, declaring herself deserving of such a fierce moniker wasn’t something that came easily. “I didn’t mention it to anybody for months,” she admits. “It’s a big statement, it’s pretty extreme. But I was looking at people like Lorde, and I was like, that’s f*cking cool. And then I was like, f*ck it. So now it’s Lion. The stage name never feels more apt than it does when LION performs live.

     

    The new single is “Wolf”, which Lowen says is “about being f*cking scared and not knowing what the hell you’re doing and just rolling with it.” Her husky but powerful voice, already so potent on record, was unleashed Live to its full, roaring potential during some a triumphant Reading/Leeds Festival just last month. Following up some summer tour dates overseas with Band Of Horses, you can expect US tour dates to be announced soon!

    Listen: Lion – “Wolf”

    Lion – “Wolf”

  • Corridor

    Corridor

    Junior

    With “Junior” (out 10/18!), Montreal’s Corridor make the most dazzling, immediate and inventive album of their young career: 39 minutes of darting and dodging guitars, spiraling vocal harmonies, and the complicated, goldenrod nostalgia of a Sunday mid-afternoon. The album was produced by Emmanuel Éthier, engineered by Samuel Gemme, mixed by Éthier and Gemme in Montreal at ReelRoad Studios, and mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering in New York.

     

    You can now watch the new Monty Python-esque animated video for first single “Topographe”, which stars the band themselves. Corridor’s Jonathan Robert directed the visual, and had this to say, “While I’ve explored and mixed many different techniques in my past music videos, it’s the first time that I took the process this far, blending all of them together in one place. It’s a melting pot of stop motion, green screen, illustration, animation, collage, and live video. It’s the visual equivalent of the progression of the song, a simple idea that takes amplitude through repetition.”

     

    Singers, two guitars, bass, drums: the timelessness of the setup underpins the timelessness of the sound, a rock’n’roll borrowing from each of the past six decades—punk and pop, psych and jangle, daydream and swoon.

     

    Sub Pop have never before, in their 33-year history, signed a Francophone act. Maybe the Carridor‘s magic springs from their ingenious hooks, their topaz-tinted vision. Maybe it’s the panache of Québec’s insurgent underground scene, or the camaraderie of Robert and Berthiaume, who have played together since they were 14. Maybe it’s their name—a hallway crossed with a toreador. Probably it’s all of these, and none of them: “Junior” is a joy, a hasty miracle, because it’s so much damn fun to listen to. This album is 39 minutes; each day has 24 hours; you can listen 36 times before tomorrow.

    Listen: Corridor – “Topographe”

    Corridor – “Topographe”

  • Marika Hackman

    Marika Hackman

    Any Human Friend

    Displaying an unapologetic attitude and a more liberated sound than ever before, Marika Hackman reveals album standout “blow,”, containing one of the biggest hooks on the album, with it’s “thumping drums, a Strokesean guitar snarl, and a very Italians Do It Better synth part….it suits her coolly unimpressed alto” (Pitchfork).

     

    “It’s that situation when people around you are getting really f*cked up in quite a self-destructive way. And it’s hard to be the person who points that out. So with biting your tongue it’s like, ‘I don’t really know how to say this,’ but I’ll put it in a song, haha! The whole song is kind of like, ‘I’m here, but maybe I’m engaging in this destructive behaviour because I’m not stepping in, but I will hold your hair back.’”—Marika Hackman on “blow”

     

    Marika Hackman is a ‘Rid of Me’-era PJ Harvey for the inclusive generation: unbounded by musical genre, a preternatural lyricist and tunesmith who isn’t afraid to go there. Hackman’s 2015 debut, “We Slept at Last,” was heralded for being nuanced and atmospheric. She really found her footing with her last release, “I’m Not Your Man,” and its exceptional, swaggering International hit “Boyfriend”, which boasts of seducing away a straight guy’s girlfriend.

     

    The newly released “Any Human Friend” is co-produced by David Wrench (The xx, Frank Ocean) and Hackman herself.

    Listen: Marika Hackman – “blow”

    Marika Hackman – “blow”

  • Kae Astra

    Kae Astra

    Fortune

    Kae Astra is an Armenian-American artist currently based in Austin, TX, intertwining 80’s nostalgia, haunting melodies, and a lush dream pop soundscape on her debut EP “Fortune” (out 11/1). The upcoming release is a collaboration between Astra and fellow Austin mainstays Walker Lukens and Curtis Roush (of Bright Light Social Hour) who produced the EP.

     

    “’Medicate’ is my wrestling with the strange notion that we can be suddenly ‘fixed’ by one thing, be that a drug, a job, an achievement, etc. As a person, I’ve struggled with depression, anxiety, and other difficult mental states—as have many of my friends and idols. Sadly, we are made to feel bad for going through these struggles, which generally just makes it worse…and makes us desperately search for ways to ‘fix’ it.”—Kae Astra

     

    Kae Astra melds her history of music making with a newfound effervescent energy as frontwoman and lead songwriter for this project. The upcoming “Fortune” EP stirs listeners, emotionally and physically. The songs go deep spiritually and are undeniably danceable. You could hear them in the club, a yoga class, or while having a good cry—and be equally satisfied.

     

    Astra says the overarching theme is “resilience”, mirroring both her personal journey and continued artistic pursuits. Expect to move and be moved.

     

    RIYL: Beach House, Kate Bush, Lykke Li, Lana del Rey, Grimes

    Listen: Kae Astra – “Medicate”

    Kae Astra – “Medicate”

  • Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey

    Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey

    Showboat Honey

    Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey’s impending new long player “Showboat Honey” just cracked the Top 5 Albums at SubModern specialty this week thanks to your support! The New Single “Broken Mirror Pose,” is a glammy, ‘70s-style anthem with a soaring chorus, and which is accompanied by a new video shot by the band themselves (below).

     

    “We shot ‘Broken Mirror Pose’ at Moonbase Studios, which is where we tracked the entire record ourselves! This one was 95% DIY, much like the album. I build out a room inside of the main studio and my pal, Bryson Cone, showed me how to edit afterward, letting me take the wheel once I had a little know how.”—Kyle Craft

     

    “Showboat Honey” was recorded and produced by Kyle Craft, Kevin Clark, and Billy Slater at their own Moonbase Studios in Portland over 2018. The album was mixed by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty) and mastered by April Golden at Golden Mastering.

     

    You can catch Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey on tour starting next month and as he kicks things off with a hometown show in Portland (See Our Tour page and let us know your wants and needs!)!.

    Listen: Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey – “O Lucky Hand”

    Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey – “O Lucky Hand”

  • The Get Up Kids

    The Get Up Kids

    Problems

    Following up the recent #1 SubModern Specialty Single “Satellite”, The Get Up Kids offer up “The Problem Is Me” from their new album “Problems” (their first in 8 Years!). “The Problem Is Me” is an exploration of embracing your own romantic dysfunction.

     

    Following up TGUK’s triumphant return to SXSW, you can See Our Tour Page for a full itinerary for a set of newly announced upcoming dates (more to come!).

     

    “The song is about a friend’s second divorce and about taking responsibility in a relationship. For me, the song is about self care. Acknowledging personal faults and trying to work on them.”—Matt Pryor/TGUK

     

    “Problems,” The Get Up Kids‘ sixth studio album, was recorded with Grammy award-winning producer Peter Katis, best known for his lasting work with The National and Interpol, and more recently Kurt Vile’s latest. Peter was an old friend of the band’s, dating back to when he was the assistant engineer on “On A Wire” (2002). The band wrote most of these songs during last year’sKicker” EP cycle, building on the band’s newfound mission statement of leaning into your strengths. The result is one of their most inspired albums to date, a true return to form and will go down as one of their finest efforts.

     

    “The track’s punchy and precise, a wave of keys and stumbling momentum.”—Stereogum

     

    “the punchy, punky sound of their classic 1999 album Something To Write Home About but revising it and adding in the maturity that’s inevitable after 20 more years of age and experience.”—Brooklyn Vegan

    Listen: The Get Up Kids – “The Problem Is Me”

    The Get Up Kids – “The Problem Is Me”

  • The S.L.P.

    The S.L.P.

    THE S.L.P.

    The S.L.P. is the latest project by Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno, the songwriter and creative force behind Kasabian. The instant “Nobody Else” throws his rulebook out the door, for a breezy, memorable, roll-down-the-car-windows exploration that’s perfect piano ballad meets sun-kissed house.

     

    “I’ve been making a new Kasabian album every couple of years since 2004, I have my routines and I have the way I like to work, and I just think I felt I needed a re-set, so that I could approach the next Kasabian album from a different place. It’s so important, that innocence of just exploring and experimenting, when you’ve got that little part of you going ‘can I get away with that?’ When you ask yourself that, you’re probably on the right track, because it means you’re doing something interesting. It’s like the album cover, I’ve got this mad glitter make up on, but it’s spread all my face like you would when you were a kid – it reminds you that playing is important.” –Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno (S.L.P.)

     

    The thing is, says Sergio Pizzorno, he didn’t intend to make an album like SLP at all. After he finished touring behind 2017’s “For Crying Out Loud” – Kasabian’s fifth number one album in a row – he simply liked the idea of doing a solo record.

     

    He thought that his solo album would sound… well, like you might think a Sergio Pizzorno solo album would sound. He is, after all, famed not only as Kasabian’s chief songwriter, but a man dedicated to pushing esoteric influences – from MF Doom to Bulgarian psychedelia to avant-garde electronica – into the sonic framework of a mainstream, stadium-filling rock band. A solo album, you could reasonably expect, would be a chance for Pizzorno to let his freak flag fly, unencumbered by the need to make music fit to headline festivals and huge gigs.

     

    “To begin with, I thought it was going to be way more experimental and I thought it was going to be way more odd in terms of the length of tracks and what people, even myself would maybe expect: going more into that sci-fi, Krautrock kind of thing,” says Pizzorno. “But what I found happening was that I was listening to a lot of Tyler The Creator and Mac Miller. I was in that world. I sort of got rid of all my synths and guitars and just sort of had phones and laptops and just picked out sounds. And it turned out like it did, and I thought it just felt right. In a way, it’s probably a bit more of a psychedelic move for me to do this than just to make the record I expected.”

     

    In fact, it’s fair to say that SLP isn’t an album that anyone could anticipate: an intriguing, unprecedented split between filmic instrumentals – audibly partly inspired by Roy Budd’s iconic soundtrack to the 1970 British gangster flick Get Carter – and richly melodic songs influenced by hip hop and grime.

     

    “I just liked the idea of that cartoonish sort of thing, you know: ‘meanwhile, in the Batcave…’,” Pizzorno continues. “People see me in a band, they think: that’s what does and that’s what he is, so the idea behind them is that meanwhile, he’s completely someone else, doing this other thing. And in between them, it was just a matter of exploring, turning everything up, just to see where it took me: experimenting with the way I sang, with different rhythms, with things that I’ve always wanted to do.”

    Listen: The S.L.P. – “Nobody Else” (radio edit)

    The S.L.P. – “Nobody Else” (radio edit)

  • Weyes Blood

    Weyes Blood

    Titanic Rising

    The New Weyes Blood single “Everyday” chronicles the chaos of modern love and dating, short attention spans, restlessness and the continuous crusade (and carnage) to find some kind of all-encompassing soul mate. The lead single comes from her upcoming fourth album and Sub Pop debut “Titanic Rising”the cover was shot in a bedroom submerged fully underwater (zero CGI!).

     

    “Titanic Rising,” written and recorded during the first half of 2018, is the culmination of three albums and many years of touring: stronger chops and ballsier decisions. It’s an achievement in transcendent vocals and levitating arrangements, conversational lyrics and thoughtful commentary on the modern condition of our souls.  Like the Kinks meet WWII (or is it Bob Seger meets Enya?) “Titanic Rising” manages to ride that line between classic songwriting and post-apocalyptic futurism.

     

    Weyes Blood is also on an intergalactic headlining tour overseas to support of the upcoming album, which she’s dubbed the ’True Love Is Making A Comeback Tour 2019′.

     

    “There are complicated influences mixed in with more relatable nostalgic melodies. In my mind, my music feels so big, a true production. I’m not a huge, popular artist, but I feel like one when I’m in the studio. But it’s never taking away from the music. I’m just making a bigger space for myself.”—Natalie Mering (aka Weyes Blood)

    Listen: Weyes Blood – “Everyday” (radio edit)

    Weyes Blood – “Everyday” (radio edit)