Perfect Son

Perfect Son

Perfect Son

Cast

Polish artist Perfect Son (aka Tobiasz Biliński) is set to release his debut album Cast” on February 15th, 2019. The 10 track album, which features the lead single “It’s For Life,” was co-produced by Biliński and Marcin Buźniak at Axis Audio in Warsaw, with additional production from Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recording in Philadelphia, and mixed/mastered by Buźniak.

 

Perfect Son is Sub Pop’s first Polish artist, the result of an extended interest in Biliński’s work and the country itself from label co-founder Jonathan Poneman. Several years ago, Biliński applied to play at South by Southwest as Coldair.  Poneman saw his performance, and was impressed. The two stayed in touch, with Poneman eventually signing Coldair to a publishing deal. “I bugged him about releasing my stuff constantly,” Biliński admits with a laugh. “And I guess he admired my persistence.”

 

On “It’s For Life,” Biliński’s soft falsetto and arching melodies are embedded in a world of enormous drums, pounded piano, and blown-out bass. The lyric video for the song (below), was co-directed by Biliński and his wife Anna Mayer-Bilińska, and shot in his hometown of Sopot, and in Warsaw, where he now resides.

Listen: Perfect Son – “It’s For Life” (radio edit)

Perfect Son – “It’s For Life” (radio edit)

Moving Panoramas

Moving Panoramas

Moving Panoramas

In Two

It’s the triumphant return of Austin, TX’s Moving Panoramas! Spacey but not alienating, loud yet still light, painting panoramic sound against a moving melodic backdrop, the new single “Baby Blues”
Moving Panoramas‘ 2015 debut LP “One”, conjured a wave of dream gaze and international acclaim, but unexpected roadblocks arose during production of this sophomore album, with health hiccups and timing twists causing release detours. Fortunately, the finish line has been crossed and the new LP, “In Two”, which takes flight 2/22/19 on Modern Outsider Records!

 

Moving Panoramas break the shell of “One” veritably “In Two” with the new record, expanding room for more diversity, rhythm, volume, instrumentation such as the swimmy pedal steel, plus special guests Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, Sabrina Ellis of A Giant Dog/Sweet Spirit, and past Panoramas Karen Skloss, Jolie Flink, and Laura Colwell. Over the years, the band’s lineup featured a moving cast of magical busy talent, but has luckily landed on the incredibly solid current “Baby Blues” crew with Cara Tillman, Jordan Rivell, Jody Suarez, and Phil McJunkins.

 

The Austin Chronicle describes MP as, “Conjuring a big yet intimate sound reminiscent of Nineties output from Brit indie 4AD.” Pop Matters compares the music to Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, and The Aislers Set saying, “Austin-based band Moving Panoramas waste no time creating a niche for themselves within that style…” NPR’s Songs We Love says, “The ingredients and the sentiment might be simple, but the outcome is disarmingly complex.” KCRW’s Today’s Top Tune says, “Moving Panoramas have been honing an expansive sound that is rooted in slithering guitar-work and crisp vocals.” Brooklyn Vegan says, “Austin’s Moving Panoramas make hazy psych pop with the kind of intricate harmonies that instantly elevate things a couple inches off the ground.” The Guardian (UK) New Band of the Week says, “They’re in Warpaint’s ballpark, or Best Coast’s hazy dream pop territory, and are most likely to make Theresa Wayman and co jealous.”

Listen: Moving Panoramas – “Baby Blues” (radio edit)

Moving Panoramas – “Baby Blues” (radio edit)

Royal Trux

Royal Trux

Royal Trux

"Every Day Swan" (clean edit)

It’s the first New Material In 18 Years from Royal Trux! Their lengthy recording break has done Nothing to diminish their visceral intensity, and as they plan a new album in the new year we’ve A Pair for you to throw immediately down your earholes (Crank These!)–“Every Day Swan” & “Get Used To This” (feat. Kool Keith)!

 

Royal Trux find innovation in their ‘Bitches Brew’ aesthetic which now defines the standard mash-up approach so commonly ascertained and claimed by the majority of musicians that whether cognizant or not have followed in Trux’s very large footsteps: “everything in the pot whether you like it or not,” deriving from world music, punk rock, jazz, metal, electronic, southern, teeny-bop and all the rest. In the tradition of the blues, through appropriation and re-evaluation, Royal Trux changed the way we think of music. Their return is nothing short of glorious.

 

After signing with a major label for major money in 1995 (neither of the two had bank accounts, credit cards, or drivers licenses) Royal Trux were promoted as bad ass wild cards, dangerous, – and a few other themes deemed “cool” as marketing gimmicks –  that stuck as an indelible image that still follows them. Mostly because it was (mostly) all true. Brazenly redefining the rules for alternative rock bands with genre-defying music, and the genius of Neil Hagerty’s playing, they were fronted by a willfully non-archetypal female singer whose stance became its own archetype over the years, as the world caught on to the need for a new breed. Subsequently, a generation of females looked to Jennifer Herrema for inspiration, emulation and commodification. Their abrupt and lengthy absence came to a close in 2015 when they reformed for a string of shows.

Listen: Royal Trux – “Every Day Swan” (clean edit)

Royal Trux – “Every Day Swan” (clean edit)

KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall

WAX

KT Tunstall’s newly released album “WAX” was produced by Franz Ferdinand’s Nick McCarthy, has a rockin’ sound and and is a Great way to re-discover this passionate artist who delivers powerful tunes and kicks it out hard on her latest!

 

Speaking about her 6th studio album, KT Tunstall says of ‘WAX’ “I knew before I started writing that I wanted it to be an electric guitar record. It had to be visceral, about the physical, and the weight of that, and the obstacles of that. It’s a record about human-ness, which we so often just write off as ‘flaws’.”

 

The title a nod to the viscous pungency of one of the body’s natural substances. “Wax evokes colonies of bees, candlelight, the material that the first long-playing records were made of”, Tunstall explains, “but more than that, wax is produced inside your own head. You unconsciously create it, and then weirdly that same basic substance has been used for centuries to make the most lifelike replicas of human beings. It has a life glow to it. It sticks to you. We have these strange, ancient connections and relationships with wax. How odd is it that the body produces all these substances from all these holes!” laughs this stoutly down-to-earth singer, songwriter and guitarist.

 

Tunstall’s had big hit songs that evolved her earlier in her career, and those songs are powerful pieces and certainly a testament to her songwriting and performance strengths to be sure. Now is the time to see who and what she is TODAY–a rockin’ lady leading a musical and social charge who still commands a significant following here in the U.S. and a bigger one worldwide. We Love Her!

Listen: KT Tunstall – “Human Being”

KT Tunstall – “Human Being”

Indoor Pets

Indoor Pets

Indoor Pets

Be Content

Following up their intro track “Hi”, Kent, England’s Indoor Pets swoop in for the kill with the Instant sounding New Single “Being Strange,” and upon announcement of their upcoming album “Be Content” (out 3/8/19)!

 

Familiar feelings of not fitting in or wanting to play the hand life’s dealt you delivered with self-deprecating wit and Indoor Pets’ frontman Jamie Glass’ trademark use of double-bluffing world play. Think Rivers Cuomo and a pre-sandpit Brian Wilson blowing off school to play records and snigger at the cool kids. Indoor Pets’ music is smart, life-affirming and all contained within a thumping primary-coloured pop wallop.

 

“I feel like a black sheep a lot of the time,” notes Glass of his approach to writing songs. “The logic I had with songwriting was if I could reveal that in my songs and connect with other people who felt like that, then that will cure the feeling of being a black sheep. Everyone would be like ‘I’m a black sheep too! There’s thousands of us, we’re all loners!’ It nullifies the feeling of being a weirdo. Basically I’m just waiting for everyone to justify me being weird.”

 

“Shining power pop melody and raucous indie punk”—Clash

 

“a burst of fuzzed-out guitar riffs combined with soaring pop sensibilities”—DIY

 

“The quartet deliver a giddy, memorable brand of power pop”—NOISEY/Vice

 

“Indoor Pets pull out all the stops ensuring they pack in as many catchy hooks and jangly guitar riffs into the song as possible….a self-deprecating blast of refreshingly good fun on their exhilarating new offering”—The Line Of Best Fit

Listen: Indoor Pets – “Being Strange” (radio edit)

Indoor Pets – “Being Strange” (radio edit)

Wallows

Wallows

Wallows

Drunk On Halloween

Having just wrapped performances at Austin City Limits, and just Ahead of a Voodoo Festival appearance in the week to come, it has been an Incredible year for Wallows, and they’re not finished yet as the fellas swoop in to celebrate the spooky season with you with this New Unveil of “Drunk On Halloween”!

 

Wallows’ “morning-after ballad for last night’s Halloween party,” according to Flood Magazine, mixes “soothing acoustic guitar against a grandiose horn section, all soundtracking a harmony of post-party maturity harkening back to late-period Walkmen.”

Listen: Wallows – “Drunk On Halloween”

Wallows – “Drunk On Halloween”

J Mascis

J Mascis

J Mascis

Elastic Days

J Mascis“Elastic Days” is upon us! A collection of songs brimming with epic hooks and subtle guitar textures that slide against each other like old lovers and snare you in surprisingly subtle ways.

 

Like its solo outing predecessors, “Elastic Days” was recorded at J‘s own Bisquiteen studio. Mascis does almost all his own stunts, although Ken Miauri (who also appeared on “Tied to a Star”) plays keyboards and there are a few guest vocal spots. These include old mates Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), and Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion), as well as the newly added voice of Zoë Randell (Luluc)  among others. But the show is mostly J‘s and J‘s alone.

 

The biggest difference with this record might have to do with the drums says Mascis. “I’d just got a new drum set I was really excited about. I don’t have too many drum outlets at the moment, so I played a lot more drums than I’d originally planned. I just kept playing. [laughs] I’d play the acoustic guitar parts then head right to the drums.”

 

“a lovely, open-hearted song that punctuates Mascis’ rich, acoustic strums with some lightning-strike electric solos.”—Consequence Of Sound

 

“a warm, shaggy strummer that’s still a bit more visceral than most of Mascis’ recent solo stuff. He plays some triumphant, blazing electric solos in there, and his drums sound pretty great, too.”—Stereogum

 

“Elastic Days promises to have more than a good rhythm: We’re looking forward to unexpected hooks and guitar slides that straddle a broad range of genres.”—PASTE

Listen: J Mascis – “See You At The Movies”

J Mascis – “See You At The Movies”

Mini Mansions

Mini Mansions

Mini Mansions

Works Every Time EP

Mini Mansions new single “Midnight In Tokyo” comes from the newly released “Works Every Time” EP (out now!). The Gorillaz-inspired track is at the heart of the band’s new approach to songwriting. It captures the lifespan of a relationship, from falling in love to eventually breaking up.

 

“Inspired by true romances and real heartbreaks, this song came to life after an existential trip to Tokyo. This track is no deep cut, but it’s content sure does cut deep. This is the second installment in the new Mini Mansions wave to come.”—Mini Mansions

 

Mini Mansions are singer and guitarist Michael Shuman (bassist of Queens of The Stone Age), bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets) and singer and keyboardist Tyler Parkford.
 
The recording of the “Works Every Time” EP at Hollywood’s Barefoot Recording Studios was co-produced by Mini Mansions and Cian Riordan, who worked with them on their 2015 album “The Great

 

Pretenders”, while Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age) and Darren Weiss (Papa) tracked the drums.

 

Dash Hutton (HAIM) will be playing live with the band.
  
In support of the newly released EP, Mini Mansions will be on the road with Arctic Monkeys, including a stop off for a headline show second weekend of ACL.

Listen: Mini Mansions – “Midnight In Tokyo” (radio edit)

Mini Mansions – “Midnight In Tokyo” (radio edit)

Lion

Lion

Lion

Lion

Following up her fiery Top 3 SubModern charting Single “Self Control”, and hot on the heels of the Londoner’s self-titled EP release, LION’s latest single is the soaring, jagged rocker “Oh No”. It simultaneously conjures Flo & The Machine and The White Stripes via her signature ferocious and raspy howl and a soaring chorus.

 

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. Her husky but powerful voice, already so potent on record, is unleashed to its full, roaring potential, as she jitters a little behind the mic, bathed in red light.

 

Lowen doesn’t make music than can be easily compared or categorized. Each song differs from the next – though there’s one thing she hopes they all manage to achieve. “I hope people feel something,” she says, “like I do when I’m playing it. Take what you want from it, but feel. I want to make boys cry.”

 

+ Executive Produced by Linda Perry (Adele, Courtney Love, Pink)

 

+ Fiction Records partnered for Global Release (We Are Hear for North America)

 

+ BBC Radio 1 TRACK OF THE WEEK!

 

+ Strong supporting slots for Albert Hammond, Jr. The Vaccines and UK Festivals

Listen: Lion – “Oh No”

Lion – “Oh No”

Hunger

Hunger

Hunger

Naked

Hailing from the idyllic suburbs of Vienna, HUNGER embodies their own sound, as visceral and evocative as their name suggests and continues to bring it to life with a slate of new material that bests their past efforts. The immediate sounding new single “Naked” is about the inner battle and struggle we all have sometimes.

 

“People tend to question themselves if they’re good enough, good looking or smart enough while being put into boxes from other people. Constant judgment in our society these day create a lot of pressure, especially on young people. ‘Naked’s’ message is that ‘it’s ok to be yourself’ ‘it’s ok to be weird’ ‘be who you are’ and don’t care too much what other people think about you.”– HUNGER’s Daniel Rumpel.

 

HUNGER first formed in early 2014. Childhood friends, Daniel Rumpel and Johannes Herbst approached long-term fellow vocalist Lucas Fendrich with the intention of creating a truly dark and cinematic sound. Once they’d developed a batch of demos, the three musicians headed to the outskirts of Vienna, built up a studio in a borrowed apartment and brought their sound to life.

 

When it came time to choose a name for their project, the trio landed on an emotionally evocative word with endless possibilities for interpretation. “‘Hunger’ is such a strong word that can be applied to so many things and really represents how we feel about music,” says Rumpel. “Nowadays everybody’s hungry for more, everybody’s searching for something new—so hunger is usually thought of as a negative,” says Fendrich. “We wanted to twist that and turn it into a good feeling. Because if you’re hungry for love, then that can actually be something very positive and beautiful.”

 

In just a short time, HUNGER have managed to build multiple successes Already via prior single “Amused” which raked up over 2.5 million streams on Spotify, a Mitsubishi commercial that has run for the entirety of 2018, a feature on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, as well as festival opportunities alongside the likes of Alt-J, Phoenix, Milky Chance, The Strumbellas and Feist.

Listen: Hunger – “Naked” (radio edit)

Hunger – “Naked” (radio edit)