A chat with City Weezle’s Simon Fleury

Alternative, Experimental, Folk, Interview, Metal, Prog, Rock

With a new record approaching close over the horizon, and numerous hungry fans to feed, we sat down with City Weezle frontman and founder, Simon Fleury; chatting everything from cabin fever to Japanese pentatonic scales!

AM: What would you say are the key differences between your debut record and the upcoming No.2?

SF: This album certainly has less Primus and Mr.Bungle influence. Even though we can still hear some Patton/Primus/Bungle colours in there. There are certainly more keyboard and piano sounds on this one thanks to the wizardry of Axel Steinbiss and CSL Parker; two excellent players/composers. CSL really encouraged me to get back on the City Weezle stuff and taught me free form improvisation which is super fun and it had been a long time since I’d done a lot of improv. For those things I’m very grateful and, of course, for his parts on the album..

It was so much fun working with Axel, he’s super zoned in and could just do anything. He composed some really cool key lines for the album and pulled really amazing takes out of the bag; all in his stride, He’s also one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met, Germans not being funny is a post-war myth. We’ve just had a Hitler joke we put in our press kit published in a review of German Punk Magazine so I think the proof is in the pudding there ;).

This one was recorded in many different places over a much longer period of time whereas «Taboo» was recorded all in the same place in the space of about a year. I think this one is definitely less chaotic, intentionally so, ‘Cluedo’ is the final track on this album and it fulfils the role of the track that brings the crazy. Of course, there’s a bit of craziness in all our stuff in different ways.

She’s a Stomper’ is our most straightforward rock song and I really dig it. It’s got a very Melvinsy feel. We haven’t really released a straight hard-hitting rock song before and this is certainly a new feel to our catalogue. In any case these are eight new diverse tracks we’re 100% happy with and can get behind and I can’t wait to perform them live.

AM: What do you think you learnt as a musician from writing No.2?

SF: From an educational perspective, I learned to write string quartet lines and it’s given me a better vision of how to approach orchestration for other instruments in the future I’ll definitely be delving into that a bit more on certain tracks.

It’s also given me a second round of collaborating with guest musicians which was also really cool and I’m really grateful to everyone who put a little piece of their magic onto this album.

AM: Did you encounter any challenges while writing/recording No.2? How did you overcome them?

SF: Yes there were many barriers to making this album not least the distance between all the personnel. It’s certainly one of the reasons why it took so long. Mixing this album at distance with Gautier Serre (Igorrr) was a lot of bouncing mixes back and forth and that was definitely the hardest part from my perspective.

But I really want to thank Gautier and think it was worth it as he did a great job, he’s responsible for the album having a great quality of sound. There were obstacles and a lot of flights booked to record this one but as with anything worthwhile it took motivation and perseverance to overcome those obstacles and finally get to the result we wanted.

AM: How would you describe the most dominant emotions coming from No.2?

SF: I’d say like most of our music it has a theatrical energy and there are moments of mystery and emotion. The most personal and emotional song for me is “Even Weezles get the Blues”. It was a very alcohol-fueled part of my life where I’d just split with my GF when I wrote that track and was feeling the solitude of those emotions. So while it seems like a funny upbeat track it actually has a very deep meaning for me.

In a fun way, I guess it’s me singing about my problems back then, therefore the song title makes perfect sense.

AM: Do you have a general songwriting method that you stick to or does it come from within the moment?

SF: Well I have different methods of composing and I don’t like to stick to just one. Sometimes I’ll write mostly the music first and then only have one or two vocal hooks along the way while imagining what the vocals will sound like. Sometimes more recently I’ve been finding vocal ideas first and then just finding the music to suit the vocals and I think it works really well. Like ‘She’s a stomper’ was mainly written like that.

Igorrr has done some composition sections within our tracks on “Taboo”. Sometimes we’ll create things as a band in a rehearsal room and take each other’s ideas and develop them or alter them.

I have a method of composing I’m sure other bands like “The Ruins” use too maybe? It’s to record an improvisation and have the other instruments learn it and record over it.

I call it “Comprovising”! So you record an improv and the other instruments record over it in a structured manner. So it sounds tight enough to be written but comes from a completely spontaneous performance. We’ll certainly be fitting it in on future tracks.

AM: Do you have any interesting or funny stories from the recording process?

SF: We tracked the drums and guitars out in this lovely little cottage in a very remote area in the Nyre Valley in Co.Waterford, nearly Bally Macarby.

Many thanks to The Fabie Family and Henstep McGrath of “Crow Black Chicken” for letting us use the place for recording, it was a really nice little drum room in the upstairs of the little cottage called “Gypsies Cottage”out there you get a real old Ireland feel, it’s kinda like going back 50 years in time.

A pub with a shop attached to it and the people to match, it was really cool. So we were very isolated out there, no phone signal, no internet just the basic equipment I had and the tunes to be recorded. We recorded the drums in the space of two days out there with “Ai Uchida”, all credit to him he’s a great guy and an amazing drummer!

I went out there to track the guitars for “She’s a stomper” by myself and it was a completely different ball game. I started getting cabin fever as they call it. It was like the Shining except I didn’t even have my wife or kid! With no internet and no telephone connection, it felt really really weird. I stayed at it for about two days and then got super depressed, scrapped everything and came back to civilisation

But it was very fun tracking out there with the lads other than that whacky experience!

AM: Can you tell us what it was like to work with Gautier Serre a.k.a Igorrr on this project?

SF: When I decided to get making this album I hit him up straight away with the question, ‘Would you be game for mixing and mastering it?’ Cause he’d done our 1st LP “Taboo” and I think he did a great job.

Plus I trust his ear. He’s a guy who’s been making top quality albums since I met him so I trust him on that front. He knows how to balance things well and get really great sounds. So I was delighted when he agreed to do it. Even though we did all of this at distance bouncing things back and forth and I haven’t seen him in ages I’d still consider him a friend. He was always super supportive of us and even jumped in a van to drive us around Europe for the Taboo tour.

He threw in a few little sprinkles of sound on No.2 where he saw fit and I think it worked out really well that way.

AM: How was City Weezle originally formed?

SF: Initially, I met a really wicked prog guitarist, Sylvain Ducloux, AKA ”Cloux” in ATLA music school in Paris where I was taking courses and he made this really insane prog guitar album called “Full Fool” and he invited me to do some vocals on a few tracks.

That was my first time participating on a professional quality recording – up until then I’d just done my own demos on my 8 track where I’d play all the instruments for the most part. From those demos, I had a bunch of tracks that I wanted to make a fusion band with and I selected those tracks to make the 1st demo of CW with “Cloux” on guitar, Eric Carrere on drums and Maxime Gilbon on Bass.

Eric Was playing with Cloux at the time and he’d done drums on my Demos too. Max and I used to mess around playing covers of queens of the stone age and Primus with this other summer. I feel lucky that I’m still very close friends with those guys to this day. They’re great people and great musicians.

AM: How did music first enter your life? Do you have any standout memories?

SF: The first song I remember hearing as a kid is that “Dire Straits” track “Walk of life”; I must have been about four, it was on the radio and my mother was cutting celery. Every time I heard that song after that I would get the smell of celery and, vice versa, every time I’d get the smell of celery it’d bring that famous keyboard line of that song into my head. I only really started getting into music around age nine or 10 when I got into Nirvana.

Before then I’d had a few of those Now compilations. Discovering Nirvana was obviously a life-changing moment as it was for us all. Shorty after I got into Metallica and Alice in Chains, another pivotal moment was discovering Mr. Bungle Age 16; I’d discovered Zappa shorty before then.

There was also a legendary singer song writer named “Warwick Embury”. He wasn’t famous but he really should’ve been.. He was good friends with Donovan and had come from the really thriving music scene in the UK to live in Tipperary, Ireland.

I imagine he wanted to get away from the hustle-bustle of London and found solace in Tipp. English guy, real deal rock and roll legend who used to come round to our house and sing tunes and improvise lyrics and he was super fun and entertaining. He was a very fun, very cool guy, real heart and soul of the party. He wrote great songs and he was a massive influence on me too. Unfortunately he’s passed away now but he left a lot of great happy memories. His music lives on. I’d advise anyone to go and check out his stuff. Really great songs.

AM: I’ve seen that you’re a Francophile and also becoming fascinated by Japanese culture! Is this something that you think has ever leaked into your music or could do so in the future?

SF: Yes that’s 100% accurate I’ve always been into the french language and now I’m a fluent french speaker. I learned it from having lived over there for years. That’s where City Weezle was initially founded and I still have great friends over there.

Yes it’s worked its way into our music a bit. On our latest album No.2 on the 3rd track Maestro Mafioso, at the intro of the song I have some lyrics in french and I sing them with Pedral and Mina of “Vladimir Bozar ‘n’ ze Sheraf Orkestar” one of my favourite bands!

We also do a rock cover of a french pop song “l’amour a la plage” there’s a version of it on the “Lysergik tea party” EP; there’ll definitely be some more french stuff in future!

Yes, it’s only now I’m starting to learn some Japanese and am very fascinated by Japanese Culture. I feel very lucky to have two great Japanese members in the band and really looking forward to gigging over there with the lads and learning more about the culture. Musically I’ve only learned the Japanese minor pentatonic scale and I wrote a really cool sounding intro with it once – we might break that out of the bag and make it something hopefully. Look forward to learning and hearing more.

AM: How do you believe that City Weezle fits into the prog scene?

SF: We initially come from the underground scene in France where Igorrr, Pryapism Vladimir Bozar and all these bands were kind of our contemporary’s. I think our music is quite diverse and will remain so we can be appreciated by the open-minded members of many different types of audiences.

I could see us opening up for any band we’d cite as an influence and fitting the bill very well, I think we fit in many places; we’re a fun band and we put on a fun show! It should fit right in everywhere. (Probably not in all-metal show line up but we’ve done it before and didn’t get murdered by an axe-wielding maniac, but who knows? Maybe next time it’ll happen 😉

AM: What is the main mission statement of City Weezle?

SF: Our mission is to keep people entertained as fuck and bring this super fun music to as large an audience as possible in this lifetime all while sharing the love of the music we love and the influences we channel through our music.

I believe it was Frank Zappa who said “Music is the Best”.

Words by Alex Mace

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‘Step into the Light!’: der Mist Demand it

Alternative, Electronic, Indie

Ok! Fine! I’ll Step into the Light! der Mist have convinced me. As long as the Light has lots of der Mist songs being played on a constant loop, then I’ll step in if I must.

It’s a nice feeling to feel welcome in a song. It isn’t der Mist’s aim to alienate, but rather to welcome you in with a pat on the shoulder and a tin to crack open. The Glaswegians, who remind one of both LCD Soundsystem and Franz Ferdinand, seem keenly attuned to what makes a good tune. I doubt they could write out the exact formula, but you get the sense that they know what they’re doing.

That’s a great thing, by the way. Indeed, it’s a hard balancing act to sound at once in control, yet also nowhere near intimidation. You wouldn’t put on ‘It’s Alright’, a track also from their new ‘Step into the Light’ album, to show off your super in-depth musical knowledge. You’d whack it on at a gathering, where the mood needs to stay friendly and fun. If someone touches to aux when I’m trying to Step into the Light, I’ll scream bloody murder.

You wouldn’t be foolish to think that der Mist have a bright future ahead of them. A pathway lit by catchy melodies, embracing chord progressions and some incredibly mixed drums. Maybe their future is bright due to their own Light? But if it’s the same light I’m stepping in to? I’m not happy about that, I want all The Light to myself. Let me step in!

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Words by PJ Kimber

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Knock Knock! Who’s There? In Signs With a Brand New Single.

Alternative, grunge, Rock

Formed on the 1st of November 2014, In Signs are a 3 pieced rock band who are based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Their favourite genres are grunge and alt-rock and their music is readily available on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube and all other major streaming platforms.

The band have kicked off 2021 with a bang with their new song ”Knock Knock” which is accompanied by a lyric video.

It’s so important to be true with people who listen to your music and this is our main goal. There are a lot of artists nowadays but not all of them are doing art. We want to prove that music is not about money, it’s about the passion of your life. I’m a closed person and making music and writing lyrics is a perfect way for me to communicate with people.

Arsen, frontman of In Signs

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No Limit To InHibit: Alt Rock Artist Releases New Single, The Quest.

Alternative, Experimental, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

When you first lay eyes on this very abstract and insightful music video by the ever-challenging artist Inhibit, you are faced with a black screen that fades into a face full of scars. A frightening thought, right?

Describing himself primarily as a poet, Inhibit has studied the piano since he was five years old. Based in Brussels, the 21-year-old boasts an unusual background as a former racing driver and qualified lawyer – highly retrospective of his peculiar and unpredictable style of music.

Plastered with scars on his face and his back, ‘The Quest’ depicts Inhibit as a complete outsider who walks around a city wearing a mask though, upon revelation of his true face, everyone he approaches turns and runs in disgust.

Hurtling towards 400,000 YouTube views in less than one month, ‘The Quest’ sees InHibit examining the hypocritical reactions of those around him to his real persona, when how he is treated when not hidden behind a mask.

Watch the Eye-Popping Video to The Quest here: 

Composed by the artist himself and featuring his keyboard and vocal skills, the video too was his own creation, featuring his own scarification designs and storyboard. His first book is to be released shortly, as well as a collection of his poetry.

For all things Inhibit, please be sure to follow their social media below:

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Back at it: Four Crooks Release New EP ”Black Magic.”

Alternative, Indie, Rock

Taking lockdown as their cue to gather their collective talents, West Midlands-based Four Crooks took to a remote farmhouse to write and record their new EP, and are now unleashing the results to the world.

Four Crooks consist of vocalist and guitarist Dave Morris, Guitarist Eamonn Russell, Bassist Toby Barnet and Drummer Dan Quinton-Jones. Having actually met over a bar altercation, Eamon and Dave shared a common Bond in music and how it should be performed.

They formed a band with Toby and Dan and took advantage of the lockdown to record a new, hard-hitting EP.

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Black Magic by Four Crooks is led by the title track, a meditation on the addictive qualities of women and substances of all kinds – both a warning and a celebration of everything that can get you high and take hold of your senses.

The Black Magic EP also features Feel Alright, a song of redemption which sees someone working their way through a difficult relationship and walking out with their head held high.

Paranoia, a thudding, far heavier track looks at how it really feels to be trapped mentally with feelings of anxiety and doubt.

All in all, Black Magic is a trio of tracks that are honest about mental health and relationship battles.

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Vanderocker Releases New Psychedelic Indie EP “The Good Punk”

Alternative, Funk, Indie, Rock

“In my mind, it’s a basic study of humans on different levels, almost from an Alien National Geographic kind of perspective. Here is Earth, a most beautiful place and here are the alluring creatures who call themselves human beings. Let’s observe them when they are just in their bodies. Now look how they change when they interact with other groups’ – like a typical lab observation, right? Which is interesting in itself; but then of course, we have to look at how amazingly powerful humans can be when they disengage from the drama and plug into something bigger than themselves. I find comfort in all of it, when I can step back and observe us the way a newcomer might.”

Vanderocker

Writer, guitarist, bassist and synth player across the new EP, Adrienne Vanderocker collaborates with producer Brandon Eggleston and several noteworthy guest artists such as Federico Pol Jr (Joe Cocker), Peter Holmström (The Dandy Warhols, PIA), and Brendan Bond (Black Pumas) in her new psychedelic EP ”The Good Punk.”

This includes four new tracks (as well as a bonus instrumental) which take the listener on a whole journey of genres from psych to electro pop, touching themes on sex, voyeurism and duality, which solidifies Vanderocker’s role as one of the most exciting recent alternative indie acts.

Among this EP, we are essentially taken on a journey of the human experience and our own battles with desire in our lives. This is highlighted in the track ”Cult for you.” Described as ‘earthly pleasure’ by the artist, the ambience and echos within the song take you on a lesson on the basics of human desire in the most spiritual form possible.

We are then taken into ‘‘Endless City” which brings the human experience out of the singular and into the city at night. It paints a picture of an environment full of the highest highs and the lowest lows, where people become ”lock boxes for sins, secrets, or resilience, or heroism, and they also become the most open, revealing, expressions of themselves on the flip of a dime.” This Endless City is also the place to get mind altering substances which keep us in a state of euphoria. It is emphasised that people on the outside wouldn’t get it, but those experiencing it would get it the most.

“Taking Notes” almost makes you feel like you are at school again. Here, Vanderocker takes a different route with a ”deep funky groove” explaining how as humans we have to push ourselves to almost reach our potential.

I was setting up a kind of 70’s vibe as the foundation and Pete ended up putting some really cool guitar work, creating this brilliant soundscape over the piece. In case anyone wanted to enjoy this piece without the narrative, we included a bonus instrumental on the EP” 

Vanderocker

Finally, the psychedelic journey ends with the track ”Supercell.” Vanderocker describes the tune as something which ”takes a look at how powerful humans are when they come together for a cause. Of course, it particularly speaks to all the unrest and upset around the massive corruption and ongoing systemic racism.

Vanderocker explains that when writing she ”was just thinking about that superpower gene that kicks in when change happens.” When she found out what a supercell was, she says the track ”couldn’t have been more perfect.”

The EP can be streamed here:

This Ep further shows us the wild artist that Vanderocker is and will continue to be, for all things Vanderocker be sure to check out their social media below:

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The Italian Alternative-Rock band Bright Garden’s newest album release ‘Lost Signs’ recreates rock horizons by virtue of a marked originality

Alternative, Rock

The alternative-rock band that combine generational traits such as the urgency of prime 70’s UK punk and 90’s fuzz guitar attack formation with vocals that offer endearing twisted vowels and consonants are back with their new album release ‘Lost Signs’.

Taking influences from multiple genres like new wave, punk and metal, Bright Garden offer innovative sounds that broaden the horizons of rock and leave them distinctive to other rock bands that precede them. Whether you are looking for tracks to get you pumped like Warrior and Addicted or a wind-down alternative where Wait and Love is more fitting, the ten tracks that make up the album provide sounds for all requirements. Bright Garden offer the ferocious, demanding sounds that every rock band needs whilst also offering lyrical depth in the form of real worldly issues that affect real people.

For lovers of Nirvana and The Sex PistolsLost Signs stands as an absolute must in the rock albums to be listened to this year.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrightGardenBand/

This Place Feels Like Home: How I Fell in Love with Germany

Alternative, Metal, Punk, Rock

July 2016. I’m chilling at Jubilee Gardens during some downtime in London, as I have done a few times before. After all, Southbank is often a good place to kill time. I see these cool-looking dudes with guitars on their backs walk past. Our glances meet so I give them a nod, they give me a nod. I worry that they’re a band I really should recognise so don’t bother asking who they are. A while later I decide to head to the undercroft to check out the skaters, and I see these guys again. Ok, I think, it must be fate. So I catch one of them and ask them who they are cause they seem to be my kind of band, then he proceeds to give me a couple of stickers with their name on. Breathe Atlantis. An alternative rock band from Essen in Germany. We say goodbye and go our separate ways.

Two months later after some Facebook chats and semi-impulsive plans being made, I find myself at their album release show in Essen. I had a short work shift the morning of the show then travelled there afterwards as it was my weekend off. My flight was late, I have not even checked into my hotel yet and I have missed all of the support bands, but I am here. Despite having had some introduction to them online, I am still nervous as I only briefly interacted with the drummer back in July. During the show I gave a confused look to him whilst the singer was saying something to the crowd and he motioned for me to ‘jump’. So I jumped along. Sang along. Loved it. The show was very energetic with crowd surfers coming from the back of the room and mosh pits but it was so much more respectful of personal space than similarly energetic shows in England. It balanced enthusiasm with not actually hurting anyone else. Afterwards, one member poured me a drink. The merch guy invited me to the afterparty. Despite being overwhelmed with the language barrier and general social aspect of it, I felt welcomed. A walk around the city the next day and I get a feeling I hadn’t had since my first visit to Copenhagen 3 years prior. I feel at peace. However this time it is somehow different. It just feels ‘right’. I cannot explain it, but something about the ambience of the city makes me feel like this is where I am meant to be.

Over the next year I branch out, listening to other bands on their label (Redfield Records/Redfield Digital), through Facebook connections and on the compilations of a little clothing company called Oakheart, who had a stall at the release show. I start planning a longer trip and come August 2017 I have a whole week in the city planned, staying in an airbnb apartment, navigating public transit and living like a local, which only solidified my sense of belonging.

Breathe Atlantis have no show on, so they invite me to come hang out in their rehearsal space. Hearing the pure non-mixed sound through headphones gave me an even greater appreciation for their talents, particularly the vocalist. I go to four other shows that week. One is a punk show with a Mexican band & a Croatian band and the atmosphere is just as good as last time. I also catch The Creepshow, who I am ashamed to say I had not seen previously. I also took a trip to Bochum to see my favourite musical in its dedicated theatre – something I had wanted to do for several years.

On the last day of my holiday I go onto Düsseldorf and see two shows in one night. Firstly a small festival that appears to actually be someone’s back garden but hey that sorta thing isn’t unheard of (Leefest, anyone?) and there’s a pretty good band called Vanbargen playing. After a couple of bands I head out to the main event I was in the city for – When Stars Collide at ‘Rock Am Kraftwerk‘, another outdoor all-dayer. When Stars Collide, Breathe Atlantis’ label-mates, are a synth-metal band with a fantastic light show. One of them I had been talking to came out to meet me and gave me a wristband for free entry. He also allowed me to use his band food/drink stamp card to save me money. They put on a great show despite the technical difficulties. I received a dedication before their pma anti-suicide song ‘Blind’, my favourite of theirs. It was a perfect end to a perfect week.

Over the rest of the year I continue to expand on my collection of German music and wonder when my next trip will be. After all, I need to start slowing down on big trips and sort my finances/life out. I decide to go to one show in February 2018, called Riot Vision Fest. It’s a hardcore half dayer with a couple of Redfield Records bands (The Pariah & Elwood Stray) and some other acts including one from the U.K. called Polar so it was admittedly nice to hear some English accents. Whilst I didn’t quite have the rapport with them that I did with When Stars Collide & Breathe Atlantis, it was still a good night. Two other gigs pop up that I want to go to within the two months following that event. I can’t afford both, I don’t know if I can afford just one, but I figure it out & thanks to a couple of friends letting me crash with them manage to get to both.

March 2018 was a dream line-up. Two of my favourite Redfield-related bands, Team Stereo (who actually have a couple of Redfield staff as members) and City Kids Feel The Beat plus another pop-punk band called Waste of Mind who I was initially less familiar with but loved after seeing them. The latter play a song called ‘Home’ which gave me the title of this article, and hearing it in the area I love was great. Team Stereo were just as happy to see me as I was them, much like Breathe Atlantis were in previous visits. They wanted to take a photo with me. I had wanted to meet the frontman since my initial discovery of the scene back in 2016. During one song we moved closer to each other & shared a mic for my favourite line of one of my favourite songs by them. CKFTB put on a brilliant show & it was great to finally see them. Whilst the show wasn’t in Essen, the atmosphere of the show was still the same I was used to.

Most recently, I went to see a band I had discovered through a merch company promo pack that came with the order of another band’s album bundle. The Prosecution are an amazing semi-political skacore band who put on a brilliant show despite the frontman having to be seated due to a bad back. The support acts, Sidewalk Surfers and Rag A Muffin, also put on a good show and again the atmosphere is on point. A notable moment was during the song ‘Where We Belong’ by The Prosecution. A crowd/band chant of “say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here” that, as an outsider (though not refugee) who hopes to move there one day, rang especially true and gave a sense of camaraderie against the xenophobia creeping back up in the world.

I currently have no solid plans to return for a long time, beyond catching a farewell show in November (a band called A Traitor Like Judas) due to a small convention I needed money for plus that whole ‘sorting my life out’ thing I was supposed to be doing in the first place. My financial & medical ties in the U.K mean I am unlikely to be able to move there pre-Brexit and I am unsure if I ever will – perhaps I will find a good reason to stay here beyond needing to for my medical issues, gender transition & whilst paying off my overdraft. I know I have only seen a fraction of the country for very brief amounts of time but I found myself getting more emotional as I waited for my flight back to London every time. I get ‘homesick’ for it. I miss Breathe Atlantis so much it hurts, as OTT fanboy as that may seem. I hang an ‘I <3 Essen’ keyring from my backpack and a ‘Germany’ keyring from my workbag. I have a Redfield Records/Oakheart tattoo because that label and those compilations have been big players in my music tastes and experiences over the past two years nearly.

The best way to end this is with a quote from a song called ‘Fire Fighter’ by Grizzly. I think it sums up my feelings about Breathe Atlantis, Essen and all the bands I have seen in the past two years. “Because of you I know where I belong, I finally found the place that I want to call home”.

Luke Elliott

The Social Music Network

 

A Combo Of All Your Favourite Fusions, Statue Thieves Feed The Sounds For Your Soul

Alternative, Experimental, Indie, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock

 

The boys over at Statue Thieves have made it apparently clear that their blend of rock psychedelic fusion is no joke, and that they have every intention on standing out with their eclectic sound.

Comprised up of 4 musicians Craig Ingham, Ivan Muela, Gennaro Oliviero and Michal Domin, each with a key component to the weird yet strangely familiar style Statue Thieves preserve.

The reason i say familiar as they clearly draw inspiration from the 60’s and 70’s, with bright guitar effects reminiscent to the likes of Jimi Hendrix.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, be sure to check them out:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thestatuethieves

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5wHg2AqewiKhluNdAFamMV

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestatuethieves/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/statuethieves

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestatuethieves/

Website: http://www.thestatuethieves.com/

 

Ben Ridley, Turning His Classical World Upside Down, With New Pop Album ‘Sing’

Alternative, Experimental, Folk, Funk, Indie, Pop

 

Being able to switch music genres, midway through your career is something that some musicians crave, to have satisfaction in your work in one field, to them do a full U-turn and create something complete new is one hell of a life goal, and Ben Ridley has made it clear that his new found pop career is here to stay!

Ben Ridley’s previous music path was quite different, consisting a classical piano compositions, however, with the recent release of tracks such as ‘Sing’ and ‘Dancing Mood’. These tracks take the traditional elements of a classic pop song, but with added flare that only Ben could bring to the table.

With the added addition of more pop treats guaranteed further down the line, Ben Ridley is definitely one to keep your eye on.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmbBMAky4e8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ben-Ridley-194235297798511/

Instagram: BenRidleyMusic

Twitter:  BenRidleyMusic