Soldiers Of Fortune began as an anti-band and since their creation have grown into one of the most recognized indie superbands around, combining members of powerhouses like Oneida, Chavez, and Interpol. On November 6 their debut full-length album Early Risers will be released via Mexican Summer and is available for pre-order now (links below). Today the band has shared the album’s newest single “Old Roman Wall” featuring Cass McCombs on Stereogum. The track is available to listen and share on YouTube and as an instant download with a pre-order of the album on iTunes or Amazon.
In the beginning, SOF’s only goal was to play a rare show every now and then that they could assault, terrorize, and shred, relying only on instinct, intuition and the chemistry of the band of brothers (bros if you will) in the moment of battle (show) - it was either sink or swim, or death before glory. However, after meeting with Keith Abrahamsson and learning what his label Mexican Summer was all about SOF conceded and signed a deal. Months later, in August, they were in an unfinished Gary’s Electric studio on the hottest three days of 2010, and somehow walked out of the studio with a 12” called Ball Strength.
Now here we are, another five years, very few shows, or LPs sold, later: in 2013 we got bamboozled by Keith into a SECOND recording sesh (WTF!?!), but this time we were offered "undisclosed" amounts of studio time alongside the usual "carte blanche". After three weeks we aborted EVERYTHING, took a six-month hiatus to get over our collective S.E.N.D. (Sophomore Effort Narcissism Disease), fell back in the studio, and recorded a dozen embryonic 'song ideas', rather than jams, over an afternoon. We then called up friends who know how to sing and finished up the damn thing in like three days.
The result is an LP we like to call EARLY RISERS, and beyond the core troupe consisting of Brad Truax (so many bands, but dude, Interpol?), Kid Millions (Man Forever, Oneida), Barry London (fuck yeah Oneida), Matt Sweeney (Chavez being his LEAST well-known operation should tell you something), Jesper Eklow (Meandering Tedium, sorry, Endless Boogie), Mike Bones already, and the elusive Papa Crazee (heavy early riser in team Oneida) we abused the superior vocal stylings of our Healer, Shaman and Answer CLARK "YEREMIAS" BRONSON, STEPHEN MALKMUS, CASS MCCOMBS, DAN MELCHIOR, ETHAN MILLER and MATT MCAULEY. This is the sound of utter confusion and unfocused tender hatred in song form. We have no idea if we even like it, but we definitely have no shame so here you are, crack Early Risers wide open and make up your own mind. We have no interest in knowing your opinion however, so keep it to yourself. Thank You.
01. Nails 02. Cinnamon Man 03. Campus Swagger (feat. Stephen Malkmus) 04. Old Roman Wall (feat. Cass McCombs) 05. Dog Tooth Down (feat. Ethan Miller) 06. Pure Shame (feat. Dan Melchior) 07. Santa Monica 08. Fatigues 09. Kall Mi Kaos (feat. Matt McAuley) 10. Which (feat. Clark "Yeremias" Bronson)
Zzyzx is part love song and part ode to a strange little place in the middle of Mojave desert. A radio evangelist and self-proclaimed doctor who started a squat in the desert, recruited homeless people from LA to build a 60 room mineral spa, church, radio station to broadbast his rants, plus an airstrip called Zyport. He named the place Zzyzx as it’s the last word in dictionary and aiming to be the ‘the last word in health’. It took nearly 10 years for the police to shut him down…
The band have been described as Surf guitar / indie pop and will be touring the UK in November this year to support the new record called ‘Lovish’, which follows from 2014’s record‘For John’.
The new album "Lovish will be released on 6th November through Nevado REcords.
Emerging Reading-based quartet The Amazons have unveiled a new video for their latest track‘Ultraviolet.’ The track has been debuted on Radio 1 by Huw Stephen (subbing for Annie Mac), and is the latest track released off their debut EP Don’t You Wanna? on 9th October, on their own label Goth Cruise Records. The Amazons will embark on their first headline UK tour this coming October.
The explosive track is led up by a pummelling drum beat, driven along with frontman Matt Thomson’s distinctive vocals. Overflowing with the dynamism of the band, ‘Ultraviolet’ projects the frustration feelings of late night tail-chasing, creating an instantly infectious, youthful sing-along inducing anthem. The video for the track reflects the band’s own experience growing up in a small town, finding escape in music while stuck in their bedrooms. You can watch it here.
Since their arrival to a growing fan base with first demo ‘Something in the Water’ last year, The Amazons have quickly generated a zealous following. Their first single ‘Junk Food Forever’ received instant support from radio presenters Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, and Jo Goods’ Shock of the New, as well as a featured slot on XFM’s ‘Songs of The Week’.
The track-listing for Don’t You Wanna? is:
Ultraviolet Junk Food Forever Millions (The Party) Something In The Water Don’t You Wanna? is produced & mixed by Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals, White Lies). The Amazons kicked off 2015 by supporting The Kooks throughout Germany, and since have gone to play a string of festival dates, including an esteemed slot on BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival. The Amazons will close the year with a headline tour of the UK: 8th Oct LEEDS, Oporto 9th Oct NOTTINGHAM, Chameleon Arts Café, 10th Oct MANCHESTER, Sound Control Bar 13th Oct BRIGHTON, The Hope 14th Oct LONDON, The Lexington 15th Oct BRISTOL, The Louisiana 17th Oct SOUTHHAMPTON, Lennons The Amazons are: Matt Thomson (vocals and guitar), Chris Alderton (guitar), Elliott Briggs (bass) andJoe Emmett (drums).
David Cameron's Eton Messis a compliation of embryonic Scottish guitar bands, very few with any more than an EP or two available online. Most of the bands are friends and a lot of musicians feature on several of the album's tracks, one of the reasons why Song By Toad Records put the compliation together. Label owner Matthew Young explains "it feels like there's this pool of really talented musicians bubbling away and all sorts of excellent music is starting to emerge from the mix. Bands are forming, breaking up and starting again all the time. When you see a loose collection of bands connecting like this you never know what is going to happen. A few will disappear, some will do okay, some might pave the way for others, and a few of these bands could go on to do really well."
This album is a snapshot of a really exciting time in Scottish music. So many talented young musicians are starting to find their feet and their friendships and musical interactions are generating a palpable sense of anticipation and energy.
This is a track from the debut single by The Velvet Hands which will be released on 5th October. They consist of Toby Mitchell (Lead Vocals/Guitar) and Dan Able (Lead Guitar/Vocals) and have been knocking around since last year. From their website...
The Velvet Hands are Toby Mitchell and Dan Able accompanied by various of their compadres from the St Austell and Falmouth musiverse. The youthful scallywag duo first put pen to paper and plectrum to string in 2014 and The Velvet Hands were born. Brought up on a diet of Stones, Strokes, Beatles, Stone Roses and The Clash, the singer songwriter route was never going to be an option.
Spotted early in their career, The NME Radar section described them as "Full of bolchy spirit". South West's music Svengali Lee Trewhela described them as being; "in the grand tradition of great British bands like The Libertines and The Buzzcocks".
The band have performed at the Boardmasters Festival, Tall Ships Festival, Looe Festival and have supported Wild Smiles, Lost Dawn, Saturday Sun and The Bluetones. They have also recorded a session for BBC Introducing.
Their debut single release was recorded at Troubadour Studios in Falmouth, twiddling the knobs were Ben Woods from Lost Dawn and Sam Stacpoole from The Black Tambourines. The single will be released by Jam X Records on Oct 9th 2015. It will be available as a free download and also via the usual digital outlets. A CD single,( 100 copies only), will be available through Bandcamp and at gigs.
The Future Sound of London's long and varied history stretches back almost 25 years and as such a vast amount of unreleased material exists in the FSOL Archives. Archived 8 brings together another 12 such tracks; in some cases these are completed but unreleased songs from that time, in others the songs have been reconstructed or enhanced and then further mixed to form the journey. This album is not just a collection of random off-cuts. It is a fully realised album, worthy of sitting alongside the rest of the band's critically acclaimed work.
01. Sorrow 3:53
02. Acturum Esse 4:06
03. Blue Green 2:53
04. Crawler 3:56
05. Forlorn 4:34
06. Haloi Slope 4:22
07. Unfurl 1:40
08. Still Motion 5:05
09. Plazmatical 3:48
10. Spacial Freak 4:59
11. Long Exposure 3:50
12. Standing Room 6:13
Did you know - The Future Sound of London were the first band to distribute their music via the internet, in 1994. Did you know - The Future Sound of London were the first band to use ISDN technology to transmit their music via the internet and also to radio stations across the world - a system that has now been adopted by the radio industry worldwide.