Controversial British independent band WEAK13 are gearing up later this year to release their very anticipated debut studio album which fans of the band have waited years for but now a new previously unannounced single has been released on iTunes with a music video to accompany it that could raise the bar for unsigned bands. The three piece grunge industrial band is led by Singer and guitarist Nick J.Townsend with Neel Parmar on Drums, and Wesley Smith on Bass Guitar. They band pride themselves on breaking rules, surrealism and honest raw music and for doing so have been described as ‘badass’ (Kerrang) and just to prove how different and weird they can be, Andrew W.K. said this about them, ‘If aliens tried to make rock music, it might sound like this’! This statement applies not only to their sound but their music videos, as you can probably guess by now they are not ones to shy away in the face of adversity..quite rerfreshingly! The band have been known for their weird, wonderful and brilliant music videos. In the past their videos have featured frontman Nick Townsend dressed entirely in newspaper in ‘Prouder Than U 2′ and even a massive budget mini movie style video inspired by World War 1 trench raid with ‘Wakedown’ which won the award for ‘Best music video’ in the London Limelight Film & Arts awards (2010).
However with their latest self released visual offering they had no backing from a label, so it was done on a low budget but it could well be their ‘biggest’ music video yet despite this, due to the strong statements of empowerment for unsigned bands as well as the controversial theme behind it. I have kindly been given an exclusive first look/listen at the new video, which could potentially cause quite a stir..Here is what front man Nick J Townsend had to say on the matter..
“Music videos are dead. The majority of signed bands music videos we see released seem to be just a collection of cold money shots with no real storyline and quite a lot of unsigned bands music videos I’ve watched leave me thinking “Do they actually expect to get this on Television or watched by human beings?” because it’s shit. However I defend a lot of unsigned bands because most have no financial backing and have to do everything themselves and for some reason there is a great deal of pressure on them to be like their piers from day one in order for them to be taken seriously despite having no money or status. Our music video may not be expensive but it’s different to what a band in our position is expected to make; maybe it will encourage bands to be more creative and to think outside the box?”
The song appropriately titled ‘Joke’ is the first preview of a track from their upcoming debut album set to be released at the end of the year. The theme behind the video may be obvious at times, but there is more to it than meets the eye, which is thought provoking and gives not just unsigned bands something to think about but the general public equally….
“I think the point of a music video has been lost, it should be an opportunity to further say something about the song that you’ve already created. A lot of mainstream bands nowadays have a creative team step in who are basically a collection of executive ‘yes men’ with cameras (whose job it is is to ensure that what’s being filmed is suitable for VH1 or any music channel that’s mind numbingly boring) who arguably aren’t totally aware of what the song is actually about; a song which in some cases may not have even been written by the band that they’re filming. Noel Gallagher for example has been quoted many times slagging off the Oasis music videos he’s been in which suggests that he either considers them artistically separate to the song or has no control or say on the final look; or possibly even no interest in how they represent him which is sadder really”.
The main statement of the video is about authority figures and media generally fooling the public on a regular basis, and let’s face it this is quite true unfortunately! Nick confirms this..
“The music video to ‘Joke’ took just over six weeks, it started with an idea I had after reading a report on a Twitter news feed about the ‘Selfie’ incident at Nelson Mandela’s funeral involving President Obama. It highlighted to me how privacy has been invaded in the 21st Century and also the hypocrisy of it all seeing as the photo used in all the newspapers was a photo of someone taking a photo and not the ‘selfie’ itself. So for the WEAK13 music video I set about inventing a politician called Presley Dent and created a world where he is the President of the United States of America and basically poked a bit of fun on the whole ‘Selfie’ culture”..
“The song itself I guess is a statement about how some people are too eager to blindly follow powerful authority figures and as a result often accept information relayed by those in control as total truth even if the person or organisation representing their interests is somewhat of a joke; this domination is secured by consent. You get those that consider themselves rational and intellectual that still fail to grasp the basic concept of media manipulation and, for example, believe everything the news tells them without question.
Not being ones to be overly serious but still get their message across, the video although controversial is also light hearted and commical at times, and just damn right strange characterisally of them! They found a equal balance of serious and silly which is well thought out and important to them:
“The video we produced is satirical with a little exploitation here and there but it’s got something to say and hopefully will get people thinking and make them laugh a bit too perhaps. Lyrics to most mainstream songs are dumbed down and riddled with capitalist values whereas WEAK13 songs could be argued as swaying more towards Marxism/critical thinking in regards to lyrical content. The band as an alternative practice is very counter-hegemonic”.
This video should be very inspiring to fellow unsigned bands showing that you don’t need the backing of a label to create a powerful creative video which will grab people’s attention! This illustrates perhaps that some bands don’t think outside the box when it comes to promoting themselves or creating music videos on small budgets, but this video demonstrates you can and will hopefully inspire other musicians and bands to do the same! As Nick said himself on this matter, ‘If no one gives us a record deal then so be it but I see bands every week doing nothing creative and moaning that they can’t do anything without a record deal…we would like to think that this song and video shows you can’.
Watch the shocking and controversial video in question below (you know you want too!)
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We are always on the lookout for new music that will make people stand up and take notice. We often look to the North and find some great music coming out of Canada. There must be something in the air up there because we recently found another one we like in Royal Epidemic.
The project based in Ottawa, Canada would be described as electronic rock I guess as it mixes crunchy rock guitars with sludgy keyboard lines and sampled vocals. The only track that has been released so far is “Speeches”. The deep drawing electro bass beat sucks the listener in with a feeling of being washed in the sound. The sampled speeches, including an inspiring Dave Grohl quote, mesmerize as they tell you that the creator of these sounds truly loves the art of making music. There is something about the song that forces the listener to hit repeat to experience it again. Get sucked in for yourself below:
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There are so many styles of music out there sometimes it gets dizzying. Rap music though often stays within the same basic style so when I find something that is way outside the box it really grabs my attention. The latest artists to spark up in my ears are Parachute Porter and Harajuku Krys of DopeNationMedia.
The Long Island, NY natives produce a sound that relies on their artistic and unique lyrical styles while minimizing the beat progressions. There is no need for fancy big noise filled beats if the freestyle flow can stand out on its own. There is an old school feel to DopeNationMedia as they use analog synths and deep 808 beats.
The latest release is the Born Trilla mixtape. The 11 track record features Harajuku Krys and Parachute Porter sharing the mic over minimalistic beats. The opener “Foreign” welcomes you into their world with an echoing deep slow beat to let the focus be on Harajuku and Parachutes contrasting yet similar styles. “Crown” continues the small beat approach as the vocals sound more like they are just being whispered in your ears with a warmth that lets you feel as if you are next in the cypher. The solo joint “Ms Monopoly” by Harajuku Kys shows the passion of a female that aims high and has no fear of anyone getting in her way. Parachute Porter has his turn on “NOAB”. His vocal depth is tough to explain except that it is deeper than you think it could be. The lyrics demand attention and the story is pushed forward. This is an album for the lovers of lyrical rap without anything else getting in the way. Enjoy it for yourself at: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/dopenationmedia-born-trilla-mixtape.109754.html?song-1844115
Keep up with DopeNationMedia at: http://www.mynationisdope.com/
The advance of technology has been a huge boost for the independent music makers. No longer is a major label with deep pockets needed to produce a quality album. The internet has made it possible to find like minds across the world that can easily work together to put out great music often without ever being in the same room or even country. We recently discovered a website that brings it all together and eliminates your excuses for not having a great sounding album. Welcome to the new world of AirGigs.com
The unique platform has recently come out of the beta phase and is ready to conquer the world. On AirGigs.com you can search for top talent throughout the music realm. From session musicians to add that unique xylophone sound you wanted on your newest record to professional engineers ready turn your crappy demo into a slick, well-polished radio ready album, everything is here. If you have ever heard my voice on recordings you would know I was psyched to find demo singers for hire ready to put my lyrics into a sound that listeners would find listenable. AirGigs is setup in a marketplace format, where users can browse service listings in categories such as vocal tracks, bass & guitar tracks, mixing, mastering and more. Another bonus is that all gigs have an upfront fixed price instead of an hourly rate that has you rushing the work often at the cost of quality. The ability to eliminate a lot of the superficial costs of doing studio work has enabled the prices for these services to come way down as well. There are plenty of options to choose from too so you can find exactly what you want. AirGigs also recently added a Music Marketing section which we will be adding gigs to over the next few days.
Lets make the music world even smaller and work together to get the best possible product out there at the best possible price. Go get a feel for AirGigs for yourself at: http://www.airgigs.com/
‘Miracle’ is E-Mute’s debut single, in that sense it does not feature collaborations with other musicians. Miracle features powerful vocals, heart felt lyrics and a haunting piano instrumental as well as percussion beats.
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Theo the driving force of the project emotively sings about life and how to find the strength to make the most of the short time we have on earth.
Australian alternative rock four piece, Bellusira are a hot new band to look out for, having released their debut album June last year titled ‘Connection’ which received positive press and earned them international attention. The band have been busy since, as recently signed with Stephanie Christie Management and Publicity as well as being co-managed by veteran rocker Will Hunt (Evanescence/Device) and are currently touring in the US for the first time. There’s lots happening for them right now, so we had interviewer Carina Lawrence ask bass player, Mark Dalbeth about being signed, the album, touring and what is to come for the band.
Firstly what does Bellusira mean and how did you come up with the name?
The name is a combination of two latin words which are Bellus (Beautiful) and Ira (Anger). Life is full of light and dark moments and that also comes through in our music. Our singer Crystal was the one that came up with the idea for the name.
To those who haven’t yet been fortunate enough to hear your music, how would you describe you sound?
I don’t like to put any preconceived ideas into people’s minds about how we sound so generally I just lead them to the music:
You signed with Stephanie Christie Management and Publicity and are also co-managed by veteran rocker Will Hunt (Evanescence/Device), how did this make you feel and what has it been like so far working with them?
It’s been an incredible experience so far working with those guys. Even though it’s very much the early stages of the relationship, we can already see the benefits starting to come through with having such and amazing team backing us.
You are heading out on your first US tour, how excited are you about this?
Getting over to the US has always been the big
goal for us. Everything so far has been a step towards achieving that. We are working on dates at the moment with management and will no doubt get those up on our pages soon.
What can attending fans expect from your shows?
The most important thing for us is that people get a show. If people are going to make the effort to come down and support you, the very least you can do is entertain the hell out of them! This whole new thing of looking bored on stage and shoe gazing makes me want to vomit in my mouth.
After your US tour, are there any plans to tour in Europe/UK? And also if you could play anywhere elsewhere would you like to go?
We would love to play in Europe/UK and that is definitely something that we are keen on and have already talked about. The idea of traveling the world and experiences new places while playing music that you love is the ultimate for us, we will happily play any stage, anywhere in the world and love it!
Your debut album, ‘Connection’ was received well in Australia, how proud did this make you feel and what would you say have been the biggest highlights for you as a band so far?
We were very pleased with how the response was from the record. After spending so much time in the studio, it was hard to let go of it but we had to
just believe in the songs and trust that it would make that connection with the fans.
The biggest highlight to date was when we landed the mgmt deal because we knew that we finally had a strong platform to launch from. The most important thing for us is to get our music out to as many people as possible so getting that has certainly put us in a much better position to do so.
What was the recording process like for ‘Connection’ and what are the main themes running through the album?
It was a tough recording process; we had to work really hard on the songs and had very high standards with each section of each song so a lot of culling of ideas was going on. Crystal wrote all the lyrics for the record and as much as she doesn’t have a set theme that she writes about, she always draws from her own life experiences and also how she is feeling about the world that we live in.
Do you have any main influences or inspirations that contributed to the album?
We are a band that listens to a lot of different styles of music so that naturally comes out in the writing process. We also try and stay away from what everyone else is doing in the scene, trying to latch onto something like that will no doubt be career suicide. The most important thing to us is to write the best songs that we can write. It worked
for the Beatles right?
Have you started writing any new material yet, or are you just focusing on touring with your debut at the moment?
We will be pushing the debut album overseas as it will still be pretty new to people over there but saying that Crystal and I have been doing some pre production work on the second release and have around 4 or 5 song ideas that we are starting to develop.
As you’re about to head out on your US tour, have you got anything you would like to say to your fans?
Firstly thank you so much for the support. Every day we get messages from people and it’s amazing how much they love what we do and what the music means to them. Hopefully we can meet a whole bunch of US fans while we are over there and have a drink with them!
Finally, what else does 2014 hold in store for Bellusira?
World domination and meeting Ellen Degeneras! We don’t mind which order that happens in!
If you haven’t already, you need to check out this band: http://www.reverbnation.com/
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