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Kelsey Lewis

Kelsey Lewis is a very talented and beautiful singer songwriter with a extremely huge future ahead of her. I came across her amazing music last year and really dug her début album.  I believe she has the talent and songs to go very far.

http://www.kelseylewismusic.com/

Photos by Kristen Rae Photography

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Jenny Dalton – Black Water (Glossy Shoebox Productions)

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Black Water is Jenny Dalton new album which was recorded and produced by herself, to me it has a dark and mysterious tone all over the album from the way the songs are structured and performed. Paper Moon highlights that as the opening track, Jenny piano playing and song writing has never been better and really does shine. Wolf Named Somebody follows suit with that. I love the piano playing on Wake Up Call and Jenny vocals and the way the song is structure and performed. Father would be one of my picks off the album as I love the use of the piano and strings alongside, I thought the piano intro was moving and grab me into the song. Songs like Rage have good use of backing vocals and has got in mind a kind of an Irish folk song structure but at a slower pace. It’s a well-crafted tune, moving and grabs you from the word go. Songs like Monument show off the song writing, lyrics and the vocals. The ending track Hold On, Hold On, has great vocals, song writing and is well structured and performed. Jenny new album is amazing as is the rest of back catalogue, it’s a little raw around edges and that only adds to the vibe of the material. She has always been an amazing talent to me, her songs have always been special and this is adds to it. I’ve always been a long-time fan and a friend and believe this will gain her new listeners. You need to hear this now.

NEW FOUND GLORY
TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
RESURRECTION – OUT OCT 10
VIA UNIFIED/HOPELESS RECORDS
NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘SELFLESS’ RELEASED:

AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE!

Australian Exclusive Pre-Orders:
http://www.24hundred.net/search/?search=new+found+glory

Worldwide Pre-Orders:
http://hopelessrecords.com/resurrection

Pop-punk icons New Found Glory have announced their
new album, Resurrection, which will be released on Friday 10
October in Australia and
New Zealand via Unified/Hopeless Records. In addition, fans can watch the music video
for the first track, ‘Selfless’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akCQa-yKqxA.
Australian Exclusive Resurrection Pre-order bundles, which include CD, vinyl, poster
and t-shirts are all available for pre-order at the 24Hundred store. For more information, visit
NewFoundGlory.com.
New Found Glory walked into the studio to record Resurrection with the all of the album
tracks already written, which was a new and invigorating starting point for the band. “This is the
most prepared we’ve ever been,” lead guitarist and vocalist Chad Gilbert notes. “Writing as a
band now has never felt so easy. We really came together with ideas. We’ve gone through a lot
and figured a lot of things out. This album has been very cathartic for us.”
Resurrection is an expression of the overall human experience and what it means to take the
cards you’re dealt and move on in a positive way. Lead vocalist Jordan Pundik remarks, “We’ve
always been a band that has written about life experiences from a deeply personal place.” He
continued, “Some of it fictitious and some of it not fictional, but it’s all been stuff we’ve dealt
with in our lives.“
After selling millions of records, interacting with countless fans and touring the world, New
Found Glory feel a responsibility to their audience to bring something new and fresh to the
table with every single release. “The goal for the new record was to make it sound really
authentic and natural and not filled in,” Gilbert says. “It was trying to make the biggest sounding
record stripped down as four people.”
New Found Glory is: Jordan Pundik (lead vocals), Chad Gilbert (lead guitar,), Ian Grushka
(bass guitar) and Cyrus Bolooki (drums).
Resurrection Tracklisting:

1. Selfless
2. Resurrection (Featuring Scott Vogel of Terror)
3. The Worst Person
4. Ready and Willing
5. One More Round
6. Vicious Love
7. Persistent
8. Stories Of A Different Kind
9. Degenerate
10. Angel
11. Stubborn (Featuring Anthony Raneri of Bayside)
12. Living Hell
13. On My Own (Featuring Brendan Yates of Turnstile)

HLH Tour Support Poster web
24 Hundred & New World Artists present:
A TOUR OF OUTER SUBURBIA
 
HANDS LIKE HOUSES
AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE TOUR - SEP–OCT 2014
With Guests Forever Ends Here

Tickets Available at http://wl.eventopia.co/handslikehouses

 
FRI 12 SEP – FOWLERS, ADELAIDE SA (LIC/AA)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Breakaway
 
SAT 13 SEP – DING DONG, MELBOURNE VIC (18+)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Breakaway
SUN 14 SEP – WRANGLER STUDIOS, FOOTSCRAY VIC (AA)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Breakaway
THU 18 SEP – BOAMBEE COMMUNITY CENTRE, COFFS HARBOUR QLD (AA) *
with guests Far Away Stables
FRI 19 SEP – CROWBAR, BRISBANE QLD (18+)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Far Away Stables
SAT 20 SEP – SMALL BALLROOM, NEWCASTLE NSW (18+)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Far Away Stables

SUN 21 SEP – BALD FACED STAG, SYDNEY NSW (LIC/AA)

with guests Forever Ends Here, Far Away Stables, Breakaway
 
SAT 27 SEP – ANU BAR, CANBERRA ACT (18+)
with guests Forever Ends Here 
WED 1 OCT – HQ, PERTH WA (AA) **
Local supports TBC
THU 2 OCT – AMPLIFIER, PERTH WA (18+) **
Local supports TBC
 
* Forever Ends Here not appearing
** HLH only and local supports

 

Melissa Johnston

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Photos by Chris Haggerty

Melissa Johnston I’ve given a lot of love on my site to her as I think she is somebody going places and wanted to make her my beauty of the week again as she is talented and beautiful. She is an actor to watch out for. I think she going to be a star.

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Christie Lamb – All She Wrote (WJO Distribution)

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Christie Lamb debut album is the perfect introduction to her music. She is a fantastic country singer songwriter, her music is a bit modern but she is a star in the making. Her album highlights her vocals, her song writing ability, she wrote with a number of people. It has a mixture of upbeat numbers like the opening song Broken Record, its catchy well written, solid vocals and good musicianship. All She Wrote is an energetic baldest number that has solid vocals and musicianship. Something In The Way is in the same style energetic, solid vocals and musicianship. Manhunt is a modern country number with the lyrics, vocals and musicianship that shows of her vocals and the musicianship of the band.  Songs like Love Me Tonight shows off Christie amazing vocals, the song writing and musicianship of the band. He’s The Trouble is a sold country rock tune that delvers with solid vocals, musicianship and song writing.  Songs like Perfect Crime are just laid back country.  Overall this is an exciting debut album by a talent who is the complete package, beauty and talent will ensure her star to rise and get everybody to take notice.  With eye-catching artwork, a striking cover and 11 solid tunes, Christie Lamb debut album is one of my favourites of the year, it’s an exciting, energetic and moving debut album that deserves to be in your collection.

The talented Gemma Kaye has organized this and if you live in Sydney and if your in the entertainment biz, you should go to this.

From “Actor Agony” to A-list: Emotional Health for Artists

The recent tragedies of Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s deaths make us all aware that even highly successful artists need good strategies for emotional health.
  • Why do artists have more emotional ups and downs than “normal” people?
  • What is good emotional health? And how can I strengthen mine?
  • How can I balance my emotions and still do deep emotional work?
  • How can I reduce procrastination and get in powerful consistent action in my career?

7pm – 8.30pm, Tues 26th Aug
@ ACP, Oxford St, Paddington (www.acp.org.au) 

(NB: Catch buses 333, 380, 378 or 352 to Paddington Town Hall. ACP is 3min walk from there.)

Event is free but registration is essential as places are limited. Click the link below to reserve your seat.

http://gemmakaye.us2.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=b074bcb985886a92844a46755&id=ca8c8f3b5f

 

 

White Oak and Stuyvesant

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White Oak and Stuyvesant are talented band and I love the name,  Crombie (bass) from the band answers my questions.

1. For someone unfamiliar with your music, how would you describe White Oak and Stuyvesant?

We are 5 guys all with different tastes and influences in music, but we find common ground with rock, so thats what we do.

2. Tell us a little bit about your writing process. A peek inside the inner workings of the band if you will?

:We jam about 4 times a week and someone is always bringing an idea to the table. Its pretty rare that anyone ever has a full song written, so we take the idea and individually put our touch on it either finding something we agree or deciding its shit. We’ve written whole songs in a night and all been siked on it but have also spent months on end fucking around with songs and structures we can’t seem to get right. Once we are happy with a song we show our vocalist (Jamie) and get his opinion, make the changes and then start jamming, demoing and generally tightening everything up.

3. As far as breakout success is concerned, is it all about the strength of a song or does being in the right musical climate at the right time make all the difference?

Both. Decent songs from a majority of genres are still getting recognition but more so if what you are playing is “cool” at the time. Originality is a big thing but if your sound slots into a scene or genre that is popular at the time, its definitely a step forward.

4. How important is social media to you in regards to engaging with an audience?

To me its a major part of being in a band these days whether I like it or not. When we begin promoting shows,songs etc it all begins with social media. Before engaging with an audience you need them to hear your music or be at your shows. This is fed from social media, especially for bands like us who don’t have managers or want to pay for promo in places other than social media all the time.

5. What inspired you to take music more seriously?

For about six years after finishing school, everybody I knew was in a band or jamming with someone. Seeing how easily some of these bands fell apart or didn’t work out to begin with definitely gave me an outlook on what I wanted to do when I started playing bass. Im more than happy to fuck around at jam etc, but in general if we weren’t taking the whole project seriously I wouldn’t be involved. When everyones happy, jams are running smoothly and we are being productive it hard to not take it seriously giving the amount of time we all dedicate to the band.

6. What’s spinning on your playlist atm? Any guilty pleasures?

I’m still smashing the DMA’s EP. I do a lot of driving around and it always ends up back in the car. As for a guilty pleasure I bought the BEARDS album the other day but at 26 still can’t grow a beard.

7. Are you a fan of keeping the album format alive or do you think there’s more benefit to release singles or EPs with the influence of streaming platforms arguably shortening attention spans?

Im definitely a fan of albums. As for shortening attention spans, if your album can’t keep people interested for its entirety I wouldn’t begin working on it by blaming streaming platforms. As for what’s more beneficial it depends where your band sits, if you are just starting out singles and EP’s are a good way to be heard and make fans. If you’re already in a successful band I think people will listen to what you put out regardless.

8. When not consumed with all things musical, what do you do tune out or reset?

Time outside of the band and work is pretty scarce these days as we are midway through writing an album, but outside of that I am in the process of building a studio this takes up the rest of my time and money.

9. Your new single ‘Let You Down’ is out Aug 29, what does the immediate future hold?

We have the release show for the single which should be a lot of fun and not long after we will release the music video for it. Im pretty keen to see what everyone thinks of the clip, we definitely stretched our imagination on this one haha. Late September we are tracking another song for a release later in the year and we are in the works of booking the recording of our debut full length which is looking to be around February.

10. Lastly, Prince or Michael Jackson?

Freddie Mercury

‘Let You Down’ single out August 29 via iTunes

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Riley Pearce

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Photo by Tanya Voltchanskaya – Photographer

Riley Pearce is a talented singer songwriter from Australia worth checking out so read on.

 

1. For someone unfamiliar with your music, how would you describe your sound?

It’s heavily influenced by the places i’ve grown up, Holland, along the Yarra River in Melbourne, coastal Perth and snowy Montana. Put that mix together and it becomes an alternative-folk-pop type style. My music is usually written on an acoustic guitar but becomes more then just a singer/songwriter style of play. It’s driven by storytelling and raw emotion.

2. Tell us a little bit about your writing process. A peek inside your inner workings if you will?

When i actually dedicate a chunk of time to writing songs, It usually revolves around me sifting through the mounds of voice recordings in my phone then i’ll piece it together with something thats on my mind at the time. The music always comes before the lyrics, but the concept always has to fit the sound.

3. As far as breakout success is concerned, is it all about the strength of a song or does being in the right musical climate at the right time make all the difference?

I’m probably not the best person to ask about this but if you write great songs and work hard you place yourself in the best possible position to take advantage of opportunities that could lead to breakout success.

4. How important is social media to you in regards to engaging with an audience?

Very, its such a critical part of an artists career. Social media and having a solid, professional online presence is often a key way to building a fan base. I do think that artists pay too much attention to Facebook likes and should focus on releasing more interesting and compelling content to give their audience what they want and something to share.

5. What inspired you to take music more seriously?

I have always loved music and i didn’t want to regret the chances 10 years down the track. I got my degree and always have that to fall back on so i might as well follow my heart whilst i can. I’ve already had so many rewarding experiences with my music and i know that doesn’t often happen for people in 9 to 5 jobs so i count myself lucky.

6. What’s spinning on your playlist atm? Any guilty pleasures?

I’m in love with music from Leif Vollebekk at the moment, He’s a songwriter with so much passion in his songs who spent two years searching for the perfect take of his songs, travelling around and recording at heaps of different studios. As for guilty pleasures, well there’s an Australian artist called “Betty Who” who is a bit like a Katy Perry and yeh i have to admit i dig her songs, even if i won’t say that to my mates.

7. Are you a fan of keeping the album format alive or do you think there’s more benefit to release singles or EPs with the influence of streaming platforms arguably shortening attention spans?

I think for artists starting out that EPs and singles are both affordable and a great way of dipping your feet in. Committing to an album very early on in a career is a big risk to take. More mature artists yeh definitely albums. I want to hear all the songs that don’t make it on the albums too, i want the deluxe versions half the time! Albums are definitely not dead.

8. When not consumed with all things musical, what do you do tune out or reset?

Usually sport or the beach, i’m a massive fan of football and basketball and i live so close to the beach I’m often not far from there either. Especially seeing as Perth has 8 months of summer per year.

9. Your EP ‘We Are Fools’ is currently doing the rounds, what does the immediate future hold?

Writing loads of new material and putting a plan in place for EP number 2. I really want to put my best foot forward with this next release.

10. Lastly, Prince or Michael Jackson?

MJ. Mostly for the Black or White film clip. I’m still getting told off by my parents for playing music too loud.

‘We Are Fools’ EP out now. rileypearce.com.au

Charm City Devils – Battles (The End Records)

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Charm City Devils are back with their latest album Battles to be released in September and its business as usual with kick ass modern hard rock album that’s a little rough around the edges with a dirty vibe to it mixed with a little dash of dirty county blues feel to a track or two. The opening track Tear It Apart highlights the dirty rough around edges feel and I like it. Songs like Destiny, Let It Go and Lying To Yourself are kind of like hard rock ballad anthems that shows of the vocals, song writing and of course the musicianship. Songs like Rich N Famous have a little bit of that sunset strip vibe to the songs with the way the song is performed and structured.  Songs like Crucify have a bit of a blues feel to the song with the intro and the use of the harmonica. Songs like Everyday are straight modern hard rock with the way the song is structured, written and performed.  It’s refreshing to hear a good modern hard rock album these days and I like it. This is an album that is well written, solid, catchy tunes that deserved to be heard. I am a fan and can’t wait to see these guys live one day soon.