Category Archives: Introducing

Introducing…Inhaler

The Dublin rock band features 19-year-old Elijah Hewson (who sometimes goes by Eli for short) on vocals and rhythm, Robert Keating on bass, Ryan McMahon on drums, and Josh Jenkinson on lead guitar.

The four-piece band met while they were in school at St. Andrews College in Blackrock, Dublin, and gained popularity in the local Dublin music scene before releasing their first studio single .Hewson’s voice and stage presence are drawing widespread comparisons to those of his rocker dad, Bono of U2.

Inhaler will be embarking on their first headlining tour through Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Belgium in September and their first North American tour as the opening act for Blossoms in November. Inhaler have shared a new video for ‘Ice Cream Sundae’, shot by Irish director Hugh Mulhern. The band’s third single following ‘My Honest Face’ and ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’, it marks their first for new label Polydor.

 

 

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Introducing…We Are Temporary

We Are Temporary is the wired and weird brainchild of Brooklyn’s Mark Roberts. Signed to Germany’s cult label Trisol, his distinct style of contemporary darkwave is as much the result of a musical obsession as a philosophical one. With boldly confessional lyrics and vocal deliveries funneled through nightfall beats and orchestral synths, We Are Temporary draws from a wide range of influences, such as goth,  pop,  future wave,  dream pop, post-rock, industrial,  hip hop, ambient, techno, and classical music.

In 2016, We Are Temporary released his debut album Crossing Over,  Last year they released Embers. Tonight in concert at Sala Upload.

Introducing…Velvet Negroni

Velvet Negroni is the current incarnation of the man also known as Jeremy Nutzman.  Throughout the years, you may have found him under the monikers Spyder Baybie Raw Dog or Pony Bwoy, but the man now known as Velvet Negroni is the most introspective version of himself to date.  His sparse and dark take on R+B is an outer-worldly experience that, in the world of Velvet Negroni, is simply day to day existence.  Some days are divine comedy while other days we aren’t meant for the physical space that we inhabit.  His debut album, T.C.O.D., is existentialist in tone and Dadaist in spirit: life is too hard to be serious and too amusing to be hard.  And the only way to make sense of ourselves is to delve deeper into the things we cannot control.  Life and art are processes that are often painfully and joyfully intertwined.  With T.C.O.D., Velvet Negroni lets us in on this double-edged process, if just for a little while.

Introducing…Surf Curse

Surf Curse is the indie rock recording project of Los Angeles based songwriters Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck.  Their new record, Heaven Surrounds You, is a coming of age epic, inspired by the many cult films they’ve cherished throughout their young adulthood that are referenced across the album’s tracklist.

Surf Curse’s songwriting and instrumental orchestration has matured on their third full length LP, adding layers of polish to their traditionally rough and visceral sound. Rattigan and Rubeck worked with veteran indie producer Jarvis Taveniere, carefully crafting their most lush and vulnerable record to date, during the fall of 2018. Heaven Surrounds You, satisfies the energy and passion that old fans would expect from a Surf Curse record, but expands the band’s songwriting to envelope new audiences into their cinematic sound. The album is due in September.  Surf Curse dropped new track ‘Hour of the Wolf.’

Introducing…Petrie

Distinctly British, and seemingly intent on pushing songwriting boundaries to their limits – Petrie is something of a prodigal talent. Writing, producing and performing on this debut single, his sound comes fully formed right from the word go.

There’s a definite off-kilter RnB/pop feel to it, a touch of Ben Khan-esque weird pop in its songwriting nuances, and slightly reminiscent of Everything Everything in his vocal execution, too. Throughout 2018, Petrie launched a string of tracks which captured their uniquely multi-textural pop flavour, all of which now can found through the open doors of the duo’s Superstore

Introducing…Gaffa Tape Sandy

Formed in 2015 by three friends with a desire to do something loud and exciting, Gaffa Tape Sandy‘s popularity quickly escalated thanks to a series of incendiary live shows and a seemingly endless succession of instantly memorable garage-punk/rock tunes.

The Bury St Edmunds outfit’s brand of giddily frantic, high-octane hyper rock ‘n’ roll has already landed them support slots with acts including  IDLES, Peace, SuperGlu, Bloody Knees and Indoor Pets.
Their debut EP Spring Killing lead to them performing at Glastonbury Festival.

Gaffa Tape Sandy have just dropped their new EP ‘Family Mammal’. Their first full release via Alcopop! Records, the eight-tracker sees them run-through angsty tales of entitlement, despair and mood swings in a way that’ll totally smack a smile on your face.

Introducing…The Nude Party

The Nude Party started as a band playing house parties at North Carolina’s Appalachian State University. The band would jam and hang out with friends at their lake house, and frequently nudity was involved. When they got good enough to start playing actual bars and clubs, they officially named themselves The Nude Party.

The sextet makes simple songs heavily influenced by mid- to late ’60s classic rock, with nods to country and its oft-forgotten partner, western. The great first single, the twangy, honky-tonk piano-infused “Chevrolet Van”, is a good introduction to the band.