Category Archives: Music by Xavier Bergman

Music by Bergman: Chappaqua Wrestling

Brighton has produced a host of promising indie artists lately – several of which are bound for massive success. Although they’ve moved away now, Manchester certainly hasn’t taken the beach vibes out of Chappaqua Wrestling‘s Charlie Woods and Jake Mac.

The duo have caught the attention of many since their fairly recent formation, and there’s no mystery as to why. Pulling inspiration from artists like Steely Dan, Beach Boys and Teenage Fanclub, Chappaqua Wrestling are able to blend elements of indie rock and americana with atmospheric, electronic undertones in a way that feels familiar, but remains as unique as it sounds. Following their killer debut, “EP 1,” Charlie Woods and Jake Mac are back with their brand spankin’ new single ‘Plant Trees.’ Earth friendly and catchy as hell, the Manchester by way of Brighton boys have proven to be nothing short of talented.

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Music by Bergman: Fat White Family

Known for their memorable live shows and their controversy, Fat White Family returns after three years of silence with a new studio album Serfs Up! (Domino Records, 2019). An album that continues with that dirty rock that navigates between post-punk and the psychedelia of previous albums like Songs For Our Mothers (Fat Possum Records, 2016), but adds a more danceable touch with the use of synthesizers, as it’s shown in their first single “Feet”.

Music by Bergman: Crows

Crows formed in 2015 and have since built a considerable following for the intensity of their live shows which have seen the band members break bones as well as instruments. Supporting the likes of Girl Band and Wolf Alice in the past, the band will take their deafening live show on the road in support of IDLES.

With a string of successful singles and EPs under their belt, “Silver Tongues” has been a long while coming. Recorded in near total darkness to build a sense of atmosphere, the album fulfills both their early potential and confidently showcases a band comfortable across a variety of sonic avenues. From the monolithic noise-rock of the title track and opener, to the sky-scraping “Demeanour” and “Wednesday’s Child”, to the blissed-out closer “Dysphoria”, each listen reveals new layers, fresh ideas.

Music by Bergman: Frankie Cosmos

Seems like every song Greta Kline writes is a low-key wallflower anthem, each one full of jangly guitars and lemon-drop lyrics about looking for courage. Even backed by a full band—as she is on the latest Frankie Cosmos record, Vessel, which dropped in March—Kline exudes intimacy and loneliness. “Apathy” is a gawky, dreamy favorite. Tonight at Razzmatazz.

Music by Bergman: TR/ST

Four years after their last album Joyland, Ontario’s dark electro pop group TR/ST has returned with a new single and forthcoming LP and according to founder Robert Alfons, the new project will be darker and more dramatic than any of their previous work.

TR/ST, formerly known as Trust, began when Robert Alfons met Maya Postepski, formerly of the band Austra in 2009, with the band officially beginning in January of 2010. Their first album TRST was released in 2012 with Joyland coming just two years later.  But the Canadian-born electronic artist is making up for that interim this year with not one but two albums, both called The Destroyer,

Music by Bergman: Lil Xan

The American rapper Diego Leanos, also known as Lil Xan, is considered one of the pioneers of the “sad rap” style. Rising to fame with the video for his song Betrayed and having released only one album, Total Xanachi, he has worked with artists like Diplo and Swae Lae and has embarked on his first USA tour.

Born in Redland, California in 1996 of Mexican parents, Leanos began to gain recognition through platforms such as SoundCloud and YouTube. His music started off as typical trap and later shifted towards a murkier, dream-like sound.

His single Betrayed went platinum and it peaked at no. 64 on the Bilboboard Hot 100. In December 2017, Leanos announced his The Xanarchy Tour, which sold out in five hours according to Billboard, the tour that also brings him to Spain for the first time. Tonight in concert at Razzmatazz.

Music by Bergman: The Amazons

The Amazons are a four-piece rock band from Reading. Their debut album was released in May 2017, and charted at #8 in the UK Album Chart following a long list of tips and ‘ones to watch’ acknowledgements from The BBC (Sound of… 2017, Brit List), Spotify, Apple, MTV and many more.

The success of their first release, which included the singles Black Magic, Little Something & Junk Food Forever – all of which were supported greatly at BBC Radio 1 – allowed the band to tour the world through 2017 and 2018. Headline shows in the USA, Japan and Korea, as well as a run of sold out UK & European dates have kept The Amazons busy.

They are now heading back into the studio to record their second album with MPG’s Producer of The Year for 2018, Catherine Marks, with whom they worked on the last record. 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for the band, who are excited to get back on the road.