Artist Interview – Kotadama

Chris and Evan Brown are the founding members of Kotadama, an indie rock band from New South Wales, Australia. Kotadama, also consisting of Clint Fish and Scott Mallard for live shows, are starting to take the indie world by storm after having recently worked and toured in LA, London and New Zealand. We were delighted when Kotadama agreed to complete a full feature interview for Song Revelation. Read on to find out about their musical background, what they’re currently working on and their current career highlights.

 

Kotadama

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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Our songs are full of lush instrumentation with a compelling mix of strings, keyboards and guitars. Our lyrics include socially conscious themes and emotional interactions between people, hopefully invoking a response.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Before we began playing musical instruments, we did ballroom dancing on a competitive level for ten years. I, Chris, first started to teach myself to play the guitar in late 2007 in an attempt to avoid studying for the HSC. I convinced my brother to learn the drums and we started to do covers. Once hooked, we began to compose our own music and lyrics, followed by a passion to record, mix and produce our music.

 

Q: How was 2010 for you?

2010 was an amazing year for us. We travelled to London to a songwriting camp that we had won in late 2009( Festival4stars), and then travelled to LA to work with David Kershenbaum. We had partnered up with him late 2009 and were now working together to produce our first album.  This was an incredible learning experience. Later in the year we travelled to Napier, New Zealand to showcase in the City Showcase. UK. We were the top two bands out of 400 entries.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

U2.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

U2.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

U2.

 

Kotadama

Kotadama

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Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

Little Bit of everything.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

The creative process usually follows one of two paths. We may start with a riff, or hook and develop this into a melody, depending on the vibe of the tune. We would the seek appropriate themes and then turn our attention to the lyrics. Alternately we are often inspired by some event, global or personal, which sets a theme, which demands appropriate lyrics and music.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Contrary to apparent trends in popular music (ie the lyrics mostly suck) we place almost equal importance on the lyrics as we do on the melody.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Central Coast of NSW, Australia, about one hour drive north of Sydney.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

We are currently working on a number of projects, ie our second album “Moment in the Sun” and of course promoting our first single release “See You Tonight”. We are also catching up on film clip productions for some of the other songs from “Dichotomy”

 

Kotadama

Chris and Evan: Kotadama

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Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

That is a difficult one to answer. We have been fortunate enough to be invited to several countries to showcase and each experience has been amazing…..Japan, UK, US, Canada, NZ.

Our collaboration with David Kershenbaum has also been a highlight…he is a really great guy who has a wealth of information and we hope to continue working with him.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

We are working on getting exposure to build our fan base and then tour. We have been invited to tour India later in the year and have made many new contacts, worldwide, which we hope will achieve that.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

We are fortunate to live on a large rural property so relaxing is easy with a glass of amber fluid and the tranquil surroundings. We also like to play tennis and get away fishing.

 

Editor’s Note: Kotadama have the indie pop-rock vibe down to a tee. Their ever increasing fan base and international tours indicate that 2011‘s successes will go from strength to strength.


If you’d like to learn more about or contact Kotadama, just follow the links below:

twitter link: http://twitter.com/#!/kotadama

facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/kotadama

myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/kotadama

web page link: http://www.kotadama.com/

Youtube embeds: http://www.youtube.com/user/kotadama

reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/kotadama

 

Artist Interview – Shane Martin

Shane Martin is a country music artist from Minneapolis, U.S.A. Although he’s currently completing an extremely grueling live performance schedule, he kindly agreed to complete a feature artist interview for Song Revelation so we could find out a bit more about him and his music. Read the full interview below to find out about who Shane’s musical inspirations are, how he creates his incredible songs and what he does to relax when not performing.

 

Shane Martin

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Shane Martin is one of those rare singer/songwriters that writes and sings straight from the heart about real-life conditions and personal experiences.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

My musical background started at a young age playing piano and sketching out song ideas and crafting lyrics.  I recall going to piano lessons and the teacher would ask me to play the song lesson for the day.  Most times I would wing the song lesson and then play a song I had written.  Soon I picked up the guitar and had a creative connection with playing and singing.   I would hear melodies, choruses, and song inspirations in my head.  I then felt compelled to create and put my thoughts and sounds into a song format.  Learning to play guitar by ear, I had a passion for singing and playing.  It wasn’t long before I found myself starting a rock band with friends from school and practicing up to play a few club shows and house parties.

I gained stage experience with different rock bands over the years and eventually found a love for the subtle honesty and soul of the acoustic guitar. I self-released my first solo album”Moody Waters” in 1998 as a six song e.p.

From 2000 – 2003 I fronted the rock group “Faith Nation” and

warmed up for Bands/Artists such as: Peter Frampton, Styx, REO Speedwagon, The Guess Who, and Great White, to name a few.  In early 2003 Faith Nation disbanded and I went right to work on my next solo album.

 

My 2005 sophomore release “Thread” was co-produced and recorded with Levi Seacer from Prince’s The New Power Generation. In early 2010 I recorded the 12 song album “Rewind” in Nashville and was released July, 2010.

 

Q: How was 2010 for you?

2010 was great year for me. I released my 3rd studio album “Rewind” recorded in Nashville with EMMY award winning engineer / producer Kenny Royster. I was a finalist in several different song writing competitions. My music is now on iTunes, Pandora, and a number of other online profiles and radio stations.  It was also thrilling that I’ve started to gain fans from around the world through online radio stations.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

I’ve always appreciated Edwin McCain’s soulful vocals and songs and he was a big inspiration in my earlier years.  John Mayer – He’s a monster on the guitar and can play almost anything, yet his style and music have a simple flow.  Dave Mathews Band – who’s not inspired by this outstanding group of musicians.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Keith Urban & John Mayer – these guys are what you call a triple threat with their exceptional guitar playing, vocals, and songwriting. And they put on a great live show!  Zac Brown Band has a unique genuine sound and they’ve paved a market for themselves with relentless touring and hitting home with great songs.  Being a Minneapolis native I have to give respects to Prince. He’s beyond a musical genius and show man.  I don’t think there’s an artist out there that you can put in the same category.  Although his popularity has faded some, he’s still off the charts.  And of course there’s Dylan.  I’m not a huge fan of his voice, but his lyrics are like beautiful short-stories.

 

Shane Martin

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

As a songwriter I would be honored to collaborate with Jeffrey Steele.  He’s written so many great songs and hits.  It’s truly a gift to be able to craft such poignant songs.  It would be an inspiration to sit down with him and see what we come up with.  I would also enjoy sharing the stage with Keith Urban or Jason Aldean.  The modern country/rock style is where I’m leaning stylistically and the fans and crowds are all looking to have a good time with their music.  Pink would be fun to perform with as well.  She sings and performs her ass off and her shows are an all out in your face rock show.

 

Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

I listen to a wide variety of bands/artist. Being a singer I’ve always been into soulful and expressive vocalists that I enjoy singing along to. Artist like: Marc Broussard, James Morrison and Edwin McCain among others.  I also keep my ear to what’s coming out of Nashville: Zack Brown, Eric Church, and Josh Thompson to name a few.  I’ve even got some Christian Rock I’ll listen to: Jeremy Camp, Mercy Me and Mathew West.  I gravitate to most any style or genre that has a great melody and moving lyric.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Being a guitar player in my songwriting process, I use to start mainly with a guitar lick or chord progression and branch off with whatever mood or emotion it sparked with lyrics.  I still use that routine a little, but lately I’ve been starting with an inspired phrase or hook line and then creating the music around it.  I’ll then go back and forth with lyric and melody until it’s the strongest it can be.  I’ll also come up with unique chorus/verse melodies and see where that brings me.  People sing melodies to songs and not chord progressions so I focus quite a bit on ear grabbing melodies that make the lyric stand out.  I’ve also started writing more from a story telling aspect.  I keep my ears and mind open to anything that grabs me emotionally in day to day real life situations and try to originate a song out of it.  I strive to write songs that people can truly relate to.  It’s very gratifying to move and inspire people with a song.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

They are both equally important to create an all around good or great song.  In the past I’ve leaned more towards melody in writing. Although the last few years I’ve immersed myself in lyrics and rewriting, rewriting, rewriting… Sometimes I think a song is never really finished, but at some point you have to put the pencil down, record it, and set it free for people to hear.  It’s a challenge to be original in lyric writing today.  Everything has been done and said already.  The object is to say something in a fresh new way or a different angle. If I had to choose I would say melody is a bit more important for the simple fact that you could have the greatest and most unique lyrics, but if the melody is lame the song will fall flat and most people won’t listen very long, much less spend money for it.

 

Shane Martin

 

Q: Where are you based?

Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Minneapolis is a good breeding ground to work on your craft as a performing artist/band.  There are plenty of venues where you can get out and perform live and actually generate revenue to help support your career. The winters here can be brutal so you spend a lot of time indoors working on your music.  No better time to write songs then when it’s 30+ degrees below zero outside.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on getting songs licensed through several different companies for background music in television, commercials, and cinema etc…

In today’s competitive music market, you have to get your music out there and heard anyway you can. It would expose my music to new listeners and be another stream of income.  I continue to perform over 150 shows a year and I’m looking to expand my touring to new markets and colleges.  I’m always writing new material and now looking to start compiling songs for my fourth studio album.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I would say recording and releasing my latest album “Rewind” is one of my career highlights.  I self financed the whole project with savings and credit cards, made several trips out to Nashville, and worked with a great producer/engineer to put it together.  I finally found my sound and writing style and “Rewind” is the best group of songs I’ve written to date.  I really started to dig deep in my songs and got back to my small town roots and experiences I’ve had through out my life.  It felt natural for me to write more from a story telling aspect that leans more to the country genre and incorporating my rock/groove influences.  To me it doesn’t matter how many albums/downloads you sell, where you are on the charts, who you’ve played with, or any other accolade you get if your not confident, comfortable, and content with your sound and style. Still as an artist you always have to look ahead to what’s next. It’s the adage “What else have you got?”

 

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

I’m looking to get several songs licensed.  Start planning on my next album.  Broaden my touring and reach a bigger fan base performing more national showcases and festivals. Work with a record label and/or put a team of people together to assist in the business side.  Sign a publishing deal.  Getting regular rotation on commercial radio.  And all around getting my music out there to new listeners.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

“Moondance Jammin’ Country Fest” June 25th, 2011 in Walker, MN
Artist include: Big & Rich, Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson, Sara Evens, Dwight Yoakam, Craig Morgan, and more

“Moondance Jam” July 16th, 2011 both are in Walker, MN
Artist include: Kiss, 3 Doors Down, Stone Temple Pilots, Paul Rogers, Eddie Money, an more

 

Shane Martin

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I enjoy the outdoors any time of season.  I like to exercise (jog, bike, roller blade, and lift weights) to clear my head.   I enjoy unwinding at a coffee shop and reading a good book.
Summers I kick back lake side and enjoy fishing and golf.  The summers in Minnesota are pretty short so you take advantage of the warm weather and get outside as much as you can.  It’s nice just to hang out with friends or family and enjoy the company listening to good music.  As much performing as I do I still relax just free flow playing on my acoustic guitar.  An open jam around a camp fire is always a good time.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

People call me the “One Man Band” As a solo act I simultaneously play acoustic guitar, bass pedals and tambourine with my feet, all while singing. I also add in a guitar loop, harmonica and other percussion instruments that all create a unique full sound.  That all grew out of starting to play solo acoustic shows after a few bands I played in fell apart.  I wanted to add to my sound as a solo performer so I started adding in my feet to play instruments and it just grew from there.  I still have a full band that rocks and we showcase whenever we can.

 

 

Editor’s Note: Shane Martin is an extremely talented singer-songwriter, as anyone that’s heard his latest album “Rewind” will testify. We predict that 2011 will be a breakout year for Shane. We’re sure that many more people will enjoy his unique and commercial signature sound over the coming months and beyond.

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Shane Martin, just follow the links below:

twitter link: http://twitter.com/_shanemartin

facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shane-Martin/52992824131

myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/shanemartinmusic

web page link: http://www.shanemartin.com

reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/shanemartinmusic

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rewind/id386689797?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Pandora: http://www.pandora.com/people/shane0076

CDbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ShaneMartin

Digital Rodeo: http://www.digitalrodeo.com/shanecompany#fbid=GIGmSWFswrR

 

Artist Interview – Lipstick and Cigarettes

Lipstick and Cigarettes are an alternative rock/indie infusion band from New Jersey and are the latest SonicBids feature interview competition winner. The band consists of Chris Orsi on guitar and lead vocals, then Sarah Mac with bass and backing vocals and Erik Cabral on percussion. Read the full in-depth interview below where they discuss their musical inspirations, their creative process for creating a track and exactly what its like living in New Jersey.

 

Lipstick and Cigarettes

 

Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?

The broadest category we fit is alternative. Then pop. Then rock. Then 80s. Soooo…alternative 80’s pop-rock!

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

How about, “An untamed alt-rock infusion, with a little retro spice, and a lot of sexy swag.”

 

Q: What is your musical background?

We each have a different story. Chris was into music since he could walk and went from project to project with friends throughout school. Sarah was the high school marching band geek and Erik was actually cool. He had a steady band to rock out with.

 

Q: How was 2010 for you?

2010 was a working year. We formed in the later part of 2009, but had a rough start to 2010 because our lead guitarist left. So, we spent most of the year reworking our set as a 3-piece and making contacts at local venues. It was a real time of discovery for us—solidifying a direction and evolving our sound. We’re still evolving, but it took the better part of last year for us to get on the right track and start to build an image.

 

Lipstick and Cigarettes

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Sarah: “I love the grit and attitude of Debbie Harry and Gwen Stefani. I’m inspired by all kinds of music, because there’s something about every genre that’s necessary to pump passion into all your experiences. Blondie, No Doubt, Offspring, Muse, MIA, Ting Tings, Black Eyed Peas…”

Erik: “I love all types of music. For drum inspiration I get fueled by the Foo Fighers, Radiohead, Queens of the Stonage, System of a Down just to name a few.”

Chris: “I look back at stuff that that got me hooked on music in the first place. For a while I was all about The Cars, but I’ve been feeling a lot of Talking Heads stuff lately and I’m really drawn to their weirdness.”

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Sarah: “Anybody who’s taller than me. Just kidding. I look up to performers who are edgy and brass—those who never show a trace of doubt in their work. Gwen, Fergie, Lady Gaga. I want to be like every artist I’m inspired by, in some way.”

Chris: “I’m really drawn into the epic stuff Muse is putting out. I also admire artists like The Killers, TV on the Radio, and Phoenix because of their distinct vocal styles. That and the fact that they purposely don’t try to sound like everyone else.”

Erik: “I recently discovered a new band called Awolnation. They’re amazing! I also love a band called A Silent Film from the UK. The UK actually has some great new talent emerging on our scene. Plan B and Jesse J are others to keep an eye on.”

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Honestly, the chance to play with any 80’s band on a comeback tour would be wild. Cheap Trick and The Cars top the list. But I think it would be great to collaborate with anyone even from different genres, just to see how we could blend songwriting styles.

 

Lipstick and Cigarettes

 

Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

Chris: “I got a lot of Steely Dan on one iPod. Mix that with The Drums, Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Def Leppard, Howard Jones, its all over the place.”

Erik: “Wow! Let’s see… Cee Lo, Jesse J, Foo Fighters, Plan B, Kanye, Grace Potter, Hellogoodbye. The list can go on and on! I eat up new music like biscuits and gravy!!!”

Sarah: “Muse, definitely. Likke Li, too.”

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

We’re always open to new song ideas from any band members, but the way it usually works is that Chris comes up with a concept song structure—vocal hooks, riffs, etc—and we jam and feel our way through it. Then we write lyrics over that, drawing on the vibe it communicates. That’s usually Sarah’s part. Erik does a lot of the polishing by throwing in backing vocals and working on dynamic breakdowns and build-ups for song energy.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Melody. Don’t get us wrong—lyrics are totally important, and to some songs, more important than melody. But for a lot of our stuff, we like the tunes themselves to be catchy and driving. Sometimes a song’s verbal message can be mindless, but the way it makes you feel is still meaningful.

 

 

Lipstick and Cigarettes

 

Q: Where are you based?

We’re based in central Jersey. 2/3 of us live in Princeton, the other 1/3 is from Woodbridge. We have practice in Woodbridge, though.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

People think Jersey’s a dump, but that’s just a misconception. It’s more like a giant sewer with mutated puppies. But where else can you live and be only 45 minutes from NYC, Philly, the casinos, the beach, and snow-covered mountaintops?

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

Everything! Right now we’ve got a bunch of songs in the works. We’re bringing Sarah in on more main vocals, and really punching up our set. Erik and Sarah are teaming up on the side to boost our channels of promotion since we’re pretty unknown.

 

Lipstick and Cigarettes

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Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

We were asked to perform at a televised fundraiser for WP88.7 FM’s Brave New Radio, in support of William Paterson University’s broadcast programming. We met a lot of great people and got to perform with a number of other popular local acts.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

We’re really focused on writing new material. Our goal this year is to put out some more live videos, hopefully an official video for one of our singles. Or, if we have a creative streak, it would be awesome if we got an album of songs ready to record for release next year.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Next month we’re teaming up with a few other local bands to put on a great show at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ. We’ve been there tons of times, but this night is going to be really special. We’re also going to be featured on the Aquarian’s Project Greenroom, so that’s currently in the works. Stay tuned for that.

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Q: What do you do to relax?

Sarah: “I think both of them would say that I don’t really relax, except to go to sleep sometimes! I’m usually not into sitting around, so when I’m not working on stuff for LnC or playing Plants vs Zombies, I’ve got pole dancing and a little green Ninja to keep me moving.”

Erik: “I’m a movie junkie. So I like to kick back, invite some friend and fam over and have movie festivals. We’ll watch like 2 or 3 movies in a row. I’d like to say playing video games is relaxing. But that actually stresses me the *bleep* out. Being stuck on a level for 3-4 hours is not relaxing! I either suck or they need to make games easier.”

Chris: “I sleep. Actually, to relax I write songs. I go through phases of movie watching and video game playing, too, but just picking up a guitar and jamming helps me get away from things. I find myself doing that more than anything.”

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Yes, check us out on Facebook and tell us which tracks you like best!

 

Editor’s Note: If ever we’re around NYC or NJ we’ll make sure to check out a Lipstick and Cigarettes gig and you should to. Their pop-rock infused songs should have incredible commercial appeal and are definitely a band to watch in 2011 and beyond.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Lipstick and Cigarettes, just follow the links below:

 

twitter link: @lipsncigs

facebook link: facebook.com/lipstickandcigarettes

myspace link: myspace.com/lipstickandcigarettes

web page link: lipstickandcigarettes.net

soundcloud link: soundcloud.com/lipstickandcigarettes

reverbnation link: reverbnation.com/lipstickandcigarettes

Youtube embeds: http://www.youtube.com/user/LipsNCigs

 

Artist Interview – Against The Day

Against The Day (a.k.a. ATD) are a popular Punk-Rock band from Malmö in Sweden consisting of Patrick (Vox / Guitar), Sam (Drums), Nikk (Bass) as well as Pierre (Lead Guitar) and we were stoked when they agreed to complete a feature artist interview for Song Revelation. Read the full interview below to discover, amongst other things, their current musical career highlights, why they love computer games and what they’re currently working on.

 

Against The Day

 

Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?

Alternative Rock, Pop-Rock, Punk-Rock

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

A bunch of video game nerds playing Rock music pretending to be way more Rock´n Roll that we really are…

Q: What is your musical background?

We all have different musical backgrounds but share the same idea of creating music. Pierre and Sam have a more progressive rock background while Patrick and Nikk share more kind of punk and hip-hop roots. Then we all came together and became this one big happy family! :-)


Q: How was 2010 for you?

We released our debut album “All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go”  during the fall of 2010. A great thing but LOTS of work! How was 2010 for you?


Q: Who inspires you musically?

Mostly life i guess….. We´re all also into video games so some inspiration must come from that i suppose =)

 

Against The Day



Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Freddy Mercury was an awesome artist with an incredible voice. Would have been cool to share the same stage or studio together with him. I bet Sam would kill to jam with Buddy Rich. Justin Timberlake also seems like a cool dude…..


Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

If we would tell you what´s on our ipods you would have to upgrade your server to fit the list. But since you really want to know we´ll make a short list…

Dream Theater, Toto, Eminem, NoFX, Raised Fist, Kate Perry, Lady Gaga, Queen, La Roux, Anarbor, LL Cool J, Dilated Peoples, Kyuss and the list goes on and on.



Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

We create music all the time, any place any time. There is no real process. One song can take 20 minutes or 20 days to finish up. Most important thing is having fun and that we´re all satisfied with the result.

 

Against The Day - Music Video Shoot

 


Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

They are equally important. But that´s like asking whether you like the bread or meat better on a hamburger…

Q: Where are you based?

Malmö, Sweden


Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Living in a small country where the streets are filled with polar bears and hot blond girls. What would you say about that huh?! :-)

Q: What are you currently working on?

Right now we´re working on new material and at the same time trying to get or album released in Japan which is a little bit harder then you think. But hey, who does not want to go to Japan.


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

We´ll we´ve done a couple of tours in Poland and Germany but each time we’re on stage is actually a highlight to us. Making our music video was pretty cool too. Shot in Poland too actually :-)

 

Against The Day - Music Video Shoot

 


Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

To finish up our new material and go on boosting our musical career is totally our main goal this year…. But most important is to have fun in the process!

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Right now we´re in the middle of writing new stuff so we´ve taken a break from that. But a couple of shows here and there won’t hurt.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

We play video games =)! You know LOL, Black Ops and stuff like that …

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Enjoy life and have fun!!

 

Editor’s Note: Against The Day have the energetic punk pop sound down to a tee. We hope they continue to tour after they’ve completed their latest album and we recommend that you see them if they’re gigging in a town or city near you.


If you’d like to learn more about or contact Against The Day, just follow the links below:

twitter link: http://twitter.com/againsttheday

facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Against-The-Day/137907297723?ref=ts

myspace link: http://myspace.com/againsttheday

web page link: http://myspace.com/againsttheday

soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/againsttheday

reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/againsttheday

itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/se/album/all-dressed-up-and-nowhere/id402292638

 

2011’s Artist to Watch: Brandi Carlile

If you ask many fans of the Brandi Carlile Band, they will emphatically categorize Brandi’s music as folk rock, but her tracks have been considered a part of many different genres. Some will say she plays pop rock, while others call it alternative country. Whatever you consider her music to be, the heart of it is undoubtedly old school rock ‘n’ roll, though, with a soulful dash of country thrown in for good measure.

 

Brandi Carlile

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After all, she grew up with the Grand Ole Opry culture and sang the country song “Tennessee Flat Top Box” with her mom when she was only eight years old. She’s got country music in her blood, growing up watching her mom sing country songs on a regular basis.

Today, Brandi often plays Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Loretta Lynn covers during her shows, and always manages to mix them up with a good dose of rock ‘n’ roll. Still, her music’s influence is always unique, with a pop rock appeal that crosses all of the genre boundaries, making her one of the most versatile and authentic artists to hit the charts in decades.

 

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile

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The Woman: Then and Now

Brandi’s come a long way since singing country music with her mom and performing as a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator at age 16. After making waves locally in the city of Seattle, her hometown, she was signed to Columbia records in 2004 thanks to the success of her home recordings and local presence.

Since then, she’s released four major albums, including the most recent, the 2011 Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony album. She’s toured with countless influential artists, including The Fray, Tori Amos, Cheryl Crow, and The Indigo Girls. To celebrate the release of the Live at Benaroya Hall album, she’s been playing locally in Seattle and gearing up for another summer tour.

 

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile

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This summer, she’ll be headlining some shows as well as playing shows to support fellow musician Ray LaMontagne. Brandi and the band also announced earlier this year that they were in the studio and that they’ve completed their fourth studio album, which is still yet to be titled, with no release date. According to Brandi, the release date is at the mercy of Columbia Records.

As fans wait for the upcoming studio album, she will continue to promote the Benaroya Hall album and tour throughout the year. Her latest concert date announcements and venue locations can be found at her website, www.BrandiCarlile.com. In the meantime, she’s been working on music for an upcoming film by Warner Brothers, although she can’t divulge any information about it just yet.

It was only a few years ago that Brandi’s fan base multiplied after the release of her second studio album, The Story. Shortly after, her music was featured on the hit medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, and once again, her audience flourished. Her 2009-2010 Give Up the Ghost tour was a hit, with sold out tour dates across the US, and as her music continues to attract music lovers from around the globe, 2011 is the year to watch the artistry of Brandi Carlile if you haven’t been keeping tabs on her already.

 

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile

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Artist Interview – Angels of Vice

Angels of Vice are a high-energy rock band from San Francisco consisting of Asil, Speed, Jig, Marckus and Xander. Despite working towards shooting their latest music video for “Manic Attack”, they kindly agreed to complete an interview for Song Revelation. Read on to discover the creative process for creating their signature sound, what famous bands they enjoy listening to and what they’re hoping to achieve in 2011. Also, make sure you check out some of their songs!

 

Angels of Vice


 

Q: So what do you do?

We love to entertain, play shows, drink, read Vitamin Water labels and go on tour. We love music for the way it makes us feel when we play it, perform it and listen to it. As cheesy at that sounds, it’s true!

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

High energy rock n’ roll that will flow through your veins ’til you wake up with a priapism and no recollection of what happened.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Asil previously played drums in a band called “Paradise” which ended in about a year since she was kicked out for playing too loud. We call her the chick version of John Bonham. While playing in Paradise she met Jig, Marckus and Xander when sharing the stage in San Francisco. They came from “Sagaval”, a Filipino based band that had a name too hard to pronounce in English (Sah-Gah-Vol). They were going through their changes with their drummer and singer. Which leaves us to Speed. Speed was the last one of the band to join, who had just broke up with his own band “A Place To Call Home” and was looking for something a bit harder to play with…

 

Angels of Vice

Angels of Vice


 

Q: How was 2010 for you? 2010 was kind of our time to get to know one another and find our sound.

We all have crazy, different influences especially with 3 of us being from the Philippines.  Most of us speak Tagalog as our first language and have to remind some of us constantly who don’t to keep the “Flip” language to a minimum. Especially where talking about music theory, but we have definitely improved as musicians and are super stoked to get this album finally off the ground.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

We all have different influences. Combined I’d (Asil) say Robert Goulet, Disney Soundtracks and Cats the musical. :-)

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Anyone that has passion that doesn’t bitch or complain. Anyone that never forgets where they came from.

 

Angels of Vice

Angels of Vice


 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Many artists we would love to tour with or write together, but don’t want to single anyone out…We’re very understanding about feelings.

 

Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

Asil – Explosions in the Sky, Grinspoon, Deftones, The Roots, At The Drive In, Lady Gaga, Pretty Lights and The Judds.

Speed – Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Refused, Judas Priest, Motely Crue, Guns n’ Roses and Second Coming.

Marckus – Anything that has a tasty lick and Angels of Vice. Anything with distortion and a Floyd Rose

Xander –  John Lennon, The Beatles, Seether and 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music

Jigman – 80’s and 90’s music

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

We generally decide when to write a new song in about 2 seconds and usually finish the basics of it in less than 3 practices. What happens most of the time is someone says “hey, I got this riff”, shows it, and we work out a melody. Then Marckus changes his lead about 40 times to get the perfect sound while Xander and Jigman create a solid background. Asil comes up with a beat and drive while Speed creates a melody and comes up with final lyrics RIGHT before we record. We all take part in the writing process. Everyone can play each other’s instruments so it makes it awesome when the drummer comes up with a song or the singer comes up with a good guitar lead.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

We work off the melody first, it’s gotta be catchy. BUT the lyrics have to be good. Speed writes great lyrics thank god, so no rhyming where it hurts. Just because a band has a good melody doesn’t mean their lyrics don’t suck !@#. There’s nothing worse than hearing a song that makes a million and then it follows with “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag”?

 

Q: Where are you based?

We are from all over the Bay Area. But based out of San Francisco. Our studio’s in Oakland.

 

Angels of Vice

Angels of Vice


 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

We love the diversity and the people. We have a lot of devoted fans and friends that come to every show and support us. It’s hard to play our type of genre since the Bay Area loves it’s Indie Pop. Our local radio stations play the same !@# over and over. It’s always the same songs from the same bands. I swear some of our influences are dead to us because our radio station kills great music.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

We are currently in the studio right now recording our full length album with Scott Llamas at PopSmear Studios. Due to release in late June. We’re also getting ready to shoot a music video in a couple weeks for our song ‘Manic Attack” that was featured in a recent indie film. We have a radio interview coming up with “The Unbound Show” on FCC Free Radio on May 25th at 8pm. Annnddd we just signed a world wide distribution deal with JMD Distribution and music licensing with PlayUP Music out of Melbourne Australia.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Definitely finding our sound. We’re just now understanding how to be cohesive and really dial everything in correctly and professionally. We are just now getting hit with offers and deals, so I’d say the JMD deal. We also strip tease on the side and we make a lot ofconnections that way. 😉

 

Angels of Vice


 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

We hope to set up a big tour, have a great response on our album and meet some good bands. We hope to find the right label, but we’re fond of keeping the rights to our songs.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

We will be having an album release but will announce at a later date with more dates to follow.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Between all of our schedules there’s no time to relax, so we drink and socialize. We like to check out our competition and see how good or bad bands are these days.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

AOV’s full length album “All Good Things” is out in June. Stay updated by our website or our Facebook.

 

Angels of Vice

Angels of Vice

 

Editor’s Note: Angel of Vice’s high octane, commercial sound will leave everyone in a gig wanting more. We’re awaiting with much anticipation at Song Revelation their upcoming video and latest album, “All Good Things”. If they’re touring near you make sure you see them. Definitely one to watch!


If you’d like to learn more about or contact Angels of Vice, just follow the links below:

facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aylabit/175527139161855?sk=wall#!/pages/ANGELS-OF-VICE/110850032263740

web page link: http://www.angelsofvice.com

 

Vivian Girls Get More Joyful on New Album, Free MP3

The all-female trio Vivian Girls started, honestly, with low expectations — until they became a favorite on the Brooklyn artiste party scene about three years ago. When their scrappy sound, equally inspired by girl groups and punk rock, started gaining momentum, the blogs and press pounced. By late 2008, they were bona fide indie stars, thanks to cheerful, danceable stage shows and a self-titled debut album released earlier that year to critical and fan acclaim.

 

Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls, from left to right: Fiona Campbell, Cassie Ramone, and Katy Goodman

This was their second record, though, released the following year and titled Everything Goes Wrong, that set the band on a seemingly endless tour — and possibly, inner turmoil. In recent times, the band’s gone through two different drummers, both the original and her replacement, and the members have wandered into various side projects, like co-founding member Katy Goodman’s La Sera.

 

No matter, though — they found harmony, figuratively and literally, on their upcoming third album, Share the Joy, its first for the label Polyvinyl Records. Like the title implies, it’s a buoyant work of 10 songs, full of sunny singalongs and vastly improved production over the band’s earlier, more lo-fi efforts.

 

A still from the band's video for "I Heard You Say"

 

 

“It’s cleaner and more hi-fi than the previous records,” frontwoman Cassie Ramone said in a statement about the album.  “The sound is more open, more free. I think that this album really shows our strengths as musicians, and shows us melding together musically. It’s more psychedelic and less shoegaze. There’s also a lot of organ on it, which is new for us.”

 

As proof of the newly invigorated, but definitely still retro-influenced, vibe, just check out the official video for lead single “I Heard You Say.” The song and the video both sound and look, respectively, like forgotten, dusty nuggets from the mid- to late-’60s. View it below, and get a free link to the MP3 below as well.

 

 

Download: Vivian Girls – “I Heard You Say”

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Artist Interview – The Evidence

The Evidence are a progressive rock band from Calgary in Canada. Despite their increasingly hectic touring schedule this dynamic trio  kindly agreed to complete a feature artist interview for Song Revelation. Read on to find out about their musical background and interests, their current new album “Currents” and their excitement about the upcoming European tour. Also, make sure you check out the video for their latest track ‘Damn That River’!

 

The Evidence

 

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Q: Who are you called?
We are The Evidence! Casey, Dean and Tyler….Pleased to meet you!

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
We are a progressive, melodic band that wants to put some heart, brains and sincerity back into rock music.

 

Q: What is your musical background?
The three of us have a combined 50 years experience in touring and performing original acts. Something like 30 different bands between us over the years. Plus promoting local shows, doing live sounds, running a recording studio…we’re musical guys!

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?
We draw our inspiration from a variety of musical sources: From Rush, to Queen, The Cure, Coheed and Cambria, Bad Religion, Aphex Twin, Prince, The Beatles, Iron Maiden, AFI, we could go on for days…anywhere we can find good music.

 

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
We’d LOVE to be on a bill with any of the above mentioned artists that are still performing, for sure!

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Usually Casey or Tyler will come up with a basic musical framework for a song, then whoever comes up with some killer lyrics first will write the words. It never ends up one way, though…always different!

 

The Evidence

 

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Man, that’s like asking whether you like the peanut butter or the bread better…it’s a symbiotic relationship

 

Q: Where are you based?
Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Represent.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?
Our new record “Currents” is about to be released, so we’re gearing up for the combination CD/Vinyl release show at the end of March in our home town, to be followed shortly by the international release, video release and a European tour in April/May. Busy times!

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Well, we’ve already finished the aforementioned record, the first two videos are finished, and our European tour is booked and ready to roll. After that’s done, a short break, followed by some more local touring, and perhaps Europe again at the end of the year…we’re looking forward to it.

 

 

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Editor’s Comment: The Evidence have an appealing sound which combines elements of energetic punk rock with melodic depths. The Evidence are one of Song Revelation’s one to watch in 2011. Make sure you check them out if they’re playing a gig near you!

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact The Evidence follow the links below:

 

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/the.evidence

myspace: http://www.myspace.com/theevidenceca

twitter: http://twitter.com/theevidenceband

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheEvidenceBand

LastFM: http://www.last.fm/music/The+Evidence

Website: http://theevidence.net/

 

 


Five Artists to Watch in 2011

As we enter a new year, we start to look ahead to the new faces and new possibilities in the music world. A number of bands and artists are currently under the watchful eye of the public, and some of these musicians are predicted to make their way into the spotlight and onto your radios in 2011.

 

 

Exrays

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Exray’s

Exray’s genre is hard to pinpoint, already making it a favorite for adoring fans. They gained their popularity when their song “Hesitation” made its way into The Social Network. Exray’s is scheduled to celebrate their album release Feb. 4, 2011 at Café Du Nord. Soon to follow the release are their music videos, national tour, and a slot at SXSW 2011.

 

 

 

 

Dominant Legs

Dominant Legs

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Dominant Legs

Indie genre music duo Dominant Legs was listed as one of the 10 most blogged about artists on The Hype Machine. Composed of Ryan Lynch and Hannah Hunt, their debut album Young at Love was released on August 17th, 2010. There are a number of critics that favor this group and they are quickly gaining momentum, making them a good candidate for one of the top bands to watch this year. Their sound is a blend of 60’s pop and modern rock, with an eclectic spin.

 

 
 

 
 

Sufjan Stevens

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Sufjan Stevens

According to The Hype Machine, Sufjan Stevens continues to be the most blogged about indie artist to date. Stevens is an American born musician and has definitely made his mark in the US. However, he has still yet to break into the hearts of the UK and Australia. He began his music career with bands like Marzuki and the Danielson Famile, and his first solo album was A Sun Came. His second album was Enjoy Your Rabbit, and both albums were recorded through Asthmatic Kitty Records.

 

 

 

 

 

War on Drugs

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The War on Drugs

The band The War on Drugs did not first start playing as on official band until 2005, the year of their first released album, Barrel of Batteries. However, Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile had been playing together since 2003. A number of accompanists shifted in and out before the band officially came together in its entirety, including Charlie Hall as the drummer and organist, Kyle Lloyd as drummer, and Dave Hartley on bass in 2008. By the end of 2008, the band was back to its two original members and was joined by Mike Zanghi, the latest drummer.

 

 

 

 

 

Glitter Wizard

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Glitter Wizard

Glitter Wizard has a no holds barred approach to their music. They have a heavy rock sound and feature songs like “Black Lotus” and “Mirror Man.” Their bio lays claim that this is the kind of music you will have blaring until you are demanded to turn it down. The band is composed of Lorin Terrafor, Doug Graves, Fancee cymbals, Kandi Moon, and Wendy Stonehenge. Their debut is set for release in 2011, so keep your eyes and ears open.

 

 

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