Native Sons - Dan Howls - Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Plastic Picnic

Native Sons - Say Nothing.

Background - Bay Area, electro-rock duo, Native Sons, are excited to release their next single, "Say Nothing", from upcoming EP -- Super American. Perfect for a late night drive, "Say Nothing" features bouncing synth tones and eerie, longing vocals.

Native Sons were born out of the ashes of blues rock band The Iron Heart. After making waves and playing 2013 Bottle Rock Music & Arts Festival alongside headliners such as the Black Keys and Kings of Leon, members Thomas and Justin decided it was time to follow a new musical journey.

The Native Sons project took a backseat for the time being but was ever present in the hundreds of songs they wrote together of the next 4 years. It wasn’t until June of 2016 Thomas Fine and Justin Altamura decided to re-think their music trajectory. The duo called on friends and industry contacts to put together a roster of producers.

Native Sons – Super American, their debut release, is a mix of pop, dance, electronic and rock. The 7 song EP take the listener through a journey of their past relationships, adventures and past musical history together in an intimate and emotional way. Super American will available online on all major streaming and download services August 4th. Website here, Facebook here.

Gentle rhythmic, melodic synths sit comfortably with the duo's natural rock instincts on 'Say Nothing', a catchy tune with vocals that could front for a mass of genres.


Dan Howls - Big Blue Eyes.

Background - Fresh from taking out WAM’s Blues Song of the Year for his track The Prince (an ode to everyone’s favourite watering hole in Bunbury), Dan Howls has put forward another blistering offering with new single Big Blue Eyes. Dan says of the track “Big Blue Eyes is a song about friends moving away from the wild life you grew up together in. It’s dark but has some cheeky overtones."

Making his live debut just last year at W.A’s Nannup Music Festival, Dan performed solo with nothing more than an electric guitar and a stomp on his foot, impressing enough to take away the event’s audience voted Emerging Artist Award. The prize included studio time with James Newhouse (Ash Grunwald, The Kill Devil Hills) which resulted in his first EP’s worth of material. 

After playing relentlessly throughout Perth and Fremantle for the rest of 2016, Dan headed to Germany to play the first official Kornern Festival as well as nailing a filmed performance for the famed online Cardinal Sessions. Upon his return to Australia Dan launched his ‘Howler’ EP to a sold out crowd at Mojos Bar, with the addition of an explosive backing band made up of Josh Cutler, Callum Sealamb and Julia Weller. 

Dan Howl’s dark and gritty voice recalls shades of Tom Waits and when on fire with the band also hovers around the territory of Gary Clarke Jr., The Black Keys and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, setting the stage for one of the most menacing and ecstatic live shows going around.

With a debut album set to drop this year and plans for national touring underway, Big Blue Eyes will feature amongst other new material being showcased as Dan Howls and his band continue to exorcise one stage at a time. Facebook here.

Some raw and ready rock'n'roll music ensures this song thunders into your life. Add in the gritty vocals and soothing harmonies and 'Big Blue Eyes' immediately registers. Fabulously natural alt rock.


Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Three New Songs.

Background - Since their formation as teenagers 10 years ago, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have quietly developed into one of America’s most dazzling new live acts, playing hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world, attracting a deeply devoted underground following.

Still, with a bounty of invaluable experience under their belts, nothing foretold the artistic leap of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real their new, self-titled album, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding work of cosmic country soul set for release on August 25th, 2017 via Fantasy Records. The band has shared three new tracks from the album, “Find Yourself,” “Forget About Georgia,” and “Set Me Down On A Cloud”.

The new album includes 12 Lukas Nelson originals that draw on his country and rock lineage including literate Texas songsmiths like his father and ‘uncles’ Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, along with the enduring influence of J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie and of course, his mentor Neil Young. 

Young, an essential member of the POTR family, met the band after he caught them at Farm Aid several years back. “Neil got in touch after that, and we started talking by email,” Lukas recounts. “Eventually, he asked us to record with him. We fell in love with each other musically, one thing led to another and we became Neil’s band.”

Currently on tour with Sheryl Crow, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real will be burning up stages throughout 2017 including multiple Outlaw Music Festival dates (with Willie Nelson & Family, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Margo Price), Austin City Limits Festival, Farm Aid and Milwaukee’s SummerFest.  The band is also set for shows alongside Gary Clark Jr. and Nicki Bluhm.  Additionally, Lukas Nelson & Promise will headline the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on September 5th. Website here.

Three songs, “Find Yourself,” “Forget About Georgia,” and “Set Me Down On A Cloud” and each one, more than just a little bit special. The new album is a must for me!


Plastic Picnic - Miss It Still.

Background - New singles label Highland Park, first ever release, is from Brooklyn-based band Plastic Picnic. The label have re-released their killer summer jam, 'Miss It Still', along with a brand new music video.

Plastic Picnic is a Brooklyn based band comprised of four Pacific Northwest transplants. The duos – Lute and Panerio, and Hunt and Taylor – developed their styles playing in separate Seattle projects. It wasn’t until moving east that the pairs were brought together by a mutual friend. 

Instantly compatible, the group shared a taste for lyrically forthright indie rock paired with driving 80's rhythms, sweetly spun melodies and atmospheric synth and guitar work. Website here, Facebook here, Highland Park Records website here.

'Miss It Still' is a breezy indie rocker, that's catchy. pleasing and just right for a warm summers evening, as is the case for me right now, oh for a swim in the sea..