Monday Mix: Go Fever - Ten Five Sixty - Miccoli - Jason Ayres

Go Fever - United States Of My Mind.

Background - Austin-based band Go Fever have shared "United States Of My Mind," the second single from their self-titled debut album. The track is characteristic of the band's surf pop sound mixed with classic rock and roll influences and front woman Acey Monaro's heartfelt lyrics. On the meaning of the track, Monaro says:

"I wrote this song during a huge personal turning point for me- fresh out of a 7 year relationship that had started in my teens. I was travelling a lot and sleeping around, and experiencing the mind-altering freedom and perspective that those two pastimes arouse. The expression 'what if?' - which makes up the bridge of the song- was a favourite of mine when

I was a kid and I drove my parents mad with weird hypotheticals. This song is about eliminating the 'what ifs' by doing every bloddy thing I felt like doing, after being confined by the limits of my own imagination for a long time.” Website here, Facebook here.

This is the second song from Go Fever we have introduced this month. 'United States Of My Mind' is another fine track, the bands hallmark surf pop meets rock & roll sound is really engaging and the emotion in the vocals is notable.


Ten Five Sixty - You Say.

Background - Ten Five Sixty make music. It is music that can be anything you want it to be. Let them draw you into their world, and they will make you dance with a broken heart.

Others will see them and need them in different ways, but you can make them your own. Because transparency is pointless when you can have magic.

 New track "You Say" is currently available for streaming.  The track, off of the UK duo's upcoming EP entitled E.P., is a haunting track that showcases singer Jenny's soothing voice over 80s synth. Website here, Facebook here.

'You Say' has a stripped back electro start where the vocals are beautifully upfront in the mix. The musical arrangement develops layer by layer, without ever becoming to intense, providing a finely crafted arrangement for a striking song.


Miccoli - Idle Stranger.

Background - There aren't many bands that can boast a history like Miccoli; they've gigged in LA's Viper Rooms along with every other key rock venue across America, hung out with Motley Crue, performed at the Hyde Park Wireless festival, had music videos featured on MTV, VH1 & ASXTV, lived in their car (equipped with a mobile bar and cooker) had one of their members suffer a near fatal heart condition, and attended the same music production school as Grammy Award winning producer Paul Epworth. They've spent time living in Penang, landed several sponsorship deals, moved back to the UK, and somehow through it all, they've managed to prioritise writing, recording and performing a huge number of songs.

Miccoli, their name taken from the sibling trio's surname, formed in 2010 after spending most of their childhood studying and making music. Growing up in Birmingham, England, they were brought up listening to Simon and Garfunkel, Don Mclean, The Police, Fleetwood Mac and the sounds of Motown, to name just a few of their diverse musical influences.

Twin brothers Adriano (vocal and acoustic/electric guitar) Alessandro (piano, vocal and acoustic guitar) and their younger sister Francesca (vocal, piano and harmonica) have toured extensively, giving the band the opportunity to explore their musical identity and fine tune their live set - a compelling blend of haunting, melodic and eclectic sounds, interlaced with breathtaking harmonies. Facebook here.

A melodic and gentle duet and creative soundtrack ensured 'Idle Stranger' gained my attention. The song flows naturally and put simply, is gorgeous.


Jason Ayres - Got My Heart (EP).

Background - West Australian, Jason Ayres, releases his brand new EP titled ‘Got My Heart’ on April 1 and is set for a series of launch dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Having released a string of EP’s since he began in 2007, Jason’s forthcoming EP titled ‘Got My Heart’ delivers a unique brand of alternative country. It is a new style of music that he’s dabbled in for this release but insists that he maintains his grass roots.

“It’s the first time I’ve got the full band back together after seven years of being a solo acoustic artist,” says Ayres. “I’m finally feeling free enough to write what my heart feels and this time it feels alternative country”.

An avid collector of vintage guitars having almost thirty in his collection, Jason recorded the EP in its entirety using a slather of vintage Gibson acoustic guitars that were built back in the 1940’s and 1950’s. He also wrote the EP in pieces whilst travelling the country on his last tour as he dealt with the breakdown of a long-term relationship, the result capturing his intense feelings and inevitably finding a fresh start to his life.

“It’s a record about breaking the pieces only to put them back together again. Albeit stronger, better and more uniform,” says Jason. “I came out of a ten-year relationship that was damaged and irreparable just twelve weeks before the wedding date. I hit the road with my guitar and made music for a while. With space from the chaos, and the damage dissipating in the rear view, I was able to dust myself off and focus on the future. Little did I know that the future held a new love.” Website here, Facebook here, live dates on our tour info page.

The new EP 'Got My Heart' is a collection of five diverse alt country tracks. Mixing up both the styles and the moods, each song is quite individual without losing the overall core flavours. It's a good collection of unpretentious and fresh songs.