Sauropod - Sedgewick - WellBad

Sauropod - By The Tree.

Background - Sauropod, Norwegian garage-punk trio made up of – Jonas Røyeng (guitar, vocals), Kamillia Waal Larsen (bass, vocals) and Jørgen Natland Apeness (drums) have announced their signing to Propeller Recordings with the release of explosive new single ‘By The Tree’. With an aggressive intensity and simultaneous pop sensibility, the Oslo based trio are a force to be reckoned with both live and on record. 

"Jump on the rocket / stomp on the day” Jonas yelps as the song bursts into life, to a backdrop of pummelling drum work and rolling bass lines - the song then shifts into a more melodic, but equally as untameable assault of punk instrumentation.

Speaking on the lyrical meaning behind the new single, frontman Jonas Røyeng explained “By The Tree is essentially about juggling two things at once, not knowing which one you like the most." It’s an almighty amalgamation of sounds and influences, perhaps giving a nod to the likes of The Wytches, Thee Oh Sees, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard in their songwriting and delivery.

The band are currently preparing for an extensive touring schedule kick-starting in the new year, as well as writing for the release of their debut album on Propeller. Website here, Facebook here.

Totally desirable garage punk comes along in the shape of 'By The Tree' a feisty, determined in your face, piece of natural rock'n'roll.


Sedgewick - To Fold.

Background - Sedgewick is a dream folk trio yearning for the sounds of the unknown, built on the juxtaposition of the sounds of old and sounds to come. 

They explore the space between a literal and sonic narrative, where the meaning is evolving with each new listen. Their unique live set up of synthesizers, upright bass, effects, and distinct vocal harmonies are sure to inspire. 

Sedgewick solidified their presence in the Chicago folk scene in April 2015 with the release of their debut EP, "Gardens." Before their release, their music had already received accolades from New City magazine and Gapers Block, calling it "gorgeous" and "cinematic," evoking "Sufjan Stevens and a pre-therapy Peter Gabriel."

Their new record, Collapse, debuts in fall of 2017. Website here, Facebook here.

High quality dream folk with an understated and beautifully produced musical arrangement, allows the vocals and harmonies on 'To Fold' shine through. When the musicians do get their moment in the spotlight they come up with a delightful interlude, ensuring the forthcoming 'Collapse' release is firmly on my radar.


WellBad - Different State of Mind.

Background - WellBad ‘Different State Of Mind’ the new single by German blues rock act out 04.08.17. His raspy voice is as dry as the soil in Death Valley. His full beard is as prickly as a desert cactus. And the atmosphere in his songs is reminiscent of movie scenes shot by Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch. The 27-year old singer and songwriter Daniel Welbat is an engaging, passionate entertainer and, together with his excellent band WellBad, he has impressed critics and enthused audiences wherever they have performed their very own brand of modern Blues Rock. 

WellBad will release their third album, ‘The Rotten’, in September. Paired with the raw,dirty sound of his bandmates, the Hamburg-based Welbat creates an idiosyncratic blend of styles that easily transports a classic Blues vibe right into the here and now. ‘The Rotten' is a genre-defying, elegant mix of Rock, Blues and Jazz and is produced by Stephan Gade (Udo Lindenberg, Niels Frevert), who also worked on the band’s second studio album, ‘Judgement Days’, in 2015.

WellBad have not only made numerous appearances already on major German TV stations, but they also made the podium of the ‘European Blues Challenge’, held in Torrita di Siena, Italy, in April 2016. That same year they also represented Germany in the world´s largest international Blues competition in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to some memorable concerts, the band had the chance to record a single in the legendary Sun Studios. Website here.

Oozing natural blues rock vibes 'Different State of Mind' is completed in style by the notable vocals of Daniel Welbat. That said, the band are super slick and deliver a slice of blues rock that ensures they are a key part of the overall piece. A fabulous video just adds more.