Dead Naked Hippies - The Rock'n'Roll Hi-Fives - No Coward Soul

Dead Naked Hippies - Guillotine.

Background - Thrashing into life in late 2016 with their caustic brand of punchy post-punk, Dead Naked Hippies return with their first track of 2018 - the raw, gritty and atmospheric Guillotine. Capturing the trio, and frontwoman Lucy Jowett especially, at their most honest both sonically and thematically, the track builds on a steady release of acclaimed singles.

Opening with a low-key guitar and drum groove, before bursting into fiery life for a cathartic chorus courtesy of Jowett’s trademark vocals, this conflict of duelling musical identities echoes the lyrical messages being conveyed. "Guillotine is an exploration of grief” the vocalist explains, “It’s the fine line between wanting to retaliate to someone who has caused you hurt, versus choosing to cut out the dead weight they have created in your life.”

Serving as an excellent vignette for this universally relatable emotional struggle is just one facet of the track, and Dead Naked Hippies’ ethos as a whole; the connection between the musical identity and personality of the group runs deeper. It’s no coincidence that the band feel so at home in their own skin on Guillotine:

“Dead Naked Hippies has always been about the connection and energy between the 3 of us and our audience, and this has become a lot more prevalent over time. We went into the studio set on capturing some intimate moments so decided it was integral for us to only record what was vital in our three piece set up, adding minimal overdubs,” Jowett reflects from a collective point of view, and then on a personal note – “The lyrics are a release for me after personally facing a difficult past year; it’s the most honest we’ve ever been. A lot of my writing revolves around my own struggles with mental health, and as a young woman facing modern society.”

By creating a vehicle, alongside band mates Joe Clarke (guitar) and Jacob Marston (drums), through which to express and tackle her own internal issues, Lucy and Dead Naked Hippies offer a space for others to do the same. Whilst cutting and scuzzy, Guillotine is also triumphant call to arms: “It’s so important that we stick together and keep it real.” TWITTER

Live Dates:
JUNE 21st Sebright Arms, London
22nd Maguire's Pizza Bar, Liverpool
26th Bloc, Glasgow

JULY 4th Oporto, Leeds
6th July - The Green Room, Stockton-on-Tees
10th - The Sesh, Hull

AUGUST 4th Humber Street Sesh, Hull.

Raw and natural 'Guillotine' exudes both power and emotion as the band provide a stripped back rocker. Each musical ingredient interacts beautifully, the vocals are potent and pleading for attention, as Dead Naked Hippies carve out and deliver a very definitive sound.


The Rock'n'Roll Hi-Fives - C'est La Vie.

Background - The RocknRoll Hi-Fives fronted by sixteen-year-old Eilee Centeno, with her thirteen-year old brother on drums and their mom and dad on bass and guitar, respectively -- will release their debut LP, Re-Introducing the RocknRoll Hi-Fives, on June 29th via Little Dickman Records.

They've been playing music together since both kids were old enough to form words, and have grown from writing rudimentary songs and filming their own music videos around the house to opening for acts like A Giant Dog, Quintron and Miss PussyCat, and most recently, Snail Mail.

Influenced by prime-era guitar pop like The Runaways, T. Rex, and Cheap Trick, The RocknRoll Hi-Fives' songs are high-energy and punk-infused, with Eilee's playful shouts and clever lyrics taking center stage. They've just shared album track "C'est La Vie" -- a song written collaboratively by Eilee and her dad. BANDCAMP.

The RocknRoll Hi-Fives on Tour:
6/24: New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (record release show)
7/5: Raleigh, NC - Schoolkids Records
7/6: Wilmington, NC - Gravity Records
7/7: Charlotte, NC - Oso Skatepark
7/8: Charlotte, NC - Lunchbox Records
7/11: Orlando, FL - Park Ave CDs
7/18: Austin, TX - Waterloo Records
7/19: Dallas, TX - Good Records  
7/24: San Diego, CA -  M-Theroy
7/29: Santa Cruz, CA - StreetLight
8/4:  Boise, ID - Vista Bar
8/12:  Indianapolis, IN - Luna Music
8/17: Jersey City, NJ - FM
8/18: Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park Yacht Club

Youthful vigour was expected and the promise fulfilled on 'C'est La Vie' a feisty rock and roll song with plenty of punk vibes and a constant flow of hooks. A family that rocks together, stays together (and gives the politically correct brigade something of a dilemma, hopefully). 


No Coward Soul - Death N Texas.

Background - London-based Americana five piece No Coward Soul celebrate the release of their debut album The Almanac, o n CD and limited edition vinyl with an album launch show at London's Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on Saturday 14th July.

The album contains 13 tracks written by lead singer Brad Schmauss; inspired by both urban folk tales of the vibrant streets of South London and a childhood among the epic landscapes and beauty of the Alaskan woods.

Produced by Jamie Evans (Wildwood Kin) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Robin Schmidt, The Almanac is Americana at it’s best, full of classic country flavours and a heavy slice of soul, alongside the bands impressive trademark harmonies.

Originally from Alaska, singer Brad Schmauss is a London based artist who’s long time musical partnership with Martin Gray (Piano, guitars, vocals) culminated in the fantastic live band No Coward Soul. Gigging across the UK in recent years, the band has grown from a vocal harmony acoustic set up and now includes a sensational rhythm section featuring the Clement - Smith brothers and glock and mouth organ from Egg. The songs on The Almanac reflect the last 3 years of the band’s work together. TWITTER.

'Death N Texas' is one of those Americana songs that helps explain what the genre is. It's wide and encompassing, roots and rock with timeless vibes just flow, traditional and modern styles rub shoulders, and the performers heart and soul is always clear and apparent. I reckon that's also a seal of approval for No Coward Soul.