The Locals - Pat Tierney - MIMICO - Jolene Dixon - Camp Howard - Kid Creole and The Coconuts - Dead Naked Hippies

The new album from Chicago's The Locals is 'Minutes, Seconds, Degrees'. The band waste no time, in getting into some full on alt rockers, the energy matched by impassioned vocals and slick and solid musicianship and the hooks flow constantly throughout the album.

From Australia we have Pat Tierney and 'My Sweet Love' a beautiful folk roots song where his melodic vocals simply shine.

MIMICO have shared a video for 'Common Tar', a song where the synths and vocals flow intrinsically together as the guitar and drums add further momentum.

Jolene Dixon has a video for 'Dreamer' where her fabulous vocals and instinctive Americana song-writing sensibilities are both notable to say the least.

Indie rock band Camp Howard latest song 'Swimming At Night' has a catchy nature as the melodic vocals and striking harmonies stand out as the understated musical backdrop allows them centre stage.

We have the latest single and video form Kid Creole and The Coconuts entitled 'Checkin' My Colonies'. It's something of a departure from the music of his eighties heyday nonetheless it's a really fine song and worth the share.

Dead Naked Hippies alt rock style is feisty on 'Eyes Wide' a song that exudes determined passion and some powerful rock hooks.

The Locals - Minutes, Seconds, Degrees (Album).

The Locals have been a part of the Chicago music scene for over a decade and have toured extensively in the States and performed dates in the UK. They have played marquee stages and music fests all over the US including Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI), YouBloom (Los Angeles, CA), Dewey Beach Pop Fest (Dewey Beach, DE), MidPoint Music Fest (Cincinnati, OH), Halsted Market Days (Chicago), Chicago Pride, House of Blues Chicago, Double Door, The Metro and Schuba’s Tavern.

The band’s new album Minutes, Seconds, Degrees was recorded by Steven Gillis at Transient Sound in Chicago and follows the EPs Stereostatic Funicular (2013) and Salt (2010).

The last few years have been marked with personal tragedy for lead singer/songwriter, Yvonne Doll that has taken her out of the music scene. The death of her best friend (killed by a drunk driver) inspires many of the tunes on the new album. Yvonne was also diagnosed with Meniere's Disease, an incurable inner ear disorder that has made it difficult to play music.

She has fought her way back through tragedy and health issues and is now very excited to return to the stage and deliver this deeply personal music. The new album, Minutes, Seconds, Degrees chronicles the depths of the human experience, deep sadness, overwhelming love, fear and triumph.


Pat Tierney - My Sweet Love.

North Coast NSW based lap slide guitarist and roots troubadour Pat Tierney embraces a tender, ruminative reflection on love and loss with his latest album Red Moon and an accompanying national tour. Dark folk overtones and a weissenborn guitar acts as the seed of the album, driving the songs to come together.

'Tierney was tight and accomplished as he brought his brand of roots to those starting their Friday night early. I’d definitely look at investing some time into discovering Pat Tierney.' The AU Review

Embodying that folk and roots space with a little bit of soul Tierney is a true songwriter and poet, bringing an old school approach with modern tales of love, loss, hope and social justice. Having recently returned from his U.S. tour through California and San Francisco Red Moon marks a turning point in Tierney's development as an artist.

“I’ve dived pretty deeply into my being to present these songs. It was just time to strip some of those shields and walls away that we all tend to put up. I got to a point where, I knew if I was going to be a genuine, real singer-songwriter with something to say, I had to lay it all out and show more of myself. The recording process really taught me a lot about who I am and where I want to take my music. It’s been a blessing.” Pat Tierney

Recorded high on a mountain top amongst the beautiful hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, the new album dives deeply into the earthy folk tones of Bob Dylan and Neil Young whilst shining a brighter light on Tierney’s signature slide guitar sound and unique voice. Produced by roots music maestro Pauli B, the album was recorded over the past 18 months at Yama-Nui Studio and will be the follow up to Tierney’s 2015 debut album, Wild World Blues.

Red Moon follows a big 12 months for Tierney, who recently embarked on his debut shows in the United States, supported the likes of Aussie rock legend Russell Morris, roots-reggae lords, The Beautiful Girls, and released the first two singles from the upcoming album to great success with features on Double J, Triple J and the 2019 Surfline film ‘The Art Of Scoring’.


MIMICO - Common Tar.

MIMICO shares their new video "Common Tar". Their album Hi-Action is due out October 25th on Hand Drawn Dracula. Check out the video premiere here.

MIMICO is an interstellar trio formed in Toronto in 2011 comprised of Ben Oginz, Jeremiah Knight, and Nick Kervin. Named for a Toronto suburb, they traffic in an expansive brand of psychedelic, synth driven post-rock. Their forthcoming record, Hi-Action, combines the influences of film music and prog with a homegrown Sci-Fi mysticism.

Produced by Justin Small of the Juno award-winning instrumental band Do Make Say Think, Hi-Action features cameos from violinist Laura C. Bates (Volür) and vocals from Ida Maidstone (Hush Pup). Recorded partly at the legendary, countryside Bathhouse Studio during a sweltering heat wave and later, during a polar vortex in Toronto at Palace Sound, the warm analog sound of Hi-Action features heavy use of Mellotron, vintage synthesizers, and searing guitar tones. Moving from one hazy extreme to the other, Hi-Action travels the zig-zagging trajectory of the band’s sound.

The crushingly heavy space-motorik trio’s live performances have earned them direct support invitations from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Preoccupations, Do Make Say Think, Protomartyr, and Metz. Mimico’s Hi-Action will be released worldwide the fall of 2019 via Hand Drawn Dracula.


Jolene Dixon - Dreamer.

Jolene Dixon is a genuine American Singer Songwriter talent born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee. The daughter of the Donivan Cowart the celebrated Country Songwriter and Recording Engineer who helped give us timeless music from the likes of Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (just to name a few).

Jolene grew up in a truly musical enviorment and began singing and harmonizing with her sisters and musician parents from a very tender age. Jolene spent countless hours as a guest in her Fathers studio soaking up the sounds and magic during sessions with some of Country and Americana music's greatest legends. As one can imagine it all made a lasting impression and Jolene began expressing her own experience creatively through song.

Simply put Dixon is a natural, her songs and voice are as rare and unique as they are classic and time honored.  The combination of both traditional and modern influences both musically and geographically helps create a sound that is a well brewed cocktail of great Americana. There is a duality in Dixons voice that is equal parts innocent and seasoned. Her songs seduce the listener with beautiful vuenerablity, honesty and a genuine optimism that celebrates and soothes the broken hearted. The classic autobiographical story telling that we've all come to love and expect from Country does not dissapoint in Dixons songs but they certainly aren't limited to that framework.

As an artist who divides her time between Tennesse, New York and California it is not a surprise that this unique cultural synthesis is also reflected in the sound of the music. Currently putting the final touches on her debut LP with Producer, Songwriter, Musician extrodinare Kyle Krone at the helm, expect to hear and see great things from this promising new talent in the very near future.


Camp Howard - Swimming At Night.

Camp Howard is an indie-rock quartet based in Richmond, Virginia fronted by songwriters Nic Perea and Wes Parker, and backed by Matt Benson and Brian Larson.

The band composes songs in both English and Spanish (courtesy of Perea - who is Mexican). The group released “Juice EP” in May of 2017 through Egghunt Records.

In May of 2018, the bands efforts were rewarded with a support tour opening for Stone Temple Pilots. Camp Howard has continued to tour and grow with an emphasis on tight musicianship and honest self-expression. The band is currently preparing to self-release a new full-length record in the fall of 2019.


Kid Creole and The Coconuts - Checkin' My Colonies.

80s legend Kid Creole, with 4 decades of worldwide hits with his band, The Coconuts, including 'Stool Pigeon', 'Annie, I’m Not your Daddy' and 'I’m a Wonderful Thing Baby', the Sultan of Suave, the High Priest of Hip and the Prince of Pizazz is proud to announce the release of his latest single, 'Checkin’ My Colonies', on his own label 2C2C, a home for both his own music and for those who refuse to be categorised and pigeon-holed.

Having introduced Latin, Calypso and Jive to a brand-new audience, crossing genres and breaking boundaries throughout his career, his new single sees him teaming up with two of his sons, Dario (aka Youngr) and Lorne (aka Lornae), a scintillating, oozing, electronically tropical slice of Creolism which sees Kid still at the top of his game.

'Checkin’ My Colonies' sees Kid Creole with a luxury of extended time in the studio alongside Youngr and Lornae, a far cry was his days in the 80's where everything had to be 100% completed before entering the prohibitively expensive studio. Kid himself explains:

“I told them that my way of working was not to create lyrics or melodies on the spot in the studio. This was based on my training from the old days - studio time cost money. The place to write lyrics and develop melodies was at home, where time was free. But the NEW BREED didn't care about such things. It was their studio and they could care less how long it took to come up with the goods.

To make a long story longer, we worked together for 12 hours. I wrote the lyrics, despite Lorne telling me "You're better than that" every time he disagreed with a line. I contributed to the melodies against all odds. I suffered abuse heaped on top of abuse. They dissed me left and right about my choices:

"Dad, that's old school! You gotta sing it like this" or "We got to auto-tune that line, Dad, you're out of tune!"

After 12 hours, I was ready to slap one of them. But I liked the results. Lorne insisted that the track wasn't finished. He wanted to put another 12 hours into it. I refused. To this day, even after the song was mixed and prepared for release, Lorne says "It's not finished!" Luckily Dario agreed with me. Not only was it finished, it was great.

I love the song and I love the animated video that was done by Dario's friend, Emrah Tumer. Sometimes a struggle is necessary to achieve greatness. I still have the scars to prove it”.


Dead Naked Hippies - Eyes Wide.

Relentless, punchy alt-rock outsiders Dead Naked Hippies return with exuberant new single ‘Eyes Wide’ on 20th September. A coming of age, outsider anthem, ‘Eyes Wide’ opens with stark guitar stabs before frontwoman Lucy Jowett takes centre stage with a bold, confident & striking vocal. The track builds into a huge chorus, culminating in the hook “With eyes wide, I am not blind.” It’s a huge statement of intent from the Leeds based band, showing they are ready to take arms.

‘Eyes Wide’ was produced & mixed by Grammy & BRIT Award nominated producer Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Rammstein), & mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Robin Schmidt (Placebo, The Black Keys, Pale Waves). It is the follow up to visceral single ‘Young Male Rage’ which gained support from BBC 6Music & The Independent.

Frontwoman Lucy explains; "Eyes Wide is for the outsiders, the pieces that don’t quite fit the puzzle, those growing up & growing wiser but not by societal norms or expectation, instead blossoming in their own beautiful way. For those making their own shapes, decisions, perspectives, words and waves in their own time & seeing the world through their own eyes. 26 years in and I’m not the person the child or the teenage me thought I would be, or should be by expectation. No shame. Eyes Wide is a celebration of it.

I spend a lot of time trying to make sense of our modern world, so these themes always end up creeping into Dead Naked Hippies songs. So much time is spent communicating & consuming in the digital world now, it can be easy to look at what we see of people on the internet and make assumptions about their life, happiness and compare our own when what we’re looking at doesn’t even touch the sides. I’m a culprit of doing this and knowing what it’s like to be on the receiving end I would never want anyone under the impression that I or our band has it all figured out cos that is definitely not the case. Eyes Wide is an ode to imperfection in this sense, and I’m so passionate about keeping things real and opening up about mental health. The relationship we’ve built with our audience is really important for that."

It was their first time working with renowned producer Tom Dalgety & Lucy continues; “We approached the production similarly to the sentiment of the track, capturing each element at its purest & punchiest. We make a lot of noise for 3 people as a live band, which is where we feel most at home so it was very important for us to capture this on the record, & (producer) Tom was integral to that, leaving us with a track we’re extremely proud to share."