Shadowlands - Certain Animals - North America

Ahead of the new album '003' Shadowlands have released a video for 'Low'. The song is a good introduction for the new collection of material and is one of eight consistently impressive tracks where the bands rich mixture of warm layered sounds which span a number of rock genres support the fabulous, emotional and beautiful vocals. If you like 'Low' then next months album release is a must hear.

From Rotterdam we have Certain Animals and 'Strawberry Sunset' which opens as bluesy rocker, before morphing into an old time psychedelic piece where the vocals and harmonies are just wonderful, this is hugely addictive!

North America have just released a new single entitled 'Leave Us To Fate'. Back in August we shared 'My Baby's No One's Girl' describing that song as "a melodic and earnest indie rock song that is lush and just so natural". With the new single they up the stakes even higher, this is just gorgeous.

Shadowlands - Low.

Shadowlands has announced their new LP entitled "003" and unveiled the first single via the video for "Low."

When Shadowlands’ guitarist of four years announced he was leaving the band for personal reasons, band vocalist and lead songwriter Amy Sabin was grappling with the recent death of a close friend. With the first few songs from third album "003" already underway, she was struggling to find direction with this loss. Enter Amy’s identical twin sister, Angie. Despite performing together as kids, they had never played in a band together, or ever fully considered the idea. Whether through their shared experience, shared DNA, or some other connection, Angie instinctively knew that she was a candidate for the open guitar role. Through a series of late night texts over the vision and shared desire to keep the band alive, Shadowlands was reborn. The band played one of Portland’s most popular venues just one month after Angie joined, followed by their first Treefort Fest Appearance.

Amy’s music explores anxiety, fear, depression, and isolation. Sabin’s songs sometimes contain moments of joy and subtle irony, a reminder that life can be hopeful and at times requires levity to persevere. Warm analog synths, shimmery guitar, and intricate rhythms carry you through these emotions made real by Amy’s dynamic voice and heartbreakingly vulnerable lyrics. The band is rounded out by Amy’s husband Casey Logan on drums and Amy’s “band husband” (she jokes it’s an official title earned after 15+ years playing in bands together), Jesse Elizondo on bass.

Shadowlands will release "003" on November 22nd and the band will celebrate with a release show on November 23rd at the Fixin To in Portland Oregon.


Certain Animals - Strawberry Sunset.

Rotterdam based trio Certain Animals serves you melodic rock filled with vocal harmonies. The members aren't afraid to show what records they've been listening to. Musical giants from the 60's and 70's are spinning on a daily basis on their turntable. The Beatles, Beach Boys, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Electric Light Orchestra are regular companions in their musical life, but also the fuzzy and phasey sounds of contemporary bands like Tame Impala influence the music of Certain Animals.

Without being stuck in the past and with a critical view on the present, the band brings you their intriguing sound which makes for an energetic live show filled with intimate moments and explosive bursts of energy. In less then three years, the band managed to build a strong live reputation by playing shows on major Dutch festivals in famous venues all over the country. After having played across the border in Belgium, other international gigs in Germany have been confirmed for spring 2020.

While busy touring, band members Thijs van Leeuwen (vocals, guitars), Niels-Jan van Dijk (bass, vocals) and Kees Braam (drums, vocals) managed to build their own recording studio at a former red light district in the port of Rotterdam. At their home base the trio wrtes, produces and mixes thir music single-handedly, working towards the release of their debut album scheduled for spring 2020.

Strawberry Sunset is the first single of the album, which shows the band's new sound. The trio doesn't pretend to be tougher than it is and isn't rougher than what the song demands. The love for music does not only show in the massive record collections of the individual members, but also in their new single. Honesty is shown when it comes to their musical influences.


North America - Leave Us To Fate.

East London quintet North America release new single ‘Leave Us To Fate’.  A rolling ballad encompassed in ethereal guitar work, the song is a bittersweet reflection on love’s subjugation to fate.

Frontman P.F. Phillip says, “Leave Us To Fate is a bittersweet goodbye to a love now lost, a reminiscence of a romance that inevitably could not be.” Torn apart by separation, the protagonist encourages himself and his former lover to live and carry on, while admitting to a hopeless desire that they meet again in an unknown future.

Written, recorded, produced and released by the band themselves, 'Leave Us To Fate' is a cathartic release of emotion that encapsulates the band's lyrical poeticism and sense of indie grandeur.

North America are a London based 5-piece creating viscerally energetic and introspective indie-rock that embodies the anthemic quality of their songwriting. Hailing from São Paulo and California, frontman P.F. Phillip met guitarists Gabe Coulter, Jack Rennie, bassist Sandro Giacometti and drummer Sam Roberts at the world famous Metropolis Studios before forming North America in 2017 over a refined appreciation of trashy American comedies and questionable pizza joints.