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Dan’s BandCampaign Ep 11 – Dead Poet Society

People who know me are acutely aware I like a good, heavy riff. They also know I love harmonised vocals and a well thought out melody. They will also know I am a fan of production values and recordings that contain unique layers and sounds. Boston band, Dead Poet Society, ticks all of these boxes and then some. In fact, their 2015 EP AXIOM was one of my favourite pick-ups of the year! These guys are going places….seizing the day, if you will (ok, no more DPS movie references…)

This group have a collective unity and drive that is rarely seen – to the point that they actually live together! Each member contributes to all aspects of the band – they weren’t sure how to record and mix their music, so they learnt. They weren’t able to make their own top quality film clips, so they learnt. What these guys put their minds to, they achieve and it and their growing success is a true testament to the benefits of hard work and commitment. Mr Keating would be proud! (Oops!)

https://deadpoetsocietyofficial.bandcamp.com/

http://wearedps.com/

https://www.facebook.com/deadpoetsocietyband

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSIDln9BMrcXa6Pmeu7NDew

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Dan’s BandCampaign Ep 10 – Little Red Lung

“It would be nice if something made sense for a change.” ~ Lewis Carol (Alice in Wonderland)

At risk of throwing too many surreal pop culture references into the soup, I’ve a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore. And if you still choose to taste the soup, please remember… there is no spoon!

In all honesty, Los Angeles based quartet Little Red Lung are not that weird. But they are unique and it’s their meticulous attention to detail, be it in the form of song writing or post production, that sets them apart from their peers. There’s strange and interesting for strange and interesting’s sake – and bands like that are as empty as the tin man’s chest.

But Little Red Lung are as genuine as they come and you can hear it. Songs are laced with trauma, hope, frustration and and an underlying tension that seeps out of the cracks and runs down the walls. And you can’t help but watch.

Their music will take some time to fully appreciate. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but should you get to the tea party, you will have one hell of a time… real or otherwise. *Spin totem now.

In this interview, Little Red Lung members Zoe-Ruth Erwin and Ali Nikou chatted about their new album Beware, scathing reviews, popcorn, living on a deserted island and much much more!

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Dan’s BandCampaign Episode 10 – Little Red Lung

You know, the usual Sunday afternoon wear.

“It would be nice if something made sense for a change.” ~ Lewis Carol (Alice in Wonderland)

At risk of throwing too many surreal pop culture references into the soup, I’ve a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore. And if you still choose to taste the soup, please remember… there is no spoon!

In all honesty, Los Angeles based quartet Little Red Lung are not that weird. But they are unique and it’s their meticulous attention to detail, be it in the form of song writing or post production, that sets them apart from their peers. There’s strange and interesting for strange and interesting’s sake – and bands like that are as empty as the tin man’s chest.

But Little Red Lung are as genuine as they come and you can hear it. Songs are laced with trauma, hope, frustration and and an underlying tension that seeps out of the cracks and runs down the walls. And you can’t help but watch.

Their music will take some time to fully appreciate. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but should you get to the tea party, you will have one hell of a time… real or otherwise. *Spin totem now.

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Artist Details:

Name: Little Red Lung
Location: Los Angeles, California
Generic Genre Labeling: Art Rock, Avant-rock, Alternative, Baroque
Forced Comparison: Tori Amos, Radiohead, Bjork
Bandcamp Site
Facebook Page
YouTube Channel

Assigned Rock and Goal position: Striker (Lead Singer) 

Little Red Lung sound like:


 

Take in whatever these lungs offer you!

Dan’s BandCampaign Episode 9 – The Blue Stones

How’s that sound? The Blue Stones – That’s how!

 

Imagine you walk into a bar (in slow motion) dressed in a sharp suit with the swagger only a winner could muster. You order your drink (a stiff drink), a girl flirts with you, you are invited to join the band to belt out a catchy rockin number, you get in a bar fight, the girl breaks your heart and you stagger out, tie slightly loosened but knowing you had one hell of a night. That’s what listening to The Blue Stones is like!

The Canadian duo have been belting out these suit clad, stubble fueled songs for almost a decade now. The crunchy yet soulful guitar and vocals of Tarek Jafar and intricate and powerful drums of Justin Tessier are a combination to be reckoned with. Open your ears and swallow the confident swagger that are The Blue Stones!

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Name: The Blue Stones
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Generic Genre Labeling: Blues Rock, Rock, Garage Rock
Forced Comparison: The Black Keys,
Bandcamp Site
Facebook Page
YouTube Channel

Assigned Rock and Goal position: Striker (Lead Singer) 

The Blue Stones sound like:


 

The guys at that bar I mentioned!

Dan’s BandCampaign Ep 9 – The Blue Stones

Imagine you walk into a bar (in slow motion) dressed in a sharp suit with the swagger only a winner could muster. You order your drink (a stiff drink), a girl flirts with you, you are invited to join the band to belt out a catchy rockin number, you get in a bar fight, the girl breaks your heart and you stagger out , tie slightly loosened but knowing you had one hell of a night. That’s what listening to The Blue Stones is like!

The Canadian duo have been belting out these suit clad, stubble fueled songs for almost a decade now. The crunchy yet soulful guitar and vocals of Tarek Jafar and intricate and powerful drums of Justin Tessier are a combination to be reckoned with. Open your ears and swallow the confident swagger that are The Blue Stones!

With a new album “Black Holes” adding to the list of great achievements (alongside “How’s That Sound?”and a self titled EP) The Blue Stones are one band you’ll love to love.

https://thebluestones.bandcamp.com/album/hows-that-sound-2

http://www.thebluestones.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/thebluestonesmusic

 

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Dan’s Bandcampaign Ep 8 – John WIlkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth won’t kill you, despite being a band that shares it’s name with the infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln, but they may come close if they don’t kill each other first. This Long Island band have riffs-a-plenty and with a wailing vocal reminiscent of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell (he’s seriously good!) you’ll only have to wait a short time into the opening track “From the North” from their latest full length release “Useless Lucy” to see what they are capable of.

I got a chance to spend some time with Harry, John Wilkes Booth’s bass player, discussing a wide variety of things such as:

- the effects of having an historic and often hated (with every reason to be) figure as a band name
- pondered the demise of each band member
- in-fighting and personality clashes
- band name wars
- accidentally blowing the real Batman’s cover (we are so, so sorry!)

These guys are a passionate bunch of dudes who make awesome music for the sheer love of it. And they’re damned good too! Bonus!

Their music is available (often for free) at bandcamp – https://johnwilkesbooth.bandcamp.com/

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Dan’s BandCampaign Episode 8 – John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth – Don’t blink!

 

John Wilkes Booth won’t kill you, despite being a band that shares it’s name with the infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln, but they may come close if they don’t kill each other first. This Long Island band have riffs-a-plenty and with a wailing vocal reminiscent of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell (he’s seriously good!) you’ll only have to wait a short time into the opening track “From the North” from their latest full length release “Useless Lucy” to see what they are capable of.

I got a chance to spend some time with Harry, John Wilkes Booth’s bass player, discussing a wide variety of things such as:

– the effects of having an historic and often hated (with every reason to be) figure as a band name
– pondered the demise of each band member
– in-fighting and personality clashes
– band name wars
– accidentally blowing the real Batman’s cover (we are so, so sorry!)

These guys are a passionate bunch of dudes who make awesome music for the sheer love of it. And they’re damned good too! Bonus!

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Artist Details:

Name: John Wilkes Booth
Location: Long Island, New York
Generic Genre Labeling: Hard Rock, Dirt Rock, Groove Metal
Forced Comparison: Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch
Official Website
Bandcamp Site

Assigned Rock and Goal position: Central Defender (Drummer) 

John Wilkes Booth sound:


 

Lincoln would be proud – John Wilkes Booth

Dan’s BandCampaign Episode 7 – Shayfer James

How do you best describe the music made by someone referred to by others as “The Villain King of New Jersey’s noir-pop scene” or “The Pied Piper of the Garden State”? However you describe it, you wouldn’t be doing it justice, that’s for sure. If it were a recipe for a musical cake, you’d perhaps need the following ingredients:

- A leaky bucket of Tom Waits styled romping and lyrical storytelling
- A pint of Muse’s Matt Bellamy’s wails
- A circus clown’s car worth of chaos
- Rinse through an old theater’s red curtain…twice

Shayfer is a master storyteller and is able to adopt characters and roles that range from the somber to the twisted, from the glorious to the pure evil. There is so much life in his pieces and each and every aspect of each and every song is crafted with care to truly squeeze out every once of musty, beer stained, heartbreaking, philosophical drop. His music is a journey into the dark side and back again…and you’ll love every minute once you acclimatize!

His music is available through bandcamp.com – The Band Campaign continues…

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Dan’s BandCampaign Episode 7 – Shayfer James

How do you best describe the music made by someone referred to by others as “The Villain King of New Jersey’s noir-pop scene” or “The Pied Piper of the Garden State”? However you describe it, you wouldn’t be doing it justice, that’s for sure. If it were a recipe for a musical cake, you’d perhaps need the following ingredients:

– A leaky bucket of Tom Waits styled romping and lyrical storytelling
– A pint of Muse’s Matt Bellamy’s wails
– A circus clown’s car worth of chaos
– Rinse through an old theater’s red curtain…twice

Shayfer is a master storyteller and is able to adopt characters and roles that range from the somber to the twisted, from the glorious to the pure evil. There is so much life in his pieces and each and every aspect of each and every song is crafted with care to truly squeeze out every once of musty, beer stained, heartbreaking, philosophical drop. His music is a journey into the dark side and back again…and you’ll love every minute once you acclimatize!

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Artist Details:

Name: Shayfer James
Location: New York, New York
Generic Genre Labeling: Indie Noir Pop (maybe not so generic!), menacing barrel-house caberat (yep!)
Forced Comparison: Tom Waits, Ben Folds Five, Edwin Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Official Website: http://www.shayferjames.com/
Bandcamp Site: https://shayferjames.bandcamp.com/

Assigned Rock and Goal position: Winger (LeadGuitarist) 

Shayfer James sounds:


Official Bio:

Shayfer James weaves surprisingly genuine musical landscapes that evoke the gauzy, sweaty sexuality of gulf-coast barrooms and the fantastical, narcotic mysticism of a Lewis Carroll-inspired three-ring circus. Mr. James’ noir-infused, piano driven music swaggers from dark danceable anthems to harrowing ballads with jazz lilted satire and whiskey-dirt grit. Raised with one foot in the theater and the other in a dingy night club, Shayfer finds inspiration as frequently in Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim as he does in Fiona Apple, Danny Elfman, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, The Pogues, and The White Stripes. He has toured the U.S., and has performed at festivals and events like CMJ NYC, Art Basel, Miami, Foburg Festival, New Orleans, CBGBs Festival, NYC, and Hope & Glory, Hong Kong. His songs have been featured by WNYC.org and Filter Magazine online, and his second album, “Counterfeit Arcade”, was dubbed ‘New and Noteworthy’ by iTunes. Shayfer has independently released two LPs and 3 EPs since 2010, with the newest EP, “Haunted Things” out September 22, 2015.

Shayfer James - the light is on and someone is definitely home!

Shayfer James – the light is on and someone is definitely home!

Dan’s BandCampaign Episode 6: Sophie’s Earthquake

Registering 10 on the Rockter Scale - Sophie's Earthquake

Registering 10 on the Rockter Scale – Sophie’s Earthquake

DBCP Episode 6: Sophie’s Earthquake

They say “Good things come to those who wait,” and in the case of Germany’s Sophie’s Earthquake, it may be true. Formed in 2009, they have thus far only released 3 songs (with an album due out at the end of 2015)! But the three songs are as well thought out as they are diverse.

Epic songs that contain a variety of styles, Sophie’s Earthquake takes the rhythmic patterns of Tool and throws in acoustic builds, harmonised vocals and spacey passages to create a spiraling sonic journey for the ears.

Artist Details:

Name: Sophie’s Earthquake
Location: Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Generic Genre Labeling: Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Heavy Rock, Acoustic Rock
Forced Comparison: Tool, Alice in Chains, ISIS (the band!!)
Bandcamp Site: https://sophiesearthquake.bandcamp.com/
F
acebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sophies-Earthquake/833196446731760
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/sophies-earthquake

 

Assigned Rock and Goal position: Central Midfielder (Rhythm Guitarist) for the Red Balls

guitar



Sophie’s Earthquake Bio:

Sophie´s Earthquake started as a project of Janosch & Mitja back in 2008. After a lot of Jams, sound experiments and effect knob twistling..the sound of Sophies Earthquake evolved and finally petrified on the recently released, self titled EP.

But don´t be fooled..their sound is vivid and ever-changing..one never knows what to expect

Members:

Janosch – Guitar, Vocals
Mitja – Bass
Magnus – Drums

Riffs that will have you shaking the foundations of your house! Sophie’s Earthquake.