Hannah In The Wars|
Hannah in The Wars
25 May 2015
Roger O’Donnell, The Cure
Songwriter Hannah Curwood originates from the stark, remote region of Central Otago in New Zealand. Now based in London, Hannah in the Wars is a new project, the result of working alongside Roger O'Donnell of The Cure and a handpicked group of musicians.
This eponymous debut album showcases a collection of lyrically robust emotional narratives. Curwood’s distinctive and powerful vocals are accompanied by Telecaster, piano, synth, delicate string arrangements and the brooding pulse of an orchestral percussionist.
O'Donnell has supported the band by providing his country home studio as a recording base, and lending guidance with vocal performance, arrangements and his expertise in synth programming.
The resulting ten songs evoke the likes of P J Harvey, Anna Calvi, Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling and Smog - delicacy entangled with intensity.
Explaining how the songs came to be, Hannah says "This album was written amidst a complex tapestry of events. A profound existential, spiritual and psychological crisis of a family member, terrifying, brutal and bewildering in intensity was accompanied by the agonising death knells and eventual shattering of a romantic relationship that had spanned many years, the deconstruction of a home.This as the rumbling, groaning earth broke up under one of our cities. I remember hearing about the first big earthquake on a grey, humid Auckland day and feeling as if time suddenly stopped and was stretching, creaking, tearing at the edges. I went home that evening to a desolate, empty house and wept for the people of Christchurch, for my own grief, chastising myself for having the audacity to cry over an insignificant personal miasma when people a few 100 km away were lying dead, dying, searching for loved ones amongst the wreckage of multiple lives.
But this is how we work, in infinite ways, against infinite backgrounds we function. We grieve, we process, we grow and we continue on in our inexorable march, sometimes dragged kicking and screaming, sometimes passive travellers dreamily coasting with the current."
The album was mixed by Paul Corkett (The Cure, Nick Cave, Bjork) and will be released via O'Donnell's 99X/10 label on May 25th 2015.
Hannah’s previous releases, Sky Above, Horse Below (2007) and The Blind Love EP (2009) both received resounding critical acclaim, with tracks such as the murder ballad ‘It's Been Snowing All Winter’ showcasing Hannah's use of dark lyrics, twisted imagery and ethereal melody, earning her a place as one of New Zealand's celebrated alternative folk writers.
April 11th: The Newsagent, Sydney, Australia
April 18th: The Wine Cellar, Auckland, NZ
April 19th: The Rogue Stage, Rotorua, NZ
April 22nd: Moon 1, Wellington, NZ
April 23rd on the Interislander ferry, NZ
April 23rd: Le Cafe, Picton, NZ
April 24th: The Playhouse, Nelson, NZ
April 26th: Wunderbar, Lyttelton, NZ
April 28th: Sherwood, Queenstown, NZ
April 29th: Gin & Raspberry, Wanaka, NZ
April 30th: The Cheeky Llama, Invercargill, NZ
May 1st:Taste Merchants, Dunedin, NZ
May 16th: Sebright Arms, London
May 23rd: Red Roasters, Brighton
May 27th: Bloc, Glasgow
May 28th: Bannerman's, Edinburgh
May 29th: Liverpool, venue TBC
May 30th: Three Minute Theatre in Manchester
June 4th: The Pavilion in Belfast
June 5th: Roisin Dubh in Galway
June 6th: The Twisted Pepper, Dublin
June 12th: Prachtwerk, Berlin
June 13th: Juhu, Berlin
Postcards From Jeff|
Louder Than War
13 April 2015
“It’s about the projection of fantasy; getting lost in the worlds of people we watch on the silver screen, obsession, glamour, and desire,” reveals Postcards From Jeff alter ego Joss Worthington. “It references being mesmerised by someone and the ideas you project onto them.”
Equally reflecting a penchant for the skilled soundtracks of Angelo Badalamenti, David Torn, and Alexandre Desplat, and the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren whilst filming The Birds, Suburban Girl’s influences are as broad as they are wide. With a sparkling melody that paves the way for Worthington’s deadpan baritone, each melodic twist and turn is like a one-way window onto someone’s multifaceted life. “I always like to invent a world for the songs to live in so I'm often creating visual images in my mind to accompany the lyrics,” Worthington explains. “I like to see the lyrics as little movies although they are always more abstract than that.”
Helping to realise his vision, Worthington has once again turned to his blossoming friendship with Brighton-based filmmaker-photographer Steve Glashier (whose showreel credits include videos for Primal Scream, Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, and Julliette Lewis). Having created the videos for previous Postcards tracks 'A House' and the Wim Wenders inspired 'Awake', what originally began as a simple musical project has now evolved into a fully-fledged tragic-romantic narrative, with 'Suburban Girl' akin to a sequel in Postcards From Jeff’s ever-evolving trajectory.“We wanted to take the people from ‘A House’ and explore their world a bit more,” reveals Worthington. “There were a lot of considerations to getting it right though.”
Shot on location in Brighton using Glashier’s heavyweight Medium Format camera, the video’s timeless look appears to be the point at which the glitz of LA’s Hollywood Hills and European Cinematic influences meet. Adding to its fly on the wall voyeuristic style, the film’s concentric circles focus in on the glamour puss meets girl-next-door character who recalls the femme fatale of Edie ‘Factory Girl’ Sedgwick and leaves you with more questions than it does answers.
“There’s a glamorous element to the characters but darker undercurrents make things a lot weirder,” Worthington explains. “I was quite adamant about exploring that in a balanced way, I didn’t want it to be judgemental nor did I want the characters to seem too aspirational.”
Written, played, recorded, mixed and mastered by Postcards From Jeff in his ‘Distant City’ studio located in the midst of Yorkshire’s rolling landscape, Suburban Girl marks the point at which the world outside has become a new sonic playground for Worthington’s vast melodic exploration. Be one of the first to experience it when Postcards From Jeff broadens his horizons even further and plays some special shows this spring ahead of the eagerly anticipated debut album.
"A dreamy ride that gets inside of you in a good way. This is a new type of dreampop, folks. Get on board, take a journey."
In Your Speakers"Taking vast almost cinematic synth beds and layering them with indie melodies and a gentle and somewhat understated vocal, this is dreampop with expansiveness."
I Love Pie
"A Brooding Indie Pop masterclass."
"Somewhere poetry meets pop, electronica and folk dosado, film and reality collide and Postcards From Jeff takes all these inspirations and weaves them into new stories, new songs, new roads."
Sat 21st March - The Castle Hotel, Manchester
Friday 15th May - The Victoria Theatre, Halifax
Saturday 6th June - The Lofthouse, Nottingham
Saturday 13th June - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Wednesday 17th June - The Strongroom, London
9 March 2015
Each week we’ll introduce you to some of the acts you can look forward to seeing at the weekly Lipa cafe events as well as The 2Ube Extra Festival which happens in April
Cellist-singer songwriter Satin Beige will be injecting a hit of soulful magic into Spring 2015 with her first single, Addicted.
Last year Satin started making name for herself, singing backing vocals for Nikki Belle (Trippin’ On You) and playing cello and singing with Stephen Langstaff on his UK tour. She now focuses on stepping into the spotlight with her unique blend of sultry cello-led R’n’B/soul.
The Essex born, Liverpool based musician is currently on a solo tour of the UK, accompanying herself on cello. She recently supported Tommy Scott of Space in Liverpool and will also be supporting him at his upcoming London date, before emabrking on a tour with her band later this year.
Satin Beige has recently been in the studio with producers including Lloyd Massett (who has worked with the likes of OMD and Wyclef Jean) and Alex Campbell (P-Theory) and is currently working on refining her signature cello-infused sound.Social Links:
21st March - The Asylum, Chelmsford
24th March – Hoxton Bar and Grill, London, supporting Tommy Scott
27th March - The 2ube, LIPA and Gorilla, Manchester
1st April - The Bedford, London (tbc)
18th April - 2ube Xtra, LIPA
30th May - Norwich Arts Centre Cafe Bar
ABOUT THE 2UBE:
“There is still a shortage of live music on our terrestrial screens so something like The 2Ube live from LIPA is a fabulous idea, not only does it give the students real industry skills in producing live Television but also offers a platform for emerging music to get seen by a wider audience."
Dave Monks, BBC Radio Merseyside
Based in LIPA Cafe, Liverpool Insititute for the Performing Arts, Mount Street, Liverpool, 2ube's weekly showcase takes place each Friday from 5-7pm. The event features a diverse range of bands from across the north west of England.
Keith Mullin of Liverpool band The Farm is a music lecturer at Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts and the driving force behing 2ube. He describes the event as "a bastion of cultural diversity, a great breeding ground for new acts. In many ways it adopts a John Peel approach to music, not specialist or genre specific, in that you never know what you’re going to get."
On March 20th, the weekly showcase will be live streamed on a designated YouTube channel, attracting viewers from all over the world as we gear up for the main event, the annual 2ube Xtra Festival which is set to attract viewers from all over the world.This year 2ube Xtra begins on April 15th and runs until April 23rd, featuring four bands each night, together with exclusive interviews and performances with some of the most respected figures in the music industry.
Media outlets are welcome to attend 2ube Xtra in order to review and interview any of the artists appearing. You are also welcome to embed the show's live stream on your website on March 20th and for the duration of the festival.
The 2Ube Online:
View/Embed February's 2Ube Livestream show here:
Timed Running Order:
2.40 Ian Janco
27.30 Emilio Pinchi
38.20 Silje- Be You (music Video)
58.50 Katya Edwards
1.11.00 Inge Bremnes
1.32.00 Robbie Cavanagh
1.48.00 Native Kings
16 March 2015
Yeah Buddy, Liverpool
‘Emilio Pinchi shows the depth of solo-performing talent we have in this city, possessing some fine tunes’
Influenced by the likes of Elliott Smith and The Antlers, Liverpool based Emilio Pinchi carves his own perspective on folk-punk, offering a stark, honest outlook on everyday life.
Having racked up performances around the Midlands and North West, Emilio’s music has been aired on BBC Introducing and other independent stations, and he has recently performed live sessions for both BBC Merseyside and BBC stoke.
Staying true to his roots, 2014 saw Emilio release Trying Man, a track he produced in his kitchen after shunning established studios for a DIY approach. The lo-fi record has since grabbed the attention of the Liverpool music scene, and has garnered positive opinion from Bido Lito, amongst other blogs and reviewers.
The latter half of the year has seen Emilio quietly cause further excitement, playing a plethora of unique shows which have included a support slot with Nell Bryden at The Arts Club, an appearance on Bay TV Liverpool’s televised launch show, and even a live performance on a moving train.Emilio will spend the first half of 2015 working on a compelling new project, which will involve the recording and release of new material in a truly singular fashion.
Twitter/Instagram - @EmilioPinchi
Hug Records Absolute/Universal
23 March 2015
With support from BBC Merseyside, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music and with his songwriting skills in demand form other artists such as Blue Miller and Artful, this debut release gives us the first glimpse of an incredibly talented and exciting musician.
"One of Merseyside's most consistent lone troubadours, Langstaff blends emotive soulful pop with a natural stage presence"
Peter Guy, Get Into This, Liverpool Echo
"There's something very special about Stephen Langstaff's writing and music spirit"
The Lowdown Magazine
"Spellbinding vocal work and laid back guitar that recalls the more credible side of Damien Rice"
Glasswerk Live Review
Gone Too Far
27 April 2015
“If you like your music creative and atmospheric with strong vocal harmonies this is the band for you.”
THE COURIER ONLINE
After a near death experience in 2013, lead singer and songwriter Allan Hyslop realised he needed to treasure every moment of his life by doing what he loved most, writing and performing music.
Allan explains "Kosoti is the result of a few musicians and friends getting together to write songs and enjoy each other’s company. It started about eighteen months ago when a change in personnel gave us the impetus to try something different from what we'd previously been doing. The sound emerged and we knew there was something special being born..."
The new single 'Gone Too Far' was produced by Adrian Hall and follows the success of 2014's 'Bark and Sticks' which saw widespread airplay for the band. 'Gone Too Far' is a laid back track with sensitive yet powerful overtones and a rousing chorus mourning a relationship that has gone awry.Having already performed sessions for BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and Metro Radio in their short career, 'Gone Too Far' is set to take the band to an even larger fanbase who are drawn to Kosoti's beautiful vocal harmonies which are very much their trademark.
Friday 15.05.15 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton (venue TBC)
Tuesday 19.05.15 – The Cluny 2, Newcastle Upon Tyne (with special guests Lake Malawi)
Saturday 27.06.15 – Northumberland Live Festival, The Links, Blyth.
Sunday 12.07.15 - Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth, UK
All tracks written by:
Allan Hyslop, George Patrick Hutton, Seth Tinsley, Christos William Worsley, Rebecca Gregson, Paul William Holdsworth
Any Last Words
16 March 2015
Taking influence from contrasting artists such Amy Winehouse and Kendrick Lamar, the duo have a self confessed eclectic taste in music. This, paired with their organic and collaborative writing style, are the ingredients for their unique sound, which Michelle describes as 'Both of our personalities personified'. The combination of Michelle’s soulful voice and Alex’s intricate guitar playing, bring a certain class and retro vibe to an undeniable contemporary groove.
Since their creation in 2013, the band has played countless shows, becoming regulars at local events as well as appearing at Fiesta Bombarda and Liverpool International Music Festival. More recently, they have travelled further afield to perform in venues up and down the country, recently supporting Anthony David at London's Jazz Cafe and appearing on numerous radio stations including the BBC.
"Sophisticated, jazzy and smooth. The vocals are feisty but not too overpowering."
"It’s effortlessly cool, and has a kind of seductive sophistication about it…it’s a track you would be crazy to miss."
Social media Spying On Life Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/
Gig listing 2015:
20/03 – Camp & Furnace /Liverpool / Neighborhood BBQ
28/03 – Threshold Festival / Liverpool
16/04 – The Paul McCartney Auditorium / Liverpool
22/04 – Hoxton Under Belly / London / Indigo Sessions
28/07 – The Kazimier / Liverpool
29/08 – Watchet Festival Main Stage / Somerset