Category: Sound/Vision

Vision Premiere: Lit FM, Things Ain’t Been The Same.

London based band Lit FM have created a provocative video to accompany their song Things Ain’t Been The Same. It is a concept piece where Donald Trump has won Presidency, and all these terrible, worst-that-can-happen things have happened. A snapshot from the future, if you will. Lit FM are a 10 piece funk/soul fusion band based in South London and featuring musicians from across the world, half of whom live together in a pokey house in Streatham. Initially a jam band, their sound was influenced by the American jazz-funk and soul of the 60s and 70s, later synergized with elements...

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Vision Premiere: The Breathing Room, Man On Fire.

  Man On Fire is the single spearheading the Man On Fire EP by The Breathing Room, aka Mike Fullarton. The entire project is of his own making, written, played, recorded and produced by himself. His teenage years were occupied busily in bands playing cafes and bars in his local town of Dundee. Such hard work paid off and a keen fanbase was established that encouraged and fuelled his passion for music and to continue writing and recording. Now taking the leap to go solo, his sound mixes genres: Indie-Folk, Americana + Blues and a tad of Scottish Folk (obviously). Playing...

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Vision: Michael Nau, Love Survive.

The sumptuous, Lee Hazlewood-esque track (which is released on 26th August) features backing-vocals from Michael’s wife and bandmate Whitney McGraw and is taken from the Appalachian singer-songwriter’s debut album Mowing, which will be released on 18th November 2016 via Full Time Hobby. The accompanying animated video was created by Robert Wallace who said the following: “Love Survive is a light-hearted summery track, filled with personality and quirks. The video captures this mood, jumping between animated loops that move in time with the music. Set on a fictional island, the video explores the different aspects of nature there. Instead of...

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Vision Premiere: Emotional, Living In XTC.

RockShot Magazine is proud to premiere the video for Living In XTC by Emotional. Their debut album will be released via MÏLK on 9th September 2016. The song (taken from their album) and video work in perfect harmony and the extremely “trippy” feel has been bought to life by innovative London studio Werkflow who made the film. Emotional is an experimental electronic pop duo made up of Sian Dorrer (The Bomber Jackets, PLUG and Ravioli Me Away) and Adam Parkinson (Dane Law and SDF). They formed in 2013 while experimenting with a collection of Sian’s field recordings, ancient Casio keyboards...

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Sound Premiere: iET, Clarity.

Dutch based multi-multi-instumentalist artist iET will release her new full length album Clarity in September. Here we premiere the SoundCloud track title track Clarity. Have a good listen it will give you goosebumps! The album contains 12 mesmerizing songs. The album will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally through Spotify, iTunes and most other streaming media. iET told RockShot Magazine ‘Clarity is about the search for your true self. As we grow up we learn to build walls around ourselves, wear masks, hide what we feel and therefor who we truly are, what we long for and what...

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Vision: Todd Rundgren, Black Maria.

Cleopatra Records is pleased to announce An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The Ridgefield on August 26, 2016. Get ready for an incredible concert experience, a multi-media extravaganza available on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Blu-ray, starring classic rock icon and famed songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren. Watch the video clip of Todd’s electrifying performance of “Black Maria” as featured on the upcoming release. A Wizard, A True Star, the title of his 1973 solo album, aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, Rundgren has...

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Vision: Kongos, Take It From Me

Following two successful years on the road supporting 2014’s breakout  album Lunatic, Kongos returned home in late 2015 with a bevy of ideas. The guys wrote initial demos separately and convened at Tokoloshe Studios, their full-scale production studio located in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. While sharing ideas, they collectively realized a thematic commonality, which would eventually inform the creation of Egomaniac, a new album packed with thirteen exciting tracks. These range from the blues guitar-driven accordion shuffle of I Don’t Mind, which instantly became a live favorite, to the skittering electronics and sharp commentary on Autocorrect and the epic send-off at the heart of Look...

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Vision: KT Tunstall, Maybe Its A Good Thing.

KT Tunstall has unveiled the video for Maybe It’s A Good Thing, the new single from her latest album KIN released September 9th on Virgin EMI. The track shows KT in top form: a moment in life captured in a bright, powerful pop song with an irresistible and unforgettable melody which is echoed by this striking, vibrant video. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Belle and Sebastian), and written by KT in LA, KIN exemplifies the very best of guitar pop. The diverse collection also includes a duet called Two Way with KT fan James Bay. KT had considered stopping producing album...

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Sound Premiere: Edward Rogers, Bright Star.

Edward Rogers premieres his track Bright Star on RockShot Magazine. A wonderful folk psychedelia poem echoing Clifford T Ward, Al Stewart and the early Canterbury sound. Born in Birmingham and based in NYC, and a former drummer on the NY punk/garage and psychedelic scene, Edward Rogers used to hang out at CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City with artists such as Joey Ramone and the musicians in the Patti Smith group. An incident in the mid-80s left him without the use of the right arm and leg, leading him to start writing songs, which became his absolute passion. Glass Marbles is...

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Video Premiere: John E Vistic, Welcome Down The Night.

John E Vistic is a singer multi-instrumentalist and internationally award winning songwriter. As well as his guitar and vocal duties with The John E Vistic Rock N Roll Soundsystem, Vistic is known for his work as Creative Director of The Russian Winter show (Old Vic) and his collaborations with other artists including Crippled Black Phoenix, Emily Breeze, Way Out West and General Midi. He has an album launch party on 22nd Fri at Thunderblot in Bristol and 23rd Sat at Magic Garden in London. John E Vistic’s new album Welcome Down the Night is produced by Tristan Longworth (Jon Allen/The...

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Video: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore.

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry share new video for a cover version of Jean Ritchie song The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore Taken from the new album Shine A Light – Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad out Sept 23rd on Cooking Vinyl Recorded while travelling across America by train, Shine A Light features songs originally made famous By Hank Williams, Lead Belly, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Glen Campbell, Gordon Lightfoot & More Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of...

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Premiere: Track A Lackin’ by Xylaroo

Xylaroo are Holly and Coco Chant, two sisters, two peas in a pod, two harmonious voices cut from the same cloth. They unveil their new single Track A Lackin here on RockShot Magazine. The song is out now on Sunday Best Recordings Track a Lackin is the girls 3rd single from their fantastically fun debut album Sweetooth which was out last month via Sunday Best/ PIAS. The sisters are getting a lot of attention as the previous singles are all over the radio. The album is a beautiful array of harmonies and melodies highlighting the sister’s superb vocal collaborations. The B-side, a cover of Gloria...

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Video: Julia Jacklin, Leadlight.

Julia Jacklin’s debut record Don’t Let The Kids Win is to be released on Transgressive on October 7th 2016. This will be accompanied big time by a North American & European tour including lives dates with Whitney. The song Leadlight is filmed and directed by Julia and she told RockShot Magazine; “I filmed this in my old High School hall in the Blue Mountains. A lot of the shots focus on the stage where I performed in the chorus for Grease and Fiddler on the Roof and the unfortunate time I chose to sing Wonderwall to a backing CD for a senior...

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Video: The Struts, Kiss This. (Acoustic)

Every so often, a band comes along that the online music photography community opines as a ‘must have’ in the portfolio. Vintage Trouble are one such artist. I’ve snapped them and can confirm that they certainly lived up to the hype. More recently,The Struts have been listed in the same exalted company, so when an opportunity presented to photograph them performing at Camden’s iconic Dingwalls, it wasn’t one that needed thinking about for very long. Read the live review and view the great concert photos on RockShot Music Magazine     Share9 +13 Tweet1 Pin...

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Video: Saint Agnes, Sister Electric

Since their formation in 2014, blues-rock powerhouse Saint Agnes have gone from strength to strength, releasing two sell out singles, a live EP and cementing their place as London’s most exciting live band. Now that they’ve released new single Sister Electric, on Death or Glory Gang Records, they’re pleased to share their brand new video by Ed Edwards of multimedia, award-winning independent film company, Ragged Crow Productions.  The innovative and atmospheric Sister Electric video was shot over two nights in a medieval house in Kent. It takes the form of a supernatural hallucination brought on by band members downing a strange potion during an occult gathering. The mesmerizing spinning room...

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Video: Courtney Barnett, Elevator Operator

The past few years have seen the steady ascension of Courtney Barnett to the higher echelons of indie rock superstardom. If her debut LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit finally heralded the arrival of a truly unique and distinctive songwriting voice, everything that has taken place after has only confirmed it. From scoring nominations at the BRIT and Grammy Awards, to playing at every festival from Glastonbury to Coachella and Primavera, to appearing on TV shows such as Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, The Colbert Show and, recently, closing out the latest season of Saturday Night...

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Video: Silverman, Go.

Collapsed under the weight of their own insecurity they walked away from each other 10 years ago. The legendary Stud Brothers writer Dom Wills sets out some words about Silverman below. “Some music has to be made. It cannot be ignored, forgotten, pushed to the back of the mind and left to die where most dreams die. No matter what barriers oppose its creation, no matter how uncomfortable its birth, it will out. So it is with Silverman‘s Onno, conceived in the deep darkness of crushing disappointment, brought to life by sheer artistic necessity. Its strange sounds could spring only...

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Video: M Craft, Chemical Trails.

With his album Blood Moon due for release 17th June on Heavenly Recordings, M. Craft has today unveiled a visually sumptuous video to new single Chemical Trails. Directed by George Byrne and shot around Palm Springs, the video beautifully captures the dreamy, drifty essence of the track, which is loosely about the way we all shine in the light, all too briefly, then fade away. Of the video Craft says: “George Byrne is a friend of mine who lives in LA. I love his photography so was very happy when he liked my record and wanted to work with...

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Video: Micko Westmoreland, Schmescos.

Micko Westmoreland proudly presents the music video for his track Schmescos, with a starring role from comedy legend Kevin Eldon. Kevin, whose list of credits includes The Day Today, Brasseye, Alan Partridge, Big Train, Jam/Bluejam, Fist of Fun, Four Lions, Smack The Pony, Black Books, Green Wing, The IT Crowd and his own BBC2 show It’s Kevin, filmed his role as a supermarket security guard shortly after shooting for the new season of Game of Thrones. Schmescos is taken from Micko’s second solo album Yours etc abc and deals with the adrenaline rush of shoplifting among a backdrop of corporate...

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Video: Kate Jackson, End Of Reason.

Following the news of her debut solo album, British Road Movies, former Long Blondes frontwoman Kate Jackson has shared the video for new single, The End Of Reason. Kate spoke to RockShot Magazine about the video “The idea behind the video for The End Of Reason came from thinking about how a British road movie might look if it was shot cinematically and stylistically by Wim Wenders. That was the starting point. I got in touch with photographer and film maker Phil Miller who I knew would have a great eye for the job. His photography celebrates the more mundane side...

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Video: Hinds, Easy.

Spanish quartet Hinds may be well known for their irrepressible joie de vivre and infectious brand of ramshackle garage rock, but with their new video for Easy, directed by John Strong, they showcase another, darker, more emotional side to their music.   Though no less catchy than the other tracks on their much talked about debut Leave Me Alone, Easy deals with altogether more painful territory as it zeroes in on the dying embers of a relationship: Easy is the worst moment in the universe during a relationship cause you love him but he doesn’t care anymore. And being in bed...

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Video: Peter Vogelaar, Television.

Peter Vogelaar is a bass player & producer from Waterford, Ireland. His new album The Science Of Summer features collaborations with Deaf Joe, Katie Kim, Cat Dowling, Ken Lally, Susan O’Neill & Aisling Browne. Peter spoke to us about the new album I wanted to make an electronica/folktronica album, loosely conceptual, that tries to capture the energy and atmosphere of a summers day. The real obstacle was trying to give the album a continuity with all these guest vocalists who had their own personality and flavour. I went back to a lot of the internal sounding albums that turned...

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Video: Two Ways Home, Still In Love

Anglo/Austrian alt-country duo Two Ways Home have announced that they will be touring the UK this May. The tour will be supported with the release of the beautiful new video for the track Still In Love, taken from the recently released EP Better Days. Produced by MsM (Ed Sheeran, The Saturdays), Still In Love continues Two Ways Home’s signature sound of country inspired harmonies mixed with pop-rock sensibility. Isabella Mariee and Lewis Fowler’s blend of infectious pop melodies with the melancholic makes ‘Still In Love’ their most intriguing single yet. You can catch Two Ways Home at the following venues: May 5th – The...

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Video: Mutual Benefit, Lost Dreamers.

20th May sees the release of Mutual Benefit’s new album and his debut for Transgressive. Today, Jordan Lee shares the Lost Dreamers video, directed by Ethan Samuel Young. Influenced by themes of surrealism from Chris Van Allsburg, Rene Magritte and Beth Hoeckel the video is a glimpse into a fantastical vision of tranquility where elements of New York City and its residents are disconnected from their bustling environment and placed into a serene natural space. Earlier this month, Mutual Benefit unveiled new single Lost Dreamers and announced its eponymous competition. Fans are invited to share their dreams via the...

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Video: Band Of Skulls, Killer.

Band Of Skulls has premiered the video for new single Killer directed by Jonatan Weinberg, which is taken from the band’s forthcoming fourth album By Default, out May 27 via BMG Recordings. The band have confirmed they will perform at Glastonbury Festival (slot tbc) in addition to recently announced intimate album preview shows, including London Electric Ballroom on May 19 which sold out in 3 days, Paris Le Trabendo (May 24) and Amsterdam Paradiso (May 25), alongside warm-up shows at Guildford Boiler Room (April 28, Sold Out), Stoke Sugarmill (April 29). The dates are the latest to be added...

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Video: Affairs, Play.

This wonderfully produced video from Manchester via Hull band, Affairs. Play is a beautifully flowing immensely catchy song merging Edwin Collins-esq vocals with the Killers and OMD as a backing band. The film is directed by the prolific and talented Wes Rachid. Starting off 2016 with the new single Play, produced by Ed Buller (Suede, Pulp, White Lies, The Courteeners), AFFAIRS have a busy year planned with a consolidating EP release coming this summer and future recording plans in preparation for their debut album. Originally formed whilst at Hull University AFFAIRS gained early support from BBC Humberside’s Introducing DJ...

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Video: Luke Elliot, Trouble.

Luke Elliot is a unique proposition. He’s gained a level of what nowadays in the music industry is referred to as ‘hype’, yet in actual fact his work ethic, as well as the artistic development he has embarked upon, harks back to the great songwriters of old – the stalwarts of the form who delicately honed their craft: the Leonard Cohen’s, the Bob Dylan’s and Tom Waits’. Luke Elliot, like these artists before him, has tales to tell, and the ability to tell them. We asked Luke about the making of Trouble and he told us this: “This video...

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Video: SHEL Enter Sandman

SHEL releases video for Enter Sandman, taken from their upcoming album Just Crazy Enough There is a great tradition of metal and rock songs being worked over by their non-metal contemporaries and the multi-instrumentalist quartet of sisters of SHEL have taken one of the most iconic 80s thrash metal songs and breathed new life into it by replacing the heavy instrumentals with haunting traditional instruments and group harmonies. The track is as disconcerting as it is beautiful. Starkly contrasting James Hetfield’s signature growl from the original, lead vocals provided by Eva Holbrook add a breathy quality to the composition. ...

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Rock Media: James McCartney Reveals Unicorn.

James McCartney reveals music video for Unicorn Taken from the forthcoming new studio album  The Blackberry Train released May 6th Directed by renowned motion designer Sholto Crow, the animation brings to live the aural aesthetic of Unicorn, an urgently melodic track centered on the spiritual nature of psychedelic music, in a surreal and immersive way. James told RockShot “Unicorn is a song that has elements of the avant-garde and psychedelic in it, and I wanted to use those elements in the video as well. It’s very trippy and cool, just like the song”. On directing the video Crow said,...

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Feature: Andy Shauf The Magician.

Here is the new video for Andy Shauf’s song The Magician. The track is from the Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album The Party which arrives this May 20th. The video for The Magician, like the track, is an intensely evocative affair that’s warmly familiar, like a cherished classic from some non-existent past. Several early reviews have referenced Elliott Smith and Harry Nilsson, both artists that reside in Shauf’s record collection. The video, directed by Winston Hacking, mirrors this innovative and timeless feel perfectly with a collage of animated imagery that move around an artistically rendered Shauf stares directly ahead as he...

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