Category: Sound/Vision

Sound Premiere: James Edge & The Mindstep. Ammonites.

James Edge is a studious musical maestro and a top drawer composer. The Kent-raised musician studied composition to master’s degree level under Joe Duddell (arranger for the likes of Elbow and New Order). After moving to London and starting to gig in 2006, he formed James Edge And The Mindstep and in 2010 the debut album In The Hills, The Cities was recorded. In December 2016 James Edge And The Mindstep release their new eleven track album Machines We Made and we are proud to premiere the song Ammonites. Atmospheric in sound and cinematic in tone, Ammonites is one of James Edge’s...

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Vision Premiere: Con Brio, Money.

Con Brio are back with a new single and music video, Money. Lead singer, Ziek McCarter, says: “It’s been a great year in growth for Con Brio. We’re touring the world internationally and connecting with soo many new fans just off our first album together. The journey so far has provided us many memories and lessons in liberation. It feels pretty good to know we’ve only just begun.” When I wrote the song I was feeling stressed about money and I wanted to be liberated from the weight and the concept of it all. I wanted to create a...

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Vision Premiere: Young Sierra, The Lights.

New hotly tipped alternative “pop” band Young Sierra announce their debut single and video for the song The Lights out 28 October. We were impressed with the quality, vibrancy and direction of the video and by the sound that Young Sierra produce. So we asked a few questions of Ben (Vocals) James (Synths) & Johnny (Drums). Tell us more about the making of the video? We’ve worked really hard on creating a strong visual aesthetic and colour palette for the band. For the video, our aim was to expand on that. The idea of us driving around using rear projection to show...

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Sound Premiere: The Mono LPs, L.O.V.E. & H.A.T.E.

L.O.V.E. & H.A.T.E. is the lead single taken from their new album, State of Decay. It’s a punchy song that makes a poignant statement about how love and hate can be as small as two people in a relationship or as big as two countries at war. Ste Reid, singer, songwriter and guitarist told RockShot Magazine a little more about the song L.O.V.E. & H.A.T.E “There’s a thin line between love & hate and how trust can fall apart when emotions run high. The song was born when a manager, who won’t be named, messed the band around and how...

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Vision: On-The-Go , In The Morning.

Russian indie-pop band On-The-Go consists of a group of talented musicians who strive to make music of the best quality. Having their first LP on the top of the Russian Charts led to performing alongside the likes of She Wants Revenge, Foster The People and The Horrors– impressive, right? Not only this, but the contemporary and element to their music has left them compared to cool artists like Wild Beasts and The XX.  Their music is sumptuous and all embracing with many different strands of influence from jazz to prog being demonstrated. We love In The Morning! Their new captivating film for In The Morning feels more like a blockbuster movie than a...

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Vision: Hope Sandoval & Kurt Vile, Let Me Get There.

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, comprising Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and My Bloody Valentine’s Colm O’Coisog, have released the official video for Let Me Get There featuring singer songwriter Kurt Vile. What a brilliant combination they are, this has to be one of the finest collaborations of year. See and hear for yourself in the video below. Directed by Hope Sandoval herself, the video for Let Me Get There is a simple yet surreal dreamscape that perfectly encapsulates the brooding melodies of Hope Sandoval and Kurt Vile. Kurt Vile told us “It was a total honour to sing along to a beautifully hypnotic...

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Vision: Megaflora, Anxious

London’s Megaflora go bird watching in Peckham in their new music video for Anxious, a song which appears on the band’s forthcoming mini album Redwoods. The track is about singer/guitarist Max’s struggle to get out of a job that gave him anxiety; it’s a relatable topic much like the rest of the release. Redwoods is four punks’ take on indie-pop, led by emotive harmonies and wonderfully jangling guitars. It will be released by London-based independent punk label Everything Sucks on 28th October. The seven-track collection of songs also features the previously released We’re Not There. Megaflora are Christina (Bass), Frank...

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Vision: Rachel Yamagata, Let Me Be Your Girl.

A long time favourite of RockShot, Rachel Yamagata returns with the beautifully hook-ridden song Let Me Be Your Girl. The video features West Wing actor Allison Janney and is directed by Josh Radnor Speaking about his directorial debut, Radnor says: “The video is a lot about image and reflecting and the costumes and masks we wear for each other. But also, the more I sat with this, the more I realised it’s about actors in a certain way: it’s weird and hard to be human and deal with yourself, but when you find the right role or character or even outfit,...

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Vision: The Wytches, C-Side.

The band have teamed up with animatronics artist John Nolan for the latest visual offering. John’s film CV includes Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are and Warhorse, to name a few. He has also worked on animatronic projects for Lady Gaga, James Lavelle and Bjork, as well as directing music videos for UNKLE and Lamb. Talking about the new video with RockShot Magazine, John said: “The Wytches are a top band and I wanted to work with them since hearing the first album. A lot of their previous films were shot low res and feature the band and...

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Sound Premiere: Hunter & The Bear, Oh Daisy.

Oh Daisy is the brilliant new single from Hunter & The Bear.  Recently they have shared quality airtime on Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 show, to an unbeatable slot supporting Eric Clapton on his arena tour, the band’s deft employment of hard rock riffs and melodic song-craft has seen them championed by some of the biggest names in music. Oh Daisy delivers as much force in its electrifying instrumentation as it does in its anthemic chorus. All the band’s celebrated hallmarks are there: the bold and biting guitar tones; the richly textured harmonies; and of course the epic and soaring melodies that are...

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Vision Premiere: Seward-Sesame, A Celebration.

A Celebration Of 7 Shows 24 Hours & 1 City. “We performed seven shows and two halves in twenty four hours. We celebrated our first release with Naim Records, by walking through our city, dancing and eating with our audience, with our friends. This piece honours all those people, all the ghosts, books and animals who accompanied us that day and all who couldn’t join us but wanted to. Thank you sincerely.” When you hear a band with something different about them, something unique, that rare and precious quality, the shock of the new, you just know. Barcelona’s Seward are extraordinary. A...

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Exhibition: You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 @V&A, London.

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 @V&A, London. The iconic music, art, political dissension, literature and design have all been features of their own exhibitions internationally.  The late 1960’s era is indisputably accepted as an historical and cultural creative uprising that forever changed how we live and express ourselves.  The power of this exhibition is in the timing and the scope with which Curator Geoffrey Marsh approaches such a self imposed narrow time frame, focusing the exhibition on the years between ‘66 and ‘70, that is everything between those times with music being the thread...

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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 https://rockshot.co.uk/21187/live-struts-dingwalls/  ...

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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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