Category: Sound/Vision

Vision: Curse Of Lono, Pick Up The Pieces

Acclaimed new London five-piece Curse Of Lono will release their debut album Severed on Submarine Cat Records on April 7th. A sumptuously cinematic record that combines harmony-laden Americana with driving, gothic alt-rock, Severed was produced at Gun Factory studio by Oli Bayston (Boxed In). Curse Of Lono release first single Pick Up The Pieces today, taken from upcoming debut album Severed, and they have recently announced they will be performing at several festivals across the summer including Camden Rocks and Wychwood Festival. Following their recent sold out gigs at The Islington and Servants Jazz Quarters, Curse Of Lono have announced...

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James Blake, My Willing Heart video starring Natalie Portman

James Blake has released a stunning video for My Willing Heart, a highlight from 2016’s acclaimed third album The Colour In Anything. He has also confirmed a run of live dates across the summer, including those in support of Radiohead. Starring Natalie Portman just days before giving birth, My Willing Heart was directed by Anna Rose Holmer and filmed in Los Angeles. Centreing around Portman in and out water, the visuals shift the emphasis of the track’s lyrics from lovelorn romanticism to maternal anticipation with subtle monochrome images, blended together with soft-focus textures. Released with little to no prior...

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Vision: Moon Duo, Lost In Light & Cold Fear

Following the widely praised Volume 1 of Moon Duo’s two part psychedelic opus, Occult Architecture, today Sanae Yamada & Ripley Johnson announce the release of Volume 2 for May 5 on Sacred Bones. The announcement comes with a new track & video entitled Lost In Light, giving a glimpse into the shimmering world that represents the lighter half of this Yin and Yang themed creation – the Yang. The new video was created by Micah Buzan as a counter-reaction to his previous animation for Cold Fear. Speaking on this new video for Lost in Light, he told us: “Lost In Light is the yang to Cold Fear’s yin. In Cold...

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Vision Premiere: Screaming Peaches, Japanese Flower Garden

Screaming Peaches are a four-piece alternative pop band from South London and Rockshot Magazine is pleased to premiere their fantastic new video and song, Japanese Flower Garden. This is brilliantly realised film making and the song is a theatrical masterpiece taking journeys through jazz and prog that lead to a lushly produced and very listenable track. Having formed as MOVIE in December 2014, they released their debut single Ads in June 2014 and follow up single Tusks in November 2014 garnering radio support from Radio 1 (Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe, Phil Taggart), 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq) XFM and Triple j, as...

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Vision: The Sherlocks, Was It Really Worth It

The Sherlocks release new single Was It Really Worth It? due for release March 17th. The video is directed by Aella Jordan-Edge and stars Kiersten Wareing (Fishtank, Eastenders, The Take) and newcomer Connor McCarron (Neds) following the dysfunctional couple’s relationship deterioration. After a sold out UK Tour last September, Sheffield four-piece The Sherlocks are currently on their biggest ever headline UK & Ireland tour and have just announced that they will be supporting Rat Boy and DMA’S in April (dates below). The band, consisting of two sets of brothers, have been steadily building a solid live following and were...

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Vision: Imagine Dragons, Believer

Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons are back with a brand new single, and if it’s any sort of guide to what to expect from album #3 … it’s time to get excited! The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning four-piece release Believer on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records on March 17th about which frontman Dan Reynolds says “This last year has really been the most centred and positive of my life.  This song explains my realization that the emotional pain I faced the last few years actually helped me progress to this healthier mental space – that adversity truly is what helps you...

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Vision: Courtney Marie Andrews, Put The Fire Out

Courtney Marie Andrews was captured live in concert, with The Handsome Family, at Union Chapel by Rockshot Magazine journalists Sarah Sievers & Belle Piec you can read the live review here: https://rockshot.co.uk/24995/live-the-handsome-family-supported-by-courtney-marie-andrews-union-chapel/ Discussing the video, which sees Courtney driving an RV through America, Courtney stated, “This old RV is the biggest piece of work that’s ever come into my possession, but also the most fun when we can get it to run. Put The Fire Out is a tune about getting back to ones you know and love after spending so much of your time on the road. By the end...

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Vision: Andrew Combs, Blood Hunters

Andrew Combs today released the video for new single Blood Hunters The Ry Cox directed film is cinematic in scope with nods to sci-fi and horror, not too distant from Netflix hit show ‘Stranger Things’ and an example of the gifted songwriter’s exciting musical direction on the hotly anticipated album, Canyons Of My Mind, released on April 7th, 2017 via Loose in Europe. Already catching our attention with his previous release All These Dreams, including Canyons Of My Mind will no doubt be Andrew’s UK breakthrough. The 11-song set was co-produced by Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose) &...

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Vision: Youngr, Out Of My System

Youngr (Dario Darnell) is the son of August Darnell (Kid Creole & The Coconuts) and is a LIPA trained music graduate (drums, keys, vocal production) who initially began to make a name for himself online with his unique one-take live videos, featuring his dance-floor friendly boot-legs of artists such as Daft Punk & Craig David during which Youngr plays drums, keys, percussion & guitar amongst an impressive studio set up on stage. Since signing to Island Youngr has been touring internationally visiting Ibiza, America, Guatemala, Chile & India and is set to out Europe and The USA – March...

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Vision: Highly Suspect, My Name Is Human

Cape Cod, Massachusetts-based rock outfit Highly Suspect have released the official video for their Grammy nominated hit, My Name Is Human. The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, who has previously worked with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters & Jay-Z, and stars lead singer Johnny Stevens alongside actress Chloe Bridges from hit US show Pretty Little Liars . The killer tune, taken from last year’s sophomore LP The Boy Who Died Wolf, has sat at #1 at rock radio in the US for a number of months and was nominated at this year’s Grammys in the Best Rock Song category...

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Vision: Eivør, Into The Mist

Copenhagen-based, Faroese singer songwriter Eivør is sharing the video for Into The Mist, the first track to emerge from her forthcoming new album, Slør.  The release will come just ahead of Eivør’s first UK headline tour, taking in 4 dates including a sold-out show at London The Islington on June 2 2017. Slør is, rather incredibly,  Eivør’s first commercial release here in the UK. It’s one that has been over 2 years in the making- with Slør actually an English-translated re-imagining of her Faroese-sung 2015 album release of the same title. Eivør originally wrote the Faroese version of Slør – which...

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Vision: The Lumineers, Angela

Denver, Colorado-based American folk stars The Lumineers today released UK single Angela which has already been streamed over 25 Million times on Spotify and is one of the band’s strongest pieces of songwriting to date. The track is featured on the group’s seminal sophomore studio album Cleopatra, which was produced by Simone Felice. The album peaked at No. 1 on both the US Billboard 200 and UK album chart when released last year and has won praise from fans and critics alike. Angela is a subtle and restrained classic folk-rock song, which could have come straight out of Laurel Canyon in the late 60s-70s. It...

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Vision: Chris Shiflett, West Coast Town

Foo Fighters‘ lead guitarist Chris Shiflett is back with his first solo material since his Dead Peasants‘ sophomore album release All Hat And No Cattle in 2013. Following the release of his first two Country-oriented albums, West Coast Town sees the 45-year-old Californian back in the saddle, losing the Dead Peasants moniker. West Coast Town is the title track and first single off Shiflett’s forthcoming country album to be released 14th April on SideOneDummy Records. Directed by Brian Durkin, the video features several famous Santa Barbara, California haunts including Jedlicka’s Saddlery, Jensen’s Guitar & Music Co. and Leadbetter Beach. Providing a...

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Vision: Young Astronaut, Chasing El Dorado

Every now and then, a music video comes along that stands out for its film-like quality, storytelling ability and great direction that adds something extra to the music, See for yourself but we think that Young Astronaut and Richard Dimery have done themselves proud. Directed by Richard Dimery (James Bay, Lower Than Atlantis, Neck Deep), the video for Chasing El Dorado was shot on location at the roller disco Rollerworld in Colchester. The band loved the look of the place as it felt authentically 90s with old arcade machines, traditional burger bar, vintage red skates and then they posted...

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Vision: The Magpie Salute, Comin’ Home.

The Magpie Salute, all your dream bands in one! If you didn’t manage to catch Delany and Bonnie, The Allman Brothers or Little Feat then go and see The Magpie Salute for they have the “live” essence of those legendary groups and they are coming to London!  Watch the video to see what we mean. Due to overwhelming demand and just after the recent announcement of their first-ever UK performance, The Magpie Salute, who are spearheaded by acclaimed guitarist Rich Robinson, have just announced a fourth show at London’s Under The Bridge on April 15th. Wed 12th – Under The Bridge...

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Vision: Nadia Reid, The Arrow And The Aim.

What a cool sound, New Zealander, Nadia Reid has. This song The Arrow And The Aim is taken from her new album Preservation released 3rd March 2017 on Basin Rock The video shot in Mt Somers, just outside of Christchurch in New Zealand, starring Chris Parker and directed by Julian Vares in an abandoned house surrounded by stunning landscapes. “I guess there’s a lot left to the imagination with the video. I like that. The song is about reaching the very end of a relationship.”  Nadia Reid tells us. The album is an ode to self-reflection and self-betterment, Preservation is the sound...

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Vision: Gurr, #1985.

When two best friends start a band, songs get filled with inside jokes. Released last October, Gurr’s debut full-length In My Head took the listener on a journey of Andreya Casablanca and Laura Lee‘s friendship, their life, and a step further into their own world. Having met in an American Studies class in Berlin, and after spending time in the US together, the US West coast sound was an obvious influence on their music, but Andreya and Laura draw from a wide set of pop culture references and personal experiences for their debut album Andreya Casablanca told Rockshot Magazine that “#1985...

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Vision: Tennis, Modern Woman.

Tennis have launched the video for new single Modern Woman from the forthcoming album Yours Conditionally out March 10 on Mutually Detrimental. The new record was composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. Upon returning, Tennis’ husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced the record in a small cabin in Fraser, CO. It was mixed by Spoon’s Jim Eno at Public HiFi. The perfect song to interrupt the endless radio play of electro pop duo’s. Think Ella Henderson meets Joan as Policewoman meets Sarah Vaughan. The “round midnight” sound to brighten your day. This summer the group premiered...

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Sound Premiere: The Imagineers, If I See You Again.

Scottish band, The Imagineers have just released their new single If I See You Again on Rockshot Magazine. The group have got a great response from The Late Late Show,The Scotsman, The Daily Record and The Evening Times as well as performing live at festivals T in The Park and Wickerman. Their new album, Utopian Dreams out on 24th February 2017 on Hit The Light Records. The album is full of melodic twists and turns throughout; taking in elements of west coast surf, baroque pop and singer songwriter, giving the album a film score feel. However, there is no denying a clear brill building...

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Vision Premiere: Albert Man, Diamond In The Rough.

RockShot Magazine is pleased to premiere Albert Man’s new video, Diamond In The Rough, the final video release from his forthcoming 5-track EP, Nothing Of Nothing Much due out on 3rd February 2017. Featuring captivating hooks and the melodic, piano-led sound we’ve come to expect and love from Albert, Diamond In The Rough also features Joe Garvey (Best Male Nominee 2016, Best of British Unsigned Music Awards) who adds vocals and Prince-inspired guitar to the track. Nothing of Nothing Much is Albert’s second EP and his third release to date, following the success of 2016’s critically acclaimed album, Cheap...

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Vision: Pillow Person, On Your Way.

Pillow Person, the solo project of Sarah Jones, has shared a video for her new single, On Your Way. The video, which veers between bubblegum-pop-pretty and fascinatingly gruesome, was filmed by Isaac Eastgate, who has directed videos for Dutch Uncles, LA Priest and Connan Mockasin. Sarah said the following about the video:“After making the video, I realised that I must have been inspired from a memory from many years ago when I saw Mortiis live and the lights were too bright.” On Your Way is the jaunty, effervescent follow-up to Pillow Person’s debut single Go Ahead. The track was written, recorded and produced by Jones and...

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Sound Premiere: Bandini. Such A Night.

Bandini is a singer-songwriter born and bred in Italy and based in London, raised on jazz and blues and the art of storytelling and song-writing from an early age. He began showcasing his talent on the London streets before building a presence on the Open Mic circuit with his individual blend of acoustic jazz and blues and distinctive vocals. His new single Such A Night, a version of the Dr John classic is released on January 13th at a special gig at one of the coolest places around, the wonderfully bohemian, Jamboree in London. Bandini will be playing with his...

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January 2017 Vision Playlist

Dutch Uncles, Nadine Khouri, Israel Nash, Young Romance, Punctual, Migos, Nightlife, Red Faces, Alison Krauss, All Them Witches, Broken Forest, Taos Himm. Alex Maxwell, Parcels, Rotten Hill Gang, Tempers all on the RockShot Mag January Vision Playlist...

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Vision Premiere: The Luka State. Lies Lies Lies.

Cheshire Alt Rockers, The Luka State, are starting 2017 with a bang with the infectious, anthem  Lies, Lies, Lies.  The four piece band, who already have over three million views on You Tube, ring in the new year with their trademark sound of driving guitars delivered with raw intensity, the perfect backdrop to lead singer Conrad Ellis’s rousing vocal that rallies against us acting like sheep in the face of popular spin. Conrad told us: “I’m looking forward to seeing how people perceive the lyrics and the video. I get a real kick from seeing how people interpret the content...

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Vision: Beachheads. Moment Of Truth.

Beachheads have unveiled the first single from their upcoming debut album. Moment of Truth is an honest and soulful track, perfect for cold days in Oslo, and the rest of the world. Beachheads will release their debut on Fysisk Format on February 3rd. The spark that became Beachheads was first ignited on a tour bus, as Kvelertak members Vidar (guitar) and Marvin (bass) fantasized about the endless potential of fuzzy guitars, energetic drums and strong melodies. The two hard-working Kvelertak musicians had little time off, and Beachheads endured as more of a dream for their days off, rather than...

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Sound: Joe Perkins, Santa’s Coming.

Joe Perkins is the great new talent on the block.  A superb rock guitarist and music producer, he writes alone but records with his friends in that new chic venue…the dining room.   He describes himself as a 70s throw-back , others have called him an enigmatic genius.  A year ago Joe had a near death experience but he fought back from the brink with his joyful and energetic instrumental album Double Denim. Hot off the press Joe’s Christmas track is an instrumental and in this brief interview  he tells us a little about it. Joe you recently released an...

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Vision: White Lies – Hold Back Your Love

Ealing-based rockers White Lies continue their electro-fuelled dance with the heartfelt Hold Back Your Love, with the new video directed by David Pablos (the critically acclaimed ‘The Chosen Ones’). This soul searching track is filled with an arpeggiated bassline, dancing beats, landscape dream-like synths and a big crowd pleasing chorus where lead singer Harry McVeigh lays bare his true emotions as he sings “Hold back your love, you know that I’ve had my doubts”. Says White Lies’ Charles Cave on Hold Back Your Love; “It’s hard for me to talk about Hold Back Your Love in a measured way. We all absolutely...

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Michael Chapman new album produced by Steve Gunn

As a long time admirer of Michael Chapman and indeed Steve Gunn, this album is something we at Rockshot Industries have been waiting for. Michael Chapman’s new record 50, (produced by Gunn) titled to commemorate fifty years of touring—and released four days before Michael’s seventy-sixth birthday—stands as a formidable monument of retrospection and introspection in his adventurous catalog. A return to the gloriously ragged kineticism of Rainmaker (1969), Fully Qualified Survivor (1970), Wrecked Again (1971), and Savage Amusement (1976), Michael’s first “American record”—an elusive goal for decades—embodies his undeniable late career masterpiece. 50 is Chapman’s first album in years with...

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Vision: Lucy Rose – Shiver Video from Live At Urchin Studios.

Ahead of the release of her new album, Live At Urchin Studios which is out on 9th December 2016, Warwickshire folkster Lucy Rose has unveiled a video of the live recording of Shiver. Recorded in just one hour at London’s Urchin Studios in front of an audience of competition winners, the forthcoming live album features tracks from Lucy Rose’s debut release Like I Used To as well as last year’s follow up, the Top Ten charting album Work It Out. Taken from Like I Used To, Shiver has proved a firm favourite amongst Lucy’s fans and has amassed over 17 million streams on Spotify alone since its...

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Vision: Hotei & Iggy Pop, Walking Through The Night.

Hotei & Iggy Pop combine their musical talents and go Walking Through The Night. The video follows a man’s nocturnal journey through the seedy back streets of Tokyo, lured by the bright lights of temptation. Stunningly filmed and featuring shots of Iggy Pop and footage of Hotei, the video is a gloriously evocative taste of Hotei’s homeland that chimes with the snarling lyrics. The track is taken from the album Strangers, which was released last year through Spinefarm Records and is Hotei’s first international release. The album features an array of guests including Emigrate/Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe, Bullet For...

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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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