"Their tracks are filled with an incredible energy that just lets loose with each performance" – Filter Magazine
"Their teeth-gnashing fury is more drama than sex; you don’t listen to their new song “Big Shot” as much as you are confronted by it. " – Buzzbands LA
“A fantastically gritty rock duo.” – NPR “All Songs Considered”
The Pack A.D., the explosive Vancouver duo featuring Becky Black (vocals/guitar) and Maya Miller (drums), release their full-length Nettwerk Records’ debut Do Not Engage, on January 28. A three-song sampler is available now via Soundcloud, see below.
Black and Miller were recently profiled on Last Call with Carson Daly, who caught up with the band when they played Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival. Footage, which includes both an interview and performance clips. Watch the Last Call With Carson Daly "Spotlight Feature" above.
The female outfit, whose music has been described by hometown alt-weekly The Georgia Straight as “frenzied freak pop, unvarnished punk, and desert-shimmer shoegaze,” reunited with Detroit-based producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six, The Mooney Suzuki) for the 11-song release. Diamond, a friend-turned-collaborator, also produced the band’s 2011 album, Unpersons, which earned The Pack A.D. a Juno nomination for “Breakthrough Group Of The Year.”
Earlier this week, The Format announced they'd celebrate the 10 year anniversary of debut album Interventions + Lullabies with the release of various limited edition vinyl, including The Format Ultimate Vinyl Bundle, Interventions + Lullabies Limited Edition 10 Year Anniversary Deluxe Vinyl, and Dog Problems Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl. Within 24 hours, the band's cult following had claimed every piece of the 1,000 pressed of each.
Due to the overwhelming response from fans, The Format has pressed additionalDog Problems 12" Deluxe Black Double Vinyl, as well asInterventions + Lullabies 12" Black Vinyl. This also marks the first time Interventions + Lullalbies has been available on vinyl.
Also still available is "Swans" 7" Die-Cut Bone Vinyl, shaped as, you guessed it, a swan. The song has never been released commercially, let alone on vinyl. It was originally recorded for a 2007 Mila Kunis film called Moving McAllister, and a live version appeared on the band's Live At The Mayan DVD, but it has never been available for purchase otherwise.
This week, Vancouver-based, Chinese-born singer/songwriter Wanting has released her sophomore album, Say The Words. Within 24 hours of its Universal Music China release in Asia (via a licensing deal with Nettwerk), the album, which Wanting co-produced with Grammy-award winning producer Ron Aniello, debuted at #1 on iTunes China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia. Additionally, “Love Ocean,” the lead single in Asia, shot to #1 on QQ, a Beijing based music streaming service boasting more than 780 million members.
With Say The Words, Wanting takes her piano-swept pop melodies to the next level, introducing elements of jazz and hip-hop on such tracks as Latin-groove tinged “Time, My Friend” (featuring Far East Movement), retro-soul “Exit This Way” and empowering rock-pop anthem “STHU.” Rounding out the album are two breakout ballads, “Love Ocean” and “When It’s Lonely,” sung in her native Mandarin, and upbeat “Us Under The Sunshine,” in both Mandarin and English.
Listen To “Time, My Friend” (Featuring Far East Movement):
Newcomers Run River North (formerly Monsters Calling Home) is set to release their self-titled debut on February 25, 2014 via Nettwerk Records. With only a 6-song demo, the band has already garnered a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance, been shortlisted at Cannes Film Festival, performed at the Grammy Museum for its members, sold out LA’s famed Troubadour and garnered over 1.5 million YouTube views.
This past Saturday, Run River North was featured on NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon to discuss the various themes of hope, struggle and identity reflected on the album. All band members came from families who moved to Southern California from Asia, and the overlap of Asian and American folk is subtle, reflecting the hyphenated existence of the band members. "Our parents don’t have white collar jobs. My father worked at Wienerschnitzel; that was his first job when he came [to the US]. Our parents sacrificed their lives for us. I think that why there's such a strong sense of family in each of us. They wished for us to live the American Dream. And we finally find that in music,” says guitarist Daniel Chae. To listen to the full interview, click HERE.
To support the “Fight To Keep” single release on October 15, the sextet head to New York for their only 2013 east coast performance. On Friday, October 18, the band will perform at Rockwood Music Hall as part of CMJ Music Marathon. After New York, the band will head west for a month-long residency at Hotel Café, starting Wednesday, November 6.
Hey Ocean! has released a new video for "Make A New Dance Up" from latest album, IS. The Vancouver-based indie pop trio will be making audiences dance from Germany to the UK and back to Canada over the coming weeks. For a full list of tour dates, click HERE.
“Lily Kershaw has a knack for taking the simplest of ideas and making them seem ascendant." – Buzzbands.la
LA-based singer/songwriter Lily Kershaw has unveiled the official video for lead single “As It Seems” from her forthcoming debut album, Midnight In The Garden. Directed by Ben Fee (The Lumineers, Aesop Rock), the video recently premiered on influential LA music blog Buzzbands.la.
About the video, Fee says, “ When I first heard ‘As It Seems,’ I heard a song that transcended time and genres. It evoked some sort of journey in my mind…one of melancholy, hope, regret, loss and love. I didn’t feel like this story had a beginning or an end, and that is exactly where the video came from. A story that could be somebody looking into their own life, or others’ lives at different stages.”
With the release of Midnight In The Garden approaching (September 24), Lily is in the midst of an LA residency at Hotel Café with two more shows scheduled for Monday, September 16 and Monday, September 30. In October, she’ll join fellow Nettwerk label artist Radical Face on the west coast run of his headline tour, including stops in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and a sold-out show in LA at the Masonic Lodge (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) on Thursday, October 24.
Critically acclaimed Swiss/German duo BOY will release an EP of acoustic versions of select tracks from their debut album Mutual Friends on September 10. The release was put together following their hugely successful sold-out stateside debut in March, where they toured as a stripped down trio with guitarist Deniz Erarslan. The Mutual Friends Acoustic EP features seven album tracks, including stand-outs like “Little Numbers,” “Oh Boy,” “July” and “Drive Darling,” as well as a newly recorded cover of Air’s “Playground Love,” which originally appeared on The Virgin Suicides soundtrack and premiered yesterday on NylonMag.com.
LISTEN TO TRACKS FROM THE MUTUAL FRIENDS ACOUSTIC EP HERE:
Once October hits, the duo will put all things acoustic behind them, and turn it up a notch when they return with their entire six-piece band to give North American audiences the full BOY experience. Their 19-city tour begins in Atlanta on October 1 and wraps in San Diego on October 27. Keep reading for dates...
“A fantastically gritty rock duo.” – NPR “All Songs Considered”
“High-dudgeon garage from two pissed-off gals trying to hold onto a shred of their humanity in 21st America.” – Pop Matters
Today, The Pack A.D. and Nettwerk Records will release an EP titled Some SSSongs. The EP is a 5-song collection of tracks from previous albums (“Sirens,” “Haunt You,” “Positronic,” and “Deer”) and a new track (“Battering Ram”) from their upcoming 5th LP Do Not Engage, set for release January 28, 2014. More album details to follow in the coming weeks.
Partnering with CBC Music in Canada and Artist Direct in the US, The Pack A.D. share the official video for their first new single since last year’s Juno-nominated LP Unpersons – “Battering Ram.” Reuniting with director Lloyd Lee Choi (“Positronic” and “Sirens”), the video is a dark, gritty portrayal of the seedy (sometimes bloody) underworld, mixed in with stylistic slow motion throughout.
The Pack A.D. will be playing in New York City (Tuesday, September 10 at Pianos) before making their way to Los Angeles for a mini residency (Monday, October 7 at The Satellite and Monday, October 14 at Chris Douridas’ School Night at Bardot).
Nettwerk Music Group is pleased to announce the signing of Ben Cooper, aka Radical Face, to its worldwide label roster.
With the self-released LP The Family Tree: The Roots, Ben set out to do something non-traditional and progressively conceptual. In 2011, The Roots was the first installment of a three-part, stand-alone album series that chronicles a fictitious, and sometimes otherworldy, 19th century family.
Radical Face will release the second installment to the series, The Family Tree: The Branches on October 22 via Nettwerk Records. Following the first album, certain instrumentations and melodies that represent a “family member” will reappear in the second album as a continuation of a story or descendent. The Branches will also progress in production using instruments that would have been more readily available in the era of the story set from 1860-1910.
“I like storytelling, and wanted that to be the focus. I looked up genealogy charts and studied some American history for a frame of reference, then pulled from personal experiences and put it all together,” says Ben. Such concepts and stories come naturally to Ben, whom before turning to music wrote fiction. He switched to music after a hard drive crash where he lost his two nearly completed novels.
Watch Last Call With Carson Daly TV Interview & Performance Here:
"Ghost Beach manage to tap into urban synth-pop zeitgeist without sacrificing traditional musicality or authentic feeling." - American Songwriter
“Pop pioneers/tech wizards Ghost Beach are moonwalking their way into mainstream spotlight with a fusion of retro 80’s-inspired melodies with innovative experimental sounds.” - Vibe
Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beach will join singer, producer and drummer Robert DeLong for the first half of his North American tour (starting September 3rd in Cleveland, OH), before finishing up several festival dates.
Enlisting the help of engineer Greg Calbi(Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bon Iver, MGMT, Tame Impala), Ghost Beach will release a remastered version of standout track, “Miracle” and “Been There Before” (available tomorrow, August 27th). Also part of the single release is the club version of “Miracle” remixed by London-based Nathan C, exclusively premiered with EarmilkHERE.
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Passenger's international hit single "Let Her Go"has gone Double Platinum in the US and Canada and Platinume in the UK. In the US, the track has cracked the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and remains in the Top 5 of the iTunes Top Singles Chart, while the accompanying video (above) boasts more than 170 million views on YouTube and peaked at #2 on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown.