10 Question for The Americas!

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Ahead of their UK tour that’s taking place in March, I got to interview up an coming Birmingham Band The Americas for the very first time on this site. After listening to their music I really got a feel for the sound they were developing and had to know where it came from, so they took on the 10 Questions!

1)First things first how did you come to be?

Me and Harry met a couple of years ago… I’d just got back to the UK after living in Sydney for a year or so and was looking for like-minded musicians to play with… We started writing and demoing songs… We played with a whole bunch of different people before we finally found Alex and settled as a three-piece.
2)What genre of music would you say you play?

Genre is always hard to answer… Thin wild mercury, metallic and bright gold!
3) Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

People with interesting things to say… The more believable the better… We don’t listen to beautiful people… They tend to make ugly music…
If you crashed one of our parties you’d probably hear a lot of late 60s early 70s stuff…

4) Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

02 Academy main room in Birmingham blew our little minds
5) Best gig you’ve ever attended?

Alex: A toss up between Tame Impala in Amsterdam and Arcade Fire in Lisbon last summer…
I’m going to speak for Harry (because he’s not here) … We both saw The War on Drugs in Barcelona… The Mediterranean at our backs… Sunset… Oh man sweet deathbed memories.
6)A band you would most like to support and why?

Courtney Barnett? She’s fantastic.
7) A band that you would like to work with?

Daniel Lanois.
8) Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

What a question… Here are some good albums we dig
Aaron:
Takk (Sigur Ros)
Time Out of Mind (Bobby)
The Suburbs (Arcade Fire)
Crime of the Century (Super Tramp)
Trouble Will Find Me (The National)
 

Alex:
Exile on Mainstreet (Stones)
Do Hollywood (Lemon Twigs)
Hills End (DMAs)

Comfort (Splashh)

Is This It (Strokes)

Harry (again making these up):
Anything by Neil Young
Anything by any of those blues men who sold their souls to the devil…
Spice girls
JLS
McBusted

9) Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist?

Completing these 10 questions…

10) What’s next in the pipeline?

This..

 

Thankyou guys for taking on the 10 questions, really appreciate it cannot wait to hear some new music!

10 Questions for The Cosmics!

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After hearing their newest track ‘Waste of Time‘ pop up on the feed, it was a must get interview with Birmingham band The Cosmics and finally we got it! The Garage Punk trio have only been around for a small amount of time but they’ve made some waves, making it one of the best 10 Questions ever! Enjoy!

1 – First things first how did the band get together?

We are cousins so we grew up together and from a young age we started jamming, from there we formed The Cosmics.

2 – What genre of music would you say you play?

We play garage/punk/rock music.

3 – Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

Conor: I take influence from Bruce Springsteen, Iggy and the Stooges, and Thee Oh Sees because they are raw and have great stage presence.

Erin: Blondie because she’s a bad ass woman in rock music!

4 – Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham, it’s not very big but there’s always a brilliant atmosphere in there when bands play. We played there last Friday night (17th Feb)  and it was insane! There was a mosh pit up the front and everything!

5 – Best gig you’ve ever attended?

Erin: Definitely Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Coventry, it was incredible, Bruce held my hand and sang to me!

Conor: Mine would be Bruce too, but it has to be Croke Park last summer.

Danny: Diiv in London

6 – A band you would most like to support and why?

Thee Oh Sees because they inspire us as a band, they have amazing stage presence and we are massive fans of their music!

7 – A band that you would like to work with?

We would like to work with Bass Drum of Death, they are the kind of lo-fi garage rock that we admire.

8 – Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

Goo – Sonic Youth

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Public Strain – Women

Is The Is Are – Diiv

Away with the Fairies – Mad Dog McRea

9 – Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist?

So far it has been playing This feeling’s Big in 2017 show in London last month.

10 – What’s next in the pipeline?

We will be recording an EP soon, then we have a busy summer, we are lined up to play several gigs and some exciting festivals, the one we can announce so far is Kendal Calling. More to be announced soon!!

Thanks for taking the time guys to answer the questions, cannot wait to hear your new stuff!

New music now! Ivory Wave- ‘Paradise’

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After dipping into the music that has been sent throughout the day Ivory Wave were one of the first bands that graced my speakers, and it stuck since it was first played. Taking influences from the glorious Madchester era, the band have a clear view of what they want their music to sound like and they act on it with conviction.

‘Paradise’ is a perfect example of their Madchester style as it has this hint of psychedelia to it with the floating harmonies and far out vocals, but it’s actually quite progressive. The band smartly use samples and synths to their advantage which manages to create their own little World in the song.

The band’s catalog is rather impressive after I dived into their pool of music, which is highly recommended. Expect to hear more from this Birmingham band as they continue to grow steadily!

Words by Alex Wise @al4563

 

WFM Introducing…Brooklyn Lights!

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Although they’ve only been going for a short period of 3-4 months Brooklyn Lights have been making some big steps and making people take notice.

The Birmingham band are a perfect example of how you can achieve so much in so little time, as they have already released three tracks in ’Young’, ‘Smile and a Wink’ and ‘Reminisce’, played a number of gigs and have an EP lined up. The band is making fast work of what normally is a long process, which can only be good news, as they are continuing to build on their momentum and strike while the iron is hot.

Their sound takes from traditional indie music with their catchy hooks and lyrics but they also have this larger than life sound doused in reverb, making the band sound incredibly big on their tracks. ‘Young’ is a perfect example of this as frontman Jay Hancox sings about the topic while leaving you impressed with his effortless guitar work.

Hopefully the band will build further on this momentum and continue to play frequently which will earn them a well-deserved fan base. In regards to the EP it should be a riot as they have given a clear indication of what to expect, and we can expect good things.

Words By Alex Wise @al4563

INTERVIEW: Last Light talking about their new single!

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With their new single ‘Shelter’ coming out soon, we caught up with their lead singer Paul to see what we can expect from their new release, and if there is anything else in the pipeline!

WFM: Hello Paul! just wanna start by saying a big hello from all of us here, we love what you guys do, and believe you should get more recognition for it

Paul (Vocals): Thanks!  It’s always nice when someone other than your family and friends like something you’ve created so that really means a lot to us.

WFM: First things first what are your top 5 albums and why?

Paul:
1. Brand New – The Devil and God are raging inside of me
I love how dark and moody it is.  Every song is an absolute banger  with so many different textures to each track.  Lyrically and musically it’s a massive influence to us all.  It’s amazing.

2. The Smiths – Louder than Bombs
It’s a classic album, but probably not everyone’s favourite Smiths album.  I think the lyrics on Louder than Bombs are a lot more ‘emo’ (Not to be translated negatively)  than other Smiths albums, which is really influential to us.

3.  Deftones – Saturday Night Wrist
Again, probably not everybody’s favourite Deftones album but it has a lot of variety in the songs.  Some you can chill out and let wash over you and some really heavy tracks that you can band your head to.  It’s got everything you want in an album.

4.  The Weeknd – House of Balloons
This was the Weeknd’s first free album he released and it got really hyped up through blogs.  His vocals are amazing on this album and he managed to keep a real mystery around him and his music and that’s something that I think is quite rare in the modern age.

5. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing
This is a fantastically written album that’s got everything, fast, slow, heavy, soft.  It’s what we are all about.

WFM: Cool, some answers I didn’t expect there, which are the best ones. ‘Louder than bombs’ is a spectacular album, with ‘Rubber Ring’ and ‘Sweet tender Hooligan’, it’s hard to beat, for me personally.

WFM: Finally before we officially start the interview, who is your musical Icon and why?

Paul: I’m going to have to be extremely unoriginal and say Morrissey for the simple reason that he’s depressing and outspoken like us.  Lyrically he’s a genius, he’s funny, sad , angry.  He just inspires so many emotions.  He is closely followed by ‘The Boss’ Bruce Springsteen.  Niall and Josh saw him at Glastonbury in 2009 and said he was unreal.  He’s 64 and still plays 3 hour shows!

WFM: Totally agree, lyrically he is a genius, he’d say things you’d never really expect which really threw you back. So, the new single ‘Shelter’ will be coming out soon, what can we expect from the song? What have been your key influences been?

Paul: Yeah we’re really excited about it because we feel like it’s us at our best and a real representation of who we are.  It’s pretty atmospheric and darker than any of our previous songs.  I’d say we were influenced by the bands mentioned before and drinking lots of cheap polish beer.

WFM: Haha! Not a big fan of it myself, but Tyskie seems to be alright.Did you try any new approaches to the song regarding recording and mastering the song?

Paul:  The song was actually written and recorded really quick for us, normally we write it and mess with a song for ages before we are really happy with it but this time it sort of just clicked instantly.  We are big fans of fellow Birmingham band God Damn so we found out where they recorded and went to see Ryan Pinson and he did a really great job with it.  We kinda gave him free reign over the whole song and his input was really important.

WFM: Yeah I know Pinson, he’s a really good producer and has recorded some good songs with God Damn, Baby Pink and Modern Minds. Would you say that you’re taking a slightly different direction to your older stuff, or sticking with what you have already done and tweaking it?

Paul:  As far as the writing process goes we always stick with the same routine but with our new songs, we’re definitely going for a darker edge which suits us a lot better than our previous tracks, but we’re still going to be keep drenching the songs in reverb and keeping them atmospheric.

WFM: Yeah, you can’t completely change your sound, it might sound to alien, So after this release can we start looking out for a new EP? If so, what can expect more of the same or will it be a diverse EP with different types of songs?

Paul:  We will most definitely be looking to record an EP in the near future.  You can expect a heavier edge with the newer songs, but the vocals will stay melodic.  We’re gonna throw a curveball into it as well.  Maybe a Jazz Flute solo.

WFM: I can’t wait to see how you would even attempt to incorporate that into one of your songs, but I know that you will make it work! Cheers for talking to WFM! Good Luck with the new song, and everything you do in the future!

Paul: No problem! Thanks for the interview guys!

Their song ‘Shelter’ is out NOW and can be heard below

If you would like to see them live, they have an upcoming gig!

SUNFLOWER LOUNGE, BIRMINGHAM – Friday 28th March! – https://www.facebook.com/events/1457114881172020/