Joana Serrat’s third album, ‘Cross The Verge’, does just that. Not only exploring new musical territories, its recording saw the singer-songwriter travel from her home in Vic, near Barcelona, to Montreal, Canada so she could work with producer Howard Bilerman on a collection of deeply personal songs.
She tells us about those songs, others she wishes she’d written, Garbage, Neil Young, and “foggy pop”.
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Dan Patlansky calls them the blues police. Men of a certain age who consider only traditional blues the real deal.
“As soon as you start changing your style to something with a slightly more modern edge, those guys just don’t believe in it,” explains the singer and guitarist. “All my music comes from the blues but it’s got a lot of other influences in there – be it classic rock, funk, soul, or jazz – because for me the most important thing is to follow your gut. Then the music is most honest, and as soon as the music’s honest and you’re passionate about that music, you’ve got the best chance at some sort of success with it.”
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Danny Core knows what he wants.
“We want to be the best band in the world,” declares the Broken Witt Rebels frontman. “There’s no point trying for second best.”
He’s not arrogant, just confident that the band he formed with childhood friend Luke Davis is destined for greatness. With their third EP, the excellent ‘Georgia Pine’, they’re certainly well on their way – and already a world away from teaching themselves to play the Argos guitars they’d saved up to buy as teenagers.
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Tuff Love have described their music as “aggressively melodic”.
“It was a joke,” admits singer/guitarist Julie Eisenstein, “but I was thinking of our songs as relentlessly poppy. So melodic you want to tear your ears off.”
She’s not wrong. The Glasgwegian duo’s debut album, ‘Resort’, is all jangly guitars, woozy basslines, shimmering vocals, and huge hooks – an approach that’s seen them invited to support Ride on their first UK tour in two decades and Paolo Nutini at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park.
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Nathan James was 11 when he first realised what he wanted to be: a rock star.
“As soon as I first heard ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses I thought: ‘God, that’s what I want to do’,” the singer remembers. “At the time I was a chorister in a professional boys choir so it wasn’t really in my voice then,” he laughs, “but after my voice broke and I partied somewhat, there it was.”
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Cristobal and the Sea’s effervescent debut album is the sound of the world — a fusion of Bossa nova, Afro-pop, and Western folk and rock that reflects the diversity of band’s line-up.
It’s a veritable EU, with each member playing an integral part to the melting pot that is ‘Sugar Now’.
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‘Here Comes The Man’ was a minor hit for Boom Boom Room. And the soundtrack to a moody ‘80s TV ad for something like aftershave or deodorant or perfume or cologne.
In 2004 The Parlotones made it their own, heralding almost a decade of South African ubiquity: six hit studio albums, a rock opera with accompanying 3D concert film, international tours, their own range of wines, shows supporting Coldplay and Snow Patrol, and even a KFC meal tie-in.
But last year the wheels almost came off.
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