Having come a long way chasing his art, Skinn has managed to break out of an educational cycle that made him struggle with his creative freedom. He has now reinvented himself by following his instincts and devoting his life to his art by creating some extremely captivating Afrobeat songs.
With his upcoming project ‘Rêves’ the first of a trilogy collection, Skinn is touching upon influences from Nigerian singer songwriters such as D’banj and Wizkid while ultimately making his own very unique Afrobeat sound. His song ‘The Year’ is underpinned by an enticing, as well as melancholic mood emphasised by a powerfully moving beat and reflective lyrics.
The video will be released soon but in the mean time take a listen to the upbeat track 'Menu' from the album.
‘Never Be The Same’ is the latest fun upbeat swing single from rising Texas artist Andy Meadows set to appear on his upcoming album Modern Day Crooner.

Accompanied by a vibrant 9 piece band, Andy delivers a swanky crooning voice powerful enough to compete with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra. Steel guitar and fiddles meanwhile add a country vibe that harks back to Andy’s roots.

60s rock single with a modern indie twist out May 6th Pink Fireball are a raw, upcoming four-piece with energy to burn and a genuine flair for song writing. Based on a contemporary indie foundation, their sound is embellished with flowing psychedelic aspects from the 60s which give them a uniquely fresh edge. New single ‘Turn Around’ is out May 6th and perfectly showcases this blend of the old and the new. It all started with an infectious guitar riff and grew from there into the off kilter indie treat it has become. Also worthy of note is the horn section – not common in the rock genre in recent years, the band took inspiration from retro movie soundtracks such as Mission Impossible, James Bond and Batman to add this extra flavour to the tune.

The animated video is a superb companion to the track as it takes a trip through 60s sci-fi and beyond – you can check out both the track and the clip below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hus5Nyk-DQs The video itself is yet another fine representation of the band’s outlook and creativity. Created on construction paper, it was developed through painstaking stop motion. It took hours to create the few minutes of footage for the video, which typifies the dedication and attention to detail Pink Fireball are capable of.

‘Turn Around’ sets a high standard for a band who have the potential to go a long way in the music industry. And with an album being recorded in London, 2016 is likely to represent a huge step forward for Pink Fireball – a band who certainly deserve wider acclaim if their high level of creativity and wit is anything to go by. Opening the door into their world is like opening the door into a kaleidoscope of ideas, thoughts and musings. Most of this comes out through their music, but checking out their Facebook & Tumblr pages also gives an insight into the colour and vitality they bring to the table. Long may it continue.

‘Turn Around’ is out May 6th as a digital download and from all top streaming services.
https://www.facebook.com/pinkfireball/?ref=ts&fref=ts
https://soundcloud.com/pink-fireball

http://wearepinkfireball.tumblr.com/

https://twitter.com/pink_fireball

http://www.wearepinkfireball.tumblr.com/

The Colossal Heads prepare for colossal new EP ‘Mammoths’ New Orleans rockers resurrect Grunge with new release on April 29th Revelling in the heavier side of indie rock, The Colossal Heads are a group on the rise who have been compared to artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Modest Mouse and Nirvana. These are not bands whose names should be taken lightly in terms of comparison – thankfully The Colossal Heads do them justice.

Those bands rose in the 90’s and early 2000’s due to a rock genre that had gone from being anti-establishment to part of the norm. In recent years the cycle has started again, and The Colossal Heads are here to shake things up once more. To offer further proof, check out the album lead track ‘Mammoths’.

https://soundcloud.com/colossalheads/mammoths-2015 Engineered by Louis Cressy, the EP (and single) are a timely reminder of the power that rock music can have.

Another vital part of any musical success is a propensity for hard work, an area in which The Colossal Heads excel almost as much as their song writing. In a prime example, they toured from New Orleans to California from May-June 2015, living out of their Toyota and sleeping on floors along the way. This grass roots approach carries over to their methods of promotion as well. Relying on Facebook, local radio and word of mouth, the band has continued to develop and grow their fan base as their music has become increasingly assured. ‘Mammoths’ is the final result of this evolution, an EP which steps outside of the box and shows how complacent rock music has become in recent times.

Check out The Colossal Heads performing on a heli pad in New Orleans on Balcony TV: https://youtu.be/8MSnxuEOIaw Links: http://www.thecolossalheads.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDf8jR1fhtUhHqZStJ8JJ0g https://www.facebook.com/TheColossalHeads www.soundcloud.com/colossalheads
Kolumbus

Ireland's Kolumbus Releases 'Leave The Light On' After Reaching Google Play No. 1 at Christmas






"A sound that’s simultaneously stirring and soothing. The whole thing maintains a mellow mood as it paces placidly towards a pleasant but powerful climactic chorus before fading out faintly" - Pure M Magazine

"Fantastic show. Great songs. Great voice. Highly endearing and remarkable spirited performer with Class A songmanship and wise lyrics" - The Record Stache

"‘Leave the Light On’ – the latest single by Wicklow-based singer songwriter Kolumbus – succeeds where many songs about heartbreak fail. From the opening guitar riff and gentle weaving lyrics the listener is pulled into the song" - The City Dublin

"A remarkable single... This melody is so emotional that it caresses the soul upon first listen. This is a single that helps connect with the deepest memories of our mind. Excellent work" - Zone Nights

Irish singer-songwriter Kolumbus is gearing up to release 'Leave The Light On', the first single from his debut EP 'Give Them Life'. Kolumbus is a musical project representing the solo journey of Irish songwriter Mark 'Cappy' Caplice,

This song tells the story of a heart clinging to a fading promise - a promise that a love would never die. "People can make a promise and completely mean it, but keeping it isn't always in their power," explains Kolumbus. "Sometimes things change and promises go by the wayside, even though you may not want them to."

Earlier, Kolumbus' Christmas single 'You Know It's Christmas' hit the No.1 spot on the Google Play Music Charts and Top 20 on iTunes, ahead of heavy hitters Adele and Justin Bieber, with all proceeds going to Inner City Helping Homeless and Baltinglass Lions Christmas appeal. That song also features the West Wicklow Voices and Chorus Kids Choir.

Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, at a young age Mark Caplice moved to Wicklow, where he still resides. His performance name Kolumbus derives from the fact that he has always had a passion for travel and exploration, even from a young age. The 26-year-old believes life is too short to dwell, so his philosophy is to do.

Kolumbus was also influenced by artists such as Ben Howard, Elbow and Fleetwood Mac. His output exhibits clever craftsmanship both lyrically and melodically, blending several different styles to create his own unique brand of energetic captivating music.

Of course it helps that this track was produced by Gavin Glass, the music director for John Carney's new film "Sing Street", and engineered by Scott Halliday, previously a guitar tech with Prince and James Vincent Mcmorrow. Several other notable musicians make contributions here: drummer Graham Hopkins, who plays with Irish folk legend Glen Hansard, and organist Conor O'Reilly, who has recorded with U2 and has had his music performed in Carnagie Hall.

2016 is proving to be a very busy year for Kolumbus, having already toured through Germany and Austria, traveling over 4000km on 2 planes, 17 trains and 1 bicycle. This year, Ireland, England, Germany and the U.S.A are all set to figure on his tour schedule.

Coverage highlights include being featured on Ireland's TV3, Irish TV - Sky channel 191, Journal.ie, Classic Hits 4FM, KCLR, Dublin City FM and East Coast FM. Mark also featured on The Late Late Show as part of Gavin Glass's band and a March episode of TheCityDublin's Music From The Alley.

"Part of the motivation behind my music and travel is the fact.that I have lost a number of people close to me," explains Mark Caplice. "Many people, both friends and family, have passed away in the last few years and this just reminds me how short life really is... so If you want to do something, you should do it. That is the inspiration behind the forthcoming EP title "Give Them Life" and you'll see that the cover image represents this really well."

Kolumbus currently has several tracks on his website for free download. "At this point, I just want to get my music out there as much as possible. Ideas are thought's with potential. I have hundreds of songs. Now it's time to Give Them Life."

Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/kolumbusireland/leave-the-light-on
Bandcamp http://kolumbus1.bandcamp.com/track/leave-the-light-on
Website http://www.kolumbus.ie
Video for 'Goodbye' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUb_8OitINU
'Leave The Light On' & The City Dublin interview https://youtu.be/EjuxSOyfpes

CIRCA WAVES ANNOUNCED AS FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINER FOR LEEFEST PRESENTS: THE NEVERLAND WITH SPECIAL GUESTS EVERYTHING EVERYTHING

AN IMMERSIVE FUTURISTIC PLAYGROUND FEATURING GLITTER WRESTLING, REAL BEACH PARTY, CASINOS, BOMB CRATER RAVE, BURLESQUE, TREEHOUSE STAGE, CIRCUS, GAMING ARCADE, VISUAL ARTS INSTALLATIONS, CINEMA, TRANQUILITY SPA AND MUCH MORE

28TH - 30TH JULY 2016

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW // WEEKEND TICKETS AT £89: http://www.leefest.org/home/

OFFICIAL TRAILER: https://youtu.be/Eh7-H_qeLfw


LeeFest Presents: The Neverland continues to take flight, with the magical land welcoming Circa Waves as Friday Night Headliners to its kingdom of kaleidoscopic dreams.

Emerging as indie-guitar music’s brightest lights, Circa Waves have rapidly become one of the most acclaimed young bands in the country with their infectious sunshine-drenched indie-pop. Liverpool’s favourite sons have enjoyed a huge 12 months which included the release of debut LP “Young Chasers” and a celebratory UK tour. Circa Waves will be making their UK Festival Headlining Debut at LeeFest Presents: The Neverland, as another exciting chapter in the band and festivals ascendancy unfolds.

Speaking about their landmark performance, Circa Waves frontman Kieran Shudall says: "So excited to headline our first festival! It's going to be big. It's going to be awesome. The Neverland won't know what's hit it."
They’ll be joined on the bill by art-rock pioneers Everything Everything whose critically acclaimed recent LP “Get To Heaven” drew plaudits from across the musical spectrum for its daring electronic edges and the distinctive vocal range of frontman Jonathan Higgins. With three revered albums in their back pocket, their set at LeeFest Presents: The Neverland will showcase one of the most creative names in modern British rock.

Hotly tipped, garage rockers VANT and cult drum and bass hero DJ Marky + MC GQ bring their unique styles to The Neverland, with the latter taking to the Electric Circus & Innersoul curated evening at Skull Ridge with A.Skills and more. Skull Ridge will also welcome acclaimed club night Percolate presenting an incredible evening in the Ridge with chameleonic DJ Midland and Horse Meat Disco amongst others. These all join an extensive lineup of new musical talent, continuing the revered LeeFest tradition of bringing through and championing the brightest names in music. Alongside Saturday night headliner Lianne La Havas, the weekend sees performances from Ghostpoet, Shura, Roots Manuva, The 2 Bears, Submotion Orchestra, Little Simz, Loyle Carner, Formation, Clean Cut Kid, Spring King and many more.





On joining the lineup, VANT said: “Looking forward to LeeFest Presents: The Neverland, a festival like no other… Created and maintained by one dude and his ever expanding garden. Hopefully we will get to meet the mystery man himself. See you all in the sun (fingers crossed)!

The Neverland is an immersive, kaleidoscopic world of creativity, reckless abandon and the undiminished desire to never grow old. Across 3 Main Stages, 12 Music Venues and 6 Immersive Venues, The Neverland has it all, whether that be the pesky pirates patrolling Skull Ridge with its decadent Bomb Crater Rave, the lunatic lost boys in The Neverwoods Treehouse Stage or mesmerising mermaids glistening through Mermaids Lagoon with its decked real life beach party, there’s a story and an experience around every corner of The Neverland.

From the no-nonsense Drag Queens to the notorious Glitter Wrestling The Neverland is filled to the brim with unimaginable exuberance. Regular Paint Fights, Secret Parties and Cabaret ensure the inhabitants of The Neverland are set for an immersive and unparalleled weekend of culture and partying, whilst in the Gaming Arcades islanders jump back to childhood through the glitchy viral screens...

A mecca of debauchery and darkness, Skull Ridge lies in the shadows of The Neverland with vivid Burlesque displays, Adult Cinema and seedy Casinos where dwellers take one last roll of the dice. Corruption and lawlessness are rife and mob rule is ever present in this unforgiving part of The Neverland.

Sanctuary awaits at the picturesque vistas of Mermaid’s Lagoon where a sunshine-soaked lake is the centre piece and the beautiful people reside. Tropical beats come courtesy of The 2 Bears and DJ Luck & MC Neat and cocktails, swimming and massages await at the Holistic Hot Tubs and Tranquillity Spa.

Experience the unimaginable, dive into The Neverland and pursue the dream to never grow old.

Jay Fisher has been performing as Apple Rabbits since 2004; releasing two albums: 'King of Anglia and 'Kilburn State'. Previous to this, his debut album 'The Velveteen Ear' was released on Mike Howlett's Mauve Records label in 1994, followed by a tour supporting John Martyn. Since then he's been a member of dance, dub & electronica band Canteen (1995-2002), and was the vocalist on Dave Randall's (Slovo, Faithless) 2004 album 'Eight Stories'.

Apple Rabbits returns with the first in a series of EPs. Cut by Gearbox Records, the first "Oberkampf" is musically compelling and blends exquisite string combinations of classical sounds with contemporary and vintage electronic sounds. This can be heard especially in first three tracks, of this four track EP. Unlike Apple Rabbits’ previous releases: The vocal work has a pure, sometimes mournful, and unadulterated quality; which complements and blends with the arrangements. In ‘Coup de Chapeau’, haunting voices fade to a single ‘chorister-like’ voice, before experimental sounds creep in, in opposition to the voices; the strings respond stridently in a contradictory, both melodic but discordant resolution.

Want to come to the album launch?
At the Tin Tabernacle, Kilburn (nearest station Kilburn Park Tube or Kilburn High road, Overground) on the 23rd April 2016.with special guests support by Dave Randell (Faithless/Slovo) performing a solo electronic set. Tickets £5 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/354224. Profits from launch 10% of album sales go to Aisling Return to Ireland Project www.aisling.org.uk

Out April 16th, it is the lead track from upcoming EP ‘Mainstream Propaganda’

Set for release on Record Store Day 2016, ‘Tear It Up and Start Again’ is the out of this world new single from technologically mindful new-waverz BIG ZERO. Released through Do Yourself In Records on a split 7” vinyl, alongside weirdo-pop legends Bis, the single will also be available to download and finds the band on typical strange territory. They've also been asked to play Are You Listening! Festival in Reading by ArtRocker, playing alongside Steve Lamacq.

Influenced by New Wave Punk Rock from the late 70s/early 80s BIG ZERO are infiltrating the latest wave of guitar bands such as Slaves, Vant, Puppy and Wolf Alice like time travellers in a Synth Punk Trojan Horse, they blend an off-kilter retro sensibility with a modern sound; their unique production is thanks to their recording technique - recording everything in a home studio, as live, onto an 8-track cassette to give them a raw feel on final release.

You can hear the results on the video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVdg4PI-IyU

Already building a devoted cult following, BIG ZERO have so far enjoyed radio play from BBC Introducing as well as playing sold out shows at their favourite Reading underground venue.

In keeping with their symbiotic relationship with lo-tech equipment for recording, the band’s music is inspired by something of a distrust for how humans are utilizing technology in the modern age. The forthcoming digital EP ‘Mainstream Propaganda’ is all about corporate brainwashing and marketing, a modern world which BIG ZERO observes through protective goggles.

Even their videos set them apart. Referred to by the band as ‘no budget movies’, they are shot on old school VHS cameras and crammed with classic movie references from the past. While many bands treat their video clips as a tool with which to sell a song, BIG ZERO view them as a product in their own right – a separate release which happens to be soundtracked by their music. Their next collection of videos are to run like a television mini-series, mashing together influences from The Beatles movies, The Monkees and Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

In the meantime, ‘Tear It Up and Start Again’ is being readied for release on April 16th, following by the upcoming EP out in May.

Live dates:

April 23rd - Are You Listening! Festival, Reading
May 21st - Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading,
May 27th - The Deaf Institute (playing with Bis), Manchester
June 10th - Sub89 (playing with Bis), Reading

Links:
www.twitter.com/bigzeromusic
www.youtube.com/bigzeromusic
www.facebook.com/bigzeromusic
www.instagram.com/bigzeromusic
www.soundcloud.com/bigzeromusic


Guitarist Jim Palmer had this to say on the album and its title "This album seems like a true reflection of everyone's input, a slice of all of us, if you will. It has those typical Speedhorn, pumping rock n roll moments, and some much darker ones too. Sound wise, it's got all the feedback, distortion, bad attitude and in-your-face antics you'd expect with a sound that should be more familiar to Speedhorn fans, but with a twist.

The title of the album, “Lost Ritual”, came initially from the artwork. It just seemed to fit perfectly with the image. Subconsciously though, I think maybe the title fits even better than that, as the mojo in the band seems to be back. Speedhorn have finally returned. We are really excited for everyone to hear the new album; you won’t be disappointed!"

Fans still wanting to Pledge on the new record can do so here -
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/raging-speedhorn

“Lost Ritual”, which was produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Wildhearts), is their first record with original vocalist Frank Regan since “How The Great Have Fallen” in 2005, the band’s first record since “Before The Sea Was Built” in 2008, and the first with their new line up.

Raging Speedhorn formed in 1998 and went on to release four records, the most successful being their second release “We Will Be Dead Tomorrow”, recorded by Billy Graziadei & Danny Schuler of Biohazard fame. The band achieved chart success with ‘The Gush’ in 2001, toured globally with the likes of Slipknot, Ill Nino, Rammstein and Will Haven, and performed at countless festivals around the world, including main stage at the inaugural Download Festival in 2004. They split in 2008 following the release of their last record “Before The Sea Was Built” and a subsequent tour of Japan.

For all press queries please contact Tom Brumpton of Polymath PR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (+44) 7956 043 498. For bookings please contact Ben Ward of United Talent Agency at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (+44) 207 278 3331.
WAYNE HUSSEY
announces
Marian
limited edition 7” single
&
Solo tour

In April Wayne Hussey will be playing a handful of South American & European shows to promote the release of a limited edition double A side 7 ‘’ vinyl single in conjunction with Record Store Day!

The single features Wayne’s stunning and haunting re-working of the classic Sisters Of Mercy song, Marian, a song originally co-written by Wayne with Andrew Eldritch.
The other A side is a brand new song entitled ‘My Love Will Protect You’, a song that was co-written by Wayne with Rebeca Y. Casanova as part of the Canciones De Cuna benefit album. The lyrics for the album are all written by homeless children in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which are then worked into songs by established national and international artists and recorded as an album of lullabies, all proceeds going to help finance culture centres in Buenos Aires that offer art, music, theatre, and photography classes to homeless children. For more info go to: http://www.cacuca.org.ar/

Wayne will be supported by Evi Vine on the tour.

Wayne Hussey April Tour dates
20th Bristol Bierkeller
http://www.seetickets.com/event/wayne-hussey/bierkeller/938961

21st Winchester Discovery Centre
Box Office 01962 873603

22nd Birmingham Alfie Birds & The Oobleck
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/210717

23rd Whitby Goth Weekender, Headline*
http://shop.whitbygothweekend.co.uk/tickets.htm

24th Sheffield The Leadmill
http://theleadmill.seetickets.com/event/wayne-hussey/the-leadmill/940251/
• Evi Vine not appearing at the venue

AN EVENING WITH MARK LANEGAN + SUPPORT FROM DUKE GARWOOD

Mark William Lanegan (born November 25, 1964) is an American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Lanegan began his musical career in 1984, forming the grunge band Screaming Trees with Gary Lee Conner, Van Conner and Mark Pickerel. During his time in the band, Lanegan also started a low-key solo career and released his first solo studio album, The Winding Sheet, in 1990. Since 1990, he has released a further six studio albums.

Dates and tickets

APRIL

19/04 | UK, MANCHESTER, CATHEDRAL
22/04 | UK, AMBERDEEN – THE LEMON TREE
29/04 | UK, BRISTOL - ST GEORGES CHURCH
30/04 | UK, BRIGHTON - ST GEORGES CHURCH

MAY

02/05 | UK, BIRMINGHAM – GLEE CLUB
03/05 | UK, LONDON – ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

All European dates and tickets can be found here :http://marklanegan.com/european-tour-dates-added-go-on-sale-5-feb

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