debut album – Mic Gillette http://micgillette.com/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 19:42:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://micgillette.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-2021-08-02T161817.082-150x150.png debut album – Mic Gillette http://micgillette.com/ 32 32 James Hetfield’s son band Bastardane release debut album https://micgillette.com/james-hetfields-son-band-bastardane-release-debut-album/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 19:27:48 +0000 https://micgillette.com/james-hetfields-son-band-bastardane-release-debut-album/ Castor Hetfield, Son of Metallica Frontman James Hetfield, Just Released Is it ragethe debut album from his sludgy/stoner rock power trio Bastardane. The line-up is made up of Jake Dallas (bass, vocals), Ethan Sirotzki (guitar) and 21-year-old Castor Hetfield (drums, backing vocals). As Bastardane, they released “Wealthy Fantasy”, their first single, in 2020, followed by […]]]>

Castor Hetfield, Son of Metallica Frontman James Hetfield, Just Released Is it ragethe debut album from his sludgy/stoner rock power trio Bastardane.

The line-up is made up of Jake Dallas (bass, vocals), Ethan Sirotzki (guitar) and 21-year-old Castor Hetfield (drums, backing vocals). As Bastardane, they released “Wealthy Fantasy”, their first single, in 2020, followed by “Above All” and “Let the Wasted Die”, both released last year and featured on the debut album.

Much like the music made by Lars Ulrich’s sons Myles and Layne in Taipei Houston and, separately, Rob Trujillo’s son Tye in Otto (and previously Suspect208 and Blu Weekend), Bastardane’s sound does not intrude on the famous thrash style established by Metallica, which helps give each musician their own identity.

The 10-track effort can be heard in full on band camp and other streaming services and artwork and track listing can be viewed further down the page. For a teaser of Is it rage?check out the opener “Above All” below.

Follow Bastardane on instagram and find them on stage at the end of May at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival, co-run by Metallica.

Bastard, “Above All”

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01. “Above All”
02. “Praise Without Happiness”
03. “Gas Fires”
04. “Hum”
05. “Revolt”
06. “Let the Wasted Die”
07. “Imposter”
08. “The Rider”
09. “Infinitely”
10. “Weakhearted Soul”

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CMAT accompanies us | The Music Diary https://micgillette.com/cmat-accompanies-us-the-music-diary/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 15:29:03 +0000 https://micgillette.com/cmat-accompanies-us-the-music-diary/ At the height of the first confinement, I heard CMAT for the first time when her debut single “Another Day (kfc)” played on Louise McSharry’s old show on 2FM. She was singing about breakups and Kentucky Fried Chicken in a country-tinged pop style and I immediately stopped what I was doing to make sure I […]]]>

At the height of the first confinement, I heard CMAT for the first time when her debut single “Another Day (kfc)” played on Louise McSharry’s old show on 2FM. She was singing about breakups and Kentucky Fried Chicken in a country-tinged pop style and I immediately stopped what I was doing to make sure I got the details of the song. A month later, I’m dancing in my bedroom to a tutorial the artist shared on her Instagram in which she teaches choreography for the track’s accompanying music video. Had the lockdown got to me, or was there something special about this idiosyncratic artist who launched her music career during a global pandemic?

Over the next two years, the Dublin singer-songwriter CMAT – Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson – released a series of singles exploring topics such as relationships, self-image and life as a woman in her twenties, written with a witty style of lyricism and sung in her twang distinct country-pop. The plot grew as new music came out – singles like “Rodney” and “I Wanna be a Cowboy, Baby!” – not just for me, but there seemed to be a growing interest in this relatively unknown artist. Now her debut album If my wife was new, I would be dead went straight to number one on the Irish charts in its first week.

Donning a uniform of Dolly Parton-esque outfits, voluminous hair, and glitter essence, CMAT attachments bordering on caricature and homage to country music and its culture. However, she somehow found a balance and captured the attention and esteem of a devoted fanbase. Positioning herself not only as a musician but also as an online personality, the artist regularly shares humorous and playful videos on her social networks, often speaking directly to those who watch her. These online interactions feel like you’re on the phone with a friend or inventing dance routines at a sleepover.

Pre-pandemic, before CMAT had released music, if I had been told that one of my favorite new up-and-coming artists would be a singer-songwriter who dresses and sings like a country star and shares chicken pop Instagram videos -corn, I wouldn’t know what to expect. Two years later, CMAT has created a new and unique space for itself within the Irish music scene – and beyond, as it has just announced a series of UK concert dates for next winter, and this week is on view at SXSW.


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With the release of the first album If my wife was new, I would be dead, fans now have a body of work to dive into. Its twelve tracks include previously released singles – “I Don’t Really Care For You”, “No More Virgos” and “2 Wrecked 2 Care” – as well as new compositions. ‘Nashville’ opens the record with rhythmic vocals and airy acoustic guitar. She sings about escapism and lack of personal contentment, fantasizing about a potential life in Tennessee’s capital, singing country music, drinking tequila and going to the rodeo.

On ‘I Don’t Really Care For You’ – a brilliant, punchy piece with a recurring piano hook – CMAT sings of a relationship gone wrong and the self-reflection that comes with it. “I just spent seven hours looking at old pictures of me, Tryna “tell where the female dog started / Somewhere after the passion of Christ, and before I had an Instagram”, articulating a personal experience but also a particularly millennial and Gen Z who has come to live part of our lives online.

Behind the facade of cowboy boots and glamorous outfits, CMATThe real strength of is its writing. She can seamlessly blend dark, melancholy issues with bright melodies and clever lyrics so that at first it sounds like a catchy, funny pop song, but with more listening, the layers of meaning unfold, harnessing a juxtaposition of light and dark.

In ‘Peter Bogdanovich’ she sings about an infatuation with an older married man – ‘My daddy didn’t like me so I guess I moved on to you’, while in ‘Geography Teacher’ we hear about the body image (a recurring theme) as she sings in her Kate-Bush-meets-Jean-Ritchie tweet “I dreamed of being thin in the hands of another”.

“Lonely,” an honest and vulnerable piece about feelings of disconnection and gloom, is a personal standout on the record. Its heartbreaking lyrics – “I’m so lonely and I don’t have any real friends / I’m so lonely, others are just means to an end” make it one of the most moving songs ever. album. Much of the artist’s work contains an element of sadness or discontent, but with this track you can hear him leaning completely into melancholy. There’s no upbeat chorus or catchy piano hook here to drown out the sadness. “How much longer until I’m a lost cause / I’m mentally ill,” she breathes over a cutting, plaintive slide guitar pattern that mirrors the pain of the artwork.

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The day before the release of his album, CMAT hosted a livestream on his YouTube channel titled ‘CMAT Confessional’. It was an interactive program where fans could call her on the phone, talk to her live, and ask her advice on different topics – like a dying aunt. The comments were broadcast with messages like “I love you CMATplease come to Nottingham’, and ‘CMAT is a queen! as she chatted with fans who had called for her advice on topics ranging from fashion to relationships to careers. Sitting in what appeared to be a pub lounge, wearing a flowing cream and pink dress while sipping a cocktail from a martini glass, CMAT talked with his fans, laughed with them, and addressed their questions with sincerity and tenderness. Something bigger was happening here than the usual experience of tuning into a live concert.

Hear the stunned and absorbed interactions between callers and CMAT made me wonder – what does this artist offer her listeners beyond the obvious music and lyrics? Is she just a musician for the fans, or does she offer something more than that? She fills the space of a friend, a confidant and creates a sense of community, providing an element of escape from real life. It’s kind of the big sister, cousin or neighbor you’ve always idolized, who you wanted to borrow clothes from and who you ask for advice.

CMAT is an artist who speaks to a generation from the perspective of a young woman in her twenties. Blending elements old and new with her unmistakable country singing voice and notions of chicken fillet rolls and Instagram, CMATThe beginnings of are exposed and refreshingly authentic. For me, his music has been a beacon during lockdown and remains relatable, funny, sad and uplifting all at once.

If my wife was new, I would be dead and tickets for the next CMAT concerts are available at www.cmatbaby.com.

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Why Korn’s Jonathan Davis doesn’t scat more often https://micgillette.com/why-korns-jonathan-davis-doesnt-scat-more-often/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 15:48:37 +0000 https://micgillette.com/why-korns-jonathan-davis-doesnt-scat-more-often/ Korn are without a doubt one of the most distinctive bands in heavy music history, and much of their uniqueness is the result of frontman Jonathan Davis’ many talents. The singer admitted that he doesn’t scat or play bagpipes much anymore, and explained why in an interview with the daily beast. Funny enough, “scat singing” […]]]>

Korn are without a doubt one of the most distinctive bands in heavy music history, and much of their uniqueness is the result of frontman Jonathan Davis’ many talents. The singer admitted that he doesn’t scat or play bagpipes much anymore, and explained why in an interview with the daily beast.

Funny enough, “scat singing” actually originated in the jazz genre, according to the jazz academy. Jazz icons such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald were known for their ability to create “wordless syllables and sounds” as a means of vocal improvisation.

Davis has used his signature scatting on many previous Korn albums, but not so much on more recent ones. He also occasionally takes out the bagpipes when the band performs live, but only occasionally.

“I could do this shit for hours. I don’t do a lot of bagpipes and I don’t do a lot of fucking scat because everyone wants me to, and if I do too much it’s gonna burn out “, said the singer. Explain. “When I do it, it’s special. I do it on every record, it’s just one song and not everything.”

Fans of another act won’t see Davis or Korn involved much more playing their 1994 debut album in full, which they did on their 2014 tour to celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary. The frontman recalled that he revisited much of his childhood trauma when the band wrote the album, and the final product was quite grim as a result.

“It was taboo back then to talk about that shit. But whatever. I had to put it out. It helped a lot of people. It was a crazy time, and when I think about that record…it’s a such a fucking dark record,” he acknowledged. “We played it in its entirety in 2014, for its 20th anniversary, and we all walked off stage and looked at each other and said, ‘God, this record is dark’. We didn’t have it played in its entirety for ages. And I don’t want to play that record again. Damn no.

Korn’s tour with Chevelle and Code Orange continues tonight (March 11) in Greensboro, NC. Check out the dates here, and maybe you’ll get a chance to catch the lucky show where Davis brings back some of his abilities.

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Ardenne High nurtures world-class musical talent | Arts & Hobbies https://micgillette.com/ardenne-high-nurtures-world-class-musical-talent-arts-hobbies/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 05:08:11 +0000 https://micgillette.com/ardenne-high-nurtures-world-class-musical-talent-arts-hobbies/ Ardenne High School was founded by American Church of God missionaries George and Nellie Olson in 1927 and the school quickly established its reputation as the epicenter of academic excellence. Over the decades, few schools in the Caribbean can claim the dazzling achievements of the Ardennes. The school has several scholarships from Jamaica and Rhodes […]]]>

Ardenne High School was founded by American Church of God missionaries George and Nellie Olson in 1927 and the school quickly established its reputation as the epicenter of academic excellence. Over the decades, few schools in the Caribbean can claim the dazzling achievements of the Ardennes. The school has several scholarships from Jamaica and Rhodes and decades of outstanding achievement in regional exams, having been named CAPE School of the Year on several occasions. Ardenne has won the School Challenge Quiz a record seven times and the school remains the only Caribbean institution to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship in the United States when a precocious Jody-Anne Maxwell became the first black student to win the cup in 1996, also becoming the first winner outside the United States.

But Ardenne is more than a book and a brain. Beyond academics, the institution has for many years fostered an impressive musical legacy that is now paying off in multiple Grammy wins for the school’s creative prodigies. A continued wave of talent nurtured in the Ardennes culminated in recent Grammy wins for graduates Koffee and Stephen McGregor. Additionally, in recent years, under the leadership of Principal Nadine Molloy, the school has made other impressive achievements in the performing arts, repeatedly winning the Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts Competition. stage of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). The annual Ardennes Christmas Spectacular and Fireworks Show, which engages a staggering six hundred students at all levels of production, is a contemporary Jamaican interpretation of the Christmas message through music, speech, singing and dancing.

“The extra-curricular commitments in Ardenne are second to none,” said Andrae Wilson, music teacher and club entertainer. the gleanerit’s arts and education. “The variety of skills learned is more than adequate and powerful not only to prepare students for the arts, but for life in general,” he reiterated.

ENJOY SUCCESS

Ardennes graduates have enjoyed success in the performing arts since the 1960s, thanks to two important early pioneers and contributors to the music program there. One was the accomplished musicologist Daphne Vidal Smith who, after teaching music in Ardennes, became the founding director of the Mona Preparatory School. Ardenne also benefited from the expertise of conductor, composer and Royal School of Music graduate Lloyd Hall, who also taught there. Prominent lawyer Florence ‘Flo’ Darby excelled as a singer under the tutelage of regional music icon Noel Dexter, who shaped outstanding choirs in the Ardennes for many years, and Darby received several medals at the Concours of the National Festival before joining the University Singers.

“Noel Dexter taught me everything I know about music,” Darby shared with arts and education when the award-winning composer and director of the UWI choir died in 2019, and Darby later became Dexter’s sounding board on his behalf for his catalog of outstanding compositions in the following years.

Other stars include Joyce Britton, who shone brightly in classical music in Canada, and award-winning singer Esther Tyson, who later served as Ardenne’s principal. Raggamuffin singjay Koffee, born Mikayla Simpson, graduated from Ardenne in 2017, learned music theory and singing techniques as a member of the school choir. Principal Nadine Molloy recalls that she was also part of the school’s women’s soccer team.

“It was a very good team and that’s where she sang to motivate her teammates. She also spent quite a bit of time with the performing arts students. I remember then-music teacher Canigia Palmer telling me she was one to watch in the future. So I can see where she would have been influenced by the general atmosphere of immense respect and positive portrayal of Jamaican culture in Ardennes,” added Molloy.

Lyrics of Koffee Grill provides insight into his musical journey with slices of throwback history.

“One time we sat in class and got bored. Den Oli said do road and mi gwan wid di road. 3rd form mi say mek mi try a ting. And you know that turned out to be a hit of fire. Now, on stage with Chronixx, I sing.

Her breakout performance came a year after her graduation at Rebel Salute 2018 (Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in St Ann) when Coco Tea touted her as Jamaica’s next big sensation. She was an immediate star, captivating fans with singles Raggamuffin and Burning. The following year she was invited back to the festival as a lead performer where she charmed fans with her growing catalog of hit singles, including Grilltwice selected by former US President Barack Obama for his summer 2019 and 2020 playlist. Months later, Koffee was in the record books as the first Jamaican female artist to win a Reggae Grammy Award for her debut album. Rapture. Koffee’s mother, Jo-Anne Williams, recalled the “Grammy-winning moment” during a recent radio interview in New York.

“I just started screaming! I was like, thank you Lord. Thank you, Jesus,” she exclaimed.

Singer, songwriter and music producer Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor has also contributed to Ardennes’ legacy in the performing arts. “I didn’t know much about the Ardennes before going there, but it turned out to be one of the biggest decisions I could have made,” he said.

“It’s one of the best schools ever. It’s very welcoming. It motivates a lot of kids to believe in what they’re doing. That’s probably why so many of us are successful,” said he declared.

In 2017, McGregor, who played in the school band before graduation, won four Grammy Awards for Best Latin Pop Album El Dorado (songwriter and producer); best reggae album stony hill (songwriter and producer); best rap song Control (songwriter and producer) Latin Grammy Award and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album Eldorado (songwriter and producer). In 2020, he won his 5th Grammy for best R&B album ‘Bigger Love’ (songwriter and producer).

“He made a great choice to go to Ardenne,” said Stephen’s proud dad, world reggae icon Freddie McGregor. the gleaner.

The huge successes of Koffee and Di Genius testify to the emerging role that extracurricular activities have played in the lives of Ardennes students. In January, Koffee underlined this point of view during an interview on BBC 1Xtra in England.

DRIVE CREATIVITY

“The Ardennes is generally known for excelling in studies, but also for supporting young talent and helping young people to hone their skills and creativity,” she said.

Principal Molloy agrees. “At Ardenne, we want our students to achieve the highest academic standards, but, just as important, we view our students as spiritual beings who are more than their grades,” Molloy said. “We celebrate that with Koffee. It was born out of her experiences and she carved out a unique niche for herself. She has set an example for Ardennites around the world, wherever they are on their personal journey. Likewise, Brand Jamaica is reaping the rewards of another cultural creation that is making its mark on the world stage. This is not to be taken lightly,” Molloy said.

Dancehall DJ Alkaline also benefited from the co-curriculum in Ardenne. He played football before becoming a distinguished List A performer.

“He was the team’s resident entertainer,” Principal Molloy recalled. “You could say he always performed as he did in almost every show in Ardennes that catered to his genre. He was also a great moderator for our awards show.

There’s also drummer, keyboardist, radio disc jockey, producer and entertainer Left Side, son of We The People Band’s Lloyd Parks. He was a renowned basketball player on the winning team coached by Spidey Barrett for several years. He performed in Ardenne in the brass band. There’s also producer, sound engineer and mixer Mario ‘Mad Scientist’ Lawrence, the muscle behind Music Factory Studio. Lawrence has toured with Grammy-winning artist ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Warrior King and I Wayne, and he has performed with Ernest Ranglin, Monty Alexander, TOK, Dean Fraser and Daville. Ardennes students have left their mark on popular local TV shows such as “All Together Sing” and “Digital Rising Stars”. And, looking back, there were also roots, reggae singer Hugh Mundel, who frequented Ardenne in the 1970s, and broadcaster Errol ‘ET’ Thompson, hailed as one of the most influential radio personalities in Jamaica from 1977 to 1980. They were joined by talented jaw-dropping students Lennox Gordon (guitar) and Ian ‘Tschaikovsky’ Johnson (keyboardist), both wanted for commercial studio sessions at Tuff Gong Records.

Assessing the outlook for 2022 and beyond, music teacher Andrae Wilson said the gleaner that the future of the Ardennes in the performing arts is in excellent hands.

“Our students have the potential to do great things. A few outstanding ones who have excelled in music are Diallo Malcolm (producer); Mathew Lobban (musician/producer); Abigail Dunstan (singer) and Leonardo Parkinson (singer and video director), while, in theater, stars include Aliyah Hall, Reece Lee, Melony Salmon and Shanelle Carey,” he noted.

“Ardenne fully embraces the concept of whole child development as an integral part of our unique school experience, and our music program embraces this reality,” said Nadine Molloy proudly. “We see our music program growing and expanding as new students and staff join us with skills in diverse styles and expressions of this powerful and enduring art form.”

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Dry Cleaning’s Tom Dowse: “I play all day and it’s a big part of my life, but I just can’t think of myself as a guitarist!” https://micgillette.com/dry-cleanings-tom-dowse-i-play-all-day-and-its-a-big-part-of-my-life-but-i-just-cant-think-of-myself-as-a-guitarist/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 17:05:30 +0000 https://micgillette.com/dry-cleanings-tom-dowse-i-play-all-day-and-its-a-big-part-of-my-life-but-i-just-cant-think-of-myself-as-a-guitarist/ Dry Cleaning may be part of the new wave of British post-punk, but they sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries. Led by Florence Shaw’s spoken-word vocals, which span the everyday to the profound, debut album New Long Leg is also notable for the expansive, dynamic guitar playing of Tom Dowse, who strikes and caresses […]]]>

Dry Cleaning may be part of the new wave of British post-punk, but they sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries.

Led by Florence Shaw’s spoken-word vocals, which span the everyday to the profound, debut album New Long Leg is also notable for the expansive, dynamic guitar playing of Tom Dowse, who strikes and caresses his Gibson SG in equal measure.

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art-rock experimenters building their own unique world https://micgillette.com/art-rock-experimenters-building-their-own-unique-world/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 11:17:57 +0000 https://micgillette.com/art-rock-experimenters-building-their-own-unique-world/ IIn a world spinning frantically out of control, Caroline makes music that forces you to slow down. The London-based eight-piece, whose self-titled debut album is out this Friday, February 25 on Rough Trade Records, creates patient, meticulously arranged music that will not only slow your heartbeat, but encourage you to listen closely and carefully; a […]]]>

IIn a world spinning frantically out of control, Caroline makes music that forces you to slow down. The London-based eight-piece, whose self-titled debut album is out this Friday, February 25 on Rough Trade Records, creates patient, meticulously arranged music that will not only slow your heartbeat, but encourage you to listen closely and carefully; a soft arm around the shoulder to help you lean closer.

Stately guitars rise and fall over luxurious periods, much like the music of Tortoise or Slint, while strings swell and strum, while woodwinds and brass offer delicate texture and dramatic flourishes. It’s a sound that feels like it was made for our time, a unique, accessible and uncompromising hit from left field.

According to vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jasper Llewellyn, the band’s sound isn’t something even they have much control over, that’s how it breaks down. “I guess we didn’t really set out to create any particular sounding music,” he said. NME. “We just played together and improvised, but it was never intended to do slow music or minimalist music.”

Caroline’s album comes at a time when discordant and experimental British guitar music is enjoying a rare moment of semi-mainstream acceptance, following the success of bands like Black Country, New Road and Black Midi, as well as the re-emergence of the post-rockers Mogwai, now a chart topping band. It should perhaps come as no surprise that in a time of domestic hardship and national political outrage, there is a window for groups offering cathartic release from anxious tension; Caroline certainly fits the bill.

Jhe band formed when Llewellyn and guitarist Casper Hughes, who had become friends while studying together at Manchester University, moved to London in 2017. They brought along mutual friend Mike O’Malley on guitar and within hours they found they had locked themselves into a musical bond that was paying off. At the end of their first session, they had written the track ‘Dark Blue’, which now appears as the opening track of their album. “This song is really a snapshot of the early stages of us as a unit,” O’Malley says. “It happened to be the first thing we ever did.”

Hughes and Llewellyn had played together in bands in Manchester, although of a very different genre, the former being lead singer and the latter on drums. “I was doing more talking and shouting stuff in those days,” says Hughes. “I guess it was a bit more of a post-punk style.” They were united by the love of the Ought group, but they now think of it as having only been a phase. “Everything changed, thankfully, when Mike came along, and it kind of evolved,” Hughes says.

While the three form the key core of the band’s songwriting, they are complemented by an assembly of accomplished musicians who each contribute significantly to the band’s output. The result is an aesthetic that manages to be scrupulously controlled while maintaining a sense of rough, rough DIY, an overall effect that didn’t happen by accident.

“There are moments of squealing intensity,” says Hughes, “that come from having a certain way of playing together in a loose, improvisational way. How these sections are placed in the song, however, is not willy-nilly. Everything is set up in a way that makes sense to us.

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Although their music now defies easy categorization, the band is aware of the influences that have guided them to this point. For Llewellyn and O’Malley, traditional Appalachian folk music has been a constant source of inspiration, while Hughes points to Midwestern emo bands like American Football and Cursive as having fueled the Carolina sound.

“When we started playing together as a threesome, the genre we most associated with what we were doing was post-rock or slowcore,” he says. “Pretty early on, we all started listening to The Dirty Three as well – that loose, improvisational feel and country, swooning fiddle style, which was quite inspiring. And elements of trance, Lorenzo Senni. People are going to say “What?”, but I think it has an influence, even if we don’t do trance bangers. Again…”

vsaroline recorded most of her first album at the end of 2020, choosing to produce it herself. O’Malley is the only band member with significant production experience, having fronted Girl Ray’s debut album “Earl Grey” in 2017, but the band knew what they wanted from the recording process.

“Having this total control over how and where things are saved is really important to us,” says O’Malley. We like to use different techniques and atmospheres when we record, so having that kind of control was awesome.

An example of the techniques they implement is the idea of ​​”extreme closeness” on the track “IWR”. The guitar parts were recorded as quietly as possible, with the microphone placed a few millimeters from the strings and the gain brought to its maximum capacity. It gives the song a breathtaking human intimacy and a sense of drama that comes from hearing every minor imperfection amplified. This same freedom allowed them to record wherever they wanted. Recording spaces ranged from professional studios, to the upstairs room of their local pub, to inside a swimming pool, all adding to the eerie and unpredictable atmospheric depth of the album.

Lyrically, the album is laced with psychological darkness and self-doubt, like the voice of “Good Morning (Red)” screaming, “Can I be happy in this world / It will have to change, it does not suit us”. Llewellyn denies that the intention is to convey any measure of existential dread. “The mood of the meaning of the phrase should match the music,” he explains. “They are a layer like any instrumental part is a layer, and they bring their own qualities.” That may be true, but it surely speaks to the mood of the music, then, that such moody lines are becoming so prevalent.

Even in their live performances, they can’t help but do something innovative and deeply intimate. The band kicked off 2022 with one of the most unique shows in recent memory: an uninterrupted five-hour set at London’s Southbank Centre, where friends of the band joined them on stage intermittently and the public were invited to come and go. as they happy.

It turned out that the majority stayed for the duration, which is a testament to the versatile skills of the musicians. “We just wanted to do something totally different that would push us a bit,” Hughes says with a smile. It’s a sentiment that perfectly encapsulates Caroline’s refreshing, disruptive, and nonconforming story thus far, a story that even they can’t predict the next chapter for.

Caroline’s self-titled debut album will be released on February 25

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XXXTentacion overtakes Drake for most streamed album of all time on Spotify https://micgillette.com/xxxtentacion-overtakes-drake-for-most-streamed-album-of-all-time-on-spotify/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 18:33:34 +0000 https://micgillette.com/xxxtentacion-overtakes-drake-for-most-streamed-album-of-all-time-on-spotify/ XXXTentacion now has the most streamed hip-hop album on Spotify, surpassing Drake. What he did not achieve in his lifetime, he did in death. The late rapper XXXTentacion now holds the honor of having the most-streamed hip-hop album in Spotify history, deleting Drake, who sat comfortably atop the hip-hop streaming throne for several years. The […]]]>

XXXTentacion now has the most streamed hip-hop album on Spotify, surpassing Drake.

What he did not achieve in his lifetime, he did in death. The late rapper XXXTentacion now holds the honor of having the most-streamed hip-hop album in Spotify history, deleting Drake, who sat comfortably atop the hip-hop streaming throne for several years. The two rappers had an ongoing rivalry while the “Look At Me” artist was alive, and now Jahseh Onfroy, better known as XXXTentacion, has won the Spotify battle, at least for now.

Statistics released by Chart Data show that through November 2021, Drake’s “Scorpion” was the most streamed hip-hop album, leading the album “?” by almost a billion streams. However, the album has now reached 7.884 billion plays on Spotify, with Drake sitting at 7.883, making the ‘Sad’ artist the current one to beat.

This new hip-hop feat is indeed impressive, especially since Onfroy passed away three and a half years ago. However, it is still far from reaching the overall all-genre record on Spotify, which is owned by British singer Ed Sheeran. The “Shape of You” artist is very comfortable in the No. 1 position with his album “÷” which has already been streamed 11.5 billion times.

The irony of XXXTentacion surpassing Drake is not lost on many in the rap industry. He first emerged onto the music scene as a SoundCloud artist in 2013, using techniques considered unconventional and off the beaten track in the genre. He used heavy guitar instruments and distortions that were previously heard mostly in grunge and emo music.

Fans, however, loved his versatility. Soon he had a huge and loyal underground fan base; consequently, when his debut album “17” was released, it was certified double platinum and reached number two on the Billboard 200 charts. During his career, he had beef with several of his fellow artists, including Drake . In 2017, he called the Canadian rapper “pu**y ni**a” after accusing him of allegedly using his “Look at Me” flow on a track.

Following its releases in 2018, “?” produced several chart-topping singles, including the singles “Moonlight”, “Changes”, and “Sad”, and the overall compilation reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after charting 131,000 album-equivalent units.

Since then, it has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The now iconic “?” album would be his last as XXXTentacion was fatally shot in a robbery gone wrong in Florida less than six months after its release.

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Slash – The Return Of The Guitar Hero: behind the scenes of the new issue of Total Guitar https://micgillette.com/slash-the-return-of-the-guitar-hero-behind-the-scenes-of-the-new-issue-of-total-guitar/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 11:48:27 +0000 https://micgillette.com/slash-the-return-of-the-guitar-hero-behind-the-scenes-of-the-new-issue-of-total-guitar/ The new issue of Total Guitar is on sale now! Click here to buy your copy Cover: Return of the Guitar Hero TG talks to Guns N’ Roses legend ahead of new Conspirators release ‘4’ as he talks about writing and recording, using less gain in his tone, his love of the Gibson Flying V […]]]>

The new issue of Total Guitar is on sale now! Click here to buy your copy

Cover: Return of the Guitar Hero

TG talks to Guns N’ Roses legend ahead of new Conspirators release ‘4’ as he talks about writing and recording, using less gain in his tone, his love of the Gibson Flying V , and why he’d rather “keep it rock ‘n’ roll” than stick to what’s popular. We uncover some of the lesser-known highlights of Slash’s $2 million guitar collection and walk you through some techniques We’ve even produced three great GN’R video lessons for you.


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Little Green House: Anxious’ debut album features punk without politics https://micgillette.com/little-green-house-anxious-debut-album-features-punk-without-politics/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 01:14:42 +0000 https://micgillette.com/little-green-house-anxious-debut-album-features-punk-without-politics/ Connecticut band Anxious ring in the new year by releasing their debut album little green house in January. The first thing that jumps out at Anxious is the youth of its members: their ages range from around 19 to 21 years old. The musicians grew up together and have been playing in a band since […]]]>

Connecticut band Anxious ring in the new year by releasing their debut album little green house in January. The first thing that jumps out at Anxious is the youth of its members: their ages range from around 19 to 21 years old. The musicians grew up together and have been playing in a band since at least high school, which isn’t a very distant memory for any of them. Additionally, the album is named after the childhood home of the band’s lead singer, Grady Allen.

Anxious, little green house

Journalists described Anxious as having ties to the local hardcore punk scene. Hardcore was a faster, more intense version of punk rock that emerged in part as a reaction against the more romantic or consciously arty directions in which punk was moving around 1979. Hardcore songs tended to be short (sometimes less than one minute) and feature angry shouting, vaguely leftist political themes, and dark or provocative humor.

But Anxious has a closer musical resemblance to emo, a trend that grew out of hardcore and focused on feelings and relationships rather than politics. Influences from early emo bands Dag Nasty and Rites of Spring, and more recent and popular Jimmy Eat World and New Found Glory, can be heard on Anxious’ early days. The Connecticut band clearly paid close attention to the music of their predecessors.

From the first note of the first album, we notice how polite the group is, especially considering the youth of its members. Guitarists cleverly use basic techniques such as palm muting and harmonics to provide accents. Singers can carry a melody and even harmonize. But most impressive is the skillful, precise and powerful drumming of Jonny Camner, the most musically accomplished member. Camner provides much of the group’s energy.

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INDUCTION unveils a new single, the video “Sacrifice” https://micgillette.com/induction-unveils-a-new-single-the-video-sacrifice/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 23:00:40 +0000 https://micgillette.com/induction-unveils-a-new-single-the-video-sacrifice/ After recently announcing their signing to Atomic Fire Records, progressive power metal quintet Induction today unveil a veritable anthem and the first milestone in a series of singles awaiting release this year with “Sacrifice”. Mixed and mastered by acclaimed Jacob Hansen, “Sacrifice” takes you straight into a refreshing world of soaring vocals, melodic guitars, heavy […]]]>

After recently announcing their signing to Atomic Fire Records, progressive power metal quintet Induction today unveil a veritable anthem and the first milestone in a series of singles awaiting release this year with “Sacrifice”.

Mixed and mastered by acclaimed Jacob Hansen, “Sacrifice” takes you straight into a refreshing world of soaring vocals, melodic guitars, heavy riffs and an incredibly catchy chorus that won’t leave your brain anytime soon. With this blend of virtuoso progressive twists and symphonic elements, Induction establishes the genre’s new status quo and following the band’s reformation, this song is the first to put listeners to the test and sets extremely high expectations for this which remains to be done. come.

The band’s self-titled debut album, signed by guitarist Tim Kanoa Hansen, is available via Atomic Fire Records Online Store.

Originally founded in 2014, the band made their mark with their debut single, “The Outwitted Consecration” (2016) before officially entering the metal world with their self-titled debut album in 2019. Their overwhelmingly positive reception paved the way for a tour across Europe. alongside Brazilian power metallers Armored Dawn in November of the same year. It was a notable career start for the quintet which was unfortunately brought to a halt by the still ongoing pandemic eventually leading to a hiatus (at least on the live front) to work on their second album and renew their power. Atomic Fire Records is pleased to welcome Induction and its new line-up – vocalist Craig Cairns (ex-Midnight Prophecy), guitarists Tim Kanoa Hansen and Marcos Rodriguez (ex-Rage), bassist Dominik Gusch and drummer Kian Kiesling – to his list.

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