Frank Turner is aware of the passage of time, of the influence of days that drag and months that gallop can exert on what he would probably never dream of calling his body of work. After all, it has been a number of years now since the hardcore troubadour transformed himself from The Boy Who Surely Could Not, to The Man That Did. "This is my sixth album... I wanted to try and make a record that had that young, exciting feel, full of piss and vinegar." As always, the trick lay in translating the album as it existed in Frank’s head to the point where others in his organization were happy to lend their shoulder to its cause. The key to this exercise lay with producer Butch Walker. It was the American's (Walker's) organic quality that caught the Englishman’s ear, his capacity to transport songs forged amid the thunder of the practice room floor to the exacting standards of the studio without compromise or equivocation. The album that was produced, Positive Songs For Negative People, is the sound of a man putting his show back on the road. Next Storm, a track off of Positive Songs For Negative People, is this week's New Music Heaven. Brought to you by Crunch Fitness.
RAC is taking things one song at a time. Recently finished his last album cycle with a pair of triumphant appearances at Coachella, the multi instumentalist will continue to give fans new music. Andre Allen Anjos will kick off the single series with (New Music Heaven track) Back of the Car, his euphoric guitar driven collaboration with long time friend, Nate Henricks. Anjos is not only looking forward to releasing new music more frequently, but he is also usuing the series as an opportunity to work with vocalists he has never worked with before, and to work in generes he has yet to explore. Take a listen to Back of the Car by RAC. NATION members, give it an ol' download if you please. New Music Heaven is brought to you by CRUNCH Fitness.
People say Toronto-based Fast Romantics make intelligent “pop” music. But in the next breath, it’s indie-rock... or is it post-punk, post-indie, or post-brit-anthemic-synth-rock? Frontman and songwriter Matthew Angus -- while taking his cues from “pop” songwriters of old -- insists that all of this genre bending “just ain’t worth talking about.” He says Fast Romantics have focused on carving their own musical path, sticking to their guns through some pretty lonely and challenging times. Sticking to their guns lead them to their latest single, JULIA, which is this week's New Music Heaven. With a catchy chorus, great guitar licks, and tasteful tambourine, this track aims to please! Download it for free if you'd like, and if you're a NATION member thanks to Crunch Fitness.
Class Actress always belonged in the City of Angels. The lights, the hills, the glitz, the glamour, the opulence, the addiction, the lust, and the love comprising the city exert a magnetic pull like no other. In 2013, this singer, songwriter, and femme fatale took her advance from Casablanca Records and moved into a bungalow at a lavish hotel in Beverly Hills, to retreat into music as an escape and a way forward. Reeling from her father's cancer diagnosis, she needed a change of pace. Class Actress figured if she was going to write a record about "the life" she really needed to live it. She also got a hell of a lot more than she bargained for. She went out nightly and breathed in the city as she begun penning something of a musical memoir. It wasn't until she relocated to a Hollywood Hills bungalow and fell into a love addition with an old paramour who lived next door that she wrote her first EP for Casablanca Records, called Movies. Off of Movies, New Music Heaven track More Than You lives - a song that details the unshakable desire for a lover like a drug she can't give up. The seductive synths, piano, and airy beats of More Than You has been brought to you by Crunch Fitness. Download the track for free if you're a NATION member.
New Music Heaven veterans,The Vaccines, are an English indie rock band, formed in West London in 2010 by Justin Hayward-Young (lead vocals, guitar), Freddie Cowan (lead guitar, vocals), Árni Árnason (bass, vocals) and Pete Robertson (drums, vocals). English Graffiti is The Vaccines first LP in three years. Recorded at Tarbox Road Studio in upstate New York, the 11-song collection is the UK foursome’s most accomplished work to date, and was produced David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT) and Cole MGN (Ariel Pink, Beck). Off of English Graffiti is this week's slice of New Music Heaven, Give Me A Sign - a pop-py tune with a fuzzy, catchy, riff. Give 'er an old download if you're a NATION member. New Music Heaven is powered by Crunch Fitness.
MUTEMATH, made up of Paul Meany, Darren King, Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas, and Todd Gummerman, decided that this time around for their newest album, Vitals, would be produced by the band itself, no management, no label - just the four of them. Monument is this week's New Music Heaven, and one song on Vitals. Everyone in the band agrees that Vitals became an album the day they wrote Monument. It’s a song that rejoices in the present, refusing to wait for something to be gone in order to celebrate it. It is the center that holds this ambitious collection together. “A monument usually signifies a memorialization for what is no more,” Meany explains. “This song is about taking control of the moments we still have, while we still have them together. The threat of an ending is nothing to be afraid of, but something that can be turned into beauty and serve as a vibrant means to keep moving forward.” If you're a NATION member, feel free to download Monument for free!
EL VY is the musical collaboration between Matt Berninger, vocalist and lyricist of The National, and Brent Knopf, the Portland musician and producer best known for his work in Menomena and his more recent band, Ramona Falls. Their debut album Return to the Moon sounds exactly like you'd hope a collaboration between these artists would: Berninger's darkly funny, lyrical storytelling and his immediately identifiable sense of melody, offset by Knopf's playful, architectural arrangements and inventive production. For years, Berninger kept a secret folder on his laptop called "The Moon." The files in that folder were bits of music from Knopf. Berninger loaded the files onto his laptop and recorded himself singing melodies whenever and whereever he could (on one song, you can hear a hotel employee enter the room). As lyrics bubbled up from his subconscious, subliminal connections between his past and present emerged, and he began to play with the idea that the songs' stories would overlap. Check out Return to the Moon, this week's New Music Heaven by EL VY. Download it for free, NATION members!
Although New Order isn't a new band, they provide us our New Music Heaven this week. New Order is an English rock band that was originally formed in the 80s - they combine post-punk and electric dance style music. They are comprised of Gillian Gilbert, Tom Chapman, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner, and Phil Cunningham. Check out their song Restless - a tune that takes influences from electonic and synthpop, all the while still taking notes from New Order's previous albums. Download it for free if you're a NATION member!
For the last three years, Django Django have been busy doing great things in the East London bedroom slept in by their drummer, producer and de facto leader David Maclean. The quartet, who met at art school in Edinburgh, first came to peoples’ attentions after a gradual migration to London a couple of years back. 2009’s double A-side single Storm/Love’s Dart laid the blueprint for a confident, adventurous and psychedelically-bruised strain of art-rock that melds intangible electronic flourishes to the visceral rub of live instrumentation.The impression one gets of Django Django is of a band laying down the first, meticulously measured borders on some vast map of a world that only they are privy to. This week's New Music Heaven is Shake & Tremble, the new single off the band’s sophomore album, Born, Under Saturn. Described by NPR’s All Songs Considered, Shake & Tremble “marries a Devoesque bass line with unflappable surf rock guitar.” It was written on a volcanic island where the band was collaborating with visual artist Haroon Mirza, and in turn, references human sacrifice and volcanic activity. As it always goes, download Shake & Tremble for FREE if you're a NATION member.
Veering from house and hip hop, to nu-disco and folk-electronica and more by cleverly fusing beats atop the catchiest of songwriting shreds, Coleman Hell has a knack for pushing the boundaries of existing pop frameworks and delivering memorable choruses to boot. Anchored by his inspiring and unorthodox approach, the Thunder Bay (Canada) native has forged a prolific reputation as an adventurous outlier with a diverse palate. Coleman Hell and his friend/collaborator La+ch have crafted a genre-defying single 2 Heads - this week's New Music Heaven track. The mesmerizing track slips the bonds of your standard ‘relationship’ song immediately upon first listen. 2 Heads has turned heads, so to speak, with Hell’s flair for bold verses and left-of-center hooks adorning darker relationship threads. If you like it, download it (if you're a NATION member!)
The Moth & The Flame
Founded in the high desert of Provo, Utah and now based in Los Angeles, The Moth & The Flame has quickly earned devoted fans and critical acclaim for their brand of lush, atmospheric rock. NPR's All Songs Considered hailed the band's creative intertwining of compelling music and strong visuals. An engaging live outfit, The Moth & The Flame has also spent considerable time on the road, most recently alongside longtime friends Imagine Dragons and The Naked And Famous. Additionally, they've headlined countless shows and made standout festival appearances at such international gatherings as Austin's South By Southwest (SXSW) and the UK's The Great Escape. The Moth & The Flame are: Brandon Robbins (vocals, guitar), Mark Garbett (keyboards, vocals), Andrew Tolman (drums), Michael Goldman (bass, guitar, vocals). Their song, Young & Unafraid is this week’s New Music Heaven!
DREAMERS is a Brooklyn band who’s unique brand of ‘70s punk meets power-pop. Comprised of Nick Wold (vocals, guitar), Chris Bagamery (drums, backup vocals), and Nelson (bass, backup vocals), DREAMERS were first introduced to the universe in November 2014 with their self-released, self-titled debut EP. Their colorfully passionate music tugged at heartstrings and had tastemakers dancing around the room all in one fell swoop, with praise pouring in from the likes of Billboard, Spin, Alternative Press, Vice NOISEY, Guitar World, and more. The band has already shared the stage with such notable artists as The Vaccines, The 1975, Bear Hands, Walk The Moon, Stone Temple Pilots, Oberhofer, and Broncho. Their new single Wolves (You Got Me) is this week’s New Music Heaven. Enjoy!
The Struts, who hail from Derby in the UK, are gaining a fast following in the United States. Over the past few weeks their new single Could Have Been Me has rapidly emerged as one of the hottest new modern rock tracks in the country, getting key adds at the nation's most influential rock stations, and appearing on numerous spotify playlists, and was featured in Billboard Magazine's Tomorrow's Hits column. The Struts, who flaunt their style and yes strut on stage and off, were honored to be the only opener last year in Paris for The Rolling Stones and regularly tour throughout the UK. Frontman Luke Spiller is not afraid to have attitude and be different from a generation of cautious rock bands who in his opinion have second-guessed rock & roll into the margins. Spiller is evangelical about music, and it's partly because of his background. He's the son of born-again Christians and went to church in Bristol every Sunday until he was 16. "When I could stop going, it gave me an extra day to myself," he explains. And that day was filled with rock. Now everyday is filled with rock, as they kick off an American tour this summer. Check out Could Have Been Me, this week's New Music Heaven.
Best Coast is singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist Bobb Bruo. New Best Coast album, California Nights, is bright, sparkly, sophisticated, and more psychedelic than their past albums. It embodies the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind. The love stories Bethany spins on California Nights all detail the highs and the lows of relationships, similar to the juxtaposition of a the band’s native Los Angeles - a place tinted by candy-colored palm trees and pale blue skies while existing within the loneliness and desperation of waterless place. More than that, there is a literal meaning to the record’s title - Cosentino is a well-documented insomniac whose creativity spirals out in the early hours of the morning, allowing her to write the music, undisturbed. One of the songs on the album is this week’s New Music Heaven. It’s called Feeling Ok and, of course, you can download it for free if you're a NATION member!
New Music Heaven track Outta My Mind is probably one of our NEWEST tunes we've selected to share with our NATION. The song is by The Arcs, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys' most recent excursion he shares with Richard Swift, Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon. Auerbach spreads himself thin - he's got a solo record, prolific production work, the side project Blakroc, and as we all know, eight albums with The Black Keys. "This project was about making music with some of my longest relationships in music." The project would be the debut album Yours, Dreamily, where Outta My Mind lives as the 2nd track. The album was recorded in roughly two weeks through spontaneous, informal sessions across the country at the Sound Factory in Los Angeles, the Diamond Mine in Queens, Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, and in a lounge room at Electric Lady in Manhattan. And Tchad Blake mixed the album on his horse farm in Wales. This NEW New Music Heaven can be downloaded for free if you're a NATION member!
Liverpool-based band Circa Waves – comprising Kieran Shudall (guitar / vocals), Joe Falconer (guitar), Sam Rourke (bass) & Colin Jones (drums) – grew up on the guitar bands of the early 00s and are hell-bent on recapturing some of the excitement and success of their former boyhood heroes. Summer 2015 finds Circa Waves touring the U.S., playing a mixture of headline dates and festivals like Lollapalooza. “[Circa Waves are] dedicated to the snappy, tautly constructed, guitar-driven rock song…with the relentless rhythm-guitar drive of the Strokes,” noted The New York Times. Diffuser praised their “big, booming variations on Britpop” and NME praised the band for making “some of the liveliest, most epic-sounding guitar tunes around.” Check out this week's New Music Heaven T-Shirt Weather, a song that has racked up more than three million streams on Spotify . We recommend downloading it for keeps if you're a NATION member!
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
At home, Madisen and Ruth Ward are mother and son. Onstage, they're the leading members of Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, a soulful folk band whose sound is anchored by twin guitars, two generations, two different tastes, and two big, booming voices.The music started in Kansas City, where Madisen grew up watching his mom perform cover songs at local coffeeshops. Before long, he was writing his own tunes, mixing the old-world influence of his family's folk records with the unchained, energetic stomp of modern-day rock & roll. The two began playing entire shows together, ditching the cover songs in favor of Madisen's original material. Both sang, both played guitar, and both watched as their band's audience slowly grew. Eventually, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear were opening shows for B.B. King. Madisen Ward & Mama Bear's songs spin tall tales (and a few biographical truths) about life in the Midwest with little more than two acoustic guitars and Madisen's super-sized baritone vocals. This week's New Music Heaven is Silent Movies by Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear! If you like it, and you're a NATION member - grab the song for free from us!
Electro-pop group PHASES, consists of Los Angeles-based quartet of friends Z Berg (The Like), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley/Bright Eyes), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), and songwriter Michael Runion. The team united in 2009 and began doing music together. After many hurdles and obstacles, the team became the band PHASES. The band's name came to them when their manager, upon hearing some of the new music they had produced, excidedly relayed how she was instantly whisked away to her teenage years spent dancing in an '80s club in The Valley called Phases. PHASES' recent music sparkles with heat and light, infused with elements from each member’s bag of tricks, propelled and popping with life. It’s a seamless blend of sunshine and sugar, but it also hums with darker electricity from the boogie nightclubs of bygone eras, all the while sounding completely and urgently modern. Check out this week's New Music Heaven track, I’m In Love With My Life. It's FREE to download it if you're a NATION member, just FYI.
Four-piece band, Houndmouth, is from Louisville, Kentucky. Houndmouth are Matt Myers (guitar/vocals), Katie Toupin (keyboard/vocals), Zak Appleby (bass/vocals) and Shane Cody (drums/vocals). On why they chose the name Houndmouth, Myers states: “We record at nighttime to get rid of all the noise during the day like sirens and car honks, but there are always these two dogs that the neighbors have that bark all night. We recorded a bunch of tracks and finally get one that we liked, but when we played it back Shane said, “It’s not gonna work, there’s too much houndmouth on this!” He was clearly drunk because no one would say “houndmouth." Ever. Still, the rest of the group (sobriety aside) decided that they liked the unique charm of the name.” First single Sedona is equal parts gutsiness and delicacy and acts as almost a mission statement for the album, showcasing the witty, emotionally resonant songcraft - with Matt Myers's searing guitarwork and the band's masterful four-part harmonies bolstering a buoyant chorus. Download Sedona if you're a NATION member and a fan of the tune. It's this week's New Music Heaven!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
It's psychedelia that doesn't ignore the last 40 years of music, pushing boundaries and making a quiet argument against the idea that every frontier has been explored. Portland band, Uknown Mortal Orchestra's new album, Multi-Love, offers a flowing, cohesive view of front man Ruban Nielson's expanded vision. Jagged, sculpted beats and cosmic synthesizers add dimension to a genre supposedly known for its expansive creativity. New Music Heaven track, Can't Keep Checking My Phone, opens with a serenade of intertwined trumpet and guitar, struts and sings, neon synths and bouncing bass telling of an airy, humid feeling pressing against your temples. Check it out, and download it for free if you're a NATION member!
Frank and fearless, tender and rowdy young singer/songwriter/guitarist/banjoist Elle King was raised in rural Ohio. She pinpoints the day her life changed to her 9th birthday, when her stepdad bought her first album by hard-rocker girls the Donnas. "I wanted to play rock and roll and be a girl and do it. I started listening to all the rad chicks." She moved to New York City at age 10, got kicked out of school, landed in California, returned to New York, and then to Philadelphia for art school. As a gypsy-hearted young gun, she picked up playing the guitar at age 13. Her recent album that possesses a blend of rock, blues, country, and pop styles, was recorded with producers Jeff Bhasker (FUN., Kanye West), Eg White (Adele, Sam Smith), and Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2); plus artists Mark Ronson and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. Off of the album is Ex's & Oh's, this week's New Music Heaven. Download it for free if you're a NATION member!
Dawes is Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber, and Tay Strathairn. Transcending from their well-documented Southern Caifornia influences to their own established sound and themes, Dawes released their fourth album, All Your Favorite Bands. A track off the album called Things Happen is this week's New Music Heaven. It's a cheeky, glass-half-full anthem with mellow vocals that leaves you smiling - especially so if you watch the music video. The video expresses Dawes’ joie de vivre, a bittersweet tale of a Beatles busker (played by their actor friend Nate Michaux) who works Hollywood Blvd., where he meets fellow street performers Charlie Chaplin (Taylor), Elvis Presley (Gelber) and Marilyn Monroe (Strathairn in drag). “In a literal way, I’m singing to a friend, but I’m also giving myself a pep talk,” said Taylor. “Things might be bad, but the only thing you can do is shift your perspective to deal with it. Hoping it will go away by itself is a little unreasonable.” Enjoy Things Happen! If you're a NATION member, go ahead and download it for free!
BØRNS is Garret Borns, a rural Michigan native who now resides in a treehouse in the Los Angeles canyons. "You can feel the sunshine and hear the echoes of the canyon... It brought out my inner child, but in a very enlightening and meditative way." In the secluded, canopied space of his treehouse, the musician wrote and often recorded the songs on his EP, Candy - which filters the singer's naturally moody, sensual sound. The shimmering feel of the EP does conjure images of exactly the kind of bohemian Never Never Land that inspired it. The seductive Electric Love bears a strong T Rex influence, and is this week's New Music Heaven! Download it for free if you're a NATION member!
New Music Heaven artist, James Bay, is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Hitchin, an hour or so outside of London. With an old head on young shoulders, he channels artists such as Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen and James Blake, with his music intensely personal, combining melodic truth and raw emotion. Bay's obsession with guitars began around age 11. He first began to attempt learning guitar with an instructional CD, but those attemps were quickly spurned in favor of learning how to play by ear, with Bay putting on Van Morrisson and Derek and the Dominos' Layla and strummping along. At the age of 18, James Bay moved out of Hitchin to study guitar in the seaside city of Brighton. It was there his solo venture really kicked off. It was at his college showcase night that he was spotted by his management company, who'd scouted him online the previous evening. From Brighton, the next step was London. Building up a solid live reputation in the capital, prestigious support slots started flooding in, including a life changing opening set for The Rolling Stones at their gigantic Hyde Park show in the summer of 2013. “I almost fell off my stool when I was told,” says Bay, who was on his first trip to Los Angeles when he heard the news. Present day, he is our New Music Heaven artist for his song Hold Back the River, and will be touring with Hoizer in the US this fall. Take a listen to him, and download Hold Back the River for free if you're a fan and a NATION member. Thanks to Dick Hannah Subaru.
Fueled by the nimble crunch of her guitar and the loose groove of the rhythm section, Austallian naitve, Courtney Barnett’s songs are wild and shaggy and wordy, her lyrics plainspoken and delivered like she’s making them up on the spot. Her songs may not sound tightly coiled, but they are carefully and exactingly structured. Her lyrics may ramble, but each word is carefully chosen. She is, however, no perfectionist. In fact, she may be an imperfectionist: Barnett strives to fine-tune her songs as much as possible, but she knows that their flaws—a missed note here, a flubbed line there—can make the music sound more human, more relatable, more sympathetic. When Pedestrian At Best wasn’t working out in the studio, she took the backing tracks home with her and listened to them over and over and over, trying to get the right words to come out of her mouth. “I had some words on paper and a half-assed melody that I hated,” she recalls. “I rapped over it until I found something I was happy with." No nerves are evident in the final take, which includes some of Barnett’s most incisively indecisive lyrics, crammed with internal rhymes, inside jokes, and stinging self-deprecation. Download Pedestrian At Best if you like it, and you're a NATION member.
Only Real emerged as Niall Galvin, in 2012 with early tracks like the bouncy Cadillac Girl. The now 23-year-old West Londoner has his own musical style, a retro fuzzy yet fluid sound that transpired from early-influences from Van Morrison and Beach Boys, and later-influences, Hieroglyphics and Outkast. Originally pegged as a blissed-out indie kid, Only Real now is creating music such as our New Music Heaven this week, Can't Get Happy, which contains dark lines like "I stay asleep to stop the worst", a tune with hollowed-out Nirvana bass and lyrics that put dark twists on his pastel-hued melodies. If you're a NATION member, download it for free! Powered by Dick Hannah Subaru.
Wolf Alice are a four-piece alternative rock band from North London, consisting of Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis. Produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Black Keys), My Love Is Cool will be the band's new album scheduled to release June 23rd. This week's New Music Heaven is Moaning Lisa Smile, which has already captured critcal acclaim in the UK. Following a breakthrough 2014 in the UK, Wolf Alice now have their sights set on the U.S. and are poised for an international takeover. They recently made their sold-out U.S. debuts in LA and NYC, and performed at SXSW this last month. Wolf Alice was also nameed one of Billboard Magazine's Artists to Watch in 2015! Well, we're watching - and listening! Check out Moaning Lisa Smile, and download it for free if you're a NATION member. Thanks to Dick Hannah Subaru. Oh! One more thing! Check them out at Mississippi Studios on May 11th - click here for tickets.
Singer and songwriter Greg Holden has been an independednt for the past several years, releasing two albums, all thw while raising over $50,000 for the Red Cross. Holden also earned recognition for writing the massive hit “Home” — the debut single for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips that sold five million tracks in the U.S. Soon, the Scottish-born, England-bred, New York-based artist will also be known for the passionate, purpose-driven rock songs on his major-label debut album, Chase The Sun, due in the spring of 2015 from Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Greg Wells (Adele, OneRepublic), with songs Holden wrote either on his own, or with co-writers. Holden's music sounds modern, yet timeless. With a back-to-basics approach, it brims with tough, vibrant energy that thoroughly showcases Holden’s lean, literate songwriting. Greg travelled through the northern State of Bihar, which is the poorest region in the country. It was there, where he realized not only was is devastating, but incredibly inspiring. He came back home with a different outlook. "Hold On Tight", which contains the following chorus: "I don't take my life for granted/ I'm gonna hold on tight to what I've been handed," was inspired by this outlook. Have a free download of "Hold On Tight" by Greg Holden, this week's New Music Heaven artist. Thanks to Dick Hannah Subaru.
Public Service Broadcasting
Public Service Broadcasting is the corduroy-clad brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe. PSB's uniquely spell-binding live AV Transmissions see them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics - beaming our past back at us through vintage TV sets and state of the art modern video projection devices. Public Service Broadcasting have quickly developed a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the UK, wowing audiences over the past two festival seasons with major appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Green Man. If YOU want to check them out live, head to the Doug Fir on March 29th! Present day, PSB goes back in time once again and explore the period when the USA and USSR fought to gain the upper hand in a new frontier – space. The Race For Space was released last month and features this week's New Music Heaven, Go! which samples old audio from NASA to space! We think it’s pretty cool. If you think so too, and you're a NATION member, download it for FREE thanks to Dick Hannah Subaru.
Ex Cops, a nomadic duo featuring Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding, brings the hook-heavy blast of ‘90s alt-rock into a new era on their second album Daggers. Executive produced by icon-of-form Billy Corgan and produced by Justin Raisen, the record rescues guitar-pop from the bedroom, returning it to the stage it deserves.Formed in 2011, the group’s first album True Hallucinations, released in early 2013, was a critically-acclaimed collection of sprawling indie-pop. Daggers is a musical about-face, though. “We are not afraid of our favorite music anymore,” says Harding. “It’s pop.” Check out Ex Cops, our week's New Music Heaven artist, and their song Black Soap, a tune that shifts showgaze textures to stadium status. Download it for free if you're a NATION member, courtesy of Dick Hannah Subaru.
Since featuring her song, Desire last fall for New Music Heaven, Meg Myers’ sexy voice has been in our ears and under our skin ever since. The petite Nashville native singer-songwriter boasts songs full of passion and anger with a voice to match. Her newest single is Sorry, but we think she’s got nothing to apologize for! Enjoy your free download of Sorry, this week’s New Music Heaven – thanks to Dick Hannah Subaru!
“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” says Brittany Howard, lead singer and guitarist of Alabama Shakes, about the band’s new album Sound & Color. Sound & Color is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Shakes’ 2012 debut Boys & Girls, which earned the group three Grammy nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist. The gold-certified album’s breakthrough paved the way for the Shakes—Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, drummer Steve Johnson, and touring keyboard players Ben Tanner and Paul Horton. Alabama Shakes have performed on Saturday Night Live, and main stages of festivals such as Bonnaroo and Glastonbury. Off Sound & Color, explodes into the urgent, tightly-coiled funk of Don’t Wanna Fight. Long instrumental intros and passages create hazy atmosphere, and then the intensity of Howard’s vocals snaps everything back into riveting focus. Alabama Shakes continue to expand on the soulful blues-rock base that made their name, they defy predictable expectations and map an exciting, surprising, and innovative new direction. Check out this week's New Music Heaven, Don't Wanna Fight. Download it free courtesy of Dick Hannah Subaru.
This isn't The Mowgli's first 94/7 rodeo. The team of 4 childhood friends from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, augmented by 3 transplants from Nashville, Kansas City, and Oklahoma City made their way to 94/7's New Music Heaven in 2012 for their song San Francisco, which still receives air play to this day! (Rock on!) In late 2013, the band was a December to Remember artist. Now, the quintessential California band is here again for their single I'm Good. It begins with a sun-soaked clean guitar and resounding percussion before snapping into a delightful refrain that's undeniably unforgettable. You'll feel good after one listen…If you haven't already listened to them, have a hear for yourself of the band who has teamed up with producer Tony Hoffer of The Kooks, SIlversun Pickups, Fitz & The Tantrums, and collaborated with Matt Radosevich of Walk The Moon and One Direction, as well as Captain Cuts - a production team that includes Ryan Rabin of Grouplove. If you're a NATION member, download I'm Good for free - courtesy of Dick Hannah Subaru.
Although we don't know the face behind SBTRKT due to his preference to obscure his identity behind a mask - we've seen him tour the world and received global acclaim for his soulful, textured take on electronic music. Now, he has a new LP called Wonder Where We Land, which is as experimental and inquisitive as ever with surprise collaborations - one of which is with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. Although the impressive roster, SBTRKT composed and produced the entire album himself. The album highlights SBTRKT’s improved confidence in all areas of music-making, from composition to mixing and mastering. As ever, analogue instrumentation is mixed with digital sounds, with SBTRKT making little distinction between the two. The recording process was “all about not being a slave to the sequencer,” he explains. “It was about making it more freeform, then reining it back in afterwards.” This week's New Music Heaven is SBTRKT's cheeky and bouncy rap with Koenig, New Dorp. New York. The song evolved from a conversation the pair had about making a track with an early 80’s, spoken-word, New York feel. Check it out, and if you like it, download it for free if you're a NATION member. Brought to our friends at Dick Hannah Subaru.
Born Michael Wayne Atha to an absentee father and a bartender mother, Yelawolf attended over 15 schools while soaking up slang and spiritualism in Baton Rouge, Antioch, Tennessee, and Atlanta. While trying to stay afloat in a turbulent home life addled by drug and alcohol abuse, he discovered rap music in Tennesee and it soon became an obsession, along with the classic rock he was raised on. His music is a new strain of soul food, the traditional Southern cuisine infused by Yela’s unique experiences and double-timed staccato raps. “Not everybody in hip-hop messes with classic rock. There was no real element of surprise. I’m from Alabama, I’m into classic rock — it was obvious and there was no shock-value to it,” Yelawolf said. “After that, I wanted to focus on making sure that people understood that I respected the craft. Check out his New Music Heaven track, Till It's Gone.
AWOLNATION is releasing their long-awaited new album RUN March 17th! Written, performed and produced by musical architect Aaron Bruno and recorded in the hills of Malibu, RUN is a culmination of Bruno’s time and experiences following the release of breakthrough debut album Megalithic Symphony - you remember a little song called Sail, dont you? The end result is a finely tuned musical masterwork that is at times, and all at once, sprawling, atmospheric, exuberant, earnest and refined with moments of a signature aggressive unease. “There is not one second on the record that hasn’t been thoughtfully placed,” said Bruno. “Every single element serves a purpose.” The first single Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) is this week's New Music Heaven! Get it for the low, low price of free in your 94/7 Nation e-mail.
Afie Jurvanen isn't from the Bahamas. He's a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie, a town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he's been making music under the name Bahamas - writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles.Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow-belt to the coral reefs. His new album, Bahamas Is Afie, self-titled and self-produced is Juvanen's coming of age record. His songcraft, guitar mastery, and melodic pop hooks have evolved into Bahamas is Afie - a sparse, moving, headphone album, complemented by a more developed arrangement of strings, brass, winds, orchestral percussion, and chamber choruses that transport the listener from moving seas to a seach for strength, to a place of resolve and comfort. Off of Bahamas is Afie lives All The Time, a bluesy groove with lilting falsetto vocals and a fuzzed-out staccato bass line. It's yours to download if you're a NATION member, because it's this week's New Music Heaven! Enjoy!
Los Angeles quartet Saint Motel is not an easy band to pin down. Indie pop quirks blended with a surge of art school world music and strident horns. All of which gets twisted through a sardonic examination of L.A. life. They have been commanding a growing underground following of fans back home: an escalating army of people who are as enamoured by the band’s leftfield pop charms as they are by frontman A/J Jackson’s duplicitous lyrics and their experiential live shows. The band formed at film school in southern California after Jackson recruited Aaron Sharp – “the best guitarist on campus” – in his pursuit of a new musical project. They met Bangkok-born bassist Dak Jones when he was working locally as a sushi chef and completed the puzzle with the addition of the propulsive percussion of Greg Erwin on drums. The acclaim of their first album “Voyeur” created a succession of unlikely rewards including support shows with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons and Ariel Pink. Their first single, and this week's New Music Heaven is My Type, a collision of influences embedded in an immediate pop hook which might be described as TropiCali. Take a listen for yourself, and download it if you like it and you're a NATION member!
Seattle band Fences – led by singer/songwriter Christopher Mansfield – combine introspective, emotional lyricism with a melancholic folk-pop sound on their forthcoming Elektra debut LESSER OCEANS. The idea of Fences first got underway in Boston, a time Mansfield spent studying at Berklee College of Music while also perfecting his haunting songcraft. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest, he self-released his first Fences recordings. Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara subsequently discovered Mansfield’s music and co-produced his self-titled full length debut. Fences has toured alongside such like-minded artists as Tegan & Sara, Against Me!, and Hellogoodbye as well as performing standout sets at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands. LESSER OCEANS features this week's New Music Heaven track, Sunburns, which was produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, and The Lonely Forest. LESSER OCEANS will be released in March of this year, but for now you can download Sunburns for free if you're a NATION member!
WATERS is Van Pierszalowsky, Marte Solbakken, Andrew Wales, and Greg Sellin. After Van Pierszalowski decided to live and work in San Francisco, allowing himself to stand still for the first time in ages, the calm gave way to creative restlessness and the result was a new band and a new sound in the form of WATERS. Inspired by the growing absence of rock in “alternative rock”, WATERS began writing their new EP It All Might Be OK, which was recorded in LA with Ryan Rabin (Grouplove). I Feel Everything is this week's New Music Heaven, and is one of 4 songs in It All Might Be OK.“This song came about after listening to alternative rock radio for the first time in ages and recognizing the lack of anything alternative or rock about it,” notes Van. “Where are those dirty guitars? Where is that frenetic energy? Where are the songs that made us want to start a band in the first place? Most days don’t feel like they’re going to be the best days of your life. Most days are kind of fucked up. And it’s nice to have a sanctuary for those days, and for us—that’s always been rock and roll. ‘I Feel Everything’ is our rally call to get that back.” Download I Feel Everything for free if you're a NATION member.
Late one night in 2011, a newly-minted Melbourne based songwriter/producer known as Chet Faker recorded a cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity” for a few close friends. They passed it on (and on and on). The Music Internet fell in love. DJs couldnʼt resist, and eventually the track became a worldwide hit. Flash forward to 2014, when Faker releases Built on Glass, his debut LP, after three years of touring, writing and collaborating. The album crystalized Faker's wide-reaching aesthetic into a singular vision that fuses languid R&B, classic songwriting intimacy, house music immediacy and the dusty thump of golden age hip hop. A free download of Gold is hitting the inboxes of Nation members this week!
When they were ten years old, J moved in next door to T’s house in Shepherd’s Bush in London back in 2000. Little did they know that was the beginning of Jungle. Shepherd’s Bush gave them a musical identity before they even knew they wanted one – that stew of hip hop, rock, electronica, soul and reggae that comes from a true culture collision. Present day, they collaborate and finish each other's sentences while they create their own music. Half recorded at home and finished in the studios of their new label XL, Jungle’s intoxicating self-titled debut delivers all that and more. There’s technique and care in these seemingly weightless tracks but above all it feels effortless, a breath of fragrant fresh air, a touch of psychedelic sweetness for sour times. It’s about a remedy for overstuffed pop and bloated stadium house and dull social realist rock. Their sound is something epic and rhythmic, euphoric and sexual. Jungle's song Busy Earnin' is this week's New Music Heaven, a report-to-the-dancefloor song with horns and falsettos. Download it for free if you're a NATION member!
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Prior to struggling with cancer in his early 22s, Andrew McMahon was known as the vocalist, pianist, and primary songwriter of Jack's Mannequin. Flash forward 10 years to today, he is Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness. Despite outward signs of success - beating cancer, getting married, and receiving an Emmy nomination - McMahon says the road to recovery was a "roller coaster ride" that took the better part of the decade. He moved out of LA to Topanga Canyon in California, left his label, his management, and the name. He left it all behind with his wife Kelly to start over. Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness now has a self-titled LP, and a 6-month-old daughter, Ceclilia, who he wrote this week's New Music Heaven about. It's soaring chorus anchored by a kick drum like the steady thump of a heartbeat. There is a balancing act that permeates not only McMahon’s life but his new album as well, mixing the electronic and the acoustic, the modern and the classic. McMahon created two mini-masterpieces: an epic pop album stocked to the gills with anthemic songs and a healthy, bright, baby girl. Download Cecilia and the Satellite from your NATION email!
Delong is an artist who cemented his rising star status in 2013 with a slew of big-name festival appearances, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and a star-making turn at Made In America in Philadelphia. He delivered another strong set in the midst of Times Square at the CBGB Festival that showcased an outstanding live show. It is growing more impressive with expanding production and visuals to match the one of a kind stage presence, where he mixes his homemade instrumentation that includes video game controllers and monster drum solos from his background in jazz. DeLong’s ability to mix beats and lyrics can be attributed to his wide-ranging musical tastes, which go from Flume to Paul Simon. "Long Way Down, that one, I wrote after I’d been listening to Flume a lot, slow tempo, funky rhythms. But then in terms of vocal delivery that would be the moment the Paul Simon creeps in,” he says. While a number of artists in recent years have mixed electronic sensibilities and heavy beats with singer/songwriter tendencies, few, if any, have done it with the deft touch of DeLong. This week's New Music Heaven track is Long Way Down. Download it for free if you're a NATION member!
Royal Blood are a British rock duo made of vocalist and bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, both men are in their early 20's. The band has come a long way from playing Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson at weddings -- recently, Royal Blood has earned glowing comparisons with big names including The Black Keys, The White Stripes, and Queens Of The Stone Age with their riff-based rock 'n' roll style. Through just voice, bass, and drums, Royal Blood creates a primal blues-rock sound. "I experimented with how to make the biggest sound possible from one instrument and I found it was with the bass. I can't play the guitar. Too many strings. Too many options," Kerr notes. Well, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Royal Blood are signed to Warner Bros. Records and have performed at SXSW, Liverpool Sound City festival, and others. Additonally they supported Arctic Monkeys for two Finsbury Park shows, and were nominated for the BBC Sound of 2014. This week, Royal Blood is our New Music Heaven band. Check out their song Figure It Out, a tune with evil blues and big riffs. If you like it, download it for free if you're a NATION member!
Creating a sound that deftly jumps between genres, Joywave’s music is grounded in classic songwriting, often injected with house music's energy, the playfulness of disco and an overarching hip-hop spirit. Their How Do You Feel? EP demonstrates the bands pointed talent for originality while blending influences. Joywave’s distinguished sound is already paying off, they’ve received high praise from Rolling Stone, The Fader and Nylon, to name a few, and have been generating a substantial fanbase on the road nabbing slots with The Killers and RAC while performing at some of this summer’s biggest festivals including Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Bunbury. To top it off, Joywave made their TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, performing not only their hit song Tongues, but also performing with December to Remember band Big Data on their collaborative alternative radio hit Dangerous (feat. Joywave). This fall, Joywave will be touring with St. Lucia, with an album due in 2015. Check out this week's New Music Heaven track Somebody New. If you like it, and you're a NATION member, download it for free.
Hustle and Drone
December to Remember 2014 band, Hustle and Drone started in February, 2012 when keyboardist Ryan Neighbors left Portugal. the Man to pursue his own songwriting. He teamed up with long time friend Kirk Ohnstad and began recording and writing immediately. Hustle and Drone released its debut, self-titled EP in 2012, spent the next few months playing shows and even spent a month in Europe in March 2013. After 60 demos and many phone calls, the band decided to record with producer Sonny DiPerri, this was the beginning of HOLYLAND. The band spent time at beach houses and their basement in Portland in order to properly craft this record. Fun fact: their music video for their lead single The Glow was filmed at the MODA Center in Portland, OR. HOLYLAND was released September 2nd, 2014. The band recently gained more attention for releasing a new track, Again & Again, featuring freestyle raps from NBA start Damian Lillard. It's been a long time comin', but Hustle and Drone is now your slice of New Music Heaven. Download The Glow for free if you're a NATION member!
Catfish and the Bottlemen
If Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, and Phoenix had a band-baby, it would be Catfish And The Bottlemen. The Welsh indie-rock band is made up of Van McCann (lead vocals), Johnny 'Bondy' Bond (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass guitar) and Bob Hall (drums) and has recently annouced their first full track album, The Balcony, where this week's New Music Heaven lives. The track is called Kathleen and is available to download for free if you're a NATION member!