Jon Sortland and Brian Belier accidentally became a band while singing Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ at a Karaoke bar in San Francisco’s Japantown. When they woke up from their whiskey hangovers they realised it hadn’t been a dream, the people in the bar (all five of them) had cheered for them, and they had stumbled on their calling.
When you hear a band is inspired by the likes of 80’s synthesizer pop music, and artists including Maroon 5, Coldplay, LANY, New Order, and U2, then you know you’ve got someone intriguing on your hands. Add to that said band, after first meeting outside a bar in Nashville, then packed up their lives and headed out to LA, and you have no doubt this is someone you want to listen to.
Originally from a small fishing village in the far north of Iceland, Gunnar The Fifth aka Gunnar Valdimarsson is one third of an alt-pop act and world-renown tattoo artist, now based in Oslo, Norway. The new single, ‘Fell Off A Ledge’, along with its accompanying music video, comes from their forthcoming debut EP, which is set for release in April.
Dare You Not To are a UK 5 piece boyband made up of Huw, Brodie, Dushane, Max and Chase. Although they’ve been together less tahn a year, their social media followers are increasing every day, ensuring that DYNT are certainly a boyband you need to know about.
Amy got the chance to speak to the boys about tour life and their future plans.
Indie music project Mount Hudson takes the acoustic traditions of American folk and imbues it with modern pop sensibilities. The brainchild of Brooklyn New York artist Dave Yim, who plays acoustic guitar and provides vocals, ‘Lakeside Water’ sees him joined by a cast of seeming thousands, including Marcus Bagala (mandolin, electric guitar), Rob Heath (drums), Andrew Miramonti (organ), and Claire Wellin on violin.
As they gear up for a huge 2020, Sea Girls have kicked off the year being hotly tipped by media across the board. Sea Girls unleash their dynamic new anthem ‘Ready For More’, taken from their forthcoming new EP ‘Under Exit Lights’ – out March 6th on Polydor and available on limited edition 12’’ vinyl, CD and all Digital Service Providers.
Manchester-based trio NXTGEN is back with another sublime pop tune. The band who consist of Cian Gleeson, Joel Healey and Sonny Hardman shot to fame on the ITV talent show, The Voice. ‘I Don’t Know How to Dance’ is the follow up to their previous single ‘Embrace’ which was released earlier this year.
If you think Los Angeles is one of those places that you need a car to get around, then you’ve probably not been there. Take Downtown LA – DTLA to the locals and those who know – it’s best to navigate it on foot, and that way you get to see the alleyways and back streets that show the City Of Angels in its truest offbeat light. Tremble are all Los Angelinos, and the trio know their way around the often grimy neighbourhoods of the city’s centre. ‘What Is Anything’, the band’s latest single, is a love letter to LA, with the video a sleekly stylish tour of Little Tokyo, and the Arts District.