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British Pop Punks So Long, Space Girl Announce New Album

“Your Heroes Are All Dead” Set For Release On February 23rd 2023

British pop punks So Long, Space Girl are set to release their brand-new album “Your Heroes Are All Dead” on February 23rd 2023!

The tracklisting for the album is:

1. Your Heroes Are All Dead

2. Spineless

3. Peaches And Cream

4. I Hate You But I Hate Myself More

5. Reasons

6. Turn It Off

7. Like A Bomb

8. Rust

9. Tonight

10. Pull The Trigger

11. The Great Undying

12. A Long Way To Run, A Longer Way To Climb

Formed by bassist Paul Coppock and drummer Anina Barrett in 2019. Joined by frontman/guitarist AJ Willis, they beavered away on a host of demos, refined their line up, and played a handful of gigs.

Stuck at home due to the pandemic, they knuckled down and focused their efforts on their debut album. “Stranded”, which was produced, mixed and mastered by the rather talented John Mitchell at Outhouse Studios (Reading, UK), was released to favourable reviews in July 2021.

Following some favourable coverage, including pieces in Nightshift Magazine and some airtime on BBC Radio Oxford, the band decided to push things forward and recruit another guitarist to enhance their sound and live performances. guitarist Rob Mauro joined SLSG in early 2022.

The band then decamped back to Reading to re-enter the studio with John Mitchell to record their follow-up to “Stranded”. “Your Heroes Are All Dead” is set for a February 23rd 2023 release date, and see’s the band further refine their sound. Drawing on a heavier sound, the weightier production doesn’t take away from their upbeat sound, but instead adds further gravitas.


Norwegian Metallers I The Betrayer Enter The “Slaughterhouse” On New Single

Frontman Chris Wiborg Breaks Down The Band’s Latest Outing

Norwegian quintet I The Betrayer released their new single “Slaughterhouse” on October 31st, taken from their upcoming album “Storm Vik” which is set for release in 2023.

Vocalist Chris Wiborg had this to say about the upcoming album:

“This will be the first of a two-part concept album based on a Lovecraftian tale that follows the protagonist, Storm Vik, and his journey into madness. The story takes place in post WW2 Norway, in a town called Rjukan, deep in a valley surrounded by mountains.

Storm Vik, the son of a Special Operation Executive responsible for sabotaging the heavy water plant for the Nazis, follows in the footsteps of his father as chief police constable of Rjukan. The looming threat of the cold war initiates a top secret project to dig deep into the mountain to build a passageway to a mountain top, Gaustatoppen, as a radio relaying station. But they dug too deep…”

The video can be found here: https://youtu.be/TmLbik6QTmk

I the Betrayer is made up of five guys from altogether different musical backgrounds brought together by their love of metal, and random chance, to create music which encompasses every part of their collective vision.

Influenced by all kinds of styles, from blues and progressive rock to death metal, they have managed to carve their own identity within the genre. Among the heavy metal chugging and pounding drums, you can expect to hear soaring vocal melodies leading to guttural lows, progressive inspired leads on top of driving metal progressions and contemplative clean passages exploding into a forceful and commanding song.

Their first release “7”, gained critical attention from publications like Metal Hammer and Norway Rock, along with their cover of Avenged Sevenfold’s “Shepherd of Fire”. Having recently released their single “Guise of the Infectious” after the pandemic, the guys are now deep in the production of their new album which is set for a 2023 release.


Starry Skies unveil solidarity-based ‘Light In Your Soul’ single from the Glasgow band’s ‘Small Wonders’ LP

Scotland’s Starry Skies present the single ‘Light In Your Soul’, a firm favourite among fans of one of Glasgow’s most beloved folk-rock band and a positive, heartfelt and gorgeous reminder to remember the light and strength inside themselves regardless of the challenges they face.

Lifted from their fourth studio album ‘Small Wonders’, it starts with acapella vocals and finger clicks, and soon transforms into a full-on production with hammond organ, jangly guitars and beautiful vocal harmonies.

Shaped by personal encounters with music icons Nina Simone, Iggy Pop and Chuck Berry, Warren McIntyre (aka Warren Starry Sky) founded the band in 2014 to encourage the proliferation of positive, hopeful music. Today, he is joined by Jenny Lunan, Heather Phillips, Sophie Pragnell, Johnny Rooney and Adam Scott, having supported Snow Patrol, Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines and Teenage Fanclub over the years.

Dubbed a “masterpiece” and their strongest work yet, ‘Small Wonders’ is a hearty crowdfunded 10-track collection with a brilliant blend of indie rock and folk pop. These shimmering delights celebrate the small wonders that are all around us. These songs were written in 2021, when we were all really grateful for small things like being able to go for a walk with a friend.

“‘Light in Your Soul’ started off as a tribute to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She has been getting a lot of criticism in the press and this got me thinking about female leaders.I wanted to write a message of support to Jacinda to let her know that, even in far away Scotland, there are people who admire her and the kind inclusive approach she takes to leading her country. Her public show of empathy for the Muslim survivors of the Christchurch shooting was admirable and showed the strength of connection,” says Warren McIntyre. 

“The verse lines “Hey there sister…..I don’t believe in these leaders – but I’d follow you to the end” and the chorus reminder that no matter how dark it gets it is important to remember the light were little messages in this song as a personal thank you to Jacinda” 

Packed full of inspired and catchy songs with thoughtful lyrics, ‘Small Wonders’ was recorded and produced at Maybank Studios by Matt Harvey, perhaps best known for his work with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Opera, and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by legendary mastering engineer Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, New Order, Coldplay, Oasis, Primal Scream, Blur, Bryan Ferry).

As of October 7, ‘Light In Your Soul’ is available across digital platforms, including Spotify. The full ‘Small Wonders’ album can be ordered on Bandcamp or on CD and sky-blue vinyl via Last Night From Glasgow.

CREDITS

Written by Warren McIntyre

Recorded and produced by Matt Harvey at Maybank Studios, Glasgow

Mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios, London

Album artwork by GND Design, back cover photo by Didier

Released by Fox Star Records

TRACK LIST

01.  Smile Through The Dark

02.  Spitfire Susie

03.  Highwater Eagle

04.  Light In Your Soul

05.  Kindhearted People

06.  Natural Way

07.  I Don’t Wanna Be That Kinda Guy

08.  Iris In The Underground

09.  I Was Lost

10.  On The Beach


Manchester art-rock stalwarts THE SPEED OF SOUND present haunting ‘Charlotte 12″ version’ from new double A-side single

Manchester indie rock outfit The Speed Of Sound presents their new video for ‘Charlotte 12″ Version’, which is the second track included in the new ‘Virtual Reality 123 / Charlotte 12″ Version’ single released via Big Stir Records. Just like a classic 12” single, each track clocks in at over 6 minutes. 

Playing on the anxious menace of ‘Charlotte’, this extended version adds a ghostly and delicately layered ephemeral depth of neo-gothic proportions, enhancing the dread within the runaway choruses, leaving no need for flickering candles; true terror is within the mind.

Frontman John Armstrong. explains: “This song is based on actual events from the 1850’s; the first time we played Charlotte live was in Elizabeth Gaskell’s house within the actual room where Charlotte Bronte hid behind a curtain to avoid meeting an unexpected visitor while she was staying in her fellow novelist’s home. That gig was just two weeks before Charlotte’s 200th birthday. It was easy to imagine her still there and hiding from us too. Anxiety is the natural state of the modern world, but it has been around much longer. The part of Charlotte on the introduction is performed by Janet Armstrong”.

Hailing from Manchester, The Speed of Sound is made up of father and son John Armstrong (guitars and vocals) and Henry Armstrong (keyboards), Ann-Marie Crowley (vocals and guitar), Kevin Roache (bass guitar) and John Broadhurst (drums). In 2021, they released their critically acclaimed album ‘Museum Of Tomorrow’.

Formed in 1989 with a pre-history dating back to the day Andy Warhol died in 1987, The Speed of Sound lies deep below the ‘music industry radar’, allowing for the evolution of their own distinctive sound and live act. Their music is optimistic, but with lyrical bite, a punk-inspired DIY ethos and lust for experimentation rooted in psychedelia.

Throughout their 33-year history, The Speed Of Sound have always been idiosyncratic, counter-intuitive and perpetually looking for something new. These two fresh extended pieces take advantage of space that is not afforded when limited by the physical time constraints of vinyl. The result is effectively two new pieces that are epic in different and unexpected ways. Is this Progressive Pop? There is only one way to find out.

Regarding the second track of this single, ‘Virtual Reality 123’ is a dramatic and desolate soundscape, unfurling within the atmospheric pairing of grand piano and guitar feedback with the human voice. Joyous and steely resolute in its determination to create and inhabit a personal parallel universe, it constructs a separate realm for the purpose of keeping the work/life spheres completely separate. A possibility powered by enabling and running an ‘alternative-life’ programme alongside the daily grind, it steps from one to the other, closing the door between them. Replacing the drudgeries of the physical analogue personal life with a digital perfection, the virtual world becomes a refuge from actual existence and the place when life exists in a state of perpetual euphoria.

‘Virtual Reality 123 / Charlotte (12″ Version)’ is out now, available via Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp. The band’s original ‘Museum of Tomorrow’ album is also available on vinyl and CD from Big Stir Records and record stores.

CREDITS

John Armstrong – songwriting, guitars and vocals

Ann-Marie Crowley – vocals and guitars

Kevin Roache – bass guitar

John Broadhurst – drums

Henry Armstrong – keyboards

Engineer, mixing & mastering by Adam Crossley & Chris Guest


The Pull of Autumn unveils a ‘Beautiful Broken World’, a new album featuring Mark Stewart, Adrian Sherwood, Doug Wimbish, Philip Parfitt, Luke “Skyscraper” James and others…

Art rock collective The Pull of Autumn present their fourth album ‘Beautiful Broken World’, an ambitious 15-track undertaking that began in early 2020.

This record involves a number of iconic artists, including Philip Parfitt of The Perfect Disaster, Stuart Moxham of Rough Trade postpunk band Young Marble Giants, Luke Skyscraper James of I.R.S. recording artist FASHION and John Neff, who has contributed to multiple David Lynch films and is also a member of David Lynch’s Blubob.

Earlier, the band released ‘Outlaw Empire’ featuring The Pop Group legend Mark Stewart and bassist Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Tackhead, The Rolling Stones, Sugarhill Gang), which was remixed by legendary producer Adrian Sherwood. That was followed by ‘Live Today’ with Tokyo dreamgazers Once Grace Forever and its kaleidoscopic video, created by Rosie Varela (of shoegaze band EEP)

The Pull of Autumn is a ‘super group’ of sorts, with songs orbiting around Rhode Island artist Daniel Darrow of Johanna’s House of Glamour and involving numerous emerging and notable musicians from the local music scene and further abroad. The band’s debut 2018 eponymous album was followed by ‘Afterglow’ in 2019 and ‘Small Colors’ in 2020.

“For this new Pull of Autumn album, I wanted to place greater emphasis on the production of the music as to develop a signature sound that is heard throughout the entire recording. Also lyrically, the tunes speak to the changing and sometimes chaotic times we’ve all been through. I’ve grown more confident in the process of using purely acoustic elements with electronic sound design to create a new interesting sound,” says Daniel Darrow.

“Once again, it was a lot of fun having musicians from many different backgrounds come together to create a group of songs that ultimately make the entire  album come together as one united voice. It’s been a lot of fun working with artists from all over the world and experiencing their completely different methods of creating art, even if it reaches a few ears. I find much joy in that!”.

As of December 9, ‘Beautiful Broken World’ will be available across online stores and streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify, as well as Bandcamp, where it can be obtained directly from the artist.

CREDITS            

Album produced by Daniel Darrow

Mastered by Bruce Macleod

Album cover art by Joyce Raskin White

‘Live Today’ video created by Rosie Varela of EEP

‘Outlaw Empire’ video by Rick Humphrey of That Twisted Wreckage

TRACK LIST

01. Beautiful Broken World (with Daniel Darrow)

02. She Writes The Words (with Leigh Gregory)

03. Come Winter (with Stuart Moxham)

04. Moonbeams (with Family Band)

05. Lost Guitar (with Luke “Skyscraper” James)

06. John Clare (with Philip Parffitt)

07. Outlaw Empire (with Mark Stewart, Doug Wimbish & Adrian Stewart)

08. Little Hands (with Bruce Macleod)

09. Never Swayed (with Julius Manning)

10. Moukie (with Mina Norouzi)

11. Images of Light (with Matthew Darrow)

12. Funhouse (with Luke “Skyscraper” James)

13. You Will Live Again (with Julius Manning)

14. Live Today (with Once Grace Forever)

15. In Silence (with Ricky Humphrey)


ROME March Towards The Light On New Album

“Hegemonikon-A Journey To The End Of Light” Set For Release On November 25th

Luxembourg musician Jerome Reuter is set to release his new album “Hegemonikon-A Journey To The End Of Light” with his band ROME on November 25th, 2022 via Trisol Music Group. ROMEs 17th album and holds a few daring surprises: On this new album, the influences of electronica and new wave have shaped ROME’s trademark guitar-based dark folk into a new beast by adding a subtle touch of post-punk synth-rock to the mix.

The tracklist reads like this:

1. A Slaughter Of Crows

2. No Second Troy

3. Icarus Rex

4. Surely Ash

5. On The Slopes Of Mount Malamatiyah

6. Walking The Atlal

7. Hearts Mend

8. The Ripping Of The Veil

9. Solar Caesar

10. Stone Of Light-Mer De Glace

11. New Flags

ROME can be experienced live on the following dates:

November 24th 2022 / Stuttgart, Germany // Club Cann

November 25th 2022 / Nuremberg, Germany // Club Stereo

November 26th 2022 / Zwickau, Germany // Mithras Garden Festival

November 27th 2022 / Leipzig, Germany // Moritzbastei

November 29th 2022 / Berlin, Germany // Quasimodo

November 30th 2022 / Poznan, Poland // U Bazyla

December 1st 2022 / Warsaw, Poland // Hydrozagadka

December 2nd 2022 / Krakow, Poland // Hype Park

December 4th 2022 / Budapest, Hungary // Dürer Kert

December 6th 2022 / Fiorano Modenese, Italy / Teatro Astoria

December 7th 2022 / Turin, Italy // Ziggy Club

December 8th 2022 / Aargau, Switzerland // Musigburg

December 10th 2022 / Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg / / Kulturfabrik

February 15th 2023 / Lviv, Ukraine / TBA

February 18th 2023 / Kyiv, Ukraine / TBA

Ever since the band’s inception by Luxembourg-born mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Jerome Reuter in 2005, ROME has displayed a resilience and constitution found only in Olympic athletes when it comes to releasing hard-hitting, bullet-proof albums every single year.

Chanson noir, post-industrial, avant-pop, new folk, singer-songwriter… it takes a whole lot of neologisms to try and describe the band’s musical style. In 2022, ROME demonstrates yet again how to chameleon yourself into a fresh new form by introducing electronic musical elements by way of analogue synthesizers, without losing the strength of its true and strong self.

ROME thrives on the concept of the free-space, an anarchic area of experimentation dedicated to the dark yet joyous celebration of life. ROME is the beast of the under-current, dominated by an affection for that which cannot be pressed into a form, for wild growth, for the willingly chaotic urge to go out into the open and the aversion to confinement. ROME sets its sails to new horizons, to the frontier. In short: to life!

The album delivers iconic, synth-driven hymns like ‘No Second Troy’, ‘Solar Caesar’ and ‘Hearts Mend’, by which ROME enhances its already vast sonic universe.’ Hegemonikon’ is steeped in high drama, each track spilling into the next like a dystopian opera. From the sampled poetic snippets of the opening ‘A Slaughter of Crows’, to the ethereal words of ‘Stone of Light’, voices play an integral role in the album’s theatrical aura.

With its themes of defiance, the holy and the vertical, this masterpiece is a new landmark for the band. What keeps ROME relevant is its constant dealings with matters of the European soul in an ever-changing modern world. What separates their wheat from the chaff of their peers is the deeply poetic nature of its lyrics and music.

‘Hegemonikon’ is a bold musical statement and demonstrates that ROME, in its 17th year of existence, is not content to coast on the coattails of their back catalogue but is able to surprise its vast audience with another hard-hitting album made of anthemic songs.

To life!


Swedish Metallers Norrskold Revel In Silence In New Video!

“Only Silence” Releases Following New Album ‘Prima Aeternus’!

Swedish metallers Norrskold have released their latest video for the song “Only Silence”, taken from their latest album ‘Prisma Aeternus’, which released on November 7th, 2022!

Speaking about the track, mainman Henrik Bodin-Skold has said:

“”Only Silence” is one of the darkest and heaviest songs ever written by the band. Lyrically “Only Silence” describes a future scenario where planet Earth is totally freed from mankind, with the relief of being able to reset itself without the plague that we humans have caused.”

Deriving from the cold forests of Sweden, Norrsköld began as a studio project in 2013 by Henrik Bodin-Skold, blending atmospheric black metal with melodic death/folk metal and picking up comparisons to Dissection, early In Flames and Emperor. Norrskold have gone on to tour across Europe, including in support of Nightrage and Amon Amarth.

Norrskold’s debut EP ‘Blessing Of Winter’ came out in 2013, and its core lyrical themes touched upon Scandinavian folklore with tracks like “Night Crystals” and “Dreamless”, both depicting historical supernatural events recorded in the world of past generations. The EP, generally recognized as pagan black metal, was warmly received by critics.

Following up their debut EP, Norrsköld’s first full-length album ‘Reflections Of The Night Sky’ was released in 2014 and saw them opting for a more optimistic world view. The album contains more intricate, epic folk metal compositions. Lyrically, the theme of folklore was accomplished by the depictions of a life in the harsh Swedish climates. The debut album was reviewed broadly in the international metal media as well as in one of Sweden’s biggest metal magazines, Sweden Rock Magazine.

Norrsköld’s second EP ‘Ridden’, released in 2015, contains two instrumentals and two lyric based songs. The title track “Ridden” became one of the band’s most beloved songs among their growing fanbase. Their second full length album ‘Withering Virtue’ came out in 2017 and is their most ambitious album so far, with live classical orchestral musicians joining the record. A 12-song album of piercing melodic black/folk metal, reviewers emphasized the fact that Norrsköld continues to spread a uniquely catchy yet brutal melodic metal sound.

Norrsköld’s third album ‘Prisma Aeternus’ released on November 7th, 2022 and leans towards an explosive melodic black/death metal vibe, with artwork made by virtuoso Niklas Sundin (ex-Dark Tranquillity). The album shows a new dimension of the band as the songs have transcended into an even more melodic state while also providing some of the heaviest compositions the band has ever written. Being a concept album, the lyrics cover a dystopian observation of the rise and fall of mankind in relation to the evolution and destruction of Earth.


Norwegian Metallers I The Betrayer Enter The “Slaughterhouse” On New Single

Frontman Chris Wiborg Breaks Down The Band’s Latest Outing

Norwegian quintet I The Betrayer are set to release their new single “Slaughterhouse” on October 31st, and Devolution are happy to announce the exclusive stream of the track, taken from their upcoming album “Storm Vik” which is set for release in 2023.

Vocalist Chris Wiborg had this to say about the upcoming album:

“This will be the first of a two-part concept album based on a Lovecraftian tale that follows the protagonist, Storm Vik, and his journey into madness.The story takes place in post WW2 Norway, in a town called Rjukan, deep in a valley surrounded by mountains.

Storm Vik, the son of a Special Operation Executive responsible for sabotaging the heavy water plant for the Nazis, follows in the footsteps of his father as chief police constable of Rjukan. The looming threat of the cold war initiates a top secret project to dig deep into the mountain to build a passageway to a mountain top, Gaustatoppen, as a radio relaying station. But they dug too deep…”

I the Betrayer is made up of five guys from altogether different musical backgrounds brought together by their love of metal, and random chance, to create music which encompasses every part of their collective vision.

Influenced by all kinds of styles, from blues and progressive rock to death metal, they have managed to carve their own identity within the genre. Among the heavy metal chugging and pounding drums, you can expect to hear soaring vocal melodies leading to guttural lows, progressive inspired leads on top of driving metal progressions and contemplative clean passages exploding into a forceful and commanding song.

Their first release “7”, gained critical attention from publications like Metal Hammer and Norway Rock, along with their cover of Avenged Sevenfold’s “Shepherd of Fire”. Having recently released their single “Guise of the Infectious” after the pandemic, the guys are now deep in the production of their new album.


IDAHO Documentary Set For US Premiere At Sound Unseen

Traces Of Glory To Premiere On November 10th

Traces Of Glory, the new documentary about legendary US rockers IDAHO is set for its North American premiere at the Sound Unseen Film Festival in Indianapolis on November 10th 2022, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Mark Davis, producer Jan Jensen, and IDAHO frontman Jeff Martin.

The trailer can be found here.

Speaking about the film, Davis had this to say:

“The first question we got from our friends when they found out we were driving 2700 miles to California to make a film about a relatively unknown band was, “WHY?” And as Los Angeles finally came into view after six days on the road, we realized we really didn’t have a compelling answer.

But after having played throughout the 90s in a NYC band that really NO ONE had ever heard of, I wondered how a band like IDAHO, who had gotten rave reviews at the time, could just fade away into relative obscurity. That nagging question and my obsessive love for their music, compelled me to jump at the chance to put obscure frontman Jeff Martin’s life into some sort of documentary perspective.”

People can purchase tickets for the screening here.

The year was 1992. And far from the sonic explosion of grunge, Los Angeles was beginning to experience the languid aftershocks of slowcore band IDAHO. Performing to rave reviews, they appeared to be on the cusp of international stardom. Yet 30 years later, their legacy remains known only to a small, but dedicated, cult following. When the band, made up of frontman Jeff Martin and guitarist John K. Berry, tore their way onto the music scene in 1993, everyone who “got it” knew that they were hearing something very special. The band’s visceral debut single ‘Skyscrape’ – all howling guitars and beautiful melancholia – evoked a powerful response yet defied easy categorisation.

For thirty years, the critical acclaim heaped upon IDAHO has been downright effusive. Why, then, has widespread commercial success been so evasive? Martin’s commitment to musical integrity might have something to do with it. “I could write more accessible music,” he says. “But I feel like it wouldn’t be honest.” Turbulent relationships between the two is another possibility. Through home movie footage and intimate interviews, Traces of Glory examines the closer-than-brotherly bond between Martin and Berry, who formed an artistic partnership that veered between creative and destructive.

Traces of Glory attempts to answer why one of the most brilliant bands from the 90s remains relatively obscure by examining the eccentric Martin as he contemplates his past, self-doubt and the fame he was never really after. The film utilises stark black-and-white shots, capturing an almost desert-like Los Angeles landscape; all tangled powerlines, empty doorways, and old abandoned cars to entrench the viewers in the world Martin has created and lived within throughout his life. The result is a film which is as beautiful and uncompromising as the music it celebrates.


Lincoln Rockers LaVire Release New Video

Timewaster Released Ahead Of New EP “No Truth To Tell Part 1”

Lincoln rockers LaVire have released a new video for the track ‘Timewaster’ ahead of the release of their brand-new EP “No Truth To Tell Part 1” on November 10th 2022!

Speaking about the themes behind the song, the band have said:

“The track reflects on a breakdown of a previous relationship – its drive is the realisation of self-worth, love, self-respect and rebirth. The response sent last week lent towards being more generic as our view has always been that music should be subjective and that audiences should find their own meaning behind the song.”

The tracklisting for “No Truth To Tell Part 1” is:

  1. Welcome To The Freakshow
  2. The Wall
  3. Timewaster
  4. North Star
  5. We Play God

LaVire (pron. La-Ve-er) is a 4-piece heavy rock band from Lincoln, UK. Drawing influence from major arena artists of the last few decades, and with an emphasis on composition and song-craft, they bear comparison to the likes of Halestorm, Biffy Clyro and Muse, to name a few.

Always putting the song first and striving to engage the listener, they bring colour, melody, harmony, and depth to traditional rock songwriting. Never afraid to experiment or bring new flavours to the mix, while still drawing from their influences with pride.

LaVire have honed their sound with huge bass tones and rhythmic drums; each song layered with chunky guitar riffs, shimmering reverbs and echoing delays becoming a canvas for vocalist Chloe’s lyrics and storytelling. On their upcoming EP, “No Truth To Tell Part 1” tracks such as ‘North Star’ and ‘The Wall’ showcase their modern, anthemic rock sound whilst the epic ‘We Play God’ demonstrates a deep rooted emotion in their music.

LaVire’s’ first round of recorded material is available now on all major streaming services, incl. previous single ‘The Wall’ which was featured on BBC Introducing. Their next single ‘Timewaster’ will be released on October 6th ahead of their debut 5-track EP which will be released on November 10th.

A second 5-track EP will be released in early 2023.

With gigs booked around the UK throughout the remainder of 2022 and into 2023, the band is ready to take the scene by storm.



Elliot Cole, Fiona Gillespie and Makaris present ‘Tam Lin’, a modern take on a 17th century ballad from the Scottish Borders

This 17th-century ballad and fairy tale from the Scottish Borders is newly told in original music by Cole and Gillespie. A modern adaptation of this historic story of transformation and love, it has come to life through this folk-rock cantata – a half-hour long musical drama, weaving traditional Celtic, ancient and modern musical styles and instruments.

‘Tam Lin’ tells the story of Jenny, a girl with an unplanned pregnancy who defies social expectations to turn a bad situation good, pursue an unconventional love, and then perform a daring rescue of her beloved from the hidden world.

Elliot Cole is a composer, singer and “charismatic contemporary bard” (NY Times). He scored the film ‘Evolver’ (executive director Terrence Malick); he has written for and performed with Grammy winners Roomful of Teeth, Grammy nominees A Far Cry and Metropolis Ensemble, among others. His percussion music, which has been performed by 250+ groups around the world, evokes “sparkling icicles of sound” (Rolling Stone). Currently on faculty at The New School and Juilliard, he is also Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing, where he runs a music school for incarcerated men.

Fiona Gillespie is a classically-trained soprano, folk singer, instrumentalist, songwriter and arranger. Born to a family of Celtic musicians, she sings with professional chamber and choral ensembles around the nation, while touring with her folk band The Chivalrous Crickets. She also collaborates with colleagues in the folk, early music, and contemporary music worlds. Commercial releases with Makaris include ‘Wisps in the Dell’ (2019), ‘Tam Lin’ (2021), ‘The Galant David Rizzio’ (2022), for which she was noted for her, “responsive lead vocals… warmth of tone… musicality, [and] comic defiance” (Early Music America).

Formed in 2018 and named for a royal court troubadour of medieval Scotland, Makaris explores Scotland’s broad musical heritage and culture. Their debut album ‘Wisps in the Dell’ (2019) was met with critical acclaim. A study of continental classical composers’ takes on traditional Scots tunes, it also featured the premiere recording of several arrangements by Beethoven, alongside those of Schubert, Weber and Haydn. Their 2022 sophomore album explores a bizarre 18th-century musicological myth, whereby many popular Scottish melodies were implausibly attributed to the 16th-century Rizzio (secretary and consort to Mary, Queen of Scots, who was brutally murdered while in her service).

“Growing up in the Celtic music tradition, one of my favorite stories was the Ballad of Tam Lin. Like countless singers and storytellers before me, I’m pulled in by the weave of elements in this story. As a child, I loved the evil fairies, animalistic transformations, and a heroine in a plaid. As an adult, I’m also drawn to the rich symbolism, cultural history, the issues around societal standards and pressures that still resonate… and a heroine in a plaid! The more I understood everything contained in its 43 verses, the more complex it became to interpret easily. It challenges me, as I think it has – and as the best fairy tales do – all of us who have been sharing it for centuries,” says Fiona Gillespie.

“I asked my dear friend Elliot to join me (and guide me!) in setting this ballad as a cantata-style dramatic piece. We composed it together, weaving our tunes, chords and concepts into one, and then brought it to our friends, the great medieval, baroque and folk musicians of Makaris, to bring it to life.”

‘Tam Lin’ is out now digitally across online platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify. The band has also released a beautifully illustrated lyrics video for ‘Tam Lin’.

Diane Jandard

Design Manager, Writer, and Speaker

About

Diane holds a Master’s in Design from Columbia University and is passionate about building effective teams, and leveraging design to create high growth products.

She currently manages designers at Dot. She has previously managed design teams at Arrow, cofounded a company that was acquired by Parenthesis, and spent a few years as a freelance designer.

Originally from Canada, she studied in Paris and London, worked in Singapore, and is now based in San Francisco. She loves books, yoga, and wine.

Speaking

Design Conference, 2019
Designing Teams
San Jose, CA

Design x Mental Health, 2019
Speaking Out
San Francisco, CA

Impact for Growth, 2018
Building Compatible Teams
San Francisco, CA

Get in touch

Diane is always available for side collaborations and talks worldwide. If you want to chat about design, books, wine, or anything else, don’t hesitate in reaching out.

Writing

Lessons from remote interviewing
April 2020

What design mentees need
December 2019

How to foster collaboration
November 2019

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