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CHOP SHOP W/ BLONDER: BARBOZA JUNE 2nd 2017.

June 16, 2017
Your tour with Day Wave; How did the East Coast band connect with the West Coast band …Grindr or Tinder?
Haha! you know, I just had my debut single Lean out, and they were like the top related artist on spotify, so I became aware of them and started listening to a few songs. Then like a year later my agent said they would be down with having us on the road with them. That’s how it happened, haha!
Your hair game is on point. Natural? or does it take some work?
Truth be told, au naturale. I do put wax in it to keep it from getting frizzy. I also don’t wash my hair very often at all. I rinse it, and clean it with my hands but I don’t apply shampoo regularly.
People watching is a favorite past time of mine. What are the first 2 things you look at on a person?
Probably their clothes and their face, haha! Boring answer, but yeah.
Yer fashion icon?
Not sure if I have one anymore, or if I ever really did.
Mostly kids on instagram that I think are honest and creative- that’s who is inspiring to me, people with a poetry about them. I don’t even wanna say any one persons name.
Couple of your press photos are with the backdrop of a very geometrical pattern on a couch it seems. Are those selfies? Will you take a selfie of yourself for this “interview” and let us use it?
Those photos were by emmanuel olunkwa and we had a lot of fun taking them. one of them is actually just a photo of me taking a selfie. I’m 100% taking a selfie and attaching it. Not gonna say too much about it but the selfie thing is kind of this one dimension of blonder where i’m ironically/ non ironically playing into the narcissism of everyday culture whether it’s art or music or fashion. I’ve always looked for artists to kind of fill in whatever grey area that might be left over from their music through their person. idk! kind of plays into that
Are gays a more advanced species of a human? Or are the brains of people becoming more advanced?
Haha!!! wellllllllll – hot topic. I mean, I’m just gonna say brains are becoming more advanced. My tendency is to reduce everything to the physicality of the body and see pleasure and pain as absolutely non discriminatory. Leaving it there before I get any deeper.
Who would you rather be a backup dancer for … Janet Jackson (Miss Jackson if your nasty) or  Beyonce? And why?
Janet Jackson on the control tour. Super interesting and incredible time for pop music, I love the story going through that record, how she’s defining herself as a solo artist, breaking away from her family and feeling her own emotions.
If you have been to Seattle before, what do you like best about it?
Never been there!!! Which is crazy.
When you think Seattle, what’s the first thing you think about?
Coffee. Nirvana. Mist. hahah!
After a show, what is your favorite thing to do?
I guess just talk to people who saw the set and have a drink, just hang out. If I’m on tour, it’s the merch table and then more work-y stuff like load out/ accommodations/ and the next city.

 

BAND CRUSH: VHS COLLECTION AT VERA PROJECT, JUNE 6TH 2017.

May 30, 2017
VHS Collection is a rock band from New York City that has gained a reputation for high energy live performances and a unique blend of rock, electronic, and disco influences.

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VHS Collection’s songs have been streamed over 10 million times on Spotify and the band has seen festival performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Okeechobee in the last year.  VHS also sold out a headline show at Bowery Ballroom in February.  The band has released two EP’s to date and will release its first full length record later this year. They recently broke into the NACC Radio Top 200 Chart.“Lean” the single off the band’s first EP hit #8 on the Spotify Viral Charts last January.  My introductory song to them, “Waiting on the Summer” the single off of the band’s 2nd EP Stereo Hype hit #14 on the Spotify Viral Charts.  The “Waiting on the Summer Dave Edwards Remix” was #1 on Hype Machine in April.

VHS Collection got their start in the winter of 2014 but the three members, James Bohannon, Conor Cook, and Nils Vanderlip have been playing music in one form or another together since they were kids.  Conor and James grew up across the street from each other in NYC and attended the same grade school where they began jamming on acoustic guitars; Nils and James met in high school, where they started their first band together and recorded an album.

Years later, with all three members back in NYC, VHS pulled together a collection of electronic leaning rock-influenced bedroom recordings and posted them on Soundcloud.  Encouraged by the volume of hits the tracks received, VHS began performing a live set at friends’ parties and around NYC’s small clubs.  2015 saw multiple sold out nights for VHS at the Lower East Side’s indie-rock launching pad, the Mercury Lounge.

2016 saw the band’s first major festival performances at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, in addition to sold out club dates on both coasts.  The band supported Bloc Party and Powers at a number of dates last summer.

VHS has remained independent and is self-managed.  Inspired by Chance the Rapper, they look forward to continuing to independently create and release good music.

VHS has created a writing process which is unique and serves them well.  It starts primarily with each member individually writing and producing dozens of bits and pieces of songs on their laptops.  The band spends months working on these initial song ideas virtually, sending each other files and collaborating via Dropbox.  Every few months, the band heads to a cabin in upstate New York where they lock themselves in for 7 days at a time to complete the songs during intense writing sessions.  During these sessions, the three members collaborate on every element of the song, with each member playing various instruments on the tracks.  The band then weeds out the best of these home produced tracks to bring into the studio.  For their upcoming record, VHS is working with producer Chris Zane who has also produced albums for Passion Pit, St. Lucia, and Friendly Fires.

Summer Tour

06.01 – Chop Shop – Chicago, IL
06.02 – The Pike Room – Detroit, MI
06.03 – Bunbury Festival – Cincinatti, OH
[TIX]06.06 – Vera Project – Seattle, WA
06.07 – Lola’s Cafe – Portland, OR
06.08 – Cafe Du Nord – San Francisco, CA
06.10 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
06.12 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
06.13 – Soho 1221 – Santa Baraba, CA
06.14 – SLO Brew – San Louis Obispo, CA
06.25 – East Hotel – Miami, FL
06.29 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – New York, NY
07.08 – The Surf Lodge – Montauk, NY

NEW BAND CRUSH: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. LIVE March 28th at Barboza!

March 25, 2017

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Seattle’s Sub Pop has scored a fantastic fivesome from the land of down under. You won’t want to miss their live show this Tuesday March 28th, at Barboza (Tix Here). It’s going to be killer!

Stream new EP “French Press” here.

Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever announced ‘The French Press,” their debut EP for their new US label, Sub Pop, which released on March 10th.

“The French Press” EP levels up on everything that made their debut EP, “Talk Tight,” such an immediate draw. Multi-tracked melodies which curl around one another, charging drums and addictive bass lines converge to give each track its driving momentum. Honed through their live shows, this relentless energy carries the record through new chapters in the band’s Australian storybook.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s songs have always had all the page-turning qualities of a good novel and “The French Press” EP is no different. Somewhere between impressionists and fabulists, lyricists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo and Joe White often start with something rooted in real life – the melancholy of travel on ‘French Press’, having a hopeless crush on ‘Julie’s Place’ – before building them into clever, quick vignettes. The result is lines blurred between fiction and reality – vibrant stories which get closer at a particular truth than either could alone.

Blending critical insight and literate love songs, “The French Press” EP cements Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever as one of Australia’s smartest working bands.

FEATURED VIDEO: LONDON GRAMMAR “BIG PICTURE”

February 10, 2017

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London Grammar emerged in 2013 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, If You Wait, and quickly went on to becoming one of the most exciting international breakthrough acts of recent times. Winning a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for their hit single ‘Strong’ and being nominated for a BRIT Award, the trio have since sold-out multiple headlining tours worldwide and have performed on high profile US TV shows such as ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as the former NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman back in 2014.

Produced by acclaimed British musician Jon Hopkins (Brian Eno, King Creosote), this immense, sweeping soundscape is the second track to be revealed by London Grammar this year.

The band (Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman) worked with renowned video director Sophie Muller (Coldplay, Beyonce) to create a widescreen visual concept, vivid enough to reflect the track itself. The result, a video unlike anything we’ve seen from the band before.

SEISMIC-SOUND.COM: TOP 10 ALBUMS of 2016

January 2, 2017
  1. Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool

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2.  Mannequin Pussy- Romantic

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3.  Leonard Cohen-  You Want It Darker

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4.  Frank Ocean- Blonde

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5.  Kikagaku Moyo- House In The Tall Grass

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6.  David Bowie- Blackstar

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7.  Anohni- Hoplessness

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8.  Michael Kiwanuka- Love & Hate

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9.  Angel Olsen- My Woman

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10.  Kris Orlowski- Often In The Pause

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PREVIEW: NADAFEST 2016. BEST LITTLE NON-MUSIC FEST IN SEATTLE.

October 18, 2016

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In case you haven’t heard. The festival season has come and gone, and although that may make some of us a bit sad, you’ll be happy to know, there is a new kind of fest. Yes, we have the Nadafest. It’s the only non-fest music festival, and its going on this month under the moniker of “We Are Not Having a Music Festival”, get it? No big sponsors, no ferris wheels or outdoor stages. Just you and some of your friends, and hopefully a few of your favorite local bands.

After a bit of a blunder last year, they are looking to turn things around, and make another run at spotlighting the incredible talent we have here in Seattle and the surrounding areas.

Nobody takes a cut, but the artists, yes you’ve heard it correct, all proceeds will go back to the artists. So if you want to come down and get way more bang for your buck (measly $10). I think you should come down and check out some of Seattles favorite acts. Lots of great bands, and a few of our favorites, which we urge you to check out. This runs all weekend October 21st – 23rd at Substation in frellard. For more info click here.

WILD POWWERS

WISCON

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SEISMIC INTERVIEW WITH THE FOREIGN RESORT. LIVE AT THE FUNHOUSE 9.26.16

September 23, 2016

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I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this band a few times … and every time I’ve walk away moved by their intensely tight performance and incredibly big sound.
If your in the mood to see a good rock show. Go check out these guys from Copenhagen at The Funhouse on the 26th of Sept. They’re worth it!

I had a chance to chat with lead vocalist Mikkel about touring, favorite things in the USA, and Donald Trump.

 

So you just finished raising money for the vinyl printing and re-mastering your first EP. With all the things you need money for, and as much as you guys travel overseas (touring the North America Sept-15/Oct 2nd), why was that so important? And congrats on meeting your goal.

Thanks Jason! Like a lot of music fans, we are into vinyl. The Foreign Resort 2011 EP was a milestone as far as us defining our own sound and ever since it came out we have been wanting to release it on vinyl. But with touring and new releases coming we just never had the funding or time to make it happen. Until now, where we are kind of in between releases while still touring in Europe and North America in support of  The American Dream EP. We thought this would be a good time to try and fund the vinyl re-issue and make a special thing out of it, remastering it for vinyl and sending out the new mastering as digital download as well as adding two bonus tracks. This also completes the TFR discography on vinyl and that’s a big accomplishment for us.

Speaking of traveling. You must be one of the most well-traveled indie bands I know, and it’s all out of pocket. Why is traveling abroad so important, and how difficult is it?

Well, first of all, we like touring. If we’re not on the road for a while we become restless. Second, we’re getting a lot better response from The US, Germany and now also Canada than we do back home. To be honest, we probably have more people coming out to see us in cities like Seattle, Boston, Cologne and Leipzig than we have back in Copenhagen. The fans are also more dedicated – and they dance when we play! We love that!

It takes a lot of work to book a tour, but it is fun work and it has become easier with an ever expanding network of friends and contacts throughout North America. It is also very expensive and we spent a lot of money on work visas, plane tickes and rental vans. But that is also getting better. The shows pay better and our crowdfunding campaign last year to finance 3 North American tours, incl. the work visas we currently have, has improved our band economy significantly. We’re still a couple of thousand in the hole after a tour like the upcoming North America tour, but it is worth it. All of it.

Since I’ve known of you guys, you’ve been to Seattle at least 5-6 times? and I’m sure you’ve been here more. What do you love about Seattle? and what do you hate?

We have been to Seattle like 5-7 times. It’s been good every time. First time was back in 2009 and we still crash at Joel and Amber’s place. Only back in 2009 Joel was in Black Nite Crash and today he is in VibraGun. Joel Bergstrom is a fantastic guy. He is definitely one of the things we love about Seattle! In general, it is the people we have met in Seattle that make it such a great city.

If there’s anything we hate, it would be the weather, which is very much like in Denmark. Rain.
Another thing would be the rising house prices that force out the middle class or rather the creative and musically interested. Unfortunately, that is now a worldwide phenomenon – gentrification of the creative class. We even made a song about it calles “Onto Us” from “The American Dream”.

But let’s get back to the good things: The music scene of Seattle. Every time we play in Seattle we meet new great bands. We already mentioned VibraGun and Black Nite Crash. This time we’re playing with Charlatan whose music we really like and at previous shows we loved to play with Season of Strangers, Red Martian and Dacha.

Favorite places in the USA?

Oh man, you’re putting us on the spot here. That’s a difficult question. We love so many places in the US.
Obviously, Seattle is way up there. Portland too. Such great people and music! And very chill. Boston has always been good for us as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Boise, ID is definitely worth mentioning too. We played there a couple of times before playing at Treefort Music Fest, which was really awesome! Austin is worth mentioning, but to be fair we have only been there during SXSW.

What kind of foods do you look forward to here, that you can’t get at home … or are just not the same?

We started out with burgers. And we still get plenty of burgers – American style. Especially In N Out, which is luckily spreading from California to Texas, Utah and other states. Not sure exactly what it is but the burgers are just better in the States. On recent tours we started getting food from taco trucks and it is really delicious! So on this upcoming tour we will be getting a lot more Mexican food. And burgers.

Are you working on any projects right now? New albums? 

We are currently writing and rehearsing songs for our next album to be released in 2017. With a lot of touring going on we haven’t started recording yet, but when we return to Denmark after this tour we will start recording the new songs. We’re also looking into recording a couple of cover songs. Not sure about it yet, but we could be covering Willie Nelson!

Give us Americans 5 bands we should be checking out from your neck of the woods?

Let’s do Northern Europe:

Then Comes Silence from Stockholm, Sweden – https://youtu.be/XFkQ3yHB0dQ (great video!)

The Exploding Boy from Stockholm, Sweden – https://youtu.be/3fq66NreVQU

The Entrepreneurs from Copenhagen, Denmark – https://youtu.be/awzTNxXBqCA

Jaguwar from Dresden, Germany – https://jaguwar.bandcamp.com/album/i-ep

Box and the Twins from Cologne, Germany – https://youtu.be/NLGMJRlb7k8

At this point in your musical career, what makes your proudest?

That we are still together as a band and doing all this touring. Most bands that aren’t super big, or at least making a living off their music, split up or remain a band that only plays the occasional local show. We’re all over the place and we can finally feel the hard work paying off, playing larger festivals and bigger venues. Especially in Germany and the US. People are starting to know our name and that makes us proud.

If I wanted to introduce someone to The Foreign Resort. Which song of  yours would I play?

The song that gives the best insight into our music while also appealing to the broadest audience would probably be “Take a Walk”https://youtu.be/Occr4GpJKAk

Lastly….. Any thoughts on Donald trump?

Donald Trump is douchebag feeding on scared Americans. What’s worse is that you guys are screwed either way this time, no matter if it’s Hillary or Donald. That said, better Hillary. We know so many great Americans that are scared and sad about the current state of affairs. Your politics and American society in general is such a sad story, and we feel sorry for you that these are the choices you have. You can change that though. Bernie got far and there will be others like him. Maybe next time. Don’t give up!

See you out there!

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