The Scaramanga Six release new album Worthless Music

The Scaramanga Six release new album Worthless Music

Northern art-rockers The Scaramanga Six release their new album Worthless Music on December 3rd. Returning to their self-owned Wrath Records imprint, it’s their tenth LP to date, and comes after a barrage of new singles: Horse With No Face, It Is The Face Wish How, An Error Occurred, and Big Ideas.

Handling every aspect of their brand in-house – from strange music videos, to press shoots, to the recording process itself – the Six are able to make an indelible mark on their music, and more so than most, thanks to the auteur’s self-reliance blessed unto founding member Paul Morricone.

“Back at the start of April we killed several birds with one stone whilst being together as a band for the first time in an eternity,” Morricone said. “We shot footage for four videos, did a quick photo session and finished the master of the album – all in a couple of days.” Morricone, a Yorkshireman who runs a production company and is a filmmaker by trade, certainly knows how to play up his music’s filmic angle – the band call it ‘cinematic punk’.

The Scaramanga Six release new album Worthless MusicTogether with brother Steven Morricone, and along with Julia Arnez and Gareth Champion, the Six’s newest output hears a much darker alt-rock sound than that of their past, emergent on the Huddersfield band scene. Coming up in the mid-90s English rock tradition trail blazed by the band Cardiacs (of whom the late founding member Tim Smith produced the last three of the Six’s albums), the last decade has seen them align with darker and headsier contemporaries, such as Ultrasound and The Magic Numbers, resulting in a much more challenging and structurally restless pronk sound.

Now, Worthless Music continues the climactic, infernal themes from their last album – 2015’s The Terrifying Dream – and is a tactical framing of art-rock chaos, congealing the everyday into a nightmare realm. Highlights include Ipso Facto – which somehow manages to, in its own words, “wax and wane” between furious bossa nova and hard rock – and Dog Form – which reconciles paranoid ideas of Stockholm syndrome and hybrid beasts with great beds of headbanging, punk delight. And, finally, let’s not forget It Is The Face Wish How, which combines half-time slow jam drum bangs, otherworldly vocal dronings, and colossal shreddage. Fans of Black Midi, Black Country New Road, Yves Tumor, and even the Pixies will be charmed by this modern monstrosity.

With visual influences straddling everything from David Lynch’s Eraserhead to 4AD’s Vaughan Oliver, the Six’s self-made videos are often grotesque and mad, and dripping with cultish confidence. Plans are afoot, in fact, for an ultimate hat-trick of music videos, which the band intends to release in the coming months. Aside from Horse With No Face, these include the aforementioned It Is The Face Wish How, in which the members’ faces are struck with a 360-degree death ray; An Error Occurred, a no-fluff punk performance from the nether reaches; and Big Ideas, a patchwork cacophony of art styles, and a self-described “different music video for every line”.

You can stream the album at https://soundcloud.com/the-scaramanga-six/sets/worthless-music/s-p1VqL45BAuD and watch the related video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9EWap0nj5Q

Brace yourself for Worthless Music on 3rd December.

 

An interview with DJ Kaito

An interview with DJ Kaito

Simon Bohnsack, better known as DJ Kaito, started living out his creative musical side right from his childhood in Hanover, Germany. His love of music prompted him to use the YouTube platform in 2011. There, he took over the channel “superconan4ever” (today “Vier Sterne Deluxe Records”). Countless cover songs and mixes appeared on the channel. The mix tape “DJ Kaito Nr.1” (2012) saw the release of “6. October“, an independent and solo-produced single. In 2013 Simon released the concept mixtape “Das Vermächniss der RST” which consists of syllables without meaning. Due to the interest of the fans in this kind of music, which from now on is known as RST, songs of this kind by Simon have been released until today. In 2015 the RST music video “Don’t wanna be a Quader” from the Best of Album “Best of DJK” became a viral hit. After the success of the single and album, Simon set out on realising a lifelong dream: An own tour. Hamburg, Braunschweig, Düsseldorf and Hanover were the stops on the “Mahnwachen Tour 2016”. One year later, the “STOPP RAMSTEIN Tour”, which was also advertised on TV, continued the success of the tour. 1 In Music e-met the musician for a quick talk about the musical foundation of the artist following his latest release.

1 In Music: First, just to help define and introduce your music to new listeners, what makes your music unique?

DJ Kaito [DJ K]: The overall style of it. I do Rap Lyrics with sense on the one hand. Thats one thing not many musicians do here in Germany right now in the Rap genre. It’s all about autotune, who can take the biggest amount of drugs and so on. I, sorry no, WE – me and other musicians are trying to get the listener back to a rap time where its normal to see people rapping about problems they have or there are in the world. When my new album “Signal kommt” was released a few days ago, someone messaged me with the words “WTF are you N* please stop this C*”. On the other hand, I use a style I call RST. This is music without sense. Its a bit like K-Pop, you know? The music sounds good but you don’t know exactly what it is about, and when you try to translate it, it doesn’t make sense.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

DJ K: Personally I listen to Rap and Rock artists. At the moment, there are 2 EPs from Qult that are every day in rotation due to the fact that they combined Rap and Rock perfectly.

1 In Music: What/who shaped your music?

DJ K: My music in general was shaped by so many artists I can’t list them all here. Some are Eamon, MaximNoise, RAZE, Kilez More, Owe Schattauer, Qult, the one and only Advanced Chemestry that started the German Rap movement Fünf Sterne Deluxe (which I only knew thanks to the fact that we called our Label Vier Sterne Deluxe Records), and so many more.

1 In Music: Who supports you in all your musical endeavours?

DJ K: The big question is who supports me now. The answer is my fans, my friends and everyone who found me in the last weeks. The next question would be maybe “and your family?” Let’s answer this too before you ask: Not so much at first. For a long time, they were against it. Now they accept it.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

Music was my life in school. I didn’t have many friends but I had the Internet and my music. I started in 2011 without knowing anything. I stood up to a camera and sang. At first it was a hobby but in late 2011 YouTube contacted me and asked if I would come into their partner program – yes, YouTube had to invite you back then. That was the point where I realised that I could make money with music. Later, I wrote my own songs and my equipment got better. In 2015, after my second local viral hit, I thought about getting my music to iTunes and co. At that time I searched sites that promised to do that but many of them were to expensive (some sites were up to 50€ per month and release) after a year my label and I found two partners with whom we could release my music. From that point I did music professionally.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

DJ K: At the moment, I think the Rap Duo “Vereinigte Arroganz” from the 90s, just beacuse they had one of the undervalued albums I know of from one of the big record labels. By the way, a region banned their first single because they thought that love song violates women.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

DJ K: Before a concert/gig, I calm down, talk to people and get a list of songs I play down.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

DJ K: I love to cycle. I got myself a Brompton after my last tour. Best thing I have ever done. I don’t have a car and I don’t need one. I can do everything with the bike. 10-15 miles are no big deal.

1 In Music: Success to you is…

DJ K: … to be lucky with yourself.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

DJ K: I wish someone told me that I must got through bullying in school just because I make music. The first 3 years were the hardest of my life. When you read “Kill yourself” on Social Media every day, it’s a thing you can’t stand for long. I was at a point where I wanted to die but I got myself out of that. For all the people who read this and have similar problems: Please get help! I have enough friends that have depressions or want to take their own lives. That’s not worth it. Bullying has become a crime for a few years now, least in my country. Please go to the police when you get bullied!

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

DJ K: In 2021, I’m going on a tour and I am starting to plan it. The 10 Years DJ KAITO Tour – stations are planned in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. If the UK stays in the EU, I will also play there.

1 In Music: Thank you for this interview. Where do we find you and your music?

DJ K: The newest album called “Signal kommt” is on every platform you know of. A full List is on http://djkaito.de/signal
The CD is limited to 150 copies and availeble at CDBaby, Discogs and Bandcamp. You can buy all the other albums in one of 10.000 partner stores. You will dine a full list on the Label site http://vsdeluxe.com

https://www.djkaito.de/

Devine Score releases new Single Unrelenting

Devine Score releases new Single Unrelenting

Founder of Devine Score, Zac Settles, Releases New Single From Debut EP 

Los Angeles, CA – August 10, 2018

Devine Score is a music scoring company creating stories for television and film with music. The company’s work has been featured in several short and feature films. Zac Settles, the founder of Devine Score, is releasing his debut single “Unrelenting” to offer his musical abilities on a larger scale. The EP’s make-up, is an assortment of fierce grooves, driving rhythms, and tight arrangements, resulting in a progressed and adventurous musical composition.

“Unrelenting” is the first single of the debut studio EP “Pinnacle” from DEVINE SCORE. The mustic scoring company is embarking on a rather unique journey.  Rooted symphonically in nature, with hints of rock and a dalliance of hip-hop, Devine Score offers a much-welcomed ecclectic and stylistic mix. “Unrelenting”, the debut single, surely unveils the symphonic epic influence, delivering strong percussive punches, coupled with a high level of intensity, while maintaining a consistent line of grooviness and orchestral rhythmic muscle.

An EP was never in the cards at first. Settles had just completed the score for his first feature film, In the time between the end of that score and the begginning of his next film scoring project, the idea of the EP “Pinnacle” started budding.

“Pinnacle” takes listeners on a journey. It delivers tension filled piano, emotional cinematic nuances, sweeping orchestral arrangements while maintaining high levels of energy. The spirit of Devine Score, is a perfect example of how genres can collide and result in something authentic. “Pinnacle”, while heavily orchestrally influenced, diverges from classical traditions and lands itself in the company of newly acclaimed musical arenas like classical crossover.

Devine Score’s debut single “Unrelenting” is available on all major streaming platforms including Apple Music, Spotify and Google Music.

About Devine Score

Devine Score is a musical composition company using music as a storytelling tool for film and television. Founded in 2015 by Composer Zac Settles, the company has taken the entertainment industry head on. Since its inception, Devine Score has created scores for two feature films as well as many short films. Success is only beginning for Settles as he now embarks on the journey of releasing an EP. You can find more information about Devine Score on his  website.

http://devinescore.com/

I Write the songs #129 Hozier

I Write the songs #129 Hozier

I Write the songs #129 Hozier

I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

Andrew Hozier-Byrne

I Write the songs #129 Hozier – part 1

  1. KD Lang, Wash me clean, 1992, Ingénue, 1994, Canada
  2. Hozier, Work Song, 3.47, 2015, Ireland
  3. Sandra Nkaké, La mauvaise réputation, Mansaadi, 5.38, 2008, Cameroon
  4. Ba Cissoko, Loumo, 2.49, Nimissa, 2012, Guinea, ba-cissoko.com
  5. Alicia Keys, A woman’s worth, 5.03, 2002, USA,debut album, Songs in A Minor released: 2001

I Write the songs #129 – part 2

  1. Hozier, From Eden, 3.40, 2014, Ireland
  2. Me For Queen, Leaves, 3.24, Fatea Showcase Session Summer 17 Burning www.meforqueen.com
  3. Steamchicken, Gypsy, 4.26 steamschicken.co.uk Fatea http://www.fatea-showcase-sessions.co.uk, UK, Fatea 36 thawing
  4. Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby, 01 Calling All Angels, 38 changing
  5. Hozier, Someone new, 3.41, 2015

I Write the songs #129 – part 3

  • Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Diner (feat DNA), 3.47, 1990, US, Solitude Standing, 1987
  • Ben Harper, Ashes, 3.51, US
  • Jo Bywater, Chopping wood, 4.13, 2013
  • Marvin Gaye, I heard it through the grapevine, 3.10, 1969
  • Maya Yianni, You and I, 3.43, One In Two In Four, 2017
  • Hozier, Take me to church, 4.00, 2014, Ireland
Star Theories: Band Interview

Star Theories: Band Interview

Formed in 2015, the band Star Theories boasts powerful vocal melodies, swirling guitar lines and rhythms that are very reminiscent of modern Alt-Rock bands like The 1975 and Kings of Leon. Even with a steady Rock aesthetic in their portfolio, this quartet can quickly find themselves drawing from Classic Rock, Blues and even R&B influences.

Gabe’s voice cuts through each song with memorable lyrics, catchy melodies and a Pop sensibility that would garner quick attention for most radio listeners. Strange Theories has built up a loyal following in the South Louisiana region and they now have their eyes set up on national and international aspirations. With their big debut due out in later 2017, be on the lookout for this indie rock band on the rise. 1 In Music meets the four-piece Rock group from Lafayette, LA.

1 In Music: Hey guys, thank you for meeting us. Tell us, what makes your music unique?

Star Theories [ST]: 
Our music is unique because it embodies our emotions and things that are best said through music. Our music is close to our hearts and we try to portray that in our sound. We are constantly evolving as songwriters and performers and constantly creating music that comes closer to what we want to convey as musicians. Being this early in our career gives us room to grow and write music different than anything we’ve ever done before.

1 In Music: What/who shaped your music and who supports you?

ST: As a group, we have our largest influences in Alternative Rock and Indie music. That being said, we find inspiration in so much more than just those genres. Blues, pop, RnB, and many more give us ways to change our sound and not just be labeled as one specific thing. For support, we could not thank our parents enough for never kicking us out of the house because we practice too loud or shunning our style of music because it doesn’t fit what they want out of us. Instead they always try to help and support us in every way they can and we couldn’t be more thankful.

1 In Music: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

ST: 
We never really planned it, somewhere along the line we went from playing talent shows at our schools and practicing in our living rooms to entertaining people who actually feel that they are connected to our music. As we started writing our first EP, we started to recognize that our friendship had become something special that we could do for the rest of our lives.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

ST: We have a wide variety of artists we enjoy, but as a group we appreciate music from groups like Vulfpeck and The 1975. We love bands who don’t sell out or sell themselves short by going with whatever trend is sweeping the industry. They stay true to themselves and their sound, and we aspire to follow their example.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

ST: No specific artists come to mind, but in this day and age songwriters and producers are definitely not being given the proper credit they deserve. It is so easy to assume that whoever is singing the song wrote it, but that is definitely not always the case, and we should spend just as much time praising those who compose the song as those who perform it.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

ST: Our pre-show ritual usually consists of a short prayer and then getting in a circle and chanting in this tribal African sort of way. It’s probably best that we just leave it at that.

1 In Music: What do you guys do when you are not making music and that you are passionate about?

ST: We have all grown up doing other things that have made us into the people we are today, but our friendship is definitely what we are most passionate about, maybe even more than our music. To have a solid foundation as a band, just having hired musicians who care more about the money than the music they make can be the demise of so many potentially great acts. Our friendship as a group has given us a special relationship that is unique to us and we are proud of that.

1 In Music: Success to you is…

ST: … changing days, weeks, or lives of other people. Being successful as a musician isn’t about the money, it’s about giving your fans something to hold on to and form a connection to.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

ST: We wish someone would have told us not to think that the path that any other musician followed to grow their influence will work for us. There truly is no formula to success in the music industry, so instead of wasting time trying to follow the footsteps of other artists, pave your own way and find success in a way that suits your personality.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

ST: Of course! We are always writing new music to put out and share with the world. Right now, we are in the middle of our next record that will come out soon! We can’t spoil too much so you’ll just have to stick around to find out the details!

1 In Music: Thanks guys for taking this interview. Where can we find your music?

ST: We try to make our music as accessible we can to everyone. Just to name a few, our music is on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Pandora. Odds are, our music is probably on the platform you use to consume music. Just search for Strange Theories!

https://www.strangetheoriesband.com/