Formed amid the thriving Bristol music scene at the end of their student days in the city, Dear Leaders meld fragments of electro, surf & ethereal dreampop together using warping synth, clattering drums and spaced- out guitar.
2014 has seen Dear Leaders recording brand new material to follow up their previous EP releases, including the new single ‘Find Me’, a dark, brooding track which also sees the release of the band’s first video, a shadowy tale of surveillance and the subconscious, conceived and shot by Newcastle-born writer and director Siobhan Schwartzberg.
Their debut EP Not Summer, home recorded and self-released in 2012, mixed wistful melancholia with sprawling, widescreen electronic soundscapes, with the record written over the course of two years that saw numerous sea changes and relocations via Burma, Norfolk and London.
Tracks like the gloomy ‘Cold’, with its wistful winter beats reflect this upheaval, while the soothing Warp-like electronics of the instrumental title track ‘Not Summer’ hark back to simpler times, having morphed from an early bedroom demo into a hypnotic, fully-formed live favourite. The song was featured on BBC Radio 6Music as one of DJ Tom Robinson’s hand-picked favourite new tracks, with the band also interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol and praised as one to watch.
Recent collaborations include work with emerging Bristol artist Katy Christianson, with her intricately detailed artwork fronting the screen-printed, hand-made art card release of their second EP, Night Was The Time – this record saw the band take a step back from the electronic sound of their chaotic live shows as a quartet, showcasing a stripped-back collection of intensely warm songs, with drums and synths replaced by acoustic guitars and organ.
With triumphant appearances at the Bristol Dot To Dot Festival and Bristol Harbour Festival under their belts alongside regular performances at London venues including Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, Proud Camden and The Finsbury, Dear Leaders have forged a reputation as a brilliant yet uncompromising live band with shows alongside artists such as Years & Years, Woman’s Hour and TEEN.
Campaign Start Date: 15.09.2014
I was born in the UK but currently reside in Lake county California. I have won semi-finalist at song of the year which was judged by Steven Tyler, Phil collins, Alicia keys, Don Henley, Sony Music and more.
I am Currently recording my Album, due to be released this Autumn. My songs just flowed through me effortlessly after visiting a Buddhist temple, which I then experienced a profound healing within me. Gig dates will be annouced in August for this FALL/WINTER 2014. It is with Joy to be able to share these songs with you all.
Campaign Start: 07.08.2014
Handwrist is an experimental rock project by composer/guitarist Rui Botelho Rodrigues, from Lisbon, Portugal. Experimental in the sense that it can go anywhere, from progressive rock to contemporary classical, from post-rock to jazz fusion.
Campaign Start: 14.07.2014
I spoke to guitarist Skip Krevens about doing an album of songs from the dawn of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He suggested that an album like that should be recorded like the albums of that era, in which the band would set up in one room and record all the tunes live. He offered his longtime Rockabilly trio, The Eugene Chrysler Band, for the session. On a beautiful Saturday in October, the guys came over. We started recording at Noon and played through many songs, doing one or two takes of each song and then moving on. It was a lot of fun. Before evening fell, we had all these songs recorded. What is really amazing, is that all the instruments are just as they were recorded on that day. Not one overdub or ‘punch’ was needed, not even for the lead guitar, which is truly remarkable. These songs represent the roots out of which grew, the Bossa Nova Beatniks. We hope you have fun with this simultaneous sojourn into the past and future. – Tommy Numbers
Campaign Start: 14.07.2014
Oliver Vierkorn ist ein Hamburger Musikproduzent und Multiinstrumentalist mit Erfahrung in sowohl Rock, als auch elektronischer Musik. Sein derzeitiges Solo Projekt ist geprägt von Dance und Electro, distanziert sich allerdings vom Mainstream Einheitsrezept.
In seinem neuen Album ENOLA verarbeitet Oliver Vierkorn tiefliegende Emotionen und schafft eine bewegende Atmosphäre getrieben von experimentellen Beats, die sich hin und wieder aus Elementen von Hip-Hop, Minimal und House bedienen.
Oliver Vierkorn folgt seiner „Don’t believe the hype” Philosophie und engagiert sich nebenbei in verschiedensten Musik-Projekten, produziert Hip-Hop Beats und gründete eine Rockband.
Pau – drei Buchstaben und vier Typen aus Hamburg, die den Rhythmus zur Melodie und die Melodie zum Rhythmus machen. Pau sind zugleich konzentriert und entfesselt, detailverliebt und großzügig.
Und sie verbinden diese scheinbaren Gegensätze zu einem eigenwillig eingängigen Sound, irgendwo zwischen Post-Punk, Indie-Pop und dem Rand der Tanzfläche. Nachzuhören live oder auf ihrer Debüt-EP „Paupulism“ (Digitaler Release am 28.3.2014 auf allen gängigen Download-Portalen)
Pau sind Arne Kittler (Bass), Jens-Rainer Berg (Schlagzeug) (beide Ex-Jullander), Sönke Arlt (Gitarre, Gesang) und Jan Nannen (Rhodes). Es gibt sie seit 2012; in der Öffentlichkeit seit 2013.
Pau – three letters and four guys from Hamburg, Germany, that turn rhythm into melody and melody into rhythm. Pau are at the same time focussed and untamed, detail-loving and ample.
And they combine these seeming opposites to create an idiosyncratic, catchy sound, somewhere between postpunk, indie pop and the outer reaches of the dance floor.
Pau are Arne Kittler (bass), Jens-Rainer Berg (drums) (both ex-members of the late Hamburg -based band Jullander), Sönke Arlt (guitar, vocals) and Jan Nannen (rhodes).
They exist since 2012 and played their first shows in 2013. Now they put out their debut EP „Paupulism“ (digital release March 2014).
We are looking for radio airplay, blog posts and magazine articles for this artist, but also opinions and feedback are greatly appreciated!
Campaign Start: 15.04.2013
eyesix is a producer of ambient electronic music based in Galway, Ireland. Heavily influenced by bands such as Boards of Canada and Tycho, amongst others. Nature, psychedelics and a love for all things retro and vintage, are some key elements reflected in his music. eyesix also creates videos to accompany his tunes, believing it to provide a far more powerful experience. He is also a graphic designer and does his own artwork for releases.
Campaign Start: 29.01.2013
Kismet is an acoustic quartet from Boston featuring cello and upright bass. They play acoustic music based on roots folk and indie rock with a haunting yet uplifting sound.
Campaign Start: 27.01.2013
It was time for a change; a change unlike the ones we’d experienced before. We decided to write the SONG, not the album, do whatever it takes to make it the best song possible even if it meant passing on the temptation to rely on things like electronic beats, and let that wall of sound breath from time to time, sometimes even leaving vocals out.
“I See Your Shadow” was conceived using a new mindset: Do the best you can, have fun with it, and stop looking to the future for change. Change is everywhere you choose to see it. Using this mindset and 1,5 years of stage absence, 10 songs finally found a way to live in harmony. Sonically, “I See Your Shadow” is closer to our initial dream than anything we’ve released in the past. Upon first looking at the song titles and scanning through the lyrics, one may be tempted to believe this album is about death. It isn’t. Death is a prominent character that reappears when necessary, driving the REAL point home : “Life won’t wait. If you have love in your life, embrace it and never let go.”; a message made even more personal to the members of our band by the passing of several loved ones in our family and the families involved in the creation of the record. But while they moved on, we feel like we’ve been given the chance to start new.
Campaign Start: 00.00.2013