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TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB IS THE SHAMROCK MUSIC KING
September 29, 2016 5:27 pm

Two Door Cinema Club are an Irish indie rock trio that seemingly just want to dance. Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday, and Kevin Baird make music that instantly plug ear-worms to your cerebellum with instant infection. Their music videos are also as infectious, showcasing the band’s quirky, yet honest, sense of humor. Forming in 2007, while the lads were still in school, they have since released two full-length albums, with one on the way in October, and a handful of EP’s. They have gained a substantial following in their home country of Ireland, and are doing the same in the US with incessant touring and festival appearances.

Prior to forming Two Door Cinema Club, the trio performed as a band in their teenage years dubbed “Life Without Rory”. The band, released 3 demos,  finished dead last in local competitions, and decided to move on to greener pastures. The trio came back together to form another band without a full-time drummer and settled on the name Two Door Cinema Club after Sam Halliday’s mispronunciation of the local movie theater the Tudor Cinema.

Two Door Cinema Club released an EP in 2009 titled Four Words to Stand On that gained a little interest. Their first full-length record, Tourist History, was released in 2010 with the band finding their niche. Tourist History went on to be selected for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year. Follow-up album Beacon was released 3 years later to similar reaction pushing the band to release a four-part tour documentary entitled What We See. An EP, Changing of the Seasons, came in 2013 coupled with a jump to Parlophone Records in 2015. Their third proper album, Gameshowand first for Parlophone, is slated for release in October, 2016.

Two Door Cinema Club will be featured at the Austin City Limits Festival on October 1st, and will continue touring North America through November 2016.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: METHYL ETHYL
April 1, 2016 10:58 am

Here at AtypicalSounds we’re always looking out for the next big thing. Our April Artist of the Month is Methyl Ethel, a Perth-based dreampop trio that are hot off the heels of releasing their debut record Oh Inhuman Spectacle, which was released digitally last month via 4AD.  The album showcases a sleek backdrop of psych-rock influences, reverb-drenched guitar, and Jake Web’s oddball lyrics: the chorus to lead single “Twilight Driving” caution unsuspecting drivers to watch out for “roos”.

Methyl Ethel are the latest indie upstart to burst out of Australia in the wake of big acts to emerge from the continent including Courtney Barnett and Tame Impala. The band’s following has been growing steadily since CMJ this past October, demonstrated by their insane and successful performance at this year’s SXSW. They’ve proven their ability to arouse new fans to faithfully follow them wherever their tour may take them.

Unfortunately, if you haven’t had a chance to catch them live yet, you might have to wait a bit. They’ve just wrapped up the US-wing of their international tour and are doing their last handful of shows in Europe and in native Australia. We’ll be waiting their return.

MiiKE SNOW REV UP FOR iii
January 6, 2016 1:46 pm

Miike Snow is revving back up. Their highly anticipated iii is set to drop via Atlantic March 4th. But let’s face it, this Swedish synthpop trio is all about their propensity for bombastic club hits.

“Heart is Full,” the first single off their new album, dropped late last October.  The track fits neatly into Snow’s boogy-inducing catalog.

In typical Miike Snow fashion we have here 4 minutes of polished, immaculately-produced, radio-ready dance pop.  The track opens with a sample of “The Cook Up“, a deep album cut of Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson’s 2012 record Dice Games.

Andrew Wyatt compares the heat of love, or perhaps the commitment, to a prison sentence: “I’ve got you locked down like police / And no three-to-five, you’re doing life, so.” The chorus here doesn’t exactly make sense either; “Please don’t knock over my heart / because my heart is full of you.” It’s a bit perplexing. It’s damn catchy.

This one’ll get the crowd jumpin’ for sure when Miike Snow takes the highly coveted Coachella stage this April. We’ll see you there.

DEAD CURES RELEASE NEW TRACK “SAY EVERYTHING NOW”
November 12, 2015 12:21 pm

When you love music the way that I do, getting an email about a new band that is fronted by a bad ass lady that you adore is quite the treat.

Dead Cures is the new power trio out of Nashville that is fronted by former, Kink Ador front woman, Sharon Koltick.

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When the new group started writing, the motto from the start was total collaboration. Collaborating on the songwriting has made the group create a sound that is all their own, and truly expresses their collective drive to make high energy, ecstatic music that highlights the tight syncopated type of riffs that only a trio who actually loves playing together can create.

“Fun is the mantra” says Koltick, “Trios have the power to create a live synergy that you don’t find in larger bands.” The Dead Cures achieve this deliciously; they have a distilled potent sound full of 90’s inspired drum grooves, punky Police style bass riffs, and melodic enlightened guitar playing, all topped with harmony laden female vocal leads. Koltick says, in music and life, “you can built it how you want.”

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“Dead Cures” an alternative pop trio, cut their teeth touring and recording in other indie rock bands across the US and Canada. After getting turned inside out, they found that the old ways of striving didn’t work. “The ways of the old guard are dead and it’s up to us to figure this whole mess of life out” says Sharon Koltick. “We are a group of friends who came together to do something different” says Michael Kisak, who cites Kings of Leon and the Strokes as influences for his guitar writing.

The bands first track is called, “Say Everything Now” and it is a foot tapping anthem where Koltick belts out, “did you say everything that you came here to say.” Listen to the new track here.

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“What can a rock band do for the world? We can only ask questions, get your blood pumping, and hopefully help you feel something, to feel that you have a chance at chasing your passions in this life” says Evan Buchanan, the literary drummer who drives heavy grooves with a stoic air.

The BEASTS are going to be following this band closely and will be anxiously awaiting their debut EP.

The Young Wild: The Band You Have To Know About
October 8, 2015 11:04 pm

The Young Wild, a fresh new band hailing from San Diego has been slowly making their way known in the music industry, having toured with Barcelona, Switchfoot and currently with ZZ Ward. Their story started 7 years ago when Brian and Gareth formed a classic-rock cover band in school, while Brandon was playing drums a jazz band. Although Brandon told himself multiple times that he’d “never join that band”, they ended up getting together 14 or 15 months ago. I was lucky enough to have a chat with them right after their energetic set at Irving Plaza and get to know them a little more.

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So you’ve only been together a bit more than a year and you’re already signed. How’d that happen?

I think really just putting our heads together and committing to the idea…All the ideas behind the band we want to be put forward was kind of what maybe earned that attention, or at least that opportunity. And as mid-20 somethings it’s right where we want to be. It’s an opportunity to grow the band and sound, and just put everything into practice that we learned up to this point.

What are they hearing besides just one kind of genre?

You get a lot of aspects. It’s indie rock, indie pop, there’s soul and hip-hop undertones to a lot of the stuff. A lot of big beats and brains soulful voice. It allows us to make a really big approachable sound and it also works for everybody’s hopes you know? It has enough rock, it has enough pop, it has enough of the soul influence to really kind of cover everybody. Those are the groups or the individuals that really make an impact across the ages with the ideas that are able to wear multiple hats. It’s like listening to that Bruno Mars song Uptown Funk. Everybody says that it’s a pop song but you know what he’s paying respect to honor wise. So maybe in a given night you hear our band, you hear our little bit of this and that. Groove is paramount and melody is paramount to pop music, but we are big fans of hip hop, soul, rock and roll and good pop songs. I mean we probably like Taylor Swift and One Direction as any one person could.

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So are any of you Taylor Swift fans?

As far as sonic references go her recordings are probably the most well recorded songs currently out. To listen to those songs and go into your own music tells you what you really bring. I mean, if we’re going to speak explicitly about that Taylor Swift record- First of all, let me clear this up. There’s no guilt in me that I like Taylor Swift! It’s all out in the open. There are a lot of writers that Brian and I(Brandon) really look up to and a lot of producers that worked and contributed to that record. And man, I think it would be an absolute honor to kind of be in the same idea and same vein as those talented creative people. Just because it’s really commercially successful. That’s kind of what pop music is right? It’s something that’s going to reach a broader audience and it’s going to be in a sense of desirable, attainable or listenable by most people and a lot of times that where pop kind of has a real negative connotation to it. But going back to that record, sonically it’s a really impressive piece of work. The mixes and the masters and all the technical sides were so impressive. If we can even kind of do the same thing with our music, I think that’s kind of the goal. For me, if I get a call from my grandma and my mom saying that they like the music, then thats awesome. Not to say that we’re a grandma band but there should be something for everyone.

Would you say you’re sound is still evolving?

Yeah, it’s even shifted in the last year. We’re still finding it and we’re trying to find it on this first record we’re working on. At the end of every night the best part of it is that it feels real, it’s gotta feel real to us and I think we’re being really honest with what gets us excited to do this on stage or whoever will listen. If the authenticity isn’t there, you can figure that out in the first song. So if anything, it’s always going to be honest all the way through even if we’re still kind of evolving. Our experience as a band has been exciting so far and the tours have been a great opportunity to try out all the new songs.

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All three of you have very different looks. Has anybody questioned your chemistry? 

We’re kind of an eclectic look of guys mainly because I can’t grow a beard(like Brendan) or a super long flow of hair(like Gareth), but we perform as one. Someone came to the merch table and said something about the image, cause our drum player and bass player look like they’re from a slayer cover band. But hopefully you feel that we’re pretty approachable and our sensibility as far as music goes more in the pop and soulful stuff you know. I’d even hope that that kind of represents our sound as well. Brian is musically way different from where I come from and even where Gareth comes from. And again, I’d hope there there’d be kind of a little sample, a taster of all these incredible works of art that we can categorize into different music genres. Maybe it’s better that we all look different.

Do you think you’ll be pressured into having a certain look in the future?

It’s kind of those things where I think as a consumer in music I can look at a band or an entire package and I’d say wow, it’s really well put together. Sometimes you can manufacture that, but I think other times we just kind of are who we are. I am who I am, Brian is who he is, etc. I guess we’d say we’re still young in our career, we’re still exploring what that looks like and I hope that’s an evolutionary process. You look at a band like Coldplay and man, their entire picture/image has changed for the last 15 years. They’ve never done the same thing twice and I’m really inspired by that. So I don’t think it’s quite as quantifiable.

Name 3 things California does better than New York City.

1.The California Burrito, that’s the one thing that California is known for. There’s french fries, sometimes carne asada or boy asada, some guacamole, salsa, sour cream…Its magical. Put all of your hopes and dreams into a burrito and that’s what you get! Mexican food is our culinary gift to the world.

2.The Weather. I mean it’s pretty easy to live there because we don’t experience nearly what rest of the country goes through as far as the cold weather and even heat.

3.Traffic-wise, for a big city, it’s very tame. There is maybe an hour in the day where you can be frustrated for 5 mins in traffic and then it kind of dissipates.

THE STAVES PLAY ROUGH TRADE
May 15, 2015 3:02 pm

After stumbling across The Staves at an acoustic session at Rough Trade East in London two years ago, I was thrilled to hear that they were making their way to Rough Trade right here in New York. Since their debut album “Dead & Born & Grown” released in 2012, they’ve shown great potential touring worldwide with big artists like The Civil Wars and Bon Iver. These three sisters know how to harmonize while their comforting voices put you in a dream-like state.

Emily, Jessica, and Camilla grew up listening to The Beatles, jamming together for years. “We’ve always sung together since we were kids and it was just for fun really. Then we realized that we had something special. Everyone was telling us to do a gig and so it took us a while. It was about 10 years ago when we did our first gig at home in Watford.”

Their newly released album “If I Was” shows progression, and has proven that they consist of many intricate layers. “I feel like we somewhat progressed a little bit in terms of being more direct in this album. We were able to be a bit more up and honest, and it lent itself to stronger arrangements with Justin and the guys we recorded the album with. We were able to try out new sounds and textures that we haven’t used before.”

With many new fans anticipating their harmonic voices for the first time, they strutted on stage, Brooklyn Lagers in hand. As soon as they start singing, their voices send you to a state of euphoria which makes it hard to keep your eyes off of them. It’s astonishing how their rhythm allows you to tap into nostalgia, putting you in a sentimental mood, reminding you of how it felt to just lay out on the grass in the sun.

“We toured with Bon Iver so we spent a while on the road with those guys getting to know Justin and the band. We’ve come up and sung a few times during their show and jammed backstage, so there was a really good musical connection and we’re huge fans of Bon Iver. The guys were really supportive of us and they would watch our set every night. It was just a really nice vibe. Justin invited us out to his studio and he just said ‘If you have any time off between touring, just come out. And if you don’t know what you want to do, something cool will happen because it always does.’ ”

“I think the main inspiration was firstly the people who were there and the dynamics between everyone. But I think being very isolated and forced to switch off from everything in the outside world gives you focus. It creates such a special vibe when you’re making an album. And I think for us, that was the main thing that characterized it. Being in the show and being kind of up against the elements create quite a folk sort of feeling.”

The Staves are busy girls who have been on the road for long periods of time, but they’re adventurous and love to emerge in new experiences. “We all love traveling. Seeing new places and seeing new people. And mostly being able to take songs to so many people across the world. When you stop and think about it, it’s kind of an insane thing and we’re lucky to be able to do it. You’re not in one place long enough to feel like you’re at home. There’s a magic to it that’s almost hard to explain. It’s a bit like a drug.”

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The U.S. seemed to have left a good impression on The Staves, since Jessica says that “people in the US in general are open and friendly, and very welcoming.” When they visit New York City,  they can’t help but to chow down on some pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli in the Lower East Side. “It’s a huge tourist spot, but I’m a tourist so I don’t care!”