In conversation with: Temper Cartel

We’ve been having a chat with with the boys from indie-rock four-piece Temper Cartel, who are looking to make a name for themselves with their new single ‘Babysitter’, for which the video is out 9th August! Check it out here:

 

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Josh Alden – ” I think that I got into music through film, probably. I was obsessed with the TV from a very, very young age. My mum and dad were both working so I would get dropped off at my Grandparents (on my mum’s side) and we would watch old westerns and lots of 50’s and 60’s films etc. The music is just great in those films, and a lot of them just turn into musicals half way through or stick a song in! I think that was probably the first introduction to the power of music whether I knew it or not.”

Sam Alden – “Our Grandad was a drummer in a couple of different jazz bands, he sung too. We used to go and watch him play a lot and it influenced Josh to pick up the sticks and start playing drums but later he switched to guitar. Josh is older than me so by the time I was his age I had got into drums because of our granddad too. But I stuck with it, so now I play drums in the band.”

 

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Josh Alden – “If I’m honest… Chas n’ Dave, Michael Jackson and Roy Orbison! Haha my grandparents used to take me to Somerset a lot, on the drive I would sit in the back and sing along to Roy Orbison. They just had a tape player in the car and we used to take a pile with us, I was always asking my grandma to change it to the next song, so she was taking tapes out and putting new ones in for the whole journey! It would go from Roy Orbison ‘working for the man’ to Chas n’ Dave ‘London Girls’ then finish on Michael Jackson  ‘Man in the mirror’ then I’d ask for Roy Orbison again. I think everything you’ve seen and heard has to play a part in how you write songs but I couldn’t pin point what music and when has made me write how I write or what I write.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

Danny Fisher – “I think all of us have been playing instruments since we were kids, I started at 6.”

Josh Alden – ” I started writing songs in the styles of people I liked around 12 years old. So I would listen to the pattern of a Nirvana song and then try and write my own. That’s how I started writing. Then you realise that you can’t write them as well as those people so you move on to another style and learn that. Gradually you mature and grow as a songwriter and before you know it you’ve studied lots of styles and in the process, found your own.”

 

How often do you play live?

Sam Alden – “we started out playing every week to get the experience. Now we play once every 2 or 3 weeks. We’ve been enjoying gigs in London, Oxford and Brighton. We want to venture out and go up North but for now this is where we are building a fan base. Our next gig is in London at –

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Everton Barbato – I think for all of us our highlights have been recording with Mark Gardener, finishing the album and supporting The Strypes. They’re nice guys, great musicians and really good at what they do.”

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

Danny Fisher – ” it depends on what you prefer to use I guess, you can catch us on Instagram (@tempercartel) which we use for more silly stuff, messing around in rehearsal etc.”

Sam Alden – “Or Twitter (@tempercartel) for links to articles or radio shows we’ve been on. But if you want a bit of everything including gig info, vids and pics, then Facebook @Tempercartel or our website www.tempercartel.com will have everything you need.”

Josh Alden – “We will be posting links to our new video Babysitter on Wednesday 9th August across all of these platforms!”

 

 

Get to Know: Voldo Blanka

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Electro-pop connoisseur and craftsman Voldo Blanka kindly had a little chat with us to tell us where his unique brand of music comes from. You can listen to ‘Go Your Way’ here:

 

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I’ve been playing music since diapers, and playing in bands since I had terribly filthy long dyed black hair in jr. high, but it wasn’t till later I knew this would be what I was going to do with my life.

I went to coachella alone in 2007. First time I’d ever been to a festival like that. Rage Against the Machine reunited and I really dug into electronic music. From that day I knew there was ONLY one thing I’d do with my life. And that is to make records and play live.

I had a few projects on the go but the one that broke was my last band Head of the Herd. We were the first band in our country to have a #1 song without a label and that taught me everything I know – making the music YOU want to make, and standing by that.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up in a house with a lot of jazz, classical and rock n roll. And while the latter took over my life, you can’t discount how everything you hear creeps into your own creations.

So I’ve been making rock n roll since I was a boy and film scores for the past few years. The combination of those two makes up Voldo Blanka and the record ‘nuns enjoy a madman.’

 

How often do you play live?

I’m keeping off the road for the moment. Few videos and films being worked on. But when I hit the road, it’ll get announced on the Voldo Blanka Facebook page.

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

There’s no feeling on earth like when people sing along to your songs live. It’s surprising, beautiful, uplifting, and terrifying every time. Fuck, I just love it.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

Go to www.voldoblanka.com and sign up for the email list but Facebook and Instagram are where most of the updates come from.

Soundcloud: https://tinyurl.com/yczk5ewq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voldoblanka/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voldoblanka/?hl=en

Thanks for having me out. Now play that record as loud as you can!

An interview with: Gulf

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Liverpool has spawned many a quality bands over the years, the latest of which comes in the form of psychedelic dream-pop duo Gulf. We had a chat with them about their latest material and their influences in music.

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Disco has been a staple from as far back as we can remember, some jazz, some psych and some hip-hop influences blended together and that’s us. We were both born into families with great vinyl collections and when there’s a copy of MJ’s Thriller lying around, everyone’s having a good time and we’re getting an understanding of what great music sounds like.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

We grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Chic, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire. Then we discovered bands like Daft Punk, the Wu-Tang Clan, Jamiroquai and Dungen. They definitely have an effect on our songwriting approach.

How long have you been playing/writing?

We’ve been writing together for around six years now.

How often do you play live?

After playing a gig every other week last year, we took some time off to record our album. Over the next few months we’ll be back at it again with some new material and we’re really excited about that.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

We’ve got a few of these, sharing a stage with The Flaming Lips at Liverpool Sound City, supporting Echo and the Bunnymen and TOPS, who we’re huge fans of. Our Maida Vale live session for Radio 1 with Huw Stephens was pretty special too.

Where is the best place to find you online?

You can find us on Soundcloud and Spotify, just search for ‘Gulfmusic’

Links:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/gulfmusicuk/

https://twitter.com/gulfmusicuk

In conversation with: John Dylan

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Unsigned Interviews were lucky enough to be in conversation with dream-pop artist, John Dylan, who talks about his influences, his earliest memories of music and his song writing. Check out the the new video for ‘Get Beyond’ at the bottom!

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I don’t remember when I first got into music. I have tapes from when I was 4 or so where I am hosting a “radio show” (i.e. recording into a tape deck). I play records from the likes of The Police, Michael Jackson, The Specials, The Ramones, Marshall Crenshaw, and Sesame Street. I also go from there to playing songs I made up this portable little harmonium, and playing my toy drum set along to the records. My parents both play a little guitar and liked to put on Austin City Limits and VHS tapes of concerts and play records around the house. I just don’t remember it not being that way. 

 

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I was too young to enjoy the grunge explosion in person, really… I was in 6th grade or so when Nevermind came out and was underage for the entire 90s. And where I was, which was Tulsa, Oklahoma, was pretty musically desolate. But that kicked things off, I suppose. From there I fell into this rabbit hole as a teenager… Starting with the cooler music blocks on MTV (Alternative Nation, 120 Minutes, Yo! MTV Raps), then into music press (Spin, Alternative Press, Flipside, Maximumrockandroll), then writing for music press (reviewing records for Foxy Digitalis and Punk Planet) and getting into the tape labels (like Shrimper, Catsup Plate, Union Pole, Sing Eunuchs, and Cactus Gum, which I helped out at). At that low of a level, getting a compilation from one of those labels was like MTV — a great sampler of what that label was about. Then you’d send concealed cash and a note and get a handmade tape and a note back. It was wonderful, and personal, and interactive.

I suppose when you vacillate between writing about music and putting other people’s music out, conversing and working with musicians, and then making your own music, it all seems very accessible and like the artifice of pop and the barriers between performer and audience are really stifling and silly. I had very good exposure to people who both took music seriously and took the music industry very unseriously, and who weren’t afraid to do it themselves. I really want to live in that space; in my heart of hearts the democratization of music is really my goal. My hope is that by recording the album at home with me playing all the instruments, self-releasing it, and making the multi-track stems open source, that I am living up to the ethos of DIY and the conversation between artist and listener being 2-way. I want so much to connect with people through this music. In part because in other parts of my life I feel sort of isolated, but also because I genuinely believe that personal contact with the musician makes the healing power of music much more effective. 

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

As “b-sides” for my first single, I made this 60-track montage of my entire life in recordings. I count that time, which starts in 1993, as the beginning. At the beginning of the montage my guitar playing is very feeble and it progresses from there. Since I got started with drums much earlier, that was always more solid. But whatever might have been going on beforehand, I wasn’t writing any songs until ’93, ’94.  

 

How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I actually just finished assembling the lineup for our live band so you’ll have to stay tuned. Shows will always be on the front page of john.audio.

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

I like the beginnings of new ideas. The birth of Rock N’ Roll with Chuck Berry. The British invasion and The Beatles. Early reggae tracks, early punk tracks, early new wave, early alternative, early g-funk rap, the ascendance of instrumental post-rock. If you grow up with music at a young age you start to get a little numb to ideas that you’ve heard before. I can’t really choose a favourite from all of these, but if we want to talk “formative,” I can say that if you watch the documentary 1991 the Year Punk Broke, try to imagine a 12-year-old me taking all that in and having my mind blown.

I am also very attracted to heavily political music, particularly when that music is offering higher critiques than some contemporary statement on a current event. With something like Bob Dylan’s “It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding,” I feel like the better nature of man is being revealed — that a moral universe can exist where we have moved on from our cynical political leadership and we care about getting things right. Also John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and Operation Ivy’s “Here We Go Again.” Not accidentally, I am working with Klaus Voormann, who played bass on “Imagine,” and Jesse Michaels, who was the singer/lyricist of Operation Ivy, on my project as well (they are contributing album and single artwork). I was honored when they agreed. I really see them as complete packages — multimedia talents who worked on music that had the clearest vision of the human condition that I know about — people that are heroes to me. I’m trying to do this all in the best and most meaningful way I know how. I can’t pinpoint that to a moment so much as people through which the right ideals shined.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

john.audio is my site and links to all my social media. Look for John Dylan on IndabaMusic.com and start remixing my music. Or John Dylan on pretty much anything (Bandcamp, YouTube, etc). 

Links

https://www.facebook.com/johndylanaudio/

https://twitter.com/johndylanaudio

https://www.instagram.com/johndylanaudio/

https://johndylanaudio.tumblr.com/

http://john.audio/

Good Guy Dies

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

 

For Cherry, it all began when she was little girl, standing on a chair   singing to entertain family members at informal get-togethers. “I used to get such a buzz from it and that’s where the singing bug started for me.”

 

For Joe, “it was in my early teens after seeing old footage of Rory

Gallagher playing live on RTE television back in N. Ireland. “I couldn’t

believe what I was seeing and from that second onwards I begged

my father to buy me a guitar. Eventually he relented.”

 

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

 

Cherry explains that one of her singing idols growing up was Bjork “because she didn’t give a damn about being crazy and always pushed boundaries. I also love Tori Amos for the way she makes love to the piano when she plays it, and Jonathan Davies from Korn for his voice, his honesty and his intimacy. The common denominator is that these guys were, and still are, totally unafraid to experiment and that’s what I always try to bring to Good Guy Dies.

 

For Joe, his primary influences were Gary Moore, “in my humble opinion the greatest guitar player ever to pick up the instrument; Rory Gallagher because he was a fantastic musician and an incredible front man- his shows were absolutely electrifying; and Phil Lynott because he had spellbinding stage presence, was a great songwriter and an amazing romantic poet. All these guys had a lasting impact because of the great depth they had in their music, their records still sound as fresh today as the day they were made. It was a case of wild abandonment meeting beautiful melodies and great songs.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

 

          Cherry has been singing and writing songs since childhood.

Joe has been playing and writing since the moment he picked up

a guitar, aged 14. They started writing together in 2012.

 

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

 

We are inclined to gig every couple of weeks in London, though we’re currently in discussion with a few booking agents regarding a nationwide tour. When we’re not gigging, we’re working every day on one thing or another, whether it be rehearsing, writing new songs or working on some other band related activity.

 

You can catch Good Guy Dies live at the following London shows:

 

Fri 31st October: The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, London, NW3 2BL. Onstage 8.15pm.

 

Saturday 15th November: The Scala , 275 Pentonville Rd, King’sCross, London, N1 9NL (supporting Primal Scream and The Libertines). Stage time TBC.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

 

“I think as a band it was the experience of recording our album

With George De Angleis” says Joe, who goes on to explain: “He’s

Worked with some legends in music like Seal, Cher and Rod

Stewart and is himself a legend in the production world, so it was

an immense honour to work with him. He’s the finest musician

I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing; an incredible talent and a

great guy as well.”

 

Cherry adds, “Apart from that, it’s every time I walk on stage with

Good Guy Dies. It’s an electrifying experience, I just can‘t wait

for every gig to come around.”

 

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

 

www.facebook.com/goodguydies

www.twitter.com/goodguydies

 

We’ll be releasing our debut single on Friday 14th November

entitled “Hit Me Back”, which will have the accompanying

video available to watch on you tube.

Witchingseason

Witchingseason

1 . When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Tom- I remember sitting in the back of my dad’s car in the booster seat listening to nirvana my favourite was slither, I think I was about 3 he also had pearl jam on cassette I loved the track deep but who doesn’t !

Wayne- I have been into music since I can remember, my family always had music playing around the house.

James – I first got into music when I was 10 and found out about qotsa and foo fighters through my parents, but at the time i was mostly into foo fighters

2. Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Tom- I grew up listening to everything my pedants and my aunt and uncle were all mods so there was a lot of Northern soul and mod bands got to say Steve Marriott was the most underrated singer/guitarist of all time if I could bring anyone back from the dead to jam with it would be him !

Wayne -I listened to a broad variety of music growing up, all of which inspires me in what I do now.

James – Growing up i listened to a lot of foo fighters, then started to branch out intoqotsa territory, and looked out for more artists through that. I think its had an impact on how I play.

3 . How long have you been playing/writing?

We have all been playing since our teens but didn’t start writing till last May those are the first songs we wrote the songs on the EP I mean

4 . How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

We have been on a bit of a break we have a new drummer now Wayne so we will be back giging on the 14th of August at the islington academy 2 but keep your eyes peeled for more shows.

5.  What has been your favourite moment in music?

Tom- soundgarden reunion I have seen them 5 times since! And the new album is incredible. And seeing pearl jam for the first time at reading 2006 still the show that changed my life and impossible to top!

Wayne- sonisphere festival with my parents was pretty awesome but it has to be foo fighters at the Milton Keynes bowl.

James – My favourite moment has been meeting one of my heroes Duke Garwood.

6. Where is the best place to find you online?

Probably Facebook but we also have twitter

Links

https://twitter.com/Witchingseason

https://www.facebook.com/Witchingseason

Suburban Myth

Derek Daisy:

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

My dad was a drummer, so when I was 9 he taught me how to play a few basic beats. The cool thing about it was that I picked it up fast, and I loved doing it.. I joined the school band and had a great time.

When I was 13, my dad had The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Dizzy up the girl” album on tape in his car the time it was just noise, but “Slide” came on and the “oh May, put your arms around me” line came on and it just hit me. It made me feel something… So I started writing “poems”. Sometimes writing my words to the melody of Goo songs. My dad eventually gave me his acoustic guitar. From there I started writing songs with two chords and I just couldn’t put it down.

 

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20, Switchfoot, Lifehouse, Shinedown.

I’d say all these bands impacted me as a songwriter… The Goos are what got me started, Matchbox was always considered very similar to the, so I liked them naturally. Switchfoot was the first band out of the Goos that I ended up following extensively. I even got a songwriting topic for Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman!

When Suburban Myth got started, it took nearly 20 songs or so to figure out what our sound would be. While we still evolve, Shinedown was a band of inspiration.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing guitar and writing since I was 13… (14 years)

 

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

We play 1-2 times a week right now. All of our shows are in the US right now.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

When I was in college for music, I wrote a song on New Years morning called “where to begin”… wrote it in 30 minutes… I took it to a studio I was recording my solo album at, and my producer Jimm Mosher said “let’s Beatle it up!”  We recorded it in just a few hours… I entered it into the John Lennon Songwriting contest.. It won an award!! It soon got picked up for a few commercials, a lot of different multimedia projects. I started getting emails from fans who thought I was big time famous! I was a student in school… Haha.

 

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

Suburbanmythmusic.com

Reverbnation.com/suburbanmyth

Facebook.com/suburbanmythmusic

Nick Lomma:

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

My parents have a really cool picture on the wall, of me playing a little plastic banjo at the age of 2, sitting across from my dad playing an acoustic guitar, and I’m just staring at him amazed. I’m even holding the banjo the wrong way to mirror him. My dad taught me music and was my inspiration. He was a professional sax player in the old days and he opened for and hung out with the Beach Boys. He plays bass these days.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Oh boy, there’s a lot…

Foo Fighters, Bush, Candlebox, Live, Metallica, Chicago, Collective Soul, Megadeth, Doobie Brothers, AC/DC, Korn, Sevendust, Machine Head, Fuel, Pantera, Phil Collins, Rage Against The Machine, Matchbox 20, Hall and Oats, Earth Wind and Fire, Dream Theater, Alice Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Tool, Incubus, The Doors, Bob Marley, Cold, Deftones, Filter, Pressure 4-5, A Perfect Circle, NIN, Our Lady Peace, Bullet for My Valentine, The Working Title, 10 Years, The Eagles, Journey, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Story of the Year, 30 Seconds to Mars, Alter Bridge, Scapegoat, …the list goes on and on..

Nowadays, anything I write has to be melodic, but you’ll still have complicated parts and a certain heaviness that’s left over from the hard rock and metal influences. I appreciate when a band has a high energy rock song that makes me people go nuts every time they hear live, for many years to come. But I also appreciate the perfect hook or melody that is contagious and that people remember, and this could be present in a much softer song. Suburban Myth’s current and future music will strive to provide a dynamic experience with each song being different and each conjuring different emotions.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I picked up the guitar when I was little, but started getting serious and writing music between 10-14. At 15 I started playing drums as well.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? 

Since kicking off this year, we’ve been playing anywhere from 1 to 4 gigs a month.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I really enjoyed playing in my past band “Roger That”. It’s hard to pin down one moment. I’d say my favorite moment is every time we play a great show.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

All three sites are awesome! (But if you want to buy our music, use suburbanmythmusic.com to cut out the middle man 😉  )

http://www.reverbnation.com/suburbanmyth

https://www.facebook.com/SuburbanMythMusic

http://www.suburbanmythmusic.com

The Greeting Committee

The Greeting CommitteeAlternative indie psychadelia from six Newcastle lads. Meet The Greeting Committee…

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

It was fairly early for all of us, probably around 15/16 when you first realise that it’s ok to like things even if other people don’t. Luckily there was a fair amount of decent bands about at that time for us to latch onto or we’d probably just be busy watching reality TV and following idiots on twitter, which is how I’m led to believe the world spends it’s time these days.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

We all have a very different influences musically. For instance, our keys player is obsessed with instrumental ambient electronica and other such craziness which I would rather eat my own legs than listen to. There are certain common grounds though such as, obviously, The Beatles and some of those great 90s bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre. They probably do influence what we write, they can’t not really, but I don’t think that comes across too much in our music. It’s like making a pie really. Now I can guarantee you if I tried to make a pie it would very much turn out looking nothing like a pie. And it’s a bit like that with music. You put all the ingredients together but come out with something new that you hadn’t intended.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Basically as long as we can remember. At this point I can’t ever remember not being in a band or making music. I’m pretty sure that isn’t actually true of course but things can get kind of hazy. The GREETING COMMITTEE has been ongoing for about three years or so though, first as a recording project then moving onto playing live.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

We try not to ‘overplay’ round the north east where we’re based. A lot of bands seem to have some bizarre desire to play 700 gigs a week, which will usually all only be attended by their mums and some bloke who popped in for a pint ‘cos he missed the bus. I admire the enthusiasm but to be honest, if I catch a band on a Friday who I like I’m probably not going to go and see them again two days later. We prefer to space them out a bit and try to make an event. Luckily this also fits perfectly with the fact that we’re all extremely lazy.

Seeing as we’re all equally irritated by the strange custom that is ‘Christmas’ we’re heading back into the studio in Dec/Jan and should be announcing some new dates in the new year.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Probably something insignificant like when you’re in your first rubbish band as a kid and you first get a copy of a CD you’ve made or hear one of your songs on a local radio station for the first time.

Once you get beyond that stage though being in a band tends to be more of a hindrance to having any kind of normal life and becomes more of an annoying obsession than any kind of pleasurable pastime!

It is however something that we have to do. There isn’t really a choice in the matter.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online

Well, apart from pie making websites the best place to hear us is probably on our Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/greetingcommittee). There’s also our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/thegreetingcommittee) but that mainly consists of bizarre drunken rants and pictures of our mostly unacceptable behavior towards ourselves and other people.