Monday, May 30, 2016

Majora - Skyfire


Victoria band Majora played the Wacken battle and had Hammer Records film one of their songs. Big thanks to Allstar Pacific Media Solutions for sending us the board audio to mix in with our recorded live audio!

Check out Majora HERE.

Joseph Arthur - Machines Of War



Joseph Arthur has revealed the video for his tender new single ‘Machines Of War’. Coinciding with the US Memorial Day next week, the track was premiered on Flood Magazine and is a haunting and shadowy eclipse of wartime terror beneath the song’s melancholic melodies.

Joseph comments, “‘Machines of War’ wasn't meant to be a protest song but rather part of the greater story in ‘The Family’. It's sung from the perspective of my/one’s Grandfather going off to fly a fighter plane in World War Two. But as I wrote it and sung it I did start feeling the emotion of the personal loss war creates. The loss of war factors heavily in the overall story of ‘The Family’ and I felt that that obviously resonated with the current times.”


‘Machines Of War’ is taken from his new album The Family, which will be released through Real World Records on June 3rd and available on vinyl in late June. The album sees Joseph in his creative element, at the hands of his recently acquired 1912 Steinway Vertegrand piano, which he wrote the whole ofThe Family on - a first for Joseph who for the most part writes songs from guitar, and who single-handedly took on vocals, drums, drum programming, pianos, guitars and synths for the recording of the new album.

You can see the piano in question, which was a potent source of inspiration for his raw and emotive writing, in the video for the previous single ‘You Keep Hanging On’, which perfectly captures the dreamscape moods and beautiful arrangements that resonate throughout the album.

The Family was mixed by Tchad Blake, whose previous collaborations with Joseph include the well-loved songs ‘Honey and the Moon’ and ‘In The Sun’, the latter of which has been covered by Michael Stipe and Peter Gabriel.


Joseph also performed at the recent all-star 'Music of David Bowie’ concert alongside Michael Stipe, Debbie Harry and more with Joseph performing ‘The Man Who Sold The World’. He is also a prolific writer, principally of poetry, and his unique and often unpredictable solo live performances often incorporate live painting and a sprinkling of beat-poetry.

Originally discovered by Peter Gabriel, and subsequently signed to his Real World record label in 1997, Joseph quickly established a reputation as a formidable and creative talent with his experimental folk-rock style, diverse instrumentation and eclectic electronic production elements.

With 20+ albums under his belt, Joseph is as known for his solo records as his collaborations with acclaimed performers including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, T-Bone Burnett, Dhani Harrison and Ben Harper of Fistful of Mercy and RNDM with Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament.

Joseph Arthur is a long-term disrupter and a challenger of the norms. He is possibly the most talented musician of the last twenty years in the US. Over the years, he has adapted and changed his style but has always amazed with his offering. Long may this disrupter bring joy to our lives.” Huffington Post

His influences are plain enough - Dylan, Waits, Cobain - but by the end he sounds like nobody but himself; dark, lovelorn and clever.” The Observer

Joseph Arthur's an oddball songsmith who weaves words, guitars and a whole heap of discordant sounds into songs that hang around your head long after they finish. The sound is spooked, wildy introspective, yet wide open enchanting.” 
Uncut

Put simply, Joe is sickeningly talented.“

The Independent

Monday, May 16, 2016

Prince Tribute Night: Barry Warne

The Rickshaw Theatre is putting on a Prince Tribute Night on July 22nd. This will include 19 bands performing a song or two from Prince's repertoire. We spoke with Barry Warne about the upcoming performance and what Prince meant to him.


Hammer Records: What was the first song that your heard by Prince?
Barry: Soft and Wet

Hammer Records: How did Prince’s music influence yourself as a musician?
Barry: To push myself, to be prolific, to go for it - to trust first takes

Hammer Records: Does Prince influence your current band?
Barry: Me, yes

Hammer Records: Why did you choose this certain song(s) to perform by Prince?
Barry: His keyboard arrangements always so fun

Hammer Records: With such a large diverse number of bands performing, are there any bands you are looking forward to seeing share the stage with you?
Barry: Looking forward to hearing all the acts and experience the emotion of the night

Hammer Records: Where can people find your music? What are your social media links?

Prince Tribute Night: Zafirios


The Rickshaw Theatre is putting on a Prince Tribute Night. A ton of great bands playing one or two songs of Princes. Don't miss the night on July 22nd. We had a quick chat with Zaf, guitarist and singer in Zafirios.

Hammer Records: What was the first song that your heard by Prince?
Zaf: Chaka Khan’s version of “I Feel For You.”  It was the first 45 I bought.  I always loved the groove, and chord progressions of that song, not to mention Stevie Wonder on harmonica.  Later, I found out that Prince released it on his eponymously titled debut.

Hammer Records: How did Prince’s music influence yourself as a musician?
Zaf: The fact that he was a perfectionist and a master of many instruments makes you realize that you have to practice, practice, practice in order to even think about coming close to him.  He kept refining his craft, which is inspiring and humbling as a musician.  Plus, I like to warm up my practice sessions by playing along with his songs.

Hammer Records: Does Prince influence your current band?
Zaf: Our band “Zafirios” has a strong funk influence that is partially inspired by listening to Prince, on my end over the years.

Hammer Records: Why did you choose this certain song(s) to perform by Prince?
Zaf: I love the storytelling in both “When You Were Mine” and “Peach.”  “When You Were Mine” shows the strange side of human nature; how we miss someone more after a relationship is over, despite the fact that it didn’t work out.  Plus, it sounds very new wave, which shows how Prince experimented with different genres.  “Peach” seems bold, cocky, and lusty, but when you listen closer, you realize that the narrator is vulnerable and feels like his love interest is way out of his league.  Plus, it has some fiery solos from the Purple One.

Hammer Records: With such a large diverse number of bands performing, are there any bands you are looking forward to seeing share the stage with you?
Zaf: Trailerhawk, China Syndrome, Eddy D and the Sexbombs

Hammer Records: Where can people find your music? What are your social media links?

Prince Tribute Night: Earl Jenkins

The Rickshaw Theatre is putting on a Prince Tribute Night on July 22nd. This will include 19 bands performing a song or two from Prince's repertoire. We had a nice chat with Earl Jenkins about his thoughts on the Artist Formally Known As Prince.

Hammer Records: What was the first song that your heard by Prince?
Earl: Let's Go Crazy

Hammer Records: How did Prince’s music influence yourself as a musician?
Earl: Prince was a core part of my musical menu when I was forming myself as musician. His talent, funkiness and sensuality have informed an central thread in my creativity, and his drive and independent spirit have been a great source of inspiration.

Hammer Records: Does Prince influence your current band?
Earl: Since I am a solo performer, and Singer/Songwriter, everything I do is all me, and Prince, as I said, has his little bits in my approach to every I do in music.

Hammer Records: Why did you choose this certain song(s) to perform by Prince?
Earl: As soon as I heard about the tribute, I signed up for Darling Nikki. No hesitation, that was the one I wanted to do more than anything else. It was a revolutionary song, sexy as hell, and is a great singer's song. Plus, I've never heard anyone do it with just acoustic guitar, and I wanted to give people some Prince like they'd never heard it before, distilled to its essence.

Hammer Records: With such a large diverse number of bands performing, are there any bands you are looking forward to seeing share the stage with you?
Earl: I can't wait to hear all of it. I love all these songs, and I love hearing what other people do with them.

Hammer Records: Where can people find your music? What are your social media links?
http://www.jango.com/music/Earl+Jenkins
https://www.reverbnation.com/earlsjenkins
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsOxmPKnKd3IjwTQjCugu5A/videos

Friday, May 13, 2016

‘WU TANG SLANG’ ft. RZA LYRIC VIDEO REVEALED


Californian four-piece Faulkner have revealed their collaboration with Wu Tang Clan mastermind RZA on latest single ‘Wu Tang Slang’.

The track premiered with Consequence Of Sound who said, “Staten Island’s own RZA and Californian four-piece Faulkner; the two may come from different sides of the country and different genres entirely, but they both feel the powerful pull of NYC. So much so that they’ve collaborated on a new reworking of Faulkner’s “NY Anthem”… So enthralled with the hook was RZA, however, that he decided to turn the entire thing into a banging track worthy of the Wu. Featuring heavier rhythms and a complete altering of the lyrical structures, the “Wu Tang Slang” thumps loud with all the glory of the city it represents.”

‘Wu Tang Slang’ is a righteous hip-hop anthem with RZA’s unmistakable commanding tone leading alongside the high-rise choruses of Faulkner. RZA and Faulkner first started collaborating on ‘Wu Tang Slang’ while jamming in Bob Dylan’s parked tour bus at Rick Rubin’s Shangri La studio in Malibu, where artists such as Eminem and Adele have worked.


 

‘Wu Tang Slang’ is the latest song to be taken from the Revanchist EP, and follows the release of the highly praised electro-rock single ‘These Kids Nowadays’ and the trap-pop of ‘Revolutionary’. The EP was produced by RZA, alongside Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons) and J.P. Bowersock (Julian Casablancas, Ryan Adams).

Faulkner consists of LA rockers Lucas Asher (vocals), Eric Scullin (vocals, synth), Dimitri Farougias (bass) and Christian Hogan (drums). They come with a swaggering attitude that’s brewing up a serious storm with their melting pot of synths, rock, hip hop and pop.




New Portals - "Stay Here Tonight"


Not afraid to try new things, New Portals have revealed their highly entertaining video for new single ‘Stay Here Tonight’. The video premiered with leading entertainment site Pretty 52 who called the song, “the perfect summer anthem for when you’re driving with the windows down with the sun on the dashboard.”
 
The ‘Stay Here Tonight’ comedy short sees the Belfast duo hosting an episode of a bad 80s TV Show. They watch as leading Irish comedians Colin Geddis and Shane Todd, impersonate them, donning an impeccable Blue Steel pout, and inventing synth chord positions never before imagined.


‘Stay Here Tonight’ sees New Portals take their dreamy synth-pop to the discotheque in a blissed out trip of revitalised nostalgia. The late-night charmer witnesses Ruth seduce with a hushed coo, among 90s rave stabs and groovy swathes of synths from Mike.
 
The single received its first spin from Phil Taggart on Radio 1, who has previously championed the band at the station with their previous singles alongside Huw Stephens. New Portals have also been touted as The Guardian’s ‘New Band Of The Week’ among a wealth of further praise for the irresistible alt-pop duo.
 
The fast-rising duo are one of the hottest tipped new artists breaking out from Ireland today. Their irresistible take on pop is one of the most intriguing and tantalising new sounds this year.