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Label: Sharp Attack Records

Release Period: July 2014







“Ever wish The xx had a bit more bite? Then you’ll love the sultry undertones of indie pop duo Six Years;. They mix a Raveonettes feel with the work of the aforementioned Mercury Award winning band to create a layered yet intense atmosphere that actually goes somewhere” - Drunken Werewolf

“Quite the fantastic, raw indie rock duet, think Mark E.Smith dueting with PJ Harvey” - Deadly Music.           
“sounding like a dark hearted Serge and Brigitte performing a psychedelicised spell craft over Animotion’s ’obsession’ this honey just smoulders with intent”-  The Sunday Experience


Six Years is Marc Makarov and Vanessa Anne Redd. Their debut album ‘Rivers’ came from a request from Sean McLusky (1234 Records owner)to record a duet of Kris Kristofferson’s song “Help Me Make It Through the Night” for a feature film. Six Years is the side project of the critically acclaimed band Rubicks, and is a much more grown up affair which captures raw performance, intimacy and mood over production.

Self recorded in the back of 1234 Studios, an art gallery in Redchurch street, Shoreditch, a black room with nothing but some reverb and delay, a drum machine and their instruments , Vanessa on organ/guitar and Marc bass/synth. In the spirit of old recording studios like Sun records they recorded takes as live.

They ran into producer/engineer MPEG winner Al O’Connell who had his studio in the basement of the same building and he proceeded to mix and put the finishing touches to the record.

Rivers is a dialogue of lovers glimpsed through the shadows of stories influenced by  writers, Kris Kristofferson, Tennyson , Murakami , Walt Whitman, William Golding,  Greek/African myths / Native American influenced stories, Aldous Huxley.

Set in magical realities the thread of stories and myth run through like the Lady of Shallots’ cursed weaving and the thread of Anansi the spiders’ web. The lovers speak, tease, abandon, love, lust and long for one another. Intertwined with reflections on wild abandon, thoughts on death, the afterlife, heaven and hell, angels and demons and out of the doors of perception experience the artist deals with imagination and the creative process.


River of Dark

This is the story of two lovers entwined asking each other to stay the night pleading for salvation in each other’s arms.  Hoping their love will cure all ills.


The struggle of creativity. The idea that being lost in imagination is a good thing. Embracing the chaos.

This Is The Day

Hopeful, wishing that the perfect moment would stay frozen forever. Influenced by Tennyson’s story of the Lady of Shallot and the African myth of Anansi the trickster spider-god of all stories.


Inspired by the strange hotel and lift in Haruki Murakami’s book ‘Dance Dance Dance’ when the protagonist goes into the lift and ends up in a different magical world, and Aldous Huxley’s the Doors of Perception.

I Go Fast, We Go faster

The excitement and realisation of the need to move through life quickly,  making the most of every moment.


This is the story of a soldier going off to war and leaving the lover at home. A tragic end to a love story. The phrase ‘war’s perfume’ is taken from Walt Whitman’s novel ‘Leaves of Grass’.

Crazy Dawn

The image of Crazy Horse riding across the hills in the first light of morning.


This song encapsulates the idea of the femme fatale. The idea of seduction. A reference to Pincher Martin drowning chained to the rocks in William Golding’s novel. Seduction, capture and tease.

Help Me Make It Trough the Night

A Kris Kristofferson cover. The ballad of two lovers not wanting to spend the night alone.

Till Then

The story idea was influenced by Carol Carpenter / Sonic Youth track ‘Super Star’. The tragic tale of unrequited love, an imagined life between two people.


Influenced by the story of the Greek myth, ‘halcyon’ Overcoming all odds. The passage of time.Not being afraid of death or the future.


This is the lullaby of rest.

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After a couple of years feeling out their sound across the UK live circuit, Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos took on the task of recording their brass, strings, electric guitar and drums based “carnival punk” sound.

They released the independently recorded Victory for the Monsters in October 2012, gaining BBC6 Music radio airplay and capturing their notorious live energy on a record that they followed up with a tour that took in France, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Reactions across Europe were enthusiastic and the band soon embarked on a second visit in April 2013, this time making additional stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. A highlight of their career to date, the band was invited to play in the Czech town of Jaroměř. This was an honour as it meant being able to entertain audiences in a region of the globe whose traditions had influenced their music in the first place.

With summer festival performances that included Boomtown, Y Not, Tramlines, Nozstock, Wychwood and Swingamajig and a third European tour under their belts, the band went into the studio to record their second album, Kill the Beast, with producer by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Destroyers, Robert Plant).

Kill the Beast takes its influences from disparate cultures and movements such as rabble rousing two tone on “Tequila Song”,”Raggle Taggle Gypsy”‘s explosive make over for the twenty first century festival scene or the apocalyptic swing of the title track. The result is a surprisingly cohesive set of songs, all infused with the trademark Weirdo energy, successfully captured on record. The band have taken a mains-wired blender to the last fifty years of popular music and dared it to dangle its naughty bits in.

Recorded and produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Carina Round, The Destroyers), Kill the Beast‘s conception was helped along by rock and roll history. The band borrowed The Clash’s tuba player (from Sandinista!), Bowie’s mixing desk, Joy Division’s guitar and even Ned’s Atomic Dustbin’s drum kit to add their own voice to rock and roll’s delightful history.

The album will be available for download on May 7th. Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos will be playing all over the UK and Europe in May 2014 to promote Kill the Beast.

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Plus two UK shows in June




Avery-Sunshine 1 

  • “Her Style is soothingly languid but still sassy …Sunshine by name and nature” -Metro
  • “The voice is extraordinary, matched in size only by  her personality and her sense of fun” – Echoes
    • “Jazzy gospel voice that could loosen bricks from their mortar” – New York Times


Avery*Sunshine -  singer, songwriter and  pianist  -  who has one of the most dynamic voices – releases her hotly anticipated second album ‘The  Sunroom’ out May 26th on  Dome Records.    Produced by her songwriting  partner, guitarist Dana Johnson.  


It has been three years since the release of  Avery’s critically acclaimed debut album.  And with the release of ‘The Sunroom’ – you can expect to hear – a mix of sublime ballads, grooves and up-tempo tracks  –  to expressAvery*Sunshine’s thought provoking songwriting.



Alongside ballads  like ‘Sweet Afternoon’ and ‘Call My Name’ – there are the Al Green-flavoured ‘Love (Won’t Try)’, the shimmering ‘Nothing To Something’, sassy soulful shuffler ‘I Do Love’ and the up-tempo stomper ‘Time To Shine’ – to name a few…


Avery recently owned her performance on Later…with Jools Holland  -  where she captivated  guest Ringo Starrwhen interviewed on the show “Well, we can all use a little more Sunshine”.  Two sold out shows at the Union Chapel were followed by a Royal Albert  Hall date, opening for BB King – which garnered great reviews  and  a Radio 2 playlist on her single ‘I Got Sunshine’ .


Originally from Chester, Pennsylvania, but now based in the vibrant music city of Atlanta, Avery has shared stages in the US with the likes of Eric Benet, Ledisi and Rachelle Ferrell  and has collaborated on record with Roy Ayers, Will Downing and Musiq Soulchild, among others.


Avery returns to the UK to headline two shows at:-


June  20 – Islington Assembly Hall, London N1. 

Show time 7.00pm.  Tickets :£25.00



June  21 – Old Market, Brighton.


This is Avery*Sunshine’s time to shine!



Avery*Sunshine got her start singing at church and playing piano in her home town of Chester, Pennsylvania.  She graduated from college in Atlanta, and decided to stay there. For several years she has been choral director at the renowned Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr Martin Luther King Jr preached.


In 2007 she was sought out by Jennifer Holliday to be choral director for an Atlanta production of Dreamgirls.  In 2008 she made daily performances at the Democratic national convention and also sang at several events at the inauguration of President Obama.


She also found time to play a principal role in the musical play I Dream, based on the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.  And she has recently acquired a manager, Paul Ewing, who also guides the career of Gregory Porter.

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  Holy Mountain
Ancient Astronauts
Released April 14th
Chemikal Underground Records
Holy Mountain are: Andy McGlone (guitars, vocals); Pete Flett (drums); Allan Stewart (bass)

Get ready to be bludgeoned by the over-powering RIFFS of Glasgow-based doom masters Holy Mountain, who undertake a short tour of the UK this month at the following dates:

16th – London – The Black Heart
17th – Wakefield – The Hop
19th – Manchester – Fallow Cafe

The band have also just completed work on the video for the track ’100 Years A Day’ which is as filthy and intense as the track it represents. Check it out here:

Masculine yet never macho, reverential yet never slavish, accomplished yet never ostentatious, galaxy shaking hard rock visionaries Holy Mountain return to Planet Earth for the release of magnum opus ‘Ancient Astronauts’ on Chemikal Underground Records.

Adding a pinch of Sun Ra attitude and a splash of Deep Purple flavoured keyboards to the trio’s signature gumbo of Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix and Iron Monkey, ‘Ancient Astronauts’ is a quantum leap on from debut mini album ‘Earth Measures’, a six track manifesto recorded in just 17 hours.

Though constructed on similar principles overdub free rhythm tracks, “feel” taking priority over technique, wholehearted surrender to The Riff ‘Ancient Astronauts’ is more expansive in outlook, its scope multiplied hundredfold. The role played by sought after co-pilot Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, RM Hubbert et al) who recorded and produced ‘Ancient Astronauts’ suffuses the album’s eight cuts, whether the Roland Space Chorus through which Andy McGlone’s textural vocals are fed or the aural nirvana that is the monolithic slowdown three quarters of the way through Star Kings.

Perhaps his greatest achievement, though, is building a launchpad from which Holy Mountain can embark on their most ambitious mission yet. It’s a challenge the band have met, mangled and torn to smithereens, creating a record that coruscates and compels, helped in no small part by their commitment to employing the finest hardware in the rock arsenal in search of the perfect tone and none too impressed by existing options, McGlone builds his own amplifiers and FX pedals from scratch. The electric guitar has never sounded this good. Behind him Pete Flett ploughs a furrow last occupied by John Bonham while Allan Stewart anchors the cosmic magick lest it cut loose and head towards the stratosphere.

Check out the the album’s opening track ‘LV-42666′:

Holy Mountain are based in Glasgow and are named after Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 drama La Montana Sagrada.

McGlone and Flett formed Holy Mountain in 2009 as an improvisational duo, drawing comparisons to Lightning Bolt. Stewart signed up two years later, shortly before the sessions for Earth Measures
Ancient Astronauts was recorded and mixed at Chem19Studios, Scotland, in 2013

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debut brand-new song;
reveal cover art and track-listing for ‘Symmetry In Black’!

Dark riff lords CROWBAR have unleashed an all new track titled “Walk With Knowledge Wisely.” Frontman Kirk Windstein comments: “‘Walk With Knowledge Wisely’ is the perfect opener for ‘Symmetry In Black.’ It has every element of the CROWBAR sound and is like an anvil to the face. It’s CROWBAR at its finest.”

Hear the song at the following link:

CROWBAR will release their new full length album “Symmetry in Black” on May 26, 2014 via Century Media Records in Europe and May 27, 2014 via eOne Records in North America. See below for the exact track-listing:
1. Walk With Knowledge Wisely
2. Symmetry In White
3. The Taste Of Dying
4. Reflection Of Deceit
5. Ageless Decay
6. Amaranthine
7. The Foreboding
8. Shaman Of Belief
9. Teach The Blind To See
10. A Wealth Of Empathy
11. Symbolic Suicide
12. The Piety Of Self-Loathing
The crushing signature sound of CROWBAR is at its peak on “Symmetry in Black”, the band’s most diverse yet cohesive release. It was co-produced with fellow New Orleans resident Duane Simoneaux, who worked on “Sever the Wicked Hand” and mixed by Josh Wilbur, whose diverse credits include work with Lamb Of God, Gojira and Killer Be Killed. The 25 years of working on CROWBAR in fits and starts has culminated in a renewed focus on world domination, embarked upon by a tight knit lineup sharing a common goal. “We’ve grown so close as a band since this became my biggest focus,”Windstein says. “I’m always open to side things here and there, like Kingdom of Sorrow, but nothing is going to stand in the way of what CROWBAR does ever again. This is my musical focus.”
Windstein concludes, “The morale has never been higher since we were kids. It’s equivalent to when me and Jimmy and Todd first got this thing rolling back in 1989. I’m hungry again.”
CROWBAR is currently touring in Europe and also confirmed to play various festivals including Roadburn, Bloodstock, Hellfest and many more.
Hope ya’ love it slow, hard and heavy, because the rebirth of CROWBAR is upon us.  
CROWBAR Line-up:
Kirk Windstein (Vocals, Gitarre)
Tommy Buckley (Drums)
Matt Brunson (Gitarre)
Jeff Golden (Bass)
CROWBAR online:

Century Media Records online:

Century Media webshop:

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