THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL + ARTROCKER NEW BLOOD SHOWS
“…they put the angular into the grungealist revival allowing their riffs to trip and stutter over the beat, it’s spiky but utterly slacker faithful…with a bit of luck in the right places, these guys should be going even more places next year .” Artrocker
“Francobollo will rock your world!” – John Kennedy – Xfm
After the release of ‘Steven Hawkins‘ and its mental video in March, FRANCOBOLLO are now making the single’s B-side ‘Hot Cars’ available for free:
GET ‘HOT CARS’ MP3 FOR FREE : https://soundcloud.com/francobollo/hot-cars
Breaking their tradition of directing their own videos, for ‘Hot Cars’ FRANCOBOLLO asked their friend of the band Opera Goodwin to make it, on the condition that she’d do it without letting them see any part of it from conception to delivery. Here are the results:
‘HOT CARS’ VIDEO: http://youtu.be/niifYpcB1yg
FRANCOBOLLO, made up of Simon Nilsson, Sean Bean and Petter Grevelius, hit the shores of the UK from Sweden in 2009. Picking up Londoner Sam Bailey and more recently fellow Swede Wiya Ngeh on their journey, they’ve honed their raucous own brand of wonky grungy pop, slowly picking up a growing legion of dedicated pit-filling Francophiles along the way. Combining dashes of Beck, Pavement and Nirvana, they create a unique cacophony of melody infused guitar-pop with twinges of electronics picking up the energy.
FRANCOBOLLO have announced they’ll be playing The Great Escape Festival and Artrocker New Blood Festival:
08/05/14 (daytime): Dr. Martens Stage @ The Great Escape Festival – Brighton, UK
08/05/14 (evening): The Bunker @ The Alternative Great Escape, Brighton, UK
13/06/14 – Artrocker New Blood Festival @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, UK
Characula, the ‘Monster Mol’, releases disturbing new video
Soul sucking, tarantula munching she-demon does the erotically charged ‘Mummy Dance’
(Photography by Martin Julian CSC/Sunnyland Pictures)
Defying explanation and categorisation, Characula is a horror rock goddess with a difference. Currently living in Southern California, she is neither vampire, nor werewolf, mummy nor any other creature known from myth and folklore. Part sci-fi, part horror and all glamour, she-demon Characula is an entity to behold –and hear!
When she’s not devouring tarantulas or sucking the souls from the anciently departed, Characula has built herself a reputation as an ardent participant in ménage-a-monsters, scouring the streets for creatures and taking them to her bed. She is a black widow and seducer of B-movie incarnates. A literal lady of the night!
The video for her new song ‘Mummy Dance’ is a startling, frightening introduction to the character, showing the ghoulish temptress in full flow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqobt2pAK4k
Uber-eccentric and a progenitor of sizzling sci-fi seduction, Characula is the alter-ego of singer-songwriter Cheri Anaclerio, who is looking to make the rock-horror character into an edgy, memorable reflection of her own spiralling imagination.
It’s a truly unique musical project, produced by renowned rock specialist Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Great White, KISS, Motley Crue). With an album on the way, ‘Mummy Dance’ is our first glimpse into the unknown – a fever dream the likes of which we’ve not seen before.
Rock Goddess Characula Prepares to Horrify the UK This May!
One of the most bizarre and unusual acts on the American circuit at the moment, Horror-rock-goddess Characula is bringing the house down in every venue she plays.
And now she is bringing her ultra-unique live show to the UK this May. A spectacle that has to be seen to be believed, Characula defies explanation – an erotically charged, she-demon spinning rock tales of soul stealing and B-Movie monsters.
Her latest Mummy Dance video can be watched here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRNikva89yY
A truly one-off live music experience, you can enter the world of Characula on her ‘Circle of Lust Tour’ at the following venues:
May 13 2014
House of Wolf 181 Upper St, London N1 1RQ 020 7288 1470
May 14 2014
New Cross Inn323a New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AS
May 15 2014
12 bar Club Denmark St, London WC2H 8NJ
May 17 2014
TBC Intrepid Fox 15 St. Giles High St, London/and or Showcase
May 20 2014
House Of Wolf181 Upper St, London N1 1RQ 020 7288 1470
May 22 2014
The Flying Duck Glasgow142 Renfield St, Glasgow G2 3AU
May 23 2014
Henrys Cellar Bar16 Morrison St, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH3
May 24th 2014
The Market Bar32 Church St, Inverness, Highland IV1 1EH
More dates to follow! Stay tuned at http://www.characula.com/Tour.html
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‘Ebb & Flow’ album released 7th April 2014
That Judith Owen’s new album Ebb & Flow evokes the spirit of the halcyon days of the great 1970s troubadours is not accidental.
In a set of potent songs about love and loss, pain and joy, dreams and despair, the Welsh singer-songwriter fearlessly explores the duality of the human condition – and to do justice to the songs, she turned to the legendary musicians who created the seventies’ troubadour sound.
Between them, her core band of drummer Russ Kunkel, bassist Lee Sklar and guitarist Waddy Wachtel played on many of the landmark albums from the era by the likes of Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne.
“The kind of music I write is so influenced by that sound and period that I wanted to go direct to the source,” Owen explains. “When I write songs, I’m hearing a sound in my head – and they knew the sound because they invented it.”
The songs on Ebb & Flow touch on the deepest emotions of Owen’s own storied life with an unswerving honesty. But although her songs are highly personal, the emotions are universal.
“Singing about the human condition, living under the shadow of loss and frustration and sadness and loneliness and not being gratuitously sentimental about it, instead making something beautiful out of it – that’s the songwriter’s job,” Owen says.
What she describes as the “bookends” of the album are two particularly heart-rending songs, “You’re Not Here Any More”, about her mother (whose suicide when she was 15, was the catalyst for her foray into serious song-writing) and “I Would Give Anything”, about the recent loss of the greatest musical influence, her opera singer father.
Both songs are poignant expressions of the bittersweet duality that is perhaps the album’s strongest theme and which is reflected in the titleEbb & Flow. “Yes, they’re incredibly sad,” admits Owen. “But they’re also cathartic because they’re the most loving songs I could write and are totally honest about the reality of loss.”
The theme of how to make it through the darkest night informs several other compositions on the album, including “Under Your Door”, “You Are Not My Friend” and “Train Out Of Hollywood”, songs about emotional vulnerability, but always shot through with glimpses of hope and salvation.
But, although Ebb & Flow is a highly personal, solo singer-songwriter album, in a real sense it’s a ‘band’ record too. “One of the great things is that Judith makes space for what we add,” Kunkel notes. “She turned it into a real ensemble thing,” Wachtel adds.
There is a seductive wit and playfulness alongside the introspection too. A trademark of Owen’s career has been her irreverent ability to subvert well-known songs with unexpected and improbable covers. Over the years she has turned-inside-out songs by the likes of Deep Purple and The Police to render them almost unrecognisable from the originals.
Here it’s Mungo Jerry’s 1970 smash hit “In The Summertime” that gets the unique Owen makeover treatment, rendered as it might have sounded if the song had appeared on Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of The Canyon. “Great songs are like great bones. You can hang whatever you want on them,” she says.”In The Summertime” is a ridiculously silly song, and so I asked ‘What Would Joni Do?’ It’s warm, with a glint in the eye and a sense of fun.”
The result is the most confident and assured album of Owen’s career to date. After emigrating to America in 1993, Ebb & Flow is Judith Owen’s eighth album since her 1996 debut Emotions On A Postcard. She’s married to the actor and humorist Harry Shearer and in addition to her acclaimed solo work, Judith has for many years been Richard Thompson’s female foil of choice. Both have appeared on each other’s albums and Owen played a leading collaborative part in Thompson’s projects 1000 Years Of Popular Music and Cabaret of Souls. She also co-created “Losing It” with Ruby Wax, a funny yet devastatingly honest two-woman show chronicling descent into mental illness that was a box-office hit in London’s West End in 2011.
But it is her role as an unflinching singer-songwriter baring her soul that remains at the core of Owen’s creativity. Ebb & Flow, she says, feels like a homecoming. “It’s the sound I heard as a kid and which made me light up. I’ve brought it home and it feels nice to be here.”
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