EP release: ‘Cabin Fever’
Out: 18th May
Mixing heartfelt angst with anger and frustration they have created a debut produced by Paul Tipler (Idlewild, The Horrors, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster) that is deep in spirit, with an uplifting anthemic attitude that brings hope into the darker moments. Comparatively the sound is harder to pin down, some might consider them a Rock version of ‘Hurts’, but you wouldn’t be too far off to think this is a fresh take on alt rock that might just bridge the gap between The Killers and QOTSA.
Panic Island is set around powerful North London songwriting duo Arron Sans and Vinnie Shimia who met in Spain in 2012 during a show performed by ‘The Cult’ and instantly realized they shared the same passion for hi-energy performance, catchy songs and guitar hooks. Both set out to create a new rock band inspired by guitar anthems, contemporary pop songs and the iconic power of the archetypal ‘Rockstar’.
Having grown up with performance on the brain, Arron dabbled in acting and film production before finding music & song writing as his natural expression, he shows off his talents through the bands creative concepts and poetically cryptic lyrics. His performance is one of raw projection, driven by passion and intensity.
Vinnie has been in love with the guitar since he was 13, he moved from Brazil to London to get away from the discipline of a traditional home and to pursue his aspirations in music. Intricate guitar arrangements and textures are crucial to his writing. With a slick live ability Vinnie performs with rock ‘n’ roll attitude and charisma.
“Panic Island is the place within us all that holds the deepest, darkest, emotions. It is filled with conflict between our dreams and personal demons. We are always running from this place, no one wants to be there, it is the catalyst that keeps us moving and creating. We cannot escape it and if we stand still for too long, it will consume us!” – Arron
Refreshingly honest, surprisingly unpretentious and yet damned right ballsy, welcome to Panic Island.
‘Cabin Fever’ their Debut EP is due for release 18th May.
YOUTH Reveals New Video For Single “Just For You”
“About You” EP Out Today
iTunes → http://bit.ly/YOUTH-EP-iTunes
Spotify → http://bit.ly/YOUTH-EP-Spotify
YOUTH – ABOUT YOU (EP)
‘About You’ is the debut EP from YOUTH featuring collaborations with acclaimed Scottish producer and BBC 6 Music favourite Turtle, London’s bass music superstar and recent Annie Mac discovery Astro Zu, and all the way from L.A, fresh off tour with Chance The Rapper, Young & Sick. The EP also features a verse from long-time friend/ Black Butter family/ Hospital Records host/ Mistajam’s live MC – the mighty Illaman.
The EP is available from all good stores/ streaming sites, or free at YouthMuzak.com
YOUTH, 25 year old Krissy, was born and raised in North London. At 16 she won a full scholarship to Italia Conti. A year later Ben Elton picked Krissy to play the leading lady inTonight’s The Night. At 17 she toured the country, and importantly Ben Elton introduced her to William Orbit. Now friends, Orbit took her to a studio session with Robbie Williams whose album he was producing. Krissy recorded the backing vocals on Williams’ Rude Box and developed a taste for studio life.
In 2013 Krissy started work on a solo project, making dark, left-field beats with friend Young&Sick (now signed to Banks’ Harvest Records). The first YOUTH release, a record called Low in early 2014, served as an intimate & confessional introduction to their brand of forward thinking neo-soul. Sunken, lonely, the pop track swirled with melancholy and gave an insight into the world they are creating; hip hop-esque beats absorbed dark, pop melodies where a desire for atmospherics presided over traditional pop sensibilities. This debut release found overwhelming support from the likes of BBC Introducing & Radio 1, XFM, TripleJ (Australia), the 405, Earmilk,Les Inrocks (Paris), Wonderland, Vogue and Rankin’s Hunger Magazine. An exciting summer ensued which saw them play Secret Garden Party alongside Gorgon City and DJ EZ, flown to Dubai for Vogue Magazine, and record with MNEK; a record which unexpectedly gave them their first taste of commercial radio at London’s Capital Xtra.
Krissy’s first feature was with a young producer from Sydney called Kilter. The record, Hold Me, racked up hundreds of thousands of plays before being released by an Australian Inde, then surprisingly finding it’s way on to Ministry of Sound’s annual Chillout compilation. Here Krissy was in good company, encouragingly placed alongside Lana Del Ray & London Grammar.
Towards the end of 2014 Krissy collaborated on a 3 track EP with Paces, a producer from Australia’s Gold Coast who had remixed Hold Me, adding a UK garage vibe which Krissy loved.On My Mind was the lead record from said collaboration and delicately blended Krissy’s powerful, soulful vocal with Paces ever-uplifting tropical, trap inspired beats, to great effect.
Praise for YOUTH
“Mesmerising” – i-D
“r’n’b douceâtre” – Les Inrockuptibles
“So much soul … produced with masterful precision” – Indie Shuffle
WATCH ‘BLACK FLAG’ HERE: http://po.st/DuBlondeYTBF
TAKEN FROM THE NEW ALBUM WELCOME BACK TO MILK – OUT 18 MAY 2015
UK TOUR INCLUDES 100 CLUB ON 4 JUNE
There was no better statement of intent to Du Blonde’s new sound and direction than the snarling first single ‘Black Flag’. Now Beth Jeans Houghton is ready to reveal the accompanying video filmed out at Joshua Tree in the Mojave desert, with help from her mother Christine Jeans who was behind the camera.
“We filmed the footage in 40 degree heat while we played Beyonce out of the car stereo. A lot of the record is written about situations and people in Los Angeles so it made sense to incorporate the scenery in which a lot of those stories played out.”reveals Houghton, who edited and directed the video herself.
‘Black Flag’, like much of the forthcoming album Welcome Back To Milk, was produced by Bad Seed and Grinderman member Jim Sclavunos. The album is released on 18 May on Mute, followed by a UK tour in June. Welcome Back To Milk will be available on vinyl, CD, download and cassette, alongside special pre-order packages (go to http://po.st/DuBlondeStore for the full list) which include signed copies, various different artworks and Beth will even design you a tattoo for you, if you want!
Last week DU BLONDE revealed a more psychedelic cut from the album ‘Mind Is On My Mind’, which also features Samuel T Herring the singer of Future Islands. Listen again here to that: http://po.st/DuBlondeMIOMM
DU BLONDE – UK TOUR
3 Jun – BRIGHTON GREEN DOOR STORE – http://po.st/DuBlondeBton
4 Jun – LONDON 100 CLUB – http://po.st/DuBlondeLondon
5 Jun – LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB – http://po.st/DuBlondeLeeds
6 Jun – BRISTOL LOUISIANA – http://po.st/DuBlondeBristol
7 Jun – NOTTINGHAM THE BODEGA – http://po.st/DuBlondeNHMan
9 Jun – MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE – http://po.st/DuBlondeNHMan
10 Jun – GLASGOW BROADCAST – http://po.st/DuBlondeYThttp://po.st/DuBlondeGlas
11 Jun – NEWCASTLE THE CLUNY – http://po.st/DuBlondeNC
24 Jul – THIRSK, DEER SHED FESTIVAL – http://po.st/DuBlondeDeerShedFest
Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
Watch the video for Black Flag here: http://po.st/DuBlondeYTBF
Listen to ‘Mind Is On My Mind’ here: http://po.st/DuBlondeMIOMM