Interview with Scott of Secret Shine

Hi Scott!  How are you doing these days? I'm doing fine now after a horrid 2010 on many levels for most members of the band for different reasons, except of course the final days of the year  and releasing our new album. Your latest album The Beginning And The End came out last December, on Christmas day no less, and I wanted to include it in … [Read more...]

The Black Ryder – Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride

Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper, both formerly of the Australian band The Morning After Girls, formed The Black Ryder in 2007, toured extensively in 2008 with similar-vibe bands Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Raveonettes, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and in 2009 released their debut album Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride in Australia.  The band … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#18 (Brian John Mitchell on The Way I Feel Today)

Brian John Mitchell (Remora, Vlor, Small Life Form) on… Six by Seven – The Way I Feel Today (2002 Mantra/Beggars Banquet) I first got into Six by Seven because I was on Beggar Banquet’s promo mailing list because of my zine QRD.  In general everything I got was pleasant enough, but nothing grabbed me.  Then I got the Six by Seven album The … [Read more...]

Interview with The Black Ryder

When Australia’s The Black Ryder caught my unsuspecting ear just a couple of weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to the band’s sound like a doomed, but dazzled moth to the flickering flame.  Pretty much everything I love about music can be found throughout The Black Ryder’s debut album Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride. Densely layered textures of … [Read more...]

Interview with Russell Karloff of She Sir

Hello Russell!  It’s great to be doing this interview with you.  From what I understand, you and M. Grusha are the core members of the band and you have an ever-evolving line-up of guest collaborators for your two EPs, live show, and upcoming debut album.  At this point in time, who is in the band? Hi!  It's true; we're the only constants in an … [Read more...]

Official Secret Shine news – Hoping for a long hot summer!

Hello! Hope you're enjoying the summer. It's been surprisingly warm in England which is nice but will it last... More Big Pink Cakes Just a quick update from the Shine camp. We're playing at the Big Pink Cake weekender on Saturday July 11th. This will be an entirely acoustic set and we have a few little surprises up our (short) sleeves, … [Read more...]

Interview with SPC ECO

Let me introduce you to the sonic splendor of Dean Garcia's (of Curve) latest band, SPC ECO, and while you read between the letters on the band's name, prepare to get lost in a reverie of hypnotic, deeply textured soundscapes of pulsing electronic rhythms, distorted guitar grind, and sweetly soft, airy vocals courtesy of Rose … [Read more...]

Short Takes on Four EPs

The Naked Hearts - These Knees EP Self-released The Brooklyn, NYC, indie-rock duo of Amy Cooper (guitar, vocals, songwriter), and Noah Wheeler (bass, drums, vocals, songwriter), formed in the recent past of January 2008, but their musical roots run deep in the lean, melodic, and relaxed, but rockin' guitar, drums, and vocals sound they … [Read more...]

Melodyguild – Aitu EP

Suzanne Perry, best known for her enchanting, ethereal vocals on many a Love Spirals Downwards song, is back after almost a decade with a new band called Melodyguild, which also features Matt Gleason on guitars, Nicholas Pallos on drums, and John West on bass.  The band has a 4-song EP out titled Aitu on Projekt Records, which was also the home of … [Read more...]