NuBorg – ‘Sliding off the Edge of the World’

Haunting and atmospheric, ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’ is the latest track from NuBorg – a Norwegian singer who is releasing her album as a monthly collection of singles until the full compliment is available in August.

Sitting on top an effective bass melody and understated orchestration, the song displays a really strong vocal from NuBorg – this is the first I’d heard of the monthly single project, but I can highly recommend listening back to previous tracks on the YouTube page too.

Rock Band Send Digital Downloading into Space…..

New Rock band Space Elevator have taken a rather unusual step regarding the official release of their self-titled debut album in April.

 

Deciding to buck the current industry trend, their debut album will not be available for download; fans will only be able to purchase the album on CD or Vinyl.

 

Their stand to get back to the era of physical rather than digital is backed by recent stats that point to the over saturation of technology driven systems, which the music industry relies on to drive volume has been demoralizing music lovers. Last year the US had a 32% increase in physical sales now at 6 million units. The UK in 2013 sold 780,000 vinyl albums,  the highest in 15 years since 1997 (BPI).

 

Lead Singer of Space Elevator, The Duchess explains

 

“We wrote and recorded the album with the ethos of classic 70’s and 80’s bands such as Queen, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac and even Kate Bush. Those artists would record albums to be listened to as exactly that, an album.”

 

 

The band argue that Vinyl offers the buyer the chance to “focus”, hear the songs, think about the songs, anticipate the next song and appreciate the whole album writing creative. This is all before we talk about the physical handling of the disc, the sleeve artwork, photos and liner notes….. ALL lost in the digital ether. Good creative music is not a sound bite they argue.

 

She continues..

 

“We want fans to listen to the whole record from beginning to end rather than cherry picking favourite tracks, which is so common with downloads these days. We thought about our artwork and we thought very hard about the pacing of the album, so we have a defined side one and side two, we occasionally segue from track to track and we also created some sound effect introductions.”

 

David Young, lead guitarist of Space Elevator further fuels the debate by commenting

 

“Vinyl made you listen to the album in its entirety not jump to the “single” you bought it for and we now have an entire generation that have often heard music through nothing better than iPod headphones.”

 

There has been of recent months a swell of disgruntled music lovers who believe that vinyl just feels closer to the music…more personal. You can’t just recline in a chair and enjoy a couple songs on mp3 the same way you feel like you can with vinyl, probably in part due to the manual nature of it. Music lovers (not tech lovers) just like touching something while listening, reading the liner notes, and being mindful about setting the needle and listening all the way through. Space Elevator are not the only band to feel that digital music has killed all of those things, but they are one of the few who are willing to do anything about it!

 

Glory Glory, ‘Indigo Son’

A mix of indie and new wave sensibilities, ‘Indigo Son’ is a smooth, warm track taken from Glory Glory’s latest EP ‘So Long’. Produced by Justin Gerrish (The Strokes, Vampire Weekend), the Canadian band have seen their stock rise with the reaction to their laid back sound.

Also, the band are playing the following UK dates –
May 2 – Liverpool – The Brink (Liverpool Sound City)
May 5 – London – The Dublin Castle
May 6 – London – Upstairs at The Garage
May 7 –  London – The Slaughtered Lamb
May 9 – Brighton – The Blind Tiger Club (The Great Escape)
May 10 – Brighton – Green Door Store (The Great Escape)

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL: Do you want to play at The Isle Of Wight Festival?

Do you want to play at the Isle of Wight Festival this summer? The line-up for the Isle of Wight Festival this year includes Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro and Red Hot Chilli Peppers! Would you like the chance to join them and perform at the Isle of Wight Festival?

 

Walkabout have teamed up with the Isle of Wight Festival and Future Music to run a Road to The Isle of Wight Festival Competition for musicians of all types to win a slot on this year’s Isle of Wight Festival which takes place on 12th-15th June. The Isle of Wight Festival competition is supported by Jack Daniels, so the winner will not only get a slot at the Isle of Wight Festival but they will also receive £500 expenses covered and lots of Jack Daniels goodies including limited edition Jack Daniels Guitars!

 

The Isle of Wight Festival competition runs nationally through May at every Walkabout venue, with the Grand Final taking place in London at Temple on Sunday 8th June to decide the winning act. Last year’s winning act FELLA came from Reading and performed on the Rising Stage.

 

For more information and to enter please email your name, number and closest Walkabout venue to office@openmicuk.co.uk. You can find all the Walkabout venues here.

 

Find more information about the Isle of Wight Festival Competition here.

 

 

Open Mic UK 2014 – Singing competition audition dates announced

Singing competition audition dates have been announced for Open Mic UK 2014 – the nationwide singing competition searching for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists!

 

Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Luke Friend, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’sLucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music. Open Mic UK is an exciting competition to get involved in, and the singing competition audition dates for 2014 have just been announced!

 

Singing competition audition dates announced – Open Mic UK 2014

 

We’ll be holding singing competition auditions at the following regions for Open Mic UK 2014! Book your singing competition audition now to secure your place!

 

Saturday 23rd August at Concourse Suites 29-30, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham,B40 1NT.

 

Sunday 24th August at The Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 7HA.

 

Sunday 31st August at Vincent Harris Suite, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.

 

Sunday 31st August atDingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

 

Saturday 6th September atStudio 1, City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ.

 

Sunday 7th September atBritannic Suite, The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.

 

Sunday 7th September at Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road,  Southville,  Bristol, BS3 1TF.

 

Sunday 14th September at Palace Theatre, London Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA.

 

Sunday 14th September at The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.

 

Sunday 14th September at Ferneham Hall, Fareham (near Southampton/Portsmouth), PO16 7DB.

 

Saturday 20th September atMilton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.

 

Saturday 20th September atCommittee Room 1, Hove Centre, Hove, Norton Road, Brighton, BN3 4AH.

 

Sunday 21st September atSub89, 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.

 

Sunday 21st September atBoardroom, Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, London UB3 2UE.

 

Sunday 21st September atBritannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham, NG1 6BN.

 

Saturday 27th September at Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW.

 

Saturday 27th September at Kings Hall, Balmoral, Belfast, BT9 6GW.

 

The Open Mic UK singing competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, so get your singing competition audition booked now to avoid disappointment!

 

Get your singing competition audition booked here.