Acid sax trio Moon Hooch share new music video, play live in London this week with EP due October 13th‏

Following the success of their street busking escapades back in July, Moon Hooch return to our shores this month with a new EP titled Eat Your Veggies, due for release October 13th via Megaforce Records.

Featuring four sax-driven, floor filling tracks, Eat Your Veggies is an unalloyed insight to the strident tones of three jazz schooled Brooklynites throwing caution to the wind. Creating their own strain of contemporary dance music, Moon Hooch demolish a genre that has long played victim to its own unoriginal and predictable sound.

Moon Hooch’s honking sax lines brought Kingsland Road to a standstill this summer, busking their way around London, playing to foot-stomping crowds in their hundreds from the back of their van. This jazz-infected trio start an impromptu dance party anywhere they roam, watch the antics unfold in Dalston, Brixton and Brighton in this short film: http://youtu.be/YWt2eeFiVwA.

In a mission to replace the synthesisers and samplers of today’s dance floors with traditional acoustic instruments, Moon Hooch coined the term Cave Music to define their unique and limitless sound – like house music, but more organic, primitive, jagged and raw.

The jazz schooled trio, comprised of Wenzl McGowen (tenor sax, bari sax, contrabass clarinet, EWI), Michael Wilbur (tenor sax, soprano sax, vocals), and James Muschler (drums, percussion) employ avant-garde techniques to traditional playing to recreate the sounds of contemporary synths and samplers. Their duelling sax tones not only adopt rigorous reed manipulation, but incorporate all manner of unexpected materials. Traffic cones and plastic pipes add other worldly range and depth to McGowen’s tone, whilst broken splash cymbals taped to Muschlers snare drum evoke sounds akin to the infamous Roland TR-808.

Moon Hooch not only adopt a pure and natural mind-set when making music, but apply an organic way of thinking to their personal lives too. The aptly titled Cooking in the Cave is a blog ran by the band documenting their vegan cooking habits whilst on tour.

As a band, we strive to use the universal power of music to inspire connection between people, to influence sustainable culture in which basic human needs are met, and to contribute to the organification of all aspects of our lives.” – Wenzl McGowen

Having cut their teeth busking on the subway platforms and penetrating the ears of London back in July, Moon Hooch will grace our shores again this month for more impromptu, Cave Music chaos. Catch them live at the dates below.

 

September Live Dates
25th Brixton, The Windmill
26th Kingston, Bacchus
28th Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Shadowqueen release ‘Burning’ rock single, Sept 15th

Landing for the first time in the UK since their debut album a couple of years ago, Shadowqueen are an impactful rock band from ‘Down Under’. Their new single ‘Burning’ is out now, and you can hear and enjoy it here.

It’s hard to believe this is the work of just a three-strong band, such is the depth of the sound, and the stand out performance comes with the well balanced female vocal. By turns roaring, haunting and strangley delicate in the quieter sections (and there are a couple) the vocal does a great job of driving the song forward, though it wouldn’t be able to do that without such solid instrumentation.

If this rocks your boat, you should definintely keep up to date with what’s coming next – hop over to www.shadowqueen.com.au to learn more.

NuBorg – One Day

One of the most intriguing acts we have come across this year, Nuborg is back again after a short break with new single ‘One Day’. It’s just the latest in a string of singles that have stretched throughout 2014 so far, and there’s an album collecting them all together out soon – though the date is yet to be announced. Keep an eye on her homepage for more information if this one intrigues you as much as it does us.

With a Kate Bush (topical) like vocal, this is perhaps her most affecting single since ‘Sliding off the Edge of the World’ – sultry, dangerous, and with a killer ending.Enjoy this – songwriting this thoughtful and detailed doesn’t come along every day.

 

‘I Don’t Think So’ – new single from Lizzie Jane (Review)

Launched at Sound Control in Manchester on the 5th of September (tickets are £5 and available here: http://www.soundcontrolmanchester.co.uk/events/lizzie-jane/), ‘I Don’t Think So’ is the fun but pointed new single from Lizzie Jane.

Taking huge sideswipes at female sexualisation and calling time on a music industry who tries to fit all women into the same box might not sound like like a fun premise for a song, but Jane turns things around with a crude and balls out sense of humour (pardon the pun).

It’s a serious subject to be sure, but tackled here with such a sideways glance and straightforward, on the nose lyrics that it completely works. It’s reminiscent of the early Lily Allen output – loud, proud, and sure of itself. Let’s hope Jane’s attitude doesn’t get filtered away if success comes her way…

BiasFirey – ‘Running’, debut single out now

A debut single from a debut album is always a special moment for a band who might well be going somewhere, and ‘Running’ from BiasFirey is absolutely no different. It’s fitting that this should appear as Kate Bush is making healdines with her returning live show as this holds many of the same organic, off kilter charm.

The album, ‘Hundred Thousand Souls’, seems to blend upbeat rock with the more contemplative, songs weaved from songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lisa Aird, guitarist John Darling and bassist Keith Burns. This particular single, with its impact and pace, was a seemingly obvious first choice as debut single.

No they’re on the scene though, we’re hoping to hear more from BiasFirey further down the line.