Interview / AlphaCub

MGMB presents an interview with Toronto based solo artist Marc-Antoine Robertson aka AlphaCub and his infectious synth-driven electro pop. His so far released singles Friends and Fighting are both haunting, energy fueled tunes and let’s be honest, it’s hard to resist pressing play all over again.

But how did it all start, what’s the story behind the tracks and what’s in store for AlphaCub this year? Let’s find out.

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Track of the Week / The Virginmarys – Motherless Land

It’s been three long years since MGMB’s favourite Macclesfield trio The Virginmarys released their magnificent debut album King of Conflict, which recieved a lot of praise and has been blasting out loud countless times by their most dedicated fans as well as other huge punk/rock enthusiasts. If you’ve attended the band’s most recent gigs, you’ve had the great pleasure of hearing some new material including their brand new track Motherless Land, which the guys shared with us this week alongside the long-awaited announcement of their sophomore record Divides and its awesome artwork.

Divides will be out on May 6th via Wind-Up Records and the guys also confirmed on their Facebook page that the physical copy pre-orders will be available soon. And to top it all up, it seems that there will be vinyl too. Hell yes!

You can now purchase the stunning new tune Motherless Land on iTunes together with their previous single Into Dust, or you can pre-order Divides and get both tracks immediately. Either way, just go and buy the music and let the countdown begin!

Peace. Love. Truth.

Links – Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, iTunes

Q&A – Atom Willard

With the 2014 release of Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Against Me! showed the world that even after 5 albums, a band can still break through in new and rather phenomenal ways. Part of that magic was certainly the addition of Atom Willard on drums. Atom’s thunderous performances in bands like Rocket From The Crypt and Angels and Airwaves truly set the stage for this master craftsman of rock and roll to lend his chops to a band of emotionally stellar musicians with guitars in their hands and rock in their hearts.

Between dates on their latest European tour, we were able to catch up with Atom over email for a quick Q&A. If you are indeed a fan of Against Me! (and you probably are if you’ve read this far), this quick read will give you a glimpse into Atom’s touring life, what the band is up to, and what that means for our future as fans. Enjoy!

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Featured Song / Our Man In The Field – Oh No

MGMB’s favourite solo act Our Man In The Field has a brand new song to enchant you with. Oh No is the first track from his upcoming EP And Now Over To Our Man In The Field coming out in May and it’s being used in a theatre play called bolt, in which Alex also performs. The play will make its debut at the Brighton festival and after it will be on in London.

“Originally inspired by the photography of Nan Goldin, bolt examines the nature of addiction with a tale of what becomes of a young woman whose only means of validation come from those around her.”  Read more about the play here.

Alex says: “I wrote the song really quickly, it came to me all at once when I was at the Tate Modern. There’s something about the oppressive architecture and the way I was feeling that brought it out. I’ve never wanted to explain the lyrics but when I read the play I felt as though there was something about the characters and the song, that maybe they would understand it.  Hopefully when people see the play that’ll make sense, so go and see it!”

The beautifully written track captures emotion at its peak and it will, without a doubt, work its magic together with the play.

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Interview / Michael Malarkey

Atlanta based musician and actor Michael Malarkey might be currently causing a stir with his role as Enzo in famous TV series The Vampire Diaries, but right now, his grand musical abilities and passion for songwriting shine through as Michael is about to play a sold out show at Wilton’s Music Hall in London. His charismatic first single Through The Night And Back Again is taken from his debut EP Feed The Flames which captures Michael’s honest, engaging story-telling and haunting vocals. MGMB speaks to the multitalented artist about his music, influences and plans for 2015.

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