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The Mary Onettes – Epic Sound From Sweden

Last year, one of my friends gave me a compilation of songs. Among them was a track from a Swedish band, The Mary Onettes. 

Puzzles. The epic and unforgettable opening sound of this song gives you the chills. Then Philip Ekström starts singing and you get completely lost in something quite extraordinary. Something that I call real music.

Here, I share it with you,  hoping it leaves you touched the way it left me, and you’ll want to hear more of this amazing sound.

And also the style of the video adds a great mysterious effect to the song.

And that is not all my friends. There is much more! The band has released two albums so far which are full of gorgeous music. Music that takes you to a land of beautiful melodies and charismatic voice.

Influenced by The Stone Roses and The Cure, this Swedish quartet has mastered the feel of 80’s sound with a modern pitch and a great guitar.

I cannot get enough of their work. Both of their albums are a pure masterpiece!

Their new EP called Love Forever will be released at the end of this month (28th of February) and the new album will hopefully be released by the end of this year!

Here is one track from the EP named Love’s Taking Strange Ways and it’s the track of the day in Q Magazine!

I cannot wait to hear the whole EP!

You can download the albums The Mary Onettes and Islands by clicking below. I highly recommend! 🙂


Plus you can follow them on twitter – @themaryonettes or like them on Facebook – @themaryonettes!

Enjoy! 😉

fiN Single Launch Party Review

Me and my friend made a trip to London to see the amazing fiN at their second single launch party for Everybody Dies Alone and Rapture at the Borderline on Wednesday night, the 1st of February.

It was a very special night for the band as all their close friends, family and fans from different places came to support them on this important occasion.

We got to the venue just before 7pm and tried to get in as it was freezing cold outside, but luckily we did not have to wait too long and soon we were sitting at a table having a shot of Jagermeister just to warm ourselves up 😉

As the venue started to fill up slowly, the guys from fiN were already spread  around greeting and chatting to their friends and families.

For start, there were some great support acts to enjoy. A couple of members from a pop/rock band called Van Susans did an acoustic performance. We were pleasantly surprised by their sound and a beautiful vocal from the lead singer Olly Andrews.  We picked up their CD straight away and it’s fantastic! You can check out their music on their Facebook page!

The other support act was Raba, an indie/rock band from Surrey, that warmed up the crowd even more with a few really good rock songs and yet another impressive vocal from the lead singer Scott. Listen to them on their My Space page! They’re great!

By this point the venue was packed with people who came for the one and only, fiN.

The guys came on stage shortly after 9.30pm and started with The Artisan, a track from their first single. I remember they have opened the show with this gorgeous crafty little piece when I saw them in Brighton last October on the Halloween night. That’s when my love for fiN started. 🙂

They played the cool guitar track Rapture, feel good Changes Everything and powerful Everybody Dies Alone from their new single. Plus a set of awesome other songs that I cannot wait for them to release, especially one they finished with, called Life Is Wasted On The Living – God I just love that title!

And of course they were joined on stage by the lovely and multi talented Emma Stevens, a great friend of theirs that’s been touring and playing with them over the months, and is now working on her own album. She records, produces and writes her own songs! I’m sure we will hear a lot about Emma in the future. She is also very kind and friendly and you should look at her Facebook profile and find out more!

Having a lot of fun on stage; Luke, Jonny, Kerry and Simon were putting all their energy and passion into their performance, which was such a pleasure to watch! Four really nice, happy guys that are grateful to their fans and thankful for opportunities including touring with artists like Feeder, everyone was genuinely happy for them because they truly deserve the recognition and support they are getting.

After the performance, again they met and chatted to their friends and fans and were very kind to take pictures with me and sign our singles. Jonny even remembered my name when I said I did a little post about them the other day called fiN – One to Watch. How nice! 🙂

We were so happy to be part of their special evening and we enjoyed it so much.

Now we look forward to seeing fiN again one day! Totally worth it. Meanwhile I’ll just keep listening to their singles!

Once again here is the link to their Facebook Page! What’s not to like? 😉

Here, have a listen to the great track Rapture…

Friends, Lovers, Rivals – Say Hello to Mutineers

Yes. Say hello to Nicholas James Mallins (vocals/guitar), Michael Reed (guitar), Iwan Gronow (bass) and Jack Mitchell, (drums) = Mutineers / my top twitter discovery of the week.

You get many interesting followers on twitter. But when it’s a band, and the band is from Manchester, you surely gotta check that out, right?

And that’s how I came across Mutineers. Thank God. Otherwise I would not be writing this. Obviously.

Their debut album Friends, Lovers, Rivals came out in October 2010. That makes me feel like I’ve been living under a rock. But, it’s never too late for finding a great music!

First, I listened to a preview of the album on itunes and I liked the sound of it… so I went straight on youtube.

It took only a couple of songs for me to get straight back to itunes and download the whole album. I was hooked.

How come I haven’t heard about these guys before? They seem to have a great fan base already and amazingly they communicate with them on daily basis through social networks.

Not only they seem like a great bunch of guys, most importantly, Mutineers are fine musicians.

Their album is so good. Stuff like this should be played on radio on daily basis. Then maybe even I would listen to it more often. People need to hear bands like this!

Their background includes playing in a different groups like Cardinals and Johnny Marr’s Healers. Yes. THAT Johnny Marr.

They also supported musicians like Pete Doherty, The View and Wintersleep in the past!

Friends, Lovers, Rivals album has 11 tracks with a engaging, catchy guitar sounds complimented by the stunning vocal from Nicholas James Mallins, not to mention his amazing ability of poetic lyric writing.

Have a listen…

If you’d like to know more about this band, check out their interesting bio at Tri-Tone/Mutineers, follow them on twitter – @Mutineers_ or on facebook – @Mutineers.

And of course here is a link to their debut album – Itunes!

Mutineers are a band worth checking out if you want to hear something that speaks to you melodically and lyrically.

Manchester surely has a lot of hidden talents.

I wish these guys well and I hope they will come out with some new stuff soon and maybe do some shows around UK!

fiN – One To Watch

In my post Three Gigs That Made My 2011, I wrote a small review about a indie/rock band FiN and I mentioned how great their music is, so let’s have a look at it!

Well, first of all, the very important thing is that these guys sound great live. They supported Mona in Brighton when I saw them and I enjoyed them a lot. Definitely not one of those support bands you want off the stage as soon as possible.

Handsome devils…

Busy touring around the UK at the moment and gaining more and more fans with each gig, FiN are set for a great future. They supported great bands like The Kooks, Incubus and Mona in the past and they are about to play three shows with the amazing FEEDER! The tickets are all sold out!

These guys really deserve all the love they’re getting.

If you have a look at their website with a very smart title LifeIsWastedOnTheLiving and read the biography, you’ll find out interesting things about the band members, their cool way of releasing their debut album, what’s inspired them to make music or what are their music influences.

Here is a cool sneak peak quote from the lead singer Luke Joyce: “There are no rules. Throw away the rulebook. You want to aim as high as you can, and that’s what we’re gonna do. If you aim at ‘impossible’ you’re always going to end up better than if you just aim for somewhere logical.” Nicely said!

You can follow FiN on Twitter – fiNuk or Facebook – fiNUK and get all the updates!

Here are some great tunes…

Convinced yet? 😉

Let’s Just Have a Look Into The World of Mirrors

Let’s talk some pop-noir.

Mirrors. Four guys from Brighton who released their debut album ‘Lights and Offerings’ last year in February ( I listed the album in My Top Albums of 2011) should be fully back on track this year.

Nearly a year since the album release, I believe the boys have been busy making some new stuff, as they recently tweeted (@worldofmirrors) about a couple of new tracks ‘Dust’ and ‘Shooting Stars’ which you can listen to on their My Space page.

Another dose of a brilliant, dark and catchy synthpop, I think Mirrors have something even bigger in store for us this year.

If you’ve heard their previous work, you know how easy is to fall in love with their original sound.

And if not…

Lights and Offerings is an album worth checking out. Especially songs like ‘Into the Heart’, ‘Hide and Seek’ and ‘Ways to an End’.

Here is a couple of great videos

And here is a video of  their great new track ‘Dust’ and you can also have a look at their Youtube Channel for more!

Their website The World of Mirrors offers you to download some cool mixtapes compiled by the band members themselves and see what influences these guys to make such a fantastic and unique music.

Whatever they are up to at the moment, I think their fans have a lot to look forward to.

Here is a couple of links for the album: Itunes, Amazon