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Featured EP / Morningside Lane – Mellow Drama

New Jersey rockers Morningside Lane are back with a new fierce-sounding EP called Mellow Drama. The record, once again produced by the one and only Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls), proves the four-piece get stronger and bolder with each new release.  Mellow Drama is an excellent, rich record and a great statement to the band’s future direction.  Good news is that the guys are planning a month long UK tour next year! Watch this space.

Here is some info about the EP, new video and UK tour from the band’s guitarist Jon.
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Featured EP / Kid Felix – Rivals

Rivals Cover

Last week, New Jersey based 6-piece Kid Felix released their third EP Rivals, which shot straight to the top 5 best-selling EP’s on iTunes. The band who shared the same stage with Soundgarden and Alice In Chains in the past, also recently unleashed a new music video for their haunting track I Am The River (watch bellow).

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Featured EP / Morningside Lane – A Fifth of Elvis

It’s been exactly one year since I’ve interviewed New Jersey’s Morningside Lane for MGMB, and it looks like the guys have been working really hard towards their brand new 6-track EP A Fifth of Elvis. The record, produced and mixed by Pete Steinkopf from The Bouncing Souls is a clear step forward for the alt rock four-piece. The music and lyrics on the EP show the band have come a long way since their previous release. MSL’s guitarist Jon says: ”This record is something that doesn’t sound like our first two. It’s broader and it covers more ground. We’ve grown a hell of a lot as a band and we’re still growing. Our sound is always being upgraded and new influences are always coming about. This album is more about wasted youth and anger. It’s about remembering the past, the way things used to be and kissing those days goodbye. It came out better than we could ever dream and it’s everything a Morningside Lane record should be.” That’s right. A Fifth of Elvis certainly features all the right elements of a well mastered record.

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Ones To Watch / Knights – Interview

North London based four-piece Knights come with a fine dose of energy, passion and highly impressive pile of genuine rock sound. The band have been taking the Camden music scene by storm and building a strong fan base on the way. They’re about to release their self titled EP, produced by Tristan Ivemy, and celebrate its release with a launch party at Barfly in London on 12th November. The record, available to stream on the band’s soundcloud page, dominates in powerful melodies, fierce riffs and excellent vocals all the way through. The five tracks will take you on an amazing musical journey created by who’s to become your new favourite band. There is a strong potential of Knights becoming the next big thing on the UK’s music scene.

Digs (vocals, guitar), Jesse (drums), Oli (guitar) and Tom (bass) introduce their sound in our following interview and talk about the EP, influences, dream tour, soundtrack of their lives and more.

Could you tell us the story of how you all met and formed Knights?

JESSE: Digs and I started as a two-piece. We met through his girlfriend, and started playing, after a few gigs we wanted to develop our sound. After some auditioning and a few more gigs, it just seemed right with Oli and Tom, the energy, the banter and the ability. We gelled straight away.  

How would you introduce your sound to MGMB’s readers?

DIGS: It’s essentially rock music but I think we’re all influenced by different things. I listen to a lot of metal and heavier stuff, and Jesse loves his crazy time signature stuff.  I guess we sound like an English Foo Fighters, that sort of thing.

TOM: When I think of our default setting, it’s like strong energetic beats with pounding bass lines and chuggy guitar riffs, but having said that, we are not afraid to show our emotional sides either.

You’re about to release debut EP. How would you describe this record and what was it like to work with producer Tristan Ivemy, who’s worked with artists such as Frank Turner?

TOM: We’re all really proud of the record. We feel like all the tracks work well together – it’s a good representation of where we are as a band right now, but having said that, we would love to show everyone the rest of the deal!

OLI: Tristan is great to work with. He really knows how to capture our sound. It’s the first time working with a producer that has been so much on the same page as us.

JESSE: Tristan helped us to make the songs as good as they can be. He just unlocks our full potential. He never stops banging on about Portsmouth football club though…..

DIGS: He’s a great guy, and really patient with us. To know his background and who he’s worked with, it’s really a privilege to record with him.

Could you tell us a bit about each of the songs on the EP?

TOM: ‘Sidonie’ was written slightly differently to the rest of our songs. Usually, Digs will write a loose structure with a chord rotation and a melody and then we write our parts around that. With ‘Sidonie, Jesse wanted to write something in a 5/4 time signature, so we started with the drum beat and then wrote everything around that. It’s a bit hard to get your head around at first, but when it drops back into the second verse it’s like, yes, I get it now.

DIGS: ‘Let it all out’ has a lot of different parts to it, so it was probably the one that took the most effort to write, butI feel like we were rewarded with a great track. It’s got a lot of energy, and a big chorus, and you weave in and out of the different sections, like a roller coaster.

OLI: ‘Come back in’ was one of the first songs I had a role in writing, so it’s always going to be a bit special for me. It’s one of our more upbeat songs but it still rocks. The ending on that song is insane, when Digs’ vocals step up, and we all go to half time, its a fun one to play.

TOM: ‘The fear, the sweat’ shows our dirty side! Its got a slow, heavy, pounding sound that just makes you feel filthy. You can jump to it, grind to it, strut to it, just get your groove on!!

DIGS: ‘Middle of nowhere’ is very much light and shade. The verses are sparse and melodic and then it steps up into this noisy, furious, relentless chorus. Its about depression, and I think we can all relate to it, like ‘I try again to climb the overhang’, and trying to get back towards the light.

Take us through the usual band practice. How do you normally work on the songs?

JESSE: We usually take ages to set up and then rip on each other a bit and mess about, get all that out of the system and then we’re ready to play.

OLI: We go through our live set a few times to make sure everything is as tight and ready as possible. Then spend a bit of time developing new ideas that we might have or jamming at the end.

Are there any particular bands or artists who influenced you to start playing music?

DIGS: I guess my first loves were Nirvana, and Pixies. I liked all the heavy stuff like System Of A Down, they really got me going, cos of the contrast between beautiful soaring vocal melodies and harmonies, against rocky guitar riffs. When I started writing, it was a lot heavier than it is now. Biffy’s ‘Blackened Sky’ made me go and buy my first guitar.

TOM: Blink 182 were the first band i really got into, so i suppose they’re what started it all for me. I went through a big AC/DC phase and i suppose Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys are also important bands on my musical journey.

Why should people come and see you live? What are your main strengths while on stage?

TOM: I think we just all really feel it. For half an hour we’re going to put everything into trying to entertain you. We are going to put ourselves out there and if you like it then you can put yourself out there too. It’s a chance for everyone to let go and do what they feel like for half an hour.

DIGS: We’re up there to have a good time and try and get the people moving. Jess is great to watch because of his enthusiasm and crazy drumming faces! Those poor drums, they take a real beating.

What would your dream tour look like and which bands would you want to be joined by?

TOM: My main ambitions at the moment are threefold: 1. Be a guest on soccer AM. 2. Go on Jools Holland. 3. Play at the Koko in Camden. As long as they are stops on the tour then anything else is a bonus. I’d like to hang out with Alex Turner and Josh Homme. I know they’re buddies now and I just want to see what they’re like together.

DIGS: When we started out, I think we all have agreed on supporting Kings of Leon. But now  I think we all idolise Biffy Clyro, so to play with them would be amazing.

If someone was to make a movie about your life, what would the soundtrack be like?

TOM: Hahahaha that’s tough. Can we have our music or is that a bit self righteous??? Maybe like a big orchestral score but with loads of electronic sound effects. Like a Star Wars opera. Someone should do that. Star Wars: the opera.

DIGS: I love the soundtrack to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’. That mixed with ‘Lock Stock’ would be great. Definitely some Ocean Colour Scene on there!

Do you have any special plans beyond the release of your EP?

DIGS: World domination hopefully. Like Pinky and the brain.

JESSE: There are a few things in the pipeline but nothing concrete yet. New Years Eve at the Barfly, UK tour, Great Escape festival, Hoxton Bar and Grill in January. We are really just working towards building our fan base and getting a strong team of people around us.

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Ones To Watch / Interview – Frank Hamilton

After last year’s success of the #OneSongAWeek project, the DIY singer-songwriter Frank Hamilton has had quite a journey. He’s released the whole 52-track album, an EP recorded on the London Eye, collaborated with artists such as Ed Sheeran and Newton Faulkner, sold out shows at Barfly, The Garage and Borderline, built a large loyal fan base… and the accomplishments just go on. Right now he’s in the middle of his own 17-date UK headline tour and is set to release a new 4-track EP called ‘Summer’ on 7th October. Frank’s engaging sound and lyrics reveal the broad talent and uniqueness of this hard working musician who paves his way for a bright future.

Frank took some time to tell MGMB about his upcoming record, making of his latest video, fondest musical memories and more.

Your EP ‘Summer’ comes out on 7th October. How would you describe the record?

A taste of what’s to come but also a nod to the past. The first track is a big production of a #OneSongaWeek favourite, the second is a brand new and a halfway-house between the first track and last year in terms of production and the third track is a cover of Teenage Dirtbag (featuring Brendan, the guy from Wheatus), that combined the DIY recording and ‘random feature’ elements of #OneSongaWeek.  The fourth track is an awesome remix of ‘Summer’ by a chap called Draper.

Could you share some special memories from the recording journey of this EP?

The first track was recorded in David Gray’s studio in Crouch End with an uber-talented producer called Richard Wilkinson, so that was a nice step up from last year’s project (which I recorded at one end of my living room).  The third track was also really special – the moment Brendan from Wheatus sent over the vocal of him singing on my cover of one of the greatest songs of all time. Totally surreal!

You’ve recently released a video for the title track ‘Summer’. How was the filming of this video and where did it take place?

It was shot between Holywell (the town I did some growing up in), a local pub called the Tram and Social and my flat in south-west London. The whole thing was pretty nuts. I’ve never had the opportunity to make a proper music video before, so it was weird to see lots of people running around and making things happen on my behalf. Notable moments include meeting the little version of me (called Harry) and driving alongside a car at 40MPH so we could film one of the closing scenes!

How do you usually work on your songs and what motivates your songwriting the most?

It changes from song to song, to be honest. Some of them are ‘5am with an acoustic guitar on the couch’ jobs and some of them fall out when I’m walking home from the train station.  In terms of motivation I tend to enjoy people – watching and thinking too much…

When did you first realize you wanted to become a musician? 

I used to steal the mouthpiece from my brother’s trumpet and run around the house playing the theme tune to Robin Hood, so maybe that’s when it started?  Enema of the State (by Blink 182) was the album I heard that first made me want to buy a guitar and start writing songs that meant something.

What are your fondest musical memories up to date?

Can I pick a few?  The #OneSongaWeek live show (featuring a load of special guests) was pretty special… and then finishing the project itself.  Doing the #LondonEyeEP, playing Hyde Park, having a sell-out tour… and so on.  It’s weird because this year has felt like really hard work and it’s only when I sit down and answer questions like this that I remember it’s actually been quite exciting. The highs and lows come quite thick and fast, I guess.

If you could share the same stage with any musician, who would it be and why?

There’s quite a few but I’ll go for Davey MacManus (from the Crimea). I’m a huge fan so I was really stoked to do a song with him last year but we’ve never performed together and probably never will (since he’s just quit music to work as a volunteer nurse in South Africa).

What’s your favourite lyric or quote by another artist?

The moonlight reflections that colour my mind when I sleep

And the lovesick rejections that accompany the company I keep

All the razor perceptions that cut just a little too deep

Hey I can bleed as well as anyone but I need something to help me sleep.

– Adam Duritz (The Counting Crows).   Genius. 

Which places are you looking forward to playing the most on your upcoming UK tour?

It’s more about the people than the places themselves.  Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Guildford, London, Newcastle… I’ll stop now before I end up listing them all.

What’s the main accomplishment you’d like to achieve with your music?

Just to be able to carry on making music and not have to worry so much – I’m still totally DIY so there’s a danger that if I take my eye off the ball the whole thing will fall apart. Also pretty much every decision goes through me (which is a bit stressful), so one day I’d love to only have to worry about the music and not all the politics/other nonsense that goes with it.

You can still catch Frank live on these following dates: 

01.10.13 – Waterfront – Norwich

02.10.13 – Institute – Birmingham

03.10.13 – The Garage – London

05.10.13 – Thekla – Bristol

06.10.13 – Boileroom – Guildford

07.10.13 – Komedia – Brighton

08.10.13 – Joiners – Southampton

10.10.13 – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff

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