Monthly Archives: September 2013

VIDEO: George Barnett – “Animal Keeper”

So it’s that time of year; albums are still coming out, but suddenly, you have no free time to check out new artists or their albums, be it because of work or school, or life in general. But that’s what Planet Stereo is here for! We’re going to introduce you to every artist you never thought you’d have the time to “stumble across!”

Today’s pick is George Barnett, a talented nineteen-year-old musician brought to you by way of Herefordshire, UK. At nineteen, George is making quite the name for himself, as well as getting the attention of Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. You may recognize the teen for his cover of “Get Lucky,” which has gone viral:

 

 

Following the successful September 13th release of his EP, The Red Tape, George has released a video for his new song, “Animal Keeper,” below. Check it out:

 

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VIDEO: Viv and the Revival – Criminals

There have been some awesome music videos released in the last few weeks, but this has to be one of the top ones. Viv and the Revival stun listeners and viewers with their music video for “Criminals.” Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

 

Viv and the Revival will be releasing their brand new album, The Introduction, on October 8th!

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VIDEO: Ace Enders at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour

Finally! A new video posted! This is my interview with Ace Enders of I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business during the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. As an extra explanation, for those who don’t know–all the interviews are edited, but if you have iMovie, you know finalizing projects is a nightmare!

 

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Guest Blog: Hunter & The Bear (Blog 3)

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Bicton Festival
(August 31st, 2013)
 
 
Two hours into our drive to Jimmy’s cousin’s house (Torquay) we realised we’d forgotten our band passes and the whole box of EP’s we’d planned to sell. After some heated deliberation we decided to turn back. “It’s not the end of the world,” we said, trying to remain positive. 
 
3pm and we were leaving London for the second time. After eight and a half hours we arrived! A well earned pub dinner was had, sleep followed shortly after. 

Morning was spent re-stringing guitars, eating spinach and packing the car. After our terrible attempt to reach to Torquay we took no chances and left two and a half hours for a forty minute journey. We arrived forty minutes later. We sat on the hill, took in the view and soaked up the west country sun (Jimmy got burnt). We loved playing for the Bicton crowd and we managed to offload 50 odd EP’s, most of which we were asked to sign, which felt bizarre! Quick catch up with Wille and the Bandits saw us on our way. We blasted the entire Bad Company Discography all the way home. Another great weekend!
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REVIEW: Jonas Sees In Color – Give Me Mine

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When listening to classic albums, I often wonder if the artists behind them had any idea of what influential pieces of art they would be creating. When listening to Give Me Mine, the latest from Jonas Sees In Color, I find myself thinking the same thing.

The title track of the album comes in like the beginning of an arena show. It’s catchy, colorful, and has a classic-rock feel to it that is irresistible. Each line has the imagery of a feature film, which, when paired with the stellar instrumentals, is a fantastic introduction to the album. “Dirty Little Sunshine” is very similar in tone; it’s almost nostalgic of the days when punk-rock like The Ramones dominated the airwaves.

“Black Coffee” is the soundtrack to the late nights with friends, where you’re driving around and your eyes are drooping, and you decide to go to a 24-hour diner and enjoy, what else, a cup of coffee. It’s energizing, and keeps up the momentum of the album.

If you’re looking for a note-worthy track that will probably be on many kids “To Learn To Play” list, “Red Hot Blood” is definitely it. Something about it is enticing, classic, and yet, refreshing. It’s the song to play as you go for a run late in the night, with nothing but streetlights overhead. In many ways, it may be the best track on the album.

Between “Harvest Pt. 1,” filled with heavy bass that beautifully accompanies the raw vocals, and “Harvest Pt. 2,” a provocative, clever track, the collective effort brought forth solidifies the album, which could easily be the soundtrack to a show like Supernatural.

Kicking off with a steady percussion and sway-enducing rhythm, “Happiness” is a brilliant rock-anthem. It gives “Red Hot Blood” fierce competition for the most note-worthy track on the album.

“Mary” is like 60’s rock getting electrocuted and made ten times more addicting. With a tune that rivals some of the best, it’s catchy, melodic, and fun to listen to. “Underground” has the same infectious energy, with a summer-love narrative.

Seemingly drawing inspiration from The Beatles, “Help! Help!” has everything it would take to be a hit, even for masses of crying/screaming female fans. With the group vocals, boppy beats, and optimistic/cheeky lyrics, it’s hard not to fall in love with the song.

Finishing off the album as strongly as it began, “Teeth and Gums” begins slow and steady like a rock and roll lullaby. It’s the bedtime story of legends.

Lyrically and musically, this album takes the cake; it’s original, fresh, and, more than that, it has a nostalgic feel to it. Give Me Mine is in a class of its own creatively; an extremely well-done album.

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Diary of Snow Free Debut!

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Looking for something new to listen to without breaking the bank? Check out Diary of Snow’s debut album, To Help You Sleep, which you can download for free HERE

Also, while you’re clicking the ‘like’ button on Planet Stereo’s Facebook page, please be sure to do the same on the band’s page HERE.

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VIDEO: Frank Hamilton – “Summer”

The video for Frank Hamilton’s single, ‘Summer,’ which was part of his #OneSongAWeek album (featuring an astouding 52 tracks), was filmed in Holywell, Cambridgeshire, where the artist grew up. This is the same musician who recorded an EP on the London Eye in one rotation (28 minutes), and who has collaborated with notable artists like Ed Sheeran. You can check out the video below, as well as the lyrics.

 

 

••Lyrics ••
Oh Summer, where’ve you been?
It’s the first week in September and you’ve only just walked in
I’ve been trying to remember how you feel upon my skin, oh Summer, where’ve you been?

Summer, settle down
It’s the first time that the rain has moved to find another town
And I’ve been waiting by the window hoping you might come around
All summer, let’s settle down…

And I hope it lasts forever
And I hope you stick around
You can change your mind
But you’ll never change the weather in this town
You’ll never change the weather in this town

Oooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh

Oh Summerrr, glad you’re here
I haven’t seen your face enough it’s been a long and tiring year
I’ve been swimming through the months hoping my ship would reappear,
All Summer, so glad you’re here

And I hope it lasts forever
And I hope you stick around
Cause you can change your mind
But you’ll never change the weather in this town
You’ll never change the weather in this town

Oooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh

So lover, welcome back
Since you left I’ve been reminded of the things that I lack
We were trying to build a house by putting papers over cracks
Oh love, and now you’re back
Oh Summer, now you’re back
Oh, oh, oh Summer, welcome back

And I hope it lasts forever
And I hope you stick around
You can change your mind
But you’ll never change the weather in this town
You’ll never change the weather
And I hope we’re still together
When we’re six feet underground
Cause you can change your mind
But you’ll never change the weather in this town
No, nothing lasts forever in this town

Oooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh

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Directed by Tommy Vaznelis
Produced by Diana Abolina
Speeding Films

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Guest Blog: Hunter & The Bear (Blog 2)

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Song From The Shed and Winstock 

(August 23rd/24th, 2013)

 

A video session time of 12noon in Sommerset meant we were on the road pretty early. Breakfast was quiet with Josh still half asleep. A sunny drive into the West Country saw us arrive at Songs from The Shed only a little late. At this point we think it’s appropriate to draw attention to the wonder that is Jon’s shed! A new friend, 3 acoustic songs and half an hour later we were back on the road headed for Bradford on Avon (near Bath). After sampling the village pub we headed back to our hobbit house for some rest. 

 

The usual gig day antics were dragged out by a very late show time. This wasn’t so much of a problem when we stumbled across a tiny pub with great live blues. 

We arrived at Winstock to a rowdy, cider fuelled festival crowd keen for a barn dance. Who are we to refuse the crowd… It’s safe to say we all got what we came for.

 

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Guest Blog: Hunter & The Bear (Blog 1)

Notting Hill Arts Club – Headline Show

(written by Will–rhythm guitar, vocals, kick drum on August 20th, 2013)
After a two week break of no shows game day is finally here! We’ve been waiting to play The Arts Club since seeing Matt Corby play there almost a year ago. So keen for this!
Classic gig day run through followed by a hearty lunch before soundcheck. We’d all been to NTA before to see shows, it’s funny how different it seems when it’s empty.
Battled through central London traffic back to manager’s HQ where we tried our best to relax. Football, food and finally show time.
We managed to find a quiet spot round the back of the club to warm up and talk through the set list before heading down to the packed-out venue. Lots of familiar faces made us feel at home.
Got up there and, as it tends to, it flew by. Trialling a new song, a lively crowd and a big encore made it a really special night.
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The Animalistic, So Sadistic Tour

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Anyway…THE BUNNY THE BEARTHE PARAMEDIC, and CHALLENGER! have announced “The Animalistic, So Sadistic” tour featuring rotating support from EVELYNNTHIS ROMANTIC TRAGEDY, and THESE HEARTS.
w/ EVELYNN
09/30 Kittanning, PA @ Club Radioactive
10/01 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
10/02 Cleveland, OH @ TBD
10/03 Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
10/04 S Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
10/05 Chicago, IL @ Bada Brew
10/06 Minneapolis, MN @ The Garage
10/08 Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail
10/09 Cincinnati, OH @ Thompson House
10/11 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
w/ THIS ROMANTIC TRAGEDY
10/13 Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
10/14 El Paso, TX @ TBD
10/15 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
10/16 Tempe, AZ @ The Nile
10/17 Santa Ana, CA @ Malone’s Bar & Grill
10/18 Anaheim, CA @ The Music Hall
10/19 Stockton, CA @ Plea For Peace Center
10/20 Chico, CA @ Dex Records
10/22 Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
10/23 Boise, ID @ The Venue
10/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theatre
10/26 Grand Prairie, TX @ Quiktrip Park
w/ THESE HEARTS
10/29 Metarire, LA @ Cypress
10/30 Tupelo, MS @ Good Time Charlies
10/31 Montgomery, AL @ The Mill
11/01 Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
11/02 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
11/03 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/04 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
11/05 Elizabethton, TN @ The Bonnie Kate Theater
11/06 Trenton, NJ @ Championship
11/08 Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog
11/09 Providence, RI @ Simons 677
11/10 Albany, NY @ Bogies
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