Happy Halloween, Planet Stereo readers! Not only is it one of the most fun holidays of the year, it is also #FunFriday! With that in mind, here is an amazing new single, “The Echo,” from the London alt-rock duo, The Actions. The single, out on December 8th, will capture your attention within the opening notes. You can stream the song below:
With entrancing tones, haunting vocals, and dynamic guitars, The Actions have a raw energy that is undeniable. Seamlessly blending alternative rock with psychedelic electronic sounds, the duo prove to stand out in the best way possible.
Obviously, they’re generating attention, gaining the support of 6 Music, and recently supporting Green Day on tour.
LIVE LONDON DATES:
Nov 8, 2014– The Islington, Angel, London
Nov 15, 2014– The Dublin Castle, Camden, London
Nov 22, 2014– Tooting Tram & Social, Tooting, London
NIKOS kick starts their self-titled EP perfectly with the melodic, energetic, “Illusions.” Filled with stunning imagery, rich instrumentals, vocal harmonies, and an alternative rock edge, the track is an incredible showcase of the band’s talents from the opening notes. Nikos Klimentos’s vocals are almost shockingly powerful, with a true grit to them that add depth and character to every line.
“Another Sunday Morning” continues to explore the heavier sounds of rock mixed with the catchy tone of a good pop anthem. Matt Beach’s guitar playing is hard to rival throughout the track, sounding as though influence was drawn from some of the better pop-punk records of the last ten years. With a carefully orchestrated instrumental, the song transitions through several tones and emotions without ever slipping into the “What-The-Hell-Are-They-Doing” Crack. Similarly, “Dancing With The Dead” manages to explore a darker lyrical style while maintaining a catchy tone overall, oozing with originality and accomplishing the task of putting out a love song of sorts without coming off as overly mushy.
Melodic, wealthy in instrumental prowess, building choruses, and an almost indescribable talent behind it, “The Chase” is a standout track on an already perfect EP. Reminiscent of the vocal power of Thirty Seconds To Mars, the musicality of We The Kings and/or Every Avenue, NIKOS have produced a powerhouse of a single that will leave listeners completely entranced and desperate for more. Lyrically, musically, and even technically, this is the perfect track. Put this on your Must Have For Fall supply list. However, while “The Chase” is the standout, “Step, Step” is the surprise. With a soft, vulnerable, acoustic quality, it is by far the most emotionally powerful song, with an explosion of sound coming seemingly out of nowhere as it builds at the bridge. When Mark Recca’s steady drumming slows, and an almost a cappella moment occurs, the song takes your breath away.
To close out the EP, the hauntingly brilliant “Anthem” blasts through the speakers, with heavy bass undertones (courtesy of Jeff Motekaitis), pounding rhythm, MCR Black Parade worthy tempo, and bittersweet lyrics, it’s impossible to resist.
I would be a liar if I said I found NIKOS’s self-titled EP to be anything short of perfection. As an introduction to the band, it is a wonderful preview at where they are headed, and how certain they are in their sound already. Yet another band to watch and anticipate great things from.
You can purchase the EP digitally HERE.
Watch the lyric video for “The Chase” below:
Ah, Halloween. A holiday all about dressing up as you aren’t…or maybe as you are, depending on your plans for the evening. There are trick-or-treaters, horror movie marathons, fun costumes, Jack ‘O Lanterns, and, if you’re doing it right, a lot of great music.
Looking for the perfect playlist to make your Halloween a musical one? Whether you’re going to/hosting a party, staying home, or even going trick or treating, Planet Stereo has the perfect playlist for you!
Check out the video playlist below:
So there it is! A Halloween playlist worthy of getting your scare on!
Want more? Be sure to check out Planet Stereo’s super Halloween video listing the best 13 things about the holiday. Click HERE.
As the weather gets colder, some of us are still gripping onto the songs of the summer. Thankfully, Summer Heart can help with that. The Swedish-based musician recently unveiled his latest single, “Sleep,” which is due out on Thursday, the 20th of November. The track follows hot on the heels of his single “U Got All I’m Looking 4,” and is already receiving critical acclaim.
You can stream “Sleep” below.
Summer Heart on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/summer-heart
One of the huge names emerging from Canada’s indie rock explosion of the last year, Close Talker are getting ready to release their new album, Flux. Stemming from the album, the Saskatoon natives are pushing the lead single, “For The Sun,” which will be released officially on December 8th. You can stream the single below.
After gathering comparisons to the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Local Natives, this young four-piece have carved out a sound and place in the international market all their own. Delivering a stunningly beautiful, eery quality, with a cinematic edge, strong choruses, and instrumental perfection, “For The Sun” showcases the immense talent of Close Talker without any false pretense or hesitance.
The track precede’s the group’s upcoming sophomore LP, Flux, following hot on the heels of their debut full-length, Timbers, which received plenty of critical acclaim. “For The Sun” will be available to purchase and download from the 8th of December as the band embarks on their North American tour for the remainder of 2014. You can view the tour dates below.
Upcoming Tour Dates
10/25 – Saskatoon @ Prairie Land Park
11/13 – Brooklyn @ Spike Hill
11/17 – Hamilton @ The Casbah
11/19 – Ottawa @ Mavericks
11/20 – Quebec City @ La Source (Tix At The Door)
11/25 – Los Angeles @ The Hotel Cafe
11/26 – San Francisco @ Hotel Utah Saloon
11/30 – Portland @ The White Eagle (FREE SHOW)
12/1 – Seattle @ The Rendezvous
12/3 – Kelowna @ Habitat
12/4 – Red Deer Bo’s Bar and Grill
12/06 – Edmonton @ The Starlite Room
12/12 – Saskatoon @ The Capitol (Tix: http://bit.ly/1plh1z3)
UK Dates to follow soon…
Woodrowgerber, otherwise known as Chad Gerber, is an American underground, chart-topping, festival headlining, EDM performer/songwriter/producer from LA. At the age of 18, Gerber received radio airplay for the first time with his song, “As An Angel.” After performing on the Warped Tour, working with multiplatinum selling artist Aloe Blacc, and paving the way for many crossover artists, woodrowgerber released In The Beginning in 2013 and XO in 2014, garnering critical acclaim and reaching the top ten on multiple underground/indie EDM charts. Despite his busy touring and production schedules, Gerber was kind enough to take the time to talk to Planet Stereo about his upcoming single, “Pretend,” out on Halloween. You can read the interview below.
Planet Stereo: Thanks so much for doing the interview. How are you?
Woodrowgerber (Chad Gerber): Of course! I’m great, thanks!
PS: Your new single comes out on Halloween. What are you most excited for in reference to the release?
CG: I’m excited to see everyone’s response once they download the track and throw it in their iPod. I also can’t wait to perform it live and see how it moves people.
PS: Speaking of Halloween, what is your favorite part of the “holiday”?
CG: Tough question. I LOVE Halloween, so it’s probably going to be a toss up between watching scary movies all month or Halloween parties. Although Disneyland is pretty amazing in October, so that might be my favorite part! All of it? My yearly tradition of eating fast-food on Halloween for dinner? Yeah, I love Halloween! I don’t know [laughs].
PS: After playing Warped Tour, and being more in the rock scene, what was the reason for the switch to EDM?
CG: It kind of just happened really. I’ve enjoyed messing around with electronic music for a while, but after Warped Tour, I was so burned out on rock and that whole experience, that I think it just kind of happened while on a break. After I released “In The Beginning,” things sort of exploded, and that was that. People really responded to what I was doing, so I kept doing it, and they’re still responding! [laughs]
PS: You’ve worked with Aloe Blacc. What was that experience like?
CG: Fun. I have a lot of good memories working on projects with Aloe and kind of just experimenting with music. He was doing hip hop at that point, so I would hear his new stuff, show him what I was working on, then we’d mess around with things, and just sort of see what would come out. It was always a real creative space working with Aloe. It’s cool seeing him doing everything he’s doing now.
PS: Having been on both sides of the creative process, which do you prefer: being the artist or being the songwriter/producer/etc.?
CG: Depends on the day [laughs]. Being the artist is definitely the fun (and easier) part. Being all creative and throwing ideas around…it’s great. The production end can sometimes be exhausting, because you’re working to realize these visions, and make them into something worth listening too, but it’s always rewarding. So I enjoy both sides of it. I love the creative process in the beginning, which is taking place pretty much 24/7 for me as ideas come and go throughout the day, but the production side is like solving a really complicated puzzle, which can be fun as well. So they’re sort of one in the same for me, since I like to see music through from beginning till the end.
PS: If you had to describe your sound to a stranger, how would you describe it?
CG: Electronic music that sometimes feels like classical music mixed with rock n roll. Maybe a little Moby with some M83 and harder elements? Yeah, I’m never good at this part [laughs]. Foster the People? Yeah I don’t know [laughs].
PS: Obviously, you have been touring for several years now. What do you think is most important to making a really great live set?
CG: Reading your audience. Every crowd is different, so you need to learn how to anticipate what they’re going to want from one song to the next, or at least observe how to build on their response. Also not holding back on how the music makes you feel. You gotta just let it out and allow the audience to sort of feed off that. They’ll start to feel whatever you’re feeling and it just kind of dominos from there. The light show always helps too.
PS: Do you have a favorite song to perform live?
CG: I really like performing “Stay With Me Now,” off my XO record. The song has a lot of emotion to it, it’s pretty slow, and everyone seems to just drink it in. It’s fun to have the crowd ready for a crazy time, but get that one in the mix at some point and see how it sort of makes their mind’s drift. It’s hard to explain, but I do love it. I have a feeling that my new single, “Pretend,” is probably going to be a new favorite though, but for the opposite reason; it’s pretty high energy.
PS: What advice would you offer to young musicians?
CG: When it comes to navigating the musical world, do not listen to anyone who says “this is how you do it.” Every musician is different and has a different path, and you spend most of your time learning to avoid big mouthed idiots [laughs]. Never give up.
PS: When looking at the current music scene, do you think social media is helping or hindering artists?
CG: The short answer is: helping. The world exists more online now than in real life, so you have to be apart of that. The hindering aspect would be that it is creating fans who don’t feel the need to leave their computer.
PS: What advice would you offer to artists looking to crossover to a different genre?
CG: Now is the time to make whatever music you feel like making. Companies needed to place music in genres to sell albums, but that has all changed. Music is music, so let it flow. Never hinder whatever might come out, and eventually your sound will shape itself naturally, and continually evolve throughout your life.
PS: Any last words?
CG: Grab my new single PRETEND exclusively on iTunes and Bandcamp Oct 31st! And thank you for the interview!
For more on woodrowgerber, please click HERE.