BTW Empty Lungs, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Calcedon, Locomotive Ghost, Ian Kelly, Overcoats, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Slaves UK

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute 

Empty Lung has just released our new single “Don’t Get It” for streaming on Soundcloud .

"The song is basically a 'fuck you' to a culture that warps young people into thinking that self-image and selfishness are the core values of our modern society. Those kinds of attitudes create an atmosphere that alienates anyone that doesn’t fit the mould. The youth culture that we love revolves around tolerance, art, activism and social change. Unfortunately these aren’t the dreams being sold to many of us.

"It definitely hasn’t been an easy road so far, but grit and determination to create something positive and unique are instilled in us. We all grew up in Belfast, Ireland at the tail end of a divisive 35 year conflict. So after losing members, losing jobs, and a near death experience, our energy and loyalty to the band was only bolstered.

"When we recorded the songs on our ‘Don’t Get It’ EP, it seemed like a re-birth for the band. Our second guitarist of 3 years had just left but the three of us are like a family unit after everything we’ve been through together and I think that shines through in the songs.

Empty Lungs are a Rock/Punk quartet out of Belfast, and subconsciously or not, there's much of Belfast punk icons Stiff Little Fingers in the sound. They played their first show in May 2011 and since then have self- released a 3 track single, 6 track EP and 3 music videos. Their explosive live shows have seen them take to the road all over Europe and led to them sharing the stage with bands like ALKALINE TRIO, JAPANDROIDS, THE SUBWAYS, DEAD TO ME, LEMURIA, CHEAP GIRLS, GENERAL FIASCO, FRANZ NICOLAY (the holdsteady), BEANS ON TOAST, BANGERS, and not surprisingly, Canuck genre jumping rebels NOMEANSNO. The lineup's Kev – Vocals/Guitar, Sam – Guitar/Vocals, Mykie – Drums/Vocals and Conor – Bass. Don't Get It drops March 10 on Hidden Pony Records. 

Hurray For The Riff RaffHurray For The Riff Raff

Another notable punbk-edged act, this time outa NYC, Hurray for the Riff Raff has shared "The Navigator" - the title track and third song to be released from their upcoming album, out March 10 on ATO. The new track comes paired with a teaser video, following the cinematic journey of Navi - a street kid, traversing her world at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight. Listen to "The Navigator" here, which Line of Best Fit calls "a rich tapestry, giving voice to questions that won't remain unanswered, and inviting you to do the same" : https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/new-music/discovery/hurray-for-the-riff...

Guiding light Alynda Segarra says of the track:

"The Navigator has arrived. Our street kid heroine is on a mission to ask the powers that be what the plan is for her people. The people of color who are being forced out and demonized. Where will they go? Where will they live? We need thousands of Navigators to take the reins of history and steer us towards justice for all people. The track we are on must change." The Navigator' has received early praise from Pitchfork, NPR, the New York Times, Rolling Stone and more. Inspired by Puerto Rican activist groups the Young Lords and the Ghetto Brothers, Fania Records, Pedtro Pietro's "Puerto Rican Obituary" and more, the new album often mirrors Segarra's own experiences as a Puerto Rican woman and her journey to find her identity.

"The Navigator" is currently available at the band's official store, iTunes and Amazon for fans to pre-order with an immediate download of "Rican Beach." The PledgeMusic pre-order features exclusive items including autographed CD and vinyl, one of a kind lyric sheets, and deluxe bundles. PledgeMusic: http://smarturl.it/Navigator-Official

Hurray for the Riff Raff kick off an extensive tour behind the new album next month, with stops including LA's Masonic Lodge, 9:30 Club and a set at NPR's showcase at SXSW in March. The band will also play a special album release show at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 8 th.

CalcedonCalcedon

"Calcedon means "a faulted vein which runs through a gemstone" -- a truth at the heart of humanity, perhaps. Precious as a gemstone, with a fatal flaw running through. I am Calcedon . Today I begin rolling out my new album called 'Echo In'. Check the first single, Sparrow. Avant-garde and pop sensibilities collide in this first track.

The tracks on Echo In straddle the line between experimental and mainstream, progressive and popular. Moments of simple poignancy and beauty exist alongside those meant to push the listener out of their comfort zone to elicit the question, "Why?" Ultimately, Calcedon's music is not meant to be easy listening. Instead, it asks the listener to sit with it, trust it, and engage the dissonance. Brielle Goheen (also known as Calcedon), is originally from Hamilton, a violinist, fiddler and vocalist and former member of Blazing Fiddles . At times Echo In sounds like sketches of a Celtic space folk work in progress.

Locomotive GhostLocomotive Ghost

Locomotive Ghost plays their own stories, sharing desperate moments, celebrating mended hearts, and owning up to mistakes. The group’s earnest performance and shared male/female vocals have been likened to The Head and the Heart, while their pop sensibilities have yielded comparisons to acts like Of Monsters and Men and The Lumineers. Locomotive Ghost’s music is “at once artistically expressive, accessible, fun, and full of small surprises” (Avenue Calgary).

The band recently recorded their fourth full-length release, “ Into the Glow”, with award-winning producersRussell Broom and Spencer Cheyne. The group supported the project with a successful crowdfunding campaign in the spring of 2016. In writing their new music, they intentionally combined each individual’s strengths to create a pool of the most expressive, ardent, and catchy songs from which to choose. “Into the Glow” will be released in early 2017 and will be preceded by the first single, “Fool". To date, Locomotive Ghost has released two albums, four EPs, one compilation, and one single. The group gained industry accolades for the ambitious and holistic creative approach to their year-long, self-produced “Seasons” project. In 2015, Locomotive Ghost began their collaboration with producer Spencer Cheyne when they released their single “ In The Garden”. Later that year, they became the first contemporary music act to be featured at Calgary’s Bella Concert Hall. Locomotive Ghost has been highlighted on a dozen Canadian radio stations and several international podcasts, including the popular show “This Week In Science”. The group has performed at nearly two hundred events throughout Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

The band was formed by singerMike Buckley and bassist Ben Nixon while they were attending Selkirk College’s music program in Nelson, BC. They played together off-and-on for nearly a year before focusing on the project and settling on a name (taken from an Allen Ginsberg poem). After graduating from music school, Buckley and Nixon relocated to Calgary, where they eventually added vocalist/pianist Laura Schoenberg and drummer James Bundy.

2017 Tour Dates


February 3rd, 2017 (concert) - Calgary, AB, House Concert
February 6th, 2017 - "Into the Glow" album announcement
February 26th, 2017 (concert) - Chestermere, AB, House Concert
February 27th, 2017 - "Into the Glow" album release
March 13th, 2017 - "Fool" music video release
March 31, 2017 (concert) - Calgary, AB, Festival Hall (album showcase event)
April 8th, 2017 (concert) - Vancouver, BC, TBA
April 10th, 2017 (concert) - Radium, BC, Horsethief Creek Pub
April 11th, 2017 (concert) - Kimberley, BC, TBA
April 13th, 2017 (concert) - Edmonton, AB, The Needle Vinyl Tavern
April 14th, 2017 (concert) - Lloydminster, SK, The Root: Community Emporium
April 15th, 2017 (concert) - Winnipeg, MB, TBA
April 19th, 2017 (concert) - Medicine Hat, AB, Inspire Cafe
April 20th, 2017 (concert) - Saskatoon, SK, TBA
April 21st, 2017 (concert) - Lethbridge, AB, Owl Acoustic Lounge

Ian KellyIan Kelly

Ready for some EDMfolk? One year after the release of his 5 th album, Superfolk , singer-songwriter Ian Kelly revisits four of those tracks in remixes created by Montréal DJs. The album, SuperFolk Remixes , is available now on iTunes . The remixed version of California is already on its way to radio as the lead single. Listen and share here: https://youtu.be/cMOwjU3NopI . Stream the whole album now at: http://bit.ly/2mgPtAK .

The SuperFolk Remixes EP plunges us into a world of electronic sounds, where Ian's folk songs take on a lounge ambiance. Highlighting a fresh new side of Ian's work. “My brother is a DJ in some of Montréal’s coolest spots. He’s always introducing me to tons of interesting things whipped up by his DJ/ producer friends. Naturally, I left it to him when it came to contacting a few of them, to see if they were inspired by the songs on SuperFolk.”

Obviously, Ready For Love made quite an impression on the DJ's who signed on for the project, with three completely different new versions landing on SuperFolk Remixes.

 

This spring, Ian will wind up his SuperFolk tour with Peter Katz, including Ontario stops in London and Waterloo. Full dates listed below. After delivering over 50 performances with SuperFolk, Ian will be turning his focus to new projects. Among them, he will perform as part of the 375th-anniversary celebrations of the city of Montréal, opening the 2017 season of the Festival de l’International des Feux Loto-Québec.

Tour with Peter Katz
March 9, 2017 - Waterloo, ON @ Maxwells
March 10, 2017 - London, ON @ Aeolian Hall
March 31, 2017 - Fort Frances, ON @ Townshend Theatre,
April 1, 2017 - Thunder Bay, ON - Port Arthur Polish Hall On

OvercoatsOvercoats

Come April 21, Arts & Crafts will release YOUNG , the debut album from New York-based duo Overcoats. Co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes (The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors) and Autre Ne Veut, YOUNG is a story about growing up told through the lens of two women who are wise beyond their years. The lead single “ Hold Me Close” deals with the complexities of love set to a backdrop of lush electronic beats and garnished with seamlessly intertwining harmonies. NPR’s All Songs Considered said the song “unfolds with disarming intricacy." 

NPR Music also named Overcoats one of its favorite discoveries at SXSW last year, and the duo ranked#3 on NPR’s Listeners Poll of favorite new artists of 2016. One such listener hailed Overcoats for "The chills they give me; the fact that I can't look away when they perform; their complex and irresistible harmonies; the vulnerability to their words and the dance-y beats they put behind them."

This spring, Overcoats will play select dates opening for Tennis including a sold out show in Toronto at The Horseshoe Tavern March 11 before heading out on a headlining tour later this year.

Overcoats is comprised of former college roommates Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, who co-wrote all twelve songs on YOUNG. The two were drawn to each other when they first met as teenagers in 2011, finding connection in a love of diverse musical styles, and forging a closeness that verges on sisterhood. Both members of Overcoats describe the first time hearing each other sing as an epiphany: the harmony of their voices leading to personal, individual discovery.

YOUNG weaves a tapestry of crystalline vocals with soaring synths and rich bass lines. From the subdued introspection of Kai’s Song” to the thumping two-step and club-ready brass of Leave The Light On , YOUNG showcases a striking range for the duo. While their seamless vocal interplay and contemplative lyrics remain at the core of their sound, YOUNG is also rich with experimentation and sonic surprises.

Essential live shows in The 6ix this week include Philly indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, starring Alec Ounsworth and his new band members at the Horseshoe Tues. Mar.7 and same night, over at The Garrison it's English punk duo Slaves UK churning out Brit punk with harsh bluesy garage riffs. Both bands are strong live attractions so it's a win win thing.