Swedish rockers take their show online including the debut performance of brand new single!
After having to postpone gigs all over the world due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak, Swedish band ECLIPSE has organized an online gig that will be streamed LIVE from Stockholm on Wednesday, April 1st at 8 pm CET.
Lead singer Erik Martensson:” In the last few weeks we have had to cancel shows in Japan, Australia, the UK, Spain and a bunch of other places. So we started talking about what options we had. We could, of course, set up a phone in our rehearsal space and stream a gig from there but to be honest so could anyone else. We wanted to do something really special. We have joined forces with a team of professional broadcast producers to be able to deliver a unique live experience complete with multiple HD cameras and grade A sound, produced on the fly!”
Guitarist Magnus Henriksson:” I am really excited! Playing a show only in front of cameras will be a completely new experience for all of us. I guess the only thing we know for certain is that there will be no crowd surfing… We are taking the opportunity to perform a few songs we rarely play but more importantly we will play our brand new single that is yet to be released!” Erik Martensson:” We have tried to keep ticket prices as low as possible. For 8 Euros we feel we can deliver awesome value to fans and at the same time make sure the production team gets compensated fairly. Musicians are not the only line of professionals getting hit big time by this freaking virus.”
British rock band Black Orchid Empire share their brand new single “Evergreen” along with a music video. It’s the first single taken from the new studio album “Semaphore” which is scheduled to be released on June 12th, 2020 via Long Branch Records.
Black Orchid Empire guitarist and singer Paul Visser about the new single: “Evergreen is one of our favorite tracks on Semaphore. It’s full of really interesting chord progressions, riffs and melodies that somehow come together and make perfect sense. It came from a guitar riff that I had knocking around for a while that Dave and Billy found a home for. The middle instrumental section is something we haven’t done for a while – it just felt right to take the song on a journey from quite empty and sparse to full-on insanity.
Lyrically, as with all the tracks on Semaphore, it’s a sci-fi story. All of the thematic concepts for the songs came about organically while we were writing – Evergreen is about the idea of a slowly receding island of lush greenery in an otherwise barren wasteland. The last habitable place on a planet, run by the elite, with a band of exiled scavengers living on scraps in the outskirts.
Our good friend Alina Gordienco came up with the video treatment, which portrays an artistic interpretation of the lyric, and shot an incredible narrative sequence in the Ukraine. We were floored with what she put together – it perfectly complements the music and conjures the same visuals we had in our heads for the song. It blew us away!
Although not a traditional single format, Evergreen serves as a great introduction to the wider ideas and musical explorations of the rest of the album.”
03 Natural Selection
05 Red Waves
07 Winter Keeps Us Warm
10 Death From Above
Black Orchid Empire creates huge, memorable rock music that combines heavy-hitting savagery with intense melodic beauty. Their technical, fearlessly complex grooves and gigantic sing-along choruses have already earned them a widespread fanbase.
A ferociously tight live band, Black Orchid Empire, has toured Europe and the UK extensively, recently supporting Skunk Anansie on their sold-out 25th-anniversary shows, including Brixton Academy. These appearances, as well as previous tours with HED p.e, INME, Black Map and Ravenface, combined with festival slots at Download, Standon Calling, Planet Rockstock, Camden Rocks and Taubertal, have sealed the band’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with.
Having released their debut album ‘Archetype’ in 2016 to universal acclaim, Black Orchid Empire signed with German label Long Branch Records to release the follow-up album ‘Yugen’. Both albums received stellar reviews and over 1,000,000+ combined streams. The band is now looking ahead to the future with their next album ‘Semaphore’ – a Sci-Fi concept record that sees them continue to push the musical envelope.
German indie three-piece KOJ shares their new single “Jenny” along with a live session video. It’s the second single from the bands Long Branch Records label debut album “HOME” coming Spring 2020. The song “Jenny” talks about experiencing dark moments in your life and feeling like there is no possible way out of it. KOJ wanted to explore the way someone might perceive the world through this lens of anxiety and hopelessness and it made them wonder what it might take for that person to see a silver lining and to feel like they belong again.
KOJ comments on new single “Jenny”: “Jenny was written in our home studio and it was a very intuitive and collaborative process. The three of us started jamming randomly at the beginning of a songwriting session and it just sort of came together. Beray Habip, our producer and engineer, coordinated the whole thing and guided us through the process of making the song. In a way, Jenny came out of thin air, but then again this is one of those songs that seems to have been waiting somewhere in the collective subconscious just to be written. Basically it only took us one day to write the entire track and record a demo version. It was such a wonderful feeling to listen to Jenny at the end of that day, realizing that ‘wow, we really did this!’. We then took the demo to Toolhouse Studios to record the final version of the song. So, the song is called Jenny, which originally came from ‘Jennifer Lawrence’, which was the working title for the track. The song has a line about a silver lining, so we thought of ‘Silver Linings’ and about Jennifer Lawrence. We had started this weird habit on previous songs of temporarily naming the songs after celebrities, before committing to a proper song title. We created quite the line-up with names such as Pamela Anderson or Scarlett Johansson, before renaming them for the album. Jennifer Lawrence became Jenny and stayed this way because the name also has a very personal reference and connection to the theme of the song.”
KOJ HOME TOUR 2020
30.04. UK, London – O2 Islington Academy 2 /w Demons Of Ruby Mae 04.05. DE, Berlin – Kantine im Berghain 05.05. DE, Hamburg – Freundlich und Kompetent 14.05. DE, Cologne – Stereo Wonderland 16.05. DE, Muenster – Gleis 22 17.05. DE, Hannover – Lux
Three musicians. Two brothers. One married couple. This is KOJ. Together they give life to a sound that is full of contrasts, sometimes roaring, untamed and raw, as the ocean that inspires them, other times delicate, fragile and minimalistic.
Calgary-based hard rock quintet KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have returned with their new studio album ‘Evolution‘, which will get a September 20th release on Napalm Records.The upcoming LP sees the band imbued with a new fire that comes through by way of undeniable hooks, soaring guitar riffs, marching drum beats, and the soulful, bombastic vocal delivery of lead singer Kobra Paige. No longer bound by old formulas and expectations from the past, ‘Evolution‘ comes through with a sound that is expansive and, at times, borders on outright swagger. Each song feels like an Active Rock hit in the making, while still having the grit and feverish intensity that longtime fans have come to admire from Kobra and the Lotus.
Fans can now enjoy the first offering from ‘Evolution‘. The band has dropped their music video for the new single “Burn!”
‘Evolution‘ boasts the band’s most cohesive and confident material to date. For the new record, Kobra and the Lotus enlisted the services of producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette[Alter Bridge, Linkin Park, Slash, Sevendust]. “The new body of work sets the tone for the music going forward. Sonically, it’s still heavy. It highlights the showmanship and maintains the edge. At the same time, it’s approachable. It pays tribute to our influences, but it takes the next step. So, it’s a reintroduction to us and a rebirth. A firm goal was to build a strong identity and update everything. We just want to be Kobra and the Lotus; that’s what we’re doing.
The first single, “Burn!” ignites this chapter. A hummable riff snaps into a visceral verse as the frontwoman directly declares, “I really hate you, yes I do.” The track builds towards an incendiary and infectious chorus, hinging on a seesawing guttural groove and hitting like a sledgehammer. “It’s about all of the reasons you hold yourself back,” she explains. “You literally need to burn all of those feelings, stories, excuses, and obstacles keeping you from being your own authentic self. It’s super personal. It’s a product of growing and arriving as a person. I’m realizing who I am. It’s symbolic of the rebirth,” says Kobra.
KOBRA AND THE LOUTS – ‘Evolution’ Tracklist 1. Evolution 2. Burn! 3. We Come Undone 4. Wounds 5. Thundersmith6. Circus 7. Wash Away 8. Liar 9. Get The F*ck Out Of Here 10. In The End 11. Tokyo (Japan Version Only)
Going further into the process behind ‘Evolution,’ Kobra comments, “We’ve never done a record like ‘Evolution.’ We’ve flown demos over the internet back and forth or started a few ideas prior to hitting the studio. This time, we were all working together in the flesh for the full duration of the writing process. It’s a collision of everything we love. We feel like it’s the freshest and most timeless thing we’ve brought to the table.”
In addition to the release of their new record, Kobra and the Lotus will hit the road starting next month. The trek kicks off on August 29th in Nashville, TN and concludes on November 1st in Ft. Myers, FL.
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS On Tour :8/29: Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge 8/31: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend 9/2: Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall 9/3: Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner 9/4: Lakewood, OH @ Phantasy 9/5: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall* 9/6: Stafford Springs, CT @ Stafford Palace Theater 9/9: Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall 9/10: Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s 9/11: Portland, ME @ Aura 9/13: Harrison, OH @ The Blue Note 9/14: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop 9/15: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection 9/18: Kansasville, WI @ 1175 Sports Park & Eatery 9/19: St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall9/20: Lombard, IL @ Brauer House 9/22: Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall 9/25: New York, NY @ Sony Hall 9/26: Harrisburg, PA @ Club XL Live 9/27: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 29/29: Warrendale, PA @ Jergel’s Rhythm Grill 10/1: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse 10/3: Wichita, KS @ Wave – Indoor Stage 10/5: Golden, CO @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse 10/6: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater10/9: Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse* 10/10: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage 10/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky 10/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky 10/16: Tucson, AZ @ Encore 10/17: Roswell, NM @ The Liberty* 10/18: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom 10/19: Waco, TX @ The Backyard 10/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill 10/22: Houston, TX @ House of Blues 10/23: San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater 10/24: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock 10/25: Lafayette, LA @ The District 10/26: Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall 10/30: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live 10/31: Savannah, GA @ Victory North 11/1: Ft. Myers, FL @ The Ranch *KOBRA AND THE LOTUS HEADLINE
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