Harts has already had a huge 2016, releasing two hit radio singles in “Peculiar” and “Power“, as well as touring non-stop – storming the UK and Europe earlier in the year, before returning home for a triumphant set on the hallowed Splendour In The Grass stage in July. He is now poised to unleash his sophomore album, the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut Daydreamer in 2014, and the follow up EP Breakthrough in 2015 – records that caught the attention of some of the biggest names in music, including the late, great icon Prince, who became a mentor to the young Melbourne phenom.
Despite the mammoth sonic scale already exhibited by “Peculiar” and “Power” and set to be revealed across all of the album’s 14 songs, Smoke Fire Hope Desire was remarkably self-recorded in Harts’ home studio in Melbourne – its impressive scope the culmination of what the “one-man music-making machine,” attributes to spending years developing his sound as a performer and a producer. The album is the sound of an artist who has locked his musical identity and his voice into his sights, and as Harts admits has allowed himself to be influenced by, “a lot of what I was seeing in the world around me – very current day issues, mixed with my own thoughts and challenges in my life.”
The result is a record that seems destined to find success on both a local and a global level.
Smoke Fire Hope Desire track-listing:
1. Smoke (Intro)
2. Fear In Me
3. All Rise
4. Fire (Interlude)
7. Deeper The Hole
10. Wisdom (Interlude)
12. Here I Go
13. Desire (Interlude)
14. Ain’t Too Far Gone
Los Angeles-based rock band Night Riots have announced an October 21st release for new album Love Gloom (Sumerian Records). The band has already released two preview tracks from the album – “Nothing Personal” and “Fangs”.
Fans can get both “Nothing Personal” and “Fangs”—plus “Contagious,” the hit single from last year’s Howl EP—as instant downloads by clicking HERE to pre-order Love Gloom on iTunes.
Night Riots—vocalist Travis Hawley, guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg and drummer Rico Rodriguez—recorded the album with producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, Spoon, The Strokes) at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles.
“We recorded in the same room where Led Zeppelin recorded ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ says Hawley. “It was pretty inspiring to come in each day, walk through a hall of gold records and see pictures of Jim Morrison sitting at the console where we mixed. We even had a few weird celebrity sightings, like the time Mikel bumped into Lenny Kravitz and his procession of super models. He flashed a peace sign, said ‘what’s up,’ and sauntered off, his scarf dancing on the ground behind him as he walked.”
About the album title, Hawley says, “Love gloom is within all of us. It’s a collision of emotions. It’s when you need love and can’t find it. It’s the sickness of wanting someone and not knowing if they feel the same way. It’s the tearing of a breakup and the coldness of a partner during a fight. We wanted to make an album that sounded like ecstasy and despair and make the listener feel like they’re climaxing and suffocating at the same time.”
Love Gloom is the follow-up to 2015’s Howl EP, which featured “Contagious,” a song that hit No. 1 on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation while amassing over 4.5 million streams.
Night Riots have been compared to The Cure (by MTV) and The Killers (Earmilk), described as “new wavey bliss” (Billboard) and praised for their “anthemic, synth-laden rock” (Spin). Buzzbands, who recently premiered “Fangs,” praised the band for “fashioning the sound of urban desperados wandering rain-slickened streets, hearts playing tug-of-war with hope and despair.” Over the course of the past couple of years, the group has shared stages with the likes of Lana Del Rey, Morrissey, Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon, OK Go, The Mowgli’s, Angels & Airwaves and many more, while garnering praise from the likes of KCRW, Huffington Post, KROQ, All Things Go, Nylon and AV Club, among others.
Prior to the upcoming “Alt Nation” tour with The Shelters and The Hunna, Night Riots will be playing a string of dates, including an October 21st album release show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
Catch Night Riots on these “Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour” dates:
Nov 5 @ The Shelter in Detroit, MI
Nov 6 @ Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL
Nov 7 @ Triple Rock Social Club in Minn, MN
Nov 10 @ Adelaide Hall in Toronto, ON
Nov 11 @ La Salsa Rossa in Montreal, QC
Nov 12 @ Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY
Nov 13 @ Once in Somerville, MA
Nov 15 @ U Street Music Hal in Washington, DC
Nov 17 @ Foundry at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
Nov 18 @ Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 19 @ The Underground in Charlotte, NC
Nov 20 @ Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN
Nov 22 @ Terminal West in Atlanta, GA
Nov 23 @ Parish Room at HOB in New Orleans, LA
Nov 25 @ Cambridge Room at HOB in Dallas, TX
Nov 26 @ Bronze Peacock at HOB in Houston, TX
Nov 27 @ Antone’s in Austin, TX
Nov 29 @ Marquis Theater in Denver, CO
Nov 30 @ Club Sound in Salt Lake City, UT
All three songs will be part of the band’s set during the upcoming “Advanced Placement Tour,” presented by SiriusXM’s Alt Nation with The Shelters and The Hunna. Dates begin November 5th.
The Beat Is Dead is the new solo debut LP from Girl In A Coma frontwoman Nina Diaz, announced recently alongside her NPR Tiny Desk Concert and lead album track “January 9th”. Today, displaying the feistier side of her ecletctic 13-song collection, she unveils the colorful video for post-punk 80s synth driven album single “Trick Candle”.
Girl In A Coma is the critically hailed indie-punk band that was famously nurtured by Joan Jett, opened for Morrissey and Tegan and Sara, and earned multiple Independent Music Awards. The Beat Is Dead shines a light on Nina’s electrifying rock’n’roll repertoire and introspective nature, simultaneously tapping into a dark emotive place and the triumphant strength of her journey to sobriety.
Hailed for enrapturing crowds with her wildly seductive live performance & warm sense of humor, Nina Diaz will kick off a national tour this weekend with stops in NYC, Philadelphia and Chicago as well as a support date for Cyndi Lauper on 9/17 in Albuquerque.
9/10: San Marcos, TX @ SMTX Pride
9/10: San Antonio, TX @ Mission Pachanga
9/17: Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino w/ Cyndi Lauper
9/23: Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
9/24: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall (9:45 set time)
10/6 Savannah, GA @ Wormhole
10/8: Arlington, VA @ Iota Cafe
10/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
10/13: Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
10/14 Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
10/15: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/17: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
10/18: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
ISSUES is a modern homage to all of the epic bands that made SSHH what they are today. The idea behind the record was simple. Zak and Sshh had been asked to do a radio series on SiriusXM, chatting through the music that has influenced them. But why not go a step further? Why not find the original rhythm sections from those bands and play with them? Why not make an album in the process?
The first call went out to Glen Matlock and Paul Cook, the bass and drums, the meat and veg of the Sex Pistols. If they were up for it, everyone would be up for it, and they were. And thus, during the last week of November in Los Angeles, the project began. Clem Burke, Blondie’s drummer, turned up in the studio on day one to cut an unorthodox “One Way or Another”. Day two, Marilyn Manson’s rhythm men, Twiggy Ramirez and Gil Sharone, arrived for their turn. Fellow musicians Santa Davis and Fully Fullwood (of Peter Tosh’s Word, Sound and Power) also came forward and re-recorded Tosh’s original version of “Get Up Stand Up”, with an added touch from Eddie Vedder.
The duo moved on to London and got back in another studio for “one of the most intense recording sessions of [her] life,” according to Sshh. They began with “Babylon’s Burning” and “Jah War” with the rhythm section of The Ruts, followed by “Back to Black” with Amy Winehouse’s drummer, bassist, and musical director. Darren Moonie and Simone Butler of Primal Scream showed up for a full-on, no-holds barred take on “Shoot Speed Kill Light”. Guests also include Martin Chambers (The Pretenders), Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople), and Kenney Jones (The Small Faces, The Who), and production credits include Youth and Ian Brodie, among others. “Of all the people who’ve taught me drums – Keith Moon, my dad [Ringo Starr], all of them – Kenney showed me the most,” says Zak.
Zak and Sshh first came together in March 2006. Zak, playing drums on tour with Oasis, played a guitar riff down the long-distance line, Sshh recorded it, built it, and put it together, and their first track “Jet Engines” was born. Years passed as Sshh was in a different kind of studio as an award-winning visual artist and Zak was touring with Oasis and The Who. In 2008, the pair played a few gigs in East London under various band names, opening for Kasabian. The two eventually settled on SSHH, the call came from Sirius, an idea was hatched, and SSHH had ISSUES.
The result of those two mad, unpredictable, spontaneous, serendipitous weeks of phone calls, new handshakes, old hugs, musical conversations, long shots and crossed fingers is a record which straddles a huge swathe of modern music history. From the original rock ’n’ roll of the sixties through punk, reggae and dub into modern soul and electronica, this is a wild journey in just eleven steps. And despite all that, it exists as its own work, knitted together with the unique sound of SSHH – a fortnight in the making but a decade in its evolution. ISSUES will be released later this month, and proceeds from album sales will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.
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with Paul Cook and Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols (producer Chris Thomas)(mix Thom Panunzio)
2. Jah War
with Dave Ruffy and Segs of the Ruts (producer Ian Broudie)
3. Shoot Speed Kill Light
with Darren Moonie and Simone of Primal Scream (producer Youth)
4. All The Young Dudes
with Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople and Martin Chambers and Glen Matlock (mix Thom Panunzio)
duet with Sshh and Robbie Furze of Big Pink with Twiggy Ramirez and Gil Sharone from Marilyn Manson (producer Nick Launay)
6. One Way Or Another
with Clem Burke of Blondie and Steve Fishman (Mix Thom Panunzio)
7. Back to Black
with Dale Davis and Nathan Allen of Amy Winehouse band (producer Ian Broudie)
8. Private Life
with Martin Chambers of The Pretenders and Glen Matlock (mix Youth)
9. Get Up Stand Up
with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Santa Davis and Fully Fullwood of Peter Tosh, Word Sound & Power (mix Youth)
10. Babylon’s Burning
with Dave Ruffy and Segs of The Ruts (producer Ian Broudie, mix John Gray)
11. Tin Soldier
with Kenney Jones of The Small Faces, Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols, Gem Archer of Oasis (mix Shel Talmy)