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Obsessed: VHS Collection

NYC-based VHS Collection shares their new track “Fire“. The track, recorded in London with Chris Zane (Passion Pit, St. Lucia), is from their forthcoming debut LP, more details to be announced soon. “We all have a devil on one shoulder and ‘Fire’ is dedicated to him,” explains the band’s Conor Cook, “The song celebrates our evil ways. It sonically blends synths and guitars in a way that is both nostalgic and modern. The groove of this tune is one that you don’t typically hear these days, which sets his track apart.” The band’s James Bohannon explains that “’Fire’ paints a descriptive vision of rebellion, religious confines, and pent up desire. It’s a seedy jam that has elements of classic southern rock, evolved into our signature synth/guitar soundscape.”

VHS Collection is a rock band from New York City that has gained a reputation for high energy live performances and a unique blend of rock, electronic, and disco influences.

VHS Collection’s songs have been streamed over 20 million times on Spotify and the band has seen festival performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bunbury Festival, and Okeechobee Festival in the last year.  VHS also sold out a headline show at Bowery Ballroom in February and Music Hall of Williamsburg in June, in addition to sold out club dates throughout the mid-west and throughout the west coast.  The band has released two EP’s to date and will release its first full-length record late this fall.

“Lean” the single off the band’s first EP hit #8 on the Spotify Viral Charts last January.  “Waiting on the Summer” the single off of the band’s 2nd EP Stereo Hype hit #14 on the Spotify Viral Charts and has been streamed over 12mm times to date.  The “Waiting on the Summer Dave Edwards Remix” was also #1 on Hype Machine in April.

VHS Collection got their start in the winter of 2014 but the three members, James Bohannon, Conor Cook, and Nils Vanderlip have been playing music in one form or another together since they were kids.  Conor and James grew up across the street from each other in NYC and attended the same grade school where they began jamming on acoustic guitars; Nils and James met in high school, where they started their first band together and recorded an album.

Years later, with all three members back in NYC, VHS pulled together a collection of electronic rock-influenced bedroom recordings and posted them on Soundcloud.  Encouraged by the volume of hits the tracks received, VHS began performing a live set at friends’ parties and around NYC’s small clubs.  2015 saw multiple sold out nights for VHS at the Lower East Side’s indie-rock launching pad, the Mercury Lounge.

2016 saw the band’s first major festival performances at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, in addition to sold out club dates on both coasts in addition support dates with Bloc Party and Powers.

VHS has remained independent and is self-managed. They are able to reach a growing audience via Spotify and other social media outlets without a label and have also built a live following by word of mouth.  The band sold out Bowery Ballroom and NYC’s 700 cap Music Hall of Williamsburg in the last 6 months and also played several major West Coast headline dates, including LA’s famous Troubadour.

VHS has created a writing process which is unique and serves them well.  It starts primarily with each member individually writing and producing dozens of bits and pieces of songs on their laptops.  The band spends months working on these initial song ideas virtually, sending each other files and collaborating via Dropbox.  Every few months, the band heads to a cabin in upstate New York where they lock themselves in for 7 days at a time to complete the songs during intense writing sessions.  During these sessions, the three members collaborate on every element of the song, with each member playing various instruments on the tracks.  The band then weeds out the best of these home produced tracks to bring into the studio.  For their upcoming record, VHS is working with producer Chris Zane who has also produced albums for Passion Pit, St. Lucia, and Friendly Fires.

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New Track: Oh Land – “Head Up High”

Photo credit: Justin Tyler Close

Photo credit: Justin Tyler Close

Electro-pop singer-songwriter & producer extraordinaire Nanna Øland Fabricius, better known as Oh Land, today announces her fourth studio album, Earth Sick – set for release November 11th via her own independent imprint, Tusk or Tooth, in collaboration with Kobalt Label Services! Immersed in her signature soundscape of lush vocals, rich string arrangements & infectious melodies, the album is a hybrid of masterfully woven symphonic & electronic sounds, and marks a full-circle return to the artist’s bedroom production style.

Earth Sick first single “Head Up High,” featuring bouncing synth rhythms & infectious, hook-laden vocals, was written for a friend going through a tough time in her life as encouragement to, quite literally, keep her head up high. Nearly forgotten about by Nanna, the same friend reminded her a year later whilst deep in the throes of recording Earth Sick. The song was finished almost instantly & added to the album.

Frustrated by the struggle to keep her head above the waves and hold onto a sense of idealism despite the complexities of life, Oh Land grasped the struggle as the inspiration for her lyrical exploration on Earth Sick. Anchored by melancholic anthem “Machine,” which opens the album with delicate yet industrial textures, tracks “Little Things” and “Earth Sick” continue the existential lyrical journey combined with the singer’s love for orchestral arrangements.

Oh Land began her career rather unconventionally following a ten-year budding career in ballet, which was ended abruptly by an injury. Searching for a new way to incorporate music into her life, she began recording in her bedroom and discovered an early knack for production. In 2008, she released her debut album Fauna to much critical acclaim, and has spent the better part of the past four years supporting her following releases, Oh Land Wish Bone, and supporting artists including Katy Perry & Sia on the road.

Be sure to catch her when she plays New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on October 21st during CMJ- marking her first NYC show in a year!

Oh Land

Earth Sick tracklist:
1. Machine
2. Favor Friends
3. Head Up High
4. Earth Sick
5. Nothing Is Over
6. Doubt My Legs
7. Half Hero
8. Daylight
9. Hot ‘n Bothered
10. Little Things
11. Flags
12. No Particular Order
13. Trailblazer

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Hozier Tour Dates

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“Irish singer Hozier is poised for a big year.” –KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

“[Hozier’s] stirring, choral-meets-gospel-folk sound has been steadily converting more and more listeners.” –MTV Buzzworthy

Fresh off a series of incredible SXSW performances and sold out shows in NYC and LA on his first US trip, Irish musician Hozier will return to the US in May for a series of festival and headlining tour dates.  Hozier will start off at the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland on May 10 before embarking on a headlining run starting at Bowery Ballroom in NYC before hitting Boston, Toronto, LA, and San Francisco and finally wrapping up at the Sasquatch! Festival.  A full list of confirmed dates is below.

 

After releasing an introductory Take Me To Church EP late last year, Hozier has released another 4-song EP to tide fans over as he completes work on his forthcoming full length, due later this year.  His latest From Eden EP is available to stream now exclusively on Spotify and features songs already part of Hozier’s live set, including the title track, which was selected for the coveted Hottest Record spotlight by UK tastemaker Zane Lowe on his Radio 1 program, as well as “Work Song,” “Arsonist’s Lullaby,” and “To Be Alone.”  Recording for both EPs began in what Hozier calls “the grey, pretty boring attic” at the top of the house where he lives, before overdubs and mixing in Dublin, with producer Rob Kirwan (U2, Depeche Mode, Glasvegas, Ray Lamontagne) at the controls.

 

Born in County Wicklow on St Patrick’s Day, 24-year-old Andrew Hozier-Byrne gained worldwide attention nearly overnight when he posted the video for his song “Take Me To Church” under the moniker Hozier in late September.  The gripping black and white video, directed by Brendan Canty, highlights the turbulent plight of the LGBT community in Russia via the story of two gay men targeted by a homophobic gang.  The powerful video brings life to the emotional song, which touches on the influence of religion on humanity.  While in the US this month Hozier spoke with New York Magazine and Mother Jones about the moving video and the song’s message.

 

The “Take Me To Church” video has quickly racked up millions of views on YouTube, and the track has been a fixture on Spotify’s Most Viral charts, regularly appearing in the Top 10 in the US and the UK, and Spotify also selected Hozier as one of their Spotlight Artists to Watch 2014.  “Take Me To Church” also hit #1 on Hype Machine’s Most Popular chart, and has also been hovering on the top of Ireland’s singles chart.  The song is currently in the Top 20 on Mediabase’s Triple A radio chart, with early support from Philadelphia’s WXPN, who selected “Take Me To Church” as their Gotta Hear Song of the Week and My Morning Download, Sirius XM, and Los Angeles’ KCRW, who called him one of their Bands to Bank On for 2014 and also had him record a session on their Morning Becomes Eclectic program.

Hozier has been playing to packed rooms in Ireland, and his first London show sold out in minutes, underscoring the phenomenon that has emerged in such a short time.  In the UK he’s gotten great radio support on tastemaker shows on Radio 1, 6 Music, and XFM, and he was featured in the Sunday Times Culture’s “Breaking Artist” section.  In addition to the upcoming US tour dates, Hozier will also be performing at Dublin’s Longitude festival in July and Reading & Leeds in August.

Hozier US Tourdates

  • May 10                 Columbia, MD                   Sweetlife Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • May 13                 New York, NY                    Bowery Ballroom
  • May 14                 Boston, MA                        Cafe 939 Red Room
  • May 17                 Toronto, ON                       Rivoli
  • May 20                 Los Angeles, CA                Troubadour
  • May 21                 San Francisco, CA             The Chapel
  • May 23-25           Quincy, WA                        Sasquatch! Festival @ The Gorge

 

 

 

 

 

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New Video: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – “Major” (Live @ Bowery Ballroom)

Copenhagen’s The Asteroids Galaxy Tour have been winning over audiences globally with their unique brand of cutting edge, soulful, infectious pop. Since forming in 2007, the Danish group has racked up accomplishments that includes having singles featured in two global television ads and successful US tours. The band is now gearing up to release its second album, Out Of Frequency, January 31, 2012 on BMG Rights.

The band played to voracious crowds on their last US our including a sold show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom. Check out the video above for “Major.” The slinky tune will seduce you with its 70’s blaxploitation-esque horn stabs and edgy vocals that are the perfect balance of commanding and sweet.

Brandishing a signature sound that infuses indie-pop with neo-psychedelia, dance and retro-futuristic soul, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour never fail to produce addictive tunes that don’t sacrifice imagination. They deliver yet another unforgettable anthem with “Heart Attack” with its instantly memorable melody and a caffeinated beat guaranteed to invade dance floors. Title track “Out Of Frequency” highlights the soulful side of the band with its smoky nostalgic atmosphere and  “Fantasy Friend Forever” has all the elements of an ecstatic psych-pop explosion with it’s thumpin’ beat and addictive hooks, making it nearly impossible for listeners not to get out of their seats.

Download: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – “Major” 

 

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