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Novele – Furthest

Novele is the brainchild of 26-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Austin Fitzpatrick. From an early age, Austin was surrounded by music. His uncle, John Cale, is a founding member of Velvet Underground and his Aunt was a major label executive for
most her life. Austin’s father was also a musician and DJ and raised him on soul, R&B and Hip-Hop music.

Born in Mission Viejo and raised in Corona, Austin has a deep affinity for Southern California and its culture. Some of his earliest inspirations were California artists No Doubt, Dr. Dre and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. From there he ventured further into the Alternative and Hip-Hop realms like Run DMC, Bloc Party and Gorillaz (specifically their album Demon Days).

At age 12, Austin taught himself the drums and electric guitar and began to make his own music. He then started to play in a handful of bands and joined music programs at his junior high school. His passion for music only expanded as he entered high school. At age 14, he formed a band with his friends Kyle Harward and Jeff Riggs –
Novele.

Novele began as a garage-rock band in the Inland Empire of Southern California. In early years, the trio played countless house parties and shows in and around their hometown. This was mainly experimental music in the vein of As Tall As Lions. They then faced turbulent times due to a variety of mental health and funding issues and had to take a break from each other. Kyle and Jeff have since returned to the group, but Austin remains the principal songwriter.

During the time apart, Austin continued to grow as a musician, songwriter and producer. He began to focus more on creating hip-hop beats for rappers. However, his love for punk and pop music never left and he began to fuse the genres into one.

This is where Novele’s current sound stems from. A fusion of punk, hip-hop and pop that form a true alternative style. The songs and lyrics pull from Austin’s personal experiences and struggles with mental health and overcoming depression which encompasses the deep emotion and raw passion that fuel the music.

Now 10 years later, Novele is set to release a debut demo album on September 14th. The album contains ideas from the early band days (“After The War”, “Rubies”) as well as newer tracks that Austin composed on his own (“T.S.”, “Tears”). The album is a journey through the tempestuous yet beautiful lifespan of the band. Enjoy.

Novele
Novele is the brainchild of 26-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Austin Fitzpatrick. From an early age, Austin was surrounded by music.

Arcadia – Stripes

Arcadia was founded in June 2018 by Will Adler, and Scott Lubin. Will is a guitarist, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, and Scott is a songwriter and talented vocalist. Will and Scott began making music in high school, and have been developing their sound and style ever since. Arcadia presents a bright and fresh take on indie rock music, with four on the floor driving rhythmic elements, paired with bright and exciting guitar riffs.

Arcadia

Aaron Taos – Voodoo

Aaron Taos is ready to seize his own parcel of the indie pop-rock landscape in 2018 — and Night Thoughts, the Brooklyn resident’s sophomore EP, serves as the blueprint for his takeover. The seven-track effort sees the self-taught artist’s bedroom noodling explode into a full-blown studio project with bolder sounds and bigger production. However, getting to this triumphant phase in his career was no clear-cut task.

Aaron Taos received his first guitar at only five years old. The New Haven, Connecticut suburbanite kid’s affair with the instrument was fleeting as he became more interested in hip-hop and a promising soccer career, even playing in the state’s Olympic Development Program. It wasn’t until he encountered  bands like Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes in high school that music re-established its magic hold on his creative aspirations.

“My first instinct is to write songs,” Aaron Taos says of his artistic drive. “When I first got a guitar when I was little, the first thing I wanted to do was write songs. I didn’t want to learn covers; I wanted to make something new. I really like making tangible things out of ideas.”

As a 16-year-old, those ideas first manifested as a garage rock band with some fellow jocks. Still, athletics remained his primary focus — until he took those talents to college. He quickly found enthusiasm for soccer quashed by too much structure and a lack of creativity, so he resolved to turn fully to his true muse: Music. Between classes, Taos holed up in his school’s computer lab, instructing himself in the production arts. “My friends would make fun of me because I was always there watching tutorial videos, learning how to use Logic,” he recalls.

Literally learning as he went, he was resolute in his passionate pursuit. He moved home before relocating to Brooklyn for a Sony Legacy internship, all the while forging his debut EP, 2015’s GUITS. Lo-fi by necessity, the project “was really a bedroom experiment with guitar in a way I wanted to do it,” he says. “Just looping. It was my first time mixing anything from scratch.” Despite its novice DIY nature, GUITS drew attention from publications like Consequence of Sound, The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, and Pigeons and Planes; it even landed Taos a manager. With minimal assistance or formal musical education, Taos felt himself fast-tracked to pop success.

Until the reality of the situation slowed everything down. His recordings’ homegrown nature made them intriguingly sincere, but ill-prepared him for the actuality of the industry. Taos went from training himself to being thrust into writing rooms from LA to Sweden and shown all sorts of contracts and licensing deals. It was a lot to absorb for someone who just wanted to create.

“It was a double-edged sword,” says Taos of his quick come-up. “It gave me a reason to say, ‘I can actually do this. I’m going to do this.’ But it also stopped my progress in some ways. I met a lot of cool people, I became a better songwriter, but I wasn’t making anything tangible for me.”

Throughout that year of fruitless co-writing sessions, he nevertheless kept learning, refining his craft while awaiting that serendipitous spark to reignite his artful ambition. Without warning, it returned full force when Taos found himself in the right room with the right song and the right producers. The production team was LA duo TÕN and the song was his early 2017 single “Off My Mind”. A hook-riddled groove of yearning desire mixing GUITS‘s guitar sound with “hard-hitting hip-hop-ish drums,” the track catalyzed a new flurry of writing, recording, and releasing.

Yet, just as his music was becoming more dynamic, his personal life was stagnating. His relationship with his girlfriend, who had been there since the beginning of this journey, was coming to a crossroads. Taos now had to find a way to explore his new sonic growth while simultaneously dealing with a broken heart.  Ever self-aware, he determined the best way to progress with both was to capture it all on Night Thoughts.

“This EP, for me, is to conceptualize what I am and what I’ve done, what this time meant to me,” Taos reflects. “It’s me retrospectively making sense of my life at that time personally and musically.”

As a result, Night Thoughts plays through the timeline of a relationship. The sleek, sexy tones of opener “Amazing” capture that first rush of attraction. Driving and syncopated, the hard-thumping “Twisted” expresses the dumbfounding anxiety of obsession with psychedelic licks nodding to Taos’ love of Tame Impala. Straightening himself up, Taos gets lost in the cool, carefree joy of true love on “Only One”, only to wistfully stumble on the dance floor as he recognizes a potential end with “Not Over Yet”.

More than just romantic contemplation, though, the EP is truly a time capsule of Aaron Taos’ last three years. It’s the result of a burgeoning musician’s quest to become the type of recording artist he knew he could be. Although it stands as validation that he’s succeeded, it also marks the end of this chapter in his life. It places this young songwriter on the edge of darkness, just stepping forward to meet whatever comes next. There, in those moments before the breaking dawn, live twilight ruminations rich with vulnerability, pleasure, and heartache — the Night Thoughts.

Aaron Taos
Aaron Taos is ready to seize his own parcel of the indie pop-rock landscape in 2018 — and Night Thoughts, the Brooklyn resident’s sophomore EP, serves as the blueprint for his takeover.

Hip Abduction – Come On Get Up

Hip Abduction.

Hip​ ​Abduction​ ​began​ ​through​ ​informal​ ​jam​ ​sessions​ ​and​ ​quickly​ ​coalesced​ ​into​ ​a​ ​sound​ ​that​ ​attracted national​ ​attention.​ ​For​ ​Gold​ ​Under​ ​the​ ​Glow,​ ​the​ ​band’s​ ​third​ ​full​ ​album​ ​released​ ​on​ ​March​ ​11,​ ​2016,​ ​THA engage​ ​an​ ​indie​ ​pop​ ​acumen​ ​alongside​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​emotive​ ​and​ ​roots​ ​driven​ ​sound.​ ​Recorded​ ​in​ ​Nashville, Gold​ ​Under​ ​the​ ​Glow​ ​was​ ​produced​ ​by​ ​Dabney​ ​Morris​ ​(Wild​ ​Cub)​ ​who​ ​is​ ​credited​ ​with​ ​incorporating synth-pop​ ​teeth​ ​into​ ​the​ ​band’s​ ​global​ ​foundation​ ​and​ ​summery​ ​vibe.​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​smart​ ​blending​ ​of​ ​world​ ​pop and​ ​club​ ​aesthetics​ ​that​ ​appeals​ ​to​ ​both​ ​audiences.

Sometimes​ ​inspiration​ ​strikes​ ​from​ ​the​ ​immersion​ ​of​ ​living​ ​in​ ​a​ ​far​ ​away​ ​place.​ ​The​ ​view​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ocean.​ ​The sound​ ​of​ ​a​ ​rainforest​ ​at​ ​sunrise.​ ​The​ ​smell​ ​of​ ​an​ ​open-air​ ​market.​ ​The​ ​embrace​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wild​ ​human experience.​ ​However,​ ​maybe​ ​the​ ​nostalgia​ ​for​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​place​ ​might​ ​be​ ​attributed​ ​instead​ ​to​ ​a​ ​feeling,​ ​or​ ​a time,​ ​or​ ​even​ ​a​ ​person.​ ​Sometimes,​ ​inspiration​ ​stems​ ​from​ ​a​ ​place​ ​that​ ​everyone​ ​can​ ​relate​ ​to,​ ​but​ ​maybe no​ ​one’s​ ​actually​ ​been.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​music​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Hip​ ​Abduction,​ ​the​ ​vibrant​ ​St.​ ​Petersburg,​ ​FL-based collective​ ​that​ ​formed​ ​over​ ​a​ ​mutual​ ​appreciation​ ​for​ ​West​ ​African​ ​and​ ​early​ ​Jamaican​ ​reggae/dub​ ​music.

​Hip​ ​Abduction​ ​featuring​ ​David​ ​New​ ​(lead​ ​vocals,​ ​guitar),​ ​Chris​ ​Powers​ ​(bass),​ ​Dave​ ​Johnson (baritone​ ​and​ ​tenor​ ​sax),​ ​Sean​ ​Fote​ ​(keyboards),​ ​Matt​ ​Poynter​ ​(drums,​ ​vocals)​ ​and​ ​John​ ​Holt​ ​III​ ​(kamale ngoni,​ ​guitar,​ ​vocals)​ ​have​ ​shared​ ​stages​ ​with​ ​the​ ​likes​ ​of​ ​Grace​ ​Potter,​ ​Ziggy​ ​Marley,​ ​Umphrey’s​ ​McGee, Thievery​ ​Corporation,​ ​Matisyahu,​ ​311,​ ​Galactic,​ ​and​ ​Moon​ ​Taxi​ ​and​ ​has​ ​performed​ ​at​ ​Shaky​ ​Knees, FloydFest,​ ​Wanee​ ​Music​ ​Festival,​ ​Suwanee​ ​Hulaween,​ ​Deep​ ​Roots​ ​Mountain​ ​Revival,​ ​Sunfest,​ ​Orange Blossom​ ​Jamboree,​ ​Tropical​ ​Heatwave​ ​Music​ ​Festival,​ ​The​ ​BIG​ ​What?​ ​and​ ​more.​ ​Watch​ ​out​ ​for​ ​more festival​ ​plays​ ​in​ ​2017​ ​including​ ​Jam​ ​Cruise,​ ​Sweetwater​ ​420​ ​Fest,​ ​Summercamp,​ ​Electric​ ​Forest, FloydFest,​ ​Deep​ ​Roots​ ​Mountain​ ​Revival,​ ​Peach​ ​Fest​ ​and​ ​more​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​coast​ ​to​ ​coast​ ​dates.

The Hip Abduction
The​ ​Hip​ ​Abduction​ ​featuring​ ​David​ ​New​ ​(lead​ ​vocals,​ ​guitar),​ ​Chris​ ​Powers​ ​(bass),​ ​Dave​ ​Johnson (baritone​ ​and​ ​tenor​ ​sax),​ ​Sean​ ​Fote​ ​(keyboards),​ ​Matt​ ​Poynter​ ​(drums,​ ​vocals)​ ​and​ ​John​ ​Holt​ ​III​ ​(kamale ngoni,​ ​guitar,​ ​vocals)​ ​have​ ​shared​ ​stages​ ​with​ ​the​ ​likes​ ​of​ ​Grace​ ​Potter,​ ​Ziggy​ ​Marley,​ ​Umphrey’s​ ​McGee, Thievery​ ​Corporation

X.ARI – Stay v Go

X.ARI

X.ARI  the  Toronto  born,  LA  based  songstress  deftly  dances  in  and  out  of  genre  lines,  moving  from  enchanting  alternative  pop  to  gritty  hip-hop  production  under  a  cover  of  electronic  elegance.  All  the  while,  her  visceral  lyrics  transmit  messages  of  hope  as  often  as  they  ponder  tragedy.  It  is  the  mixture  of  those  two  elements  when  X.ARI’s  sound  and  voice  come  to  life.

X.ARI  finds  healing  and  her  unapologetic  voice  in  her  music.  In  addition  to  that  she  also  dedicates  much  of  her  time  and  energy  into  her  Pain  into  Power  campaign,  which  focuses  on  self  care  and  well  being  in  regards  to  one’s  mental  health.  Her  latest  single  ‘Stay  v  Go’  and  5  track  EP  “Dis-Order”  are  being  released  in  May  as  a  part  of  Mental  Health  Awareness  month.  There  will  also  be  a  line  of  self  care  products  such  as  journals,  candles,  etc  to  accompany  these  releases.

A  version  of  ‘Stay  v  Go’  was  filmed  to  air  exclusively  in  over  1200  Journeys  stores,  during  a  campaign  that  will  run  in  Fall  2018. “We  don’t  need  to  be  defined  by  labels  and  we  can  turn  our  weakness  into  strength  with  a  lot  of  self  love,  radical  acceptance,  support,  therapy,  and  consistency.  If  I  can  get  through  my  traumas  and  turn  pain  into  power,  so  can  you”  is  one  of  her  anchoring  beliefs  and  much  of  the  purpose  behind  her  latest  web  series  ‘Self  Care  Sunday’.

The  identity  and  name  X.ARI  is  a  persona  that  was  adopted  amidst  working  on  her  debut  EP  in  2017,  which  she  has  stated  “became  the  birth  of  a  totally  new  process”.  She  goes  on  to  say  “In  Nordic,  ARI  means  eagle  and  in  Hebrew,  it  means  lion.  It  is  more  me  than  I’ve  ever  been”.

Her  debut  EP,  Tunnel  Vision  went  on  to  win  several  awards,  including  Artistic  Echoes  Indie  awards  for  ‘Best  Female  Artist’,  ‘Best  Album  of  the  Year’,  and  ‘Best  Single’,  for  the  title  track  ‘Tunnel  Vision’.  Her  single  ‘Teachers’  also  won  the  Indie  International  Songwriting  Competition  in  March  2018. In  addition  to  all  the  accolades,  X.  ARI  is  also  determined  to  give  back.  Proceeds  from  every  show,  music,  and  merchandise  go  to Jack.org, the  only  Canadian  charity  training  and  empowering  young  leaders  to  revolutionize  mental  health.  Through  their  programs,  Jack.org  is  ensuring  young  people  in  Canada  take  care  of  their  mental  health  and  get  the  help  they  deserve,  when  they  need  it.X.

ARI’s  music  is  aimed  to  serve  as  a  vehicle  for  expression.  2018  has  seen  the  release  of  her  most  recent  single  “Vapors”,  which  was  produced  by  Justin  Gray  (Mariah  Carey,  Joss  Stone)  and  premiered  on  Wolf  In  A  Suit.  This  came  fresh  on  the  heels  of  the  EP’s  announcement  and  first  single,  “Cattle  Call”,  which  came  out  on  October  2017,  was  produced  by  Drew  Skinner,  and  the  single’s  release  party  included  a  SOLD  OUT  performance  at  the  acclaimed  Toronto  venue,  The  Piston.

Currently  she  is  working  on  a  remix  for  her  latest  single  “Stay  v  Go”  with  Bimbo  Jones.  The  release  of  the  ‘Dis-Order’  EP,  will  be  followed  with  new  music  she  is  already  working  on  for  her  third  EP  with  Midi  Jones  (2Chainz,  Trey  Songz).

X.ARI
X.ARI,  the  Toronto  born,  LA  based  songstress  deftly  dances  in  and  out  of  genre  lines,  moving  from  enchanting  alternative  pop  to  gritty  hip-hop  production  under  a  cover  of  electronic  elegance.

Corella – Caught Up

Corella

Fresh indie-pop quartet Corella started their journey in Manchester early 2016. Joel (Vocals/Guitar), Ben (Vocals/Bass), Jack (Guitar) and James (Drums) are currently bouncing between the studio and the road with their powerful vocals, melodic guitars and pulsating drums.

Their 5 singles have been supported by the likes of BBC Introducing, ITV’s ‘This Morning’, Manchester United, BMX brand ‘Mongoose’, and Spotify playlist’s ‘The Indie List’ and ‘Indie Roadtrip‘ both with over 195k followers.

A busy festival season included appearances at Truck, Y NOT, Blackthorn, Tramlines, Ramsbottom and Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a UK tour in October including their biggest headline show to date at a sold out Academy 3 in Manchester.

The lads have an upcoming Spring tour with shows across the UK including a headline show at the iconic Band on the Wall in Manchester.

Corella
Fresh indie-pop quartet Corella started their journey in Manchester early 2016. Joel (Vocals/Guitar), Ben (Vocals/Bass), Jack (Guitar) and James (Drums) are currently bouncing between the studio and the road with their powerful vocals, melodic guitars and pulsating drums.

Pacific – Life In Short

Pacific

Pacific are a Piano-driven Alternative/Indie band from Northwich, UK. The band consists of brothers & songwriters Anthony Orzel – Vocals/Piano and Daniel Orzel – Synths/Bass/Backing Vocals, Dave Bithell – Guitars and Drew Burns – Drums/Percussion.

Fresh off the back of their 2017 single release ‘Blinded’ – described by reviewers as “anthemic vocals, addictive guitars and euphoric moments” – Pacific’s energetic brand new single ‘Life in Short’ has landed, with an exclusive first look courtesy of Metro. The release of the band’s EP, ‘What Are You Waiting For’, followed the success of its lead single ‘Time to Forget’, a forceful call to action that immediately stood the band out from the crowd. The single reaped Pacific’s first BBC Radio 1 play on the Huw Stephens show, along with airplay on a further eighty UK radio stations.

Pacific have previously received strong backing from BBC 6’s Mark Radcliffe, who praises the band’s music as “outstanding”, along with constant support from BBC Introducing, who often invite the band for live interviews and to film live sessions. The band made huge steps on the live circuit in the summer of 2017, sharing stages with Razorlight, Maximo Park, Toploader, The Hoosiers, Starsailor and more. The young band are excited to share their fresh, energetic sound with anthemic melodies on continually bigger stages in the years to come.

Pacific
Pacific are a Piano-driven Alternative/Indie band from Northwich, UK. The band consists of brothers & songwriters Anthony Orzel – Vocals/Piano and Daniel Orzel – Synths/Bass/Backing Vocals, Dave Bithell – Guitars and Drew Burns – Drums/Percussion.
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pacificofficial

All The Rest – First Class Lover

All The Rest

Senoia, Georgia is a creepy old place. One hour south of Atlanta in the Deep South, Senoia is the town where AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is filmed. It is also the home town of ALL THE REST who are as much misfits in their town as their Zombie counterparts.

Baylee Waller (19) is the son of a contemporary Christian artist and his dad bought him an electric guitar aged 10. Baylee immersed himself in music and when he was at a Tennessee music festival his dad was performing at, he met Jud Harris (19) who had been playing drums since the age of 8. They started to hang out together and dream of being rock stars. When Baylee’s cousin Caleb Smith (18) heard Jud and Baylee jamming together he decided he wanted to play guitar too. He was only 12 but when he started to practice with the other two the band suddenly landed its lead singer.

In the summer of 2013 the band knew they needed to add a bass player to their line up and so posted a Facebook status. Local bass player Tre Housman (20) had been playing since the age of 7, he luckily heard about the vacant position and impressed the guys with his skills.

With the line up now complete the guys have played constantly in the Georgia music scene and developed their skills as songwriters and musicians.

All home schooled, All The Rest are anything but regular and with their individual fashion style and weird personalities were often sneered at by locals. They ignored and persevered and when their music reached the ears of LA Music Publishers Kundun Music they were immediately snapped up for synchronisation in Film, TV and commercials.

Now recording in the studio with legendary alt Producer Matt Squire, whose credits include Panic! at the Disco, Youngblood Hawke, Good Charlotte, Boys Like Girls and All Time Low.

Often thought to be pretentious, All The Rest mysteriously thrives on the outer critics, making honest music for a disoriented and systematic generation. Inspired by the Post-Punk era, this alternative rock band carries a rebellious voice, unexpected from their sleepy Deep South. It’s undeniable that this band represents “All The Rest” of society.

Their first official release is Black Plague – released March 7th 2017. It is a raw and honest song about a true life toxic former relationship for one of the band that lead to nothing but pain and heartache.

All Things Go loves the track calling it “a hard-hitting revival of the raw energy borne from personal struggle and perseverance. As it rides on waves of self-determination, the sheer force of will carries you through the void.”

Emerging Indie Bands claims that, “The mix of dirty blues guitar and preppy pop vocal give All The Rest a space of their own in a crowded-market…The fact that I am suggesting you spend time in their company indicates that I think in Black Plague it works successfully…”

All The Rest has been featured on Alfitude‘s New Music Playlist.

“Black Plague” captures the ebbs and flows of life throughout its production. Moments of complete chaos are followed by moments of sweet serenity. This punchy rock tune is gritty and heartfelt – the epitome of freedom, as the lyrics suggest, letting go of the ties that ultimately bring you down.

All The Rest
“a hard-hitting revival of the raw energy borne from personal struggle and perseverance. As it rides on waves of self-determination, the sheer force of will carries you through the void.”

Fred Page – Saw It Off

Fred Page

The Burning Ear says, “From the jaunty guitar line that’s practically jumping out of the speakers, to the way the beat seems to get shut off for a second at the end of the choruses, Fred Page makes each element contribute to themes of his lyrics…The result is reminiscent of Ben Howard, but much livelier and easier to envision in an arena. ‘Saw It Off’ might just be your next big hands-in-the-air anthem.”

Ear To The Ground says, “…just a matter of time before he’s a household name.”

Evocative of the vocal stylings of Kaleo, the top-notch songwriting of James Vincent McMorrow, and the timelessness of Nick Drake, Page seamlessly weaves ebullient vocals and fervent storytelling all held down by a commanding guitar cadence. The perfect battle cry, “Saw It Off” is a soundtrack for moving on when something isn’t working.

Fred Page
From the jaunty guitar line that’s practically jumping out of the speakers, to the way the beat seems to get shut off for a second at tend of the choruses, Fred Page makes each element contribute to themes of his lyrics

Delphina Kings

Delphina Kings

Delphina Kings formed in 2017. Combining the fuzzy energy of Blur with the singalong hooks of The Hunna, the North West trio play an angular brand of indie rock.

Songwriting duo Chris (guitar/vocals) and Andy (bass/lyrics) had been writing together since high school, but they were still in search of an identity. With the addition of Chris’s brother Pete (drums), armed with a new sound and named after a pair of shoes, Delphina Kings was born.

The combination of a barista, a baker and a university dropout proved effective. Their first single ‘Lovestruck’, produced by Sugar House (Pale Waves, Viola Beach), earned a feature on E4’s Made in Chelsea and the support of BBC Introducing in both Merseyside and Manchester. They have also shared the stage with Starsailor and Razorlight.

The group opted to self-produce their new single Electric, a jagged flurry of erratic guitars and eccentric embellishments punching in at barely three minutes long. It’s a cocktail of everything the band has absorbed in its short existence, and is accompanied by a surreal music video.

Delphina Kings
A jagged flurry of erratic guitars and eccentric embellishments punching in at barely three minutes long.