Category Archives: Rock

Signe Eide

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You have to remember Signe Eide from my post late last year, she’s the Norwegian songbird who thrilled us all with her songwriting and her vocals. It was she who introduced us to the Nordic Pop Noir style.

She is certainly getting around lately, recently she appeared at SXSW and this Thursday she is going to be at the Piknik i Parken 2017 at the wonderful Frognerparken and Vigeland-musset in Oslo. I loved that park, when I used to live there it was a favorite spot.

Meantime I have been keeping an eye open for any new releases and lucky us I have found a new release.

SIgne Eide has just released her new single which I am currently enjoying to no end.
Signe tells me “This was recorded spontaneously in one day in Greenpoint, NYC after returning from playing at SXSW festival.”
Signe is back in form, not that she ever wasn’t, as my favorite purveyor of Nordic Pop Noir and now with an added touch of Americana. Must be that SXSW rubbing off on her.
Liar

Release date 16.06.2017
Schnux Records
Producer: Shane O’Connell, Signe Eide
All instruments by Signe Eide & Shane O’Connell
Braund Studios, Greenpoint/Brooklyn, NYC 21.03.2017
Additional mix: BowLar Apartments by Bowitz/Larsen
Mastering: Martin Bowitz, Strype Audio.

And then, after further searching I found this gem, released about eight hours ago. A live performance, in Oslo, in a Sofar recording. They do a great job with their recordings of newer talent.
Signe in full power voice on this track at times, and yet still has time to include the amazing vibrato.  I am really enjoying this track, the title track from her most recent EP.
Simple/Heavy

Filmed by: Richard Ashton
Edited by: Henrik Soeberg

 

On the previous post i featured a pre-release copy of this track, at the time I said “It is beautiful in its despair”, I think I’ll stick by that. It truly is beautiful.
This is a live version @ SubScene Oslo with Elice Sauge, Alice Lewin, Mathilde Degland & Torkel Skaug.
I am Fever

(c) 2015 signe.eide@live.no

 

Talking of that album, Simple / Heavy, you should really check it out and here is your chance.
Simple / Heavy

 

Babe Punch

📸 Jessica-Rose Lena

Meet Babe Punch. An alternative rock band from the Nottingham/Derby area in the UK.
They are still in their late teens so they have plenty of energy to burn off.

With their grunge and punk influences, they have been described as having a “venomous and angry sound” and making “a racket that goes way beyond their years”.
Babe Punch are:
Molly Godber (vocals)
Carys Jones (guitarist)
Miles Cooke (guitarist)
Abbie Roberts (bassist)
Adam Fletcher (drummer)

And they certainly live up to the name, when you first hear their sound you will certainly feel the punch. The Babe Punch that it is.

Time to check out the music, enough of the background.

So here it is. Your new favorite band. Hailing from the Midlands, pop-punksters Babe Punch are about to unleash their debut single ‘Control’ this July 7th – a riotous and confident belter of a song from the teenagers, that has already led them on to stages that include the Y Not and Dot To Dot Festivals.

And you are in luck, I have an advance sneak peak chance for you to listen to it. It’s simply amazing.
Control

📸 James Robert Birtwhistle

Check this out, @ Nottingham Trent University Students Union, Nottingham on 28th May 2017 Babe Punch destroys Chris Isaac classic, but in a good way.
Enjoy it and I bet you can’t keep your feet still.
Wicked Game

Let’s check out an earlier appearance at Future Session studios. This was a couple of years ago and at that time the line up was Molly Godber, Carys Jones, Abbie Roberts, Erica Hardy Fry and Adam Fletcher. Young wild and full of teen energy and guitar shredding skills.
Second Hand Slave & Drain

Filmed at the Notts TV studios on 25th November 2015.
Director: Paul Wallis
Video: Alon Gani, Amy Bettney, Jon Cooke, Stephen Jones
Audio: Ben Hickingbottom, Joni Butley, Ryan Prokaza
Editor and Audio Post: Paul Wallis
Production Manager: Sam Nahirny
Production Assistant: Katie Beard
Presenter: Mark Del

 

And we’ll close with Babe Punch performing live at Rough Trade Nottingham as part of the Hockley Hustle,  it is a shortened version of their new single as featured at the top of this post.
Control

 

Marina V

It’s always a good day when Marina V drops a new track, so we have one that dropped a few days ago to share with you today. She is working on a new album, “Born to the Stars”.

In case you are not acquainted with Marina V, this is what I and a few others wrote about her a few a few years back:

Russian-born singer/songwriter Marina V is a young and charismatic pop artist with an incredible life story and a “hauntingly beautiful” sound (L.A. Times). Marina’s music is “melodic and passionate” (The Washington Post), which, combined with her “voice of an angel” (The Prague Post) and her rich cultural background, makes this artist truly special. “If the Beatles and Tori Amos had a child raised in Russia by Tchaikovsky, that would be me,” muses the piano-playing chanteuse, describing her musical influences. Now a true California girl, the red-headed songstress grew up in Moscow, blessed with a beautiful voice & long last name (Verenikina.)

This is the new song I mentioned and it’s a real beauty, as is the singer.
I keep playing this one, I really dig the song. Marina was in top form writing this gem. Personally I can’t wait for the album to drop if this is a hint of the quality.
Born to the Stars

Born to the Stars: written by Marina Verenikina & Nick Baker.
Produced by Steve Horner. Guest vocals by Árstíðir.
VIDEO directed & edited by Katya Tsyganova.
Filmed at Studio 519, Redondo Beach, CA.

📷 Erik Fischer

For something different, here’s Marina’s Russian version of a Neil Diamond classic. It sounds just as good in Russian. This is a live performance from Los Angeles with Nick Baker on guitar. Brilliant.
Solitary Man

Many thanks to ZR Live! & Delta H Design for this video!

 

Gonna finish up with one of my earlier favorites from the Marina V catalog. This was a video she filmed in Moscow a few years back, A beautiful song with the totally sexy Marina in fine voice. Enjoy.
Run

Run: written by Marina V & Nick Baker, produced by Ryan Franks, mixed by Joshua Minyard. Video directed by Katya Tsyganova, shot on location in Moscow, Russia.

📷 Katya Tsyganova Photography