Category Archives: Rock

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.

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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.

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Dream Wife

? © Hollie Fernando

Dream Wife are a very talented entertaining trio consisting of Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar, vocals), Bella Podpadec (bass, vocals). They hail from Brighton, London, and Reykjavik. The Dream Wife name comes from a 1953 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

They were studying fine art and visual art at college in Brighton and they had the concept of forming a “fake girl band” as an art project for a gallery exhibition. So they wrote a few songs, recorded them, made a mockumentary inspired by Spinal Tap, and performed at the opening of the exhibition. And the rest as they say is history.

The pop punk trio – Alice, Bella & Rakel – Dream Wife formed within the walls of art university in Brighton. When they left uni that’s when the rocky roads of Dream Wife kicked in full speed: Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is already cemented following tours with Sleigh Bells, The Kills and their recent US triumphant stateside debut on tour at SXSW which earned them praise from NPR, DIY, Stereogum, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly etc. Aimed with razor-sharp pop tunes and a take no prisoners punk attitude they’re are known to elicit pure chaos at their raucous live shows.

Time for a tour of their amazing musical catalog, which considering how short a time span they have been a band is pretty amazing. The toughest part deciding what to include. So, lets listen to the music.

I’m just loving this recent single release. Full of bounce and fuzzy guitars. Smacks of the 80’s and 90’s but still very much 21st century. This one really rocks.
Somebody

Directed, shot and edited by John Podpadec. Make up and hair by Jender Anomie. Assistant Camera by Bethany Fitter. Assistant Lighting by Molly Denton. S16mm processing by Cinelab London. Filmed in Wedmore, Somerset

 

Wow! This is a great video of Dream Wife at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves. Recorded November 6, 2016. These KEXP videos are always spot on,
and this band too. With just a tinge of the B52’s without the male voice. Great guitar again, all in all an awesome experience.
Lolita

Host: Cheryl Waters & Kevin Cole
Audio Recording & Mixing: Kevin Suggs & Matt Ogaz
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D’Alessandro, Luke Knecht & Justin Wilmore
Director & Editor: Scott Holpainen

? © Hollie Fernando

This is from earlier last year, the whole group looking Pretty in Pink. But still making their great style of music. Not trying to send a message just pure punk/pop/rock music. Why are they not in the charts?
Kids

Directed, shot & edited by Aidan Zamiri, Styled by Paolina Alexandra Russo. Make up and hair by Olivia Sonia Pudelko. Assisted by Isabella Holder. Graphics by Lewis. Garments made by students of Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central St Martins. Shot at Central St Martins.

? Mike Massaro

An exhilarating live performance at the Moth Club, Hackney, featuring Fever Dream. This was a few months ago and this one captures all sorts of youthful angst. I’m sure you can guess what FUU means, and if not you’ll soon find out. This is a band with balls in the Ian Dury tradition. The Moth Club never existed in Hackney when I was in that area, I guess I was before the times. Love this track.
FUU

Shot at Moth Club at the best night ever with the best friends!

 

Last one for the day.
Friday night and the lights are low, Dream Wife are the kids to know. With their fittest friends in tow, the Icelandic-English trio descend on their favorite London basement venue with studs in their leather and a twinkle in their eyes. Decked out in MCM’s punk-infused, i-D-inspired new collection, it’s all colored eyes, dog collars and glitter; hearts will race, hair will fly, and the night never has to end if you don’t want it to.
Another great track featuring Young Karin
Everything

Director Lucy Luscombe
Producer Jack Robinson
Director of Photography Adam Scarth
Steadicam Andrew M. Fletcher
Art Director Sophie Durham

 

As a parting gift let me share their first EP with you, something for the afternoon.

EP1