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New Music Friday Chapter 14

May 29, 2020

By Bella Carles

DMA’S have unveiled a new video for single “The Glow” which was shot in East London earlier this year by director Errol Rainey (Ivy Park, Alexander McQueen). “The Glow” is the third track to be released from their forthcoming album THE GLOW due for release on July 10.

The title track’s buoyant anthemic sound is infused with a signature distorted guitar riff and a Strokes-y beat matched by Tommy’s euphoric howl. “The Glow” has evolved and been fine-tuned over the years. As Tommy O’Dell summarizes; “Some parts were written when we were going through break-ups and others were written more recently when our lives were very different. For me it’s a snapshot of where we were and where we’re at now. That’s the reason why it’s one of my favourites.” 

THE GLOW was produced and mixed by Grammy award winning producer Stuart Price (Madonna, The Killers, New Order) in the historic Westlake Recording Studios, a long way from the band’s early days in Sydney. From their emotive heart to their towering hooks, the core traits that have earned DMA’S a huge following are still prominent in new album THE GLOW, but now their anthemic sound is infused with a euphoric flood of alt-pop flair with pulsating synths and taut beats. While the huge choruses will prove to be electrifying highlights of future live shows.

Fans can pre-order THE GLOW now and there are also exclusive merchandise bundles with signed prints plus limited edition heavyweight transparent green vinyl & cassettes if purchased through the band’s official store

DMA’S are made up of Tommy O’Dell, Matt Mason and Johnny Took. The band formed in Sydney and made an immediate impression with their 2014 debut EP. Their full-length debut Hills End saw them crash into Australia’s Top 10, before For Now cemented them as a force to be reckoned with. The album earned three ARIA Music Award nominations for Best Group, Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release.

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The Lemon Twigs reveal the second single from their forthcoming third album, Songs For The General Public, entitled “Moon.” The thrilling sax-driven track revels in hints of Bruce Springsteen and even fellow Long Islander Billy Joel. The D’Addario brothers wrote, recorded and produced the forthcoming album entirely on tape at their Long Island home studio, Sonora Studios in Los Angeles, and Electric Lady in New York City. “Moon” is preceded by “The One,” which earned praise as “excellent” (Flood), “kaleidoscopic” (CoS) and “prodigious” (Paste) as well as comparisons to recent collaborator Todd Rundgren (Gigwise). Songs For The General Public is out August 21 on 4AD. 

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The prodigiously-talented duo first emerged as The Lemon Twigs in 2016 with their debut LP Do Hollywood, whose show-stopping melodies mined from every era of rock quickly earned fans in Elton John, Questlove, and Jack Antonoff. Go To School, the ambitious 15-track coming-of-age opus, followed in 2018 and solidified the band’s reputation for building grand walls of sound around an audacious concept.

Photo By Michael Hill

The 12-track album will be released on August 21 digitally and on CD, limited translucent red vinyl (only available via indie stores and the 4AD Store), and standard black vinyl. The first 100 vinyl pre-orders made through the 4AD Store will receive a limited-edition print signed by the brothers. Pre-order here

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After releasing a well-received, four-song EP, Diana Dors, Rogers & Butler is now releasing its first full-length album, called Poets & Sinners on Zip Records on June 26th. With Poets & Sinners, Rogers & Butler display their stunning melodic songwriting talents, and along with Don Piper’s production skills, have delivered their strongest music to date with eleven brand-new compositions. Rogers & Butler are joined by some of New York City’s best-known musicians: Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks), Dennis Diken (Smithereens), Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs) and Don Piper (Marty Willson-Piper).

The first single, “Olde Store Fronts” has garnered early airplay, most notably on Meg Griffin’s Disorder on Sirius XM, where it was featured two weeks in a row in early May. During this isolation period, Rogers & Butler, along with producer/guitarist Don Piper, also made an at-home video for the single

Rogers is a British-born, NYC-based singer/songwriter with seven solo albums and has been compared to Ray Davies and Kevin Ayers in his singing and songwriting style. Edward has played in the US, Europe and the UK several times. He has been invited to open for several artists such as Colin Blunstone of The Zombies, Dave Davies of The Kinks, The Zombies, Ian Hunter and Terry Reid and has also performed many solo shows. Most recently, he was on a U.S. tour with Marty Willson-Piper (The Church, All About Eve, The Saints).  

Stephen Butler is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter. His career started in NYC, after being discovered by Hilly Kristal, owner of CBGB’s, who managed Butler and his band Quincy. They were signed by Paul Atkinson (formerly of The Zombies) to Columbia Records. When Quincy broke up, Butler, with his new band, Smash Palace, inked a deal with Epic Records.  Smash Palace has recorded 12 records, and has toured extensively over the years in the USA, Canada and the UK. Butler has opened for and toured with INXS, The Records, Neil Innes, The Moody Blues, Peter Frampton, Van Morrison and numerous other acts during his career. 

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The UK’s Sea Girls take you into their surreal world as they reveal the fun-fuelled animated video for their latest single “Do You Really Wanna Know?,” taken from their forthcoming debut album Open Up Your Head – out August 14 via Island Records.

The video, directed by world-class animator Francesca de Bassa, takes the band’s own self-isolated photography and brings them to life as kaleidoscopic, animated collages. What starts as an empty canvas soon turns into an absurd world swarming with anthropomorphic characters – a colourful and playful live concert of moving images where the lines between reality and fantasy blur.

Francesca recently created a captivating film on mental health awareness, which, in line with the personal lyrical themes of the song and topics that the band have discussed openly, made her the perfect fit to bring the subject matter to life.

As with previous Sea Girls’ singles, “Do You Really Wanna Know?” first premiered as Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record” on BBC Radio 1 and stateside Wolf In A Suitsaid “the guys keep on showcasing the extent of their talent as they deliver catchy and inviting verses that people can instantly connect with.” Ear To The Ground labeled it “Refreshingly nostalgic.” The track exemplifies the band’s penchant for penning emotionally charged, deeply personal, hook-laden guitar-pop brilliance.

Photo by Parri Thomas

With Open Up Your Head, Sea Girls’ songwriting has elevated, with frontman Henry Camamile stepping into the spotlight as a genuine storyteller for his generation. The album is fit to burst with colourful melodies, guitar, and synth hooks – an explosion of joyous indie-rock held together to reflect Camamile’s darker songwriting that becomes one of hope.

Taking their inspiration as kids, when The Killers, The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys debut albums were released, much of their success is driven by their energetic live performances and uncanny ability to write adrenaline-heavy guitar anthems with songs like ‘Violet’ and ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’, and the release of their latest EP Under Exit Lights.

The band has also been keeping busy in lockdown, releasing isolation ‘Living Room’ live performances and becoming the first band to host Netflix Parties with their fans.

Renowned for their frenetic, sweat-drenched performances, 2019 saw Sea Girls playing their debut live shows in the U.S. to packed rooms in both New York City and Los Angeles. While stateside the band headed to Paste’s NYC studio for a session – watch that HERE. The band will kick off their rescheduled April UK dates by upgrading the venues to play their biggest headline shows to date in November 2020, including a career-defining night at London’s legendary O2 Brixton Academy on November 6. Tickets are on-sale at https://www.seagirls.net/uk-tour

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