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New Music Friday Chapter 8

Apr 17, 2020

By Bella Carles

The Jaded Hearts Club is a new band featuring frontmen Miles Kane (The Last Shadow Puppets) and Nic Cester (Jet), guitarists Graham Coxon (Blur) and Jamie Davis, plus Matt Bellamy (Muse) on bass and drummer Sean Payne (The Zutons). “This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It’s Killing Me)” is the second track the band has released following “Nobody But Me” which had Miles Kane lending his raucous rock ‘n’ roll vocal on The Isley Brothers’ Northern Soul classic. 

Today, this star-studded band shares “This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It’s Killing Me)” featuring Nic Cester on lead vocals. This lost Marvin Gaye song was originally recorded in 1967 a couple of months after “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (which at the time was making Gaye a global star), but it wasn’t released from the vaults of Motown until 1994 almost 30 years later. Here The Jaded Hearts Club give it some renewed verve in a way only they can. In the bands’ words…

“As soon as I heard ‘This Love Starved Heart Of Mine’ I knew Nic Cester from Jet is one of the few people who could actually sing it. Nic’s vocal has that gut-wrenching on-pitch scream and raw charisma that provide the driving power needed. The track is like a runaway train – big, brassy, brash… a soul classic.”Jamie Davis

“Learning to sing a song like this and giving it the respect it deserves meant really studying it with microscopic detail and then trying to forget it all again. The ease at which Marvin navigates his way through all the phrasing is so unbelievably effortless – I loved looking at the work of someone that talented. You really recognize and appreciate the soul of the man.” Nic Cester

“We listened to hours and hours of songs from the Northern Soul/Motown period to choose the right 10 for an album – This perfectly sums up what we are trying to do as The Jaded Hearts Club – to shed light on some of the greatest lost songs ever written.” Matt Bellamy

The band was formed in 2017 when Jamie Davis, a British guitarist living in Los Angeles who previously ran Coxon’s Transcopic Records label in England, wanted to book a Beatles covers band to play at his birthday party. The cost proved to be excessive and the available tribute acts were drab, so Davis had a back-up plan. “I realized I knew a bunch of half decent British musician friends living in L.A. so I thought I’d ask if they’d come together to form an early ‘60s Cavern-era Beatles band.”

They kept their plans a secret. So when family and friends turned up at the party, they were shocked to see an all-star band rampaging through a Cavern Club era Beatles set. “The place went nuts,” smiles Davis, “and everyone had such a good time that we decided to do it again.”

If their debut gig was a big surprise, their second raised the bar in dramatic fashion after Stella McCartney asked Bellamy if the band would play her fashion show in Los Angeles in January 2018. They arrived to see an A-list crowd gathered to see them: Quincy Jones, Katy Perry, James Corden and even Ringo Starr were in attendance. And then things took a turn for the unbelievable. Paul McCartney strolled on stage, winked at Davis and led the Hearts through “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Helter Skelter”. In the space of just two gigs, The Beatles covers band had effectively become the surrogate Beatles.

The band’s motivation, states Davis, is simple. “It goes back to the purest point of why people started bands in the first place – a group of great musicians getting together to play for fun with no pressure. We’re doing it because we have a bloody good time.”

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NYC’s Public Practice have revealed a new single off their forthcoming debut album Gentle Grip (Wharf Cat). “My Head” is released today and the accompanying video was shot by the band’s guitarist Vince McClelland and directed by their front person Sam York who notes, “The video shoot for “My Head” was Public Practice’s last social activity before we went into quarantine here in NYC — the final dance! Josie and Jon, who edited the video, were the last two people I saw, passing off the hard drive with the footage and walking home listening to the news, not knowing I would be spending the next month and then some inside my apartment in social isolation. With lyrics ‘I don’t want to waste my time / I don’t want to fade away’ combined with the visual of the dancers, each isolated in their own little world, the song and video feel strikingly relevant for these strange times. This video was created on the eve of isolation, edited entirely in isolation and is now coming to you while many of us are still stuck at home, but hopefully now we’re all dancing.

Public Practice revive the spirit of late ‘70s New York with their intoxicating brand of no wave-tinged dark disco. The band (who Paste recently named as “one of the 15 New York City bands you need to know right now”), came in hot with their punchy balance of punk, funk, and pop on the critically acclaimed Distance is a Mirror EP in 2018.

Together, the foursome strikes a nimble balance between sharp punk, avant-garde flourishes, and traditional pop structures, creating bold, slinky rhythms and groove-filled hooks that get under your skin and into your dancing shoes. The musicians’ unique chemistry and approach to songwriting is part of what makes their world so intriguing. Magnetic singer and lyricist Sam York and guitarist and principal sonic architect Vince McClelland, who were creative music partners for years prior to Public Practice’s formation, come to the table with an anarchic perspective that intentionally challenges the very idea of what a song can be. Meanwhile Drew Citron, on bass/vocals/synth, and drummer/producer Scott Rosenthal are influenced by a more classic pop sensibility. Instead of clashing, these contrasting styles challenge and complement one another, resulting in an album full of spiraling tensions.

York – who pens virtually of the lyrics – explores ideas about navigating the act of creating, relationships, and capitalism. Gentle Grip is a record, ultimately, about the truth of self. Public Practice have a knack not only for curious, catchy song writing but also for old school New York drama, and a sound and presence that’s classic and fresh all at once.

Photo by: Okay Ogut

Gentle Grip will be released digitally on May 15, with the physical release now coming June 26. Pre-order the album here. The band have to date shared the singles “Compromised” and “Disposable.” Since their inception Public Practice have built a reputation for their invigorating live performances. York’s stage presence casts a spell like a young Debbie Harry, or Gudrun Gut circa Malaria! The band are excited to return to the stage — they will be supporting Parquet Courts on July 13 in Jersey City and on July 14 in Philadelphia. They will head to the UK in September for a headline tour – all dates are listed below.

Gentle Grip tracklist:

1. Moon

2. Cities

3. Disposable

4. Each Other

5. Underneath

6. See You When I Want To

7. My Head

8. Compromised

9. Understanding

10. Leave Me Alone

11. How I Like It

12. Hesitation

Public Practice tour dates
July 13 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall (supporting Parquet Courts)
July 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Ardmore Music Hall (supporting Parquet Courts)
Sept 21 – Birmingham, UK – Hare And Hounds
Sept 22 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
Sept 23 – Southampton, UK – Heartbreakers
Sept 24 – London, UK – Electrowerkz
Sept 26 – Glasgow, UK – Poetry Club
Sept 27 – Edinburgh, UK – TBA
Sept 28 – Manchester, UK – YES (Basement)
Sept 29 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

Find Public Practice:
INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | BANDCAMP

 Choir Boy return with their emotionally powerful, infectious sophomore album, Gathering Swans  out May 8 via Dais Records. Full of heartbreak and gently steeped in pop nostalgia, the band push their extraordinary sound further while tenderly romancing the unsuspected. Choir Boy‘s Adam Klopp delivers a transcendent vocal performance that cements him as one of today’s most distinctive and moving frontmen. 
Today they’ve shared lead single “Complainer” with an accompanying video. Klopp explains the song “marked a shift in lyrical tone from previous releases. While many of our earlier songs serve as flowery lamentations of loss and grief, ‘Complainer’ snarkily examines the self absorption of sadness. The opening line Oh my life was something I privately uttered while stewing over daily anxieties. It became comical to me that I would express my self pity like that, in earnest when my struggles seemed so relatively tame.  The song continues, It’s a phrase so funny when it’s spoken so sincere. But it’s not that bad, I’ve never really had it worse. I’m just a complainer. ‘Complainer’ multi-tasks as a pop song and a reminder to keep my privilege in check.”

Choir Boy“, initially intended as an insult, was what the kids called singer/songwriter Adam Klopp in his early teens when he fronted bands in Cleveland, Ohio. The label seemed fair and fitting in a way, given Klopp’s religious upbringing and angelic voice. After high school, Adam left Ohio for college in Utah. While his career as a student would prove short-lived, he integrated into Provo and Salt Lake City’s underground music and art scenes, left religion behind and called his new band Choir Boy.

Choir Boy debuted with the warmly received album ‘Passive With Desire’ in 2016, drawing comparisons to Scott Walker, Kate Bush and Talk Talk. After signing to Dais Records, they followed up with the 2018 single, “Sunday Light” and a lovingly reissue of the debut album on vinyl and CD. Recently, Klopp has filled out the band with a permanent lineup: Chaz Costello on bass, saxophonist / keyboardist Jeff Kleinman and guitarist Michael Paulsen. Each member has brought their unique influences to the fold, helping to develop a Choir Boy that is subtly more dynamic, where the guitar and bass work add a little post-punk grit owing to Costello and Paulsen, while ’80s-tinged swing is maintained by Kleinman’s bright sax. 

PHOTO BY: JORDAN UTLEY 

The new dynamism beams on Gathering Swans. Choir Boy’s melancholy tenderness springs forth naturally and distinctively while pulling from the familiar and nostalgic styles of pop trailblazers like Bryan Ferry with all the funkiness of The Cleaners from Venus. Klopp’s lyrics and earnest, ever-angelic voice face up honestly to every emotion, but particularly those that are hard to name. Creative, sincere, passionate and glaring with intention, Gathering Swans paints a bright, hopeful, and deeply heartfelt image with a little humor along the way. 

 pre-order Gathering Swans

GATHERING SWANS  TRACKLIST:

1 – It’s Over

2 – Toxic Eye

3 – Complainer

4 – Nites Like This

5 – St. Angela Merici

6 – Sweet Candy

7 – Shatter

8 – Eat The Frog

9 – Happy to be Bad

10 – Gathering Swans

FOLLOW CHOIR BOY: 

FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – BANDCAMP – SPOTIFY – APPLE

Not even coronavirus is going to stop Faz Waltz from releasing their 7th album “Rebel Kicks”.  The rock trio is sheltering in place right outside Milan, but completed the album before the early March lockdown in Italy. 

the first single “Grown Up Guy”, released February 21, 2020, premiered on Sirius XM’s Underground Garage “Rodney On The Rock” program with Rodney Bingenheimer was just the appetizer for the rest of “Rebel Kicks”.


The second video and title track of the album “Rebel Kicks” features video shot during their first US tour in May 2019 that ended with a stellar performance in Las Vegas for Punk Rock Bowling. 

Tracklisting:

1. Grown Up Guy

2. Rebel Kicks

3. Got Me Goin’

4. Broken Teeth

5. Rock’N’Roll Is Tough

6. Do You Remember

7. Fighting On The Dancefloor

8. Last Train To Nowhere

9. Born In The Wrong Time

10. Heroes And Ghosts

11. Is It Love

Spaghetty Town Records (USA) and Contra Records (Germany) have partnered to release “Rebel Kicks” on limited edition vinyl. Also available from Faz Waltz direct.  Available on all major streaming platforms on April 20, 2020.

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