Saturday, March 23, 2019

Young Lions - Free Saturday (“FL&R”)

     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) song each Saturday.

     Whether to upload songs to Soundcloud is a difficult business decision. It’s an oversimplification of the factors and relevant streaming platforms, but the decision can be described as a selection of Spotify revenue sharing versus Hype Machine worldwide exposure. Spotify pays a band/artist a small amount (extremely small) each time a song is played. Soundcloud does not, so if fans of a band use Soundcloud rather than Spotify, the band loses much-needed income. The flipside is that Hype Machine, the most popular aggregator, will repost a song featured on one of its contributing blogs only if there is a Soundcloud or Bandcamp upload.

     Well, Australia’s Young Lions have made the selection. Songs from the Brisbane-based band are not on Soundcloud or Bandcamp. They are flying under the radar in the U.S., but we respect their choice. The members are Zach Britt (Vocals), Morgan Castle (Bass), Matt Gibson (Drums), and Ryan Allison (Guitar).

     “HELP.” By Young Lions – To access the free download, go to the Triple J site and click the download arrow (https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/7470781). 

Lyrics of “HELP.” by Young Lions
It's not easy to say this
But I'll try to get it all out
I think I see the future but I just can't figure it out

I think I'm scared of myself
It's getting harder to deal with
Wish I was somebody else
And now I'm stuck on a feeling
Oh God, I think I need you to
Help, help, help
Help

We can all see the future
But we don't know what we need
We've all got those memories
That we wish that we could unsee everything

I think we're scared of ourselves
It's getting harder to deal with
We wish we were somebody else
And now we're stuck on a feeling
We're scared we've got no one to
Help, help, help
Help
No one to help

So just call me
Anytime, anywhere
Just call me

When you get scared of yourself
And it gets harder to deal with
When you're going through hell
And you're stuck on a feeling
Maybe I can be there to
Help, help, help
Help
Maybe I can be there to
Help, help, help
Help
Sometimes we all need some
Help, help, help
Help
One day I know you will be fine with yourself
Help, help, help
Help
Sometimes we need some help
Help, help, help
Help, help, help
Help



Friday, March 22, 2019

“Before” by Wolf & Moon – A Song Feature


     Their song “Before” shines a spotlight onto the travel appetite and musical tastes of Wolf & Moon, a Berlin-based duo. Lyrically, “Before” is a suggestion to travel to “a place we’ve never been, a place we’ve never seen before.” Fittingly, they refer to themselves as modern day storytelling nomads. In fact, Stef and Dennis met in the Netherlands, where Stef thought it might be fun to take Dennis with her on a trip to the US to explore the country while playing music together.

      Musically, “Before” is a blend of Folk, Pop and Electronica. The melody is intelligently catchy. But the most interesting aspect of the song is the contrast of unadorned, unprocessed vocals (fitting of Folk) against periodic entrances of an invigorating (highly reverberated?) electric guitar. The first entrance is a brief slide (at 1:35) leading to the energizing seven-note hook. Until then, the song is driven by vocals and the bass.

     Wolf & Moon’s debut album “Before It Gets Dark” was released on AdP Records in January of 2019, with much excitement from the German press. Now, BonFire Records proudly announces the launch of a US, UK, Canada and French “extended cut” of the album, featuring bonus material like B-sides and acoustic versions (the Spotify stream is included at the bottom of this post). According to press material with which we agree, “Before It Gets Dark” lives within the dichotomy of their voices and marries dreamy Indie Folk with electronic sprinkles.”

     In the past year, Wolf & Moon have toured Australia, UK, Ireland and Germany in support of their music and as part of their creative process. They had seven showcase performances at this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, as well as gigs at Sofar Sounds in Houston and The Mercy Lounge in Nashville.

     “Before” by Wolf & Moon


Lyrics of “Before” by Wolf & Moon
Let’s go back to
Place we haven’t been
Place we haven’t been before

All these memories
Tasting better now
Better than they have before

And all these melodies
We were singing out
Singing like we were young

So, let’s go back to
A place we’ve never seen
Place we never seen before

Before it’s going
Before it’s going
Before it’s going
To get dark

Before it’s going
Before we’re growing
Before it’s going
To get dark

Before it’s going
Before we’re growing
Before we know
How we end up

So!
Let’s go back to
A place we never been
Place we haven’t seen before

All these memories
Tasting better now
Better than they have before

And all these melodies
We were singing out
Singing like they were young

So, let’s go back to
A place we never been
A place we never seen before

Before it’s going
Before it’s going
Before it’s going
To get dark

Before it’s going
Before we’re growing
Before it’s going
To get dark

Before it’s going
Before we’re growing
Before we know
How we end up

So!
Let’s go back to
A place we never been
A place we haven’t seen before

All these memories
Tasting better now
Better than they have before

All these melodies
We were singing out
Singing like we were young

So, let’s go back to
A place we never been
A place we never seen before

Let’s go back to
A place we never been
A place we never seen before

All these memories
Tasting better now
Better than they have before

     “Braver Dreamer” by Wolf & Moon


Thursday, March 21, 2019

“Undone” by FEVA – A Song Feature

      There are jagged edges in the Rock formation of FEVA, making “Undone” a melodic splendor. The vocal skills are apparent from the first notes of “Undone,” but the instrumental strengths are initially unexposed. The percussion is the first to step up, with the guitar putting its flag at the summit around the one-minute mark.

     No feature of “Undone” takes a backseat. The song is FEVA’s show of force in an anthem format. The band members are Sam Reynolds (frontman, guitar), James Gibbons (guitar), Danny Castro (drums), and Tomo Errington (bass). They are based in Newcastle, UK.

     “Undone is another step towards us finding our sound”, the band stated. “From the beginning we’ve wanted to write huge, heavy tunes that remain upbeat and have a hook, not dissimilar to soul and pop songs, and we feel as though we’ve done that here and hopefully have a chorus that’ll be stuck in people’s heads for days.”

     “Undone” by FEVA 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FEVABAND/



Live Dates to see FEVA
20 April – Stockton Calling (The Vault Stage)
05 May – Hit The North, Newcastle
25 May – This Is Tomorrow, Newcastle (w/ Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds / The Vaccines)
18 Aug – Hardwick Live, Stockton (w / Manic Street Preachers)