Great news music fans! I know that many of you are excited about Pixies and The Temper Trap making their way to South Africa next year and that’s why Running Wolf’s Rant is giving away a CD hamper which includes some of their music and a few local artists you will like listening to!
The CD hamper includes the following albums: Pixies – Head Carrier, The Temper Trap – Thick as Thieves, Lost&Found – Lost And Found, Tarja – The Shadow Self, Marillion – F.E.A.R (F*ck Everyone and Run), Deacon Blue – Believers, White Lies – Friends, Feeder – All Bright Electric.
Here’s some info about each of the albums in this CD hamper:
Pixies – Head Carrier: Pixies have released their sophomore “post-reunion” album through Gallo Record Company in South Africa. The 12-track collection of the band’s unique aural mix of surrealism, psychedelia, dissonance and surf rock was produced by Tom Dalgety (Killing Joke, Royal Blood).
The album was recorded at London’s Rak Studios from mid-February through to mid-March this year. “Um Chagga Lagga” and “Classic Masher” are the current singles from the album. Watch the latest Pixies music video below:
Pixies will be in South Africa in Mid-March 2017!
The Temper Trap – Thick as Thieves: The Temper Trap have sold more than 1 million albums and their songs have been streamed more than 200 million times on Spotify and 20 million times on YouTube.
They first came to prominence in 2009 with their acclaimed debut album Conditions, which, propelled by the global hits Sweet Disposition, Fader and Love Lost, saw them crash land into the charts in their native Australia, their adopted homeland of the UK, and worldwide.
The Temper Trap recently released their brand new studio album Thick As Thieves which features the hit single Fall Together. Watch the music video below:
The Temper Trap Tour to SA over Easter Weekend 2017 with performances at Splashy Fen, Lush Festival (near Clarens) and Parklife Cape Town.
Lost&Found – Lost And Found: Lost&Found are South African duo consisting of Glen Hodgson (The Parlotones) & Jason Oosthuizen (Black Cat Bones, ex Van Coke Kartel). Lost&Found put together a star studded guest list for their debut self-titled album, to make each song unforgettable.
Collaborating artists on the debut album include: Jedd Kossew (Francois van Coke & Van Coke Kartel) on Lost and Found, Theo Crous on New Song and Chris van der Walt (The Black Cat Bones) on Faceless Man. Lee Lips from Hog Hoggidy Hog, Johnny de Ridder (Fokofpolisiekar), Hunter Kennedy (Die Heuwels Fantasties & Fokofpolisiekar), Pierre Greeff (Die Heuwels Fantasties) and Fred den Hartog (Die Heuwels Fantasties & Thieve).
Tarja – The Shadow Self: earMUSIC and Tarja are very proud to announce the release of her new heavy rock album “The Shadow Self”. “I am very excited to finally be able to share the first details of my new heavy rock album with all of you,” says Tarja.
“‘The Shadow Self’ is full of songs that are very dear to me. I cannot wait for you to hear the record that I believe is one of my heaviest albums to date”. With the release of her fourth rock album, the versatile singer is following up on the success of the multi-platinum and gold awarded previous records “My Winter Storm” (2007), “What Lies Beneath” (2010) and her most recent album “Colours In The Dark” (2013) which charted all over the globe including 4 Top 10 entries.
Marillion – F.E.A.R (F*ck Everyone and Run): earMUSIC is delighted to announce the release of the brand new Marillion album ‘FEAR’ [‘Fuck Everyone And Run’]. This, the band’s eighteenth studio album, features 5 brand new tracks and the feeling within the band themselves is that they may well have produced their best ever work.
Marillion has certainly not mellowed with age; the album artwork shows the acronym ‘FEAR’ embossed on a gold ingot, and the songs themselves bear the hallmark of true quality. Whilst the album title itself is certainly provocative, it’s not meant to be offensive. The title itself features as a line in the track ‘New Kings’ and is delivered as a plaintive falsetto.
Steve Hogarth said, “We’ve used ‘FEAR’ as a title with some relish, but only as it shows that we haven’t shied away, but it’s said with sadness. There are two basic impulses behind human behaviour: Love and Fear, and all the good stuff comes from love”.
‘FEAR’ sees the band taking on the big themes but they do not see it as their place to preach to people. ‘New Kings’ looks at the ravening beast that modern capitalism seems to have evolved into, ‘El Dorado’ examines the notions of political entitlement and the modern challenges for the UK, ‘The Leavers’ examines the impact of a transient life on the road for those constantly waving goodbye.
The job is simple says Hogarth, “We use the amazing privilege of having both a platform and an audience to encourage people to look in the mirror and ask themselves the big questions – by doing just that ourselves”.
Deacon Blue – Believers: ‘Believers’ is the third part of a trilogy begun with ‘The Hipsters’ in 2012 and continued with ‘A New House’ in 2014. As such it continues a songwriting trajectory that is both rich, idiosyncratic and sharply honed – and inevitably coloured by a sense of urgency to make sense of recent events, both personal and global.
First single ‘The Believers’ is a song reflecting, in part, on the scenes of despair among refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean and elsewhere – but nevertheless cast as an anthem of hope. Ricky Ross says: “The song which starts off the whole album is ‘The Believers’. It’s our statement that belief in the possibilities of hope and a better tomorrow is the side we choose to come down on. We once covered the mighty protest song, ‘Which side are you on -’ a pressing question in today’s political climate. This record is our best answer’.”
‘Believers’ is the band’s 8th studio album and consists of 12 tracks, written or co-written by Ricky Ross. The record was produced and mixed by producer and friend Paul Savage (Mogwai, Arab Strap, The Twilight Sad, Wu Lyf) who previously worked with the band on ‘The Hipsters’. Two tracks were mixed by Grammy award winning Michael Brauer (Coldplay, John Mayor).
White Lies – Friends: ‘Friends’ was recorded in Bryan Ferry’s private studio in London’s Olympia and was self-produced by the band. White Lies enlisted the help of an expert team including Grammy Award-winning engineer James Brown (Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys), David Wrench (Caribou, FKA twigs) on mixing duties and long-term collaborator Ed Buller who contributed additional production.
With ‘Friends’, White Lies haven’t so much abandoned their trademark synth-rock sound as given it a spring clean by exploring new sounds. For many reasons, it felt like a fresh start. The trio were temporarily without a label after a bout of record company reorganisation. Rather than re-sign straight away, they decided to start ‘Friends’ under their own steam without the pressure of a deadline or a budget, or even the guidance of a producer.
Whatever sound each song suggested, White Lies went with it. Hence, when ‘Hold Back Your Love’ and ‘Is My Love Enough’ sparkled with disco grooves, they embraced it. When the beautiful ballad ‘Don’t Fall’ jettisoned their signature sound entirely, leaving only frontman Harry McVeigh’s sumptuous, sonorous vocals to connect it to White Lies of old, they stuck with it. Similarly, when the triumphant ‘Summer Didn’t Change A Thing’ harked back to the arena-ready rock of their debut, they didn’t mind.
“In the past couple of years, we’ve noticed friends’ life situations causing them to make big decisions – marriages, kids, moving out of London,” says bassist and lyricist Charles Cave. “Friendships have begun to feel adult and our perception of time has changed. As kids, if you didn’t see a mate for a fortnight, you’d wonder what was wrong. Now you might not see someone for six months and it doesn’t matter.”
Feeder – All Bright Electric: Feeder (Grant Nicholas & Taka Hirose) releasee their stunning new studio album ‘All Bright Electric’ – The band’s 9th album will be released via Cooking Vinyl (Gallo for South Africa). ‘Universe of Life’ is the first single from the album.
Feeder’s frontman Grant Nicholas commented: “I imagined I was skydiving when I wrote ‘Universe of Life’… staring down at the crazy world below as the adrenaline rushed through my body and flash backs of childhood memories entered my mind… It takes you on a journey of discovery and laughs in the face of negativity … Don’t be fooled by foolish minds.”
Nicholas added: “I wanted the album to really capture Feeder’s heart and soul. For us the journey the music takes the listener on is still so important, and that is what still drives me to make the best music we can. Recording ‘All Bright Electric’ felt as exciting as making our first album ‘Polythene’. I hope people enjoy this record as I think it’s our most complete to date”
Feeder’s first shot to fame when their debut EP ‘Swim’ was released to huge critical acclaim in 1996. Since then they’ve had 25 Top 40 hits with the likes of ‘Feeling A Moment, ‘Just The Way I’m Feeling’, ‘Just A Day’ and ‘Buck Rogers’ and amassed over 5 million record sales along with 3 Platinum and 2 Gold Albums.
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