Cashier No 9 are a five-piece from Belfast consisting of Danny Todd, James Smith, Stuart Magowan, Philip Duffy and Ronan Quinn.
The band sounds like they want to be nowhere else except driving down the west coast of the US, living the dream. Referencing everything from The Byrds to Primal Scream, their widescreen sound and tightly-crafted songs don’t aim to “nail it” in three minute pop songs, but instead wrap themselves up in a groove that can bring them to the five minute mark.
Cashier No. 9 have made sporadic appearances in the past but 2011 has seen the pace for the five-piece suddenly rocket. They signed to the Bella Union record label, home of Fleet Foxes and the Low Anthem, and released debut album To the Death of Fun in June. Oh Pity is the third single to be lifted from the album.
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Saint Motel is an indie pop band from Los Angeles. They have been described as “garage glam”, “hard pop”, “indie prog” and more by those including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times who wrote recently that they have “reanimated power pop”.
The band consists of A/J Jackson, Aaron Sharp, Dak and Greg Erwin. They band met in film school and visuals are a big part of their dynamic. Saint Motel is known for throwing extreme concert events in their home town and abroad. Stages become forests and living rooms, and shows become kaleidoscopic mind explosions in 3D.
The video for single Puzzle Pieces was directed by frontman A/J Jackson. It highlights their ability to create catchy hooks and brings to light their cinematic aesthetic and aural sensibility. To create Puzzle Pieces an exclusive helmet-cam was developed for the video, allowing the band to provide an insider’s look at the song from the performer’s perspective.
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The Black Keys are an American rock duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. The band was formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The name was inspired by a schizophrenic artist and friend in Akron, who used the term “black keys” to describe things he disliked or people he did not trust.
The Black Keys have roots in traditional blues and psychedelic rock stylings. One of their trademarks is their preference for simple, lo-fi recording techniques. They refuse to use big-name studios, and do most recording, producing, and mixing themselves.
Lonely Boy is the first single off the forthcoming seventh studio album El Camino – in stores December 6th.
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London based trio Is Tropical is known for its rocky-electro ADD sounds, performed with veiled faces and psychadelic projections.
The band, consisting of Gary Barber, Simon Milner and Dominic Apa, began in 2010 as relative unknowns, having rarely ventured outside the confines of London, but their electric synth-pop managed to dominate the dancefloors across the UK.
Since then they’ve developed a worldwide reputation for their live shows. Taking to the stage in their trademark masks, and cloaked by self-made video projections, the trio improvise constantly with changing soundscapes and effortlessly swooping from raw pop anthems to lo-fi dance songs.
Lies is the third single from the band’s debut album, Native to, which was released in June this year.
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Behind DyE hides Juan de Guillebon, a long time Bass player for the Parisian electronic scene and enigmatic Dj who released his debut album Taki 183 in June.
His sound is sometimes dreamy electro-pop or excessive shoe gaze, and then often introverted dubstep and hallucinogenic nu-disco. On a more Highbrow level, DyE invests several research fields into his music, such as harmonic instrumental radicals and disarticulated cosmic melodies and synthetic songs.
For the first single of his debut album, DyE entrusted animation artist Jérémie Périn with the making of the video, showcasing Jérémie’s wild imagination and craftmanship.
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