Category: Interviews

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Night Moves Perform Live, Talk Prince, Skateboarding, ‘Pennied Days’

night-movesFormed in 2009 in the Twin Cities, Night Moves is composed at its core of John Pelant and Micky Alfano. The two have been friends since high school, their bond solidified when Alfano lent Pelant his copy of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, a luminous classic of turn-the-page melancholy that echoes through their latest album, Pennied Days. The band spent three years writing and recording the album after successful tours with Father John Misty, Lord Huron, Django Django, and Polica, in support of their debut album, Colored Emotions. Speaking about Pennied Days, Pelant stated, “A lot of the songs are about trying to find yourself and what your future will look like and who you are – life overall,” Pelant says now — a seemingly simple statement about the most complicated of personal journeys. “Some stuff was really synth-y, doomsday, Flaming Lips-sounding — electronic and dark,” Pelant says, while other songs resembled the folky, laidback material of Colored Emotions. I was spending my days going into my basement, being in the dark while it was sunny outside,” is how Pelant sums up the making of Pennied Days.Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Amber Bain of The Japanese House Talks Touring, Songwriting

japanese-houseThe Japanese House is the moniker of 20 year old Amber Bain, who over the past 10-months has been one of the most-promising artists from the U.K. Learning how to play the guitar from her father, who taught her a range of classics from AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, Bain also taught herself to make music on her laptop and recorded her first song “My Little Secret,” about a school crush when she was 12 years old. It was when she and her friend attended a gig for The 1975 that Bain would actually consider a professional career in music. Lead singer, Matty Healy would eventually date Bain’s friend, during which Healy heard Bain’s music. Released in 2015, the debut EP by The Japanese House, Pools To Bathe In would garner critical acclaim, led by the track “Still”. Having released two more EPs, the most recent, Swim Against the Tide, The Japanese House has gone on a worldwide tour supporting The 1975 and played Reading and Leeds Festival and has no signs of slowing down. … Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Wild Wild Horses Perform ‘Secrets’, Talk Formation

wild-wild-horsesNamed after the Rolling Stones song, Wild Wild Horses is comprised of a group of musicians whose experience working as session musicians, have collectively worked with numerous well-known and respected artists in the past half-a-decade, including Pearl Jam, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Amy Winehouse and Jess Glynne. The four-piece band, who recently toured with Rooney, recently released their debut EP, Ordinary Life, which charted in the Top 50 on iTunes and the music video for “Demon Days” (directed by Once Upon A Time’s Jennifer Morrison) rapidly reached 1 million views on YouTube. Wild Wild Horses comprised of Jack Edwards (vocals, guitar, keys), Billy Adamson (guitar), Jonathan Harvey (bass) and Greg Rogove (drums), recently completed their U.S. tour and will begin working on their debut full-length.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Frenship Talk Formation, Selling Spandex

frenshipColumbia Records artist, Frenship, was recently named Spotify’s #2 Breakout Artist of 2016, thanks to the overwhelming success of the track “Capsize,” which features Emily Warren on vocals. The Los Angeles-based duo consists of James Sunderland and Brett Hite, who met while both worked in the same retail store in Los Angeles. Although they both had musical aspirations, the two didn’t embark on a music career off the bat, instead would become good friends and bond after work hours during late night parties and social events. The duo realized they could complement each other’s strengths and talents, as they describe their production as a combination of the twosome’s affection for 80s-styled pop. Sunderland grew up in Colorado and came from a family of opera singers, and while he didn’t inherit that opera gene, he did sing in choirs and played the drums as a kid. Hite grew up in Spokane, Washington with a talent for soccer and as a hobby played the drums and guitar. An injury sidelined him from the sport and gave him the time to explore his musical passions, which eventually led to him playing coffee shops and small venues after college as a singer/songwriter. Forming Frenship is described as a natural progression by the duo and it wasn’t long until the track “Capsize” would be streamed more than 60 million times on Spotify to date) along with previously released songs. “Our music in general is really a hybrid of the organic with the electronic,” says James. “Over time, we’ve come to trust our mutual instincts more and more.”… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: The Strokes Guitarist Nick Valensi at Home With CRX

crxNick Valensi is the charismatic, high-energy lead guitar player in The Strokes. Valensi recently formed CRX, a creative outlet where he stepped out in front of the stage as the lead vocalist and chief songwriter. The album, entitled New Skin, was produced by the badass, and very prolific, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age fame, and offers a glimpse into Valensi’s world outside one of the most important rock bands of the 21st century. In short, Valensi just wanted to play music on stage, and needed a vehicle to do so. New Skin is a tremendous record, and Nick Valensi spoke with B-Sides to talk about the project.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Kickback Talk Formation, Perform “Fanger”

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-10-22-14-amChicago-based band The Kickback formed when founder Billy Yost had moved from his home state of South Dakota in pursuit of his goals of meeting like-minded musicians. Through a series of Craiglist ads and lineups, the band settled in and built a strong local following. Their debut album, Sorry All Over the Place was produced by Jim Eno of Spoon and garnered strong reviews, as their engaging live shows entertain the band’s growing fanbase. The video for the lead single, “Fanger” is a stop-motion visual that used over 2,500 photographs that was created by local Chicago animators David Wall and Lauren Travers of CineMiniature Pictures. The band recently completed their headlining tour in support of their debut LP and will be headed out for a handful of shows late December with alternative rock veterans, Bush.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lemaitre Talk ‘Afterglow’, Collaborations

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-10-21-44-amLemaitre has been on a roll since their Coachella debut this year, having racked up millions of Spotify streams, garnered a growing fanbase and just released their new EP, Afterglow. Afterglow features guests The Knocks, STANAJ, and Phoebe Ryan (she’s on the new Chainsmokers single, “All We Know”). The lead single “We Got U” ft. The Knocks is featured in the FIFA 17 game + soundtrack. The Norwegian-bred, LA-based electronic duo consists of members Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund and formed in 2010, having met as schoolmates. Their self-released 2012 EP “Relativity 2” shot to #1 on the iTunes Electronica charts in the US & Canada and charted in the Top-10 in 12 countries including the UK, Australia and France. … Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Matoma Talks Hakuna Matoma Evolution

matomaNorwegian producer/DJ Matoma released his debut album Hakuna Matoma in late 2015, but new tracks continued to be added to it through 2016 via its online version. The music of Matoma is has a strong foundation in the tropical house sound but with hip-hop sensibilities and influences, as evident with his remix of “Old Thing Back” by The Notorious BIG ft. Ja Rule. Subsequent tracks released garnered numerous plays on various streaming sites and the release of his debut album, which would become an evolving and “living” album, as Matoma would add new tracks to its online version.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Bishop Briggs Talks Success, Growing Up In Japan, Hong Kong

bishop-briggs2016 has been a banner year for Bishop Briggs, breaking through with the success of her first two lead singles, “River” and “Wild Horses”. Catching the singing bug at a young age while attending karaoke bars as a youth in Japan, Bishop Briggs was born to Scottish parents, raised in Japan and Hong Kong and attended college in Hollywood while honing her craft as a singer and songwriter. It would be a steady process of establishing her on-stage presence in the meantime, as she performed non-stop at small bars in town until getting discovered by a former A&R manager, George Robertson. After touring non-stop for most of 2016 that’s included numerous festival appearances, Bishop Briggs has already started off her career on a strong note and has yet to release a full album to fully showcase her immense talent.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Chase Lawrence of COIN Talks Turning 25, “Talks Too Much”

chase-lawrence-coinNashville-based band, COIN, broke through last year with B-Sides favorite, “Run”. The infectious track introduced the band to a growing and loyal fanbase to their self-described pop songs with rock instrumentation. Their wide-ranging influences of punk, new-wave and rock from artists such as, The Cure, Psychedelic Furs and The Ramones amongst others, can be clearly heard in their music. After touring in support of their self-titled album, the band took a break to work on the follow-up. Eager to get new music out to their fans, COIN released “Talk Too Much” ahead of the album, which is in the final stages of completion. “Talk Too Much” has already garnered more radio play and support than “Run” and momentum is still going strong.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Astrid S Talks ‘Pop Idol’, Keane, Songwriting

astrid-sNorwegian singer/songwriter Astrid S has been gaining notable attention in 2016 with the track “2AM” as well as her collaboration with fellow-Norwegian act Matoma on the track “Running Out”. The 20-year old got into music at an early age, starting with the piano at 6 years old, picked up the guitar as a young teenager and singing and writing songs. Appearances on Norway’s ‘Pop Idol’ showcased her talents and although she came in fifth place, the experience led to greater opportunities. She’s worked with numerous high profile producers, won her first MTV EMA award as Best Norwegian Act, got two out of four awards at P3 Gull, and was nominated for Best Song (“2AM”) at the Norwegian Grammy Awards. Astrid S is… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Josh Lemay of Citizen Zero Talks Detroit, Recording ‘State of Mind’

citizen-zero-2

Citizen Zero

It’s hard to find a good path for unapologetic, straight up, rock n’ roll. Citizen Zero just happen to be a beacon of light  in a landscape flooded with everything but badass rock.  B-Sides spoke with Citizen Zero lead singer Josh LeMay and had a very poignant discussion on everything from the decline of the “rock god”, lack of integrity in the media, Detroit legend Bob Seger and more.… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Joshua Radin Talks Cleveland, New Music

josh-radinJoshua Radin is as naturally charismatic, and organically genuine as they come. B-Sides recently interviewed the celebrated American singer-songwriter on everything from growing up in Cleveland, to the state of the music industry, to his new album, The Fall, slated for release January 27th.  Check out our conversation highlights:… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Glass Animals at Treasure Island Music Festival 2016

glass-animalsGlass Animals released their sophomore album How To Be A Human Being in August 2016 to strong reviews and a welcoming fanbase. The album is chock full of inspiration by the various people the band encountered while touring. Lead singer and producer Dave Bayley’s lyrical ideas came from live recordings of people saved on his phone, as though he’d been operating as some sort of roaming journalist all this time. “I try to sneakily record people, and I have hours and hours of these amazing rants from taxi drivers, strange people we met outside of shows, people at parties.” Led by the first single, “Life Itself”, the album showcases a variety of sounds, most notably on the track, “Season 2 Episode 3”. As Bayley describes the lyrical content, “it’s about that person we all know who sits around all day playing video games, binging on Netflix, ordering Uber Eats, smoking and basically doing NOTHING. The sonics I put around the song were meant to reflect what she hears and sees every day. TVs going on and off, 8 bit synths, whirling fizzy sounds to represent the haze of pot smoke, vibrato on everything to make it all quite wavy, lyrical nods to assorted psychedelic cartoons.” The video plays into the 8-bit sounds as the viewer is brought into a video game as the subject traverses through various environments and levels. The final stage of the visual’s video game will be turned into an interactive video game app, which will be available at the end of October. Multimedia designer and developer of the Glass Animals game, Whoopi, explains, “We wanted to be able to give fans of Glass Animals a chance to go beyond the music video with a mobile app that allows them to play the music video as a video game from their phones and browsers. The music video is already pulled from all types of retro games, so it’s only right to make it interactive by putting the control of the video into the hand of the fans.”… Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: