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

B-Sides Top 10: Best Hard Rock Albums of 2016

top10-hardrock2016 was a complex year for society. Whether citizens viewed it as a successful year or a time they wish they could erase, Hard Rock enthusiasts had a lot to appreciate about this year. Up and coming bands, and bands who have continued their position in their audience’s hearts, have both released records that strive in perfection. Whether its Green Day who have shown the world they are musical geniuses from day 1 back in ’86, or Knocked Loose who are growing at a rapid rate and beginning their journey of touring over seas. 2016 left no disappointment for hard rock fans, from well-known, to rising bands, here are B-Sides Top 10 Best Hard Rock Albums of the year (in no particular order).… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 12/10/2016 – K.Flay Takes The Top Spot, Saint Motel Debuts

top-10Don’t even think you know what’s going on in the top 10 this week! Kings of Leon have held down the top spot with “Waste A Moment” for a while now but K.Flay has been making strong moves and takes over the pole position, while Mondo Cozmo and others make their advances. Check out this week’s Top 10! … 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

LISTEN: Top 3 Tracks ON-REPEAT – Sylvan Esso, Mother Mother, Broken Back

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on great new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. Sylvan Esso performed at a handful of dates in 2016 that included festival appearances, all the while working on their upcoming sophomore release. The duo released the track “Radio” over the summer and now have just released “Kick Jump Twist”. Vancouver-based Mother Mother will be releasing their sixth studio album, No Culture in February 2017, of which, the track “The Drugs” has been released as the first single. Our third artist in our spotlight is the French artist, Broken Back, the stage name for Jérôme Fagnet. Fagnet was on the path towards a bright future, having co-founded two start-ups while finishing his studies. However, a displaced vertebra forced him to immobilization, during which he utilized his spare time creating music and produced an EP that would go on to receive strong online reviews and millions of streams for the track “Halcyon Birds”. “Better Run” is off the recently released self-titled debut album, demonstrating that Broken Back is an act to keep On-Radar. Check out all the tunes!… 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

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 11/19/2016 – Kings of Leon Vaults To Top Spot

top-10Kings of Leon released their latest album, Walls, less than a month ago and the first single “Waste A Moment” vaults to the top spot on our chart. Minimal movement by mainstays The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club keeps the rest of the chart stable along with debuts by Mondo Cozmo and the collaboration of Chace & Moksi. Check out this week’s Top 10! … 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

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