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Interview: April Towers

April Towers

April Towers

Following the huge success of ‘Modern Psyche’, Nottingham duo, April Towers, are back with their ‘Silent Fever’ EP, having worked with award winning producer, Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals).

We caught up with the boys.

April Towers only formed a couple of years a go. Tell us more about how April Towers came about.

We met at school when we were about 15/16 years old. Arctic Monkeys had just exploded and it seemed like everyone was picking up a guitar, We were paired together in a school biology project but just spent most the time writing songs before forming an indie band, Frontiers, of which we were members for about 5 years before our tastes became more electronic and we formed April Towers!

Describe your sound in three words.

Fun, Dance. Pop.

‘Modern Psych’ received a great response from blogs and fans. Have you set the bar too high for yourselves?!

Haha, I think the bar is set by others rather than ourselves. We just write what we feel are the best songs we can and it’s up to you guys to decide how high that bar is!!

Your EP, ‘Silent Fever’ is out in April on Lab Records. Tell us more about it.

Silent Fever is our first EP – it features five tracks (featuring previous singles A Little Bit Of Fear and Modern Psyche) as well as two remixes. We are really proud of it and feels it really represents us well as a band. We are also very honoured that LAB records are putting this EP out – Mark and the team have shown great faith in us and we really are grateful for that.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

It’s a broad range of influences to be honest – from the golden era of the 80s with bands like New Order and Depeche Mode, to modern cutting edge electronic pop like LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, with a bit of Cut Copy thrown in there!

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

We are really into the new Steve Mason record at the moment – it’s so intelligently put together. Also really loving Theo Kottis, a Scottish producer who is making real waves in the dance scene right now!

If you fancy seeing April Towers perform, check out the dates below.

Tour Dates

18th March// Kasbah, Coventry
24th March//Picture House, Sheffield
26th March//Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
5th April//Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
6th April//King Tuts, Glasgow
9th April// 2Q Festival, Derby
14th April//Moles, Bath

Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy, Hot Chip

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MOTHXR – Touch

MOTHXR

MOTHXR

Brooklyn four-piece MOTHXR returns with ‘Touch’.

Despite having already been placed high in music charts across the world, MOTHXR is a band that is not particularly vocal about its successes, remaining relatively “undiscovered”…but that’s why we like them; they just get on with things.

Penn Badgley (also of Gossip Girl fame) says the band’s music lies “somewhere between DIY punk production aesthetic, new wave and R&B,” naming influences like LCD Soundsystem, the Beastie Boys, and Arthur Russell. He calls their improvised songwriting “meticulous, but totally spontaneous.”

It’s the band’s first new music since signing with Washington Square and Kitsuné Records, but it’s equally as sensual as their last, with a subtle build up to an incredible climax at the end.

UK November Shows:

23rd London Borderline
24th Paris Badaboum

Sounds like: Jungle, Great Good Fine Ok, The Weeknd, HUNTAR

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Premiere: Nicky Venus – Bodily Love

Nicky Venus by Shane Wilson

Nicky Venus by Shane Wilson

We recently received a press release asking us “Who is Nicky Venus?”

It’s a good question and one that Indietronica felt required answering.

Upon listening, we discovered that Nicky Venus is a sophisticated San Diego-based synth pop act, who has won the Best Pop award at the San Diego Music Awards 2014.

He sought musical inspiration during his travels in Asia, with nothing than a laptop, backpack and un-mailed letter to hand. The result is his new album ‘Little Runner’; a highly danceable album about suffering for love.

Indietronica is proud to be premiering the second track from the album called ‘Bodily Love’. It is full of lush minimal arrangements with a deeply sinister and haunting undertone.

Nicky will be releasing singles monthly until the album is released in November.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, Tom Vek, LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie, Simple Minds, Thompson Twins, We are Scientists, The Album Leaf, White Arrows, College, Shiny Toy Guns, Zella Day

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Love Ssega – Minds

Love Ssega

Love Ssega

Love Ssega releases ‘Minds’.

Some of you with a keen ear may recognise Ssega’s vocals. He was featured on Clean Bandit‘s ‘Mozart’s House’, which he also co-wrote as a former member of the band, following his time at Cambridge University where he studied chemical engineering.

It seems Ssega has also found some time to extensively study a decent tune. ‘Minds’ cleverly channels a mix of New Wave, 80s hip-hop and NYC disco into smart modern pop.

He is signed to Hometown/Sony.

Sounds like: Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Tom Tom Club, Kindness, LA Priest, Prince

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Telepathe – Drown Around Me

Telepathe

Telepathe

Telepathe (aka multi-instrumentalists Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais) have quite a history.

The duo initially started recording music in 2006 by moving to a warehouse in Bushwick and recording their first EP ‘Farewell Forest’. This was followed in 2008 with their debut album ‘Dance Mother’, which they worked on with TV on the Radio‘s Dave Sitek.

They later quit their day jobs and relocated to Los Angeles to record the album in a few short and intense months. “Melissa and I decided to leave NY for a couple of months during the winter to write and record this new album,” Busy explains. “We rented an apartment on Sunset Boulevard. At the time we were reading a lot Science Fiction and researching California cults, which became themes that seeped into our music.”

Watch the effortlessly cool video for ‘Drown Around Me’ below:

The track has been taken from their long-awaited second album ‘Destroyer’. Co-produced with Lewis Pesacov and mixed by Matty Green, the girls have started their own label BZML to release their album on their own terms.

Sounds like: Ballet School, Monogem, Madonna, LCD Soundsystem, Tom Vek, Rilo Kiley

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Dutch Uncles – Decided Knowledge

Dutch Uncles by Adrian Lambert

Dutch Uncles by Adrian Lambert

Manchester pop group Dutch Uncles has shared the music video for ‘Decided Knowledge’, directed by Sam Alder and Nicholas Wood and produced by Manchester production studio Plastic Zoo.

Shot in a small beach town in Wales, the video features a puppet version of the group’s frontman, Duncan Wallis.

‘Decided Knowledge’ is comprised of intriguing lyrics, skittish vocals, a funky bass line, and colourful harmonies.

It has been taken from their topical new album ‘O Shudder’, which was out on 24 February on Memphis Industries. Purchase on iTunes here.

They will also be playing The Great Escape Festival in May.

Sounds like: The Levity, Everything Everything, Metronomy, Duran Duran, LCD Soundsystem, Tom Vek, Peter Gabriel

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New Build – The Sunlight

New Build

Two members of Hot Chip, and electronic producer Tom Hopkins, teamed up back in 2011 to create New Build. Being a big fan of New Build and having spent a good few weeks playing ‘Do You Not Feel Loved’ on repeat when it came out, along with debut album last year, it was with great excitement to hear this new gem from the group; ‘The Sunlight’.

‘The Sunlight’, according to the band, addresses very human concerns like broken lives, fear, and confusion. it is the first track unveiled which will appear on imminent new album ‘Pour it On’ soon to be released.

Pour It On is due for release 20th October, and is available to preorder here

Sounds like; Caribou, Papertwin, Hot Chip, Holy Ghost!, LCD Soundsystem
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Yacht – Plastic Soul

YACHT

YACHT

Fun-kids YACHT bring back summer with new track ‘Plastic Soul’.

Currently based in L.A. (but originally from Portland), the core group consists of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, but expands to include musicians Rob Kieswetter (aka Bobby Birdman) and Jeffrey Brodsky as touring members.

We haven’t seen much of YACHT since their last album ‘Shangri-La’ was released in 2011. However, this isn’t to say they haven’t been busy. Far from it, as they have been developing their own comedy sketch show based on “life on the rock n’ roll road, as seen through the eyes of its least glamorous participants: the opening band”.

YACHT have still found time to make a music video for ‘Plastic Soul’ and show that they continue to have more fun that us!

With the assistance of Buh and Power Violence, watch the $5K music video for ‘Plastic Soul’ below:

The track has been released via DFA Records.

Let’s hope another album is on its way…

Sounds like: Bobby Birdman, Shit Robot, Holy Ghost!, LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean

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Cut Copy – Free Your Mind (Album)

Cut Copy Free Your Mind

Aussie lads Cut Copy release fourth album ‘Free Your Mind’ on Modular Recordings, on 4th November 2013. It is available to purchase here.

Title track ‘Free Your mind’ has an accompanying video which stars Alexander Skarsgard (The East, True Blood, Melancholia) as a deranged cult leader, and can be viewed on Indietronica here, where you can also listen to the rework by Fort Romeau. It was premiered to those who physically attended remote corners of the world, including the Californian desert, a small town in the Australian outback, and a secluded village in Wales. It is a psychedelic synth-driven masterpiece with a ‘Madchester’ feel.

Cut Copy themselves promote how, the album ‘Free Your Mind’ creates a fantasy of the next youth revolution, binding the two epochs without the negative baggage.’ The two epochs refer to the Vietnam War and Thatcherism in the UK – San Francisco 1967 and the UK ’88-’91, the sounds of which can be heard throughout the album. Hedonism, partying, sexuality and freedom are themes which run through the album.

Having formed around 15 years ago, Cut Copy put a considerable amount of effort into their production; as much science as art. Their eclectic sounds emulate from skillful crafts, made out of carefully thought out ideas and instruments ranging from trademark synths, to unusual percussion and saxophones.

The album includes five short ‘filler’ tracks of just a few seconds to a minute of transition, which make the album flow beautifully with a whole completeness, as a marvellously engineered creation of Hacienda, Hippies and Hedonists.

Stream the album in full, below.

Sounds like; Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, Du Tonc, Jagwar Ma, Basement Jaxx
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Cut Copy – Free Your Mind

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Australian indietronica artists Cut Copy released the title track of their imminent album; ‘Free Your Mind’, a psychedelic synth-driven masterpiece with a disco feel.

The video was directed by Christopher Hill and depicts hunky Swede Alexander Skarsgard (from The East, True Blood, Melancholia), walking around an estate tooking over his cult followers, who are all dressed in tracksuits and behaving strangingly. The leader clearly doesn’t seem happy with his set up, and instead makes an escape, in an attempt to ‘free your mind’.

The ‘Free Your Mind’  remix by Fort Romeau, was unveiled recently too, and is, quite frankly, awesome.

Cut Copy’s fourth studio album, titled ‘Free Your Mind’, will be released 4th November on Modular Records, and is available to pre-order here.

Sounds like; Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, Du Tonc
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