Month: October 2014

Redanda gives you Reverse Tranny Club

Redanda gives you Reverse Tranny Club

Redanda comes to you from Hamilton, Ontario – same great country as house favorites Brother Octopus. They’ve recently released Reverse Tranny Club…give it a listen on Bandcamp.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about yourselves – how did Redanda happen?

Corey: We formed by the fated occurrence of three lads from three different cities attending the same high school. Oh, and one had a younger brother. The rest is history. The name I suppose comes from the lack ability to think of anything clever, only gibberish came out. This band consists of a drummer (Curt), and bassist (Connor), two guitarists (Chris and myself, Corey). I also sing.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite original song or album to date? Why?

Corey: Of ours? Currently an unreleased one called Full Flux, because it was created spontaneously one morning jam session, when I in particular was very hungover and didn’t feel like playing guitar so I attempted to sing delta blues/muddy waters type vibe over the other threes gnarley riffage. The result is our latest closing song for our live gigs. There’s a wicked drum beat, powerful guitar, and stellar bass. I added harmonica to complete the blues effect. Nothing about the song is blues, though come to think of it…Come check it out.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them? What do you add or do differently?

Corey: Various musical artists, poets, singers, philosophers, activities. I think one can either be literally inspired by something and attempt to use it, modify it, or represent it. Or you can be inspired in a way you do not consciously realize, but it happens. I guess I like the combo.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Corey: The oldest song in the world. We would convert it into rock & roll, for sure.

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Corey: We have certain ideas about direction, mainly in the recording area. Our music itself generally takes on a life of its own. We try not to attempt to create a song that sounds too much like something. That being said, we are listening to more music, taking it in, adding it to our mix, and our latest direction which I would venture to describe as a combination between dream pop, garage, and delta blues, is very exciting. That’s subject to change…

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Being born.

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/audience to know about you?

Tales and myths.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

As of late we’ve been cooking up a fire at shows, our latest endeavors are exciting us and we’ve melded together as a live act quite nicely. There’s laughter, some sweat, some jokes, rock & roll that’s not loose, but not too tight either. Just the way we like it.

drunkenmermaid.com: Where can we see you in the near future? 

Hamilton/Toronto most likely. We’re working up some November gigging, so follow our Bandcamp/facebook

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The Floozies Announce Do Your Thing Winter Tour

The Floozies Announce Do Your Thing Winter Tour

This in from Rebecca at Pipeline Productions:

The Floozies Announce Do Your Thing Winter Tour 

As The Floozies are about embark on their Fantastic Love Fall Tour, the electronic-funk duo just announced yet another action-packed slew of dates for their Do Your Thing Winter Tour. The tour will start in Omaha, NE at the end of January and will continue West where the band will play 10 dates at numerous notable venues along the way including, The Ogden Theatre in Denver, The Roxy in Los Angeles, The Independent in San Francisco and The Crocodile in Seattle, to name a few. The brothers will then return to the Midwest where they continue the second leg of their winter tour in Columbia, MO, two-nights at The Majestic Theatre in Madison and many more before they close out the tour in their hometown, Lawrence, KS at The Granada Theater.

Joining The Floozies on their West Coast tour will be Minnesota native and EDM producer, Manic Focus and multi-instrumentalist and fabricator Russ Liquid on the Midwest tour.

The Floozies recently released a single, Fantastic Love from their forthcoming album, set to be released in 2015 by GRiZ’s label, Liberated Music. ThisSongIsSick.com premiered the song and described, “the song packs their signature brand of live funk energy with the perfect electro twist. The song will have you moving right from the beginning and will keep you entertained throughout.”

For ticketing information and all other information on The Floozies please visit their website: www.flooziesduo.com.

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Do Your Thing Tour Dates:

1/30/2015- Waiting Room- Omaha, NE
1/31/2015- Ogden Theatre- Denver, CO
2/3/2015- Last Exit- Phoenix, AZ
2/4/2015- Stage Bar- San Diego, CA
2/5/2015- The Roxy Theatre- West Hollywood, CA
2/6/2015- Crystal Bay Club- Crystal Bay, NV
2/7/2015- The Independent- San Francisco, CA
2/10/2015- Cozmic- Eugene, OR
2/11/2015- Branx- Portland, OR
2/12/2015- The Crocodile- Seattle, WA
2/14/2015- The Palace- Missoula, MT
2/15/2015- Urban Lounge- Salt Lake City, UT
2/18/2015- The Blue Note- Columbia, MO
2/19/2015- Majestic Theatre- Madison, WI
2/20/2015- Majestic Theatre- Madison, WI
2/26/2015- The Canopy Club- Urbana, IL
2/27/2015- The Intersection- Grand Rapids, MI
2/28/2015- Concord Music Hall- Chicago, IL
3/1/2015- The Magic Stick- Detroit, MI
3/4/2015- Cosmic Charlie’s- Lexington, KY
3/5/2015- Diamond Pub & Billards Concert Hall- Louisville, KY
3/6/2015- 2720 Cherokee- St. Louis, MO
3/7/2015- Granada Theatre- Lawrence, KS

Contact:
Rebecca Venkauskas
rebecca@pipelineproductions.com

 

Gordon Duthie releases Thran

Gordon Duthie releases Thran

Drunken Mermaid’s commitment to bringing you the best newcomers alongside established talent is alive and well, and no better showcased then by Gordon Duthie, who released his third studio album  – Thran – on October 25. Here’s a sample from his 2012 release. This is Hide

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drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about yourself – how did you get into playing music?

Gordon: I have always been interested in playing and listening to music. This has evolved over time from hitting drums (or pans, pillows or other imaginary instruments), to learning the keyboard, then guitar and so on. In 2008 I began learning how to produce music and since then I have released two albums – “Shire and City” (2012) and “Multimedia Monster” (2013) – with a third coming in October 2014 called “Thran”.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite original song or album to date? Why?

Gordon: Too many to choose from, I like a wide variety of music, I have a pretty open mind about listening to different things. The only rule I really have is that I don’t listen to anything that I believe has been created for financial rather than artistic reasons. Although some of those songs can be pretty catchy, actually I’m not going to lie, my Spotify playlist has a few of those.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them? What do you add or do differently?

Gordon: Again, too many to choose from and I don’t really try to be anyone else, one review of my last album said that the sound was familiar yet different, which I thought was a great compliment.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Gordon: I don’t think there is any point wishing you had written something. Most songs are personal or came from something only the writer could have thought of at that particular time. In my opinion a writer should be trying to add to the creative landscape with their own work and if it resonates with someone else, then great.

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Gordon: The only thing I want to do is continually get better with both writing and production. I think I have achieved that so far, but there is still a lot more to come I think. I also want to extend my writing to other creative forms and not just be inhibited by songwriting.

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Gordon: Best – Listening to a song I produced.  Worst – Listening to a song I produced….

drunkenmermaid.com: Where can we see you in the near future?

In that parallel universe, where an independent Scotland exists.

Hannah Judson and Zeb Achonu launch MUSEFest

Hannah Judson and Zeb Achonu launch MUSEFest

Drunken Mermaid has been itching to get a feature on Hannah Judson onto the site, and with the arrival of MUSEFest, the perfect opportunity has presented itself…

drunkenmermaid.com: How did MUSEFest come to be?

Hannah: MUSEfest came out of a conversation with Zeb Achonu, about women who become mothers while continuing to produce and perform. Zeb had created a Facebook group for mothers in bands, and we decided we should make a music festival for the group. We began thinking about artists who have inspired us personally to create and continue doing our thing, throughout the arch of our lives, not just right now. We realized that the festival mission needed to expand to women who inspire other women, including but not limited to mothers. We both have varied taste in music, and the festival is not focused on a particular style, but more on intensity, polish, and strength of message and performance.

Zeb: The Mothers Make Music Facebook group had come about from me finding a statistic saying that “The PRS for Music membership (writers and music creators) is currently only 14% women” (statistic from PRS for Music). That’s a shocking statistic, really. Why are there so few women writing and creating? And of that how many of them are mothers, which is just one of many varied reasons that women become less available to create music. Along with the usual conversations about a male dominated music business, it became even more important to celebrate and encourage women who do create music and are working in the music industry.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are the performers? What can you tell us about them?

Hannah: The headlining performer is Miss Baby Sol, from London. She is a powerhouse, smart and beautiful, taps into historical music moments, and reworks it to make it completely her own. She also has a message to listen to. She is known for her past work with J’nay, Paloma Faith, and Amy Winehouse, but it’s her present work that we should be talking about. Her work is tinged with soul, jazz and reggae, and is completely, currently, her own.

Here’s a taste of Miss Baby Sol:

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Hannah: Also performing is Ösp Eldjárn, and Icelandic singer/songwriter. She is great! She grew up performing with her family in a traditional folk musical act, and then with brothers and friends in folk/Americana/blue grass lineup before moving to London. Her work is inspired by the vocals of Ella Fitzgerald, the stories of Joni Mitchell. Now she is writing and performing her own etherial and atmospheric folk.

A few others will be performing that night, including me. My work is alternative folk, with sometimes sultry and very original lyrics. The texts are subtle, evocative and tell stories influenced from both sides of the Atlantic. I work with one foot rooted in folk storytelling tradition like Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan. My vocals have been compared with Suzanne Vega, Elliott Smith, and Cat Power.

For those of you who don’t know Hannah, she’s like the distilled essence of XPN out of Philly:

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Hannah: There will also be an art exhibition before the show, a speaker, various exhibitors and the evening concludes with a DJ. It will be a full, fun evening.

drunkenmermaid.com: What have been your biggest obstacles to making MUSEFest happen?


Hannah: Getting started has not being easy, as we are building this on an extremely limited budget, across time zones, with no history to show as we are speaking with potential partners and performers. The thing that has kept us going is how much enthusiasm we have received from artists and supporters a like, for this festival. The theme really strikes a chord, is positive and is all about moving forward, remaining in dialogue and of course entertaining those who like the music!

drunkenmermaid.com: What do you see it becoming in the future? Where would you like to take it?

Hannah: We will be producing the next MUSEfest in Paris in the spring of 2015. The second edition is beginning to take form already and looks like it will be a bit larger in scope. After that, New York or Chicago are the next logical steps, but we will always loop back around to London.

Zeb: I’d like to see MUSEfest become a major contributor to increasing the visibility of women making music, something that sparks conversation and encourages women working in and around music to continue doing so, and others to restart, or begin.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about yourself – what got you into music? When did you begin to perform?

Hannah: I lived in Spain for a few years after university, studied classical guitar, and began writing songs then. When I moved to Chicago, I immediately got an electric guitar, amp and pulled a band together. I have had bands or musical projects ever since. My creative influences are varied, and my work has been deeply influenced by Lou Reed, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Laurie Anderson, Liz Phair to name a few, but also artists, writers and designers too… Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, Douglas Kennedy, Frank Gehry. When something shakes you from the feet up, there’s something there, its part of the conversation. It doesn’t matter the medium.

Zeb: I grew up knowing I wanted to sing and make music. There was always a wide variety of music playing in my home as a child; reggae, folk, rhythm & blues, hi-life, soul divas, classical… and when I could choose, I got into indie and rock, before finding hip hop and trip hop. I joined a few bands, specifically the live set up of Euphonic, who I toured Europe with in my early 20s, then when that ended I started working on a solo project with Euphonic producer Rob Henry, put together my own band and started playing gigs in and around London.  When I moved to Paris in 2009, I started the Paris branch of internet music show, Balcony TV, and spent all my time promoting other artists. I really missed making my own music and working with my guitarist Oli Thompson. I moved back to London and started doing a few acoustic shows, joined a choir, just found pleasure in singing again. Having my son forced me to take some time out and consider what I wanted to do next. So, happily, I’m now back making music, actually working mostly with a producer I know in Paris, but really enjoying being both a mother and a musician and finding the balance and synergy in those two things. I’m not saying it isn’t exhausting though!

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about the charity White Ribbon Alliance.

Hannah: A percentage of proceeds of the event will go to the White Ribbon Alliance. They are an amazingly effective organization with the basic goal of healthy birth for all women and children, everywhere. Much of their work is focused in Africa and Asia, but the overarching goal is to bring education, resources, systems and care to people who need it most. This charity is so well run, with a profoundly low overhead. We are going to show some videos from their work at the event as well. Childbirth is such a fundamental topic. Everybody either is a mother, or has one. We should take care of mothers!

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them? What do you add or do differently?

Zeb: The obvious, corniest, but truest answer is my Mum. She is always on the go, starting new exciting projects, encouraging others to do the same and finding herself frustrated at her own or others’ missed opportunities. I remember doing gigs with very few people in the audience and really not feeling like dressing up and giving it my all, and she would remind me that those people came, they deserve the best you can give. And she is right. So on goes the face, and the sparkle, because you just never know who or what may come of it. Musically, there are many influences; Ella Fitzgerald for her voice, Madonna for her business savvy and performance, PJ Harvey for her incredible music and ability to reinvent but stay true to her own sound, Jill Scott, for her consistently incredible vocals and songs, and for me, Martina Topley-Bird. When I first heard her voice on a Tricky track I was mesmerised. Here was a young, mixed race woman, singing in a somewhat bluesy manner, but with a very modern edge, over electronic, sample based beats… it was combining everything I was into at the time, still am, and it was like I was being told “yes it’s true, you can make the music you feel”. That was huge for me.

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Zeb: I have been lucky enough to play in some amazing places, but it was Malawi, at the Lake of Stars festival that I have my fondest memories. I travelled through parts of Africa with a bunch of musicians and DJs I hadn’t known before and loved every minute, partying wherever we stopped. All the way to the festival. Which was great because everyone was so supportive and made sure that we all caught each other’s sets and there was a genuine good music good people vibe about the whole thing. Worst experiences…? Oh gosh, I’m sure there are many but I try to blank them out!

drunkenmermaid.com: How can we get more information about the festival?

Saturday Nov. 29, 2014
7:30pm-12:30am
Hackney Attic
270 Mare St
London,
+44 871 902 5734
Buy tickets here.

EOTO Outer Orbit Tour

EOTO Outer Orbit Tour

Drunken Mermaid will be interviewing EOTO live on Friday, December 5 courtesy our friends at Tsunami. Here’s their press release:

EOTO is kicking off the second leg of their Outer Orbit Tour on Nov 21st.

With over 600 live shows under their belt, EOTO’s unique live approach to EDM has allowed them the freedom to perform with drummers of Stomp, members of String Cheese Incident, members of Umphrey’s McGee, Stanley Jordan, Dominic Lali (Big Gigantic), David Satori & Sidecar Tommy (Beats Antique), Billy Kreutzman, Vinx, Toni Childs, Karsh Kale, Jamie Janover, Steve Kimock, Jamie Shields (New Deal), and Adam Deitch (Lettuce) just to name a few.

EOTO has recieved dozens of awards and accolades for their live production including “Best Live Dubstep” at the Dubstep Awards in 2012, “Top 50 bands to see live” and most recently voted “Best Late Night Show” at III Point Festival in New York City, by Societe Perrier.

EOTO is the rhythm section for the underground sensation, String Cheese Incident. While they don’t like to talk about SCI in this configuration, this is a band who has performed with such legendary talent as James Brown and have performed in front of hundreds of stadium sized audiences and sold out crowds. Their talent is undeniable.

Not just a haphazard foray into experimental EDM music, the duo starts their musical adventure from scratch (there are no pre-recorded loops, no backing tracks, and no pre-constructed songs in their live production) building each set, note-by-note, beat by beat, live before the audience as each show explodes into a full-scale dance party. EOTO just announced new additions to their award winning light show and visuals as part of the fall tour.

EOTO TOUR DATES

31-Oct Suwannee Hulaween 2014 Live Oak, FL
20-Nov The Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY
21-Nov Stage 48 New York, NY
22-Nov Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
28-Nov Winstons San Diego, CA
29-Nov El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
4-Dec Arcata Theater Lounge Arcata, CA
5-Dec The Independent San Francisco, CA
6-Dec Cargo Reno, NV
10-Dec Parish Austin, TX
11-Dec The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK
12-Dec Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
13-Dec Ogden Theatre Denver, CO

Oh Brother (Octopus), where art thou? Celebrating the release of Sea of Champions

Oh Brother (Octopus), where art thou? Celebrating the release of Sea of Champions

With great pleasure, Drunken Mermaid gives you the triumphant return of Brother Octopus! After two years in the making, Sea of Champions is here! 17 tracks, each recorded in a different studio in Edmonton, Alberta. Fresh off their release celebration at the Mercury Room with Locomotive Ghost we have the promo video for you:

You get the picture: awesome band in an awesome city results in an awesome album. Look for tracks from Sea of Champions to make steady gains on alt radio on both sides of that other pond, the one we tend to manifest in. And follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Coming up: Absynth Quintet, Gordon Duthie, Alec Morrison, Red Anda, the amazing MUSEFest and…dare we say it?…Tony Bruno!

Ashea knows what you're thinking, and then some….

Ashea knows what you're thinking, and then some….

Last week we brought you Basheba, and we are on a roll thanks to our friends at Space Promotions – this week we have the stunningly beautiful Ashea whose debut single is one big infectious tease of the kind we can’t get enough of…this is Watcha Thinkin’

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us a little about yourself – how did you get into performing?

Ashea: I´m a solo artist so I have the fortune of being able to write and produce my own material, which is great as I love being creative and spilling my thoughts and feelings out into the tracks. I´ve been surrounded by music all my life, my family are very showbiz, there´s always music, singing and dancing happening every day of the week, so it wasn’t really a conscious decision for me, I just couldn’t imagine doing anything else in life. After graduating from Theatre School and working for Disney, I decided to take some time out to focus on my songwriting, and I taught myself to produce watching YouTube videos (which was a grueling process but well worth it).

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite original song to date? Why?

Ashea: I´m passionate about all of my tracks, for me that’s really important. When I write I need to be excited about what I´m doing or it just doesn´t happen. Saying that, my 3rd single is quite different from the previous stuff that I´ve written and we´ve come up with an awesome idea for the music video, so I´m really looking forward to showing you all.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them?

Ashea: Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado, Kerri Hilson and Jamelia are my biggest influences, I don’t tend to consciously reference them in my tracks, I think its more a question of loving their music/style so much that it just comes out in my writing and the way I sing/dance. In terms of producers, my biggest are Jay-Z / Stargate and Will. I. Am, they are what I call commercial geniuses.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Ashea: ´ I Will Never Let You Down´ by Calvin Harris, Feat. Rita Ora, I love singing along to it, and it works perfectly with my voice – As for how its sounds- I’m thinking of doing an acoustic cover so watch this space…..

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Ashea: I love writing Pop music, so I am staying true to myself and my audience by starting as I mean to go on. Obviously, experience plays a big role in what you choose to write about, so hopefully the journey will only get crazier…..

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Ashea: My worst experience was probably doing a 12 hour shoot in a Warehouse, mid winter with no heating and being very scantily clad. Somehow I got through it and managed to give it all I had, but I tell you, it was tough, but I did have a really kind kid running up to me with my coat in between takes…

Best experience yet has got to be filming my latest music video, We spent a good 3 weeks planning it, meetings with the director, finding the perfect location, rehearsing the dance routine, there was such a great feeling of team spirit, and when the day arrived I was buzzing!

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/audience to know about you?

Ashea: I am an artist that is very involved with everything to do with my music. Production, image, video etc….It’s vital to me that you guys get to hear and see everything just as I envisioned it, so I go the extra mile to make sure.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

Ashea: We are now making preparations for a tour in the UK, so watch this space for more info…..2nd single is set to drop very soon…… #cantwait

Neither can we…watch this space indeed…and follow Ashea on Twitter and Facebook in the meantime. #asheaisawesome

Bad Friends, Good Enemies – the brilliant debut of Basheba

Bad Friends, Good Enemies – the brilliant debut of Basheba

At the end of this month, amazing newcomer Basheba releases her debut EP, Bad Friends, Good Enemies. You may or may not be familiar with her, but one thing is certain – you will be hearing a lot of Basheba in the not too distant future. The North West Londoner blends R&B, blues, and gospel to deliver spectacular vocals and a dark intensity that is laced with hope. We caught up with her out front of the release thanks to Kate Whitmarsh of Space Promotions. This is Dirty Love (Your Love):

drunkenmermaid.com: How did you choose your name?

Basheba: It comes from my favourite place to visit in Barbados, Bathsheba. The scenery and views are amazing. It’s somewhere I could never get bored of. So when thinking of a name I decided I wanted a name that meant something to me. It came to me one day and I thought maybe, and that I’d live with it for a while. Then the next day I was on the train to the studio and a woman was carrying a bag with a map of Barbados on it, in bold writing it highlighted Bathsheba. That sealed it for me; I felt it was a sign. When I got to the studio I asked my producer Dean Barratt what he thought and he agreed. I later decided to take out the ‘TH’ to make it easier for people to remember and spell.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite original song or album to date? Why?

Basheba: My favourite song to date is the lead track from my upcoming EP. The track is called ‘Hold on’. I wrote it at a time when I felt lost. It’s a song about young people in the UK and how they are abandoned by society. It’s quite deep, if I were to explain the full concept I would need a couple more pages.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them? What do you add or do differently?

Basheba: I am influenced by many different artists and genres. I grew up listening to Marvin Gaye, Rolling Stones, Nina Simone amongst others. I have never tried to replicate what another artist does. I’ve always tried to use my own experiences and emotions to write and create my music.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Basheba: I wish I wrote the whole of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s going on’ Album. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. It’s timeless.

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Basheba: The future is looking very exciting. I’m releasing my debut EP ‘Bad friends, good enemies’ on the 26th of October. I am also working on my debut album. I love doing live shows so next year I am on a mission to get some festivals.

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Basheba: My best experience would have to be the filming of Dirty Love (Your Love). It was such a fun weekend. And worst. Honestly I don’t think I have had a “worst” experience. This past year is easily a contender for the best year of my life.

drunkenmermaid.com: Are you signed to a label? Are you looking for a label?

Basheba: I’m not signed; I do have my own label that I am building at the moment. Being signed by a major is obviously the dream for most artists. But I am enjoying just grafting at the moment. I hope a deal will come when the time is right.

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/audience to know about you?

Basheba: I’d like them to know that I’m not as solemn and miserable as I may portray! I’d like to think I’m quite a happy person.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

Basheba: Being on stage is actually where I am most comfortable. I love putting on a show. My band are awesome, alone they are worth seeing live.

drunkenmermaid.com: Where can we see you in the near future?

Basheba: I am playing at Westfield in Shepherds Bush for Juicy Couture on the 18th of October.

This sounds like a particularly good night to be in Shepherds Bush. Juicy Couture is already on to the next big thing. You can check out the video for No More on our facebook page and get more Basheba on YouTube and facebook.

We Are The Catalyst featuring Kenny Boufadene and Cat Fey

We Are The Catalyst featuring Kenny Boufadene and Cat Fey

Watc_3_april14_mediumScandanavia – in particularly Sweden – is an awesome source of up and coming talent, especially in Drunken Mermaid’s favorite vein…metal. We’ve featured Pound, Red Nova, and now, thanks to Stuart at One Night Stand Management – We Are the Catalyst! Their new Album, Monuments, releases October 1. Here’s Fight for Air:

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drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about yourselves – how did We Are The Catalyst form? How did you choose your name?

Kenny: We Are The Catalyst was formed in Varberg, Sweden, by Cat Fey and Kenny Boufadene in November of 2012. After several years of touring and releasing albums as members of the Swedish Modern Metal act One Without, (In which we toured with bands like Dead By April, Katatonia and Evergrey, and were signed to Lifeforce Records and released two albums) we both felt the need to do something different from what we had previously done both musically and ideologicallym hence “We Are The Catalyst”

The meaning of the band name is simply that if you want something to change, you have to start that change yourself, being the catalyst.

When we started to write songs for WATC we quickly realized how easy it was for us to work together only the two of us in the studio, me making the foundation of the songs with the music, and then having Cat bringing in the vocals, then working together to polish the songs as much as possible, and not being satisfied until they felt really special and worked through. We had not worked this much in detail before in any other band we were in, and looking back I feel that we maybe hurried the songwriting to much in our old bands, and had to many people involved in the writing. Working just the two of us has been so much easier in the end, and I already look forward to writing our next album.

When we write songs we mainly just work directly in the studio and try out tons of ideas on the songs before making the final cut, and it has been a great start for us, as is evident in “Monuments”.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite album?

Kenny: Bring Me The Horizon’s “Sempiternal” – because it has such a raw energy as well as having a very produced sound. It doesn´t hurt that there´s an ominous sound to the songs as well as an epic atmosphere, and a “Pop meets Metal”-vibe to it . I often get tired of albums pretty quickly, but this album I have been listening to almost constantly since it was released. I just can´t go many days without hearing “Can You Feel My Heart” or “Shadow Moses”.

They really deserve all the success they get!

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them? What do you add or do differently?

Kenny: Tons of influences! Many of them subtle in our sound, some of them you might hear more, not going to say which is which because I honestly don´t know! But some of the big ones are bands that I grew up listening to, like Linkin Park, 30 Seconds To Mars, In Flames, Katatonia, Killswitch Engage, Soilwork and Kent.

Others are more recent additions, like Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore, Skrillex, Ellie Goulding and many more. I learn something from all of them and conciously or unconciously add that influence to our songs. I also get very inspired and influenced by movie scores, as I feel that there are so much potential and story telling in that kind of “background music”.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Kenny: “Can You Feel My Heart” by Bring Me The Horizon, It would probably sound the same as I wouldn´t want to change a thing! Seriously one of the best songs ever written.

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Kenny: We have started writing a few new songs the last couple of weeks (as we are always writing songs, not just when working on an album) and currently I have been in a kind of dark mood, making the songs more ominous than the ones on “Monuments”. Some of them have also become more heavy, more “Metal” in a way, and more serious in the feel, so will be interesting to see how they turn out in the end and if they make the next album or not. I don´t think we want to be too dark in the end, but there certainly is a lot of those songs being written by us at the moment.

drunkenmermaid.com: Are you signed to a label? Are you looking for a label or artist’s representation?

Kenny: We are currently talking to several labels, as we have been getting quite a lot of bigger label interest with “Monuments”, but I really can´t say any more at the moment. As for representation we are working with One Night Stand Management in the UK and Chris Bianchi (Mercenary Management/CB Entertainment) in the US.

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/audience to know about you?

Kenny: Aside from the music, my biggest interest is playing video games. Also, me and Cat are married and have a daughter. 🙂 Could be that´s why we work so well together!

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

Kenny: Intense!

drunkenmermaid.com: Where can we see you in the near future?

Kenny: We are currently booking tour dates for early 2015, but no dates are official yet! Keep your eyes out and your ears open!

We will, no doubt. In the meantime, check out more of We Are The Catalyst on their official website, facebook, and Twitter. You can see their video for “Tomorrow” on Drunken Mermaid’s facebook page.

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