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GLOBAL LIVE Launches First Pay-Per-View Livestream Shows Featuring JEFF MARTIN (THE TEA PARTY) on November 13 + 14

DT: NOVEMBER 5, 2020

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

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STREAMING INITIATIVE
GLOBAL LIVE
LAUNCHES FIRST PAY-PER-VIEW LIVESTREAMED SHOWS
FEATURING
JEFF MARTIN
(ICONIC FRONTMAN OF THE TEA PARTY)

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New streaming initiative GLOBAL LIVE are thrilled to announce Jeff Martin, lead singer of the iconic rock band The Tea Party, will present two intimate exclusive pay-per-view performances that will be streamed 100% live from Byron Bay, Australia, allowing fans an exclusive front row experience.

EVENT DETAILS

WHAT: JEFF MARTIN “LIVE FROM BYRON BAY”
WHEN:
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. ET (US/Canada)
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. AEDT (Australia)
TICKETS: https://global.live/

Across almost 30 years of sold-out tours and millions of record sales, Jeff is set to present a rare, personal and intimate acoustic performance of his greatest songs for his audience, showcasing fan favorites, multi-platinum hits and deep cuts from his extensive catalogue with every ticket holder being a part of the setlist creation across social media.

With no pre-recording or edits, the live shows are an exclusive one-time-only experience and will not be available afterwards.

Jeff says, “This pandemic has made it near impossible to tour, and we need live music in our lives now, more than ever. I have partnered with Global Live to bring two full production live shows to you–streamed directly from the beautiful Byron Bay. It is important to me that the experience is 100% live and delivered at a high level that you deserve–I look forward to you joining me in November.”

With an impressive line-up, GLOBAL LIVE has offered the return of live shows. Jeff Martin joins other top artists to be presented via the streaming initiative including Timmy Trumpet (October 30) and SB19 (set for November 20), along with many more to come.

Differing from other live-streaming experiences, GLOBAL LIVE provides a truly live and exclusive experience. No replays, skipping or recording can take place and users can gain access to exciting add-ons such as virtual meet & greets, artist green room hangouts and one-off merchandise. Fans can purchase a ticket via the GLOBAL LIVE platform and will then receive an eTicket and email with event access credentials.

Register for tickets here: https://global.live/

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Industrial Metal outfit CONTRACULT Collective Release New EP ‘Follow’ Produced By Arthur Rizk (Ghostemane, Power Trip)

DT: OCTOBER 30, 2020

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

INDUSTRIAL METAL OUTFIT
CONTRACULT Collective
DROP NEW EP
FOLLOW
PRODUCED BY ARTHUR RIZK (GHOSTEMANE, POWER TRIP)

BAND TO PERFOM LIVE TONIGHT (10/30)
VIA COLD WAVE FESTIVAL’S
“SEASON OF THE GLITCH” VIRTUAL HALLOWEEN EVENT

ANNOUNCE AFTERSHOCK 2021 FESTIVAL APPEARANCE


Industrial metal is back and better than ever
Metal Injection, 9/21/2020

Los Angeles-based industrial metal outfit CONTRACULT Collective have unveiled their new EP FOLLOW which includes two tracks—the catchy and pulverizing single “Follow” and grinding b-side track “50 Shades”–just in time to add to Halloween playlists. FOLLOW was produced by Arthur Rizk (Ghostemane, Power Trip) and comes after the self-release of their debut eight-track EP A CULT OF OPPOSITION last month. Stream/download FOLLOW today at http://smarturl.it/CONTRACULTFOLLOW.

“‘Follow’ is the product of a long weekend spent in a cold Philadelphian garage with producer Arthur Rizk,” shares CONTRACULT Collective vocalist/producer Svart. “This collaboration delivered two cuts of raw industrial metal which we felt would follow up nicely from our previous release, ‘A Cult of Opposition.’

“The title track ‘Follow’ is a self-reflection on giving space and energy to unsafe forces which drain every drop of blood from your body. Learning to establish healthy boundaries and self-preservation is a constant struggle I have bouts with every day. It can bleed me till I’m blue. It’s like salt in my wounds. We hope you f*cking freaks enjoy it, follow if you dare.”

“‘Follow’ is a juxtaposition between primitive hard beats and lush orchestrations of entangled cold guitars and synth,” says Rizk. “I loved working on it with Contracult Collective who were all about keeping everything big and harsh!”

CONTRACULT Collective was formed by Svart and guitarist Culprit and includes BX on synth/backup vocals. The band were signed to Roadrunner Records and released a series of singles and accompanying music videos including the NSFW “Hogtied,” “WDYT,” “It’s The Water” and a cover of Hole’s “Violet,” all of which were featured on their self-released debut EP. The outfit were featured as part of a mini-documentary series via The Pit What Burns in the Soul: CONTRACULT Collective discussing the relationship between the BDSM subculture and heavy music. Watch it here.

CONTRACULT Collective will take part in Chicago’s Cold Waves Festival virtual Halloween event “Season of The Glitch” tonight, October 30, performing live at 11:30 P.M. ET (8:30 P.M. PT). The festival will be streaming for FREE via Twitch at this link: http://www.twitch.tv/coldwaves2020. The band were also recently announced as part of the lineup for the annual Aftershock 2020 Festival set to take place October 7 – 10 in Sacramento, CA with headliners Metallica and My Chemical Romance.

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IVA TORIC Releases Debut Album ‘The Devil’s Mark’; Shares Emotionally Charged Music Video for “Goodbye”

DT: OCTOBER 30, 2020

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

IVA TORIC
RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM
‘THE DEVIL’S MARK’
AVAILABLE NOW DIGITALLY +/OR ON GATEFOLD 2LP VINYL

SHARES EMOTIONALLY CHARGED SINGLE/MUSIC VIDEO
GOODBYE
TO HELP ERASE STIGMA SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

 

Melodic doom rock singer-songwriter-artist IVA TORIC is excited to unleash her debut album The Devil’s Mark today, October 30. Produced by Jim Kaufman (Danny Worsnop, Them Evils), its 14 tracks combine doom-laden riffs and dark folk melodies with lyrical and visual nods to various aspects of modern paganism and witchcraft. Adjacent to the release—and just in time for Halloween—IVA has also issued an evocative music video for its fifth single, “Goodbye,” which visually reflects IVA’s lifelong struggle with mental health issues and depression. It was premiered yesterday, October 29, via FolkNRock who declared that the “thought-provoking piece perfectly balances the subject’s seriousness while giving a musically pleasant listening experience of angelic vocals and heavy soundscapes.” Watch it streaming below or on YouTube HERE.

“I was inspired to write this song after learning some heartbreaking details about the tragic suicide of a thirteen-year-old boy,” shares IVA. “We have a mental health crisis in the United States. There is still a stigma against mental health conditions and treatment is rarely affordable if it is available at all. I have personally been impacted by suicides of loved ones and have suffered with suicidal thoughts myself. This song is my reflection on this darkness.”

GOODBYE - Iva Toric

The Devil’s Mark is available now across all digital platforms HERE.
Limited copies of the album on 2LP gatefold vinyl are also available including bundle options with an exclusive branded t-shirt and a sticker featuring the cover artwork (seen above). Get yours now directly from IVA’s webstore at www.ivatoric.com/shop.

IVA unveiled the album’s debut single “Dark Side of Me” in January 2020 with an exclusive music video premiere via KERRANG! who lauded her “syncretic approach to dark culture, mixing the organic darkness of Uada, the psychedelic hues of Soundgarden, and the goth elegance of Maria Brink.” She continued to release two more original tracks “Actions Speak Louder” (premiered via Ghost Cult Magazine) and “Finally Today” (premiered via Metal Injection) as well as a dynamic cover of Tori Amos’ “Crucify.”

The Devil’s Mark features guest musicians Gregg Cash (Josh Todd and the Conflict, ex-Dorothy) on bass, Kemble Walters (Juliette & The Licks, Aeges) on guitars, Dylan Howard (Aeges) on drums and Sasha Smith on keys.

“’The Devil’s Mark’ was born out of curiosity and exploring what I didn’t know was possible,” says IVA. “It’s my debut solo album after working in other bands and playing music non-professionally for many years. I wanted to see what I could create and how my art would impact others. I was hesitant to release this music into an uncertain world amidst a pandemic, environmental disasters, and social unrest, but now more than ever we need music to bring us together and soothe our souls. I have hope for the future–uncertain though it may be–and I hope ‘The Devil’s Mark’ finds its place in your hearts amidst the chaos.”

Photo Credit: Carey Lynne Fruth

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HARRY SHEARER Releases Full Donald Trump Album: ‘The Many Moods Of Donald Trump’ Today

DATE: OCTOBER 30, 2020

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN

“THE SIMPSONS” AND “SPINAL TAP” STAR
HARRY SHEARER
RELEASES FULL DONALD TRUMP ALBUM:
‘THE MANY MOODS OF DONALD TRUMP’

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FULL ALBUM AVAILABLE THIS
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
JUST FOUR DAYS BEFORE U.S. GOES TO THE POLLS

“Harry Shearer is one of the great comic geniuses of our time.”
–Roger Friedman, Showbiz 411

“Harry Shearer creates comedy gold with The Many Moods of Donald Trump…”
Noise 11 (Australia)

“Possibly the most horrifying thing I have ever seen…”
Louis Chilton, The Independent (UK)

“Shearer’s record is undoubtedly one of the most unexpected, but most welcome additions to this year.”
Rolling Stone Australia

Throughout this summer and autumn, “The Simpsons” and “Spinal Tap” star, HARRY SHEARER, in the guise of Donald Trump, has been releasing a song a week via YouTube. This Friday (October 30) sees the culmination of this endeavor with the release of a full album of thirteen bitingly satirical songs inspired by the mercurial and often bizarre performance of the current president of the United States throughout his time in office.

“America has never had a President so demanding of our continued attention. I decided to give him too much of mine.”
–Harry Shearer

Featuring SHEARER on vocals, supported by line-up of world class musicians, THE MANY MOODS OF DONALD TRUMP takes the listener on a journey of musical styles from old style New Orleans to neo classic rock, southern rock, pumped up disco and much much more, to reflect the ever-changing temperament of a presidency like none other seen before.

Accompanying the album are two ground-breaking motion-capture videos that portray Donald Trump at his most absurd:

In Son In Law Trump sings his way from his desk in the Oval Office to the press corps on The White House lawn, whilst lionizing his senior advisor and husband of his daughter, Jared Kushner.

In Executive Time the president is in ‘do not disturb’ mode as he watches his flat screen, fine tunes his golf swing, practices his signature, stares moodily through his window and does all the other things befitting the most powerful man in the world as he goes about his daily business.

HARRY SHEARER has vocally portrayed every U.S. president of his lifetime. Donald Trump is the third he has portrayed physically, having previously played Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan on screen.

The Many Moods of Donald Trump is produced by CJ Vanston on Twanky Records.
Digital album and CD available here

and here

Vinyl album available November 13

The full track listing is as follows:

1. I Can’t Believe I’m Me
Available to listen to here

As the medicated president huffs and puffs his way towards the final lap of the race to the White House, in “I Can’t Believe I’m Me,” Shearer has the incumbent blasting out a ‘brassy, craggy worst-of-Broadway anthem’ in praise of his not so private passion…himself

When Donald Trump first rode down that escalator, all most of us saw was his unabashed delight in himself. The rest came later.

Music and words by Harry Shearer
Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
Trumpets: Wayne Bergeron, Chris Walden
Saxes: Jeff Driskill
Trombones: Juliane Gralle, Chris Walden
Guitar: Andrew Synowiec
Drums: Gregg Bissonette
Piano, bass, strings: CJ Vanston
Horn and string arrangement by Harry Shearer, CJ Vanston and Chris Walden

2.I Can’t Drive Anymore
Available to listen to here

He already had his own plane and chopper, but he used to be able to get out and express himself behind the wheel…

Music and words by Harry Shearer
Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
BG Vocals: CJ Vanston
Trumpet: Jay Jennings
Trumpet: Justin Stanton
Tenor Sax: Chris Bullock
Trombone, Baritone Sax: Tom “Bones” Malone
Guitars: Toshi Yanagi
Drums: Toss Panos
Keyboards, bass, baritone sax solo, all other instruments: CJ Vanston
Horn arrangement by CJ Vanston
Orchestrator/copyist: Chris Walden

3.Son-in-Law
Available to watch here

Shearer Trump performing an old-style New Orleans number in praise his senior advisor, Jared Kushner.

Always mentioned as one of Trump’s top aides, Jared Kushner has been given a portfolio that ranges from Middle East peace to the pandemic. His success rate speaks for itself.

Music and words by Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer – vocals
David Torkanowsky – piano. Organ
George Porter, Jr. – bass
Raymond Weber – drums
Brad Walker – saxophone
Scott Frock – trumpet
Jon Ramm – trombone

4.Stormy Daniels
Available to listen to here

A lush string filled ode to passion, power and pay-off.

What good is hush money when it buys so little hush?

Music and lyrics by Harry Shearer
Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
Piano: CJ Vanston
Drums: Gregg Bissonette
Strings, bass, trumpet and string arrangement: CJ Vanston

5.Bill of Love

Available to listen to here

In the neo-classic rock number, Shearer portrays the incumbent holding forth on his stance towards those displaced souls who wish to take up residency in the US. The song title refers to a phrase the President bestowed on a piece of legislation to reform the immigration laws.   The bill never passed.

Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
BG Vocals: CJ Vanston
Guitars: Toshi Yanagi
Drums: Toss Panos
Keyboards, all other instruments: CJ Vanston

6.Executive Time

Available to watch to here

A languorous love of leisure ballad in which Shearer as Trump sings wistfully of those long periods of contemplation and nothingness between unnecessary briefings from so called ‘experts.

When does the President get the time to watch all the TV news? It’s a big section of his daily schedule.

Music and lyrics by Harry Shearer
Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
Backing Vocals: Sharlotte Gibson, CJ Vanston
Drums: Toss Panos
Keyboards, Trombone, all other instruments: CJ Vanston

7.I Never Knew Him
Available to listen to here

An eclectic musical mix in which Trump demonstrates that he might not have “one of the greatest memories of all time” as he purges his contact book and airbrushes his history of those who may be an impediment to his ratings.

A very famous guy has so many people claiming to be his friends or family. It’s always important to clear the air.

Music and lyrics by Harry Shearer

Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
Backing Vocals: Sharlotte Gibson, CJ Vanston
Trumpet: Jim Gammon
Drums: Toss Panos
Keyboards, Trombone, all other instruments: CJ Vanston

8.Very Stable Genius
Available to listen to here

A power ballad in which Trump vaunts his own intellectual prowess combined with his calm and balanced disposition.

When a person refers to himself with that phrase once, it’s newsworthy. When he does it repeatedly, it’s songworthy.

Music and words by Harry Shearer
Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
BG Vocals: CJ Vanston
Guitars: Marc Bonilla
Drums: Toss Panos
Keyboards, all other instruments: CJ Vanston

9.Number One Son
Available to listen to here

An electric chop suey, listing all Donald Jr.’s qualities and Trump’s newfound love for the boy who serves him well.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the refrigerator.

Music and lyrics by Harry Shearer
Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
BG Vocals; Sharlotte Gibson, CJ Vanston
Guitars: Marc Bonilla
Drums: Toss Panos
Keyboards, all other instruments: CJ Vanston

10.Alabama
Available to listen to here

A southern rock tribute to the state that holds a special place in the President’s “heart.”

The trouble with official hurricane forecast maps is that they don’t often include Sharpie additions.   When it’s the state that gave your Presidential campaign its kick-off, a Sharpie warning is the least you can do.

Music and lyrics by Harry Shearer
Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
BG Vocals: CJ Vanston
Harmonica: Howard Levy
Guitars: Mark Bonilla
Drums: Toss Panos
Keyboards, all other instruments: CJ Vanston

11.COVID-180
Available to listen to here

Alternating stanzas of pumped-up disco and plaintive folk rock to represent the alternating “up” and “down” approaches taken to the pandemic by the President.

Emerson once said, “Petty consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.”  Trump agrees, though he may not quite understand it.

Music and words by Harry Shearer
Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
BG vocals: Sharlotte Gibson, CJ Vanston
Guitars: Marc Bonilla
Drums: Toss Panos
Piano, synths, all other instruments: CJ Vanston

12.Acquittal

Available to listen to here

A ‘prog rock revenge anthem,’ the president basks in the sheer vitriolic joy on offer when it’s time to settle scores.

When you’re impeached, and survive, the natural human impulse is balls-out revenge.

Music and lyrics by Harry Shearer
Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
Backing Vocals: Sharlotte Gibson, CJ Vanston
Guitars: Marc Bonilla
Drums: Toss Panos
Keyboards, all other instruments: CJ Vanston

13.He Lies
Available to listen to here

A ‘list song’ in the style of the late Leonard Cohen’s non-existent brother, Jim, detailing the litany of falsehoods propagated by The President since he stood on Capitol Hill in January 2017 in front of “the biggest audience in the history of inaugural speeches.”

Lead Vocal: Harry Shearer
Backing Vocals: Sharlotte Gibson, CJ Vanston
Drums: Toss Panos
Keyboards, flamenco guitar, all other instruments: CJ Vanston

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TASH SULTANA Announces February 19, 2021 Release Date For Sophomore Album “Terra Firma”

DATE: OCTOBER 29, 2020

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

TASH SULTANA
ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR SOPHOMORE ALBUM
‘TERRA FIRMA’
SET FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 19, 2021
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

SHARES LATEST SINGLE
‘WILLOW TREE’ FEATURING JEROME FARAH
LISTEN HERE

PHOTO CREDIT: GIULIA MCGAURAN

TASH SULTANA today (October 29) announced the official release date for their forthcoming sophomore album TERRA FIRMA. The highly anticipated new body of work from TASH SULTANA is set for release on February 19, 2021 on Mom + Pop Music and is available to pre-order NOW.

With a title inspired by the need to slow down and re-ground TERRA FIRMA is the work of a more confident, dynamic and experienced musician. The manifestation of a period of self-reflection in which TASH slowed down to find time for surfing, studio, family, gardening and a healthy balance from the hectic touring lifestyle that defined their existence.

“I didn’t realize that I needed to create a space and home for myself to feel like a person again,” explains TASH. “I just went inward and found a really peaceful place and wrote an album, and I feel really happy with it.”

Returning to earth after the dizzying heights of success, TERRA FIRMA is the sound of a more content and grounded TASH. Spiritually, the album finds the artist reconnecting to their roots, reminding themselves who they are and what it means to be human. Musically however, its 14 tracks take root into far-reaching sonic territory.

From the previously released evocative “Greed” to the enthralling “Beyond The Pine,” TASH departs from looped and layered jams towards meditative combinations of soul, funk, RnB, folk, rock, hip hop–you name it. “It’s Aretha Franklin meets Bon Iver meets John Mayer meets whatever,” says TASH. “It’s recognizably Tash Sultana, but deeper and more nuanced.”

Almost every note on TERRA FIRMA was once again composed, arranged, performed, engineered and produced by TASH. But to kick-start a new era, the solo star–for the first time–opened themselves up to collaborators, starting with a 10-day writing session with fellow ARIA-winning Australian musician Matt Corby and producer Dann Hume (Courtney Barnett, Amy Shark, Angus & Julia Stone).

Matt was very helpful for me at the beginning of this process, because I was experiencing writers block,” TASH explains. Together, they crafted lead singles “Pretty Lady”–an infectious tune kicking around since TASH’s busking days–and “Greed.” “They only give a shit when you make it big,TASH sings in a soul-funk examination of the corrupting influence of wealth and fame.

Corby also assisted on the richly detailed “Beyond The Pine,” in which TASH intones “I need you to save me because I can’t save myself,” and “Crop Circles,” a rumination on death disguised by its smoky, minimal piano licks and horns. “I went full jazz on that one.”

In line with today’s announcement, TASH has teamed up with fast rising Melbourne artist Jerome Farah to deliver a soul powered new single Willow Treefilled with thundering trumpets and shimmering guitar lines.

PHOTO CREDIT: GIULIA MCGAURAN
(L-R: Tash Sultana, Jerome Farah)

“There ain’t no fast pass up the mountain and you’ve got to clock the hours in to achieve the things you want in life,” explains TASH. “You can’t just skip the entire middle section of your journey to try and rush to the finish line. Whatever that may be for you. There is no use comparing yourself to someone else’s success. It’s your time when it’s meant to be and it’s only meant to be if you get up day and night and strive for the things you want. No one’s going to serve it to you on a golden platter, you’ve got to get it yourself.”

LISTEN TO ‘WILLOW TREE’ FEAT. JEROME FARAH HERE

TERRA FIRMA was made with a lot of effort but feels effortless. Its intoxicating grooves and hypnotic riffs are instantly inviting, but with depth that reveals its rewards the more you absorb it.

Forever thinking of future career steps, TASH has assembled a live band to bring the record to life on stage (whenever that’s safe to do so). “The new live show is everything the live show already was, plus three other people on the stage for a small section of the show,” TASH says. “And they’re already greasing the wheels to begin producing and mentoring other artists.

Keen to get back out on the road doing what they love, TASH has recently been announced as part of Great Southern Nights at The Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on Saturday 28 November.  For more information on this show, head HERE.

For TERRA FIRMA though, the goal seemed simple: to make music that comes from a place that’s real and from the heart. “Because if it does, you’ll never fuck up,” Tash reflects. “I just really wanted to like the art I was putting out… I just wanted to feel better, be better, perform better, play better, sing better. To be a better musician.”

ABOUT TASH SULTANA

Since dropping their debut album two years ago, TASH has only gone from strength to strength in a career already abundant with highlights. With over one billion total worldwide streams, 500,000 tickets sold globally including a sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre, performing stand out sets at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and more, TASH has also made their US debut TV performance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

In Australia, TASH’s debut album FLOW STATE was nominated for six ARIA Awards including winning the ARIA for Blues and Roots Album Of The Year, they undertook a massive sold out Australia headline tour with over 70,000 tickets around the country, whilst “Jungle” and “Notion” are ARIA accredited 2x Platinum, “Mystik,” “Murder to the Mind” and the NOTION EP all ARIA accredited Gold.

Stay tuned for more news to come from TASH SULTANA.

PHOTO CREDIT: GIULIA MCGAURAN

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NEW BEAT FUND Share Cinematic Video for New Single “Look What You’ve Done;” Announce Plans for 2021 Album

DT: OCTOBER 29, 2020

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

 

WEST COAST ALTERNATIVE/INDIE TRIO
NEW BEAT FUND
REVEAL PLANS FOR NEW ALBUM IN 2021

DEBUT FIRST NEW MUSIC SINCE 2018 WITH
CINEMATIC MUSIC VIDEO
LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE
–AN INTERPOLATION OF AFI’S “THE LOST SOULS”

TRIO SHARE DETAILS ON PRODUCTION COMPANY
“THE FUND”
BASED OUT OF LEGENDARY
SOUND CITY STUDIO CENTER IN VAN NUYS, CA

 

West Coast-based alternative/indie trio NEW BEAT FUND have revealed plans to release a new album in spring of 2021 marking their first music since 2018’s critically acclaimed album Chillanthropy—which included two collaborative tracks alongside close friends in The Driver Era and DJ duo Two Friends. The album will be self-written and produced by the trio who run their own production company under the moniker “The Fund” out of the legendary Sound City Studio Center (Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers) in Van Nuys, CA.

Today, October 28, the band are excited to share the striking and cinematic music video for their new single “Look What You’ve Done.” The track is an interpolation of the trio’s own original music mashed with rockers AFI’s 2000 single “The Lost Souls” featured on their fifth studio album The Art of Drowning.

“AFI are a huge inspiration to us, and somehow a piece of music we loved so much growing up has blossomed into a new musical landscape through our creative filter,” shares NEW BEAT FUND. “Not only is the song a proper homage to our musical roots, but it became the sonic template for the new material.”

The video for “Look What You’ve Done,” as seen below, was directed by South Korean film maker Dawn Suhyun Shim and filmed at various locations across Southern California. Taking inspiration from the classic film The Seventh Seal (1957), the video is a cinematic vignette experimenting with visual elements to express imperfection.

New Beat Fund - Look What You've Done - (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Stream/download “Look What You’ve Done” now at: http://smarturl.it/NBFlook

“When I first listened to the song ‘Look What You’ve Done,’ I was drawn to the inner emotional struggle,” shares Shim. “The three lifeless characters stuck in one moment draw a parallel between themselves and a mythical figure. Jeff is mounted in the water looking out to the horizon, Paul is buried in the sand gazing at the sky and Shelby is stuck in his own reflection.

“The first reference I brought to the artist was the iconic opening scene from ‘The Seventh Seal,’” Shim continues. “The knight is on the beach playing chess by himself when Death appears to inform him he is to die. Trying to outsmart Death, he challenges him to a game of chess. Like Death confronting the knight, the mythical figure in the video confronts the three lifeless characters, but in a curious way. The mythical figure feels great sympathy and releases them by connecting them.”

“In a chess game, pieces must keep moving. Similarly, life keeps moving whether you are feeling stuck. To emphasize that feeling, we experimented with an in-camera shutter effect. The motion blur aids in both the illusion of time and the feeling of isolation. When we see someone looking at their own reflection, we interpret that a person’s soul is contained in their reflection. The mirror expresses a feeling of ambiguity, when one finds his reflection it’s revealed as more of a distortion.”

(Lineup[l-r]: Paul Laliberté, Jeffrey Laliberté, Shelby Archer; Photo Credit: Dawn Shim)

NEW BEAT FUND consists of guitarist/lead vocalist Jeff Laliberté, bassist/DJ Paul Laliberté and guitarist Shelby Archer. Their debut album Sponge Fingerz was released in 2015 via Red Bull Records and was co-produced with Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5) and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Angels & Airwaves). Following its release, the band was seen on tour with acts including Blink 182, AWOLNATION and Dirty Heads in addition to appearing at several major U.S. festivals. national radio airplay, worldwide playlists, and major festivals across the US.  2018’s releas

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Ex-5FDP Drummer JEREMY SPENCER Unveils New Rock Project PyschoSexual’s Anime/Horror Video “I Wanna Be The Blood In Your Cut”

DT: OCTOBER 28, 2020

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

EX-FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH DRUMMER
JEREMY SPENCER
EMBODIES ‘DEVIL DADDY’ FRONTMAN PERSONA
IN NEW ROCK PROJECT
PsychoSexual

SHARES SINFUL ANIMATED NEW SINGLE
“I WANNA BE THE BLOOD IN YOUR CUT”
FEATURING JAPANESE CHORUS

DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM
‘TORCH THE FAITH’
OUT NOW
VIA SPENCER’S OWN 6EX RECORDS

JEREMY SPENCER, former drummer and co-founding member of Five Finger Death Punch, has unleashed a new project stemmed from the darker corners of his psyche with the industrial-tinged gothic rock band PsychoSexual. Taking the persona of front man Devil Daddy, Spencer has created a dauntless soundscape for listeners that is equal parts horror and fantasy. In celebration of the macabre for Halloween, PsychoSexual have unveiled their new charmingly grim new single “I Wanna Be The Blood In Your Cut” with an anime-inspired music video to coincide with its chorus sung entirely in Japanese. The song, taken from the band’s debut full-length album TORCH THE FAITH, premiered yesterday (October 27) via Alternative Press who dubbed it as “deftly navigating the realms of industrial metal and gothic mystery.” Watch it below or streaming on YouTube here.

“‘I Wanna Be The Blood In Your Cut’ was something that came to me one night when I was having a goth moment, missing the sounds of Type O Negative, and even the nu-wave flavorings of Gary Numan,” recalls Spencer. “I felt like doing a dark, demented kind of love song, and I think that translates very well. As I was writing the lyrics, I was visualizing them coming to life via anime, which gave me the idea for not only the video, but to also sing a chorus in Japanese. I’ve always loved touring Japan, and the language has always fascinated me, so it all came together rather organically.”

Psychosexual-I Wanna be The Blood In Your Cut (Japanese Chorus Version)-OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

PsychoSexual’s debut full-length album TORCH THE FAITH was co-produced by Spencer and Shawn McGhee (Drowning Pool) and is out now via Spencer’s 6eX Records. It debuted at #150 in Billboard’s Top Albums and in the Top 30 for the following lists:

#5 – Current Hard Music Albums
#12 – Top New Artist Albums
#24 – Internet Albums
#29 – Record Label Independent Current Albums
#30 – Current Rock Albums

TORCH THE FAITH consists of 12 tracks including the original English-only version of “I Wanna Be The Blood In Your Cut” as well as an alternate mix featuring Type O Negative guitarist/co-lead vocalist Kenny Hickey. “I’m a fan of so many types of music—from David Bowie to Devo to black metal bands,” shares Spencer. “PyschoSexual is the outlet I’ve needed to bring all these things together in one big evil stew.”

Stream/download TORCH THE FAITH now at:
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/4F51otw5nmJlH2v1jqeSRZ
Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/album/torch-the-faith/1520934079

PsychoSexual is rounded out by guitarist Crucifier, bassist Astaroth and drummer Volac, and they plan on hitting the road to torch the masses in 2021.

Photo Credit: Shane O’Neal

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“Lady Liberty”: MARY SCHOLZ Debuts Video Inspired By The Events Of 2020, Calls For Equality, Equity, And Justice

DATE: OCTOBER 27, 2020

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN

SINGER-SONGWRITER-MUSICIAN
MARY SCHOLZ
DEBUTS VIDEO FOR
“LADY LIBERTY” SINGLE

VIDEO AND SONG INSPIRED BY THE EVENTS OF 2020
CALLS FOR EQUALITY, EQUITY, AND JUSTICE

LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
OR HERE

When creating the video for her new song “Lady Liberty,” Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter-musician MARY SCHOLZ expanded on the song’s themes of racial injustice and a troubled America. The video, shot against amber waves of grain, features an inclusive group of individuals reflective of this country interpreting the song’s stirring lyrics in sign language. Watch the clip here or here.

“I started imagining with the song’s lyrics being told primarily through American Sign Language interpreters,” MARY SCHOLZ says “It’s so important to elevate accessibility to the handicapable communities, and in this case to make sure that the message could be received by the deaf community. They must be included in this fight for our country and our people. They are, just like everyone, vital pieces of the puzzle. And, just like the other groups mentioned in the song, often underserved. “

Photo credit: Anokiart Photography

MARY continues, “I’ve always found the language beautiful, like a dance, and getting to see my words expressed in this way on set (and while I was editing), was a very emotional experience for me.”

In coming up for a concept for the video, MARY says: “I didn’t want to inundate listeners with more visuals of the harsh realities we’ve been witnessing. I wanted to create something that would give people hope. To make them feel connected to one another, and the greater goal of equality. To recognize that we are, all of us, extensions of this beacon of Liberty.”

“Lady Liberty” is sung from the perspective of one of the most iconic American images, the Statue of Liberty reflects “the broader aches of our modern world, including the human rights transgressions that are the American inheritance.” MARY’s compelling vocals soar in a beautiful and spacious folk setting.

The “Lady Liberty” track was released earlier this month via the label KZZ, and marks MARY’s first single in her partnership with Blue Élan records co-founder, Kirk Pasich, and the affiliated music production company, KZZ.

On “Lady Liberty, SCHOLZ plays acoustic guitar, sings lead and some background vocals; she’s joined by Matt Musty (Train, Grace Potter) on drums and percussion, Zachary Ross (Heather Anne Lomax, Janiva Magness) who co-produced the track and plays electric guitar, Chris Joyner (Jason Mraz, Heart) on organ, Ed Maxwell (Shelby Lynne, Meiko) on upright bass, Malynda Hale and Sarah Ault (front women themselves) on vocals. It was mixed by Jason Hiller (Maesa, Kyle McNeil), and mastered by Lazerus–Voice of the Silence (Donald Fagen, Stevie Wonder).

“Lady Liberty” follows the release of MARY’s last single “The Mother Song: Wild Womxn.” That track saw SCHOLZ push her boundaries even further, telling a profound story of womanhood that is at once personal and utterly universal.

About Mary Scholz:

Growing up, Mary had a deep reverence for music. She was always drawn to the spiritual resonance of dusty church organs and captivated by the lyricism of seventies sweethearts like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. She grew up dancing, playing both piano and flute, and came to the guitar later, as a teenager. She went on to earn a BFA from the University of the Arts. But just as she would sing, years later, that she “knew about California,” she always knew her voice would be her primary instrument. On the road, she would also deepen her relationship to the guitar and begin a more nuanced level of exploration.

Mary Scholz’s stunning voice and evocative songwriting have made her a live circuit favorite for over a decade. The Philadelphia native has toured internationally, forging a personal connection with her audience every time she takes the stage. Today, the artist is based in Los Angeles, where her unique brand of gritty folk-charm has helped her make her mark.

Much of Scholz’s material considers how transitions color the human experience, as well as the side effects of love and loss. Her 2014 release, The Girl You Thought You Knew explores the bittersweetness of separation. The album includes the HMMA-nominated song, “Bridges We Burn.” In 2017, Mary followed up with another breakout record, California. The album was recorded live in one room, to an Ampex 8-track tape machine. It was also the artist’s first vinyl pressing. California marked a turning point in Mary’s work and led to her partnership with Blue Élan records.

To date, Mary has seven studio releases and various singles available on all major platforms and plans to release more this year. Though her music has shapeshifted through the years, she continues to espouse the same message of love, hope, and personal empowerment. In her words, “It doesn’t always have to be a love song. Sometimes it’s about building a world that we can all feel loved in.”

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GLOBAL LIVE Announces Partnership with Sydney Cricket Ground, DJ Timmy Trumpet’s ‘Freakshow’ Marks Debut Event

DT: OCTOBER 26, 2020

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

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STREAMING INITIATIVE
GLOBAL LIVE
ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND

TIMMY TRUMPET’S ‘FREAKSHOW’
TO MARK DEBUT EVENT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

 

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New streaming initiative GLOBAL LIVE is excited to announce an exclusive partnership with one of Australia’s most prestigious venues, The Sydney Cricket Ground. In a world first, Timmy Trumpet’s FREAKSHOW will be live streamed directly from the iconic location this Halloween (Saturday, October 31) at 9pm AEDT.

Timmy Trumpet is a world-renowned Australian DJ and instrumentalist and is one of the most prolific electronic artists on the planet. His first ever livestream earlier this year clocked over 7 Million views worldwide, becoming one of the most watched EDM performances in 2020. In 2019 Timmy’s discography exceeded 1.2 Billion streams.

The SCG has hosted all sorts of live sport and entertainment events, but this is a first in its 160-year history,” says Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds Chief Executive Kerrie Mather Timmy Trumpet is a global sensation and will bring a whole new audience to our ground. Adds Mather: “We’ve seen the return of fans to sport already at the SCG, and Timmy Trumpet’s concert is another important step in the return of live entertainment.”

Timmy Trumpet’s breakthrough release “Freaks” has reined in over half a billion streams, reached six times platinum status in Australia and dominated the charts in ten countries.

Timmy will be bringing all the energy and excitement that you would expect from one of his main festival stage performances, playing new tracks that have never been heard before along with fan favorites. This epic show is not to be missed!

View a video message from Timmy Trumpet HERE.

GLOBAL LIVE, strategically partnered with Vimeo, is deepening the connection between artists and fans, through use of professionally produced and promoted live virtual global events.

The service presents the best seats in the house–literally. Offering fans the chance to watch their favorite artists in the comfort of their own home, while featuring premium sound and vision. Events can be virtually attended from anywhere via smart TV, tablet, computer or smartphone.

Differing from other live-streaming experiences, every event is a truly live and exclusive experience. Each show is live streamed from the event location, with no pre-recording or editing. Replays, skipping or rewinding is not possible, further establishing the exclusive nature of the show. Ticketholders also get access to exciting add-ons such as virtual meet & greets, artist green room hangouts and one-off merchandise as part of the service.

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EVENT DETAILS

WHAT: Timmy Trumpet’s Halloween FREAKSHOW
WHEN:
9pm AEST Saturday, 31 October 2020

WHERE: Streamed live from the Sydney Cricket Ground via Global Live

TICKETS: https://global.live/

Catch Timmy Trumpet making history at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday, October 31.

The Sydney Cricket Ground was established in the 1850’s and since then was hosted major sporting and entertainment events, including cricket’s annual New Year’s Test and blockbuster fixtures across all the major Australian sporting codes.

Register now to find out more information about GLOBAL LIVE events: https://global.live/

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Rock Trio THE BLACK MOODS Share Tribute To Tom Petty on “I Need To Know” Cover; Announced for Aftershock 2021

DT: OCTOBER 26, 2020

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

CLASSIC MODERN ROCK TRIO
THE BLACK MOODS
SHARE TRIBUTE TO LATE TOM PETTY ON
“I NEED TO KNOW”
COVER

BAND ADDED TO AFTERSHOCK 2021 LINEUP
+ ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL UPCOMING LIVE APPEARANCES

Arizona-based rock and roll trio THE BLACK MOODS pay tribute to one of their most esteemed musical idols, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with a fiery cover of their 1978 single “I Need To Know” from the band’s second album You’re Gonna Get It!. A trailer clip with THE BLACK MOODS performing the track during soundcheck for a recent live appearance can be seen via YouTube HERE. Out October 23, stream/download “I Need To Know” across all digital platforms here: https://slinky.to/TBMINeedToKnow. The trio were recently announced on the lineup for Aftershock Festival 2021 in Sacramento, CA on October 9. See a full list of upcoming live appearances below.

“We love Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers,” shares THE BLACK MOODS vocalist/guitarist JOSH KENNEDY. “They have affected every part of what we are as a band and as songwriters.  I’m hard-pressed to find a song in their catalog I don’t like, but for some reason ‘I Need To Know’ sticks out for me.  That song is a BAND song.  You can hear that it takes each one of them to make it come alive.  That’s why I love playing it so much–it really brings the band together.  We’ve played it as part of our live shows for quite a while and had an absolute blast recording it in the studio.  There will never be another band like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.”

The Black Moods - I Need to Know by Tom Petty (Trailer)

Following the release of their sophomore full-length album SUNSHINE in May via Steelhorse Entertainment/The Fuel, THE BLACK MOODS made career history by landing their first-ever Top 20 Billboard Active Rock radio charting single with its catchy, effervescent title track “Sunshine” peaking at #16. The album’s three previously released singles debuted in the Top 30 Active Rock charts: “Bad News” [#24], “Bella Donna” [#29] and “Whatcha Got [#30]. The band also landed a cover feature on their hometown weekly news outlet Phoenix New Times.

THE BLACK MOODS continued to keep the gears grinding during the pandemic by packing up their home studio and temporarily going to the Ozarks (Kennedy’s hometown) to isolate and begin writing and recording their next album with Sunshine’s Grammy-nominated producer Johnny “K” Karkazis. The band also remotely recorded a new track with legendary producer Eddie Kramer (Led Zeppelin, The Beatles), the release of which is TBA.

Known for their galvanizing live performances—which have seen them perform alongside acts including The Doors’ Robbie Krieger, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Whitesnake, Adelitas Way and OtherwiseTHE BLACK MOODS will continue to safely bring their showmanship to the stage with appearances at the below listed shows and festivals:

11/14-15 Lake Pleasant, AZ – Volstock @ Pleasant Harbor
11/20 Puerto Penasco, MX – RCPM en Vivo @ Rocky Point
4/10/2021 Orlando, FL – Hops & Hogs Festival @ Orlando Amphitheater
9/4-5/2021 Charlotte, NC – Hops & Hogs Festival @ Park Expo Center
10/9/2021 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival @ Discovery Park

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