Neondad: Dictator Categories: Finland • Rock • Tracks • Videos Neondad: Dictator Come late October Finnish quartet Neondad will release their debut album, ’Off The Humdrum’, and as tradition dictates a few tastes have been released to get everybody excited about what’s to come. To be precise it is three singles, one with the alternative indierockers’ very first music video and one ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
The DeSoto Caucus: The DeSoto Caucus Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock The DeSoto Caucus: The DeSoto Caucus They’ve spent the past 10 years touring with Howe Gelb as Giant Sand and backing artists like Kurt Wagner, Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, but still these Danes have found time to write and record three albums as The DeSoto Caucus. It’s folksy rock in a dusty American tradition and ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Hit The Hay: Never Wanted Out Categories: Denmark • Rock • Tracks • Videos Hit The Hay: Never Wanted Out Danish outfit Hit The Hay were responsible for one of my favorite tracks of 2013 with their most excellent americana poprocker ‘Long Way Home’. Since then they’ve made more music and I’ve been absolutely quiet about it. No good reason. Just quiet. Which is regrettable because what they’ve done is ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Finland’s best music videos Categories: Features • Finland • Metal • Rock • Videos Finland’s best music videos Late August the 21. Oulu Music Video Festival went down, screening 383 Finnish music videos and attracting around 5000 visitors who saw three awards - the main price Golden Pumpeli Award, Teen Pumpeli Award for a promising young director, plus the Kansanpumpeli Award which is decided by the audience - ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Phone Joan: Turning Pages Categories: Albums • Norway • Rock Phone Joan: Turning Pages Formed some six years ago Norwegian quartet Phone Joan are now three albums in - the latest, ‘Turning Pages’, released back in the beginning of the year. Produced, recorded and mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White et al.) it is 11 tracks worth of excellent 1970s-tinged southern stoner ’n fuzz ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Bye Mandu: Southern Girl Categories: Finland • Rock • Videos Bye Mandu: Southern Girl Travelling can result in many good things and for Sergei Vartiainen a trip to Nepal in 2012 even a band. Bye Mandu, named after Kathmandu, the city that gave inspiration to his first eight songs, released their first EP later that year, followed up with single ‘Slip Away’ last year ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
A Road To Damascus: In Retrospect Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock A Road To Damascus: In Retrospect This Danish quartet first caught our attention with their quirky, yet oddly infectious cover of ‘Airplanes’, originally by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams, back in 2012. Now A Road To Damascus have released their sophomore effort, ‘In Retrospect’, and like on their eponymous debut they are not afraid to be shamelessly ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
House By The Lake: Out Of The Woods Categories: Norway • Rock • Tracks House By The Lake: Out Of The Woods October 10 House By The Lake will release their debut album, ‘Woodlands’. Building up the Norwegian one man band gone quintet have released two singles, ‘Redwood’ (2013) and ‘Out Of The Woods’ this summer, which both make rather solid folk promises for the album. Here is ‘Out Of The Woods’, ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
LOVE SPORT: Pink Rhumba Categories: Finland • Rock • Tracks LOVE SPORT: Pink Rhumba They formed in June, have two tracks out and available as free download, and their first ever gig is on September 30. LOVE SPORT is brand new in music but the four guys are not - they also serve duties in Black Twig, Big Wave Riders, Lady Escape and Hopeajärvi ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Hjortene: Hjortene Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock Hjortene: Hjortene If you like stoner rock you will most likely love Hjortene (“The Deer”). There really is little need to say much more about the Danish trio’s eponymous debut album, sporting guest appearances by Valient Himself, Lorenzo Woodrose and President Fetch, and 60s psych and 70s punk lyrical throwbacks in the ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Erlend Øye: Garota Categories: Norway • Rock • Videos Erlend Øye: Garota October 3 Erlend Øye (also Kings of Convenience, The Whitest Boy Alive) will release his second effort in his own name. Titled ‘Legao’ and recorded in Reykjavik with local band Hjálmar as hired guns it will sport 10 most likely rather lush and soulful songs - at least if first ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
RA: These Days/Prism Categories: Rock • Sweden • Tracks • Videos RA: These Days/Prism A year ago I was under the impression that Malmö post-punk outfit RA would follow up on their debut EP, ‘Bloodline’, “soon”. Now, I might’ve missed something - and the concept of soon is admittedly diffuse - but it does seem a stretch to define a year as soon. Anyway, ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Men Of Polaroids: Darkness Categories: Denmark • Rock • Videos Men Of Polaroids: Darkness The brand new Danish duo Men Of Polaroids aka Mathias Elrød Madsen and Djarn Kargin claim to be an indierock outfit in their bio, yet their first official single, 'Darkness' (out Monday), is a melancholic drop of orchestral folk. This might be a bit confusing, but it is in no ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
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