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Under the Influence with sir Was

Gothenburg artist sir Was,also known as Joel Wästberg, is soon to release a new album titled Holding On To A Dream on September 20th via Memphis Industries. The hip-hop, electronic, old soul music inspired album contains 11 tracks uniquely put tog …

Under the Influence with Michael Bonaventure

On August 30th, Michael Bonaventure released a new album titled In tenebris ratione organi via Eighth Tower Records (an Unexplained Sounds group sub label). Michael is a master on the organ and on this album, the traditional sound concept of the organ …

Daniel Johnston 1961-2019

Daniel Johnston 1961-2019 – remembering a songwriter of genius

Under the Influence with Desert Sharks

(Photo credit:Shawn Cuni)Brooklyn-based garage punk quartet Desert Sharks are set to release their LP titled Baby’s Gold Death Stadium via Substitute Scene Records on September 27th. The band has been together since 2011, having met through Craigs …

Her Name Is Calla – A Road Trip, A Gig, A Farewell

Before I start, I’d like to make a short statement. I have long resisted writing anything about Calla. Not because of them, but because of me. They deserve better than me, more than I can give. My writing is, and always has been, frivolous. My analysis …

Under the Influence with Jesse Korman of The Number Twelve Looks Like You

(Photo Credit: Karen Jerzyk)New Jersey mathcore band The Number Twelve Looks Like You have been together since 2002. Since then they have released several albums etc, broken up and reunited. On September 20th they are set to release a new album, their …

Under the Influence with Wide Waters and Exclusive Track Premiere

Wide Waters are an ambient/new wave/classical band from New York. The band is made up of Justin Krass (Piano), Sam Stauff (Guitar), Phil Anthony (Bass) and John Venezia (Drums). They started their journey together as a band in 2018, having also played …

Under the Influence with Mwahaha

(Photo credit: Nathan Ross)Oakland based Mwahaha are set to release their sophomore album titled Lovers on September 6th. As fans of the band know, they originally were a four-piece but in 2017 band member Cyrus Tilton passed away after a yea …

Under the Influence with Beehive and Exclusive Track Premiere

Beehive are a duo based in Chico, California made up of Jake Sprecher (guitar, vocals, Hammond drum machine) and Bud Amenti (bass). On September 5th they will be releasing their debut album titled Depressed & Distressed. It was recorded live a …

Under the Influence with Rachel Sermanni

On August 23rd, Scottish folk noir artist Rachel Sermanni self-released her third album So It Turns. It follows her critically-acclaimed second album Tied To The Moon. The new album was recorded live with the artful production of Axel Reineme …

Under the Influence with Black Ribbon

On August 30th label Retratando Voces released a split twelve inch by Leeds-based solo artist Black Ribbon and Nottingham-based duo Don’t Try. The split is titled Melancholy Chapters / Interception. Its cover artwork was created by Hayden Men …

Under the Influence with miserable. noise. club.

It’s hard enough getting a group of people together, that live in the same city, to play and write music. So I’m always blown away by bands that are able to do this yet live so far away from each other. Today’s UTI band or rather, collective, are from …

Under the Influence with Dog Drive Mantis

Dog Drive Mantis is a progressive, post-rock, jazz fusion group from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The group is made up of four musicians: Derek Serbin on alto sax, Mike Papaloni on guitar, Carmen Haines on bass and Neilroy Miranda on drums. I first he …

Under the Influence with Mercvrial

Hailing from Mexico, California, Wisconsin and Virginia, Mercvrial is an eclectic group that mines the sonic landscapes between shoegaze, dream-pop, early-’80s and quasi-psychedelic tendencies, aiming to modestly imprint on the sounds from Creation, Fl …

Under the Influence with HIDE

(Photo Credit: Nicola Kuperus)  On August 23rd, Chicago duo HIDE released their new LP titled Hell is Here via Dais Records. HIDE is made up of fine artist Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher. Together since 2014, the pair create sample ba …

Under the Influence with Flash The Readies

Czech Republic’s instrumentalists Flash the Readies released their sophomore album titled DUNA, for dunk!records on August 16th (but actually fifth full album for the band). On this album, the band pays homage to Frank Herbert’s well-loved ma …

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