Described as making music that bridges the gap between electro-pop/new wave and supercharged indie-rock, These Electric Lives play their own brand of “melodic dance rock”. TEL’s exciting and energetic live show consistently delivers uplifting and danceable anthems fueled by an intensity of honest emotion and the powerful soaring voice of lead singer Mark Stanfield.
The Toronto, Canada based quartet began working with Juno-nominated producer João Carvalho (João Carvalho Mastering) releasing their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut EP in 2007. The underground hit “We Should Be Believing” charted regularly on college and internet radio stations around the globe. These Electric Lives’ infectious and catchy songs have become increasingly popular with DJ’s and producers in Canada, the US, and Europe, prompting the release of a TEL remix album in 2008.
In September 2010, TEL released a new EP entitled “We See Light…” and are currently back in the studio working on new material, including a dance track collaboration with New Zealand producer Yuhei Kubo, to be released on Bonerizing Records (Sweden) this spring. Fresh off their Indie Week Canada win, These Electric Lives are also gearing up for their first international tour in May which will include dates in Dublin and Belfast, headlining Indie Week Ireland and showcasing at Liverpool Sound City.
By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
Want some fresh electro-pop, but don’t want to stray to far from the comfort of your favorite indie rock band? You’re in luck. The Black And White Years are an indie art rock band based out of Austin, TX, and the members met while attending school in Nashville, TN. The band consists of Scott Butler (vocals, guitars, keys), Landon Thompson (guitars, keys, vocals), John Aldridge (bass, brass), and Billy Potts (drums). This is a creative group of guys that combine distinct sounds from electronics, keys, and guitars to create their unique style. They have been recommended to be one of the best up-and-coming electro-pop bands in America. Check one of their most popular songs from their newest album “Patterns” called “Up!”
As you can see, this band has their original electro-pop style dialed in. The Black And White Years were officially discovered at South by Southwest in 2007 by Jerry Harrison, a member of Talking Heads and Modern Lovers. Jerry offered to work with the band and produced their debut self-titled album in Sausalito, CA. The album was released in 2008 and kick-started the group’s success at festivals such as CMJ, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and MIDEM to name a few. Check out this music video for their song “Cold:”
The band will be playing a show tomorrow night at The Basement in Nashville. They will continue to tour throughout the east this summer with hype surrounding their newest album called “Patterns.” This album is their second solid release in three years. While their music may seem odd or quirky to some, The Black And White Years must be heard live for a full-engagement with their art. With great sounds, danceable grooves, and a solid all around performance, these guys are worth your time. Listen to another song called “Patterns” from their latest album.
Visit their website to keep listening, or simply come to the show tomorrow night at The Basement in Nashville, TN.
By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC
In the latter months of 2010, rising singer, songwriter, producer and DJ Rod Thomas released his debut album, Make Me Believe in Hope under the moniker Bright Light Bright Light. The Welsh-born Thomas harps on late-80’s and 90’s influences, such as Depeche Mode, Bjork, and Ace of Base to deliver an exciting electro-pop sound. To borrow German-magazine Finger’s description of Bright Light Bright Light, it’s “pop music you’d like to dance naked in the streets to.” Earlier this month, Thomas released the video to “Disco Moment,” his latest single, which encompasses the very essence of Bright Light Bright Light, from the passionate lyrics to the balladic refrains.
Bonus: Rod Thomas’ debut single from Make Me Believe in Hope, “Love Part II” was released last fall to warm reception. It’s an “interesting” video that clearly won’t be winning any awards, but it certainly does nothing to hinder the music.
Make sure you head over to Thomas’ website to check out more tracks and stay in touch with this talented artist’s next moves.
Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
OK fine you caught me. This band isn’t quite from Los Angeles. In fact they are from New Zealand a measly 6,500 miles away and they don’t have a full length record out in the US yet either, but they are just plain awesome. They played some of their first state side shows here in LA and have been on the move ever since.
The song “Punching in a Dream” has been released as a single in the US (link below) and they are currently touring Europe with plans for a full US tour after that. This electro pop/ electro rock outfit is making their mark very quickly on local music scenes especially in LA with a two night run and abroad. After seeing them completely by accident at the Echo in LA a couple months ago I was an instant fan.
Punching in a Dream – The Naked and Famous
With influences such as Nine in Nails, LCD Soundsystem and Massive Attack they have chosen their elders wisely and still managed to create a new sound that is their own. A superb example of this is the massive and heavy sounding electro rock tune “Jilted Lovers,” which hasn’t been released State side yet.
Jilted Lovers – The Naked and Famous
All of TNAF’s videos are done with the help of Special Problems a visual media outlet where bands can supply the inspiration through their music and in turn the artists do the same with visual art. They have worked with a number of unknown independent artists as well as a few you might recognize. The second video and second US single, a follow up to “Punching In A Dream” is called “Young Blood.” Both video’s are available on the bands homepage here. For some dumb reason they won’t let me post them for you, but I forgive them. Also heres a collaboration between TNAF and Special Problems for “Girls Like You”. Watch it here!
Young Blood – The Naked and Famous
The video’s and the music itself are refreshing to see/ hear. It’s very much electro pop on the surface but once you get into the record, turn it up and get blow away you’ll soon realize that there’s a lot more to The Naked and Famous than meets the eye. Its heavy, it’s loud, it has it’s dark moments and its light, all in all its a well rounded record. Now imagine all that with a live show that will blow your friggin’ mind! Sounds good to me.
The Naked and Famous have a number of dates on the calendar here.
You can download the singles from the bands website here.
For those who are in the LA area TNAF are playing two nights at the Echo April 8 and 9. I think the first night is sold out, but you bet your ass I’m going to the second night. Echo lineup can be found here and the TNAF show page is here.
See you there. Here’s a live video of the song “The Sun” from the band youtube page. Enjoy!
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|
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