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Press Releases For May: Here Are The Artists

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Aro among these press releases for May

Florence + the Machine, Mary Shelley, Bob Marston & the Credible Sources, Bronze, Aro, Mrs. Henry and Jack Tempchin are among these press releases for May.

Florence + the Machine – “Free”: A tense and bombastic track with Florence’s breathy powerhouse; the cathartic vibe of the tune works a bit like an Arcade Fire song and it’s accompanied by a video starring acclaimed actor Bill Nighy as Florence’s anxiety and directed by Autumn de Wilde. The song is the latest from Florence’s forthcoming fifth LP “Dance Fever,” out May 13. Florence has shared three songs from “Dance Fever” thus far—“My Love” (plus remixes from co-producer Dave Bayley of Glass Animals and Meduza), “King” and “Heaven is Here”—all of which arrived alongside videos by the acclaimed director de Wilde featuring choreography by Ryan Heffington. Dance Fever was recorded in London over the course of the pandemic in anticipation of the world’s reopening. It conjures up what Florence missed most in the midst of lockdown—clubs, dancing at festivals, being in the whirl of movement and togetherness—and the hope of reunions to come. The image and concept of choreomania—a Renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people danced wildly to the point of exhaustion, collapse, and death—became a focal point of inspiration. Forced off the road for the first time in more than a decade, dance offered Florence propulsion, energy, and a way of looking at music more choreographically. Starting, as ever, armed with a notebook of poems and ideas, Florence had just arrived in New York in March 2020 to begin recording when Covid-19 forced a retreat to London. Holed up at home, the songs she had begun started to transform, ultimately arriving somewhere that Florence describes as “Nick Cave at the club.” “Dance Fever” is an album that sees Florence at the peak of her powers, coming into a fully realized self-knowledge, poking sly fun at her own self-created persona, playing with ideas of identity, masculinity, and femininity, redemption, and celebration. “Dance Fever” was produced by Florence, Jack Antonoff, and Dave Bayley of Glass Animals.

Mary Shelley – “Bourgeois de Ville”: A punchy punk and fierce theme, screamed with a conviction for a societal critique, so that you can almost see the joyful mosh pit behind these vocals. This is a track from the new full-length album, “Look at You,” by NYC-based new wave punk trio Mary Shelley.  The ten-track album is a blistering debut from the band that feels like a rush of adrenaline. The band aptly describes themselves as if “The Clash went to a Devo dance party and Jack White threw up all over the dance floor.” The song comes with an accompanying music video. Named after the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley started as an authentic ‘70s punk revival but has quickly progressed to incorporate elements of dance/disco beats, shoegaze, and hip-hop, while under the guise of that classic messy three-piece punk sound. Originally a two-piece with college buddies Jackson Dockery (guitar + vocals + bass) and Charlie Hull (drums), after meeting Sam Pinson (bass + vocals + synth + guitar) the group turned trio and quickly began gigging at any venue that would have them. Cut short after only a few months of playing when the pandemic hit, they filled their time in the rehearsal room, writing new material and developing their sound. Since summer 2021, they’ve released five singles ahead of the release of their debut album and have been storming stages across NYC, earning the title of Best Emerging Artist in The Deli’s monthly poll that fall and taking 3rd place in Our Wicked Lady’s Winter Madness Battle of the Bands in February 2022.

Bob Marston & the Credible Sources – “Real Magic, Good People”: A laid-back old-school reggae track with soulful vocals coming from Birmingham, Alabama. This gospel-turned-reggae is the second song from their forthcoming debut full-length LP “So Long,” due out June 3rd. Marston was walking his dog at a local nature preserve, processing a difficult breakup, and the groove for “Real Magic, Good People” bubbled up through his soul. “The first half of each verse presents my attempt to balance my love of Birmingham with what I had, at the time, recently learned about her history of labor injustice, including convict-leasing and union-busting,” Marston explains. “The chorus is a rallying cry to believe in ourselves and our potential as a community, realizing that for all of our differences we share more in common.” While the inspiration was the troubling history of his hometown, the overall themes are universal–the power of honest expression, understanding, forgiveness, and acceptance is what truly connects and unifies our communities. “Real Magic, Good People” follows the release of the album’s title track, which encourages understanding each other in order to heal societal rifts. Marston has been on a journey of self-discovery, and with the help of therapy, meditation, and cannabis, his empathic creativity comes shining through the lyrics of every song on “So Long.” The Credible Sources are equal parts roots rock backing band and high-flying, improv-ready aces. Truly a whole greater than the sum of its wildly capable parts, the band is known for its intricately-woven guitar parts, tight and compelling bass and drum grooves, and pure, emotive vocals, a sound that garners comparisons to The Grateful Dead, moe., Wilco, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more. The album’s tracks explore love and devotion through the lens of attempts to salvage a challenging relationship, the processing of a painful breakup, and a patient plea for reconciliation, to pondering life’s big questions and commentary on issues of social injustice and society. Ultimately, “So Long” is about striving to find humanity in ourselves, our communities, and in society as a whole. Brought together by luck, fate, and destiny, this band of seasoned professionals and unproven hotshots upends stereotypes and breaks paradigms as it brings a message of love, honesty, empathy, and infinite possibility to the world, one song at a time.

Bronze – “People Watching People”: A sinister slow burn with bizarre synths and palpitating drums delivered with a ceremonial grandiosity like an ancient ritual. It’s a strange one with goth vibes coming with the new music video. Rob Spector wrote about it: “It was just shot in a garage with multiple cameras, some props(people magazine), and the loose concept was just us playing and the viewer ‘watching people’ through a fractured lens so to speak, the inspiration was just costumes, a fog machine, slides, projections, posturing, and just put em all together for a video soup and then Michele edited the madness.” Video Director Michele Armstrong continued: “Bronze asked me if we could shoot a video in my garage.  For the concept, I was told to improvise.  So I put up some glitter fabric, cleaned out my garage a bit, and set up my video projector to use as lighting. I had two takes of each person and used a pretty shitty handheld consumer Panasonic camera.   I then tapped into some flashback experiences I have had over the years to give it that low fi, psychedelic, abstract look.” This is a track taken off their brand-new album, “Absolute Compliance,” out April 2 via Castle Face Records.

Switchfoot -“i need you (to be wrong)”: Gentle guitars and a lovely airy track with sincere vocals. This is a new remix of a song originally released as the lead single from Switchfoot’s critically acclaimed 2021 album “interrobang.” The song was re-invented by the Los Angeles-based indie-pop group, lovelytheband. The new version adds an atmospheric, three-dimensional sensation to the poignant track. As a band, Switchfoot was thrilled to hear their track re-imagined in this way. “This was almost a remix in reverse: taking a dissonant idiosyncratic single and making it sweet,” they said. “Lovelytheband did a great job – loved hearing their take on this one!” Loveytheband, comprised of Mitch Collins (vocals, guitar), Jordan Greenwald (guitar, keyboards), and Sam Price (drums), first charted with their hit single, “Broken,” in 2017 and have been rising through the ranks of alternative pop ever since. Switchfoot has been a longtime inspiration to the group, so the collaboration felt both surreal and natural. “The first band I was ever a fan of was Switchfoot,” remarked Price. “To work with them on a song was a movie-like, full-circle moment. It was truly special! I tried to bring as much of lovely into this version of “i need you (to be wrong)”, and I’m pumped on how it turned out.” The song comes with a music video.

ARO – “AGAINST MINE”: An ethereal and sensual track with soft multi-layers of synth and electronics and a hypnotic quality, accompanied by an underwater music video. It’s difficult to believe this comes from the progeny of a heavy metal head, as ARO is Aimée Osbourne, Ozzy’s eldest daughter. ARO’s debut album, “Vacare Adamaré” was released in 2020. Moving away from the sounds left behind by her father, Osbourne brilliantly sidesteps familial expectations and firmly establishes the unique identity of ARO. Osbourne told Rolling Stone she plans on putting out singles rather than albums. “I feel a different sense of freedom and excitement that comes from releasing a couple of songs or a single at a time,” she said. Regarding what her father thinks about her music, Aimée said: “My dad has responded really positively to a lot of it. It’s been a really fun way to connect with him about being in the same industry now. He is so dedicated and his ability to continue working and creating, his appetite for that is so admirable, it’s unbelievable. Nothing stands in his way when it comes to anything creative, whether it’s painting, writing lyrics, melodies. From the minute he’s awake to when he goes to sleep, that’s what he does. And so to have that as an example has been such a gift and to feel like something to live up to has been a great way to connect with him.” We can expect new music from her very soon.

Mrs. Henry and Jack Tempchin – “Waiting”: A tough rock song delivered with muscular energy and wobbling organ. This is the first collaboration between San Diego rock band Mrs. Henry and artist and Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Jack Tempchin and the result is an epic with equal propulsion and grit. A blazing organ and galvanizing guitars tee off the song for Tempchin’s grizzled voice to soar. “Waiting” builds momentum and anticipation in its peaks and valleys. Like a snake unclenching its jaw to swallow its prey whole, the song’s chorus unravels and opens itself behind dazzling vocal harmonies supporting Tempchin’s wanting wail. After practicing a set of songs for a previous performance, it occurred to Tempchin and the band that their rehearsal space had great acoustics for live recordings. The group recruited an engineer friend to record a handful of songs in that space. “Waiting,” a previously recorded and released solo song from Tempchin’s catalog, was recorded in one take with the full band and captures a true live dynamic that Tempchin and Mrs. Henry recreate onstage. “They’re all live recordings and no overdubs. It’s just us,” says Tempchin. “The thing that excites me most about [Mrs. Henry] is the singing all four of those guys can do. They can instantly slap incredible harmonies on anything. I feel like this band backing me up lifts my songs to completely new places and gives them a lot more meaning.” “Jack initially sent us about 15-20 songs to give a go at our first rehearsal,” says Mrs. Henry bandleader Dan Cervantes. “This one struck the whole band the same way since it seemed so different from anything we had heard from Jack. The original recording reminded us of somewhere between Guns N Roses and Neil Young’s Crazy Horse which is right up our alley. We put ourselves into the song, driving more into the Deep Purple and Devo pocket while amplifying the attitude and spirit with a ton of muscle on the rhythm section, and a mantra background vocal that gets stuck in your head.” The fiery energy you hear in the song can additionally be viewed in the live performance video by the group and Tempchin in their space. Tempchin is best known for penning some of the Eagles’ most beloved songs including “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” and co-writing “Already Gone,” “The Girl From Yesterday,” and “It’s Your World Now.” In addition to the Eagles, Tempchin has written songs for artists such as George Jones, Glenn Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, and several other legendary artists and groups. Mrs. Henry is led by Dan Cervantes (Howlin Rain guitarist + Blind Owl label owner), and is rounded out by Jody Bagley (Vocals and Keyboards), Blake Dean (Vocals and Bass), and Chad Lee (Vocals and Drums).  The group was ignited by a consciousness-changing West Coast tour in 2015. Since then, Mrs. Henry has spent the last five years on the road building an unrivaled reputation for their brand of intergalactic boogie with a torrent of improvisation, and in turn, a cult following atop their already well-established individual credits (Howlin’ Rain, The Schizophonics, The Silent Comedy). Endurance is their vocation and bringing unapologetically live music into a new era is their mission.

 

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