SnC 405 – After the storm

The Backyard Band brings us a pure excitement from Germany.
The Backyard Band brings us a pure excitement from Germany.

More variety than you can shake a stick at this week with tracks from France, New York, The Maldives, Germany and Texas. We’ve news of a festival that punctures the “grandness” of South By South West, a couple of items of tour information and an appeal from a fabulous young band for opportunities to play in the UK.


ProleteRApril Showers – ProleteR (Toulouse, France)

A hugely popular track from ProleteR’s Curses From Past Times EP.

“Curses from past times” belongs to the tradition of Hip-Hop sample based music. It is a combination between heavy hip-hop beats and jazz/Charleston samples, spiced with guitar arrangements and smooth piece of synth.”

released 20 November 2011

All beats produced and mixed by ProleteR

Scratches by DJ Crabees‎‎



Ian C BourasThe Clues are in the Dialogue – Ian C Bouras (New York, NY)

Guitarist/producer Ian C. Bouras, best known for his work with NYC Rock/Reggae band AñaVañA, has  his third solo CD entitled The Certainty Of Being Found on SDMP Records.

The Certainty Of Being Found is an instrumental CD that finds Ian experimenting further with the mix of dub reggae with spanish and classical guitars. There are also 6 guitar interludes, which clearly show the emotion that Ian puts into his music. It has Ian producing, playing guitar, keys, melodica, and mixing.

David Vincola on drums and percussion, and Mat Fieldes on Bass help round out the sound on “The Certainty Of Being Found”.

Ian is continuing work as an engineer on several projects and is in pre-production for his next solo offering.


AhmedBakari – Ahmed (Maldives)

The Maldives. No more than a tiny scattering of islands tossed down in the Indian Ocean. A place for a honeymoon or the vacation of a lifetime, where the waves are warm and the sun warms the bones. But it hasn’t been a hotbed of music. At least, until now. But Ahmed Nasheed is set to put the Maldives on the musical map with his solo debut, Dhaalu Raa.

The log drums that give the islands their heartbeat provide the rhythms, a powerful, rooted base to Ahmed’s music, where the guitars of the West meld with the melodies of the East. The album Dhaalu Raa readily crosses the musical divide between East and West, where log drum and guitar, raga and rhythm all come together.

It addresses the issues of the people in the Maldives, and sung in Dhivehi, the language of the islands which means he’s still facing the old uphill battle to be heard at home. The government radio station won’t play his music, so he’s back to the days of his first band, Zero Degree Atoll, selling his CD in the tourist resorts and souvenir shops.

It readily crosses the musical divide between East and West, where log drum and guitar, raga and rhythm all come together.

Dhaalu Raa is on Asasi Records.

You can check it out on iTunes


SouthBySoWhatSouth By So What?!

The 7th Annual South By So What?! Music Festival is scheduled to take place on March 14th, 15th & 16th at QuikTrip Ballpark, just minutes from downtown Dallas! This year’s festival boasts over 100 bands from different genres including major artists such as, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, The Story So Far, Between The Buried & Me, August Burns Red, Motionless In White, We Came As Romans, and Mindless Self Indulgence. Tickets for South By So What?! start at $45 for single day and $120 for 3-Day Passes.


WATICManners – We Are The In Crowd (Ploughkeepsie, NY, USA)

We don’t often hear well build duets these days. Here’s a great example from WATIC –  a real conversation, beautifully projected by vocalists Tay Jardine and Jordan Eckes

“Manners is a post breakup song,” says female lead Tay Jardine. “However, we played mine and Jordan’s vocal parts a bit differently than we usually do. The male vocal (Jordan) plays a strong supporting role with lines in the chorus, ‘I earned my wings teaching guys like you, to keep your mouth shut.” The bridge of the song is also one of my favorite parts – being able to leave a relationship in your past is always progress in moving forward, but leaving it in a song feels so good.”

The quintet – consisting of lead vocalist Tay Jardine, vocalist/guitarist Jordan Eckes, guitarist Cameron Hurley, bassist Mike Ferri and drummer Rob Chianelli – is back after four whirlwind years together with a determination and drive that has turned first-time listeners into diehard fans, with the aid of Jardine’s infectious attitude and spunky, quick-witted personality. She’s got the type of stage presence that drives guys crazy (in a good way) while making girls want to emulate her.

Manners is the fifth song to be released off We Are The In Crowd’s upcoming album, Weird Kids

We Are The In Crowd have been touring the UK with Neck Deep and Save Your Breath for the past couple of weeks and are back home briefly before heading out on their “Reunion Tour 2014” with William Beckett, Set It off, State Champs and Candy Hearts.

Starting on Friday in Philadelphia, the tour takes them to New York – but via (amongst others) Toronto, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and down through California, to Arizona, across to Texas and Florida before working their way up the east coast for their 33rd and final date in Clifton Park, New York at the beginning of April. Download a free tour sampler here.



Backyard BandLittle Rock’n’Roller / Dead Love – The Backyard Band (Nideggen, Germany)

The band contacted SnC direct having been prompted to do so by the excellent Thomas Allan who we had on the show a bit back. What a breath of fresh air they are, remaining me of some of the very early R&B combos playing sweaty cellar bars way back.

Their list of influences include Muddy Waters, Dr. Feelgood, Elmore James, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Canned Heat, The Yardbirds, The Doors, The Sonics , The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, Ten Years After, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Cream, John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers.

The band is:

Sebastian Kleene (Rhythm Guitar // Background Vocals)

Moritz Zergiebel (Lead Guitar // Lead Vocals // Harp)

Maximilian Kleene (Drums)

I think their energy and passion deserves a wider audience and they would love to get over to play in the UK. If you have a venue that might work for them, contact the band through their Facebook page or just drop me a note through the SnC site. It would be great to make this happen.


JordanJordan Reyne in Poland this week

Our good friend Jordan is playing a series of dates across Poland this week which might be of interest to the huge number of email addresses trying to post comments to the SnC site.

Tour dates are:

Wednesday, February 19  Łódź, Kaliska (Poland)

Thursday, February 20  WROCŁAW, Łykend (Poland)

Friday, February 21  WARSZAWA/ Warsaw, Znośna Lekkość Bytu (Poland)

Saturday, February 22 GDYNIA, Ucho (Poland)

Sunday, February 23 TORUN, Pub Pamela (Poland)

Her hectic schedule of Second Life shows will resume when she gets back.

She’s also playing live at the Whitby Gothic Weekend – Supporting New Model Army on Saturday, April 26

If you are in Poland and are genuinely trying to post a comment on the site, drop me a line direct.


StoneySweet Release – Stoney (Austin, Texas)

Mark Stoney’s debut album in the UK was circulated amongst musicians until it gained intensive media attention from places such as NME the the Independent, leading to high profile tours with the Arctic Monkeys & Aqualung. Rick Rubin even flew Stoney out to LA for a private show.

Despite his growing success, Stoney, true to form, decided to relocate to Texas, following a performance at the SXSW festival. Citing a need for “sunshine and change” he set up home and studio with a small community of “quirky poet and painter friends” in an old creaky house in Austin to work on new material.

Now, Stoney is releasing “More Than Animals“, a full-length album every bit as fearlessly eclectic as his previous work, albeit more sophisticated and with an altogether darker tone.

The lead music video for “We Belonged”, directed by Jeremy Ward and James Parker, is visually stunning.

Find more tracks on Bandcamp







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