Welcomes to Status Hat's February music page. Variety is the spice of life, and we always try to bring you a wide range of music. This month we have four selections, all from great music cities, Austin, London, Montreal and NYC.
First up we have Crash Gallery with the tight song "These Words are Knives". This group really brings together a punk attitude and the slick instrumentation of new wave rock. I especially like the pure energy that the band is able to project with their music, while maintaining the song continuity, not an easy feat. Check out this band from Austin, they have a bright future.
Next we have Gavin Hammond, a multi-talented musician and producer from London. His song, "Walk to me in the Snow"; blends a moving and tasty guitar piece with a curious background interview. The sample sounds like an old interview talking about some American perspective of something or another, with a very BBC flavor. This is not distracting, but actually draws the listener in and is intriguing, as Gavin's beautiful guitar work washes over you. An excellent piece of work.
Then Nyki Lindsay King shares with us a song of redemption, asking to "find the strength to love yourself again". His music and singing ability match up with some of the best modern rock anthems of the last decade. Both powerful and with a touch of tenderness, "Circles" gives us a glimpse of this great singer from Montreal's soul. The overall passion of Nyki shines through, powerful and with a lot of heart. Kudos!
Finally we have a crossover piece from one of our articles. Daniel Soergel shares with us "Yugure no Kyoku" performed on the Shakuhachi, a Japanese flute. A very soothing and insightful piece, Daniel brings us an international flavor that is very organic. I'm quite familiar with the simulated Shakuachi that most keyboards have preloaded, but to hear it so expertly played, with the infusion of breath and naturalness is very special indeed.
Thanks for listening! If you know a musician we should showcase in a future issue, or are one, send us a link where we can hear their music or yours online!
Tim Castellani, Status Hat Productions; February, 2011
"These Words Are Knives"
ABOUT CRASH GALLERY:
Punk rockers with studded leather jackets up front, indie rockers in the middle, and new wave hipsters in the back is a typical Crash Gallery live show. Formed in 2006 in Austin, TX, Crash Gallery is a five piece band consisted of members, Ryan Lasater, Brad Teeter, Jayson Altman, Christopher Watson, and Eddie Chapa. Influences range from late 70’ s bands like The Clash, Ramones and Generation X to more modern sounds from The Strokes, The Hives, At The Drive-In, and QOTSA. With a collective appreciation for the three minute pop song, Crash Gallery caters to the ADD generation by getting to the point not only in their song writing, but also in their performance, which have been described as “high energy and even gymnastic at times”, and "A crowd commanding performance". Crash Gallery is fresh out of the studio with their new singles “These Words Are Knives” , “ Wreckless” and “ Bleeding Hearts” (Produced by Mark Dufour -Ghostland Observatory, and Blue October) from their upcoming album, and have recently released their video for “ These Words Are Knives”.
FIND CRASH GALLERY THROUGH THESE LINKS: THESE WORDS ARE KNIVES VIDEO; FACEBOOK; REVERBNATION
"Walk to me in the Snow"
ABOUT GAVIN HAMMOND:
Gavin Hammond is a sensitive folk singer in one of the most ruthless cities in the world: London - a noteworthy feat in itself. He is a serial monogamist, casual Lomographer and mean finger picker who likes to draw cartoons in his spare time.
He is also a raging insomniac and the songwriter and producer of film-noir pop group Sweet Tooth but that is another story. He honed his craft while living in Australia, where he played three gigs a day, five nights a week in some of the roughest pubs imaginable. He now prefers the air conditioned comforts of his own studio or the stages of outdoor festivals for obvious reasons. A darkly cynical yet compassionately bluesy singer, he applies his crooked voice to straighttalking songs that are pretty much either about girls, girls or girls. Recently, he composed an instrumental piece and recorded it in a day for his family and friends by way of a New Year's present. He'd like to share it with you here - Enjoy!
If you're interested in Gavin's other artistic works, try this: http://gavinhammond.tumblr.com/; also find Gavin at these links: Zac Stack Cartoons; Gavin Hammond Music Production; Sweet Tooth; and Flickr profile || Photo Credits for Gavin Hammond: Noémie Reijnen
ABOUT NYKI LYNDSAY KING:
Born in Verdun, a small town outside of Montreal, there was never really any doubt that Nyki would end up playing music. His dad was a big influence: Eric Lindsay (aka, Youth Rass-E-Mung) had recorded reggae albums in Jamaica’s legendary Studio One and produced some of Montreal’s first reggae shows. By the time Nyki was four, his father was buying him musical instruments to inspire him. Within a few years, Nyki was onstage—along with his brothers Kwame and Tarie—performing as “The King Brothers.” They were immensely popular, performing throughout the 80s. By ’92 he recorded two tracks in Jamaica included on a compilation album, Fight Apartheid, and distributed internationally. In 1995 he fronted his first rock band (“Frantic”—with brother Tarie on drums) which played some major venues and in 2000 released Dinner At M’as. In 2003, Nyki released his debut solo album, Couch Potato, with SDR Music. Nyki is currently fusing the music he grew up listening to as a child (the Doors, Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Hendrix and even The Carpenters), with the alternative/grunge rock of his adolescence and the soulful reggae of his Jamaican ancestry. He creates music that is at once contemporary, and completely radio-friendly. His hard rock songs feature interesting arrangements, stop-on-a-dime breaks, and surprising, dissonant harmonies that set up kick-ass choruses.
FIND NYKI ON THESE SITES: MYSPACE - www.myspace.com/nykilindsayking; YOUTUBE and TWITTER - twitter.com/nykilindsayking
"Yugure no Kyoku"
ABOUT DANIEL SOERGEL:
In a cross-over feature, an interview with Daniel Soergel, a master Shakuhachi player, appears here: "Playing the Shakuhachi (Feb. 2011 - Spice). Learn more about him there, or in our guest artist catalog, or at his website:www.konkle.com/shakuhachi.