Ten past four at the Speaking Sound studio in North London and singer songwriter Sophia Gripari is warmly welcomed by the TEAfilms Live Sessions team. Strumming the chords to Justin Biebers Sorry during rehearsal like she’s being playing the song her whole life, Sophia’s experience and comfort being in front of the camera shines through despite her younger age compared to most artists with her level of musical aptitude. Her dedication to the craft is apparent in the videos published. Check them out:
In addition to being the highlight of my summer, Osheaga music festival is one of the biggest and best music festivals in Canada. Based in Montreal, the three day festival attracts crowds of up to 40,000 people per day. While many are there for the biggest names in music, including this year’s line-up of Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure and more, there are many up and coming artists that are worth getting excited about.
MusicDash has rounded up a few of the best and newest artists to keep your eye on. So pack your bags, buy your wristbands, and prepare to dance!
1) The Wombats
The Wombats are English indie favourites, but are less well-known across the pond in Canada. However with three albums to their name and an infectious indie rock sound, they are enough to please any crowd. Their latest record Glitterbug was released in 2015, and with catchy tracks including “Your Body is a Weapon” and “The English Summer” are rock & roll at it’s finest grunginess.
2) July Talk
Canadian favourites July Talk are Juno award winning rockstars who have toured with Weezer and Tegan & Sara. With their edgy, punky sound, and unique vocals, one can easily say they are a truly distinct band with a sound all their own. Their stunning debut album was released back in 2012, yet still feels fresh and new in 2016.
3) The Strumbellas
The Strumbellas are another Canadian group that has a very special sound. A blend of pop, indie and alt-folk makes for a wide array of upbeat songs. They have a sonic fingerprint that closely resembles the likes of bands such as The Lumineers (who will also be playing Osheaga) as well as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (who played last summer.)
4) The Struts
The Struts are sleek, edgy rock straight out of the 80s. They are the band that could be the next biggest rock and roll group, with an earth shattering sound that is well beyond their young years. There is passion and heart behind every note and lyric, and they march to the beat of their own drum unabashedly staying true to who they are. If you want to see a band that apologizes for nothing and owns it, then this is the act for you.
5) Coleman Hell
Another Canadian who is easing his way into the spotlight, Coleman Hell is making a name for himself by securing gigs including opening for popular Ohio duo Twenty One Pilots. Although his smash single “Two Heads” is easily his best known track, his other songs also bring together memorable fusions of indie pop and folktronica.
6) Frightened Rabbit
Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit has been around since 2003 and has six albums to their name. With a beautiful melancholy sound, the band effortlessly makes any song sweet and pure. Crowds will be swaying along to the calming melodies of summer bliss.
TEAfilms Live Sessions have announced Volume 5, due for release in 2016. The media platform recently published The Parkas studio sessions, completing Volume 4 with a line-up including The Honey Ants, Augustus, Olivia’s Owls and others; carefully selected to showcase the best that music has to offer.
Published to the platforms social media pages yesterday, the company announced that it was looking for ‘the next generation of creatives to come on board and join the team’ ahead of what is bound to be an exciting year ahead for TEAfilms.
The team are looking for bloggers, photographers, web developers, events managers, label producers and marketers. If interested, contact: Hello@TEAfilmsLiveSessions.com
TEAfilms Live Sessions have this week released a brand new cover video featuring The Honey Ants performing ‘You Can Call Me Al’. This new upload is a continuation from their brilliant Volume 4 lineup so far which includes artists Delora, Burnz and Eden Roxx. The Honey Ants filmed their session in The Speaking Sound studio in London earlier this month.
The band are made up of John Grimsey and Rebecca Hamer. “The Shepherd’s Bush duo formed back in the spring of 2013 and have since built a reputation on the London live circuit for their knock-out shows. Their unique sound, build around exquisite bittersweet harmonies, has developed from its folk roots into something much more complex and dark – elements of Southern gospel and country blend with London attitude.” – Facebook
Live Sessions are yet to release The Honey Ants original song and their behind the scenes next week – stay tuned and subscribe for the latest – bit.ly/SubscribeToLiveSessions
Singer-songwriter Jerry Williams has released the music video for her energetic new song ‘Cold Beer’ – which is to be featured as the first track on her new EP. The track list also includes ‘Boy oh Boy’, ‘Bolt from the Blue’ and ‘Bump N’ Grind’ with an expected release date of 21st August 2015.
This new release follows Jerry’s 2014 EP labelled ‘A Hairdressers Called Sids’ which received approval from both critics and listeners. TEAfilms directed the music video which you can find below. Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us at @TEAfilmsLive !
Singer Songwriter Samuel Ford has this week released his debut EP ‘EP1′ on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all major music streaming services. The EP features the songs ‘London’, ‘Ballet’, ‘Feel This Love’ and ‘For Her (Live)’, all of which have received widespread acclaim with plays on major radio stations including XFM and BBC London 94.9. Have a listen to the beautiful EP at the link:
Robbie Boyd, long time Live Sessions artist and 2015 hotly tipped Singer-songwriter will be performing this evening in Central London – at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington. In his Instagram post earlier today he announced that he’ll be duetting with Katey Brooks before going on to play lots of his own brand new material.
If you haven’t heard Robbie’s brand new 2015 album ‘So Called Man’, have a listen below! And make sure you pop along to his gig this evening – it’s free entry!
Misty Miller has announced that she’ll be performing at New Shapes in London this coming Wednesday 1st July. Supporting her will be Puma Rosa, an exciting new London band consisting of members Isabel Munoz Newsome, Henry Brown, Tomoya Suzuki, Neville James and Peaches Owen. They define their genre as ‘Industrial Spiritual’ and you have a chance to see both artists by winning a pair of guest list tickets that Misty Miller is giving away on her Facebook page! Click the link to enter the contest: Facebook Competition
New Shapes had this to say about the upcoming event:
“Kick off your July with the driving guitar pop of London’s Misty Miller. New single Happy is a shot of adrenaline melody with lyrics from the heart that will hook straight into your subconscious. Support comes from one of London’s most exciting new bands, PUMA ROSA. Much hype has been starting to grown about these guys so make sure you catch their stunning live show. If you’re a fan of Warpaint or War On Drugs then these guys will be your new favourite band! New Shapes hosts the hottest bands from around the planet at Notting Hill Arts Club on the first Wednesday of each month. All brought to you by the sexy folk of Chess Club, National Anthem, and Neon Gold.”
Live Sessions artists and music masters ‘Mangoseed’ will be performing at The Birds Nest venue this evening in Central London. If you haven’t heard these guys perform yet, check out the videos below. We sat down with them during Volume One to hear them perform their brilliant cover of The Beatles ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and original song ‘All This Time’.
Mangoseed are a band comprising of a Trinidadian, a Jamaican, an Irish and a Australian. Formed in 2008 by frontman Nicholai La Barrie and guitarist Karlos Coleman, Mangoseed fuse funk guitar riffs and rock bass with a poetical hip hop lyrical delivery to create their own unique sound. They are known for their highly energetic live shows and their electric sound, drawing from genres that range from reggae to funk.
Make sure you don’t miss their show tonight. If you’re in the area, head to The Birds Nest from 7-11pm where you’ll be greeted with FREE entry! – http://www.thebirdsnestpub.com/
Girl Pop Band and Live Sessions artists Delora have announced the first date of their upcoming round of July performances this summer. They’ll be playing at ‘Also Known As’ – the live music venue in Banbury, Oxfordshire. This news comes after the huge success of their single ‘Sober’ which has had huge publicity with plays on all 39 local BBC radio stations in the UK, it was BBC 3 counties track of the week, had it’s first national radio play on XFM, trended at number 6 on the most talked about songs on Twitter via Hype Machine and received over 24,000 views when Delora performed it for us in the Speakman Sound studio in London!