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Friday, 15 April 2011 05:22

Wired in #8: Main Fear Love

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Today's music for the weekend comes from Berlin! The individual band members of Main Fear Love have been playing music for quite a while, but the band only came together in late 2009. The Main Fear Love guys don't strike the typical band poses on their website and their info page resembles a contemporary poem. Their music - post punk - has a dark sound to it which might be due to their singer's extremely low and mysterious voice or the synthesizer effects they use on certain songs. They're perfectionists and record demo after demo before they're completely happy with the result, but they manage to create a fascinating style that to me sounds very much Berlin-like.

E&M: What is characteristic for your sound?

MFL: We offer an alternative to the fidgety indie and electro sound that has been due for a long time. With real guitars, real drums, distinctive bass, but enough catchiness to listen to the songs all day, we refer to the darker and more sinister sounds from the 1980s combined with a psychedelic sonic understanding from the 1960s.

E&M: How did you get this band together?

Friday, 08 April 2011 08:35

Wired in #7: The Ruby Kid

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It's hip hop, but there are no lyrics about "money and bitches".  Daniel Randall, the man behind The Ruby Kid, is a rapper from the UK. Politically driven and dedicated to 'making trouble in the name of international socialism' he writes intelligent, poetic lyrics. The Ruby Kid funds his music through working as a fencing coach and if you're thinking to yourself that rapping, political lyrics, and fencing seem like an odd combination, check out one of E&M's most interesting music interviews yet! 

E&M: When did you decide to start rapping?

RK: I've been interested in verse and rhyme for as long as I could read and write. The first time I wrote something that could meaningfully be described as a 'rap' I was probably fourteen or fifteen years old. I was just getting into hip hop in a serious way and rapping was a good way to combine my developing love for that form of music with the long-standing interest in poetry and verse as a form of expression.

E&M: You say you like making trouble in the name of international socialism. How'd you come around to those political beliefs, and what kind of things do you do to make trouble in their name?

Friday, 01 April 2011 10:51

Wired in #6: The Slips

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Electro Pulse Glitch Pop Renegades. Has any self definition sounded better? The Slips are an electro band from London who produce a maelstrom of heavy beats from two laptops and a drum kit. Blown away by the atmosphere at a gig in the heart of East London, E&M asked them to play at our end of 2010 launch party. They responded with an amazing performance that had people dancing around like mad men. With some highly regarded remixes free on their website, this is a band that will suck you into a style of music you'd probably never considered.  

The Slips - 4 Elements To Make Good Music (Official Video) from The Slips on Vimeo.

E&M: How did the band come together?

The Slips: David and I started the band after working together at Olympic Studios in London. We were writing lots of songs together and were pitching tracks for various artists; we sent a few tracks to Mirwais whom we'd worked with on the Madonna album American Life and he asked us to work on a French artist YAS he was producing at the time. From this we started writing material that we felt was more our own than for other artists and so we emailed a few London venues, picked up some shows, an agent and it kinda went from there. The next thing we knew, Rob da Bank had emailed us asking for our RMX of CSS to play on Radio One!

E&M: What inspires your music - do you have a clear direction you want to go in?

Friday, 25 March 2011 09:44

Wired in #5: Sky Dry Tea

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Thanks for this week's band suggestion go to Līva Dzene who recommended a great band from Riga, Latvia. On first listen, SKY DRY TEA don't exactly have a typical Latvian sound to their music - they sing in English and plan to extend their success across Europe with their next album. However their experiences in Latvia, where they have already played several festivals and shows, certainly shape the band. E&M interviewed SKY DRY TEA to find out what inspires their music and how they want to conquer the rest of Europe!  

E&M: To give us an impression of your music - what is characteristic for your sound?

SDT: Of course every band is working on their own specific sound and finding a sound is a working process. To be honest, it's hard to specify what we sound like, we just do what we feel sure about and always keep playing and listening to whether we actually like what it sounds like. I think that is most important and if you're sure about your sound, the audience will feel the same.

E&M: You recently changed your band name from 'ēnas' to SKY DRY TEA. What inspired the change of name?  

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