For the past few weeks, the song that has put me in a great mood while walking to the bus in the morning has been “June Avenue” by The Tins. Hailing from Buffalo, New York, The Tins is made up of three friends: Adam Putzer (guitar, vocals), Dave Muntner (drums) and Mike Santillo (keyboards, vocals). The trio has been playing together for years, but has yet to release a full-length album. Their debut EP has been getting pretty good reviews and their seven-minute track, “The Green Room,” has already been called “epic” and British music magazine NME has qualified it as being “extraordinarily moving.” Their lyrical and musical melodies are both captivating and in harmony with one another. In fact, whether it is a seven-minute track or a shorter one like “Subtle Rattle,” the band sure knows how to keep its public fascinated until the last note. The Tins’ sound can be qualified as indie with a twist of soft, emotional rock. Overall, they are a great discovery that will keep you moving until the end of the day. I recently had the pleasure of asking The Tins some questions: Continue reading →
Nottingham’s Nephu Huzzband delivers a raw punk-rock debut album that is charismatic to the core. Eighteen months in the making, Elementary was finally released at the start of October and the band’s hard work seems to be paying off. NME has described the four-piece as “gawky depressed underdogs [that] are painfully brilliant,” and I assure you that is a compliment. There in fact is something painfully brilliant about their sound and this truly makes them a band to be on to lookout for. Their EP, Papers, was released last year and received national support in the U.K. with endless airplay, and built expectations for their debut album. With Elementary, Nephu Huzzband has not disappointed.
When it came time to dig deep and discover what makes Nephu Huzzband tick, Guitarist Adam Popple and Bassist Jamie Barrow decided to take on the challenge. Vocalist Tom Bentley and Drummer Rob Challinor had no objections.
1. How did Nephu Huzzband come about?
A: Adam: We all met at school and were all listening to similar bands. Everyone wanted to be in a band so we did the obvious thing and decided to start Nephu Huzzband.
2. When you’re writing music – what’s the process?
A: Adam: We all come up with ideas on our own, which is what I really like about our writing process. When we do this it allows every band member to add their own sound and own influence to a song. When actually bringing a song together, we do it in the practice room [...] basically bringing together our ideas into one.