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Tunabunny
PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr
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For those who don’t know Tunabunny, the band hails from Athens, Georgia as in the home of the famed 40 Watt Club, The B52’s and R.E.M. Tunabunny founders are Scott Creney and Brigette Herron. Along with Mary Jane Hassell and Jesse Stinnard the band has released their fifth album, “PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr”. It’s tough getting one’s head around the twenty-eight track album and that’s okay, it’s worth setting aside the 1:14:25 to take the journey. You’ll get pop – “Incinerate” (video below), and trip folk (maybe that’s not the right description, but just think in terms an acid trip experience that’s so weird you can’t describe it) – “Seek Consequence”, and punk rock – “Noise Problems”(track below). It’s recommended that you have listen to the album as a whole, which might leave you feeling a bit dazed, but after letting it all register, you can return to take it in bite-sized pieces. Tunabunny is positively avant garde and “PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr” originally unorthodox.


The Darts (US) are an all-girl rock supergroup bringing together Nicole Laurenne (The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero), Rikki Styxx (The Two Tens, The Dollyrots, Thee Outta Sites), Christina Nunez (The Love Me Nots, Casual Encounters, The Madcaps), and Michelle Balderrama (Brainspoon). The band formed in early 2016 when, after watching each other’s bands from the sidelines for years, Nicole and Michelle realized there was no good reason why they shouldn’t just start writing songs together already. With six songs ready, Rikki and Michelle recorded their tracks in Los Angeles and then Nicole and Christina tracked their parts in Phoenix. Producer and audio wizard Bob Hoag shaped the sonic mix giving birth to two smoking 10” vinyl EPs.

Following their October 2016 release, the singles “Running Through Your Lies” and “Revolution” enjoyed instant radio airplay and “Take What I Need” was selected by Sirius/XM’s Underground Garage channel as “The Coolest Song In The World.” The band is signed to London’s Dirty Water Records.

HVUM: Hey, Christina! It’s great to get together and find out more about The Darts. We know that you came together as a band some ten years ago. How did you meet up and what made you decide to become The Darts?

C: Nicole and I where in a band together for many years. We all knew each other through various different bands we’ve all played in. Played shows together and all of that. Nicole and I have talked about wanting to do a “girl” band forever… just a bunch of bad ass girls who can rock without any boys involved. So eventually Michelle and Nicole hooked up and got together some of their song ideas. It started off as let’s just put some songs together and see how it goes for fun. 1 year later and we have 2 EPs and a new full length album on the way and plans to tour all over the world.

HVUM: When we listen to The Darts we think punk and grunge. Is that how you identify the band or are there other influences?

C: Well I guess everyone has their own idea of what the band sounds like or what it should but when all of our ideas come together it just turns into the Darts. We all like similar and very different things. And we all bring our own influences to the table for sure. I love Nick Cave, The Cramps, Billy Childish, The Trashwomen, various stoner rock bands as well. Nicole is super into Death Valley Girls, the Black Belles, Thee Tsunamis. Rikki loves Bleached and Wavves and generally more pop punk. And Michelle is more into rock n roll… The Stooges, Jimi Hendricks.

HVUM: Many HorizonVU Music followers are self-taught. Collectively, are you formally trained in music or are you more learn-as-you-go?

C: Well let’s see… individually we have all had very different musical backgrounds. Nicole is formally trained in classical piano. She played flute in marching bands. But learned to play the rock music through her experiences in bands. Rikki is self taught but went to summer camps for many years to learn more about drumming. I have been playing violin all the way through school so I learned a lot about how music works but self taught when it comes to bass. Michelle is self taught learned from listening to records and figuring out the notes.

HVUM: Let’s have a look and listen to your January 2017 release “My Heart Is A Graveyard”!

HVUM: Like great female punk bands like the Slits, it seems fair to talk about The Darts using adjectives like shambolic, inchoate, anarchic, and irreverent. Does that fit your band image? Do you have to work at an image or does the image just come about naturally?

C: Hmmm well know I guess I’ll have to bust out the dictionary to look up all those fancy words… 🙂 I don’t think we are specifically working towards an image. After so many years of being in bands trying to have a certain sound or image. This one is meant to be fun above all. Whatever comes out of that is what our image becomes. We play the songs we like. We don’t try to hard to make them sound like any specific genres we all have fun together and get along so onstage and on our records it really makes for just a cool fun rad vibe. Our image is us loving what we do.

HVUM: Sorry about the words…too many summer days hanging out playing Scrabble! You’ve just come off a European tour. Highlights? Lowlights?

C: Touring overseas is pretty amazing. Waking up every day in a new city in a new country is pretty rad! It’s hard to sleep in the van because we don’t want to miss anything amazing while we drive… the rule is “wake me up if you see a castle”. So highlights… well we played our first Dirty Water Club in London for or label Dirty Water Records. It was an amazing show where we got to meet some of our London label mates… Suicide Generation so good! The Priscilla’s and the CaveMen. The CosmicTrip Festival in Bourges, France also very big highlight… it is the funniest show ever. I think the bands have more fun playing around than the audience and the guys who run this festival are all so amazingly cool! One other highlight was playing on the beach at Midnight in Italy… the entire audience dancing in the sand. Then as soon as we where done running off stage down to the ocean and jumping straight in with only moonlight and the stars! The whole tour was pretty unforgettable though. Amazing crowds very fun venues. Can’t wait to go back!

HVUM: Great! We can’t wait to get you back and if you want a cool place to gig in Paris…you’ve got our email! You’ve released two EPs and a full-length self-titled album The Darts, 2016. You’ve got a new release in the pipeline, “Me Ow”. Tell us about the new album and how you see it relative to the first album.

C: “Me Ow” is maybe the best one so far if I do say so myself. It’s kind of similar to our other records since they’ve all been written very close together and put out so quickly. It’s not like we’ve had time to switch eras or anything. But I think we are closer as a band and as friends after a year so we play off of each other so much easier. And our producer Bob Hoag who has done all of our records so far knows exactly what we want/need and makes it happen. So it’s good. We like it a lot and hopefully you do too.

HVUM: Going a bit further, thinking about your work as a creation, what are you working to create? If “Me.Ow.” was to be captured in a painting, what would that look like? Do you have topical aspirations?

C: Me Ow is maybe the best one so far if I do say so myself. It’s kind of similar to our other records since they’ve all been written very close together and put out so quickly. It’s not like we’ve had time to switch eras or anything. But I think we are closer as a band and as friends after a year so we play off of each other so much easier. And our producer Bob Hoag who has done all of our records so far knows exactly what we want/need and makes it happen. So it’s good. We like it a lot and hopefully you do too.

Hmmm that’s a lot of questions in 1… We want to create an environment where people are rocking out, having fun, dancing, making out to songs about our crappy exes, our current loves, our tour dinners, or our messy situations. We aspire to tour all the time… our favorite thing… ever! Play songs and tour!!! In a nutshell Nicole says we are looking to create a soundtrack for new millennial sex kittens to dance to… that’s a way easier answer! Me Ow in a painting would look like Ann Margaret circa 1965 in a black slip snuggling a beat up vintage guitar. On the floor of a London dive bar wading in a plastic crappy kiddy pool filled with champagne.

HVUM: Okay! We’ll watch for the release on The Darts band site and on The Darts Facebook page. We want to pre-order right now…two signed pink vinyls!

HVUM: Seems as though the U.S., or the world as a matter of fact, is into dizzying political hyper overdrive. Your views? Do you identify with issues or causes?

C: The world is crazy. Do what you can to take your own stand for what you believe in. And if you do nothing then don’t complain… stand up for yourself! And people who can’t stand up for themselves. Our motto is put us in a box and we will still find something fun to do…

HVUM: HorizonVU Music thanks you for taking time out to join us. We know you and the band are going to continue to enjoy success going forward. Let’s Stay in touch!

Visit The Darts (US) at the band’s website and on Facebook!

Hey Violet
From the Outside
Capitol / Virgin EM

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Hey Violet, the American rock band from Los Angeles, California, is the spin-out from the hard rock band Cherry Bomb (“This Is the End of Control”, 2012). Cherry Bomb changed it’s name and direction in 2015, becoming Hey Violet and moving from hard rock to pop. The band members are Rena Lovelis (lead vocals), Miranda Miller (rhythm guitar, keyboard, vocals), Nia Lovelis (drums, vocals), Casey Moreta (lead guitar, vocals), and Iain Shipp (bass). The album has some catchy hooks that are likely to catch your ear (“Break My Heart”, “Hoodie”), but if its a rougher sound your looking for jump into “Me Breaking Up With You”.


Ani DiFranco
Binary
Righteous Babe Records

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Ani DiFranco is back! Actually, she never left, but she has just released her nineteenth studio album counting from her 1990 eponymous release. The American singer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, songwriter has given us “Binary”. It’s a gift to us all who have followed DiFranco. Her confidence has not waned, and musically, the tracks span genres from folk to experimental rock. In signature activist style there’s “Pacifist’s Lament” and looking ahead to the future, the final track, “Deferred Gratification” tells us that “these kids are gonna help us win”.


Marika Hackman
I’m Not Your Man
Sub Pop

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English artist Marika Hackman releases her second album, “I’m Not Your Man”. She began recording her first full-length album, “We Slept At Last” in 2014. The latest effort is far more aggressive than the first in the sense that it packs a much bigger or louder punch owing to the inclusion of a full band, London-based Big Moon. The result is a grungier sound, which works for Hackman. In addition to the grunge, the listener will hear obscurations of sound as in shoegaze or neo-psychedelia. Her vocals remain true to earlier recordings, light and sugar-coated. Overall, there’s plenty of energy, temperament, and sexuality to make “I’m Not Your Man” a pick of the week!


Sally_newsfeedSally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

My Audition Sucked!

Ugh! What a horrible feeling when you put you heart and soul into preparing for a vocal audition then you leave the room knowing that it sucked. Ugh!

A successful audition is not always going to get you the gig. You never know what “they” are looking for. I’m talking about an audition you can be proud of and feel good about.

The big question now is how do you prepare for a successful audition? Leaving the room high on that brilliant flow of energy knowing that you sang your heart out. What can you do to ensure all your auditions are successful?

I teach a singing audition prep class at Steps on Broadway in NYC. Here are the steps students walk through to ensure a successful audition.

1. Have a consistent warm up routine that opens your instrument, connects your singing to the powerful abdominal muscles that know how to move breath and sound freely through your instrument and to communicate through lyrics.

2. Establish a routine to keep you calm and focused.

3. Know your audition song. Really know the song. More importantly choose a song that you LOVE and can’t wait to sing.

4. Mark your music clearly for the pianist. Choose a cut that shows range and character.

5. Be prepared to sing the entire song if asked. (normal audition you’ll sing 16 or 32 bars of a song)

6. Communicate to your audience – the auditors in this case – tell the story of the song.

7. Keep your body open and your face visible. Body language tells the auditors a lot about how you will look on stage.

8. Be polite and personable – even if the auditors are rude.

9. Be yourself. You are the most fascinating when you are being natural.

You will do many, many auditions in your career. No audition will make or break your chances for a successful performance career. Start preparing for the next audition.

All the best! I love training singers and am always here to help you!

Sally Morgan

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The Coathangers The Coathangers are a punk rock band from Atlanta formed by guitarist and singer Julia Kugel (aka Crook Kid Coathanger), bassist and singer Meredith Franco (aka Minnie Coathanger), and drummer and singer Stephanie Luke (aka Rusty Coathanger). They have toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 2007, punk label Die Slaughterhaus Records teamed up with New York’s Rob’s House Records to issuing the band’s self-titled debut album. Their second album, “Scramble”, was released in 2009 by Suicide Squeeze Records followed by “Larceny & Old Lace”, in 2011. The Coathangers released album number four, “Suck My Shirt”, in the spring of 2014 and on April 15, 2016 the band released their fifth studio full-length entitled “Nosebleed Weekend”. which debuted at #149 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top 200 sales charts and #6 on the Top New Artist Albums and #4 on the Alternative New Artist Albums chart. The Coathangers will be on tour in Europe beginning 23 May and they play Paris at Le Batofar on 3 June.

HVUM: Thanks very much for talking with us. We know a lot about the Coathangers, but can you tell about the band’s highlights over the past few years – personal anecdotes included!

C: Over the past few years we’ve been putting the pedal to the metal! Constantly touring including 5 UK/European tours, 2 Australian/New Zealand tours, and countless US/Canadian tours! We also have managed to put out our 5th full length LP and coming up we are releasing a 5 song EP, its a 12″ so on one side we have the 5 songs and on the other side, an etching of artwork by our good friend Helena Darling from Canada! We also have been able to do a bunch of festivals and even got to tour with legendary band, Refused last year.

HVUM: What motivates you as a band? What keeps you going?The Coathangers4

C: I think the main thing that keeps us goin is our love for each other and our love for the band itself as well as all the fans and people we’ve worked with in the industry that have supported us so very much. This isn’t a hobby for us, it’s truly our lives, who we are.

HVUM: Thinking about Hunter S. Thompson’s famous quote,
“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”

We’re followed by a lot of young women aspiring to working in the music business. Do you agree with Thompson? Any advice you want to pass along to our aspiring readers?

C: That quote! Wow, yes it’s definitely true for a lot of bands , and maybe we’ve been included in this quote before as well, however, like my momma has always said “Nothing worth doing is easy”. Whether it be music or any other passion or profession, you must work hard at it and assume nothing. Me and the girls sometimes say, “Expect the worst, but always hope for the best”.

HVUM: Reviewers have referred to the Coathangers as bridging punk, garage, new wave and classic girl group sounds ( the Ronettes, the Shirelles, the Chiffons , Little Eva, and the Cookies). How do you hear that that mix in your music?

C: That’s amazing, that’s just what we want to hear! On some of our slower songs I definitely take a little bit from the drumming sounds of 50s/60s classic do-wop and we have been inspired by the vocals of the same groups so I’m glad people can hear that.

HVUM: Case in point? Let’s take time out for a look and listen, “Perfume”.

HVUM: Let’s talk punk for just a minute. It’s interesting how – call it a subculture if you want – punk has lived on far beyond the 70’s and Richard Hell and The Voidoids, MC5, The Clash, Iggy & The Stooges, Patti Smith, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones…but as Dorian Lynskey (Guardian) has pointed out it’s not nostalgia that keeps punk alive. Your thoughts?

C: I think that the ideals that punk is based upon continues to stick around because it is in fact a way of thinking, a way of being, living. Thinking for yourself, treating everyone as equals, saying Fuck You to the status quo, fighting for women’s rights, humans rights etc, these are all punk ideals and they aren’t going anywhere. Especially with the way things are in the world now, I think it’s one of the most important times for people to make music, whether punk or not, there’s so much to say, to speak out about, and music is a very real force to be reckoned with.

HVUM: Thinking about your five studio albums, is it fair to say that the Coathangers have been consistent in delivering on a primal anti-establishment, anti-authoritarian ethos?

C: I think we’ve definitely done justice to those ethos, because we are going against sexist, establishment/authoritarian, racist, injustices that surround us all. If you have something to say, say it. However we always want our listeners to think for themselves, just bc we say it doesn’t mean you have to agree, it is just how we feel.

HVUM: Okay, let’s give a listen one more time, “Down Down”.

HVUM: Looking back over the last eleven or so years of hard work as a band, can you identify a “high” point… “low” point? Based on your experience, what works really well for the band and what doesn’t work so well?

C: Ha, the highs and lows are always day to day especially when we are out on the road so much. The highest of highs are those amazing gigs where everything just falls into its place, the lowest of lows are missing out on family and friend affairs back at home I think. What works best for us now is taking small breaks in between tours, treating ourselves to a nice meal from time to time… its the little things….

The Coathangers3HVUM: In putting together a set list, how do you go about deciding what works and what doesn’t?

C: We definitely only have like maybe 2-3 songs out of all of them that work best as the first song! We want the first thing people to hear at our shows, something that really captures their attention and gets the place going! Then after that we just try to equally place the songs going back n forth between all our lead vocals. And not too many slow songs as that tends to bring down the energy.

HVUM: HorizonVU Music advocates for particular social and political causes such as rights for women, LGBT, legalizing of marijuana use. What issues do you feel comfortable taking up as a band?

C: All those things, basic human rights in general, but especially all those mentioned above. We went to the Anti Trump march in Washington DC with my sister and friends and it was the most powerful feeling… being in the presence of so many, all marching against the same injustices, it really does matter to keep fighting against all these awful things…

HVUM: Thinking ahead, suppose that in five years, individually or as a band, you could be anywhere you want doing whatever you want to do. Where you and what are you doing?

C: Doing exactly what we are doing now, maybe playing even bigger venues? As long as we get to keep writing and playing I am happy.

HVUM: Last, outside of music, what do you do for kicks?

C: Go to the movies, hang in the park with my dog, hang with loved ones at home, quite boring eh? Ha

HVUM: Hey, it’s been a real pleasure talking with you. We wish you all the best for your spring – summer tour taking you across Europe and winding up in Knoxville, TN on 5 August. We’ll see you in Paris in a couple of weeks. Meantime, safe travels!

C: Thank you so much

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Girlpool

Girlpool
Powerplant
Anti-

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Cleo Tucker (guitar, vocals) and Harmony Tividad (bass, vocals), Girlpool, is a folk punk band from Los Angeles. The duo formed in 2013, when Tucker and Tividad were still teenagers. Their sound is notably praiseworthy for its impertinence. Following the rather sparse approach taken in the group’s debut, “Before the World Was Big”, they’ve introduced a drum kit on “Powerplant” backing Tucker’s guitar and Tividad’s bass. The tracks on “Powerplant” express plenty of brash self-confidence in the sense of 1990s Liz Phair. Drop the needle on “123” and enjoy!


Delia Gonzalez

Delia Gonzalez
Horse Follows Darkness
DFA

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Delia Gonzalez is perhaps best known for her videos, visual art, theatrical performances and concerts as well as her earlier collaborations with Gavin Russom. She has released her second album following Remembrance. The storyline of Horse Follows Darkness is one of a rather complex re-encounter with the American Wild West and the continuance of that heritage through time. Complexity comes from the imagery and dream-like atmosphere stirred by the intertwining of a melange of influences running from minimalism to post-punk and electronica poly synth. The five-track album is quite brief, but the auditory experience is other-worldly.


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