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Angie Joseph: New Project, New Music, New Goals – “October Rain” Rockin’ 2018

by Clara Zicarco

Paris-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Angie Joseph talks with HorizonVU’s Clara Zicaro about her new project and new music. Visit October Rain at October Rain. Listen to the acoustic version of “In The Middle” on SoundCloud. Photo Credit (below): *ThéOdora *Sabath* Shoot* at Facebook

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Let’s discover Angie Joseph

CZ: Tell us more about your musical career?
I sing and play different instruments such as guitar and bass. I have been in different bands since I’m 16. My last band was called Under The Skin and is essentially composed of two peoples, my close friend Yan and me, we composed the songs, the other members were interpret. I have now decided to start my first solo project under the name of « October rain ». I didn’t want to put my real name on it.

CZ: When will your EP be released?
It will be released in September, although we expect a singles release in July. My songs have just been mixed in England.

CZ: Have you received some help from musicians for your project?
Yes, my friend Tarah G. Carpenter (Tarah Who?), is the drummer for my songs. She is currently in Los Angeles.

CZ: Why do you sing in English?
In my opinion, when you sing Rock music, it is better to use English rather than French.

CZ: Is music your main activity?
Music isn’t my principal job, I am currently a communication and graphism officer.

CZ: What do you sing about in your songs?
In my songs, I talk about what I feel, about what a person makes me feel or about inspired topics. I do not have limitations for writing, as I am alone in my project, I do not have to convince anyone. I will now try to go in further reflexion about the society in my music. When I was in a band, writing was always about generality, to better fit to everyone.

CZ: Where and how do you find your inspiration to write songs?
It really depends to each tune. Sometimes the melody comes in my mind, then I transcribe it in a partition. I can find inspiration by playing with my guitar. Sometimes it happens that I first find the lyric, then the melody.

CZ: Roughly, how many concerts have you done? Do you prefer huge or small rooms?
I think I have done between 100 and 200 concerts in 15 years. It is really hard to perform in the first part of a concert. The challenge is to grab the attention of the audience.

CZ: Who are your favorite artists?
There are a lot, for example: Tool, Queens of the stone age, Foo fighters, Radiohead, Royal Blood, Brody Dalle, Dead Sara, Deap Vally, Imogen Heap, Rival Sons, PJ Harvey, Dry Can, Tarah Who? and Pink.

CZ: How do you describe your music?
The sound is raw, simple, effective, no frills, minimalist. It’s rock, it’s pop, it’s alternative rock.

CZ: Thanks a lot for your time. We look forward to the EP release and more from October Rain.

Goat Girl
Goat Girl
Rough Trade

Rough Trade always seems to be on the cutting edge whether it be rock, post-punk, garage, alternative…and now we have London-based Goat Girl, aka Clottie Cream, Naima Jelly, L.E.D., and Rosy Bones. The band’s debut album is hard to pigeonhole as there’s some post-punk mixed in with twists from the dark side (Siouxsie and the Banshees) and even a twinge of country. Goat Girl’s debut release has guts and it’s certain that they’re just beginning.

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Screaming Females
All at Once
Don Giovanni

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Screaming Females, Marissa Paternoster (guitar vocal), Mike Abbate (bass) and Jarrett Dougherty (drums) have once again teamed with producer Matt Bayles on the group’s seventh album. “All at Once” follows the 2015 release “Rose Mountain” with a more mature recording showing off the ability to cover a broad space in terms of genres and diversity ranging from the pop-punk “I’ll Make You Sorry” to the weighty and thunderous opening track “Glass House”. Covering a broad space is not intended to suggest that there’s room to take a leisurely sonic walk. There’s plenty of movement from start to finish. Screaming Females has successfully stretched the idea of post-punk showing off experience and confidence without losing the dynamics, passion and outright force that put them on the music map.


Hollie Cook
Vessel of Love
Merge

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We’ve zeroed in on Hollie Cook’s third album, “Vessel of Love” as this week’s pick. Whether you want to categorize Cook’s work as roots, rock, reggae, or “tropical pop”, it really doesn’t matter. Her enticing vocals are very smooth and creamy making this release every bit worth adding to your collection. You can have a look and listen to “Survive” posted below, but there are other outstanding tracks. In particular, check out “Stay Alive” and “Lunar Addiction”. Producer Youth (Martin Glover) worked on the album bringing his exceptional competence with dub and electronic music. Go for it!


The Willowz
Fifth
Thrill Me

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California-based garage punk rock band, The Willowz, is back with more of their trademark fusion of punkrock and blues. The trio of Richie James Follin (Vocals and Guitar), Jessica Anne Reynoza (Bass Guitar and Vocals) and Loren Shane Humphrey (drums) haven’t lost their edge and in comparison to previous work, Follin has done a most sound-worthy job of getting the mix to the next level. The album takes off with melodious and catching “Don’t Let Them See” and “Never Let You Go” at just under two minutes offers up a brilliant adrenaline rush. The final track “Lily” is an achievement of richness bolstered by instrumental (string) embellishment. Not to take away from the sheer enjoyment of listening to the album, but you might want to put on a set of high-end earphones and pay attention to the technical work on this contribution.


Black Honey is a forcible indie rock band fronted by Izzy Baxter whose powerful, yet dreamy vocals captivate audiences. The Brighton-based band’s members are Izzy Baxter, guitarist Chris Ostler, bass player Tommy Taylor, and drummer Tom Dewhurst. HorizonVU first got to know Black Honey at their Paris performance in January and the band’s videos have been repeated posted on our social media pages. Black Honey performs Tuesday, 19 September at Paris’ Supersonic. We’re fortunate to have caught up with Izzy prior to the 19th show.

HVUM: Hey, first off, thanks for your time. Let‘s start by talking about one of the band’s power songs that resonates with fans. What can you tell us about “Corrine”? How did it come together?

IB: Corrine is about honouring both friendship and fuck ups equally.

HVUM: We know Black Honey is a Brighton-based band and that you, Chris Ostler, Tommy Taylor and Tom Dewhurst have known each other for a fairly long time. We don’t know very much about you apart from the band. What’s a side of you that most people don’t know about? Give us a run-down on Izzy.

IB: I am a creative so I love to paint and draw. In my free time I give my friends stick and poke tattoos or go around charity shops looking for cool weird things and cult movies. I’m writing a poetry book too, though I think that’s something very typical of me.

HVUM: Did you deliberately point your life’s compass toward music or was it more happenstance?

IB: It was kind of both, I had to work really hard to learn the more technical side of music. I am a slow learner, dyslexic and pretty much have no rhythm. But was completely mesmerised with the emotional draw it had on people and I have always been a very determined person.
It was really no other way for me.


HVUM: There’s a photo of you on Facebook in a jacket with “Problem Child” on the back. Are you really a problem child? How so?

IB: yeah, I’m fucked up. I think that’s ok though, I think everyone is a little fucked up really.

HVUM: Generally, what motivates or inspires you?

IB: I guess it’s all about figuring out the world around me by exploring myself and my surroundings. Artistically I love Andy Warhol, cult movies, seeing the world with my band. I like weird things like guitar tones that conjure memory or beats that feel fierce or twisted.

HVUM: When you perform, what do you want your audience to feel?

IB: I want them to forget all of their worries for a moment.

HVUM: Let’s have a listen to another Black Honey power song, “Headspin”.

HVUM: Critics have praised the song and framing it as Lynchian, meaning something like an uncomfortable sense that you’re in someone else’s dream; the familiar becomes elusive and dark in a weird sort of way. Your view on the song?

IB: yeah that’s pretty spot on, I guess through exploring this weird dark swaying romance I find the colours and the lights in a more honest but complicated way.

HVUM: Technical question…As far as gear is concerned, we see you with the Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster. What do you like about it?

IB: I like that it sounds great, has a tremelo arm, really nice tones on both ends of the pick up switch, it’s light, cheap and sturdy so I can throw it across the stage as much as I want.

HVUM: Finally, if you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

IB: I think it would be quite fun to push Trump down the stairs or maybe pull his trousers down during his next rally.

Izzy, thanks very much for meeting us. We look forward to seeing you, Chris, Tommy,and Tom on 19 September. We’ll be there in force and for our Paris followers know that Black Honey will be back in Paris 31 October opening for Royal Blood. Well done!



L.A. Witch is Sade Sanchez, Irita Pai and Ellie English. The L.A. based band charcterizes it’s sound as “reverb-soaked punked out rock” which is certainly accurate, but fails to capture what is reasonably the darker side of their sound. It is the ghostly or unreal and other-worldly dimension of the band’s tracks that gives the listener cause to think of witches, although the band does not connect into the beliefs or practices assoiciated with witchcraft. Interestingly, the band’s work has been referred to in context of the surreal and disconnected apprehension associated with works of David Lynch. So, whether you connect with the band’s post-apocalyptic groove (desert punk) or the more raucous garage rock, L.A. Witch is a band you do not want to ignore. The band is on tour in Europe and will be in Paris 16 September at Batofar.

Thanks to the support of manager, Andrew Rossiter of the Hooley Group, we caught up with drummer Ellie English getting a better view into the world of L.A. Witch.

HVUM: Hi Ellie. Thanks for taking time out to speak with us. How did L.A. Witch happen? How did the three of you meet up and decide to become a band?

ELLIE: I met Sade in High school and we had a 2-piece band together. After our departing we met up a few years later when L.A. Witch was looking for a drummer. I’ve been in the band 4 of the 6 years the band has been together.

HVUM: What do you most hope to bring to the music scene and to your followers?

ELLIE: I just want people to enjoy themselves.

HVUM: Your music has been put into the context of a marriage connecting 60’s girls-in-the-garage charm and David Lynch’s surreal

Ellie English

exposés of Southern California underbelly. This sounds like a declaration of raw energy coming to life in someone else’s dream. Is it a meaningful way to think about your work? How so (or not so)?

ELLIE: I see it as something we enjoy and we play what we are inspired by.

HVUM: You have an upcoming album release – self-titled “L.A. Witch”. Who have you been working with and how have the collaborations influenced the album?

ELLIE: I really miss the raw sound that we have live. It’s been very hard feeling to capture.

HVUM: Yeah, for sure. While it does not capture the live delivery, let’s take a look and listen to what might come closest, the official live video version of “Kill My Baby Tonight”.

HVUM: Do you worry about the market – meaning where your music will end up and how it will be heard? Do you grow and evolve detached from commercial concerns?

ELLIE: It will end up where it ends up. One thing I’ve learned about touring is that lots of bands sound very different from recordings than they do live.

HVUM: Considering your live performances, what works especially well for the band? What is your worst nightmare (experience)?

ELLIE: Worst nightmare-Acoustic performances.

HVUM: Thanks, Ellie for your time. we’re looking forward to seeing you, Sade and Irita on 16 September and we encourage our followers to add L.A. Witch to their collections!


INHEAVEN
INHEAVEN
PIAS

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INHEAVEN are a four-piece alternative rock band from South London with members Chloe Little (bass, vocals), James Taylor (vocals, guitar), Joe Lazarus (drums) and Jake Lucas (guitar). There’s just no other way to say it, but this debut album rocks big time! Yes, there’s some shoegaze, but it’s artfully blended with dominant rock and grunge, so it’s certainly not more dream pop and you won’t get sucked into dreamblends of undifferentiated sounds (of which the market offers plenty). The opening track, “Baby’s Alright” offers up an excellent up to now/then statement on American culture which is surely enough to get Mr. Trump raging away on Twitter. Politics aside (not possible, really), it’s a rocker brought to accentuated heights by Joe’s drums, Chole’s bassline, and buzzed guitars. And while there’s been a lot said about the tracks “Bitter Town” and “Regeneration” (neither should be ignored), there’s still a preference here for the uncontrolled agitation of the band’s debut single, “Bitter Town”. Add the album to your collection for it’s social sensitivity and fanfuckingtastic alt-rock.


A must read…Joe Coscarelli, New York Times…
“Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled By Women: The Round-Table Conversation”

“…as we’ve spoken among ourselves about the music that most excites us, we have consistently marveled at how much outstanding rock music is being made by female and non-binary performers who work just below the surface of the mainstream.”

A special multimedia presentation of this story will appear online Tuesday at nytimes.com/music.


The Lovely Bad Things
Teenage Grown Ups
Burger Records

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The Lovely Bad Things have released their second album, “Teenage Grownups”, so brace yourself for exceptionally energetic rock-punk-garage. The Lovely Bad Things is brothers Camron (guitar, vocals) and Brayden Ward (drums, vocals), Lauren Curtius (guitar, vocals), Tim Hatch (guitar) and Wesley Baxter (bass). The album opens with a frantic “I’ll Listen” that’s sure to wake you up and keep you listening. The album’s title track “Teenage Grown Ups” is next up and if you’re young and anxious for the future or if you’ve already joined the masses of disillusioned adult office workers, this song has to resonate. But either way join the band in keeping your sense of humour (check out the video). You can slow down a bit with “Cartoon Food”. You gotta love the “woo-woos”! “I Just Want You To Go Away” shows that while the songs are often quite amusing and melodious, the band can also slap you…

“I’m not gonna hide
But honey, you better
Get on a bus go downtown
Get a life

And the boys that hear you sobbing– don’t give a shit
I don’t know what I’m searching for– but I know that you’re not it
Where have you been all my life?– so I know where you can stay
I don’t know what I want anymore– I just want you to go away”

Go ahead and download “Teenage Grown Ups” and enjoy. If it doesn’t make your day better, well sorry, “Get a life”!


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