Monthly Archives: January 2017
Music, Why Not! Had the chance to ask Australian folk/pop band formed in Melbourne, Australia known as Oh Pep! a couple of questions about their latest album, favorite gigs, songwriting process, and more. The due known as Oh Pep! Was formed by Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs. Their songs are enchanting taking you on a journey through their lives. They have just the right amount of folk and pop to make for some great catchy tunes that most importantly mean something. It is a breath of fresh to air to talk to artists that care so much about their art, aren’t afraid of being bold-with their sound- experimenting with various mixings, and lastly that enjoy making music as much as we love listening to it.
MWN: Hello guys thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions. We are so excited. Alrighty! Lets jump to right into. Why did you guys decided to name the group Oh Pep!
Oh Pep!: Hi there, Pepi here. Olivia- Oh, Pepita- Pep, ! (!)
MWN: Well that makes so much sense haha. So, I know you guys have been touring- how does touring in the U.S differ than touring in other places? Are the crowds any different?
Oh Pep!: There is a great culture of music and going out to see new things in the U.S. We really appreciate that and one can really feed off the enthusiasm of crowds there when you’re playing. Though this is not limited to the U.S. it is really tangible there, which is a great feeling!
MWN: Speaking of feelings. I feel like the latest record released seems to have grown in sound a bit. It still has those components of folk, but it seems a bit grander including several components of pop music. Was this something you meant to do- or did it just kind of evolve on its own?
Oh Pep!: We definitely thought everything through on Stadium Cake. To us, it felt like we were writing pop songs since the beginning, so it only felt natural to jump in to a lush, beats driven sound when making our debut. Though when we’re thinking of music we don’t think in terms of genre, just evolving in to what feels and sounds good to us. At the time that’s what was appealing to us. Especially as we had the time to multi track everything and create a big sound.
MWN: I love how you guys knew exactly what you wanted for the album. I know songs can sometimes come from just “jam sessions” or other times the person writing the songs knows exactly what they want to do with it. How was the process for the making of Stadium Cake?
Oh Pep!: Some songs evolved from the smallest idea that turned in to a jam, that turned in to a song. For example Only Everyone, which started as a pick me up country song (intended more as a joke than anything serious)…but we liked the lyrics so much that we put different chords behind them and jammed on the instrumental and eventually the song was born! Most songs were written first and the full band arrangements made second though.
MWN: The amount of work put in this record is incredible and one call tell in how well it flows both emotionally and technically. So what did the release of Stadium Cake back in June of 2016 mean to you guys?
Oh Pep!: The outcome of seven years working together as a band, playing shows and all our musical experience/knowledge at that point in time being released in to the world.
MWN: Putting out new music means getting it to perform it live! Thus far what would you guys say has been one of your favorite gigs and why?
Oh Pep!: No favorite gig in particular… but when you spot people in the crowd singing along or dancing, those become personal favorites. It’s such a great feeling!
MWN: So when writing new material do you guys pull from personal experience or do you drift more into others worlds?
Oh Pep!: A bit of both. But even you are writing about someone else’s story, you end up pulling from your own personal experience…so in a way maybe it’s all personal!
MWN: That is very true. I love that about music it is truly personal to an specific persons lives yet it can resonate with a complete stranger. I think it’s time for some fire round questions. What would you guys say your top three favorite songs of all time are?
Oh Pep!: Can’t pick favorites…they change daily! Right now a big song for me is No need To Argue by The Cranberries.
MWN: While all songs have an intimate connection with the artist, some happen to resonate more than others. With this in mind- what is you guys favorite song to perform live that you have released?
Oh Pep!: Tea, Milk and Honey. Get’s me every time.
MWN: As we finish the interview what is something you would like to tell all your fans/ supporters?
Oh Pep!: what makes you happy!
MWN: Thank you guys so much for answering our questions. Hope to hear more music soon. You can catch Oh Pep! on tour in a city near you. To learn more about the band and what they are up to check out their social media link which will be posted below! Till next time!
OH PEP! SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS!
There is a beauty behind the buildings that house live performances that people tend to often overlook. In reality what goes on inside a venue before a performance is pretty crucial in order to have a smooth run. In case you don’t know exactly what goes on- let me enlighten you! There is an entire team of people focused on just the lighting aspect- called the lighting technician (aha hints the name)! There is also someone in charge of making sure the band travels at ease on the road by making sure venues are booked, they have the correct flights to get to the next city, and basically a lot of other things to make sure the band gets to the places they need to play at successfully. Then you have your techs that take care of the instruments- each of their names is pretty self explanatory: (drum tech, guitar tech, and so on). They are most of the time really close to the musicians due to the fact that they are dealing directly with their instruments and making sure they will be at their best shape for the performance! There are so many other hardworking making sure the tour goes as planned, but if i sit here and name them all- we might never get to the bands performance.
The band, that act, the stars. The people you love they are sort of the beginning and the end of the equation. Why? well because without the band all those jobs I just talked about wouldn’t exist, and in the end after the hard work of all those people they are able to put on a kick ass show! This past weekend in Dallas I was lucky enough to see the 40th anniversary tour of Foreigner!- Wait, let me rephrase that.. The SOLD OUT 40th anniversary- much better! Legends I’ll start there. They smashed it really. First they started playing on time. Playing pretty much all the songs the crowd was hungry to see live. The Texas crowd was nothing but cold to the band. Especially when they played “Cold as Ice.” It was crazy in the best way- everyone was singing and dancing. I had a chance to be at the pit taking photos during this song and oh boy was I not in shock. I totally saw this coming- I mean they are a legendary rock band. The energy was bouncing literally off every wall. My body felt so vibrant, electric, and alive. As a photographer high energy from the band means some amazing action shots! Rock starts are known for giving performances like that. They do not do your average 95-100% performance they brake the scale of how much energy they bring onto the stage. Foreigner did not fall short from that. They interacted with the crowd throwing guitar pics at them and at some point even letting them pick what song they should play next. They played all their hits to a crowd that literally sang the entire time- it was pretty cool. One would think they would be tired from doing this for forty plus years- in contrary they sounded just like they did in the late 70’s- 80’s (except with a little more practice)… I can definitely say you are in for a good time if you attend a concert in their tour. Their amazing worldwide recognized songs and the energy in the room will make you sing your heart out.
Photos and Writting By: Maria Limon | Instagram: @shotbylimon
Less Than Jake and Pepper brought their Co-Headlining tour to the Mohawk in Austin, Texas. The venue was packed with over 100 middle-aged men and women to see their favorite childhood punk rock band. Originally from Hawaii, but now based in San Diego, Pepper opened the night for headliner Less Than Jake. Influenced by Three Plus and Sublime, Pepper brought a mix of their own Reggae music to Austin. The band is celebrating 10 years of their fourth album and their major label debut of No Shame. Pepper performed quite a few songs off that album including “No Control,” “Your Face,” “Nice Time,” and “Like Your Style.” Never having heard much of Pepper before their performance, I was really impressed with the sound and energy they brought to the stage. The crowd seemed to really enjoy themselves and about half of the people in attendance were there for Pepper. Headlining the show for the night was American ska punk band Less Than Jake. A sea of middle-aged men in their late 20s and early 30s rushed the stage to get a little closer to the guys of Less Than Jake. As the band got on stage to perform confetti blasted all over the crowd, which got them hype, as that’s what confetti does to fans during live shows. It was a night full of mosh pitting, crowd surfing and head banging for all fans in attendance. One lucky fan, Peyton, got invited to go onstage with the band and it just happened to be his birthday and he got to drink and take shots with the band. They told many jokes during the night about how ugly they were and how much they sucked. It was a night of humor as many fans enjoyed their performance and jokes throughout the night. They performed some of their hit songs such as “The Science of Selling Yourself Short,” and “All My Best friends Are Metalheads,” and ‘The Rest of My Life.” Less Thank Jake and Pepper have a long road ahead of them as they will continue their Co-Headlining Tour through the United States and a stop in the UK in May.
Photos & Writing By: Joshua Guerra | @joshguerra13
I recently got to listen to the new album of Sundara Karma, a British indie rock band. Their album, ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’, was just released in this New Year! The majority of the wonderful album’s songs are fun and up beat! I personally feel that Sundara Karma are one of those bands you can’t resist to bob your head to. They definitely have a few hits everyone is sure to enjoy!
Let’s look through this album’s songs. I always find it fascinating when you look up the lyrics of a song! Yes, a song’s beat can be fun to dance to but once you know the lyrics, you feel more of a connection to it.
A Young Understanding:
This song starts off the album on an up-beat note. “Let go, there is nothing more to hide. Seeing life through closed eyes, it’s just a young understanding.” I portray these lyrics as a reminder to not worry so much in life. They’re telling us that there’s no reason to try to fit in with the crowd anymore, we can be so much happier once we quit hiding our true self and accept it. People often think too far into things, but if you ‘close your eyes’ you can just carry on without over-thinking. This is how many young people live, they’re carefree, and therefore it’s a “young understanding.”
I really enjoy this song’s sound. In an interview for the Independent, the lead singer Oscar Lulu explained this awesome song! I don’t think anyone could tell you about this piece better than the man who wrote it himself.
“The story of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ is perhaps my favorite story ever and combined with Shakespeare’s particular gift of language and expression of such simple concepts, I was inspired to write the lyrical theme for ‘Loveblood’, a song I was working on roughly around the same time. It’s about two people that fall in love, but due to the unexplained, are fated for tragic demise. The idea of romance and tragedy really appealed to me, also the idea of fate is something that I knew I wanted to write about. One of the first lyrics I jotted down was “Fated to kill the sweetest things” and that was a real catalyst for the rest of the narrative. The chorus lyric, “What’s that from above” symbolizes looking toward the heavens or searching for metaphysical reasoning as to why things are the way they are, something I personally tend to do a lot.”
“Found true meaning, now my head starts spinning out the cave. You won’t come with me ‘cause you’re just too comfortable in chains.” This song is based off of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. The band has spoke out about the music video. They said, “We are basically commenting on the whole postmodern reality that we find ourselves living in … the Matrix. Where adverts, politicians, the war on drugs, terrorism, consumerism, mass production, celebrity culture, social networks etc. are the shadows that permeate our walls – and we all buy into it.” In simpler words in my opinion, he’s saying he thinks some of society has become used to and too comfortable with certain aspects of how we run as a society. He now has “found true meaning” and sees better things ahead. He sees more to be accomplished. He wants to move forward and keep progressing in life and as a society! This song is a fun tune and has well-written lyrics with a nice meaning.
Watching from Great Heights:
This song holds ambition and hope. “We’ll be watching from great heights and we’ll observe the things they hide. Fight the fear we keep inside,the more we seek the higher we’ll climb.” I understand these lyrics to mean that even though we can be nervous to pursue our dreams, we need to fight that fear. The more ambitions you have in life and the more bravery you have, the better you’ll do. I believe “the higher we’ll climb” could be a metaphor for representing the more success they will achieve.
‘Olympia’, ‘Happy Family’, ‘Lose the Feeling’, ‘She Said’, ‘Vivienne’, ‘Be Nobody’, ‘Deep Relief’, and ‘The Night’ are the other lovely tracks of the album. Each track really is special. The lyrics hold personal stories and thoughts on life. I think it is important to look at lyrics and form our meaning for them. We should create our own bonds with music. Remember, these are only my interpretations of the songs!
Definitely give Sundara Karma’s new album ‘Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect’ a listen! I highly recommend this talented four-piece band.
Music, Why Not!- Your Dose of Music
Written By: Hannah Rose
Music, Why Not! is super excited because we are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets for Bear’s Den performance in Dallas, TX at the Kessler Theater in Dallas, TX. All you have to do is follow our Instagram @musicwhynot and @bearsdenmusic and comment DONE in the post (will be posted on @musicwhynot) which will be the picture of the bands tour dates. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to see this class band which is currently on our favorites list. Also in anticipation to their shows, fans can request a song by any songwriter or band from where they live, it can be a song about the place or anything that links the music to the city the show is in and Bear’s Den will perform a cover version of the winning song! YOU or your mates can cast your votes by accessing the following link: http://bit.ly/2hV0F7U
Music, Why Not! is very excited to present to you an amazing new band- Bear’s Den. They are currently on their first couple North American tour date. Soon they will make a stop in our neighboring city of Huston- February 09.Bear’s Den is a folk rock band from London and well there is no better way to put it, they have electrifying tunes. Bear’s Den has opened for artists such as Mumford & Sons and Daughter, and they have received numerous nominations and recognition for their class albums. This past July they released their new album, “Red Earth & pouring Rain.” It is to say without doubt that this is one of those bands that not only incorporates really clean instrumental tracks, but also memorable and catchy lyrics. After listening to their new album- it is safe to say that you will want to hear more from them.
Not only does this band come to us with great music, but they have also come up with a pretty neat idea for their North American tour. In in anticipation to their shows, fans can request a song by any songwriter or band from where they live, it can be a song about the place or anything that links the music to the city the show is in and Bear’s Den will perform a cover version of the winning song! YOU or your mates can cast your votes by accessing the following link: http://bit.ly/2hV0F7U
Music, Why Not! is super excited because we are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets for their performance in Dallas, TX at the Kessler Theater on February 10th. All you have to do is follow our Instagram @musicwhynot and @bearsdenmusic and comment DONE in the post with the picture of the bands tour dates. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to see this class band which is currently on our favorites list.
The incredible Danish pop group Lukas Graham made their stop while on their North American tour in Dallas, Texas this past Saturday. They put on a great a show starting from their opening act Australian singer Hein Cooper. What a great opening act might I just add. His beautiful voice filled the packed House of Blues. I have been fortunate to cover many shows there from alternative rock bands, electropop groups, to country music. Not once have I ever seen the venue so packed. The balcony area was filled, and the pit well it was so crazy filled with fans awaiting to hear the stories within the bands tunes. They have a brass section that is completely breathtaking. Fun fact! They were actually shooting a live music video during the entire gig! It was so fun to photograph the band under such limited pit access circumstances haha but it was still a great time. They played all their hits from the album closing of the night with the one and only “Seven Years.” This concert is one worth attending. The musicianship this band has is mind blowing. True, class musicians- I will tell ya that for sure. The band consist of Lukas Graham- Front man of the band and the genius behind all the songs they play. Coming from a humble background he states “We were those kids who were always dirtier than the other kids because our scope away from home was so huge. “We weren’t poor. We just didn’t have enough. When you grow up like that, you end up showing more than you need to. I do that in my music. Instead of making up a pretty little love story about some girl I like, I end up singing about my boys in jail and how I feel. It’s easier for me to be honest about who I am than to start making up some fairytale.” I truly agree with this and it is well reflected within his honest songs about his up bringing, dead father, and friends in jail. His music is one that captivates your soul. It isn’t your typical love song- in fact it extend far beyond that. The band also consists of the very impressive/ charismatic Magnum and the very talented drummer Mark Falgren. It all comes down to the way an artist presents their music to an audience. Do they do it with passion? Love? Integrity? Excitement? Well this band sure does all of the above!
Photos By: Maria Limon | Instagram: @shotbylimon
Noel Gallagher- The once driving force of one of the most successful rock bands that came out of England said in an interview with NME “Rock’n’roll is not dead as long as I’m still going, it’s fucking not. It’s there but it’s certainly lacking the re-generation process.” He argued that “working class bands” are almost none existent because a label wont pay attention to them. They are usually scruffy and do whatever the f*ck they want with their music. It is rare to find a band that is willing to put the time to make quality records without being signed to a label. Currently the only band I have heard of that worked their asses for years before playing in the big leagues.. Catfish and The Bottlemen…. I kept thinking to myself there has to be another band that has been working at their craft for a long time. Whether they are 14 or 22 there has to be quality bands hiding somewhere out there making music for the masses to go mad to at festivals. Then I heard of The Vistas “Scotland’s freshest, promising, up and coming alternative rock band.” as listed in there about me on their Facebook. Promising Ey? Indeed they are.
I not only had the chance to speak to two of the band members about their music, but also got an exclusive listen at their new E.P set to be released early February of this year. The minute our conversation started in regards to their musical influences, aspirations, sound development, etc- I was hooked. At first they seem like normal guys, but when they got on to talk about their music they captured me and took me into their world. The world of producing rock and roll tunes. The album I can tell is going to be a hit among the people that have been able to save themselves from the annoying wave of pop tunes that play on the radio over and over and over again. I don’t think they would be or would want to be topping the charts. Since everything playing both on U.K and U.S charts is total shit. Like Noel Gallagher told NME: “If you’re Number One in the charts now, it automatically means you must be shit. Bands now go cap-in-hand to the industry and the industry has already decided what it wants for the fucking chart stars. But the charts are all the fucking same. Every single song in the Top 10 is the same shit with a different voice.” I don’t think this album would be a chart topper not because it lacks musical integrity, but because the pure fact that people just don’t know what good music is (even if it is hitting them across the face). I can definitely tell you however, that they are capable of amounting to the success that Catfish and The Bottlemen has and is doing. I bring them up again because they were in their shoes not to long ago. The Vistas which consist of Irwin, Dave, Roddy, and Eamonn are on the high rise to playing in the big leagues soon.
The album, lets talk about that a little more. It is brilliant. The evolution of their sound is shocking-in the best possible way. What shocked me the most is the way they use the instruments in their favor. Loads of bands now a days just sound like noise, but they are so technical and clean it is so fresh and enjoyable to be able to listen to a distinguished melody and consistent drum and bass tracks. The vocals are killer especially in the third song where they strip it down a bit more. The last track has such a phenomenal guitar solo- it is very technical. The drums are consistent in every song… they literally never miss a beat, they are the back up power house of the band and deliver greatly. The bass which is often overlooked for some stupid reason cannot be in this occasion. They had one of the cleanest bass lines in the second song that I have yet heard from a new band. Overall the record is precises, exciting, and the lyrics are relatable. After you listen to it- one can just tell they poured their hearts out into making this. It is with a doubt that they have become one of my favorite bands. I am so humbled to get to see their music grow from the start. I am sure very soon The Vistas will be playing festivals and touring all over the world. Their music is amazing and I am sure it will amount to a lot! Good “working class bands” are not dead at all people just aren’t looking. Be sure to follow the band on their social media accounts which will be listed below to learn more about the lads. Stay tuned for their album which comes out February 15, 2017 . More news coming to Music, Why Not! soon!
Music, Why Not!- Your Dose of Music
Written By: Maria Limon
New music alert! Last week, The xx released “Say Something Loving,” the second lead single off their new album I See You, set to drop this Friday. The third full album from the group, I See You is a welcome release for fans, who have been anxious for new music since their last album, Coexist, debuted in 2012. The trio out of London brought their self-titled first album to the indie pop/electronic scene in 2009, following four years of formation and establishing the band. Their first album received universal acclaim, ranking at number nine on Rolling Stone’s best albums and number two on the NME’s top albums of 2009. The trio—made up of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith—have hit it big in the festival circuit as well, playing gigs at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza, among others. Their music has found widespread use in media, television, and movies alike, as well as samplings by other artists. Their track “Intro” was sampled on Rihanna’s “Drunk In Love” from Talk That Talk, and Coexist’s lead single “Angel” was mixed and sampled on Bastille’s second EP track “No Angels.” The new album’s first single, “On Hold,” was announced in conjunction with the album release date in November 2016, and the group have since appeared on Saturday Night Live to perform the single along with other album song “I Dare You.” The band considers many artists to be great influences, citing themselves as “a huge melting pot of different stuff.” Jimi Hendrix, Joy Division, Aaliyah, and The Cure all make up some of the eclectic musical groups that inspire the trio. Drifting more toward ballad-like vocals and less minimalism than previous singles and albums—Coexist was one of the best synth/minimalist albums to come out of 2012—this single gives a more genuine look into The xx’s lyrical style and a possible shift in overall musical styling. Whatever the change may be, we’re definitely here for it.
Check out the new single here!
Music, Why Not!- Your Dose of Music
January 14, 2017
Written By: Ally Kutz