MGT - Knowing Me Knowing You feat. Ville Valo

Mark Gemini Thwaite, known with his acronym MGT, is by no means a new kid in town: he's in the business since the early Eighties and has been the guitarist for a number of rock bands and artists over the last two decades, including The Mission, Tricky, Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus), National Velvet, plus various live and recorded appearances with Revolting Cocks, Gary Numan, Roger Daltrey, P.J. Harvey, Alanis Morissette, Ricky Warwick, Ginger of The Wildhearts, Ville Valo of HIM and many more.

What's new is Mark's debut solo album, Volumes, released worlwide through SPV Records. The album was mixed by no less than Tim Palmer (David Bowie, Robert Plant, Pearl Jam, U2, Ozzy, Blue October) and features a plethora of guest musicians, as Ville Valo, who sings on the leading single and cover of the Abba track Knowing Me Knowing You, Julianne Regan (of All About Eve), Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, Thin Lizzy), Miles Hunt (of The Wonder Stuff), Wayne Hussey (The Mission) to name a few.

Albums of guitar players tend to be self-indulgent: it's not the case of Volumes, as MGT put its skills at the service of the songs, creating a collection of emotional tracks, mixing amazing modern pop-rock music with goth atmospheres.

As examples, you can try the aforementioned Knowing Me Knowing You (click on the image to watch the video), or the new single You Can't Go Back (To Once Upon A Time) featuting Miles Hunt on vocals (watch the video here), or, maybe, The Reaping, with Ashton Nyte of The Awakening on vocals.

And, of course, you can always stream the whole album on Spotify to get the complete aural experience.

The Mars Patrol - Not About You

The Mars Patrol is a six-piece rock band hailing from Edinburgh, U.K. Their debut full-length album Human Condition was released a couple of weeks ago, on April 29, via Ravista Records.

Human Condition was produced by guitar player Ross Nelson and mixed by none other than Chris Sheldon (Feeder, Biffy Clyro, Skunk Anansie just to name a few) and Tim Palmer (David Bowie, Pearl Jam, U2, Blue October and a million more).
So you can be sure that the sound is top-notch, and that's a must if you want to venture in modern pop-rock territories as The Mars Patrol do.
Add the ability of the band to craft addictive tunes and the wonderful voice of singer Davina Divine, and there you have an album you can't overlook if energetic pop-rock is your cup of tea.

Watch the video for the new single Not About You clicking on the image and stream the whole album on Spotify.

BLUE OCTOBER: Oops!... They Did It Again Saturday, 23 April 2016 12:00 by madseason
Blue October - Home

You know sometimes I like to cover more established acts aside the emerging ones. This always happens when Texan indie/alternative heroes Blue October deliver a new album.

Home is their eight studio album, co-produced and mixed by the band's long time collaborator and music legend Tim Palmer (David Bowie, Robert Plant, Pearl Jam, U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Tears For Fears, Goo Goo Dolls just to name a few of the acts he worked with).

Home was released a few hours ago and immediately hit the #1 spot on the iTunes Alternative Albums chart. Needless to say it's much deserved, as this is yet another exceptional record by Justin Furstenfeld & Co.

This is what Justin wrote to his friends on Facebook on the eve of the album's release: "I'm more than moved by all of the support you've given us. I believe that we've all gone on a tremendous journey together. A journey where hopefully we've learned that winning means that we've found that joy is reachable, that peace is a breath away, and we don't have to join every fight we are asked to attend. If someone were to tell me four years ago that I would be writing an album with my boys @harvard_of_the_south @tufstrings @orbstudiosatx and @timpalmermixer how to live our life to the fullest I would've laughed in your face. The fact that we were able to put all of our focus on such positivity and strength and dismiss everything else still puts me in awe."

If you still haven't, watch the video for the title-track and leading single of the album Home and, of course, go buy this magic album. By the way, the cover image is a painting created by artist Rhys Bright depicting Jeremy and Justin Furstenfeld's parents' first kiss.

blue october - bleed out

This is the most important week of the year for Blue October: tomorrow they will release their much anticipated seventh studio album "Sway" (Up/Down Records), while today the Texan band premieres the video for the first single off the new record, "Bleed Out".
The video was filmed in Dallas, Texas on June 15 with director Norry Niven and you can watch it now clicking on the image on the left.

"Sway" was produced by Justin Furstenfeld and David Castell (who also produced the band's "History For Sale" and co-produced "Foiled"), and was recorded at the Fire Station Studios in San Marcos, TX in February and March 2013, while additional recording sessions for strings and vocal overdubs took place at Test Tube Audio in Austin, TX in April 2013. Tim Palmer, who produced "Any Man In America" and mixed "History For Sale", mixed "Sway" at Studio 62 in Austin in May 2013.

You can preview "Sway" thanks to 97X radio following this link.

COURRIER: Free ticket for the Cathedral Thursday, 1 August 2013 21:06 by madseason
Courrier - Cathedrals Of Color

As reported earlier, Austin, Texas based alternative poprockers Courrier released last March their sophomore album "Cathedrals Of Color".

The album, produced by famed knob-twiddler Tim Palmer (Blue October, Goo Goo Dolls, U2, Pearl Jam) is now available FOR FREE for 1 week only at Noisetrade; so, if you still haven't, do yourself a favour and download this beautiful release (click on the image on the left and follow instructions).

In more exciting news, Courrier have been chosen as opening band for Blue October's Fall tour: check the dates out here.

BLUE OCTOBER: July update Wednesday, 10 July 2013 21:39 by madseason
blue october - bleed out

Time for a Blue October update. As you should know by now, the magic Texans will release their seventh studio album "Sway" next August 20 on Up/Down Records.

The record was produced by Justin Furstenfeld and David Castell (who also produced the band's "History For Sale" and co-produced "Foiled"), and was recorded at the Fire Station Studios in San Marcos, TX in February and March 2013, while additional recording sessions for strings and vocal overdubs took place at Test Tube Audio in Austin, TX in April 2013.
Tim Palmer, who produced "Any Man In America" and mixed "History For Sale", mixed "Sway" at Studio 62 in Austin in May 2013.

The first single off the new album is "Bleed Out": the song impacted radio on June 6 and became available for sale at digital outlets on June 25. The band has just released a lyric video for "Bleed Out": watch it now clicking on the image above.
Also, a music video for the single was filmed in Dallas, Texas on June 15 with director Norry Niven and will premiere soon. Stay tuned!

courrier - the city at night

Austin, Texas based alternative poprockers Courrier released last month their sophomore album "Cathedrals Of Color", the follow up to the 2011 debut "A Violent Flame".

The new album was produced by famed knob-twiddler Tim Palmer (Blue October, Goo Goo Dolls, U2, Pearl Jam to name a few) and features the top 50 radio single "Love Is A Fire".

Courrier have a new video out: it's for new single "The City At Night". Watch it clicking on the image on the left.   If you're into bands like Coldplay, Starsailor or Death Cab For Cutie, you've got to check this band now!

HIM upcoming releases Sunday, 26 August 2012 15:41 by madseason
HIM

HIM will release a career spanning compilation titled "XX - Two Decades Of Love Metal" on October 29 through Sony Music.

The greatest hits will feature 20 tracks, including Chris Isaak's cover of "Wicked Game" and Kevin Grivois' "Strange World". This second cover will be served as a single and music video starting September 21.

In other HIM's news, the Finnish rockers will entering the studio in early September with the producer Hiili Hiilesmaa to work on their ninth full-length album, entitled "Tears On Tape", to be mixed by Tim Palmer and released early 2013.