A Scandinavian Outstanding ‘Ovation’

Ovation Live

Please be standing whilst I introduce this very talented Norweigian band ‘Ovation’.  The band members are Stian Sætermo Vocal, Guitar and Songwriting; Tony Andre Hansen Guitar and Backing Vocal; Raymond Hansen, Bass and Backing Vocal; Boss, Drums and Philip Moon on Lead Guitar and Backing Vocal.  

Here is how Ovation describe themselves and their music.

 
A soft wind, blowing gently by your ears…Ovation has developed a unique pop sound which is based on a mix between country on one side to pop and rock on the other. Ovation makes everything from small productions with only a guitar, bass, perk, and vocal, to big productions with violins and symphonic blankets wrapped around a lot of vocal and backing vocal to form a majestic listening experience… so please go ahead and enjoy our music 😉

I was recently introduced to Ovation on Soundcloud and on hearing their pop rock track  ‘It’s OK’ I was immediately impressed by its uplifting lyrics, vocals, guitar riffs and bassline.

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Ovation is a band based in Sandefjord and Østfold in Norway. The line up was made complete when Philip and Boss joined the band in 2007. Since then Ovation have played at live concerts around Skandinavia. Ovation is currently working on there new album, which title is still being discussed and will be released in October, so watch this space!

Ovation are inspired and influenced by many things; not only other bands, but like all other artists individual life experiences which then has an impact on their music. The track ‘Katharina’s Song’ is a beautiful example of how Ovation perform one of the most commonly shared human experiences often expressed in the musical arena.

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Stian Saetermo and Producer Andreas Eide Larsen

Ovation as a collective have an eclectic choice of musical tastes. Here are some bands they like, but are not necessarily influenced by :Matchbox Twenty, Coldplay, The Jayhawkes, Bruce Springsteen,Keen, Muse, U2, Live, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Julian Casablancas, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Queen.

Ovation are all big fans of music, but beside music they also have alternative interests. Just as an example, Tony Andre Hansen is one of the worlds best showjumpers and has participated in several world cup and euro cup show jumping competitions.

Buzzin Media wish ‘Ovation’ all the success they deserve and hope lady fortune shines down on them all to reward their hard work and determination.  Watch this space for the release of their album in October!

Ovation on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/naits79

Buzzin Media on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/buzzin-media

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Marisela ‘She Confidential’ Debut Album Review

Marisela - She Confidential
Marisela - She ConfidentialMarisela - 'She Confidential' Debut Album

Buzzin Media are extremely excited to promote this incredible new artist Marisela and her Debut Album ‘She Confidential‘ which is due for release early 2011. We certainly like to keep our finger on the pulse for exciting and talented new artists and we feel confident to predict an amazing career ahead for this exceptional musician singer/songwriter from the Netherlands.

Marisela is a Latin rooted artist who at the age of 12 taught herself how to play the guitar to accompany her singing, which was one thing she was very happy she could do with such natural passion and feeling. After over 10 years fully committed to her music & artistic career, Marisela has now prepared her debut album “Marisela – ‘She Confidential’ to be released in early 2011, along with plans to prepare her first “SHE CONFIDENTIAL” Tour around Europe which we at Buzzin Media will keep you informed of dates and venues and will definitely be in amongst the crowds.

Marisela is most certainly a very versatile musician with soulful, rich and diverse vocals, outwardly expressing a passion for performing and delivering to her audience. Marisela’s style has been defined by merging different genres, from folk/acoustic sounds, to electronic, pop/rock and alternative.

Marisela successfully released her first video clip of her single “SHE CONFIDENTIAL”, in 2009 and now the world is ready to welcome another new emerging artist in her full bloom.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tbGvY7gq-E

I asked Marisela to describe her musical journey so far and her plans for the future.

Music is my Love, my Life, my  Freedom, my Passion and my Refuge. Music is the vial through which I want to experience life, as well as making the world a more harmonious place to live and share with others.”JOIN ME & LET’S ENJOY THE WONDERS OF MUSIC TOGETHER…”

Marisela
Marisela

I was recommended a listen to Marisela’s track ’19 Days’ on Soundcloud by a friend and was absolutely blown away by the power of Marisela’s emotive, soulful and passionate expression through her music.  The powerful emotions she expresses via her vocals, lyrics and music sent shivers down my spine, especially when listening to the magical track ‘Like A Child‘ which is exceptional in its beautiful vocals, lyrics, subtle violin and ends magnificently with Marisela’s stunning spanish guitar.

On listening to the album I felt an immense sense of  tranquility and consider this artist to have an abundance of heart and soul, as well as talent.  I was completely captivated and entranced by her music, which took my imagination to the most sensational places imaginable and would only expect from the power of film. Marisela has the power to captivate the listener with her music which is completely mesmerising and is without doubt food for the soul.

I can only describe this Debut Album ‘She Confidential’ as ‘Exquisite’ and Buzzin Media will be following Marisela’s career avidly.  We wish Marisela a very long and successful musical career and feel it well deserved as it is obvious the level of hard work, determination and passion Marisela has put into making her debut album.

Marisela – ‘She Confidential’- 19 Days

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Album Track List

1. She Confidential

2. Like A Child

3. I Love You

4. Some Kind O’ Magic

5. Just To Be With You

6. I’m No Angel (Ultra House Lounge Music)

7. 19 Days

8. I’ll Call You Back

9. I Carry On

You can hear all of Marisela’s Album from the link below:

http://soundcloud.com/mariselamusik/sets/she-confidential-mariselas-debut-album-demo-version

http://www.mariselamusik.com/

http://www.youtube.com/user/MariselaSuperstar

In The City 2010 – Manchester Picadilly- Unsigned Line Up

We are just days away from the excellent In The City festival in Manchester’s Picadilly and Northern quarter which takes place from October 13th to 15th, and the Unsigned line up has been revealed.

IN THE CITY UNSIGNED 2010 – LINE UP REVEALED!
Chosen from thousands of hopefuls by the In The City A&R panel, 30 bands have been picked as the latest in a long line of acts showcased during the event’s successful history. In The City Unsigned has been a significant stepping-stone in the careers of many of todays greatest artists including Radiohead, Smashing pumpkins, Chemical Brothers, The Verve an so many more.

The 30 bands selected to appear this year are:
2:54 – Sinister and moody shoegaze two-piece
Andrew Davie – understated singer-songwriter with a songbook of Autumnal tales
Beaty Heart – Lush, percussion-heavy art school hypnotics
Big Deal – Loose, summery pop, joining the dots between Mazzy Star and Tennis.
Brown Brogues – Six strings and two drums-worth of stomping, bluesy garage.
Catfish & The Bottlemen – Wide-eyed rock four-piece
Chad Valley – Jonquil frontman’s disco dreampop solo project
D/R/U/G/S – Soaring, post-dubstep anthemics from Manchester
Dead Models – 50s and 60s-indebted smoky songwriters.
Eagulls – Explosive, bloody-nosed slacker punk from Leeds
Fanzine – breezy, bright-eyed slacker pop from blog darlings
Films of Colour – Swooning, layered epic indie.
Fixers – Tom Tom Club-esque surf-dance quintet
Foreign Office – Infectious synth-flecked new wave
Frontiers – Midlands-based post-punk and shoegaze quartet
Labyrinth Ear – Much hyped boy/girl duo, new to the live circuit
Les Cadets – Latin and electronic-influenced indie-pop.
Milk Maid – Lo-fi grunge pop from Manchester
Misty Miller – Teenage ukulele player with an amazing voice
Monument Valley – London singer-songwriter, with echoes of Nick Drake.
Oberhofer – Much blogged youthful exuberance from New York.
Picture Book – Insistent, dancefloor-driven electro pop
Samuel Diamond – Brooding, Hyperdub-influenced lo-freq. electronica
Sissy & The Blisters – Primal, inventive krautrock from Egyptian Hip-Hop labelmates.
Slow Motion Shoes – Lamacq-approved fizzy neon pop
Smatka – Broad-brush, multi-faceted pop, from innocent to disturbing
Sophie-Rose – Florence and Mystery Jets-approved pop
The Car Is On Fire – Infectious and experimental Polish psychedelia.
The Kill Van Kulls – a four-piece dealing in gloriously harmonious synth-soaked pop
Thomas J Speight – Sweet and wistful folk-inflected songer-songwriter

FURTHER NEW ADDITIONS... Dutch Uncles, Flats, Tribes, ExLovers, Stricken City, The Neat, Youth, Vondelpark, Planet Earth, Egyptrixx, Advances In Mathematics, This Many Boyfriends, Ana Free, Nikki Garnett, Easter, From The Kites Of San Quentin, Holden, Rook and the Ravens, The Horn The Hunt, 1913, Berlin Berlin, Hey Zeus, The Hidden Revolution.

For further information visit the In The City website

Live & Unsigned Festival finalists The Novatones – Hamptons gig review

the novatones

The Live & Unsigned Festival takes place on July 10th at the Indig02 in London, promising an eclectic variety of music including indie, rock, pop, acoustic and urban flavours.

Being the largest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands and artists Live & Unsigned has attracted over 30,000 entries during the past three years and sets itself apart from previous competitions by offering and promoting live, original music and being open to all genres of music from Heavy Rock to Rap.

Among this years finalists are the winning band from the Southern England heat, The Novatones from Chandlers Ford , Southampton.

After initially auditioning against thousands of other acts across the UK and impressing the judging panel with their originality, The Novatones went on to perform live on stage at the Southern England Final on 30th May at the Portsmouth Guildhall in Portsmouth.

Dazzling the audience and judges alike, The Novatones won the chance to go into the Grand Final at the Indig02 in London where they will perform on the main stage in front of a live crowd and judging panel.

Some of the biggest names in the industry will be there to cast their eye over the unsigned talent including the legendary Noddy Holder, Urban DJ, Presenter and Radio 1’s Ras Kwame and RnB mega star Shola Ama.

The overall winner of Live & Unsigned stands to take home a package including equipment, coverage and promotion. They will also be offered a recording and management contract with Future Music to release their single and they will get the opportunity to develop their own clothing brand to sell online and in retail with Extreme State.

We were invited to see The Novatones performing at Hamptons in Southampton last week, a bad choice of venue it would appear that did not do justice to The Novatones or any of the other bands playing on the night.

Our reviewer Pete Rouse writes;

Though I found the set slightly brief, around 30 minutes, I found their sound very strong and generally very enjoyable. However I was disappointed with the venue, as I don’t believe that the size of the place was able to handle or carry their sound to its full potential.

On a bigger, more thought out venue, this band would certainly be worthy of watching, purely for the fact that each member of the band looked as though they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

At times I found that I was listening to something I had heard before and not overly unique, however this isn’t to say that I wouldn’t listen to them again. Their avid followers would certainly disagree with me I’m sure, though I still believe the venue was partly to blame.

However as a band which has now reached the finals of Live and Unsigned at the O2 Arena this summer, I may well have missed something key at this performance. Though something I didn’t miss was a fantastic cover of The Who.

I believe that this review hasn’t done this band the justice they deserve, much like the venue, and following a conversation with the guys after their set, they will be playing at regular spots, The Brook and The Joiners over the next coming months – venues which I know will do them justice, and also an opportunity I hope to re-write something which gives them the credit they have proved they deserve – I mean come on, any band who can write a song about a failed bank robbery is worthy of a second watch if for nothing else but to hear “Don’t Rob Banks” again.

For further information visit The Novatones on My Space or Facebook

Click on the link for Live & Unsigned info

Fantastic competition to record b-side on Frank Turner’s next single

Frank Turner releases the fourth single from his Top 40 album Poetry of the Deed on August 2nd, the track Try This At Home, is a raucous call to arms. Embodying the true spirit of punk rock – it is all about the DIY ethos that drives the punk scene and encourages anyone and everyone to pick up a guitar, jot down some words, and just give it go.

With this spirit in mind, Frank Turner is offering the chance for a new, unsigned act to record a B side for the single.

In a fantastic, one-off competition Frank, together with labels Xtra Mile Recordings (UK) and Epitaph Records (rest of the world) is asking for new and original music to be sent to him for consideration for the b-side. There will be two winners chosen by Frank together with Kerrang! in the UK and Alternative Press in the USA – with both winning tracks included as the B-Sides of a limited edition coloured vinyl – 1000 copies each for the UK and the rest of the world.

For more information and details of how to enter the competition go to:
www.xtramilerecordings.com or www.epitaph.com/demolition

Having just completed his first ever tour of Australia and China, Frank Turner returns to play a staggering array of festivals over the summer months including headlining Wood and 2000trees, main stage performance at Latitude, two sets at Glastonbury and the NME/Radio1 Stage at Reading and Leeds. And that’s not to mention being invited by Green Day to play at their Manchester and Wembley Stadium shows in June. Incredible. All tour dates are as follows:

MAY
23 Wood Festival, Oxfordshire
27 Club Kerrang at Birmingham Academy, Birmingham (solo show)
28 Mandela Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Tickets)
29 Academy 2, Dublin, Eire
30 Cypress Avenue, Cork, Eire
JUNE
4 Sublime, Tel Aviv, Israel
6 Syncopa, Haifa, Israel
10 Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, TN, USA
16 Manchester Cricket Ground, Manchester (with Green Day)
18 Hurricane Festival, Germany
19 Wembley Stadium, (with Green Day)
20 Southside Festival, Germany
25 Glastonbury Festival
26 Glastonbury Festival
JULY
11 T In The Park Festival
15 Larmer Tree Festival, Salisbury
16 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
17 Latitude Festival
22 Calgary Folk Festival, Canada
AUGUST
1 Osheaga Festival, Montreal, Canada
2 The Webster Underground, Hartford, CT, USA
3 Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY, USA
4 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, USA
5 Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ, USA (supporting The Gaslight Anthem)
6 Mohawk Place, Buffalo, NY, USA
7 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI, USA
8 Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL, USA 20 Highfield Festival, Germany
21 Area 4 Festival, Germany
22 Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, SZ
27 Leeds Festival (NME/Radio 1 Stage)
28 Reading Festival (NME/Radio 1 stage)
DECEMBER
12th O2 Academy Brixton, London