New Track: Dig Me Out – A Fragile Tomorrow

A FRAGILE TOMORROW have unleashed their new brand new single ‘Dig Me Out, their first release in nearly three years and the first to feature new drummer Josh Kean as well as former drummer Dominic Kelly in his new role as keyboardist.

Featuring rhythmic kinks of guitar riffs, which gives off a real satisfying soulful affair, the four-minute smasher  – mixed by veteran producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M.) – follows their 2015 album ‘Make Me Over’, which features contributions from Joan Baez, Indigo Girls, and Mark Hart of Crowded House.

Before recruiting Bassist Shaun Rhodes, A FRAGILE TOMORROW started out as a family affair, consisting of brothers Sean (vocalist/guitarist/primary songwriter), Dominic (/drummer/vocalist) and guitarist Brendan Kelly.

‘Dig Me Out’ marks the departure of the band’s experimental trademark, shifting to a more rhythmic-centre sound. I think I’ve found a real diamond here and I think you guys will love it…check them out below:

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Interview with Alex Bent + The Emptiness

NEW LEASE MUSIC has been chilling out with Canadian singer/songwriter/producer ALEX BENT, who released his latest EP ‘Vanilla Blue’. I found out about the progress of the seven-track production since its release…and the inspiration behind that sweet, sweet crazy (I mean that respectfully!) sound featured in the album. So are you ready to go? Good…happy reading!

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How’s life treating you?

AB: Life is going alright. Thank you.

NLM: You released your EP, Vanilla Blue back in May. What the story behind the release?

AB: I’ve been working on it for a few years now. It means a lot to me and I’m happy it is continuing to age well as I come back to it. I’ve never been this proud of a project before.

NLM: What’s the public’s perception of the EP so far?

AB: People seem to be liking it. It’s my hope that people feel an emotional connection to these songs.

NLM: What’s your favourite single from the EP and why?

AB: “52” is my favorite. I was able to tap into a feeling I’ve been searching for as long as I’ve been writing songs.

NLM: What was your inspiration for writing the album?

AB: I was inspired by life and what I was seeing as well as what I wish I was seeing. It’s a perfect snapshot of where I’m at in my life right now.

NLM: What’s your inspiration for creating such a unique sound?

AB: I’ve been playing in bands since I was 12. I’ve gone through phases of listening to everything. I think I was able to find a sound that really captured all of my influences while still sounding true to myself.

NLM: So how would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard your songs?

AB: Alternative Pop Rock or something like that

NLM: If you had the chance to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist on your EP, who would it be?

AB: Phil Collins

NLM: Besides the release of your EP, what are your plans for the rest of 2018?

AB: I’m going through a lot of life changes right now. It’s my hope to play some more shows at the end of the summer. I’m also very early into the process of starting the next album.

NLM: Finally, how can potential fans make contact with you?

AB: You can find me on social media. Send me a message. I’m looking to make some new friends!!

Twitter: @alexandertbent
Instagram: @alexanderbent
Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamtheemptiness
Websites: www.iamtheemptiness.com ; www.vanillablue.ca

Vanilla Blue is available all major download/streaming sites

Song of the Day: I Hate To See You This Way – Van Bellman

If you’re a fan of real gritty rock music with a kick of funk, well Zac Taylor – aka –  VAN BELLMAN‘s first single, ‘I Hate To See You This Way’ may well be your new favourite.

The theme of ‘I Hate To See You This Way’ focuses on the pain of watching someone you love go down a dark road, witnessing them self-destruct. “It means a lot to me as both a lyrical and sonic story,” said Taylor, who also produced the track at the legendary Mission Sound Studios in Brooklyn. With influences from Kurt Cobain to Jeff Buckley,  Taylor’s offering possesses the accusatory growl of the chorus which instantly pulls you into the sensitive moments in between the roars.

The Brooklyn-based musician, who once played the guitar with multi-platinum band American Authors, is shaping to be a respected collaborator and songwriter in the NYC music scene.
So sure to look out for VAN BELLMAN as he comes at you with boisterous tunes with hard-hitting lyrics one by one….

Check him out below:

New Music Video: Feel – Yukon Era

Hailing from Auckland NZ, four-piece post-punk outfit YUKON ERA  unveiled the video for their recently released single ‘Feel’.

“Feel is a song that touches on personal issues within my life,” explains vocalist Christian Dimick about the fast-paced but sharp number, “feeling absent from others as well as myself, along with feeling crushed by the weight of people’s expectations of me.”

The striking visuals directed by up and coming directors and photographer Taylor Mansfield and DOP Jake Munro are a visual representation of what happens when you keep things bottled up, and in the band’s own words: “the lead character tries to get involved in social situations, while his inner demons continue to eat away at him.”

Carving out a name for themselves within the local and international post-punk music scenes as the youngest band to perform at Australia’s most iconic festival St Jerome’s Laneway, as well as creating the Auckland’s coolest all-ages festival AGEOLD, the boys have extensively toured NZ as headliners, as well as notching up opening slots for big international acts including Mac Demarco, Japandroids, Viet Cong and METZ. Having recently completed a 15 date NZ/AUS tour, selling out four shows in NZ in support of their latest single ‘Tongue’, which reached number three on the NZ Alternative charts, while their first two EPs garnered attention and praised from the likes of Noisey, Tone Deaf, Impose Magazine, Sniffers, and TheWireless.

Making their mark on the international music scene, with recent performances including this year’s Great Escape festival, YUKON ERA are aiming high, with the release of the striking visuals for ‘Feel’, and their upcoming debut album slot for Autumn 2018, it’s clear that the young band is set to make their mark on the international music scene…

Watch the video for ‘Feel’

Song Premiere: Dahlia – Billow Cloud

Billy Lash – aka – BILLOW CLOUD premieres his infectiously hazy springtime single, ‘Dahlia’, released today across all download sites. The dream-pop melody-maker is all geared up for a release show of the single on the 19th of May at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell, London.

Produced by Guy Fixsen (Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, Wyldest), ‘Dahlia’ is described as ‘the soundtrack to a belated spring: when the scales of winter have fallen from your eyes and the excitement of the new season brings a fresh perspective.’

‘Dahlia’ follows the South Londoner’s debut single ‘Smokestack City’, which received airplay on Amazing Radio where DJ Shell Zenner called it ‘a gorgeous, dreamy number’.

Be the first to hear the stunning ‘Dahlia’…