Foxboro Hot Tubs

Ok, so before anyone mentions that this band is in fact, Green Day and so is not a new band or even an unsigned band, I know this. But, after reading up about Green day’s side project I felt it needed a mention on here, as the internet and namely Myspace has had a big influence with promoting this project!

The page for the Foxboro Hot Tubs was started supposedly in Oct 2007. This means that this page was practically empty for two months before “Foxboro Hot tubs” added an E.P of six songs onto the site which were also free to download.

The story is, that as soon as these were added, a page with few fans became huge amongst the myspace population within a matter of hours. Then later on another six songs were added to make the E.P, a full length album.

During this time, bloggers were unravelling the clues which Greenday left to identify the Foxbororo’s. This new project is completely different to Green day’s usual genre of pop rock. This has been described as a mixture of; early kinks, early Iggy and early Smiths thus the genre would be more traditional 60s pop.

The role of the Internet in this case was very important. This was the way Green Day decided to release their new songs and with the help of bloggers and other people on myspace word spread quickly about these songs and they became an instant hit, even making it onto the infamous radio station, KROQ as one of the most requested songs.

This side project of Green day’s highlights what I have been discovering which is just how important a role the internet plays in promoting unheard music and making it heard. It would have been unlikely that The Foxboro Hot tubs would have been as much of an instant success had it not been for MySpace and the effect of bloggers and Myspace users! 

 

To find out more on the Green Day side project phenomenon go to their myspace by clicking here

The MFV

 

This band is actually one that I have known for quite a long time, having gone to school with three of them. MFV (aka The Modern Fighting Vehicles) have been performing at small gigs for quite some time now but as of yet they are not signed, although they did get a promotion deal.

The band is made up of four guys: James Knaggs, Mo Bogarde, Max Hayes  and Jake Stephens. I have seen them perform quite a few times and each time they have apeared to be on top form. They have played up and down the UK from Edinburgh to an upcoming gig in Newquay in the summer! Their sound has similarities to the White Stripes amd Muse but use electric guitars and a synthesiser to make the sound their own! I asked the drummer how trhey thought of the name, “Modern Fighting Vehicles” and he asnwered;

“Our name comes from a book, Jake (bassist) was brianstorming band names and it fell off a shelf and twatted him in the eye.

If you want to find out more about the MFV you can view their Myspace here or you can go and watch them at one of their gigs this summmer including on 23rd May when they are headlining at the Joiners Arms in Southampton!

Check them out!

Review of New Music!

As I have written quite a few posts already on new music I thought I would reflect on how the blog is going and what effect it has had on my awareness of different genres.

Overall, it has been a reasonably easy task to find new music which is not mainstream. This is due to sites such as MySpace and Imgifted which are both easy to access and offers a wide range of genres to listen to.

But, this hasn’t only been a general experiment but also became a personal discovery. The main genre I tend to listen to is pop, and in particular indie pop, for example; The Hoosiers and Scouting for girls.

However, this blog has made me look and listen to different genres and I have discovered songs and bands which I would not directly go out of my way to listen to normally, but found I enjoyed listening to.

Two such genres that have come to my attention, that I realise I enjoy listening to are Jazz and Easy Listening. However, on the whole, most of the bands and singers I have listened to I have enjoyed, and not because I purposely chose them.

The reason is, that the majority of the bands/artists are ones that I chose randomly or got recommended from different friends with different music tastes to me! Thus, this experiment has opened my eyes to new genres and extended my knowledge on music. As well as this it has made me realise just how much new music there is out there to be discovered by not only me and the general public but also by the music industry.

The site I found since I started this blog, was imgifted.com. This site has been very helpful in helping me discover unsigned bands and artists and is very easy to use due to the site being split into genres, and then displaying the singers. Even when (and if) I stop this blog I feel I would continue to look on this site if I was bored and wanted to find someone new to listen to!

 

Overall, the amount of new music there is to discover on the net is astounding and I recommend people randomly searching new music as you never know what you may find!

Black Bart

This is actually a band which was reccomended to me by my brother. They are based in Bournemouth and since they first performed in 2004 they have played at many venues. 

One of the things that attracted me to writing a review on this band, after hearing their music, is their use of mixing genres to create a unique hybrid.  The main genre which comes through in their music is country. However, the use of electric guitars and a rougher voice to the usual country singer, adds a rock element to their songs.

The song which particularly attracted my attention is “Good Hearted Woman”. The main melody line is very country style yet the addition of electric guitars rather than acoustic guitar makes the genre more hybrid as mentioned above.  This song is very upbeat and its main theme of love is continued throughout the song.

 

Check them out here or on the band’s site here

Royal Males

 

 This band is yet another recommendation from a different friend of mine. I found out more about this band on myspace and facebook thus I found a different new music location (facebook).                                                              If you are into the likes of the Jam and The Libertines then you will really like this band. Based in Taunton they formed back in 2006 and although they class themselves as punk/indie/alternative, their sound has a distinct similarity to 80s mod music which could be due to bands such as; “The specials” and “The Clash”, whom they mention on their page as being influences of theirs. As well as this, their band logo is also similar to a symbol which became associated with the mods (see picture below).

 

 

 Check out these guys either at their Myspace here or their Facebook by clicking here

Black Kids

In a previous post I mentioned I would stick with British  bands for now, but, after looking at several new bands emerging into the industry, I realised that America is having a huge impact over here. So here is the first American band I am reviewing!

I first heard this band at a Kate Nash concert which I went to in March. They were the support act and they were actually quite good! The band is made up of: Continue reading “Black Kids”

Liz Cass

I got such a good result with Unclecon that I thought I would search within a different genre on www.imgifted.com. I am really enjoying this site as I can access all sorts of new unsigned music whom could make it big in the future but are at the moment are unknown by many!

I heard this singer and instantly took a liking to her. The first song of hers I listened to; “enough” is classed a R & B which is different from her usual genre which is Jazz,but is still really good. Whilst listening to the majority of her jazz songs she reminded me of Continue reading “Liz Cass”

Milqud

This time I thought I would take the advice of a friend and look up one of her local bands. 

Milqud is made up of three guys from Bury St Edmonds, and if you imagine a cross between Green day and Panic! at the disco you will have an idea what these guys sound like! Although they are currently unsigned they seem to be making a name for themselves Continue reading “Milqud”

Unclecon

This time I thought I would find new music from a different source on the internet. So, I typed in “Undiscovered Music” into google and the first site that came up is imgifted.com which is a site where unsigned bands and singers promote themselves and their music. The genre I chose to review is easy listening, a change from the previous pop singer I reviewed.

The first easy listening singer I found was a guy who calls himself Unclecon. He is from Glasgow and at the moment only tours pubs and venues around Glasgow. The songs which are featured on the site are acoustic and the sound quality isn’t great but it is good enough to show the quality of his voice and the slight scottish accent he uses whilst singing which adds more life to the songs and adds to the personal level which these songs are!

Check him out and decide what you think of him by clicking here