We Spoke To Farewell In Vegas About Their Latest EP ‘Serenades’

If you’re a Post-Hardcore fan and you haven’t already heard of Farewell In Vegas then you’re missing out on one of the top EP’s in your favourite genre this year.

Farewell In Vegas are a French Post-Hardcore outfit consisting of Jia Dabright (vocals), Theo Brasseur (Bass-Guitar), Francois Blanckaert and Arnaud Lefebvre (Drums).

Their latest EP  “セレナーデ (Serenades)” dropped last month and it’s something you need on your latest playlist. They exude confidence throughout the entire EP, each track is sincere and comes straight from the heart. There seems to be a track on this album for every fan of the rock genres, Their blend of Post-Hardcore, abrasive nu-metal and metalcore is all our favourite elements thrown into one. If you’re looking for nice face-melting licks, they’re here. If you’re looking for something to bang your head to, its on this record, if you’re looking for emotion and melody, you guessed it, its on this EP. Its a fantastic listen from start to finish and I highly recommend checking it out.

I caught up with the guys in the following interview.

Q: The new EP is extremely emotional in the most beautifully aggressive way. Is there a deep meaning behind this release, if so, can you tell us more about it?

(Jia) We formerly were in a metal band, so I guess there still be a little bit of “metal music” in this record. Anyway, we simply made something we like and that we’d like to play in concerts when we composed it. For the lyrics, it’s a bit different. Even in my former project, I always talked about love in different forms. Falling in love, falling apart… You know it’s not always that easy for everyone (us included) so I wanted to talk about love, because when it comes to compose it’s all about what I feel like expressing. Love is the most important thing in this world, this is what could save us all.

(Théo) Our music is a translation of our feelings.

Q: Your track “Bulma” seems to have grabbed a lot of attention over YouTube and social media, how much does this mean to you?

(Jia) A lot! Because Bulma is by far our favourite one! So I guess everyone in the band is happy that it got that much of attention. Moreover, we filmed a music video for it so… It’s perfect!

(Théo) Bulma is our favourite song on this EP. We really wanted to make something great about the music video and we expected a big attention on it. Thank you all!

Q: Where do you want to take this band? Where do Farewell in Vegas aspire to be in the next few years?

(Jia) In the next few years? Playing on the biggest stages on earth. Nothing more, nothing less. Partying all over the world with people in concert…

(Theo) On the Top Charts! (ahahah)

Travel the world and share our music, our uiverse. That’s all we want.

(Arnaud) We have ambition for this project, we want to go as far as possible

Q: Which track off the upcoming EP means the most to you guys, which song should we get most excited about hearing?

(Jia) Each song from this EP has its own atmosphere so, just find the one which talks to you the most!

(Théo) Bulma is my favourite track on this EP, maybe the vibes, each song has its athmosphere, Jia said it !

Q: What have Farewell in Vegas learned from making this record?

(Jia) As a musician, I found the perfect bandmates. I mean, people that I can hang with, play music and talking during hours. It’s really important for me to feel free to be who I am in a band and be able to express myself the way I want to do it. In the beginning, Theo and I, had difficulty in finding members, but now, I guess we’re all set and that’s the more important according to me.

Review and Interview by Liam Stirzaker

We Spoke To The Faceplants About Their New Single ‘Who I Am Inside’

Vancouver based rock band The Faceplants latest single ‘Who I Am Inside’ is today’s Track Of The Day. This huge, powerful anthem demands attention right from the get go. The emotional yet assertive sound really made our ears prick up over here at NoiseFlash. 

It’s a track that you simply can’t let slip through your fingers in 2017. I spoke to the guys about their latest single. You can watch the official music video underneath!

I remember the first time Daniel played “Who I Am Inside” for me on the guitar. It was a big turning point for our band and it was the first song that everyone in the band was super drawn to lyrically. 

Who I Am Inside talks about being honest with who you are and realizing that sometimes things aren’t always okay. Everyday people struggle with themselves internally and try to hide it. This was a record about coming clean and saying “Hey, everything isn’t always great or perfect ,but thats life”. 
Just like 90 percent of our songs we always start off with a really detailed demo. We’re a super hands on band that really likes to be as creative as we can with our songs & production. 
As soon as the demo’s done and everyone has put their two cents into the song, thats when we show our producer “Ben Kaplan” the track and started recording the final version. We use the demo as a template then pretty much start replacing the stuff that we want to change. 
We got some really exciting things coming up including a new single, new merch line and dropping a record early next year. Next year is set to be the busiest year for the band and were going to be on the road and play as many shows as we can! Make sure to check us out at http://www.thefaceplants.com and follow us on twitter, Instagram and Facebook everything is @thefaceplants 
Thanks Noise Flash for having us as the “Track Of The Day” !!

I Talked To Thieves and Lovers About Their New Single ‘The Long Goodnight’

If it’s one of those lazy summer days where you need that perfect chilled track to help you unwind, Thieves and Lovers’ latest single ‘The Long Goodnight’ is the perfect choice. With flowing guitars and dreamy soundscape, it’s sleek, attractive and very pleasing on the ears. The thing that really gets me is the warm and gentle beauty of Stoner’s vocals, they really attached me to this track.

There are some clear influences on this track like Jimmy Eat World and Foo Fighters but hearing these influences woven in takes nothing away from the originality of ‘The Long Goodnight’. If you are a fan of any of these two bands you’ll love Thieves and Lovers, Just like we do at Noiseflashmusic. Check out the single below.

I caught up with Brandon Stoner (Guitar/Vocals) from the band in the following interview.

Q. Your new single ‘The Long Goodnight’ is out now, what inspired this song?

A. The song is about having to accept where life takes you. I (Stoner) was living in LA for almost a decade and the bottom just dropped out. I didn’t want to leave, but I also knew I had no choice. It was definitely written from a jaded point-of-view.

Q. How have your shows been going lately? What’s the one band/artist you dream of touring with? 

A. Shows have been really great! They keep getting better. We’re lucky to be based out of a city that is really supportive of the arts (Pittsburgh, PA). We would love to tour with the Gaslight Anthem. We’re all huge fans of their music and songwriting.

 
Q. If you could listen to only one album for the rest of your days, which would that be? 

A. That’s a loaded question! There are so many, and my answer could change almost by the hour haha. Right now I would have to say Chase This Light by Jimmy Eat World.

 
Q. What’s next for Thieves & Lovers and where do you hope to be in the next few years? 

We are playing shows pretty frequently and working on recordings. We would love to be on the road pretty much full time in the next few years, as well as release a full length album. Time will tell!
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Interview and Feature by Liam Stirzaker.

 

Hightower – Track Review & Interview

Parisian punk rock band Hightower is made up of Atilla(Vocals), Alexis(Bass), Benjamin(Guitar), Jérémie(Guitar) and Romain(Drums). Their latest releases ‘The Party’ and ‘Tournesol’ have filled me with great excitement for the release of their new album ‘Club Dragon’ (Released September). After their debut album Sure.Fine.Whatever (Released 2014) was a great success they returned to the studio with Steve Evetts (Real Friends, Sick Of It All, Kid Dynamite, Lifetime) who also recorded and produced their debut.

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So these first two tracks to be released off the upcoming album have left a lot of promise that Club Dragon could be a real contender for one of the top albums of 2017. The Party perfectly shows off exactly what Hightower are all about. Its Punk Rock with that awesome emotionally-driven emo edge that gives off those reminiscent feelings of some old Taking Back Sunday tracks. Check it out below!

 

The second song released from upcoming album Club Dragon is Tournesol another track that highlights Hightower’s abilities to write amazing Punk tracks. This one is a bit more high tempo and beautifully thrashy in that perfect way Punk music should be. It has everything I love in a song, top notch vocals, those catchy hooks, a beautiful breakdown and I can’t help but admire the awesome drum work on this track. check it out below.

 

Club Dragon will be released in September through KROD Records, JOE COOL Records & FAR CHANNEL Records.

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I caught up with the Hightower guys in the following interview.

Q: What Genre of rock would you guys place your music into? And who are your biggest influences?

A: I would say punk rock but for sure, Attila would say we’re a pop/punk band. Biggest influences for Hightower would be bands such as Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Osker, Crackout, Hell Is For Heroes.

 Q: How long have you guys been making music together? Tell us about your song writing process.

 A: First rehearsal was in 2012 and first album came out in late 2014. The song writing process is simple; Jeremie is the music headmaster. He usually comes to the practice with riff and structure then we re work the structure and it’s done. Benjamin brought one song on this album.

 

Q: We’re totally in love with ‘The Party’ and ‘Tournesol’ over here at noiseflashmusic, Tell us more about your upcoming album ‘Club Dragon’.

 A: Thank you for the kind words guys ! For sure “Club Dragon” has fast classic punk rock songs but also contains some 2000’s era elements and yes, we wrote a “slow rock” song ! This record is also produced, recorded and mixed by Steve Evetts in Los Angeles.

 Q: How has your music changed/evolved since you started making music together?

 A: I think the main change in our music is the voice since Attila joined the band. We’re way more melodic now.

 Q:What’s the ultimate direction for Hightower? Where would you like to see yourselves in the next few years ?

 A: We’ll still be there writing songs, music is our passion !

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Written by Liam Stirzaker

 

 

 

Bare Teeth – First The Town, Then The World

 

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After their demo did so well French Punk Rockers ‘Bare Teeth’ have gone all out on their latest release ‘First The Town, Then The World’. Made up of 7 fast paced infectious tracks, and one gripping acoustic performance, this Contagious new EP will be appreciated by even the hardest Punk Rock fans!

Check out ‘Parted Ways’ off the ‘First The Town, Then The World’ Below.

This being my first exposure to ‘Bare Teeth’ the quality of the EP and every track had me really surprised. With stand out passionate vocals, energetic thrashy punk versus, melodic guitars and thumping drums this EP has a universal appeal that has the power to resonate with anyone.

This EP is full of tight tracks, solid songs that can only mean a great future for ‘Bare Teeth’. Its provides enjoyable listening from start to finish. You definitely need to check it out. All links to social media are at the bottom of this page, give these guys a follow or a like and listen to their music, they rock!

I caught up with Greg (Guitar/Vocals), Titouan (Guitar/Backing Vocals), Jerome (Drums) and Tom (Bass/Backing Vocals) in my latest interview!

 

Q : For anyone who isn’t familiar with Bare Teeth how would you describe your sound?

A: Well, basically, we are a punk/rock band but we don’t like to put labels on our music. We sometimes make fun about this and say we are a thrash/pop band. That said, we try to put many influences in our music, from pop melodies to hardcore or metal-influenced guitar riffs, as well as 90’s punk/rock.

 

Q: Who are your influences, and which bands are you digging right now?

A: We all grew up listening to 90’s punk/rock stuff, so there are some big fans of NOFX, Lagwagon, Strung Out or Blink 182 in the band. We also love bands like A Wilhelm Scream and Propagandhi, that put the kind of music they play to a way higher level.

Each band member listens to very different stuff : hip hop, electro, rocksteady, metal, … I can’t tell which bands my bandmates are digging now, but I am now listening to the last 7Years (Italy) and waterweed (Japan) albums. These guys are really good !

 

Q: Tell us a brief history of your band.

A: Back in September 2014, Titouan (guitar/vocals) came to Lille for his studies and he only knew one guy, who was a friend. He gave Titouan my phone number, we met and we started to play together. JayJay, my former bass played in Icons Down! eventually joined and after several drummer issues, Jérôme joined too. He was also about to join Icons Down!, but we disbanded before he could play any show with this band.

We played a bunch of gigs, and JayJay left the band in March 2016. Tom eventually joined on September 2016. Soon after, we played some more local shows and we did some short tours across Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. Touring and playing shows is very important to us.

 

Q: Tell us more about the awesome new release ‘First the town, Then the world’

A: Almost all the songs were already written before Bare Teeth was born, but it took quite a long time to improve them. We started the recordings in March 2016 but we got the final masters one year later. We had several schedule issues and, as our record was mixed by Trevor Reilly of A Wilhelm Scream, we also had deal with Trevor’s touring schedule.

As Titouan and Tom also write songs on their side, our next record should be a bit different.

 

Q:  So, What’s next for Bare Teeth?

A: Touring and play as many shows as possible. We are really proud of what we’ve done so far, but we want to push the band always further. We will tour in the UK in July, and Europe in November. Best things to come, haha !

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Grumble Bee Interview – ‘Music was the one thing I always felt naturally interested in, whatever my mood’

Here at Noise Flash Music we are in love with the music that British Alternative solo project Grumble Bee is gracing the world with, the power and beauty that hits you during listening to a Grumble Bee track is something rare.

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The solo project is that of Jack Bennett, releasing the EP, ‘Disconnect’ in 2016, Produced by Kris Crummett and all instrumentation, writing and performing by Jack (Impressive right?) . These breath-taking 5 tracks were all it took for me to fall head over heels. It’s an emotionally driven and intoxicating listen and one that should not be missed by anyone.

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So far Grumble Bee has released three tracks in 2017 (‘Red’, ‘Heron(Piano Version)’ and ‘Bravest Soul) and has told me that there will be more to come very soon. With some big shows coming up around the UK and his performances promising to be filled with energy this artist is a definite must see.

Grumble Bee gives us the best of both worlds, He can hit it hard and full of energy with the best of them but he can also slow it down and make it beautiful and soothing in those stripped back piano versions. If you like it soulful yet tranquil, if you like it addictive and catchy, Grumble Bee has it all. From ballads to hard hitters he’ll knock you off your feet. If you haven’t checked it out yet please do, you will thank me for the recommendation I can promise you that.

It was an honour to catch up with one of my favourite artists around in the following interview.

Q:What brought you into the music world? Has it always been your ambition?
A: My parents gave me the opportunity from a young age, to try out a bunch of different instruments, and I guess I just found a passion for it since really early on. I’ve had the chance to do a bunch of different things too, but music was the one thing I always felt naturally interested in, whatever my mood.
 
Q: Tell us more about your latest single ‘Bravest Soul’
A: This song is one of the more, “straight to the point” type of songs, which I don’t massively tend to do! ‘Bravest Soul’ is pretty much about a break-up in a relationship, and it was really easy to write – in fact I probably wrote the majority of the verse/chorus & all of the lyrics in the same night because of the situation I was in! Sometimes songs come about that way, built off a passion for something, but a lot of the time for me personally – songs are based around what I think are interesting melodies/rhythms.
Q: What would you say is your favourite song to perform for your fans?
A: Recently it’s been ‘Francium’, (Piano Version) at some of my acoustic shows, it just really started to get ridiculous – to the point where I’d stop singing and just listen to them singing bits. It’s unreal!
Q: Who’s Grumble Bee listening to right now?
A: Right now, I’ve been over-playing “Stuck in my throat” by Reuben, some new tracks from Allen Stone & some City & Colour for acoustic guitar references, while I’m working on my acoustic recordings.
Q: After touring with some great bands (Emarosa just to name one!) and playing some awesome festivals, What would you say has been the highlight of your music career so far?
A: I’ve had a great opportunity to play alongside some of my favourite bands, both full band & acoustically – but over the last year, the big change that’s probably struck me the most, is the fact that people seem to be able sing back a bunch of my songs live now. It started most noticeably at 2000 Trees festival last year, when I started to realise a bunch of people were into the songs so much they’d sing back every word. I can just remember looking at people to see what they were singing, because I have a tendency to just sing slightly different melodies and vocal phrasing live – which I personally love – but it was crazy trying to keep exactly to the original vocals, after watching people sing along ha!#
Q: What’s next for Grumble Bee? How long until we hear more?
A: I’m working on releasing another acoustic version of an older song in the next few weeks or so, completely different to the original – and then follow that up with a new full band track a few weeks after that.
I’m opening 2000 Trees Festival in 4 weeks time and I’m doing my first acoustic headline show at St Pancras Old Church in London on 27th July – with about 5 tickets left today I believe, so I’m really looking forward to that, and then immediately after it’s Y Not Festival & Fat Lip in Bristol. The plan is to release a double-vinyl this year, with full band tracks on one side and acoustic on the other side – with the intention of releasing my debut album later next year.
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An Interview With Whale Bones

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Hailing from Bloomington, Indiana Alternative Indie band Whale Bones throw together influences from Post-Hardcore and Alternative Prog Rock music and stamp their own high powered and unique spin on it.

 

Their debut release ‘The Seaside EP’ was released back in 2015. This haunting and endearingly honest 5 track EP was inspired by an adventure to the coast of Florida, exploring a journey of self regret and eventual forgiveness. Track one ‘Current’ eases us in perfectly and every second of this track progresses in a rippling build up readying us for the powerful wave of crushing beauty that is about to engulf us in track two ‘Hiding From The Sea’. This track is a real highlight from ‘The Seaside EP’ throwing about light and shade it really sets a scene and perfectly depicts the peaceful yet gigantic aggression of the ocean. My personal favourite off the EP is track four ‘Exhausted Forgiveness’  with crushing guitars, strong lead vocals and a hard hitting, emotional chorus that really does hit you right in them feels!

‘The Seaside EP’ displays the inventiveness and intelligence of ‘Whale Bones’ these guys know exactly how to write a song. Its honest, its open and its simply a magnificent listen. I caught up with Nathan from the band to see what we could expect next from this exciting prospect.

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Q: So how did you guys meet?

A: I met Paul when I was a freshman in college. We found out that we had really similar taste in music, so we started playing songs together on the streets for some chump change. we really clicked as far as our performance and also our ideals. It was really special, because I didn’t have anyone else I really felt comfortable playing with at the time. I’ve never been able to play drums, so it was cool to have someone who could play and knew what I was going for.

Q: How was your March 2017 tour?

A: The March tour was awesome! we did a shirt run down to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest. It was fun getting to play some new states, and also to catch up with some old friends. I was really happy with our performances, and we got to record a really cool session with our friends at Playlistplay. We introduced a new song on tour and people seemed to really like it, so I’m excited to work on finishing the new record and getting it out to everyone.

Q: What gives you inspiration to write, and who are your biggest influences?

A: I’m inspired by creative people. It’s always exciting to me seeing someone who’s so into their craft and really understands their vision. Everyone from visual artists, directors, writers and musicians. They all have something special to bring to the table. I love seeing their style and understanding what makes them tick, that drives me to further my own vision and motivates me to stay productive. People like Daniel Davison, Terrence Malick, Lars Von Trier, and Brit Marling are creatively really inspiring. As far as music goes , Underoath, As Cities Burn, From Indian Lakes, Now Now, Copeland and plenty more play a part in where I draw influence. I’m always open to new ideas and new methods of creativity. Its just amazing that people are able to make things.

Q: What’s next for Whale Bones and when can we expect a new record from you guys?

A: Up next is recording the new album! I recently finished writing and demoing everything, and now its time to start the final drafts. I’m recording the album myself, so I have to get my studio set up for this project specifically. I will be tracking most everything myself (Except drums of course), which will take a while In between work and other obligations. After that, i’ll be mixing everything to make sure it sounds exactly how I want. There are no plans for a release date yet, but I hope to have everything done before the end of this year.

You can find out more about Whale Bones at the following sites:

Website : https://whalebonesband.bandcamp.com/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/WhaleBonesMusic

Twitter : https://twitter.com/WhaleBonesBand

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/whalebones/

Hiding From The Sea Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnkkS0PQ3-E