Welcome Back Sailors released Tourismo on November 24, 2014, and received great critics for it. Since then our Sailors have been busy performing, but friends Dj Rocca, Go Dugong, Casa Del Mirto, and Giusto, put their hands on some of the tracks to give their own personal spin on them. The result is this perfect-for-the-summer Remix Ep, available now on vinyl and digital.
The whole concert was recorded and filmed on February 18th at Magnolia, in Milan – Italy, and the extract above is the exquisite rendition of “Hideway”.
“Earthstrings” went on stage again a few months later in Pesaro, on the beautiful scenery of Teatro Rossini and now, on Thursday July 16th, Be Forest will join once more the string quartet for what is going to be another unforgettable event in the cloister of Vicolo Bolognetti in Bologna, Italy.
We’ll be there, and so should you!
With perfect timing for a Monday in July, Skelets On Me release today their new single Sailors. Premiered by Impose Magazine, you can click above to listen and download the song (for free!), plus you should check out the following interview that Sjimon Gompers from Impose did with Valentina Giani, voice and guitar for Skelets On Me. Enjoy!
Impose – How did the three of you band together, as a project that first began in your living room? Describe for us the story behind the name Skelets On Me.
Skelets – Me and Francesco (Candura) were already living together when I had started to write my first songs. He asked if I wanted to record them and I thought it might be interesting. So we did it, and after a couple of months I received a mail from Samuele of WWNBB asking me if I wanted to join the label. I discovered that Francesco had put the songs on Soundcloud and sent them to WWNBB, and I was like “WOOOO, that’s incredible, I’d never thought that someone would like or even HEAR them!”. So we tried to rehearse with Francesco on drums and a bass player during last year, but it didn’t really go well for many reasons. Knowing that we had to find another member, we thought that it would’ve been a better idea to search for a drummer instead, since Francesco preferred to play “his” instrument (bass). We met Francesco (Puccinelli) through a mutual friend, and knew that he had played drums for many years, so we simply started to rehearse together. I had a good feeling, and in fact we have been playing together since.
I have always been a huge Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan, and I really liked the expression “Skeleton Me,” which is in one of their songs. I thought about using it my way, so here it is in short words: Skelets are all the worries and paranoias that I sort of befriended: I’ve kind of got used to them. I think that the “Sailors” cover art, made by the talented Chiara Leardini, explains that perfectly. But the thing that I like the most about that name is that it has no meaning, besides the one that I have given to it.
Impose – We have read that the principle philosophy of Skelets is to make a sound that is “loud and clear.” Why are these values of sound so important to you all?
Skelets – Sometimes I overthink, forgetting that the most beautiful things happen by following our instinct and without pretending that everything is perfect, but when I write songs I do it in an impulsive and spontaneous way. When I started recording songs on my phone I didn’t have any expectations, except that I wanted to sound loud and immediate, and I have to say my bandmates are helping me maintain these standards.
Impose – Tell us about following up your “Sometimes I Wish Your Eyes Could Speak” 7″ with the upcoming “Sailors” single and more for WWNBB.
Skelets – We thought that “Sailors” would have been perfect to be released as the second single, because we were really happy about the recording and how it sounded. I think it sounds different from all the other songs, and it’s also the first one that the three of us have recorded together with proper equipment, thanks to our friend Guido (Giorgi), who helped us a lot and is really smart. Now we are about to record another song and I hope that in the future there can be a full album, but I’m not forcing it. I’m really happy about how things are going so far.
Impose – Tell us what the scenes are like over there in Bruneck.
Skelets – I moved from Bruneck 5 years ago, but I go there once a month to visit my family, and I consider it a very peaceful place, where I can enjoy nature and meet dear friends. I must say that I don’t have a clear idea about what’s happening there right now musically. And when I went to school I didn’t go to many shows there, because I wasn’t really interested in the music my friends were listening to, so I practically missed the whole “scene” when I lived there. There is a nice place in Bruneck called “UFO” that puts on shows, and I know there’s a bunch of folk and rock festivals all around the whole Suedtirol region.
Impose – Who are some other local artists you all dig?
Skelets – There’s this really good psych-improv band called Gerryorsomething? — they don’t have songs as much as one long piece of music, like Miles Davis used to do. We always go to each other’s shows and dig each other’s stuff, even though we’re so different!
Impose – What can we expect from Skelets On Me this summer, fall, winter and more?
Skelets – It would be great to continue doing what we are doing now: recording, doing more and more shows and playing better and better. We’re having fun and I really enjoy making music, it feels great. I would like Skelets On Me to keep growing and growing.
By the Yellow Sea is the fourth full length album from Antony Harding, featuring 8 bright and beautiful, catchy songs inspired by a summer touring China, the Swedish weather, the end of a love and the start of a seemingly never ending walk. Written and played on an old 12 string acoustic guitar bought in a closing down sale in a guitar shop on the Isle of Wight, the songs were recorded lazily on sofas (with feet up on the coffee table) in Barkarby & Stockholm by Antony and mixed during long tea breaks (with biscuits) on the Isle of Wight by Tim Charlton.
By the Yellow Sea è il quarto album di Antony Harding. Questa nuova piccola perla raccoglie 8 bellissime canzoni composte ispirandosi ad un tour estivo in Cina, al clima Svedese, alla fine di un amore e l’inizio di un cammino che sembra non avere fine. Composte con una vecchia acustica a 12 corde comprata ad una svendita in un negozio di chitarre sull’Isola di Wight, le canzoni sono state registrate in relax su qualche sofà (e coi piedi sul tavolino) a Barkaby e Stoccolma dallo stesso Antony, e sono poi state mixate durante lunghe pause per il tè (coi biscotti) da Tim Charlton sull’Isola di Wight.
We are very happy to announce the addition of The Yellow Traffic Light to our growing family!
Cole Drives too Fast , first single with WWNBB, will be released on June 22nd. Stay tuned!
Antony Harding‘s new album “By the Yellow Sea” is going to be out on June 29th, and we are glad to bring you another single to make the wait both bearable and exciting! Listen to Once You Had A Love (But the Love Refused To Grow), where the 12 string acoustic guitar continues its journey (started last month by Walk With No Real Place To Go) and strums out a catchy little stop-start tale, of a cold, cold heart and a stubborn love braving the elements.
Walk With No Real Place to Go is Antony Harding‘s first single from his forthcoming album By the Yellow Sea, out on June 29th.
Walk With no Real Place to Go is a warm but lonely stroll down city streets and country roads, accompanied by the strum and jangle of an old 12 string acoustic guitar and a hazy lazy rhythm.
You can listen to the song and download it (here and here) while pre-ordering the album on our Bandcamp pages. The iTunes pre-sale will start on June 1st. By the Yellow Sea will be available on CD and digital.
Once upon a time there was a Swedish band called Rough Bunnies, formed by two gals who played indie-pop as if it were punk: exceeding passion and a bit of sauciness. One half of the band was Frida Vermina, who kept playing music even after the end of the “bunnies”.
On the southern side of Europe, on the Italian hills, Ale has never stopped loving Frida’s music – and now, with his help, Frida’s music has finally become an album.
After sharing the stage a number of times with each other’s band throughout the years, Frida & Ale have seen each other whenever there was a chance (mostly depending on low-cost flights). Neither of the two speaks the other’s language, but nonetheless, with emails and Skype-calls between the Brescian hills and the streets of Malmö, their debut “I Don’t Like to See Others Having Fun” can finally see the light.
This is an indie-pop album painted with water-colors and seeking simplicity thorugh its’ acoustic tones (think about a bitterer Lucksmiths reincarnation meeting a more disciplined version of the Moldy Peaches); ideally these songs are for all the connoisseurs of meaningless self-desctructive love, and for those who love nights of endless dreams.
“I Don’t Like To See Others Having Fun” was recorded in Brescia (Italy), at Red Carpet Studio, and was mastered by Lorenzo Caperchi. Many of the WWNBB’s family participated in one way or another: Fabio Benni, Ombretta Ghidini, Alessandro Stefana, Nicola Donà, Simone Gelmini, Michele Marelli, Samuele Palazzi and Daniela Savoldi played guitars, basses, drums, slide-guitars, keyboards, cellos, glockenspiels, and even recorded some vocals.
It might be true that Frida & Ale “don’t like to see others having fun”, but for sure they like to make them have fun!.
C’era una volta una band svedese chiamata Rough Bunnies. Erano due fanciulle che suonavano indiepop come se fosse punk, con esuberante passione e una certa insolenza. Spezzarono non pochi cuori anche in Italia. La metà non bionda della band, Frida, ha continuato a fare musica anche dopo la fine della “conigliette”, e ora quella musica con l’aiuto di Alessandro Paderno (dei nostri Le Man Avec Les Lunettes) è finalmente diventata un disco.
Dopo avere condiviso tour e palchi con le rispettive band, in questi anni Frida e Ale hanno continuato a incontrarsi ogni volta che potevano, dipendeva un po’ dalle offerte dei voli low-cost. Nessuno dei due parla la lingua dell’altro, eppure tra scambi di mille email e lunghe telefonate su Skype la sera tardi, tra le colline bresciane e le strade di Malmö I Don’t Like To See Others Having Fun ha finalmente preso forma.
Un disco di indiepop dai colori primaverili e dai toni acustici che insegue la massima semplicità (pensate a qualcosa a metà strada tra una reincarnazione meno dolce dei Lucksmiths e una più disciplinata dei Moldy Peaches), e che idealmente è dedicato a tutti gli “intenditori di amori privi di senso che portano all’autodistruzione” e agli appassionati di “notti di sogni senza fine”. I Don’t Like To See Others Having Fun è stato registrato al Red Carpet Studio di Brescia e masterizzato da Lorenzo Caperchi. Un sacco di musicisti della famiglia WWNBB hanno dato una mano: Fabio Benni, Ombretta Ghidini, Alessandro Stefana, Nicola Donà, Simone Gelmini, Michele Marelli, Samuele Palazzi e Daniela Savoldi hanno suonato chitarre, bassi, batterie, tastiere, viole, violoncelli e glockenspiel, e hanno regalato anche alcuni preziosi cori.
Sarà anche vero che qualche volta “non ci piace vedere gli altri che si divertono”, ma di sicuro ci piace farli divertire.