Gulls - Shop

Gulls – Shop

 

Gulls - Shop

Gulls – Shop

 

ARTIST NAME: Gulls

 

SONG TITLE: Shop

 

RELEASE DATE: 19 April 2019

 

GENRE:  Punk/Rock/Pop

 

Facebook

 

Twitter

 

Instagram

 

Apple Music

 

iTunes

 

Spotify

 

Website

 

 

Brighton trio Gulls’ #punkrockpoempop sounds like Sleaford Mods and Bikini Kill in a high-speed collision on the bumper cars.

 

Stripped back riffs meet sweet beats; all with a message running through it. This is a whole new kind of Brighton Rock.

 

Gulls filter their fury at local and global injustice through the prism of their seaside home.

 

These songs want you seething and seduced.

 

Rhi Kavok: Punk Poet

 

Boe Higgs: Guitar and Vox

 

Hicks: Drums.

.

.

.

Tell us your names, country of birth and childhood experience.

Rhi, Boe, and Hicks. We were all born in the UK. Rhi and Boe grew up in a little seaside town on the south coast of England called Seaford. Hicks grew up near Wokingham.

 

Rhi and Boe became friends at school and always dreamed of forming a band but Rhi moved away to London for a while. As soon as Rhi came home, Gulls was born.

.

.

.

State your academic qualification.

We all have degrees: Boe and Hicks in music. Rhi’s in politics.

.

.

.

Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, and skills.

Gulls got going at the start of 2017. We’re named Gulls because we’re from the seaside and the sound of Gulls is synonymous with home. Also, Seagulls are punks: they’re antagonistic and have their own brand of justice.

.

.

.

Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video or song.

We call our genre #punkrockpoempop because we’re mixing spoken word influences with spiky riffs and beats.

 

The latest single, SHOP, is about how angry we are about libraries, refuges and venues closing, up and down the country, while chain-stores open in order to sell people pointless shit.

 

We absolutely put the blame for this at the current government’s door.

.

.

.

Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.

Promote music so that as many people get to hear it as possible.

.

.

.

Tell us how you are promoting your music.

We’ve contacted various blogs, channels, radio stations. We use social media as much as we can. We’ve sent our EPK out to numerous organizations, for this particular release.

.

.

.

Share your press release and reviews with us.

SHOP is a clarion call to resist those who close libraries and open chain-stores.

 

“Young women telling it like it is with righteous anger and noisy guitars”

– Melita Dennett, Radio Reverb/BBC Introducing South

 

Press

“As someone who’s lived by the sea their entire life, I’m more than a touch familiar with the keening scream of the rats from the sky, also known as gulls. Safe to say, Brighton’s self-described “punk- rock-poem-pop” trio Gulls are a lot more palatable, and considerably more welcome.

 

Flaws joins the wave of feminist, anti-establishment punk having a resurgence in the wake of the #MeToo and third wave feminism movements, and makes its own considerable mark.

 

Punk poet Rhi Kavok’s unfettered war cry perfectly slips between a mocking yelp and a commanding punk vocal which drives the points home, while Boe H on guitar and Hicks on drums succeed in creating some Yeah Yeah Yeahs level instrumentals. Packs a punch this one.”

– Sarah Gosling – Fresh On The Net

.

.

.

Explain the story behind the song.

Libraries are being shut down because councils are starved of money through the government’s failed austerity experiment. Everyone loses out when libraries are shut down. There’s a blog on our website about why it’s important to us.

.

.

.

List the radio stations, television stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.

BBC Introducing the South

 

Radio Reverb

 

Idobi Radio

 

Words for Music

 

Plugged in Brighton

 

We Love That Sound.

.

.

.

State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director.

Rhi Kavok, Boe Higgs, Hicks

 

Producer: James Gasson.

.

.

.

Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience, and your future goal.

We’ve all been in other bands before this one but this one’s definitely the best and our future goal is to have lots more people hear our music; to play bigger and better shows and we’d love to take Gulls on the road to play to audiences further afield.

.

.

.

Tell us what makes you unique from others.

The combination of poetry and punk. We say we’re a bit like Brighton Rock in that we’re hard and sweet but there’s a message running through everything we create.

.

.

.

Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.

Our strength is that we have diverse likes and styles which work well together.

 

Our weakness is that we all have jobs and can’t practice as often as we’d like to.

.

.

.

 

List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

You’re getting Rhi’s because I’m the one doing the interview so apologies to Boe and Hicks but…

Gulls – SHOP

 

Anti-Flag – The Press Corpse

 

Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl

 

Pennywise – Fuck Authority

 

Gulls – Flaws.

.

.

.

Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.

What matters is that the people connected to the music put energy into its promotion; whether that’s the band members or others.

.

.

.

Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Rhi writes poetry. Boe is an incredible artist doing glass etchings inspired by nautical life. Hicks just became a Dad!

.

.

.

List your various works. 

Bad Publicity

 

Flaws

 

No Altar

 

SHOP

 

EP ‘Weaponise Authenticity’ out autumn 2019.

.

.

.

State the official date of release. 

Single SHOP released 19 April 2019.

.

.

.

State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

When we were trying to decide on a name, Boe and I went for a pint to discuss things. It was the early days of summer so we sat outside as the evening was just warm enough to. We discussed that we wanted a name that referenced the seaside home that is so important to who we are and what we do.

 

The moment we discussed the name ‘Gulls’, that second; every Gull in the vicinity went mental. It was this cacophony of agreement from the seagulls.

 

We sat wide-eyed looking at each other and then burst out laughing. We couldn’t believe we’d been given such an unequivocal confirmation from nature that our band was called Gulls.

.

.

.

State the title of the song and the meaning.

SHOP talks about the closure of libraries and other important infrastructure like refuges and parks that are places of safety for people from all walks of life.

 

These places are closing down at a terrifying rate because the Tories are starving councils of cash and thus the means to keep them open.

 

Meanwhile, out-of-town shopping centers seem to be popping up; these places cause high-streets to become ghost towns as people are seduced away from independent shops and encouraged to go on brand safaris, often lining the pockets of owners who avoid paying tax which perpetuates the danger and damage we all experience locally.

 

Mobile Version

The Skints - Learning To Swim

The Skints – Learning To Swim

 

 

 

 

 

The Skints - Learning To Swim

The Skints – Learning To Swim

 

 

 

 

London four-piece, The Skints, have clawed their way up from the depths of an underground punk/ska scene to a unique fixture on a global reggae stage.

 

Drawing influences as wide as soul, pop, grime and hardcore, their original brand of “tropical punk” has seen them evolve in to one of the hardest working and most respected bands in UK music.

 

The band’s new single ‘Learning to Swim’, released 18th January via Mr Bongo globally and Easy Star in North America, fuses the tenderness of lovers rock, the catchiness of pop with the urgency of hardcore punk, to create a unique sound that promises future stardom.

 

Few British bands blend different genres of music with such freedom, fun and invention while singer Marcia Richards’ philosophical and personal lyrics strike an emotional chord.

 

“For those who have lost a loved one, it’s not unusual to find comfort in the fact that you’ve spent more of your life with them than without. After 13 years of using this small comfort to keep afloat, 2019 will be the first year that the number of years without my sister Roanna will exceed the years she was around.

 

As I became increasingly aware of this date approaching and my life raft sinking, I wrote ‘Learning to Swim’, a song that musically flips through time and space,” she says.

 

“The chorus has no words, but flips to an era of punk and pop music that my sister was deeply into. Just as my mind gets wrenched back to that precious time so often, the song does too.” She adds, “The feeling as the years go on that it becomes more difficult to picture their face, to hear their voice. The rest of your life without them stretches ahead of you like a vast sea – it’s time for Swimming Lessons.”

 

Formed while at school in 2007, The Skints hail from the Waltham Forest and Redbridge boroughs of North East London, and they cut their teeth in London’s underground punk scene before venturing out of the M25 to play their first self-booked DIY venture and embark on a heaving touring regime across the nation’s “toilet venue” circuit.

 

Debut album ‘Live, Breathe, Build, Believe’, released at the end of 2009, received late night/specialist rotation across radio including BBC Radio 1’s Punk Show, whilst 2012’s ‘Part & Parcel’, was the second full-length album by the band and further built their fan base and opened doors to heavy touring, festivals and markets outside of the UK and across Europe.

 

The follow-up album, the critically-acclaimed ‘FM’, released in 2015, reached number 5 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and number 7 on the Independent Albums Chart in the UK and saw The Skints tour relentlessly across the USA, Canada and Japan.

 

Since the band’s inception, The Skints have toured extensively across the globe, playing hundreds of shows and festivals including Summerjam (Germany), Dour Festival (Belgium), California Roots (US) and ReggaeSunSka (France).

 

In the UK, The Skints sold-out their most recent 10-date UK tour including Shepherd’s Bush Empire and have performed at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Bestival, Glastonbury and Boomtown Festival, performing to 15,000 fans.

 

In addition, the band have supported bands that include NOFX, Less Than Jake, Mariachi El Bronx, Gym Class Heroes, Protoje, You Me At Six, Sublime with Rome and Easy Star All Stars.

 

Supporters of The Skints include BBC Radio 2’s Jonathan Ross, Robert Elms on BBC Radio London, Steve Lamaq and Craig Charles on BBC Radio 6 Music and David Rodigan on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

 

Mr Bongo is a Brighton based independent record label and home to Hollie Cook, Protoje, Seu Jorge, Prince Fatty, Incredible Bongo Band, Jorge Ben and more.

 

 

 

Website

 

Facebook

 

Twitter

 

Instagram

 

Spotify

 

iTunes

 

Apple Music

 

Deezer

 

Mobile Version

Falling Through April

 

Even though they are originally from disparate parts of the country, Charlotte, NC based Alt Rockers Falling Through April have come together to form a cohesive unit in a city that is rich in music history and has a thriving independent rock scene. Their energy is abundant in their live shows and in the music from their new album “Zodiac”, released on January 19th, 2018 through Page 2 Music. Falling Through April released first single and video “Desperate Measures” in September of 2017 and have gained significant visibility: Google Play Music’s Modern Rock radio channel and iDobi radio were early supporters and are playing the song. The video premiered @ Alternative Press and debuted @ #13 on the YouTube Alternative Hotlist playlist. The video will be featured on the Footlocker In-Store network in 1,835 stores in 23 countries starting January 1st as well as several other major brand retail outlets. “Desperate Measures” is playing in over 3800 Health Clubs worldwide, and has been added to syndicated shows like MusicMix USA and Sidewalks TV, among others. The band’s founders (Jim Siani, Dave Piontek, Taylor Foster, Dan Candia) have weathered the full gamut of hurdles as a startup since forming in 2011, ranging from exploding transmissions and ghosting vocalists to nearby celebratory gun fire landing Taylor in the hospital. When charismatic front woman Mikaela Salazar stepped into their lives in 2016, the road blocks were removed, and everyone found something to be excited about. The 4 founders found each other while playing in different bands that were a part of the Charlotte indie rock scene. The band members came to music naturally, as they all had musicians in their family: Dan came from a long line of international musicians, and his dad always played guitar when he was growing up. Dave started in music early, and in his early teens he became enamored of the Electric Bass and that became his instrument of choice. Jim knew by the age of 13 that he wanted to be a professional musician, inspired by acts like Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and his favorite band Weezer. Taylor grew up watching his Dad play drums, so you could say they are in his family DNA. Mikaela grew up in a house that was never silent, and the desire to be involved in music was second nature. She was inspired to become a singer by strong female musical role models like Alanis Morissette and Gwen Stefani. The band has 2 previous independent releases: The “Take Flight” album in 2012; and the “Risk and Reward” Ep in 2015. In early 2017 FTA packed up and drove to Nashville, TN for several months’ long recording binge with producer and friend Jon King (Augustana, Darling Parade). The result is their new album “Zodiac”, a powerful alt-rock collection that melds influences ranging from Incubus to Halsey. The band has amassed a significant touring resume, having opened for The Pretty Reckless, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, Flyleaf and more. They have also performed at major festivals including the Vans Warped Tour, SXSW, Florida Music Festival, Sonorous Music Festival, Dewey Beach Music Conference and Celebrate Fairfax. Their touring has garnered them endorsements from PRS and Reverend Guitars, among others. FTA’s goal is to have their music reach as many people as possible around the world and for their music to inspire and encourage listeners. Becoming a household name in the modern rock community drives them forward, and “Zodiac” promises to help them achieve that goal. A second single and video will be released in early 2018.

 

Spotify

 

YouTube

 

SoundCloud

 

iTunes

 

Facebook

 

Twitter

 

Instagram