Two childhood friends met on the midnight train home after a night out in downtown Gothenburg, Sweden. Victor Crusner and Fredrik Folkstad discussed old memories and had a great time connecting. They stayed in touch and began making music together. Ideas and visions turned into songs, which they then recorded piece by piece at different locations. Recorded partly in a 19th century inn as well as in a cabin in the Swedish west coast archipelago, the two created a full-length album under the moniker Manfred Kidd. With an amazing and unique sound, this is a band to be reckoned with. Their debut EP, Where Were You When You Were Us, has been compared to the likes of The Killers and Passion Pit. The Wild Honey Pie music blog touts the debut as “one of those EPs that manages to never dull, only heighten as it progresses, ending with an inevitable repeat play – i.e. infinite plays.” The duo are currently available for global signing, licensing, publishing and booking.
Twenty two year old Dubliner singer songwriter, Gavin James kicked off 2014 with two No.1 EP’s in Ireland followed by winning the Irish Choice Music Prize Award for “Song Of The Year.” His rise and development in his home market, has gained him sell-out headline dates across Ireland and support tours with acts such as Marina & the Diamonds, Ingrid Michaelson, Kodaline, Lianne La Havas and in March of this year with James Blunt on his sold-out stadium tour across Europe. Gavin’s talent comes from his mother’s side of the family. His great, grandparents were both famous Irish opera singers and had their own album released in the early 1900’s. Gavin began to play guitar at age eight. After leaving school, James gigged around Dublin’s Temple Bar and quickly began getting himself heard. While working on his live technique, his confidence was growing also, which led to early support from A&R Worldwide back in 2012 and he ultimately signed his U.K. record deal and a few weeks ago publishing with Good Soldier Songs.
STREAM: “Remember Me”
Brighton, the city best known for giving the world Fatboy Slim and more recently the buzz rock act Royal Blood is now sharing their latest musical gem, Miamigo. The duo, consisting of members Liam and Jamie, has labeled their style of music as “Dark Pop” and the proof is in the pudding with their debut single “Opinions.” The track, layered with synths, massive hooks and intelligent songwriting, would fit perfectly in today’s mix of bands that are bringing back the 80s sound with a modern twist, a la Chvrches, St. Lucia and Panama while possessing the same commercial potential of Bastille and The 1975. There is a major online and A&R buzz on the band and it’s only a matter of time before their international breakthrough. The band is currently writing and recording new material for their debut album – a global deal is imminent!
Monks Of Mellonwah is a four-piece outfit based in Sydney. The band consists of Vikrim Kaushik (vocals/guitar), Joe de la Hoyde (lead guitar), John de la Hoyde (bass) and Josh Baissari (drums). Winners of the awards for International Rock Artist of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards (2012) and Best Indie Rock Band at the Artists in Music Awards (2012), their musical influences range from such classic artists as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to contemporaries such as Muse. Taken from their debut album, Turn The People, their latest single “Tear Your Hate Apart” was produced by Joe de la Hoyde and mixed by Grammy Award-nominated Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees). The Australian quartet recently finished the Passport Approved Tour on the West Coast, which also featured Lime Cordiale, Hamish Anderson and Giorgi + Leo, and just finished an East Coast tour supporting the voice of Creed, Scott Stapp. On Thursday, they began supporting Saving Abel, which will take them to Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas among other cities before they begin supporting Sevendust in August, which takes them to IL, IA, KS, OK and WI.
STREAM: “Tear Your Hate Apart”