Copenhagen based band D/troit is a band that consists of members from two garage rock bands from Denmark, The Magic Bullet Theory and The Breakers. The latter was signed to Little Steven‘s Wicked Cool label and has toured extensively in Europe and the U.S., even some shows as the opening act for Bon Jovi. The band, consisting of members Toke Bo (vocals), Klaus (guitar), Mads (keys), Stefan (drums) and Jackie (bass) uploaded a few self-produced tracks to SoundCloud last year and Danish radio immediately caught on. Their single "The 45" was aired repeatedly and was considered an instant classic to the listeners. The song has done very well on the Danish equivalent to BBC 6 Music and they’ve already been booked on DR’s big Christmas live show. Even though D/troit has only released their EP in Scandinavia thus far, they will end up playing 30 shows in Denmark alone this year—which is unheard of for a band with a debut EP. Music label Crunch Frog (The Raveonettes, PowerSolo) loved the music and signed the band, knowing they’d be a great fit. The sound of D/troit has quite a twist of Northern Soul, and it’s no use trying to hide it. The lads have performed at several festivals and appearances and are on everyone’s radar in Scandinavia.
STREAM: “The 45″
Born in Brisbane in 2011, but now balancing time between London and Brisbane, Starlight Theatre is a band bursting with ambition, amazing live, and is one of the most promising new globally impressive alternative bands to emerge from Australia since The Temper Trap. Their influences are, inevitably, big name acts who exist as much in the present as they do in the past – U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles and Justin Timberlake among others. In just twelve months, they have played close to 200 shows, supported Evermore in 1000+ capacity venues up the Australian east coast and released an EP made with ARIA Award-winning producer Magoo that rewarded them with radio play. When one song from that EP, “The Window,” picked up interest in the UK, the band packed everything they owned to make the move immediately. The EP itself Castles, Clocks & Cathedrals entered the iTunes Top 10 in the quartet’s home country Australia, no small feat for a completely independent ensemble. Last summer, Starlight Theatre met manager/producer Jon O’Mahony. One of the gems that came out of the sessions is “Oceans,” which earned airplay at tastemaker radio in the U.S., UK, Australia and more.
Musicians, such as, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men and Vance Joy have created a residence at radio for some time now with their upbeat folk-sound. As that sound continues to be successful, radio may need to find a vacancy for Paris, France’s Broken Back, with his style of indie-dance-electro-pop that fits perfectly next to the elite musicians of today. Jérôme founded Broken Back in 2013 and gave his first musical offering in the form of the infectious single “Halcyon Birds,” released at the top of the year. The singer-songwriter then released “The Happiest Man On Earth” and received comparisons to Milky Chance and Bon Iver with the earthy, surf-vibe track that takes each listener on a fun-filled journey with every listen. Both tracks can be found on the debut EP Dear Misfortune, Mother of Joy, which acts as an anthem for the 90s generation, where everything was recorded at a home studio.
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South London’s Longfellow is comprised of Owen Lloyd (vocals), James Thomas (guitar), Ali Hetherington (keyboards), Lewis Fowler (bass) and Tom Warhurst (drums). Just two years ago, the quintet played their first gig live and released a trio of singles; "Gabrielle" on their own label, "Siamese Lover" on the Fandango Label and "Kiss-Hug-Make-Up" on Fierce Panda. Next, Longfellow released the Prelude mini album, which included the previous singles and the B-sides “May The Light,” “The Convent” and “Wolf Cry,” along with fan favorites “Polaroid” and “Lullaby,” which were all recorded in their home studio. They’ve received endorsements from Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and Jo Whiley on Radio 2, were nominated as BBC Introducing Band of the Week by Huw Stephens on Radio 1, supported Keane at their intimate 10th anniversary show and toured with Hall & Oates across the U.K. Last year they performed at SXSW in Austin along with other industry showcases and began to write and record their EP, Remedy (Fierce Panda/Ooh La La). Longfellow return to the stage in London to headline the BBC Introducing stage at Hyde Park on September 13th and they are confirmed to perform at the Electric Ballroom with Walking On Cars on October 23rd. Longfellow’s latest single “Choose” will be available at all digital outlets on September 11th and is the 300th single released through Fierce Panda.
Swiss rockers Death By Chocolate have clocked up a number of significant milestones in recent times, performing with Bon Jovi at Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, at Woodstock Festival Poland and at the EXIT Festival in Serbia. At home, they were nominated by the Swiss Music Awards in the category "Best Live Act 2015." Alongside the highlights, there have been long periods of hard and intense work. Their debut album From Birthdays To Funerals and their current release Among Sirens, produced by Ronald Bood and Mando Diao, are worlds apart, not so much in terms of musicianship but rather in the rapid transformation of the band from newcomers to a self-confident band with a purpose. The latest album delivers a courageous, rough, no messing around rock sound. The songs reflect the determination of the band’s five members to create their particular brand of rock music. They have over 100 live appearances in their back pocket not only in Switzerland but abroad including performances at Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles and several European tours including one with The Blue Van in Denmark. Recently, they broke into the Swiss Top 10 album charts and were chosen by national radio station SRF3 as Best Talent. Authentic, punchy, uncompromising and determined, Death By Chocolate gives their all both on stage and on record.