Originally hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Andrew and Victoria Knopp are the duo that makes up the indie-pop act The Response. Determined to faithfully translate their expansive albums from tape to stage, The Response have crafted a live show that utilizes every one of their limbs and will leave you wondering exactly how a mere two people can make so much noise. The Response has shared the stage with a variety of musicians and acts including Baio (of Vampire Weekend fame), Big Scary and Kate Boy. After releasing their third album in 2014, North of Nowhere, the pair packed a suitcase and headed for Canada, where they have been working on new material. They released the singles “You Wanted To Go” and “Hours,” which earned them global airplay and has helped build their fan base. Produced independently, all duties from writing, recording, mixing and mastering to artwork are undertaken by the resourceful pair. The Response continue to write and record and have completed a brand new single called “Holding Out For Something,” which has been compared to Arcade Fire, Liam Finn and Grizzly Bear.
STREAM: “Holding Out For Something”
Formed in late 2013, Greater Manchester’s Blossoms is a five-piece indie-pop outfit that in a short amount of time has become one of the hottest live bands around. The band was tipped very early as a “Band To Watch” by UK radio tastemaker and influencer Mike Walsh from Radio X in London, England. Members Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock have mastered their live show and displayed their talents at a number of festivals including SXSW, The Great Escape, T in the Park, Reading & Leads—even shows in Tokyo. Their self-titled debut album (Virgin/EMI), produced by James Skelly and Rich Turvey, peaked at No.1 on the UK Albums Chart, earning comparisons to The 1975 and Arctic Monkeys and praise from fans and music critics. Built for the road, Blossoms just wrapped up dates in the U.S. and Canada and recently announced UK dates for November and December.
WATCH: “Honey Sweet”
Lauren Waller is a Los Angeles-based artist, singer, songwriter, performer, musician, producer and stage manager. She’s currently pursuing a college degree in Theatre Arts Production and Design, with an emphasis in stage management. Artists ranging from Sara Bareilles and Ron Pope to Marina and the Diamonds and Daughter influence her, musically. Her soulful, compelling voice, with a touch of grit, attracting the listener to come along through this satisfying sonic release of substantive, straightforward, self-penned lyrics and complex arrangements. As a performer, she has previously shared the stage with several world-renowned musicians including Berlin featuring Terri Nunn, The Fixx and Helen Reddy. At the top of the year, Lauren released her Perhaps EP featuring the single “Never Were,” which earned global airplay. She has returned with a brand new single, “Down,” which has drawn early comparisons to Morcheeba and Feist.
AaRON is a duo from France consisting of members Simon Buret and Olivier Coursier. A few years ago, they received the European Border Breaker Award in Denmark and are supported by a well-deserved national infatuation and international recognition. The twosome released their third studio album, We Cut The Night, an electro-pop composition draped in a striking semi-darkness in France, and in April they released the Blouson noir EP worldwide digitally through Believe. The single “Blouson noir” was chosen for the worldwide campaign of L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, directed by Grammy-nominated American music video director, commercial director and filmmaker Colin Tilley, who also directed music videos for Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj. Presently, the French pair are touring and working on new music; they recently released a new video for the single “The Leftovers,” taken from their latest album We Cut The Night. Talented photographer Damien Blottière directed the video clip, where he took more than 2,000 pictures that he cut, removed and disposed that took six months to make the video, which is his first music video, which can be seen HERE.
WATCH: “The Leftovers”