Music lovers can chose from a wide variety of music on the Labtones network. In May, we had the young indie rockers of The Circumstances as Artist of the Month. This month, the title goes to the experienced punk/rock band Sad Society. This four-piece band from Edinburgh (Scotland) was formed in the 1980's and since then they played and recorded all original material.
According to the band their sound is “powerful, melodic and with balls to the wall, fists in the air, classic chant-along lyrics”. Their live shows are renowned for their energy. Having enjoyed playing alongside some of their favourite unfluential bands from their youth, they recently shared the bill with The Stranglers, The Damned and Wilko Johnson. They are now enjoying a renewed energy with their new guitarist, who previously worked with The Exploited on a worldwide tour.
They want to bring a peaceful message in a world of greed and hatred. Sad Society is humbled that their music makes people from all walks of life happy and plans to record and tour this year. The Sad Society sound deserves to be shared as far across the planets as possible! Listen: http://www.labtones.com/artist/sadsociety
For a while now, the artist of the month May can be found in the upper regions of the LabCharts: The Circumstances (NL). This band was founded in 2008 and combines a powerful sound with sensitive, poetic lyrics. They have a diverse repertoire, which reveals various influences, from Radiohead and Bright Eyes to U2. Intimite acoustic singer/songwriter moments are being alternated with powerful indierock and psychedelica.
The first EP of the band was released in 2009 and it resulted in a place on the main stage of the big Wantijpop festival, amongst other gigs. After some changes in personel, the follow-up was released: the EP 'Firing Neurons'. A song from this EP made it onto a compilation with the best new Dutch music and next to that the band was asked to perform live on the big national radio station 3fm. In other words, things are going great for the band en this year they will perform a lot to promote their EP and increase their fanbase. This tour will bring them to Labtones Live! in Bibelot (Dordrecht, NL) as well on May 25! As a little taster, listen to some songs on their profile: www.labtones.com/artist/thecircumstances.
The artist of the Month April proofs that combining different cultures and backgrounds into one band can really result in a great sound: Desperados BFDM (NL). The band creates a mix of latin, funk, folk, hip-hop, pop and reggae. The composition of the band, with two percussionists, acoustic and electric guitars, a Spanish rapper and the fact that almost every band member sings results in a unique new sound.
This colourful group is composed of experienced musicians with six different nationalities who use music as their universal language. The sun-flavored songs tell stories of life and love. They always swing and are accessible to a wide audience. The two Latino percussionists and the Dutch drummer take care of the mix of rhythms, while English melodious lyrics and sultry Spanish rap fill in the vocals. The Desperados are well-known for their live-performances and the great interaction with the audience. Last January during the Pinguin Radio Festival in Paradiso (Amsterdam, NL) they were voted as 'best band' by a packed and enthusiastic audience.
The album “Brothers from Different Mothers” is partly produced by John Sonneveld (known from The Golden Earring, Anouk, and Postman). The title expresses the friendship between the bandmembers. In October 2011 the single “Tequila con Limon” was released together with an exotic music video (http://youtu.be/H1KoKRWV80M). The logo of Desperados represents equality of races, a message the band find very important to portray with their music.
This year the Desperados BFDM celebrate their 10th anniversary. At this moment the brothers (and sister!) are very busy with composing and recording new catchy material for their next album. http://www.labtones.com/artist/desperadosbfdm
This month's artist of the month Grant Moff Tarkin (BE) are one of Labtones' favourites, not in the least because of a memorable performance at a Labtones Live event some time ago. They play the kind of rootsy blues mixed with grungy, psychedelic rock that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Jangling guitars, a grooving rhythm section and dreamy, female vocals together build a sound that you can listen to for hours.
Their debut EP 'Age Old Moods' was released already in 2005. Their unique sound and songs got positive feedback from the critics. Together with a growing live reputation, they were invited to play in numerous underground clubs in Belgium and even some international music festivals in Spain, The Netherlands and France.
The band's first full-length album 'Quanah's Hunting Day' (2009) caught the attention of the famous Ancient Belgique venue, which embraced the band full-heartedly. As a result, they were able to perform for a sold-out AB Club and as a support act for bands as The Fiery Furnaces and The Lemonheads.
Following this album the band released two more: 'Long Lost Son' (2010) and 'Stormy Weather Blues' (2012). Be sure to check the music video for 'Cotton Clown'!
Currently, the band is touring again, with a new drummer. In the meantime, plans for a new album are becoming more tangible by the day. We cannot wait!
We are very proud to announce this month's Artist of the Month: Steve Conte. You may know Steve Conte as a member of the legendary New York Dolls – or perhaps as the vocalist with Yoko Kanno on the Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain and Ghost In The Shell. Then again, you may know him as the guitarist with Willy DeVille, Michael Monroe, Billy Squier, Peter Wolf, Willie Nile, Maceo Parker and many others.
He's an accomplished artist, leading his own bands such as Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth, The Contes, Crown Jewels and Company Of Wolves. But no matter how you know him you must know this; the artist known as Steve Conte is simply an all around talented dude; singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, bandleader and sideman.
Conte, a displaced New Yorker (now spending his days in The Netherlands) has been busy working on a new record - his first official solo album. It’s a roots rock & roll affair featuring loads of guests like Ginger of The Wildhearts, Dregen of Backyard Babies and members of Foo Fighters, Mink DeVille, Alice Cooper, Hanoi Rocks & Georgia Satellites (a Pledge Music campaign for it's completion will soon be announced). He has also just finished making the new Michael Monroe record, which will contain many Steve Conte songs. The album was recorded in Stockholm, with Queens Of The Stone Age producer Joe Barresi.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Steve and his band of flying Dutchmen are now finishing up a new Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth International EP of covers at Labtones Studios! The tracks are sounding amazing and should be ready for mass consumption this spring, just as they hit the road for another tour of the UK (All confirmed venues listed below). They can also be seen touring around Europe; in Holland, Belgium, France and soon they will venture into the wilds of Scandinavia.
Songs from Steve's latest album Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth can be heard on his Labtones profile: www.labtones.com/artist/steveconte
UK Tour: 5/4 London – The Water Rats, 6/4 Bristol – The Thunderbolt, 7/4 Brighton – Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 10/4 Liverpool – Eric's, 11/4 Derby – The Flowerpot, 12/4 Bedford – Esquires, 13/4 London – 100 Club