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Labtones Artist of the Month December: Number Nine

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Labtones proudly presents the Artist of the Month December: Number Nine! Their name already gives you a hint: this band from Utrecht (The Netherlands) is clearly influenced by those four gentlemen from Liverpool. Think solid drums, vintage guitar sounds and McCartney-like melodic bass lines. And, of course, beautiful vocal harmonies. Especially when you listen to their early material (for example, the happy ode to the summer 'Sun sun sun') you are convinced that you listen to a recording from the sixties. However, on their first full-length 'New Ways' (2012), Number Nine re-invented themselves with the help of producer Martijn Groeneveld (Blaudzun, A Balladeer). Their music got a more serious and mature sound as a result, but without losing the catchiness that made their earlier songs so addicting. The songs are now about topics such as broken hearts and the speed of life. Without getting too pessimistic by the way, because in the music of Number Nine there's always a glimpse of hope and optimism. Curious? Enjoy some songs on their Labtones profile! www.labtones.com/numbernine

Labtones Artist of the Month November: Rosebleed

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The Labtones artist of the month November is Rosebleed from Greece. This five-piece indie rock band was formed in 2004. According to the band, the ingredients for their music are “big spaces, strong melodies, driving guitars, moving beats, passion and neverending experimentation”. So far, they have released two records: the EP “Stories” (2008) and the LP “White Balloons” (2009). The last one was produced by Clive Martin, who also worked with Streophonics and Massive Attack. They also played as support act for some pretty big names, such as Echo & The Bunnymen, Carlos Santana and The Cranberries. After scoring two big hits in Greece, with massive airplay on radio and television, it is time to go abroad: this month Rosebleed will give their first gigs in the Netherlands at the Trianon club in Nijmegen (November 22nd) and next at the Geleen Calling Festival (November 24th). They promise to give one of their best performances yet at these shows, so make sure you check them out! As for future plans, a new album is due somewhere in the spring of 2013, which will have a completely new sound and attitude. www.labtones.com/artist/rosebleed


Labtones Artist of the Month October: Alex van Holstein

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Our artist of the month October is quite a special one, since he only sings in the Dutch language: Alex van Holstein. But, his melancholic songs fit the autumn season so well, we just HAD to pick him for this month. And, his last two recordings were recorded at the Labtones Studios.
Alex van Holstein is constantly working on developing himself musically, and this is why he sounds different on every album. So far, he has released three: Het mag sneeuwen (It may snow, 2006), IJzeren vogel (Iron bird, 2011) and Papieren vogel (Paper bird, 2012).  What all three albums have in common, are the uncomfortable lyrics and melancholic music. Gradually, Alex is being picked up by the Dutch national radio stations. For example, 'Sara op Zondag' ('Sara on Sunday', Radio 2) will give away two albums to listeners in the near future and often songs from the latest album are being played on the show 'Schiffers.fm' (Radio 2). As said before, his last two CDs were recorded at the Labtones Studios, with the help of some musical friends of Alex. At Labtones HQ, we can't get enough of his songs and we think the music is best explained by this quote from a review by Musicfrom.nl: “Actually, we don't know anyone else who is so good at describing the tragedy of a backup player from VV Papendrecht 2 as Alex van Holstein does. Small things get big and big things get small. Beautiful.”
If you haven't heard Alex's music before, go quickly to his Labtones profile: www.labtones.com/artist/alexvanholstein (or www.labtones.com/artist/ijzerenvogel).

Labtones Artist of the Month September: The Cosmic Carnival

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Our new artist of the month The Cosmic Carnival (NL) was founded in 2007, but this could also be 1967. Because in the sixties really good songs were written, according to the band. Accordingly, the music of The Cosmic Carnival is clearly inspired by the song structures and sunny harmonies from this period. They also know how to mix this sound with modern influences from indie and rock in a clever way. In 2009 they won the Grote Prijs van Nederland (the biggest band competition of the Netherlands), after which the band concentrated on the many shows that followed. From intimate gigs in living rooms, to the big Paradiso venue in Amsterdam, to a tour in New York City. Recently, their first full-length album Change the World or Go Home was released in the Netherlands and Belgium. Later, the record will also be released in the rest of Europe. Curious how these catchy songs sound? On September 15, The Cosmic Carnival will perform on the Labtones stage during the Havenfestival in Alblasserdam (NL, for more info: www.labtones.com/live)! Can't wait that long? Listen to some songs on their Labtones profile: http://www.labtones.com/artist/thecosmiccarnival

Artist of the Month August: Portrait [Bizarre]

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We proudly announce the artist of the month July: Portrait [Bizarre]. This five-piece band from Maasmechelen, Belgium, consists of Yannick (vocals), Marc (guitar), Herbert (bass), Raymond (keyboards) en Ron (drums). Basically, the band was already formed 22 years ago (!). Yannick and Ron joined recently, giving a “fresh start with an experienced base”. According to the band themselves, they make modern, radio-friendly pop music. We also hear influences from alternative music, from bands such as Placebo for example. They are working hard on perfecting their live performance since 2010, and by now they are performing live a lot. They gave a great show at Labtones Live in May, for example. In between gigs, they can be found in their own studio – an old miner's house – where they are working on their debut album. This is certainly going to be a great album, since they are getting help from the well-known Belgium producer Luc van Acker. Some demo songs can already be found on their Labtones profile page: www.labtones.com/artist/portraitbizarre

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