Artist You Should Know: Secret Weapons

After gaining attention from the likes of Billboard and PopMatters with their anthemic single “Something New,” pop duo Secret Weapons just released their debut EP ‘SW.’ With an infectious sound and feel-good vibe, you’ll have Secret Weapons on repeat in no time.

Hey guys, thanks for taking time out your busy schedule to chat with us! Let’s start with a little introduction. Who is Secret Weapons?
Secret Weapons is Gerry Lange and Danny Rocco from Brooklyn, New York.

We’re kind of obsessed with your recently released debut EP ‘SW’ — tell us about the making. What is it that you want your listeners to get from it.
The EP was a crazy experience. We spent two months recording in a warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  We were totally isolated from the rest  of the city, out on a pier jutting  into the harbor. We recorded a ton of music, and had a hard time pairing it all down to a single EP. I think in the few days before we turned it in we were still adding new songs that were only a few days old.

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Artist You Should Know: Henry Hall

If Henry Hall isn’t on your radar, he will be after you read this interview. We’ve been obsessing over his captivating vocal style for quite some time, and this week he dropped his much-anticipated “Introduction EP.” Read on to get to know Henry, learn about what it was like to collaborate with Ellis on his new EP, and more.

Henry, what up? Stoked to chat with you! Let’s start with a little introduction to Henry Hall.
Hey! Not much! Stoked to chat with you too! I had a turkey sandwich for lunch!

Your music has been featured in a few of Casey Neistat’s short films, which have garnered millions on millions of views. How did you get involved with the filmmaker and social media guru?
A good friend of mine and co-director of my new music video for my song “Frenemy (Just Be Nice)”, Jack Coyne, has been working for Casey for years and showed him some of my music way back. I went to Casey’s studio and we hit it off– we high-fived and everything. Pretty soon thereafter, I wrote the song “Talk” for his video “A Love Story 8 Years in the Making” and from then on, we’ve just been collaborating as much as possible! Casey is the best.

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Why You’ll Get the Feels for The Pheels

You know that feeling you get when you’re listening to a song and it instantly takes you back to certain time in your life? Our guest blogger Olivia, the powerhouse behind Wolvereen and who is spending the summer discovering new music with us, can’t get enough of The Pheels for that reason. Read on to find out why you should be listening to this Atlanta-based duo.

Some of my fonder memories of high school are of my sophomore summer, driving around in my friend’s Jeep and listening to Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” on constant repeat. We were invincible, and we were drunk on the warm air and the carefree feeling of summer. When I clicked on The Pheels’ “French Toast” I was immediately back in that Jeep. However, I can’t limit their sound to the comparison of one artist. These guys create a well-crafted mix of Atlanta pop and R&B; they have that homemade, original feel with a big label sound. If you’re a fan of dreamy, R&B-meets-urban tracks with smooth, heartfelt lyrics, you’ll definitely catch the feels for The Pheels.

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including features and premieres on The Guardian, Spin, and more.

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Green Gerry

ReverbNation and American Songwriter invite you to Discover Volume 5, at Family Wash in Nashville!  This round we’re featuring Becca Mancari, Sammy Brue, and The Carmonas. Head over to American Songwriter to meet the artists and we’ll see you on Monday, July 11th!

The Eiffels recently finished recording their sophomore EP and they shared their first single, “You Got Me,” on Free Bike Valet.

Get to know what could be “your new favorite band”, Midnight Mob, with the folks over at Music Junkie Press. They sat down with the band and talked about influences, new releases, upcoming shows, and more!

Spin covered Green Gerry’s “Mean Miracle” release calling it the calling it one of the most “locomotive” anti-summer songs you’ll come across.

Henry Hall revealed his bad boy side in his new “Frenemy” video. See him toting skateboards and baseball bats and robbing a bodega while dawning a velour suit. Contrary to the trouble making video, Rolling Stone calls this song a “dreamy pop ballad,” which is appropriate considering the use of his upper range as well as a deep, smooth track.

Air Traffic Controller

Air Traffic Controller

Shortly after gathering over 1 million Spotify plays for their uplifting single “On The Wire,” Air Traffic Controller debuted the official video on BULLETT Media.

The Pheels’ signature spacey, bedroom flow landed them a feature in The Guardian’s series, “New Band of The Week.”

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Artist Session: Jon Lindsay

Raleigh-based singer Jon Lindsay's highly anticipated album, Cities and Schools, is due for release on June 10th and his most recent single "When They Broke The World" debuted on Paste Magazine. Read on to find out Jon’s influences, what the North Carolina music scene is like, and more.

Hey Jon, thanks for making us a mini mix! Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Jon Lindsay?
Hey! Thanks for being sweethearts! About me? Sheesh, where to begin. Perhaps not the beginning. I started with my own solo records and tours in 2009. I’ve got 3 LPs out (the newest, third one Cities & Schools is out everywhere June 10th on File 13 Records!), 3 EPs, and a bunch of singles under my own name. I also produce my own records and records for other folks when I can find the time. Before the whole JL thing got rolling, I played keys in Benji Hughes for 3 years, and had some bands I sang and wrote songs in; The Young Sons, The Catch Fire, etc.

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Life on the Road: Low Volts Shares His Top 10 Touring Tips and What It’s Like to Tour With Brian Setzer Orchestra

Tim Lowman aka Low Volts, the electrifying one-man, dirty-blues-rock n’ roller, recently finished a 28-stop nationwide tour with Brian Setzer Orchestra. Read on to learn about his experience on the road and to check out his top 10 touring tips!

Thanks for being a part of our Life on the Road series! Introduce yourself.
Thanks for reaching out! My name is Tim Lowman and I have a one-man act called Low Volts. It’s a dark and heavy, dirty-blues rock project I started about five years ago for fun and It’s been a wild ride ever since! I play down tuned slide guitar through a few amps in stereo, stomp on a vintage kick drum that’s loaded with shakers and tambourines, all while howling through a microphone. It’s heavy enough to be able to perform at larger theaters and arenas when everything is mic’d up through the mains, but can also be tame enough to play more intimate venues. Being a one-man act keeps things more streamlined for touring and the crowd seems to really dig the uniqueness of it all.

Last November you were selected to support the Brian Setzer Orchestra on a 28-stop nationwide tour! Tell us about your experience.
It was really a dream come true and a huge thanks goes out to the ReverbNation CONNECT program for helping bring us together! I learned so much about the in’s and out’s of professional show production and how to keep the crowd engaged. We played some of the finest theaters in the country where you can hear a pin drop in between songs so it really kept me on my toes about keeping my gear in proper working order and tailoring a setlist that works for the specific crowd and venue. When you’re on a tour of this caliber you only get about thirty to forty minutes to make a mark so you better knock ‘em dead!

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Artist Session: Tongues.

Glasgow-based band Tongues., are setting themselves apart with massive synths, all-round electronic production, and bold vocals. The Wild Honey Pie premiered their newest single "Heartbeat," a song about the pursuit of finding a deeper connection with someone. Read on to meet the band, find out what we can expect from their forthcoming EP, and more.

Hey Tongues., thanks for chatting with us! Tell us the story about how Tongues. got started.

Tongues. started as Tim’s solo project during a year out traveling the world. In January 2015 ‘Colours in the Dark’ was accidentally left public on SoundCloud and picked up attention from blogs all around the world. We’ve since gathered together a live band and it has become a more collaborative process with each release.

Your sound is quite captivating– massive synths, soaring Hot Chip-like vocals, smooth percussive beats and a lot of soul.  Are there any particular influences behind the creation of Tongues.?

There’s a long list of artists who have inspired our sound. To name a few: The Knife, Son Lux, James Blake, Four Tet, Chvrches, and Battles.

You just released your single “Heartbeat” on The Wild Honey Pie, tell us a little about the new single and what we can expect from your upcoming EP.

“Heartbeat” was our first song to really come together in the studio. It’s an idea Tim had for a long time but it only found it’s life as we jammed it. It’s a pop song with a big chorus, a few curve balls and a lot of feeling to it.

You’ve been playing a lot of live shows this past year.  The National said, “In the live arena Glasgow four-piece Tongues. surpass anything they’ve released on record to date, their sub bass quaking the foundations of the building, their destined-for-greatness electro-pop-like Hot Chip reimagined as a 1970s rock band.” What’s the Tongues. live experience like?

We’re constantly told to make our recordings as good as the live experience. So either our recordings are substandard or they’re paying us a compliment. We’re all passionate about what we do and I think that comes across in our live shows. We want it to be an emotional experience and something that’s unique and special to that moment. Each show is different in it’s instrumentals, solos, light shows and we really just try and give it our everything.

We would love to see you in the states! Any plans to go abroad?

We’re getting there…

What would you say is the most important thing for an artist to remain unique and relevant in today’s ever-changing music sphere?

Perhaps a cliche but I think you have to be honest. It’s easy to try and create what you perceive to be popular or to follow a current trend instead of just creating what you believe in and saying what you want to say.

Last question, what’s on your playlist these days? Anyone we should keep an eye out for?

I’m currently listening to the new James Blake album and also loving an electronic artist called Shallou.

 

Get more Tongues. and listen to their Collection here.

 

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including features and premieres on The FADER, The Wild Honey Pie, and more.

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Golden Age

Meet the latest addition to The Watch List: Golden Age! The NYC-based baroque-pop band premiered their soaring single “Tinted Windows” on The FADER along with an accompanying music video.

We’re so excited to bring you Discover Volume 4, our concert series in partnership with American Songwriter at Family Wash in Nashville! June’s edition goes down Monday, June 6, featuring ReverbNation CONNECT act Jack Berry, Cale Tyson, Rick Brantley. Head over to American Songwriter to meet the artists.

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Tongues.

Shortly after blowing up the blogosphere with their electric hits “Religion” and “Colours In The Dark,” Glasgow-based band, Tongues, are setting themselves apart with massive synths, all-round electronic production, and bold vocals. This week, The Wild Honey Pie shared the band’s newest single “Heartbeat,”  a song about the pursuit of finding a deeper connection with someone.

Newcomers OTON premiered their debut single “Slow,” on BULLET Media. The Brussels-based duo may be new to the scene but “Slow” brings one back to the trip-hop sound of the late-90s, with their jazzy flourishes, hip-hop beats and airy vocals.

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