Friday, June 28, 2013


It is certainly no coincidence that this album is released in the middle of the summer. You'll know what I mean, when you listen to the first few lines of any of their songs. You need something to lift you up? This is it? PLUS, it's not getting boring! It's easy listening to the album all the way through and when the last song finishes, you want to start all over again. Every song has it's own little characteristic about it in their realm of 60s influenced pop, and it shows how creative and imaginative the band is.

THE ELWINS hail from Ontario, Canada and are currently my most-listened-to-band. They'll be coming on tour in Europe in September and with a bit of luck my next post on them will include an interview.
In the meantime, get illuminated by THE ELWINS' debut album "AND I THANK YOU": 


Monday, June 24, 2013

WAMPIRE - Interview & Album Listening

Wampire, that's Rocky Tinder (left) and Eric Phipps (right) from Portland, Oregon, USA. They've released their debut album 'CURIOSITY' in May 2013 via Polyvinyl Records. The first single released off of it is THE HEARSE, a pretty catchy but as for the lyrics quite gloomy song, as the title suggests. The B-side is DAS MODELL by Kraftwerk, which Eric sings in almost perfect German, since he'd lived in Germany, Stuttgart, for a short while during high school as an exchange student. That's also where the name Wampire came about, when he was hanging out with his friend Manuel, who was into goth and new wave. 
Were I first thought he's taking the mickey out of us Germans for mispronouncing the Vs and Ws, it's not really meant to be insulting, according to Rockey.

Last Saturday they did a one off show in Germany at the Loft Lounge in Berlin, right by the river Spree. I caught up with them for a little chat about the band, their Kraftwerk cover, and their plans of touring in Germany at the end of this year. Check out by listening to the interview here:  

The gig was pretty cool and I look forward to seeing them again on a bigger stage hopefully with a good sound-system, where they will have some space to move around. In the meantime, have a listen to their amazing album. It's full of little growers!