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Guest Post: Christmas Crime by Broken Lines

https://sheltercymru.org.uk/


Winter can be a very lonely and miserable time of year, especially if you’re homeless. Yet we live in a world where there is plenty of money and space for everyone. We are all ‘guilty’ of overspending at Christmas, wanting to be generous to our friends and relatives, but what about those with no shelter, no home, no family?


The greatest gifts humanity has is to be able to communicate, help and love each other and yet we seem to find it the most difficult thing to do! Surely this is what Christmas is about? 


We challenged ourselves to write a Christmas song, in a week, with the intention of doing something positive for our community and here it is… “Christmas Crime.”

We are selling our Christmas song online and donating all proceeds to Shelter Cymru.


Please don’t sit back and ignore it, get up and make a difference. It could be you one day!


Merry Christmas,

Broken Lines x

Bandcamp: https://brokenlinesuk.bandcamp.com/track/christmas-crime


JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brokenlinesuk

116 Days of Summer Guests: High Moonlight

High Moonlight

The band High Moonlight began their work in the late 90’s. At first it had a first name which was Evil Side and then Boots Goblins. The sound was more heavily encased in blues than metal itself, but they would soon begin to develop more precise and objective ideas.

If at the beginning the idea was to play covers of bands such as Sabbath, Dio, Purple and others, the focus now is also to focus on their own songs.

As with almost every band at the beginning of their journey, it was never easy to maintain a solid lineup at the beginning, so the hardest thing was having members committed to serious and focused work.

In the early 2000s the band had to cease activities returning years later with a new lineup.

In 2016 comes the first major opportunity for the band in their journey so far, which was to participate in the compilation Roadie Metal-volume 8 (Brazilian Heavy Metal Bands). Big names in national metal have already gone through this collection, Torture Squad, Claustophobia, Heaven’s Guardian, Fatal Scream are some of them.

High Moonlight’s main feature is its authentic, punctual, striking and creative guitar riffs (something that most bands have put aside a bit these days). Adding to that beautiful (and heavy) vocal melodies and inspirational solos, that’s it! This is the formula that composes and defines the band’s sound, without any obligation to the big bands of the world metal genre.

The lyrics cover conspiratorial subjects (aliens, occult government, existentialism), epic or intergalactic battles, and sometimes themes of contemporary pop culture as superheroes.

Currently the HML has been reformulated and has Robert Wagner and Robert Veck on electric guitars, Chris dos Anjos on vocals, Luciano on bass, Barreira on drums.

116 Days of Summer Guests: Rozu

Rozu

Hey guys, thanks for having us.

An issue that we really believe and speak upon as a band is equality amongst the people. We released our single ‘Divide’ about two months ago and the song means a lot to us being the first time we have ever written about something that truly isn’t from our own battle or experiences but speaking to our nation and world.

We truly care about pushing forward to live in a world where racism is in the past and it starts here at home for us. Our government and people voted a man to be the leader of our nation who in our opinion is an absolute bigot.

We believe, feel, and present ourselves as equals with every single person out there in the world. Just because someone is different than you or believes in something different than you does not make that person an enemy or someone to put down, we are all human and we all bleed red.

In such a technologically advanced society that we live in with knowledge at our finger tips it is truly time to leave these negative ideologies in the past where they belong. 

116 Days of Summer Guests: Days to Come

Touring

Justin – I love traveling and touring is pretty much the same thing. I love being on the road, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. I grew up in a military household and that probably created the enjoyment I have for traveling. 

Brandon – Touring is pretty nifty if I do say so myself. You get to chill in a small space with your fellow bromosexuals which causes for some choice bonding time. You get to visit cool cities and attractions that are relatively foreign to you in your natural habitat. The only thing that causes disarray is the spooky lads and ladettes you see at walmart around 2 in the morning.

Jalen – I’m a sucker for video games and medieval related anything. If I could, I’d bring my PS4 every time we went on tour. We have yet to install a t.v. in our van and we never stay in one place long enough for too much recreation, so I just stick with mobile games.

Tour Food

Brandon – I like to eat only the most exquisitely prepared peanut butter sandwiches crafted within our own confines.

Jalen – Taco bell. It’s cheap and usually all that’s open after our shows.

Justin – We try to go to a local grocery store and load up on food while we’re on the road. It’s much cheaper than eating fast food everyday and also healthier.

However, Taco Bell is typically on the menu. It’s like the only thing open after a gig and sometimes, those peanut butter crackers just don’t cut it.

Social Issues

Jalen – I’m not saying anything about social issues.

Justin – My eyes were recently opened to the incredibly negative effects that our waste products can have on our environment. I try to keep my footprint small and avoid using single use plastics as often as I can. 

We typically go through a lot of water on tour, so this was a challenge. Currently, I’m bringing a few glass bottles with me on the road and I refill them with water.

Brandon – Don’t get me started on three way stop signs. They’re a menace and they need to be eradicated. They’re not making anything safer. They’re just being annoying over cautious.

Song Link: https://youtu.be/gS839Rzpg-U

116 Days of Summer Guests: Notorious Lightbulbs

‘THE ART OF THE GENRE’

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Notorious Lightbulbs on Spotify

How many of these artists have influenced you?

  1. Beastie Boys
  2. System of a Down
  3. Scatman John
  4. Flaming Lips
  5. Kraftwerk
  6. Sex Pistols
  7. The Doors
  8. Fatboy Slim
  9. The Avalanches
  10. Van Der Graaf Generator

Most people we’ve asked answered with a few, depending on their kind of music and this is the thing that confuses us!

While some argue that the accessibility of music now is leading to over saturation and artists getting lost among the masses, a fantastic aspect of having access to nearly every piece of music created means influences don’t have to be limited to 1 or 2 genres.

It seems the world has always defined music taste via genre – from the start of rock n roll, throughout musical history you were either…

Prog or

Punk

Mods or

Rockers

Eminem or

The Boy Bands

This suggests influences can only come from one genre when for many bands, an array of genres influence them.

I have always challenged the idea that music taste must be limited by genre. Growing up my main love was nu-metal:

  • Marilyn Manson
  • Anyone
  • Korn
  • Linkin Park

However, for nu-metal fans, did this mean this is all they listened to?  Well, for many of my friends growing up, yes, this is all they listened to and they didn’t deviate, almost embarrassed by any other genre which baffled me!  Was this the same for me? Absolutely not, every few weeks my friend and I would make a mix tape featuring the likes of:

  • The Sex Pistols
  • The Damned
  • MOP
  • Flock of Seagulls
  • Abba
  • Public Image Limited
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come
  • Violent Delight
  • Blue Cheer
  • Tony Mcphee and The Groundhogs
  • Audience

On a weekly basis we would be consuming all different kinds of genres and finding new weird and wonderful bands and underrated gems.

Try striking up a conversation at school about one of these!  However would this be different now? Given I could load up Spotify on my phone and play someone the delights of Kingdom Come’s ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’?

Stop for 20 seconds.  Name as many musical genres as you can…

How many did you name?  I’m guessing quite a few, however the question is do we even need to define music by genre anymore?  Genre can be a useful reference point to explain what has influenced you and can sometimes give the audience a notion of what is to come, however summing up a band with one of these is proving more and more difficult nowadays.

We, The Notorious Lightbulbs, have been classified as Rock, Electro-Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Heavy Rock, Electronic, Electro-Pop and this is because it depends what song of ours you have listened to.  

Listen to ‘Voodoo Stripper Junkie’ and you’ll think were heavy rock with a touch of boogie, listen to ‘Far Out’ and you’ll think we’re an electronic band with not a guitar in sight, listen to some of our unreleased demos and you’ll think we’re flower power loving hippies!

There have been many artists who appear to have also adopted this mantra, taking inspiration from a whole host of musical styles.  Imagine getting a new album by one of your favourite artists and not even knowing what musical style it was going to be? Some people would say risky and scary, I say exciting!


116 Days of Summer Guests: Crejuvent

Crejuvent on bandcamp

As creative folk, it’s important that we try and understand what influences us to create the things we do, and why. Ultimately, everything we are and the way we go about living our lives is a result of everything we’ve previously experienced and everything that has happened to us. It stands to reason that the things we create are just manifestations of our own interpretation of reality and the things we have experienced. I think that if you’re looking to make meaningful art and are really trying to achieve something with your art (be it money or fame or acceptance, whatever it may be) then it’s important to look inward and figure yourself out in the process. Even if that means that, at the end of the day, all you’ve found is that you really love chocolate and so you’re going to make some fancy paintings of chocolate. Even something as benign as that has the potential to reach people and to actually say something – if it’s a genuine reflection of you as a person, then it’ll give your audience a way to connect to you personally. And at the end of the day, is that not what we all crave? Genuine human connections that ultimately validate our own existence and make us feel more alive?

This is an ongoing process for pretty much all of us, as we’re constantly changing and evolving. In my case, I write heavy music. Crejuvent is my primary vehicle for this perpetual exploration. I need a project where I’m allowed to be as true to myself as possible as I seem to have a lot of unresolved issues to work through. The result is a project that’s thematically robust, although a bit jarring. It’s somewhat uncomfortable and it can put a lot of people off.

That’s pretty much how I feel all the time. 

I can proudly say that the music I make as Crejuvent IS me, as it’s as honest a representation and an exploration I can construct. And the results of me putting the music out there for people resonate with me. I know a lot of respectable musicians that have listened to the music, and their thoughts are pretty much the same: “You’re a great musician, so why make something like this?” And as a result, I don’t get taken very seriously. This is very in-keeping of my subconscious need to self-sabotage any chance I have of happiness and human relationships. I’ve done it with friends, with partners, with people I care about, and I do it in my art as well.

Not out of choice, mind you. It’s just an unfortunate side effect of living with a mental illness. But in saying that, it sounds like I’m trying to skirt away from any responsibilities for my actions, and just being like “ah well, that’s just life”.

But that’s not entirely the case. I’m saying that and trying to admit that to myself as a means to improve. The first step in getting better is realising there’s a problem to begin with. And I hope that I can work through whatever issues I may have by writing angry music about it. 

If you’ve listened to my music at all, or followed me on social media or whatever, you’ll notice there’s also a sense of irony and humour to what I do. That’s mostly there as a safety net. I HAVE to laugh at myself and at my issues somewhat, because the alternative would be succumbing to it and letting it take over. 


The point is this: if you’re a creative person in some capacity or you’re trying to create something good and pure, then don’t compromise. As good or nasty (such as in my particular case) as the truth may be, you will only be lying to yourself and consequently to your audience by compromising. When creating, you have to surrender to yourself. 


Crejuvent on Facebook

116 Days of Summer Guests: VAYA

VAYA

VAYA

-A NEW SOUND FROM THE ELDERS-

Have you ever heard about a little girl bound with the Wild Life and the
Nature’s Law? She was called Vahia, the little one. Then the child
became a woman almost forgetting the white wolf blood running into her
veins.
Once she woke up after a big life nightmare; she was in trouble. She
took her bag pack , a candle, her leather book and took a bus for « no
where ». She walked into a deep forest and just sat down under a old
tree and looked up to the sky: « So, and now? ». She was 33 years old.
And she remembered this guy, some months ago, who was looking
deeply at her; He was able to read her soul and she came to him without
any reasons she was guided.
« My name is Vahia »
« Do you know the story of Vahia? »
« No »
« She was the daughter of a native Indian chief from north of America.
Then she was kidnapped by wolves who took her into the forest. 30
years old she came back to the human life and was able to heal with all
the knowledge of Animals and Nature. Then she died at 33 years. And
she reincarnated her soul through a little girl ». And he was looking more
deeply through Vahia eyes.
Before the night seized the all forest into the dark, she closed her eyes
and felt a mystical energy ruling her mind: all the white pages of her
leather book were printed with innumerable lyrics. The blow of the white
wolf was dancing around her murmuring all that vibrations: voices of
native Indian, like warriors roars swimming on real strong drums: a
captivating orchestra coming from the deepest roots of human being.
The little Vahia became VAYA:
« He became my spirit tiara And I promised to be his princess forever » (
VAYA track extract// VAYA DOUBLE ALBUM).
The pact was done between her and the soul of the white wolf. And so
began the Legend of the white wolf named VAYA.
Till now the great spirit from the elders through its wild white wolf is
dancing on the stages by VAYA’s strong and animal voices and rough

drums surrounded by psychedelic rock music tones. VAYA wakes up
your deepest animal part, an elusive shiver into your spine.
And what’s the next chapter of this wild story? Because VAYA is able to
receive the all wild life, when she arrived into Canada, someone
knocked at her door.
« Hi, come in! »
The second Opus will be ruled by the flow of the white tiger: « A way to
integrate your full madness » ( SEXUAL track extract // VAYA SECOND
OPUS)
For this Automn you will discover one of its fang through a « video-short
movie », realized in Japan and recorded in Toronto at Union Sound; an

opened door on a first song of the next coming up album:
Come and have a dance between wolf and tiger: That is what defines
simply the sacred fire:
VAYA as people says « She is unique ».

https://www.vaya-official.com

116 Days of Summer Guests: Xotic Yeyo

Why Lookin’ Cool Requires a Mirror
By Xotic Yeyo

Prince and his characters, Morris Day and the Time are cool—
they know how to spell it; “C-O-O-L.” With a lot of purple and indigo influences Stu Sauce thinks the lyrics he writes for Xotic Yeyo are cool. However, his sense of clothing style is laughed off by his band mates. It was in 2016 at a DADA show he was gifted a couple of shirts by his friend Ecstasy making him aware that his current style needed a quick fix. A few gold splattered shirts have become a staple in what makes Stu Sauce a funky fool on the stage. His more fashion-minded band-mates, Cody Orange and Rod Reiter have since kept Stu Sauce from further looking like a clown that gets dressed by a vomiting closet.

True Story:

“Bro, you are going to wear this shirt in our Music video!”—Rod Reiter
                *Stu puts on shirt for music video*
                “Hey Stu, you know that shirt reminds me of a Stevie wonder album: Songs in the Key of Life”—Cody Orange
                *googles album with resignation*— Stu Sauce

Much in this way it was decided that Stu Sauce had to exclusively wear the gold splattered Kanye-West-looking shirts. They make our front-man into a Super-Hero—Captain Xotic—Mr. Yeyo. He took on a plethora of nick-names by all the sound-guys, but his favorite is Mr. Yeyo.

                Xotic Yeyo has a high standard of entertainment value, and looking the part really lets people listen with their eyes. The Xotic Yeyo experience should be second only to an uber-frugal Disney.  The image doesn’t stop at how Stu Sauce is looking on stage, but the atmosphere the band delivers. By bringing our own lights to the party, we do everything possible to make the party come to life. This has not only helped us as an original band get gigs, but repeat gigs from many of the venues. They know we take our roles as entertainers of an audience very serious. Selling an experience is what a live band has to do. 

                If we could make you taste our funk, we would do that too.

(Xotic Yeyo is a funky pop trio from Miami Florida that cook up dancy groove-songs consisting—The band is made up of Cody Orange on drums, Stu Sauce on Guitar and Lead Vocals, and Rod Reiter on Bass guitar and Backup Vocals)

Xotic Yeyo on Spotify
Xotic Yeyo on Instagram
Xotic Yeyo website


116 Days of Summer Guests: Chasing Velvet

Heyo, Amira and Naomi here!

We have been tasked by the lovely Holley to grace your brain with the writings of 2 budding musicians embarking on the vastness that is the music industry. 

To start on a casual note, we share a bunch of things in common ranging from food love to thrifting enthusiasm, many a band rehearsal starting and ending with a plethora of “new”, interesting and unique pieces found in the bargain bin. 
There’s an uncontested joy in the idea of engaging in sustainable fashion. Or contributing, at least a little. 
This coupled with our family’s “thrift over new” attitude towards shopping in general. We have always been conscious of how fashion is constantly changing but individuality remaining at the forefront.

Along with many other things, it’s the music that really binds us. Music has been a constant in both of our lives, at a young age participating in church choir and musical theatre in school, music was everywhere. After meeting in 2017, we realised how similar our upbringings, goals and aspirations were, neither straying very far from music; after which came the formation of the pop duo that is now Chasing Velvet. 
It made sense to us, write, record, perform. Made so simple by the other. Thats not to say it wasn’t/ isn’t incredibly difficult, we are really trying to create something that not only means a lot to us, but is meaningful to our listeners, something that makes them feel connected, to us, a situation or a feeling.

We’ve written quite a few songs about topics surrounding strength and persistence. Something we not only believe in but are striving to embody. Songs like ‘If I may’, ‘ascendancy’ and ‘Innuendo’ are direct responses to  situations that made us feel uncomfortable, unhappy or not ourselves. 
As our career unfolds, the themes discussed in our writing will ebb and flow but will always have powerful undertones that may not be detected a surface level, sharing struggles and advice through lyric to further connect with our audience.

That has been just a few things that are important to us and we’d love it if you guys would check out our music on Spotify, iTunes and Youtube or if your curious about us,  you can find us on every social media ever! (except myspace -_-)

Lots of love 
Chasing Velvet x

Chasing Velvet

116 Days of Summer Guests: Ghost Color

Ghost Color

As a band we’ve spent years figuring out who we are as a unit, what our sound was, and what we wanted from it, only to have everything change just as we accomplished most or all those missions.
And as if figuring who we are as a band wasn’t hard enough, it’s even harder when you have to do those things on a personal level. Here’s some tip we’ve picked up on the road to self and self-preservation.
If the road you’re on doesn’t thrill you anymore, get off it. you’ll waste more time by continuing down a path you don’t want than if you just stop so you can figure out what you do want. Don’t want the same things you wanted yesterday, last week, last year? You’ve changed.
Embrace it. Learn who the new you is, cause the old you is never coming back.
Don’t try and forced other people to veer off their course so you can have them on yours. No matter how much you love them or how much (you think) it will be better for them. They will either support your new vision or they won’t.
No one owes you anything. Not your friends, not your partner, not your bandmates, not the world.
You don’t owe anyone anything. Not your friends, not your partner, not your bandmates, not the world.
Be kind, everyone you meet is fighting a terrible battle.
Only allow kind people into your life. It’s only a matter of time before a cruel person turns their cruelness on you. they can’t help it.
Value yourself. There’ll be people who will want you to value the person they want you to be, more than the person you actually are. Ignore their voices. Listen to your own.


Eric, Bryan, and Chris
Ghost Color

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