REVIEW: CALLING ALL ASTRONAUTS – EMPIRE 18

Two years on from the release of “Post Modern Conspiracy”, London alternative/electro rockers Calling All Astronauts have released the first track to be taken from their upcoming album “Anti-Social Network”, scheduled for release in February of next year.

“Empire” begins with a thumping drum beat which instantly grabs the listeners’ attention and with a vocal reminiscent of Billy Idol, there’s a distinct 1980’s feel to it, which certainly helps it stand out among the sea of modern-pop ballads and the like which continue to be blared from speakers on a regular basis. The lyrics themselves are quite simple, and so it is left to the somewhat unique vocal delivery to help improve the song on the whole.

There are also several remixes of the song so fans certainly aren’t restricted when it comes which version of the track they want to listen to, but it’s the original mix that, without question, works best of all.

The band have already earned themselves a strong following on Twitter (currently over 400K) and have received support from BBC 6Music among others. They might not be to everybody’s taste, but you can’t fault their effort and determination to maintain their place in an industry where so many artists have already fallen by the wayside.

 

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PREMIERE: CHUCK MCDERMOTT PRESENTS “THE GIRL FROM ST. LUCY” 28

A staple of the music industry for more than four decades, Chuck McDermott, a Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, has toured internationally with the icon that was and will always be John Stewart and has been delighting fans through fantastic live shows with his band Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw since the 1970’s.

McDermott’s new album Gin & Rosewater, which features a cover of the Johnny Cash classic “I Walk The Line”, is one of his strongest collections to date and ThisIsThelatest are thrilled to premiere the video for its latest release, the track titled “The Girl From St. Lucy.”

Asked about the background to the video, McDermott says:

“The church is Old Ship Church in Hingham, MA. It’s the oldest house of worship in continuous use in the United States, built in 1861. It is also where Anne and I met! Both of us separately discovered the church after moving to Hingham and both eventually served time as religious education teachers there (motivated in part to get our own kids to attend the program!). So not only is it a pretty stunning example of 17th century architecture, it has a lot of personal significance for me too.”

The clip also has many family connections to Chuck within it, adding a lovely sense of sentimentality to the piece – his mom features heavily through the inclusion of family photos and his fiancé Anne is the woman sat in the Church with him.

Check out “The Girl From St. Lucy” below and for more information on Chuck McDermott, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. Gin & Rosewater is available now. Header photo credit: Kelly Davidson.

PREMIERE: THE CLASSIC KIDS UNVEIL THE VIDEO TO NEW TRACK “AMY” 28

The Classic Kids – Eric James, Matty Boy, Max Dean and Mikey G – have come a long way since they released their debut single “Just Begun” in 2015 and have undertaken quite a musical evolution in recent months but nowhere is said evolution more evident than on the bands’ latest single “Amy”, the video for which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.

Asked about the background to the track, lead singer and bassist Eric James explains:

“The premise of the song ‘Amy’ was written to tell the quintessential “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” story about the nice guy who lost the girl. We figured it would be a fun topic to delve into and bring to life for the listener.”

The video to the song was directed by Eric Striffler with him and the band working in almost perfect harmony with one another to shoot each and every frame you see on screen. The result is a clip which puts a rather fun and unique twist on the typical classic horror movie style videos which several bands and artists have created over the past few years.

“Amy” has a very 80’s feel to it, and is a high-energy, up-tempo track with a strong, relatable message. For those yet unfamiliar with The Classic Kids, it also serves as a fantastic introduction to a band who can only have bigger and better things ahead for them.

Check out the video to Amy below and for more information on The Classic Kids, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. “Amy” is available now on iTunes and all online music platforms. Header photo credit: Cory Ingram.