‘PARTRIDGE FAMILY’ STAR & SINGER DAVID CASSIDY DIES AGED 67 85

The Partridge Family heartthrob and musician David Cassidy, who sold millions of records around the world and earned himself an army of devoted fans, has died at the age of 67.

Perhaps best known for his role in TV series The Partridge Family between from 1970 to 1974, Cassidy died in a Florida hospital on Tuesday night after being admitted with organ failure.

A statement released by his representative Jo-Ann Geffen read:

“On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance of love and support you have shown him these many years.”

His nephew Jack posted this tweet soon after:

Cassidy’s death comes just nine months after the star announced he was retiring from touring and that he had been diagnosed with dementia.

The performer was THE teen idol of the 1970’s with his work in both the television and music industries earning him a steady following. He and his The Partridge Family co-stars had a number 1 hit with “I Think I Love You” in 1970 while, as a solo artist, Cassidy had his biggest success with a version of “Cherish”, which peaked at number 9 in 1971.

After The Partridge Family ended, Cassidy went on to feature in episodes of Fantasy Island, Malcolm In The Middle and CSI among others.

His half brother Shaun was one of the first to pay tribute to him with scores more flooding Twitter in the hours that followed. You can read just a selection of them below.

Update (07/12/17): It was revealed today that Cassidy’s actress daughter Katie, best known for her appearances in CW TV series Arrow, has been left out of her father’s will. A copy of the document, obtained by Metro.co.uk, reads: ‘It is my specific intent not to provide any benefits hereunder to Katherine Evelyn Cassidy.’

 

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ASTRA THE 22S CHAT ‘PARIS LOVE’ AND FUTURE PLANS 60

Inspired by an eclectic array of bands and artists including The Kills and Michael Jackson, Astra The 22s, led by Kerija Kaleja and Eric Jayk, have, in particular since the release of their EP, Paris Love, been impressing both fans and critics alike, on and off stage. Kerija and Eric spoke to ThisIsTheLatest and told us all about artistic influences, their dream show line up and what the future has in store.

TITL: How did the two of you first meet?

Eric: We met in 2011, when Kerija moved to Brooklyn and went on Craigslist to search for a guitar teacher nearby.

TITL: What would each of you say the other brings to the group?

Kerija: Eric brings his whole being into the writing and producing part – I think he is a genius

E: Kerija keeps me from overthinking, while inspiring me with her one of a kind perspective and lyrical/melodic sensibility; she encourages me to stretch beyond the obvious and conventional approach sonically and to use my imagination.

TITL: Can you recall exactly the moment you knew you wanted to make music your careers?

K: I have always wanted to do something that is connected with performing and I was always singing in front of people whether they wanted to hear me or not hah it is just that thing you have in you and it just makes you want to do this..

E: I remember I got MTV as a child and discovered Aerosmith and Guns ‘n’ Roses. I started playing professionally at age 11.

TITL: Which artists and bands most influenced you growing up and have those influences changed much over the years?

K: I grew up in 90’s Latvia and the country was just rehabilitating from the Soviet Union years, so there was not much to choose from or even know about in terms of what was current in the world at the time. I listened to Ace Of Base, Michael Jackson, Louis Armstrong and very eclectic music…

In recent, years I have really loved The White Stripes, Jack White, The Kills, Prince, David Bowie, Blondie, Aerosmith , Guns n Roses , Def Leppard and many more

E: The first four albums I owned were Michael Jackson ‘Thriller,’ Prince ‘Purple Rain,’ GNR ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ and Motley Crue ‘Dr, Feelgood.’ My mom introduced me to The Rolling Stones, and was a big fan of Rod Stewart and Tina Turner. Later, I went to music school where I studied jazz and classical music and discovered The Cure; punk rock. I then rediscovered my love of rock ‘n roll. It’s always been a love/hate relationship with me and rock music.

TITL: Which band or artist would you say you sound the most similar to?

K: Oh it is so hard to say! Actually I am not sure at all; I feel like currently there are not enough female fronted bands to compare us to so I will say Blondie.

TITL: Kerija, how, if at all, have your Latvian background impacted/influenced the music you create now?

K: Music is universal, so if it is good it is good everywhere, I feel like maybe the song messages have something to do with the Latvian background more because sometimes it can get too serious or sad..hah maybe the minor keys hah

TITL: You’ve won a lot of new fans thanks to your single “Stranger”. Is there a story behind it?

E: Stranger is a powerful, empowering and anthemic call to freedom and individuality. If you find the strength and confidence to be yourself, you will overcome the demands of school, society, pressure from your family or lovers. We are all beautiful, remarkable and brilliant, love yourself and don’t let anyone persuade you into thinking that you are not good enough.

TITL: The track is taken from your EP Paris Love. For those who haven’t heard it, how would you sum it up?

E: Eccentric, beautiful, dark.

TITL: Could you each pick your favourite track from the collection and if so, which is it and why?

K: Oh that’s hard but I would say “Stranger” and or the title track, “Paris Love.”

E: “What U Do 2 Me” because it’s autobiographical.

TITL: Who or what most influences your song-writing and how easy or hard do you find the process of putting a song together?

E: Everything is an inspiration, ones’ mood and state of mind, music, art, friends, people’s lives, and one’s own life as well. Each song is different: some come fast and easy some need a lot of love. In reality, melody and lyrics can come in five minutes, but to make the song real and great can sometimes take months.

TITL: In your opinion, what makes a song truly great?

K: A truly great song is not complicated and has a great hook and a great melody.

E: I only like songs I write – just kidding!

TITL: Which venue would you most like to play and which four bands or artists, who can be living or dead, would you most like to share that stage with?

E: Jack White, David Bowie, Def Leppard, AC/DC -with Brian Johnson – at Castle Donington.

TITL: How has/does social media impact your career and do you think you’d have the support you do without it?

E: Social media is a wonderful tool to reach out to people and fans all around the world and to have one’s message out there in matter of seconds, however; sometimes it can get in the way; all we really want to do is make music or perform.

TITL: Finally then, are there any other plans in the pipeline you can tell me about? What does the coming year have in store for you?

E: We’re going to continue writing new music, play more shows and take over the world.

For more information on Astra The 22s, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Their EP Paris Love is available now.

SEA GIRLS SPILL THE BEANS ON THEIR FAVOURITE SONGS & UPCOMING TOUR 56

With support from Radio 1 and DIY already behind them, Sea Girls are well on their way to being a name being spoken from thousands of mouths in the coming months. As one of the key bands to watch out for in 2018, and while currently working on their debut album, TITL caught up with the quartet to chat favourite songs, social media and what they’d like from Santa.

TITL: Please sum yourselves up in three words.

Henry (Singer/Guitarist): Funny, ambitious, fictitious.

Rory (Guitarist): Stubborn, mischievous, instinctive.

Andrew (Bass): Cheeky, rational, international.

Oli (Drummer): Raucous, mathematical, tactical

TITL: What would you say each of you bring to the group? 

H: A driven song-writer that wants to connect with audiences and excites the imagination.

R: A blues and rock ‘n’ roll inclined guitar, a vocabulary that harks back to early 2000’s Indie era and a unique flare for song-writing.

A: I inject the perfect measurement of groove into every track which carries the energy on stage.

O: A rhythm magician and master arranger, our ‘in-house’ producer with an eye for inventiveness.

TITL: Given the fact that you’ve known each other since school, how have your musical tastes and influences changed over the years and how have those musical changes impacted the music you make as a band now?

SG: Our tastes have changed as we have matured, but the core of our approach has always been joining powerful lyric and melody with something refreshing and unique to us.

TITL: Which band would you say you sound most like and why? 

SG: Each of our songs is a different idea and has been pushed towards a different sonic place; most of them are guitar tracks infused with pessimism and excitement. Not really sure about comparisons having written the songs ourselves. If someone wants to compare us to The Killers though that’s fine.

TITL: What, to you, makes a great song?  

SG: Great songs make you get up, spin around and then cry.

TITL: Picking one each, I’d like you to tell me which songs you think are the greatest ever written. What is it about those songs that makes them so special? 

H: Robyn – “Dancing On my Own.” I am an indie music lover first and foremost, but I love great pop. It has a lyric that hit me immediately and still does. Robyn’s hit has been covered so many times and has the same strong effect on me from each arrangement. It was also a spark for me writing “Call Me Out”.

O: Oasis – “Slide Away.”  A strong contender for top song and a 90s classic. Noel and Liam at their most poetic and nuanced with a chorus that keeps on going, it’s a true modern anthem.

R: Bruce Springsteen – “Dancing In The Dark.” I think it has all of the above qualities; its simple snare drum keeps the beat and allows the exciting melody and relatable lyrics to do their magic.

A: Charli XCX – “Boys.” She is such a force and a great role model for the scope of her ambition in the industry. And this song is beautifully subversive and simple, followed with a killer video.

TITL: You’ve already had support from the likes of Radio 1 and DIY. How important has that been to you?

SG: As well as the obvious promotion it gave us, it has been a huge confidence boost to be supported by Radio 1 – particularly by Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Abbie McCarthy. DIY have also been with us right from the start and have luckily liked and supported all of our releases to date which is awesome.

TITL: In this technological day and age where everyone seems to know everybody else’s business, how do you feel about social media and how big of a part has it played in so far getting your name and music out there to an audience? Do you think it’s a necessary tool for artists today or is it still possible for you and them to achieve success without it?

SG: We’re sure there are some ways of making it without social media, but we just see it as an organic way to show our music and let fans be part of what we are doing. We think it’s only a good addition for musicians.

TITL: You’re heading out on tour in February. Is there any one location/venue you’re particularly excited to play?

SG: Of course we are looking forward to playing The Cookie in Leicester which will be our long overdue hometown show.  Also, our London show at the OMEARA as well as it is a super beautiful venue and London has always been great to us.

TITL: Are you working on an album? If so, what can you tell me about it, without giving too much away?

SG: We are writing all the time and are already in the studio recording tracks with producer Larry Hibbitt a lot. Some of these recordings will be on the first album.

TITL: With Christmas just around the corner, what’s on your festive wish-list?

SG: Lucky for us we are going on our debut UK tour in February which means we need bigger amps too.

TITL: Finally then, aside from the tour and album, what are your plans and ambitions for 2018 and will you be making any new year’s resolutions? If so, can you tell me what they are?

SG: To have lots of fun doing what we do together as a band, connecting more people with our music and writing more and more songs.

For more information on Sea Girls, including tickets for and a list of venues on their upcoming tour, visit their website. You can also keep up to date with the band on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram and listen to their music on Soundcloud.