The concerned efforts of singer Colleen Rennison, guitarist Eric Campbell, drummer Ian Browne, and bassist Matt Camirand may be collected under the banner of No Sinner, but from the looks of the Vancouver-based quartet’s new video for “Love is a Madness” (from their Boo Hoo Hoo EP), there may be a sense of irony involved in that choice of band name. Framed by Brass Tacks Films to appear like an early ‘70s exploitation film, care of its swoopy yellow title font, vintage clothing choices, and warm hues, the video expression of love’s inconsistencies matches the no holds barred blues-rock R&B musings that Rennison and company produce in the single. In fact, they’re so inconsistent that the song and the video apparently end up in different places. After all, love is a madness, and madness is rarely logical. That’s why it can be so exciting, on that slide of delirium and surrender, and that’s what No Sinner taps into here.
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Wales’ Stereophonics have had a long career going back to the tail end of the ‘90s Britpop era. That the band has survived when so many of that era’s group have faded is a testament to their talents as performers and songwriters. Stereophonics will release their eighth album Violins and Tambourines next year, but you can get a preview now with their new song, also titled “Violins and Tambourines”. It’s world’s away from their early best known tunes like “Local Boy in a Photograph”. “Violins and Tambourines” shows the band playing with dynamics and string sections to build a tune that pushes to greater heights as the verses flow by.
This Tuesday marks the 72nd anniversary of the birth of one of the most important figures in popular music. John Lennon helped make the Beatles the world’s most successful music group, but also he made quite an impact in a solo career that tragically spanned only two decades.
While everyone can easily name seven John Lennon songs, a list of his singles that did the best on US charts might surprise you. For instance, “Give Peace a Chance” hit No. 2 in the UK, but here in the States it didn’t even crack the top ten. “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” may be a holiday classic, but it never appeared on our Billboard charts. Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at John’s biggest hit singles in the US.
Manchester’s I Am Kloot are releasing their impressive new single “Hold Back the Night” in the UK on November 5th in advance of their new album Let It All In coming in January 2013. “Hold Back the Night” is a masterfully composed song that begins spare and builds to a gorgeous string-laden crescendo. This band’s sophisticated rock is always worth checking out, especially for fans of Elbow.