Drenge new music!

I’m snowed in here, although not as much as I’d hoped. Yesterday, I trekked out across the wild tundra of New York City, snow beginning to swirl around, turning the park and the streets into a temporary stage set of true winter, where beasts of buses clank along with their chains, and everyone is wrapped in those Canada Goose arctic jackets that cost 600 dollars. The beginning of a snow storm is beautiful, as the streets clear out, everyone slows down a little, and the grime is hidden under a frosted layer of nostalgia. And it was all worth it, because at the end of my journey was a warm restaurant, where I was able to sit down with Eoin and Rory Loveless from Drenge.

It was a pleasure to see them again, after our long talk last summer. They spoke at length about the new album and what it was like to go back into the studio. That interview will be out soon, as will the new album. In the meantime, they are on Letterman tonight, January 27, and are playing a couple of NYC shows on Thursday and Friday. Zane Lowe just debuted their new track on BBC Radio One, “We Can Do What We Want.” It’s his hottest track in the world.

Full throttle energy poured into adrenaline soaked music that dives under your skin and defiantly takes control, refusing to let go. There isn’t a single track I’ve heard that hasn’t demanded all my attention up front, only to slide around the back later and curl up for a longer stay.

Looks like the hibernation time is coming to an end.

BBC mini interview with Zane Lowe – Hottest Track in the World



My Interview with Julia McFarlane of Twerps

Melbourne foursome Twerps are coming out with a new album, Range Anxiety, on Merge Records on January 27 in the US and February 3 in Europe. There’s a single out already, “Back to You,” with a video directed by Johann Rashid. Formed back in 2008, they’ve worked out a warm sound, filled with longing-laced lyrics pinned against a deceptively bright soundscape of jangly guitars and steady rhythms. The new album wants you to travel beyond the surface of things, and it’s there that the songs sweep you into a world that’s both comfortable and strange. It’s extremely enticing, and it seems pretty certain that this album will see Twerps’ already wide appeal expanding even further. The band are touring the States this spring and making their third trip to SXSW, and Northern Transmissions was able to catch up with Twerps before they start touring Australia. Alice Severin spoke with Julia McFarlane about the new album and the delicate balance of creating with four musicians.

Like the feeling of the band is different to all of those adjectives. Do you know what I mean? I know, like texturally it does make sense. And I suppose a lot of people listen to music and they are doing it in a very kind of sensory way, or like a physical way. But it doesn’t feel like that to me. That’s not the feeling of the band that I get. I just feel like it’s more like kind of sad, or brooding. There’s definitely a lot of jangly moments, I’ll let that happen. But in combination, all of the adjectives used – I think a lot of people just recycle stuff they read in other reviews, and that’s like – there’s a reason for that, I’m sure.

Interview click here…

Review of A Lesson Unlearnt – the album from Until the Ribbon Breaks

Pete Lawrie Winfield, who hails from Cardiff, has a background in film and an interest in soundtracks that he has turned into an experimental mix of genres, with bandmates James Gordon and Elliot Wall. Using words that sometimes sound as though they were taken straight from a personal journal, computerized brooding sounds, and music mashed together with hip hop, Until the Ribbon Breaks starts off familiar and veers into unknown territory. Winfield first came to the public eye doing DJ sets for Lorde, and has also created a number of what he terms “re-imaginings” of other musician’s songs, hitting on everyone from Blondie to London Grammar. The debut album, A Lesson Unlearnt, features Run the Jewels as guests on one of the songs, their mood of necessary intensity making a unique contrast with the singer/songwriter feel that underpins most of the tracks.

It’s an interesting idea, a combination that sometimes works, and other times seems a bit of an afterthought. Until the Ribbon Breaks is on tour supporting London Grammar and has been featured on NPR and Harper’s Bazaar’s sounds of 2015, so expect to see more of them and some moody fashion shots featuring the camera-ready Winfield.

Review here…

My interview with Until the Ribbon Breaks

Until the Ribbon Breaks is a new band comprising Pete Lawrie Winfield, James Gordon, and Elliot Wall. Right now, they are all in the studio, rehearsing for their upcoming tour, to support their debut album, A Lesson Unlearnt. Begun as a studio project, and heavily inspired by the cinematic due to Winfield’s film school background, the album borrows from different genres. Hip hop features prominently, weaving its way through the songs, and they managed to score the guest participation of Run the Jewels for one of the tracks. Now with the album about to drop, they’re attracting a lot of attention. So the band which claimed to have gone into the studio with a piano, a drum machine, projecting film clips for inspiration, is taking the show on the road. Northern Transmissions wanted to know more about what was behind the scenes. Alice Severin was able to talk with the group and discover the backstory behind this latest big feature.

It started as a studio project, which brought us together to make a record that we loved in the studio, and then other people liked it, I suppose. And that evolved into us deciding that we should probably entertain the idea of it being a band. And then it turned into a live band, and here we are.

the interview is here…

Springtime Carnivore, Greta Morgan

My interview with Springtime Carnivore – Greta Morgan

Greta Morgan is the mind and person behind Springtime Carnivore. If you haven’t heard her yet, then the video Name on a Matchbook will introduce you to her culture-exploring storytelling and her pop-flavored, almost retro, alluring persona and musicality. The debut album, also called Springtime Carnivore, was produced by Richard Swift, who has worked with The Black Keys and The Shins, and has just been released on Autumn Tone Records. She’s been playing here and there, and is gearing up for more touring in the New Year. Catch up to your friends who are already hooked on her music, or introduce them first, because it looks like Springtime Carnivore is just taking off. Northern Transmissions wanted to know more, and Alice Severin was able to catch up with Greta and ask her about how she approaches music.

The process of self-discovery and personal evolution is really fascinating to me, regardless of age. Transition in general. I’ve spent endless hours googling “before and after” stories, whether it’s for addiction recovery, weight loss, sex changes, travel, religious experience, etc.

Interview this way…

Happy New Year and Book Update!

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope 2015 brings us all the space to forget fear, find new connections, and explore our own unique paths. Much love to all of you. It’s a grey day in NYC, but the conversations on the street speak of hope and any attempt to go a different way, even if it’s just trying out the new coffee shop. Another chance.

Now moving on to the next book. Did you forget? Because I didn’t. It’s coming along, and I’m hoping to have it done by spring. It’s not set in the Access world (Tristan! We still love you!) but it has some things in common, perhaps.

To the discovery of new things, and with grateful thanks to the thousands of readers out there, both vocal and silent.

Alice xx

And special mention to Totally Booked, who have Access Unlimited on their 2014 list of books that received 4.5 stars. Thank you!