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Satellite Stories ‘Vagabonds’ album out in Finland now

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There are two reasons for getting excited today. Firstly, the long wait for Satellite Stories album release of Vagabonds is over. It’s out now in Finland (27th Feb)! You can get involved in the world of  Vagabonds right now. But to add further pleasure to you experience, you can also get the live feel for the album, as Satellite Stories Vagabonds tour starts today (27th February) in Jyväskylä.

Vagabonds is available on CD, LP and digital formats from the following outlets (a selection)

YleX premiered the Vagabonds video earlier this week as well as having the Vagabonds album as Viikon Albumi. Other coverage for Satellite Stories in Finland includes interviews at HS, Metro, Rumba, Soundi, Oulu lehti, Voice, Nrj, Ylex, X3M, Rosvot, Radio Helsinki, HBL., Ksml 4/5 review.

Initial International reaction has been great: “In an age where electronic vibes seem to reign supreme, it’s nice to hear a good piece of solid indie pop “ Indie Shuffle, whilst CLASH Magazine  opines“a piece of blazing rock music built for arena use” . LA based Best New Bands commented “…one thing is definitely for sure, Vagabonds is a catchy, fun, admirable record from a band that continues along on a familiar road, but know that this is the only road worth traveling on.”

Satellite Stories Vagabonds tour starts today (27th Feb). Oulu and London dates are sold out already, with other shows  selling very well. In lieu of Oulu selling out, Satellite Stories play an afternoon show (28th Feb, 3pm ) at Levykauppa Ax Oulu this Saturday (don’t miss!). Get tickets for all dates here!

STOP PRESS: Satellite Stories have been added to the line-up of Ruisrock 2015

  • February 27th. Jyväskylä – Finland 
  • February 28th. Oulu – Finland 
  • March 4th. Hamburg – Molotow – DE
  • March 5th. Amsterdam – Paradiso – NL
    March 6th. Tilburg – 013 – NL
    March 7th. Zwolle – Hedon – NL
    March 9th. London – Barfly – UK (sold out)
    March 11th. Cologne – Luxor – DE
    March 12th. Stuttgart – Zwolfzen – DE
    March 13th. Zurich – Mascotte – CH
    March 14th. Lyss – Kufa – CH
    March 16th. Munich – Kranhalle – DE
    March 17th. – Vienna – Szene – AU
    March 18th. Prague – Futurum – CZ
    March 19th. Berlin – Frannz Club – DE
    March 20th. Copenhagen – Bremen Teater – DK
    March 23rd. Gothenburg – Pustervik – SE
    March 24th. Oslo – Pokalen – NO
    March 26th. Madrid – Arena – ES
    March 27th. Barcelona – Razzmatazz – ES
    March 28th. Mallorca – Es Gremi – ES
    March 29th. Granada – Planta Baja – ES
    April 5th. Helsinki – Tavastia – FI 
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For more Satellite Stories information visit

Black Lizard ‘Solarize’ album details, watch trailer

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Solariz

A few weeks ago we revealed the new video from Black Lizard, All Her Time taken from forthcoming album Solarize.  Now it’s time to give you the lowdown on sophomore album Solarize, which drops via Soliti on the 20th March 2015.  Solarize was self-produced and sees Black Lizard expanding not only their sound (Solarize adds horns, synths and other textures to the mix) , but also moving out of strict genre borders just leaving us with a simple concept: Black Lizard music. 

Watch the album trailer. 

Black Lizard: Solarize (Soliti 036)

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  •  1.Everything And Nothing
  • 2.Perfect Dope
  • 3.Helpless
  • 4.Faith
  • 5.Harmonize
  • 6.All Her Time
  • 7.Heaven In You
  • 8.Waves Hit
  • 9.Shine High

Solarize is released in LP ( Ltd to 300 copies, comes with CD) & Digital formats.

Pre-order Solarize (more links to come):

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The first single from Solarize, All Her Time is informed as much by 1990’s textures as any adherence to the garage sound of decades past. All Her Time’s quiet/loud dynamic is enhanced by airy vocals, chorused guitars, droning fuzz and machine gun drum fills. The video (and album trailer), directed by Eetu Maaranen from label mates Ghost Of Jack Nance, is a fun ride with mystical symbolism. Cue reflective marbles, swirling skulls, spinning angles and one cool looking band.

Listen to All Her Time

All Her Time via Ja Ja Ja “‘All Her Time’ – a track which demonstrates some first few steps in a broader direction for the band, adding new instrumentation and ideas to the mix while retaining the unrelenting energy and focus that this band so fully represent.”

All Her Time via Austin Town Hall “That’s what I love about the group: no matter what they do, they own it, giving it their all for the betterment of our experience.”

All Her Time via Rosvot “After a first listen, All Her Time retains all the elements we’ve come to love about Black Lizard, that is the mesmerising fuzzy guitars, the airy vocals and the psyched, garage attitude, but this time around it sounds a little bit bigger, a little bit louder, all pushed by a hammering rhythm section”

Upcoming shows:

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Photographs by Sofia Okkonen

New Black Lizard single ‘All Her Time’, Solarize album this Spring

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Hot on the heels of two celebrated EP’s and a much loved debut album, Black Lizard prime their second self-produced full length Solarize this spring. Solarize sees the band expanding not only their sound (Solarize adds horns, synths and other textures to the mix) , but also moving out of strict genre borders just leaving us with a simple concept: Black Lizard music.

The first single from Solarize, All Her Time is informed as much by 1990’s textures as any adherence to the garage sound of decades past. All Her Time’s quiet/loud dynamic is enhanced by airy vocals, chorused guitars, droning fuzz and machine gun drum fills. The video, directed by Eetu Maaranen from label mates Ghost Of Jack Nance, is a fun ride with mystical symbolism. Cue reflective marbles, swirling skulls, spinning angles and one cool looking band.

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Stream All Her Time
Black Lizard’s second album Solarize is released through Soliti on the 20th March 2015.

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Watch Satellite Stories ‘Heartbeat’ video

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Watch the official video to Satellite Stories Heartbeat, the second single taken from forthcoming album Vagabonds (released in Finland on the 27th Feb. 2015 via Soliti.) Heartbeat‘s video was shot by Roar Helsinki and directed by Roar Helsinki along with Esa Mankinen from the band. The video get’s it Finnish premiere via Hufvudstadsbladet. 

Heartbeat has been warmly received all over the world with amongst many others Ja Ja Ja commenting “Heartbeat is a song that’s brimming with all of the joyful energy and the light, lilting atmosphere that we’ve come to love from this band” whilst Exclaim from Canada points out that “The song opens with a cinematic shimmer and simple, wordless hooks anchored by a loudly thumping beat.” Chart Shaker opined that “Heartbeat is yet another immediately gratifying slice of electro-washed, arena-ready indie rock” Gigslutz who premiered the single in the UK said Heartbeat “sees Satellite Stories bigger and better than ever” Rumba premiered the single in Finland whilst national radio YleX featured the track as their best new song of the week.

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You can pre-order Vagabonds via iTunes (get an instant download of single The Trap and Heartbeat on order) and via Levykauppa X, 8 Raita, CD:ON with more pre-order links to come.

Satellite Stories embark on a huge European tour at the end of February, taking in Finland, Spain, Germany, Holland, UK, Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, Norway & Denmark. The tour starts in Finland at Jyväskylä and ends with a Finnish homecoming show in April at Helsinki’s Tavastia. NB: LONDON Barfly show SOLD OUT!

  • February 27th. Jyväskylä – Finland 
  • February 28th. Oulu – Finland 
  • March 4th. Hamburg – Molotow – DE
    March 5th. Amsterdam – Paradiso – NL
    March 6th. Tilburg – 013 – NL
    March 7th. Zwolle – Hedon – NL
    March 9th. London – Barfly – UK
    March 11th. Cologne – Luxor – DE
    March 12th. Stuttgart – Zwolfzen – DE
    March 13th. Zurich – Mascotte – CH
    March 14th. Lyss – Kufa – CH
    March 16th. Munich – Kranhalle – DE
    March 17th. – Vienna – Szene – AU
    March 18th. Prague – Futurum – CZ
    March 19th. Berlin – Frannz Club – DE
    March 20th. Copenhagen – Bremen Teater – DK
    March 23rd. Gothenburg – Pustervik – SE
    March 24th. Oslo – Pokalen – NO
    March 26th. Madrid – Arena – ES
    March 27th. Barcelona – Razzmatazz – ES
    March 28th. Mallorca – Es Gremi – ES
    March 29th. Granada – Planta Baja – ES
    April 5th. Helsinki – Tavastia – FI 

Get your tour tickets here

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For more Satellite Stories information visit

Cats Of Transnistria Away EP out now

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Away cover

Cats of Transnistria‘s highly anticipated Away EP, is released digitally via Soliti worldwide today (16th Jan 2015). Congrats you Trans Cats we say!

Listen to Away EP here

Away EP is available to download & stream from the following shops

iTunes

Amazon

Spotify

Deezer

Net Antilla

Wimp

Soliti Shop

Cats Of Transnistria say this of their EP “Away is a story about escapes. The songs are fantasies of a life in another place, stripped of identity, and of hedonistic self-destruction. The entwining short-story-like fragments combine personal feelings and sensations with undertakings of fictional characters from films and novels. Spiced with black humor, these tales of suffering are equally mixed with beauty and hope.” 

Watch the video’s for Good Night & San Francisco


Cats Of Transnistria ‘Away EP ‘ (Soliti 034)

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Composed and performed by Cats of Transnistria. Production by Paltsa-Kai Salama. Away EP cover made by Onni Nieminen

Upcoming live shows:
29.1. Helatorstai-klubi, Henry’s Pub Helsinki
30.1. Soliti Winter Beach Party, Nosturi, Helsinki
31.1. Telakka, Tampere
5.-6.2. MARS Festival, Seinäjoki

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“the Helsinki-based duo’s sound conjure an evocative and serene nocturnal imagery of the scarce daylight season, with windy tremors seeping into the chasms, lulling the listener into a dreamland. ” Prefix

“The group is essentially a duo, crafting this really ornate soundscape music, weaving vocals in and out, and creating this aesthetic that’s extremely hard to ignore.” Austin Town Hall

“The track ‘Good Night’ is absolutely hypnotic, soft like a summer night under the stars. The tremolo guitar, the subtle organ and the dreamy vocals create a strange, comforting darkness that will keep you warm in the cold months to come.”  Ja Ja Ja Music:  5 Artists To Watch In 2015

“… we can also tell you that its staggeringly good…Markedly affecting and often spectacular, ‘Away‘ is a consuming and engrossing depiction of abjection, but it’s certainly one that’s worthy of exploration.” Gold Flake Paint

“San Francisco is dark and claustrophobic in intent and delivery living up to their doom/dream pop, whilst Henna’s vocals almost float over and through the changes in tempo from black noise to subtle understated electronica.” Even The Stars

more info on Cats of Transnistria

Cats Of Transnistria announce Away EP

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Away cover

The wait is almost over. Cats Of Transnistria‘s Away EP gets a worldwide digital release via Soliti on the 16th January 2015.

Cats of Transnistria describe their EP: Away is a story about escapes. The songs are fantasies of a life in another place, stripped of identity, and of hedonistic self-destruction. The entwining short-story-like fragments combine personal feelings and sensations with undertakings of fictional characters from films and novels. Spiced with black humor, these tales of suffering are equally mixed with beauty and hope.” 

We first heard and got excited by Cats Of Transnistria via the track San Francisco. San Francisco features picked guitar textures and haunting vocals but then manages to forge ahead on a propulsive rhythm (notice: no drums) that leads us to a dream of sound and emotion. San Francisco‘s video was made by Cats Of Transnstria’s Henna and Paltsa-Kai Salama of Black Lizard who also handles production duties on the EP. Glue commented on the video “It comes with a video of surfing boys and dancing girls in a distant place and time. The music is eerie and hypnotic by itself, but watch the video below and the experience becomes pretty surreal.” Which sums it up pretty well we think.

Cats Of Transnistria ‘Away EP ‘ (Soliti 034) Release date 16.01.2015

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1. Violet
2. San Francisco
3. Good Night
4. The Departure

Composed and performed by Cats of Transnistria.

Production by Paltsa-Kai Salama.
AWAY EP cover made by Onni Nieminen

Upcoming live shows:
29.1. Helatorstai-klubi, Henry’s Pub Helsinki
30.1. Soliti Winter Beach Party, Nosturi, Helsinki
31.1. Telakka, Tampere
5.-6.2. MARS Festival, Seinäjoki

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Cats of Transnistria photo by Sofia Okkonen.

“the Helsinki-based duo’s sound conjure an evocative and serene nocturnal imagery of the scarce daylight season, with windy tremors seeping into the chasms, lulling the listener into a dreamland. ” Prefix

“The group is essentially a duo, crafting this really ornate soundscape music, weaving vocals in and out, and creating this aesthetic that’s extremely hard to ignore.” Austin Town Hall

“The track ‘Good Night’ is absolutely hypnotic, soft like a summer night under the stars. The tremolo guitar, the subtle organ and the dreamy vocals create a strange, comforting darkness that will keep you warm in the cold months to come.”  Ja Ja Ja Music:  5 Artists To Watch In 2015

more info on Cats of Transnistria

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Listen to Manna’s new single Heartbeat I

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Manna‘s Blackbird album has been warmly welcomed by public and critics alike. The album has received the finest notices of Manna’s career yet and has found it’s way to end of 2014 lists via YleX, Rumba & Soundi amongst others.  

Whilst previous singles Mobile & Troublebirdrepresented the more stripped down aspects of Blackbird, deep in the soul of the album you would have found a rocking pulse. Heartbeat I demonstrates this while retaining the lyrical thread that so characterizes Blackbird. Electronica, pumping beats and electric fuzz meld with Manna’s passionate vocals to deliver one of Blackbird‘s most euphoric highlights.  

You can stream Heartbeat I

Heartbeat I also comes in A Gif video form,  Illustration by Linda Linko. Art Direction by RAIRAI.FI

Manna heads out for some select shows this coming February

7.2 Tavastia, Helsinki (with Aino Venna)
14.2 Tampere talo, Tampere (with Aino Venna)
27.2 Club 45 Special, Oulu

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Blackbird is available from here

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Photo by Sebastian Johansson

More info on Manna from: website, Facebook, twitter, instagram & soundcloud.