Strange Talk are the flourishing melodies heard behind rooftop conversations amongst strangers. They’re also moonlighting as the anthem to your club and festival night. That’s the kind of beguiling juxtaposition that the Melbourne duo, comprised of Stephen Docker and Gerard Sidhu bring to your summer soundtrack. Nestled comfortably between the French disco samples of Daft Punk and the soaring indie aesthetics of contemporary electronic giants like Flume, Strange Talk return with a re-discovered passion that stems from their roots of electronic music production and song-writing. With a growing realisation of who they are and where they want to go, Strange Talk is no longer the 4-piece indie pop band we’ve known them for, but an electronic duo which sees them returning with a whole new look, feel and refocused sound that is crisp, commanding and all encompassing of the shift in dynamic. The duo are set to drop a brand new EP this October. In 2012, Strange Talk were making a name for themselves in Australia- they were busy doing the rounds on the Aussie festival circuit appearing at Parklife, Stereosonic, Future Music, Soundscape and Falls, while opening for indie heavyweights like Neon Indian and Foster the People. Meanwhile, in the States they were hitting the #1 spot on Billboard’s Uncharted chart and whispers of their talent were growing louder. It was time Strange Talk officially made their US debut which they did with their LP, “Cast Away,” in 2013. Soundcloud streams would hit over 1 million streams, and official remixes would soon arrive from artists like Dillon Francis, Chainsmokers and Viceroy - propelling the group into the kind of blogosphere stardom that the duo could only dream about when they first formed in their bedroom in 2011. Strange Talk’s forthcoming EP is a synesthetic experience- one that bleeds of golden melodies stacked against a backbone of heavy bass, all tied together with flourishes of electronica. It’s a musical testament of how a duo found their sound and got their groove back, if you will. From the heartbreak-on-the-dancefloor synths that build to a sombre climax on So In Love, to the all-encompassing disco vibes of the anthemic summer track, When It Feels So Good, the duo’s new release is a bold testament of how Docker and Sidhu have pushed themselves musically over the past 5 years. The ethereal duet, “Painted In Gold,” featuring fellow-Australian artist Bertie Blackman is perhaps the best sonic reflection of the remarkable journey the group have made . “It’s about chasing the dream and all the drama you go through,” muses Gerard. “It’s a reflection of our journey over the last 5 years to get where we are and everything we have been through.”
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, longtime friends & collaborators Kristian Attard and Serg Dimitrijevic collided at the beginning of 2013 in Los Angeles, forming what would soon become known as Intergalactix – an interstellar combustion of music, space travel and vintage devices.
Intergalactix have been working behind the scenes for more than a decade on projects with the likes of Cool & Dre, Good Charlotte, Jason Mraz, Heart, Earth Wind & Fire, Kelis, Allen Stone, Ariana Grande, Pras Michel (the Fugees) to Australian heavyweights Jimmy Barnes and PNAU, as well as recording in Miami with Cash Money Records for their previous project. In February 2014, they also supported Zedd on his Jimmy Kimmel Live set.
Intergalactix were destined to be anything but understated; their sound an amalgam of distinctly radiant vocals smeared over driving electronic beats and entangled in a chorus of twisted synths. This multi-instrumentalist production duo is currently in the studio crafting their debut album; a rich and melodic electro-indie record that propels the listener deep into otherworldly dimensions where futuristic-synth-visions reign supreme.
Intergalactix first single Tuesday premiered with Nylon Guys Magazine July 15, 2014, and the accompanying music video with Out Magazine August 22, 2014. Their debut EP, IWSOM (If We Stepped On Mars) dropped August 12, 2014 and was streamed exclusively with Red Bull Music. Fix your eyes on the sky for the much-anticipated landing of Intergalactix.
Mind the Gap:
Mind The Gap is currently a three piece set from Watertown, NY. Established in September of 2013. Though Mind The Gap has been only around for a short period of time, they are hitting the music scene fast and hard. With songs that will pull you in and make you want more.. Give us a listen through our live videos on Youtube, or go onto Itunes or Amazon to purchase our EP, "Watch Your Step", available now!
Shiffley is a five-piece indie pop band based out of Long Island, NY. With their catchy melodies, danceable beats, and quirky stage antics, the band never ceased to provide a live show that is engaging. Despite their young age, they have achieved a strong regional following in the Northeast. In the past year, Shiffley has opened for notable acts such as Twenty One Pilots and Laura Stevenson, and has places as a finalist in both CBS's Grammy Gig of a Lifetime and VH1's Make A Band Famous competition. Recently the band returned fomr playing in Austin, Texas in March during SxSW week.
Last year the band recorded their second EP, "Atomic Robot Man," at The Cutting Room Studios in New York City. These tracks have been synced to national television on chanels such as MTV, TruTV, and the Travel Channel with more placements lined up for the upcoming year. Their music can be heard regularly on many college radio station across the country in regular rotation.
"Shiffley brings the synth rock sound from a band like Imagine Dragons and the catchy hooks and pop radio-friendly rock sounds of a band like American Authors together with the vigor of a high school romance."
-Mark Ventrice, WSBU
Their soon-to-be released EP, "Athem City," marks a new direction for the band. Characterized by retro synthesized sounds existing in an EDM-inspired atmosphere, these tracks lyrically dive into some of the most curious paradigms of our society. For the first time, the recordings were fully recorded and produced by Shiffley, giving the band a very personal connection with these songs. Their hope is that they can share that connection with their devoted fans and that it will bring them to new ears.
This upcoming year marks the band's homecoming to Long Island, postgrad. Returning back to their roots, they plan on writing new material and performing it regularly throughout the Tri-state area.
The Weather Machine:
On April Fools Day 2013, Portland-based project The Weather Machine released their first full-length album after a blustery winter of recording on the Oregon Coast. With its strong ties to the region, the band roots itself firmly in a Pacific Northwest folk aesthetic, but holds on tight to a hard-hitting love for alt-rock. The result is wonderfully hard to categorize – The Weather Machine has been compared to everything from The Kinks, to Josh Ritter and Hey Marseilles.
After a short six months of gigging, The Weather Machine quickly gained a reputation as one of Portland’s notable up-and-comers. In the summer of 2013 the band partnered with Oregon Film and Oregon State Parks to tour the entire state of Oregon, collecting footage for their debut ‘Back O’er Oregon’ music video. They released the song along with their B-side ‘Slow Dance Slow’ through Portland label Tender Loving Empire on December 3rd to coincide with the video’s release.
The Weather Machine began in earnest when singer/songwriter Slater Smith and guitarist Colin Robson met at an open-mic in Pacific City in March of 2012. The two decided to team up to record Smith’s songs at Robson’s then brand new studio, Kiwanda Sound Recordings. The two brought in bassist Jack Martin, cellist Matthew Cartimill, and drummer Tanner Smith (Slater’s brother) to bring body to the record. Since the album’s release, Corey Kintzi joined the roster as a second drummer, and the band began to develop an even more collaborative approach. The Weather Machine is currently writing their second album, and plans to release the sophomore full-length in the near future.