Jessica Goyder (London)
Jessica grew up in India,
Ethiopia and Oxford in the UK. A classically trained pianist and
self-taught guitarist, it’s her voice that continues to silence the
She cut her teeth in a local
band and played her way solo around London and Sydney. Then little
short of a musical explosion followed her first landing in
Barcelona. Here she fell in with a crowd of Brazilian musicians,
discovered Bossa Nova and lived for more than a year as a singing
angel street statue. Later periods in the city were spent wrestling
music theory in Catalan and taking local cabarets by storm in an
eight-girl country band. Her songwriting is often inspired by her
travels, from a tour of Central America and Cuba, where she
performed regularly at Havana’s 'Casa de la Troba' to a series of
concerts in Brazil and Argentina.
Jessica has performed on
stages of all shapes and sizes, including 4 Glastonburys, Brighton
and Edinburgh Festivals, City Showcase, a residency at Henley
Festival and walked onto the main stage as Jools Holland walked off
at the first ever Cornbury. Collaborations include work with The
Soundbringer and the electronica album Cosmos with the producer Mr.
Smith, released in Canada.
Having recently returned to
London from Mallorca with a publishing deal in place, she is in the
final stages of recording her debut album. She continues to write
and perform regularly both solo and with a band.
Jessica Goyder on vocals,
piano and guitar. Paul Jefferies, double bass, Ben Twyford, drums
and Pete Horesfall on trumpet for Polly and Bastimientos. Emily
Parker on cello for Demons To Tea and Nick Parker on violin for
Get on the
bus - Q*Ball (New York, NY, USA)
Q*Ball, in defiance of the
corporate, pre-packaged, American Idol-era of music, started his
own label in late 2005, Bald Freak Music, to release his own
albums, as well as those from other artists who would otherwise be
ignored because they don't fit the major label mold &
preconception of what a "pop band" or a "rock act" should look
& sound like.
Bouncy beats, funky rhythms,
virtuoso guitars, space-age keyboards & melodic vocals are just
some of the reasons why Q*Ball has become one of the most
talked-about independent artists out there. Q*Ball’s music is
accessible to fans of mainstream pop & alternative music, but
also has an audience in the underground DJ scene. Songs like
“Edith,” a bump-and-grind instrumental tribute to All In The
Family’s Edith Bunker, and “Licky,” a tongue-in-cheek club anthem,
illustrate the dance hall appeal of Q*Ball’s music.
Q*Ball's albums, This Is
Serious Business, Fortune Favors The Bald & Q*Ball In
Space are available online at CD Baby, Amazon.com, iTunes,
Rhapsody, & Napster!
It's all mine
- Calatrilloz (London, UK)
Calatrilloz is the name of a
Circus Family, protagonist of a tale created by the Brazilian
Luciano (Mr Z), who, after many years of singing Classic Opera,
decided to create a new musical project.
Bizzarly enough, instead of
starting from writing songs, he created a story that could inspire
His tale brought him to write
songs mixing Gothic, Rock, Jazz, Theatrical Opera and Circus
The strong concept and the
high desire to play brought him to London where he quickly found
the rest of Calatrilloz.
Music on iTunes.
Future) - YaZa (Nashville, TN, USA)
From the Per Capita album
Bipolar in stereo recorded in Nashville
Ya Za "Socialite (feat. Future)"
(mp3) from "Bipolar In
Stereo" (Per Capita Records)
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album
Throwing Stones at
Passing Cars - Reason for Rumours (Nottinghamshire,
Reasons for Rumours are a
three-piece band from Worksop, Notts. Their sound consists of punk
and alt rock styles fused together to create a raw but pop-like
sound of their own. Their debut EP recorded at Robannas Studio in
Birmingham with renowned engineer Miguel Seco who has worked with
the likes of The Pussycat Dolls and GBH, the future is looking
increasingly bright for Reasons For Rumours.
The band was formed as a
four-piece in the early months of 2008, but due to commitment
issues and conflict of opinions Jon (guitar) left the band. Since,
they have played In all the cities surrounding them, but as of yet
they have only scratched the surface.
Recently rated 85/100 in a
review in Just In Sound Reviews and quoted as having an
irresistible and effervescence sound which draws you in to their
live shows, you can see why by visiting their website where dates
around the UK have recently been announced.
Scientifik - Mr Mamadou (Gouy Mbind,
From the album Riddim
Dans ce monde où tous les
jours la vie se complique, partout le village planétaire déploie
son spectre politique, d'une discrimination policière spécifique;
sans possible issue pacifique! Quelques spécialistes de la rime
criminelle dessinent l'équation mathématique, à la recherche d'une
solution juridique impossible dans ce cadre nostalgique d'un passé
de déportation et d'épuration éthnique! Lyrikal
Coming up fast is a trip to
Liverpool for the IPO. May 25 - June 1
International Pop Overthrow
(or IPO, as it has affectionately become known) is a pop music
festival which has been held for the past twelve years in Los
Angeles. We have also held IPO for various years in Chicago, New
York, Boston, San Diego, Phoenix, Detroit, Milwaukee, Portland,
Seattle, Vancouver, and Toronto, as well as in Liverpool, England
(at the world famous Cavern Club)!
David Bash of IPO describes
the the purpose of International Pop Overthrow as
"One aim is to give every worthy band who'd
like to play their music in a festival atmosphere the chance to do
so, and the other is to bring pop music the attention it so richly
deserves. We have made great strides to that end, garnering press
in several noteworthy papers in each city in which we hold the
festival, and creating a very positive buzz about pop music within
the inner circles of major labels."
I'll be there for a whole day
of indie music at the world-famous Cavern Club, in particular AMP
will be showcasing a bunch of bands, many local but with one flying
in from Sweden for the date. It will be interesting to see the
place (even though I think it isn't quite the same place theta the
Beatles played so regularly in the early 60s). The great thing is
that it is a music venue for now, rather then dwelling on the
fabricated nostalgia that so many other venues indulge
IPO events take place across
the USA - check out the schedule on the website.
A Higher Loss
- Emerald Park (Malmö, Sweden)
They may have been around
since their first release in 2004 but they are set to bring a dose
of Scandanivian freshness to The Cavern in Liverpool on 31st
Relatively recently signed to
the 23 Seconds net-label in Gothenburg, from where you can download
the 2010 edition of their album For Tomorrow.
They will be playing both
afternoon and evening set at IPO.