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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Alternative rock music at Aardvark Records

What is it about Alternative Rock that gets us going? We love the moodiness. Great Alt Rock broods on par with Marlon Brando. It has something to say – and it says it like no other form of rock music. At its best, it’s raw, authentic and honest. We love the way it gives you a nod and a wink as it shares an inside joke. Great lyrics, great sounds and a great delivery is the simple equation we’ve used for the alt rock bands we’ve signed. We love their sounds – and we hope you do too.

Rock Music Videos

Drop Down Gods

Wolfgang Csacsinovits and Bernhard Kern formed Drop Down Gods in 2006. The band was based on the one-man project EMPATHY.  Drop Down Gods strives for a sophisticated mix of electronic samples and beats, elements of alternative rock, and powerful melodies. After 2 years of playing concerts and polishing their musical style, the duo decided to reach a wider audience.  They took a year off from performing to produce their first album in 2009. All of the songwriting, arrangements, instrumentals, vocals, and programming have been created and performed by the two musicians. The finished album is more progressive than the group’s original sound, with an edgier beat, deeper lyrics, and more interesting sounds that creates awesome atmospheres.  Read the Full Story
Rock band Raising Days came to life in 2009. San Francisco-based guitarist David Roesli desire was to resurrect a classic 1980’s classic progressive rock sound by breathing new life into a hackneyed genre. David found the Italian-born and Chilean raised singer Alba Salamina on MySpace. Drummer Tommy Rickard, Keyboardist David Klotz and Bassist John Walden joined a few months’ later. The band members bring considerable music industry experience to the band. David has long been a successful touring guitarist. Alba, originally signed to Sony Records, worked on solo projects before joining the band. Her previous career included extensive touring in South America with numerous live appearances on music television. John, a native of New Orleans, performed in a number of local bands before making the jump to a successful career as a session musician working throughout the US. Read the Full Story
Smiley was a hard-edged, alternative rock group based in Liverpool.  When they signed to the management company Blue Moon Entertainment in 1997, Smiley had been together for just short of two years. However, the band members had known each other since their early school days.  In those days, they shared a common love of rock music and skateboarding.

Smiley’s profile steadily increased under Blue Moon with regular features in the Merseyside & UK press.  Granada Television and Channel 5’s programme RAD were a handful of UK broadcasters who used Smiley tracks.

A headlining spot at Liverpool Now for two consecutive years, a tour of Poland and a European distribution deal saw their profile rise dramatically.

Smiley wrote, arranged and co-produced their own music - no mean feat for a bunch of fiteen and sixteen year olds.  Although they were still very young men, Smiley earned the respect of musical peers - including the respect of top studio technicians and producers.
Read the Full Story
Weedy Indie, new rave, old wave, post-rock blah blah blah…at last an Alternative Rock band to cut through all the bullshit and actually make you fall in love with music again - as said by Alex Fltecher from Pheonix 97.8 FM in the US.

Critical response to their live shows has been ecstatic, prompting one UK journalist to exclaim "The Truths are the best band I've seen in ten year."  Stoked Magazine calls them "a sexy, aggressive wall of sound" and The Guardian calling them “absolutely f*****g amazing!” And the high praise carries on from here.

After Anthony Neale (vocals, formerly signed to Sony BMG) and Joe Taylor (guitar) met through a mutual friend they started jamming on Anthony's songs.   A strong musical partnership was formed almost immediately and they knew they wanted to set the world ablaze with their music.
Read the Full Story

Raising Days

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Drop Down Gods
Raising Days
Smiley
The Truths
Wolfgang Csacsinovits and Bernhard Kern formed Drop Down Gods in 2006. The band was based on the one-man project EMPATHY.  Drop Down Gods strives for a sophisticated mix of electronic samples and beats, elements of alternative rock, and powerful melodies. After 2 years of playing concerts and polishing their musical style, the duo decided to reach a wider audience.  They took a year off from performing to produce their first album in 2009. All of the songwriting, arrangements, instrumentals, vocals, and programming have been created and performed by the two musicians. The finished album is more progressive than the group’s original sound, with an edgier beat, deeper lyrics, and more interesting sounds that creates awesome atmospheres.  Read the Full Story
Rock band Raising Days came to life in 2009. San Francisco-based guitarist David Roesli desire was to resurrect a classic 1980’s classic progressive rock sound by breathing new life into a hackneyed genre. David found the Italian-born and Chilean raised singer Alba Salamina on MySpace. Drummer Tommy Rickard, Keyboardist David Klotz and Bassist John Walden joined a few months’ later. The band members bring considerable music industry experience to the band. David has long been a successful touring guitarist. Alba, originally signed to Sony Records, worked on solo projects before joining the band. Her previous career included extensive touring in South America with numerous live appearances on music television. John, a native of New Orleans, performed in a number of local bands before making the jump to a successful career as a session musician working throughout the US. Read the Full Story
Smiley was a hard-edged, alternative rock group based in Liverpool.  When they signed to the management company Blue Moon Entertainment in 1997, Smiley had been together for just short of two years. However, the band members had known each other since their early school days.  In those days, they shared a common love of rock music and skateboarding.

Smiley’s profile steadily increased under Blue Moon with regular features in the Merseyside & UK press.  Granada Television and Channel 5’s programme RAD were a handful of UK broadcasters who used Smiley tracks.

A headlining spot at Liverpool Now for two consecutive years, a tour of Poland and a European distribution deal saw their profile rise dramatically.

Smiley wrote, arranged and co-produced their own music - no mean feat for a bunch of fiteen and sixteen year olds.  Although they were still very young men, Smiley earned the respect of musical peers - including the respect of top studio technicians and producers.
Read the Full Story
Weedy Indie, new rave, old wave, post-rock blah blah blah…at last an Alternative Rock band to cut through all the bullshit and actually make you fall in love with music again - as said by Alex Fltecher from Pheonix 97.8 FM in the US.

Critical response to their live shows has been ecstatic, prompting one UK journalist to exclaim "The Truths are the best band I've seen in ten year."  Stoked Magazine calls them "a sexy, aggressive wall of sound" and The Guardian calling them “absolutely f*****g amazing!” And the high praise carries on from here.

After Anthony Neale (vocals, formerly signed to Sony BMG) and Joe Taylor (guitar) met through a mutual friend they started jamming on Anthony's songs.   A strong musical partnership was formed almost immediately and they knew they wanted to set the world ablaze with their music.
Read the Full Story

Smiley

imageimageimageimage
Drop Down Gods
Raising Days
Smiley
The Truths
Wolfgang Csacsinovits and Bernhard Kern formed Drop Down Gods in 2006. The band was based on the one-man project EMPATHY.  Drop Down Gods strives for a sophisticated mix of electronic samples and beats, elements of alternative rock, and powerful melodies. After 2 years of playing concerts and polishing their musical style, the duo decided to reach a wider audience.  They took a year off from performing to produce their first album in 2009. All of the songwriting, arrangements, instrumentals, vocals, and programming have been created and performed by the two musicians. The finished album is more progressive than the group’s original sound, with an edgier beat, deeper lyrics, and more interesting sounds that creates awesome atmospheres.  Read the Full Story
Rock band Raising Days came to life in 2009. San Francisco-based guitarist David Roesli desire was to resurrect a classic 1980’s classic progressive rock sound by breathing new life into a hackneyed genre. David found the Italian-born and Chilean raised singer Alba Salamina on MySpace. Drummer Tommy Rickard, Keyboardist David Klotz and Bassist John Walden joined a few months’ later. The band members bring considerable music industry experience to the band. David has long been a successful touring guitarist. Alba, originally signed to Sony Records, worked on solo projects before joining the band. Her previous career included extensive touring in South America with numerous live appearances on music television. John, a native of New Orleans, performed in a number of local bands before making the jump to a successful career as a session musician working throughout the US. Read the Full Story
Smiley was a hard-edged, alternative rock group based in Liverpool.  When they signed to the management company Blue Moon Entertainment in 1997, Smiley had been together for just short of two years. However, the band members had known each other since their early school days.  In those days, they shared a common love of rock music and skateboarding.

Smiley’s profile steadily increased under Blue Moon with regular features in the Merseyside & UK press.  Granada Television and Channel 5’s programme RAD were a handful of UK broadcasters who used Smiley tracks.

A headlining spot at Liverpool Now for two consecutive years, a tour of Poland and a European distribution deal saw their profile rise dramatically.

Smiley wrote, arranged and co-produced their own music - no mean feat for a bunch of fiteen and sixteen year olds.  Although they were still very young men, Smiley earned the respect of musical peers - including the respect of top studio technicians and producers.
Read the Full Story
Weedy Indie, new rave, old wave, post-rock blah blah blah…at last an Alternative Rock band to cut through all the bullshit and actually make you fall in love with music again - as said by Alex Fltecher from Pheonix 97.8 FM in the US.

Critical response to their live shows has been ecstatic, prompting one UK journalist to exclaim "The Truths are the best band I've seen in ten year."  Stoked Magazine calls them "a sexy, aggressive wall of sound" and The Guardian calling them “absolutely f*****g amazing!” And the high praise carries on from here.

After Anthony Neale (vocals, formerly signed to Sony BMG) and Joe Taylor (guitar) met through a mutual friend they started jamming on Anthony's songs.   A strong musical partnership was formed almost immediately and they knew they wanted to set the world ablaze with their music.
Read the Full Story

The Truths

imageimageimageimage
Drop Down Gods
Raising Days
Smiley
The Truths
Wolfgang Csacsinovits and Bernhard Kern formed Drop Down Gods in 2006. The band was based on the one-man project EMPATHY.  Drop Down Gods strives for a sophisticated mix of electronic samples and beats, elements of alternative rock, and powerful melodies. After 2 years of playing concerts and polishing their musical style, the duo decided to reach a wider audience.  They took a year off from performing to produce their first album in 2009. All of the songwriting, arrangements, instrumentals, vocals, and programming have been created and performed by the two musicians. The finished album is more progressive than the group’s original sound, with an edgier beat, deeper lyrics, and more interesting sounds that creates awesome atmospheres.  Read the Full Story
Rock band Raising Days came to life in 2009. San Francisco-based guitarist David Roesli desire was to resurrect a classic 1980’s classic progressive rock sound by breathing new life into a hackneyed genre. David found the Italian-born and Chilean raised singer Alba Salamina on MySpace. Drummer Tommy Rickard, Keyboardist David Klotz and Bassist John Walden joined a few months’ later. The band members bring considerable music industry experience to the band. David has long been a successful touring guitarist. Alba, originally signed to Sony Records, worked on solo projects before joining the band. Her previous career included extensive touring in South America with numerous live appearances on music television. John, a native of New Orleans, performed in a number of local bands before making the jump to a successful career as a session musician working throughout the US. Read the Full Story
Smiley was a hard-edged, alternative rock group based in Liverpool.  When they signed to the management company Blue Moon Entertainment in 1997, Smiley had been together for just short of two years. However, the band members had known each other since their early school days.  In those days, they shared a common love of rock music and skateboarding.

Smiley’s profile steadily increased under Blue Moon with regular features in the Merseyside & UK press.  Granada Television and Channel 5’s programme RAD were a handful of UK broadcasters who used Smiley tracks.

A headlining spot at Liverpool Now for two consecutive years, a tour of Poland and a European distribution deal saw their profile rise dramatically.

Smiley wrote, arranged and co-produced their own music - no mean feat for a bunch of fiteen and sixteen year olds.  Although they were still very young men, Smiley earned the respect of musical peers - including the respect of top studio technicians and producers.
Read the Full Story
Weedy Indie, new rave, old wave, post-rock blah blah blah…at last an Alternative Rock band to cut through all the bullshit and actually make you fall in love with music again - as said by Alex Fltecher from Pheonix 97.8 FM in the US.

Critical response to their live shows has been ecstatic, prompting one UK journalist to exclaim "The Truths are the best band I've seen in ten year."  Stoked Magazine calls them "a sexy, aggressive wall of sound" and The Guardian calling them “absolutely f*****g amazing!” And the high praise carries on from here.

After Anthony Neale (vocals, formerly signed to Sony BMG) and Joe Taylor (guitar) met through a mutual friend they started jamming on Anthony's songs.   A strong musical partnership was formed almost immediately and they knew they wanted to set the world ablaze with their music.
Read the Full Story

Rock Music News

  • We're really pleased to announce that the Truths are featured in the October edition of Bass Guitar Magazine. OK, to be more acurate, The Truths' bass player, James Goddard, is featured ;) James talks about why bass guitars rock, the bass players who inspire him, life in the band, what he thinks makes a good bassist...and a whole lot more.

  • Aardvark Records is pleased to announce that Little Spitfire's single "Silly Girl" had a synch placement with the smash hit TV Series, Hellcats. The single features in Series 1, Episode 118: Woke Up Dead. The character of Marti (Aly Michalka) visits the store where her deceased father's guitar picks came from and meets Deidre (guest star AJ Michalka), who helps Marti uncover another piece of information about her father. Dan (Matt Barr) shoots a zombie horror film for his Lancer film school application and enlists the Hellcats as actors in the project. As the submission date draws closer, Dan starts having cold feet about his film's worthiness, so Savannah (Ashley Tisdale) decides to help the matter along. Alice (Heather Hemmens) teams up with a school reporter to expose a student cheating scandal. Gail O'Grady, Sharon Leal and Robbie Jones also star. Andy Fickman directed the episode written by Jennifer Schuur.

  • When we got the call that Snowworld Productions were keen to use Callel's single "Body Discovery" on their latest snowboarding DVD - Homies III - how could we possibly say no?

  • Callel's bassist, Craig Finnie, is featured in this month's Bass Guitar Magazine. Craig talks about his development as a bassist, his passions and names his bass playing heroes. You can catch his thoughts about playing 4, 5 and 6 string bass...and his thoughts about slapping too.

  • "16 and Pregnant", the controversial MTV reality show about teen pregnancy, featured the single "Try To Be Quiet" from the Scottish Indie Pop four piece, Callel. The song was broadcast on a recent episode from the second series of the show.

  • The Truths will be added to airplay rotation on Heartland FM (Perthshire, Scotland) from today. Tune in to cath their latest releases between 2pm and 4pm. Or listen to Heartland FM online!

  • It says everything that Callel have shared the musical stage with the likes of Paolo Nutini whilst gaining radio play on Radio One and favourable reviews in pretty much every Scottish publication there is, such is the mainstream gravitational pull of debut album 'Body Discovery'... click the link for the full review

  • The Truths and Callel will be played the Midlands' based FM station High Peak Radio (106.4 and 103.3) from 25 Octber 2010. So if you live in the area, and would like to support one or boths bands, get in touch High Peak Radio and let them know what you think...or you can request your favourite song from The Truths' album "Above all..." and/or Callel's album "Body Discovery". http://www.highpeakradio.co.uk

  • You can catch Callel today between 1pm - 1:15pm on Charlie Ashcroft's programme on Amazing Radio. The show will be repeated on Thursday evening (14 Oct) at 6pm, and again on Saturday (16th Oct) at 5pm. Catch the show an dleave some feedback on Amazing Radio;s website.

  • ..."Bajo el nombre de Callel se esconde el talento de cuatro jóvenes provenientes de la escocesa Edimburgo, su álbum de debut, 'Body Discovery', sorprende por su pop de sensibilidad a flor de piel, por sus grandes canciones y armonías vocales. A poco más de un mes del lanzamiento del disco en el circuito UK (25 de Septiembre) nos pusimos en contacto con la nueva sensación escocesa para saber de primera mano cuales son sus impresiones y expectativas"...