EOTO Outer Orbit Tour

Drunken Mermaid will be interviewing EOTO live on Friday, December 5 courtesy our friends at Tsunami. Here’s their press release:

EOTO is kicking off the second leg of their Outer Orbit Tour on Nov 21st.

With over 600 live shows under their belt, EOTO’s unique live approach to EDM has allowed them the freedom to perform with drummers of Stomp, members of String Cheese Incident, members of Umphrey’s McGee, Stanley Jordan, Dominic Lali (Big Gigantic), David Satori & Sidecar Tommy (Beats Antique), Billy Kreutzman, Vinx, Toni Childs, Karsh Kale, Jamie Janover, Steve Kimock, Jamie Shields (New Deal), and Adam Deitch (Lettuce) just to name a few.

EOTO has recieved dozens of awards and accolades for their live production including “Best Live Dubstep” at the Dubstep Awards in 2012, “Top 50 bands to see live” and most recently voted “Best Late Night Show” at III Point Festival in New York City, by Societe Perrier.

EOTO is the rhythm section for the underground sensation, String Cheese Incident. While they don’t like to talk about SCI in this configuration, this is a band who has performed with such legendary talent as James Brown and have performed in front of hundreds of stadium sized audiences and sold out crowds. Their talent is undeniable.

Not just a haphazard foray into experimental EDM music, the duo starts their musical adventure from scratch (there are no pre-recorded loops, no backing tracks, and no pre-constructed songs in their live production) building each set, note-by-note, beat by beat, live before the audience as each show explodes into a full-scale dance party. EOTO just announced new additions to their award winning light show and visuals as part of the fall tour.

EOTO TOUR DATES

31-Oct Suwannee Hulaween 2014 Live Oak, FL
20-Nov The Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY
21-Nov Stage 48 New York, NY
22-Nov Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
28-Nov Winstons San Diego, CA
29-Nov El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
4-Dec Arcata Theater Lounge Arcata, CA
5-Dec The Independent San Francisco, CA
6-Dec Cargo Reno, NV
10-Dec Parish Austin, TX
11-Dec The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK
12-Dec Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
13-Dec Ogden Theatre Denver, CO

Oh Brother (Octopus), where art thou? Celebrating the release of Sea of Champions

With great pleasure, Drunken Mermaid gives you the triumphant return of Brother Octopus! After two years in the making, Sea of Champions is here! 17 tracks, each recorded in a different studio in Edmonton, Alberta. Fresh off their release celebration at the Mercury Room with Locomotive Ghost we have the promo video for you:

You get the picture: awesome band in an awesome city results in an awesome album. Look for tracks from Sea of Champions to make steady gains on alt radio on both sides of that other pond, the one we tend to manifest in. And follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Coming up: Absynth Quintet, Gordon Duthie, Alec Morrison, Red Anda, the amazing MUSEFest and…dare we say it?…Tony Bruno!

Ashea knows what you’re thinking, and then some….

Last week we brought you Basheba, and we are on a roll thanks to our friends at Space Promotions – this week we have the stunningly beautiful Ashea whose debut single is one big infectious tease of the kind we can’t get enough of…this is Watcha Thinkin’

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us a little about yourself – how did you get into performing?

Ashea: I´m a solo artist so I have the fortune of being able to write and produce my own material, which is great as I love being creative and spilling my thoughts and feelings out into the tracks. I´ve been surrounded by music all my life, my family are very showbiz, there´s always music, singing and dancing happening every day of the week, so it wasn’t really a conscious decision for me, I just couldn’t imagine doing anything else in life. After graduating from Theatre School and working for Disney, I decided to take some time out to focus on my songwriting, and I taught myself to produce watching YouTube videos (which was a grueling process but well worth it).

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite original song to date? Why?

Ashea: I´m passionate about all of my tracks, for me that’s really important. When I write I need to be excited about what I´m doing or it just doesn´t happen. Saying that, my 3rd single is quite different from the previous stuff that I´ve written and we´ve come up with an awesome idea for the music video, so I´m really looking forward to showing you all.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them?

Ashea: Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado, Kerri Hilson and Jamelia are my biggest influences, I don’t tend to consciously reference them in my tracks, I think its more a question of loving their music/style so much that it just comes out in my writing and the way I sing/dance. In terms of producers, my biggest are Jay-Z / Stargate and Will. I. Am, they are what I call commercial geniuses.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Ashea: ´ I Will Never Let You Down´ by Calvin Harris, Feat. Rita Ora, I love singing along to it, and it works perfectly with my voice – As for how its sounds- I’m thinking of doing an acoustic cover so watch this space…..

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Ashea: I love writing Pop music, so I am staying true to myself and my audience by starting as I mean to go on. Obviously, experience plays a big role in what you choose to write about, so hopefully the journey will only get crazier…..

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Ashea: My worst experience was probably doing a 12 hour shoot in a Warehouse, mid winter with no heating and being very scantily clad. Somehow I got through it and managed to give it all I had, but I tell you, it was tough, but I did have a really kind kid running up to me with my coat in between takes…

Best experience yet has got to be filming my latest music video, We spent a good 3 weeks planning it, meetings with the director, finding the perfect location, rehearsing the dance routine, there was such a great feeling of team spirit, and when the day arrived I was buzzing!

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/audience to know about you?

Ashea: I am an artist that is very involved with everything to do with my music. Production, image, video etc….It’s vital to me that you guys get to hear and see everything just as I envisioned it, so I go the extra mile to make sure.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

Ashea: We are now making preparations for a tour in the UK, so watch this space for more info…..2nd single is set to drop very soon…… #cantwait

Neither can we…watch this space indeed…and follow Ashea on Twitter and Facebook in the meantime. #asheaisawesome

Bad Friends, Good Enemies – the brilliant debut of Basheba

At the end of this month, amazing newcomer Basheba releases her debut EP, Bad Friends, Good Enemies. You may or may not be familiar with her, but one thing is certain – you will be hearing a lot of Basheba in the not too distant future. The North West Londoner blends R&B, blues, and gospel to deliver spectacular vocals and a dark intensity that is laced with hope. We caught up with her out front of the release thanks to Kate Whitmarsh of Space Promotions. This is Dirty Love (Your Love):

drunkenmermaid.com: How did you choose your name?

Basheba: It comes from my favourite place to visit in Barbados, Bathsheba. The scenery and views are amazing. It’s somewhere I could never get bored of. So when thinking of a name I decided I wanted a name that meant something to me. It came to me one day and I thought maybe, and that I’d live with it for a while. Then the next day I was on the train to the studio and a woman was carrying a bag with a map of Barbados on it, in bold writing it highlighted Bathsheba. That sealed it for me; I felt it was a sign. When I got to the studio I asked my producer Dean Barratt what he thought and he agreed. I later decided to take out the ‘TH’ to make it easier for people to remember and spell.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite original song or album to date? Why?

Basheba: My favourite song to date is the lead track from my upcoming EP. The track is called ‘Hold on’. I wrote it at a time when I felt lost. It’s a song about young people in the UK and how they are abandoned by society. It’s quite deep, if I were to explain the full concept I would need a couple more pages.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them? What do you add or do differently?

Basheba: I am influenced by many different artists and genres. I grew up listening to Marvin Gaye, Rolling Stones, Nina Simone amongst others. I have never tried to replicate what another artist does. I’ve always tried to use my own experiences and emotions to write and create my music.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Basheba: I wish I wrote the whole of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s going on’ Album. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. It’s timeless.

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Basheba: The future is looking very exciting. I’m releasing my debut EP ‘Bad friends, good enemies’ on the 26th of October. I am also working on my debut album. I love doing live shows so next year I am on a mission to get some festivals.

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Basheba: My best experience would have to be the filming of Dirty Love (Your Love). It was such a fun weekend. And worst. Honestly I don’t think I have had a “worst” experience. This past year is easily a contender for the best year of my life.

drunkenmermaid.com: Are you signed to a label? Are you looking for a label?

Basheba: I’m not signed; I do have my own label that I am building at the moment. Being signed by a major is obviously the dream for most artists. But I am enjoying just grafting at the moment. I hope a deal will come when the time is right.

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/audience to know about you?

Basheba: I’d like them to know that I’m not as solemn and miserable as I may portray! I’d like to think I’m quite a happy person.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

Basheba: Being on stage is actually where I am most comfortable. I love putting on a show. My band are awesome, alone they are worth seeing live.

drunkenmermaid.com: Where can we see you in the near future?

Basheba: I am playing at Westfield in Shepherds Bush for Juicy Couture on the 18th of October.

This sounds like a particularly good night to be in Shepherds Bush. Juicy Couture is already on to the next big thing. You can check out the video for No More on our facebook page and get more Basheba on YouTube and facebook.

We Are The Catalyst featuring Kenny Boufadene and Cat Fey

Watc_3_april14_mediumScandanavia – in particularly Sweden – is an awesome source of up and coming talent, especially in Drunken Mermaid’s favorite vein…metal. We’ve featured Pound, Red Nova, and now, thanks to Stuart at One Night Stand Management – We Are the Catalyst! Their new Album, Monuments, releases October 1. Here’s Fight for Air:

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about yourselves – how did We Are The Catalyst form? How did you choose your name?

Kenny: We Are The Catalyst was formed in Varberg, Sweden, by Cat Fey and Kenny Boufadene in November of 2012. After several years of touring and releasing albums as members of the Swedish Modern Metal act One Without, (In which we toured with bands like Dead By April, Katatonia and Evergrey, and were signed to Lifeforce Records and released two albums) we both felt the need to do something different from what we had previously done both musically and ideologicallym hence “We Are The Catalyst”

The meaning of the band name is simply that if you want something to change, you have to start that change yourself, being the catalyst.

When we started to write songs for WATC we quickly realized how easy it was for us to work together only the two of us in the studio, me making the foundation of the songs with the music, and then having Cat bringing in the vocals, then working together to polish the songs as much as possible, and not being satisfied until they felt really special and worked through. We had not worked this much in detail before in any other band we were in, and looking back I feel that we maybe hurried the songwriting to much in our old bands, and had to many people involved in the writing. Working just the two of us has been so much easier in the end, and I already look forward to writing our next album.

When we write songs we mainly just work directly in the studio and try out tons of ideas on the songs before making the final cut, and it has been a great start for us, as is evident in “Monuments”.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite album?

Kenny: Bring Me The Horizon’s “Sempiternal” – because it has such a raw energy as well as having a very produced sound. It doesn´t hurt that there´s an ominous sound to the songs as well as an epic atmosphere, and a “Pop meets Metal”-vibe to it . I often get tired of albums pretty quickly, but this album I have been listening to almost constantly since it was released. I just can´t go many days without hearing “Can You Feel My Heart” or “Shadow Moses”.

They really deserve all the success they get!

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them? What do you add or do differently?

Kenny: Tons of influences! Many of them subtle in our sound, some of them you might hear more, not going to say which is which because I honestly don´t know! But some of the big ones are bands that I grew up listening to, like Linkin Park, 30 Seconds To Mars, In Flames, Katatonia, Killswitch Engage, Soilwork and Kent.

Others are more recent additions, like Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore, Skrillex, Ellie Goulding and many more. I learn something from all of them and conciously or unconciously add that influence to our songs. I also get very inspired and influenced by movie scores, as I feel that there are so much potential and story telling in that kind of “background music”.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Kenny: “Can You Feel My Heart” by Bring Me The Horizon, It would probably sound the same as I wouldn´t want to change a thing! Seriously one of the best songs ever written.

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Kenny: We have started writing a few new songs the last couple of weeks (as we are always writing songs, not just when working on an album) and currently I have been in a kind of dark mood, making the songs more ominous than the ones on “Monuments”. Some of them have also become more heavy, more “Metal” in a way, and more serious in the feel, so will be interesting to see how they turn out in the end and if they make the next album or not. I don´t think we want to be too dark in the end, but there certainly is a lot of those songs being written by us at the moment.

drunkenmermaid.com: Are you signed to a label? Are you looking for a label or artist’s representation?

Kenny: We are currently talking to several labels, as we have been getting quite a lot of bigger label interest with “Monuments”, but I really can´t say any more at the moment. As for representation we are working with One Night Stand Management in the UK and Chris Bianchi (Mercenary Management/CB Entertainment) in the US.

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/audience to know about you?

Kenny: Aside from the music, my biggest interest is playing video games. Also, me and Cat are married and have a daughter. 🙂 Could be that´s why we work so well together!

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

Kenny: Intense!

drunkenmermaid.com: Where can we see you in the near future?

Kenny: We are currently booking tour dates for early 2015, but no dates are official yet! Keep your eyes out and your ears open!

We will, no doubt. In the meantime, check out more of We Are The Catalyst on their official website, facebook, and Twitter. You can see their video for “Tomorrow” on Drunken Mermaid’s facebook page.

Coming next: Basheba, Absynth Quintet, Gordon Duthie, Alec Morrison, and news from Brother Octopus!

 

Without further ado…The Winner of the Summer Battle of the Bands is…

Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands! In the end it was a (long overdue) dogfight between CB and Red Nova, who is just amazing and is finishing up a tour of Japan. Crystal Bright is our first repeat winner – Missy and Chelsea took honors in the second battle. Crystal Bright will receive a check for 500 dollars; each of our four awesome finalists, including Red Nova, Caitlin LeBlanc, and the awesome Bill Madison will receive a 50 dollar Sam Ash gift card. We have a lot of exciting upcoming news, beginning with our feature on Basheba, October 1! In the meantime, enjoy Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands performing “Especially Your Mother” and make sure to visit all of our finalists on facebook:

And Introducing Caitlin LeBlanc!

We’re back with Battle of the Bands finalist 4 of 5 – Caitlin LeBlanc! As is the case of late, we’re late again – law school is killing our publication schedule. But we are coming down the home stretch, tonight with Caitlin and wrapping up next week (we promise!) with Joy Focus.

Caitlin is a 14 year-old singer/songwriter from Michigan who plays guitar, ukelele, mandolin, banjo, and piano. She began performing publicly at the age of 11 and this past July, she won the singing competition American 1 Teen Idol in Jackson, Michigan. Some 50 teens auditioned, and Caitin placed first out of ten finalists. Listen to her perform her original song “Move On” and you’ll know why:

Caitlin’s main influences are Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and her mother Mariah, who has always supported her in her goal of becoming a professional musician. “Move On” and “What We Could Be” are the first singles off of her debut album, releasing in 2014.

Until then, you can find her on facebook (at facebook.com/cmusic99) and YouTube (youtube.com/caitlinleblancmusic). Check her out and give her a like. You’ll be hearing more and more from her in the near future…