WATCH: Tamar Aphek – ‘Russian Winter’

A brooding mix of distorted bass lines, cutting vocals and thumping beats, Israeli rocker Tamar Aphek‘s latest single ‘Russian Winter’ is a sonic force to be reckoned with. Taken from her upcoming album All Bets Are Off, set for release via Kill Rock Stars on 29th January, Aphek has shared a new video to accompany the beautiful, yet desolate track.

“‘Russian Winter’ is my first concept music video,” Aphek explains. “It was developed in a few stages. First, a visual translation of my personal feelings in light of the collapse of the frameworks and creative endeavours in which I was involved with before the coronavirus, hours of brainstorming with the director Amir Buxbaum on how to transform the ideas into a music video, and finally diving with the animator in a symbolic ocean of images. We are facing huge changes in our old familiar world – I wanted to include images like the cycle of the four seasons – hoping that by sticking to the common place it will help us move forward into the unknown world.”

Hailed as “Israel’s guitar goddess” by Timeout in Tel-Aviv, Aphek’s contemporary rock sounds mark her out as an exciting talent in the world of guitar music. The experienced instrumentalist produced her new record by herself, working alongside the mastering talents of Daniel Schlett (War on Drugs, DIIV) and Greg Calbi (John Lennon, Bob Dylan, David Bowie) to finalise her sound. ‘Russian Winter’ is the third single to be released from the album, showcasing Aphek’s ability to dismantle the world around her through commanding vocals and a cacophony of guitar noise.

Watch the video for ‘Russian Winter’ below.

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Photo Credit: Guy Nahum Lëvy

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

#ThrowbackThursday: GIHE w/ Gold Baby 17.01.19

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic & new lockdown in London, we’re unable to make it into the Hoxton Radio studio to broadcast our weekly live new music show from 7-9pm. Instead, we’re sharing previous GIHE radio show recordings as #ThrowbackThursday sessions, so you can still enjoy 2 hours of new music tunes & chats with some of our favourite artists each week.

Today, we’ve picked our January 2019 show with the wonderful Gold Baby. Sian and former bandmate Ian joined Kate and Mari in the studio to play singles ‘Maggots’ and ‘500/1’ live, to talk about how the band first got together, and how the feeling of “starting things too late” has influenced Sian’s song-writing.

Listen back to the show here:

Tracklist
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
The Coathangers – Bimbo
Ex Hex – Cosmic Cave
Amahla – Dorothy’s Verses
Princess Nokia – Kitana
Feels – Awful Need
Cosey Fanni Tutti – Orenda
Maria Kelly – July
Nadia Sheikh – Toxic
Foxgluvv – Fries
BOUTS – Loves Lost Landings (Part 1)
Young Romance – Dark Of My Shadow
Novelties – Pillow Talk
Gazel – Mina’s Hymn
Panic Pocket – Mr Big
Tender – Bottled Up
**Gold Baby – Live Session & Interview**
Swallow Cave – Oceanside
Junodef – Heights
FKA Twigs – Good To Love
Bikini Kill – Feels Blind

Photo credit: Jon Mo

Get In Her Ears w/ Bitch Falcon 10.12.20

Kate and Tash were back in the Hoxton Radio studio for the first time since Lockdown 2.0 ended in the UK, with a FULL playlist of new tunes from women & non-binary artists. Kate also caught up with Bitch Falcon’s vocalist & guitarist Lizzie Fitzpatrick to talk about lockdown life in Dublin, the band’s debut album Staring At Clocks, how much she loves Lady Gaga’s Chromatica and Bitch Falcon’s upcoming live-stream gig in collaboration with ‘Together With Electric Streams’ on 27th December (info and tickets here.)

Listen back:

Tracklist
Cyndi Lauper – She Bop
Dead Naked Hippies – Curiosity (Dawn)
CIRCE – Dancer
Bicep – Apricots
Tierra Whack – Peppers and Onions
Serena Isioma – Stop Calling The Police On Me
Miss Grit – Dark Side Of The Party
Elaine Malone – You (1000 Beasts Remix)
Biig Piig – Feels Right
Lime – Fever
About Bunny – Special
Amaroun (& Jung Mergs) – Highest Head
ZAND – Slut Money
STRAIGHT GIRL – Limón
Bitch Falcon – Gaslight
**Bitch Falcon – Interview with Lizzie Fitzpatrick**
Smoothboi Ezra – My Own Person
Magic Island – Easy Babe
Nervous Twitch – Tongue Tied
Big Joanie – Cut Your Hair
Charmpit – Bad Attitude
Maria BC – Adelaide
Nilufer Yanya – Crash
pink suits – Fake Great Britain
Petrol Girls – I Believe Them (Solidarity Not Silence)
Zola Jesus – Krunk
Kin – Wander & Lost
Party Fears – Time in Space
Taylor Swift – Blank Space

VIDEO PREMIERE: The Pearl Harts – ‘Pullin’ My Brains Out’

Full of raucous guitar riffs, thudding beats and hefty vocals, London-based duo The Pearl Harts have shared a video for their new live single ‘Pullin’ My Brains Out’. Taken from the band’s new EP Live At The Drive-In, which they’ve released today (11th Dec), the single is accompanied by a monochrome video shot during the band’s post-lockdown drive-in show earlier this year.

The Pearl Harts – like most bands – were hit hard when the covid-19 pandemic put a stop to live music in March. As a band who have spent years cutting their teeth on the live circuit, the idea of performing from their bedrooms via Zoom didn’t feel quite right for Kirsty and Sara. So, once Lockdown 1.0 was lifted, the duo decided to put together a “dystopian drive-in” gig in South London. Teaming up with their friends VC London – the UK’s only all-female motorcycle crew – they set up a stage in an industrial yard and unleashed their raucous rock and roll sounds on to a socially distanced crowd.

Whilst recording this new EP briefly quenched the band’s thirst for playing live to an audience, The Pearl Harts are hoping that in 2021 things will be a little different. “[While we were] no longer able to write and play together in the same space, we embraced technology [which] allowed us to write songs remotely for a new album that we’re really excited about,” the duo explain. Here’s hoping we’ll be hearing this new record in the flesh as soon as it’s safe to do so again.

Watch the video for ‘Pullin’ My Brains Out’ below and listen to Live At The Drive-In here

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut