Nightwalk/Via Nocturna (Portugal) Review: KARNEY “NO MERCY”

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No Mercy is a combination of new themes with some others already presented and that here gain new clothes from a new remix , or even a complete new recording. According to Anna Karney , the need to change some old themes came from the live experiences and from her own evolution as a creator and an interpreter. Thus, No Mercy , the fifth album of the North American, brings us a good and fresh dose of rock , where the acoustic guitars mark a strong presence. An approach where it is well-known that there is well-developed work in the creation of easy listening themesand, above all, they appeal a lot to the stage. [81%]

Tracklist

  1. No Mercy
  2. Wild Green
  3. Restless Wind
  4. Same Song
  5. I Got Mine
  6. Speed Of A Bullet
  7. Not Lost
  8. Hold On
  9. Beautiful Day
  10. I Got The Light
  11. Manifest Destiny
  12. Nine Lines (In The 21 st Century)

Line-Up

Anna Karney – vocals, guitars and keyboards

Jeff Herrera – drums and percussion

Michael Doyle – Guitars

James DePrato – guitars

Kimon Manolius – bass

Kevin White – bass

Bill Ortiz – trumpet

Paul Hanson – Bassoon

Michael Hajimichael – poem

Karl Perazzo – percussion

 

For more information please visit Karney’s website at www.karney.org

 

To Pre-order “NO MERCY” on iTunes and Other Digital Retailers please visit:

http://smarturl.it/KarneyNoMercy

 

To Pre-order “NO MERCY” from Bandcamp please visit:

https://karney.bandcamp.com/album/no-mercy

 

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Nightwalk/Via Nocturna (Portugal) Interview: GEORGE ST. CLAIR “BALLADS OF CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM”

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Hello George, how are you? Ballads Of Freedom And Captitivity shows your side balladeer and country , without diminishing the Mexican influence. How is this blend made in the composition process?

Alive! I’m fine thank you! It’s cold here in London! I am quite comfortable with both Mexican and country influences . When I’m composing, I just put them together in a natural way. Some songs clearly begin in one style or another, so it may just be a process of following the melody or lyrical idea of how it originally came to me. But it may also depend on the mood I’m in at the time.

Some of these songs were already in the 2016 release, Tularosa . How did you get them back? Did you give them a new outfit?

Some were completely recorded, in others I re-designed the bass and the drums to give them a greater feeling of what I intended. In the California sessions I enjoyed some great musicians. In fact, let’s all redo it in the studios in California, but some original songs I did in London still stood out as being the best.

Although currently alive in Europe, this record has lost nothing of American sentiment. Is that because you recorded in the US?

This record is very based on the US Southwest and the Mexican borders and I wanted musicians to bring that authentic sound. California has a lot of great musicians. For example, my producer on this record is also a virtuoso bass player and a true student of American roots and different styles like Latin jazz , salsa and samba . For me, it was very important to trust the musicians to let them do their own thing.

How does a cowboy live in Europe? You been here for how long? Was it an easy adaptation?

I’ve been in London for a decade and I think I like it here! I miss the sun, the desert, the mountains and the open landscape. In reality, you can not lose anywhere in Europe, and this has been the greatest sacrifice for me, to always be in the midst of civilization. But the depth of the history and variety of places built by humans in Europe are endless and fascinating.

Musically, do you incorporate any European influence in your compositions?

Well, I am sure that I am influenced by the tradition of poetry and verses that goes through literature, poetry and British and Spanish music, which I had the opportunity to read and listen to. In particular, the sparse and powerful poetry of flamenco has always moved me, and it is impossible not to feel the wit and wit in British literature. Whatever affects me eventually finds its way to music.

Being a musician who crosses the sound of Texas with Mexican folk , how do you see this idea of Trump wanting to build a wall?

I think the US connection with Mexico is one of our biggest assets. Mexico is truly our sister nation – we share history, land, people and many things. Mexico is a country so rich in so many aspects that its influence also contributes to the United States. It is sad to me that some politically powerful people try to be popular to spread ignorance about this fact.

What videos have you created for this album?

I am now finishing a video for New Mexico ! I’ll post it briefly. The next thing I’ll do is to the song Up To Fail , so stay tuned.

Who is Pedro Páramo that appears in your album?

Pedro Paramo is an infamous character in the homonymous novel of the Mexican author Juan Rulfo. It is a short, powerful and surreal story about a man who exercises his will in an isolated place, by the time of the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. I’m sure it translates well into Portuguese!

Do you have anything planned for the Road for the next time?

I will be touring the USA to do some shows in Austin, Texas. Then I’ll have a couple of dates in London in June. My next step is to organize a tour of Europe to promote the album. I would love to play in Portugal, so I would like to know some good places to do a show.

Thank you so much George, do you want to add something else?

I just want to thank Via Nocturna for playing my music and thanking your listeners in Portugal! It means a lot can bring this music to new people. If your listeners like the record, please download it and let me get your reactions. [In Portuguese – part not edited] In fact I speak Portuguese reasonably well – not so well to compose songs – more sufficient enough to correspond. But if I have the opportunity I would love to spend some time there to remedy my linguistic limitation! A hug and, bye!

 

 

 

For more information or to order BALLADS OF CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM please visit www.georgestclairmusic.com or http://smarturl.it/GeorgeStClairBCF

 

To order BALLADS OF CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM from Bandcamp please visit georgestclair.bandcamp.com

 

 

Portugal Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

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Reviews – August 2017 (I)

Wake Up (Jeniffer Saran)

(2017, Tarpan Records)

Translated:

Jennifer Saran is a very prolific artist. After her debut with a Christmas album, Merry Christmas You Are Loved (2015), she released Walk With Me in 2016 and already has a new album on the market. Named Wake Up, the Hong Kong-based American singer returns to work with respected Narada Michael Walden to present 15 tracks where she joins versions of her favorite artists ( Patty PageDoris DayBill Withers and George Michael ) to a set of original pop Alternative and contemporary adult music. Highlights for the collaborations of the South African choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the legendary Carlos Santana. ( 4.7 / 6 )

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Via Nocturna Interview: Acting Natural

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https://vianocturna2000.blogspot.pt/2017/12/entrevista-acting-natural.html

Interview: Acting Natural

December 06, 2017

 

Two of the three members of the Acting Natural – Eric Carnevale and Jess Leonard – gathered to talk to Nocturnal about this new project from New York and about the first work – a homonym EP – that has caused so much furore on the other side of the Atlantic.

Live, how are you? Can you present the Natural Acting to the Portuguese rockers ?

We are a rock ‘n’ roll band with three elements, coming from New York. We are formed by Eric on guitar, Jesse on drums and JD on bass. Our music comes from the past while incorporating elements of the present and we could not be happier to be able to present our music to rock fans in Portugal.

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What is your musical background ?

We started playing together when we were 12 or 13 years old. At first, we learned our favorite songs, focusing on the music of the 60s and 70s. From there, we started writing and recording our own material, as well as playing live, which is what we prefer to do.

When and why did you decide to move forward with this project?

We started playing just for fun, but we soon realized the potential to take the band one step further and move forward. We all knew that we wanted to live a life in music and the band became the perfect platform to do so. Being a longtime group of friends makes it easy to play and work together.

What names and / or movements do you cite as your main influences?

We love the sound and the production of rock and motown groups of the 60s, like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. The rhythms and harmonies of that time are a great influence for us. However, we draw inspiration from almost every decade of music to the present. Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala and Coldplay are some of our most recent favorite names.

Your debut EP is finally out. What is the feeling in the band?

We are thrilled to have this EP in the world and finally have our own music out there. And the response was great – there’s nothing like showing fans the music you’ve worked hard on. We are definitely looking forward to sharing our live energy with everyone, following this release.

The first single , Pairadice , reached # 1 in the Top 5 Most Added . Was it a big surprise for you?

Yes! At least a pleasant surprise. This is a high energy song, so we chose it as the main single from our EP. Seeing our names on the tables, alongside some of the artists we hear regularly, was unreal!

The writing and recording processes took place in the same sessions, right? How was this experience?

Yes, some of the songs were written and recorded in the studio, sometimes even on the same day. There is electricity in the air when you are recording something so new. We were all on fire during these sessions, and definitely this can be heard in the recordings.

What will follow for the Natural Acting?

We will end the year with the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour , performing in some of the largest venues in the USA. In the new year, there will be more tours and live performances as well as lots of new music. We’re all excited about what’s on the horizon for us as a band.

Thank you. Do you want to add anything else?

We want to thank everyone at Nightlife for your time and also to thank all those who have supported us in Portugal so far! We look forward to the day when we will play there and go out with you.

 

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Portugese Review: Acting Natural “Acting Natural”

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Translated from Via Nocturna:

https://vianocturna2000.blogspot.pt/2017/11/flash-review-acting-natural-acting.html

Album | Acting Natural

Artist | Acting Natural

About Us | Independent

Year | 2017

Home | USA

Contact Us | Pop-Rock, 60’s Rock, Alternative Rock

Classification | 5.2 / 6

Highlights | The One, Pairadice, Missed The Train

For fans of | The Beatles, James, Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Spencer Day

Appreciation

Premiere work, in EP format, of the original trio from Tampa, Florida baptized as Acting Natural .Six songs of great musicality, melody and vocal work, with a sound that recovers the simplicity and clarity of composition of The Beatles projecting it to a more golden aurea. The band acts naturally and creates a unique, organic and coherent sound led by a creative bass and where guitar solos, although little present, when they arise is imposed by its quality.

Tracklist

  1. The One
  2. Nicole
  3. Pairadice
  4. Bloom
  5. Early Morning
  6. Missed The Train

Line up

Eric Carnevale – vocals, guitars, piano, organ, percussion

James David Maney – Bass, vocals

Jesse Leonard – drums, vocals

 

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Via Nocturna Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up” (translated)

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Jennifer Saran is a very prolific artist. After her debut with a Christmas album, Merry Christmas You Are Loved (2015), she released Walk With Me in 2016 and already has a new album on the market. Named Wake Up, the Hong Kong-based American singer returns to work with respected Narada Michael Walden to present 15 tracks where she joins versions of her favorite artists (Patty Page , Doris Day , Bill Withers and George Michael) to a set of original pop Alternative and contemporary adult music. Highlights for the collaborations are with the South African choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the legendary Carlos Santana.

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Via Nocturna Review: Indubious “From Zero” (translated)

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“With a remarkable instrumental performance, interesting harmonies and a lot of stage presence, Indubious, a band consisting of brothers Evton and Skip, based in Southern Oregon, are currently one of the most referenced names in modern reggae. After two released albums, which includes the widely acclaimed Wake The LionFrom Zero, is their latest work and features a number of renowned guests. From Zero is a conscious mix of dancehall and roots reggae with top production, with editing run by its own publisher.”

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To purchase or preview “From Zero,” please visit: http://smarturl.it/fromzero

For more information about FROM ZERO or upcoming tour dates, please visit the INDUBIOUS website and social media pages via http://www.indubiousmusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email booking@indubiousmusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com 

For Reggae Marketing or Radio please contact King I-Vier at Independent Distribution Collective: kingivier@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

Check out this great interview with Mark Duda!

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Of course, it’s no use for any artist to make a solo album that sounds like the band they belong to. That’s exactly what crossed the mind of Mark Duda, The Handful and Mad City Rockers. That’s why Month Of Sundays – and Mark Duda explains in this interview why this curious title – delineates from the hard rock vein of the New Yorker and trends for more rock ‘n’ roll and punk .

Hi mark! Thanks for your availability. Tell us a little bit about this new album that features six new songs?

I wanted to do something other than the hard rock that I’ve been writing and recording for the last fifteen years. I’ve always been a fan of traditional rock ‘n’ roll melodies and wanted to write some songs that would show my taste for the genre.

So what goals do you intend to achieve with this EP?

I hope this EP shows that I am a singer and songwriter that transcends genres. Of course, I would like to sell enough discs to be able to make another.

How did the guests participate in Month Of Sundays ?

I was fortunate to have had so many great musicians with me in Month Of Sundays . I have worked with Jimi Bones and Bobby Rondinelli in recent years on The Handful. Cheetah Chrome played and mixed the last album of The Handful. Thommy Price was introduced to me by Jimi, as they have worked together in the past in Joan Jett’s band. Kenny Aaronson was recommended by Thommy, and Arno Hecht was recommended by a mutual friend, Peter Aschner.

That is, the participation of authentic living legends of rock . What was it like working with all these people?

All of them are not just some of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with, but some of the most friendly and down -to-earth people . Working with all these people allowed me to fully realize my vision of composition for each track. Everyone who participated in this record understood exactly what I intended from a composition perspective, and they knew how to perform that New York rock n ‘roll sound I was looking for.

Has the composing process been shared by everyone or only you have been involved?

Originally I brought all the ideas for the six songs. When Jimi and I were in pre-production, he made additions to three of six songs.

I find the title of the album very curious. Why Month Of Sundays ? Any special reason?

There are some reasons for the title. One of them is that the song Month Of Sundays leads the album. Another is that this record was recorded during the time of inactivity between albums with The Handful, and when it was more frequent to set aside studio time to record was on Sundays. So this album was recorded almost literally for a month on Sundays.

How does Month Of Sundays approach or distance from your previous work?

Month Of Sundays is deliberately different from my previous work with The Handful and Mad City Rockers. I always thought it did not make much sense for musicians to make solo albums that sound like their bands. If I write a song that is appropriate for The Handful, it ends up in an album by The Handful. I would not make a solo album of songs that I could do with my band. For me, the purpose of this record was to show another side of my composition and performance skills.

So you agree that there is a departure from your hard rock vein ?

Yes, this is a traditional rock ‘n’ roll album with punk influences that moves away from my hard rock work .

By the way, what’s the status of your other bands, namely The Handful and Mad City Rockers?

The Handful are in the process of recording our fifth album. It’s an extremely ambitious album that will certainly turn heads . Thelineup is the same as the last album, Sons Of Downtown , 2015, namely Jay Mischel on bass, Jimi Bones on guitar, Bobby Rondinelli on drums and me, Mark Duda on vocals and guitars. Cheetah Chrome also lends a helping hand. The Mad City Rockers released an album a few years ago, and although there has already been some talk to a successor, nothing has materialized so far.

Already have plans to take this Month Of Sundays to the road?

I would love to take you to the road, but as always, it will depend on two things – the demand and financing. In the meantime, we plan to do some live streams so that fans around the world can feel the taste.

Many thanks, Mark! Do you want to add anything else?

Thank you for taking the time to discuss my music. Play it loud !

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Month Of Sundays was released on April 14, 2017 through True Rock.

To order Month of Sundays on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/markduda

To order Month of Sundays on Bandcamp please visit: https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

To Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5XLAxaFFVOLJCow52TN5nd

To Order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Month-Sundays-EP-Mark-Duda

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

 

Via Nocturna Review: Mark Duda “Month of Sundays”

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“New York-based songwriter and singer Mark Duda , a member of collectives like The Handful and Mad City Rockers , presents Month Of Sundays , the new work under his own name. In six short, direct rock songs , based on rock and punk foundations of the ’70s, Mark Duda shows his talents as a composer of great songs and authentic rock’ n ‘roll anthems . A journey that begins in punk and rockabilly ( Month Of Sundays ), follows the southern influences of Murder Of Delancey (with the courtesy of Bobby Rondinelli on drums), Surprises with the inclusion of the sax in Standoff Love , vibrates with the delicacy of an electroacoustic ballad ( Worse For Wear ) and closes with two songs of hard / punk rock well pulled. Month Of Sundays is a short but excellent job. You only get a little bitter of mouth for its short duration. We look forward to more!”

Tracklist:

  1. Month Of Sundays
  2. Murder Of Delancey
  3. Standoff Love
  4. Worse For Wear
  5. Connection
  6. Subway Song

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Month Of Sundays was released on April 14, 2017 through True Rock.

To order Month of Sundays on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/markduda

To order Month of Sundays on Bandcamp please visit: https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

To Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5XLAxaFFVOLJCow52TN5nd

To Order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Month-Sundays-EP-Mark-Duda

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

 

Razteria “Aventurera” Review at ViaNocturna.com (translation)

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RAZTERIA –Aventurera

Razteria  (aka Rene Asteria) can perfectly be described as a fusion between the beginning of No DoubtSteel PulseLos Aterciopelados and Marisa MonteAventurera is her fifth original album, released on her own Asteria Records. A disc that portrays the adventures of each of us, looking beyond the known, touching the unknown and challenging ourselves. This is the concept behind this collection of 12 tracks. Very present, as usual, it is the multicultural component. Incidentally, Razteria was born in the US, daughter of Bolivian and Dutch having grown up in France. For that alone, this already justifies this multicultural approach that turns out to be reflected when quanta in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese (this record our language is not used). An adventurous journey of music without imposing limits ranging from Latin rhythms to reggae with strong messages. In Aventurera , Razteria uses the talents of a number of musicians from the San Francisco scene which includesSang MatizRahman JamaalCarolyn SmithChatterboxSenecaWaddell Bell and Lou Neuburger, (bass and drums, Fyah Squad Band), Raliegh Neal (keyboards, Michael Franti and Spearhead), Jaime Arredondo (drums, Don Carlos ), Joe Newton (drums), Anthony Ant (trumpet), Dave Eagle (percussion) and Luke Thomas (guitars).

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