Interview: Guytano

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Hailing from Minnesota, Guytano are gearing up to release their debut record I Am Inside My Body tomorrow, December 9th. They are an alt-rock band along the lines of Snow Patrol, Coldplay, and The Killers but with something a little bit different too. Their lyrics are relatable and they dole out a polished catchy sound. We caught up with them ahead of their release tomorrow to chat about the record and what they’ll be up to in the future.



How are you feeling about finally releasing I am Inside my Body?

Very excited to say the least. We’ve been working relentlessly on this record for the past two years and are very thrilled to finally be able to share it with everyone. It’s got some really great tracks that offer something for everyone.

What can we expect from it?

I think it would be safe to say that you can expect to hear something totally it’s own. This album has a lot of energy and although we look up to other bands as examples, we think that this album will pioneer something new in the alternative genre. 

Why did you decide to make a full length rather than go with an EP?

In all honesty we decided to make it a full length album because the music just seemed to keep flowing after we recorded our EP. With the nudge from our producer, 3 songs quickly turned to 10.

Are you looking forward to the album launch on the 10th? Do you have any support bands lined up or will it just be you playing?

Yes we are thrilled to be able to play for all of the people who have supported us this far. And it will just be us. We didn’t find a great fit for an opening band so we just decided to make it a one act show.

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What songs from the album are you most looking forward to playing live?

I think we are all pretty stoked to play ‘When It’s Over’. It’s a very explosive song and a total rush to play live. Also you can’t knock ‘Fall Back’. It always seems to be a show highlight.

What was it like working with Aaron Ankrum and Huntley Miller?

It was totally amazing. They helped us harness our creative energy to a whole new level. We all learned a lot from them. Aaron especially went the extra mile with us in the production stages. As young musicians he has sort of mentored us as we have continued to push our music career.

Can you tell us anything about your upcoming new video for ‘Fall Back in Your Arms’?

Well it’s still a work in progress. We have plans to be shooting in Colorado over the next couple of months. We think it will really harness the energy of the song along with some inspiring visuals to tell a powerful story.

What is the music scene like in Minnesota? Are there any local bands you recommend we check out?

The music scene is definitely on the rise, especially in Minneapolis. It’s been such a blessing to have so many up and coming artists working along side us. I’d say hippo campus is definitely one of the best right now. They have a lot of energy in their music that engages the listeners very well. 

What do you have planned for 2017?

Many things to say the least. We are setting up a Midwest tour over the spring/early summer months and after that we have plans to go back to the studio and start working on album number 2. The creativity just never really stopped flowing after we wrote and recorded I Am Inside My Body. We have many new things we are excited to share with our listeners. 

 

Interview: Starters

Starters released their new album A Picture Fading, and announced that their gig on the 16th of September in Fibbers would be their last ever show. Over Being Under are reuniting for the occasion and Hollow Truth, January, and Versive are also supporting.

A Picture Fading is 13 tracks of lamenting emo rock drenched in anxiety, loss, and hope. It’s atmospheric and evocative, and you feel every second of it. It’s another perfect example of the strength of our music scene here in Ireland.

We caught up with Ian Kelly to talk about the new record, their last show, and what’s planned for the future:

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Interview: Glassgears

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After forming in 2013, Dublin-based 5 piece Glassgears have just signed to an American based label, Preston Bevrly Group. We caught up with them before they head off on their adventure with their new label and a new sound;

Hey guys! First off, congrats on your recent signing – tell us how that came about?

Ray: Thanks so much! It’s a huge deal for us, and really hasn’t even sunk in yet, but we are insanely excited and grateful for our label partnering with us and giving us this opportunity. Ape, our A&R manager was in touch with me nearly ten years ago and was interested in the solo stuff I was doing back then, but playing solo acoustic shows wasn’t what I really wanted to do. About a year ago we got back in touch with each other and I showed him what Glassgears were heading towards. It really just all took off from there!

Sarah: Thank you! Yes we’re very excited about it. I guess we have Ray to thank for that! Ape, our label manager came across Ray’s old YouTube channel where she used to upload herself singing and playing guitar. He was impressed with her and contacted her about working together, I’m not so sure what happened then but now here we are all these years later after Ray contacted him about Glassgears.

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Picture This at Sea Sessions

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It’s amazing what these guys have achieved in such a short amount of time. Their very first Academy gig sold out extremely quickly, and they’ve continued selling out shows since, including three shows at the Olympia in November, and after seeing them at Sea Sessions it’s easy to see why. Not only do they have catchy, well-crafted, uplifting songs, but their stage show is infectiously fun.

Their success is definitely well-earned and well-deserved, in fact the highlight of the whole festival came at the end of their set when they launched into ‘Take My Hand’. The whole tent sang along at the top of their lungs, and made more noise than for some of the headliners. Despite the hundreds of people watching, the moment felt intimate and powerful. We caught up with them after the show and it’s clear they’re taking their achievements in their stride and are nothing but humble about the whole thing.

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Penrose at Sea Sessions

Penrose (along with Roisin El Cherif) won their spot at Sea Sessions via the Unsigned Sessions competition where they won out of around 400 entries. Penrose are an indie rock/ brit-pop band that formed in 2013 and their debut EP Living For The Dream reached no.3 in the Irish Charts. They’ll hopefully be releasing a new album in 2017.

We got to see them play on the Saturday of the Sea Sessions festival in Bundoran a few weeks ago. Penrose are the perfect festival band, their catchy brand of indie rock has a hint of 90s britpop that transports you back to the summer days of youth.

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Their enjoyment on stage is obvious and infectious, it’s hard to stay still while watching them, and their choruses are easy and fun to sing along to. We caught up with them before their performance on the Saturday and had a chat:

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