Interview | The Nursery [Nas Media]

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We had the chance to chat with Alex Pulec of Toronto based pop rockers The Nursery after their performance at the Indie88 Music Awards during Canadian Music Week. They discussed the release of their debut album Life After Wartime, their win at the Jim Beam Make History Talent Search, and what’s next for the band. Read on to learn more about the band and what they will be up to. Be sure to watch the latest video for their single “Everybody’s Famous.” You can find the link here.

How does it feel to be the winners of the Jim Beam ‘Make History Talent Search”? 

Blessed and privileged. The best part was that we got to discover the scary amount of brilliant Canadian artists, especially in Toronto, brewing under the surface of this city’s mainstream(ish) music scene. Better watch out world – In the next 4 years, Toronto’s independent music is going to be unstoppable!

At which point did the reality set in that you would be able to do music for a living? 


Really hard question. There are so many moments in a band’s career where you think “this is it!”. Truth is, things never pan out exactly how you expect them to. Especially when you’re going through the motions for the first time and your getting excited about every opportunity. Once we were put in front of a couple of large audiences who had no idea who were and ended up winning them over. I feel as long as we can have a honest and genuine relationship with any audience and play our music well they SHOULD be able to at least understand what we’re about. They don’t NEED to like us. Artists who make a good living performing and writing music aren’t loved by every single person out there. Seems obvious…but learning that first hand was very freeing and helped me realize that as long as we stuck to our guns and never gave up, it could happen.

Who are your musical influences? 


Anyone who works hard at forging their own paths rather than falling into the tired avenues set up by bottom feeder types in the industry. I don’t like how emerging artists get treated generally by certain industry establishments. It’s really easy to manipulate the emotions of young hopes and dreams into doing things that aren’t in their best interests. Now with the internet, new artists are getting smarter and more savvy when it comes to how to run their band or show. I’m inspired by the ones who do it their own way. You know, where it’s usually a slow start, and you get a lot of folks who may look at you strange, but nothing feels better than proving them wrong and inspiring others with your story.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing? 

In general the music is taking more and more risks as time goes on. Getting a little weirder, more freaky and a little darker. Ultimately, it’s become unequivocally more “Nursery”. We’re getting harder to put in a box while becoming more of ourselves. It’s a result of becoming more confident as writers and performers. Letting go of the shackles of fear and insecurity is so exciting when your creating. Way easier said than done. When becoming yourself, the identity flourishes. 

 

What are your future plans for The Nursery?

Releasing our debut full length record! It’s going to be called Life After Wartime. It’s about beginning a new life. A changing of the guard. It’s about looking forward, not backward. instead of running away, embrace it. 

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SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW SET TO SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL [MAY 27 & 28]

SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW SET TO SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL

ROSEHILL GARDENS GRAND PAVILION ON MAY 27 & 28

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Australian Music Association has today announced the inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show set to engulf the Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion on May 27 and 28.  Proudly presented by Australian Musician, the monster exhibition promises to be an electrifying presentation of all things hit.

 

Boasting an impressive live performance program with some of the world’s best players and biggest names including Thomas Lang (George Michael, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel), Virgil Donati (Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai), Michael Schack (Netsky) and more (with Lang and Donati playing together for the first time ever), the show will also feature a huge array of drum gear and brands and will act as the country’s largest pop-up drum and percussion shop.  You can see, try and buy drum kits, cymbals, orchestral and traditional percussion, electronic percussion, hand percussion and accessories from all the major brands, plus never-before-seen gear.  There’ll be some tasty home grown and handmade gear too.

 

Run by the same team that put on the annual Melbourne Guitar Show (MGS) and based on the successful MGS model, the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will also host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented drummers and percussion players including Lucius Borich (Cog), Lozz Benson (Urthboy, Drummer Queens), Stan Bicknell (Kimbra, Miami Horror) and more.  From double-kick drummers, groove and touch drummers and jazz stylists, to exotic percussion players, orchestral percussionists, and hard hittin’ rock n rollers, there’ll be something for everyone.

 

The voice of the Australian music products industry, the Australian Music Association (AMA) is thrilled to present this drum-centric weekend.  “There’s so much about percussion, it’s the world’s most accessible form of music – people take their first steps in music through percussion,” says AMA CEO Rob Walker.  “We are excited to showcase our industry’s products and the wealth of local talent that Sydney and Australia has to offer, as well as international guests – three of the best in the world!  We seek to educate and entertain, and showcase and grow our drum and percussion community.”

 

Punters will have the opportunity to participate in drum circles and other hands on percussion workshops, see Australia’s leading percussion ensembles, Taikoz and Synergy Percussion, as well as leading student percussion ensembles from The Sydney Conservatorium and combined school’s ensemble, Drumfill.  They can experience the latest electronic drum technology, meet a stack of the industry’s finest drum and percussion players, take part in workshops on drumming for fitness and wellbeing, performance clinics, panels and more.

 

Additionally, the 2017 Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and play a broad range of the world’s favourite brands.  It will also see exhibitors offering great show deals.

 

If you can hit it, ring it, shake rattle and roll it, it’ll be at the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show.

 

The Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will be held at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion on May 27 & 28, 2017

 

SYDNEY DRUM AND PERCUSSION SHOW DETAILS

SATURDAY MAY 27 | ROSEHILL GARDENS GRAND PAVILION |10.00am – 6.00pm TICKETS

SUNDAY MAY 28 | ROSEHILL GARDENS GRAND PAVILION | 10.00am – 5.00pm | TICKETS

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Cloud Nothings shares new single “Enter Entirely” + Launches North American tour next week

CLOUD NOTHINGS SHARES NEW SINGLE “ENTER ENTIRELY”


LAUNCHES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR NEXT WEEK

 

LIFE WITHOUT SOUND DUE 1/27 VIA CARPARK RECORDS

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STREAM: “Entire Entirely” – https://soundcloud.com/cloudnothings/enter-entirely
After sharing the video for “Internal World” last week, Cloud Nothings are back today to share one more taste of their forthcoming album Life Without Sound before its release on January 27th. New track “Enter Entirely” starts as a slow-burner before bursting into a classic Dylan Baldi chorus.
In addition to the new single, Cloud Nothings will embark on a lengthy tour next week that will see them hit North America in January and February before heading to Europe in March. While supplies last, fans can head to cloudnothings.com to pre-order a limited edition t-shirt & deluxe LP, LP or CD bundle.
Listen to “Enter Entirely” above and see below for full tour routing and album details.
WATCH: “Internal World” – https://youtu.be/gQUcpNi8T_8
About Cloud Nothings:
Dylan Baldi maintains simple, admirable standards in quality. “A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them,” the 25-year-old Cloud Nothings frontman says. “In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, ‘That’s okay,’ I feel good about the record. This is the one that’s felt best.”
“This” is Life Without Sound, the radiant, far-far-better-than-okay fourth full-length his rock outfit has recorded since he began writing and releasing songs on his own under the Cloud Nothings alias in 2008. While its highly acclaimed predecessor – 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else – came together spontaneously, in the little time that touring allowed, Life Without Sound took shape under far less frenetic circumstances.
For more than a year, Baldi was able to write these songs and flesh out them out with his bandmates – drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke – before they finally joined producer John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie) at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, for three weeks in March of 2016. The result is Baldi’s most polished and considered work to date, an album that speaks to his evolving gift with melody while also betraying the sort of perspective that time provides. You can hear it in the aerodynamic guitar pop of “Modern Act,” and feel it in the devastating wisdom of “Internal World,” a lullaby-like howler that dwells on “the fact that being yourself can be uncomfortable and even potentially dangerous at times.”
“Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world,” Baldi says. “But there was a point in which I realized that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn’t realize you were missing until it’s there-hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music,” he adds. “It’s supposed to be inspiring.”
It is.
 
TOUR DATES
1/26 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
01/27 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
01/28 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
01/30 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01/31 Boston, MA – Paradise
02/01 New York, NY – Webster Hall
02/03 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
02/04 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
02/06 Grand Rapids, MI – Calvin College
02/07 Detroit, MI – El Club
02/09 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02/10 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
02/11 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
02/12 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
02/15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
02/16 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
02/17 Seattle, WA – Barboza
02/18 Seattle, WA – Barboza
02/20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
02/22 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
03/01 Copenhagen – Loppen
03/02 Malmo, SE – Babel
03/03 Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
03/05 Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
03/06 Hamburg, DE – Knust
03/07 Berlin, DE – Bi Nuu
03/08 Munich, DE – Kranhalle
03/09 Cologne, DE – Luxor
03/11 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
03/12 Brussels, BE – Botanique
03/14 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
03/16 Bristol, UK – Thekla
03/17 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
03/18 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
03/19 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
03/21 London, UK – Koko
03/22 Birmingham, UK – The Hare & Hounds
03/23 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
05/12-14 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
07/30 New York, NY – Panorama Festival
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Cloud Nothings
Life Without Sound
(Carpark)
January 27, 2017
1. Up To The Surface
2. Things Are Right With You
3. Internal World
4. Darkened Rings
5. Enter Entirely
6. Modern Act
7. Sight Unseen
8. Strange Year
9. Realize My Fate

Trash Talk shares short film Tangle + EP available now

TRASH TALK SHARES NEW SHORT FILM VIA NOWNESS
FEATURING THE BAND’S RECENT JAPANESE TOUR
TANGLE EP AVAILABLE NOW
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WATCH: Tangle – https://youtu.be/GFCP91V3nTA
 
DOWNLOAD: Tangle – https://trashtalkhc.com/
On the heels of their recent North American tour with Antwon and Black Noise and the release of their new EP Tangle, Los Angeles via Sacramento hardcore stalwarts Trash Talk are back today to share a short film that chronicles the band’s 4-city Japanese tour earlier this fall. Sharing its name with their EP, Tangle the film affords a glimpse of the Japan underground and shows it’s contrast to everyday life in its cities. The film was directed by Will Mayer, shot by GlenJamn and in partnership with Stashimi.
Watch Tangle above and download the EP directly from the band’s site for free.
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Trash Talk
Tangle
(October 21)
1. Disconnected
2. Mr. Nobody
3. Constrictor
4. Feen
5. Soothe Sayer

Cloud Nothings releases new single + announces West Coast tour dates

CLOUD NOTHINGS RELEASES NEW SINGLE “INTERNAL WORLD”
ANNOUNCES WEST COAST TOUR DATES
LIFE WITHOUT SOUND DUE JANUARY 27TH VIA CARPARK
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WATCH: “Modern Act” – https://youtu.be/rt9N_yHvwyM
After releasing the video for lead Life Without Sound single “Modern Act” and playing a pair of West Coast shows in the past two weeks, Cloud Nothings are back to share another taste from their forthcoming album. “Internal World” is an instant classic in the Dylan Baldi canon — it’s a song that packs an EP’s-worth of earworms into less than 4 minutes. The song was premiered by Beastie Boys’ Mike D (who premiered it as Beats1’s World Record while sitting in for Zane Lowe).
In addition to the new song, the band are announcing a new round of West Coast tour dates in February. While supplies last, fans can head to cloudnothings.com to pre-order a limited edition t-shirt & deluxe LP, LP or CD bundle directly from Carpark or Wichita.
Check out the “Internal World” above now and see below for all Life Without Sound details and upcoming Cloud Nothings tour dates.
About Cloud Nothings:
 
Dylan Baldi maintains simple, admirable standards in quality. “A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them,” the 25-year-old Cloud Nothings frontman says. “In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, ‘That’s okay,’ I feel good about the record. This is the one that’s felt best.”
“This” is Life Without Sound, the radiant, far-far-better-than-okay fourth full-length his rock outfit has recorded since he began writing and releasing songs on his own under the Cloud Nothings alias in 2008. While its highly acclaimed predecessor – 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else – came together spontaneously, in the little time that touring allowed, Life Without Sound took shape under far less frenetic circumstances.
For more than a year, Baldi was able to write these songs and flesh out them out with his bandmates – drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke – before they finally joined producer John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie) at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, for three weeks in March of 2016. The result is Baldi’s most polished and considered work to date, an album that speaks to his evolving gift with melody while also betraying the sort of perspective that time provides. You can hear it in the aerodynamic guitar pop of “Modern Act,” and feel it in the devastating wisdom of “Internal World,” a lullaby-like howler that dwells on “the fact that being yourself can be uncomfortable and even potentially dangerous at times.”
“Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world,” Baldi says. “But there was a point in which I realized that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn’t realize you were missing until it’s there-hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music,” he adds. “It’s supposed to be inspiring.”
It is.
 
TOUR DATES
1/26 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
01/27 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
01/28 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
01/30 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01/31 Boston, MA – Paradise
02/01 New York, NY – Webster Hall
02/03 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
02/04 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
02/06 Grand Rapids, MI – Calvin College
02/07 Detroit, MI – El Club
02/09 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02/10 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
02/11 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
02/12 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
02/15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
02/16 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
02/17 Seattle, WA – Barboza
02/18 Seattle, WA – Barboza
02/20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
02/22 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
03/01 Copenhagen – Loppen
03/02 Malmo, SE – Babel
03/03 Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
03/05 Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
03/06 Hamburg, DE – Knust
03/07 Berlin, DE – Bi Nuu
03/08 Munich, DE – Kranhalle
03/09 Cologne, DE – Luxor
03/11 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
03/12 Brussels, BE – Botanique
03/14 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
03/16 Bristol, UK – Thekla
03/17 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
03/18 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
03/19 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
03/21 London, UK – Koko
03/22 Birmingham, UK – The Hare & Hounds
03/23 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
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Cloud Nothings
Life Without Sound
(Carpark)
January 27, 2017
1. Up To The Surface
2. Things Are Right With You
3. Internal World
4. Darkened Rings
5. Enter Entirely
6. Modern Act
7. Sight Unseen
8. Strange Year
9. Realize My Fate