Wednesday, May 31, 2023

NEWS | Lucy Gaffney Announces New EP 'Daydream In Tokyo'

Photo: Charlotte Patmore
Lucy Gaffney returns with new single 'Daydream In Tokyo' and news of a new EP of the same name to arrive on 29th September via Nettwerk.

The Belfast native began releasing solo material in 2020, with two well-received lo-fi offerings recorded by The Coral frontman James Skelly. Fast forward to 2023 and 'Daydream In Tokyo' luminously marks her arrival. The first single from her upcoming second EP, it’s a pure-cut indie-pop gem every bit as Technicolour as Gaffney’s journey along the way.

Written when she was living in Liverpool, the song is an escapist anthem with a trajectory that takes you on a journey. Across three minutes, it captures how a potent sense of place far beyond can - even in one’s mind’s eye - be an antidote to the mundane. But for Gaffney, dreaming of Tokyo isn’t a knee-jerk lunge in the throes of wanderlust. Musing on walking through neon-lit streets, and singing 'Thirteen' by Big Star in a backstreet karaoke bar, it bears the physical imprint of the Japanese capital as channelled in her favourite film, Lost In Translation.

'I’ve always adored and been fascinated by its cinematography,' says Gaffney. 'There’s so much depth in the mystery and ambiguity of discovering a foreign place. I find it hard not to completely relate to every scene. I can’t write unless there’s something inspiring me visually, so I wanted it to capture the aesthetic of the movie and, in a similar way, translate a relatability in everyday thoughts and relationships between people.'

'Daydream In Tokyo' EP tracklisting:

1. Daydream In Tokyo
2. Just Friends
3. Make Me Smile
4. Boy Go
5. In A Sense


'Daydream In Tokyo' is out now.

For all things Lucy Gaffney, click here.

Friday, May 19, 2023

WATCH | The Rupert Selection Release 'I Saw God' Video

Photo Credit: Peter McManus

We're big fans of Boston's The Rupert Selection so the release of new music is always good news - and the release of latest track 'I Saw God' is especially great news.

Clocking in at just under two and a half minutes, this track is on the short side but no second or note is wasted, instead each packed with intent. 'I Saw God' is loud and heavy and the accompanying video does a fine job of what is often impossible and captures the raw energy of a performance - the lighting also helps nail the trippy aspect of the tune.    

It's the first taste of new music from the trio, who are gearing up to release an album later this year.

''I Saw God' is a continuation of us trying to evolve and push our creative boundaries, trying to new things and seeing how far our sound can go,' vocalist Reilly Somach shares. 'Keep everything progressing, but keep it still familiar enough to our roots.'

An exciting evolution, proof that The Rupert Selection are getting better and better. With tracks packing this much power, they may just be unstoppable.


For all things The Rupert Selection, click here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

HOT TRACK | 'Break Up Again' & 'I Wish U Didn't Hate Me So Much' - Kit Major

This week's HOT TRACK is a Kit Major rockets into a new era with not one but two new songs - 'Break Up Again' and 'I Wish U Didn't Hate Me So Much'.

This is the beginning of what Kit is calling the 'Love. Sick. Major.' era and it's off to a fabulous start, feeling like a real mark of intent from an artist who brings a multitude of dimensions to their craft. These tracks are a little 60s Britpop mixed, satisfyingly, with 90s rock, a combination that's infused with charm and clever writing.

We at Tour Bus Tunes are digging this first glimpse into what looks set to be a majorly exciting chapter for Kit Major. 

Check these tracks out now!


'Break Up Again' and 'I Wish U Didn't Hate Me So Much' are out now.

For all things Kit Major, click here.

Monday, May 15, 2023

NEWS | Home Free to Return to the UK & Europe in Sept/Oct

A year of international touring continues for all-vocal Country entertainers Home Free, with the announcement of their fifteen-date Road Sweet Road headline tour across the UK & Europe later in 2023, starting September 13 in Berlin.

'Last time we were in Europe we unfortunately had to cancel a bunch of shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic,' says Rob Lundquist of Home Free. 'We're looking forward to coming back under much better circumstances and playing for crowds we haven't been able to see for a long time. Get ready Euro-Fries!'

This follows the release of their latest full-length record, So Long Dixie, the launch of their USA headline tour, and their long awaited return to Australia for the CMC Rocks festival in March. 

More recently, the band have announced their return to CMA Fest in Nashville next month, and shared a new collaboration with Brooke Eden, their version of the Larry Collins & Alex Harvey classic 'Delta Dawn', originally made famous by Tanya Tucker in 1972 - WATCH/LISTEN.

''Delta Dawn' is an absolute classic we've been talking about covering for a long time,' shares Austin Brown. 'We just needed to find the perfect voice to really embody that sound everyone knows while also bringing new life to a crowd favorite. Brooke did all that and more. We are so excited to share our version with you!'

'We’ve been wanting to put the Home Free spin on Delta Dawn for a while but were waiting for the right collaborator,' adds Tim Foust. 'Fortunately, the amazing Brooke Eden came on tour with us, and we mentioned it to her. As luck would have it, the song is also a favorite of hers because her mom sang it to her as a child! The rest, as they say, is history.'

Full 2023 UK & European dates below - tickets on sale this Friday, May 19:

September 13th - Berlin, Columbia Theater

September 15th - Copenhagen, DR Koncerhuset

September 16th - Gothenburg, Concerthouse

September 17th - Oslo, Oslo Spektrum

September 18th - Stockholm, Cirkus Arena

September 19th - Malmö, Slagthusets Teater

September 20th - Hamburg, Fabrik

September 22nd - Vienna, Arena

September 23rd - Munich, Muffathalle

September 24th - Zurich, Volkhaus

September 26th - Cologne, Kantine

September 27th - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg - Ronda

September 29th - Birmingham, O2 Academy

September 30th - Manchester, RNCM Theatre

October 1st - London, O2 Forum Kentish Town


For all things Home Free, click here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

HOT TRACK | 'Switching Tracks' - Travels With Brindle

Photo: Jen Vesp

This week we're off on another journey with Travels With Brindle, who releases latest track 'Switching Tracks'.

It's the fifth single to come from upcoming debut album, Notes From Undergrad, an album that we are eagerly anticipating here at Tour Bus Tunes! With the release date approaching, it's clear that Chelsea Spear (aka Travels with Brindle) is picking up even more momentum and speed with every single stop along the way - 'Switching Tracks' is a poppier stop, the opening warm and welcoming as it embarks on a journey of realisation.

The track was born out of literary and real life experience.

''Switching Tracks' is about the moment you cross paths with a crush and realize they’re not as great as you thought they were, and that realization frees you,' Spear says. 'It’s inspired by a moment at the end of The Idiot when Selin and Ivan finally talk about her feelings for him and his inability to reciprocate them. I also experienced two friend break-ups in a three-year period, so a lot of the fresh pain comes from not being able to say some of the things I really wanted to say to them.'


Notes From Undergrad is out June 2.

For all things Travels with Brindle, click here.

Friday, May 5, 2023

HOT TRACK | 'Tiny Bodyguard' - Superbloom

Photo Credit: Nia Garza
Superbloom have released 'Tiny Bodyguard', a less full on track for the Brooklyn quartet but perhaps their most striking yet.

The guitars aren't thrashing, nor are the drums. This track, the latest from their upcoming EP Life's A Blur, takes a step back from the heavy...sonically. The weight is in the lyrics, the song about someone who helps calm a troubled soul. It's raw, poignant....and beautiful.

Stream below:

The EP drops June 8, with a Euro/UK tour to follow in September. Dates below:

'Tiny Bodyguard' is out now

For all things Superbloom, click here.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

INTERVIEW | 'It's A Symbiotic Relationship' - Already Dead's Dan Cummings and BOS The Rapper Talk New Single 'Don't Wake Me' and Collaborating

'It was natural'...and that naturalness, that special spark is felt every time Already Dead and BOS The Rapper team up. 

'Don't Wake Me' is the latest single to come from Dan Cummings (frontman of Already Dead) and BOS' longstanding and brilliant musical bond. It's a slamming single, one that comes after a very momentous 2022 for the Massachusetts band and one that seamlessly fuses their punk with BOS' hiphop.

Dan and BOS took some time to chat with us about the song, their history and collaborating!


You guys met at a house party back in 2015, BOS freestyling while Dan was playing a cajon. How did your friendship and, ultimately, this creative partnership bloom from that day?

BOS: Not long after that party, I went over to Dan's. At the time his roommates were guys I'd graduated with from high school. We started freestyling, and one song came from that original freestyle. We formed a band. We gigged almost every weekend and ended up recording an EP. Dan's produced songs for me that are on Spotify. He made beats that he's sent my way too. On top of hanging out, we've consistently made music since the day we met. It's been a ride.

Dan: Once that band stopped, we kept working as we never wanted to stop. When Already Dead started it was natural to include him in songs because we had worked together so much.

This song combines genres brilliantly. When it comes to your own influences, what sort of genres are there? Who did you grow up listening to?

BOS: I grew up not listening to much hip-hop until my teen years. I grew up with my mom [listening to] Elvis, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, acts like that. [Then] I heard Nas for the first time. I'd always been a storyteller/writer...and this dude tells a story perfectly. From there, it went into the underground scene - Jedi Mind Tricks, Aesop Rock, Atmosphere...those dudes all influenced me in one way or another.

Dan: My influences are across the board for sure. I grew up on classic rock [and] I think I was a fan of Rancid by the time I was in fourth grade. I love a particular band from all genres of music. I love music, and have been influenced by music for as long as I can remember. But punk-rock...that's the genre where I love pretty much every band I hear - I can't get enough of it.

I also grew up loving rap. The way we blend the genres is something that I've always wanted to do but I can't rap! 

BOS: It was meeting Dan that I really started to find out more about punk rock than the basic knowledge that I had. Where we connected on hip hop was Brother Ali from Rhymesayers Entertainment. The both of us loved his discography and went to a show. It was interesting too, having been established in my hip hop ways for well over twelve years before I met Dan, to now be writing to the punk rock songs. It's evolved my writing, writing with him over the punk was a challenge at first but it [has] really pushed the creative side of what I've been doing for a long time.

Your new single, 'Don't Wake Me' has been a long time coming in the sense that it's existed in various shapes and forms for almost a decade. What made you decide that this was the right time to release it?

BOS: The second verse was written for the song originally, then I redid the first. But, yeah, that was written in 2016 and got left on the shelf for a while - the original instrumentation [Dan] made for it, we were like 'eh, that's alright [but] not what we're looking for'. Fast forward years later, and 'oh shit, let's do this again'. 

Dan: And make it something.

We sent a version to BOS' friend, who is a producer on the west coast. We got the old version mixed but it was a lot more mellow. That producer, what he said, it made sense to me perfectly. The music didn't justify the lyrics, in my mind, so one night I sat down and came up with that initial guitar riff that the song starts with. I already had BOS' vocals in my computer so I started jamming to those vocals. It finally clicked, one of these 'now this works' moments. It's weird as I always liked the old versions too but I don't think it was something we would release as a single - maybe it would be a B-Side or something like that. Now, I think the music lives up to the lyrics so it was worth putting it out like we have now.

BOS: One of the most common phrases that went back and forth between us on the older versions was 'missing something'. Every version we got back, it was missing something. It wasn't [there]. They had great skeletal bones but there was no meat to it. When he sent me the opening, what the opening does with the guitar and my vocals coming into it full spoke to the way that we both talk about travelling, about music and the way we want to continue to do it and see new things through it. Sometimes it's in a nice dream state way, and some times you're just struggling and just pounding away. That's how the song goes and I feel like it carries that journey pretty nicely.

There's a family aspect to the track too as, BOS, your sister provides backing vocals. That must've made this one extra special!

BOS: We, to this day, will sit around a fire with a guitar and just make up songs, laugh and joke and she'll come sit with us. You can play any kind of song and she'll singalong. She's got a beautiful voice and Dan came up with the idea to have her sing in the background. I think she showed up [to the studio] and did it in two takes, and she's not someone that goes to the studio a lot. It's special and cool to have her on this song.  

'Don't Wake Me' was produced by Jimmy Corbett who, Dan, you've been in a band with and who produced Already Dead's album My Collar Is Blue. Why did you turn to Jimmy?

Dan: 'Don't Wake Me' was recorded during that. I went to Jimmy because I was self-conscious and he was already a friend *laughs*. Already Dead is pretty new, it's a new project, so the songs on that first album were my first attempt at leading a band. It was a comfort level [thing] as he and I are friends but he's an incredible producer, so I lucked out knowing him.

With 'Don't Wake Me' being a song about the desire to travel and seeing new places, I gotta ask...where do you guys dream of travelling to? What venues are on the bucketlist to play?

Dan: Everywhere, honestly.

BOS: I love to see new places. The line 'I wanna eat hamburgers in Hamburg', we all joke about it, but the reason that it exists is because, since I was eight years old, I've been immature. I know it's dumb and makes no great philosophical sense but it's always made me laugh and I want to go there, do that as I think it'd be a hilarious picture to have! 

It's really anywhere I haven't seen yet. As far as performing, I love performing, just give me a mic and a stage or not I don't care. But...probably Red Rock Theatre. I want to play there.

Dan: Anywhere that will have us. I got the opportunity about ten years ago with another band I was in to do a tour in England for a couple of weeks. I've travelled around the US a lot but as a means of travel is probably the best thing. It's the dream.

Of course, you're no strangers to collaborating - that is for sure! But how do you, Dan, decide when to bring BOS in for Already Dead projects? Are you actively creating songs with a collaboration in mind or is it just something you realise later in the creative process?

Dan: I realise it. I'll be sitting there making songs and in my head I'm like 'I need BOS on this one'. I'm not writing it to have him, but [I'll know] that this song needs him.

BOS: It's an active collaboration almost at all times, even if neither of us is featured on a song. I'll wake up, every couple of weeks, and have a track that Dan wrote and recorded and he'll say 'what do you think of this?' I'll do the same or send over an instrumental. It's a symbiotic relationship in that respect. Even if we're not actively featured on each other's songs, most of our music is actively influenced by our conversations over it.

Dan: Yeah, I bother him a lot *laughs*

BOS: It's vice-versa! The wife and the fiancée didn't realise what they were agreeing to - like you're with Dan but BOS is going to be around a lot!

Your collaborations are very balanced in that sense that it feels very equal, that both party is as important as the other. Is that something that comes naturally or a balance you're always aiming for?

Dan: It comes natural for both of us, it's not forced or intentional. We just take our influences and it's what comes out. I grew up punk-rock but grew up on hip-hop too. I can tell that's coming out when I'm writing something so it's great that I have a friend that can rap and bring that element. 

BOS: Punk and hip-hop have been cousins since inception of both of them. Wu Tang touring with Rage Against the Machine, the genres were already mixed. They have similar messages where it's 'this is us, we're going to do what we want'. Going on twenty, thirty years later - we're old - it still carries that weight. It's a natural form of us rebelling and speaking the way we would on our platform. 

'Don't Wake Me' comes after a very busy and fruitful time for Already Dead. You released your EP in October last year and were also nominated for Punk Artist of the Year at the 2022 Boston Music Awards. How important is it to keep that momentum building and keep things moving?

Dan: It's so important. I'm always writing. For years, I had songs stashed in my computer and not seeing the light of day. Now, if I write a song and I'm happy with it, it's 'let's go into the studio, let's put it out'. It's very important to keep momentum and I'm very motivated. 

It's fulfilling. I don't think I'd do it if I didn't love it. It's not a chore - if anything, work is a chore.

BOS: It's like that sticker you have - 'I work so I can play shitty rock' *laughs*

What's next for both Already Dead and BOS The Rapper? 

Dan: I'm in the process of recording some demos, some stripped down acoustic versions. There is one song that me and BOS recorded a while ago so I'll probably be adding that as I really like the song. 

BOS: I always appreciate the call, anytime I can get into the studio to work on music. Off the top of my head, we have at least three working songs right now that, at any point, we can be like 'this is a good time'. There's times when they'll fall under a BOS project, or times they'll fall under an Already Dead project. Similar to 'Don't Wake Me', those are generally a nice refresher for myself and Dan to step outside of whatever we're zoned in on and push ourselves creatively. 

For myself, I have a few batches of songs that I intended to release but life happens. So they're still in the process of being mixed or recorded but, throughout the year, they'll either come out as singles or small projects. They're still going to be releases. The goal, for now ,is to do more shows. We always seem to catch a run but then it goes quiet for a while. With summer coming up, I'd really like to start booking ahead a little bit.


'Don't Wake Me' is out now.

For all things Already Dead click here

For all things BOS click here

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

NEWS | Oli Brown & The Dead Collective Announce New EP 'Prologue'

Oli Brown & The Dead Collective
announce Prologue, the eagerly awaited follow up to their highly acclaimed debut EP. 

In a physical only release, the 4 track epic and brutal adventure unveils May 12 on CD and vinyl. A strictly Limited Edition CD & vinyl of 250 CD and 100 vinyl boasting alternate artwork and an instrumental bonus track is also available - pre-order all versions/bundle here with a digital download link provided to all buyers on release day.

'When I started writing my next collection of songs, I had no idea what would come.' Oli candidly opens up, 'My subconscious was about to make me more aware of what was happening in my mental health than my consciousness. I realised these songs would quickly take on a more significant meaning to my life.” Dark, haunting and with an epic scale cinematic scope, their songs traverse the depths of the human psyche with unflinching truth; this epitomises the music of the band.

The EP was written/co-produced by Oli and esteemed drummer Wayne Proctor, featuring the talents of Andrew Banfield (piano, percussion), Steve Amadeo and Alex Phillips (bass) and the much in demand live guitarist with the band Sam Wood providing all of the guitars for the closing track 'Sinking Ship'. 

Relive Prelude below:


Pre-order Prologue now.

For all things Oli Brown & The Dead Collective, click here.

INTERVIEW | 'Songwriting Is The Ultimate Test of Vulnerability' - Samantha LaPorta

Songwriting is the ultimate test of vulnerability. That's what Samantha LaPorta believes, and it is something that shines though her mu...