@skopemag news for january 24, 2019 @ 9 am est


ALKYMIST Premieres Live Video For “Paradise”

Danish progressive doom quartet ALKYMIST is now releasing a new live music video for their ten-minute-long track “Paradise,” which is found on their 2018-released self-titled debut album. The clip, which makes its public debut through a premiere at Invisible Oranges, was filmed at their release show at Loppen, Christiania in Copenhagen this past October, where a packed venue witnessed the band perform the album from beginning to end, including “Paradise.” The video was created by Tatanka and Snake Charmer, the sound is recorded and mixed by the band itself, while the band’s producer Lasse Ballade (also known for his work with Slægt, Solbrud and Halshug) has overseen mastering duties.TNT Tez Will Never Stop Goin’ In, Shares Slithery New Single

With a multi-colored afro and a penchant for pointed punchlines, TNT Tez is primed for a big 2019. Showing of his massive personality over slithery minor-key instrumental, TNT Tez struts his stuff on “Go In Pt. 1,” his latest single. Free associating boisterous boasts and threats, Tez annihilates all comers on the single, rocking a bouncy cadence to deliver his acidic, hookless rhymes: “I did all my shit on my motherfucking own/And I’m finna block yo ass, do not call my phone.” Shared on Tez’s SoundCloud, the new single arrives as TNT Tez tours the nation in support of fellow Alamo Records signee Comethazine.

Business of Dreams Release New Single, Album Out February 1

Following on from the lovely “Keep The Blues Away,” Slumberland Records and Business of Dreams are psyched to share another song from their forthcoming album Ripe For Anarchy. “N.R.E.A.M.” is a tune about the fashionable negativity that seems rule the mood and discourse of the day.

Says the song’s writer Corey: “This song was my attempt to write something fun for the album. Of course it had to be the one song focusing on negativity but I think a dose of cynicism is quite healthy these days. Humanity isn’t exactly passing its classes lately so I decided to poke a little fun at the more coarse side of our nature. It’s my version of “Ring-a-round The Rosies.” Ashes, ashes we all fall down! Wee!”

Americana/folk-rock band, DRIFTWOOD, announce new album, Tree of Shade

Genre-bending Americana/folk-rock band Driftwood have announced their new album, Tree Of Shade, set to be released April 5. The band’s first single, “Lay Like You Do,” will be released February 22, and they have also announced new tour dates throughout the Midwest and West Coast in support of the new single and album. Additional tour dates on the East Coast will be announced shortly, including album release shows in the band’s native upstate New York.


It’s a banner month for The Dead South, a four-piece bluegrass band from Regina, SK. The group’s upcoming London, UK show just sold out (2300 tickets), as have multiple other UK and European dates. Their video for “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company” crossed the 100 million view mark on YouTube. The band just returned home from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with a new album in hand. This record, their third full-length and first since 2016, will be released by their new label, highly regarded Toronto independent Six Shooter Records. “The Dead South is a family,” reads a statement from the band. “We find it very important to surround ourselves with people we enjoy, people who believe in us and people who will fight for us. Also, people who like to get shit done. Thankfully, these are all things Six Shooter provides. We would like to welcome them into our family.”

Composer and Dreampop Artist Derek Schmidt Releasing Project “Major Arcana” in Spring 2019

Schmidt presents a reverent offering to the concept album tradition, joyfully borrowing from a multitude of genres, and creating a singular immersive art piece meant for the active listener. Major Arcana is a five year project that saw completion through the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Grant, one of SF’s most prestigious awards for individual artists.


Kuri = Sigur Rós meets Thom Yorke // Melancholy New Visuals

Kuri reveals, “In my life it wasn’t so much about writing my emotions into a song but saying, ‘I responded to these things in this way’. It’s looking into how we try to fill holes in our lives, and how we try to explain and justify those kinds of responses. With this music video we’re definitely playing with those themes. Is the guy madly in love with this woman who seems entirely disengaged? Or is he simply trying to fill his emptiness with something artificial?”

Sanhedrin Debuts New Song “Blood From A Stone”

Brooklyn pure metal alchemists Sanhedrin create music that merges doom and classic metal complemented by lyrics that delve into the darker elements of humanity and the cyclical nature of destructive ideas. The band, which features former Amber Asylum/Lost Goat bassist/vocalist Erica Stoltz, Black Anvil guitarist Jeremy Sosville and drummer Nathan Honor, will release its new LP, ‘The Poisoner’, on February 22 via Cruz Del Sur Music. In advance of the the record’s release, the group debuts the new song “Blood From A Stone” via Invisible Oranges, who add, “the band stake their claim with a dry, clean tone that shows the world exactly what they’re about.”

AZ releases New Video “It’s Time”

KiSMiT for Skope?

Emotionality is the driving force behind both the track and visual component, creating a cathartic and emboldening experience.

Are Booking Agents Being Replaced by Robots?

From switching on your heating, to self-service checkouts, more and more day-to-day jobs are being replaced or aided by technology. With Sound Finder’s latest feature, a virtual booking agent tool, is this the latest role to be superseded by tech?

Global Sound Group founded the peer-to-peer website, Sound Finder, in late 2018, with an aim to put musicians directly in touch with professional music and sound services around the world. Musicians can contact providers (including sound engineers, graphic designers, video editors, songwriters and more) directly and purchase their services for their latest projects without leaving the site.

The latest feature to be added to the site is the ground breaking virtual booking agent. This new tool will put musicians in direct contact with over 20,000 venues and promoters from all corners of the globe, allowing them to submit their music directly for consideration. This saves artists from having to compile lists of local venues and send out hundreds of emails in hope of landing gigs. It also cuts out the middleman (and fees) for independent artists who are using a booking agent to secure their next gig. Of course, the service could also be used by booking agents themselves as a one-stop shop for all of the connections they need.


London alt-rockers Heavy Heart share deeply emotional new cut ‘Bed Bug’

Starting out as a bedroom project in a tiny South London flat, the quartet have since capitalised on their early promise with widespread praise throughout the online community (NME, The Line Of Best Fit) and across the airwaves (BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Radio X), with their introspective and intimate soundscapes earning plenty of fanfare.