@skopemag news for july 10, 2019 @ 3 pm est

LAID BLAK to release instant reggae classic ‘It’s A Pity’ ft Tanya Lacey

Having originally found its way onto YouTube with a DIY video, Laid Blak’s ‘It’s A Pity’ ft Tanya Lacey has now received over 4.5 million views and with Spotify playlists also picking it up the track has had half a million streams in the last 12 months. These exceptional figures have warranted an official release for the single via Sugar Shack Records on 26th July 2019.

It’s an organic fun-filled sunshine dance instant classic.

PERPETUAL FATE – new official video for “Cannibal”

Perpetual Fate is an alternative melodic metal project based in Padua and born in 2015. In 2016, after several months of rehearsals the group started playing their first gigs and expanding their setlist with new songs. The former members Gianluca Evangelista, Diego Ponchio and Zaccaria Saidi decided to change the lineup adding a new vocalist and a new drummer: Maria Grazia Zancopè and Marco Andreetto. Since then the band became more solid and started developing new songs; in September they recorded their first single “Rainfall”.2017 saw the band starting their first live experiences as an opening act for well-known italian metal bands like Eternal Idol, Overtures and Secret Sphere, bringing their music outside the usual places and meeting new people. During summer the group won the “Find Festival” 3rd edition and in September released their first EP named “Secret”, which included 4 new songs and the latest single “Rainfall” as bonus track. By the end of the year the band parted ways with guitar player Zaccaria Saidi, who was later replaced by Massimiliano Pistore, member of Overtures. In 2018 the group decided to record their first LP titled “Cordis”. This release will have a younger and american-inspired sound with a lively mix of melodies, riffs and solos under modern drumming patterns and a wide synthesized-electronic touch.

Gruff Rhys announces new album Pang! out 9/13 – Watch video for title track now…

Gruff Rhys will release his new album Pang! via Rough Trade Records on Sept 13th, 2019. The album will be available on LP, CD and digitally.

Pang! is a pop album in Welsh with a couple of verses of Zulu and an English title. Pang! developed unexpectedly over the course of about 18 months and is a solo album of songs by Gruff Rhys, produced & mixed by the South African electronic artist Muzi and recorded in Cardiff, Wales.

Post Malone Returns to the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour Stage

Bud Light Dive Bar Tour is returning to New York City on August 5th and bringing back global superstar, Post Malone, for a second consecutive year to perform on the Dive Bar Tour stage.

Post Malone, who recently released his new single “Goodbyes” featuring Young Thug, will return to the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour stage after an incredible performance in Nashville, Tennessee last year ahead of the debut of his RIAA-certified Platinum album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. Millions of fans around the world watched his show in Nashville giving fans a first-listen to some new music and his show in New York this year will deliver that and more.

Husband-Husband Duo, Soft People, Get ‘Tender’ With New Single

“‘Tender’, for anyone of a certain age, instantly conjures up memories of the 80s, specifically angst-ridden bands such as The Cure, The Smiths, and even a touch of New Order. Sonically, the beat – on this track provided by Patrick Spurgeon, drummer with fellow California band, Rogue Wave – is a close match for The Cure’s ‘Close To Me’, while vocally we’re most reminded of ‘Cemetery Gates’ by The Smiths. In any case, there’s a definite retro sound which we’re really enjoying. Previously we drew comparisons to their fellow Californian contemporaries, Peppermint Heaven, and we maintain this with ‘Tender’; this time however, there’s something more, an excitement beyond the angst, and it’s made us, in turn, quite excited about what Soft People have in store for us.” – Essentially Pop

Soft People Get ‘Tender’ With New Single Out July 12

Marsicans release candid video for bombastic new single ‘Little Things’

Speaking about the video, frontman James Newbigging says, “As the song is based around the little things in life which brighten your day, we thought it would be nice to showcase some of these in the video. Our long-time visual heroes Leeds film company Sodium got onboard and we invited a load of fans down to their studio. We asked people to bring their ‘little thing’ that makes them happy and show it off in a photobooth setting. It could have been anything: a family heirloom, a teddy, a friend. I even brought my dog down for a guest appearance. It was so nice to spend the day with everyone and see their reactions when they were in the booth with their thing that they love.”

The Bright Smoke share third album ‘Gross National Happiness’

The Bright Smoke from Brooklyn have just released their third album, Gross National Happiness, which came out on July 5 — the day after Independence Day (draw any conclusions that seem fitting). This LP is the project’s first release in four years, and of course, quite a bit has happened (politically) since then. The anxiety, fear, and chaos of the album cover says it all.


“These guys are writing music that is fun and engaging, guaranteed to fuel your next kegger. There is a certain manic dedication to the music that makes Bro Jovi’s debut Songs to Crush Beers To Vol. 1 strangely addictive. The crunchy vocals and the epic guitar tone immediately reach out and fill me up with the urge to party. Bro Jovi understand how to get ripped in the least classy, most violent and destructive way possible. In other words, Bro Jovi may very well be this generations Municipal Waste, only now groovier and more Motorhead inspired. If they aren’t, we stil have an awesome new band, who prove the cult of partying will never die.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews

The Martinez Brothers present new mixtape ‘Space Jams Vol. 1’

Widely recognised DJ/producer duo The Martinez Brothers unveil a 13-track mixtape titled ‘Space Jams Vol. 1’ featuring in-demand edits from some of their most iconic 24-hour sets at Club Space, Miami. The highly sort-after project is available to purchase/stream on Tuesday, July 9 via Bandcamp, SoundCloud & YouTube.

YOUNG BRAVES: A mid-week treat prior to release

Young Braves are an alternative indie-pop band from the West Midlands. After support slots with bands like The Amazons and The Sherlocks, the band have been busy working on new material in hope of making a big splash in the coming months. Their previous single ‘Sleep It Off’ was playlisted by BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson and was featured on Spotify’s official Hot New Bands playlist. The new single ‘1984’, released July 19th, is the band’s strongest statement to date and shows a glimpse of exciting things to come.

MYLINGAR: Cvlt Nation Premieres “Giftet” As Döda Själar LP Nears Release Through 20 Buck Spin In August

Less an album of songs to passively enjoy, MYLINGAR’s Döda Själar is an all-encompassing specter of claustrophobic oppression and pestilence, draping its blackness over everything and leaving little but barren wasteland behind. An unexplainable, unknowable force for the malevolent villainy that envelops our world. Fans of Deathspell Omega, Portal, Altarage, Ulcerate, Pissgrave, and similar auditory barbarity must hear MYLINGAR.

Experience the Savage blackened death metal anthem by Mylingar “Giftet”


Freya Ridings is the new star tipped by everyone from Taylor Swift to Florence Welch and Richard Quinn. She became the surprise success story of with her breakthrough platinum-selling hit “Lost Without You.” A once-in-a-lifetime song that immediately put Ridings on the map in the UK, it hit the Top 10 on seven separate occasions during a six-month run in the Top 40 and is now approaching 200 million streams.

60 East – Drive Slow (Single Submission)

Following up on their most recent fan favorite Single “Almost Summer”, 60 East and Phil The Pain return with “Drive Slow” giving a nod to the Classic Kanye song off Ye’s 2nd Album. This marks the 4th Single in a string the duo has released since the beginning of the year. Be sure to stay up to date with 60 East as he gets ready to announce the lineup to his 4th annual Happiness of Pursuit Festival next week! Current Alumni include Conway and Benny The Butcher, Elzhi, Grieves, Obie Trice, Skyzoo, Fashawn and many more.

NIGHTSTALKER: watch exquisite ‘Sweet Knife’ video now

New album ‘Great Hallucinations’ will hit your soul straight away. Its eight blistering tracks ooze with the band’s colorful sound imprint of punchy bass lines, galvanising riffs, all together with Argy’s powerful and soulful vocal. Listen to NIGHTSTALKER and you’ll figure out why Greece is the perfect country for stoner rock and why its scene is one of the most thriving worldwide.

Video Premiere: Nightstalker – ‘Sweet Knife’

Norwegian indie-pop kingpin Kakkmaddafakka turns up the ‘Frequency’

The band released their fifth full-length earlier this year, saying it encapsulates themes of “relationships, tales from Bergen and mental health. I guess this is the most intimate Kakkmaddafakka album and the most honest album we have ever done”.


London trio RITUAL are proud to share the second track from Dreamers Never Learn, a brand-new collaborative project born out of London and conceived in Los Angeles. “Using (with Emily Warren)” launches today with a striking video, featuring American musician/actress Cailin Russo and model Felix Spooner. It was directed by upcoming British director Sophia Ray. View the official video for “Using” HERE.

Violent Femmes share “I’m Nothing” from new album out July 26

“‘I’m Nothing’ explores the modern conundrum of people needing to attach labels to other human beings,” bassist Brian Ritchie says. “We refute that in human terms and also with our music.”

Introducing Hether, “When U Loved Me” out now

Hether is 24-year-old Paul Castelluzzo. Raised near San Diego and based in Los Angeles, Hether grew up playing Jazz and listening to T. Rex, Beach Boys, Velvet Underground and The Beatles. A guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Hether’s writing credits include guitar on “Time” by The Free Nationals, Mac Miller and Kali Uchis, Anderson .Paak’s “King James” and production on Mac Ayres “Devil’s in the Details.” Castelluzzo wrote his first song as Hether in the wake of his sister’s passing and the ending of a world tour as part of the popular Bachata artist Romeo Santos’ live band.

Captured Tracks shares new single from B Boys at Talkhouse

A statement from video directors Jon Campolo and Josie Keefe:
We were inspired by drummer Andrew Kerr’s introspective & candid photographs that document B Boys’ tours. His behind the scenes photos show the band goofing off, setting up, and blowing off steam – mostly offstage. We manipulated Kerr’s photographs by painting, cutting and tearing them, riffing on Rauschenbergian collage, stop motion, the hand choreography of Sole Mani, and John Baldessari’s paintings. The effect is manic, mirroring the nostalgic energy of ‘Instant Pace.’ The band members faces are obscured and transformed into a painted world of devils, aliens and smileys. Who’s who??

The Sidekicks Share New Song “Ode To Jerry”

Cleveland, Ohio indie rock band The Sidekicks have released a brand new single “Ode To Jerry”. According to bassist Ryan Starinsky, “During the recording of ‘Happiness Hours’, Jerry came to me in a dream. There, he gifted me this song to commemorate some rockers who have come before, altogether making me rethink the uncertain realm of death”. You can listen to “Ode To Jerry” now via Spotify.

Gregory Alan Isakov’s “Southern Star” music video premieres at Paste

Of the record—his fourth full-length studio album and first in five years—Isakov comments, “I’d work really hard into the night. A lot of times I would find myself in the light of all these VU meters and the tape machine glow, so that’s where the title came from. I recorded mostly at night, when I wasn’t working in the gardens. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter, morning or afternoon, this music always feels like evening to me.”