Van Funk

Van Funk a blues folk duo from Edmonton in Canada is Jordan Van Funk (Vocals / Guitar) and Jessica Fedorek (Vocals / Harmonica).

Van Funk: Artwork for 13

Van Funk: Artwork for 13

Despite it being just pre-dawn as I type, even though I don’t drink the stuff, I feel an urgent need for a whisky to match the mood on hitting play as the gravel rolls around the speakers prior to clipping across the room. Van Funk deliver their music with context, timing and atmosphere and the best bet for the audience is to soak up the sounds on offer.

Drifting instrumentation floats serenely, accompanied by voices laden with emotive context and the combination of the two brings the material to life, feeding into the soul of the listeners. Originally getting together in 2011 the duo have always been prolific songwriters and have managed to hone down a selection for their debut LP which comes out, appropriately, on the 13th December, with the name of 13 which is named after the number of songs on the LP, although ironically there is a fourteenth – but you will need to grab hold of the release when it comes out to find out about that one.

I have had the opportunity to listen to 13 and can say that if you have an interest in blues with a touch of folk, rock, funk and garage this is a fine addition to the collection. Whilst they have been working on the LP they have maintained a live presence and I feel Van Funk have a sound best shared with friends and strangers. If they get to play near you, I would think it likely to be an evening well spent.


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An Interview With The Deadline Shakes

A band who has been considered going back to early this year The Deadline Shakes took some time out to chat just before their launch of Bright Spot In A Bad Year.

The Deadline Shakes - an interview

The Deadline Shakes – an interview

An independent label I speak to often who I have referred a a few bands to, Flowers In The Dustbin, and those of you who have been here long enough and are aware of the significance of the coalescence of Sid Vicious, Siouxsie Sue and Keith Levine will know why the label immediately hit my head and it does remind me, did they work with any of the bands I sent their way? An email is due to Stephen methinks.

More importantly than me delving back into the history of Persons Unknown let’s get back to 2013.

Bright Spot In A Bad Year is an intriguing release with the dichotomies of the reality which are subsumed within the music and the bright sun lamp which steers out of the speakers. The Deadline Shakes have a firm handle on the realities of the world around as they direct the audience to sunnier climes. Dig a little deeper and you will find a band who have plenty to say of relevance and they are also looking for your perspective of how there are good times amongst the tumult.

If you have a high-spot in the past year , no matter what it is  – an image, a video, a not very much that made you smile or a cat sliding on the ice –  The Deadline Shakes would like to compile a crowd-sourced video of your Bright Spot In A Bad Year.

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The Wired Era – Short Cuts – Audio

The New York (USA) based duo The Wired Era, who were introduced back in April are in the process of recording their debut EP Edge Of The Map.

The Wired Era

The Wired Era

A couple of days ago I was sent through a demo version of Short Cuts which will be on the EP and I am delighted to be able to share the demo version of the track with you.

If Short Cuts is representative of the release then I look forward to the slightly faster, more textured and considered sound to which The Wired Era have evolved.

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Har-di-Har – Through Trees (part I) – Video

Har-Di-Har the US based experimental dream-rock duo have their new six track EP Hard Parent / Thick Child set for release on the 10th December.



Opening the release is Through Trees (Part I).

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