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Get to know: TONICA

We’ve been in conversation with Manchester based electro-pop band TONICA about their roots in music and their new single ‘Save Yourself’ which is out on August 11th. Get the lowdown here:

How did you get your initial start in music?

 

We’d both played various instruments from an early age, but the leap from playing for pleasure to planning a career in music came when we decided to move to Manchester. We met in the city and have been writing together ever since. 

 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

 

Though I’m sure the industry will change as we progress as a band, I imagine our aim will always be the same – to have our music heard by more people. Whether it’s through a major label, an independent or some kind of self-release, I hope we continue to grow and gain more support with each record.  

 

How long have you been writing your own music?

 

We’ve been writing together for just under a year; though most of the TONICA material was done in early 2017 – I feel like we’re just hitting our stride.

 

Who are your top three influences and why?

 

Speaking specifically about the influences for this band, I’d say…

 

The Weekend – On both a song-writing and production level. The sonic of his tracks perfectly compliments the subject matter, I believe he’s at a commercial & creative peak right now.

 

Honne – They’re a throughly modern band yet their music feels classic, it’s like future-soul. I think we referenced them a few times over the last year, especially when recording/producing my voice. The vocal sounds on Honne’s first album are incredibly rich and satisfying. 

 

Miike Snow – I feel like MS are overlooked. Some of their music is incredible, particularly on the last album. I believe they work as a writing team for numerous pop-acts too. I like that you can hear that mainstream pop influence in the structure and arrangements – it’s definitely something we’re mindful of too. 

 

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

 

The track is called ’Save Yourself’ and it comes out on 11th August. I think the most important thing to know is that it’s our first release. We’ve been waiting to get this record out for a couple of months now and we’re excited to see what the reaction is. It was mixed by Lewis Gardiner (formally of Prides) and mastered by Chris Gerhinger (Drake, 1975). It was an honour to have them work on our debut and I hope the song gets the recognition we feel it deserves. 

 

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

 

We’re currently based in the centre of Manchester. There’s hundreds of great venues in the city, but if I had to name just a few I’d say – Deaf Institute (Oxford Road), Albert Hall (Peter Street) and the Night & Day Cafe (Oldham Street, NQ). 

 

Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

 

I went to see a friend’s band called Big Society the other night, check them out. 

 

Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

 

https://www.facebook.com/tonicaofficialband/

 

https://www.instagram.com/tonicamusic/

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/Tonicaofficial

 

https://soundcloud.com/tonicabandofficial

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Love For Zero

B and W Group edited1.       How did you get your initial start in music?

We’ve all been playing together for quite a while before Love For Zero so finding our sound was quite a long and formative process. We’ve actually recorded an album that never saw the light of day. This was one of our first experiences as a group of writing and recording together and it helped shaped who we are as a band today.

2.       What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

Rock’n’Roll and aim for the stars! Realistically though we just want our music to reach and touch as many people as possible through our albums or live performances. The respect and appreciation of our audience is what we really strive for rather than chasing massive industry goals . If we do get really successful that’s only going to facilitate our relationship with broader audiences.

3.       How long have you been writing your own music?

We’ve been writing our own music from the very beginning, both individually and as a band. It’s the only way it works for us. Sure, you can learn a lot from playing somebody else’s songs and have loads of fun doing it but for us as a band, we get the most satisfaction by writing something of our own and expressing ourselves in this very creative process. A new track is like nurturing a child, we’ve all got very strong attachments to our songs. There has been a gradual progression and stylistic change in the music we make. It’s not necessarily been a conscious effort to change but different influences creep in and and obviously as the music around us changes it has an effect on our music. Being able to adapt and incorporate other genres in some way is the key to longevity, however there need to be key core elements throughout to make us sound like Love For Zero.

4.       Who are your top three influences and why?

We are all very different from each other and we get our influences through diverse bands that we listen to ranging from Aphex Twin to Red Hot Chili Peppers. In terms of genres, our top three influences must be Pop, Indie and Electronic.

5.       Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release? 

‘Call Me Up’ is our debut release which you can fin on our SoundCloud page. We are very excited because of its emotional weight and the way in which that exact emotion builds up and explodes in certain parts of the song. A very electric track. Call me up is the first song we mixed with Cenzo Townshend which was a big turning point for us.

6.       Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

We are based in Manchester. The local scene is great for providing us with inspiration. Predominantly electronic and creative underground bands, Manchester provides a good platform for our music. Some of our favourite venues are Antwerp Mansion, Sound Control, Deaf Institute. Everyone of them are venues with a lot of character and friendly familiar faces.

7.       Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

There are plenty of bands for everyone’s taste.  Extra Love, Mount Fabric, Shunya, Swiss Lips and Where Were West, just to name a few.

8.       Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

The best place to start looking is our website,  www.loveforzero.com where you can find links to all our other social media such as Facebook, SoundCloud and others. And of course, come to our gigs!

Pale Green Things

20130227-DSC046611.       How did you get your initial start in music?

I got started in music when I was a young kid. My first favourite band was Madness (pretty random for a 9 year old in the 90s!). Therefore the only logical thing was to learn the saxophone! I actually just found it while moving house. It’s about 5 inches big or something so I wouldn’t be able to play it now even if I could remember how. Over my teen I learnt more pop/rock stuff like guitar drum, keys etc. and joined a rock band called Carjack Mallone. This taught me the ropes about how to be a gigging band. I had my first solo release when I was 21 with a London based company, and did 3 more over the next year or so. However the solo artist thing didn’t seem right. On the other hand transferring my music into a band setting also never felt quite right. That’s how Pale Green Things got started. It’s me giving myself the goal of being a 21st century one man band.

2.       What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

I have two ultimate aims. The first one being what’s has always been my drive….to feel like I’ve lived up to my potential. However it’s hard to imagine ever not wanting to improve so we’ll see how that goes. The 2nd is for as many people to hear, and hopefully like, my music as possible!

3.       How long have you been writing your own music?

I’ve been writing music since I was 11 I think. I remember the first song I wrote. I had just listened to a Puff Daddy single on my diskman (retro!) and decided the only thing to do now was to write the world’s worst ever rap song! So that’s what I did and fortunately I got better! It’s been an obsession since. In my view anyone who doesn’t write their own music is missing out on one if the best things you can do in life.

4.       Who are your top three influences and why?

Top 3! Man it’s hard to choose just 3. My top 3 would probably change from day to day. However I’m going to go with…Belle and Sebastian, Mountain Goats, Bright Eyes…and The National, and Flaming Lips….Sorry!

5.       Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

I guess to get a picture of how it’s recorded then imagine freezing cold days in an old Georgian house in Manchester surrounded by numerous pieces of retro recording equipment. I went in with the 4 songs and wanted to record in a spontaneous way. I’d recorded so much serious music recently that I wanted the enjoyment of music to be the focus of the EP. Therefore I wanted to find a studio with good people inside and lots of fun toys to play with.

6.       Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

I’m based in Macclesfield, which is a pretty small place so end up spending a lot of time in Manchester. Manchester’s got one of the best music scenes in the UK. There’s plenty of really cool places. A favourite place of mine is The Castle Hotel. It’s a small place that decorated like a 1930s hotel. The first time I played there I walked in and everyone was wearing period clothing. The place was packed and when I walked in everyone went quiet. I went outside again to check I’d got the right place, which I had! Turns out it was some random chat website where people talk to each other in old style language and they’d used The Castle Hotel as a meeting point. I think I like the venue even more because of that haha!

7.       Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

I’ve played with some fantastic bands in Manchester. I know I’m going to forget some people here but a couple of my favourites are Frazer King. Those guys are mental! Also check out The Virginmarys. They’re a Macclesfield band currently kicking ass in the USA. Also check out Carjack Mallone (which I have a small amount of vested interest in haha).

8.       Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

I’ve you’d like to give the EP a listen before release then head to Soundcloud. Also you can ‘like’ and ‘follow’ me on Facebook and Twitter

https://soundcloud.com/palegreenthings

https://www.facebook.com/palegreenthingsband

https://twitter.com/PaleGreenBand

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