Artist of the Day: Mosa Wild

Mosa Wild’s debut single, “Smoke,” will rip your heart out of your chest with no warning and no mercy.

Mosa Wild have had a busy year between playing Reading and Leeds festivals later this month on the BBC Introducing stage, and having just played at Latitude festival in July. Based in Ashford, a relatively small town on the southeast corner of England, the alternative band is comprised of Jim Rubaduka on lead vocal, guitar, and keys, Alex Stevens on guitar, Edwin Ireland on bass, and Charlie Campbell on drums.

Rubaduka and Stevens originally made music together under The Intermission Project, while they were in the midst of taking a brief pause to decide whether to pursue music or head to university. After finding Ireland and Campbell through a twist of fate, their intermission came to a close, and the curtain lifted to reveal Mosa Wild.

The name Mosa Wild derives from Rubaduka’s grandfather, Mosa, whose name Rubaduka believed “simply felt right” next to wild. Their first and only single, “Smoke,” was originally released at the end of 2016, and was then re-released this July. Having drawn comparison to The National both vocally and musically, the band truly came out with a bang for their first release. As Rubaduka repeats “I’m gonna do my best to get to you” like a sort of hymn, I feel it deep within my soul, clenching in my chest.

Smoke

Mosa Wild

As the song builds over a repeated, chanted bridge, and catapults into the last chorus, our hearts desperately hope for a resolution for the protagonist, who we saw smoking at the beginning of the song and promising to change her ways. The entire song is an exposition of the relationship between the singer and the protagonist, and between the building music and changing lyrics, it seems like the dissonance of their relationship is coming to a resolution. However, the chord is never resolved, as the song ends exactly how it begins, with a promise that she’s going to quit yet again, and our hearts are left hurting.

After listening to the song on repeat for 30 minutes, I’m left speechless. I feel a different range of emotions each time I listen to the song, sometimes I feel sheer rage and fury, and other times hopefulness decides to rear its head. In the end, I’m left feeling sorry for Rubaduka, who desperately tried to work through the relationship throughout the track, met with absolutely no change from the protagonist.

The way I’m left feeling is a testament to how absolutely incredible “Smoke” is. I was able to feel so many different things each time I gave the song a listen, and I felt them so, so deeply. In the end, my heart is left to take away one key message: love sucks.

Mosa Wild have promised new music coming soon, so be on the lookout for some more heart-wrenching tunes.

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White Reaper Channel The Guitar Gods In Third Record, ‘The World’s Best American Band’

White Reaper

In Kentucky, there is an abundance of two things: cheap beer and time.

Bring in four young men who have a nostalgic obsession with American arena-rockers of the seventies and eighties, who possess an electric energy and drive to become the next in line, and you collectively create White Reaper.

If the band is new to you, you have the unique joy of experiencing their previous two records, ‘White Reaper’ and ‘White Reaper Does It Again’ (very witty), with fresh ears. Both were highly acclaimed by critics and stalwarts of the guitar-led garage rock genre, yet did not find much mainstream success outside of the niche. That’s a shame, too, because the band is one of the most exciting bands I have ever seen live. They absolutely destroy the small rooms they have played in to date, treating them as if it were the main stage at Lollapalooza, or more appropriately, Woodstock. To put it in perspective, in 2015 they were booted from their opening slot on tour with indie darlings Alvvays because they rocked so fucking hard that they couldn’t be followed.

Now the group is back yet again to rock our worlds with their third full-length ‘The World’s Best American Band’, released on Friday, April 7th (listen on Spotify). From the very first song, opening with crowd cheers and an infectious drum beat, Kentucky natives White Reaper establish in tongue-in-cheek fashion that their name is one of the greats the rock ‘n roll world.

'The World's Best American Band' Album Artwork

From the heavy guitar and supersonic drums to their more polished lyrics, the album is a cohesive monster, with strong hints of garage punk heavily influencing their work. Working with producer Kevin Ratterman, who boasts a resume of working with artists like My Morning Jacket and Young Widows, the band’s third effort is one that simply must be heard.

Judy French

White Reaper

Lead single “Judy French” is incredibly catchy, making the listener want to drop everything and start dancing, no matter where they are (this may or may not be from personal experience of listening as I sit in crowded spaces). As lead singer Tony Esposito sings, “Now stop / Read my message and tell me what you think / Let me lean close listen to your heartbeat,” it is easy to tell that the band is not only incredibly polished musically, but lyrically as well.

From “The Stack,” all the way to the final track, “Another Day,” the album keeps the listener’s full and undivided attention, each song having some unique aspect that necessitates a second listen. From inventive synth lines to irresistible melodies that stay stuck in your head for the rest of the day, the diversity across the album leaves everyone feeling satisfied. When listening, I urge that fans listen cover to cover for the full experience, as listening in order provides quite an amazing experience in hearing the band’s multitude of sounds.

The Stack

White Reaper

Following the release of the album, White Reaper are hitting the road. They aim for every person attending to leave their show satisfied, no matter where they are in the crowd. Given their music, it is no surprise that Esposito suggests that attendees “be nice to everybody, cause you’re gonna get close.” The tour kicks off on April 23rd in Houston, and they will be hitting plenty of cities over the next months, including festival stops at Hangout, Bunbury, and Bonnaroo.

Grab ‘The World’s Best American Band’ on Bandcamp for $8-17, with options ranging from digital download to limited edition 180-gram red vinyl.

Check out White Reaper’s website for all tour dates, as well as their music and social media links.

Artist of the Day: Harrison Brome

Harrison Brome, a native of Vancouver, Canada, is making waves globally following the release of his debut EP, ‘Fill Your Brains’, in July.

Brome’s sultry song, “Midnight Island”, is about to hit 3.5 million plays on Spotify, and was just added to a popular Dutch playlist with over 50,000 followers. The title track to his EP, Fill Your Brains, currently has 1.6 million plays, and has garnered attention after being featured in an episode of Shameless in November and gaining placement on Spotify’s “Chill Tracks” playlist with over 500,000 followers.

At only 20 years old, Brome stands out by finding a way to effortlessly combine various genres, including pop, alternative, R&B, and electronic. This unique intertwining of styles is also evident in his vocals – the silky, sultry nature of his voice lends itself more to soul and R&B, while the sharpness and grittiness of his vocals fit the pop or alternative bill.

Midnight Island

Harrison Brome

The song that has garnered the most attention off Brome’s debut EP is “Midnight Island”. Brome details his journey of falling away into a utopia, and invites the listener to join him as he croons, “let your body escape, take a breath from your mind, if you would rather rest in a place of paradise.”

Fill Your Brains

Harrison Brome

On “Fill Your Brains”, the title track to his EP, Brome’s hollow vocals soar above floating harmonies. The simplicity of the track, with just a drum beat, vocals, synth, and low piano, perfectly fits the somber, bare tone of the song. It is difficult to forget the distinct gloom that Brome creates as he comes in with the hook, “fill your brains to kill your pain.”

Brome is definitely an artist to watch in 2017. With an impressive 484,000 monthly listeners and placement on playlists with tens of thousands of followers on Spotify, Brome has already garnered a strong fanbase who are highly anticipating his next release. With a long-awaited North American tour on the horizon, and new music set to release in the new year, it is clear that Brome’s success will only continue to grow.

To keep in the loop about Brome’s new releases and upcoming tour, follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Soundcloud, Spotify, and on his website.

Artist Of The Day: Jerry Williams

Jerry Williams

Jerry Williams, with the release of her latest EP, definitively proves that she can hold her own and is so much more than just a support artist.

Her newest EP, ‘Let’s Just Forget It,’ won the award for Best Produced Release and was the runner-up for Release Of The Year at the Unsigned Music Awards in 2016. Williams’ most popular song, “Mother”, has surpassed 4.1 million Spotify plays. She boasts an impressive 180,000 monthly listeners and is featured on the prominent “Wild + Free” playlist with more than 30,000 followers on Spotify. Most recently, she was featured on VEVO DSCVR and has racked up more than 100,000 plays her live rendition of her track, “Let’s Just Forget It”.

Williams, who hails from Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, has amassed quite a following since her 2014 debut. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter has scored support slots with LANY, MAGIC, Nathan Sykes, and Barns Courtney, and played her first headline tour with various sold-out shows in 2016. Williams cites Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, and Slow Club among her biggest musical influences, and credits her experience being raised in Portsmouth and past relationships as her biggest inspirations for lyrics.

Mother

Jerry Williams

The sweet, upbeat tone of Williams’ most played song, “Mother”, contrasts with the somewhat more serious message of the song. On the track, Williams details her desire to run back to her hometown in order to become herself again. With the catchy hook, “Mother, I don’t feel myself,” and the call-to-action, “I need to get back to where I started,” Williams lays out her love of Portsmouth and how it shaped her into the woman she is today.

Let's Just Forget It

Jerry Williams

In title track to her third EP, ‘Let’s Just Forget It’, Williams truly demonstrates her diversity of sounds. Beginning the song like a lullaby, she croons, “cradle me like a baby, this cruel world, let’s just forget it.” The drums and guitar slowly kick in and then build to a beautiful, heart-wrenching climax, before falling once again to the softer, more stripped-down chorus. Williams’ storytelling ability, through the ebb and flow of her music and lyrics, truly shines on this track.

Boys Don't Cry

Jerry Williams

Fresh off the release of her music video for “Boys Don’t Cry,” her take on The Cure’s classic hit, fans are extremely excited for Williams’ new music. Williams has already announced a few upcoming shows and has clued her followers in on the fact that she has been writing new music, but for now, all we can do is eagerly await whatever she will put out next.

Follow Jerry Williams on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Spotify to learn about her latest releases and upcoming shows.

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Jerry Williams photo credit: Gareth Gatrell