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Young Guns

Young Guns are an English rock band from out of Buckinghamshire, London.  The band consists of Gustav Wood (lead vocals), Fraser Taylor (guitar), John Taylor (guitar), Simon Mitchell (bass guitar) and Ben Jolliffe (drums, percussion, backing vocals).  The band has released two albums so far, their debut, “All Our Kings Are Dead,” in 2009 and “Bones” which was released in February 2012.  The band’s single, “Bones,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Active Rock Charts in May 2013.

Young Guns formed after each of the members had left a variety of local bands and came together through mutual acquaintance.  The group worked for months searching for their signature sound until June 29, 2009, when they released their EP “Mirrors,” which featured the two singles, “Weight of the World” and “Daughter of the Sea.”  The group began touring in July 2009 and were the opening act for Lostprophets in August 2009.

The band began working on their first album, “All Our Kings Are Dead” under their own label called Live Forever.  The album was released on July 12, 2010, and peaked at No. 43 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 3 in both the UK Rock and Indie album charts.

During the summer, the band played some of the UK’s largest music festivals including the Download Festival and opened on the main stage of the Reading Festival.  Shortly after the band toured in support of Danko Jones and had their own UK tour as well.

The band began to record their second album, “Bones,” at Karma Sound Studios in Thailand with producer Dan Weller in July 2011.  The first single to come off of “Bones” was “Learn My Lesson” which premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show and was made available on Itunes shortly after.  The band soon found themselves featured in popular rock magazines such as Rock Sound and Kerrang!.

“Bones” was released on February 6, 2012, and shortly after was supported by the bands “Bare Bones Club Tour” which toured a number of small venue around the UK, starting with their hometown.  The band made a montage video for their single, “Brothers In Arms,” off of the album and only made it available to those who pre-ordered the album.  One of the biggest singles to come from the album and where the title of the album came from was “Bones” which saw much chart success and topped the Billboard Active Rock charts in May 2013.  At the 20th annual Kerrang! Awards, in June 2013, the band received the Relentless Award because of the groups nonstop touring.

On February 6, 2014, it was announced that the band had recently signed to the record label, Virgin EMI, and that the group would be flying to San Francisco to work on their third album with producer Dan The Automator.  The first single off of this third album was released on August 7, 2014 titled “I Want Out” and was played on BBC Radio 1 UK Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record and was met with great reception.  The single was described as progressing towards “danceable direction a la The Killers meets  The Academy Is …“.  The band is expected to release their new album in early 2015.  The day after the single, “I Want Out,” was released on the radio it was made available on Itunes and Spotify and became No. 1 on Itunes Rock Chart.

Check out this promising English rock band by listening to some of their biggest hits below and be sure to pick up the band’s newest album when it is released in early 2015.

 

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Picture: Google Images

Dotan

Dotan Harpenau, better known by his stage name “Dotan,” is a Dutch singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.  Dotan’s musical career began in 2011 when he sent an email containing some of his own compositions to record producer Sacha Skarbek and Martin Terefe (of James Morrison, Paul McCartney, Jason Mraz and Adele fame) which lead to him being invited to their studio.  Dutch top DJ Giel Beelen later nominated Dotan as the most promising new talent of 2011 and singles from Dotan’s debut album “Dream Parade,” recieved heavy airplay on Dutch radio stations.

Dotan has opened shows for, amongst others, Gavin DeGraw and Sinead O’Conner and together with his band, embarked on a major tour of all of the major clubs in the Netherlands.  On January 21, 2014, Dotan released his debut album, “7 Layers,” in Paradiso, Amsterdam.  The album was produced by Dotan himself and quickly reached No. 2 on the Dutch Top 100 Charts according to the Dutch news website Nu.nl.

The first single, “Fall,” was released on January 17, 2014.  The second single titled “Home” was released shortly after and was nominated as a SuperCrazyTurboTopHit, a 3FM Megahit, and a Alarmschijf on Dutch Radio.  “Home” spent the next two weeks at No. 1 on the Dutch Itunes Top 100.  It also entered the Dutch MegaTop50 at No. 1 and peaked at that chart for 4 weeks.  It also became No. 1 in “Vlaanderen” (Flanders) in Belgium on August 22, 2014.  “7 Layers” reached Gold status on August 25, 2014.

Dotan’s sound has a very calm, bare bones sound to it.  There is a constant contrast between silence and loud, erupting sound, acoustic guitar and dynamic rhythms and choruses.  All of these things are kept in check thanks to Dotan’s voice which that can range between quite and calm to loud and dramatic.  He is a very new artist whose skill for crafting songs has made him an international success both over seas and here in America.  Listen to some of Dotan’s biggest hits below and if you like what you hear, be sure to pick up, “7 Layers,” as soon as you can.

 

Sources: Video: YouTube – Info: Wikipedia, Dotan Official Page – Picture: Google Images