Indie Roundup | Seven Songs For A Subdued St. Patrick’s Day

Hoist a green beer in the safety of your own home with the help of Tim Hicks.

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Tim Hicks & Alan Doyle party with Patty Murphy, Chief State bide their time, The Ghost & The Machine take it slow and more in today’s Roundup. If you have to celebrate tonight, please be smart about it.


1 | Tim Hicks & Alan Doyle | The Night That Patty Murphy Died

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Canadian music stars Tim Hicks and Alan Doyle have collaborated on a new version of the popular Newfoundland folk song The Night That Patty Murphy Died, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. You can also tune into Tim’s Facebook Live at 7 p.m. ET on St. Patrick’s Day for a special St. Patty’s Day Home Concert. “I couldn’t let St. Patrick’s Day go on without some sort of celebration! I’ll be jamming a few of my favourite party tunes. Drink along, sing along! Let’s have a virtual party!”


2 | Chief State | Biding Time

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Vancouver pop-punk five-piece Chief State will release their upcoming LP Tough Love on March 27. The band has dropped Biding Time, a new single off the album. The new video gives off some serious Anchorman vibes. Frontman Fraser Simpson says: “We had a lot of fun filming this video, we decided to go as low budget as possible to see what we could come up with by ourselves. We borrowed a camera, box lights and a green screen, had a rough plot and then just had fun with it! I spent hours on YouTube learning how to edit green screen footage and this is the shoddy result of it all! Thankfully it’s come out somewhat coherent but to be honest, we‘re just hoping people will take pity on our lousy videography skills and check out our new album!”


3 | The Ghost and The Machine | Slow Skies

THE PRESS RELEASE: “The three Austrians from The Ghost and The Machine release their new single Slow Skies from the upcoming album. With the video for the single Slow Skies, The Ghost and The Machine deals with the phenomenon of toxic masculinity. Lived stereotypical and dogmatic role models often make it difficult for men to allow or feel certain emotional aspects. The consequences are profound social effects such as the maintenance of patriarchy and thus of certain power structures as well as the difficulty to meet each other at eye level. A change would be necessary for a more humane coexistence. A turning point in the lives of many men would be necessary, a turning point which would have social consequences. This upheaval, this turning point was tried to be captured with pictures. Images that open associative mental spaces. Images that show human vulnerability and helplessness. But no matter how helpless and powerless we feel as human beings, maybe we should look up more often instead of down. Up to the lazy sky.”


4 | Thundercat | Fair Chance

THE PRESS RELEASE:Thundercat releases Fair Chance from It Is What It Is, out April 3. The new track, produced by Sounwave, features Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B and reflects a more sombre side to his forthcoming album. “This song is about Mac (Miller) … when he passed it shook the ground for the artist community,” says Thundercat. “Ty’s a strong dude and when he heard the song he knew exactly what it should be. I was there when he recorded it. We talked about what it was, and he did what he felt was right to it, and I love what he did.”


5 | Pax Impera & Felmax | Neck Drop

THE PRESS RELEASE:Pax Impera & Felmax generate a potent blend of industrial dubstep sounds on their blistering collaboration Neck Drop. At just 21 years old, Pax Impera first broke onto the scene in late 2018 with his massive bootleg remix of Flume’s classic Insane. Followed up by slew of originals last year, including Paranoia, Pax Impera honed his distinctive brand of mid-tempo free-form bass music and developed a cult following. Daniel Mora, known professionally as Felmax, is a Venezuelan electronic dance music producer and DJ that now resides in Las Vegas, NV. Felmax spent his early childhood years in Maracaibo, where he grew up before fleeing the country to find asylum in the United States. In 2016, Felmax’s career kicked off following a series of releases including Zebras in America with Graves and the Max Styler collaboration Skyline Grail alongside TYNVN.”


6 | Romano Nervoso | The Son of God

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Leading the charge into 2020, Italian-Belgian band Romano Nervoso released their new song The Son of God. As anyone who’s ever listened to Romano Nervoso can attest, on this track from their forthcoming album — The Return of the Rocking Dead, due April 10 — the band peddle a wide range of influences and take no prisoners in their pursuit of fast rock at full pace. With three studio albums already under his belt, this latest was written and recorded by Romano himself in his home studio in Belgium, with long-time collaborator Moorad Agjij. Lyrically, the album draws heavily on politics, religion and every day social issues that incorporate a diverse range of musical influences that include the likes of Marylin Manson, Marc Bolan, Lucio Battisti, Calibro 35 and even early ’70s horror soundtracks. The music is darker, more personal and there’s an evolution and maturity in his journey through the years. From local bars and taverns to some of the biggest concert venues in Europe, Romano Nervoso has proven himself the undisputed Godfather of Spaghetti Rock with his charismatic presence and onstage bravura.”


7 | Matt Karmil | 210

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Acclaimed U.K. producer and engineer Matt Karmil will release his new album, STS371, on March 27, and today presents a new single, 210. It opens with shuffling synthesizer, later quickening with a muted, staccato beat. “210 is named after a hotel room in Amsterdam,” says Karmil, “although not one I’ve ever stayed in. I like the way the chord hangs in the air and it’s, to me at least, somehow both intimate and urgent.” STS371 is Karmil’s most concise album to date, with his signature mix of minimalism and reverb-drenched house still being the backbone of his warm, rich, atmospheric and melancholic sound. It was made largely while Karmil was traveling in a nonlinear process of recording. Anticipating the completion of his music studio in The Cotswolds in England, Karmil favored “on the fly” production methods to finish his album.”