In this piece, enjoy a look at some up-and-coming acts that caught Rock Cellar’s attention lately …
Third Lung – Sooner or Later EP
Four-piece alternative rock band Third Lung made their start in the suburbs of Reading, UK in 2014. Since its upbringing, the band has been performing around Reading and London, but this March they are preparing for the release of their new EP, Sooner or Later.
Third Lung, consisting of Tom Farrelly (vocals), Camila Jurasek (guitar and vocals), Rob Jacques (bass) ,and Sam Waugh (drums), takes inspiration from legendary bands like U2, Radiohead, Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. The four-song EP is described by the band as having two sides all revolving around the EP’s theme of making choices.
As the band explained in a recent interview with Moshville, the songs on the EP tackle some big issues: “In both ‘Sister Sinner’ and ‘Sooner or Later’ you have a very optimistic, positive message of self-determination. Choose to embrace life despite its challenges and filter the light from the dark. ‘Can’t Be Taken Back,’ however is delivered from the perspective of someone who has fallen into despair and wants to make others feel their pain. ‘While You Sleep’ is all about control.”
Following the release of their EP, Third Lung will continue working on new music before the summer. The band announced via their twitter they would be playing Camden Rocks Fest this spring, their first tour of 2019.
Visit Third Lung’s official site for more.
Circe – “Barely Breathing”
London dream-pop artist Circe got her start late last year with the release of her first single, “Under My Skin.”
She’s back again with the release of her new single, “Barely Breathing.” Guided by her mystical vocals and a synth bass, “Barely Breathing” reflects on an all-consuming past love that eventually leads to heartbreak.
“Ultimately, the song is a tonic for feverish despair,” Circe explained in a statement. “I think there is an army behind every heart break. In my case the army is my instruments and the song is an emotional battle rather than a loss.”
Deriving her name from the Greek goddess of magic and sorcery known to transform her enemies into monsters and animals, Circe creates a soundtrack for the sacred heart through her own vulnerability. This is Circe’s third single, and while there’s no sign of an album on the horizon just yet, the artist will be preforming alongside Bristol’s No Violet in London on March 8.
Ida Mae – “If You Don’t Love Me”
After the split of the Norwich grunge/blues band Kill It Kid, former members/husband-and-wife team Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean weren’t done making music. Ida Mae has been in the works for a couple years now, but the newlywed duo have released a music video for their new song, “If You Don’t Love Me.”
The video was filmed in one take and in the duo’s hometown of Norwich.
The decision to form Ida Mae came from their desire to keep writing and producing sincere and honest music. “If You Don’t Love Me” establishes this through the intimacy of their voices and an acoustic guitar. The duo describes their music as a cross of the White Stripes and the Civil Wars, keeping to their rock roots but also developing their new fragile blues ballads all their own.
The duo recently finished recording their debut album, which is set for release this summer via Thirty Tigers. Ida Mae is currently preparing to open up for Greta Van Fleet on their upcoming European tour in March and will be joining Blackberry Smoke on the road in the spring. The dates:
3/14/19 – Lexington, KY – Opera House*
3/15/19 – Lexington, KY – Opera House*
3/16/19 – Kalamazoo, MI – State Theatre*
3/17/19 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage*
3/19/19 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center*
3/21/19 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre*
3/22/19 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre*
3/23/19 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center*
3/24/19 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Theatre*
3/26/19 – Evansville, IN – Victory Theatre*
3/28/19 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center*
3/29/19 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center*
3/30/19 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
4/01/19 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen PAC*
4/04/19 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre*
4/05/19 – Easton, PA – State Theatre Center for the Arts*
4/06/19 – New York, NY – City Winery*
4/07/19 – New York, NY – City Winery*
4/14/19 – Dale, TX – Old Settler’s Music Festival
9/05/19 – Las Vegas, NV – Big Blues Bender
*With Blackberry Smoke
Larkin Poe – “Honey Honey”
Sister duo Larkin Poe is bringing a soulful Southern twist to rock music. Nashville natives Megan and Rebecca Lovell released the music video for their song, “Honey Honey,” off their new album Venom and Faith, earlier this month.
Since their start in 2010, Larkin Poe has released 5 independent EP’s and 4 full-length albums, their traditional electric guitar-based rock music adding in a Southern twist through the use of banjos and mandolins. The mesh of sound proved successful for them, leading Venom and Faith to the top spot on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart in 2018.
The “Honey Honey” music video visually shows off the talent the Lovell sisters have. Larkin Poe is finishing up a US tour before heading off to the UK/Europe leg of their Venom and Faith tour. The current tour schedule:
2/20 – EXIT/IN – Nashville, TN **SOLD OUT**
2/22 – The Brew Brothers – Reno, NV
2/23 – TEDxUniversityofNevada – Reno, NV ** (morning)
2/23 – The Brew Brothers – Reno, NV
2/25 – Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea V – Cruise that departs from Tampa, FL
3/7 – Love Rocks – New York, NY
5/10 – KAABOO Texas – Arlington, TX
7/19 – Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival – Winthrop, WA
7/25 – Peach Music Fest – Scranton, PA
9/5 – Big Blues Bender – Las Vegas, NV
Robin Cause – “Chain Gang”
At 19 years old, Robin Cause left his hometown of Amsterdam and traveled to Northern California with a backpack and guitar. His rugged nomadic experiences are reflected in his new single, “Chain Gang,” a Southern rock song released earlier this month.
Since traveling to the United States, Clause has befriended and started co-writing music with musician Darrel Dier. The two later formed Batshit and Robin Records. Clause wanted the song to be from the perspective of a raven looking down at the prisoners in the fields of Mississippi. The catchy bassline and the chorus of several voices adds onto the true meaning of a chain gang. The several voices also symbolized the unity.
Cause says “‘Chain Gang” was written in the South during a cross-country road trip to Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Cause explained that “’Chain Gang’ was written in the South during a cross country road trip to Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The song was inspired by R.L. Burnside, his rhythmic style combined with a Mozambique drum technique really keep the track moving.”
“Chain Gang” will be featured on Cause’s upcoming album as the traveling musician plans to release new content through 2019.