Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (guitar), Max Rafferty (bass), and Paul Garred (drums) generate the rubbishy garage rock sounds of the Kooks. Named after the song on David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, the Kooks met while attending Brighton Music College in the mid-2000s. Each shared a liking for the Police, the Strokes, the Everly Brothers, and Funkadelic, and the bandmates began funneling such influences into their own sweet and precocious sound in 2005. Before the year’s end, the British foursome was releasing singles for Virgin UK. “Eddie’s Gun” and “Sofa Song” did moderately well on the U.K. singles chart; however, the romantic playfulness of “You Don’t Love Me” eventually gave the band its first ever Top 20 hit. The Kooks’ debut full-length, Inside In/Inside Out, arrived in January 2006. The band’s fifth single, “Naive,” landed at number five by spring. Hot on the heels of their international success, the Kooks made their American performance debut at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, TX, in March, and the U.S. version of Inside In/Inside Out arrived on Astralwerks in October 2006. Two years later, the Kooks returned with Konk, an album they hoped had a “bigger” sound than their debut. The album’s arrival coincided with the announcement that Rafferty had left the band and was replaced by former Cat the Dog bassist Dan Logan. -AllRovi
LIVE AT SXSW – NEW ALBUM 2014
“The Kooks brashly toss out jangly choruses like a kid tossing back his first pint.” – SPIN
“Fans of NME favorites like Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs will embrace their bouncy Britpop anthems, and lovers of old-school British invasion will appreciate the Kooks’ stabs at mature songwriting.” – Paper
“In person, watching the Kooks is nothing short of pure joy.” – CMJ
DEBUT ALBUM “GLOW” OUT MARCH 11TH
“Highly precise modern disco.” – The New York TimesTensnake (a.k.a. Marco Niemerski) releases his hotly anticipated debut album “Glow” March 11th on Astralwerks, featuring the stunning single “Love Sublime” feat Nile Rodgers and Fiora plus singles “58 BPM” and “See Right Through” (both featuring Fiora). Voted one of Spin’s “50 Albums You Gotta Hear In 2014, “Glow” features an impressive range of collaborations including three time Grammy-winner Stuart Price (AKA Jacques Lu Cont), Jamie Lidell, MNEK, in addition to Nile Rodgers and Fiora. The album represents a new milestone in a career which has travelled the world’s greatest dance floors and earned Tensnake his towering reputation as one of house and disco’s leading producers. The “Glow” North American tour launches March 6th at New York City’s Output (FIXED presents with The Juan McLean) and Tensnake will also open for Giorgio Moroder and Chic at The Hollywood Bowl later this year. Make sure to catch him at SXSW!
REMIXES FROM GIORGIO MORODER AND PASSION PIT OUT MARCH 11TH
“Epic. There's really no other word that even comes close to describing the band's soaring, cinematic soundscape.” – Nylon (2014 Band To Watch)Driven by laser-tight production and carried by the undeniable voice of front-woman Josie Claire Bürkle, this Munich-based five-piece is bringing its technicolor hybrid of wistful, electronic, synthpop to Austin in March. A Nylon Magazine 2014 “artist to watch”; Claire released its 2013 debut EP Broken Promise Land (featuring singles “Games” and “Broken Promise Land”) just in time for the band to conquer CMJ with its first-ever U.S. shows; drawing accolades from The New York Times, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, and more. The band has toured internationally with Chvrches, Bastille, and Capital Cities and “Games” (Passion Pit Remix) and “Broken Promise Land” (Giorgio Moroder Remix) on March 11th. Claire will release its debut full-length “The Great Escape” on Astralwerks later this year.
PARADE OF LIGHTS
“GOLDEN” EP OUT MARCH 25TH
“Danceable indie rock [and] alternative electro-anthems that might garner comparisons to Imagine Dragons, early MGMT, and M83.” – Interview MagazineCombining equal parts rock, new wave, and shoegaze, Parade Of Lights create a unique blend of 80's influenced and anthem-ready indie power pop, and their single, “We’re The Kids” is no exception. Also on their forthcoming EP (due out 3/25), the title-track “Golden,” is a driving alt-electro anthem of propulsive dance melodies and layers of static-laced synths building to a hook-heavy chorus that will have you reaching for the repeat button. “Golden” most recently featured in NBC’s Winter Olympics TV campaign. The band is now on the road with Royal Teeth & Chappo and join X Ambassadors on tour following its first-ever appearances at SXSW.
NEW SINGLE “HIGH TIDE” OUT MARCH 18TH / NEW EP 2014
“Guitar-guided disco.” – The Fader
The newest addition to the Astralwerks roster, Norwegian duo Lemaitre (Ulrik Denizou Lund and Ketil Jansen) bring its unique blend of indie, disco and electro-tinged earcandy to the U.S. for its first-ever SXSW appearances. A #1 HypeMachine artist on multiple occasions; the band boasts more than 5 million combined YouTube views and more than 1 million Soundcloud followers and it’s single “1:18” is featured in Apple’s “Designed Together” ad for the iPhone 5c. Lemaitre’s self-released 2012 EP “Relativity 2” shot to #1 on the iTunes Electronica charts in the US & Canada and charted in the Top-10 in 12 countries including the UK, Australia and France. The band’s live show is as ambitious as its music; consisting of three self-designed light installations complete with 3D animations. Check out previously released singles “Continuum”, “Cut to Black”. Now based in LA, Lemaitre is working on a new EP for release on Astralwerks later this year and release the brand new single “High Tide” March 18th.