Among the many near-mythical figures of the Manchester music scene, he’s known as the Nearly Man. You’d expect a drummer to have better timing. Yes, Simon Wolstencroft parted ways before The Patrol became The Stone Roses. Yes, he turned down The Smiths. Yes, Noel Gallagher asked if he fancied joining his band.
Right place, right time, wrong choices? Timing is everything. But the beat goes on and although Simon can see what might have been, cultivating bitterness bears no fruit… and ‘Funky Si’ has tasted the nectar.
Spending an unlikely eleven years in The Fall and hooking up with his old mate Ian Brown during the latter’s solo days, ‘You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide’ reflects on a life driven by a passion for playing.
Taking the reader from the warehouses of Manchester and the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the high rises of Tokyo, this book is a backstage pass to an evocative musical era that restored pride to the city of Manchester. With humor and detail, Simon’s memoir recounts a fascinating tale of drumming and drugs, friendships and fall-outs, but, above all, a love of music.
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New York is a hard town to get noticed in. Hell, it’s one of the largest cities in the world. It’s also one of the most culturally influential in the world. So to say if you can make it there, then you can make it anywhere rings truer than you realize. One artist that is on the cusp of that epiphany is Courtney Farren. Just check out her video for the track ‘Nothing Like It’. And now she is about to drop her new album of the same name on October 4th (details below).
Check out our exclusive interview with Courtney above and remember the name.
About Courtney Farren
Singer/ songwriter Courtney Farren has announced her debut album ‘Nothing Like It’, which is being preceded by the title track of the same name. This six-track LP features guitar and piano songs recorded earlier in spring of this year.
Born and primarily raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Farren has made New York City her current home base. Having moved 12 times in childhood to various northern California locations created restless settlement patterns, which followed her into adulthood, having lived in four very different cities in 2017 alone – San Francisco, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and now New York.
“What is a break up anyway? I was broken up, though, surely… Bad joke. I can’t speak for my ex’s feelings, but this album contains mine. I started seeing someone and I let it consume me in a few ways. One of those ways led to a lot of songs. I wrote this album over the past year,” explains Courtney Farren.
“I think this record is a good representation of what is to come in my music. I am constantly working and reworking my sound and style in order to best showcase my songs, and I am looking forward to sharing what is produced from those transformations along the way.”
Now that she lives in The Big Apple, Farren regularly plays shows, makes videos, and is finding her place in the local music scene. Upon moving to New York, she teamed up with Brett Sullivan of American Anymen, a good friend who was able to quickly help organize/book shows and make videos to support her pursuit of a career as an artist.
Courtney’s emotionally driven and heartfelt songwriting and performances lend themselves to her current live setup of guitar and vocals. While she is often very casual in the way she introduces her songs, when she sings, her words are fueled by honesty and a sense of urgency.
“Two tracks – ‘Right Now’ and ‘Hard To Tell’ – were actually both written on the same night about a night I ended up seeing my ex in New York last year before I ended up moving here,” explains Farren. “I wrote the title track ‘Nothing Like It’ after a particularly heart-wrenching week spent with this person. I realized that I was no longer ignorant to the feelings I had so recently only known from books and films. I started getting really interested in piano and keyboard shortly following this, and began writing songs more in the vein of ‘Someone’ and ‘Change Your Mind’, which I wrote a few days apart during a short stint living in Vegas.”
Often found carrying around a journal (or two or three) and always writing, she translates these recollections to her detailed accounts of her life and relationships in her songs. Nearly entirely focused on music and writing, she often manages to find time to watch cartoons and play the occasional video game with her brother.
Courtney Farren releases ‘Nothing Like It’ on October 6 and will be playing many live shows, both at home and in Europe, in support of this album, including a mini-tour with American Anymen and guest appearances by many talented artists along the way.
SOURCE: Official Bio
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American Anymen is one of those acts that not just say they are socially aware, they are socially aware. By using art as an expression we can, in theory, embed that art into the psyche, which in turn, gives us alternatives to think about. Art, including music, can influence us in ways that are indescribable.
In this interview, we talk to Brett Sullivan, leader of American Anymen, a band that is about change and design their music as a said expression in order to make you think before you act, but acts you must. We talk to Brett about his roots and about how American Anymen was founded. We also get a special preview of their new single with French artist LISE called “Nobody Made Me Smile Like You Did”, which we reviewed HERE.
If you are in the New York City area, check out the emergency meeting by Refuse Fascism that Brett references in the interview. The details are HERE. The meeting will be live streamed on Facebook and on Refuse Fascism’s WEBSITE.
About American Anymen
American Anymen is an Antifolk band, created by Brett Sullivan in 1999 in NYC’s Lower East Side. With an unconventional approach to guitar, their sound is an eclectic mix of folk punk with indie rock and old-school hip-hop.
With singer/songwriter and guitarist Brett Sullivan as its core, American Anymen’s current lineup also includes Tracy Brooks (Herman Dune, Team B/ Bright Moments) on drums and Harlem-based 20-year-old Nova Luz (The Amputees) on bass. All members share vocal duties. Past members include James Levy, Aaron Wilkinson, and LISE.
Unique to American Anymen is the band’s strong political and ethical importance placed on the creative process over lavish equipment. “How you create is as important as what you create,” says Brett Sullivan. The new video emphasizes the downside of globalization, while the previous video for ‘Selectively Stupid’ focuses on controversial accompanying video underlines the sad state of police brutality and social injustice encountered these days.
“There is some sense of unity in contradictions. There can be no good without bad, there can be no up without down, or rich without poor. This song is about how easy it is to live in the U.S. and pretend you not a part of the world’s problems,” explains frontman Brett Sullivan. “Most people think if U love your family, generally respect nature and have a positive outlook on life, you are not part of the crisis that humanity is facing. There are problems, though, and the U.S. is leading the nations of the world in a competition to destroy the planet, to lock out the hungry fleeing from war, and economically dominate all.”
Having shared the stage with the likes of Paleface, The Moldy Peaches, and Jeffrey Lewis, some highlights of American Anymen’s shows include (le) Poisson Rouge, Palisades, Hammerstein Ballroom, and Helsinki’s National Theatre.
“Cleverly worded, right to the point… sonically like a steamroller clearing the debris before it or a snowball barrelling down a hill, gaining momentum as it ascends… gets under your skin (and circles in your head) in the same way as R.E.M.’s “It’s The End of the World (And We Know it)”
– Louder Than War
“American Anymen slams its fist into the corrupt and broken down institutions of the USA… While the music hits the listener head-on, it’s the raging vocal and lyrics vitriol that strikes the target dead-on”
– Northern Transmissions
“Bits of hardcore, indie, sludge punk, and avant-garde rock to create a hybrid that is both herky-jerky and catchy. Take a little Guided by Voices and a little Butthole Surfers and you might wind up with a little something like this”
– Punk News
“So just what is American Anymen on about? The American dream gone wrong… with an awesomely jagged sonic formula drawing me back to have another listen”
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We all have times in our lives that can define us, depending on how we handle those times and how we show composure in the face of turmoil. I can now name two people who are not only built on composure but stare those trying times in the face and declare “Oh yeah, watch this!”. Those two people are Billy Joe Marrero aka Billy The Kidd Jerzy and Nick Young aka Nickey Knoxx, the roots of the tree that are Epoch Failure. The name, when used to describe the duo, is a bit antithetical, because despite the trials and tribulations that Billy and Nickey have gone through to make their music what it is, what they have, in fact, created is a future legacy that we all wish for and the best of us strive for. You’ll hear what I’m talking about when you listen to the interview above.
To me, Epoch Failure is the epitome of how to face obstacles and make them your pathways to success. Not just in music, but in life.
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