Video Interview: Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt is one bubbly, passionate and funny lad!

Video Interview: Kodaline

Watch Jay and Steve of Kodaline read their songs in different accents.

HITS exclusive: Martin Kelly

Martin performed his song "Heart On A Wire" on a bridge in the woods.

Gig Photos: Jack Garratt

Photos and a very chaotic review of Jack's sold out show at Freiheiz, Munich.

Audio Interview: Rhodes

The very talented and very lovely Rhodes gave us a call and it was great!

Gig Photos: The Hush Sound at The Shelter, Detroit




Hey guys! 

When I started this website, I had no idea that at some point I'd have some talented people help me out creating content.

With today's post, all of Team HITS have their work published on here now.

To me, being able to work with a team is a massive deal and it's all very exciting.
Of course, the main goal will always be sharing music we love and so get ready for even more music content on HITS.

Before you dive into today's gig coverage, please take some time to check out The Photo Ladies- a collective of female music photographers which I'm looking enough to be a part of. And that's also how I got to know Reva and Saar, the two ladies in team HITS.

Reva went to photograph the Like Vines 10 Year Anniversary Tour at The Shelter in Detroit on August 8th.

Support acts Falls and Merriment put on a great gig, just like headliner The Hush Sound.

Check out the photos below!

REVA MAY online: website | instagram

FALLS



Falls online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram












MERRIMENT



Merriment online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | YouTube















THE HUSH SOUND



The Hush Sound online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube









Thank you for your visit!





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Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Photography: Reva May

Behind The Song: "Little Infinity" by The Old Border




Hey guys!

The cool thing as a journalist is, that whenever you create a feature which allows the readers to go behind the scenes, you're also able to check out what's happening behind the scenes.

I absolutely love working on features like our "Behind The Song" segment because it allows me to learn more about tunes I really like.
Of course these features wouldn't work without the artists; it's always up to them whether we get to read something interesting.

Finding out what inspired a song is probably one of my favourite 'perks' this job brings along.

And I hope you guys enjoy it just as much!

Today we have The Old Border here to introduce us to their new single!



The Old Border are a four piece band from South London, UK. 
Their sound can be described as alternative and indie-rock. 

They formed in 2013 and have a debut EP out called "Rehearsed In The Mirror". 
The Old Border share a love for rock music bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Artic Monkeys and Biffy Clyro. The legendary Bruce Springsteen is also one of their influences.

The band consists of:
Ben Woolford (vocals, guitar)
Jimmy Nicholls (guitar)
Matt Braid (bass)
Alex Howson (drums)






Their recently released single "Little Infinity" immediately became one of our new favourite tracks.
Songwriter Ben took the time to chat us through the process of writing and recording the song.

Check it out:
"We wrote "Little Infinity" in the summer of 2015, after spending a bit of time away from London.

Like most of our songs, it started on an acoustic with a basic melody, but once we took it to rehearsals we came up with a more complex arrangement.
Our bassist Matt wrote the driving bassline, allowing the guitars to play around with accents and create a progressive feel to the verse.

Lyrically the song is about escaping and people seeking brief happiness with one another. We wanted to create a sound that reflected that. Most of the instrumental was laid down in one sweaty afternoon and probably shows the band in its rawest form."


Listen to "Little Infinity" below!




The Old Border online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube



Enjoyed this feature? Here are more "Behind The Song" stories:
Taylor James Eary | Keeva | Chris Tavener





Thank you for your visit!





 





Credits // Text (intro): Vanessa Jertschewske | Text & Photos: The Old Border for house in the sand | *song was submitted via email*

Gig Photos: Jess Kemp at The Waterhole, Amsterdam




Hey guys!

I've told myself to never spread any negativity on HITS.
It's a very positive space of web and because of that I love it, and I think a lot of you appreciate the comfortable atmosphere as well.

But today I just have to moan about how bad I want to photograph a gig.
"Post-gig-depression" is a thing! I just can't wait to head out and watch some live music soon.

In the mean time I'm super happy that the rest of Team HITS is able to give you the regular dose of gigs.

Just last week fellow Photo Lady Saar took some photos of the talented Jess Kemp.

You can get to know Saar here, please also support her on Twitter and Instagram.


Jess Kemp is a singer/songwriter from Manchester, UK.
Her sound marches into the Acoustic direction with light sprinkles of Folk and Pop.

With influences such as Amy MacDonald, Alanis Morisette and Hayley Williams, it's no surprise that her songs carry attitude, tell stories and are relatable.

Jess' talent and her work ethic has brought a several airplays on shows such as BBC Introducing.
Earlier this year she performed her song "Stars" for our fourth birthday, watch the video.

2016 has been a busy year for Jess and her crew.
The release of her EP "Camden" has opened even more doors and allowed the musicians that go by 'We Are Jess Kemp' to gig and tour lots.

Just recently they got to tour Amsterdam, so our photographer Saar went to document one of the gigs for us.

Below are photos of the Waterhole gig in Amsterdam, on August 8th 2016.























Check out the music video for Jess Kemp's single "Stars" below!








Jess Kemp online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube




Thank you for your visit!








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Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Photography: Saar de Graaf 

Get To Know: Manwolves



Hey guys!

I don't think discovering and supporting new music has ever been as easy as it is nowadays.
You can literally find your new favourite band by visiting a website of your choice (we recommend www.houseinthesand.com) and if you're lucky, you'll find a track you absolutely enjoy.

To use the power we are given by the Internet, we should also support the music we just found out about.
Share a song on Twitter, post something about a band you love on Facebook or just tell your friends about an album you've been listening to.
That's exactly what indie artists need and it doesn't really take much time or effort, everyone can be a great supporter.

So let's all spread the word about great music!

To start off, please let me introduce you to a band I think you'll like, Manwolves.

Enjoy!


Who are you?
We are Manwolves, a band from just north of Chicago in a suburb called Evanston.
Our band members are Julian Freeman (drums), Henry Wolf (bass), Michael Werner (trumpet), Eli Cohen (guitar), Ari Garfin (keyboard) and James McNear (vocals).

How would you describe your music?
We would describe our music as a HipHop, Jazz, Rock fusion.

How and when did you get into music?
The band members all got into music on their own, then started playing together for fun in 7th grade. They recorded their first song freshman year, and added Michael, the trumpet player, after sophomore year.

Your guilty pleasure song is?
Ari Garfin: "Broccoli" by D.R.A.M feat. Lil Yachty
Henry Wolf: Any song by Sum 41
Eli Cohen: "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by Backstreet Boys
Julian Freeman: "Kimi Ni Mune Kuyn" by Yellow Magic Orchestra
Michael Werner: "Blow" by Ke$ha
James McNear: "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey

What have you released so far?
We released our debut EP, a short two song EP and two singles (one of which being "These Days").

What is coming up?
A lot of live shows around the Chicago-land area and a new song before the end of the year.





Manwolves online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram





Thank you for your visit!









Credits // Text Intro & Questions: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & Answers: Manwolves | *feature was requested via email*

Gig Impressions: Maison Johnny in Liverpool




Hey guys!


note: this post was written by Alex, our fabulous photographer from Liverpool.
Please support him online!

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This gig was a first for me, going straight from work I was rocking a full suit, so safe to say I got some strange looks whilst shooting.

It was also the most relaxed gig I've ever been to. The set in the chilled out first floor of the already chilled Leaf Coffee Shop in Liverpool.


Below you'll find some written impressions, as well as photographs from the evening! 




ELLIE ROSE SMITH

First up was Ellie Rose Smith, who set the tone for the evening perfectly with her smooth voice and perfect rhythms to accompany her, so one act in and expectations were already high for the rest of the evening.



Ellie Rose Smith online: Soundcloud







CHRIS WOOLF

Chris Woolf relaxed the room even further, bringing a husky yet smooth voice with brilliant acoustic sounds, all eyes in the room were fixed on him.



Chris Woolf online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube





NEIL NOA

Switching it up a bit was Neil Noa, stepping on to a synthesiser, his slow but at the same time booming electronic creations has the audience entranced, especially when combined with his brilliant voice.



Neil Noa online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram







JOHNNY SANDS

The host of the evening himself, Johnny Sands, decided to play a set. The lights changed to monotone and he played what could be described as a fusion of 60s and modern day electric guitar styles, blowing the audience away and making himself some new fans in the process.



Johnny Sands online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube







ROBBIE CAVANAGH

Finally, on came Robbie Cavanagh. His smooth voice combined with his second nature guitar playing created a perfect display for the onlookers, and he brought the most energy to any acoustic set of the evening with his voice alone, and his folk like mellow style made sure the room left the gig wanting to hear more of him.



Robbie Cavanagh online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram











Thank you for your visit!




- Alex 









Credits // Text & Photography: Alex Lloyd for house in the sand | *with thanks to Robbie Cavanagh*