Black Cloud Collective have officially changed their name to Hell or Highwater. Nolan Yee recently caught up with the boys at Uproar and put together this little video interview!
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Tony Memmel – “Yours and Mine”
Tony Memmel’s new EP, “Yours and Mine” is a dreamy six song journey through human emotion and faith. He and wife, Lesleigh harmonize so well that sometimes it’s difficult to separate their voices into two, and other times the impeccable production makes them sound impossibly like a whole chorus. While the vocals and gorgeous lyrics are certainly the focus here, the instrumentation is brilliant, as well. Simple – bordering on minimal, the music is produced with the restraint that comes with maturity and confidence. Tony Memmel knows what he is doing, and he does it well.
He plays with such clarity and beauty that it doesn’t seem to matter that Tony is missing the lower part of his left arm. He plays left handed, and picks and strums with pieces of gaffer’s tape attached to his arm. On further consideration, it absolutely matters that he is overcoming something that most would consider a complete impediment to his playing guitar – or any other instrument requiring two hands, for that matter. It matters because he is so good. It seems impossible, but his impeccable guitar work compliments his slightly gruff, beautiful voice perfectly. Tony is an inspiration.
Lesleigh’s piano work is also lovely. Quietly layered in the background, her keyboards add a welcome dimension; when Lesleigh is featured, it’s absolutely beautiful. Brian Farvour rounds out the band with his percussion, but he is so good at his job that he almost disappears. Again, I believe such restraint only comes with experience and skill. Too many drummers don’t know how to disappear, but Brian seems a master at that difficult job. His drums only add to the songs – they never detract.
“Yours and Mine” is a lovely EP, and my only complaint with it is that it was over too soon. The Memmels transported me to beautiful, loving musical landscape for all of the nineteen minutes of the EP, and at the end, I was somewhat sorry to be dumped back into my living room. I look forward to a new full-length album from Tony in (I hope) the near future.
“Yours and Mine” as well as Tony Memmel’s (excellent) previous album “Here We Go” can be purchased through links on his website HERE.
We had the pleasure of chatting with Tony and Lesleigh this month! Check out their TBB exclusive live performance of “Control” off of “Here We Go”
If this inspired you, please check out one of Tony’s favorite charities, The Lucky Fin Project!
Art of Dying Interview
Vocalist Jonny Hetherington, guitarists Greg Bradley and Tavis Stanley, bassist Cale Gontier, and drummer Jeff Brown make up Art of Dying. “Die Trying,” the first single from their major label debut Vices and Virtues, has been steadily climbing the charts and is currently #5 on the BDS Active Rock Radio chart and #7 on the BDS Mainstream Radio chart. The single is being played on radio stations across the country, including KXXR “93X” in Minneapolis, KQRC in Kansas City, WRKZ “The Blitz” in Columbus, KISW in Seattle, WBUZ in Nashville, WRIF in Detroit, KHTB “Z-Rock” in Salt Lake City, KOMP in Las Vegas, KUPD in Phoenix, WIYY in Baltimore, and SiriusXM’s Octane Channel.
Art of Dying’s track “Get Thru This” is featured on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack. “Get Thru This” is set to be the follow up single to “Die Trying.”
TBB’s Nolan Yee caught the show at Rockstar Energy Drink’s Uproar Festival got some pics as well as this interview with Jeff Brown!
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