“Lies” by CHVRCHES, from the debut album The Bones Of What You Believe.
Ezra Vine is a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with escapism, indulging his melodic fantasies among handclaps, and the waltz of bass drums. With a handful of tunes released in early 2013 on Bandcamp under monikers ‘Les Enfants’ he’s gained an audience that helped elevate him to a top ten spot among Bandcamp’s best seller’s in the Folk category. Vine’s debut single ‘Celeste’ is set for release this month, and his EP is due to drop in November, later this year.
Great tune, for fans of Ivan & Alyosha, Local Natives.
Have you heard the latest from NYC’s Alex Winston? ”101 Vultures” hit the blogs a little while back, but today I’m falling for the NICITA remix (NICITA is the electronic project of Zach Nicita, drummer of MS MR). Both versions feature Winston’s unique ghostly vocals and lush melodies, but the remix just moves me more and today; I guess thats what I’m looking for.
Alex will continue to play live and tour sporadically through the end of 2013 as she puts the finishing touches on her new album, which will be released in Spring 2014.
After a seemingly never-ending countdown on their Facebook page, Metric finally released the video for “Synthetica”. According to the interview published on Rolling Stone, the video works as a comment on the world’s complacency regarding the abusive formatting of people and ideas. Justin Broadbent, the video director, materializes this idea through the use of spellbinding mirrored images. It was worth the wait!
I cant remember exactly when or how it arrived, but it was around 2011. I think burning the candle at both ends, a large amount of stress, money trouble, and the music industry turned me in to an anxious mess.
Also, the effect an inner ear condition was having on my balance was horrible and a sudden wave of nausea and panic would hit me at any time. Eventually these symptoms cleared up, but the feeling of losing control left me unsettled. From this day I would have to learn to cope with anxiety.
Having an anxiety attack is like fearing the worst possible outcome no matter how ridiculous and not being able to escape its possibility.
For me, my main anxiety is embarrassing myself in public. Whilst I had that ear condition, there were some instances where I would feel extremely sick or faint randomly in a public place. It was a horrible experience that has stuck with me. Now when i’m in busy public places, such as on a rush hour tube in london, or a tightly packed restaurant, it hits me like a tidal wave.
My breathing starts to shorten, lungs start to tighten, the ability to swallow becomes restricted by what feels like a large apple in my throat, a layer of cold sweat covers my body, my vision starts to blur and panic sets in. Usually by this point I’m running out of the room.
Theres been quite a few times on stage where I’ve had one an attack? not so much due of to the size of the crowd or nerves, but more the lack of breath between lyrics can sometimes make me go light headed, and the possibility of fainting on stage scares the shit out of me (I’d obviously find it rather embarrassing too).
The worst anxiety attack to date that I’ve had, was on my most recent trip to america where I was booked for a Live TV interview on FOX. Leading up to the interview I was feeling fine, slight butterflies, but relatively in control. To my left were two LA TV Anchor stereotypes, bursting with botox, and blinding me with their bleach white teeth. As soon as the countdown to air started, the idea of spontaneously being sick (ridiculous I know) live on TV brought on an anxiety meltdown. I was suddenly very aware I was in a large busy television studio, with cameras pointed at me like canons, and I was the sweaty target.
The temptation to run out of that studio became more and more tempting, but I managed to sit it out.
What DOESN’T help:
- Being Hungover
- Not having a solid sleep/being tired
- Long Journeys
- Irregular eating patterns
- Unhealthy eating
What DOES Help:
- Sitting next to a Window or Door (Knowing you have an escape route planned can have a calming effect)
- A good nights sleep
- Good headphones, good music (allows you to switch off from the stressful sounds of the outside world)
- Pinching the skin between your thumb and first finger (a good pressure point that can distract the mind)
- Organising/spreading your workload
- Being outside, fresh air
A VERY QUICK GUIDE TO TOUR LIFE
- Pissing in bottles whilst in a van is never a good idea.
- Bring hand sanitizer
- Paracetamol/painkillers are just as important as clean pants.
- Its not cool to shout “Das Farty Party” around germany, nor any other country for that matter.
- A strong playlist and a pair of headphones can get you through any van drive.
- Border police do NOT have a sense of humour, they do NOT appreciate drug mule jokes.
- An Alan Partridge audio tape is the perfect breakaway from listening to music.
- If you’re lucky enough to have a plug socket/power in the van, make sure to bring a ‘four-way’ to avoid fall-outs and black eyes over who gets the one plug.
- American customs love The Beach Boys
- Flatulent guys should always sit in the back seat
- Don’t speak to the lad who’s just woken up for quite a while
- Theres always going to be a ‘Tour song’, don’t burn it out too fast.
- Always be early, never on time.
- Van games are essential, the more creative the better.
- Coffee is a drug, be careful.
- Video Games (Fifa) are a drug, be careful.
- “It’s medicinal” is not an excuse
- Cyclists in amsterdam will not stop for you