Premiere: Chris Milam streams brand new single ‘Kids These Days’ ahead of release


To say that Chris Milam had a bad year is perhaps something of an understatement.

A broken engagement and a stolen car left the Memphis singer and songwriter with nothing but a bag of clothes and a lot of questions; questions he sought to answer by going in to the studio with twelve new songs and producer Toby Vest.

Saving for recording sessions over the course of a year of couch-surfing, pet sitting and troubadouring, Milam has now taken those questions born of adversity and crafted a world class set of songs for his resulting new album, Kids These Days.

This Friday, March the 3rd, sees the release of the title track as the album’s first single; a song we’re excited to bring you via the exclusive premiere below. The track exemplifies a collection of songs of nuanced emotional intensity, both in terms of their lyrical preoccupations and their compelling musical arrangements.

Beginning with just guitar and Milam’s plaintive, aching vocal, “Kids These Days” soon builds to a cathartic roar, replete with gripping and propulsive instrumentation. As Milam himself says of the track, “Kids These Days” aren’t kids anymore:

“I’ve read about my generation growing up for a long time. But we’re here — we’re in our twenties and thirties. And I know a lot of folks who, despite hard work and good intentions, aren’t where they thought they’d be. Maybe they’re even starting over. I hope that, by telling my story, other people see theirs in it.”

Turn up the volume and check out “Kids These Days” via the stream below.

“Kids These Days” is released as a single this coming Friday, the 3rd of March.

Chris’ new album of the same name is scheduled for release on the 7th of April via Namesake Records. The full track list is below.

chris-milam-kids-these-days-album-cover-web01. “Kids These Days”
02. “Half Life”
03. “Autumn”
04. “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”
05. “Coldweather Girls”
06. “Prayer #4”
07. “New Drug”
08. “Hey, Hollwyood”
09. “When I Was Young”
10. “All of Our Ghosts”
11. “The Sun Isn’t Up”
12. “At The End of the Day”

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‘The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’ documentary to screen in London

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The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead, Wes Orshoski’s documentary film about UK punk legends The Damned, will receive its European premiere in London next week.

The film, which was shown at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, will be screened at Leicester Square’s Prince Charles Cinema on the 3rd of June.

The Damned founders Rat Scabies and Brian James will join Orshoski for a Q&A session at both of the Prince Charles Cinema screenings (6 p.m. and 9 p.m.) The premiere will then be followed by two weeks of exclusive screenings throughout the UK.

The authorised film features appearances by Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Nick Mason, Lemmy Kilmister, Duff McKagan, Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra and many more, and charts the band’s colourful history as well as the drama surrounding their 2011 35th anniversary tour.

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead is longtime journalist and photographer Wes Orshoski’s follow-up to 2011’s Lemmy, the award-winning portrait of Motörhead legend Lemmy Kilmister.

Confirmed screenings of Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead are as follows:

June 3: London, Prince Charles Cinema, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.
June 4: London, Arthouse at Crouch End, 8:30 p.m.
June 5: Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House, 8:00 p.m.
June 6: Manchester, HOME, 8:10 p.m.
June 7: Leicester, Phoenix Square, 1 p.m.
June 7: Sheffield, Odeon 8/Sheffield Doc Fest, 8:30 p.m.
June 8: Cardiff, Chapter Arts , 8:15 p.m.
June 9: Liverpool, Picturehouse at FACT, 8:15 p.m.
June 10: Brighton, Duke’s at Komedia, 5:45 p.m., 8:40 p.m.
June 11: Newcastle, Tyneside Cinema, 5:45 p.m.
June 12: Edinburgh, Filmhouse, 8:30 p.m.
June 13: Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre, 8 p.m.
June 14: Birmingham, The Electric Cinema, 8:30 p.m.
June 15-18: Dundee, DCA, TBD
June 19: Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 8:15 p.m.
June 20: Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 5:45 p.m.

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PREMIERE! Watch Faith Evans Ruch’s beguiling new video “Rock Me Slow”

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“Emotionally honest and musically authentic, Faith Evans Ruch’s pursual of her art and ability to be true to herself continue to realise rich dividends,” we wrote last November of After It’s Said & Done, the new EP from Memphis singer and songwriter Faith Evans Ruch.

It’s a statement that is just as true of Evans Ruch’s beguiling new video for the raw and intimate EP track “Rock Me Slow”, premiering in Europe today exclusively via Skin Back Alley.

Directed by Edward Valibus, the video is billed as a sequel of sorts to Ruch’s “PBR Song”, also directed by Valibus and taken from the musician’s stunning previous full length album, 1835 Madison.

“Rock Me Slow” sees Faith bringing the end of a relationship into sharp focus, reflecting on what has gone before and feeling the searing pain of heartbreak. It’s also a visual feast.

Check out the video for “Rock Me Slow” below, and be sure to let us know what you think:

Read our review of Faith Evans Ruch’s new EP, “After It’s Said & Done”, here. You can pick up your own copy via Ruch’s Bandcamp profile here.

Find out more about Faith Evans Ruch at her official website, and keep up to date with the latest news via her official Facebook page.

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UK PREMIERE! Ormonde stream new track “A Grand Design”


Ormonde, the Seattle based duo consisting of musicians Anna-Lynne Williams and Robert Gomez, are premiering their new track, “A Grand Design”, here at Skin Back Alley. You can listen to the beguiling new song below.

The sharing of “A Grand Design” comes ahead of Ormonde’s sophomore album, Cartographer/Explorer, scheduled for release via Gizeh Records on the 3rd of November.

The two musicians have notable credits to their respective names: Williams has toured with Damien Rice, Feist, Broken Social Scene and Explosions in the Sky during her time in Trespassers William, and also co-wrote and sang “Hold Tight London” on Chemical Brothers’ Push the Button album. Gomez is a well respected producer/multi-instrumentalist who has worked with John Grant, Centro-matic and Sarah Jaffe, and was previously signed to Bella Union.

Primarily written and recorded in an immersive two week period, it will perhaps come as little surprise that Ormonde spent time watching the second series of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks during recording. Undercurrents of love, death, and trust permeate the late-night, narcotic quality of the music, frequently centering around repeating guitar or organ/synth phrases and passages.

To these ears, it sounds like a dark and brooding hypnotic delight.

The tracklisting for Cartographer/Explorer is:

Ormande Cartographer Explorer Sleeve01. “Beach”
02. “A Grand Design”
03. “Paintings”
04. “Collapse”
05. “Explorer/Cartographer”
06. “Threshold”
07. “Strange Wind”
08. “Fast Forward”
09. “Snake”
10. “Bled Out”

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Watch! SERVERS premiere new video “Claustrophobia”

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Barnsley based metal band SERVERS have today premiered their new video via Metal Hammer.

“Claustrophobia” is lifted from the band’s debut LP, Leave With Us.

Said SERVERS frontman Lee Storrar: “The song for the video, “Claustrophobia”, is about Crisis Creation, basically how people employ tactics designed to create or deepen confusion, fear, guilt or doubt. i.e. ‘you aren’t serving God the way he intended.'”

You can watch the video below:

Continues Storrar: “For the video location we discovered this big derelict house and thought it was perfect. What we found there was disturbing. The video features a bunch of our fans, our ‘servers’. They signed up to our website, were allocated their server number and from there were invited to be included in the video, which was something we’ve been keen on right from the start, as we want people to feel involved and part of the band.”

Meanwhile, SERVERS recently announced that they will be playing in support of My Ruin during their upcoming The Sacred Mood Tour. The band will join the LA metal veterans, fronted by Tairrie B. Murphy and guitar-God husband Mick Murphy, at their show on the 21st of August at The Fleece, Bristol.

SERVERS debut LP, Leave With Us, is out now on Undergroove Records.

servers_leave_with_us1. “Save Me From Myself”
2. “Universes & Supernovas (The Ride)”
3. “Claustrophobia”
4. “Run With The Foxes”
5. “Dangerous Devotion”
6. “Mega High”
7. “Do Gooders”
8. “Once I Started”
9. “King Things”
10. “Mother’s Grave (Leave With Us)”

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