Under The Skin: introducing Kandace Springs and ‘Soul Eyes’

Kandace Springs

The transforming and transporting power of music: sometimes it has the ability to take you to another plane; an inner, spiritual space in which you can lose yourself for a little while, nourish the soul and let the outside world fall away.

An artist with just such a transporting power is singer and pianist Kandace Springs, whose debut album, Soul Eyes, is due for release via Blue Note Records in July.

The 27-year-old, Nashville-based singer-songwriter counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, transforming those aforementioned influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly. “The artists who have inspired me the most all sang so naturally,” Springs says. “That helped me find my own sound.”

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Currently on tour in the UK with Gregory Porter, Springs’ success hasn’t come overnight. Her 2014 self-titled debut EP had a decidedly contemporary R&B/hip-hop bent, but the artist couldn’t shake the feeling that she wasn’t yet singing her true self.

Conversations with her longtime producers Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers led to soul searching and rethinking her musical direction. Eventually Springs returned to a more spacious, organic sound that channels her earlier jazz influences as well as her Nashville upbringing.

Springs attracted the attention of Prince, who heard her makeover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. “He encouraged me a lot before I recorded this new record, especially during the time in which I was trying to figure out my sound,” Springs says. “He told me that I needed to do what comes naturally to me. He was absolutely right.”

Springs adds: “I would like to be known as one of the younger people that are keeping jazz and soul alive and vibrant. I love the realness of jazz and soul.”

Listen to Kandace Springs’ track “Soul Eyes” via the Spotify link below.

Kandace Springs is currently on tour in the UK with Gregory Porter. You can catch her on the following dates:

06th Apr: Colston Hall, Bristol
08th Apr: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
09th Apr: Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield
10th Apr: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
11th Apr: His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
12th Apr: Perth Concert Hall, Perth
14th Apr: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
15th Apr: Sage, Gateshead
16th Apr: De Montfort Hall, Leicester
17th Apr: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
19th Apr: Brighton Dome, Brighton
20th Apr: St.David’s Hall, Cardiff
21st Apr: Lighthouse, Poole
22nd Apr: Pavilions, Plymouth
24th Apr: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
28th Apr: Eventim Apollo, London
02nd Jul: Love Supreme Festival, Lewes

Connect with Kandace Springs at:
Facebook: facebook.com/kandacesprings
Twitter: twitter.com/KandaceSprings
Web: kandacesprings.com

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Louise Distras joins The Red Paintings on the road for UK tour

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British songstress Louise Distras has announced that she is heading out on the road alongside The Red Paintings for their forthcoming UK tour.

With songs that tick both the post-punk and pop boxes, her explosive lyrics and riotous sonic disposition, Distras is already garnering comparisons to charged songstresses Brody Dalle, Juliette Lewis and Courtney Love.

The past three years have seen the singer and songwriter cutting her teeth across the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA with the likes of Billy Bragg, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers and The Damned, and taking in festival appearances at Glastonbury and Bearded Theory.

Following her critically acclaimed debut album Dreams from the Factory Floor, Distras and her band are now at work recording the follow-up, with producer Steve Whale and engineer Pat Collier on board.

Orchestral art rockers The Red Paintings are in the midst of an ambitious world tour in support of the release of their debut album, The Revolution Is Never Coming. They incorporate multimedia performance art wherever possible and seek submissions from local artists who paint the band’s live energy on-stage in real time. With costumes, conceptual stage shows, live painting and human canvases their performance combines sound and visuals to create an experience that stimulates the senses and minds of the audience.

The tour is sure to be a blast.

Catch Louise Distras and The Red Paintings on the following dates:

24th Apr: London, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
25th Apr: Manchester, FAC 251
26th Apr: Glasgow, The Garage
27th Apr: Chester, The Live Rooms
28th Apr: Birmingham, Rainbow
29th Apr: Newcastle, (to be announced)
30th Apr: Swansea, The Scene
01st May: Newport, (to be announced)
02nd May: Bristol, The Fleece

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Knifeworld reveal short run of UK tour dates

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Knifeworld have announced a UK tour in support of their new album.

The band will play a short run of four dates in May following the release of their new LP, Bottled Out Of Eden, on the 22nd of April via InsideOut Music.

Says Knifeworld frontman Kavus Torabi of the new collection: “After The Unravelling, which took over a year to complete, we deliberately wanted to change the variables – to alter the approach in order to make something different.

“I love The Unravelling but it was a very difficult record to make. Rather than spending so long in the studio, constructing, arranging, recording, re-recording and adding layers of additional instruments and noises, this time we wanted something rawer, more live sounding.”

The band recently shared a video for the lead track from Bottled Out Of Eden, “High/Aflame.”

Knifeworld will play:

May 09th: Leicester The Musician
May 10th: Leeds Brudenell Social Club
May 11th: Brighton Green Door Store
May 12th: London Bush Hall

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Chasing Dragons announce EP launch show, UK festival appearances and tour

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Yorkshire alt-metal cohort Chasing Dragons have announced details of a launch show for their new EP, UK festival appearances and a series of tour dates.

First up for the band is a hometown show in Leeds where they will celebrate the release of new EP, Faction:Prologue, at the Beckett Students Union on the 8th of April, with gigs in Coventry and Bradford to follow.

From there, Chasing Dragons will be taking to the stage at some of the UK’s best loved smaller alternative festivals. Breaking Bands, Upload, Wildfire and the new Muses Of Metal festival are just a selection of the events on their schedule, with more show and festival appearances set to be announced in the coming weeks and months.

Details of the live shows follow hot on the heels of the announcement of Chasing Dragons’ new EP, Faction:Prologue, scheduled for released on the 29th of March and available for pre-order now.

Chasing Dragons’ confirmed live shows are as follows:

08th Apr: Leeds Beckett Students Union, Leeds – EP Launch Show
15th Apr: The Albany Pub, Coventry
30th Apr: Trapdoor, Bradford
07th May: Muses Of Metal Fest, Keele
14th May: Upload Festival, Wakefield
20th May: Milo Bar, Leeds – supporting Courage My Love
28th May: Breaking Bands Fest, Bromsgrove
24th Jun: Wildfire Fest, Scotland
09th Jul: Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe
27th Aug: Chebfest, Leeds
28th Aug: Rockwich Festival, Northwich

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SikTh to support Slipknot on forthcoming UK tour

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British progressive metal forefathers SikTh are to support Slipknot on their imminent UK tour.

The run of shows will see them playing arenas across the UK as well as 2 nights at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Vocalist Mikee Goodman comments: “It’s insane to be supporting someone as huge as Slipknot and playing arenas every night! We’ve never had this kind of opportunity before! I remember when they first came out, they changed the scene. We’re fans, so it’s an honour to be asked to tour with such a band!”

SikTh will play the following dates with Slipknot and Suicidal Tendencies:

08th Feb: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
09th Feb: London Alexandra Palace
10th Feb: London Alexandra Palace
12th Feb: Birmingham Genting Arena
13th Feb: Leeds First Direct Arena

The band released their new mini-album, Opacities, in December last year on Peaceville to critical claim. Recorded at Lincoln’s Chapel Studios and produced by Dan Weller and Justin Hill, Opacities was described by guitarist Dan Weller as a “…more thoughtful, heavier, more refined” record, demonstrated in the video for “Philistine Philosophies”, directed and created by Mikee W Goodman.

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