Tom Joshua: My Grandma said it was the song she liked the least

Teeside’s Tom Joshua has dropped his new single Undergrowth, taken from forthcoming debut EP of the same name, due out on 9th October. Produced by Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Billie Marten, British Sea Power) and recorded at London’s Voltaire Studio, the upbeat song is rooted in the surroundings of Tom’s home near Stockton-on-Tees and inspired by a surreal dream sequence conceived while out walking the dog. Tom talks about the track in a little more detail along with the venue he is keen to play next.

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Ben Wood & The Bad Ideas: It means the world to us that people are listening to it and enjoying it

Ben Wood & The Bad Ideas have decided to put out a single a month for all of 2020. Black is the band’s offering for August. Released on Friday the 28th August, on Back2Forward Records, this high-octane track is the group’s second consecutive collaboration with Los Angeles based producer Jeff O’Rourke. The track, their 8th of release in an interesting year for the music industry, is a song about questioning yourself and the path you’re on. It also examines the often bleak thoughts that come with that territory. The band discussed their new single as well as some of their favourite venues they cannot wait to play again.

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Joe McAlinden: I am currently finishing off a new solo LP which will hopefully be released before the year end

Joe McAlinden has just released his new album Edit, seeds of which were sown more than ten years prior. Feeling overwhelmed by the Tide of the sea, Joe felt overwhelmed as it slammed against the rocks. Edit is Tide backwards. However, the project was put on hold with the loss of Joe’s father. Several years later and here we are. Joe spoke with The Fountain about the reception the album has had so far and his plans for the remainder of 2020.

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Lyn Koonce: People from all walks of life who listen to a variety of music seem to really resonate with the songs

Lyn Koonce, folk singer/songwriter has just released her full-length album, Begin Again, releases August 28th, 2020 with a music video to follow; upon rerouting after a 17-year relationship, this album serves as a roadmap for real life. “A huge part of this album is finding the truth of who I am and what I settled for,” Koonce shares. “When I started to believe in who I am as an artist & as a person, that’s when it became clear.” Lyn spoke with The Fountain about the LP as well as her desire to play live again.

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Lucy Feliz: It’s a rather cosmic sounding affair

Brighton-based artist and musician Lucy Feliz has not only released new single, Magic Hour, but has dropped a record with OK Pal Records, Last of the Sun. With a second track on the horizon for release and this LP, there is much to keep an eye out for with Lucy. She spoke with The Fountain about her first track released from the 12″ as well as the album itself.

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Pale Fire: We are currently working out arrangements for album number three

Five years after their acclaimed debut Pale Fire return with Husbands: a collection of chamber pop songs that reflects the diversity and wealth of talent present in the current Scottish music and literary scene. Scottish alternative indie sextet Pale Fire were formed in Airdrie and Coatbridge (North Lanarkshire) in 2011 by a group of bedroom musicians who had attended school together: Kris O’Rourke (guitars), James McCann (vocals), Adrian Walker (lead guitar, backing vocals), Matthew Nevans (guitars), Stephen Forrest (bass guitar) and Barry Boulton (drums). The band spoke with The Fountain about all things Husbands as well as their favourite venue to get back to.

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Pace: It’s definitely more of the dark and moody side of Pace

The London based alt-rock quartet Pace have just released new single, Boatman’s Weather. With a growing fan base and recognition from CLASH as well as BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music radio stations, The Fountain thought it time they caught up with the band to discuss the new track and the venue they are most excited to be playing when live gigs are safe to happen yet again.

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Don’t Call Me Ishmael: It feels nice to be taking a more episodic approach with our new music

The first in a series of four EPs being released with each season, finishing in Spring 2021, Summer is a new release from Don’t Call Me Ishmael who seem inspired by Scottish writer, Ali Smith. Twenty-four new songs will be released in batches of six, with the tone of each EP reflecting the time of year. Summer is out now, which is what the band discussed with The Fountain below, along with the venues they’re looking forward to playing in again.

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DDEs: It’s going to be a trilogy of EPs and the next one is going be proper dirty rock n roll from beginning to end

The DDE’s are a three-piece band hailing from Manchester with true indie rock in their veins. This band are the true embodiment of Manchester swagger and attitude. With a new EP out, Calm Before the Storm, The Fountain caught up with the three lads to discuss their plans and the venues they are stoked about playing in again.

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