So far, the promised “better 2021” looks an awful lot like 2020, right? Will it give the live music industry a chance to return or is that option already off the table? Time to address a few of the most burning questions: Is it safe to go to a concert in 2021? How can we best protect ourselves? Why should we head outdoors? NBHAP editor Igor Franjić did some research to give us answers.
Almost ten years after their first joint album, the two songwriters return with a follow-up that is once again fuelled by the joyful energy of their companionship. NBHAP head Norman phoned up the two buddies in the middle of the harsh lockdown reality to get a better understanding of their musical union and kind friendship.
A much needed fresh approach for guitar music is happening in the UK right now, freed from any hit single expectations and conventional genre limitations. With the furious energy of their debut album "For The First Time" the seven-piece from London is leading this new movement with stubborn determination. NBHAP author Tamsin Paternoster spoke with the band and took a closer look at the Black Country, New Road microcosm.
Bridging the past of soul music into a bright new future is the London-based singer Celeste Waite. She just released her highly anticipated debut "Not Your Muse" spanning from catchy pop choruses to soulful depth. NBHAP author Liv spoke to the musician about what moves her and the pressure of putting out a record in the public eye.
For NBHAP head Norman that weird 21st century take on early 80s soft rock became one of the most important albums in his life over the past decade. Just in time for its tenth anniversary he tries to narrow down his fascination for it and got a bit help from the man who is responsible for it.
Waiting to enter breakout sessions instead of standing in the queue at the bar is the new reality of festivals at the moment. NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION editor Natálie Zehnalová attended the virtual version of the beloved Eurosonic Noorderslag Conference and Showcase. Here is a little tour through the obstacles and opportunities of online events.
Malmö-based two piece Wy have been love at first listen for us at NBHAP ever since they first showed up on our musical radar four years ago. Following two hauntingly beautiful albums Ebba and Michel Gustafsson Ågren are now returning with a third full-length in May, shaped by the Covid crisis but also their own relationship. "Marriage" appears to be a fitting title for it. Today, we're debuting a first track from it exclusively on NBHAP and also took a moment to catch up with the duo.
The new year is barely two weeks old and we're already pretty tired by it, maybe because we all still carry the luggage from 2020 with us. What a weird couple of months it has been but there's still hope for the future right. Shame, for a example, are finally back with their second studio album this week. So, we thought maybe they could help us to put this new year in perspective.
The singer and drummer Aaron Frazer has been around the music scene for a while already as part of several bands, but kicking off the new year by sharing his first solo effort. "Introducing..." is an album, which mirrors the versatility of the artist and while it is not quite the first thing we have heard from the musician it is his way of introducing his full creative range to the world.
Twelve months ago we could have only imagined how different our lives would be right now. The Covid-19 pandemic shook the foundation of many things we took for granted. Like many other industries, the world of music is strongly affected by this rule-changing year and it makes you wonder just how big the impact of it all will be in the end. NBHAP head Norman went into 'end-of-the-year'-reflection mode and shares his thoughts right here.