NME take a shine to NAO

North Atlantic Oscillation scored an 8/10 review in this week’s NME, where they were likened to the Beta Band, The Flaming Lips, Pink Floyd and Squarepusher. High praise indeed!

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Soulful, fresh, genre-defying, these are only a few of the terms that immediately spark the mind when greeted with Anarbor’s gutsy and transcending debut full length, The Words You Don’t Swallow. Anarbor embody the heart of a classic rock band, and add an element of pop-rock to create a new and current sound that is their very own. While their peers grew up listening to bands that influenced today’s over-produced pop scene, Anarbor spent their time revering the rock idols of generations past. The result is an album that speaks to fans about life’s highs and lows, experiences, and people that cause them.

“We want to challenge kids to think outside of the norm, and really find themselves, rather than just following what the crowd is doing,” Kitlas said.  “We want to show our listeners that they are not alone, we all go through our struggles and everyone has their ups and downs in life.”

The Words You Don’t Swallow extends beyond the cut-and-paste albums being churned out, instead infusing dynamic guitars behind the soul-shaking howls and relatable melodies from frontman Slade Echeverria.  Crafted in Los Angeles by producer Mike Green (Paramore, Set Your Goals, The Spill Canvas) over a four-week span in Los Angeles, The Words You Don’t Swallow’s formation came from a desire to break out from the “fad band” chokehold and delve into what was real.

“The distinctive sound we are reaching for is rock and roll.  We don’t use any instruments in our songs that we don’t play live, we are going for a very raw and real sound,” Kitlas said.  The easy nature and chemistry of the band is more than just a cosmic luck for an emerging band.  Echeverria and Kitlas became friends in grade school, and experienced many life-changing events together, securing a bond that eventually extended to music, and a decision to make it their ultimate ambition.  The band signed to Hopeless Records (All Time Low, The Dangerous Summer) before the ink was barely dry on their diplomas.

More than just a sum of its parts, the writing process for Anarbor is as a group united, with each member adding input in acoustic jam sessions that allows everyone to collaborate and contribute creatively.  It’s a cohesion that allowed each member’s personal preferences and talents shine when it came to recording.  Anarbor is gaining steady recognition as the diverse band to watch among a sea of faux rock ‘n rollers.  This motivated and utterly gifted band will resonate with any listener who knows a thing or two about learning who you are and putting your ambitions into motion.

Anarbor join the roster!

Anarbor are the latest young, right hopes to come from US indie Hopeless Records. Single ‘Gypsy Woman’ is now streaming at their MySpace and is released the week before album ‘The Words You Don’t Swallow’ which is out on 24th May after the band appear on the Give It A Name Introducing Tour.


Noisia get i-DJ cover!

Pick up this month’s i-DJ magazine and you’ll see Noisia as the cover stars with a four page feature. In addition, both their single and album get 10/10 and they’re in the mag’s essential tracks playlist. Amazing!



Nate Ruess  |  Jack Antonoff  |  Andrew Dost

New York based three-piece fun. is what happens when three extraordinarily talented musicians come together to create something altogether new and wonderful.  Nate Ruess, late of The Format, has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff, resulting in their ingenious debut, ‘Aim & Ignite’.  The trio melds an array of diverse inspirations – spanning Broadway to The Beach Boys, ‘Nilsson Schmilsson’ to ‘Pinkerton’ – into an irresistible collection of freewheeling pop songcraft.

One track ‘Walking the Dog’, has an early Vampire Weekend and Good Shoes sensibility about it. ‘Be Calm’, arranged by Andrew with Roger Joseph Manning Jnr, (Air, Beck, Jellyfish), melds finely wrought chamber-pop orchestrations – all brass and strings and multi-tracked harmonies – with guitar-fueled rock ‘n’ roll, resulting in a distinctive sound which simultaneously recalls the past yet remains very current.

Enter Shikari in Big Cheese

Enter Shikari were awarded 4 stars and a glowing review in this month’s issue of Big Cheese. The first 30 new subscribers to the magazine will also receive a free copy of ‘Tribalism’!


Priestess take over monthlies

Priestess picked up another three great reviews in this month’s issues of Clash, Metal Hammer and Big Cheese. “A cocksure cocktail of classic rock and heavy prog,” say Metal Hammer.


The Smoking Hearts win over Big Cheese

The Smoking Hearts received yet more praise for their debut album in this weeks issue of Big Cheese. A four star review for their “full-on party rock ‘n’ roll.”


fun. join Division for online PR!

One of our favourite musical discoveries of 2009 are set to take the UK by storm this year and they’ve enlisted our services for online PR. fun. will release 7″ single Walking The Dog / Be Calm on 29th March alongside some London dates (one of which is already sold out!)


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