Up Close & Personal: Disconnected Genius

Our latest musical heart-to-heart saw us link up with some boys from Down Under; Melbourne to be precise. Disconnected Genius are a three piece playing classic melodic rock with their own distinct lean. While bassist Yuri and drummer Daniel were either surfing, wrestling crocodiles or engaging in some other stereotypical Aussie pastime, we caught up with lead singer, Jamie O’Keefe.


Hey Jamie, we love the new release but we’ve not seen many titles like that since the days of Captain Beefheart. We’ve got to ask…how the hell did you come up with that one?

Our latest LP is called Nirvikalpa Meow; Nirvikalpa is the highest attainable state of enlightenment espoused by the ancient Vedic saints. Meow was my cat, who died. So it is the highest honour and tribute to her.

Wow, high praise to Meow. I never had the pleasure, but I’m sure she’d be made up by the album. We’re All Watching Everything has lodged itself in my head – are there any tracks on the album that stand out for you?

There’s quite a rigorous quarantine selection and vetting process before songs are even considered for one of our albums, so any song on a Disconnected Genius album is something we think is awesome. I suppose it’s a bit like being asked to choose your favourite child. They all have their thing, that’s why they’re there.

The Disconnected Genius journey has been relatively short so far, but what would you identify as the band’s greatest musical achievement to date?  

Just recording two studio LP’s is the greatest achievement in my opinion but in terms of awards and chart placings we’ve had dozens of songs do really well in different Indie Radio Charts. We’re also proud of the fact a song of ours called Sadness is a Primary Color from our first record, Dogs Chasing Fairy Tales, was nominated for a Golden Kayak Award, which is an Indie Music People thing run by Scott Stambaugh.

From what we’ve heard, Disconnected Genius tick the boxes for both music and lyrics. What’s more important to you guys when you’re writing your songs?

Good question. Music, because that’s what makes it music, but it does pay to have good lyrics.  I find it’s a bit like if you imagine the music to be a diamond, but you’ve got to sand the diamond down to get it into shape and in that sanding process suitable lyrics usually seem to appear.  A good Rorschach test is to ask yourself: if there were no words, would it be a good song? And vice versa: if there was no music would the words stack up as poetry?

So give us some insight into the musicians who may have inspired you. What was the first album you bought and do you have any musical guilty pleasures?

The first album I bought was (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. Still happy with that, got off on the right foot there.  I was about nine or ten and listened to it all night and fell asleep with it still on, it was magical. In regard to musical guilty pleasures, I don’t think there’s such a thing. If it’s good and you like it, who and where it’s from matters not in the context of what’s seen to be “cool”.  Take Nickelback for example. They made it big because they wrote one of the best songs of the last 50 years in How you Remind Me.  Sure they’ve kept releasing the same song for the last 20 years but at least they’re famous for a reason.

But you know, music from Flashdance I love: What a Feeling and all that. Some of Kelly Clarksons stuff is pretty cool and I still pump Hanson’s MMM Bop, too.

So how do you see the future of your music? Any plans to mix things up in search of sonic evolution? 

In our opinion, the evolution of style is not really a consciously motivated thing, it just happens naturally, but we’re working on our 3rd album as we speak.  Already we’ve got some pumping tunes that we feel are raising the bar to a whole new level, so we’re unbelievably excited about it!

It’ll be time to celebrate once that’s all wrapped up! Out of interest, do Disconnected Genius have a bona fide party animal on board?!

That’s definitely Yuri!  He’s been running this annual Christmas party for fourteen years. He’s practically the Australian Van Wilder!

If you’ve not checked out Disconnected Genius yet, take a look at the links below. They’re top guys, so take the time to follow them on social media, download the album and keep in touch for news about their fast approaching third LP.


Listen to Disconnected Genius:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/48IaPhobTv2FxcfxOODDZ2

Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/search/disconnected%20genius

Find Disconnected Genius:

Site: http://www.disconnectedgenius.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/disconnectedgenius

Instagram: http://instagram/disconneted_genius

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Zen_Rockstar

YouTube: smarturl.it/dg_youtube

ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/disconnectedgenius


Debt Neglector

Another great review from ten-midnight.com…check it out!



Debt Neglector from Florida put out their first record last year on Smartpunk  Records called “Atomicland.”, a 12 track album filled with punchy pop-punk tunes that are a level above the usual clones coiled springs of the genre. The band produces a slightly heavier more edgy sound with tuneful melodies, writing about real subject matters such as racism and depression they have hit the ground running in a short space of time. Having gained experience from their previous bands New Mexican Disaster Squad, No Friends, Gatorface and Eavesdropper, they all contribute to the party which can be heard coming through on the albums sound.

Play: Debt Neglector – Atomicland


Heavy beats and melodic riffs introduce you to the title track “Atomicland” harmonies sprinkled around the chorus is a good opener and a taste of what’s to come. Although there is a pop-punk theme running through the album, the vocal stays…

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Best New Music: A PRODUCTIVE COUGH by Titus Andronicus

A good spot from S.B.G…a blog that’s well worth checking out!


Titus Andronicus 1300.jpg Singer and guitarist Patrick Stickles, leader and founder of Titus Andronicus

There are times when you need to change, start from scratch. For the indie rock band Titus Andronicus this moment coincided with the writing and publication of their fifth studio album, A Productive Cough. Started as an irriverent, raw and genuine punk rock formation, the creative vein of the leader Patrick Stickles has brought the band to explore many different areas of the indie world arriving, with a sharp fracture, to the point where we find them today: in their last LP the band plays nowadays a sort of folk-rock with an almost-totally-acoustic instrumentation (“barroom rock” as said by someone), and you can visually imagine this quartet of musicians unleashing their passion for music through old and new rock motifs. Just to give you a better idea, in the middle of the album there is a very…

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The Antidepressants…check them out!!

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By Sasha Raven

Hey Maxim, can you tell us for the start, something about you and your band (band members)?

Hello, guys! Our band has been around since 2013, but we have known each other much longer. By the time I met my fellow band members I had not been doing much, and I guess I had something you could call a creative slump. I rarely played my guitar or even picked it up at all. However, I wrote some really cool songs. Some time later, I felt I had to bring some up-beat to these new songs. I craved for the real loud-and-proud crunchy guitar sound. That is how I found my old friends. They were all involved in their own projects until that life-changing moment when we met and I offered them to join the band. That is how the Antidepressants came to be. At the moment, we…

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Up Close & Personal: PUKK

Irish born singer songwriter Joe Chalmers and drummer Mark Beamson are PUKK. The name is unique and so is their sound. Formed in the West Midlands in 2016, this fruitful partnership has spawned four singles and their debut album is due in June. We spoke to Joe and got the low down on that name, pawning guitars to pay the bills and angry Finnish death metal bands.

So Joe, who are PUKK and what are you all about?

The short answer is…I’m PUKK.  I write, sing, play guitar and take care of everything PUKK related, from artwork to admin. I recruited an old mate (Mark Beamson) on drums and booked some studio time without ever having played together. We knew each other from college and we’d bump into each other now and again. He’s a talented singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist and also plays drums with local band The Gold Room. I wanted real drums rather than a drum machine, so I got in touch and brought his skills to the recording studio. We’ve not looked back since!

PUKK…come on, put us out of our misery and tell us about the name.

I’d been making home demos for years on an old 4 track tape machine. They were rubbish but it was all a learning curve. I’d label the tapes when I was done and one tape in particular was labelled after it’s distinctive sound…’Pissed Up Karaoke’…PUK. The name stuck, except with the later addition of an extra ‘K’.  After the release of Sunshine Kisses I was contacted by a Finnish metal band, also called Puk. They weren’t happy that I was also using the name, so for individuality and to avoid any aggravation I added the second K. PUKK was born. It got a bit weird when I found out that Gavin Monaghan also had a cat called Puck. That bent my head a bit, what are the odds?
Pro tip, kids…check your proposed band name on a site like www.musicbrainz.org before you release your music. You might have the coolest name around, but if five other bands have the same name you won’t stand out and fans won’t find you easily.

You’ve got an eclectic that clearly draws on multiple genres. Who are your biggest musical influences?

My Mum used to play records all the time when I was growing up. She’d have on old Motown and Stax compilations, The Beatles, those K-Tel compilations of the latest hits. When I was ten I found the Street Sounds Electro series. That was it, I was hooked on hip hop for the next decade. When I was fifteen I used to trade tapes with friends. I came across Factory records, the Manchester scene, alternative American indie bands and I got on board with that too. Musically it was a great time to be alive with so much to discover and so much creativity around.

What about your own music? What tracks are you most proud of?

I’m really proud of Sunshine Kisses, All The Stops and Rank Amateur. All The Stops marked the point when I realised I could actually write – and pull off – a ‘grown up’ song. Sunshine Kisses was the point where I knew I was finally getting somewhere as a writer. BBC Introducing played it a lot and it was song of the week on The Premium Blend Radio Show. If it hadn’t received any radio or interest I would’ve packed it in and sold my gear. That was the turning point. I wrote it when I was 42 and on holiday in Lanzarote. I just had a pen and pad with me. The melody and lyrics were 99% finished by the time I got home and picked up a guitar.

We love the tracks you’ve already released but what else is in pipeline?

I’ve self released a handful of singles so far under the label Tidy Karma Recordings. These are all on the usual digital sites. Next up is the ever-evasive debut album. It’s pencilled in for a June release but that may come forward depending on how quickly I can get the remaining three tracks done. The album is called ‘Feckless’ and has a common slacker element that connects the songs. There are themes of escape, fresh starts and wasted time popping up throughout. It’s been a long time coming. It’s a bucket-list item that’s been twenty years in the making, but I’m almost there! The mad thing is, now I’ve got some momentum going I’ve got three other projects in my head that I want to do! I’m really happy with the quality of the songs and the production. Gavin Monaghan (The Sherlocks / Jaws / Editors) has produced the album and done an excellent job. The next step is getting the money together to get it pressed on vinyl.

Twenty years in the making?! Sounds like your relationship with music hasn’t all been smooth sailing then?

You could say that! I do myself no favours. I have a history of poor life choices. I over think to the point where I realise I’m over thinking, then I make rash decisions because I’ve taken so long to make a decision. I’m a bit of a nightmare to be fair! I wouldn’t work with me if I didn’t have to! The words ‘basket case’ come to mind. I’ve had fits and starts over the years where I’d get melodies and lyrics together but couldn’t play guitar to match the melody. I only really became reasonable at guitar when I was about 40. I’d bought guitars in the past, I’d play them badly, get frustrated and at that point they’d gather dust until I was skint. I’d dust them off and sell them. This happened a lot. I’ve never been great at explaining things either so trying to convey a musical idea to a friend when neither of us had the musical knowledge of how the nuts and bolts of it worked was fruitless. I got so frustrated around 1999 that I took a folder full of song lyrics and notes I’d written over the years and put them in the BBQ in our garden. Granted, I’d had a few drinks at the time. It seemed like I was banging my head off a wall trying to write songs and not getting anywhere. I set fire to the lot and didn’t think about writing again for years. In 2008 I took redundancy from an old employer and bought myself another guitar…

Up Close & Personal: Aged Teen

Fanfare please…we’re introducing a new feature!! Music is great, we all know that. But what’s music without character? We want to know the ins and outs and ups and downs of the musical pioneers we love to listen to. Cue our new interviews feature: Up Close & Personal.

First up is an Italian singer-songwriter who goes by the name of Aged Teen…

Welcome to Urban Antenna! Let’s kick things off by finding out a little bit about Aged Teen and exactly what makes you tick.

Hey guys! My real name’s Dario Guarino, aka Aged Teen, and I’m a singer/songwriter from the Class of 1980. I’m all about writing new, original music on my acoustic guitar! Aged Teen actually started as a band, but I thrive as a solo composer, author and performer.

I live in Naples, Italy, and when gigging locally I tend to play a mixture of crowd-pleasing acoustic covers and my own material. I’m writing new music all the time and I’m determined to get heard by a wider audience. As much as I love Italy, my dream would be to gain recognition abroad. I prefer to write and perform songs with English lyrics in English.

So what’s behind the name, Aged Teen?

Well, as my career developed and I matured as a songwriter, I realised that so much of my inspiration came from my teenage years. I also think some of the best tracks I’ve written were during that time. Unfortunately, a teenager I was no more, so Aged Teen it was! It’s also pretty hard to find decent names that are not already taken!

We love that you’re not afraid to cross boundaries and incorporate sounds from so many genres. How would you describe your sound and what influences you the most?

“Alternative Acoustic Rock” is how I describe the formula I generally use. I was definitely influenced by ’90s Grunge and Alternative Rock, ’70s Punk Rock, ’80s Hardcore Punk, some Heavy Metal and Hard Rock, ’80s New Wave and Industrial, Outlaw Country and ’50s Rock ‘N’ Roll…I don’t know how many of these different influences you can hear in my music, but people often pick out Depeche Mode and Nirvana in there!

We’ve been listening to your new album and it really brings something new to the table. Tell us a little bit about it.

It’s called Time is Not on my Side and it’s available to listen to on BandCamp, Spotify, SoundCloud, Itunes, Cdbaby, YouTube…all the usual suspects! I’m really proud of it but I’m a modest guy so don’t want to say too much…I’d urge people to listen to it themselves and see what they think!

So what does the future hold for Aged Teen?

At the moment I play two or three local shows each week to pay the bills. The show’s called Graceland, after the legendary home of the King. I mix it up, play everything from old country and blues, to ’50s & ’60s rock ‘n’ roll, to ’80s pop hits, ’90s alternative rock and my own songs. As much as I love playing local gigs, which musicians don’t want to spread their wings?! I’d love to tour more and have the opportunity to play more of my own music. But having said that, I really enjoy re-arranging classic covers, putting my own stamp on things using my acoustic guitar, voice and foot drums. I’m working on new material all the time and hopefully it won’t be long until I’m following up Time is Not on my Side with my next album!


It’s been a pleasure Dario! A genuine, top bloke who is well worth following on social media. Check out the links below and give him your support. The Aged Teen 1980s cover playlist on YouTube is also well worth checking out – you’ll be surprised just how good they are!






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Under the Radar: Blue Helix

Rock music has always fought for the underdog. Real music for real people; graduates of the school of hard knocks. Overcoming adversity and proving the haters wrong has fuelled the creative fire burning within hundreds of memorable rock songs, giving listeners hope, motivation and the opportunity to mosh their socks off.

Blue Helix are the latest in a long line of rockers using their music to help good overpower evil. Their latest track, Anti-social Butterfly, is a hard-hitting anti-bullying anthem that delivers its message with style, energy and refinement.  Some tracks with a moral focus can come across gimmicky and insincere. Not this one. It works. Blue Helix have delivered a track that has the potential to rival Shinedown’s unimaginatively titled 2012 anti-bullying smash, Bully. The reason Anti-social Butterfly works is simple. It’s not hollow. It’s based on lead singer Sami Chofhi’s very personal experiences as a victim of bullying. Who’s laughing now Sami?!


Blue Helix formed in 2008 and are based in Seattle but also have roots in South America. Drummer Marco is pure-bred Brazilian and Sami is half Brazilian, half American. The Seattle sound subtly resonates in the music the make, as do aspects of some of their major influences, such as Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. They’re polished but have an unmistakeable raw edge and originality that makes them stand out from the crowd.

Anti-social Butterfly is the perfect intro to a thumping grungy rock band that has huge worldwide potential. The track is vibrant and energetic from the outset, with tight percussion, fierce guitar licks and Sami’s standout vocals. Fans of their last hit, the melodic rock ballad Aliens, will be impressed by this upbeat offering that showcases their diversity.

Music video lovers will fall instantly in love with Blue Helix. This band understands the importance of providing a visual spectacular to accompany their music and the results are memorable. Aliens won a number of music video awards and was lauded for its lush camera work and spectacular CGI panoramas that fit the track perfectly. Anti-social Butterfly abandons the fantasy vistas, opting for gritty realism that complements the lyrics to a tee. It’s fantastic to see an up-coming group delivering the full package and it seems inevitable that more awards are on the horizon.

So hats off to Blue Helix, kicking sand back in the face of bullies, thugs and haters right across the world. What better way to get your message across than through a truly storming piece of rock music.


Track Blue Helix by subscribing to the Urban Antenna blog and checking them out on social media:

Website http://bluehelixmusic.com

EPK http://artistecard.com/bluehelix

Spotify https://play.spotify.com/artist/4Y6skLOx7JZILeOgcDdTyW

Deezer https://www.deezer.com/us/artist/393508

Pandora http://www.pandora.com/blue-helix

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tale-of-two-halves/id921512905

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BlueHelixMusic/

Twitter https://twitter.com/bluehelixmusic

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/BlueHelixTV

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bluehelixmusic/

Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music

Reverbnation http://www.reverbnation.com/bluehelix

BandCamp https://bluehelixmusic.bandcamp.com/

Under the Radar: Lissy Taylor

Countless young British musicians dream of making it in the USA. For most it’s a fantasy hindered by a fear of the unknown. Fortunately, for every thousand dreamers there’s one artist with the talent, drive and creativity to make their mark across the pond. Lissy Taylor is that one…and she’s making a big impression on both sides of the Atlantic.



Armed with an instantly recognisable voice and a gift for writing music and lyrics that hit home from the first bar, it’s hard to believe Lissy Taylor is only seventeen. Her talent belies her years and leaves us wondering just how far she can go. She’s classic yet contemporary. Take a pinch of Joan Baez, a splash of Bobbie Gentry and season with equal measures of Lana Del Ray and Norah Jones. Now you’re beginning to understand what Lissy’s all about.


Lissy’s ambition is clear. How many seventeen year olds can you name who have the talent, confidence and motivation to pack up there acoustic guitar and head out to take on the biggest musical stage in the world? Not many we bet. And she’s already finding success. Since landing in Lexington, KY, her unmistakable style and charming live performances have garnered plenty of attention. She’s already performed at a number of festivals, live shows and was one of the winning acts at the Eastern Kentucky Battle of the Bands, wooing the judges with a dazzling rendition of She, a fiery, self-penned track that oozes maturity. Back in Blighty, Lissy has also featured on the legendary BBC Introducing – an accolade in itself.

Reminds Me of You was Lissy’s debut EP, released in January 2017 at the age of sixteen. Recorded and produced at Broken Crow Studios, Lexington, she stuck to form and committed 100%, enlisting a selection of top-class session musicians to support her. It was a brave move and it paid off big time. The result is a high-quality snapshot of her talent as an emerging singer songwriter. The EP is polished and purposeful, delivering a captivating blend of chilled Americana, acoustic balladry and edgy country-rock. The emotionally charged Home was written when Lissy was just fourteen. We urge insecure and disillusioned musicians to avoid listening to this track at all costs – Lissy’s talent may well be the final nail in the coffin for your music career.

Lissy’s latest venture shows she’s not content to sit on her laurels and blend in with the crowd. Her new track, I Will Wait, sees her team up with another young artist, James Bell, to deliver something entirely different. It’s a pop song that will attract a different audience to Reminds Me of You, but there’s no denying the chemistry between these two.  I Will Wait has received some impressive feedback across social media and it looks like whatever Lissy Taylor touches is set to turn to gold.

Like what you hear? Get in touch with Lissy Taylor via Urban Antenna, or check out her website:


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