Another installation of New Music Friday for you today. We know the weather hasn't been great recently (at least not in London), but we're hoping the vibes of today's featured band Xova will get you in the mood for the weekend and maybe even bring out the sun!
X.O.V.A. are multi-racial band, fusing their rock-reggae base with the breadth of the modern world – ska, pop, dubstep, blues, Motown and folk, infused with protest and pain, but also hope.
The band have had headline and festival dates including some prestigious support slots with legendary bands like The Skatellites, and a home town Birmingham Town Hall Xmas gig with ’The Beat’ who they are now working on a collaboration track for release in 2013
2013 see’s them heading off to the USA, as NBC TV New York, flew in to film them in December 2012 to feature them on the Jimmy Lloyd Singer Songrwiters showcase, which started airing April 27th 2013 on NBC and most USA networks. They had UK support slots with The Spin Doctors, and The Selector, and also confirmed their own dates in between. They won a place at the massive ’ISLE of WIGHT Festival’ 2013 as one of the best of 2700 unsigned bands in the UK who entered.
They have also just completed filming a movie based on the infamous NO11 Bus route and the many musical influences that have inspired the band along the route. The film features cameos from the likes of UB40, THE BEAT, WONDERSTUFF, FUZZBOX, MUSICAL YOUTH and many more, this will be released early in 2013 and accompanied by 11 webisodes on the bands website.
The latest release THE SOHO RD SESSIONS, came out on Itunes Late 2012 and has the lead track of “9 LIVES” which is accompanied by a quality video directed by Alex Kyrou [Tim Burton asst], this has helped get the band NATIONAL UK RADIO airplay on BBC 2 [Alex Lester] and BBC6 [Tom Robinson] where Tom commented ’This Is one of the tightest bands I have heard in a very Long time’
Regional Radio’s such as BBC WM INTRODUCING announced them as ’BEING ON THE CUSP OF BREAKING THRU’ in 2013… Q RADIO, SCRATCH Radio, and many others now coming on board to support, including some great press from the likes of ”ECHOES MUSIC MAGAZINE” (The U.Ks Essential Black music monthly) who rave about the band.
Debut album “Synchronise Your Leader’s” is due to released in the Spring/ Summer 2013
What we think?
Xova have a great live sound; listening to their track ‘9 Lives’ it’s almost impossible not imagine hearing it at a gig. Whether it is the great production of the track or just the perfect combination of live instrument, particularly this digital music era, ‘9 Lives’ screams real music.
The intro launches the listener into myriad of musical surprises, first being their fabulous old school horn section. Decorating the ska rhythms throughout with powerfully funky riffs and licks, brass takes centre stage with gusto – a musical choice we greatly approve of. Not since the days of funk have we been treated to such rhythm!
Another comes in the form of the crisp but soulful vocals that serenade the listener, bringing in an R&B vibe. This along with the band being in perfect sync bring a fresh sound to the well established reggae genre. Fusion has well and truly been achieved in Xova’s careful but playful mix of genres, influences and vibes.
Our conclusion? Xova is a musical melting pot not to be ignored. With their fresh take on old sounds, they are just what the UK music industry need to revamp the humdrum and groove in to the summer, if summer ever comes…In the meantime, why not check out Xova live at one of their upcoming performances? See below for a taste of what you will experience…
See Musical-Events to find out when Xova will be gracing a stage near you...