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Monday, 26 June 2017

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Bill Cummings heads up the print and online division of Sound And Vision PR, promoting the latest key releases to the local, British and international media using innovative distribution and promotional techniques that encompass digital, social media and physical promos. He has over eight years experience in promotion and plugging from small esoteric DIY bands like Ten City Nation and Letters to local independent label artists such as John MOuse, Quiet Marauder, and more established independent artists such as R.Seiliog, the Keys and Cotton Wolf. As well as some of the most exciting UK acts of the last few years including The Orielles, Ani Glass, Coquin Migale and Castles. He has also handled print and digital promotion of festivals, he has gained column inches in the likes of the Guardian, Wales Online, NME, Drowned in Sound, The Line Of Best Fit and many other platforms and airplay on Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Adam Walton on Radio Wales. He has a strong background in journalism working as editor on God Is In The TV Zine, with a media degree and a strong appreciation of music journalism and the connections to open doors to those that matter in the music industry. A keen ear for new sounds and a knowledge of how to write impactful press releases that can be distributed and catch the attention of media up and down the land.

About Us

SOUND & VISION is a brand new concept in music marketing In full consultation with the musical artist and labels, we offer a range of value for money campaigns to fit the requirements of artists and labels. SOUND & VISION has a thorough and rounded understanding of what it takes to promote music with the love and attention that we believe it deserves.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

CASE STUDY: LETTERS

Edinburgh's five piece Letters caused quite a stir at the start of 2011 when their dark cello pop, urgent melancholic vocals and ambitious rock instrumentation, saw their first double sided free single 'Grand National / Pipe Dreams' cause a buzz across the UK's media and blogosphere. Scotsman Radar, The Pop Cop, Jim Gellatly, CMU Daily and Ally McCrae’s Radio1 Session in Scotland were among the many voices declaring Letters as the band to watch.
PRESS FOR GRAND NATIONAL/PIPE DREAMS SINGLE RELEASE

"The hottest new band in Scotland right now." The Pop Cop

"It's rare that such a new band sounds so close to the finished article...fans of acts such as Jimmy Eat World will find much to admire in the pedal-to-the-metal chorus, but there's still plenty of musical meat on the bones.” Scotsman Radar

“An enthralling mix of Frightened Rabbit and Idlewild.” Faded Glamour

"Their tendency to leap on the distortion pedal as songs draw to an end, and my weakness for vocals sung in a Scottish accent, it makes for a winning formula...They could have a very bright future indeed." CMU

Letters are a million musical miles away from most other Edinburgh acts. While the two tracks they’ve made available on their site so far demonstrate a knack for a nice harmony, the music is very much plugged in, with the riff that drives 'Grand National' towards its coda falling into the ‘bruising’ category. And all the while that large, cumbersome stringed instrument is clearly audible.

http://radar.scotsman.com/viewpost.aspx?id=386



With elegance and class, with darkness and light entwined, Edinburgh’s Letters are warmly welcomed to The Whiteboard Project pages with their track ‘Pipe Dreams’ that is without doubt a worthy ‘Track Of The Day.’

http://thewhiteboardproject.tumblr.com/post/3106139742/track-of-the-day-letters

Edinburgh indie artists Letters, do just that twice, with their debut double a-sided single. Two stunning tracks which deliver freshness and originality and for a group that only formed the in the back end of 2010, it is scarily exciting what they could achieve in the future from this confident and accomplished start.

http://www.rockpulse.co.uk/reviews/453/letters-double-a-side-single-grand-national--pipe-dreams-22-1-2011/

As it starts, it reminds me a lot of Final Fantasy, with the gorgeous strings and the similar vocal style, before shifting up a few gears and taking a darker, rockier turn round

http://www.kowalskiy.co.uk/2011/01/k-with-letters.html

The band exhume an extremely striking brand of indie pop which has a resonating quality. The topic is often of woe, but the songs are uplifting, and the delivery absorbing.

The juxtaposition of prominent cello and processed drums, and the tendency to give songs that big push at the end earmarks this as something special.


http://favouriteson.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/letters-the-grand-nationalpipe-dreams/

Letters have their own sound but there is more than a hint of Ra Ra Riot within this offering, especially on 'Grand National'. They have created a similar haunting sound with emotional sounding tunes. Maybe a lot of this comes from Georgie Williamson's cello which creates a similar feel to the one that Alexandra Lawn gives to Ra Ra Riot. Both tunes are quite simply amazing.

http://www.roomthirteen.com/cd_reviews/11648/Letters__The_Grand_NationalPipe_Dreams.html

Refined pop with a warm classical glow. A significant band just might be emerging here, confidently coming up for air…

http://www.organart.demon.co.uk/organthing076.html

Other links:
http://suckinglemons.co.uk/2011/03/03/letters/

http://www.shout4music.com/single-reviews/letters-%E2%80%98pipe-dreams-grand-national%E2%80%99/

http://www.highvoltage.org.uk/article.php?type=4&id=1232

http://loudhorizon.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/letters-grand-national-pipe-dreams/

http://www.neverenoughnotes.co.uk/wordpress/2011/02/letters-new-double-sided-single-grand-nationalpipe-dreams-free-download/

http://17seconds.co.uk/blog/2011/02/22/presentingletters/

http://reviewgraveyard.com/00_revs/r2011/music/11-02-16_letters-pipedreams.html

http://breakingmorewaves.blogspot.com/2011/03/letters-new-waves.html

http://www.mudkiss.com/andysfebsinglereviews.htm

http://www.thebluewalrus.com/2011/02/21/bands-to-watch-letters/


The release of their follow up single 'Flash!Lights' saw them gain more attention with siginificant radio play on Introducing in scotland, with Jim Gellantly, plus festival appearances at Wickerman and Rockness. Flash!Lights showed a pleasing progression, and allowed Letters to make it into some bigger publications and playlists.


PRESS FOR 'FLASH!LIGHTS' SINGLE RELEASE:

“Taking the booming yet emotional presence of Frightened Rabbit, Letters new single manages to incorporate a throbbingly haunting cello arrangement into soaring guitars that reach Biffy levels of power.” Artrocker

http://www.artrocker.tv/singles/article/singles-for-the-week-starting-4-july

"Dramatised cello, layered guitars and quivering drums all building to a closing minute of sheer pop-mayhem."

http://www.trisickle.co.uk/2011/06/14/preview-letters-flash-light/

Scottish five piece Letters should be loved by plenty though.There's elements of Frightened Rabbit and Idlewild in the band - and the latter influence is particularly prominent as the song progresses.

http://www.fadedglamour.co.uk/2011/11/download-letters-flash-lights-new-track.html

The track builds almost imperceptibly for the first three quarters of its duration before erupting into a full-on orchestrated soundrack of a climax.

http://loudhorizon.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/letters-flash-lights/

Letters have developed their sound into a more complete affair with crisper riffs and the verve and swagger of a band at the top of their game, even at this early stage. The song echoes a post apocalyptic fear and worry, evoking the emptiness we feel when faced with a dilemma, where there is no right answer. Then, as if to compensate you for putting you in this state of fear, Letters knock your head off with a phenomenal close to the track. This climax is met with a gargantuan drum beat and a healthy dose of what I call 'epic noise' (definitely a good thing). If the hairs on the back of your neck don't stand to attention for this, then you probably aren't alive.

http://grierson9.blogspot.com/2011/06/review-letters-flash-lights.html

Edinburgh’s Letters have been busy, releasing early-Idlewild-esque single ‘Flash! Lights!’ (White label ●●●) only months after beginning gigging.

http://www.list.co.uk/article/36031-single-of-the-week-joan-as-police-woman-chemmie/

Flash! Lights is glorious, it is powerful and disturbing, and Letters are the future of dark, indie pop.

http://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/letters-%E2%80%93-flash-lights/

Letters are probably the best new band I've heard from anywhere this year: listen to 'Flash Lights', and should you remain unmoved by their melodramatic eloquence I then fear you lack a soul.

http://www.tastyfanzine.org.uk/singles112jul11.htm#WeWriteLetters

Other mentions:
http://thedailydose1.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/letters/

http://www.thecmuwebsite.com/article/letters-announce-second-single/

http://dauphinmag.com/tag/flashlights/

http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/live_reviews/102701-wickerman_2011

http://www.aaamusic.co.uk/2011/07/03/letters-release-new-single-flashlights-as-a-free-download-on-the-4th-of-july/

http://kowalskiy.bandcamp.com/track/flash-lights-demo

http://www.reviewgraveyard.com/00_revs/r2011/music/11-07-04_letters-flashlights.html

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

CASE STUDY: We're No Heroes

Cardiff disco-math-pop act We’re No Heroes released their new EP ‘Quiet Colours’ in the summer of 2011 with a Launch in Cardiff.

We handled the PR campaign for the EP on a non existant budget and achieved some great results. It was picked up by 6 music, BBC Radio Wales, The White Room Project and Topshop radio who today have playlisted lead track ‘Empty Beat’

Tom Robinson played: We're No Heroes - Atlantic Hearts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tomrobinson/2011/06/tracklisting-sunday-19062011.shtml
Bethan Elfyn played: We're No Heroes — Empty Beat.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0125pfq


June 15th sees the release of WNH’s second EP Quiet Colours, the title of which is said to reflect the personalities within the group; meek in everyday life, but a powerful force onstage (much like Clark Kent: perhaps they are heroes after all.) The band whittled the four song set down from eight potentials, determined to construct a strong, coherent record which retains the individuality of each of its component parts

http://themmp.tv/features/were-no-heroes/


The Quiet Colours EP manages to transmit the excitement of their always hugely energetic live shows to the recording studio.

It’s by far and away the best thing the fledgling group have released thus far and hints at greater landmarks yet to be attained.



Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/columnists/2011/06/24/a-sound-reaction-dave-owens-91466-28931920/#ixzz1dFRsJ5DG


http://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/we%E2%80%99re-no-heroes-%E2%80%93-quiet-colours-ep/It seems with the emergence of every new band with something just slightly different to their sound yet another sub-genre is created and labelled and then quickly filled by more bands in the same ilk. Math pop is one of the newer examples and Welsh band We’re No Heroes a fine example and exponent of a style that is when simplified a lighter more accessible form of math rock.

We're No Heroes actively embrace the math pop tag and there is more than an obvious nod to the likes of Foals and the mathier parts of Two Door Cinema Club.http://www.roomthirteen.com/cd_reviews/12049/Were_No_Heroes__Quiet_Colours_EP.html. Since starting out the band has progressed far, moving to the bright lights of Cardiff and establishing themselves within the local scene, aswell as releasing their debut EP 'Crossing Over' for free on February 14th 2010 which has since been downloaded well over 1000 times.

http://indiestep.blogspot.com/2011/07/were-no-heroes-quiet-colours-ep.html

We’re No Heroes entered Ripefruit Recording Studio’s with producers Jordan Andrews in early 2011 to work on their follow up release, resulting in a new four track EP titled 'Quiet Colours' due to hit on on the 15th June it’s seemingly only a matter of time before the hype machine goes nationwide.

For Fans Of: Foals, This Town Needs Guns, New Young Pony Club, and Minus The Bear.

http://www.alterthepress.com/2011/06/alter-press-presents-were-no-heroes.html


math-pop from the Cardiff trio, the clean guitars and danceable rhythms calling to mind Foals’ first recordhttp://www.inforty.com/?p=7222

These boys are on the brink of something big. Get involved now and I guarantee they’ll be your new musical heroes before long.


http://thewhiteboardproject.tumblr.com/post/6563053951/ep-review-were-no-heroes

Rather than throw another bog-standard interview their way, we thought we would speak to the band and, in an attempt to find out a little more about their influences, ask them to tell us about their five musical heroes. See what we did there?

http://www.goldflakepaint.co.uk/?p=3924


Other links
http://www.beatreview.com/news/were-no-heroes-release-new-ep/
http://www.zoofs.com/v/7spL58j_a8s
http://www.glasswerk.co.uk/index.php?db=wales
http://fiskbook.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/post1/
http://www.thesprout.co.uk/en/news/review-were-uiet-colours/05695.html
http://www.subba-cultcha.com/album-reviews/article.php?contentID=25151
http://www.rhythm-and-booze.co.uk/?tag=were-no-heroes
http://nvronrpt.blogspot.com/2011/06/were-no-heroes-quiet-colours.html#!/2011/06/were-no-heroes-quiet-colours.html
http://www.cliconline.co.uk/en/events/were-no-heroessy-vvolves/03636.html
http://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/tag/quiet-colours/
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/showbiz/2011/01/21/review-the-new-objects-vanity-fair-we-re-no-heroes-undertone-cardiff-91466-28025773/
http://houndgalz.blogspot.com/2011/05/were-no-heroes-interview.html
http://www.aaamusic.co.uk/2011/07/11/were-no-heroes-new-ep-quiet-colours-gains-attention-of-bbc-wales-tom-robinson-and-topshop/

Thursday, 27 October 2011

CASE STUDY: The Whiskey Priest (Rainboot Label)




The Whiskey Priest released their majestic new album Wave and Cloud, through the Rainboot (label) on the 23rd of August 2010. The Whiskey Priest is Austin, Texas based songwriter Seth Woods. He's produced a heartbreaking album of alt-country power. We took over the campaign to help gain online and print press in the UK.

The Whiskey Priest
Wave and Cloud


CLICK TO LISTEN TO / DOWNLOAD THE
ALBUM
http://whiskeypriest.bandcamp.com/
(CDs are available from Amazon, Play.com, HMV etc)

COVERAGE:

"If 2008 belonged to Bon Iver, then The Whiskey Priest deserves 2010"
Black Plastic
http://www.blackplastic.co.uk/alternative-electronic-music-b/2010/8/23/album-review-wave-and-cloud-the-whiskey-priest.html

"No matter how bad things are, Wave and cloud reminds you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel."
Sloucher.org

"The best sermon you've heard all week"
The Deli Magazine

"If I could marry a CD, I seriously would consider marrying this one"
A Case Of Sonic Attack

"It is a brave musician that opens his debut album with a nine minute epic, but the soft, slow stormy heartbreak that is Seafarer’s Lament that sets the stage for The Whiskey Priest’s Wave and Cloud."
The Blue Walrus
http://www.thebluewalrus.com/2010/09/13/the-whiskey-priest-wave-and-cloud/

http://musosguide.com/the-whiskey-priest-wave-and-cloud/11518

the album is a solid collection of love songs, or seen in another light, real poetry.
http://www.music-news.com/showreview.asp?nReviewID=6280

Wave and Cloud is by no means a ground breaker, but for conjuring something with je ne sais quoi out of such familiar elements, it’s very much worth your while.

http://www.neverenoughnotes.co.uk/wordpress/2010/08/the-whiskey-priest-wave-and-cloud-23-8-10-rainboot/

I don’t think it’ll have the same word of mouth phenomenon as Mr Vernon’s opus, but for those who think Emma seems like forever ago, you could do worse than audition this release.
http://www.sicmagazine.net/articles/760/the-whiskey-priest-wave-and-cloud


http://www.zaptownmag.com/2010/12/the-whiskey-priest-wave-and-cloud-music-review

http://www.strangersinstereo.com/12907/the-whiskey-priest-%E2%80%93-wave-and-cloud/

...you should also check out the lo-fi beauty of The
Whiskey Priest live

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Letters new single 'Flash!Lights' released as a free download on the 4th of July! Stream





LETTERS RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'FLASH!LIGHTS' AS A FREE DOWNLOAD ON THE 4TH OF JULY.




LETTERS - Flash! Lights by Soundandvisionpr

Edinburgh's five piece Letters caused quite a stir earlier this year when their dark cello pop, urgent melancholic vocals and ambitious rock instrumentation, saw their first double sided free single 'Grand National / Pipe Dreams' cause a buzz across the UK's media and blogosphere. Scotsman Radar, The Pop Cop, Jim Gellatly, CMU Daily and Ally McCrae’s Radio1 Session in Scotland were among the many voices declaring Letters as the band to watch. The anticipation mounted for their next move, a series of low key gigs and select festival appearances at Wickerman and Rockness followed.

Now they reveal their darker side on new release 'Flash! Lights’. A slow burning anthem that sears itself into your brain though singer Michael Ferguson's emotive refrain; 'set this relic up on fire/its a past life its over’. Its throbbing cello lines, cascading fearsome drum patterns, layered guitar riffs, and grand strings building to crashing crescendos in its final epic minute. In the band's own words...

"Flash! Lights', to paraphrase one of the lyrics in the song, is about feeling dwarfed by the possibilities of time and the panic induced by fear of under achievement. It's about trying to let go of your past and your vices in order that you embrace the things that truly inspire you and ultimately drive you forward, all the while recognising the complete hopelessness that neither of these aforementioned things can exist without the other.

We wanted to write a song that put the fear of God in us, something that can be as scary as the subject matter and I think we've managed to achieve that."

"The hottest new band in Scotland right now." The Pop Cop

"It's rare that such a new band sounds so close to the finished article...fans of acts such as Jimmy Eat World will find much to admire in the pedal-to-the-metal chorus, but there's still plenty of musical meat on the bones.” Scotsman Radar

“An enthralling mix of Frightened Rabbit and Idlewild.” Faded Glamour

"Their tendency to leap on the distortion pedal as songs draw to an end, and my weakness for vocals sung in a Scottish accent, it makes for a winning formula...They could have a very bright future indeed." CMU

Letters will celebrate their new release with a gig at Henry's Cellar Bar on the 7th July. They will also be playing a few select gigs over the Summer including an acoustic show at 'Inspace' as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 24th June and the Solus Tent, Wickerman Festival on the 23rd July. Details of more gigs can be found at www.wewriteletters.co.uk/live

http://www.wewriteletters.co.uk



PR Bill Cummings soundandvisionpr@googlemail.com

We're No Heroes new EP 'Quiet Colours' out now!



Cardiff disco-math-pop act We're No Heroes released their new EP 'Quiet Colours' recently (June 15th) with a Launch in Cardiff.


Streams
http://soundcloud.com/soundandvisionpr/sets/were-no-heroes-quiet-colours

We're No Heroes - Quiet Colours EP by Soundandvisionpr


Trailer to share

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7spL58j_a8s&feature=player_embedded#at=23

Regards and enjoy the music



South Wales math-pop three piece We're No Heroes release their new EP 'Quiet Colours' on June 15th 2011, in association with At Your Own Risk Events.


Perfecting songs written over a six month period through live performances and rigorous jam sessions, WNHs hit Ripefruit Recordings studio in Cardiff with respected producer Jordan Andrews. The band set about condensing and refining their sound still further, whittling their initial eight demo tracks down to the four strongest songs in the set, piecing them together the finished results sounded more fluid, hanging together as a record, and the best thing the fledgling group have released thus far. 'Quiet Colours EP' features four tracks 'Atlantic Hearts', 'You're An Empty Beat', 'Tigers' & 'Latitude' and will be released digitally worldwide on the 15th of June, whilst simultaneously getting a limited physical release in the UK.

We're No Heroes note that 'each of their songs has its own personality and story, coming together to create one whole.' Some have pointed out that the title of their new EP 'Quiet Colours' is a reflection of the personality of each band member, their meek and geeky image offstage contrasted by their addictively tuneful, powerhouse live sound, each song reflecting a different aspect of the WNHs sonic assault on the senses.
The band formed transatlactically in the summer of 2009 when a practice in a downtown Chicago studio led the Welsh lads to lay down the basic concepts of the WNHs sound. It may have been the influence of the big city or big dreams but each member became ever more excited and focused upon creating something fun and original. The outcome, disco flecked math pop with insatiable four to the floor rhythms, precise guitar riffs and addictive vocal refrains that weave their way into your head and wont let go for days! On their return to the UK the band have progressed rapidly, moving to Cardiff and establishing themselves in the local scene, releasing their debut EP 'Crossing Over' in February 2010, attracting over 1500 online downloads.

Now, We're No Heroes release the follow up 'Quiet Colours' EP on the 15th of June.