[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Bantug Raises the Temp in “Our Apartment” | New EP Coming This Spring

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With everything going on in the world, our city, and our professional lives, we often turn to our home as a sanctuary. We consider the right furniture, plants, entertainment devices, and decor. But what really makes home, home, isn’t what is in our living space. It’s who.

Nashville artist Bantug hones in on this with new single “Our Apartment.” Woozy synths compliment snappy beats, mirroring a heady love-swoon followed by bursts of passion. Bantug says, “At first it can strike you as a more sensual song, so I try to bring it into a sweeter side in the chorus. The lyrics definitely allude to a more stereotypical kind of intimacy within a relationship, so evening it out in the chorus helped it to be not so one-dimensional.” It’s a stellar example of how effortlessly she adds a subtle touch when melding indie rock, R&B, and pop sounds.

“Our Apartment” is the lead single off of upcoming EP Red. While previous EP Blue was recorded at various times and locations, most of Red’s instruments were fittingly tracked in Bantug’s bedroom. She teamed up with Grayson Proctor of Biyo  to produce the latest collection of songs. As a result, the subjects, locations, processes, and collaborations are all personal extensions of Bantug’s world. It’s like when a movie detective puts together a crime conspiracy map with red string, but the result here is far from nefarious. Red is set to be a personal examination of intimacy, paranoia, loneliness and frustration.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Bantug learned drums, guitar and bass before she was even a teenager. As a young adult, she made the move to Nashville where she found her creative community. Alongside Proctor, Bantug’s artistic circle is made up of people like photographer Kelsey Cherry, designer Jordan Short, photographer Wrenne Evans, Andy Moffett and blog favs Liza Anne, Jake McMullen and Caleb Groh. “Everyone is always so encouraging and inspiring, and makes me want to be better at my craft everyday,” Bantug says. “It’s nice to be in a place where my artistry isn’t ‘weird’ and mocked. It’s embraced and understood.”

Red is set for a spring 2018 release. For now, listen to “Our Apartment” below.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Allen Stone, Lissie, Billie Eilish, HalfNoise, Diamond Carter, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist.

Local music additions

“Hallelujah” by Gabi DiPace
“Desperate” by REMMI – Playing The Basement on June 27
“Bones” by Meth Dad
“Not Alone” by Shmuck The Loyal
“She Said” by HalfNoise – Playing Exit/In on May 13
“Let It Go” by Lonely Benson
“Missing Me (Remix)” by 615 Exclusive
“enemies?” by nobigdyl. – Playing Basement East on June 18
“Glow” by WHATUPRG
“Myself Together” by Tuxedo Wildlife
“Get To You” by Brandy Zdan – Playing Douglas Corner Cafe on May 11
“I Believe in Too (things)” by Diamond Carter
“Electric Boogie” by Microwave Mountain – Playing The High Watt on May 19

Touring artist additions

“Brown Eyed Lover” by Allen Stone – Playing Cannery Ballroom on November 8
“Best Days” by Lissie – Playing Bonnaroo on June 7
“bitches broken hearts” by Billie Eilish – Playing Bonnaroo on June 9
“Pa’lante” by Hurray for the Riff Raff – Playing Basement East on April 26

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REMMI Slangs Ice Cream & Hot Commentary in Video for “Minimum Wage”

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When Nashville alt/pop artist REMMI dropped her single for “Minimum Wage,” we said the track embodied “a hustler’s optimism to grind it out and the sobering reality of what low wage workers are really up against.” She brings the track’s message to life with a gorgeously saturated video that contrasts the bleak reality of busting ass to bring in $56 a day. Directed by Justin Clough, the “Minimum Wage” video follows REMMI slanging ice cream, putting up with obnoxious customers and dealing with an uptight manager while occasionally dipping into a neon drenched and dancey dream world.

Drawing from her past experience as a McDonald’s employee, REMMI tells Refinery 29, “I have my Bachelor’s degree, so I always knew, if I wanted to have a backup plan, I could go do that. But a lot of people that I worked with came from lower-income families. Like, they didn’t have any of those options. The line, ‘That’s some bleak shit.’ I feel like bleak shit is just something I kept thinking about writing this song, because it’s like so many people have to work these jobs because they literally don’t have any other options, but you’re not getting paid enough to fucking live.” REMMI transitioned from a fast food job to a bartending gig before signing to Big Loud Records and making the leap into creating music full time.

Watch the video for “Minimum Wage” by REMMI below.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Speedy Ortiz, Now, Now, Franz Ferdinand, Fleet Foxes, Trent Dabbs, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist.

Local music additions

“My Love (The Storm” by Amanda Shires
“Jokes On You” by Love You Later – Playing Rocketown on April 13
“Sad Girls” by Milkk – Playing The High Watt on April 12
“Come Home Safe” by Trent Dabbs
“Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Michaela Anne – Playing The Basement on April 12
“Same Old Eyes” by Savannah Conley – Playing The High Watt on April 27
“Looking for Love (Acoustic)” by Birdtalker
“Over You” by Robbie Hecht, Caroline Spence – Playing The Basement on June 24
“Extra!” by Daisha McBride
“Grapevine” by Reaux Marquez
“Sauce” by Malcolm Voltaire
“Round the Corner feat. Tim Gent” by Case Arnold

Touring artist additions

“Lean In When I Suffer” by Speedy Ortiz – Playing The High Watt on May 10
“Different Now” by Chastity Belt – Playing The High Watt on April 17
“AZ” by Now, Now – Playing Exit/In on July 18
“Always Ascending” by Franz Ferdinand – Playing Cannery Ballroom on August 14
“If You Need To, Keep Time On Me” by Fleet Foxes – Playing Ryman Auditorium on May 21 & 22
“Church” by Alison Wonderland – Playing Bonnaroo on June 10

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Wilder Rock the Van in Video for “California”

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There’s a rootsy strain running through many alt rock bands at the moment. From Elliot Root to Judah & The Lion, Nashville seems to be a launching pad for artists who have a penchant for crafting signature sounds by blending elements of folk, rock, and Americana. Four piece Nashville outfit Wilder are poised to ride that wave with big guitar melodies, rugged vocals, and youthful energy. Formed when Charlie Greene, Ben Booth, Taylor Dubray, and Chase Wofford met at Belmont, the band are a buzzworthy act on the rise, and we’re excited to premiere their latest video for single “California.” Shot in a van during a drive through California while supporting Kaleo, Wilder put us in the center of a close quarters performance featuring some gnarly air drumming, cushion guitars, and other antics.

In 2017, Wilder began to see early success with single “Same Way.” The band worked with producer Jaquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Kaleo, James Bay) to release followup track “California.” Despite being a relatively young band, Wilder have already toured the country supporting Kaleo, Judah & the Lion and NEEDTOBREATHE in addition to landing gigs at festivals like the sold out Moon River.

Wilder are set for a busy 2018 with new music and shows on the horizon. Watch the video for “California” below.

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