On Thursday May 10th, the digital version of Saudia Young’s Noir Rhythm & Blues debut LP ‘Unlovable’, Singapore Records, was released. The Vinyl release is set for July 15th, 2018. The Vinyl is available for purchase in pre-sale via the Berlin based band’s Bandcamp store.
Recorded live at Lightning Recorders in Berlin with 10 musicians, Young recorded a lovingly curated group of songs, with Rhythm & Blues classics and originals.
The album is a moody tribute to the Black American blues men and women storytellers and the art of storytelling itself. The album rocks and rolls the listener to the to the siren of the blues. The original songs co-written with various artists include the title song ‘Unlovable’ -written with guitarist Thilo Hornschild. A 50s influenced ballad with Hornschild’s confidently sexy swing, lulling the listener all the way through in accompaniment of the ‘rough’n tender’ hearted voice of Young. Violence, is a bouncy very dark kabarett ditty, Blind (both co-written with guitarist Tex Morton) showing a dark despair with a twisted silver lining of Morton’s energetic guitar bouncy licks. Chicks go Crazy is a straight up Rockabilly standard co-written with Contra Bassist Puck Lensing, and Let’s Pretend a lovely jazz standard co-written with guitarist Florian von Frieling. Covers on the album of ten songs include Iggy Pop’s ‘No Fun’ and Muddy Water’s- ‘Got My Mojo Working’. Like the live shows the interweave of Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly, Kabarett, Punk, Swing and Pop is what makes this Noir Rhythm and Blues sound work, and Saudia Young a dark, smokey smart and funny, voice/ performer to be reckoned with.
The ‘Unlovable’ vinyl will be release on July15th and the tour begins in July with the Rust & Dust Festival and a record release show at Wild at Heart Berlin.
‘Unlovable’ available: Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp,
Photo.Andreas Hubertus Ilse
Break-ups are hard to do, and so are pre-sale funding campaigns! OUCH! As you know, a fair amount of musicians today are in the hell-fire of DIY music making and promoting. I have been knee-deep in this world for over ten years now. Well, actually if you count my earliest forays in show biz with puppet-shows; ‘radio-shows’, selling self made jewelry on the street at 8, theater projects, video projects, etc. it has been much longer.
Up until now I’ve crowd funded all of my music releases. Last year was my first Vinyl 7″ with Saudia Young Noir Rockabilly Blues. I raised funds to produce 500 pieces, via Indiegogo. I sold 200 on tour, via my Bandcamp store and a Berlin stores Dodo Beach, OYE and Ecole. I as well gave away around 100 to industry folks. The record was received very well considering I barely promoted it. It is on two Spotify playlists and several other online DJ playlists as well. I plan on a re-release of the 7″ because when people hear it they love it. So, hello!? This is the problem. I – like many of my friends, will complete crazy tasks of creation but then drop the ball in taking the next step. The key to this whole ‘do it your self’ thing is just that. Doing it yourself, which includes self pep talks, self promotion and most of all consistency. It is a lot of work. Really a lot.
I recently funded the recording of my debut LP vinyl record , entitled ‘Unlovable’ via Indiegogo. Over €2000 and a few challenging months later- I have the tracks,the art work , and the crazy idea to self fund the pressing costs (another €2000 plus ) with a pre-sale via Indiegogo once again. I love Indiegogo because it has flex funding, allowing you to keep the cash you raise, even if you do not hit the financial goal. Some folks prefer the white knuckle challenge of all or nothing, platforms like Kick-starter. Honestly these folks have raised a hell of a lot more money than I have. Playing it safe it not always so safe!
So, here I am again with a goal of €1000 Euros which is less than half of what I really need, having sold 5 of 100 records… with less than 18 days left. I definitely jumped in before preparing and looking with this one. The good news is all of the years of doing shows, promotion, and relationship building has started to provide something that is the life blood for bands, gigs! So, record sales are low and shows are up! Ah, the ups and downs of show biz and love. As Bette Davis kind of said – “self funding is not for sissies!”
Hey Y’all! We are about to go into the studio to record our first full album. The players are Thilo Hornschild-guitar, Moe Jaksch-contra bass and Carsten Liedtke-drums. We are set to record at Lightning Recorders with a release date mid March 2018. If you would like to participate please go to our Indiegogo Funding page and grab a perk.
Love & Noir Rockabilly Blues is in the air!
Extra Extra read All About it! There is a new arrival into the Muttis Booking family roster: SaudiaYoung. Rocking it Noir Rockabilly Blues style, NYC born & Berlin based actress/singer with powerful soul drenched vocals, is ‘bringing sexy back’ to R&B & Rockabilly with her ‘Noir Rockabilly Blues’project and with the help of Muttis Booking, ‘taking it on the road’. Noir Rockbilly Blues is a combination of Rhythm & Blues and Rockabilly, adding a dash of Dark Kabarett. Saudia Young`s sultry voice, humorous charismatic stage presence, along with the musician’s constant striving for excellence, make this an act not to be missed.
Saudia Young an experienced working actress/singer from New York City is living and working in Berlin since 2008. ‘The Band’ is a rotating array of local Rockbilly , R&B and Jazz hotshots including :
Lars Vegas-guitar, Klaas Wendling-contra bass & Richard Grant-drums (The Love Gloves), Alistair Christl-guitar, Lesly Ann Chritsl -drums & Puck Lensing-contra bass (AC & the Shakes, the Offenders), Florian von Frieling-guitar & Malte Tonißen-contra bass (Kind of Dukish)
Influences and comparisons include: Sugar Pie Desanto, Big Mamma Thornton &Elvis Presley…
‘If Big Mamma Thornton, Lenny Bruce, Imelda May had a baby it would be Saudia’
-Ruth Sergel-author-See You In The Streets
“The greatest female growler in Germany”
-Dj Christopher Rose-Berlin
“She is the Black Marlene Dietrich”
“She is an amazing talent. A comedic actress with a killer voice. The stage show is ferocious”
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