Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Three Chords & A Geeky Reference

Hey nerds!

I'm back. So much has been going on and I feel like I've really disconnected from my community lately.

I've been working on and off on Three Chords for a little while. It's been scrapped and redone and scrapped and rewritten more times then I can count. I felt like giving up and then I'd try something new and bam! I couldn't stop. It ended up with a set list completely different to what I had imagined for it. I had a list of franchises I wanted to do. So many songs got recorded and didn't make the cut. I wrote three new songs for it about two weeks ago and they ended up changing the whole feel and flow. It's been a great time.

It's also been a lousy time. With a lot of stuff happening in my life, I feel like anxiety, stress and low self-esteem robbed me of a lot of pride and enthusiasm for this project at times. Lacking confidence kills creativity so easily. And now I feel like a fraud for wanting to post links and get people checking it out.

I really hope that this connects for people. It became so much more personal and so much of what is written is me trying to better myself. There was discovery to be had. Of what I want to do with music. I think I finally found myself with this. I found joy and peace. And one day that'll chase the last of the worries away. I made this pay-what-you-want. Just grab it.

So, without further rambling, I present to you Three Chords & A Geeky Reference

11 songs. PWYW. Now on bandcamp.





-tfs x


Sunday, 6 November 2016

New music

It's been a while but then bam! New music. Been taking my time to work on some projects and I'm really happy to present a couple of them to you.

On Halloween I released We're The Ghostbusters!. It was inspired by the rebooted movie. I'm a huge fan of the film and I thought it deserved it's own song, not the lame recycled FOB song that it got.


I've been working hard on the new EP. A collection of songs inspired by couple that I ship so hard.

You Make Me Feel and Goodbye are songs that were originally written for A Curiosity, Darling, the Warehouse 13 band I used to be part of. YMMF was never released and I've been re-recording it over the years but it never felt right until this moment. Goodbye has been remixed and re-recorded.

Endurance is inspired by Lara Croft and Sam Nishimura. Lara fought so damn hard to get Sam off of Yamatai in one piece and I love them so much. It's written from Lara's perspective.

Someone is a little different. It's a song about trying to find love. It was inspired by a Pikachu meme. You know, the one where he's holding onto a bottle of ketchup with such love and tenderness? I love that meme and I really wanted to write a Pokemon song. It rounds out a fun EP.

I loved working on this and it really filled me with a lot of happiness. It's led to some good plans for the next project and I hope to keep the new music coming for you!


Thank you to everyone who grabbed downloads of both these new releases!

And as an added bonus....

For Halloween I dressed as Lara Croft and I recorded some live versions of this new Tomb Raider song and Survivor from the I Didn't Know What To Name This EP.





I really hope you enjoy the new stuff and thank you so much for your support.

Party on dudes!

- tfs x


Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Hero of Hyrule EP

I released The Hero of Hyrule EP a little while back but I never wrote about it. Better late than never.
This was a 3-track release. Typically, I release 4 songs a time but I was having a really shitty time at a new job that I quickly left and I just couldn't get the fourth song in the set right. I was so happy with the other three that I just left it off.

The Hero of Hyrule celebrates Link and his ongoing quest to save Hyrule in (almost) every Legend of Zelda game. LoZ is my favourite game series and I'm so thrilled I finally got to do a song entirely dedicated to it. The Forgotten Fairy was definitely inspired by it too.

Not The Wookie For Me is an apology song. It's a post-breakup song, when you can admit where things went wrong. My ex-boyfriend is one of my very best friends and I think he'd laugh his head off listening to this song.

Ghost of You was written for A Curiosity, Darling, the Warehouse 13 band I used to be in. It takes place mid-season four when Artie is trying to come to terms with Leena's death. It really hit me when I heard it and so I decided to polish it up and put it on this record.

So there you go. Hope you enjoy(ed) the release!



Oh, and as a bonus. I then released a new single. Who Am I? is written from Rey's perspective at the start of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. I wrote it amidst a whole lot of work problems and it really helped me get some stuff out. Hope you like!




Be excellent to each other
- tfs x

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

New covers!

Hey, hey, hey!

I know it's been a while since I updated. I used to be on top of this...

Let's see. New EP. New single. They came out a couple of months back and then I've been writing some new singles and taking it a little slow. I really want to get these tracks write as I'm being a bit more ambitious with them.

I also did a couple of new covers.

I'm a little obsessed with Meri Amber's Retro Sherbet. Not gonna lie. I've been pretty much listening to it on repeat lately. She's really clever with her songwriting. I love the way she Pokemon, Tamagotchi and Dragonball Z into witty, catchy pop songs about love and life. But the song that I love the most is Xena. Now, if you know me you know that I'm a huge Xena: Warrior Princess fan and that song will easily be the one that I'd love the most. And it is. I knew I had to pay tribute to Meri and to Xena herself. I did a rocked up version that I hope everyone enjoys. Thank you to Meri Amber for your kind words and for sharing this with your fans. You're fantastic!




If you're following me on Twitter then you'll know I've been hyping The PDX Broadsides for the last week. Their new album is fantastic and I got the chance to chat with them at length about it. They are wonderful human beings and I'm a huge fan. I wanted to show my love for them by throwing it back to their first album with a cover of my favourite song, The Zombie Song. It's a clever song with witty lyrics and an amazing vocal performance. I can't get my voice to do anything as amazing as Jessica's or Hollyanna's but here's my tribute to one of my favourite bands.



Hope you enjoyed. Will be back soon with more updates and a bunch of new blogposts. Curse you Pokemon GO for eating up all my time :P

'til later. Party on dudes!

- tfs x

Friday, 29 July 2016

GRAB DIGITAL CHAMPIONS: MORS AETERNA NOW

Alpha Riff is back and better than ever!

Digital Champions: Mors Aeterna picks up some months after the events of Migdal Bavel and see us catching up with Alpha and MZ as they return to IP and the next chapter of their journey begins.

See the return of characters and the introduction of new ones, this album is bigger than anything that's come before it.

Featuring the talents of the mighty Tekforce, Starby, Twill Distilled, Ish1da, Mega Ran, Professor Shyguy, Starf, 2 Mello, Midi Boss, Aramis, 1up, King Pheenix, Ekaj, Kudos The Kid, Jollimus, Ambush Vin, Hanna Barbaric, Kordlyss, Stalara, Lo Tech, Yugen, Zilla Persona, 2 Ton 21, Matt Mead, Geoff Canon, Rachel Fishel and TheFifthSister (that name seems familiar!)


With production from DJ RoboRob, K-Murdock, Klopfenpop, Bill Beats, Scotty Beatmaster Wu, Pajama Sam, Stone Stan, Zilla Persona, Alpha Riff, Bernie Griess and Missingno. I mean, DAMN, look at all that talent!! Where else do you find all those names?


This album is crammed full of amazing songs. It's a huge production that I've been privileged enough to be involved with over the last year. The scope of the story is incredible, with so many new twists and turns. Alpha's really upped the game with this. The writing is the best we've seen so far, the production and music is the best on any Alpha Riff album yet. You can physically hear the blood, sweat and tears that went into this record, you can hear every ounce of heart, joy, inspiration and determination in every word, beat and it all comes together to provide a fantastic experience.

That's the wonderful thing about an Alpha Riff record. You don't just get a song, you get a whole world. You get to experience something magical

I was so honoured to be asked to be involved with this and I can't believe how wonderful the whole thing turned out. I love ya Alpha. Thank you for some really great memories.

Please grab this record. And Migdal Bavel. They are some of the greatest concept albums you'll ever hear.

- tfs x


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Update! TFS MIA!

It's been so long and I've missed this.

I started a new job and I've been missing music so much. I feel a little lost but since coming back to working on the EP's I had in progress and writing new songs I'm starting to figure things out.

On with business...

I've got 3 EP's in the works, one of which is almost completed!

And I put out a new song, inspired by Star War's Rey! (and a little of how I've felt lately)



Things are busy over at Nerdy.fm too. We've got some great things coming up for everyone. So be sure to head over to our Facebook page to see what peeks your interest.

I'll get the reviews back up and running again soon as well. I apologise to anyone who has contacted me lately! I will get back to you.

As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You nerds rock!

LLAP

- TFS x

Monday, 7 March 2016

Review: Pulled From Panels 'VS.'





Every once in a while you discover a band that takes your breath away.
One band that was love at first listen for me was nerd rock band Pulled From Panels.