Playlist: HITS magazine

To celebrate the release of our first print issues, here's a playlist featuring all artists involved.

HITS x Berlin

We hosted our very first live gig in Berlin - and this is what it looked like.

Cover The HITS

Our latest video series - covers performed by our favourite acts, exclusively for us.

Video Interview: Scenic Route To Alaska

Melting away in front of Stuttgart's castle, we had a chat about touring, band names, Toy Story and a lot more.

Find us on YouTube!

Visit us on the 'tubes for interviews, exclusive performances and outtakes.

Album Review: "Soul Searching" by Pete Lincoln

 Artist: Pete Lincoln
Title: Soul Searching
Genre: Acoustic
Label: stuff music records
Release: 31st January 2014
hits rating: 7/10

Hey guys,

Sir Cliff Richard, Tina Turner and Dannii Minogue - those are just a few of the artists Pete Lincoln has worked with.
He was leadsinger in the band Sailor (famous songs: "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Glass Of Champagne), wrote for the band "S Club 7" and now he's bassist and front man of SWEET, the glam rock band.

Oh and today he releases his solo album "Soul Searching" and of course I'm going to review it.

Announcement: Birthday Countdown


you can probably tell that I'm a bit excited.
Today I finally get to announce what 'that project' I was (non stop) talking about is.

So the project is called "Birthday Countdown".
This very blog is turning two years old on February 28th and because birthdays always take soo long to come up, we are going to celebrate.
No, not just on Feb 28th, but through out the entire month!

Interview + Song Of The Day: Forever Cult

 Hey guys,

today it's time for another interview and a Song Of The Day combined.

 Forever Cult celebrate their release of their song "Suntrap" and what better topic to talk about than a fresh released single could you have for an interview?

The band is:
Kieran (lead vocals, guitar)
Alex (bass)

Snowy (drums)

The alternative rock band based in West Yorkshire, UK took some time to talk about their favourite band moment, gigs, the human head and a lot more.

Live | Dates: Cold Summer, Martin and James, Tom Odell

Hey guys,

it's no secret that I love going to concerts. It's no secret that I also go to concerts to write about them on house in the sand.
I've got a bunch of gigs coming up and in case you don't - check this post to hopefully find a gig you like near you.

(You might find me at some of the listed gigs. ;) )

Get To Know: adullboy

Hey guys,

music submissions are my favourite kind of emails. 
I love discovering new music and the fact that people (crazily talented people, to be exact) email me just makes it so much easier.

The musician you will get to know today is Robin Crosbie also known as adullboy, an acoustic singer/songwriter from Scotland.
You can read everything you'd need to know about him down below and also find videos and links.
I hope you enjoy!

EP Review: "Not Enough Miles" by Rosco McCabe

Artist: Rosco McCabe
Title: Not Enough Miles
Genre: Folk
Label: independent
Release: 9th January 2014
hits rating: 9/10

Hey guys,

if you're looking for talented musicians I can totally recommend searching them in Scotland. 
The amount of Scottish musicians featured on house in the sand is pretty impressive and what's even more impressive is their talent.

And so is Rosco McCabe's talent. 
The folk singer/songwriter from Coatbridge, residing in Manchester, just released his debut EP called "Not Enough Miles".

Interview: The GoAround

Hey guys,

The GoAround is a duo from Pennsylvania, US consisting of Alexander and Anthoney Saddic.
Since 2006 the band plays pop/alt-rock music inspired by things going on in their lives.
After many member switches the two still keep going and plan to continue like that.

In the interview Alex and Anthoney shared their new year's resolutions and talk about fans, their album and a lot more.

EP Review: "Me & You" by Marcas O'hUigin

Artist: Marcas O'hUigin
Title: Me & You
Genre:  Acoustic
Label: independent
Release: December 2013
hits rating: 7/10

Hey guys,

a little while ago Marcas O'hUigin contacted me and asked if I could review his EP called "Me & You".
I always listen to the music before I reply, to make sure I can write about it.

Realizing the music would definitely fit in the house in the sand music, I agreed and had a little chat with Marcas.
He's a singer/songwriter from Belfast, UK and writes, sings and plays acoustic music.

I'm happy to be the first blogger to review his music and share it with you.

Interview: Boardwalk Isabella

 Hey guys,

lately there is some kind of an interview marathon going on behind the scenes of house in the sand.
And those of you who know me a bit know I absolutely enjoy interviews! 

Today James from Boardwalk Isabella was here to answer a few questions I had.
Boardwalk Isabella is a rock band from Devon, UK formed in 2011. 

In the interview James tells us everything about getting inspiration for the debut album, the recording process, influences, Britney Spears and even more.
You shouldn't miss this!

Album Review: "Talk Back Baby" by Honeybone

Band: Honeybone
Title: Talk Back Baby
Genre: Rock
Release: 18th October 2013
hits rating: 8/10

Hey guys,

rock'n'roll! Oh how I love it!
Needless to say I'm stupidly excited about presenting todays review.  

Honeybone, a rock band from Melbourne, Australia, released their debut album in October last year.

Interview: Vodsel

Hey guys,

Vodsel is post punk duo from Manchester and Wrexham, United Kingdom.
It consists of Paul Davies (vocals, synths, percussion) and Chris Williams (guitars, synths, drums).

They started working together in 2012 and so far they released two EPs, a compilation and their debut album. You can listen to buy all of their work via bandcamp so make sure to check out the links below.

Paul took some time to answer a few of my questions about not working face to face, new year's resolutions, Top Ten lists and a lot more.
I think you are going to enjoy this insight.

Music tips: Emma Harrop, Dos Ringos and Under A Banner

Hey guys,

today I would like to introduce you to three interesting music projects. 
You can find some details about the artists, their sound and one song you should listen to.

Hope you enjoy and let me know if you would like more of these posts.

Video Of The Day: "Sleepless" by The Persian Leaps

Hey guys,

today are two premieres on house in the sand.
One is the "Video Of The Day" segment which is going to be one of the new segments and the other premiere is the actual video of the day, "Sleepless" by The Persian Leaps.

The noise pop band from Saint Paul, Minnesota got together in 2012. Before that singer Drew has been recording songs for years, inspired by 1980/90 bands like My Bloody Valentine and The Smiths.

EP Review: "The Benefits Of A Downhill Paper Round" by The Ragamuffins

Band: The Ragamuffins
Title: The Benefits Of A Downhill Paper Round
Genre: Indie pop
Label: 7L Recordings
16th December 2013
hits rating: 8/10

Hey guys,

2013 has been a busy year for The Ragamuffins, a six piece band from Liverpool, England.
The indie pop band played lots of gigs, supported other Manchester bands, they even closed the Liverpool Music Awards launch night.

And they released an EP called "The Benefits Of A Downhill Paper Round", which I'm going to review today.

Tea time: projects, 2014 and the hairdresser

Hey guys,

we haven't talked in a while, have we?
Well, I mean I haven't done some "update" kind of post in a while.

So before the busy schedule for 2014 breaks in, I thought I'd just share a few (random) things with you.

Calling this thing tea time makes me happy because I'm a little tea lover. 

EP Review: "Thickets" by Thickets

Band: Thickets
Title: Thickets
Genre:  Alt-Folk
Label: independent
Release: 31st March 2014
hits rating: 8/10

Hey guys,

it's the first post and the first review of 2014!
I did some maths and if I can continue posting every other day like I did in 2013, I'm going to write about 180 articles. So - let's start!

  Thickets is an alt-folk trio from London, England
Influenced by artists and bands like Nick Cave and Arcade Fire the three draw feelings of revenge and regret into their music.