To celebrate the today launch of ‘Fear Street Part 1: 1994’, the first instalment in the Fear Street Trilogy, Netflix will open three UK branches of Shadyside Videos; nostalgic 90s horror-themed pop-up stores in London, Brighton and Newcastle offering visitors a fear-inducing interactive experience.
The retro-themed stores will open to the public today, Friday 2nd July, between 12pm-8pm and remain open for the weekend between 11am-7pm each day. They will re-open from Friday 9th July between 12pm-8pm until Saturday 10th July at 11am-7pm to celebrate the release of the second instalment in the trilogy, Fear Street Part 2: 1978, on Friday 9th July and to tease final film, Fear Street Part 3: 1666, launching on Friday 16th July.
In store, guests who dare can have their picture taken in the retro photobooth (with a twist), get their hands on limited edition merchandise and immerse themselves in the world of Fear Street. On Saturday 3rd and 10th July, 20 exclusive Fear Street tie-dye T-shirts will be up for grabs, made as part of a collaboration with the luxury streetwear brand, Aries.
Netflix have partnered with local artists Alice Bloomfield (London), Pippa Toole (Brighton) and Cori Henderson (Newcastle) to create stunning visual art inspired by the films which will be on display in all three locations and available as a limited edition printed giveaways for visitors. In Newcastle, local business The Chocolate Smiths have created a limited run of handmade Fear Street inspired ‘blood-splattered’ chocolate bars which will be given away in store.
Fear Street is a trilogy of horror films directed by Leigh Janiak and based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror book series. In a first for Netflix and the horror genre, the films will be launching over three consecutive weeks in July; 2nd, 9th and 16th.
Working across both traditional and digital mediums, London based artist Alice Bloomfield explores human emotion, sex, and love through illustrated and animated works.
Her wide variety of clients include The Tate, Boiler Room and Gucci.
“As a big fan of anything horror and also an avid childhood reader of all the R.L. Stine books, this is such a dream collaboration!” says Alice. “It’s been really cool to be a part of Netflix’s first horror trilogy and I’ve loved encapsulating all the many details of the second volume of the trilogy, Fear Street Part 2: 1978 throughout my poster.”
Pippa Toole is an illustrator based in Brighton who creates her unique artwork with a combination of digital and inks, alongside a wide range of hand crafted textiles and banners. A DIY enthusiast, Pippa takes influence from b-movies, horror, bikers and pop culture which can be felt within her work.
“R.L. Stine gave me my first taste of horror when I was younger and I am a huge fan of old movie posters, so working on this project has been an absolute dream come true.” says Pippa. “I grew up in the 90s, and remember the aesthetic very well, so it was super exciting to revisit that era with the Fear Street artwork. It’s been a real treat to be involved in a project that pays homage to such an iconic time period. I remember going to video stores when I was younger, and I cannot wait to see the pop-up recreate that experience.”
Cori Henderson is a tattoo artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne who specialises in nature themed tattoos, often with a dark and magical twist.
“Collaborating with Netflix on such an exciting project has been a dream come true!” says Cori. “The Fear Street trilogy has everything I love; it’s retro, witchy, and has all the gory vibes of the classic slasher movies I was obsessed with growing up. It was such a treat to explore the more grim themes of the 1600s in my artwork, but also to draw inspiration from the bright vintage VHS covers of the 1990s.”
ABOUT FEAR STREET:
In 1994, a group of teenagers discover the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations may all be connected – and they may be the next targets. Based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series, FEAR STREET follows Shadyside’s sinister history through a nightmare 300 years in the making.
Watch the official trailer below:
‘Fear Street 1994: Part 1’, the first of the ‘Fear Street Trilogy’, is available on Netflix from today, Friday 2nd July. ‘Fear Street Part 2: 1978’ and ‘Fear Street Part 3: 1666’ follow on 9th and 16th July.
Follow the #FearStreet and #FearStreetStore hashtags on social media, and follow Netflix UK on both Twitter and Instagram.
Some things in life are inevitable. For a while, that inevitably was a new Shrek movie with an updated pop cover like “I’m a Believer” from Smash Mouth. These days it’s a new Despicable Me movie, this time in the form of spinoff Minions The Rise of Gru. And just as we all predicted, the new Steve Carrell led film comes stacked with a loaded soundtrack headlined by St. Vincent.
For her contribution to the Minions: The Rise of Gru soundtrack, St. Vincent covered “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc. Her version was produced by Jack Antonoff and continues a run of luck for the musician that earlier this year saw her win a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.
Antonoff also gave St. Vincent a shout-out for her album Daddy’s Home when he won Producer of the Year at the Grammys.
Announcing the release of her funky cover, St. Vincent took to Twitter and wrote, “Excited to say the @Minions (including @jackantonoff) and I have just released our version of ‘Funkytown’ from #TheRiseofGru soundtrack. Shout out to Gru and them…” Included with the post was a graphic of St. Vincent as a minion.
Joining St. Vincent on the Minions: The Rise of Gru soundtrack are Tame Impala, Kali Uchis, Brittany Howard, Thundercat, Caroline Polachek, Diana Ross, and Weyes Blood, just to name a few.
The album will be released on July 1, coinciding with the film’s theatrical release. You can listen to St. Vincent’s cover of Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” below!
Back in October of 2021, Parmalee released ‘Take My Name’ as the second single from their third studio album. It was written with and produced by David Fanning, producer of the massive hit ‘Carolina’ that introduced me to the band back in 2008, Ashley Gorley and Ben Johnson. Robyn Collins of ‘Taste of Country’ described the song as “a musical marriage proposal” and lead singer of the band, Matt Thomas, says it was inspired by the marriage of brother Scott; he says “it made me think about what I would want to say to my future wife.”
Some songs almost become bigger than themselves when they tap into the lives and moods of everyone and this is very much one of those songs. It’s not difficult to see why this song has been adopted by fans all over the world irrespective of their taste in music; its words conjure all the romance and love that you’d hope to feel when you ask someone to marry you. It’s lyrically a shopping list of everything you feel at the moment you realise you’ve met the one, even if that’s after only a short time. I remember proposing to my wife after just 8 weeks and if I try to remember what I was feeling at the point I proposed and tried to put it into words I would hope it was very similar to this song. Now over 31 years later and still happily married I listen to this song and it brings all those feelings back in a rush so why wouldn’t it be the perfect song to overlay a proposal, sing at the wedding or just be part of the moment; it’s how I’d love my sons to feel when they propose to their partners.
Parmalee are very aware of their fans needs and were quick to record a wedding version for such occasions with a less catchy percussion and a softer piano focussed vibe than the original version. There have even been brilliant occasions where the band has turned up to “crash” a wedding and sing this song to the happy couple reminiscent of Maroon 5 and their song ‘Sugar’. None of those guests will forget that wedding in a hurry!
With all the interest in the song and the brilliant videos and messages the band have received, they felt the time was right to make their own narrative video to accompany the song as an addition to the previously released visualizer. The ‘Wedding Version’ video of the romantic song was filmed in Gallatin, TN and directed by Shane Drake. The heart-warming story follows the journey of the protagonist through middle school and all the way to adulthood featuring kids from a local school, an original 1968 Mustang Shelby GT350 and appearances from the band with the lead being played by frontman Matt Thomas.
“From the jump, the fans have really latched onto this song in such an amazing, life changing way- our fans have been the reason for so many of our own major milestones, so it means that much more to us that folks are using our song for their proposals and weddings and allowing us to be a part of those major moments in their lives. We wanted to pay tribute to the fans who have been on this journey with us since the beginning so in the music video you’ll see a story of love and loyalty unfold across the years-but don’t expect to see any weddings or proposals – the fan created videos far exceed anything we could depict. We love watching them.”
With over 135 million global on demand streams, the song has raced up the Country charts, outpacing the band’s previous single, the multinational Number 1 smash ‘Just The Way’ with Blanco Brown and has been popping up all over TikTok with creators playing the song over proposal and wedding videos and even sparking a trend of using the sound of the song and writing “if your man doesn’t make you feel this way then what are you doing?” over the video.
Coming from their recently released album ‘For You’, an album that has garnered critical acclaim with American Songwriter calling it “authentically real, genuinely inspired” and Billboard saying that “Parmalee find itself in the enviable position of being able to tap into multiple audiences”. What is very clear is that Country music is slowly starting to find a new, younger audience in the UK to stand alongside the existing fans of the genre. Zack Bryan has recently found himself high on the Spotify album charts and UK stars like Ed Sheeran have appeared alongside Country stars like Luke Combs at the Country2Country festival. Even Tom Odell has found himself headlining the British Country Music Festival in the Summer. Parmalee may be the band to really break down the barriers between Country music and the UK Charts with this song as the musical genre of this release is far less important than the honesty and emotion of the lyrics and Romance will always break down all of the barriers, or at least I would hope it would.
‘For You’ is out now and can be streamed and downloaded here. Find out more about Parmalee and their music online on their official website.
This Copenhagen DIY pop artist has managed the difficult task of mixing her soulful voice with vibrant dreamy production and lyrics with real streetwise attitude. The result is something that has given her the hit single ‘Obvious’ which Danish radio loved and the internationally acclaimed single ‘Back to Business’. Now she is releasing the excellent lead single ‘Summer’s Already Gone’ which sounds very modern Bond in its lo fi production but tells an unusual love story. Not a story about falling in love with a person, but about the love affair that always ends; the affair with Summer.
“I wanted to write a song that could represent both the fearlessness of the magical Summer days and the truly blue sadness of the re occuring love story it actually is when Summer eventually comes to an end. I know it’s a heartbreaking, melancholy feeling but it’s also everything I love about Summer.”
The song was written in Mercedess’ living room with Danish indie superstar Goss and the guitarist Søren Breum and is produced by the critically acclaimed artist Vera. It allows the velvet of the artist’s voice to tumble over the muted trumpets, break beats and flirty acoustic guitars and strings bringing to life the seasonal heartbreak.
The fact that it is about the love and anticipation felt for Summer is almost more poignant this year as we embark upon the first free Summer for a few years. The affair with Summer this year promises to be a torrid passionate affair as we’ve been apart so long but the heartbreak of its end will be felt more keenly. This song will be the soundtrack to the affair for sure.
The single is released on the same day as the debut album from this exciting new talent. Mercedess says of the album: “Casa Fantasia is an album about longing for closeness and honesty. These songs are an escape from reality-a place to feel free and be yourself. Writing it was a personal journey and process to me that hopefully will make space for creativity, art and emotions for others too”
The album promises to do just that with the artist’s melancholy and yet warm and dreamy vocals and marks an exciting new chapter for an artist destined to find international acclaim with this collection of music. Summer may come and go but I’m sure the appeal of Mercedess will be perennial.