“Coco” - On this cold winters day I feel a warmth come over me. My mind is transplanted to place dimly lit, humid and there is a buzz in the air. Listening to this track makes you feel like you have found then next great rock n’ roll band somewhere in some dive bar. Its funny where you find authenticity and I have definitely found it in Farewell Davidson. They are a true rock n’ roll band that makes you want to get off your seat and stomp your feet. Many in this day would try and call this alternative, and maybe that’s the case considering the soundscape of current popular music, but Farewell Davidson deliver a real rock vibe. Vocals swagger with heart and attitude and soar straight from the heart. Guitars grind, have the same edge of attitude and cut like a knife. Bass lines slink around in your mind and make you want to grab your girl and dance the night away. My heart pounds excited and as strong as the drum work on this track, and will sure to get women shaking their hips. I would highly recommend this track to anyone that likes Rock, Alternative Rock, Garage Rock or Pop Rock. If you are looking for something to heat you up then take a long drink of this “Coco” cause it is hot and ready.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
“Fallen” - My eyes slowly open and the world around me is a blur. I am soaked in sweat and I feel absolute freedom. Have I just run a marathon across the desert? No, it is the image I take away after hearing Roses Unread’s new single. While Allison maybe singing about falling your heart will surely soar with this anthem-like song. For those that choose to thrash, on hearing this song you will until you are soaked. Lead vocal work on this track is absolutely beautiful and countered by raging demonic screams in the background. Guitar work from John and Blake once again crunch in perfect unison and light the wings of fire that soar into the night. Keeping it all grounded is growling bass of Brant “The Beard” and the punching thunder of Grant’s drum kit. This isn’t some group of young punks clunking around in their garage. Roses Unread are seasoned, honed professionals unleashing a brand of Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal that will burn everything that tries to stand in its way. If you are a fan of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Alt Rock, Alt Metal or Rock you HAVE to check out this song. While many artists have “Fallen” over time Roses Unread seem to only soar to new heights.
Howling at the Moon - Most of the time “Supergroups” are bands that have select members from various famous bands that come together for a rare album or two, however Lucky Widmore seem to be a Supergroup that no one knows much about, for now. As the smooth guitar lines open the title track of this EP I had no idea for trip my ears were about to take. This band preforms like a well oiled machine ready to carry you off into musical euphoria. From the laid back groove of “Howling at the Moon”, the uptempo grind of “Alex” to funky Pop vibe “You and Me Tonight” Lucky Widmore delivers again and again. The production on this release is five star quality. Craig sings with the beauty of an angel and the bravado of a seasoned talent. Guitar work from Craig and Farhan explore the full range of smooth and clean to grinding and edgy. Dan’s bass guitar work flows rather fluid and excels at accenting counter points in each song. With his low-end work your feet will want to keep moving till the last note is played. Nick’s attack behind the drum kit is absolute precision. He digs into each song applying the right amount of attack from epic peaks to cooling valleys allowing each song to have the room it needs to breath. A variety of influences can be heard at the foundation of Lucky Widmore but they are not controlled by any of them. They are a truly an original band of their own rite. I would highly recommend this to anyone that likes Pop, Rock, Alternative, Reggae or Funk. In the midst of hearing such great art you will find yourself Howling at the Moon and dancing all night long.
“Between Us”/“Over My Shoulder”/"Waste Your Time With Me” - Sometimes I just get bored. Sitting still for far too long leads to trouble. That’s the time when I like to put on music like that from Beyond the Wall and get into some real mischief. This is the type of band that makes you want to pogo until your head hits the ceiling or vomit from dizziness. With the textures that true Punk/Pop is made of these three gentleman come roaring out the gate with grinding guitars, rolling bass and drums hammering you into ecstasy. The band plays lock-tight with no room for slop. Vocals are performed with true heart pulled right off their sleeves and slap you right in your face. Sure some lame-ass might try to tell you these guys are a Green-Blink-Fall Out ripoff, but these guys stand on their own two feet. With the sound and dynamic the music they create would be at home on any arena stage or your parents garage, they are just that good. The songwriting is first rate and is executed like vintage pros. Beyond the Wall has a real crossover appeal, so whether you like Rock, Pop, Punk or Hard Rock I would check these guys out, crank it to 10 and have some fun. These guys maybe Beyond the Wall but never beyond delivering a cut with real punch. Punk Rock has just got some new contenders for that rusty beat up crown. Don’t be one of those losers that always miss out. Just go, RIGHT NOW!
The Novelist - With the opening piano notes gliding through the air you can feel something bigger is coming. Adrian creates a thick soundscape on this mixtape that dispenses with the usual rap themes. He writes stories that unfold about real life, and do more than just brag about how much money he has or how many women he has slept with. This is more that the average Rap set but a concept album that takes you on a journey through a troubled man’s mind and his search to get back. Production on these songs are done very well. The beats sit right up front and have a tempo that lays back enough so that music can breathe. Lyrical delivery is well placed and on step. Adrian has a great foundation to build a career on. One of my personal favorites is the song “Forgiveness From the Grave”, the dynamics just slam and the music soars in comparison to the sorrow in Wilkin’s heart. The music on “Kate” is as full of passion as the love/hate relationship that it describes. You almost feel like you are dancing on the edge of a razor. It takes a true artist to speak from the heart and tell such chilling tales. I guess that’s why most Rap artists merely talk about fame, money and sex instead of rhyming from the heart. With continued hard work and passion nothing will keep Adrian from creating music that hangs with the greats of all time. I would call this a double album myself and the songs contained within score a story of true passion, heartache and pain. If you are tired of the same old, “Im a this and that platinum” kind of rap then this is definitely for you. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Rap/Hip Hop/Pop with real content and awesome music. While most rappers anymore would have trouble filling the pages of a short story Adrian open his wings and soars as a true Novelist.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
“Free” ft. Amanda Belle - With a hop in his step Richard Rands skips through this song with hope in his voice. You can almost feel yourself flying as well. Richard has a great talent for writing Acoustic/Pop songs that work into your heart because he does nothing but sing from his. You can feel the true honesty of this artist and he strums his guitar with real passion. Guitar playing is spot on and in the pocket and percussion on this track is done very tastefully. It helps the song stride and cut through the winds of doubt. An extra treat on this track is the backing vocals from Amanda Belle. She does well to add another layer to this song. Singing together you can almost feel the clouds parting on an overcast day. Overall the production on this song is top notch. You almost feel like you are in the room with Richard, and if you dare to look up you will see that the roof is missing for nothing will keep this artist down as he continues to grow. You can listen to the same old stuff on Pop radio anytime you want, but I highly suggest checking out this breakout track from Richard Rands for you will truly feel “Free”.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
“Valid Point” / “Losin It” - Sometimes you just want to listen to a song that has a thick beat and roll, if so, then these are the tracks for you. The production on this set is perfect. The word play on these tracks are rather interesting and you will find yourself bobbing your head wanting party all night. The auto-tune in “Valid Point” induces a playfulness as Asherrcole get serious on the playground. “Losing It” is more a straight ahead track that that just drops like a bomb. Snare hits fire like an automatic rifle spraying hate dropping all the fakers. If you think you are going to stand in the way then you’re going to get plowed with this bulldozer of a beats. Lots of fun, top notch, I recommend this set to anyone that likes Pop/Rap/Hip Hop. Its time to flow and roll.
“Gutter Mouth” - With a knocking bass guitar and pounding drums Third World Empire take to the skies looking to knock out the world. Hailing from Modesto, CA they deliver a solid dose of Alt-Rock that does that, ROCK. With crunching guitars laying down a solid hook 3WE have swung for the fences and delivered. You can almost feel freedom opening her wings and taking flight with the lines sung from Sam Aries on this track. With the grind of pure rock n roll you will find yourself bouncing and dancing all the way to the end of this track. Production is top quality and you will not be disappointed. I would highly recommend this song to those that like Rock/Alt-Rock/Pop Rock. Even if you have a “Gutter Mouth” nothing will keep you from wanting to sing this at the top of your lungs.
“Golden Years” - With the thundering of drums Grenouer set to take you on yet another journey through their soul and mind. Nothing cuts worse than seeing a friend in pain, but often out of such pain beautiful music is made. With acoustic guitars ringing a mournful tone unrolls in my mind. Though played to perfection you can almost feel the pain and animosity with each string strummed. The trademark growling bass of Grenouer is subdued this go around however it still punches through with potency keeping the song solid as cinder blocks. Vocals from Ind are sung like a beautiful angel mourning the loss of virtue trying to make sense of all that is going on. Overall the production is like every other Grenouer song, 5 star and beautifully done. While lamenting for a time when artists are properly treated and respected for their talents Grenouer refuse to give up and instead make great music. I would recommend this track to anyone that likes Rock/Hard Rock/ Metal Ballads. The video accompanying this song underlines how many artists feel they are being treated like prostitutes for all their hard work and sacrifice. While the “Golden Years” may be over with artists such as Grenouer still producing great music perhaps a renaissance will arise.
AMERICA - One of the great times in music was that of the late 60’s. The music was filled of hope while criticizing the social landscape of the time. Rare is it when revolution is exemplified with such beautiful poetry. Spinning the songs off of this record will remind you that music isn’t just about sex drugs and rock ’n roll but emotional passion for social change. Jeremy has constructed a sonic world hoping for a better day. With lush soundscapes that plea for pause and refection Jeremy’s AMERICA make you wonder where have you been and where are you going. The core of this project is a man’s lone voice and his acoustic guitar. So much can be said with so little and everything else is mere icing on the cake. No one will nominate Jeremy for singer of the year but he is a true and honest poet which is the true markings of an artist. He sings truly from the heart. Guitar work is just as earnest and executed in solid fashion. His chops are top notch. Percussion work is laid back and low in the mix but keep each song pulsing forward for you to ponder. The key/synth work is done very well to help the peak moments and ideas but do not take over the song in a flashy way. The production on this album is executed very well my personal favorite is “Live Free” a standout track that calls to question the echo’s of this world. If you are a fan of Folk/Indie/Political/Singer-Songwriters then I would highly recommend checking this out. AMERICA might be going to hell in a hand basket but perhaps with artists such as Jeremy we might save it all in time.
Aberg Piano Works - I have heard many a person lamenting about the state of the music industry. At a time when all seems to be lost because people seem to not want to buy music but steal it. The music industry (record labels) seem to merely try and drain the blood out of starving artists in an effort to make a few more coins before all is dead and buried. One might wonder, “why make music?”, its because of the passion in artists such as Tom Joyce. One man armed with merely a piano and a passion creates music that warms the heart, soothes the damaged soul and invigorates those not wanting to give up. With Tom’s 10 tracks he carefully forges a shield and a sword to preserve through the night and all its demons. Like a hero on a quest this album will take you on a journey. With his slow pulsing phrases you feel the sorrow in a gloomy day that must be made a new. Notes crescendo and soar as he inspires and builds a mighty castle as to the magnificence that music can be. With artists such as Tom Joyce music will not die for the heart of a true artist will not let it. Compositions on Aberg Piano Works are filled with the love of a true artist and a traveled man. His touch and timing are impeccable. Its almost as if his heart is playing the piano itself. Its rare to hear music this delicate and powerful that sounds so honest. Tom’s music will never suit the backdrop of a beer commercial, the score of a cheap popcorn movie or be heard on the jukebox in some drunkard’s pub. His music is meant to soar pure and free and once entering you ear it will become a part of your heart. I highly recommend this album to those who love true music, especially those that have a soft spot in their hearts for piano instrumentals. Buy this album and listen. Wether in your home by the fire or reading a book, spending the day holding someone you love or traveling as you day unfolds before you you will feel your heart come alive. With these notes of passion in your ears you will see that life is not just to happen but to be experienced and savored. If you desire to soar make this your sound track and prepare to feel your soul fly.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
“She’s My Girl” - Like the longing piano notes that begin this beautiful track so does the heart of Blaise work into yours. This is a track that could easily end up as “your song” for your relationship. As songwriting goes this track is solid. The drum work does great to hold the pace and underline the constant steady heartbeat of a great love. The guitar work is tasteful and lead notes wind through the wind as I imagine the air dances through the hair of a beautiful woman on a summer beach day. This song does an excellent job of painting the picture of true love. Acoustic strumming has the laid back lazy vibe of a cozy day in cuddling but holds the song up strong. Singing from Blaise is right in the pocket. You can feel the honesty as it pours straight from the heart. The middle symphonic breakdown helps take you to the tender core of his heart and then quickly rebuilds to soar like a dove. If you like Pop/Rock Ballads I would highly recommend this track. Mr. Cordero will definitely break some hearts with this song but also bring many more together. If you got a girl, this is your tune.
Walla Walla - As lo-fi guitars jangle out of my speakers I feel like I have been catapulted back to the mid-nighties and the hight of angst fueled Alternative rock. The energy from the guitar cuts like a knife and you can tell that this is the real deal. The vocals of Danny Grimaldi are spilt on the floor and are sure to stain the grain of time. They embody true passion from a gut wrenching heart. Drum work from Greer Jones add a lot of flavor to the band and does a good job of locking in with Justin Colvin’s six string slicing. It would be really interesting to hear this band get into a room with an engineer that had some chops under their belt. While the quality on this recording is very D. I. Y. Dreamtongue has much to offer and merely need to hone their sound. I would recommend this band to anyone liking Emo/Screamo/Rock/Alt-rock/Garage Rock. These guys have tons to offer and are only going to get better from here.
Movember Beats Ep - Synth strings slide across the floor of my room guided by the clapping hands and thudding kick drum. As this Ep unfolds I feel like I am being led down a path that makes visions of a tripped out Alice in Wonderland pop up. Synth glitches give me a post modern taste in my mouth that makes me disintegrate into pixels and fall further down the rabbit hole. Six OH! 4 has an uncanny knack for creating intriguing beats with backing instruments that can take you out of your body and your mind on a journey. The Production on this set is top rate as usual, and while all the songs follow the same thread of Atari/EDM/Techno type instrumentals each embody their own character. A personal breakout fav for me personally is the build/destruct/build flow of “Hype”. While the creepy vocal samples in “Mr. Quiet” may make the hairs raise on the back of any conspiracy theorist’s neck, Six OH! 4 keeps the bounce, sidesteps and weaving up until the end of “Vyolet”. I would highly recommend this Ep to those liking quality experimental instrumental electronic music. This is a must experience.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
I Am - One thing about any album that can be frustrating is when your mind is on shuffle but you don’t want to keep hitting skip or scan. Diztord is an interesting in that respect. While the core of this studio metal project is Bjarne Gudmunsson (drums), Chris Goldsmith (bass, guitar and vocals) and Tord Bäckström (Diztord) they bring in different artists on each and every song. Each song has a common sound with a rotating chair in vocal spot making this the type of album that you can put on and not get bored with. Let me say that for an unsigned project this collection of songs sound as professional as you can get. The lead single and title track “I Am” opens with a synth pulsing and male vocals that are as smooth as silk though they waste no time getting down and dirty. The guitar sounds are HUGE they grind with precision and definition. Bass guitar sounds are massive, thick and have just the right amount of grit in true metal fashion. Drum work on this album just slams. The ebb and flow behind the kit used to help build these songs is absolutely beautiful. Wether spraying a hundred beats a second or laying back with the natural groove the drum work is perfect for each and every song. With this many vocalists I kept waiting for a low moment but each and every vocal performance captured the melody of an angel or a screaming demon. The entire cast on this document deserve 5 stars. I wouldn’t recommend this album, I would DEMAND that if you like Hard Rock, Heavy Metal or Industrial music that you stop right now and get this album. Every track is stellar. I don’t care who you are “I Am” telling you right now this is a contender for Metal Record of the Year.
…& Friends - With the cracking of thunder on the opening track “Ready to Fly”, Lenny comes out swinging. On this Rock/Pop album he crafts a set of epic numbers that inspire the soul straight from his heart. Even passages that barely seem to whisper like the opening of “Impossible”, rein as giants with massive amounts of emotion. Track after track Lenny …& Friends create a dense soundscape. From the powerful drumming, rich guitars, grooving bass, elegant key work to Lenny’s heartfelt singing this album has it all. The particularly interesting grooving track “Black Woman” struts with true blues-rock fashion where Lenny reflects how “they are all the same” unlike his style. Even on the snappy acoustic number “Way Down to Moscow” Lenny’s guitar prowess and song crafting sensibility shine. One thing that is evident is that this is no one trick pony show. On “System Breakdown” the tasteful drum loop and synth work employed keep your ears in tune and interested. At the core of all the songs though is Lenny’s trademark vocal delivery. You know it’s him as soon as he starts to sing. The guitar takes quite a journey from mild electric through searing leads and mellowing occasionally with acoustic slap. The bass guitar work grooves, slides, winds and weaves just like the passion on display. Key/Synth work is tasteful and supports the songs without distracting. The drums just thrown down and take these tracks over the top. Production on this album is absolutely beautiful. With so much going on in each song it’s nice that all the elements have their own home and moments to shine. I would recommend this album strongly to anyone that likes Pop, Rock or Alternative genres. With “friends” like these Lenny can’t go wrong and you won’t go wrong putting this on for a spin.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Of Heroin And Harlequins - As I spin this release I close my eyes, and I can imagine myself running through wheat fields feeling free in my heart and mind. In All Honesty is a trio from Rockford, IL that plays acoustic, coffee-house style pop/folk. Lead vocals sung so sweetly from Naomi Allen spin tales of the heart that will warm the soul. The guitar playing from Michael Allen acts as a great counter point for Naomi’s vocals and anchor the tracks in solid song craft. Key work from Anna Smith add the right amount of backing flair and spice up the songs helping them each be their own character. The songs are produced well, though while some of the key work on “Polio” seems oddly timed, it helps underscore some of the tense feelings projected lyrically. Perhaps it should have been more of a subtle texture, though it does serve the song well. This collection is great for a journey. Wether walking, cycling or on a drive you will get to wherever you need go while also searching your heart and soul. The stand out track “Hold On To You” is a wonderful tale of lovers with a bond that will never seem to break. With the lighthearted playful song “Tentatively Yours” I feel a delightful skip which hopes for better days, but is happy to have someone to share bad ones with. I would recommend this release for those that like Pop/Folk genres. Wether you are feeling bold or quiet as Of Heroin And Harlequins take the time to listen to this release and feel the weight of the day fade.
“All This Time” - Most of the time when I hear Acoustic Singer-Songwriters they are all mellow and drone on about leaves falling on an Autumn day and drinking tea in their pajamas. That is NOT what Richard does. With “All This Time” he hammers right out of the gate. While there is a bit of heartbroken remorse in song it has a great hop in its step. It’s rare that solo artist and their guitar sound so full. This track is produced rather well. The guitar tone in right up in your face and clearly defined. His playing is very well executed. The vocals are produced a bit tight. I wish they had been allowed to breath a bit more because Richards style of singing is so robust. He really belts it out on this one you can tell he is the type of artist that doesn’t need autotune or fancy effects to get his poetry across. I would highly recommend this track to those that like Acoustic/Singer-Songwriters/Pop. If you have been waiting “All This Time” for a song that’s beautiful and from the heart then be sure to check out this track from Richard Rands.
Die Ethan - With the opening bit of comedy on this release I find my heart opening and saying yes. Out of my speakers stretch the guitar grind that is indicative of classic rock tones. The Horse heads write songs that are reflective and make you want to open your soul. While most music anymore has the vocals up in your face, Die Ethan allows their music to breath and be a voice along with the lead singer. With true rock ’n roll attitude this release speaks from the heart and bares it all for anyone to see. Guitars grind with true passion. The bass guitar lays a layer of low end so thick with attitude that no one gets aways clean. The drum work on Die Ethan ,though shifting in tempo from time to time, suit this band really well. You can feel the attitude swinging away clearing anything that tries to stand in its path. The lead guitar work exemplifies the attitude and texture that the rest of the band throws down. There might not be a million notes a minute played, but it is played honest and from the heart. The Horse Heads singer won’t get a vocalist-of-the-year award, but few sing as passionately and write as honestly. True poetry reaches the heart and The Horse Heads execute well. I would recommend this band to those that like Rock/Punk/Post-Punk/Alternative/Indie/Garage Rock. These guys write true and honest music, so while some may pump their fists in the air and chant, “Die Ethan” hopefully The Horse Heads don’t die out anytime soon.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Devoured by the Comfort Zone - With opening track lush sounds of world music roll out of my speakers. Like a beautiful woman Mind Orchestra entices me into their world with seductive sounds. While invigorating the style of M.O. is still rather laid back. You could easily close your eyes and envision yourself traveling to every far corner of the earth. The songs are produced very well and the mix lets all elements breath and pulse with natural energy. With so many different instruments it can be challenging to balance them all and not loose focus, however Mind Orchestra’s songs wind through your ears and take you on a rather organic sonic journey that has one voice. While the opening track “Nomad” rings with true emotion and passionate vocals M.O. also has a wonderful talent of writing instrumental jams that set the soul on fire. The track “Little Spirit” summons the sound of Pink Floyd to visit and executes with precision. This is the type of music that would be great for those wanting to listen to something inspirational but allows your imagination to run wild. If you are a fan of things country western Mind Orchestra takes a sharp turn with Spirit Walk. While this track sidesteps rather sharply, and normally I would recommend putting this track on another album, it does break up the scene for your ears. With traditional twang they execute this song with excellence and put their own spin on the country fried. Considering that this collection times in at about 96 minutes the track does well to help break things up. Double albums are always a lot of information to process but Mind Orchestra changes flavors on the following tune as well with “Enjoy the Nature (it’s nice)”. It reminds me of something that the Beatles might have put out if they were still making music. Spiced with plenty of ear candy and a playful mood M.O. turn yet another page in their encyclopedia of sounds. I find my soul searching for hope as “Moonlight” wraps it acoustic guitar tones beautiful throughout my mind. There is truly some expert playing on this collection. It sounds as if it has all been executed by a dream team of seasoned professionals. With such an epic debut one is only to wonder what Mind Orchestra might do to break out of their “Comfort Zone” and tackle on their next release. If you like music you will definitely find something that you like here. I recommend this collection to those that particularly like World,Experimental,Psychedelic,Folk. So if you are ready for a journey pack your lunch and take a trip with Mind Orchestra right now!
“I, Me” - With this release 6O4 has done it again. With high quality production and sounds he lays down a thick sound scape. I could see this easily landing in a video game in a transitional level before things really start to get soaked in action. With the opening cello’s things seem rather ominous but the skipping glitch like work with the rolling snare textures keep things playful. I think that the glitch sounds though are maybe a bit overused however with the track only coming in at 3:07 it doesn’t reach the point of being overplayed. The backing textures change and help the mood swing. 6O4 has the talent of making tracks that stay within standard pop time limits but don’t get monotonous. If you like great instrumental music to get you through the day and love EDM/Trip Hop/Pop then I recommend this track.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
“Fuck ‘em” - One thing missing in a lot of music I hear is attitude. If you are looking for a song that is all sunshine and rainbows then steer clear of this act. With a creeping bass brass CWIL ready your mind to throw down. They don’t hide it, they are full of attitude and are ready to dispense with anything fake or weak in their way. A Rap act hailing from Detroit they have had enough, and their music rolls telling you to get out of the way. Most times with Rap I hear a ton of special effects that act as ear candy but CWIL keeps it about the ideas. They do an excellent job of using the pop songwriting structure to create thick hooks. There are moments where the use of delay muddies up the vocals and makes a couple of lines difficult to discern, but CWIL keeps things on point and in your face. If you like music with attitude, Rap/Hip Hop/Pop then I would recommend checking out this song. Either way CWIL shows no signs of letting up of fading out anytime soon. For all those that try and nay say CWIL will overcome and just say, “Fuck ‘em”.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
“The Fallen” - The opening guitar chords remind me of those times when I wake up and I know that the day is just going to be epic and I’m up to no good. This song slinks across my speakers and into my ears like an evil seductress. Ash Wednesday is the greasy kind of rock n roll that was made famous by the likes of the Rolling Stones only with more attitude. The guitars have that middle finger in your face grind with solos that don’t need a million notes a minute. Instead they favor for groove and feel and the guitar leads become another voice for the band. The bass guitar is well defined and lays down a solid groove factor for the band. Drums, done perfect for this band. Fills aid the peaks and valleys of this song and drive it into reckless abandon. Vocals are dripping with attitude and heart. XXX can’t help from pushing it as hard as he can. If you are the type of person that likes pretty little safe Pop songs then Ash Wednesday is NOT for you. This band has a real crossover appeal. If you like rock/hard rock/classic rock/alt rock/punk/grunge/garage rock this is the band for you. They have the attitude and the skill to deliver solid grinding rock ’n roll. So get your face out of your tired, played out music and listen to this now.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Choke Him Son - I aint gonna mess around, YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT THIS TRACK! Nuff said, but really this is an interesting one. I could easily see this track going into a horror, suspense or a modern detective type movie. 6O!4 has nailed an awesome track that is down right creepy while still fun to listen to. I feel like I have someone watching me in the dark right now listening to it. 6O!4 does an excellent job of building tension and release moments with keeping solid crawling tempo. The layers of sound that bob and weave in and out of your ear are a delicacy for your ears. If you want to have something that will help you pulse through your day, go! Just check this clip out now. I highly recommend this one to anyone that like EDM/Trip Hop/Industrial/Instrumentals.
Idfwu Freestyle - Freestyles are always fun cause you can see art in its raw form. Watt$ definitely has talent and make sure you check out this track so that you can have the pleasure of saying, “Yeah, I knew about that guy before he blew up.” This will be like one of those rare sought after baseball cards after Watt$ goes platinum. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you like Rap/Hip Hop check this out.
“Shadows” - A Thick EDM beat thumps as this song rocks it out of my speakers. Sally is a sultry new Pop talent and with her song “Shadows” she is ready to get the room bumping. This is a great balanced Pop song that takes you halfway around the world on a holiday of a good time. The track has an awesome mid-tempo bounce. Heavy synth work is done very playfully. A nice thick beat anchors it all and lets Sally work her vocal charm. Be careful she will seduce you with her eyes, art and heart. You can almost feel the fun in the sun that Sally is having while out on the town. Whether cruising the town or dancing on the beach this track will put a smile on your face. I recommend this track to those that like Pop/EDM music.
Waiting on Go - I am not going to lie to you I am a rock guy. I love raging guitars and pounding drums. Hearing a vocalist singing nearly screaming at the top of their lungs gives me goosebumps. Amy Gordon is the exact opposite, that being said I was shook in my seat as her songs began to roll out of my speakers. At first listen I had her music on in the background to get an idea of what kind of artist she was. From the opening track “One Door Opens” I was pulled in. Her music has a hop in its step with optimism and hope for a better day. The album is really well produced with all the elements balanced and breathing like a true professional. With this collection of songs Amy shows that she is no singer-come-lately but a true talent. Amy’s vocals slide out of her soul and into my ear opening my heart. She has the talent to take personal stories and relate to her listeners on an intimate level. While her vocals float around the room the notes of her music dance and do an excellent job of painting a background for the story. If I had any complaints I would say that the percussion work is a bit too laid back but the attack fits her style well. Key and xylophone work are played well, and with the same great passion that is in Amy’s voice. While some moments on this disc are bouncing and playful others are quite smooth and peaceful in reflection. Each song takes you on a journey through her heart that isn’t boring and predictable but rather calm yet adventurous. This is the type of album you would want to put on first thing in the morning when you wanted to create a calm and inspiring mood. I would recommend this album to anyone who like Pop/Indie/Singer Songwriters. While Amy maybe Waiting on Go you shouldn’t wait a moment and pick up this uplifting album.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
CREEPSHOW - Usually when you think Hip Hop/Rap you think of moog sculpted soundscapes, Heavy synth work or beats from the 70’s Disco. On CREEPSHOW Musfasa truly creates some creepy tones and backtracks to vocally flow over. Lyrically Mufasa is a breath of fresh air. As a wordsmith he is a true poet and stays away from current cliche’ MC trends. This album has a gritty underground vibe, something that you would only play when your parents weren’t around. He isn’t your typical Rap artist he is more of a poet than a verse/chorus/verse. Over the 19 tracks he explores a variety of soundscapes and ideas. If you are looking for an artistic, different and out of the box Rap artist then CREEPSHOW is the record for you.
3D - Opening with the song “New Day” Bobby Danger writes music that you just want to turn up as loud as you can. He has the talent of writing songs that make you want to sing along with on first listen. As pop/rock acts go Mr. Danger has plenty of rock in his mix. The guitar leads just flow and make you want to play air guitar. The drums and bass throw down a nice groove and have musical hooks that make you want to dance. Bobby as a vocalist sings right in the pocket. His harmonies and lead vocals make you want to hum along to the verses and scream along with the chorus. 3D is a showcase of true talent. If you are a fan of Pop/Rock/Alt Rock then I would highly recommend this album. In his 3rd release Bobby shows that his star is in no “Danger” of fading anytime soon. So if you are tired of plastic one dimensional bands then check out this 3D experience.
Social Strife is straight up a great rock band with punk attitude. I really don’t want to call this a punk band because nowadays when people hear “punk” they get the idea of watered down pop rock with guys covered in tats and piercings or music that is so rank that it makes your ears bleed to listen to it. SS has the attitude of a great punk band but crafts songs that swagger and breathe. Vocalist Sean Farro gets right in your face. He sings great and from the heart with attitude. Terry Doucette’s guitar riffing is catchy and top notch. His guitar leads lend another dimension the songs exemplifying the tension and emotion in each song. The whole thing is held together by Mike’s hitting of the drums. Slamming down on the skins he helps build the peak and valley moments in each song allowing each to explode when needed. Jcon lays down the low-end thunder on bass guitar. He is lockstep with Mike and with his tone keeps things rather snarly. If you like rock ’n roll with attitude then Social Strife is the band for you. Wether you want to lay back and chill to the vibe on “Alien and Freaks” or crank the rock at 11 with “Reign”. SS has an epic sound on rockers like “The River” and “Wish I Could Be” and solidly place themselves as condensers in the rock world. Artists that can bring the noise and the attitude of true rock ’n roll are in high demand and Social Strife prove with Friends Like These… that they are ready to step up and fill the void. Get this album and crank it!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
ACRO//EVADE - No Need For Parachutes is a no-nonsense, in-your-face, guitar band. They call themselves alternative rock but the important thing to know is that they just throw down. With this collection of tunes they have put the pedal to the floor and have sped off for the horizon. The guitars on display are huge. You almost feel like you are at a live performance. The recording has captured a truly honest and blissful expression of emotion. The bass guitar lines while murky in tone, underline the dissonance in feelings and help craft the beautiful heft of this band. Drums just slam like the rest of this group. Everything just feels like it was played full out from the heart. Vocally NNFP puts it all on the line. They are not afraid to tell you what is really on their minds. In a day an age where most groups over produce everything on a computer within a nanosecond and suck all the emotion out NNFP just rock out. If you like Rock/Hard Rock/Alt Rock I would highly recommend this EP. From the driving sounds on “In Your Head”, the gritty vibe on “Basecamp”, explosive emotion from the title track
or the dissonant angst from the lead single “Trojan Whorse” No Need For Parachutes deliver real rock with the goods. Get to it NOW!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
“The H.E.R.O.” (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) - This short track from Michael shows what is to come on the horizon. With the notes dripping from the heavens and a bass that grooves Mr. Aldridge is poised to lay a set to save the world.
“Tears” - With the opening acoustic guitar you maybe expecting a folk act but once the beat drops you get a thick, tight produced song. 1st drops a great track here. Despite all the crap the world throws at you this song reminds you to preserver to better days. There won’t be any regrets playing his song but “Tears” may roll remembering the things you have overcome listening to it. 1stRequest has done an excellent job in song craft, you gotta hear this!
Attached (Ft. Deonta Davelle)- Quari Banks - QuariBanks throws down a fresh new track that stands out in the world. Trippy music flows and Quari flows with class over top. If you like Rap/Hip Hop/Pop definitely check out this track. This song has major hooks so download, go for a cruise and crank this song.
“Standing On the Edge” - With so many sub-genres in rock music today many artists get lost. Black Nevada is a band that just ROCKS! On this breakout single the band hits you over the head with aggressive guitars, hammering drums, thick bass and soaring vocals. This is the type of epic song that is great to listen while going up against a great challenge. This is what great rock ’n roll songs sound like, the pure drive and energy to overcome anyone or anything. I would highly recommend this track to anyone that likes rock/hard rock/ alt rock. Black Nevada is “Standing On the Edge” of something great so don’t miss out and crank this tune.
“Small World, Big Problems” - Etherial flanged notes dance through the air momentarily and then Black Nevada drops their hammer. Grinding guitars launch this track into the air where it soars for the heavens. Pounding drums keep this song rock solid and provide a concrete foundation for this chart topping song. The bass guitar grooves like a giant middle finger waving in the air to everyone that stands in your way. Vocals just get belted out straight from the heart, no filter. If you like rock/hard rock/alt rock that gets in your face, makes you want to stomp your feet and pump your fist, Black Nevada is the band for you. In a “Small World” filled to brim with artists Black Nevada steps out with tunes that will make you forget all your “Big Problems”. Just crank it and ROCK!
Saturday, October 11, 2014
“Pyramids” (feat. Haeden) - With swinging sounds this song flows across my speakers and makes me instantly sway. This track is different from a lot of the Hip Hop I hear. While most MC’s roll about how much they got and how hard they are, this is a romantic track. Utilizing classic Moog sounds and a back beat that is really smooth your ears will be in full ecstasy. The bass guitar track on this song makes you feel like you can slide cross the floor for miles. If you like Rap, Hip Hop or Pop I highly recommend checking out this track. It would be great to put on when you are out on a date with your girl, top down cruising out on the town. EmpierDoc has the goods on this track and they are well on their way climbing to the top of the “Pyramid” of the music business.
“RVIN” - There are tracks that I can’t just explain, for some reason they just sink and pull a trigger in your mind. This song by Benjamin has that unique factor. There is a trip factor to the way that this was produced. I would almost call this spoken word/trip hop. The opening synth lines tied with the basic beat slowly evolve opening like a beautiful black hole. Vocally Benjamin seems to be doing all he can to keep this rather simplistic in the beginning and then his flow opens and evolves as does the music. At the 1:00 mark Benjamin really starts rolling sad thing is the track is only 1:19 long. I really consider this an interesting piece of artwork. I wish it would have been a bit longer. I am sure many would love to rip on this but really, give it a spin with an open mind. There is a really interesting artist on display here. I hope more is to come from Benjamin, so if you like Hip/hop, Rap, Experimental, Underground material I would definitely check this out.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
“Playground” - The opening synth lines feel like they are longing for something more and true. Vocals from T-A-P are smooth and pleasingly melodic. The track really starts rolling at 1:34 where the beat kicks in. T-A-P has created an awesome soundscape here. While the elements of EDM in a Pop structure are not original the arrangement and this take on it is refreshing and unique. If you are tired of the same old played out Pop music and approaches take the time to check out “Playground”. This song is fresh and well produced. If you like Pop with electronic overtones I would highly recommend checking out this track. T-A-P isn’t messing around on the “Playground”, they are getting down to serious business creating great tracks.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Overnight Rockstar - The door opens and Spencer takes flight on his debut album. With raging guitars ringing chords of freedom he swings for the bleachers on this release.Staking his home in the genre of Alternative Rock you will find songs that range from remorse to mischievous abandon. Mildly distorted guitars paint of soundscape of angst with melodic vocals as a counter point. The bass lines help the songs spin and bounce and add a healthy dose of playfulness and keep the songs from getting too dour. Drum work is solid and give Spencer’s songs room to breathe. While Spencer is only 21 he tells the stories of a well traveled man. Songs of heart break and overcoming it prominent on this release. If you are a fan of Alternative Rock I would consider checking this out.
Monday, October 6, 2014
“We’ll Be Patriots Tomorrow” - I love songs that make you envision a super hero of some movie is about to rush in and save the day. Thats the vibe that I get off this song. SyDobi is a unique talent. I don’t mean tunafish in your omelet for breakfast unique. I talking a fresh combination of sounds unique. So many formulas have been tread and retread that when you come across something like SyDobi you really feel like you’re breathing a breath of fresh air. He effectively combines a pop/electronica vibe in verses yet seamlessly transitions to rock for the choruses. With a pulsing drive from the drums this song just rocks. Synth and guitar tones blend really well keeping a solid core for this song. He has talent to blend different elements together and make them all make sense together including a blistering rock solo and an acoustic folk outro. I would recommend this track to a wide variety audiences. If you like Alternative/Pop/Rock/Electronic I highly recommend this song.
“The Fallen” - The opening guitar chords remind me of those times when I wake up and I know that the day is just going to be epic and I’m up to no good. This song slinks across my speakers and into my ears like an evil seductress. Ash Wednesday is the greasy kind of rock n roll that was made famous by the likes of the Rolling Stones only with more attitude. The guitars have that middle finger in your face grind with solos that don’t need a million notes a minute. Instead they favor for groove and feel and the guitar leads become another voice for the band. The bass guitar is well defined and lays down a solid groove factor for the band. Drums, done perfect for this band. Fills aid the peaks and valleys of this song and drive it into reckless abandon. Vocals are dripping with attitude and heart. Randolph Robinson can’t help from pushing it as hard as he can. If you are the type of person that likes pretty little safe Pop songs then Ash Wednesday is NOT for you. This band has a real crossover appeal. If you like rock/hard rock/classic rock/alt rock/punk/grunge/garage rock this is the band for you. They have the attitude and the skill to deliver solid grinding rock ’n roll. So get your face out of your tired, played out music and listen to this now.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
The Storm - Blindside Thunder is the ultimate release. Life’s responsibilities can just be rather overwhelming. In the 80’s we had Heavy Metal that make you want to go out and let go. You would forget all your problems with your fists pumping into the air and your head banging like there was no tomorrow. Blindside Thunder has delivered a fresh new party-metal album to help you get through those hectic days. Really, how many times can you stand to hear “Pour Some Sugar On Me”? Blindside throw down a gauntlet of rock like the best. You want songs about fast lives, parties and girls? Blindside has you covered for a good time all you have to add is you. Crunching chunking guitars with blistering leads, bass guitars laying down the low end and bringing the thunder and the pummeling drums will keep you at 100mph all night long. Vocally, this guy can sing, he doesn’t need to scream like the cookie monster on crack or croak like mutant frog on halloween he just belts it out from the heart. Blindside might be a party band but they are no slackers, track after track they deliver solid songs that rock. If you like rock/hard rock/heavy metal I recommend this album and no matter what “Storm” you maybe going through this album with put a smile on your face and get you rocking to clearer skies. Do yourself a favor grab a cold one, get this album and CRANK IT!