I Set My Friends on Fire’s O.G. ‘Astral Rejection’ to Get Official Release

In 2011, I Set My Friends on Fire released Astral Rejection – a sweet, grating fusion of crunkcore, extreme metal and emo-pop. It continued what the band pioneered on their 2008 debut to largely negative reviews. What’s not as well known is that there was an original version of Astral Rejection. Epitaph Records shelved it in 2010. But now, the label has decided to release … Continue reading I Set My Friends on Fire’s O.G. ‘Astral Rejection’ to Get Official Release

‘Left Out in the Sun’ by First Round’s on Me Is Bass-Heavy Alt-Rock

‘Left Out in the Sun’ by First Round’s on Me is a prescient, groovy alternative rock track. These guys describe themselves as an “alternative/garage rock band in Chicago,” made up of “members influenced by classic rock, thrash metal, indie rock, blues and just about anything in between.” This, the band says, “is a personal song about struggling with working too much and finding time to … Continue reading ‘Left Out in the Sun’ by First Round’s on Me Is Bass-Heavy Alt-Rock

Candy’s Room’s ‘Hither Green’ Is Funky, Rock-Facing World Music

Hither Green’ by Candy’s Room is some dynamic, funky rock music with a modern indie approach. These guys describe themselves as taking “influence from old Motown records and 80s college rock bands like Sonic Youth and Galaxie 500 in [an] attempt to create a hybrid of popular music tones.” They say this track “features string and brass arrangements, which have been layered using modern production techniques — an experiment to try … Continue reading Candy’s Room’s ‘Hither Green’ Is Funky, Rock-Facing World Music

AWAZE Makes a Strong Debut with “Pour a Little Love, Love”

“The song tells about a girl reflecting on the indifference of life and how the great wheel keeps spinning no matter how messed up things are. The mid section riff was written on a really cheap and old acoustic guitar when being bored to death on a x-mas holiday.” – AWAZE AWAZE is the incredible Swedish band consisting of drummer Jonna Löfgren (Glasvegas, Hurula), bassist … Continue reading AWAZE Makes a Strong Debut with “Pour a Little Love, Love”

Luiz Bruno’s ‘Mental’ Is an Honestly Modern Take on a Poppy New Wave Sound

Luiz Bruno’s ‘Mental’ is wonky psychedelic rock that takes clear cues from new wave and some more off-kilter developments in the world of pop. “The new songs combine psychedelic rock and 80s new wave influences,” the band says of their new album Everything’s Fine, “while the lyrics deal with the mind, shamanism, self-doubt, madness and other psychological issues that are very relevant in today’s anxiety-riddled modern world.” Continue reading Luiz Bruno’s ‘Mental’ Is an Honestly Modern Take on a Poppy New Wave Sound

Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ Is Groovy, Jazzy Alt-Rock with a Dreamy Vibe

Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ is expansive, freeform alternative rock with an untethered shoegaze vibe. Citing influences “comprising iconic bands… from Sense Field, The Appleseed Cast and Sunny Day Real Estate to Hum and The Smashing Pumpkins,” these guys, “have concocted a sound with nods to the past but very much aimed at a contemporary audience.” Continue reading Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ Is Groovy, Jazzy Alt-Rock with a Dreamy Vibe

Down North Creates a Tasteful Fusion of Funk, Soul, and Rock, Quickly Hooking in Listeners

“We’re not even really a soul band, because we don’t have horns. You know when you see soul singers, and they’re, like, cool and smooth? Yeah, that’s not us. We’re like that old stuff that you see on YouTube, the wild, crazy performances where the dude is sweating within the first song. Yeah, that’s how we are.”  – Down North lead singer/dancer, Anthony Briscoe Maybe … Continue reading Down North Creates a Tasteful Fusion of Funk, Soul, and Rock, Quickly Hooking in Listeners

Keeakev’s ‘That’s My Word’ Is Slick, Laid-Back Rap with a Psychedelic Vibe

Keeakev’s ‘That’s My Word’ is slick, laid-back rap with a more traditional, psychedelic vibe. “This isn’t a snippet,” this artist says, “this is a song with one verse and two hooks. The beat rides out on it’s own intentionally.” The unorthodox structure, which puts a strong focus on the instrumental towards the beginning and end of the track, definitely gives the song a unique vibe. … Continue reading Keeakev’s ‘That’s My Word’ Is Slick, Laid-Back Rap with a Psychedelic Vibe

‘Evidence’ by Shields Is Poppy Alt Rock with a Progressive, Futuristic Vibe

‘Evidence’ by Shields is upbeat, poppy alt rock with a lightly progressive, futuristic vibe. These guys are, “a Newcastle-based 5-piece band,” they say, “with a reputation for innovative alt-pop instrumentation and delicate harmonies.” The group says they are known for, “stunning live performances, honed by early tour support slots with the likes of Placebo, Walk The Moon, and Everything Everything,” in addition to their appearance “at BBC 6Music … Continue reading ‘Evidence’ by Shields Is Poppy Alt Rock with a Progressive, Futuristic Vibe

Galactic Release Jazz-Funk Song to Raise Money for The Houseman’s Family

Galactic, based in New Orleans, have been working on the soulful song “Can’t You Believe” for the past year. The jazz-funk song features authentic vocals from The Houseman and instrumentation that will get just about anyone grooving. The song features a thick bass, sailing guitars, and a horn section that funks it up. The song is made complete with a strong hook melody consisting of … Continue reading Galactic Release Jazz-Funk Song to Raise Money for The Houseman’s Family