Τετάρτη, 22 Ιανουαρίου 2020

WD-HAN - Icarus

Icarus is the perfect new-decade resolution to challenge the heights and reach for the sun, no matter what. 

Summertime Star Sign in November, saying goodbye to the past in haunting lyrics and deep, deep harmonics. Spaceman in December, disdaining the present in sharp angry rhythm. Now in January, Icarus, proclaiming the future in a driving, rocking, invincible message: no one can stop you. WD-HAN closed out one decade and opened the next with a triumvirate of songs celebrating life, all of it. Life isn’t always easy, but it’s yours to make better, and WD-HAN is right there with you through it all.
Versatile and creative lead guitar Cal, super-talented drummer Lea, and gritty-smooth singer Spencer meld almost-psychic synergy into original songs that dig into the heart and don’t let go.
Icarus is the perfect new-decade resolution to challenge the heights and reach for the sun, no matter what. They don’t get it? They don’t get you? Doesn’t matter. You’re the one flying. 

Starting the year at the Springboard West Festival in their California debut, WD-HAN has plans for tours in various parts of the US in 2020, while releasing a new song every 4-6 weeks. This is their year, their decade, and they want it to be your decade also.

“With a prelude offering reminiscences to Daughter, the sudden switch to anthemic Alt Rock in Icarus will have you on the edge of your proverbial seat. When in full swing, Icarus is a monster of a track full of rhythmic sultry Blues, yet those bluesy licks come with plenty of bite.” - Amelia Vandergast, A&R Factory Blog

“The energy is raw, tight and heavy crafting a young fresh new sound.” Mel, Foolish Dreams Music Blog

Website: www.wdhan.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wdhanmusic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/wdhanband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wdhan 

Σάββατο, 18 Ιανουαρίου 2020

September Mourning - Volume III (EP 2020)

September Mourning are giving their fans a New Year's treat with the release of an animated video for "Overdose" as they simultaneously launch their new "Volume III" EP. The collection also includes an additional new song "Madness".  Rounding out the EP are an uncensored version of "Unholy" and "Hiding From Heaven".  The band has just announced a new round of tour dates that start in February (see below).

September says of "Overdose": "This is a song about falling in love with someone or something so hard that it consumes you...and that the process of being consumed is actually a beautiful thing.   In reference to another person, it mentions a certain uncertainty in the second verse, of that other person's view on life, love and having the courage to be deep in it.  The song reminds us that our views of life and love are our own and may not necessarily be shared by everyone and that's ok.  If you stay true to your heart and beliefs, eventually those with similar views find each other”.

She continues “The video is an extension of the same animated universe we created with "Hiding From Heaven", based on the September Mourning Graphic Novel. It takes place after Claire has finished playing the video game in the arcade. As Claire accepts September’s defeat in the “Hiding From Heaven” video game, a mystical flash of light appears and transports her to a world within the game.  The world is Mortem, the land of the dead.  Upon her arrival, she meets a shadowy figure that sets her on a quest into the Hotel Sanctuary to find 4 travelers and 3 artifacts”.

“Entering the Hotel Sanctuary Claire gets an uneasy feeling that there is more to the story than she has been told… Armed with the 3 artifacts and joined by her otherworldly compatriots, Claire finds the final obstacle to her return home is Fate…. We hope everyone likes the continuing saga of Claire, September and The Reapers”!

September Mourning released the "Volume 1" EP in 2015, and the full-length album "Volume 2" in 2016 - with singles "20 Below" and "Eye of the Storm" both reaching the Top 40 at Active Rock radio. The band released 2 singles in 2018: "Empire" and "Glass Animals".  Their "Unholy" and "Hiding From Heaven" singles, released earlier this year, were featured on key Hard Rock playlists on all major streaming services.  The band has amassed more than 5 million plays of their songs @ Spotify; and more than 6.8 million overall worldwide.  Their videos have been viewed more than 6.6 million times on YouTube, with 21,500+ subscribers to their Youtube channel. The songs on the new “Volume III” EP were produced by 5-time Grammy Award winning Chris Lord-Alge; along with Josh Napert, & Nick Scott. "Unholy" was produced by Sahaj Tictotin (Motley Crue, Otherwise, Starset, RA).

The band's striking visuals and dynamic, immersive stage show have helped propel them into a national touring act that has performed at Download (UK), Rock on the Range (Columbus, OH), Aftershock (Sacramento, CA), Comicpalooza (Houston, TX), Anime Midwest (Chicago, IL), as well as opening for Rob Zombie and other notable acts. They are already booked for the Incarceration Festival in 2020, with more to come.  

September Mourning is:
Emily Lazar (September) - Lead vocals
Rich Juzwick (Riven) - Lead Guitars, Backing vocals
Aaron Hoover (Wraith) - Guitars, Backing vocals
Kyle Mayer (Stitch) - Drums

“Volume III” - Track listing
 1). Unholy (Explicit)
 2). Hiding From Heaven
 3). Madness (Explicit)
 4). Overdose

Official website: http://www.septembermourning.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/septembermourning 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/septmbrmourning
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/septembermourning/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/theseptembermourning
Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/3u6jopsj6GeZAHJAmfUxk1
Apple Music/iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1486198302
Physical store: https://september-mourning-merch.myshopify.com/products/volume-iii
Bands In Town: https://www.bandsintown.com/a/241760 

The Curbside Choir - Prostitutes are people too

Alternative rock band. Guitar-driven songs with sometimes crazy lyrics. Somewhere between pop-punk and rock.


Mallet - Rock n' Roll Heroes (2020)

In 2019 MALLET celebrated their 40th anniversary. The album’s title track “Rock`n´Roll Hero”  is a tribute to the 80’s and thus to their own past, with a slight wink.

The album contains 14 original songs in which the band demonstrates their versatility.Once again, MALLET proof that you can find a home in many diverse styles without losing your own identity. MALLET still stands for melodic, dynamic Classic Rock.

“Rock´n´Roll Heroes” was recorded by Arne Neurand in the famous Horus Sound Studio in Hanover, Germany and mastered by Grammy nominated Mastering Guru Robin Schmidt at 24-96 Mastering Karlsruhe, Germany.


Hugh Morrison - The Other Side (2020)

A definite New Orleans vibe can be heard throughout this new release from Hugh Morrison. The title track 'The Other Side' features New Orleans Second Line rhythm along with distinctive brass instruments. Added to his usual folk-rock style!

Scottish-born singer/songwriter, Hugh Morrison is based in Houston,Texas. He plays and sings in a range of musical styles, but primarily Celtic/Rock. His main gig is lead singer with Murder the Stout who tour and perform at many festivals across the USA. Also, Morrison plays many solo gigs and guests with touring bands when his schedule allows. His main instruments are guitar and squeezebox.


Παρασκευή, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2020

Carnival Kid - We Used To Shout At You

We Used To Shout At You is the new single by Christian Stezycki's solo project Carnival Kid. It is full of energy and catchy song. The weird beat followed by the loud drums and the exquisite guitars, but also the expressive and clear vocals, give the song a unique character. The sound production is excellent and makes the track so impressive and so unpredictable that you never get bored. 

Lyrically, the song is about the lack of perspective in the songwriter's hometown. Christian Stezycki says about :"It's a nervous song, full of anger and desperation based on the feeling of seeing your hometown slowly die. And while my family was trying their best to make me stay or at least come back, everything else around almost violently seemed to push me away. There were no jobs, no shops, no perspective for my children and only radical or old people. And while everyone is singing about the clubs in Berlin, this is basically happening everywhere else around."

He also explains how the name of  Carnival Kid came out : "The 11th of November, eleven minutes past 11 o’clock in the morning, sees the beginning of carnival season in Germany. Many people, including myself, don’t really care about this. But  the 11th of November 2009, at 9 past 11 A.M., my son saw the light of day. Children born on this day are called “Faschingskinder” in Germany - carnival kids. And since this event changed basically every aspect of my life, including my perception, writing and interpretation of music, I felt it to be a pretty perfect name for a solo project.
Carnival also includes the idea of hiding behind a mask, which I am kind of doing in a linguistic sense when I am writing and singing in English (or when I’m writing this pseudo-international text). The kid-part of the name might give a hint to all the struggles you go through in your thirties, but I guess I better leave that to interpretation. And if this description made you laugh your ass off since it’s so cheesy, then that’s also some kind of carnival I suppose…"

The first two songs in 2020, "We Used To Shout At You" and "We Were The Shadows", have actually been written at around 2009, when his previous band Jovernanté decided to part ways and lots of great material got lost on the working bench. He recorded them again, changed them and now they are finally seeing the light of day.



Κυριακή, 12 Ιανουαρίου 2020

Miles Grindey - Make Up Your Mind

Miles Grindey is a guitarist from Southampton who, last year, released his first album “Caught in a Storm” and donated all the proceeds to the mental health charity, Mind. Miles was born in Southampton on January 11th 1995. From the age of nine, he began playing the guitar. During his time at school he discovered the music of Van Halen which inspired him to keep going. In March 2016, Miles performed with The Bones and Arrows on their only release “The Bones and Arrows EP” writing the chorus riff and solos for “Muddy Sunshine” and “Slow Light”. After that he pursued a solo career  releasing an EP 'Keeping My Sanity' in 2017 and a full album 'Caught in a Storm' in 2018.

Now, he is working on his upcoming second album and released the first single out of it entitled 'Make Up Your Mind' . It's a blues rock song with a great guitar work, clear vocals, melodic and catchy melodies.The sound production is very clear and professional. The track features Ian Michael Bruh on vocals, Wayne Viar on drums, Enrico Galetta on bass and Bill Hart on keys and the result of their great work is that it has achieved over 5000 streams on Spotify alone, proving to be popular with fans both new and old. Writing songs like 'Make Up Your Mind', Miles Grindey has the potential to become a big name in the guitar rock scene.

Miles says about the song:“It’s hard to believe that this song was born from my dodgy flat in Brighton during my final years of University. If you had told me that I was gonna be working with world class musicians in Atlanta I’d have fainted. Such a journey I’ve been on to record this and I can’t get over the quality of it, so many people to thank! The response to the song has been really mind-blowing to say the least!”

'Make Up Your Mind' released on all online platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon Music.


Τρίτη, 7 Ιανουαρίου 2020

Megan Black - Wooden Woman

A great female voice here. Wooden Woman is the second single from Scottish singer/songwriter Megan Black. It is a blues song with moody atmosphere which highlights the singer's unbelievable vocal abilities and her obvious influences from great artists such as Janis Joplin. 

Wooden Woman explores the disconnect we feel with mental health. Megan describes this as: “The helplessness of barely feeling human and becoming disassociated with your own emotions.” 
The lyrics are about someone else being present in the mind and body and controlling the person’s ability to connect fully with themselves and how they feel they should be. 

The song is in a minor key emphasising a sense of fear for the wooden woman returning however, there is also a sense of comfort within the steady flow of the song; always returning back to a certain point – the same way we become comfortable with a sense of misery or anxiety being present in our lives.



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