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FFO: Nothing, Nowhere, Magnolia Park, Modsun
Hyper Pop? Pop Punk? Today, Keeper dropped their latest single “Come Around” – which will be followed by the upcoming EP “The Greatest Hits…He Lied”.
Keeper is a hyper-pop/alternative rock artist from London, UK. Keeper sticks to his post-hardcore roots with guitar-driven riffs, whilst also mixing pop and emo-rap elements to create a varied and modern sound. Taking influences from Hyper-Pop artists such as Glaive and Dorian Electra, as well as other alternative bands like Enter Shikari and Neck Deep, Keeper – with the help of producer, Jon Cass – fuses Pop-Punk, emo vibes with Hyper-Pop inspired beats and just a hint of nostalgia. Keeper released his debut EP, Guess I’m Keeper, in March 2021. Consists of the three singles, Homegrown, Blue-Eyes, and Frog, as well as three other tracks, tackling themes of mental health, loneliness, and friendship. The EP reached around 50,000 people worldwide, and landed Keeper press coverage on sites like Alternative Press, New Noise Magazine, Music-News, and Clash Magazine, with Alt Press describing him as “a fresh, new take on punk riffs accompanied by personal, relatable lyrics.” Keeper has since released more tracks, including Soul, ISPY and Here We Go, which proved to be some of his most popular yet, getting attention from radio stations such as Idobi Radio, DCR FM, and BBC Introducing. Collaborating with other artists such as Nevermadeithome, Sideview Drive, Rex Arcum, and TMDistant, Keeper continues to make a name for himself within the scene. With a large back catalog ready to break out and a well-rehearsed live set and band, Keeper aims to hit the ground running.
“So, ‘Come Around’ is not about me personally. Thankfully… It’s about a friend who got dragged along a bit in a relationship where everyone could see what was happening, but no one was able to help. It’s one of those things you gotta work out yourself. And they did. Their significant other was a really nice guy at the start but turned out to be an absolute ass when it came to our mate. He would make promises, get their hopes up, toy with their emotions, and make them unhappy. The trouble was, our mate thought the opposite, that their happiness came from ‘Dave’ (let’s call him). They became so dependent on this person’s approval that they ended up making themselves depressed. You could see it on their face and hear it in their voice. It was heartbreaking to see them like a shell. Look, it’s not healthy to put your mental health and well-being on someone else. It’s bad and toxic, to be frank. Your source of life shouldn’t come from some random bloke. But Dave knew what was going on, and I think he liked the power it brought him. So he would push it. Really, really push it.
He turned from a decent guy into a manipulating bumhole. All that power seemed to go straight to his head, making things worse. Our mate didn’t know which way was up. One minute they were fully aware of what was happening, trying desperately to get back on track, and then Dave would see it, sense it, and let a little bit more of the line go out, and our mate would take the bait. It was like a soul-destroying cycle. This constant flipping between a promised romance and some sort of lackey just destroyed them. It was rough to see. ‘Come Around’ is that healing process that came afterward. They realized what was going on and finally found the strength to stop it, breaking the cycle they found themselves trapped in. And honestly, we’re so grateful they have. They’re much better now. ‘Come Around’ is that stereotypical breakup track, that ‘sod you’ to Dave, but in a song. We don’t like Dave. The Music Video is kina melodramatic storytelling of that. The fight in the vid is essentially some really artsy way of showing what the person had with themselves. Them constantly getting hit and beaten down, only to get back up and eventually succeed. Despite the odds and the challenges, they got the dub.
Watch “Come Around” HERE.
Stream “Come Around” HERE.
CONNECT WITH KEEPER:
INSTAGRAM // FACEBOOK // TWITTER // TIKTOK
Extreme Metal band Red Cult has released their debut single, the powerful “Severed”. This marks the first single and lyric video from the new endeavor of Greg Haberek and Zack Robin. “Severed” comes at you full force with a wall of energy and fierce metal aggression.
“The goal with writing severed was to create some of the craziest most technical metal that I’ve ever made,” says Zack Robin of Red Cult. “I currently play in a rock band, and as much as I love the music and those guys, I have a side of me that needs to play heavy music and severed, was my outlet for it.”
On the intensity and heaviness of “Severed” he continues: “The goal was to be an all out audio assault on the listeners ears. Never wanted the song to let up with constant fast drums constant fast guitars with the intensity of vocals to match it. It really has been a lot of fun producing this track and getting to write stuff in the style of the bands influenced me. The influence and drive behind writing such an intense track was from the anger and sense of wronging that I felt from past projects. When you pour years of your life into a project only for it to be driven into the ground, it can really ignite a fire inside you, and all of that creative energy was focused into what is now severed.”
“Lyrically, the song is about severing yourself from the fake people, things and distractions in your life,” adds Greg Haberek. “Too many people have given away their power to false idols or deities and neglected the true power within. This song is a cry for remembrance. Knowing who you are and never letting others dim your shine again.”
“Severed” is written, performed and recorded by Greg Haberek (Vocals, Drums) and Zack Robin (Guitar, Bass). The track was mixed and mastered by Jordan Beal (Veil of Maya). Red Cult will be releasing singles over a span of time with intentions to eventually culminate into an EP or LP experience.
“Severed” is now playing across all digital streaming platforms. The video is ultimately an intro to a cult-themed video series in which Red Cult will visually show the experience of the lyrical narratives. Listen to the single on Spotify (hyperlink) or on YouTube below:
WATCH THE VIDEO NOW ON YOUTUBE
With a name based on a shadow religion in video game lore, REDCult takes the deep symbolism and mysticism surrounding the blood god-worshiping sect and applies it to life in modern day. We see now that with these times it would seem like a god based on sacrifice and war to bring prosperity seems very applicable to life in 2023. “The lyrics of salvation through revolution and worship of a blood sun are metal AF and we just love the imagery and deep dive into a rabbit hole. “
The brutal musicianship of Zack Robin (New Dilemma) and malevolent vocals of Greg Haberek (The Body Rampant, Will They Follow?) breathe life into a world of ritualistic macabre and the occult. The first single from this project “Severed” speaks into existence the act of walking away from all forms of material and mental shackles to embrace the power held within.
Red Cult Is:
Greg Haberek – Vocals, Drums
Zack Robin – Guitar, Bass
Connect With Red Cult:
Linktree / Youtube / Instagram
Artist: Cheer Up Dusty Release: Single Release Date: 5/5
Genre: Alternative Rock/ Pop Punk Suggested For Fans Of: Turnstile, Driveways, Magnolia Park
Philadelphia, PA four-piece Alt-Rock band Cheer Up Dusty has released their newest single, the slick up-tempo Legacy. Combining spacious vocals with superb pop-punk sensibilities, Legacy is the heavy hitting leadoff single off the band’s upcoming EP.
“Legacy is our first single off our new EP and the first song we filmed a music video for. While it was being made it was quickly deemed a stronger song we wanted to push as far as we could. The funny thing about it is it’s the most unprepared song we had going into the studio, it was just a riff from Brayan really that in the studio we all brought to life collectively to the point at the end we somewhat forgot how it even started.” Says Cheer Up Dusty about their new release. On its importance to themselves, they continue, “ The song means a lot personally because ultimately the legacy we leave as a band when all said and done is most important. I hope people can listen to this song and whatever their life goal or passion is they’ll think about it and go, “I can do this”.”
Legacy is written and performed by Cheer Up Dusty, with additional writing credits by Paul Berthold. Production credits are lead by Pete Zen, with Assistant Producer credits by Mikey Lince.
The song is now playing across all digital streaming platforms. Cheer Up Dusty had the following to say about the video for Legacy: ”Making the video for Legacy turned into one of the most organic things we’ve done together. We had the pleasure of shooting at Bob’s Diner in Philadelphia. We have family ties with the diner and got to film after closing on a cloudy Sunday in February. We went in just us, our friend/photographer Eric, a few friends/family members came as extras and we just had a fun day getting shots. No agenda, no stress, no bullshit. I remember leaving and everyone was in a good mood and you know you did well when you spend hours unloading setting up and packing up and you’re still smiling.” Listen to the single on Spotify or on YouTube below.
Cheer Up Dusty is an electrifying four-piece rock ensemble established in 2019 by the talented vocalist, Justin Humenik. The band’s distinctive sound is characterized by forceful vocals, irresistible hooks, and robust instrumentation, as demonstrated in their popular release, “Everybody Hates Me.”
The band’s inception can be traced back to Justin Humenik using music as a therapeutic outlet. Early on, he collaborated with Nick Silvidio, now the band’s rhythm guitarist, to produce their debut EP. However, the pandemic temporarily halted their progress. Despite the setback, the band eventually welcomed bassist Pat Desiato and released engaging music videos in support of their work. Amidst the pandemic, Cheer Up Dusty launched their second EP, “A Collection of Singles,” and joined forces with guitarist Brayan Marin.
In March 2022, the band made waves with their unforgettable single, “Everybody Hates Me,” which garnered widespread attention across the Northeast. Soon after, Caleb Kerr joined as a full-time drummer, solidifying the band’s lineup. Cheer Up Dusty then went on to support GoalKeeper and Driveways during a spring weekender, eventually headlining the Homies Tour alongside Promise Game.
As they prepare for their highly anticipated release this summer, Cheer Up Dusty aims to showcase their most introspective and mature work to date, reflecting their artistic growth and unwavering dedication to their craft.
Cheer Up Dusty can be seen on tour on their Double Header Weekend 5/26 & 5/27, as well as their Northeast Weekend Tour 6/23 – 6/26. Specific dates can be found on the band’s social media pages.
Cheer Up Dusty Is:
Justin Humenik – Vocalist
Brayan Marin – Guitarist
Nick Silvidio – Rhythm Guitarist
Caleb Kerr – Drummer
Pat Desiato – Bassist
Connect With Cheer Up Dusty:
Linktree / Spotify / Instagra
FFO: Starset, Linkin Park, EvanescenceIs “pop metal” a thing? For Major Moment it is! Today, Boston’s “Major Moment” released their latest single “Toxic” ahead of their upcoming full-length, “The Pain That Makes Us Grow”.
“The song was actually inspired by one of our followers on social media, who was being a little bit too impatient with our release schedule, saying things like “don’t you have other songs?” while we indeed had about an album’s worth of songs out and “how many times are you gonna post about this song” right after we just released a new single. Then he just disappeared. This made us think about the impact social media consumption trends can have on artists and creators, forcing them to produce as much content as frequently as possible to stay relevant and to grow. But is it done at the cost of compromising on quality, or even worse, creator’s mental health? Then we just wrote the song through the metaphor of being in a toxic romantic relationship, something almost everyone is familiar with. ”
Boston-based alternative metal Major Moment is known for their intense and cinematic sound that blends heavy guitar riffs, modern production, and melodic vocals. What sets them apart is their unique use of both male and female clean and extreme vocals that create a harmonious blend of contrasting styles. The band draws inspiration from their personal experiences to create music that speaks to their listeners and encourages them to pursue their dreams and live a life of purpose. Their emotionally charged performances and innovative sound have gained them a dedicated fan base and established them as an exciting and rising force in a heavy music scene. Since the release of their debut EP in 2018, Major Moment proves to be the band that dreams big and puts in the hard work to earn it. Having recently performed on Monster Stage of Blue Ridge Rock Festival among with Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Five Finger Death Punch, etc. and after receiving support from Idobi Radio, Alt.Press, Loudwire, Metal Insider, Major Moment has already released 2 EPs, 5 standalone singles, 6 music videos, 4 reimagined tracks, an album of remixes,”The Pain That Makes Us Grow”, the band’s debut full-length album is set for release in late 2023, and is available for pre-order now on CDs and vinyl.
Stream “Toxic” on Spotify!
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INSTAGRAM // FACEBOOK // TIKTOK // WEBSITE
FFO: State Champs, Waterparks, Stand Atlantic
Pop punk outfit ON HIGH drop their latest single and video for “Alive”, and it’ll hit you right in your nostalgic pop punk feels! Fusing propulsive punk energy, stadium-size pop prowess, alternative sizzle, and a ball-busting sense of humor, ON HIGH play the soundtrack to the best night of your life.
“Alive is about the struggle to get over lost love and the push and pull of cognitive dissonance from within that perspective. Being aware that a situation is out of your control bundled with intentional ignorance can cascade into more heartbreak. Sometimes, we wish people would be “better”. The dirty superhero theme showcases how as clean as we want our inner voices to be, we must accept that we are all imperfect. The line “nobody gets me high, but on a brighter side tonight I think that I’m alive…” is pointing out my realization that nobody is responsible for my happiness except myself – a truth the darker side of me didn’t want to subscribe to. (Sam Boxold, vocalist) “ON HIGH” started from the idea of making what we wanted without any outside influences, this is the first time we get to be us, just our uniquely flawed human selves. No big producers, labels, managers or whatever telling us we have to be a certain way, look a certain way, or be anything besides ourselves. We wanted to make a project where we didn’t have to feel like we needed to please anyone or make something because we are told too. “ON HIGH” is our opportunity to create what we want and be who we want.”
Collectively, the band has been part of successful projects from multiple genres working with industry power houses like John Feldmann, Zakk Cervini, Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood and Travis Barker. The band includes Sam Boxold [vocals, guitar], Alex Lofton [bass], and Andy Ackroyd [drums].
Watch the brand new music video HERE.
Stream “Alive” HERE.
CONNECT WITH ON HIGH:
INSTAGRAM // FACEBOOK // TIKTOK // TWITTER
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FFO: Asking Alexandria, Bring Me The Horizon, Attack! Attack!Post Hardcore from Russia? Absolutely! Today “Forget My Silence” dropped their latest single “Fake Fate” with a captivatingnew music video – integrating sonic landscapes similar to Linkin Park, Korn and Bring Me The Horizon.
“The song “Fake Fate” speaks on the subject of everything being the same without a touch of authenticity. To find success today in any area, people should appear, behave even think within particular standards held and controlled by elite companies approving or disapproving, thus subjectively shaping the world. People today are willing to give a lot to be involved in whatever works regardless liking it or not, making the world of today more fake than ever. In the video everything is represented symbolically until a climax happens leaving the characters overwhelmed. They make a decision to not be involved in this anymore and proceed on their own in their own way. We consider this ideology to be another way to control preferences, personalities, even minds and it might be just another step in the Division Agenda.”
It was 2011 when Ziad Baydoun (Guitarist/founder from Lebanon) and Roma Sadygov (Vocalist/Founder from Russia) met in Saint Petersburg while studying at university. Music brought them together and they decided to start this band. In the past 12 years several musicians joined and left the project for various reasons. Current lineup (2023) consists of Roma Sadygov, Ziad Baydoun, bassist Petr Starkov and guitarist Ilya Solonnikov. So far, the band has released an EP “Lifeline” and a long play called “Fall To Rise”. Right now FMS are working on their highly anticipated second LP “The Division Agenda” which includes singles like “Freedom Of Speech” and “Fake Fate”. More exciting tracks are coming your way.
Watch the “Fake Fate” music video HERE.
CONNECT WITH OF THE FALLEN:
INSTAGRAM // FACEBOOK // TWITTER // VK
Libricide is a multi-faceted modern rock band based out of New York, USA, fusing styles and taking stages to create an original sonic experience that broadens your mind and gets stuck in your head.
The band recently dropped the acoustic tinged alt rock anthem “Them Without You”. The track is the only ballad on their new album. Gear wise, Libricide decided to try a different approach on the single. “Sonically we wanted this song to be different from the rest of the record. We experimented with different gear as well. For this song, I made the conscious choice & went for more of a traditional sound by recording all of my guitar parts (including the solo) on both a Fender Stratocaster& Telecaster. I’m very glad I did as the song calls for a specific tone that only a strat & tele could pull off. It compliments the song very well & adds more of a layer to what everyone else is playing.” says guitarist Dylan Stark. Vocalist and guitarist Harun Gadol adds “It’s the only song with acoustic guitar throughout the album. I got to use my coveted Guild on this one, and our engineer John is even featured on the track playing tambourine, which he peppered in so well I almost didn’t even notice it!”
Thematically, “Them Without You” is a song all about letting go, moving on, and improving your situation. “The song essentially just came out of me as a result of some experiences I was going through around the time it was written,” explains Gadol. “A very cathartic experience, for me it was about outgrowing certain people and situations that were no longer serving you (“They’ll be fine alone, they were before you came. But no one’s gonna come around to save your day”). Of course the beauty in art is everyone can have a more specific interpretation based on their own individual experience.”
Along with the single, Libricide has dropped a new music video for “Them Without You”. The high quality, cinematic video was shot over the course of a full day in October of 2022 by exclaimed director Tom Flynn (Lamb Of God, Buckcherry). “Many takes were shot, both group and individual, in multiple locations around our HQ, including the drone shots and fire scenes toward nightfall. We learned a lot, got to work on our video performance chops, and are very happy with the final product,” says Gadol. “I’ve been receiving messages from people whom I either never met before or haven’t heard from in years letting me know how much they loved our new song & music video. Just goes to show you that we are doing something right in the end,” adds Stark.
“Them Without You” is now playing across all streaming platforms. Check out the video on YouTube below.
Holding down multiple roles at the forefront of Libricide is Producer/Songwriter/Lyricist/Vocalist/Guitarist Harun Gadol, who originally formed the band as a solo project, releasing the first EP Barriers To Entry. Lead Guitarist Dylan Stark joined shortly thereafter, leading the group to Libricide’s self-titled debut album. The band was soon on the rise amidst their local tri-state area live circuit, finding talented and like-minded musicians along the way to round out the current lineup.
Various artists and musical aesthetics inform the sound of Libricide, as the band nods to classic rock inspiration, while broadening their horizons to encompass a wide sphere of influence. Libricide’s collective influences range from the core classics of the rock world to 90’s/2000’s alternative and grunge to progressive, pop, metal, acoustic, and hip-hop, electronica and more. Their diverse musical tastes are well-applied in their songwriting, representing a wide breadth of styles while still providing memorable, catchy, and radio-ready tracks.
True to their name, Libricide burns the book of rules and expectations of musical trends, creating a unity of genre that aligns with the message of their current full-length work, Consilience. Meaning “unity of knowledge”, Consilience represents the alliance formed in the making of the record, as the band’s internal team of songwriting and arrangement aligns with external collaboration alongside such artisans of production as Ted Jensen (The Eagles’ Hotel California, Green Day’s American Idiot, Billy Joel, Norah Jones and much more) and John Ferrara (Cro-Mags, Trophy Scars, Young Thieves). If the first album endeavored to captivate the local scene, Consilience represents the band’s new emergence to cross the threshold into reaching audiences across the nation, and the world.
Libricide Studios is the band’s HQ, a production house that expands their following to an extensive reach through covers, viral content, comedy, and film production, including international collaborations. This creative outlet has gained them attention outside of the scope of their music, while still drawing newcomers in to discover the sounds of Libricide.
The band’s production-focused lifestyle naturally translates to the live experience, as Libricide always aims to craft the perfect sound and stage for each performance, tailoring the ideal set for any audience. Their adaptability has led Libricide everywhere from singer/songwriter bills to the heaviest of metal lineups, and to sharing stages with the likes of Ace Frehley, Chevelle, Hoobastank, Puddle of Mudd, Stone Temple Pilots, and Yngwie Malmsteen, just to name a few!
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SEETHE Releases Single “In Pieces”, Announces Album PSALMS OF THE DEAD BETTER LEFT UNSUNG AND UNREAD
Release: “In Pieces” (Single)
Release Date: 3/31/23
Genre: Metal, Nu-Metal, Trap Metal
Suggested For Fans Of: Scarlxrd, Jonathan Davis, Sybreed
Pittsburgh, PA trapcore artist Seethe has released their newest single, “In Pieces” and has announced their new album, the intense and diverse Psalms of the Dead Better Left Unsung and Unread. Both consistent and cohesive in its delivery, the album delivers tracks that share a similar vibe but vary differently in terms of mood and delivery. The album is slated for 9 tracks and will drop on April 14th on DI Records.
The song “In Pieces” is the 3rd single of the album release cycle, and is about abandonment while watching the ones you love betray you as they march off to the proverbial slaughter. A common theme amongst the album. Of the song, Seethe says: “The song “In Pieces” was fun to record as it varies drastically through many different vocal styles, ranging from very frantic and almost psychotic frailty, gothic-tinged crooning (ala Marilyn Manson or Jay Gordon) with dissonant harmonies, guttural styled screams and Fry vocals that have pitched screaming with notation. The song closes the album nicely being the longest track and encapsulates the sound that can be found on the album.”
LISTEN TO THE SONG NOW ON SPOTIFY
Psalms of the Dead Better Left Unsung and Unread was written, recorded, and produced by Patrick McElravy (Seethe). Mixing and mastering were done by Gus Walker, with additional production on the album by Slaughter, Nvmeless, Vixlence, insanetantrum, and Zerkey. “Psalms of the Dead Better Left Unsung and Unread” is set for release on DI Records.
“The album is about watching a series of unfortunate events occur while watching from the outside with no ability to help these occurrences from happening.” shares Seethe. “The album is very much a concept that guides the listener through the tales of one’s corroding mental health whilst loosely paralleling events from the television show Grimm, a horror, fantasy cop thriller. The lyrical content is/was designed to provoke the actions of seeing what others can’t see and not being believed and the decline of mental health as it wears on one’s mind of knowing the truth and no one will accept it.”
The single is now playing across all digital streaming platforms. Along with the single, Seethe has released a visualizer for “In Pieces”, which you can watch on YouTube below.
Born in 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Seethe emerged from the mind of 9 Stitch Method vocalist Patrick McElravy. With emotional and manic vocals akin to that of the early 00’s Nu Metal movement and the distorted, electronic barrage of Trap Metal artists such as Slen and Ghostmane, Seethe sets out to pave his own path melding sounds of the past and current musical soundscape. Having opened up for acts such as King 810 and being featured in “Nu Metal: The Definitive Guide”, Seethe’s career has shown much promise despite its short existence.
Release: “Monarch” (Single)
Release Date: 3/31/23
Genre: Melodic Metalcore / Metalcore
Suggested For Fans Of: In This Moment, Lamb of God, Trivium
Middleborough, MA metalcore band Bogwrought has released their newest intricate single, “Monarch”. The song is about an unhealthy obsession from a toxic person and displays an array of impressive metalcore elements, along with more grounded-based lyrical content.
“The lyrics are not common to what we usually write about, which is more fantasy based,” says Bogwrought singer and guitarist Carrie and Matthew (respectively). “But we developed an overall lore/story for our upcoming album in that while on this voyage each song represented a nightmare or delusion that a crewmate on the ship would experience. The song is about an unhealthy obsession from a toxic person. An example of how not to be. Always on the edge of being nice but overcome with frustration and anger when their “love” goes unrequited.”
The band also speaks to the intricacies of “Monarch” bringing them together tighter as an outfit. “Monarch was originally composed by our drummer Tim Cunningham before the conception of Bogwrought. When we started the band everyone was coming back to playing music after a long break. While writing songs together we were able to improve our skills and songwriting. Monarch is the 5th song we worked on together as a band and was the most difficult to play together. We struggled to keep in time with harmonies and transitions but because we were dedicated it really pulled us together as bandmates. I believe this song helped solidify our bonds as partners in songwriting and playing”
LISTEN TO “MONARCH” NOW ON SPOTIFY
“Monarch” was mixed and mastered by Chris Idzal, is being released by DI Records, and is part of their upcoming album Voyage set to release at the end of 2023, in which it is the third single. The song is now playing across all digital streaming platforms. Listen to it on YouTube below:
Bogwrought is a 5-piece band with their studio between the swamps and cranberry bogs of Middleborough, Massachusetts. All of the members have different musical backgrounds and influences. The band is comprised of Tim Cunningham on drums, Cyrenus Paquin on bass, Zak Welch on lead guitar, Matthew Benoit on rhythm guitar, and Carrie Brum (formerly Rocco LaVita) as the lead vocalist.
“We love playing live music and as we grow in experience on that front, we will be adding more theatrics to our performances. We want to provide the audience with a unique experience and love interacting with our fans. Crafting the right blend of songs for each show is part of the art of live performance and we aim to keep things fresh each time we play live.” says the band. Bogwrought will be performing at Hail Mary Jane Fest – on April 22, 2023. Cherry Street Station, in Wallingford CT.
Carrie Brum – Lead Vocals
Zak Welch – Lead Guitar
Tim Cunningham – Drums
Matthew Benoit – Rhythm Guitar
Cyrenus Paquin – Bass
Release: “White Rabbit”
Release Date: 3/31
Suggested For Fans Of: Nirvana, Pixies, Drug Church
Pathway has just released its latest single “White Rabbit”. The track is the first single released as part of the album release cycle for their debut album, Raised In A Haunted House. “White Rabbit was the first song I and the band wrote for the Pathway album,” explains vocalist and guitarist Billy Steele, “During quarantine, I had a lot of time on my hands, and went down a “rabbit hole” of creativity if you will. Some days would produce multiple songs, others I would be left empty-handed. Catching that moment in the air is brief, so you have to be ready when it hits you. That’s what “White Rabbit” is about. Going after what you want out of life. Chasing that white rabbit, but understanding you can get lost without good direction and self-discipline. Growth will happen if you focus your energy on the right places.”
LISTEN TO “WHITE RABBIT” NOW ON SPOTIFY
Raised in a Haunted House is due out later in 2023. The Album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston- Salem, NC, and features 10 alt-rock tracks that take the listener on a journey as the album is a concept piece about the shortcomings of humanity which are reflected through the individual. About the themes on the album, the band says, “How do we love and forgive those who seem unworthy of love and forgiveness? How do we shake the parts inside of us that we know are destructive to us as a person, and contribute to a brighter future for all of society? How do we see past the delusions of perfect harmony, and storybook endings, and realize that love is work? Not just in the relationship sense, but our everyday interactions, and self-love.”
A true act of love, the debut album has been over three years in the making, but it sees the new band firing on all cylinders. “Pathway came together, and we had a lot of momentum going, then like every new band we had some growing pains,” says the band. “Now we are on track, and feel we are stronger than ever.” Along with the single release, the band has released a lyric video for “White Rabbit”, which you can watch below.
Pathway is an alternative to genre-based heavy music. They take decades of influence and roll into a deliberate, abrasive, in-your-face, poetic sound. With their out-of-the-box approach and individual influence, Pathway delivers a sound that is truly their own. Applying three-part harmonies with their multi-vocalist style to a traditionally singular vocal sound they raise the dynamic bar.
Formed by Billy Steele in the winter of 2020 Pathway went through some growth periods. After a few lineup changes they found their stride and began pre-production of their upcoming debut album, Raised in a Haunted House.
The members of Pathway all come from different musical backgrounds, all rooted in the heavier side of music. They refer to their sound as being hardcore-influenced rock n roll. Riding the heels of the grunge era, and growing up in the early 2000s pop punk/emo scene you will hear plenty of that embedded in their sound as well. With a darker element to their lyrical style, and sound a friend coined their sound as having a “spooky groove”.
2023 looks to be a bright year for Pathway. With the release of their first single, “White Rabbit” Pathway hopes to make a strong sonic wave. Followed by a full-length album Pathway doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
A true act of love, the debut album has been over three years in the making, but it sees the new band firing on all cylinders. “Pathway came together, and we had a lot of momentum going, then like every new band we had some growing pains,” says the band. “Now we are on track, and feel we are stronger than ever.” Along with the single release, the band has released a lyric video for “White Rabbit”, which you can watch below.
Billy Steele – Vocals/Guitar
Bradley Steele – Vocals
Garett King – Guitar/Vocals
Ryan Orren – Bass
Steve Brooks – Drums
Hershey, PA alternative post-hardcore act Lives Lost has released its latest EP, the five-song A Portrait Of Loss. The EP, out now on DI RECORDS, was conceived as a concept album by the band about the stages of grief. About the album, Guitarist Aaron Perry says “The music speaks to struggles of mental health, abandonment, losing loved ones, and more.” Drummer and backing vocalist Alan Thompson adds, “The themes in the music greatly mirror the struggles I have faced in my own life, which are enunciated through our passions for music and true deep thinking.”
Vocalist Tanis Pellegrini hopes everyone can find something to relate to on the EP. “This record is reflective of our passion for living our lives as our truest selves and growing, PAINFULLY. Being lost. Being hurt.,” he explains. “We all have our different journeys, and throughout this record, I think we can all relate to the tracks in some way. Every one of these tracks is about a personal experience we’ve had and the growth and hurt and grief experienced.”
The EPs lead single, “Jonny Romeo”, is a pure slice of melodic post-hardcore that feels ready for alternative radio and playlists. Lyrically, the single is all about the grieving stage of anger. About the song, vocalist Tanis Pellegrini says “Jonny Romeo is a track about grieving the people in our life that have belittled us and made us feel down even though we chose to love them anyway. When we lose people that never gave us the reciprocated approval and love that we needed, it’s something that sits with us forever, and this song is expressing the frustration in never getting to clear that up and tell them you know that your light was too bright for them and that you should never dim your light for ANYBODY.”
Lives Lost has been touring in support of the album. “It’s like I’m sharing a part of my soul every night,”
explains vocalist Tanis. “All of the songs are super personal and it’s like I’m sharing a part of my soul is being shared with the audience every night. I think, between it taking almost three years to write and another five months to record it, it is a pure artistic release for us all.”
The Ep was mixed and mastered by Jeff McKinnon, engineered and edited by Hayden Calhoun for Darkside audio, and drums were tracked by Logan Summey. It is available on all digital streaming platforms. The band has planned an EP release party on April 7th.
Lives Lost was formed in secret in the summer of 2019 by Frontman/Principle songwriter Tanis Pellegrini (formerly of regional metalcore standouts Lasciaté), with the sole purpose of writing music that combined his favorite things about his favorite bands into something he wanted to listen to. Tanis scoured for local musicians that he felt strongly embodied his vision. Friend and drummer Alan Thompson and guitarist Aaron Perry joined Lives Lost.
With a fully formed lineup and an EP out, Lives Lost continues on to change the world through art. Billed as a high-energy, unique rock band. Lives Lost brings a genre-bending sound to the stage making each performance unique. Throughout their tenure as a band, they have shared the stage with artists such as Alesana, Defiant, Eternal Frequency, Hinder, If Not For Me, Ignite, Jimmies Chicken Shack, Lyndhurst, Palisades, Small Town Titans, Softspoken, Vampires Everywhere, and VRSTY, and more!
Of their sound, Pellegrini opines, “I’d say we have the catchiness of Silverstein, the aggressiveness of Beartooth, the radio feel of some of the heavy-hitting octane bands such as Nothing More, and the prog/technical ambition of Coheed & Cambria!”
Lives Lost Is:
Tanis Pellegrini – Lead Vox /Guitars / Bass
Aaron Perry – Lead Guitar
Alan Thompson – Drums / Backing voxConnect With Lives Lost:
Cleveland Alternative pop-rock darlings MESSMAKER have taken a break from their relentless show schedule and anthemic single dropping to drop a silky smooth, shimmering cover of King Harvest’s 1970s smash hit “Dancing In The Moonlight”. The song has been a recent staple of the duo’s live performances, so the natural next step would be to record their fresh take on the classic. “We like to approach covering songs by first imagining how another artist might have written it, and then covering THAT version, in our style,” explains MESSMAKER. “In this case, we wondered what it would be like if Dancing in the Moonlight had been written by Benny and the Jets-era Elton John. Turns out, it sounded pretty all right. It’s way too much fun to play live, and people at shows seemed to enjoy it at least as much as we did, so we thought we’d take it to the studio.”
The song is the latest in a string of singles released by MESSMAKER, including the singles “Paying Attention” and “We Are The Architects”. “Dancing In The Moonlight” is available now and is streaming across all DSPs.
Along with the track, MESSMAKER has released a lyric video for “Dancing In The Moonlight”. Check out the video on YouTube below:
Aggressively catchy melodies pair with soul-filled lyrics in MESSMAKER’s refreshing take on indie rock. Lighting up stages as a power duo, musical architect Michael McFarland and versatile percussionist Freja McNeal bring the energy of an arena show to every performance. Garnering comparisons to acts such as Panic At the Disco and Bastille, McFarland’s songwriting is frank, expressive, and clever, and joined by McNeal the Cleveland, Ohio-based act elevates the material on stage with a seemingly inexhaustible energy.
Showing a maturity of style and sound that has developed through years of travel, relationships, heartbreaks, and reinventions, MESSMAKER’s music contains talent, passion, and lyrics that come from the heart. The result? A big, bright, and lovestruck slice of anthemic indie rock.
Catch up with MESSMAKER on their LinkTree.
Photo by: Nick Fancher Left: Chris Kassien (Drums) Right: Bryce Loewenstein (Vocals)
FFO: Asking Alexandria, Nothing More, Deftones
Alternative rock act “Scarlet View” just dropped their debut single and video “Never Comin’ Down” – an anthem about perseverance and determination.
“We brought in a good friend by the name of Scott Stephenson to feature as the main character of the accompanying music video. Scott is a true American hero, having toured with the US Army 3/509th Airborne Infantry Battalion and becoming injured in 2006. The song kicks off with the lyric “So low these vultures try to ground me…”. To us, the vultures represent a variety of negative influences that attempt to break each of us down when we are at our lowest. From physical pain to anxiety and spiraling depression, our hope is that each listener can connect with the sentiment of these ‘vultures’.”
Scarlet View is a 4 piece Octane Rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. In 2019, shortly after a disaster laden tour in their side band Stories Through Storms, Bryce Loewenstein (vocals) and STS former bassist Chris Kassein joined forces just in time for Scarlet View to play their first arena level show–and they have been living the movie and rolling with the punches ever since. During the shutdown in March of 2021, they made their national debut with an appearance in Hollywood, California on Sumerian Records’ hit show No Cover featuring legends Alice Cooper, Lzzy Hale, Gavin Rossdale, Bishop Briggs, and Tosin Abasi–where the Godfather of Shock Rock Alice Cooper reminded them off camera that despite the ups and downs that are indeed a part of the business (i.e., abducted bassists in New Orleans, a dozen dudes crammed in a van for weeks with no AC, or bassists who quit days before an arena level show), “This is Rock and Roll–never quit.” Luckily for fans, they haven’t.
Watch the brand new music video on YouTube.
3/10- St. Joseph, MO
3/11- Kansas City, MO
3/16- Austin, TX (Audio Pariah Ent’s ‘Officially Unofficial’ SXSW Party)
3/18- Lawton, OK
3/24- Omaha, NE
FFO: Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin, Lorna Shore
Deathcore act “Of The Fallen” just dropped their latest single “Harlots” featuring Daniel Eichelberger of Mirari.
“Harlots is a story/depiction of a man losing himself to his own demons. Succumbing to his own deep, dark desires. While in his struggles and at his most vulnerable state, he becomes engulfed by the succubus’s essence. The Maiden of Anguish.”
Deathcore, death metal, black metal, metalcore, who cares. Of The Fallen brings the breees bleghs and breakdowns since being established in 2019 in the great city/state of Houston, Texas. Mixing together guitar melodies, chaotic riffs, highs that screech like pterodactylz, blasting beats, bumping bass, and 3 guitars for that extra chug, Of The Fallen is a force to be reckoned with.
“We strive to make the music we want and have fun doing it. Our core is our fans that make us because without any of them, we are absolutely nothing. Our biggest accomplishments have been sharing the stages with the likes of Attila, Origins, Filth, The Convalescence, Catch Your Breath, Desecrate the Faith, and more. We shared Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2021 in Virginia, where we had a soaring crowd and memories to last a lifetime. Our very first music video “Lamentations” reached over 30k views and has surpassed 100k streams on Spotify within its first 8 months. Continuously working on new music and striving to create a community where we and our fans can come together and share our love for heavy music.”
Quickly becoming popular on social media, and having the Houston local scene behind them, Of The Fallen has steered their way into the release of new music and small tour runs in Texas. Between their writing style and online presence, Of The Fallen has won over fans all over the US just through the online community alone.
3/18 – Houston, TX w/ the Convalescence
3/26 – Dallas, TX w/ Dead Reckoning
3/27 – Amarillo, TX w/ Dead Reckoning
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INSTAGRAM // FACEBOOK // TIKTOK // SPOTIFY
Richmond, VT Alternative Rock band Vallory Falls has released their newest single, “Rosie”. Following up their first two energetic releases, “Rosie” carries the same degree of deeply personal and metaphorical meanings in the lyrics. Slick guitar play and pulsingly rhythmic drums accompany the story behind the song.
Thematically, the track is about exploring the concept of the “Nuclear Family” myth.“It’s a window into a mid-century divorce scenario,” explains the band. “It emphasizes the tragedy of that myth, disguised under catchy riffs and a yearning melody.”
“Rosie” is the band’s third single since formation, which was self-produced in vocalist/guitarist Tristan Gilliss’ studio, Sky Audio, and mastered by Robot Dog Studios owner and VT native Ryan Cohen. “Rosie” is being released by 3/10/23, and is the first of three singles to be released, all of which to be expected to be included on their upcoming debut full length album.
The song is now playing across all digital streaming platforms. Listen to the single on Spotify (hyperlink) or watch on YouTube below.
allory Falls is an alternative rock outfit based out of Richmond, Vermont. The band brings diverse backgrounds to the table: Danny, from Michigan, has been in everything from metal, Hardcore punk, and rock bands. Riley Burridge (they/them) calls Vermont home and has extremely diverse interests in music, ranging from Psychedelic to Ska to Folk. Tristan Gilliss is a Massachusetts native whose musical interest is primarily in alternative, grunge, and pop punk.
To date, the two singles which Vallory Falls have released have garnered the attention of local legend and radio man Tim Lewis, with regular radio play on his internet radio show.
The brainchild of Gilliss back in 2020, Vallory Falls was meant to be a more thoughtful, introspective version of the prototypical blink-182-inspired pop punk of his high school days. The name is a double meaning: “Vallory”, as an unusual spelling of the female name “Valerie”, is meant to represent a girl at the peak of innocence – with “Falls” representing an understanding that such innocence no longer exists. “Vallory Falls” was also conceived as a place, unadulterated by man but forever hidden, thus representing a seemingly unattainable bliss.
Vallory Falls Is:
Tristan Gilliss – Lead Vocals / Guitar
Daniel “Danny” Lecours – Vocals / Bass
Riley Burridge – Drums
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Artist: Yard Sign
Release: The Midwest Midlife Meldowns EP
Release Date: 3/3
Genre: Punk Rock / Pop Punk / Folk Punk
Suggested For Fans Of: Jeff Rosenstock, Bouncing Souls
(For Release 03.03.23)
Central Ohio Punk Rock and self-proclaimed “Swemo” Yard Sign has just dropped his latest effort, The Midwest Midlife Meltdowns EP, on Punkerton Records. The 6 track EP features the standout single, “HLP U OUT”, which brings the fun and upbeat tempo of punk rock and combines it with folk sensibilities and even a kazoo!
“The single is something I had been working on for a while, but I didn’t finish until I literally started recording the drum tracks,” says Scott Marks, the brain and talent behind Yard Sign. “Outside of half of a song and a little piano jingle, the entire EP was basically written and recorded in one manic blast of inspiration. I’ve been playing live a lot lately and, as everyone who has come to a show knows, the kazoo is a huge part of the Yard Sign experience. This was the first record where I really made sure to incorporate the kazoo as a lead instrument, which I don’t know I’ve heard too much on record before. This EP is pure Yard Sign, for better or worse!”
The Midwest Midlife Meltdowns EP is a self-produced group of tunes, almost entirely conceived, written, and recorded over the course of a long weekend in late 2022. It is now playing across all digital streaming platforms.
Yard Sign is an online punk rock band, a one-man folk punk act, and Tik Tok Emo from Ohio. They specialize in songs about life, love, loss, and Star Wars. No matter the incarnation, Yard Sign is a variety of musical outputs led by Scott Marks, an elder millennial “Swemo” originally from New York, but calling central Ohio home for the past decade. Coming of musical age in both the New York Hard Core and Pop-punk scenes, Marks played all different instruments for all different bands before settling into middle-aged-dom in the Midwest. After 10+ years of musical semi-retirement, Yard Sign emerged from the pandemic, churning out full-band punk rock (and adjacent) anthems on the internet and leading sing-along kazoo parties across Ohio and beyond in their one-of-a-kind-one-man folk punk shows.
Yard Sign can be found performing at their Thursday Residency at Half baked Brew, and has performances scheduled at Cocktails, Cookies, & Guitars at Studio 614 on March 12th, as well as at Hell is Ohio fest on June 2nd.
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Bandcamp / Spotify / Instagram / TikTok
Tony & Gravel made a splash online when their folk punk anthem “Vodka & Heroin” went viral on TikTok, racking up over 3.3 million plays on the video. The duo has since signed to Columbus, Ohio’s Punkerton Records label, and has announced a DIY tour of the US!
A band of two best friends with nowhere to call home, Tony & Gravel are a traveling acoustic singer/songwriter duo. Gathering influences from all genres, including folk, old-timey Americana, and punk rock, Tony & Gravel have powerful, heartfelt lyrics with melodies that will get stuck in your head. They’re sometimes energetic, sometimes slow and somber, but always nihilistic, with a tinge of optimism.
The “Not Dead Yet” 2023 Spring Tour kicks off March 18th in Ohio and snakes around the country, ending May 3rd in DC. Along with the tour, Tony & Gravel have launched a limited edition vinyl release pre-sale through Punkerton. The vinyl release includes 4 extra songs including the demo version of Vodka & Heroin. It will be available in two variants. Black, which will be on 180-gram vinyl, and a Random Color Eco-Mix on 140-gram vinyl.
Tony & Gravel ‘Not Dead Yet’ 2023 Spring Tour dates:
3/18 – Careless Heart Skate Shop Pickerington, OH
3/21 – Strum Around – Sandusky, OH
3/22 – No Class – Cleveland, OH
3/23 – Corktown Tavern – Detroit, Ml
3/24 – Ashbary Coffee House – Willow Springs, IL
3/25 – Siren Records McHenry – McHenry, IL
3/27 – Boggs’ Hull Ave. Tavern – Des Moines, IA
3/29 – Minibar – Kansas City, MO
3/30 – Kirby’s Beer Store – Wichita, KS
3/31 – Buffalo Joe’s Pub – Paris, TX
4/01 – Grand Royale – Oklahoma City, OK
4/05 – THE END – Houston, TX
4/06 – The Texas Rose Saloon – Beaumont, TX
4/07 – The Battlefield Bar – Chalmette, LA
4/09 – Rocket Republic Brewing Company – Huntsville, AL
4/12 – Cherry Street Tavern – Chattanooga, TN
4/13 – Brickyard Bar & Grill – Knoxville, TN
4/14 – The Cobra Nashville – Nashville, TN
4/16 – Never Say Die Bar – Louisville, KY
4/19 – South Park Tavern – Dayton, OH
4/20 – Buzzbin – Akron, OH
4/21 – Westside Bowl – Youngstown, OH
4/22 – The Stoop – Columbus, OH
4/23 – Black Forge – McKees Rocks, PA
4/24 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
4/25 – TBA, NYC – New York, NY
4/26 – Free Street – Portland, ME
4/28 – Gather East Rock – New Haven, CT
4/29 – Fields West – Allston, MA
4/30 – The Fire – Philadelphia, PA
5/01 – Side Door – Baltimore, MD
5/03 – The Moonlight House – Washington DC
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Check the song out now on our “GET HYPED” playlist on Spotify.
Acclaimed composer, pianist, and singer-songwriter, Rob Kovacs, has joined forces with DR BLOC on the revolutionary virtual reality game, STRAYLIGHT, which released on Jan 31st for Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Valve Index, and the HTC Vive. Scoring this virtual world allowed Kovacs to experiment and embody the freedom of STRAYLIGHT’s gameplay and its feeling of weightlessness. While Kovacs has scored short films in the past, this is his first time working on a video game. “I’ve never written music like this before. And I probably wouldn’t have if it weren’t for this game. The team basically trusted me and gave me free rein to compose whatever I wanted. I used this opportunity to try new compositional ideas and techniques. I feel I’ve created something very unique and something that people will want to keep coming back to whether they play the game or not.”
The STRAYLIGHT soundtrack consists of 10 progressive synthwave tracks, featuring long-developing melodies that require multiple listens, ideal for songs that may be looping multiple times. Harmonically, Kovacs makes heavy use of mode mixture and progressions that never quite feel settled – a feeling that is mirrored by gameplay where there is no ground. After initially writing the title track, a slow-developing and ungrounded synthwave track that is reflective of the unique experience of the game, Kovacs was tapped to score the entire game and all sound effects.
The album was released digitally on Emperia Records on January 27, and followed up by a successfully funded Bandcamp vinyl pre-sale. The release will feature the soundtrack on “deep purple” vinyl, in a side-loading jacket depicting artwork from the game, with a poster design that will be exclusive to the campaign! While the pre-sale campaign has ended, more vinyl is expected to be released later this year.
Composing the soundtrack was a natural progression for Kovacs, who also releases music under the moniker 88bit, reimagining classic video game themes for piano, and performing at events like PAX West, GDC Online, The Game Audio Network Guild Awards and MAGFest. He credits his study and knowledge of early video game music for inspiring his approach to composing new soundtracks for video games today.
“Studying these early video game soundtracks really influenced my writing for STRAYLIGHT,” he explains. “I got the sense that these early composers were breaking new ground, working with new technology, and creating music for a brand-new medium. They took a lot of risks. I’ve taken that same approach with this soundtrack. VR is like the Wild West of video games right now. It’s brand new territory.”
The soundtrack has been drawing rave reviews as well, with FLOOD Magazine writing; “Rob Kovacs draws on classic video game soundtracks and Stravinsky…Chords swell in anticipation, and then, as you start to find your bearings, a stellar bass and drum groove snaps into orbit.“
In addition to his work as 88bit and as a composer, Kovacs released his first solo album, Let Go, in 2021. An introspective indie-rock concept album, it chronicles an intense and poignant romance, and earned praise from critics at notable outlets such as American Songwriter and Glide Magazine. He has also been interviewed on Level with Emily Reese, gameinformer.com, clevelandclassical.com, NPR’s “Sound of Applause” (WCPN Cleveland), NPR’s “Shuffle” (WKSU Kent), NPR’s ReSpawn Podcast and others. In addition, he is internationally recognized as the first person to perform a solo version of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase by playing both piano parts on two pianos simultaneously. Kovacs is a member of the Recording Academy and a professor of composition and songwriting at Baldwin Wallace University.
STRAYLIGHT track listing
3. Star Forge
4. The Last Campfire
5. Void Compass
6. Devil Star
7. The Railgun Run
8. Ascent Of The Juggernaut
10. The End
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New Zealand singer-songwriter BRIAN BAKER is celebrating the release of his latest single, “OUR FREEDOM”, produced and recorded at his Kaipara-based studio facility. “OUR FREEDOM” is a song inspired by the right to protest. It sees a woman at a protest, then in court and finally in a supermarket, where she is free to choose, all laid over the bed of a killer beat and great guitar work.
LISTEN TO THE TRACK NOW ON SPOTIFY
Speaking on the track, Baker says “ The word “Freedom “ seems to be being used a lot these days and for those of us lucky enough to live in a democracy, we have the right to protest and to vote. It’s my opinion that we have always been and always are, at some level, free. This song not only observes and highlights that but also offers a solution to those who would question our freedom. That solution is the power of the consumer’s dollar. If enough of the buying public don’t purchase a product then whatever corporation or business that supplies it will find it non profitable and cease to create it. The true power is not in the hands of the corporations but resides with the consumer. The individual influences the collective.”
Along with the single release, Brian has released a music video for “OUR FREEDOM”. “We shot the video at home using an old projector. Made a loop of some corporate footage and stood in front of it,” explains Baker. “Really liked the way it looked on the guitar so had to go back many times to redo that bit and get it in the right place. And it’s summer here so had to wait until the darkness of night would allow the old projector to do it’s stuff.” “OUR FREEDOM” is currently streaming across all DSPs, listen to it now on Spotify or watch the video below.
The consummate journeyman musician is also a laid-back bohemian life-styler, living off-the-grid on his permaculture farm in the picturesque heart of the Kaipara. It’s a busy combination, as Baker balances life between running the farm with using his considerable musical talents recording and producing his own music, plus other artists in his production studio, ‘The Bakery’.
A naturally gifted musician, Baker can lay claim to a catalogue of songs sure to warm the musical soul of any audience member. Now he’s made a return to performing live in support of it. He’s created a fantastic live show highlighting his uplifting vocals and amazing guitar skills, so keep a look out for his tour dates and make sure you check out this talented guitarist/singer songwriter.
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Havoc Faction is a multimedia rock band that utilizes well versed comic book illustrators, animators, film makers and music producers to help bring their story, live performance and music to life. Follow Backdraft and his group of vigilantes into the shadows of Unity City – their corrupted home in a post-apocalyptic world. With music styles ranging from alternative rock and metal, to angsty post-hardcore.
Check out their new song on our Get Hyped Spotify playlist!
Artist: I, OF THE STORM
Release Date: 01/27/23
Genre: Metalcore / Cybercore
Suggested For Fans Of: Erra, Spiritbox, Bad Omens
Assets Folder Located At Bottom Of Press Release!
(For Release 1.27.23)
Los Angeles, CA – Metalcore act I, OF THE STORM has released its newest single, the tastefully blended, cyberpunk-influenced track “Cataclysm”. Musically the song is a fantastic blend of ambient tones and heavy-hitting metalcore sensibilities, sure to find appeal across multiple genres.
Lyrically, the song is inspired by real-life situations of overwhelming emotions. Of the track, vocalist Damian Snapp says, “I wrote the lyrics for Cataclysm about the severe abandonment issues and overwhelming emotions that often come from the fallout of toxic and abusive relationships by comparing them to a cataclysmic ending of the world. The lyrics are inspired by real-life situations that other members in the band have gone through in their life and I felt like I could also relate those to my own experiences.”
“Cataclysm” sees Damian Snapp (vocals), joined by Brandon Beaulieu (Guitar Vocals) and Shota Nishimura of Design The Skyline (Guitar), as well as Connor Mitchener of I Set My Friends On Fire (Bass), and Mario Sanchez (Drums) come together as the heavy genre-bending force of I, OF THE STORM . Along with the single, the 5-piece is excited to unveil its new music video for “Cataclysm” captured by Zack Perez from Astral Media. “We wanted to create an introductory video for our project that really captured the energy of our music and live performance,” said guitarist and vocalist Brandon Beaulieu. “Zack Perez did an amazing job at capturing that! It was a really fun shoot filled with sick hangs and a lot of Whiteclaws and Mike’s Harder Lemonades! Shout out to our friend Andrew Kappas at Monarch Studios for letting us make a mess, and shoutout to our friends in ScytheGang666 for stopping by and hanging out on set!”
“Cataclysm” is now available across all major streaming platforms. You can listen to it on Spotify, or watch the video on YouTube below.
Formed in the winter of 2022, I, OF THE STORM is a 5-piece Metalcore/Cybercore band from Los Angeles, California. Comprised of vocalist Damian Snapp, guitarist Brandon Beaulieu, guitarist Shota Nishimura, bassist Connor Mitchener, and drummer Mario Sanchez, I, OF THE STORM sets out to tastefully blend elements from various genres such as rock, hip-hop, metal, and EDM.
I, OF THE STORM will be announcing upcoming shows following the release of “Cataclysm” throughout 2023.
I, OF THE STORM IS:
Damian Snapp: Vocals
Brandon Beaulieu: Guitar / Vocals
Shota Nishimura: Guitar
Connor Mitchener: Bass
Mario Sanchez: Drums
CONNECT WITH I, OF THE STORM:
LINKTREE / SPOTIFY
Press Contact: Lance Waste for Get Hyped PR
Telling Secrets mastermind Vik Kovacs is a true global musician. Kovacs is the product of Eastern European blood and a British upbringing. Hailing from Manchester, England, but living in Lod Angeles, Kovacs has been releasing his brand of Emo-tinged modern rock bangers under the name Telling Secrets for the past two years.
In 2021, Kovacs teamed with Rain City Drive vocalist, Matt McAndrew, who guided him to kickstart the project. Zack Baker, of Rain City Drive, performed on and mixed the tracks “Secret Lies”, “Casting Stones” and “The Fall” which comprise a visual trilogy.
Telling Secrets is now back with its latest single, “Fragile”, an injection of high-octane, radio-ready rock, with a memorable hook and soaring vocals. Including some memorable harmony lines. “I remember reading the backing vocals and harmonies in the studio in Los Angeles with Rachel and I asked my friend Matt McAndrew to come down and give some ideas for harmonies,” Says Kovacs. “Before he showed up Rachel and I BURNED through the track. It was a super productive evening. Matt turned up and we were laughing and joking the entire time. When Matt was leaving the joke was “Hey guys if you are ever having a nice, smooth, productive session call Matt to make sure it gets slowed down!”. However, we recorded a really awesome vocal part that was inspired by NSYNC that you can hear just before the first chorus, so it was all worth finishing the session at 4am… again.”
Since arriving in Los Angeles, Kovacs has been recording deep into the early morning hours at Canton House Studios owned by 15-time Grammy Award winning producer Jaycen Joshua with engineer Rachel Blum. In the summer of 2022 Telling Secrets released singles “Bad Dreams” and “Lullaby”, with the final release being “Fragile”.
Thus far, the band has achieved over 100,000 streams across all platforms and plans for a great series of releases for 2023, along with some exciting new people added to the project. Kovacs is also planning to take the band to the United Kingdom and Europe to debut on the other side of the pond in 2023 and is currently working on a full-length album. “Fragile” was produced by Kovacs, engineered by Rachel Blum (assistant engineer to 15-time grammy winning producer Jaycen Joshua), mixed and mastered by Zack Baker (Rain City Drive), with vocal arrangement and assistance from Matt McAndrew (Rain City Drive).
You can listen to the song on Spotify or YouTube now!
“Today I am so grateful to be alive,” says vocalist Shayne Goss, of the Atlanta alt-rock duo Fairshake. “I’m so grateful for my catalyst showing me how to be there for myself when my world turned upside down, when I felt abandoned, lied to, and suffered this immense loss of identity.” Faishake has released their newest track, the captivating single “Face”. The song is a straight-ahead alt-rock banger, featuring Goss’ world-weary vocals and an anthemic chorus perfect for modern rock radio.
Thematically, “Face” goes deeper than “ Let that sh*t go”. The song was written in victim consciousness, in the realization that often the parties involved also feel like victims. About the song, the band says “Have you ever heard the saying “Hurt People, Hurt People”? We all have an ego/identity in our mind/body/spirit complex which is a Face of a character we are so convinced that we are because we have been collecting experiences, trauma, likes, dislikes, and judgments on everything that we hear, feel, see. It all gets stored in our subconscious from the time of birth. Then we walk around with beliefs based on our experiences which is a program of this character you think you are. Why are we giving away our power to others’ projections, our own limiting beliefs, and being propelled into each moment based on stored trauma & fear? This only keeps you trapped in your hellish illusion. “
The band also touched on the dual meaning of the word “Face” as used in the song. “It’s the irony of the masks or different characters we wear, that can be changed through our own conscious or subconscious will. “Face” also represents the strength it takes to go inward and slay one’s own dragon, going from victim to hero consciousness because our fear is only our own illusion and our own responsibility. No one can save you from your own dragon.”
“Face” is a single from Fairshake’s upcoming record, High Risk, and was recorded at Space Jockey Sound by Jeremy Nichols, Charlie Pinkard (writer/guitars for @wearedim) & Ben Cato (percussion for DIM, former The Dangerous Summer). The single artwork was designed by Elijah Richards, graphic designer & bassist of DIM (@elijah_richards) “Face” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen to it on Spotify now or on YouTube below.
About the band: Fairshake; In this moment you are judgment free, and stand in your purest form and Truth. A realization that we are here to heal from experiences and surrender into your highest form. You create your life from here on.
This never-ending journey with Shayne Goss since 2008 has been accompanied by many talented artists who have shared this vibration over the years. Fairshake has experienced genre changes as the project has evolved, especially after inducting Tucker Harding and Chase Sammons in the fall of 2017.
The project coming from emotionally charged singer-songwriter roots with pop melodies has grown very naturally into the alternative rock, punk, and dare we say “emo” music that we all grew up on and love.
Tucker Harding (guitar, vocals)
Shayne Goss (guitar Vocals)
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San Diego punk band SOME KIND OF NIGHTMARE has released a live version of the song “We Take Form”. The single is taken from the upcoming Limited Edition Vinyl Release DCxPC Live Vol. 9 Some Kind of Nightmare Live at Lou’s, released on DCxPC Live Records. The album is limited to 150 copies and is for sale on the DCxPC Live site. The live version of the song captures the raw energy of the band, who are true touring machines.
About the song, the band says “The song embodies the struggle of healing from body dysmorphia and the pain after dealing with breast cancer and the scars inside and out from a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. It’s about trying to learn to accept, embrace, and to be empowered by the scars and continuing to thrive.”
DCxPC Live Vol. 9 Some Kind of Nightmare Live at Lou’s was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joshua Dobbs at Danger Room Recording Studio.
Some Kind of Nightmare has brought amazing energy, raw sound, and a strong stage presence with them everywhere they perform. In 2013 they quit their jobs, threw out everything they owned, hit the road, and never looked back. The three-piece group continues to take on the nation with its message of overcoming struggle and modern social issues while gaining support and momentum along the way.
The band is playing an album release show on 12/16 at Lou’s in Orlando. It’s a benefit show for Lou’s because he’s being sued by a new neighbor for noise despite being a venue for over 20 years. Also on the bill are Sticky Steve, Effit, Caustic Bats, Control This!, Call in Dead, and The Petty Thefts!
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Milwaukee – Midwest punk outfit BAD YEAR has just released its latest album FADED MEMORIES on Ohio’s Punkerton Records. The album featured the singles “Charcoal Black” and “Oh, Virginia”, and represents experiences of heartbreak, hopelessness, panic, and sorrow, while still offering a glimpse of hope.
About the record, the band says “Faded Memories has been a labor of brotherly love, and the thing we’re most proud of contributing to in our musical career. These songs are all like children to us and are endless fun to perform night after night. It’s amazing to get them out into the world.”
The first single, “Charcoal Black”, kicks off the album with an emotionally heavy, straight ahead anthemic rock track that announces Bad Year as a band on a mission. “The song symbolizes those sleepless nights where you can’t breathe and you feel that all hope is lost; that you will never recover,” explains the band. “When we feel that all we have to look forward to is more of the same miserable existence. Our emotional decay, our spiritual demise, and the crushing awareness that nothing would ever change were constants in our bereavement. Our hold on life was weak at best, we had little hope and no concept of the life we were missing out on.”
FADED MEMORIES was co-produced by Nick Rad (Coheed & Cambria, Anberlin) with Bad Year, and mixed by Nick Rad and Steven Servi. The album is currently playing across all major streaming platforms. Bad Year has also released a visualizer to accompany “Charcoal Black”, which you can watch on YouTube now.
Rooted in Midwest punk rock, Bad Year formed in 2019 and calls Milwaukee home. Inspired by heartbreak, angst, and self-reformation, Bad Year injects the scene with anthemic chorus hooks and brutal optimism. In the spirit of promoting positive aspects of empathy and mental health, their cathartic melodies are known for freely inspiring listeners with a sense of mutual understanding and hope. The group put a fresh, more decorated feel on musical incarnations and lived experiences of the past.
Bad Year’s groundbreaking debut EP “Handshakes” received immediate acclaim from listeners and an unmediated Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Award nomination while the title track’s music video gained over 100k views within its first month. The trio refrained from allowing a pandemic to slow their upbeat tempo with their one-off single “Blackout”. Keeping the momentum and expanding boundaries of incendiary music composition, “Blackout” was Bad Year’s first production with highly sought-after producer, Nick Rad. Ending 2020 on a high note, “A Moment In Time” EP, was released and creates acoustic landscapes of sound that evoke feelings, energies, and memories.
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Hershey, Pa – Alt-Metal band Lasciaté has released the video for their newest single, “IED”, their first release since reforming earlier this year. The modern rock radio-ready single combines crunching riffs and slick production with alternating soaring melodic and guttural scream vocals.
About the song, the band says “We wrote this song during the presidential election of 2020, and found that both candidates sucked, news and media outlets suck, and we are all under the thumb of the U.S. government at the mercy of the 1% who controls all of our elections and government policies. Everything that they tell you is a lie. There is no such thing as a lesser of two evils, and through seeing through the bullshit and agreeing to disagree we can turn the tides.”
Directed by Jbaw Productions, and recorded by Jeff McKinnon and Evan Seeberger, the video shows that Lasciaté is here to stay with its original cast; back heavier and better than ever.“IED” will be available across all major streaming platforms on 12/24. Watch the video on YouTube below.
Lasciaté is a melodic metalcore band based out of Hershey, PA formed in the spring of 2016 by Tanis Pellegrini (Vocals), Aaron Perry (Lead Guitar), Robert Greenberg (Bass), and Mark Caruso (Drums) later joined by Sam Hart (Rhythm Guitar). Lasciaté is known for their breakdowns as much as for their catchy choruses and technical guitar work. Lasciaté is an underground metal success story built upon their insatiable work ethic and unique stylings. They have shared the stage with national and international acts August Burns Red, Ice Nine Kills, Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder, Upon A Burning Body, and I set my friends on fire. Releasing an ep in 2017 and following up with a few singles a year since that, Lasciaté has plans to hit the studio and record another EP in the near future with longtime producer/collaborators Jeff McKinnon and Evan Seeberger.
Tanis Pellegrini – Vocals, Guitars
Aaron Perry – Lead Guitar
Robert Greenberg – Bass
Mark Caruso – Drums
Sam Hart – Rhythm Guitar
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Cleveland, OH – Alternative Indie Rock duo MESSMAKER has released its newest single, the slickly produced, anthemic modern rock track “Paying Attention”. Lyrically, the song is a call to arms of sorts, all about not shutting yourself off from societal issues, but facing them head-on.
Of the track, MESSMAKER says “ ‘Are you happy with the way things are? Or are you paying attention?’ That’s the question we’re asking with this song. Today, more than any other point in history, the injustices and inequities baked into the human experience are on display. Yet so many people – and we certainly don’t exclude ourselves from this criticism – find it easier to close our doors and try to shut it all out. But things don’t get better if you ignore them.
It wasn’t the original intent when writing it, but we realized that this song is kind of directed to that cartoon dog sitting in the middle of the flames saying “this is fine”. We’d love to hear that pup’s thoughts on “Paying Attention”!
“Paying Attention” sees MESSMAKER’s Michael McFarland (lead vocals and guitar), and Freja McNeal (drums, samples, and vocals), joined by Eric Bertagnolli of Eric Bert Audio (Percussion, Co-Producer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer) and Steven Charles (Co-Writer). The duo is planning a musicvideo for the song out soon.“Paying Attention” is now available across all major streaming platforms. MESSMAKER has also released a lyric visualizer to go along with the single, which you can watch below.
Aggressively catchy melodies pair with soul-filled lyrics in MESSMAKER’s refreshing take on indie rock. Lighting up stages as a power duo, musical architect Michael McFarland and versatile percussionist Freja McNeal bring the energy of an arena show to every performance. Garnering comparisons to acts such as Panic At the Disco and Bastille, McFarland’s songwriting is frank, expressive, and clever, and joined by McNeal the Cleveland, Ohio-based act elevates the material on stage with a seemingly inexhaustible energy. Showing a maturity of style and sound that has developed through years of travel, relationships, heartbreaks, and reinventions, MESSMAKER’s music contains talent, passion, and lyrics that come from the heart. The result? A big, bright, and lovestruck slice of anthemic indie rock.
Michael’s amiable yet commanding presence on stage arose from years of experience paired with diligent study. He began performing with bands at age 14, accumulating ample experience under stage lights while still a teenager. Later, while pursuing his degree in Visual Communication at Kent State University, McFarland spent countless hours studying performance footage from any source he could find, from classic rock acts to modern pop stars. When it comes to songwriting, McFarland shows the same attention to his craft, which in 2022 earned him the Nashville Songwriters Association’s recognition as “One to Watch”. “I listen to a lot of music I don’t necessarily like,” says McFarland, “because I want to understand why the songs connect with their audience.”
A lifetime of attentiveness and continued learning has taught McFarland how to use MESSMAKER’s lyrics to tug at your emotions and leave you feeling like you’ve found a kindred spirit. When joined by Freja on drums, samples, and backing vocals, those songs expand effortlessly to fill concert halls. Whether you see MESSMAKER perform in a basement or a stadium, you can expect the lights, sounds, and raw energy of a world-class rock show.
MESSMAKER will be celebrating the release of “Paying Attention” on December 16 at the Five O’Clock Lounge in Lakewood, Ohio, alongside a stellar lineup including Darling Waste, Anthony Covatta, The Muckrakers, Lives Lost, and Black Moon Cult.
Michael McFarland: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Producer
Freja McNeal: Drums, Samples, Backing Vocals
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