Back to new wave with THE NIGHT GAME lunedì, 17 settembre 2018 21:36 by madseason
The Night Game - Bad Girls Don't Cry

The Night Game is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, founded in 2016 by musician, songwriter, record producer (Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, Daughtry, Christina Perri, Hot Chelle Rae) and frontman of the pop rock band Boys Like Girls, Martin Johnson.

The group released their debut single, The Outfield, on April 12, 2017. The song premiered on Billboard, and in an interview with the company, Johnson spoke about the single and the beginnings of the group. "This song felt like the best introduction to what I'm trying to do and a really good way to segue into the project, it felt anthemic, without being a throat jammer."

Australian music producer Francois Tetaz helped write, record, and produce The Outfield and introduced the band to Belgian-Australian recording artist Gotye, who provided backing vocals in the song.

It was only two weeks following their release of The Outfield that the single was recognized by Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter John Mayer via Spotify. Mayer took a liking to the song, exclaiming: "I heard this song. Then I listened to it again to make sure I heard what I thought I had. Then I asked them to open up for half the upcoming summer shows. This is that stuff we listen to new music for."

Johnson then collaborated with Norwegian DJ Kygo on the song Kids In Love, which released on October 20, 2017 on the album of the same name. An original band version of the track was released on February 2, 2018 as well.

After three more singles, The Night Game released their self-titled debut LP last September 7, on Interscope Records.

One of the most engaging album of the year, it's a feast expecially for new wave lovers: "I suppose it was the choice to make most of the album's sounds with analog synths and drum machines as opposed to simulations in the box with midi" said Martin, trying to explain the success of The Night Game music among retro-sound lovers.

So, if an album influenced by the likes of Simple Minds, New Order, Tears For Fears, The Outfield, Men At Work and so on could be your cup of tea, look no further than The Night Game.

Fingers Crossed for NORTHERN FACES mercoledì, 12 settembre 2018 22:14 by madseason
Northern Faces - Firecracker

Fingers Crossed is the sophomore release for Albany-based alternative rock trio Northern Faces.

Released last August 24 on Equal Vision Records, it's the follow-up to their self-titled full-length debut, arrived in 2015.

"This is the most important record each of us in Northern Faces has made for ourselves personally" wrote the band about Fingers Crossed, "It's autobiographical, and it wears our hearts on its sleeve. Every single line means something to us, and not a single word was written without intention. This record defines the last two years of our lives. It explains life from our vantage point as we try to navigate the balance between 'real' life vs. following our dreams and doing what we love as we grow older, as the weight on our back seems to be growing every day. Sometimes in life it really feels like it's now or never, and I don't think that statement has ever felt more true to us. That's why we named this album Fingers Crossed".

Fingers Crossed is a record that manages to balance diversity with cohesiveness. It contains the massive pop hooks that continues to draw so many people to their previous work, but the new, moer personalwriting approach has allowed for an album where it is evident the band came to those poppier elements organically.

Watch the video for the leading single Firecracker clicking on the image and stream the whole album on Spotify or on YouTube.

The Lifeline of OUR MIRAGE sabato, 8 settembre 2018 14:46 by madseason
Lifeline - Lost

Our Mirage is an alternative rock/post-hardcore band from Marl, Germany.

The band was founded in 2017 with the release of the first single Nightfall which had over 200.000 views after 2 weeks. One year, four singles (with almost 3 million views), many shows in Germany and a small European tour after, the Germans released their debut album Lifeline.

The LP dropped last August 24 via Arising Empire (a sub-label of Nuclear Blast) and was written, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by vocalist and band leader Timo Bonner at Mega Blaster Recordings in Haltern am See.

All the 11 songs included in Lifeline are reflections of things that happened in the vocalist's life - anxiety, depression, bullying, suicide attempt. These lyrics are packed into emotional music and singing melodies that will hit the listeners deep in their feelings: "Hard hitting lyrics with heart hitting music," as Bonner defines Our Mirage's music.

Watch the video for Lost, the latest single/video released from Lifeline clicking on the image and buy/stream the album here.

VIKINGO!: Set It On Fire with RnR mercoledì, 5 settembre 2018 21:09 by madseason
VIKINGO! - Set It On Fire

Good old fashioned rock n' roll finds its new home with a modern twist in the LA rockers VIKINGO!'s debut EP Set It On Fire.

Two Colombians, a Norwegian, and an American band together to package their collective annoyance of issues like environmental policies, immigration, equality and more in their new hard-hitting EP. Referencing personal struggles and past experiences, Set It On Fire aims to incite rebellion against the shallow and ludicrous.

"The Set It On Fire EP means a lot to us because it's our friendship in rock n' roll form," said VIKINGO!. "We've all been in the music business for a while and rock n' roll has always been the link that's connected us. We produced, recorded and mixed it ourselves with the intention of making something that would be truly rock n' roll. That is, we wanted to make something truly rebellious and not canned."  

Set It On Fire was recorded at the famed 4th Street Recording (Muse, The Beach Boys, Bad Suns) and was mastered by Dale Becker (Macklemore, Neil Diamond). Jeff Henderson, accomplished storyboard artist with credits such as Inception and After Earth, designed the notable Set It On Fire cover art.

Set It On Fire was released last August 17. Stream/download it clicking on the cover image.

Indigo: WILD NOTHING go out of time venerdì, 31 agosto 2018 21:30 by madseason
Wild Nothing - Letting Go

Indigo is the title of Wild Nothing's fourth studio album, released today, August 31, via the independent label Captured Tracks.

The album is produced by visual artist/producer Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Japanese Breakfast, Frankie Rose) with Jack Tatum, the man behind the moniker Wild Nothing.

I wanted it to sound like a classic studio record, as close as I could get it there. It just boils down to me wanting to fit into some larger narrative, musically, in terms of these artists I love," Jack said about Indigo. "The records that have influenced the actual sound of Indigo are by Roxy Music, Kate Bush, and Fleetwood Mac; Roxy Music's Avalon is one of my favorite records ever. I think about how my music will age. Ideas of ‘timeless’ are going to be different - so if Indigo is not timeless then it's at least 'out of time.'"

A natural progression from Wild Nothing's previous work, Indigo is a state-of-the-art dream-pop album, a must not only for lovers of the genre, but for everybody with a crack for seductive melodies and layered textures.

Watch the video for Letting Go, the leading single of the new album, clicking on the image and stream/buy Indigo on BandCamp.

Kaleido - My Enemy

Stalwart Detroit rockers Kaleido have just released their brand new single My Enemy.

The trials and tribulations of being rock n' roll survivors in an ever-changing Music business has made Kaleido stronger and tougher, and that is reflected in this muscular new single, which was produced by Johnny K (3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Pop Evil, Megadeth, Adelitas Way).

Kaleido are on the road as part of the Summer Soul Collection Tour with September Mourning to support the release.

Watch the video for My Enemy clicking on the image now.

Get Naked with HUNGER lunedì, 27 agosto 2018 22:08 by madseason
HUNGER - Naked

Many of you should already know Austrian alt/synth-pop band HUNGER from the 2018 Mitsubishi commercial or a feature on Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.

HUNGER hails from the idyllic suburbs of Vienna and formed in early 2014. Childhood friends, Daniel Rumpel and Johannes Herbst approached long-term fellow vocalist Lucas Fendrich with the intention of creating a truly dark and cinematic sound. Once they'd developed a batch of demos, the three musicians headed to the outskirts of Vienna, built up a studio in a borrowed apartment and brought their sound to life.

HUNGER have a brand new single out. Released last August 24, it's called Naked and was produced by Daniele Autore, mixed by Jeremy Wheatley (Depeche Mode, Taylor Swift) and mastered by Joe La Porta (Imagine Dragons, Panic! at the Disco, The Neighborhood).

A moody, melodic blend of synth-pop and alt-rock, Naked embodies a deeply visceral cinematic experience. The Austrian musicians offer heavy beats overtop layered harmonics to give a positive piece of their reality to society's effervescent negativity in their new single.

"People tend to question themselves if they’re good enough, good looking or smart enough while being put into boxes from other people,” explains the band. “Constant judgment in our society these days create a lot of pressure, especially on young people.

Naked is a true gem for lovers of synth-driven pop rock. Check it out now clicking on the image.

MAKARI are Hyperreal sabato, 25 agosto 2018 15:21 by madseason
Makari - Hyperreal

Five-piece ambient-rock outfit from Orlando, FL, Makari, released their debut LP Hyperreal last August 3 via InVogue Records.

The album. produced by Andrew Wade (Across The Atlantic, Wage War, Neck Deep) is one of the most interesting debuts of the year.

With dreamy and delicate guitar work, driving bass and drums, soaring and melodic lyric-driven vocals, the band allows you to drift on a sonic-sea of delay and reverb just long enough before dropping you back into straight-forward, high-energy grooves. Watch the video for the latest single, and title-track of the album, Hyperreal, clicking on the image and stream the LP on Spotify.