Rising stars: MESSER Friday, 10 August 2018 21:09 by madseason
Messer - Save Myself

Messer have released their 2nd single and video Save Myself as they prepare to head back out on tour with Gemini Syndrome.

The Dallas, Texas based band is following up on the success of their first single Make This Life, which reached #25 on the Active Rock radio charts - the only truly independent act to do so thus far in 2018. 

Save Myself is included in Messer's self-titled debut album: released last April 20 on Maddpants Records, it debuted at #3 on the Soundscan New Artists chart and was named "New and Noteworthy" by iTunes.

The album is mixed by Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed) and mastered by Tom Baker (Papa Roach, David Bowie, Motley Crue) and is a prime example of brilliant cutting edge modern rock sound.

Watch the video for Save Myself clicking on the image and stream Messer on Spotify.

lovelytheband - These Are My Friends

lovelytheband is an alternative pop band that formed in 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The band is led by Mitchy Collins, former Oh Honey member, guitarist Jordan Greenwald, and drummer Sam Price. The band debuted in July 2017 with Broken, a single that quickly racked up over three million streams on Spotify and topped Billboard's Alternative Songs chart for six weeks. Billboard proclaimed the group among "10 Rock & Alternative Artists to Watch in 2018" as they supported Vance Joy and AWOLNATION on tour.

Everything paved the way for the arrival of the band's first full-length, finding it hard to smile (RED Music). Produced by Christian Medice (P!nk, Adam Jensen, Natalie Imbruglia) these 16 tracks entrance, engage, and enchant with cathartic, compelling, and catchy choruses. And, most of all, this is by no means alternative pop by numbers.

Check the video for the new single These Are My Friends clicking on the image and stream/buy this totally awesome record following this link.

No Small Children - I'm So Concerned

No Small Children - three elementary school teachers from LA - are releasing their brand new video I'm So Concerned today, August 3. It comes off the band's album What Do The Kids Say?, released in May.

What Do The Kids Say? was co-produced by singer & guitarist Lisa Pimentel and the legendary Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Filter, Rob Zombie). The record showcases No Small Children's songwriting ability songs and skilled musicianship. From the feel-good, anthemic sound of Radio and I Don't Believe What You Say, to the infectious pop/AOR melodies of Can You Imagine and Bullfighter, WDTKS? is chock-full of catchy songs with great commercial potential: a must for all the "silk & steel" rockers out there.

Back to the I'm So Concerned video: the cinematic black and white visuals pair with the band's raw and honest song to showcase their feelings as educators in modern-day America. "I'm So Concerned captures our worries as teachers about the world we're leaving for our students and the effects societal anxiety has on our youth. It also speaks to our desire to listen mindfully to our students to understand them and what they have to say" said Lisa.

Check the video clikng on the image and stream/buy What Do The Kids Say? following this link.

Behind the Mask: CODE RED RIOT Tuesday, 31 July 2018 21:54 by madseason
Code Red Riot - Living Low

Having originated as a cathartic music outlet for Corky Gainsford (formerly of the Century Media signed outfit Otherwise), Code Red Riot are taking audiences by storm with their full-length debut Mask, released last June 29 via Red Music (Sony Music).

Mask is a collection of powerful alternative rock songs that feature anthemic choruses, melodic riffs and soul-searching lyrics balanced on top of a hard-hitting rhythmic groove.

Mask should appeal to fans of early Nickelback, Saliva, Foo Fighters, Devour The Day and all that bands that don't sacrifice musicality for heaviness.

Watch the video for the first single Living Low clicking on the image and stream/buy the whole album following this link.

Puzzle Pieces: the return of FRAMING HANLEY Saturday, 28 July 2018 16:41 by madseason
Framing Hanley - Puzzle Pieces

I'm a little late on this but, as usual, better late than never. Alternative rockers Framing Hanley from Nashville, TN, are back with a new single.

Titled Puzzle Pieces, it was released last June 5 and is a melodic, intense and energetic song that suggests the American act has matured both musically and lyrically. Check it out clicking on the image.

Frontman Kenneth Nixon stated "For the last few years there was a part of me that I was running away from.  When FH ended, I was vocal that 'rock n roll broke my heart.' But the last 6 months I realized that I was just being a bitch and rock n roll was a huge part of my life.  Writing together with Ryan [Belcher, guitar player] again, our sound came back and I knew we had to let fans of FH hear what we had been suppressing. Get ready; this shit is gonna get fun."

Puzzle Pieces is the first single from Framing Hanley's upcoming new album Sumner Roots, to be released in Fall 2018 with Thermal Entertainment.

All the noise of CASTLECOMER Wednesday, 25 July 2018 21:48 by madseason
Castlecomer - All Of The Noise

Castlecomer are an Australian band from Sydney consisting of four cousins and a close childhood friend.

The group began playing live during their teenage years and took their band name from a plaque mounted outside their grandfather's house, one they later found out referenced the Irish village his family had emigrated from.

Much like the band's music, their name possesses deep personal meaning while still retaining an air of evocative mystery, hinting at places they've never been but still somehow course through their veins.

After signing with Concord Records, the band took a leap of faith in early 2018 and moved to Nashville: "We wanted to live in a 24/7 music community. As soon we arrived, we discovered that there was live music happening from 1pm onwards in every bloody corner of the place. It was exactly what we needed."

All Of The Noise is the title of the second single off Castlecomer's debut album out October 5. The song was produced by Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, Birds Of Tokyo, Empire Of The Sun) and released a few weeks ago. It's an awesome guitar oriented indie-pop track that should appeal to fans of X Ambassadors, Bastille and Young The Giant. Watch the lyric video now clicking on the image.

Big Mother Gig - Obliterate

Big Mother Gig are a Los Angeles-based/Milwaukee-bred power pop rock band that originally formed in 1992 and returned to the scenes in 2017 after a 20-year hiatus with Almost Primed, an EP of 6 hard-hitting songs praised by the rock press.

Big Mother Gig are releasing their compelling new single, Obliterate, today, July 20.

Grungy enough to please 90's rock addicted, anthemic enough to grant you will sing its chorus out loud, Obliterate is an angst-ridden powerful track inspired by the events in Parkland, FL, that "attempts to understand white American rage and tries to come to terms with this body of the American populace who are teetering on the edge of violence. It's filled with judgement, attempted understanding, lost signals and a lack of redemption as the perpetrator succumbs to handcuffs."

Buy/stream Obliterate clicking on the image.

Ghost stories from THE RAMONA FLOWERS Tuesday, 17 July 2018 21:30 by madseason
The Ramona Flowers - Ghost

The five-piece indie-synth group The Ramona Flowers have released a music video for their latest single, Ghost, which reached the Top 30 charts on college radio.

The Ghost music video was directed by Frankie Nasso and shot in the Hamptons, NY. The video portrays the sensation that a past love is still around.

To stick with the ghost theme, the clip reveals the "lost" James Bond Aston Martin DB7. It's filled with little details that make it more meaingful than a band performing in an empty house. It creates a metaphorical match between vision and lyrics. The camera follows a girl that appears to be an apparition throughout the house while the band plays, promoting the lyrics, "it's your face that I see flicker even though you're not around".

Ghost is the new single from The Ramona Flowers' latest album, Strangers: check it out if you still haven't.