Messer - Simple Man

Messer are continuing their momentum from their breakout year by releasing Simple Man, the 3rd single and video from their self-titled debut album, which bowed at #3 on the Soundscan New Artist chart and was named "New and Noteworthy" at iTunes.
The Dallas, Texas based band had a banner year in 2018 with first single Make This Life reaching #25 on the Active Rock radio charts, and second single Save Myself also made it into the Top 30 -the only truly independent act to do so.

Singer Dereak Messer says: "Simple Man is a song written from the perspective of someone who is removing themselves from the drama or superficial aspects and expectations of social media in our society. It's someone who is resolved in the strength it takes to be alone and move themselves forward. It's a narrative on how this person wants to find their own power and focus on clarity of self. "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger" is the mantra and highlights the strength it takes to step away from the shallow aspects of the world into something more meaningful for themselves".

Watch the video for Simple Man clicking on the image and stream Messer on Spotify now.

Savage After Midnight - 10 Feet Tall

Memphis, Tennessee quintet Savage After Midnight are gearing up for the release of their debut EP, 11:59 (RED Music/The Century Family) on March 8, with an east coast run of tour dates with Pop Evil.

The band connected with producer John Falls (Egypt Central) and recorded what would become the 11:59 EP.

10 Feet Tall, the first single and video release from the EP, is already making inroads at SiriusXm Octane and Music Choice.  It's anthemic and energizing, building from a melodic verse, through a propulsive bridge and into an unforgettable chorus.

Check the video now clicking on the image and stream the song on Spotify.

THE BLACK FEVER release new single Marketing Sunday, 27 January 2019 16:05 by madseason
The Black Fever - Marketing

The Black Fever is a post-punk indie rock band based in Toronto, comprised of Shoe (vocals, guitar), Pat Bramm (bass, back-up vocals), and Dan Purpura (drums).

The band's music mixes guitar-based post-punk influences with lead bass lines and propulsive drums, while reflecting the band's focus on melody and concise songwriting.

The band latest single, Marketing, was release last Friday, January 25. The single is the first track taken from a five-song EP that will be released in the Spring of 2019. Marketing was recorded and produced by Ian Gomes (Odonis Odonis, Fake Palms, Greys) at Union Sound Company and mastered by Noah Mintz.

"Sometimes the only art or images we see while going about our daily lives are those trying to sell us something" the band says about Marketing. "Walking around Toronto, you feel the oversaturation of advertisement that everyone is inundated with on a daily basis. There's nothing wrong with selling things, but it can be oppressive. We need to find a better balance between ads and public art – for art's sake."

Stream Marketing now clicking on the image.

Lioness: The fierce energy of ACE OF WANDS Friday, 25 January 2019 22:47 by madseason
Ace Of Wands - Lioness

Ace Of Wands is the music and songwriting of Lee Rose. Joined by Anna Mernieks and Jody Brumell, the band blends soaring vocals, violin, synth-bass and guitar into songs inspired by the supernatural, elemental forces and physical sensation.

Drawing on a background of rock and roll, classical violin training and folk music, Ace Of Wands expands their songwriting to incorporate facets of cinematic soundscapes, pop melodies and interlocking guitars and vocals. Motivated by the tarot card of the same name, the music is about will and determination; to create and destroy, and to bring about physical, mental and spiritual transformation.

Lioness is the title track of Ace Of Wands' forthcoming debut album, to be released next February 22. It was written at a time of transformation in Lee Rose's life: the song came from a place of self-destruction while Lee simultaneously searched for strength and the ability to persevere.

The accompanying video for Lioness is inspired by a love of horror movies and suspense, depicting the lure of self-destruction followed by an acceptance of the darkness within. Watch the video now clicking on the image.

Bexley - Sometimes

Los Angeles young rocker Bexley released her debut EP Lost In The Moment yesterday, 18 January.

The EP was produced by Aaron Edwards (Sick Puppies, Black Veil Brides, Rivals) include 5 hard hitting songs that touches on topics that people often have trouble talking about, like harmful relationships (Toxic Love) and trying to find meaning in our increasingly chaotic world (Deal).

Working alongside producer Edwards, Bexley captured her unique sound and an energy that will resonate with Rock and Alternative fans alike.

Emerging from the supportive Seattle music scene, Bexley rose in local circles and worked hard to rub elbows with local rock and grunge legends to absorb their knowledge while developing her own unique take on music. She was welcomed into the Brotherhood of Guitar by legendary Rock photographer and mentor Robert M. Knight: he included Bexley in his latest book "Rock Gods" alongside such icons as Slash and Jimmy Page. Her style is heavily influenced by the songwriting and harmonies of the Beatles, while sonically drawing from hometown favorites Alice in Chains. She holds Robert Plant and the aforementioned Chris Cornell as her benchmarks for vocals, and studied the nuance they put into each song. Her drive to succeed has led her to Los Angeles, where she now lives and where the colobration with producer Edwards began.

Watch the video for Run Rabbit Run -Bexley's debut single- here and check the new one for Sometimes, also included in the EP, clickng on the image.

Donwload/stream Lost In The Moment on your favorite digital music service and discover a bright new rock talent.

KONGOS - 1929: Part 1

A few weeks after the single Pay For The Weekend, South African alternative rockers KONGOS release their brand new album 1929: Part 1 today, January 18.

1929: Part 1 is an impressive record that is packed with the same kind of catchy lyrics, complex melodies and top-notch musicianship that listeners would expect from one of the fastest growing alternative rock bands in the world.

Filled with lyrical prowess, melodic complexity and a visceral musicality, 1929: Part 1 is the result of a major creative undertaking. As the title somewhat implies, it will be the first of three albums to be released by the band in 2019. From this venture, songs like the aforementioned single Pay For The Weekend emerge, a track that encompasses the album's themes fully. Other songs like Something New, I Am Not Me and Keep Your Head showcase the band's energy and are sure to be fan favorites.

All of the tracks from the album were featured in Bus Call - Life On Tour, an 8-part docuseries which follows their story and gives a compelling and realistic window into life on tour. KONGOS also host a weekly podcast, The Front Lounge, where they discuss music, ideas and more with guests that include other musicians, artists, touring professionals and entrepreneurs.

1929: Part 1 is available to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.

Baggage Claim: new single from FRAMING HANLEY Tuesday, 8 January 2019 21:27 by madseason
Framing Hanley - Baggage Claim

Framing Hanley released their second single from their upcoming album Sumner Roots -due out early 2019- a few weeks ago. The song is titled Baggage Claim and can be streamed or downloaded at all digital outlets.

Frontman Kenneth Nixon on Baggage Claim: "I've never been a fan of talking about the meaning behind a song to the songwriter, because it's a songwriter's goal usually to write a song that someone can relate to themselves. It's funny, though, because when people hear this song, they'll likely have a much different takeaway than what this song means to us. This song was written about the stranglehold that music, and moreover, the music industry had on us 4 years ago when we first considered walking away. Just the feeling of wanting to change one's identity, everything about oneself, to have a fresh start. Yet every time we tried to distance ourselves from music, it was right there; threatening to pull us back under."

Baggage Claim is a strong, melodic, heartfelt number that confirms the band has matured both musically and lyrically.

The first song off of the upcoming new album, Puzzle Pieces, was released last summer and has already surpassed 2 million streams.

The Spiritual Machines - Brave New World

Fans of awesome songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Evan Frankfort (Melodine, Les Friction) can rejoice, as alternative sci-fi rock duo The Spiritual Machines, comprising Evan and lead vocalist James Grundler (Din Pedals, Palo Alto, Golden State) has just released the brand new single Brave New World.

The song was, as usual, written, produced and recorded by Mr. Frankfort himself and is another cinematic rock winner.  You can buy/stream Brave New World on BandCamp or cdbaby. If you're a Spotify user, check it here.

Stay tuned for news about the upcoming third The Spiritual Machines' full-length album.