NAVARONE: explosive rock from the Netherlands mercoledì, 8 marzo 2017 23:01 by madseason
Navarone - Soon I'll Be Home

This is a new band to me. Navarone is a Dutch alternative rock group, formed in Nijmegen in 2008. In their early years, when performing under the name Overthrow, they caught the attention of Golden Earring, eventually leading to a series of opening acts for their shows. Golden Earring's frontman Barry Hay came up with the idea of renaming their band to The Guns Of Navarone. Even though the name was well received, the band thought the resemblance with the name Guns N' Roses was too close, so eventually they settled with the name Navarone.

After two well received studio albums, the debut A Darker Shade Of White (2012) and the sophomore Vim And Vigor (2014), the band released their third LP Oscillation last January via Rodeostar Entertainment.

Oscillation is a brilliant record of energetic rock songs and power ballads with a 70's or 80's structure and contemporary influences.

Watch the video for the leading single Soon I'll Be Home clicking on the image and stream the whole Oscillation on Spotify.

Keep On Going with G MATTHEWS lunedì, 6 marzo 2017 21:18 by madseason
G Matthews - Keep On Going

Last October I introduced on my pages G Matthews, a promising independent artist from Southern California, inspired by No Doubt's Gwen Stefani.
G debuted with a full-length album titled Chasing Happy in September 2016: here you find the post where I wrote about it.

G's got a brand new single out now: it's called Keep On Going and it's the first single off her upcoming new album Superhero, to be released later in the year.
Keep On Going was produced by Raphael Sepulveda and is a strong alternative rock track with power-pop guitar riffs and hard-hitting drums, that encourages individuals to get back on their horse by forgetting the past.

Download and stream Keep On Going clicking on the image and get the lyric comic book -the first of a series of 7 off the forthcoming album- here.

The Glass Beach OF VERONA sabato, 4 marzo 2017 17:25 by madseason
of Verona - Kids On The Street

Indie/progressive electro-pop rockers of Verona have just released their second full-length album Glass Beach via De Novo Music Group.

Glass Beach was released last friday, February 24 and includes the lead singles Kids On The Street (watch the video clicking on the image) and Can You Hear Me and a very personal cover of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.

Lead singer and songwriter, Mandi Perkins, recently commented on the new record: "Things have been super busy over here. We've had a bunch of TV and FILM placements around the world and have also been focused on our respective side projects. It's taken over two years to complete because Dil [Dillon Pace, the other half of Verona] and I live in different states now, but after fitting all the pieces together, we really dig the album and we hope you will too. All the songs were written by the band, and this time around, we were fortunate to have the awesome Caleb Shreve [Switchfoot, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez] mix the record. It's more layered than before, but that's what a Glass Beach is about. Sometimes the things we love most cut us the deepest. The point is, how much pain is the pleasure worth."

Stream this awesome, futuristic indie pop affair on Spotify following this link.

SON & THIEF's Million Dollar Rocket mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017 21:45 by madseason
Son & Thief - Million Dollar Rocket

American indie rockers Son & Thief, from Athens, GA, have just released their new single, Million Dollar Rocket, a beautiful and captivating track that transports listeners to a dreamy environment.

The much-anticipated follow up to their last single, All I Care About, Million Dollar Rocket delivers the perfect balance of acoustic melodies layered with complex lyrics.

The song was produced and engineered by vocalist Shane Toriscelli at his home studio, co-produced by Deane Lawton and Jacob Nesler with additional engineering, mixing and mastering by Matt Martin.

"Million Dollar Rocket is a song about overthinking and the fears that accompany it" comments Shane. "It's always been so fascinating to me that through all my chronic overthinking, details as miniscule as a purple flower or a necklace can seep through my memories and end up in my writing."

The band has paired the single with a lyric video that features a collage that perpetuates the airy space-rock feel of the music. Watch it now clicking on the image and stay tuned for further news about Son & Thief.

THE NEW SCHEMATICS say it's Your Year lunedì, 27 febbraio 2017 21:45 by madseason
The New Schematics - Your Year

Nashville's rock band The New Schematics have just independently released their sophomore EP Your Year last Friday, February 24.

As I wrote when featuring their debut EP, The New Schematics officially began as a duo, with Cory Bishop (vocals, guitar) and Michael Bare (bass, vocals), who brought a rotating cast of bandmates on the road with them.

A few months after they pulled him on stage for a guitar solo in New York City, Shanan Lau left the band that was opening for The New Schematics in order to join Cory and Michael as a full-time third member.

It's this line-up that played on Your Year, with the help of Danny Pratt on drums and producer Andrew Bergthold (Chris Tomlin, for King & Country, Blanca) on synths, keyboards and programming.

The first single released from the EP is the title track: "This is for everyone. For the blank-slate-seekers and resolution-makers-and-breakers; those waiting on love to come around and for hope to stick around. This is gonna be YOUR YEAR" said the band promoting the single. Watch the official video clicking on the image.

If you like honest modern melodic rock with classic sensibilities that draws from a dynamic mix of musical styles and influences (The Killers, Bruce Springsteen, Dawes, The Cars), then stream the Your Year EP on Spotify.

[NATIVE/TONGUE] - Our Hands

[NATIVE/TONGUE] is a new band from Salt Lake City, UT, that plays a powerful rock that blends the best elements from synth-pop and hard rock.

Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, The 1975, 30 Seconds To Mars are bands that spring to mind listening to [NATIVE/TONGUE]'s self-titled debut album, produced by Dan Whittaker and Stetson Whitworth and released today via Sonic Valley Records.

Throughout the songs of the album you can find micro-anthems that embody the best of arena-sized rock that tell a story while making heads bang, and feet tap.

Watch the video for the latest single Our Hands clicking on the image and stream the whole album on Spotify.

The Spiritual Machines - Witnesses And Criminals

Awake Alert Alive almost is the second album from The Spiritual Machines, an alternative sci-fi rock duo comprising Evan Frankfort and vocalist James Grundler (Palo Alto, Goldenstate).

Some of you may know Evan for his previous records with the alternative powerpop rockers Melodine and the epic pomp act Les Friction.

Evan alternates between playing in his own bands or as a studio/touring member (Sugarcult, Rancid, The Bangles, The Wallflowers, The Jayhawks) and working behind the scenes both as a songwriter, with artists including Liz Phair and Plain White T's, and as a film and television composer.

Awake Alert Alive almost is the follow up to the first album Volunteer; it was independently released last week, on February 14, and is the second chapter of a musical sci-fi saga inspired by the works of novelist Ray Kurzweil: an original headphone trip exploring the concept of living outside of one's body that asks the question "if we are able to upload our brains so that our essence continues on after our body gives out, what would happen to our minds?"

Musicwise, Awake Alert Alive almost has elements of alternative rock, symphonic rock and orchestrated, cinematic music... a mix of 30 Seconds To Mars, Muse and sci-fi soundtracks should give you a picture.

Check the lyric video for the single Witnesses And Criminals clicking on the image and stream this jewel of an album on BandCamp now!

Rising stars: THE TREBLE lunedì, 20 febbraio 2017 21:06 by madseason
The Treble - Ten Thousand Floors

The Treble are a Canadian alternative pop/rock band from Winnipeg, MB. Formed in 2008, they have been slowly carving out their place in the Canadian music scene with engaging songs and a passionate live show.

After two independent EPs, several cross country tours and multiple international events, The Treble completed their first full length album Modernaires with multi-platinum, award-winning producer Rob Wells (Tyler Shaw, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber), signed a recording contract with Cadence Music and released it last February 10.

Modernaires is an album for lovers of strong melodies and anthemic harmonies; it's a record full of hooks and refrains that stuck in your head like glue and make the songs immediately recognizable and highly memorable.

Modernaires includes the leading single Wherever You Go -released with a companion-lyric video, made up of thousands of photographs from light painting artists around the world using Pixelstick technology- and the new one, Ten Thousand Floors, a song about "the way we respond to being pushed and pulled by the things in our lives. [The related] video is a story about the way we fall, and the way we pick ourselves up."

Watch the video for Ten Thousand Floors clicking on the image and stream the whole Modernaires on Spotify.