AVIATORS: A Song That Never Ends lunedì, 26 dicembre 2016 15:18 by madseason
Aviators - A Song That Never Ends

I realize that I never wrote about Aviators, at least so far. Time to make amends. Aviators is a one-man band, an independent musician "always working to create new types of songs by fusing genres and styles. My forte is alternative rock and industrial music," as he says in his bio.

Influenced by such acts as Depeche Mode, Owl City, Lifehouse, Skillet, Imagine Dragons, Aviators debuted on December 2011 with Reflections Of A Dream.
His latest album is the recently released (December 1) A Song That Never Ends: it's named after one of the 15 songs included, a wonderful, cinematic track inspired by the soundtracks to the James Bond movies.

A Song That Never Ends is a truly inspired LP, that sways between alternative rock and retrowave/synthpop, with massive use of electronic sounds and huge melodies.

Stream the whole album on BandCamp and, while you're there, check all the previous releases from Aviators: they really deserve your attention.

To The River with CAUSES sabato, 24 dicembre 2016 18:30 by madseason
Causes - To The River

Causes are a 4 piece indie pop band composed of British singer/songwriter Rupert Blackman, guitar player Jan Schröder, drummer Simon Boeing-Messing and bass player Robert Pronk.

Blackman moved to Amsterdam from the UK and started busking on the street. He regularly sold out of homemade CD's and interest quickly garnered. He signed a record deal in Benelux with Play It Again Sam. Soon after he met Schröder and Causes was swiftly formed.

After the band's first two singles Teach Me How To Dance With You and Walk On Water gained a great success, Causes signed a deal with RCA Records. Their first full-length album Under Bridges That You Built For Me was produced by Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers, Texas) and released last Spring. It features the aforementioned singles and the latest ones, To The River (watch the video clicking on the image) and This Sinking Ship.

On December 2 Causes released the Under Bridges Acoustic EP, a mini-album that includes four songs from the debut LP, re-recorded without electric instruments.

If you like perfectly crafted, subtle, atmospheric indie pop that works great on radios without selling out, and artists like Tom Odell, OneRepublic, Keane or Coldplay, then stream Causes' music on Spotify.

BLEEKER drive you on the Erase You Highway giovedì, 22 dicembre 2016 17:34 by madseason
Bleeker - Highway

Bleeker, previously known as Bleeker Ridge, are an alternative rock trio from Toronto, Canada.
The first release with the new name was the self-titled EP from last March. The EP features the anthemic single Highway, a song that granted the band widespread recognition (watch the video clicking on the image).

October 21 saw the release of Bleeker's debut full-length album, titled Erase You, on the Five Seven Music label, the alternative/indie sub-label under The Eleven Seven Music Group (home for Sixx:A.M., Papa Roach and Buckcherry, among the many others).
The LP includes all the songs from the EP and 6 brand new compositions.

Soundwise, Bleeker's straight rock with blues and garage pop rock traces and big melodic hooks, invoke names like Royal Blood, The Black Keys and Jet. So, if these bands are in your collection, stream the awesome Erase You on Spotify now!

Rising stars: THE SLEEPING SOUNDS lunedì, 19 dicembre 2016 18:09 by madseason
The Sleeping Sounds - Figure It Out

Time to talk a little about The Sleeping Sounds, a pretty new indie-pop trio from Cleveland that has recently released its debut single and video Figure It Out.

Figure It Out is an amazing track that combines indie pop rock and soul in an extremely fashionable way.

"The song is based completely on a true story of a girl I had dated who had went completely down the wrong path," says guitarist Anthony Lauletta. "She lived a life haunted by addiction and anxiety, making all of the wrong decisions in hopes she would become somebody. While her story's a bit extreme, the girl in this song could be anyone… at one point or another, we've all walked the line of having a big ego, but low self-worth. We've all felt that discontent."

Watch the video for Figure It Out clicking on the image and expect news about The Sleeping Sounds soon.

BLACK LAB welcome you in A New World venerdì, 16 dicembre 2016 18:27 by madseason
Black Lab - A New World

You know that Californian Black Lab are one of my my favorite independent rock bands, so I'm very happy to report that they have a brand new studio album out.

It's the sixth of their career and is titled A New World. Fusing the electronic spine of their recent works with the searing rock of the first three albums, Black Lab has taken two years of tragedy and joy and exploded it into something transcendent, a testimony to the cleansing power of loss, redemption, and rock and roll.

The words of Paul Durham about A New World: "Years of blood, sweat, gin, joy, struggle and transcendence -- tears and much unseemly laughter, crashed cars and inscrutable dreams, the death of a lover and the discovery of love, hallucinogens and unimagined ghosts. This is the record of a past we can't forget and a future we can't wait to see, one we want so much for you to hear. this is a A New World."

Buy the album on the band's website or on iTunes and stream it on BandCamp clicking on the image.

LIO NICOL: a new indie-pop talent on the rise mercoledì, 14 dicembre 2016 22:59 by madseason
Lio Nicol - Blame

This is my very first "encounter" with Lio Nicol, an indie-pop songwriter and performer from Missoula, Montana, that relocated to California in 2010 to pursue a career in music.

A talented pianist and guitarist, Lio Nicol has found her greatest passion lies within songwriting. Inspired by the legendary Diane Warren, Nicol's songwriting is a reflection of her thoughts, heartbreak, and love.

Her powerhouse vocals and captivating indie-pop melodies have led to her being described as an early Mariah Carey meets Florence + The Machine.
Lio Nicol has toured and recorded with some of the industry's top musicians as well as Grammy award-winning producers. She has performed all over North America in a variety of concerts including the Dragon Boat Festival, Durango Expo, House of Blues San Diego, The Mint in Los Angeles and many others. Music fans have recognized her 5-octave range and impressive stage presence and continue to come back to her shows again and again.

Lio Nicol released her first single, Blame, a couple of weeks ago: it's a moving pop anthem, deep and catchy at the same time, that elucidates what it is to realize it's time to let go. The track finds the singer in her most vulnerable state as she details the confusion and pain felt during a one-sided breakup. Lio Nicol purposely writes storytelling lyrics that are open to interpretation so her listeners can decide for themselves what the songs are about. "I don't ever like to say too much about a song because I want people to feel exactly how they need to at the time of listening to it."

Produced by Wesley Switzer of Milestone Studios, Blame is the first single off of her debut EP, 1, due out in early 2017.

Blame is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Spotify, so go check this little jewel out now.

CIVILIAN: empathy in music lunedì, 12 dicembre 2016 17:25 by madseason
Civilian - Live At NoiseTrade

Civilian is a Nashville based indie rock band with an intricately melodic and immediately captivating sound that can appeal to fans of Death Cab For Cutie, Cold War Kids, Manchester Orchestra and Further Seems Forever.

They released their second full-length album You Wouldn't Believe What Privilege Costs last October 21 on Tooth & Nail Records, a record that is both a bold declaration from, and rebirth for, songwriter Ryan Alexander: stream it now on Spotify.

Civilian have recently partnered with NoiseTrade to release their exclusive live performance recordings at Studio EM2. Featuring five new videos and songs off Civilian's debut record and YWBWPC, Live At NoiseTrade captures an intimate look at the band. With each live track, frontman Ryan Alexander digs deeper into his lyrical prowess to explain his love for the environment, the importance of community, and the significance of empathy for others.
Get the live album and check the live videos clicking on the image.

SOFT CYANIDE, the solo effort of Devin Barrus venerdì, 9 dicembre 2016 16:59 by madseason
Soft Cyanide on YouTube

Soft Cyanide is the solo effort of singer/songwriter Devin Barrus. Known for his heavyweight rock vocal style in Former Tides, the singer set out to write, record, and release his own music in a pop based market.

Influenced by such bands as Keane, PVRIS, Anberlin, Depeche Mode, Copeland, Paramore, The 1975, Soft Cyanide blends electronic sampling, synthesizers, infectious pop melodies and clean guitar leads to create a personal sound.

Soft Cyanide should have debuted last November 18 with an independently released EP but, following the overwhelming response to the songs showcased so far, Devin decided to put out this EP in a much more effective and marketable strategy to reach further than just his fanbase.

I will keep you updated on this matter, meanwhile stream the 4 singles available on SoundCloud or Spotify and check the videos released so far clicking on the image.