Capsize: sophomore album for SUBWAYS ON THE SUN Friday, 28 September 2018 21:18 by madseason
Subways On The Sun - Hope You Like Getting Old

Seattle indie rock band Subways On The Sun released their new, second album Capsize last September 21 via Spartan Records.

While the band set sail with its shimmering guitar-pop debut The Honeymoon Stagecoach in 2013, Capsize steers a course into grittier territory.

The new record is a collection of songs which showcases a fresh artistic trajectory, and follows our collective struggle to accept the passage of time and identify the voices in our lives that are worth listening to. And it's immediately evident as anthemic opener Just To Be With You channels the heart racing spirit of Muse, with a riff-heavy synth-forward energy that rips through the whole record.

Each song is a unique statement, drawing fluidly from each member's influences. This comes across clearly in the Mew-inspired Tongues, combining jangly telecaster riffs and dirty-as-hell basslines. Remnants of early Jimmy Eat World shine through both on the album's title track, Capsize and Time's Not Long, while I'm An Island features lush textures and ethereal vocals akin to The Cure or Death Cab for Cutie. The longing for time to connect and create before our story is over flows through us all. Capsize invites us to embrace that reality, and discover our own ways to stay afloat.

Watch the video for the leading single Hope You Like Getting Old clicking on the image and stream the whole album on BandCamp or Spotify.

Something Dark comes from CHARMING LIARS Tuesday, 25 September 2018 21:57 by madseason
Charming Liars - Something Dark

With the release of sultry new single Something Dark through Chartmaker Inc/TAC, Los Angeles alternative band Charming Liars are continuing their growth and expanding their reach across the US and beyond. The song has been added to Spotify's New Noise Playlist out of the box and is making early inroads at Alternative Radio. After a recent two-month stint of sold-out shows with Dorothy, a fall tour with Welshly Arms and Glorious Sons will continue the band's break-out year in 2018.

Frontman Kiliyan Maguire says: "At its core, Something Dark depicts the painful aftermath brought on by years of unchecked power and how trust in the wrong hands can betray even the ultimate innocence. In this song we find an unnamed darkness with a row of eyes staring blindly into it. We find also find our survivor. These lyrics serve as a reminder that vigilance and awareness are just words and mean nothing without action. This was the final song written for our upcoming album Thought Flesh And Bone that we will be releasing in late January 2019".

Something Dark is a prime example of addictive alternative pop-rock with electronic influences: check it out now clicking on the image.

Orientation: the astonishing return of GREEK FIRE Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:27 by madseason
Greek Fire - The Ride

Alternative rock band from St. Louis, Missouri, Greek Fire is back with a brand new EP called Orientation.
Released last September 17, Orientation features 5 new tracks, including leading single The Ride (watch the video clicking on the image).

And that's not all, as Greek Fire will release a full-length record with 9 more new tracks soon: it's titled Broken and will see the light of the day at the beginning of 2019.

"We are thrilled to share so many songs with our incredible Greek Fire Family and the rest of the world!" said the band, adding "Orientation is fun, energetic, riffy, soaring, and thrilling. It's a perfect Greek Fire reintroduction to the world. We're following it with our part 2 in a series of releases. Broken is an emotional segue between Lost and Found and explores so many emotions. In the end, it sees the light at the end of the tunnel. After being knocked down, counted out, hurt and lonely, we saw the light and came out of the rain. That's what this record is about. Finding ourselves in it all."

Orientation is a stadium-ready alternative rock EP with 5 awesome, hook-filled tracks that you simply can't miss: stream it right now on Spotify.

Back to new wave with THE NIGHT GAME Monday, 17 September 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 Wednesday, 12 September 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 Saturday, 8 September 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 Wednesday, 5 September 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 Friday, 31 August 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.