The Body Wars of JUNE DIVIDED mercoledì, 11 gennaio 2017 19:29 by madseason
June Divided - Body Wars

June Divided is a Philadelphia's indie rock/pop outfit, consisting of Melissa Menago (guitar, keys, vocals), Chris Kissel (guitar), Keith Gill (drums) and Lenny Sasso (bass, synth).

They have shared the stage with Twenty One Pilots, Rise Against, The Pretty Reckless, Walk The Moon, Tegan and Sara, and were seen on Warped Tour, MTVu and at SXSW.

June Divided released their new, independent EP Body Wars last December 2. The EP was produced by Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, Only On Weekends, Modern Suits) and shows the band further exploring their blending of pop and indie rock in 6 songs about heartache and difficult love. Some songs have a polished pop sound, while others are more straightforward rock tunes. And all of them are worth checking out.

So stream the whole Body Ward on BandCamp and let me know what you think about this promising act.

Skytown Riot -  In Dissolution (Lyric)

Skytown Riot is a Nashville prog/alternative rock band featuring vocalist/guitarist Van Gallik, bassist Jason Fruchey and drummer Sebastian Dunkel.

The three have just released (last Friday, January 6) the new album Alive In The Fire, a 13-song album of rock'n'roll urgency that defies easy categorization, a point on the map where modern rock juggernauts like 10 Years and Shinedown mix with the darker tones of acts like My Chemical Romance and Evanescence and the prog vein of Coheed and Cambria.

The first single off Alive In The Fire is In Dissolution, "a great example of breathing new life into an "old" song (we've played it for years)" said tha band, "during the recording process it completely evolved, both lyrically and musically." Check the official lyric video clicking on the image and stream the whole new album on Spotify now.

Alone Together with LEAGUES venerdì, 6 gennaio 2017 18:09 by madseason
Leagues - Alone Together

During this holiday season I had the chance to listen to some albums that, for one reason or another, didn't catch my proper attention at the time of their release.

It's the cause of this awesome new album from Leagues, a Nashville duo consisting in Thad Cockrell and Jeremy Lutito, that plays a pulsing brand of indie popo rock with dance beats that may appeal to fans of Foster The People, Broken Bells, Passion Pit and, why not, Scissor Sisters.

Leagues debuted in 2013 with the indie standout You Belong Here, which garnered a rabid fan base behind the breakout alternative and AAA singles Spotlight and Walking Backwards; the latter appearing during a pivotal scene on the first season of blockbuster Netflix original, Orange Is The New Black.

Leagues' second full-length album Alone Together was entirely produced by Jeremy Lutito and was released on September 9, 2016 on Dualtone Records. Alone Together captures a creative duo egging each other on to ever-greater heights. Stream the whole album on SoundCloud and let me know what you think about it.

Rescue Me: the new single for THIS IS ALL NOW lunedì, 2 gennaio 2017 16:05 by madseason
This Is All Now - Rescue Me

Among the many bands I discovered in 2016, there's this interesting act from Long Island, NY: This Is All Now have already released 3 EPs (Supernova, Live It Up and Homecoming) and one LP (Nightmare).

Known for their energetic live set, they shared the stage with Fifth Harmony, Avril Lavigne, The All-American Rejects, Against The Current, Set It Off and more.

Following the release of the Homecoming EP in 2015, This Is All Now have just released their newest single Rescue Me, produced by ZK Productions, who have also produced and co-written records for the likes of Mayday Parade, All Time Low and Cartel.

Rescue Me is a heavy hitting, arena rock anthem that brings an incredible new sound and presence for the Long Island's band. Check it out now watching the official video (click on the image).

In The End comes new music from 1 ECHO 1 sabato, 31 dicembre 2016 16:05 by madseason
1 Echo 1 - Meltdown EP

1 Echo 1 is an alternative rock band from Pennsylvania, influenced by the likes of Puddle Of Mudd, Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach and Nickleback.

I wrote about them last year, when the band released their second EP Collide, produced by John Moyer of Disturbed and mixed by Kelly Gray of Queensrÿche.

John considers 1 Echo 1 "Absolutely the most promising rock band I've ever produced," so it's not a surprise that he chose to work again with the Pennsylvania's outfit, producing two brand new songs, Meltdown and In The End.

You can stream both tracks on SoundCloud now clicking on the image.

Dead Days - Try

Dead Days are an Alternative Rock trio from the South East of England consisting of Travis Marc (lead vocals/drums), Darryl du Plooy (bass/backing vocals) and James Mattocks (guitar/backing vocals).

Here's some interesting words that I took straight from their bio: "(Dead Days) electrifying approach to songwriting, combined with their unique live performance makes them an exciting new prospect for any music lover on the lookout for their new 'favourite band'.   After all, in music, just like in life, it's important to discover new things and keep pushing forward and not keep living in the past because those days are dead."

Dead Days debut full length album Start Over Again was recorded in Angel, London, at AudioFury Studios with producer/engineer Chris Brink. It was independently released last November 3 and features the singles Liar Liar and Try (watch the video clicking on the image).

If you want some good Billy Talent-influenced alternative rock with big hooks and a powerful deliver, stream Start Over Again on Spotify now.

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.