Burn This Place: the return of VEX RED mercoledì, 7 dicembre 2016 17:34 by madseason
Vex Red - Burn This Place

Do you remember Vex Red? They were a British electronic alternative rock band from the Surrey and Hampshire that released their first, and so far the only, album 14 years ago.

Titled Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire, the record hit the UK record stores in March 2002 via Virgin Records. After litigating their way off the label in late 2002, Vex Red disbanded and the members were involved in other projects.

The band reunited in 2016, announcing that they would be playing shows and making new music with the same players as 2002, except for new drummer Dave Neale (ex-member of Rooster and Death In Vegas).

The first song/single released by the band after their return is Burn This Place, a brillant electro-rock track that you can download from iTunes now.

The band worked on a video clip to go along with the song; it was released two days ago, on December 5, at the same time of the single: watch it clicking on the image.

Finding El Dorado in Oz: DRAWING NORTH lunedì, 5 dicembre 2016 21:18 by madseason
Drawing North - Boys Of Summer

I'm a little late on this, however... here it is: El Dorado is the title of the debut album from Drawing North, a talented alternative pop-rock band from Canberra, Australia, influenced by the likes of OneRepublic, 30 Seconds To Mars, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons.

El Dorado was produced by James Wisner (Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, The Academy Is...) and released a couple of months ago, on September 30, via Vienna People Records / Universal Music Australia.

"El Dorado is an accumulation of songs written about our experience as a band as well as personal struggles and triumphs. Through this album we believe it has allowed us to finally find a vision for our musical style and we hope it can connect with people in all walks of life as much as it has with us" said singer Michel "Po" Pogson about the album.

El Dorado includes the singles ForevermoreOnly YouArs Amatoria, Fire Eyes and Save Your Love. Stream the whole LP on Spotify and discover one of the most addictive and smart pop album of the year.

Drawing North have also recently done an original sounding cover of Don Henley's super-classic Boys Of Summer: watch the video clicking on the image.

WILDLIFE in the Age Of Everything sabato, 3 dicembre 2016 16:59 by madseason
Wildlife - 2017

Toronto indie rock band Wildlife released their new, third full-length album Age Of Everything last October 4 via Wax Records.

The members of the band wrote to their fans about the contents of the new record, stating "This music is about change. Changing the way we look at things to adapt to this new world. Myself, and the majority of my friends, come from the last generation of humans who were alive before the digital age created a new god in our image and laid waste to so much, for better or worse, that came before. This is a position of privilege and of damnation. One foot in the old century, where time had remained traceable for millennia; the other in this New Age, where time feels like holding your hand in front of your face forever, looking ever so gently into the next dimension. Many of us are entrenched in our own nostalgia, grasping at things and feeling and ideas to tie us to a version of the world that makes sense; others live by the un-breaking doctrine that new is by definition better. Hopefully Age Of Everything is a little bit of both."

Age Of Everything is an awesome indie pop-rock album full of uplifting synth-led songs, anthemic chorus and highly enjoyable melodies.

Watch the "New Years" video for the track 2017 clicking on the image and stream the whole album on Spotify.

Dear Me: 12 emotional diary entries from OWEL mercoledì, 30 novembre 2016 16:41 by madseason
OWEL - Paper Hands

One of the best sophomore releases of the year is Dear Me, the second full-length album from New Jersey-based indie outfit OWEL, co-produced by vocalist Jay Sakong and Gates' vocalist Kevin Dyereleased and released last November 11 on Equal Vision Records.

Featuring delicate, dreamy vocals with lush five-part harmonies, elegant string arrangements and a tasteful touch of electronic elements throughout, the band has created a truly stunning sound on Dear Me that is all their own and simultaneously feels classic and modern. On the album, dramatic crescendos and dynamic soundscapes weave behind ethereal vocals, gracefully leading listeners on a phenomenal sonic journey of reflection, curiosity and contemplation.

"The songs on this record feel a lot like diary entries to me. In this case, the phrase 'dear me' can be read as both an expression of regret and the beginning of a letter to oneself. I see it as both," notes Jay Sakong. "That's the nice thing about lyrics in songs - you can pretty much reveal the most secretive parts of yourself and not feel as exposed as if you just said it out loud."

I'd like to recommend Dear Me to lovers of emotional alternative poprock, and fans of Keane, Starsailor, Death Cab For Cutie and the most atmospheric songs of Feeder.

Watch the video for the new single Paper Hands clicking on the image and stream Dear Me on Spotify now.

A new star is rising in the MERCURY SKY lunedì, 28 novembre 2016 17:58 by madseason
Mercury Sky - SleepDreamWake

Here is another much promising band from down-under: Mercury Sky are a Sydney 5-piece band, inspired by bands like Incubus, A Perfect Circle, Karnivool, The Mars Volta, Tool, as well as the Sydney local scene.
Their aim is to combine the love of original music and its complexities within their instruments with the simplicity and wide appeal of rock music to create what could be best called progressive/alternative rock.

Mercury Sky released their debut self-Titled EP in 2014 to great acclaim from reviewers and listeners alike, followed by the single Sosonal in 2015. Sosonal pushed the band's boundaries a little more and reflected the nature of the year it was created: wild, unpredictable and a little dangerous.

Now is the time of the awesome new single SleepDreamWake: produced and mixed by Dave Petrovic (COG, Tonight Alive, Hands Like Houses) and Mercury Sky at the Electric Sun Studios in Sydney, was released last November 4 and you can stream it on BandCamp or watch the official lyric video clicking on the image.

"With this one, we decided that it was time that we had our own little crack at a love song, so we hope you feel the vibes" wrote the band about SleepDreamWake, adding "Rather ironically, this is the first song that we have chosen to welcome the 7-string guitar into the Mercury Sky arsenal with the warmest of embraces."

Both Sosonal and SleepDreamWake will be included in the band's second EP, to be released in the first half of 2017. Stay tuned for more info about it.

Talking about happiness: THE WIND + THE WAVE venerdì, 25 novembre 2016 15:36 by madseason
The Wind + The Wave - Grand Canyon

It's time to cover this very special act, The Wind + The Wave, featuring ex-Soldier Thread singer Patricia Lynn and her music partner, Dwight Baker: Dwight worked both in front of the microphone as well as in the recording studio for Alpha Rev, Brandi Carlile, Blue October and Bob Schneider. In addition, Baker has also written music for Kelly Clarkson, and is the owner/operator of Matchbox Studios in Austin.

The duo released last October 28 their sophomore album, Happiness Is Not A Place, their first full-length on Island Records and followup to 2014's critically acclaimed LP From The Wreckage (RCA Records).
The new album from this indie folk rock/alternative country with southern vibes duo is "rawer and rougher" than its predecessor, explains Baker, and it "sounds reckless with a rock and roll spirit and attitude."

The album was produced by Butch Walker (Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Pink, Weezer to name a few), and the result is the sound of a band that has stretched itself and grown. The duo sonic palette is nervier, thanks to the album being recorded live by Butch. Lynn manages to dig even deeper with her lyrics, exploring her feelings about marriage, commitment, and family, while acknowledging her own frantic mind. "Happiness is a journey, not a destination" says Patty about the main theme of the album. "You're constantly making an effort to be a better person and that's what makes you happy or content with your life."

Watch the video for the leading single off the new album, Grand Canyon, clicking on the image, and stream the whole affair on Spotify or on YouTube.

Robert Loud - Intentional

Provo, UT-based electronica newcomer, Robert Loud, has just released his debut single entitled, Intentional .

Also known as the lead-guitarist and co-lead singer of indie-rock outfit, Fictionist, Robert Connolly (aka Robert Loud) has shifted focus to his solo project that marks a radical break from the band, the genre, even the instrument to which he's dedicated most of his career.

Channeling dancehall-inspired electronica and 80s synth-driven ballads, Loud uses analog synths and retro drum machines in a post-nostalgic exploration of love and adulthood.

His first EP will be released in early 2017 via Harbour Records. Meanwhile check Intentional (featuring Janessa Smith of Goldmyth) on SoundCloud and watch the video clicking on the image.

WILD DOMESTIC: a Singular Author lunedì, 21 novembre 2016 21:57 by madseason
Wild Domestic

Indie/alternative rock band Wild Domestic is the brainchild of Matt Carlson. Born in Paraguay, Carlson moved to Charlotte, North Carolina when he was six months old, and it is where he resides to this day.

After spending the last few years writing and performing both locally and nationally, Carlson released his self-titled debut EP, Wild Domestic, in 2015.

The follow up EP is titled Singular and is slated to be released in January 2017. The first single off the new EP is Author, a gripping rock anthem about the haunting feeling of paranoia after a relationship has ended.

Author was produced and mixed by Mike Pepe at MDDN Studios in Burbank, Los Angeles (owned by Benji & Joel Madden of Good Charlotte); it's a brutally honest, highly enjoyable, alternative rock track with a strong sound reminiscent to Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and a punk version of Counting Crows.

Download the new single on iTunes or stream it on Spotify or SoundCloud, and stay tuned for more news abiut the upcoming EP.