SAM HALE: Somewhere Between Love & War Friday, 12 October 2018 11:34 by madseason
Sam Hale - Somewhere Between Love & War

Sam Hale is a Persian-American singer-songwriter and producer based in Nashville, Tennessee. His musical influences have blended over time to produce a rich musical landscape consisting of ethereal synths and beats, electric guitars and live drums.

After years of sharing his music in Los Angeles, Hale decided to continue his journey in Nashville where he worked on his third EP titled Somewhere Between Love & War with Sam Kassirer, known for producing and performing with Josh Ritter.

Somewhere Between Love & War is released today, October 12, and it's a project infused with Hale's love for rock, blues, electronic, pop, and hip-hop in a way that appeals to his heart.

The EP holds nothing back, as Hale gives listeners a deep glimpse into his personal struggles. He explains, "In the past year, I have made a lot of sacrifices and shifted my energy quite a bit and this EP shows my process through it all. I told myself, I could either be the safe version of myself, or the boldest. I chose the latter."

Hale's powerful indie rock voice is both timeless and chilling, giving a sense of maturity that fits with the melancholic sound and lyrics. The songwriting is honest, genuine, and the delivery is deeply emotional and touching.

Somewhere Between Love & War is available on all major digital distribution channels, so do yourself a favor and stream/download this beautiful piece of art.

Debut EP for new Texan wonder SUNSLEEP Tuesday, 9 October 2018 23:55 by madseason
Sunsleep - I Hope To See Again With Brand New Eyes

I'm a little late on this. Time to make amends as these five guys from Dallas, Texas, delivered one of the best EPs of the year so far.

Sunsleep was formed on January 1st of 2017 and consists of five members: Devin Barrus (vocals), Miles Croney (guitar), Lance Nerio (guitar), Dylan Woods (bass), and Mason Croney (drums).

The band was originally formed as a studio writing project but after the release of their debut single, Fever, the band quickly turned into what we know of it today.

As musicians they're looking to push the boundaries between an aggressive rock sound fused with ambient pop melodies and catchy choruses. And they're reaching their goal, judging from their debut EP, I Hope To See Again With Brand New Eyes, released  last September 7 (Manifest Group) and produced and mixed by excellent producer Erik Ron (Dance Gavin Dance, Slaves, Godsmack).

I Hope To See Again With Brand New Eyes features 5 brilliant and emotional alternative pop rock songs crafted with the expertise of an established act.

And this is just the beginning: with a little luck and some wise management, I feel Sunsleep will be huge soon.

Watch the video for the single Dive here and buy/stream this little jewel via your favorite digital retailer (click on the image).

HUNGER: Naked The Video Friday, 5 October 2018 21:39 by madseason
HUNGER - Naked

After enjoying millions of Spotify streams as well as commercial features, HUNGER is back with another banger. Visceral, unique, and evocative, Austrian trio HUNGER create an immersive experience with a new cinematic music video for their song Naked.

Guided by catchy lyrics, Naked combines a harmonic blend of electro-pop and alt-rock to create a track that's bound to resonate with the pickiest of ears.

Exploring themes of self-acceptance and individuality, Naked is an anthem of inspiration for listeners who find themselves overly self-conscious.

Credits of the song include production by Daniele Autore, mixing by Jeremy Wheatley, and mastering by Joe La Porta, all of which have collectively worked with artists like Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, and The Neighbourhood.

Watch the exciting music video for Naked clicking on the image.

Low Payout for BIG MOTHER GIG Tuesday, 2 October 2018 21:57 by madseason
Big Mother Gig - Low Payout

Dusting off their instruments, Big Mother Gig honed in on their grunge '90s roots, bottled them up and brought them straight into 2018 for their new single, Low Payout, available to stream or download now on all your favorite digital music platforms worldwide (click on the image for links).

Teaming up with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' front-man, Dicky Barrett, the single is a guitar-heavy anthem for the ages.

"There's a bite and a crunch to this song both musically and lyrically that really appeals to me," says Barrett. "[I] was honored to be asked and happy to be a part of [Low Payout]."

While the track thumps and pulses with sonic energy, the lyrics unearth the apprehension and agitation felt by the country's working class. "The song is an ode to the working class and how they inevitably have bowed out of the political process out of frustration and anger. The rich keep getting richer and the poor are getting drunk, as Paul Westerberg once said," explains lead singer Richard Jankovich. Barrett's gritty tone compliments the prominent grunge bass line found throughout the song. The two instruments, Barrett's vocals and Micah Lopez's bass, push one another's tones to their highest possible caliber.

Low Payout wil be included in Big Mother Gig's upcoming LP, No More Questions. "Songs with an edge, a punk attitude, and heartfelt songwriting," promises Jankovich!

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.