RYAN HAMILTON goes solo with his fans Monday, 3 August 2015 21:39 by madseason
Ryan Hamilton - 4 Letter Verb

My loyal readers already know Ryan Hamilton, ex-singer and guitarist of indie pop rockers Smile Smile, as he's half of the duo behind the power-pop act People On Vacation (the other being Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup).

Ryan Hamilton's first solo album, Hell Of A Day, is coming out on August 25; the recordings of the record were backud-up by a succesfull PledgeMusic campaign and Ryan is taking extra good care of the folks who enjoy and support his art and music: "I want to break down the ridiculous wall that record labels, managers and all the "higher ups" feel is necessary in the music business." says, adding "I don't want to hear things like, "there's no point in preaching to the converted".  Let's build and grow TOGETHER. I want to build upon this amazing community of wonderful people that we already have. If you have my music and you want to share it. You have my permission to make copies and give them to friends, upload the whole thing to YouTube, whatever you want to do to SHARE."

Watch the lyric video for the uplifting new single 4 Letter Verb clicking on the image above and enjoy the video for the previous single Karaoke With No Crowd here. And, of course, share them!

A better place for supergroup SAINT ASONIA Saturday, 1 August 2015 18:21 by madseason
Saint Asonia - Better Place

Saint Asonia is a Canadian-American alternative rock supergroup, featuring ex-Three Days Grace singer and guitarist Adam Gontier, Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, Eye Empire bassplayer Corey Lowery and former Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe.

The band released their self-titled debut album yesterday July 31 on RCA Records.

The record was produced by renowned knobs-wiz Johnny K (3 Doors Down, Staind, Finger Eleven) and features the singles Better PlaceBlow Me Wide Open and Let Me Live My Life.

Watch the brand new video for Better Place now clicking on the image above.

SLAVES Burning Our Morals Away Thursday, 30 July 2015 21:27 by madseason
Slaves - Burning Our Morals Away

Sacramento, California post-hardcore/experimental rockers Slaves will release their sophomore release next August 21 on Artery Recordings (Razor & Tie).
The follow-up to their debut album Through Art We Are All Equals is titled Routine Breathing and will feature guest appearances from Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath, Sleepwave) and Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance).

"Our new cd was scheduled to be released mid October," said frontman Jonny Craig, "this was to give us proper promotion time and to make sure we would release our cd on tour for road scans, and to push as many of these into stores all so we can sell more copies first week. But we as a band genuinely don't fucking care how many cd's we sell first week, so we are releasing Routine Breathing early on August, 21st 2015!"

Watch the video for the first single off the new album Burning Our Morals Away clicking on the image and listen to another new track, Death Never Lets Us Say Goodbye, following this link.

BETA STATE new video: Left With The Pain Tuesday, 28 July 2015 22:50 by madseason
Beta State - Left With The Pain

San Francisco rockers Beta State have just released their latest music video for their single "Left With The Pain".

"It was a lot of fun making this video in the heart of San Francisco. We built our foundation as a band in this city with support from some of the SF's best clubs: Bottom Of The Hill, Rickshaw Stop, Slims, and even Cafe Du Nord, where we played our first show! This city has something special to it, so we wanted to bring some of that to life in our video."

Watch the video now clicking on the image above.

Only On Tuesdays - Break Free

Only On Tuesdays is a pop-folk band from Los Angeles compared to artists such as Ingrid Michaelson and First Aid Kit.
The group successfully raised over $10,000 via crowd-funding site Kickstarter and through various sponsors, allowing them to record their debut EP, the Break Free EP, in the home studio of Grammy nominated producer Bruce Witkin (known for his vocal production work in the Johnny Depp film Sweeny Todd) in Los Angeles.

Only On Tuesdays draw from a myriad of influences such as pop, indie, folk and rock to form their own brand of pop-folk.

Each of the songs on this EP were carefully and thoughtfully written from personal experiences. The band's title track, for example, is inspired by front-woman -and fantastic singer- Autumn Skibinski's struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. Watch the official video clicking on the image.

My favourite track is Rendezvous, the most rockin' song of the EP, a groovy number with an amazing guitar solo. Or maybe The Tides, a charming and beautifully crafted pop-rock song. However, stream the whole Break Free EP on SoundCloud and discover the future of pop-folk.

Awaken The Empire - Cross My Heart

Seattle alternative rockers Awaken The Empire are releasing their debut full-length album Aurora today on Another Century, the hard rock-focused imprint of Century Media Records.

The Erik Ron (Panic! at The Disco, I The Mighty, Set It Off) produced record is a sure winner, featuring the already successful singles Cross My HeartRise + Fall and Insomniacs Unite.

I'm recommending Aurora to fans of modern, energetic and anthemic rock with catchy hooks and skillful and passionate playing.

Watch the recently released video for one of the best track of the album, Cross My Heart, clicking on the image above.

Get in WE ARE THE OCEAN's Ark Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:30 by madseason
We Are The Ocean - Good For You

Ark is the fourth studio album by English rock band We Are The Ocean. It was produced by Peter Miles (Canterbury, Andreas Moe, Dry The River) and released last May 11 on Hassle Records.

This is the first album without the contribution of ex-member Dan Brown: honestly, I'm not missing him at all.

Ark is the best piece of work for WATO so far, as it shows a definitive progression from the post-hardcore days to an eclectic alternative rock that sways between modern prog rock, heavy epic pop, moody moments and rough songs: Think of a mix of Muse, Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys and you're not too far from how Ark sounds.

So far, this album has spawned four singles: the excellent title-track Ark, Do It Together, Holy Fire and the newest one, Good For You, for whom the band's just released an official video: watch it now clicking on the image above.

BLACKLIST UNION: Rock'n'Roll! Monday, 20 July 2015 21:33 by madseason
Blacklist Union - Alive N Well Smack In The Middle Of Hell

Released on July 11, Back To Momo is the ass-kicking fourth album from Los Angeles hard rockers Blacklist Union.

The record features 13 tracks of hot street rock'n'roll reminiscent of Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Faster Pussycat and those kind of bands that used to set the Sunset Strip on fire in the Eighties; throw in a little dose of Velvet Revolver, and you almost get the picture.

Thanks to the modern production of Chris Johnson and the attitude of the guys in the band, Back To Momo is not a nostalgic trip, but a perfect guide to play damn, scorching Rock'n'Roll in the XXI century.

Click on the image to watch the video for the leading single Alive 'N Well Smack In The Middle Of Hell as an appetizer, and enjoy the main course on Spotify now!