The Surface Tension of HIDDEN HOSPITALS Monday, 20 April 2015 22:38 by madseason
Hidden Hospitals - Rose Hips

This is the first time I feature Hidden Hospitals, a very interesting and emotional alternative progressive rock band from Chicago, Illinois.
After releasing two EPs (originally named EP 001 and EP 002) in 2011 and 2012, the American act debuted on the full-length distance a few weeks ago (on March 24) with Surface Tension.

In an interview for the band's Kickstarter campaign (which sparked the production of Surface Tension) singer David Raymond states "A big part of why Hidden Hospitals exists is because the four of us have collectively agreed that what we seek is outside of ourselves and worth striving for… It's exciting to me because this feels like the beginning."

Produced and mixed by J. Hall, the album features the single Rose Hips, whose video, directed by Jaret Ferratusco, can be watched clicking on the image. And ifyou want to dig further in the sound of Hidden Hospitals, stream (and buy!) Surface Tension on BandCamp.

Believe in MANIC BLOOM Saturday, 18 April 2015 22:53 by madseason
Manic Bloom, I Know What's Next...But You Won't Believe Me

The best to-be-released record of 2014, I Know What's Next...But You Won't Believe Me, is an album that fans of Manic Bloom have been waiting for three years. But the wait is finally over.
IKWNBYWBM was released the day before yesterday, April 16, on Brinklebrand Records, and is an energetic, epic, synth-driven melodic rock opus of the highest order, with not a song to be missed.

Stream Nashville's Music City Mayhem Best Rock Band of 2011's second full-length album on the band's SoundCloud page now and buy the record on iTunes soon after.

Old new glory for JARED JAMES NICHOLS Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:05 by madseason
Jared James Nichols

Jared James Nichols is a young Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist of arena-oriented modern blues rock.

Jared, heavily influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, his all-time guitar hero, got his first six-string at 14years old: "Two weeks after I got an electric guitar, I was on stage with all of these old cats from Chicago playing the blues," he recalls with a smile. "The music immediately resonated with me. It was all about the feeling and the soul behind it. None of these guys were music nerds. They were true blues guys playing what they felt. That power and reality struck a chord in me."

Jared James Nichols and his Swedish bandmates, -Eriik Sandin and Dennis Holm- shared the stage with legends including Buddy Guy, "Honeyboy" Edwards and "Big Jim" Johnson as well as opening for Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Derek Trucks. After releasing two EPs, the power trio dropped its first full-length a couple of days ago via Listenable Records. It's titled Old Glory And The Wild Revival and was recorded with the help of Aerosmith engineer Warren Huart.

Stream three songs from this excellent record on RerverbNation and experience an inspired, fresh approach to a classic sound.

Ryan Hunter's 1st VOWS Tuesday, 14 April 2015 23:01 by madseason
1st Vows - 1st Vows (The Red EP)

Something different this time. 1st Vows is the new project of ex-Envy On The Coast's vocalist and guitar player Ryan Hunter, but this new entity has nothing to do with the post-hardcore sound of Ryan's previous band: here we're talking of alternative synth-R&B with funky influences.

1st Vows is also the title of the debut EP of this project, "everything that I have been working toward for the past three or four years" according to Ryan. Stream the mini-album (also referred to as The Red EP) on SoundCloud or on BandCamp and enjoy some great atmospheric stuff.

Pleasure To Meet DEAD SARA Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:14 by madseason
Dead Sara - Mona Lisa

Los Angeles hard rockers Dead Sara released their second full-length album Pleasure To Meet You two weeks ago on Pocket Kid Records.
The new record was produced by Noah Shain (Skrillex, As Tall As Lions, Atreyu) and features the leading single Mona Lisa: watch the group playing it live at NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers (and check the official video for the song clicking on the image). And if it's not enough, stream the second single Something Good on SoundCloud now.

If you're into powerful, intense, groovy music with great, passionate vocals -courtesy of Emily Armstrong, a girl born to sing rock'n'roll- then Dead Sara is a band for you.

Bees: the new single of SMOKE SEASON Friday, 10 April 2015 22:14 by madseason
Smoke Season - Bees

Last year I had the pleasure to introduce to my readers Smoke Season, a very interesting duo that impressed me with their sophomore EP "Hot Coals | Cold Souls" and the amazing single "Badlands".
I really liked how americana, indie pop rock and electronic blended together to forge a soulful, haunting, western-tinged sound.

Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen adventure in musicland is going on strong, as they have just released the brilliant new single "Bees", another great example of Smoke Seasons' inspired songwriting. Check this little gem clicking on the cover on the left.

Best bad girl MEG MYERS says Sorry Wednesday, 8 April 2015 23:25 by madseason
Meg Myers - Sorry

Meg Myers is an American singer-songwriter originally from Tennessee's Smoky Mountains. Meg relocated to Los Angeles, where she caught the attention of Atlantic Records, who signed her in 2013.

Often compared to the likes of Fiona Apple, Patti Smith, Cat Power, Alanis Morissette and Sinéad O'Connor, Meg was proclaimed by The Rolling Stone "Best Bad Girl" at last year's Lollapalooza.

Meg will drop her debut full-length album this Summer, following the two succesful EPs "Daughter In The Choir" (2012) and "Make A Shadow" (2014).

The first single from the upcoming record is "Sorry": watch the just-premiered video directed by Andrew Donoho clicking on the image above.

ONE NIGHT ONLY keep us guessing Monday, 6 April 2015 21:34 by madseason
One Night Only - Luck That Keeps You Guessing

British indie pop rock band One Night Only have a brand new single out: "Luck That Keeps You Guessing" was released on iTunes and other online services last March 23.

"Luck..." is the third single from One Night Only's new album, to be released next Autumn. The band has started a PledgeMusic campaign to support the release, so help them if you can, 'cos they absolutely deserve it.

Meanwhile, watch the video for the brilliant "Luck That Keeps You Guessing" clicking on the image above.