A New Day Rising for VON HERTZEN BROTHERS Thursday, 21 May 2015 23:16 by madseason
Von Hertzen Brothers - New Day Rising

I'm pretty sure that many of you still don't know Von Hertzen Brothers, a Finnish rock group formed in 2000 by the three brothers Kie (guitars, backing vocals), Mikko (vocals, guitar) and Jonne (bass guitar, backing vocals).
VHB are huge in their homeland and have achieved a cult status in several countries. Their music is a winning mix of classic rock combined with progressive elements, folk, punk and contemporary rock.

VHB's latest album was released last March 27 via Spinefarm Records. It's titled New Day Rising and was produced by Grammy-nominated Canadian producer Garth "GGGarth" Richardson (Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine just to name a few).

Watch the video for the leading single, and title-track, New Day Rising, clicking on the image above and the lyric video for the new single Trouble here.

Nothing Matters for DIAMOND YOUTH Tuesday, 19 May 2015 00:18 by madseason
Diamond Youth - Nothing Matters

Diamond Youth is an alternative rock/powerpop band from Baltimore, Maryland.
Despite the varying musical tastes of each member of the group, they all share a very common back catalogue of bands who have inspired and defined their developing years as budding artists. From Weezer to Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, and all the way back to the Beach Boys, the influence these bands has had on Diamond Youth is ever-apparent in the music they write.

After a couple of EPs that put them on the map, Diamond Youth releases the full length debut Nothing Matters today via Topshelf Records. The album was recorded at Hurley studios at the company's headquarters in Costa Mesa, California and produced by Dave Warsop (Suedehead, Night Riots). Enjoy Nothing Matters streaming the whole album on BandCamp.

Swiss Lips - Books

Swiss Lips is the self-titled debut album by Manchester electro-pop band, Swiss Lips, released last March 16 on Foreverever/BMG.
Originally known as Ten Bears until 2011, the band describe their sound as heavily influenced by the Manchester music scene: "Finding the middle ground between guitar music and dance music has been something Manchester has always been good at, and we hope to carry on that tradition."

If you're into moody synth-pop mixed with EDM (think of Foster The People just to say a name) then stream Swiss Lips on SoundCloud and check the great video for the ultra-catchy single Books clicking on the image above.

FALL TO JUNE hardrocking the delta Friday, 15 May 2015 23:07 by madseason
Fall To June - Delta Breakdown

Fall To June may be a newer name in the hard rock scene, but the band features veteran musicians in the form of seasoned bassist Jeremy Marshall (formerly of two-time Gold-certified grunge/alternative rock band COLD) and drummer Nate Yant (ex-NerVer, featuring Casey Daniel of Seven Mary Three).

In addition, the band boasts brimming talents Dan Mickler (guitars) and Ben Badger (vocals). With this line-up solidified, the band was able to grab the attention of Brad Stewart at Ballistic Audio Productions, known for his work with Puddle Of Mudd, as well as his time as an original member of Shinedown. Stewart is a current member of platinum-selling rock band Fuel.

Fall To June brand new self-titled full-length was produced by veteran producer/engineer/composer Stan Martell (Fuel, Saliva) at Ballistic Audio Productions of Kingsland, GA album and hit the stores last April 21 on Megaforce Records. Stream it now following this link and watch the video for the first single Delta Breakdown clicking on the image.

For fans of Southern Hard Rock, 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin

Lotus Crush - Hearts And Minds

Lotus Crush is a rock band featuring Scottish vocalist Terry McDermott, former Driveblind frontman and Season 3 runner up on The Voice USA, and ex-Candlebox members Peter Klett (guitar) and Scott Mercado (drums); guitarist Island Styles of Jimmy's Chicken Shack and bassist Mark Mattrey complete the line-up.

Lotus Crush released their sophomore full-length album Rabbit Hole last month, on April 15, via CaviGold Records. It's an entertaining, energetic indie-rock record that was produced by Todd Burman at Washington's legendary Robert Lang Studios.

Watch the exciting video for the leading single Hearts And Minds clicking on the image and stream Rabbit Hole on Spotify.

Rising stars: AMONG ELEPHANTS Sunday, 10 May 2015 22:41 by madseason
Among Elephants - Sail Below

Among Elephants is a band of collaborating friends from the Minneapolis area. Starting with Lawrence Pruitt and Zach Beinlich, the band began writing songs and playing together in high school, and have since continued to grow together as musicians, writers and friends rooted in music.

Among Elephants' debut single Sail Below was released last April 19. It's the first song that the group has recorded professionally together and is a great modern melodic slow number in Lifehouse style. Sail Below is available for free thanks to NoiseTrade and is having a great reception, so download it while it's there and enjoy an awesome song (just click on the image and follow instructions).

Among Elephants we'll be announcing their 2015 release sometime soon. Details will be coming shortly, so stay tuned.

Michael Tolcher - Eleven

It's been 11 years since the release of Michael Tolcher's debut album I Am! Finally the singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia can follow it up with a new full-length.
The new record is titled Eleven (eleven years, eleven songs, eleven reasons) and was released this week with the help of a succesfully Indiegogo campaign.

"I've been on an arduous search for the right combination of instruments, melodies, rhythms, and words to capture the sound and feeling that echoes in my mind and reverberates in my soul" says Michael about the last 11 years. "It's been epic. And as the old adage goes… I found it within me."

To celebrate the release of Eleven, Michael is giving away the album for free for a limited time. So, hurry up, follow this link (computer only) and download an amazing slab of vibrating pop/pop-rock tunes that will delight all fans of Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw, OAR and Hanson.

A honest alligator for ABANDON KANSAS Wednesday, 6 May 2015 22:47 by madseason
Abandon Kansas - I Hope God Don’t Mind If We Talk Awhile

Abandon Kansas is an interesting alternative rock band originating from Wichita, Kansas.
AK already have two full-length albums in their discography, the independently released You Build A Wall, I'll Build A Ladder (2007) and Ad Astra Per Aspera, released on Gotee Records in 2011.

After 4 years, the American outifit is ready to deliver alligator, the third full-length work, their first one on BC Music, next week on May 12.
Jeremy Spring, vocalist of the band, said about the new album: "I'll hate it in a couple weeks but for now I think it's really raw and honest and easy to connect to the lyrics but the music is entertaining and changes scenes enough, I'm really proud of the alligator we built together."

Stream the leading single I Hope God Don’t Mind If We Talk Awhiles on SoundCloud and watch the official video for the titletrack on facebook and the lyric video for the closing number One Foot In The Grave following this link.