BLUE OCTOBER new PledgeMusic campaign Wednesday, 1 October 2014 23:05 by madseason
Blue October documentary and live cd/dvd

An important update from the Blue October's front. Directly from the band's mouth:

"We are excited to launch this very special PledgeMusic campaign that with your support will enable us to complete and release a documentary film that we have been shooting over the last few years.   This will also empower us to shoot our first live concert DVD in over ten years, performing our favorite songs from our last four albums.

Along with the live concert CD and live concert DVD and your very own copy of the documentary film, you'll find some amazing, unique exclusives, from limited edition posters and t-shirts to creative writing sessions with Justin and red carpet pre-screening events of the documentary film.
We can't thank you enough for your support on the "Sway" PledgeMusic campaign and are excited for you to be a part of these new projects. We will send out exclusive updates throughout the process, giving you an inside look into the creation of both the live dvd, live cd, and the documentary film."

In related news, Blue October have just released a new single from their last studio album "Sway". It's the Phil Tan radio mix of "Fear": buy it on iTunes for just 69¢.

SCARS ON 45 are back with sophomore album Monday, 29 September 2014 23:38 by madseason
Scars On 45 - Crazy For You

Scars On 45, one of the best pop-rock band around, will release their sophomore full-length album "Safety In Numbers" on October 7, via Nettwerk Records.

Scars On 45 self-funded the new record, which was recorded between Minneapolis, MN with their good friend Eric Olsen and Leeds, England with producer Will Jackson. In the end, they launched a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the completion of the album: the response from the fans was enormous.

The English band has been on the road all summer promoting the new songs -including some dates as opener for Better Than Ezra- and will go on touring for the rest of the year.

While waiting for the release of "Safety In Numbers", check the video for the leading single "Crazy For You" clicking on the image above.

Remedy Drive - Commodity

American alternative rockers from Lincoln, NE (but located in Nashville, TN) Remedy Drive released their new, Kickstarter-funded album "Commodity" last Tuesday.
The album was inspired by frontman David Zach's work with The Exodus Road and his undercover work in Southeast Asia to deliver impoverished youth from child slavery. The album also marked the first time David Zach had spoken to his brother Philip Zach in almost 3 years, who would also act as the producer and collaborator for the new album

"My hope is that this album will sound like a captive's dream of liberty – a defiant reminder, against all odds, that it’s in the King’s kingdom the oppressed can find refuge, the marginalized can find hope, the child soldier can find safety, the trafficked daughter in the red light district can return to her innocence again as a princess of the realm." David said.

Watch the touching lyric video for the excellent title-track and first single of the album "Commodity" clicking on the image above.

The Day's War: debut album for LONELY THE BRAVE Thursday, 25 September 2014 22:32 by madseason
Lonely The Brave - The Day's War

British rockers from Cambridge Lonely The Brave released their debut full-length record "The Day's War" at the beginning of September through Hassle Records (UK) and Columbia Records (Worldwide except USA).

The album features the band's singles "Trick Of The Light", "Victory Line" and "Backroads" and can be streamed in full on Spotify.

Lonely The Brave is a soon to be huge band and I recommend them to fans of Biffy Clyro, Snow Patrol, Deaf Havana and, more generally, anthemic and soulful heavy rock.

SOUND AND SHAPE present their Bad Actors Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:27 by madseason
Sound & Shape - Venus

Heavy progressive/alternative rockers from Nashville, Tennessee's Sound & Shape are releasing their 4th studio album "Bad Actors" today on Essomenic Media.

With Grammy-winning producer/engineer Casey Wood and seasoned multi-platinum selling producer Matthew McCauley at the helm, Bad Actors exemplifies a band completely in its element. From the rallying cries for revolution that can be heard in "The Laughing Lovers" opening track, through to the lost youth and innocence of end title "Curtain Call," the album carries listeners across a multitude of sonic constellations.

Stream "Bad Actors" @ Substream Magazine and watch the video for the first single off the new album "Venus" clicking on the frame above.

Mayday: RAIN CITY ROCKERS' debut is out Sunday, 21 September 2014 21:48 by madseason
Rain City Rockers - Mayday

"Mayday" is the debut album for Rain City Rockers, a sort of powerpop/melodic punk supergroup featuring Tom Thacker (Sum 41, Gob), Anthony Bleed (Die Mannequin), Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger) and frontman Andrew Conroy.

"I kinda got the idea [for the album] a few years ago when I was in San Francisco," Conroy explains. "I was going vinyl shopping and looking through all the record I had purchased, some Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and the thing I really liked about those records is the fact that they were recorded live off the floor with no click tracks - with great musicians."

Attempting to bridge the gap between the 60's and 70's and the 21st century, Conroy took that concept to heart, gathering the band to record "Mayday" in one day.

This absolutely amazing album was released last Tuesday via Flashlight Music Group. Watch the video of Rain City Rockers recording the first single "Saint Babe" and stream the whole record on SoundCloud.

Magnolia: THE PINEAPPLE THIEF at their best Friday, 19 September 2014 21:57 by madseason

The Pineapple Thief are a great band. I've been keeping an eye on them for many years and I'm happy to report that "Magnolia", their brand new album, is their best so far.

"Magnolia" was released this past Monday and it's the tenth full-length for the British group, the fourth on Kscope. If you're into Muse, Porcupine Tree, early Coldplay this is an album you simply can't miss.

Stream it on SoundCloud and then go buying it!

Up we go with LIGHTS Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:39 by madseason
Lights - Portal

Valerie Anne Poxleitner, known as Lights, is an awesome Canadian electropop musician, singer, and songwriter that won the Juno Award in 2009 for New Artist of the Year.

Lights' new album "Little Machines", her third full-length, will be released next week on Warner Bros. Records. It was produced and engineered by Drew Pearson (Switchfoot, OneRepublic, The Veronicas), with key songs mixed by Mark "Spike" Stent (U2, Muse, Coldplay, Biffy Clyro) and was recorded in both Los Angeles and Vancouver. 

"I think we captured a timeless electronic sound and I'm really proud of it. This record felt like a triumph after a hard dry spell. I turned to poetry, art and female songwriting legends and found myself writing about nostalgia and naivety and just enjoying music again. It feels like a complete journey, from front to back" said Lights about the new record.

The first single released from "Little Machines" was the anthemic "Up We Go", promoted with a really funny video, while the current single is "Portal", for which the Canadian artist released a few weeks ago a much more sober video that you can watch now clicking on the image above.