PALAYE ROYALE: rock'n'roll is alive and well! Wednesday, 29 June 2016 21:30 by madseason
Palaye Royale - Mr. Doctor Man

This is a great new find for me: I'm talking of Los Angeles rock band Palaye Royale, which released their Sumerian Records debut Boom Boom Room (Side A) last friday, June 24.

Palaye Royale have roots in Toronto, ON, and were formed in 2008 by brothers Remington Leith (frontman), Sebastian Danzig (guitarist/organist) and Emerson Barrett (drums).

Boom Boom Room (Side A) was produced by James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins, A Perfet Circle) and features the leading single Mr. Doctor Man (check the official video cliking on the image) and the previous one, also opener of the album, Don't Feel Quite Right.

Boom Boom Room's a great record of rock'n'roll mixing the best the genre had to offer in the 70's, the 80's and the early 90's: think of the bastard child of the American act Junkyard and the British outfit Quireboys. BBR's chock-full of amazing, entertaining and moving songs. Stream the whole album on Spotify and judge by yourselves.

You can check Palaye Royale live (their real dimension!) on their summer-long stint on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, that started a few days ago and will run through August 13.

Bullet Height - Hold Together

Bullet Height is a Berlin-based electronic-rock duo featuring the talents of Jon Courtney & Sammi Doll (IAMX): the two met in Berlin one Halloween night, and shortly after started recording together, creating what is now known as Bullet Height.

The duo, influenced by the likes of Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan, Stabbing Westward and Pure Reason Revolution, debuted with the single Bastion last February under rave reviews.

Hold Together is their new single, released last June 17 on Superball Music. "Hold Together was the first track Sammi laid down vocals for" commented  songwriter Jon Courtney, "the result was an explosive attitude that further showcases what's to be expected from the rest of the album."

The video for the song was filmed on location in Berlin by director and long-time artistic collaborator Valquire Veljkovic: it's the first glimpse for fans of the band's high-octane live show, with vocalist Sammi Doll firmly at the forefront of their theatrical and somewhat darkly unnerving performance. Watch the video now clicking on the image.

The Narrow Mouth of THE EARLY NOVEMBER Saturday, 25 June 2016 18:03 by madseason
The Early November - Narrow Mouth

The Early November is an American rock band from New Jersey. The group formed in the now far 1999 and have released 4 full-length album so far, the last being Imbue, from last year.

Imbue was produced by the band's lead singer Ace Enders and released in May 2015 on Rise Records. The album's leading single Narrow Mouth has just received the video treatment, so watch the clip for it clicking on the image on the left.

The Early November is a band that matured a lot from the insecure emo origin. Now we're talking of an accomplished band that writes clever, yet entertaining, modern rock songs with meaningful lyrics; I suggest you try Imbue streaming it on Spotify.

Rescue PHOENIX CALLING Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:05 by madseason
Phoenix Calling - Rescue Me

Phoenix Calling is an alternative rock band from Peterborough, UK. They have just released the amazing new single Rescue Me on The Fort label. The single premiered on the Johnny Doom Kerrang! radio Show and played multiple times since.

For Rescue Me the band worked with producer Lee Batiuk, who produced, engineered and mixed Deaf Havana's Old Souls.

As vocalist Steve Chapman explains, the song focuses on some pretty personal stuff: "Rescue Me was written after seeing a Facebook post by our bass player's father in remembrance of his Dad who had recently passed away. The words were so poetic, honest and heart felt, that I always felt there was a song in there. The song is about loss, memories, reminiscence and being able to find yourself after losing a close friend. Life is short and we should hang onto the times that mean the most to us."

Watch the official music video for Rescue Me clicking on the image and stream the band's debut album from last year, Forget Your Ghosts, on Spotify.

FUENTE: from The Voice to The Water Sunday, 19 June 2016 16:53 by madseason
Fuente - The Water

Brian Fuente is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter known for having been a contestant on the second season of NBC's The Voice as part of Team Blake.
Brian's time in the reality TV spotlight afforded him a lot of opportunities he may not have otherwise been given. He was mentored by Kelly Clarkson, garnered endorsement deals, built an international fanbase, and even toured with arena-packing players the likes of Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship.

Brian is now performing under the abridged moniker Fuente: he teamed up with band members Ben Azzi, Daniel Johnson and Mike McDonald to pay homage to their love of 70's R&B and childhood idealizations of 80's synth pop. The result, produced by Brian himself and engineered by Joshua V. Smith (Jack White, The Dead Weather, Beck), is a sonic landscape of alternative goodness. Undeniably catchy pop hooks and slick synth production are paired with raw, dynamic vocals and real deal instrumentation that create a unique blend of old-school homage and modern sound.

Fuente's debut project, The Water, ia a back-to-back, two-disc EP installment. The first EP of the installment was released last April 29 and is actually featured on NoiseTrade, where you can download it on a pay-what-you-want-(even-nothing) basis. The Noisetrade EP comes as a special Deluxe Edition, adding 5 remixes of the single The Water.

So, watch the video for The Water clicking on the image and download the EP now from NoiseTrade.

NEW HOLLOW: rising Popstars Friday, 17 June 2016 23:31 by madseason
New Hollow - Popstar

New Hollow is a young American rock act from New Albany, Ohio; they have been playing music since they were 9 and became a band by 13.
They are rock 'n' roll obsessives who know more about old-school bands and equipment than most musicians twice their age, and cite among their influences Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys, Zeppelin, Sam Cooke, Nirvana, Haim and Eminem.

Their song She Ain't You scored the teen trio a "Breakthrough Song Of 2013" by Sirius XM's The Pulse and was The Pulse's #18 song of year, while Billboard cited them as one of the "Bands To Watch."

New Hollow release their debut EP, aptly titled "The EP", today, Friday, June 17. The EP was recorded with British producer Mikal Blue (OneRepublic, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, Five For Fighting) and Michael J. Clouse III and features the addictive single Popstar: watch the video now clicking on the image.

LIVING IN FICTION debut album out now Tuesday, 14 June 2016 21:54 by madseason
Living In Fiction - Badly Broken

From Salt Lake City, Utah, comes Living In Fiction, an alternative rock band that released their much anticipated debut album last Friday, June 10.

Self-titled, the record is out on High Vibe Recordings and features the leading single Badly Broken (watch the official video clicking on the image), Wasteland, a song guesting Matt & Trevor Wentworth of Our Last Night, and the brand new single/video Images.

The type of heavy alternative rock Living In Fiction play, with post-hardcore influences, is hardly ground-breaking, but the band showcases a solid songwriting and a huge potential, as the single Badly Broken demonstrates.

So start following Living In Fiction watching their videos and streaming their album on Spotify.

Gotta Believe in APOLLO UNDER FIRE Sunday, 12 June 2016 17:04 by madseason
Apollo Under Fire - Apollo Under Fire

Apollo Under Fire is an Alternative Rock band whose core is formed by Donald Carpenter (SubmerseD, Eye Empire) and Peter Klett (Candlebox, Lotus Crush). In early 2014 the two were both coming off the road and had been presented with the opportunity to get in the studio and start writing. During this same time, Carpenter met Tom Costanza (Llamabeats), a self taught drummer from NYC, and invited him to join the group.
During the writing process the band name was born: Apollo is one of the most important and complex figures of Greek and Roman Mythology, the god of Music, Healing, Sun, Light, Poetry... A perfect choice for a band like AUF who root their message in the Spirit and it's purpose to the soul.
By the fall of 2014 Donald, Peter and Tom had the songs for Apollo's debut release ready and began the recording process at LaLa Mansion in Tampa, Florida with Peter at the helm.

After two years of painstaking determination and enduring patience, the guys in Apollo Under Fire signed with Cavigold Records and EMP Management / Label Group headed by David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Thom Hazaert and have begun the process of building their Live Audience. 

Apollo Under Fire self-titled album was released last June 3. Check the lyric video for the single Gotta Believe here and sample the whole album clicking on the image.