KONGOS - 1929: Part 1

A few weeks after the single Pay For The Weekend, South African alternative rockers KONGOS release their brand new album 1929: Part 1 today, January 18.

1929: Part 1 is an impressive record that is packed with the same kind of catchy lyrics, complex melodies and top-notch musicianship that listeners would expect from one of the fastest growing alternative rock bands in the world.

Filled with lyrical prowess, melodic complexity and a visceral musicality, 1929: Part 1 is the result of a major creative undertaking. As the title somewhat implies, it will be the first of three albums to be released by the band in 2019. From this venture, songs like the aforementioned single Pay For The Weekend emerge, a track that encompasses the album's themes fully. Other songs like Something New, I Am Not Me and Keep Your Head showcase the band's energy and are sure to be fan favorites.

All of the tracks from the album were featured in Bus Call - Life On Tour, an 8-part docuseries which follows their story and gives a compelling and realistic window into life on tour. KONGOS also host a weekly podcast, The Front Lounge, where they discuss music, ideas and more with guests that include other musicians, artists, touring professionals and entrepreneurs.

1929: Part 1 is available to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.

Baggage Claim: new single from FRAMING HANLEY Tuesday, 8 January 2019 21:27 by madseason
Framing Hanley - Baggage Claim

Framing Hanley released their second single from their upcoming album Sumner Roots -due out early 2019- a few weeks ago. The song is titled Baggage Claim and can be streamed or downloaded at all digital outlets.

Frontman Kenneth Nixon on Baggage Claim: "I've never been a fan of talking about the meaning behind a song to the songwriter, because it's a songwriter's goal usually to write a song that someone can relate to themselves. It's funny, though, because when people hear this song, they'll likely have a much different takeaway than what this song means to us. This song was written about the stranglehold that music, and moreover, the music industry had on us 4 years ago when we first considered walking away. Just the feeling of wanting to change one's identity, everything about oneself, to have a fresh start. Yet every time we tried to distance ourselves from music, it was right there; threatening to pull us back under."

Baggage Claim is a strong, melodic, heartfelt number that confirms the band has matured both musically and lyrically.

The first song off of the upcoming new album, Puzzle Pieces, was released last summer and has already surpassed 2 million streams.

The Spiritual Machines - Brave New World

Fans of awesome songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Evan Frankfort (Melodine, Les Friction) can rejoice, as alternative sci-fi rock duo The Spiritual Machines, comprising Evan and lead vocalist James Grundler (Din Pedals, Palo Alto, Golden State) has just released the brand new single Brave New World.

The song was, as usual, written, produced and recorded by Mr. Frankfort himself and is another cinematic rock winner.  You can buy/stream Brave New World on BandCamp or cdbaby. If you're a Spotify user, check it here.

Stay tuned for news about the upcoming third The Spiritual Machines' full-length album. 

MISSIO start 2019 with brand new single Sunday, 6 January 2019 21:21 by madseason
MISSIO - Rad Drugz (Visualizer)

Alternative/electronic duo from Austin, Texas MISSIO, is starting out the new year with a bang, as they just released the addictive new single Rad Drugz.

You can and donwload/stream Rad Drugz on your favorite digital music service and watch the official visualizer clicking on the image.

ALPHA REV: Cas.e Sessions Volume 1 Friday, 14 December 2018 21:30 by madseason
Alpha Rev - My Evolution (lyric)

Texan alternative rockers Alpha Rev fronted by songwriter Casey McPherson (also singer in the supergroup Flying Colors) have a new album out. 

It's called Cas.e Sessions Volume 1 and is the first self produced record from Alpha Rev. You can stream it right now on Spotify.

Cas.e Sessions Volume 1 includes all songs from the first season of the cas.e sessions, the band's service dedicated to the fans that, becoming members, have access to music, videos, short documentaries, private online shows that no one else sees etc.

"These songs are each written around a topic or experience I had. All very different and some of my most creative work. I'm very proud of it and I hope you enjoy the ride" wrote Casey about Volume 1.

Case also shared with us a new lyric video he made of the song My Evolution. He did most of it on the iPhone, with the Filmmaker Pro app. Check it out clicking on the image.

Roll On with THE RASSLE Tuesday, 11 December 2018 21:54 by madseason
The Rassle - Roll On

New York City based band The Rassle - comprising of brothers Reed and Blair Van Nort from Austin, Texas - independently released their debut album Roll On last November, 2.

Roll On was co-produced by John O'Mahony (Metric, The Kills), mixed by Alex Suarez (Lorde, Lefti) and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Bleachers, CHVRCHES).

Influenced by such acts as Arcade Fire, Kasabian and, Imagine Dragons, The Rassle deliver guitar oriented, stadium-size anthems with a nice dose of electronic.

"We worked so long and so hard on this thing it was almost hard to let it go. Being in a band is hard like that. Putting yourself out there is not easy. Writing words that you hope might inspire people is pretty scary. But we felt like what we had to say and how we wanted to say it was an important enough message to not quit on ourselves. That's what this record is to us. It's a protest record. It's a never surrender record. It's a damn the torpedoes kinda thing. So we hope you dig it. We hope you share it. We hope you find something that will inspire and push you to do the things that you never thought you could do" said the brothers about Roll On.

Stream this brilliant album on Spotify or on SoundCloud now!

KONGOS: partying like it's 1929 Friday, 7 December 2018 13:50 by madseason
KONGOS - Pay For The Weekend

South African alternative rockers KONGOS return with an anthemic new single, Pay For The Weekend, the band's fourth musical release of 2018 leading up to their 1929 - Part 1 album release on January 18th, 2019.

Pay For The Weekend is in a way the title track from the band's upcoming album. When asked about the song, Jesse Kongos said, "It's about the up and the down and how they can't exist without each other. There's nothing like coming down from a big weekend to remind you that maybe today or maybe some time down the line the effect of every cause will eventually play out and start the cycle all over again."

Returning to blaring guitar riffs, gang vocals, South African drum rhythms, and a melodic chorus, Pay For The Weekend embodies the KONGOS sound they've become known for - and to quote the first verse, it will "make you want to party like it's 1929."

Jesse added, "We didn't hold back when it came to making the chorus and groove like an arena-ready chant, but at the same time we didn’t want to lose the sentiment and real meaning of the lyric. I think we were able to achieve that by using an upright piano and some of our dad’s vintage synthesizers like the Jupiter 8 amongst other things to bring out the underlying harmony which had a kind of pathos to it".

Watch the official lyric video for Pay For The Weekend clicking on the image and donwload/stream it on your favorite digital music service.

A new Prologue for WRITTEN BY WOLVES Friday, 30 November 2018 21:57 by madseason
Written By Wolves - Promise Me

After releasing a plethora of amazing singles throughout the last years, Auckland, New Zealand hard rockers Written By Wolves decided it was time to drop a proper EP.

Prologue - that's the title of the EP - was released last November 9 and includes the band's earlier singles Oxygen, Timebombs And Hurricanes and Starlight plus the brand new single Promise Me and another new song, Affirmation.

"For the last few years we have been jumping between the chapters, now it's time to start from the beginning" said the band about the EP and its title, adding "Prologue sees us begin the story we've been planning for the last 3 years. It is a signal of intent for what is to come and a snapshot of where the band is at right now. It draws from everything they have experienced since the bands inception, yet intends to invite and excite fans about the future of the band."

Prologue was mixed by Thomas Oliver at BigPop Studios in Auckland, with Rich Bryan and the band themselves sharing production credits.

The new single Promise Me is a song "about one of those phone calls that changes everything. You can remember everything that was said down to smallest detail, yet can't remember anything that happened before or after it. This video is our visual representation of those moments."

Watcht the video for Promise Me clicking on the image and buy/stream the Prologue EP following this link.