The Dark Celebration of THE DARLING FIRE Saturday, 23 March 2019 15:12 by madseason
The Darling Fire - For The Loveless

The debut album from South Florida indie rock band The Darling Fire, Dark Celebration, will be released everywhere on June 14 on Spartan Records.

After years of individual success in some of the scene's most beloved bands, The Darling Fire was born of both deep struggle and deeper friendships. A veritable mosaic of indie notoriety, the band features members of The Rocking Horse Winner, Further Seems Forever, Dashboard Confessional, Poison The Well, Shai Hulud, As Friends Rust, and Strongarm among others. Dark Celebration is in many ways what you'd anticipate - energetic, powerful, melodic, and heavy; however, it is far more nuanced than you would imagine. The collective sum of the parts and the alluring heart-on-sleeve lyrics produce a more intimate, spacey and bewitching experience - an authenticity that speaks to the true cathartic nature of the project. The result of their collaboration with producer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Government Issue) is a powerful coalescence of artistry and vision - a record that five artists spent their entire careers waiting to make.

The first single off Dark Celebration is For The Loveless. Check it out now clicking on the image.

As Strange As Angels - Mirror Mirror

Dallas, Texas based As Strange As Angels is former Murder FM front man Norman Matthew's passion project. He has released a new single Mirror Mirror, and it's already been added to Spotify's Rock Hard and Loudwire's Weekly Wire playlist. The single is also the title track from the forthcoming debut EP, which drops on April 26.

After Murder FM went on hiatus in 2016, Norman focused on raising his son after a divorce rocked his personal life.  While juggling the work of running his music school, The Sound Foundation, and his fatherly duties, he found the turmoil that he was going through was beginning to come out in the music that he was writing.  "For the first time, rather than speaking to the song, I let the song speak to me. I had never written lyrics that were a parallel of my life. Then I realized, I have a voice, and I need to be a voice for the voiceless."  

The result of that reflection is the new 4 song EP Mirror Mirror, which Norman has aptly dubbed "heart rock": From the heart, for the heart, by the heart. Say what you feel, and feel what you say.

The title track was co-written and produced by former RA front man Sahaj Ticotin (Starset, Sevendust, Meytal). The other 3 tracks - Love and Death (which features CJ Pierce Of Drowning Pool on guitar), Days Go Bye, and Right Beside You were produced by Norman and Mick Kenney (Motionless In White).  The recording features a heavy and melodic sound that is instantly familiar and yet unique - and is unlike most of the other music that is currently out in the Rock world.

The video for Mirror Mirror premiered last Friday, March 15, on PureGrainAudio.com: check it out clicking on the image

In Dynamics - Happy & Honest EP

Somehow the new EP of British pop rock band In Dynamics slipped me by at the time of release. Time to make amends, as Happy & Honest is simply amazing.

The EP, released last November, includes 3 modern melodic rock tracks masterfully crafted, with great melodies and big choruses. Avalanche is the leading single off the EP, but all of the three tracks could be massive hits if properly promoted.

In Dynamics already received some good hype from Kerrang!, BBC Radio One and Rock Sound, and just one listen to the Happy & Honest EP makes you understand why.

Happy & Honest was produced, engineered, mixed amd mastered by Chris Coulter (Arcane Roots, A Plastic Rose, Arctic Lake) and is a mandatory listening: check it out clicking on the image.

BIG STORY from Dallas Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:55 by madseason
Big Story - Losing Sleep

Big Story is a very promising Alternative Rock band from Dallas, Texas.

After having completed production on a collection of songs (produced by Matt Noveskey of the platinum selling rock band, Blue October), Big Story induced an early buzz by landing the opening slot on Seether's "Poison The Parish" tour during the summer of 2017. With newly acquired management, Rainmaker Artists (Blue October, Bowling For Soup) at the helm, Big Story showcased for renowned rock label, Razor & Tie (Starset, The Pretty Reckless, Red Sun Rising) while on tour. That showcase performance ultimately inspired the band's signing with Razor & Tie/Fearless Records (Underoath, At the Drive-in, I Prevail, Portugal the Man), and paved the way for the completion of their debut, full length album, BEAZT with illustrious producer, David Bendeth (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach).

BEAZT will se the light of day next June 7. Meanwhile the band released the first single from the album, Daydream (watch the official  music video here), and, just a couple of weeks ago, the brand new single, and great track overall, Losing Sleep.

Check Losing Sleep clicking on the image and pre-order BEAZT here.

Rising stars: EVARIDE Monday, 4 March 2019 19:32 by madseason
Evaride  - Skin and Bones

Evaride is a talented modern pop rock band from Los Angeles, California, consisting of Sean Michael Murray on vocals and Hayden Maringer on guitar.

Both members have had very successful individual stories in the music industry. Each of their stellar accolades ultimately led them to one another. You might recognize Hayden Maringer from FOX's Glee, or from the multitude of performances on national television programs including the American Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Ellen, and American Idol, just to name a few. Sean Michael Murray, started his pop/rock roots from Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day discovering him and putting him in the starring role of Johnny in his hit Broadway show American Idiot. He also won VH1's reality show Make a Band Famous landing his first record deal with Republic Records. 

Debuting in August 2017 with their single Heartless, and quickly racking up over three million streams on Spotify, SiriusXM hits 1 chosen emerging artists, JBL's newest pop/rock endorsee and recently backed by Monster energy drinks, this powerful duo has arrived.

Evaride debut EP is set to drop in the coming months. Meanwhile, check their just released new, fourth single Skin and Bones: buy/stream it on your favorite digital store and watch the visualizer clicking on the image.

BIRDS OF TOKYO new single: Good Lord Saturday, 2 March 2019 16:29 by madseason
Birds Of Tokyo - Good Lord

Australian alternative rockers Birds Of Tokyo have a brand new song out: it's titled Good Lord.

Good Lord is a very emotional tune based on the real-life experience of lead vocalist Ian Kenny's marriage breakdown.

"You get married and you think you're gonna live happily ever after. But one day unexpectedly you see something that literally shatters your whole world. Then you have to spend years trying to put your head and heart back together. I know I'm not the first person to go through it, and unfortunately I won't be the last, but it still hurt like hell and you can hear that in this song" says Kelly about the song.

Buy/stream Good Lord now clicking on the image.

Royal Teeth - Show You What I Can Do

Show You What I Can Do is the tilte of the brand new single and video from American indie pop rockers Royal Teeth.

"The song is about showing the world what you’re made of. We tend to hide pieces of ourselves because we are afraid of negativity, and I’ve noticed from my own experiences that it only holds me back from truly being myself and achieving my goals in life. This song is saying that it’s time to be brave and be yourself" said Gary Larsen, Royal Teeth singer and guitarist, on the new song, adding "My Dad is a race car driver, and I used to go a lot as a kid. When we started thinking of ideas for the music video, I became obsessed with using the race track as the location, and from there, we brought the idea to life with the help of Solar Cabin, Tunde Olaniran, and the Whitlow family. My dad is even in the video as Nora's coach, and Nora is driving his car "Underdog". A fitting name for the song and for this band."

Watch the video for Show You What I Can Do clicking on the image and stream the song on Spotify.

Horror Films by Californian talent TALKER Monday, 25 February 2019 21:57 by madseason
talker - Horror Films

Horror Films is the title of talker's new EP, released last Friday, February 22 and featuring the single Intimidated.

Dark, moody, intriguing and endearing, Horror Films is captivating and sincerely relevant. Inspired by alternative rock, grunge music, and indie singer-songwriters, talker (stage name of Celeste Tauchar) maintains a guitar-based sound while infusing organic resonances and bringing in modern production elements. Horror Films is talker's diary, in which every single composition delves into her emotions.

talker's first EP, Horror Films aims to take her in a new life direction by overcoming fears. "I try to be super authentic and honest, and I think sometimes that, combined with the music industry's cut-throat nature, makes me feel like the girl walking down the dark and creepy hallway in a horror film -- she's definitely not supposed to go in there! Except with this EP, going in there just brings out my raw emotions and hopefully something for people to connect to," talker explains.

All five compositions that comprise Horror Films were written and co-produced by talker with the help from Dan Sadin (guitarist, FRENSHIP) and Phil Simmonds (Jessie J, Eryn Allen Kane). Mastered by Dave Harris, and mixed by Mike Pepe and Jesse Ernster, Horror Films is a well-collaborated project that speaks to the emotive power of music. The team worked to express the true passion behind the EP, and they were so successful at doing so that talker became emotional while tracking vocals.

Stream and download Horror Films now on digital platforms worldwide.