NYC-based and joonbug.com favorites, Andy Suzuki & The Method, will be making their way back to New York City, as they embark on a new tour, opening for seasoned singer/songwriter Marc Broussard this fall. Returning to NYC on October 8th, the band will show off their growth at the Highline Ballroom, with an all-new set, including new songs and most of all, renewed energy.
The trio, who have been busy over the spring and summer months performing alongside the likes of Wakey! Wakey!, and the legendary Ringo Starr, now join Broussard on a month-long leg of Broussard's "Southern Assembly Tour," which began in North Carolina and will close out in Chester, New York on October 10th with Suzuki and co. as supporters. The tour, in support of Broussard's new album, A Life Worth Living, pairs Broussard's classic jams, with a new batch of his southern soul music, and with the addition of Andy Suzuki & The Method, the concert experience overflows with powerful music that has to be experienced to be believed.
It's here, the newest single from Keys N Krates, 'Understand Why'. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, the group has released the single just in time for the September 18th start of their Every Nite tour, although they have making waves across the nation with their widely popular, "Are We Faded".
Thanks so much for speaking with us! Could you tell us a little bit about yourselves?
Of course! We’re The Well Reds, a pop rock quartet from Atlanta, GA. Home of the Braves, Coca-Cola, and Waffle House. Fortunately we’ve been able to tour extensively throughout the US the past couple of years, and we’re currently in the first leg of a fall college tour that’s already seen us play Chicago, New York, Memphis, St. Louis, and throughout Pennsylvania. Our new full length album "Volume" will be released November 10th and was recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Joseph Preilozny. We’re beyond excited about this new record and are teaming up with Atlanta start up Loudfund in an effort to do the release right. Loudfund has developed an incredible new business model, based on a direct relationship between artist and fan where everyone benefits from the success of the album.
Who were some of your biggest musical influences growing up?
Each of us grew up with very different musical influences. Collectively, we all kind of meet in the middle when drawing influence from 90s/2000s rock and pop, but individually various members bring in equal shares of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Boston, Steve Miller, Lenny Kravitz, Foo Fighters, and Phil Collins (among others).
How do you think the Atlanta music scene has shaped your sound?
Atlanta has a very rich hip hop and r&b history and a very underrated jazz scene. Right up the road about ninety minutes away is Athens GA, a city that was very important throughout the early evolution of new wave and alt rock. Many of the bands in and around Atlanta (both past and present) have been really good at melding genres and creating hybrid/fusion music styles. I think this attitude of being willing to draw from a variety of different influences has affected us deeply.
Your sophomore album, "Volume," comes out this November. How does this record's sound differ from that of your last album?
"Volume" keeps what have become defining elements for the band: interplay between the primary and background vocals, emphasis on hooks and melodies, and forceful rhythm section playing. Additionally, we are also introducing a variety of new sounds, programming elements, and instrumentation. Joseph's urban and pop production fingerprints can be heard in many of the tracks and we feel there is a good juxtaposition between the polished and more raw elements.
The Daily Unsigned has described you as "the epitome of musical bliss." When you write, do you specifically set out to evoke a certain euphoric feeling, or does it just come naturally?
I think our primary goal when writing is to be honest and much of this record was inspired by our more recent life experiences. "Volume" chronicles both the good and the bad & the highs and the lows that we’ve experienced individually and collectively as members of this band. We do try to operate with a healthy level of cautious optimism and laugh off the bumps in the road, and this perspective somewhat organically manifests itself in some of our more happy tunes.
You've shared the stage with acts like Minus the Bear and Hot Chelle Rae. Who else would you like to work with in the future?
There are so many incredible bands that we draw inspiration from and it would be dream come true if we got the opportunity to work with OneRepublic, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Coldplay, or Mutemath.
Anything you want to say to your fans?
Yes. It’s through the continued support of our fans that we’ve been able to pour so much of ourselves in the group and the new record and we don’t take that for granted. We love connecting with new and familiar faces both in person and online (facebook.com/thewellreds, twitter.com/thewellreds, instagram.com/thewellreds) and we are really excited about teaming up with the Loudfund and our fans to make this release special.
Forlorn and bright, haunting and infectious all at once, Kat Quinn’s latest EP, Kind of Brave, will have fans of Ingrid Michaelson, KT Tunstall and Norah Jones hooked immediately.
The 4-song EP starts off with the title track eases listeners into the set with beautiful instrumentation from a ukulele, soft piano and light percussion. Quinn showcases her smoothness right off the bat as her soothing voice bends and creeps to hit notes throughout her wonderfully crafted melodies. “I’m letting go,” Quinn softly sings – mimicking the carefree vibe of the song itself.
It’s eighty-two degrees and sunny outside. There have been a number of celebrity sightings on Rodeo Drive this afternoon. Most of the ‘A’- listers spotted, were seen weaving through the crowds en route to their favorite boutiques, while many of the others sipped champagne from cut-crystal flutes at some of the nearby bistros. The city of Angels is host to a much darker element as well; one where leather, guitars, and gangs define the social structure. Death Valley Girls, the tough-talking, hard-hitting foursome with their own brand of fuzz-soaked dystopian doom punk, is a product of this gritty counter-culture. After a successful debut of their EP, "Street Venom" on Burger Records back in February, the girls now are preparing for the release of their sophomore endeavor via Lolipop this fall, by dropping two of their new singles early; "Electric High" and "Gettin' Hard." "Electric High" takes no prisoners, with roaring guitars competing shamelessly with unrelenting percussion, all embedded within a heavy layer of reverb. The surprisingly danceable beat is a throwback to the early days of garage and punk rock, much like The Velvet Underground and Jesus and Mary Chain...it's rad. On the album's B-side is the pulverizing "Gettin' Hard," a groovy blend of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Pain Dimension, and The Murlocs. Powerful lyrics tell a tale of woe with the help of classic staticy instrumentals: "things are getting so hard, things are getting so hard for me...things are getting so hard, what I get I get for free..." We spoke with the rough-and-tumble foursome responsible for these recalcitrant new tunes: frontwoman Bonnie Bloomgarden, bassist Rocky, "The Kid"/Kill City Kelsey/Laura Kelsey (formerly of The Flytraps) on drums, and guitarist Larry Schemel (ex-Flesh Eaters and brother of former Hole drummer, Patty Schemel) about fulfilling lifelong goals, dream collaborations, and what the future holds... Earlier this year, you released your debut album "Street Venom" on Burger Records. What would you say were the biggest inspirations for the record? BONNIE BLOOMGARDEN: Putting out a tape on Burger was our inspiration. It took three of the longest, loneliest, most grueling soul-sucking, life de-mystifying years to find one another. When finally we did meet we had only one goal in mind...Put out a tape on Burger Records. Do you have a favorite track? ROCKY: Yeah..."Arrow," because it doesn't sound like anything else. LARRY SCHEMEL: "No Reason," cause it's one of the first songs we wrote together and all still like! THE KID: Oh man!...Probably "Run Run Rocky" because I love the organ at the end...or "No Reason," or "Sanitarium Blues!" Do you have a set songwriting process? BONNIE: No, songs just come to us...who knows from where! The only thing I'm certain of is that when Larry and I write together it's magic, it's street, and that's what we like. So, all we need to do is sit down, find the melody, and it builds from there. In terms of lyrics, well, I just wait until I'm in the studio to write them. Playing guitar feels good, writing lyrics and thinking aren't as fun. What's the biggest difference between the sound on "Street Venom" as opposed to your new EP? BONNIE: Street Venom had been brewing in the ether for a long while. It only took two days to record because we recorded with a true studio wizard, Mark Rains, there's hardly any overdubs, mostly first take best take or else we move on. "Arrow," "Get Home," and "Paradise Blues" were born on the spot. The process for the new EP was different, it was super intentional. We have so much fun playing these songs we wanted to get them down while they were still young and fresh, and we wanted them out right away so everyone could hear them. The two tracks are with our new drummer, "The Kid," and "Street Venom" was with Patty. Oh, and I think we're calling the new EP "Street Justice," but that's not official or anything. Who are your biggest musical influences? BONNIE: Black Sabbath, The Stooges, Little Eva, MC5, Velvet Underground, The Cramps...Bo Diddley to name but a few. Bonnie, you're featured on the new King Tuff album. How'd you get involved in that? BONNIE: It, happened! It was fate at its best, you know? Bobby reached out to me because he needed someone to sing back up vocals. Then, being able to go into Studio B with Bobby Harlow, who's one of my top ten all time favorite rock and rollers. As if that wasn't cool enough, I find out it's for the new King Tuff! And they had Ty Segall on drums, ya know, I mean, I'm super into him, and on drums, he plays like no one else... it's too amazing, won't likely happen again to be part of such a personally epic project, but it was enough good to last a few lifetimes. If you could collaborate with anyone - dead or alive - who would it be? BONNIE: Fred "Sonic" Smith on guitar, Ivy on rhythm guitar, (or Tony Iommi on lead and Thunders on rhythm) Ringo on drums, the bass player from UFO on bass, The Tammies as back up girls, me as lead back ups, and Iggy on vocals. And of course Brian Jones on string-ed things for when we record. We see that you guys have a bunch of west coast dates scheduled with Shonen Knife this summer, any plans to come to the east coast any time soon? BONNIE: Plan it everyday. Where do you see the band in five years? BONNIE: Oh man. There's this awesome compound type thing on top of this hill in Elysian Park. It looks victorian, but also could be from the 50's. It's three very tall houses, and I believe a guest house with no windows, which would be our studio. And there's a vegetable garden and tons of fruit trees, and cactus that are so unusual, they're probably the only of their species. I hope we are living there. Or at least in a house with a basement. And we gotta have chickens. And dogs. Is there anything you want to say to your fans? BONNIE: Oh man, Hi!
Aussie psych-rock act, Zeahorse, has just signed to Dine Alone Records! To celebrate, they have released the first track off of their upcoming album, "Pools." "Pools," set to be released on September 2nd, is perfect for those who miss the glory days of grunge. "Pool" is a blazing, sludge-ridden mixture of crunchy guitars, unyielding percussion, and maudlin, woebegone lyrics. The sensitivity of Nirvana's "About a Girl" paired with the instrumental intensity of Smashing Pumpkins' "Today," comes to mind when previewing the track...it’s brilliant. We can't wait to see what else Zeahorse has in store! You can check it out for yourself below, and while you're at it, be sure to give Zeahorse a "like" on Facebook here.
We took a walk on the wild side at the Brooklyn Bowl this past Thursday with NYC's Animal Years and reconnected with our primal selves. This band is fierce - with a recently released debut album, "Sun Will Rise," energetic live performances, likeability and innate talent, their following is multiplying faster than feral wildlings.
Animal Years kicked-off the evening with the steady, bass-line in "Meet Me," an Americana-infused tune about rediscovering oneself through adventure after a devastating break-up. The lyrics are a candidly melodic way of saying, "it's not you, it's me!" Full, lush instrumentals cushioned the bittersweet lyrical blows as frontman Mike McFadden's voice soared, "I might seem like I'm running, but I'm just trying to find me..."
Surveying the venue and the herd before him, McFadden grinned broadly and roared with incredulity, "Brooklyn! Holy shit, what's goin' on?!" Raucous cheers erupted as Animal Years submitted to their next jam, "Heart on Heart," a gentler track giving off a distinctly Mumford & Sons vibe. The contemplative "Let Go of Your Head," showcased McFadden's impressive range and lofty vocals which prowled expertly amongst the multilayered instrumentals.
The band next played their latest addition, a new tune, "I Was Born." "This track can be about anything I suppose," McFadden mused, "but for me, it's about my hometown, Baltimore, Maryland..." A smattering of "woo's" rang out in the audience as McFadden reminisced about earlier days, leaving the crowd in a particularly contemplative mood.
Hailing from the Great State of Massachusetts, four boys from a suburb of Springfield; brothers Brendan and Ryan Cooney, Dave Mozdzanowski, and Ben Lozano, are making their hometown (Wilbraham) proud. Their band, The Gallery, is just one of a select few that is achieving underground cred AND commercial appeal. The band's distinct, yet infectious Southern-influenced blend of Americana Pop as resonated on their latest album, "Restless," paired with a whirlwind tour schedule, has captivated fans and media outlets alike. Recently, they kicked-off their co-headlining tour with Honor by August, and it's been wild! Despite all of the activity and enthusiasm surrounding the band right now. Brendan found time in between shows to speak with us about their album, life on the road, and their love of Tom Petty...For our readers who may not know, could you tell us a bit about yourselves? Hey all, we (The Gallery) are four friends who started a band in our parents basement in a small town in Massachusetts back in 2005. Luckily for us we no longer live with our parents, and have had the opportunity to move out to Los Angeles, California where we reside now. The band is made up of myself (Brendan), Ryan (my brother), Dave, and our newest addition Ben Lozano of Riverside, California. Ben actually found us through a craigslist post we made, but that's a long story. Anyways, we moved out to LA in 2012 to record an album with producer Warren Huart, and haven't left since. We've had many ups and downs as a band but at the end of the day love what we do. With that said almost ten years later here we are, still playing.
It’s been another one of those days. Hostile work environment, ruthless Manhattan bikers clipping legs while whizzing by, stalled subway, and puddles everywhere, and the rain...the unrelenting rain. Soggy and exhausted, you're home at last. Warm slippers, vinyl, wine and a cold piece of chicken from last night’s take-out. Thoughts racing; memories of last night's bickering, followed by silence, fades as you take a Heavy Sigh...
Heavy Sigh has just released their first EP; it’s luminescent, like commiserating with an old friend after a hard day. It’s chill and alluringly transcendental, and it starts with “Rains," a track with strong, steady, pulsing beats. Front woman Suzy Forman's voice floats airily over tinkling guitars; "I remembered your chair reclining, back in 2008, and my eyes watered, and I remembered watering my neighbors' flowers, and thinking that I was important...and that I was necessary...." as she reflects back to a time when their love was still fresh and engaged."Chlorine" is a sleepy track filled with fond memories and a deep yearning. The lyrics are succinct with only one verse, "My hair still smelled like fire and chlorine, you tucked your nose behind a strand in a dream...but you're not with me, but you're not with me..." Languid guitars filter through transcendental horns until it reaches its climactic end; it’s lovely, even other-worldly. "Tell Me What State You're In," is a tune with an unmistakable 90's vibe. Combining the instrumentals of early Smashing Pumpkins with the dazed, dreamy vocals of a stoned Alanis Morissette and slightly-drunk Zooey Deschanel, Forman tells a woebegone tale of missing an absent lover. "Now it's your turn to leave me at home, I'll never get used to being left alone. You said you managed as 'patient and sad,' I can manage that...but can I manage the rest?" "My Quiet's" title track plays like a crestfallen lullaby, gently strumming guitars intermingling with a steady, methodical drum beat. Forman waxes lyrical about her struggle to break out of her shell, crooning, "Please let me know if you'd rather stay at home, I understand if it's one of those nights...I have them all the time..." The instrumentals slowly build in intensity, as Forman laments about her inability to be heard, "Hear me, hear me, I'm speaking...is anyone listening? My quiet can tremble, but only so far, so far it's not far enough..." The album concludes with "C.I.P.," a track that addresses the overwhelming exhaustion that can weigh us down when the monotony of life sets in. The mere echo of horns mix with gentle guitars and soft percussion to provide the ambiance for Forman’s emotional revelation: "An eleven hour headache in a two-seater on the 6:43 train...and my hat is pulled halfway over my eyes. I thank the conductor as he takes my ticket and involuntarily gasp for air twice..." The track comes to a head as she wails, "I'm so tired...I'm so tired..." grieving and desperate for freedom from the dictates of daily life. Heavy Sigh subscribes to the philosophy that misery loves company, in a way that comforts a weary soul. It’s sweet, gentle and extremely zone-inducing...it's an auditory Xanax. Check it out here, and you're going to be just fine.
Nashville came to NYC this week at the Brooklyn Bowl's "School Night," where southern songstress Daniella Mason serenaded New Yorkers with her first-ever Brooklyn show! Mason recently opened for Demi Lovato after her song, “All I Want” was tweeted by the pop star, taking it viral. Since then, Mason has been working on new material for her upcoming EP, and as luck would have it, she brought it to Brooklyn! Decked in a short gold-sequined dress with some plain white sneakers for a touch of Brooklyn chic, Mason's set kicked off with "Technicolor," a loungey, easygoing tune about a love so great that it fills all voids. "Your touch is like a stroke of genius...like B.I.G. to his flow, flow..." Daniella crooned, attracting the growing crowd’s attention with her silky-smooth vocals. When previously asked about "Technicolor," Mason explained that it was written with her husband Chris, about her husband Chris (who also plays guitar in her band). It was all very sweet, as the two often stole reassuring glances from one another. Mason's newest single, "Shade Of You," which is currently climbing the iTunes Alternative charts, was next. The crowd perked up at the dreamy track, clearly impressed as her voice soared over the band’s explosive instrumental chorus, "So I'll dive in, cause that's just what I do and turn right into just another shade of you..." Scattered murmurs of "damn!" and "oh wow...she's really good!" came from a thoroughly impressed audience. Mason & Co. manifestly felt the positive energy - they beamed perceptibly. The eery, stark track, "The Water" followed, along with the insistent, no-nonsense "It's Not Up To You," where Mason demands to be in control of her own life. "All I Want" heard shouts of encouragement throughout the crowd, as she wailed, "All I want is you tonight, all I want is you tonight..." before berating her synths into providing the perfect quixotic effect for the haunting tune. The enthusiastic applause that followed prodded a megawatt smile from the singer. Mason was seemingly ever-so-slightly ambivalent about playing a NYC crowd. "This is our first show in Brooklyn. You guys are pretty rad so far!" she teased. She and her band then rapped up their set with the energetic "Cover The Earth," which also was well received. Mason encouraged the newly smitten crowd to come by and say “Hi” after her set. She then said a quick thank you, and exited the stage...as her fans excitedly lined up to meet her. Well done Daniella Mason...New York loves you!