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!
If you’ve recently wished for a new hard rock album in the spirit of Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, or Ozzy Osbourne, then your wish has come true. Straight out of Jersey comes AUG with their new, full-length CD, titled Be Careful What You Wish For, now available.
The hardcore style band has brought to the table something rock fans will surely appreciate. If you haven’t heard of the hardstyle band, let us assure you, they are not new to the scene; as matter of fact, they already have several accolades to their name. Such accomplishments include landing the spot as the host band for VH1's That Metal Show Christmas party for 3 years, reaching #2 on Reverbnation's Hot 500 Rock charts, and receiving praise from as VH1 Classic's TMS Host, Eddie Tuck for their first single "20 Years In Hell."
Tamar Haviv is captivating listeners everywhere with the latest songs off her upcoming debut album, You and Me Without Pajamas. Not even yet released, her songs have already been hailed as a "terrific debut" by the prestigious Sir Paul McCartney.
Though Tamar claims she has been making music for as long as she can remember, it was only after becoming a finalist at Lilith Fair that she decided she wanted to take her songwriting more seriously. When talking about the experience of writing her very first album she speaks about how important it was to her to "express [her] purist desires...keeping things so simple and direct"
It's no small feat to have your latest track deemed "hottest record in the world" by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Zane Lowe. Joining the ranks of artists like Porter Robinson, Lana del Rey, Nero, Coldplay and so many more, The Kooks' new single will be the second off their new album Listen to be awarded the prestigious title. 'Forgive and Forget' is an incredibly catchy, up-beat disco record. After the premiere, frontman Luke Pritchard talked a little bit about the musical diversity that The Kooks are bringing to the table with their new album, saying, "We're just trying to fuse really different styles."
The song just premiered, so head over to the BBC website to stream it now.
Listen will be out September 2nd, and you preorder it on iTunes here!
Brooklyn’s own Animal Years is coming home to Brooklyn Bowl at the end of July and it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Influenced by the early Kings of Leon and Young the Giant, the band is making its own name. Led by front man, Mike Mcfadden, the recently released their album, Sun Will Rise which is filled with feel-good melodies, ringing guitars and impassioned vocals .You can see them live at the Brooklyn Bowl with tickets starting at $15 which you can now purchase here.
Sometimes, all it takes is the tiniest bit of recognition from someone with a little clout, to elevate a virtual unknown to a place where they can shine. Daniella Mason's recognition came in the form of a chance tweet from Demi Lovato, who tweeted out Mason’s 2013 tune, "All I Want." Over 15,000 retweets later, Daniella was opening for Lovato, and aglow in the spotlight. She has now shared the stage with acts like The Civil Wars, Jars of Clay, Joe Jonas, Elenowen, and Clark Richard; and her next release was suddenly eagerly awaited! Needless to say, the release went well. Nashville’s new rising star’s erthereal "Shade of You" was recently premiered by SpinMedia's Idolator blog, averaging at over 100 new plays an hour. The track is the perfect combination of her crystal clear vocals, a sublime mixture of Ellie Goulding and Melanie C, the electro-acoustic stylings of her band and the rhythmic percussion that appears to tweak natural brain waves of errant listeners to the proverbial ‘chill vibe.’ We had the chance to catch up with Daniella, who took a break from her hectic schedule to speak with us about her new single, her decision to stay independent, and the tweet that changed her life... Thanks so much for speaking with us! For those of our readers who might not know, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your band?
I’m a singer/songwriter living in Nashville, TN, BUT I do pop music, not country. My band is made up of myself, my husband, and my bff/producer. We write, produce, and create everything we release ourselves. Look up “All I Want” or my newest single “Shade of You” to hear my vibe!
How'd you decide you wanted to get into music? Is there one certain moment that comes to mind?
Well, I’ve always wanted to do music. I practically came out of the womb singing and dancing (never dancing well, might I add) but there was a particular moment when I knew that I HAD to do this. I was in Haiti right after the earthquake doing some relief work and I was specifically working with orphans, many of which were also amputee victims. You can imagine the feelings of inadequacy I felt. I wasn’t a doctor, I wasn’t a miracle worker who could make all their problems go away. I was very overwhelmed with questions of what to do, how to help them, and then overwhelming questions of WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE?! (Experiences like that always make me think and question everything.) Well, I then began to sing for them and sing with them and all of a sudden there was no language barrier, there was no miscommunication, there was a transcendent language of music that was doing more than I ever thought I could do. Smiles spread across their faces in the midst of horrible tragedy. I realized in that moment that I might not be able to put them back together physically, but I may be able to heal their hearts a bit. I was watching healing happening before my eyes. Every day that we sang together, they grew brighter. I knew that I had to do music and that I had to put everything I had into it and that I had to bring that transcendent light to as many people as possible.
You're new single, "Shade of You," came out Tuesday. What was the inspiration behind it?
It’s inspired by a very true story that we all know very well. You’re in a relationship and you realize that you have lost yourself. This brings you to the point where you have to have a painfully frank conversation with yourself, “Are they good for you? Is this good?” It may not be bad, but is it good? We’ve all been there and it makes it painfully but beautifully universal. To me, that’s what makes a good song.
How do you think living in Nashville has affected your musical style?
I’ve lived here for seven years and my music has drastically changed during that time. This city is steeped in creativity and collaboration. How could someone not grow in such a fruitful environment? I love looking back over my journey. My sound has transformed over time into exactly what I’ve always wanted to do. It only took me 10 or 12 years as a singer/songwriter to get there! (laughs)
You've recently opened for Demi Lovato. How was that experience and how did that all come about? Well, Demi heard my single, “All I Want” and tweeted about it. That’s when the craziness started. My phone just started blowing up and I was so confused. 19,000 favorites and 15,000 retweets later there was quite the boost in attention which was just incredible. She asked me to come out and join her in Pennsylvania. Our little 3 piece from Nashville was so well received by her fans, I couldn’t even believe it. I felt so loved.
You've been in discussions with a couple labels the past couple of months, but have decided to stay independent. Why?
It was the right decision for me right now. I really believe in the team that I have and I believe in our ability to get some great content out there on our own. It’s definitely difficult, but I love the freedom.