DISCLAIMER: IF YOU PLAN TO SEE ANY SHOW ON THIS TOUR AND YOU HAVE ANY FORM OF MIGRAINE OR SEIZURE DISORDER YOU SHOULD RECONSIDER. VISUAL EFFECTS ARE INTENSE. LOTS OF STROBES.
Most people spend their Sunday evening reading or watching television. I spent mine freezing my butt off under a cloud of other people’s marijuana at an outdoor show. Sunday evening I got to see The 1975 with openers Wolf Alice and The Japanese House. It was hipster central.
I am used to going to ROCK shows so to go to a concert to see a band who plays what I lovingly refer to as “chill out” music was totally uncharted territory for me. I had no idea what to expect. I loved the venue. We were at The Skylight Stage (the fully outdoor stage at The Mann Center) and the show had a festival feel with all the vendors around. There was plenty of room and the grounds were well maintained. Lot of people brought blankets but chairs are a no-go at this stage.
I had never heard of The Japanese House prior to this show and I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for. Their stage presence wasn’t impressive and they didn’t really have any effects during their show but they also performed early and the sun was still very much shining. I did like their sound but I think I would enjoy them more in the comfort of my own home than I did live.
I did however have prior knowledge of Wolf Alice. For those of you who don’t… think Tegan and Sara meets Massive Attack. Unfortunately I ended up missing a large chunk of their set as I thought I had lost my ID and spent a solid 20 minutes chasing around security personnel and having a panic attack (P.S. – It was in my car the entire time…). For what of their set I did get to see I enjoyed myself.
The 1975 absolutely stole the show. Their performance was easily one of the best I have ever seen. The visual effects were stunning and I found myself getting completely lost in the music. They opened with “Love Me” off their newest album I Like It When You Sleep… to get things going but the crowd got just a bit too rowdy. During their third song of the set “Heart Out” the band had to stop as the middle of the pit collapsed in on themselves domino style. Matthew Healy, lead vocals, cut the song and addressed the crowd: “Everyone in the middle of the pit take 3 big steps backwards… Philadelphia, we’ve been structurally compromised.”
The rest of the show went off without a hitch. They played mostly hits from their self titled album and ILIWYS but they did incorporate a few songs from their lesser know projects IV, Sex, and Music for Cars.
Towards the end of the show the band thanked the city of their large turnout and announced that although there is no information yet available that The 1975 will be returning to Philadelphia in the fall for another North American tour.
The band performed a four song encore: “If I Believe You”, “Chocolate”, “The Sound”, and “Sex”.
I will absolutely be catching these guys in the fall. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there. You won’t regret it.
Is Chance the only one who still cares about mixtapes? With three under his belt since 2012 and no sign of caving in to a label deal anytime soon, the 23 year old Chicago rapper is standing for a golden era in rap when mixtapes were a big deal and allowed artists the freedom to expand creatively and do it on their own terms. And for a kid who never attached himself to a label, he’s found himself in extremely impressive company. Its like his style and enthusiasm as well as his refusal to claim one camp or another allow him to bridge genres and make friends in wildly different schools of hip-hop. From alternative to trap to pop-rap, Chance seems to have friends everywhere and he brings these influences together into an ambitious, broad, and fresh mixtape.
He’s clearly evolved his style since 2013’s Acid Rap. There are more instances of dap-worthy, auto-tuned bangers and heavy dose of gospel sound that clearly nods to Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo. It’s more complex and nuanced than the boom-bap and nasal delivery of earlier mixtapes and the departure comes with it’s share of risks. His lively persona shines through and is consistent with the way he’s always presented himself. On every track he finds himself on he always sounds like he’s just super stoked to be there. But now he’s more confident in himself; confident enough to take risks and let other parts of the tracks speak just as loud as his verses. The standout tracks like “Angels”, “All We Got”, and “No Problem” have deep and multifaceted production and find Chance delivering verses that simultaneously sound like exactly what you expect him to sound like with an added maturity. As much as fans love his trademark ad-lib and frantic, high-pitched tone, those elements that set him apart and endeared fans to his weirdness are sparse here and it makes everything fit together better. He still manages to bring his uniqueness through a different gauntlet of creative rhythms and writing, but he cut the gimmicks this time.
Tracks like “How Great” and “Blessings” incorporate heavy gospel influences that feel really well conceived and sincere in the hands of Chance. He brings a personality to these tracks that is so engaging and real that the listener is likely to start raising their hands and shouting affirmatives mid-song. These moments are just a piece of the personality of the record. Chance brings high energy and a personal twist that stems from the rapper’s real life. He’s growing up, he has a child, he’s starting to explore religion, evolving relationships, and growing success. The mood is infectious and makes the worse songs on the album still feel fun or at least bearable. “Juke Jam” for example, drags and feels composed more to suit Justin Bieber than to suit Chance. “Mixtape” is similarly produced to match the features’ style and that tendency in the production decisions pulls away from the otherwise confident vibe of the tape. This is his mixtape but sometimes it still sounds more like he’s being featured on other people’s tracks than the other way around. It’s obvious that he’s mostly just excited to be featuring some of the biggest artists in the world on his work, but all the features leave less room for his own voice to shine.
The evolution and experimentation are respectable though, even if it’s not always successful. The huge new sound sometimes feels too over dramatic like on “Smoke Break”. But other times, like “How Great”, the massive scope of the sound absolutely makes the track. Really, the moments when he simplifies the presentation of big ideas are so much more effective than the moments when he tries to elevate insignificant topics. The reprise of “Blessings”, which isn’t so much a reprise as it is a second song with the same title, is the most real and stripped down view of Chance we get on Coloring Book and it blows pretty much every other verse on the tape out of the water. It’s gospel, it’s soulful, and it is just so simple. This mixtape shows a lot of evolution and a lot of new influences coming together and its biggest flaw is perhaps that there’s too much. Chance himself gets buried at times and for a rapper with so much charisma and personality it’s surprising that he’s not more of a focal point. It’s good to hear more music from him and for all it’s flaws, Coloring Book, is refreshing in its maturity. He’s got a ton of support and a lot of influences so it’s safe to say he’ll find a way to keep stepping it up with or without a major label.
It seems Rage Against The Machine have something up their sleeve. The band launched a countdown clock on a new website, prophetsofrage.com. The countdown clock is counting to June 1. If you write in an email address, you’ll be taken to an image reading “Clear the way for the prophets of rage”, which, oddly enough, is a lyrics from Public Enemy’s song “Prophets of Rage”. The image also includes a hashtag “#TakeThePowerBack”, which is taken from the RATM song of the same name. Posters of the image that appears on the website have also been popping up all over Los Angeles.
courtesy of RATM’s official Twitter
The band’s official Twitter has been pretty active since the link to the website went live, tweeting “@OldManTrump” and retweeting an image of Donald Trump that appeared in Rage Against The Machine’s video for “Sleep Now In The Fire”, which was released in 1999. Public Enemy’s Chuck D has also been active on Twitter since the announcement, tweeting and later deleting a bunch of videos of Rage Against The Machine performances. Considering Rage Against The Machine quoted Public Enemy on their new website, Chuck D’s involvement suggests this could lead to a possible Public Enemy/RATM collaboration coming our way in the very near future. Especially with the state of affairs in the world today, a Rage Against The Machine reunion is definitely welcome.
Corinne Bailey Rae is back on the music scene after a five year hiatus with her new album The Heart Speaks In Whispers. I have personally been waiting to hear new music from her and I am genuinely pleased with this album. This album displays an exceptional amount of growth for Corinne. The production value on this album is amazing, it caters to the simple, but sweet vocals of the songs, and enhances the lyrics .
One of my favorite tracks on this is “Walk On”, with its soothing, calm Neo-Soul influence. It’s a song that marches to the beat of its own drum. Corinne sounds completely at peace with past turmoil. The drums really drive this song!
“Caramel” is another favorite. The song is a bittersweet song about coming out on the other side of strife. It’s a powerful ballad, and I managed to completely lose myself in it.
“Hey I won’t break your heart” is another ballad that I fell in love with. It’s a song about forgiveness. Introduced with a guitar and small choir-like backgrounds, the song grows as the seconds pass; soon you find yourself listening to a full sounding mid-tempo tune .
“High” is probably the best song on the album. This piano-driven song ties the whole album together in my opinion. “High” lifts the tone of the whole album and starts to lead you out, leaving you uplifted and satisfied .
There are a couple of other songs on the album that are album-fillers, in my opinion but I can still listen to them without skipping. “Do you ever think of me” is one of these songs, but only because it’s yet another ballad in an album overflowing with them.
The last song on this album is “Push On for The Dawn”. It’s a much needed mid-tempo song for an album ruled by ballads. The song is fabulous! The pure vocal talent on this song is mesmerizing; couple that with the well-balanced production of it, and you have a radio single.
I am very pleased with this album. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a very easy album to make compromises for. I would have loved for the album to have a few uptempo songs, but I went expecting Corinne Bailey Rae, and that’s exactly what I got. I have to give this album a B. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I have!
Make me like you? I could get used to this. I used to love you, and frankly, I never stopped.
OK, enough already. EVERYONE has heard the new Gwen Stefani album, correct? If not, stop right now, get on your Apple Play and listen to that mo-fo!! Our girl is back! It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything from her except tabloid rumors and Voice promotions. This is What the Truth Feels Like brings back Gwen in her first solo album since 2006’s The Sweet Escape.
So… kind of a big deal.
Even as I write this, I just got little chill pimples from the memories of singing those catchy tunes in my mini van with the kid-lets, who are now man-children about to move away to college (insert tears, sniffles… and moving on).
I can’t get enough of Gwen. In my other life, I am a photographer and pseudo make-up artist/stylist. Gwen encompasses the very essence of what I live and die for in every day life. Those eyes, that confidence, the style, all that is Stefani! I just want to get her in front of my lens and play for at least a whole day. She is “photo-gasmic”! So much that you almost, almost, forget that she can sing.
I want to just take a few moments to examine this album from the inside out. Come on, let’s take a look, shall we?
First of all, Gwen’s story seems to begin with a glamorous pseudo-Playboy photo session. The album itself is completely gorgeous. I don’t know if I’ve seen her this beautiful since the Hewlett-Packard campaign of 2006. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that at 46, she has never looked better.
When we unfold the booklet within, we journey into Gwen’s bedroom and into the studio, for some more playful shots in a Monroe throwback type bundle of loveliness.
She can’t be a day over 20.
Seriously Gwen, what’s in the serum or what did you promise to the devil? She looks amazing.
While I’m starting to question my sexuality, let’s keep moving.
Can we please talk about the bubble writing? Let’s not kid ourselves, pun intended, every girl had a journal just like the one Gwen has laid out before us here.
Since when has album art been this fun?
I feel like I should post spoiler alerts here for all of this loveliness. In typical Gwen fashion, this whole musical bundle is just cute. It’s sassy, spicy, and you can just feel the girlishness gushing out of the package (oooohhhh… teenage audience draw! Good one Gwen…nicely done).
Now I know no one really buys CD’s anymore, but vinyl is back in. Of course, there’s always the digital download. Invest in the whole thing. Why? Well, because…all the feels. Also, can someone please turn all this art into a font? I’d really appreciate that. Thanks.
Now onto the hard stuff. Let’s dig deeper. We’ve fallen in love with the fact that Gwen is back, and that she’s so damn gorgeous. So, let’s take a listen.
Everyone, take a break for listening time. No, seriously, go do it.
Really. No, seriously…STOP READING AND LISTEN TO THE WHOLE ALBUM!
Did you listen? Don’t you feel better? Did you dance in your seat a little bit? Don’t lie, we all did the butt-cheek rumba to “Misery”. It’s ok to admit it. It wasn’t what I was expecting either.
Wait, before you storm off, hear me out. Let’s chat a little bit. Over the last 48 hours I have listened to this album no less than 20 times. Each time I listen to it, I feel Gwen’s pain a little bit more. Clearly, she spent a deep amount of time on each lyric.
The first half of the album from “Misery” to “Used to Love You” is radio-worthy. She’s obviously grown up more than just a little bit, and her voice is nothing less than spectacular. “Used to Love You” reaches through, wraps it’s acrylic-nailed fingers around your pulsating heart, rips it from your chest, throws it on the floor, and stomps all over it. If that wasn’t enough, pull up the video.
Yeah, you’re welcome.
“Make me Like You” may be my favorite track on the album. This is definitely worthy of what we’ve been waiting for. So glad you’re back Gwen. We’ve missed you, even though you never really went away.
OK, let’s skip over “Send me a Picture”, because…blah. Let’s talk about “Red Flag”. Gwen, seriously, WHAT THE [email protected]%???? “Red Flag” isreminiscent of “Ex-Girlfriend” and not in a good way. Gwen takes on rapping in that weird, funky method that only Lady Gaga can get away with.
The next 4 songs are definitely B-Sides. While I don’t want to ruin the album for you, it’s like she just gave up after track 6. I will say “Me Without You” should be shuffled up in the list to number 7, and we could’ve just stopped there and trashed the rest.
So then we have to consider it as a whole. Are 7 decent songs on an album really OK? I’m gonna go with…yes! All in all, I loved this album. Isn’t the point of iTunes to be able to select and make playlists of the songs we love and trash the others? I know, I know. Some of you have your mouths gaping, open with a claw-filtered over going “Na-uh, she did NOT just say that”.
Yep, I did. All artists have not-so-great songs on albums, but not all artists have the ability to take the awful songs into a deeper level of embarrassing. So please, just stick with tracks 1-6, shuffle in 11, enjoy the album art and call it a day. We all want to keep on loving you Gwen.
Gwen, I do love you. I love that funky style you have and your flawless skin. When I heard Tragic Kingdom straight out of the package before anyone else back in 1995, I played it over and over and over until my husband wanted to throw it out the car window. So much of what you’re doing here on side B is like a mistakenly bad throwback to that time. I’m not going to love you any less. However, I’m going to have to give this album a solid B+. I know there will be haters. You probably deserve better, but I can’t with good conscience give it to you.
The B+ rating will NOT stop me from seeing the show this summer, or emulating a photo session of my own with these image influences. I’m going to love this album for what it is, and girl I will see you on the road.
Chance The Rapper has been in a state of constant beast mode since the release of 2013’s Acid Rap mixtape. He has been chalking up feature after feature with: Childish Gambino, Madonna, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and the list goes on. His collaborators, the Social Experiment, released one of last year’s most enjoyable summer mixtapes, Surf. Basically, Chance is a 23 year-old hip-hop superstar and he hasn’t even released a proper debut studio album yet.
What do you do when you have one of the most unique voices in hip-hop and the world is desperately waiting for your third mixtape? If you answered “perform an unreleased gospel/rap song on a late night talk show and drop the news that he tape is coming out in just over a week” you probably cheated…or you’re Chance the Rapper.
Chance performed a live version of “Blessings” on The Tonight Show. The performance came complete with a gospel choir and the falling walls of Jericho. Chance also came with the assistance of Donnie Trumpet, Jamila Woods, and Byron Cage. Along with the performance, Chance released the news that Chance 3 will be officially available on May 13.
As far as the song itself is concerned, Chance is no stranger to bringing soul and gospel into his sound. He proved his ability on “Good Ass Intro” from his own Acid Rap and, of course, his impressive feature on Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”. In the performance of “Blessings”, Chance comes through with a new level of sincerity and reality. It’s an amazingly mature sound and he achieves it without sacrificing his trademark energy and looseness. If the single is any indication of the rest of the mixtape, the hip-hop world ought to be pleased on May 13.
This is the Reasn that my faith in music hasn’t wavered. In this age of blatant piracy, monotony, and unfiltered bantha fodder, it’s refreshing to hear music that has meaning and depth.
It’s even more fulfilling when the Colombia, MO artist behind that music is starving. Yet, he craves to feed the hungry audience even more than himself.
This is no small audience, either. Trust me, this dude is going to fill arenas one day. His music is an unreal fusion of blues, rock, hip-hop and soul that is magically translated by a voice from another era.
As I listen to his song, “Blue Flame” on my PC, I think about how unfair it is for music with such depth to be converted into the zeroes and ones that represent the binary code of my computer.
Then again, if Reasn’s music sounds this good in digital form, there is no need for the red pill anymore.
The Matrix has a new savior, and his name is…
Hey, what’s going on bro? How are you doing?
Reasn: Hey what’s up man. I’m in the studio right now, trying to do some work. I’m happy we got the chance to do this, I appreciate the love, bro.
Oh man it’s no doubt bro. I have to tell you, I was sleep on your music. I’m not gonna lie. When I first saw your press release, I was thinking, “OK, he has the image of one of today’s artists”. So, understand, my mind was prepared to hear a sound similar to today’s music. I listened to your song, “Blue Flame” first. When I heard your voice I sat up and was like, “Whoa!”. No lie dude, your voice took me back to a better time, which is a good thing.
That’s what I’m trying to do bro! Take it back to the old way, when music & lyrics meant something.
All of your music sounds that way and your lyrics are very powerful. You know for some reason, when I first heard your voice hit those high-pitch notes like the old-school singers, and your name is Reasn, the first thing I thought about was Earth, Wind, and Fire’s song Reason.
(laughing) I used to come out on stage to that song.They’d play that song before I came on the stage and then I came out.
Yeah, so it’s funny you would say that.
Seems like you have a lot of soul in you! You know one complaint I hear from my readers, they complain about the monotony and the lack of unique identities in today’s music. When I listen to your voice, it makes me wish I had more plugs in the industry, so I could be your publicist and get you out there! Then I see your videos and I’m thinking, “No way this guy only has 84,000 views!”. Seems like there should be way more.
You know man, I used to think about that type of stuff. When you’re trying to do something new, it takes awhile…but when it hits, it hits. So when it hits, I think it’s going to be all worth the wait.
I’m sure it will be! I wanted to ask you, your song “Killer”, it’s attached to your “70 West” EP right?
So, if I remember correctly, and I remember driving through Missouri, I-70 West, that’s toward Kansas City right?
Correct. That’s the truth. I spent a lot of time going up and down I-70, but then I flew west. That’s when things started happening for me, on a bigger scale. That’s why I named it “70 West”.
Everything seems to be “Out West”. I’m also from the Midwest, in Chicagoland. It seems like everyone who pursues a career in entertainment goes west.
Yeah, it’s like being a big fish in a little pond. You gotta prove you’re legit. When I came out here I saw there were even more talented people than where I’m from. I’m alright out here though. I’m gonna be alright, you know?
I hear you. So who was your biggest influence? Who helped mold your sound?
My Mom. I listened to her sing my whole life growing up. Even when I didn’t want to sing, she was the choir director so she made me do that. I listened to a lot of older singers and I always tried to listen to diverse stuff. I liked Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, people like that. Also, not listening to the radio a lot. That helped shape me into being my own person.
Your Mom sings too?
Oh man! Yeah, she goes. Whenever I come back to town, no matter what I do, I’m still second to her. I could get a Grammy and I’m still her son (laughing), but I’m OK with it. I see you’re from Gary, IN. I hear it’s pretty rough there.
Yeah, the old industrial belt. A lot of industrial jobs were lost here. When jobs go, you know what happens next.
I feel you man because, being from outside St. Louis. I see the same thing.
>Speaking of St. Louis, man, I’m trying to get to Sweetie Pie’s! That line on TV is just ridiculous though. Everybody wants that good cooking.
Right! Now, I’m trying to lift weights and get ready for this tour man. I’m eating all of this salad and stuff but, you know, I sneak over there every once in a while.
Man, you’re gonna have a problem with all of those lady fans who are gonna want to take Reasn home to cook for him.
You’re right man!
You’re going to have to let them know up front that you’re trying to maintain your weight!
(laughing) Yeah…everybody’s already shared that with me.
Speaking of women, let’s go back to your song, “Killer”. When I first heard that song I was taken back to my 20’s, the age of naive youth. There were so many women out there like the woman you’re talking about on this song. This song sounds personal. Is this based on a personal experience?
I can tell you one thing, and I hope it stays true for my whole career. Everything I say, has either happened to me, or I’ve seen. Yes, that is a person I was seeing. This happened when I first came to L.A.. I came out here with a group-sorta thing. I was 19 and went to my first big mansion-type of party. It all just went bad from there. She sold me on the lights. She was a Laker Girl but, she wasn’t talking about sh** obviously.
Seems like we’ve all been through that!You area fan of all music. What do you think about the industry today and how fans respond to your music?
Well, two things. There is a new wave coming. I’m seeing people like Jack Garrett and Anderson Paak…there are people trying new things. That’s the hardest thing about the industry today. You have to understand that it’s ok not to be a robot. Like, I shot a video with these little kids, and I dressed different. The kids are asking me, “Why don’t you have Jordans on?” I answered them by telling them because I’m not a robot, and I do what I feel. That blew their mind. In a wrap-around type of way, that’s how the industry is. Everybody has to sound like Drake. Everybody has to sound like Lil’ Wayne. It didn’t use to be like that. Everybody tried to find them and make it their own. That’s what I think left the industry.
Seems like we have a lot of clones and drones in the industry these days. It seems like it’s a lot more sheep than wolves.
That’s true. You know, I’m just a ‘lil different. It’s hard for me to adapt to L.A. a little bit , because of all the talk and not as much action. It makes sense where the industry is because Hollywood is the place where everyone wants to be. The way everybody tries to fit in by saying they were at the big party and everything, it makes sense. It all comes together if you think about it why music sounds the way it does, if that makes sense.
I know exactly what you mean. One thing I love about AltWire is, we don’t charge for reviews or to publicize independent music. A lot of blogs charge. As a journalist, I live to discover new things before every one else, to be the first to let the world hear your music.
I’m glad that people are still taking the time to do that. That shows that you really love music and we need that these days. It sounds like you love music more than views, which is hard to find these days.
Thank You! To me, views are OK but, gaining new fans is the most important thing. I’d take five real fans over a thousand views any day.
I argue with my friend about this all the time. He’s like an internet guru. He does music, but he doesn’t really care about it. He’s always telling me, “Look at my views, I got 500,000 views.”. I always tell him that even with those views, you’re not touching anyone. I’m not even sure if any of those people will go to his show.
I think it’s unfair that the first question a major investor will ask you is, “How many views do you have?”
Right! These people who wanted to work with me, this happened a couple of times, first thing they ask me, kind of shuts me down a little bit. I would hope that the first question would be similar to the first question you asked me. Something like, “What is your influence”.
I know your DM’s have to be crazy! Do you personally answer the people who want to know more about your music?
At first, I went through an “I’m not answering anybody” stage. Then I went through a stage where I’m trying to answer everybody. The people that you think are normal turn crazy real quick. Some people will ask you questions about your music and you’ll answer, and everything seems cool. Then the next day the same person is in your inbox asking why you aren’t answering them! I’m like, “Wait a second, I thought we were just talking about music!” It gets kind of crazy. Me, personally, I’m a face-to-face person. If I could speak to anyone face-to-face, it would be a dream. However, I’m trying to find a middle ground and respond to a certain amount of people per day.
I’m not going to hold you up to much longer because I know you’re ready to get back to work in the studio but, how does your summer schedule look? Are you going on tour with anyone?
Yeah, I’m doing this tour with B.O.B through 48 cities. I’m blessed to have any opportunity. I’m trying to branch into a more alternative crowd, but it’s easier to get onto urban tours when you’re still “coming up”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m blessed to be doing anything but, when you go to an urban setting, you have to prove yourself before they start rockin’ with you. The alternative crowd is ready to rock with you from day one.
Well, you have a fan here and I am going to try to bring you even more fans. When you make it huge and start doing shows in Dubai, don’t forget my free tickets! (laughing)
Oh no man, I never forget the real ones! I really appreciate you taking the time to do this. It was great talking to you bro.
Reasn will be on tour with B.o.B starting April 27th in Omaha Nebraska and ends June 24th in St Petersburg, FL. Click the flyer for dates & more info.
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Spark! This is where we invite all of you normal people to come inside of the AltWire circus tent and see what music has captured our ears for the week!
Here are some of the hard-working & unique artists that we’ve found ourselves listening to this week. Please enjoy and be sure to show the artists plenty of love, as they work hard to bring you all of this awesome music!
WAKRAT – “Knucklehead”
WAKRAT is Timmy C’s (from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave) new band. They describe themselves as “Two French Nationals and one American Anarchist – a fresh breath of societal angst wrapped in sonic urgency”. The video was shot at the group’s rehearsal studio. The video was filmed using cameras attached to drones and GoPros hooked up to “ceiling fans, drums, drills, the floor, you name it,” as Timmy C puts it. After watching this video, I definitely felt the insanity of being “locked in my aquarium”, just like the chorus says!
Amanda Markley – “Jealousy”
Amanda Markley’s ode to jealousy will stir memories within everyone who has experienced the emotion when seeing another couple. Especially if ½ of that couple is someone that you had feelings for! You can tell Amanda is singing from heartfelt experience on Jealousy. The emotion in her voice will make you jealous as you realize one fact: that only Amanda could bring this song to her audience and make us feel the emotion in this song.
To Live As Wolves – Stalemate ft. Davey Muise
To Live as Wolves is a post-hardcore band from Staten Island, NY. Stalemate is the first music video from the band’s sophomore EP “Breakneck Road”, which was released on April 8th. The “Breakneck Road” EP, has a very un-selfish purpose, as you can tell by this video. The different sub-melodies found within Stalemate set the tone very well for the different mood variations within the song. They ask the question, “Am I the only one who feels this way?” while displaying a noose. They then to go on to let the audience know that they, in fact, are not alone. As a matter of fact, neither is anyone else who feels this way.
Decyfer Down – “Nothing More”
Nothing More is the first single from Decyfer Down’s new independent album, “The Other Side Of Darkness”, which was released on April 1, 2016! This song is a badass way to tell evil goodbye, as Decyfer Down cuts the ties with Satan in the ultimate break-up. It’s also metaphoric for the listener, who can easily substitute a jilted lover in place of Satan. Either way, there’s nothing there anymore, and this relationship doesn’t need any closure.
Holland Road – “Heart on my Sleeve”
Holland Road is a band that makes you remember better times. This is their first single “Heart on my Sleeve”. See our review of “Heart on my Sleeve” here for more!
Dream Drop – “A Letter to My Friends”
Dream Drop is an Alternative Rock Band who is really hard to classify as mere “Rock”. They can easily be a multi-genre band as they display on A Letter to my Friends. In other words, their music is right up AltWire’s Alley! On this song, the letter to their friends aren’t the typical friends that you think of when you see the title. In between guitar riffs, you may want to write a letter to your “friends” also!
Jynx – “Taker”
Jynx comes with a super hard song with Taker. If this song makes you feel as if Jynx is looking right through you, then you need to re-evaluate your life choices. The reason why? This song is all about pretenders. Jynx is not only discrediting pretenders on Taker, they also appeal to them by saying, “Be real – official – step your game up son”. That, in my opinion, may be the statement of the year!
Demon In Me – “Make It Hurt”
The audience will really feel the pain in Demon In Me’s Make It Hurt. The pain of carrying feelings for an ex while they move on, seemingly oblivious to the mental damage they’ve done. Meanwhile, the demons that remain continue to taunt and torture on this song. The fact that the antagonist “didn’t mean it” means nothing. The demon’s are still there and it still hurts.
Servant Sun – “Taste of Silver”
Servant Sun’sTaste of Silver is a song about the bringing their audience the truth in the never-ending darkness of the endless night. Lies are transparent. This song will make the listener picture Servant Sun as true “Guitar Heroes” who came to expose the liars. Taste of Silver could easily be a theme song, as the sun begins to rise to illuminate the darkness!
Making Monsters – “Better”
Better is the first single from the upcoming EP, “Bad Blood”, coming out May 13th. The video is filmed on a set that was pulled straight from a monster flick. Horror background and all, Making Monsters has a kick-ass anthem in Better. Their audience is going to wonder if it’s possible for Making Monsters to create any songs better than Better. If this song is any indicator of what “Bad Blood” will be like, the Billboard charts will be that much “better” for Making Monsters!