Finally! A band that has created their own sound by taking their time to master their craft while developing a remarkable stage presence that has seen a revolving door within their image. This is “The Stranges”, a 4 piece Rock band from Bogota, Colombia led by Sascha on vocals, Joe on guitar, Hell on bass and drummer Joseph. The band has recently released their debut Album “Madhouse” and are currently planning to extend their “metal music rock branch” across the Atlantic Ocean for a promotional onslaught on European soil slated for December 2017.
“Our music is melodies complimenting rock music that the audience can sing along to!”-Sascha
That statement is verified by the magical elements that makes up the band debut album “Madhouse” which is led by the single “Madness”. After listening to “Madhouse” in its entirety, one has to wonder if its strange in 2017 that a group of artist that has obviously honed in on their craft can exemplify the joy playing music while being creative. The answer without question is; “Yes, the album is a gem and their live show is a must see!”
Without attempting to be unique in their appearance to garner more likes or followers on the now mandatory social media platforms, the band have left it up to the music industry world to catch up to them. Their beauty, class and prolific sound has complimented the well received and award winning Madhouse album.
The new single,“Lost In The Kingdom”by Leeds, England bandKoyo, has certainly redefined the digital rewind button on any media player. You will find yourself listening to the track more than once. The song has the strength of discovering a third eye as one may make up their own video beginning with the opening lines of “Lost in the Kingdom of hopes and dreams’.. This song can suit a road trip, a workout or a painter putting layers on a tapestry to reasonings behind making up to a love one. It is an inspiring track that fills the void in an industry that has run out of creative ideas while toying with their instruments. These guys have honed in on their craft and their journey has only begun.
The track which is slated for a release date on June 9th, is the perfect example of modern day flawless productions that is suitable for all genres of conventional radio. I would be surprised if the track isn’t a rotational hit on both sides of the ocean.
“The strong interest in the band that has been garned recently from LA LA land, is validated by the captivation after listening to the first five seconds of the track.”
Lost In The Kingdom is a eternal gesture and gift from Koyo to music listeners that may become a virus to those who have given up on new music as of 2017.
In a world where we try to predict the next best thing or copy the remaining sounds of the strings that were left behind from those that created it, there are somethings or songs that remains original. You just have to look for it and we found it in Tasmania, Australia in The Silverbeets.
For starters in 2017, unfortunately we (the indie music community) have screwed it up with overly saturated athems that makes very little sense within the indie musical circuit. We can all agree that at the top of the music chain, which used to be considered the cream of the crop, there are more bird droppings than organic melodies. The search for bands that are genuine can be found in remote places or as one would think; the bottom of the world. In this months music review, there is a certain Indie Pop band that can be found near the bottom of the earth that someday will rise to the cream of the top. – The Silverbeets.
The band, which is essentially the master mind of Farnz Cordeaux, was created in 2010 in Tasmania, Australia. Their current debut E.P. “The Purple Stems” which initially generated a positive knee jerk reaction from their online music community has also garnered a list of enquirers and a respectable number of online engagements based on the unique writing style of their lyrics. Farnz seems to have made an effort to remind us where the melodic machine of music comes from.
Farnz Corbeaux, explained it best;
“The song, Does Not Equal Ten, is a song about love going wrong. It’s those relationships that you find yourself in that aren’t healthy but there’s something about the relationship that you can’t break, or you do but you go back. Perhaps it’s great sex, maybe it’s money, maybe it’s cos of beauty or power or whatever, but whatever it is everyone else can see that therelationship isn’t right except the two people in it. Eventually you figure it out and split for good but until that point it can be painful for everyone. The chorus, well there’s this thing about being the perfect 10 right? So if we look at it that way, everything that these people do in this relationship is to try and make the relationship equal a perfect 10 but it never works and just never adds up, hence 2 + 6 + 4 Does not equal 10″
Music has forever been written in the form of stories since the beginning of time. It is refreshing to know that there are bands that are still writing about their experiences or journey through life. These days it is common to sample and cover songs that has being quoted “writing from the heart” that someone else has written. It happens and no one can be blamed for covering a song that may or may not signify where they are in life or expressing what a particular song may mean to them. The difference is finding the gem from those classics which may be the reason why those artist picked up their instruments in the first place. The latter used to be known as inspirational classics.
The Silverbeets have managed to culminate lyrics and their experiences through their songs with bare facts. The talented musicians that make up the body of work in the sound can be heard as the production of the tunes should set a standard that is desperately needed in the new age indie music community.
It is true the internet has made the world turn faster while becoming closer. There is also the element of attitude to speed up the process of compliments and recognition in the world of holding a mic and singing a song then putting it online and claiming to be in a band. For the most part, its a rather disgusting situation as the let downs after listening to the streaming of those songs meets disappointments just as a doughnuts with no sugar. Then there are exceptions and in this case its The Twin Cams.
In the spring of 2017, The ‘Cams seems to have recognized the advantages and disadvantages of being from a rural part of the world while utilizing the instant distribution systems and platforms of delivering music. Confidence is a word that has yet to be overly saturated on the favorable instant gratication platforms in which these pair support however they are filled with confidence.
“We don’t write a song or record a song to appeal to any target audience, we write and record because it happens. It’s not as easy as breathing, we’re good enough at this to be able to do it in our sleep, songwriting is difficult, but when an idea comes along it can become a catalyst really and some magic just happens.”-Tim Ratiganstated.
The first question any true music listener would ask is; “Really, is that so?” Before leading into a list of questions to challenge the duo, I let Mr. Rattigan rant. My thoughts were he had better say something different or at the very least live up to their own hype because that rope in which himself and Matt has placed around their neck, will most likely get a new nickname.
Tim concluded; “The internet has changed things so much now that we don’t feel that being in any particular location is better than another as far as success is concerned – while some locations offer more gig opportunities than others, the difference between such locations is very small compared to the volume that can be targeted via the internet when it comes to gathering fans – we would even go as far as saying that for any band who is yet to be discovered, it is very possible that an audience will take to them if they happen to see them by chance while on a night out. However the truth of it is if you are half decent, most intoxiated individuals will enjoy what they hear – But how many of them will remember you the morning after? – Some will, but the majority will carry on with their lives because you have served the purpose of entertaining them for 45 minutes or so.”
“Online fans are different – they are more likely to follow you because they like you.”
It is a fact that some levels of confidence comes from being located in a remote part of the world that on any given night there is an amazing musician that will subsequently out do each other in what is called a“session”. Then again, what if you transcend both and the follow the rules of song writing, which is laying down tracks that are in your heart.
Judging by the opening tunes on their debut“The Same Four Walls”six track E.P., the band seem to be aware of what is out there in the big world of kitchen bands, but they have purposedly stayed true to their roots.
We all assume that when we leave this remarkable planet we are going to heaven but until that day comes we all find our peace in things that are apart of our journey. As music lovers we sometimes find our “Taste Of Heaven” within our favorite songs. Kevin Gullickson, of Radio Drive, found that taste of heaven when he laid eyes on the love of his life years ago and eventually put the words and melodies in the bands single “A Taste Of Heaven” . From the opening chords of the song one would have to be frozen on the other side of the moon to not feel the passion behind his joy. The song displays a culmination of the bands early influences (most notably U2) as well as fill the void of where some of those bands may have left off.
The single which was originally released in 2014, was produced by reknown producer Chris Garcia (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Celion Dion), will be re-released via resurging original indie label Crownn Records/Crownn Sounds on July 4th, 2017.
Just like most worthy things that exist in this world, its amazing how we sometimes forget that good music takes time. The re-release of “A Taste Of Heaven” could also mean that time caught up with Kevin. The song was after all about the love of his life and he has been a taken man for sometime which could only mean that the previous release in 2014 was really a taste of heaven from a well perserved bottle of music wine.
“We knew Kevin and crew had released the record a few years ago but for whatever reason the promotion behind the record wasn’t complete. Amazingly enough, there is still alot of life in the single based on the world-wide support and reception the song keeps garnering. We are lucky to be apart of Kevin’s progress in this now fickle industry and estatic to be apart of the radio friendly single.”- James Lane-Crownn Sounds- 2017
To support Mr. Lanes statement, the single is backed by melodies that suits all genres and it wouldn’t be a major surprise if there are territorial DJ’s that are remixing the song to suit their perspective live venues. The single as sweet as it sounds, may be considered a subliminal attack on todays selfie singer/songwriters who should get a thumb out and concentrate on melodies first prior to proclaiming to write a song.
The timeless lyrics within the single; “Hair of brown and eyes of blue, the first time I laid eyes on you, it was a taste of heaven”, may read as a corny verse, but it clearly certifies Kevins as a brand ambassador for quality love songs.
The bold time and reputation management investment between both parties (Crownn and Radio Drive), to re-release a single in 2017 shows the confidence that both parties have in good music that still sells. A Taste Of Heaven will be available on all formats (CD and Vinyl) as of July 4th, 2017. Radio Drive are expected to promote the single by a lengthy tour of Europe starting in September 2017.
Koyo has obviously listened to and learned from those who structured the elements of creativity without restructuring or resurrecting a sound that was created before them.
Whenever there is an acceptance by The U.K. Music Scenein 2017 without announcing unrealistic intentions but instead allowing the music to equalize its own volume around a band, one has to take that band serious. This is one of those bands where any listener can grasp the true meaning behind the title of the tune.
In this case its Koyo representing their culmination of instruments with a song,“Tetrachromat”, that serves both the band and single justice. The Gods of our understanding created these remarkable musicians and enabled the chemicals between them to generate an energy where their name sake represents their sound. Koyo!Those collectable energys may pay off, depending on the objectives of the band but one thing for sure this sound will last.
In support of the single release on March 31st via 88 Watt, the band are playing selective shows throughout the United Kingdom at:
The Trend, a rock/pop quartet that consist of members, Ryan Malone, Del Greig, Johnny Carroll, Josh Carmichael, wrote in their new single “Just Another Friday” that there is a growing trend in their native city of Glasgow, Scotland. The proof in the pudding is in the opening line: “Everybody running for cover, look around there isn’t another friendly face in sight….” while simplifying the brilliant melodies in the chorus:
No one can deny that after listening to the song in its entirety that The Trend are steadily working on mastering their craft in songwriting. For a band that was once considered one of the top unsigned acts in the UK, it is a solid single that shows they are stepping away from their embryonic phase. Perhaps this is because the lads are constantly touring the U.K. and their engine doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Hint hint indie artist, get out there and gig.
Catch them live in supporting their recently released single “Just Another Friday” (SoundHub Records. 2017) on any given day of the week. If you are in the area, go get your tickets as this will be one of those bands that you will claim to have seen before they take flight.
The roadtrip music lovers lyrics “I hope you can hear me, I am here if you need me” will stick out. After reviewing the starlets who happens be on the active Soundhub Label, (WJ) , just as yourselves will be eagerly awaiting for more. If anyone of you can remember a song that you don’t want to end, then this is it. The single which will inevitably be considered a film score anthem consistently delivers a tone that is never ending.
Remember the days when you were a passenger of a vehicle and you heard a song that you couldn’t get out of your head? Even better, have you ever sat at a bus terminal or have been eagerly awaiting for something in a customer service lounge then an amazing song came on and you asked; “Who was that and what is the name of that song?”
These days we all ask ourselves where in the world could we find a song that we can remember the chorous to that doesn’t have the words“nigger grab your dick or momma and poppa grab your balls etc” complimented with a dry loop in it. The most embarrassing part is, more so than not those songs are always in autotune disguising horrible lyrics and vocals. Sad but true in 2017, its gotten to that level of music based on the lack of creativity. Instant gratification at its finest! Is it safe to say we need a cure?
The song title itself may shock middle America but once you listen to the track or dare to read the lyrics the explanation is quite clear. In a world where everyone wants to be offended to be awarded a selfie trophy of likes and shares, this young man have mastered his craft with generic riffs, a gutair solo and lyrics to remind us that there are original artist out there.
The Devil Is Innocent track, will make you question the now popular lets be whores and updated slave tracks that are dominating our radio frequencies. Does this make the devil innocent when we have allowed music to be accepted if you can protray yourself as a whore or pimp in the name of your family.
Judge for yourself. Responses are welcome so go on and contact the man himself downunder..
Here we are some two years later after the “Who Do Think They Are?” post and it seems that although the reaction was positive and there has been over 97K followers that read the article, the truth is, the submissions from DIY artist to the public and within the music industry has gotten worse.
Sure there are the renditions of tapes, CD’s and Vinyl along with the current trend of streaming that keeps the music industry machine going and this is great. However, the approach and the delivery of quality music is still lost in the mix bowl of talent or should we say self entitled talent.
We can blame the discovery of taking pictures in mirrors (selfies) as a perfect example of people who are looking at themselves in mirrors based on what their own delusions are. The facts are the same within the current state of music delivery and some of these artist are delusional. There are some amazing music out there and good music still sells while a great song will live forever. The 7.5 billion census question is:
“Where is it?”
These days you can’t create a social media page or troll your own social media site, most notably Twitter or Facebook, without those selfie musicians demanding you to check out their music or video. But one has to wonder or ask several questions and among those important questions its always: “Whats next? Or even better “Why?” At some point most of the new age artist or selfie artist are demanding you check out their material as if its going to bring them fame. In this day and age where our beloved YouTube has replaced television or music video channels, anyone can buy impressions or views for the videos they upload. If there are a million and one likes or views are we suppose to follow a trend based on the number of views or does this mean that because there are a certain number of views then its quality or like-able material.
First and foremost, if its already out there then someone will “check it out” even if its yourself. Yes that is right, you can pay someone to “get likes” after posting some of the music then celebrate as if you are a star. Imagine someone desperate enough to pay for likes or followers that leave no comments or invite you to play live in their city. Maybe there should be an additional option for the public to choose from based on the statistics that are also displayed such as geographical and demographic analytical views. Then again this would shatter the glass mirror so maybe its better to leave it smoking to fulfill those delusions. Need we say more?
According to Webster Dictionary: The definition of desperate is: (of a person) having a great need or desire for something.In reference to this piece its about demanding likes or followers. Hilarious or not it is without question a cruel reality.
Remember the days when we would sing in the mirror and pose as if you were Paul Stanley from KISS or Madonna then tell your friends or family to come and see. Well its the same isn’t it? In modern times the translation of “check this out” would mean “hey look at me, I think I am sexy or I can sing so follow me!” Funny right. Has anyone wrote an honest and constructive comment on those posts? Was your comment deleted and your profile blocked only for the submitter of the post to destroy you in a response without you being in a position to defend your initial comment. The results is smoking mirrors or selfie music that makes up the body of smoking mirrors. It makes you wonder what independent music is these days if that is the case. One can also wonder why these artist are not asking the public what they think and accepting the response. It seems this would be the logical way of not only building a brand through genuine followers but its also a way to expand their sound. Are these artist are afraid to find out the truth? Is this a new genre being created within this selfish industry? Here we go: Cowards of Selfie Music.
Where did being creative and different go to?
Over the years there has been some exceptions to the growing trend in remarkable artist such as Lindsey Stirling, but we all have to agree that her formula, style and quality of material is above the norm. The result has seen the Los Angeles starlet sell out theaters and arenas around the world yet you wouldn’t find her playing live at an in-house popular music awards. Maybe the judges or panel of such awards are mechanical or machines as they are year after year selecting the same shite music such as Drake, Rihanna and some other copycat self proclaimed pimp or whore. The moral police of music have unfortunately succumbed to supporting the new genre of clown music. Charlie Chaplin and crew have to be in heaven going f**ks sake!
Here we go, the definition of courage in the Webster Dictionary is: Strength in the face of pain or grief. Bravery
In this case its about the artist pouring their heart and soul into their sound by mastering their craft to express themselves. The courageous part of it is, they are leaving it up to the recipient (listener) to chose for themselves.
Does it work? Sure these artist are putting their dreams into motion without feeling the public owes them something. They promote themselves just as much as the professionals does but the successful ones never go rogue. They sweat and win together and those standards are based on a delegated process within each sector of working behind the music. The formula is quite simple, everyone is on the same page.There is music out there that genuine labels and distributors believe in such as Proper Music Distribution that works with large and small booking agencies. The thing of it is that those reputable entities working relationship is based on the belief in the same artist genuine promotion.
For those that are reading this lengthy piece, try it out. When it comes to approaching PR companies, due your due diligence and ask what is the finish line. Have the courage to look past the name dropping some may use to secure your check but look deep into their strategy in regards to your music.
The positive side to hiring professionals, if you take yourself serious enough, you can learn from their mistakes as well as get better along the way.
For the artist that are reading this and will continue to partake in the DIY system, take a deep breath and don’t add to much water into the instant gratification process of your music. You will receive exactly what you put into your music and if you don’t require professionals to handle your music then the reality is you don’t need the public. So.. What is your objective? – Selfie Music. Have fun in your bedroom or kitchen performing to the smoking mirrors.
In closing, good food is like good music, we just eat it and it becomes our favorite food and its what you prefer. When the package or label of the food or music is presented right it looks and smells good and more than likely it will taste good. But if the package and label of the food or music looks cheap and smell like shite, then it probably is!