“Remember Now” by Goodnight, Sunrise shows us how to rise above

Goodnight, Sunrise releases a track that speaks of the past, present, and future of their band and music in one track. One track that explains it all. There will be no walls, no secrets, no covers when it comes to this band and they want it that way. Remember Now is a hopeful song that came out of a time of despair – David (guitar/vocals) and Vanessa (keytar/vocals) started the band 6 years ago as best friends, found Paul (drums) shortly after, started dating 4 years ago, and broke up this summer. The song is about remembering that beneath the hurt, sadness, and pain that can overcome friendships and relationships, there’s always love at the core and if you’re careful and committed, it’s possible to preserve that love even if it’s in a different form.Goodnight, Sunrise lets the lightning strike to remind us that we shouldn’t forget the important things in life, a good memory goes a long way to make things work. Director Ryan Brough captured that spirit in the accompanying video which premiered Monday on Indie88 – it’s basically a dream scrapbook from this past summer and the wonderful roller coaster that is our band family. Remember the important things in life because if it truly is important to you, you’ll never forget. In another way, use the memory to prove to yourself and others that you can do anything you set you rmind to, even though people try to put you down. Sonically, Remember Now is a major turning point in the evolution of our sound, thanks largely to the production and mixing talents of Derek Hoffman (The Elwins, The Flatliners). Derek really nailed the heartbeat of our band and for the first time made our recording feel as explosive and dynamic as our live show is.

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Story behind release of “Anxiety” by 1971

We get tons of submissions in our emails to listen and feature music on our site and social media, but there hasn’t been one request that actually brought us to tears. When reading this email from 1971 Canada and their story regarding their track, “Anxiety”, we couldn’t control our emotions and we felt a heavy heart for them. This feature is truly special and we are honored to be chosen to feature their new exclusive track and we dedicate this feature to 1971 Canada and anyone who is close to them. We decided to end our portion of this feature here and instead post thier own words from the email because it touched our hearts and we want it to touch yours as well.

In February 2017 our bassist, founding member, and friend Cameron Glen Cranston suddenly passed away in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center. He was 25 years old.We as a band decided to not continue without our brother. Now we’re releasing our last existing recordings with Cameron; two demos we recorded for a grant we received and one of his songs. The first track “Anxiety (In the Depths of Northwestern Ontario)” was written for Cam in 2016 during a really difficult period while Cam was still around. We’re glad we have “his” song, even though it’s hard to listen to sometimes.We’ll be releasing this song as well as two others on cassette and 7” vinyl via Art of the Uncarved Block this December 1st. The EP is called No Matter Where You Go, There You Are. We really hope this release properly puts this band to rest and we hope it touches some people who might have experienced something similar to what we went through. Cameron was a great musician and an inspiration to a lot of people he knew. He deserves to be heard and remembered.

Enjoy “Anxiety” by 1971 Canada.

Get a 70’s flashback with Furnsss’ “Divine”

Divine by Furnsss, that’s it, go listen to it. No, we’re kidding. In all seriousness, we’re extremely excited to be able to bring this track to all of you. We absolutely love the creation of it, the production, the all-around feel of it. It’s taken aback by the rules of what music should be today but it has it’s right to stand alone and branch out of the common. We’re thinking of fleetwood mac back in the 70’s when they were changing the way we listened to music. Actually, we’re just referring to the age of the 70’s when music was going through a split, a revolution between two set of genres that couldn’t seem to coexist.

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Ben Brookes releases new album, The Motor Car & The Weather Balloon

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 Ben Brookes has just released his new album, The Motor Car & The Weather Balloon and it’s compiled full of Soft Rock tracks that can still kick ass but with a softer edge. All the great bands of the past have done it. They’ve dabbled in the art of Soft Rock even though they’re Hard Rock/Metal fiends who can play as good as the next guy. Be Brookes took the initiative and ran with it .We chose to specifically listen to “Stories In  The Rain, and if you don’t get the hint that it’s going to be Soft Rock just from the title, get a clue. This is what Soft Rock is made of.

Let’s dissect into what happens here, what is it that we really need to know? What goes into make the lost art of Soft Rock? One thing you need is a catchy hook, a hook that people can sing along to and be able to recreate with their own voice. the vocals in this track is nothing to write home about but he can hold his own. It’s the lyrics and the delivery behind it that makes it the hook that it is. Also, what does every hook need to be paired with? A catchy guitar riff that is soothingly similar to the hook. “Stories In The Rain” is a steady dose of music that people want to hear and sing along to, nothing less, nothing more. Check it out and see for yourself.

Desert Fevers release new Surf Rock track, “The Flood”

How badly do you need love? We’ve all done strange things to try and attain love. Listen and follow a couple of stories from Desert Fevers as they fill you in on what they’ve done to have the lovey love of a special person. They go into detail about their love escapade by playing under a smooth, old-school, garage-indie inspired track called “The Flood”. Playing a unique blend of raw, soul-flavoured surf, garage rockers Desert Fevers fuse old-school reverb drenched jangle and lo-fi psych pop. Formed in 2015 by guitarist Jake Rutter and drummer Sam Roberts. Writing began on the songs that would later become the album ‘Delusions’. After gaining traction on the road, playing a collection of small heartfelt shows, Desert Fevers are now back to writing new material. Stroll through your lovely neighborhood at this time of year to the tunes of  Desert Fevers and their easy-listening track, “The Flood”.

Audiophile get political with “Ride The Storm”

A new coming of Rage Against The Machine is back as Audiophile seek to reincarnate the ballistic and outrageous approach that a young angst Rage had in them in their earlier days. Audiophile come in hard as they release “Ride The Storm” to stir up the emotions of the ones who feel don’t have a voice. The very first line they use when starting off this track is saying “as if I needed an anthem”, which we interpreted as saying that they don’t need a motivational cue to let them speak their minds. “It ain’t safe out here so let’s ride the storm” because we know there is a storm brewing with the way our country is being run and it’s definitely looking like it’s heading to a dangerous time. What do you plan to do when the shit hits the storm and the whole house goes up in flames?

Now, why were we so quick to compare them to Rage Against The Machine, besides the fact that they are touching up political topics. Well, the reason is their music style and sound. Guitar playing is very similar as they take advantage of the chukka sound for rhythm  and they heavily rely on the bass to provide the heavy  sound and intense picking sound that makes it feel like he’s destroying his bass with every note. Add in the fact that the vocals mix in singing and rapping interchangeably at any time. Give it a listen and tell me if you also hear the similarities.

Bourbon House brings back the old Rock ‘N Roll with “Music In Your Bones”

“Music In Your Bones”, there’s no way to lie without having music travel with you wherever you are, it’s a part of you whether you like it or not. Bourbon House brings back Rock ‘N Roll to the nitty gritty sound that we came to love: the distortion, the power chords, the heavy riffs, the angst in the vocals, the list can go on. The one fact that stood out the most was the use of an effective riff that truly catches the attention of the listener to be on the edge. Think back to Smoke On The Water; it’s a simple riff that is as heavy as they come. It’s got the power behind every strum to capture the audience withing its waves and bang your head to Personally, music will always be in our bones, no matter what genre or year we’ve aged, music makes us feel more that we actually are. We have our human senses, but music takes you beyond your senses, to a world of your own that is guided by the imagination that’s influenced by others. When we heard the solo for the first time, the electricity was flowing though our veins and giving us temporary paralysis, leaving us stuck to the doing of Bourbon House.

Johnny Childe reminds us of Jimi Hendrix with “Dionysian Eyes”

Any of you ever heard the track “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix? This was the first thought that popped into our head as soon as the first chord progression kicked in from “Dionysian Eyes” from Johnny Childe. We got the chilling sensation we received when we first heard Little Wing many years back because the guitar playing in this track is just as good. It has a great groove and great pace to it, it rocks hard with with the complex strings picked and strummed. It’s complicated patterns is what makes this unique and it’s bluesy sound makes it sexy as well. When we say sexy, we mean it just gives you that feeling of strutting and Billy Idol face where you have the entire world in the palm of your hands. The guitar playing is just overwhelmingly good, it takes real talent to be able to put this together and play it over and over again, naturally. As we stated earlier, this track has so many similarities to the track Little Wing ans we want to dive in a little bit deeper into it.  Continue reading “Johnny Childe reminds us of Jimi Hendrix with “Dionysian Eyes””

“So Wasteful” by Anatrok

Don’t you just love tracks that go perfectly when you’re down on your luck. Think about it, the songs that you just picture are playing as your theme song when you’re just going about your life. It definitely has to have some distortion in it, better, yet, it needs to be the guitar that has to be distorted. The kind of distortion where you can’t even tell what notes are exactly being played, where you listen in because it sounds cool but again, no idea what is being played. How great is it when the bass is also being distorted at the same time, replicating the nonsense that is being played to your ears. It’s fascinating when the guitar decides to let go of the distortion and pitch in with some lead guitar solos to enhance the sensations you’re feeling. The bummy feels are halfway gone but the bass and the vocals are sticking around. We forgot to mention, yes, the vocals are even distorted and sound hazy, picture something from The Smashing Pumpkins. Give this track a try and let us know if you hear it too. So Wasteful by Anatrok.

Emergin artist Marcus “Ritmo” Figueroa unleashes Alt Rock track, “Until Death”

Marcus Figueroa is just hitting his prime and has realized his potential, his niche in which he’s become an expert in. He was born in Alconbury, UK and has now made himself known around the part of Arizona, Nashville, and is now residing in Sacramento, Ca, looking to take over another city and possibly new state. He started as a self-taught guitarist, learning not only through books, ear, or even trial and error, he’s gained the scars of battle on stage to learn and experiment with different brands and strings to find what works for him. He’s been involved with music his entire life; however he has been a part of the profession for over six years with no foreseen end in sight. As many musicians, even the greats, to go out play with different bands with varying styles to find the special connection that makes palying truly effortless. It’s the bond, the high, the chemical reaction of linking musical abilities. There’s a trial and error in this aspect as well and Marcus has found that sometimes, it’s the connection within ourselves that truly brings out the best in us.

When you come to terms with the fact that you’re your own best instrumentalist that can keep up with your own ideas and skill. Marcus was also able to add bass and piano to his collection of artistic disciplines. As time progressed, Marcus started to emerge as an artist who  had the thrive and thirst for knowledge outside of being an instrumentalist in a band. It’s a light bulb that went off with the idea that he should start on his own; forget about relying on others. He immediately began to compose and produce full works of art utilizing his own hands and the instruments available to him. Now, there’s no telling where he’s taking his musical abilities; he can go from folk to punk and he’s just as great at both of them. His main goal is to provide awareness and put only the best music out there. Marcus’ gift needs to shown and shared with the world and let this be just the beginning.

“Until Death” is the new Alternative Rock track that he’s unleashed upon us. Go ahead and take a listen and let us know what you think!

Boniface declares “I Will Not Return as a Tourist”

We cannot move, we’re in a state of paralysis. Sometimes, when you so desperately want to speak your mind but you just can’t because you’re still in shock, nay, awe of how good a track can be. Nevertheless, it wasn’t just the track in its entirety that blew us away, it was the complete bridge breakdown. It caught us by surprise, it caught everyone by surprise. The beginning of the track started off a bit tame, a bit like something that would be great just as is and wouldn’t have a problem, but who wants “just good” anymore. The vocals alone take you on a surreal high and a catastrophic low in such a burst that will keep you on the edge of your seat. His voice works like a teaser to prepare us for the intimate breakdown with the drums, guitar, bass, all in one for a super finish. Just when you thought it was just a quick bridge, it surprised you by staying a bit longer than you’d expect, then turning it all over again on a higher pitch later in the track. See if you can put together better words to express how you feel about this track because we’re still recovering from shock and awe. Listen to “I Will Not Return As A Tourist” by Boniface.

What are you doing at 5 am?

Most of us would hate the fact that we’re awake at “5 am”, it’s not something that is looked forward to. Many of us have no choice, either by waking up that early, or still being awake from the night before. In this case, Distant Blue stays up thinking of the one that got away, which is one of the worst nights anyone can ever go through because every single situation replays in your head. You’ll always try to think  of other ways that situation could’ve gone differently to have that one special person with you at 5 am, instead of staying up sleepless. This epitomizes Pop Punk because when you think of Pop Punk, this general theme is what you get.  Continue reading “What are you doing at 5 am?”