“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.

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?”

Kloudink puts an extra bounce in your step as you listen to “Round and Round”

We find music from all over the world because the way we see it, why be confined within the areas of where you live. Yes, we live in Los Angeles, where there is a lot of music to be listened to and live acts to see, but we have aspirations of finding music from all over. We want all of our Strange followers to know and listen to different music from different parts of the world with different stories to share. Our feature today is an Alternative band from South Africa, George to be exact. We bring you Kloudink and their first single, “Round and Round”.

You can tell how fun and charismatic this band is from their very first music video for “Round and Round”. Their energy is definitely contagious because it makes you want to go out there and seize the day, let the sun tell you how much time you have to enjoy the world outside. The guitar uses higher pitched chords to strike each string to melodic perfection. You can listen in when they go into higher and higher frets to keep the sound bubbly and fun. The drums keep the rhythm upbeat with a high tempo to insinuate an extra bounce to your step. Wait, let’s get back to the guitar, it’s just too enchanting as you listen to the bridge, and it isn’t something too difficult but it works so well. It’s the same 3 notes played over each other in higher and lower frets but they were able to make it to a complete new sound. Tell us what you think below!

 

The Night Cafe release new Alternative track, “Felicity”

Just by listening to “Felicity” by The Night Cafe, we were able to automatically guess what type of band this is and the type of music they release. They hold a strong resemblance to Cage The Elephant and “Felicity” is just the track to show you one side of the band that closely follows in their footsteps. From the start of the initial guitar riff to the initial guitar chord from the rhythm guitar to signify its sound. They have a major influential sound of The Cure from the 80s and Cage The Elephant. The vocals hold tightly to the range the singer is comfortable and he doesn’t stray away too far from what he knows. Make no mistake, we are excited to listen to what they can come with in the future but for now, “Felicity” sounds all too familiar. We may be wrong, so please take a listen and give us your thoughts on the track.

Good things come in 3’s when you listen to Good Kid’s “Witches”

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There are 3 things that make this world go ’round: Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galacctica. Whoops, never mind that. We thought it was Dwight Schrute’s world and we were just living in it. Well, here’s another set of 3 things that make the world go ’round for the band being featured tonight: Music, computers, and video games. Good Kid is a band made of friends who like three of the those same things. The latter you can say would be the constant inspiration for all the writing and jam sessions they have. This is how they were able to show us “Witches“, their new track release that’s truly an alternative sound.

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Palm Haze pushes and pulls you with “Gravitation”

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You’ll find yourself deep inside the ethereal sounds between dreams and reality when you sink your teeth into this new track that Palm Haze just released. “Gravitation” truly makes you feel like you’re in limbo, in a state of mind where past and future meet, where consciousness and unconsciousness mesh together, courage and fear pick you apart, feel a pull or chase the feeling as music helps you make the choice.  Continue reading “Palm Haze pushes and pulls you with “Gravitation””

Minnesota’s finest: Early Eyes drop their new album Minutes

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Minneapolis is lucky to have such a great up-and-coming band like Early Eyes at their fingertips because they’re booked all around Minnesota. Just this weekend they reassured us why they are the next band to look out for. Their new EP, Minutes is breathtakingly exquisite and their track, “Good Hearts” is their cherry on top. We decided to delve into this track entirely because it’s the one that stood out to us the most.  Continue reading “Minnesota’s finest: Early Eyes drop their new album Minutes”

Sad Picnic has the tools to be the new Queen with “I Though I Knew”

We go through our lives thinking we know what’s best, we know what we want and who we want but in reality, we know diddly squat. This brings us to showcase our newest favorite band, Sad Picnic. They just released a new single that just blew us away and no one is going to argue with us. “I Thought I Knew” is too contagious that it’s spreading like wildfire, yet this is one wild fire we don’t want to put out and you shouldn’t either. Continue reading “Sad Picnic has the tools to be the new Queen with “I Though I Knew””

Don’t be “Shy”, listen to Hunny

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When you add a little honey to something, boy does it sweeten it just the way you like it. Shoot, We wouldn’t be able to drink tea if we didn’t have any honey. We wouldn’t be able to say “Honey, I’m home” when we get home to our wives…who are we kidding, we’re not married! Rick Moranis would only say “I shrunk the kids” instead of his famous “Honey, I shrunk the kids”. Here we go again going off on a tangent instead of telling you what this damn post is all about. We want to introduce you to Hunny‘s new song “Shy“.  Continue reading “Don’t be “Shy”, listen to Hunny”