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Josiah Johnson Shares Video For New Track “Hello, HelloOn Fire!”, Watch Now
Singer and songwriter Josiah Johnson has released a video for his new track “Hello, Hello On Fire!” today, the first new music he has shared since the release of his debut solo album Every Feeling On A Loop came out in the fall of 2020. Directed by Pete Lee, the video explores the tension between the fact that everyone is worthy of love, yet people still commit unforgivable acts.
MANTIC RITUAL Unveil Single/Video For ‘Black Funeral’
“I can’t think of a metal band I like more than Mercyful Fate; melodic, dark, and shockingly heavy at times,” explains guitarist/vocalist Dan Wetmore. “We’ve covered ‘Doomed by the Living Dead’ and ‘Gypsy’ in the past, but I wanted something direct and short. ‘Black Funeral’ really delivers. Heavy as hell, straight to the punch and then it ends with two beautiful leads. Perfect. We wanted to do this largely note for note, true to the original, just a bit faster. My vocal style has changed a bit. I scream less, and I sing more. And my range is much bigger. This seemed a challenge, but it came out in just a few takes. All hail Satan!!”
NIGHT SHOP shares buoyant effort ‘Let Me Let It Go’ | out today via DANGERBIRD RECORDS (Grandaddy, Swervedriver)
Night Shop, the songwriting project of Justin Sullivan, shares buoyant effort ‘Let Me Let It Go’, the third track taken from upcoming LP ‘Forever Night’, out February 11th via Dangerbird Records (Grandaddy, Swervedriver).
THE HANGING STARS – Announce ‘Hollow Heart’ Album – 25 March (via Loose)
With their latest album, The Hanging Stars transcend their well-earned reputation as masters of a captivating meld of blissful psychedelic folk and harmony-laden cosmic country. The fourth album from the accomplished London five-piece; recorded at Edwyn Collins’ Clashnarrow Studios in North-Eastern Scotland; scales fresh artistic heights, as they conjure a record more sonically varied, more contemporary, and less in awe of its influences.
Corners of Sanctuary Release Final Video for Blood and Steel Trilogy
Corners of Sanctuary (COS) have dropped the next single and music video from their latest album, “Fight Till the End,” with the release of “Fight (Brave is the Heart).”
APRE share technicolour new cut ‘Feel It’
London experimental-pop duo APRE share technicolour new track ‘Feel It’, the latest fizzy preview of their nine-track mixtape ‘A001’, set for release March 1st 2022.
Elaborating on the meaning behind the effervescent track’s central euphoria, the band explain: “The whole song is about pure elation, and pure joy, the happiest you could possibly be at the birth of a new relationship. So elated you feel like shouting to the world. The joy of finding someone that finally makes you feel alive and like you have a purpose.”
NoSo – Releases new single: “Honey Understand”
To try and escape themselves during the writing process, Abby occasionally turned to the solace of fantasy. “Honey Understand” is inspired by “insanely melodramatic screenplays” they would write each night before going to bed while cooped up during quarantine. They elaborate:
Lisa Heller releases stunning pop paean “cheetos n coke”
Speaking on the origins of the song, Heller writes: “I wrote “cheetos n coke” with my frequent collaborator Meghan Williams. We wrote the song when I mentioned I wanted to write a song about my previous struggles with an eating disorder and the common struggle amongst a lot of people, especially young women, with body image and body neutrality.”
Buster Baer Drops Lighthearted Video for “Get Deeper”
“Get Deeper” is a break-up song about Buster’s past relationship that redefines the stereotypical slow, sad break-up song. Instead of dwelling on the hardships of his break-up, Buster Baer uses an optimistic melody accompanied by a funky bass to focus on what his relationship would look like if the couple took a necessary break to better themselves. The single is from Buster Baer’s latest EP, Mock Twang. Watch the video on his Youtube and follow him on socials @BusterBaer.
Multi-platinum rock band Shinedown have released their lead single “Planet Zero,” the title track from their newly announced seventh studio album out April 22 on Atlantic Records. Planet Zero serves up an incisive look at the issues at hand: cancel culture run rampant, the corrosive effects of social media on mental health and society, and the increasingly toxic division among those of differing ideologies. Featuring Shinedown’s explosive yet artfully crafted sound and urgent lyrics, single “Planet Zero” rings the alarm on a dystopian warning of the dangerous consequences to come when it all goes too far, and we begin to lose our respect for those with differing opinions and our compassion for one another.
BLXST RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE “ABOUT YOU”
Created with support from the Breakthrough program on Amazon Music, the video pulls inspiration from Malcolm & Marie, the black and white visual follows Blxst and his love interest, played by Paige Hurd of Power Book II: Ghost and The Oval, as they go through the motions of their relationship. An intimate portrayal of the raw emotions over the course of an evening, the cinematic music video shares the good, the bad, and the ugly facets of love.
Irish alt-rockers, Rowan, announce debut album: ‘Does It Make You Happy,’ out May 6 & share “Irish To My Bones” single + video today
“Irish To My Bones” was written to pierce the modern perspective of suppression and shame, brought on by generational trauma in Ireland” explain the trio. “We have yet to break the mold on what history has given us, but there is great hope in today’s world, with the efforts that are being put in place to eliminate the stigmas of yesterday.”
NEWCOMER FRANK$ + WESTSIDE BOOGIE “A ROOM” OUT NOW
Newcomer and South Central, LA native FRANK$ enlists Compton rapper Westside Boogie for his new single “A Room.” The laid-back production by Al B Smoov and ThankYouFizzle provides the perfect base for both artists to present their hard-hitting bars while creating a nostalgic LA player feel. In the visual, the two west coast artists link up at a mansion in the hills where they enjoy the LA skyline surrounded by flowing drinks and beautiful women. “A Room” follows FRANK$ recent radio single “LAX” on Dom Kennedy’s recent album From The Westside With Love Three.
LA-based, female-fronted alternative hard rock band Plastic Rhino announce their latest single and music video, “King,” off their upcoming album, Terminus, set for release in 2022. They wrote the song at the peak of the pandemic, the song heavy in the heightened anger and chaos of the confusing year.Lead singer and Plastic Rhino co-creator Atara wrote the song, feeling frustrated with the way leadership in the United States was handling the pandemic.”I hated seeing the greed and minimal effort put forward to save fellow Americans’ lives, putting money and power first,” she says.
The Trampoline Delay
Originally conceptualized as a rock love song, “Don’t Let Go” morphed as Marino wrote, delving into the struggles of relationships, lust, and temptations. This harmonious track is guitar driven and melodic, despite its darker undertones.
Listen for the track’s climax, heightened by the refrain “I’m walkin’, I’m walkin’, I’m walking a high wire” and a guitar solo that grapples with the chaos of the protagonist’s decision.
Oakland, California melodic death metal trio DARKNESS EVERYWHERE prepares for the release of their debut EP, The Seventh Circle, in late February through Creator-Destructor Records. As the album closes in, Revolver Magazine is hosting the premiere of the new single “The Grand Impact,” which features Darkest Hour’s vocalist John Henry.
Writing about the band’s last single The Guardian said that P.E. channel “the fidgety, dark, and inescapably danceable sound of Mudd Club-era, underground bands like Bush Tetras, the Contortions and ESG,” and this latest single feels like a further refinement of that direction. Their sound is far from a retread however, as they process the sounds of the 70s and 80s Lower East Side through the filter of contemporary influences and recording techniques, using surprising building blocks to create something that is as effective as pop music as it is forward-looking.