Stead Job is an old-school rock band from the metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil that hits the road on a customized yellow van called "The Kombosa Submarine" (Any reference to a certain quartet of Liverpool is not a coincidence). These four Classic Rock´n 'Roll aficionados bring a part of rock history live to the stage. I talked to Vanessa Abreu, lead singer and guitar player is responsible for the amazing female vocals. She represents the Pin Up and of the 50´s.

 

 

(GF) Characterization is an important element not only of your performance, but it seems to be part of the very concept of the band. Can you tell us more about it?

(VA) We thought of a way of mixing the previous experiences of the members, who had been over 20 years on the road in many bands of different styles. We dress as characters who represent our favorite decades in the history of rock music. I am the Pin Up, with red lipstick, representing the 1950´s aura. I also try to show that there is a place for women in rock. Lêu Abreu, the drummer, is the hippie of the 1960s. His costumes evokes the vibe of Woodstock. Renatera, the bass player is passionate about the 1970´s Groove and Marquinhos Carvalho, guitar player, is a represents the geek culture of the 80's.

(GF) What is the typical repertoire of a show?

(VA) The show's repertoire includes a hand full of classics, hit songs from Led Zeppelin, Queen, Janis Joplin and Creedence, among others. The Brazilian rock is represented by Rita Lee and Raul Seixas. And, of course, there´s also Beatles. Actually, we got the name of the band from the lyrics of "She came in through the bathroom window" and "Paperback Writer". We like to think of it as the perfect soundtrack for a road trip.

(GF) Who is in the audience of Steady Job?

(VA) The band has been together for three years and after almost a hundred shows in the curriculum, we realize that Steady Job attracts both young and old children interested in the sound and the story of rock music. Our motto is "Rock brings people together". I think the elderly have their memories revived and youngsters start to learn about the rhythm and develop a taste for it. Sometimes our fans turn into friends these relationships go beyond show days and come to life in genuine friendships. Last year we recorded a CD with the favorites of the audience. It also included the single "Three Wishes", the group's first composition.

(GF) How about future projects?

At the end of this year, we will record our first EP! We still don´t have an official release date, but I can already tell you that the album is full of love stories, from different points of view. We mixed the melodic styles of folk and powerful choruses of pop, but with a vintage signature, that is our trademark.


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Chris Eves and The New Normal are a Syracuse, New York based Rock-Jam act. I recently reviewed their debut album ‘Find Your Way.’ I was immediately impressed with this unique blend of Alternative-Rock, Jam and Pop and wanted to share with my readers. While most of Chris Eves and The New Normal fans are from the northeast, they are looking to broaden their audience. If you haven't heard of Chris Eves and The New Normal yet, check them out on spotify or #1 on the Reverbnation International Jam Charts. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5cJA9GZa8d5yduDZ0dCxtu?autoplay=true&v=A

From the opening song “Remember To Forget,” I was intrigued at the depth and quality of this album and the band that recorded it. “Remember To Forget” has powerful vocal qualities from Chris Eves and a hard progressive riff that takes this song into Jam territory. I will say that this song is my favorite out of the entire album and makes for a great first track. This song captivates its listeners and draws them, inviting further exploration.

“Walking On Wire” keeps the great vocal qualities going; something that can be severely lacking, specifically in the Jam world. This songs approach is more alternative-rock based but is fun and catchy with lyrics like, "maybe you and me are always walking on a wire, and with every step it seems we are only getting higher.” This sentiment is heartfelt and a great example of the writing techniques used on this album. I could see this song being used in a larger capacity and it also has some viable commercial value.

Another song that caught my attention was the title track of this album ‘Find Your Way” that begins with a clear and precise guitar intro from Jay Lock, solo guitarist for The New Normal.  This song would be a great live track and could allow for some extreme improvisation on stage; in the interview below we discuss walking the line between improv and structure. "You got to be just a little bit crazy to make it through another normal day," are some of the most poignant lyrics within this album and shows the open-minded feeling that this band represents.

 Again, Chris Eves and The New Normal take a different approach to their sonic sound with “The Chains You Wear” and go more alt-country with a heavy slide riff laid over the track. The lyrical qualities remain remarkable, compared to today’s pop country landscape and make this song original and different than a lot of the Southern Rock-Country bands but still very reminiscent of the Black Crowes or even, The Zac Brown Band. 

“Fall” is another song that gets stuck in my head and the driving guitar makes me want to hear an exploratory and long solo, the only thing I think is missing from this recording. Drummer Sean Benz, highlights this track with impressive musicianship and keyboardist Mike D’Ambrosia plays a pivotal role in not only this song but the entire album adding rousing piano licks wherever he can. “Fall” uses Classic Rock chord structures and melodies to make the sound relatable but still remains original and imaginative. 

“The New Normal” and “Flown Away” accentuate the final tracks on this album and stay steady and slow throughout. They are both good choices and well recorded, something that stands out when listening to this album in my headphones. Mike Spardaro holds it down on bass throughout the entire length of this recording but can really be felt in the backbeat at the end of this album. 

While the album ‘Find Your Way’ doesn't necessarily break any rules, it does find new and interesting ways to combine song structures and heartfelt lyrical connections. This album is very relatable to many musical listeners and Chris Eves and The New Normal seamlessly integrate many genres of music from Jam to Alt-Rock. I believe ‘Find Your Way’ is a great platform for this band to build upon and grow exponentially. Below is a short interview with Chris Eves himself where we discuss this latest album and the future evolution of The New Normal.

 

 

 

Interview with Chris Eves From Chris Eves and The New Normal:

RA-Can you describe your sound, or what genres have influenced you as you wrote and recorded ‘Find Your Way’?

CE-Our sound is the sum total of the influences and personal style each member brings to the table. We all have very diverse influences and approach the music from unique vantage points. Everything from: Grateful Dead, Nine Inch Nails to Jazz greats like, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, have shaped our collective sound.  One unifying band we all grew up listening to and seeing live is Phish. They were definitely the catalyst for us wanting to play improvised music. I think the five of us though, strive to go beyond our influences and are always trying to cultivate our own unique voice individually and collectively. Jay, for example, is a very different guitarist than I am and certainly has a very unique voice that’s all his own. A lot of times he’ll play something that inspires me to do something completely different than I would have otherwise. Especially in improvised music, each band member’s voice really comes through and steers the direction of the sound. 

RA-The transitions and song structures in songs like, “Remember To Forget” sounds very jammy, much like moe. or some of the other progressive Jam bands from the North East. Has this musical landscape shaped your musical evolution?

CE-Absolutely. I grew up in Central New York where moe. is from and we listened to them a lot. Chuck from moe.’s sister was our high school Spanish teacher.  I’ve always been a fan of progressive music that has written out sections and jam sections, and that’s able to weave it all together into a story. The Dead tunes like, Terrapin or Help/Slipknot/Franklins, were always my favorite. moe. also inspired me to write in that direction for sure. It’s pretty cool to now be in the band Floodwood with Vinnie from moe. after listening to them for so many years.

RA-What does the New Normal mean to you?

CE- I think it’s just a mantra to be yourself. It’s for anyone who’s ever felt like they don’t fit in or been a little left of center.  Normal is just a point of view and just because you might be weird according to someone else, that shouldn’t stop you from being authentic and living the life that makes you happy. Weirdos are always welcome with us!

RA-What have been some of your greatest musical accomplishments to date? 

CE-I’ve been lucky to have a lot of musical accomplishments in my career. Some of the personal highlights are sitting in with the Zac Brown Band at SPAC and jamming with Jon Fishman live.

RA-Any plans for summer festivals or tours? 

CE-We are working on both right now and are looking forward to announcing some soon

RA-While it is hard to add layers of improvisation to studio albums, does your band stick to the song structures or improvise live?

CE-We try to strike a balance between playing the song and jamming. In the studio, for this record, I was happy that we were able to capture a lot of our jams. “Remember to Forget”, “Find your Way”, and “Fall” were all one take. When we’re live every night is different and we’re still evolving in the way we improvise. Some nights we want to play “Green and Blue” completely structured as a stand-alone song, and some nights it turns into a 20 minute funk jam. I think we’ve just started scratching the surface of where our jams can go and that’s exciting.

RA-Can you explain your lyrical process? Who writes the songs or is it a collective environment?

CE-For this record, I wrote all the Lyrics and it’s the toughest part for me. I just try to write down thoughts on a particular subject independently of the music so I’m not locked into a specific structure at first. When I’ve got a good amount of material, I start trying to play music that fits the ideas and hopefully get the puzzle pieces to fit. I try to be open to lyric ideas all the time so, I keep a bunch of notes in my phone just in case I think of something while I’m out for a run or grocery shopping or, whatever.

RA-Many bands that relate themselves with Jam music walk the line between different genres. How do you see yourselves adding a unique aspect to the Jam world. 

CE- I hope that even though we extend our songs live, that they are still relatable to everyone.  The song always comes first for us and it should stand alone as catchy and meaningful. We also try to put a lot of attention into the vocals and harmonies. I think that emphasis on songwriting and vocals gives us a unique aspect.

RA-What are your future goals and how do you think you will evolve to get there? 

CE-Our short-term goals are to keep writing, recording, and evolving our live show. Playing for more people and extending our touring are also a priority. I think it just takes a lot of hard work and a high level of commitment. We live music 24/7 so it’s more a journey than a single goal we set for ourselves that’s off in the distance.

RA-Any crazy band/road stories you would like to share with us? (Anything goes)

CE-Honestly we’re pretty chill and not too crazy. Our drummer Sean usually finds a casino after the show and we hear about how much money he won the next day. We never hear about how much money he loses though…

Thanks Again to Chris Eves and The New Normal,

RA Fadley

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Chasing Shadows

 

Chasing Shadows are an Indie / Pop/ Rock act formed in August 2010 at The King’s Head in Rhuddian, North Wales.

The five-piece consists of Sam Roberts (vocals), Ben Etchell- Rimmer (guitar) Russ Pearson (bass) and Chris Leonard on drums. Their music will enrapture you with its raw energy and catchy pop choruses that will captivate any true fans of British bands like Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks and Razorlight. Robert’s broody vocals blend with the smooth harmonies of Etchell- Rimmer's guitar lines create a melodic pop sound.

The band claim to write ”music about everyday life because there is nothing much to write about from where they are from”. They don’t define themselves by any genre and invite the audience to make up their minds to what they think.

Chasing Shadows recently released EP “Darker Days in July. You can find it via Itunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all good media outlets.

 

There is little information I could find on the band to write this article. However, you can find out more about upcoming gigs and music via their social media accounts.

http://www.chasingshadowsmusic.com

This is the band’s official website that is a work in progress. There is a music video for latest single “Warning Signs” plus an option to access the band’s catalogue. Overall, there is not much choice for new visitors.

https://www.facebook.com/chasingshadowsmusic/

This is a more accessible site for fans. I feel this offers a more intimate insight into the group’s relationship with the listeners through videos of the band rehearsing and more music videos from the band’s releases.

 

Best Not Broken

 

Boston’s very own Best Not Broken are an infectious Pop/Rock act, who have built a sturdy reputation for high energy shows and catchy, power pop/rock original songs. They draw influences from Brit Pop, Alternative Rock, New Wave, and a brand of singer-songwriter.

Their Live performances draw fun from the audience ad are as every bit as energetic as their music. They won the 2016 New England Music Awards. And since then, Best Not Broken have received regular radio airplay with tracks “Tell Me That You Want Me” and “I Won’t Stop Loving You”, as well as the recently released “Faster”. On top of this, the band have released several music videos, including the release of the video-single “What the Night Has Left”. Best Not Broken have also rubbed shoulders with legendary acts by opening for Pat Benatar, Little River Band, Gin Blossoms, The Baby's and Jefferson Starship as well as contemporary chart-topping artists like Jason Derulo and Matt Nathanson. They have also played venues all over the Northeast including the Blue Ocean Music Hall and Brighton Music Hall in MA, The Aura and Maine State Pier in ME, The Bitter End and Parkside Lounge in NYC, the Casino Ballroom and Tupelo Music Hall in NH, and The Met in RI.

The band’s sound plays radio friendly rock with punchy hooks and musical passages that are progressive. Jackson’s harmonies blend with the guitar orientated timbers of Shah’s guitar.

Best Not Broken are led by Eric Jackson (vocals, guitar), Mark Oswald (bass, vocals), Carlo Carluccio (drums, percussion), Anand Shah (guitar) and Brian Eyberg (keyboards). The band’s debut EP, ”Somewhere Good” was produced by David Minehan, a Boston Music legend , who also produced Their follow-up EP, Falling In, The band is currently recording a new album and touring throughout the Northeast.

You can hear latest single “Brain via Soundcloud and Spotify

https://www.bestnotbroken.com/

This is a good site for listeners with an updated news feed, a link to the band’s latest tracks plus some fantastic colorful images of the band on stage and in rehearsals.

https://www.facebook.com/BestNotBroken/

This is another accessible site that shows a willingness to interact with the fans. There are a selection of home videos and gig videos, plus some more of those nice colorful pics of the band at work

https://twitter.com/bestnotbroken

The band continue their trend of producing good professional social accounts for listeners. This site is more of an intimate account that allows them to promote latest gigs and music videos for the fans.

https://www.instagram.com/bestnotbroken/

This has some great images that really captures each member in action and some personal ones of the band backstage.


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Dream Spectrum

 

Dream Spectrum are an instrumental progressive rock act from Buffalo, NY, blending Classic rock, Jazz and Metal to create a unique sound that is sure to impress with blistering guitar solos, simplistic melodies and dual harmonies.

The band have formed a reputation for supporting established acts like Buckcherry, Molly Hatchet and Goo Goo Dolls, which helped the band be nominated for best new band in Buffalo in 2016.

They were formed in 2013 by Alex Braun and Jake Schoenle, with Sam Osmond becoming the lead guitarist soon after followed by Todd Glosser in 2015. Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News described the band as 'all instrumental melodic metal,'. The band’s debut album is now available on their website

https://www.dreamspectrumband.com/the-band

This site grabs the viewer immediately with the background artwork depicting hot air balloons gliding through a storm. The videos are equally impressive with an array of music videos of the band’s latest singles. The site is informative and the photos show a look through the band’s equipment

https://www.facebook.com/DreamSpectrum2k13/

This provides updates for the band’s tours and music. The videos show footage of the band’s gigs and strong images of the band on stage.

https://twitter.com/dreamspectrum4

This is a more personal account to allow listeners an opportunity to listen to the band’s newest releases

 

Purple?

 

Purple? Are a Pop/Rock act formed in 2010 in Miami, FL. They started off as a few kids interested in creating their own blend of mainstream music. The band write and perform original music with a meaning, substance and creativity. They have received applause from a loyal fanbase that continues to grow with appearances at battle of the bands, private events, as well as clubs like tobacco road and will call miami.

The band are Amaury Rovira (Bass, Vocals), David Hidalgo ( Guitar, Vocals),Aldo Canals ( guitar) and Juan Seijas on Drums.

The band create beautiful atmospheric melodies with heartfelt lyrics and impassioned vocals that share comparisons with acts like Blink 182 and Alkaline Trio.

Purple? released their most recent EP “Here Today Gone Tomorrow” last year.

https://www.purpletheband.com/

The site provides an accessible link to the band’s music videos on YouTube ,but little else to access. This is one thing the band need to improve.

https://www.facebook.com/purpletheband/

This is a more personal site for visitors to get a real sense of the band’s personality with some nice photos of the band at an awards ceremony, album work, in the studio, as well as pictures from their childhood. This form of intimacy will endear most to fans.

https://twitter.com/PurpleTheBand

The listener is greeted by a nice background pic of the group relaxing. The site is more to remind fans of upcoming gigs and competitions.

https://www.instagram.com/PurpleTheBand/

This has an array of lovely colorful pics of the band in rehearsal, as well as relaxing at home. There are also some footage of the band travelling to gigs and rehearsing in the studio.


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Sleep Signals

 

Sleep Signals are a Hard Rock act from Minneapolis, who have garnered a huge following through a relentless tour schedule, and explosive live performances.

They instantly grab your attention with catchy hooks, impassioned vocals and melodic guitar lines that are similar to acts like Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold and the Dillinger Escape Plan.

The band were formed in 2014, and immediately began to tour the following year. The band have played over 250 shows in 36 states, sharing the stage with Korn front man Jonathan Davis, Seether, the aforementioned Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die plus a lot more. They have also played at several festivals including Northern Invasion, SXSW and Heart of Texas Rockfest, supporting Soundgarden and Vince Neill.

The band have spent the best part of 2018 touring their latest release “At the End of the World”, produced by Grammy-nominated Justin Rimer (Saving Abel, 12 Stones) and features guest appearances by Marty Mcoy of Bobaflex and Josh Brown (Full Devil Jacket).Sleep Signals will be going on tour this November and Decemebr in support of Atreyu ,Memphis May Fire and Ice Nine Kills.

http://www.sleepsignals.net/

There is little to divulge on this site other than a link to the band’s latest album. I feel the band can benefit from some pics and videos of the band in action, which would allow new fans to grow closer.

https://www.facebook.com/sleepsignals/

This is a more fun and personal access to the band’s music and tour schedule. I found the videos to be engaging with a selection of new music videos, footage of the band on tour, plus breaking news.

https://twitter.com/sleepsignals

This is another fun and personal introduction to the band with constant promotion of the band’s tour dates, plus a fun caption contest fans can get involved with.

 

Bad Mood Band

 

Bad Mood Band are four men from Liverpool, UK consisting of Liam Deval,Tom Carrol, Shaun Lanceley and Dave Walker, who write music as “ escapism through music, drink, poetry, dreams and never forgetting your roots ” The quartet write songs based on social commentary, and play raucous punk rock with thunderous bass lines and a high tempo guitar sound. The band recently released new album “A Victory for Propaganda”. Their music is catchy and energetic which is bound to leave fans wanting more.

http://badmoodband.co.uk/

There is a nice link to the band’s new music videos, which are fresh and amusing.

Otherwise, there is little else for fans to really get to know the band

https://www.facebook.com/badmoodmusik/

There is an eclectic array of pics to look at of the band, and their venues they play at. This is a nice site for fans to follow for updates and music videos.

 

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Severed Stars

Severed stars are a Spanish based rock act, hailing from Zaragoza, that comprise of members from the Uk, Spain and France. They write poetic lyrics with the intention to create their own brand of “Alternate Rock” The band themselves play a fusion of prog/ and Alt rock that convey some powerful and emotional music, which could delight any listener with their epic passages, heavy drums and highly energized guitars. They have been compared to bands like Tool, My Bloody Valentin and Helmet.

Severed Stars consists of:
Robin Blackmore: vocal, guitar and songwriter
Ramon Castillon: guitar
Remy Daragon: drums
Gary Rackham: bass and bv's

Severed Stars recently released debut EP “Stormcloud Songs “last March

http://severedstars.com/ This is account is beautifully designed to match the creative minds of the band themselves with a couple of videos for new fans, as well as a nicely organized photo gallery, which features a category of recording sessions, and another of live gigs. My only criticism would be there is no biography of the group for listeners to understand who they are.

https://www.facebook.com/SeveredStars/ This is another good site from Severed Stars with a lyric video as the band’s background profile pic. I feel this really encapsulates the band's aura, where you will find updates and review of their latest singles, as well as a more informative video section for new fans.

Barefoot Modern

Alternative rock act Barefoot Modern are four young college friends from Boone, California. Yet, this is only the beginning of the story of these talented musicians who came to be. Diminutive Lead singer Tegan Dean started entering talent shows at the age of 8 singing country songs in between soccer practice, her warm vocal range will surprise many, along the classically trained drummer Caleb LeJeune, guitarist/keyboardist Robert Beverly, and bassist Hunter Evans, who spent much of their adolescence learning the stand-up bass, piano, and guitar, respectively.

They started writing at 15-year-old , and soon formed their own garage-grunge band The Bliss Trip, gaining widespread media attention and opening for national acts such as Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Jonas Sees in Color. Caleb would sing vocals, while Tegan joined in on harmony. They soon swapped roles, and before long they formed Barefoot Modern as the four started college, the guys at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and Tegan at nearby Leas-McRae College. Barefoot Modern sing beautiful melodies entwined with a harmonious rhythm section that combine to create an enchanting collection of pop songs. The band recently released debut album “Younger Years”

https://www.facebook.com/barefootmodernband/ This is a nice site that truly shows the band’s bubbly personality. The reader is gripped instantly by the background picture of the band enjoying Christmas. The videos and pictures support this exterior image with a couple of cover tracks including Led Zeppelin’s whole lotta love, plus some nicely shot images of the band posing.

https://twitter.com/barefoot_modern This is another good site that formulates a personal touch..The band share quite a few bits of new from friends, as well as updates of their own. This gives me the feeling that they are inviting the listener into their lives.

 


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Leon Marshall

Leon Marshall is a singer/songwriter from Harrogate, England, influenced from musicians as diverse as Elvis, Ed Sheeran and Cypress Hill. He has performed at the famous Harrogate Blue Bar, as well as performed regular Open Mic circuits. In his spare time, he runs a successful Cleaning business with his partner, as well as card playing, whiskey drinking and smoking his favourite tobacco. Hs debut EP “feel the Rain” last June, which was accompanied by a lead single” Bad”.

Leon plays country tinged guitar music with a basic strumming patterns interloped with foot tapping rhythms

http://www.leonmarshall.co.uk/ This site features some good photos of Marshal enjoying the fine things in life, as well as some videos of the star playing covers. There is a nice about section that lists his accolades, as well as an option to book him for gigs.

https://www.facebook.com/leonmarshallmusic/ This site feels more personal with some photos of Leon’s rehearsal equipment, as well as performances at local venues, as well as posters of the singer’s latest gigs. There are no videos for fans to enjoy, though.

 

Horizon Arcs

Horizon Arcs is an American rock band, formed in 2014. The band began writing original music a year later. They are heavily influenced by acts such as Weezer, Foo Fighters and Sublime and soon started touring around the states in order to generate interest with appearances, including the Midwest alternative rock circuit including Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Toledo, and Nashville. .

The band released their first single "Bad Radio" in 2016, and followed up in 2017 with the release of their full album "Anybody Listening". The band’s music is high energy Punk with intelligent lyrics, heavy guitars and an accessible sound for any music fan

http://horizonarcs.com/ An easy site to maneuver, This is a good webpage for any ardent fan with a link to their music, some lovely colourful pictures, and lyrics to read.

https://www.facebook.com/HorizonArcs This is a fun insight into the band behind the scenes. There are some great photos of the band enjoying themselves, as well as videos of the band that fees like a personal interaction with the fans

https://twitter.com/horizonarcs This is another great account for fans with regular updates plus opportunities to listen to their latest tracks (plus an TOSP mention).

 


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J Klein

 

Justin Kleinhoffer, better known as J Klein, is a 28 year old Singer/songwriter/musician, has been performing as a solo artist since 2004 , also performing as a member of the the Chicago-based duo "Etna & The Mammoth", as well as a touring partner with EFFIC. Klein has established himself as a live performer, as well as an accomplished producer, engineer and session guitarist, vocalist, mandolin player and keyboardist

Klein is the winner of the 2015SSA songwriter of the year, as well as performing at countless music venue, clubs, coffee houses, bars, festivals and many more places.

Klein recently released his first full length debut album “ Path Thru the Low Tribe”, produced and mastered by L. Nix Mastering, part of the famous Ardent studios in Memphis, Tenn.

http://www.jkleinmusic.com/home.html This is site has been designed in a professional manner to really underline the pedigree of Klein with some well- shot images of Klein playing guitar. There is information about upcoming gigs, plus an informative bio. There are also videos of Klein performing plus lyrics from his new album

https://www.facebook.com/J-Klein-615835831810620/ This feels like it involves fans with festival updates, plus videos taken by Klein onstage. Klein also includes photos from his guitar collection, which feels like an intimate gig at home between the fans.

 

 

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We’re super-excited to announce that we were selected to play an opening night of NAMM Show in California. It’s a great honor to be a part of it, and we’re working hard to make this night a very special one, including a premiere of brand new songs, and featuring our good friend Mike Kerr on guitar. We’ll be kicking off 2019 with a bang! Stay tuned for updates, more news, and if you live in LA area, we hope to see you there!??

Who is NAMM?

NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), established in 1901, is the not-for-profit association that strengthens the $17 billion global music, sound and event technology products industry. Our association and our trade shows serve as the crossroads for professionals wanting to seek out the newest innovations in music, recording technology, sound, stage and lighting products. Membership also includes access to the latest industry news and education, opportunities for music advocacy and cost-saving programs that will help your business thrive. All of these activities and programs are designed to promote music making for people of all ages and to help create a more musical world.

The Model for Industry Growth — The History

Before there was an industry or an association, there was a belief...in music. That belief led to a vision: We envision a world in which the joy of making music is a precious element of daily living for everyone; a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught; and in which every adult is a passionate champion and defender of the right. That vision led to a mission: To strengthen the music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music.

More than a century later, that vision and mission have attracted a growing, thriving worldwide community of thousands of deeply passionate, talented companies that make, buy and sell the instruments that allow millions of people to make music. That community is called NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry.

NAMM's biannual trade event that brings members of the musical products industry together to network and conduct business for the year ahead.

NAMM trade shows are produced annually by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The NAMM Show in Anaheim is a trade-only event that draws more than 95,000 members of the music products industry. Summer NAMM is held in Nashville.

    

 

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One minute and fifty seconds. That´s all it took for me to fall in love with the Slovakian Stringbow Trio. When that short video hit my Facebook timeline, I knew it was time for me to pay attention and listen carefully. The record was from a live performance at a summer festival in Trnava, one of the many cities in Slovakia where the band performs their irresistible mixture to always crowded, enchanted audiences. Suddenly, the video is gone, followed by another one and before you know it, the internet ocean drowned you again. But not this time, I thought. I had to learn more about those extraordinaire musicians! First, I could find they came from Topolcany, a city founded in the 9th century that used to be a regional market centre during the Middle Ages and a crossroads of trade routes. Classy, all right! That explains the cosmopolitan flair of the Trio formed by: Adam Halás (21), Violin; Rastislav Sumega (20), Guitar and Lukáš Deviatka (20), Upright bass. But who were those guys? Searching for the 1:15 video post once again, I came to Adam, the violin player and voice of the Trio, when it comes to international relationships:

(GF) How would you describe the repertoire of the Stringbow Trio? By the way, how did you guys come to that name?

(AH) The name of the band was created by the words string and bow, meaning the violin bow. Our repertoire consists of songs from all over the world, including famous compositions, which are arranged in an original way. We also like to play songs from Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, in French string jazz style. In other worlds, it is music without borders.

(GF) I would definitely say you guys get a touch of Latin Jazz in your tunes, too. It is really impressive!

(AH) It´s just creativity and music fusion, but I would say that, if there´s something special about our style of playing, it is the fact that the Trio consists only of string instruments. I believe that this unusual formation gives our music a unique sound.

(GF) Your live videos show a very dynamic stage performance and I would say you´ve probably known each other for a while. How did you guys meet and when did the Trio started?

(AH) We are classical trained musicians, so we all met at the Conservatory. That´s where we started to make music together. Although we also perform as soloists in Chamber orchestras, jazz groups, tango orchestras and many other formations, the Trio itself started performing internationally in 2017, after we got the price at the New Faces of Slovak Jazz competition.

(GF) Future plans?

(AH) The Trio will record its first album. We don´t have a release date yet, but we will come with more information by the end of the Summer. You have something to look forward to!


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The repertoire of this jazz singer and awarded songwriter from Rio de Janeiro reveals influences of Brazilian popular music, the French chanson and Latin American rhythms, but most of all, Geisa Fernandes is a jazz singer. Billie Holiday aficionada (back in college folks used to call her "Lady Doc"), this PhD holder and Comics researcher was a former vocalist of several bands in São Paulo. 

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Friday, 24 August 2018 15:44

Liron New Single Review

Once again Liron wows us all with her silky and sultry vocals. The newest single “Bad Intentions” brings out the powerful person inside us all. The song battles the nature of toxic relationships and how hard it is to walk away from them. It's aimed at both genders as toxic relationships affect us all and the song itself could be hailed as a self empowerment anthem.

Similar to the last single “Piña Coladas”, Liron carries on the fast paced beat and the radio pop sound. However, the story behind the song carries a trace of heartbreak and understanding that was missing in the previous tracks. The powerful story enables the listener to feel the emotions that Liron was going through when writing the lyrics. I'm sure you’ve all gone through a period of time with a certain somebody that didn't feel right or just wasn't working out in general. This song tackles the pain and fear of breaking away form something that you've known and been comfortable with for so long. The mature theme of the song allows listeners of all ages to relate to the feeling of heartbreak which is common during life.

Lirons vocals reach a new high in “Bad Intentions”. I mentioned before that in the earlier tracks, Liron lacked the power and confidence behind her voice, but recently we’ve seen a new side to the vocal all together. Gone is the Musician who once wrote about puppy loves and hid behind the beat of the song, and is now replaced by a Musician who is proud and self assured, who writes about the self emancipation of men and women alike.

Bad intentions includes everything needed to make a great pop song. The vocal compared with the past paced tempo creates the perfect dance track. The softer vocal compared to the snappy Paced tempo creates a layer of sophistication unseen on her previous works before “piña coladas”. The difference keeps the listener induced in a musical coma when the sound reaches their ears.

Once again Musician Liron has gone above and beyond the expectation we had for her next single. Bad intentions sounds like a pop song you would hear of the radio today and overall a Liron has done a great job perfecting her sound. I thoroughly enjoyed the latest single and I'm ready for the next!

Written by Sophia Garvey - Singapore

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Monday, 27 August 2018 14:56

Ryan Webb Review

Ryan Webb is Singer/Songwriter from London, England with an abundance of talent waiting to be released upon the world. I was approached a few months ago to write a review of his latest EP from his wife/ manager, Sonya. I jumped at the opportunity after listening to his music. Webb has been compared to Muse’s Matt Bellamy by his local newspaper Uxbridge Gazette , which described him as “With what appears to be an endless supply of air in his lungs” ( Hughie Dixon, Uxbridge Gazette).

Webb formed his band in 2015 and released Stop The World in June. The album was produced by Pete Maher (The Rolling Stones, The Killers and Liam Gallagher).

The album is 9 tracks of blistering guitar skills and heart- warming emotion that is transparent to the listener throughout. Webb produced, wrote, played and mixed the album in a 3-4 months’ timescale.

Webb is able to write introspective lyrics from a philosophical standpoint about the many troubles that face us in everyday life.

Stop the World begins with Before I Die, a mellow track with dark overtures. Webb seems to be reflective on seeking answers in life. The simple guitar chords create stark and delicate textures that supplement Webb’s musings . I feel this melancholic effort acts as a platform to what is to come from the remainder of the album.

Guilty is a more heavier rock track more appropriate for rock radio stations. This leans more towards the Matt Bellamy comparisons with the harmonic wizardry on electric guitar on display.

Immortal takes the perspective of a man who feels like he is living in perpetual motion. The lyrics are enchanting, the music more progressive. The backbeats of a thick bass sound that slithers along toward a climax of a beautiful instrumental that feels like the listener is marching along towards immortality.


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The album begins to gather pace and make strides with incorporations of different genres that reflect Webb’s influences.

Insomnia is the standout track with a heavy riff that reminds me of Soundgarden with an added snarl to the vocals.

Lucky Ones continues this entrance into more heavier rock, which I feel suits Webb’s vocals more. Because plays to his strengths as a versatile vocalist .The lyrical content looks at the juxtaposition of the world we live in compared to those less fortunate. The high energy riff builds nicely towards a frenetic guitar solo that becomes a part of the diet onwards.

Runaway and Stop The World are the right choices to finish the album. They are easy listening tracks with relatable messages. The most striking thing about the tracks are the inclusion of electrified guitar solos that adds a certain finesse to Webb’s craftsmanship as a musician.

Overall, Stop The World is a finely crafted example of song writing and strong usage of instruments and s production values that would really go places on commercial rock radio.

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Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 01:12

Spotlight On International Music

My love for Jam band music is innate within me as a person but for the past few years I have been delving further and further into music from all around the world. These influences and musical contributions to humanity itself are far-reaching and grand in the scheme of things. Music is the language of us all. It is the root of the universe and the rhythm of life itself. American music has influenced people from all over the world but the industry can be very selfish and close-minded. In this editorial, I would like to encourage all of my readers to listen to and engage in new music and especially, music from other countries, you never know what's going to speak to your soul.

While Afro-beat is not new by any means lately, I have been seeing a resurgence of this West African tradition, which takes it influences from Jazz and other Western musical derivatives. Felt Kuti seems to be the originator or at least the most famous of all Afrobeat artists from the 1970s and beyond but there are many new artists doing the same thing that possibly don't get as much recognition. Besides Fela’s son Femi and grandson Seun, who keep this tradition alive, The Antibalas have emerged from Afro-beat, Reggae and Latin music combined. If you want to explore new music and rhythms start The Antibalas, they are one of the most original and danceable bands I have seen in years. 

Tinariwen has taken the world by storm this year and if you haven't heard of this band, you have to check them out immediately. This band turns traditional Arabic music on its head and adds hard hitting, rock sounds and musical structures. They recently did their first tour of America with resounding success. 

 

We never seem to talk about Australian music enough and they seem to have taken the psychedelic tradition from the 1960s on to the next level. A few bands come to mind when I think of the new psychedelic Australian musical and cultural movement. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are psychedelic rock meets progressive punk mixed with Celtic rhythms not heard in popular music today. It's really hard to describe King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard so, it's best just to listen to them. They are the only band to have a completely atonal album and their music videos are completely wild and eccentric. They toured North America this year and sold out almost every performance. I'm sure you will hear more about them soon. The Babe Rainbow is another Australian act that has caught my attention with their groovy, smooth, psychedelic flow. Songs like ‘Planet Junior’ and ‘Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest” can immediately take you back in time and are great examples of how this band incorporates sitar and ambient sounds.

 

 

If you're interested in World Music and International Music, I suggest you check out these bands and see where it takes you. I am also interested in expanding my musical knowledge and if anyone has any other international bands that I should check out, please feel free to drop me an email or comment. 

Keep Your Ears And Heart Open,

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 13:06

Superfecta- Disconnect Abum Review

 

 

 

Superfecta are a Hard Rock act from London that have been around since 2011. I had the pleasure to cover them a few months back, and was impressed by their raw energy . I was humbled to cover this new release for the band when I enquired a few months back about writing a review for them they happily responded and received this opportunity . The overall quality of the band’s music and work ethos creates a combination of stylings like classic rock, hard rock and grunge. The album’s title refers to the disconnect people feel within society and technology , which was recently released . The band are led by Roberto Negrini (Vocals) Danun Todd (Guitar) Carl Highman (bass) and Matt Vella (Drums). The thing that impressed me the most about Superfecta is the chemistry within the music that blends each instrument into a cohesive rendition of fist- pumping and emotive music. The music was made to be edgy, heavy and breath bating with structured melodies and teeth rattling drumming: they are a band worth looking out for.

 

   

 

Opener Leviathan is an example of melodies combined with emotional breakdowns in signature and driven rhythms that will lead the listener hooked. This is a perfect start full of the ingredients of classic rock and guitar- oriented rock

Mannequin is another hard hitting track that will appeal to a hardcore rock audience. The band show a consistency with a thumping guitar sound, and bass galloping along to a climax. The vocals change in range and direction that fits in nicely with the guitar solo at the end.

Nothing Remains and The Abyss continue this solid performance with some strong song writing and guitar effects that add another dimension to the band’s high octane density.

Break the Frame is a more slow tempo track with dark elements that is reminiscent of early AIC.

Blackout picks up the intensity once more with this upbeat track. The band fail to back down from engaging lyrics and evolving riffs that maintains the velocity throughout

The album concludes with A Little Secret with it’s contagious guitar parts and groovy bass lines

Two thirds is a fitting finality with it’ melodic patterns and distorted guitars. This is a timely reminder of when good rock albums were made. The production is is so clear you can hear every note played. Each track is diverse in sound without sounding the same. Superfecta are a band going forward

The band will be performing at Scream Lounge, Croydon, London on September 15

You can find further information on the band by visiting https://superfecta.co.uk/ . This site has a colourful layout with access to gig photos and a forum for fans to interact. I feel this offers more for the fans.

  

Facebook This site is fan -friendly and provides interaction for new fans. There are news, photos, music videos and mp3’s for fans.

Twitter I feel this highlights the band’s more personal side and willingness to keep fans engaged.

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Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

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