Saturday, 13 October 2018 09:56

These Bands Provide Music For All Tastes

Brother Bicker Band

 

Brother Bicker band are a five-piece Roots Rock Act from Canada incorporate country, folk, soul and reggae with uplifting harmonies and melodic vocals that are bound to leave those hips swaying.

The band features; Bash Raines (Drums)

, Jim Duncan (Bass),

Jeremy Hrdlicka (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar),

Tom Morgan (Vocals, Guitar),

Ben Ellard (Keys, Vocals)

http://www.brotherbicker.com/#about This is a nice site with a concise biography, Music List of the latest EP, Latest Music videos and some great pictures of the band performing. This is an easy to access web page for interested new fans.

https://www.facebook.com/BrotherBicker/ This is a more introspective look inside the band’s world with updates, videos of the band in rehearsal and performing, plus colourful pictures of the group together.

Autopilot

Autopilot are an alternative rock act from Saaskatoon Canada. The 3-piece write progressive rock with huge pop choruses and hints of shoegazing. They have released 3 LP’s and one EP, earning praise by notable musical publications for their relentless tour schedules, including USA and Canada. The band have gained success on commercial radio, Major US Network and supporting metal band P.O.D .

The band will release new album “Afterglow” on October 19th.

http://www.autopilottheband.com/ This is another accessible site for any new fans. There is a detailed biography on the band, plus a backstory to their music. Also, there is a link to the band’s latest single “Weightless”. However, there are no photos or videos for any listeners to engage with.

https://www.facebook.com/autopilotmusic/ This is a far better account for old, and fans anew. There are gig updates, information about the band’s album launch, plus more videos of the band in the studio, as well as some photos of the band.

 


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Unlocking the Truth

Unlocking the Truth are a heavy metal from New York, who amaze with crunching guitars, soulful vocals and introspective lyrics with some tasty hip hop beats that adds to the intensity of musicianship that will keep plenty satisfied. They first formed as 11-year old's, and have gone on to perform at major festivals like Coachella, as well as open up for prestigious Metaillers'’ like Metallica, Guns N Roses and Marilyn Manson. They have also released their very own Netflix documentary called “Breaking A Monster”. The band’s mantra is "Our goal is still to become one of the worlds' best bands and to inspire people with our music to do what they love - no matter what.". We will have to wait and see.

Unlocking the Truth’s latest album “Chaos” is out now.

The band consists of Malcolm Brickhouse (Vocals, Guitars),

Bassist Alec Atkins

Drummer Jarad Dawkins.

http://unlockingthetruthband.com/ This is a great site for new fans. The format is centered on strong graphics, with a link to new single “My Chains”, alongside links to the band’s back catalogue on several platforms, music videos, and a fan wall.

https://www.facebook.com/UTTBand/ This is another well-presented account by the band. I felt this was more personal, and really engages the fans. There are updates, photos and plenty of music videos, plus a shop too.

 

Emerging Tiara

Emerging Tiara is AKA Juri is an eccentric mixture of J- pop/ / jazz, & rockabilly from Tokyo, Japan. Juri is the classically trained lead singer of the self-proclaimed ET Kingdom, who graduated from Berklee College. She developed her voice from an early age with performances alongside stars, including Japanese Classical musician Ken Nishikori.

New single “ Here I Come” is out now

http://emergencytiaramusic.com/ This site instantly grabs you with its sheer design. The nice colour coordination reflects the personality of Juri. I feel this leaves the listener feeling at ease to browse through her page that includes music, a vibrant bio, and a concert schedule. The only downside is the lack of photos.

https://www.facebook.com/EmergencyTiara/ This is another vibrant insight into the musician with a more intimate feel to this one. Fans are made to feel like they can interact with the artist with fun videos, photos, and updates.

 

Lauren Marsh

Lauren Marsh is a pop singer / songwriter from New Jersey, who will delight you with her heartfelt lyrics and powerful vocals that produce wonderful piano driven tunes. Marsh honed her craft singing in Coffee Shops, which culminated with an opening slot for “American Pie” Singer Don Mclean. Marsh’s breakthrough hit “Dear Love” has amassed over 5 million views on Spotify, as well as feature on NCIS: New Orlean TV programme.

Marsh's new EP “Revival” is out this fall.

https://www.laurenmarsh.com/ This is a fantastic site for any new, or old fans. The professional design allows the reader to maneuver between an array of photo’s, videos (YouTube Link), latest news stories, which include magazine articles on Marsh. Visitors can also find an expansive bio on Marsh’s life, as well as an online shop.

https://www.facebook.com/LaurenMarshMusic/ This is an engaging account for the fans with regular updates, photos’, and some insightful videos of Marsh, as well as some performances.

 


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Monday, 20 August 2018 15:40

Skinners Lane Review / Interview

At first listen to Skinner’s Lane, you are hit with the heavy rock inspired sound, that one would often associate with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, or the rock movement of the 70s… but don't be fooled, there is more to this band than the heavy guitar riffs and Ian Curtis like crooning. There is a certain profoundness to the lyrics and the carefully constructed melody that keeps you hooked to the sound.

To My Face is a raw and emotional song. The fast paced and reminiscent punk rock vibe combined with Zak Langfords raw and untamed vocals provide for a wild listening experience. The layered instruments create an even harsher sound while the contemporary lyrics expose the true nature of human beings and how society has taught us to judge or be judged. The chorus says “say it to my face” which many people don't do as they are afraid. Towards the end of the song, a guitar solo replaces the voice to create a melodic instrumental and it creates a new layer on the song all together. The solo was a needed aspect of the song, and Skinner’s Lane did not disappoint. Drummer James Kerr keeps the song moving forwards in an intoxicating manner.

All of you I'm sure, have been on a wild night out, in a foreign place where you don't know many people. Dear Brighton talks about the emotions behind putting yourself out there in a new place.

The opening riff is one that you can get caught in the trap of humming for days, but not entirely minding about. The lead singer Zak shows us a softer side to his personality and vocals with the soft and mellifluous sound. The song itself represents a night out. It starts of at a slower pace to match that as the preparation to go out. Throughout the song it gets faster to show the night out, but towards the end it slows down and this represents the coming down after the high. The bridge creates a needed pause and adds a layer of sophistication to the song. The carefully constructed bass line by Rob Holland keeps the listener spellbind and seduced.

The two songs, although melodically similar, are in two different ballparks. Dear Brighton to me comes form a more self conscious Musician then that of the writer of to my face, even though they are written by the same person. The difference in the themes for the songs shows an acceptance for who the band is and who they used to be, which for the audience is a wonderful thing to hear. Music is an art and at the end of the day not everyone is going to like it. To really make it as a Musician you have to believe in yourselves, which is what Skinner’s Lane has managed to achieve.

Overall, the band Skinner’s Lane is on the rise and is one to watch out for. If you are feeling Low, pop on Dear Brighton and you will be alright in no time. If you feel defiant then the anthem for you is to my face. I'm looking forward towards the bright future that is and always will be Skinner’s Lane.

 

Skinner’s Lane Interview

 

1. How do you know The Old School Project?

I found out about Old School Project through a friend of mine, Jacob Solarek, whose band, ‘The Cubes,’ got a really awesome EP review. I ended up looking at the site and loved the ethos regarding supporting and reporting about creative projects going on all across the world.

2. Who are your influences when writing music?

Black Keys, Franz Ferdinand, Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White are probably my biggest influences when it comes to writing much of the Skinner's Lane songs. However, I listen to lots of different music ranging from Duke Ellington to Wulfpeck. There are also plenty of artists from 60s and 70s that have had an influence on my writing, particularly riffs, such as Black Sabbath, Cream and Led Zeppelin.Living in Liverpool the past three years has also had a profound effect on my music. The city had such a rich live scene so I always try to go out and see live music when I can and it has definitely influenced the music I write.

3. I heard that you are going on a small hiatus, what’s the reasoning behind this?

At the minute we are just taking a break from playing with each other. We’ve gigging regularly since our debut gig on March 2017 and so we just needed a break from playing live so we can come back with newer and fresher ideas than before.

4. Are there any collaborations in your future, and if so with who?

So far Skinner’s Lane haven’t really collaborated with any artists. However I’m always open to working with other people and trying ideas out and it’s always exciting to try new things with different people.

5. How did the band form?

I first met James at Liverpool Sound City back in 2016 but had no idea we were going to end up playing a band together! He then ended up coming to the same university, where we also met Rob. We all loved riff melodic music and ended up starting a band that would

6. Can we expect any new music in the near future?

Absolutely! Keep your eyes pealed on any of the Skinner’s Lane website and social media in the next few months, we have some very exciting things to come.

7. Are you full time musicians or do you have jobs on the side?

Currently Rob, James and I study at The Liverpool Institute Performing Arts with aspirations of becoming full time musicians hopefully in the next few years. Rob has a part-time job on the side and then he also session plays for other artist as do James and myself.

8. What is your ultimate goal with music, fame and fortune or a good time?

World domination! I’d say our ultimate goal would be regularly touring and playing some of the biggest festival around the UK, such as Latitude, T in the Park and of course Glastonbury. It’s important to us that we write and perform music though that is both true to ourselves and the band.

9. Is the writing of the music a collaborative project or is there a certain person who pioneers it?

I pretty much write all the material and bring it to the group and we make appropriate changes where needed. We try the music to be both adventurous and catchy and importantly we try make each song we write stand apart from one another.

10. I love Dear Brighton, care to explain the writing and thought processes behind it?

Wow, really glad you like the tune thank you! It’s one of the first songs I wrote for the band and the first night-out experiences in Liverpool, which has one of the best nightclub scenes around and lots of really nice, great people. This song however was about me being disillusioned with a group of people I had just met and it expresses the feeling of confusion and weird vibes I was getting that night. I tried to make the song forward moving with it’s instrumentation but wanted to give a weird flavouring too, particularly in the bridge, to take the listener in this journey.

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Published in Asia Section
Saturday, 14 April 2018 00:00

Olivia Henry LIVE at HOTEL CAFE

Come one, come all! Seriously...this place can fit 85 people, and I accept that challenge! I would be incredibly honored to have you come see me perform all of my new songs off of my unreleased album with the most unbelievable band backing me up! Please join me at Hotel Cafe this coming Saturday the 14th at 9pm sharp. I hope to see you there!

Olivia Henry - Hotel Cafe Second Stage
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Apr 14, 2018 9:00 PM 

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About The Hotel Cafe

The Hotel Cafe is located in the middle of Hollywood on Cahuenga Blvd, between Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd. Cahuenga blvd is 3 blocks west of Vine Street.

1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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There are many parking options in the neighborhood. Below are several paid lot and valet options. Street parking is also available.

 

Classic and Southern Rock is in our souls, as we bring to the stage a great mix of covers and originals heavily influenced in Blues Rock, 70's Southern Rock, 80's Hair Bands, and originals that are a great blend of all, giving them a "Fresh Take on an Old Sound"!

Winner of Gorilla Music April 2015 Battle of the Bands at the Cleveland Agora
Winner of 2016 Battle on the East Bank, The Odeon, Cleveland

 

Published in Band News USA Section
Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:00

The portrait of Santiago Tavella

 

A portrait of the artist as a mature man: why you should find out more about Santiago Tavella right now!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The year is 2012 and I am about to leave the City Hall after an amazing performance of Uruguayan rock band El Cuarteto de Nos. I had never heard of them before and but the amazing songs, full of complicate games of words and cultural references got me hooked instantly. Back home, I looked for every piece of information I could find about the band and the name of Santiago Tavella popped up, not only as one of the band leaders (together with Roberto Musso), but also as the songwriter of many of the groups compositions. On the following evening, I went to see them again and introduced myself to Tavella. That´s how we started a conversation that goes on since then. I asked Santiago to talk about his project "Otro Tavella" ("Another Tavella), which presents a mature, yet refreshed artist, the singularities of it, compared to his work in the Grammy awarded band Cuarteto de Nos and the importance of literature to his music. Ladies and gents, Santiago Tavella:

(GF) Otro Tavella is your first solo project. When did it start?

(ST) Otro Tavella was always present in my mind, as a concept. 1984 I played a solo recital for the first time. There was another attempt at the end of the 90s, another one in 2009 (this time I experimented a lot with electronic sounds) and basically from 2012 it has its currently format, with much emphasis on natural sounds and no overproduction. In that sense, it is totally different from the kind of sound and the production I experience with the Cuarteto. My son, Martín Tavella (bass), was the first recruited, followed by Ignacio Lanzani on guitars and Sebastián Macció on the drums. The female choir of Josefina Trías and Analía Ruiz came as a recommendation of Nelly Pacheco, my singing teacher. The VJ Virginia Arigón is responsible for linking the music to the wonderful world of visual arts.


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(GF) Does Otro Tavella represents a disruption or a development?

I Would say that it is a mutation of my artistic personality. Literature is an important component of this project. We propose an exercise of reading between lines. The audience is invited be part of the interpretation of what we do, something that may not be very "marketable", but that is obviously lacking in the bulk of contemporary musical and artistic production. Music and lyrics are equally important to this project. They complement and relate to each other. Therefore, although Otro Tavella could be labeled as Rock/Pop, there is an important amount of stylistic elements in this project that goes beyond those genres. I guess there is some maturity involved too, but not in the sense of becoming "politically correct" or "conservative" and it has certainly nothing to do with becoming a silly old man, which is pretty much the idea of maturity nowadays.

Published in South America Section
Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

Limberlost Quick Review and Interview

Limberlost is a Female fronted Power Rock band from the Pacific Northwest Formed in late 2010, original members, guitarist Ricky Dunn and drummer Mike Burt decided to form a band that would make powerful lyrics and create magical music. The band released Thin Cloud, but felt there were missing pieces to the jigsaw. This all changed in 2013 when vocalist Krystle Pyette joined the band to create a balance in range and writing lyrics. The band was finally completed in 2016 with the addition of Bassist Ben Beman In Late 2016 after several single releases working with producer/engineer David Smith from Crash Bang Booom Productions. The band finished as runner up in the 2016 Seattle Wave Radio Jamming Challenge at the Hard Rock Café, as well as runners- ups in the 2017 Puget Sound Battle of the Band, alongside an appearance in the 105.3FM Local Music Project. Cirke Cherokee, a finalist in the Danish XFactor joined the team las year to provide depth and a dynamic to the band.
Limberlost are a mix of alternative rock, powerful vocals and guitar- driven rock. The band have released a succession of singles that listeners can find via Reverbnation and Soundcloud.


The opening sounds of drums that reverberate inside your temples of Long Shadows sets the tone for a beautiful 80’s-style hard rock track accompanied by the enchanting pinched harmonics of Dunn and Pyette’s impressive range that switches gears is an all-round rocker with huge riffs.

Thin Clouds is the group’s revised version of their first single. The listener gets an earlier example of the chemistry between vocalists - Krystel Pyette and Cirke Cherokee. This is a more up-tempo blues track with elements of gospel and soul. The women croon in tandem to the back outlay of fast guitars and catchy hooks.

Babylon is a soulful crooner with a tight rhythm section that slithers along with every breath expressed by the ever more strong vocal lines of Pyette. The addition of a keyboard solo is reminiscent of classic 70’s rock.

Not My Own is an anthemic track stocked full of raw emotion and atmospheric music that creates a picture of someone reaching out alone. This is a track that appeals to the more sensitive fans of ballads.
And Finally, The heavy hitting Hands up. A song full of tantalising groove, sensual vocals and hypnotic riffs. This could easily be the breakthrough hit for Limberlost

https://www.limberlostmusic.com/ The official site includes tour dates, photo’s, videos’ music and merchandise. An assessable site for any fan.
https://www.facebook.com/limberlost/ This is another professional effort with colourful pics, information about the music, videos and tour dates.
https://twitter.com/limberlost_band A nicely designed page with a black and white header that instantly reflects the music of limberlost. This page provides regular updates of tours and music.
https://www.instagram.com/limberlostmusic/ This site provides an in- depth look at the band backstage.

Please be sure to join the group at Louie G’s on April 6th in Fife, WA

Limberlost Interview


How did the band come to meet The Old School Project?
“We actually submitted in the first Reverbnation campaign that The Old School Project did and were fortunate enough to be in their top 10 to earn a roster spot!”
Could you introduce yourselves to the Old School Project Listeners and new readers?
“Hello TOSP Listeners!! We are Limberlost, an original female fronted rock band from the Seattle area in Washington State, USA. We consist of Krystle Pyette on lead vocals, Cirke Cherokee on Backing Vocals, Ricky Dunn on lead Guitar, Ben Bemen on Bass Guitar, Mike Burt on Drums and Raymond Hayden on Keys.”


How did Limberlost form? And what was your inspirations to create the band?
“In late 2010, Mike and Ricky found each other on Craigslist looking to form an original song writing band. They went through a couple of false starts and then in 2013 they met up with Krystle who was leading Worship at a church they were attending. After a little while of playing together for the church, they along with their original bassist, Daniel, started to work together on writing material. In early 2016 they went into the studio with the first single Thin Clouds and it was shortly after that, that Daniel left the group. Along came Ben and then things just blew up from there. We added Keyboards in November 2016 and currently are blessed to have Raymond Hayden working with us and a year later came Cirke. We couldn’t be more excited about our future as a band!!”


How would you describe your sound to people unfamiliar with your music?
“It’s got elements of classic 80s 90s rock, maybe a Heart meets Zeppelin meets Deep Purple? Powerful Female vocal, guitar driven hooks and tenacious grooves!”


You want to write and produce great music with powerful lyrics, could you explain what inspires you to write?
“We have what we refer to as a “Mosaic” writing approach. In other words, everybody is encouraged in the writing process. A majority of our lyrics to date have come from Krystle and Mike. Each has written several of our current songs and can give something personal that drove the lyric. However, Ricky drives most of the melodies. The stuff we are currently working on now has some new twists with Ben, Cirke and Ray’s contributions. It’s cool because each song so far has been very unique. It just seems to come together in different ways.”

What message do you hope to make through your music?
“Hope! That grace exists and every day is yours to live so make it count!”


What tends to be your writing process?
“ We love playing together, so again it just happens. Good Chemistry along with a serious approach to one’s music, creates a pretty fertile field for creativity”


You have finished runner- up in several high profile competitions such as the 2016 Seattle wave radio jamming challenge at hard rock café , 2017 sound of the bands, and a finalist at 105.3fm local music project, how has this experience impacted on the band’s performances?
“Wow, yes we tend to be really good at second place…lol… The fact that our band has done so well so quickly has given us a lot of confidence to push forward and not spend a lot of time second guessing. Our fans have been great in supporting us and to be recognized not just as a good act but to have good songs is really humbling. It just makes us try to raise the bar every time we hit the stage.”


Limberlost will be embarking on a tour across the pacific northwest, what is a typical show from the band, and what are you looking forward the most about it?
“We love to play and to create new fans so getting out of our own area is an exciting prospect. We will also be travelling occasionally with our really good friends and super talented band Strangely Alright in 2018 so we are just eager to see what kind of fun and shenanigans we will be able to stir up together”.


Last summer, Limberlost added Danish X Factor finalist Cirke Cherokee as a back up vocalist. What impact has this had on the band’s overall sound?
“She has made a huge impact. Krystle has an incredible voice. Beautiful balance of range, control and power. Add Cirke, who has very similar strengths, and these two will blow your hair back.”


What is the meaning behind the band’s name?
“Limberlost comes from the story about the Limberlost swamp in Indiana that Ricky’s grandmother told him when she referred to the woods behind their house. The story was the legend of a man who was lost in the swamp and gave his will up to the Lord to find his way out and was lead to walk in a straight line which lead him out of the darkness. It also dove tails with a story Krystle read called The Girl of the Limberlost. And we also thought it sounded cool!”


How difficult is it for a band to break into today’s music industry?
“Extremely! First you have to find a bunch of super talented folks who all want to play together and work really hard and sacrifice almost everything. Then they have to write really good songs and keep sacrificing. There is SO much content bombarding the internet anymore that it is really hard to stick out. So if you are doing this to get rich…quit….lol. No seriously, you better love doing this and love the people you are doing it for and cherish the ones you are blessed to do it with. Write great songs! Be Consistent in all your efforts!!! HAVE FRIGGEN FUN!!!!!”


Can fans look forward to any new material?
“We are always writing!! We have a new one “See What You Want” that will be released in a couple months. A new cover that we are going to actually license and release in early summer and several in the hopper. Along with the release of all our material to date on one album titled “Limberlost Vol. 1” coming very soon.”

Jennifer B & The Groove

Jennifer B & The Groove is one of those bands that, well, you really can't define. Encompassing a range of musical genres into their sound, this talented bunch can be an easy go-to for blues, roots-rock or Americana music fans. Fronted by original singer/songwriter Jenifer Lindsey (hence the name), this Texas-based band have worked with the likes of Adrian Meyers, Van Wilks, Patrick Lyons and Mark Jones.

Jennifer B & The Groove is:

Jenifer Lindsey on vocals, keyboard and acoustic guitar.
Dr D on bass and vocals.
Jose Barragan on lead guitar and vocals.
Dan Poole on drums and vocals.

Jennifer B & The Groove has plans to release a full-length album in 2019.

https://www.facebook.com/JenniferBTheGroove/ - Jennifer B & The Groove's Facebook account is a well-maintained one with constant updates on events and other promotional items, like airplay. There are various photos and videos, plus the videos are vlogging-style making it more personal for the visitor. A Reverbnation band profile is available, which is a big pro to view official videos and event listings; however, there isn't a playlist of any sort, and this is disappointing. The account is great, but there aren't links to other social media accounts in the 'about me' section. The background information could be more detailed, but that's just me being a little bit nosy.

http://www.myjenniferbthegroove.com/ - My first thought when viewing the official website was, 'wow, that's busy!' Jennifer B & The Groove have created a site with all the information you could need ranging videos, photographs, a link to their store, event listings, and even a blog! Background information on the band is available on the front page, along with a widget showing all their social media accounts. My one concern is the website theme. While the image is an attractive one, the fact that the text boxes are transparent and in very bold colours makes it slightly overwhelming to view. It's like looking at a picture with a bunch of words placed all over it - pretty, but not something you want to look at for too long.

https://www.instagram.com/jennybgood2/ - This Instagram profile is a very well-maintained one focusing mainly on event promotion. There are some personal photos here and there, which is pleasant to increase fan engagement. Overall, I like this account because of the different types of images and the information placed in the about section.

Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons is an indie pop-rock threesome hailing from Louisville, Kentucky. Their single 'Great Unknown' received regular airplay on several regional radio stations in Louisville during 2014 after the release of their first EP Ready, Set, Stay. In 2015, the band showed a more mature sound with their single 'Falling In Love', and in 2016 the EP Reset made its way to the digital stands.

Silver Spoons is:

Gabe Riggs on guitar and vocals.
Jordan Smith on drums.
Luke Lyons on bass.

Silver Spoons released their latest single 'Heartache' in October 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/SilverSpoonsMusic/ - Silver Spoons Facebook account can be considered well-maintained if you aren't looking for anything other than basic promo. They do have several photographs and videos, but the most recent items are from 2017 - this might be a result of the band not being active for a while. A Reverbnation profile is available with music, gigs and videos, so this is engaging for visitors. The band has provided links to other social media accounts and contact details; however, I would suggest some more detailed background info. I'd also recommend removing the video header. While it is a good promotional feature, not all people are fans of a moving header and the type of video Silver Spoons use can give people with photosensitivity an instant headache.

http://silverspoonsmusic.com/ - The Silver Spoons official website landing page is clean and attractive. It provides background information and promotes their music with links to music streaming sites. If you want any more information on Silver Spoons, you need to click on the closed menu link in the right-hand corner - this is where the problem comes in. Despite the appeal of this site, people who aren't familiar with this setting won't be able to access anything beyond what is on the landing page. I recommended looking at a footer menu joining the links to other social media accounts.

 


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Founded in 2012 under the name The Starship Renegade, some of the gentlemen from Signal Versus Noise started their musical journey - you'll see what I mean soon enough. After several national tours, a change in the line-up was seen and Signal Versus Noise was born - that's what I mean. A more mature pop-punk sound emerged in 2016 from the Oregon-based band, and in mid-2018 they released their debut full-length album. Influenced by Anberlin, Paramore and Jimmy Eat World, the band has a strong following that grows with every new listener.

Signal Versus Noise is:

Mark Schmidt on vocals.
Alek Kalinowski on guitar.
Josh Nunn on bass.
Nic Quinones on drums (touring).

Signal Versus Noise released their latest single 'Take It From Me' in September 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/signalversusnoise/ - this Facebook account is a well-maintained one with posts made almost every week. The posts don't focus exclusively on promo but have a personal element making them more engaging. Signal Versus Noise have several pictures on the account, but they are primarily promoting events. The videos are sparse, but the ones that are available are vlogging-style and enjoyable. The Reverbnation widget provides a playlist, and the band has a sufficient amount of background information/contact details in their 'about' section. I would recommend links to other social media sites. My biggest problem with the site is the video header and the video posts that automatically begin. It can be good for promotional reasons, but it can also cause a person to close the site if they aren't able to watch the video at that moment. People with photosensitivity can also find moving headers a problem.

https://www.reverbnation.com/Signalversusnoise - Signal Versus Noise's official website is their Reverbnation profile. A very good option to show visitors their music videos, playlist of their music, event listings, a concise background information section and some photographs - pretty much everything you need. However, I could not find any links to other social media accounts.

World5

Who said you need to be in the same country to be part of a band? Using the internet, five professional musicians created the band World5 without being in the same location. Groundbreaking? I'm not sure, but it's terribly fascinating. The band began in 2011, but it is now in its third incarnation spanning three separate continents combining a Swedish bass player, a Swedish drummer, a German guitarist and trumpeter, and two more guitarists (one of them singing lead vocals) from the US of A.

World5 is:

Lou Evans on guitar and lead vocals.
Steffen Goeres on guitar and trumpet.
Jimmy Olsson on bass.
Joe Gavito on guitar and keyboard.
Reimund Breitfeld on drums and percussion.

https://www.facebook.com/World5band/ - World5's Facebook account is not well-maintained, but it isn't poorly maintained either. The posts are months apart, but this may be coinciding with band activity or inactivity. The photos and videos are exclusively promotional, but there are several music videos for people to view. The Reverbnation widget provides access to the albums, along with videos, shows and press reviews. Background information is sufficient with links to different social media accounts and contact details. The one problem I have is the video header, which seems to be a growing trend among bands. This header isn't as 'flashy' as others showing only photographs with text; however, it is still a problem if you have a poor Wi-Fi connection, are not a fan of video headers or have photosensitivity.

http://www.world5music.com/ - the official website is a highly informative one with a blog keeping people updated on their news, full contact details, extensive information the band, access to their music, access to their merchandise, and even links to different radio stations. All of their social media accounts can be accessed from the website. I don't really have any complaints.

https://www.instagram.com/world5music/ - World5 has an Instagram account with information about the band and a link to their official website. The only problem is there aren't any images on this profile. Isn't Instagram a photo sharing website?


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Vajra

 

During a self-imposed exile in India, Annamaria Pinna - child of a school teacher and former monk - was encouraged to learn about her surroundings and question her reality. In 2011, Pinna formed Vajra with Pat Reilly on guitars, Erek Smith on bass, and Shu Inaba on drums. Described as a 'tapestry of dark and hypnotic, foreboding and mysterious lullabies', Vajra helps listeners experience her music on a high plane. Having played various festivals (including SXSW and Loudwire Music Festival), Varja has also received several awards from Rolling Stone, Loudwire Magazine, and Sirius XM Radio to name but a few.

Varja is:

Anna Maria Pinna on keys, flute, waterphone and lead vocals.
Pat Reilly on guitar.
Erek Smith on bass.
Shu Inaba on drums and percussion.

Varja releases singles on their Patreon page regularly. The latest was released on October 31st as a Halloween celebratory demo.

https://www.facebook.com/vajratemple/ - Varja's Facebook profile is a very engaging one with regular posts providing more than promotional content. The account is evident of her unique personality, and all of the videos and pictures allow visitors insight into Varja's music life. An attractive profile picture, with an EPK widget where visitors can listen to a playlist, view music videos and peruse tour dates. My one criticism is there aren't links to other social media accounts, but there is a link to her official website which is helpful.

http://www.thevajratemple.com/ - an attractive website with a landing page showing all necessary information. If you scroll down, you will see their featured single music video, along with upcoming events and press information. If you wish to delve further into the 'Varja Temple', there are links to socials and EPK profiles. No complaints, just that the links are a little difficult to notice.

https://www.instagram.com/vajratemple/ - as I've mentioned before, I'm not expert when it comes to Instagram; however, I have a fair understanding of what makes a good profile. This is a good profile. A decent balance between professional and personal images, along with some videos for variety. A short bio in the personal information section with a link to the official website makes it easy to find more information.

Lucentia

 

Lucentia is an electronica band hailing from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis. Quite new on the scene, Lucentia released their debut single, 'The Machine', in September of this year.

Lucentia is:

Chris Nunley
Cassandra Nunley

https://www.facebook.com/lucentiamusic/ - Lucentia's Facebook was only opened in January, which may contribute to its poor maintenance. Only a few posts are available promoting their releases. While there are links to different social media accounts, and a contact email, no background information is available for the band. I would recommend updating this to give visitors some insight into the artist.

https://lucentia.bandcamp.com/ - the official website is Lucentia's bandcamp site. As with the social media account, no information is available on the site, only the basic details. The band, obviously, wants to promote their releases more than share details of the band.

 


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Thread The Lariat

 

All the way from San Diego, California, we have Thread The Lariat. A five-piece rock 'n' roll band, this group has been described as a 'refreshing take on modern progressive rock'. Playing venues throughout Southern California, Thread The Lariat has developed a unique and impressive sound drawing their listeners to impressive live shows.

Thread The Lariat is:

Collin Davis on lead vocals.
Douglas Bell on guitar and backing vocals.
Alexander Brennan on guitar.
Aaron Torske on bass.
Brian McGee on drums.

Thread The Lariat are releasing their latest single in November 2018. Their music video for 'Break The Fall' was released in October.

https://www.facebook.com/threadthelariat/ - this Facebook account is quite well-maintained with regular posts promoting shows and single releases, along with images hinting at new music (keep fans interested!). An array of photographs are available ranging from gig posters to live pictures which is engaging for visitors. Only a few videos are available, but what is available is enjoyable. I would recommend placing more background information in the 'about' section, along with links to other social media accounts.

https://www.instagram.com/threadthelariat/ - Thread The Lariat's Instagram is a well-maintained and highly engaging one. Not only are there promotional pictures, but there are also some personal images giving it a good balance for fans to view. A link to their YouTube account in the information section is also very useful.

http://threadthelariat.com/ - the official website is an easy to navigate one with music played when you reach the landing page. It's well laid-out with an easy-to-find menu. Links to social media accounts are available, and this is a footer widget so it's found on all pages. A good website, although a bit dark.

Ellanoure

 

Ellanoure is a five-piece band hailing from Biloxi, South Mississippi. Made up of two sets of brothers, Ellanoure combines post-rock instrumentals with indie rhythms resulting in a unique sound for their listeners. The group released their debut album, Things More Purely, in 2018.

Ellanoure is:

Jared Kozlowski on vocals and guitar.
Heath Riddle on guitar.
Brian Kozlowski on keys.
Shawn Riddle on bass.
Shawn Kozlowski on drums.

https://www.facebook.com/ellanoure/ - Ellanoure's Facebook page is a relatively well-maintained one, but the information is lacking. While they have contact details and links to their merchandise store, it would be helpful to include an official website (if they have one). Moreover, the Instagram link is broken. A band profile is available offering fans access to a playlist, videos and gig dates. I also enjoy the different images available ranging from live shows to posters. My only concern is the broken link and a need for more information - then again, that's just me.

Scott Thiessen

 

Scott Thiessen is a Canadian singer-songwriter swooning his audience with soulful pop music - emphasis on the soul part. He graduated from Seneca College's Songwriting programme in 2017, and made it through the Independent Music Production programme in 2018. So, he's not only handsome and talented, but he's pretty smart as well! His influences are Sam Smith, Adele and Adam Levine.

Scott Thiessen released his debut single 'Lips Don't Move' in October 2018. He is currently working on a debut album.

https://www.facebook.com/ScottThiessenMusic/ - Scott's Facebook account is very well-maintained with a post every week, if not every day. The posts are mainly promotional, but he uses informal language to engage with his fans. There is a plethora of live photos and some amusing cover videos, so it's an enjoyable audio-visual experience. My one complaint is the lack of background information. He has no links to other social media accounts and no contact information.

https://www.instagram.com/scott_thiessen/ - Scott's Instagram is also well-maintained with mostly promotional images, but there are some personal photos here and there. It keeps fans updated on what is happening in his life, and I suppose that is the purpose of Instagram. A suitable amount of information available on the page including links to his official website and a contact email.

https://www.scottthiessen.ca/ - a very neat and concise website that is easy to navigate. The landing page contains a basic biography with links to social media accounts, as well as a gallery and easily accessible menu. I enjoy the colours and simple background image promoting his single - it's not overpowering using neutral tones. A more detailed background might be beneficial for press purposes.


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An Interview With Keyboardist Carey Frank

Words by Jam Band Purist

Carey Frank, interim keyboardist for Tedeschi Trucks Band and other various projects has released his album, Something To Remember Him By. From Tedeschi Trucks Band to playing at Disney, Carey is a rising talent not only in the jam band world but the music business, as a whole.

I had no idea what to expect when I put on Something To Remember Him By and was surprised to hear jazz standards and exceptionally skilled keyboard and guitar work. With guitarist Bruce Forman, Carey lays down, not only the melody but also the bass lines on his Hammond Organ. I had to think twice when I heard it at first to make sure that there wasn’t a bassist sitting in.

Carey and Bruce work seamlessly together as a symbiotic team. Carey, much like an octopus behind the keys, leads the way while Bruce, sprinkles a mix of jazz and rock themes with exceptional phrasing. This album is extremely listenable and expresses the eclectic style that Carey produces. We had a chance to sit down with Carey and talk about improvisation, studio vs. live performance, and various other experiences in the interview below.

Jam Band Purist-What have been some of your most thrilling experiences working as a musician?

Carey Frank-Of course my work with Tedeschi Trucks Band has been one of the most thrilling experiences. I’ve been listening to Derek Trucks for years. One of the first albums I stole from my mom’s collection was actually a Derek Trucks Band album. Also getting to hang a lot with Dr. Lonnie Smith is pretty thrilling. Living in LA, I’m always running into musical idols. And before I moved to LA, I lived in Orlando, FL and worked at Walt Disney World theme parks and that was its own thrilling experience. I’m a huge Disney nut so I was in heaven.

JBP-In your personal music style, do you use a lot of improvisation?

CF-Totally! If I really need to, I can play specific parts the exact same way every time, like I did when I worked at Walt Disney World and the few other pop gigs I’ve done, but it’s really hard for me to play the same thing twice. Even a familiar song/melody is played a bit different and improvised every time. It’s like telling a story to someone…you never say it the same way. Even if you say the exact same words and sentences, you may phrase it differently, emphasize different words, use different dynamics…I love working off the audience. That always really influences the way I improvise from night to night.

JBP-What’s it like working with some of the jam band world’s biggest acts? (TTB-Hot Tuna)

CF-Once you get over the star struck feeling, it’s like playing with any other great band. It’s so fun to play in bands that allow each member to do their own thing and take musical chances. And I really love the audiences! There is so much positive energy and all they want to do is hear good music and feel good energy which really makes any musician play his or her best.

JBP-I can tell from your album ‘Something To Remember Him By’ that you are influenced by jazz, but what other music has inspired you in your career?

CF-I grew up listening to jazz, of course, but also have always loved rock, movie soundtracks, classical music…I specifically listened to a lot of Billy Joel, Beatles, Disney movie soundtracks, John Williams, Queen, John Mayer, Debussy…

JBP-The album is just you and Bruce Forman on guitar, but it feels like there is a lot more going on. Did you play the bass lines and melody?

CF-I played bass using the Hammond organ. It’s a mix of using foot pedals and my left hand. That’s the great thing about that instrument. It can be so soft and subtle and fill in those nice spaces or it can be the big powerhouse showoff instrument taking the place of a full 12-piece horn section in addition to taking over the bassist’s spot. One of the many goals of this album was to fool the listener into forgetting there was no drummer or bassist.

JBP-Do you prefer studio work vs. live performances? How has each furthered your career as a musician?

CF-I’d love to do more studio work. Both are really different mindsets and I love both but, right now, the majority of my work is playing live which means a lot of late nights and hauling a lot of heavy organs and keyboards and amps all over town. A big thing that helped my career was when I started bringing a GoPro to a handful of my gigs and posting my solos on social media. That’s how I’ve become more well known and how I’ve gotten some bigger gigs.

JBP-Any recent projects that you would like to promote besides the album? What’s next?

CF-My band, Strangers On a Saturday Night, has a new album coming out on February 14th and we’re doing a show that night at The Blue Whale in Downtown LA. It’s an organ trio featuring me, Will Brahm and Jamey Tate, and vocalist Jane Monheit sang on a few tracks. Another organ trio I’m in, The White Blinds, just got signed to F Spot Records and we will be in the studio next month and releasing our album over the summer. I’m part of many different groups around town and always posting about where I’m playing and any new music I’m releasing on my Website and Facebook!

JBP-Is there a story behind the album’s title?

CF-As you know, the album is dedicated to my grandfather and singer, Don Cornell. Bruce played his 1938 Gibson L5 on the album and all of the tracks (except for one original composition I dedicated to my grandmother Iris) were songs my grandfather used to sing and record regularly. Don had an album entitled “Something To Remember Me By” so I thought it best to title mine “Something To Remember Him By.”

JBP-Being on the road, I’m sure you have seen some pretty wild stuff; any crazy experiences you’ve been dying to share?

CF-Honestly, I haven’t seen many crazy things on the road. It’s not usually what it’s like in the movies. There were a few times when I lived in Orlando that I played at a nudist colony, which was pretty crazy and what you might expect. Also, one time I was touring with Lucy Woodward and we had a night off so the band went to see a movie. At some point during the movie, I put my popcorn on the empty seat next to me then, 10 minutes later, the guy sitting on the next seat over started eating my popcorn. Lucy and I couldn’t stop laughing during the rest of the movie. Other than that, the crazy experiences are getting to perform with some of my longtime idols.

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Monday, 19 November 2018 23:13

An Extensive Trove Of Hidden Treasures

Deviance

 

Deviance is a hard rock act from London that have slowly built a reputation as a hard-working band touring across the UK. The band have appeared at clubs and gigs across London, including Islington 02Academy, Planet Rock’s Planetstock, and Isle of Wight. The band’s soaring vocals, energy induced guitar solos and highly charged melodies are sure to appeal to fans of acts like Guns ‘N’ Roses.

Deviance recently released self- titled debut album is available now

Devience are:

Gio- Vocals

Donnie- Guitars

Jim- Guitars

Beno- Bass

Olli- Drums

http://www.devience.com/

This is an easy to read site with all the accessories fitted onto one page. I found it easy to scroll down and digest the information. The background visual of the band performing felt like a distraction, but the layout made up for that. There is a nice Biography, striking photo’s of the band performing, gig schedule and a link to the band’s single “ Take Me Down” . Overall, I would recommend this to visitors interested in the band.

https://www.facebook.com/deVIenceband/

This is another personal account organized to interact more with the fans. Fans are able to add comments to posts, as the band post regular updates on gigs, as well as photos too. The videos are the more telling with the band recording on their devices to talk to the fans, and show them what they have been up to. I feel this is a nice touch because it instills confidence in the listener to browse.

Wounded Spirit

 

Wounded Spirit are an Alternative/ pop rock act from West Bromwich, England. They have been around for over 30 years, yet it was not until 1995 that the band released their debut single “Alone without You” The band create hushed vocals, with melodic guitars and softly played keyboards that reminds me of those Britpop acts of the Nineties’ like Pulp and Lightening Seeds.

Wounded Spirit are:

Elton McTaggart - Drums
Jason Kelly - Vocals
Terry Ebanks - Bass
Biggsy - Guitar
Debbie P - Keyboards

https://www.woundedspirit.net/home

This is a nicely organized site that you can see has regular input from the band There is a lovely background picture of the group set against the backdrop of a rather congested site. There are plenty of links and information for visitors to keep occupied. This makes it easier to access without scrolling through. There is a regularly updated news page, music videos, fan and band photo’s, lyrics, music...and a shop you can purchase the band’s albums from. This is a comprehensive introduction to the band.

https://www.facebook.com/WOUNDEDSPiRiT2/

This is another lovely account by the band. There are regular updates on the band’s upcoming gigs, plus tons of photos and videos. The video’s feature behind the scene footage, making of, live performances...plus a tribute to England Football striker Harry Kane. I feel the videos introduce the listeners into the band’s personalities, which leads one to feel like they are joining the band on their journey.

Sometimes Julie

 

Sometimes Julie are a Hard rock act from San Diego, California with an interesting story. The duo- Monica Sorenson and Rick Walker- met at a Karaoke bar where Sorenson was performing. They soon bonded and released debut album Head First achieved international recognition, gaining them an Akademia Music Award for best Americana music video. Sorenson’s vocals soar above the enriched rhythm section and melodic guitar lines that incorporates Americana, Blues, Country and Indie Rock.

Sometimes Julie released third album Breaking in June 2018

Sometimes Julie are:

Monica Sorenson- Vocals

Rick Walker- Vocals/Guitars

Bruce Paul Allen- Bass

Alberto Moreno- Lead Guitar

John Muzzio- Drums

https://www.sometimesjulie.com/home

This is another well managed site. The colour coordination set against a backdrop of the band performing is easy on the eye. There categories are organized in a fashion that makes it accessible with a link to a player to all the band’s albums, an updated gigs schedule, stunning photos and merch too.

https://www.facebook.com/sometimesjulie/

This is another good account designed to keep fans updated of any upcoming gigs and appearances, there are some photos of the band performing, plus some videos of those performances too. I feel this is a good supplement to the website for any new fan interested in going to watch them.

Rocket

 

Rocket are a punk rock act from Los Angeles. The band play pulsating rock with enriched vocals that incorporate Garage Rock too. They have gained a reputation among the rock Industry elite with appearances on Commercial Radio stations like KROQ 106.7 (LA) , alongside high profile support slots to established acts like Alien Ant Farm, Crazy Town and Puddle Of Mudd. The band have also been live guests on I Heart radio, as well as winning several local awards, and been featured in reputable music publications.

Rocket recently launched highly anticipated EP “Get Huge”, produced by Doug Green (STP, Velvet Revolver, Sheryl Crow)

Rocket are:

Janelle Barreto - Vocals

Eric Wibbelsmann- Guitar

Steve Killcullen- Guitar

Jordan Lawson- Bass

Paul DePatie- Drums

https://www.thebandrocket.com/

This is a very well-organized webpage that has all the benefits a fan can need. I was impressed with the format of the page with colourful pictures and a catchy logo that ultimately wanted me to read more. There is a nice review of the band’s latest live show plus a Spotify player linked to their catalogue, the about section is jam packed with enough information to keep the average visitor educated. There are some great pics of the band in colourful outlets, as well as a couple of videos. I feel the energy of their performances reflect the outlook of the site.

https://www.facebook.com/thebandrocket/

This is another well managed FB account. There are regularly updated posts that advertise upcoming gigs and radio appearances, alongside photos of the group performing. They seem happy to interact with their fans with more stunning pictures, and videos of them performing.

Ras Mikey C

 

Dr Ras Mikey C AKA Michael Courtney is a Singer/ Songwriter with a mighty repertoire to his name. Courtney has achieved success as much for his academic researches, then he has for his music. Courtney has published thesis’ on Ethno- Modern Dance, as well as strived into research of cultures and dance throughout communities. He has a PHD in the subject from a stint at University of Limerick, Ireland. He currently sits on the board of directors as an assistant to modern dance and Cultures at the University.

He also acts as a emcee to acts and companies around the world as diverse as Raven Symone, The Marley Family, Irish Aid to list a few.

Dr Ras Mikey C recently released debut album “ RASUOL” in September 2018

http://www.rasmikeyc.com/

This is a great webpage organised to professional standard of MAs' accomplishments in the subject of education. I think you can tell the singer has input with articles and quotes from him. You can scroll down and watch videos of his discussions, as well as videos from his latest album. The site is arranging as a single page, which is easy to read.

https://www.facebook.com/drrasmikeyc/

This is an engaging site with regular posts that combine videos and photo’s in relation to his lectures/ music. There are some nice videos of the dances he studies, as well as some personal ones that involves Q & A with fans. The account feels like it is designed to appeal to the fans.


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Isle of Wish

 

Isle Of Wish AKA Wishnu Bintang was born in Indonesia. She formed her own project in 2016 named after her nickname “Wish”. She decided to release a collection of singles in 2018 based on her influences as diverse as Queen, Pink Floyd and Pink. Isle of Wish has a strong interest in Poetry, Music and writing.

Isle of Wish is new to music, but has selected musicians from Bali to help record her debut album, which is set for release in 2019.

https://isleofwish.com/home

This is a nice introduction to the singer. The colour coordination reflects the singer’s personality there is a nice bio and a player to a debut single. There are no videos, or photos

https://www.facebook.com/IsleOfWish/

This is a very personal and engaging account that appeals to the fans. There are regular posts on philosophy, Music, as well as interests. There is a nice pic of Isle of wish singing, with photos of quotes, and a video of her latest single. This feels more of her own page, rather than that of a singer. I feel this is a good thing in attracting those new fans.

https://www.instagram.com/isleofwish/

This is another very personal account that reflects the journey of a young girl. There are motivational quotes, random pics of luggage and clothes, as well as some more intimate ones of the singer recording in the studio. Overall, this feels like she is more in touch with her fanbase.

Lu Ruenes

 

Lu Ruenes AKA Lucia Ruenes is Pop singer/songwriter from Spain. She was inspired to start writing music by reading her grandmother’s poems. She wrote her first song at 15, and by 21 she had released two albums. Lu Ruenes attended Berklee Scholl of Music, which she graduated from last year. Lu Ruenes composes lovely uplifting Pop songs with beautifully arranged melodies.

https://www.luruenes.com/

This is another lovely site to visit. There is a simple colour co-ordination set against the backdrop of a large photo of Lu Ruenes. The site is easy to access with a Spotify widget that plays her latest track. There are some even more striking images of Lu Ruenes performing with an infectious smile. There is a nice Bio, personally written by the singer, as well as videos of her in performance. I enjoyed reading through it because it felt like an introduction to the singer’s personality,

https://www.facebook.com/luruenesoficial/

This is another well managed site that engages the reader, as well as accentuate Lu Ruenes’ personality. There are nice pictures...including one on a camel. Videos of Lu Ruenes in concert, as well as regular posts that feel like it truly connects with the reader. The only negative is it is written in Spanish, which may be an issue for those who can’t translate.

Mark Newman

 

Mark Newman is a well- respected singer/songwriter/ Guitarist from New York. He has developed a reputation for touring with legendary musicians like Willy DeVille and Sam Moore. His music style has been compared to Duane Allman and Lowell George. Newman plays Guitar, Dobro and Mandolin on his two albums to date. Newman’s music is heartfelt Americana with some enchanting melodies.

Mark Newman released his Brussels EP in March 2015

http://www.marknewman.us

This website has a very basic design, which allows easy access to browse. The front page comes with a nice bio on Newman’s musical achievements, as well as releases. There are a few links to the singer’s Reverbnation and myspaces. You can find a dropdown menu on the left-hand side with a photo gallery and music player. My only argument is that it doesn’t seem like it is updated.

https://www.facebook.com/marknewmanmusic/

This account is designed mainly to update visitors on upcoming gigs. There are no videos, or any interaction between the singer and fans. There are some good photos of mark with his band.

Modern Mimes

 

Modern Mimes is an American music artist duo from Fort Lauderdale, FL. The band consists of Adi Elcida Hernandez on Vocals/Guitar/sampling & Ernesto Perez on double neck bass. The duo play “Future Goth”, a self-coined term to describe their use of heavy metal guitars, thought provoking lyrics and gothic overture. They have slowly been building national recognition with their debut album Wake Up, which was released last year they followed this up with a Type O Negative approved cover of “I Don’t Want to Be Me” which the band endorsed, and subsequently promoted. This helped achieved 27 thousand views on YouTube, as well as coverage on loud wire.com. They have spent the last two years appearing at notable festivals across the States & made tv appearances on balcony tv

The duo has performed 2 years in a row at Riptide Music Festival, the biggest two-day Alternative and Classic Hits music festival in Fort Lauderdale. They also toured the Southeastern United States, SXSW, and have a session on Balcony TV.

Modern Mimes will release follow up album “The Grey” in The Fall of 2018

Modern Mimes are;

Adi Elcida Hernandez- Vocals/Guitar/Sampling

Ernesto Perez- Double Neck Bass

https://www.modernmimes.com/home

This is a well-managed account for fans of old, and new. The overall format instantly attracts the visitor with a bright blue backdrop set against an odd image of two clay heads seemingly entwined. This helps reflect the nature of the duo’s music. The site is also easy to scroll down with a Spotify playlist, YouTube music videos and photos that portray the duo in all their unusual stage attire.

https://www.facebook.com/modernmimesmusic/

This is an attractive account. There is a nice background photo of the duo with regular posts on gigs and music releases. There are some nice music videos, as well as some photos of the band performing, and in the model studio.

Home is West

 

Home Is West where formed by two old friends in California. The duo- Robert ( Vocals/Guitar) & Andrew ( Bass) have been touring mates for over twenty years, beginning in metal bands across the states. The band quickly recruited Corey on drums and a new bassist, Jim to get fully started they have spent the past 5 years touring the Southern Cali coastline, appearing on Internet radio and FM stations. The band play heartfelt Indie/ rock with swirling melodies and catchy hooks.

The band released an EP in 2017

http://www.homeiswest.com

This is a basic page with compact information and all the accessories needed for fans. There is a dropdown menu that is useful. There is a concise about section, a couple of videos, and some nice colourful pictures for visitors to view. Overall, the site is not an attractive prospect for new fans.

https://www.facebook.com/homeiswest/

This is a more updated account. There are a couple of videos that appeal to fans, as well as some nicely taken pictures, and regular posts, including big news. I feel this is more accessible for growing a new fanbase.

The Boxtones

 

The Box tones are a five- piece Scottish Canadian Rock/Pop act with a growing reputation amongst the elite. The band recently singed to Universal Music following high profile support slots alongside such notable musicians like Liam Gallagher, Pharrell Willams, The Chemical Brothers the Who, Blur, Florence and The Machine etc. This repertoire has earned the band several award wins including the Ahlan! Hot 100 title, and two- time Hype and Time out winners. The Boxtones have also had luck in entering competitions, which resulted in them winning The Rolling Stone Street to Stage. And if this is not impressive enough, they have earned endorsements from prestigious brands such as Shure, Vic Firth, Mesa Boogie and Protection Racket.

The Boxtones create upbeat music with a Celtic flavour, the band’s progressive sound and catchy choruses are bound to be a hit with new fans.

http://www.boxtonesband.com/

This is a very professional account I feel is designed with fans in mind. The band’s logo instantly attracts the eye to want to browse through. I liked how everything was conveniently placed that a visitor would want to read (news, bio, tour dates etc.). This made it easier to find the categories needed to learn more about the band. There is a news section that gives updates on upcoming tours, a link to the band’s YouTube videos, as well as some lovely images of the band performing on stage. I enjoyed reading the press section of all the magazine articles they have appeared in, as well as a blog on their weekly reports. There are regular tour updates, as well as links to all of their social media accounts.

https://www.facebook.com/theboxtones/

This is an attractive site form The Boxtones. The background picture of the band instantly grabs the eye’s attention. There are daily updates from the band on tour in Dubai, as well as promotional appearances. This is another professional effort from the band, which will sustain the growth of a new fanbase. I liked how the videos were categorized I.e. summer vacations, a hashtag campaign etc. This showed an engagement with the fans, as well as a photo section. This is another strong point of the site because it shows different aspects of the band from rehearsal, stage, around town, which opens up to fans.


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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 19:42

Eight Awesome Artists To Keep Your Ears Happy

Vihads21

Vihads21 is a rock alternative and new age five-piece hailing from West Sumatera, Indonesia. Since 2017, the band has collaborated with various session players and artists in the music industry. Vihads21's debut album 'EXPerice' was released in 2018.

Vihad21 is:

Rahmat Ulfriansyah
Aga Pratama Alamsyah
Ivan Mahya Deva
Oka Yusdi
Ibnu Aldian

Vihad21 plans on releasing an album trilogy over the next three years.

https://www.facebook.com/vhads21/ - Vihad21's Facebook profile is well-maintained from a promotional perspective posting an update whenever a new gig or online presence is released. There are few photos and even fewer videos, but a link to their band profile is available with access to a playlist and gigs. No contact details, background information or links to other social media is available and this should be reconsidered.

https://www.instagram.com/vihads21/ - the band's Instagram is as informative as their Facebook - not informative at all. While it has some images, they are promotional with some personal sketches here and there. Despite the growing number of followers, the profile is not well-maintained.

http://vhads21.com/ - Vihad21 redeem themselves with their official website. The website has a landing page with a playlist, videos, gig details, photographs and a biography section. The biography is lacking, but it does have some details. The menu is easy to locate and there are notable links to social media accounts. One item that is not available is a contact email or number.

Jimmie Something

Jimmie Something is a singer/songwriter from Zug, Switzerland. His music falls into the indie-folk genre and has been described as warm and addictive.

https://www.facebook.com/jimmiesomething/ - Jimmie's Facebook account is very poorly maintained from a fan engagement perspective, but he does keep people updated regarding gigs. Only one video is available, a few promotional photographs, and minimal background information with no contact details. No links to other social media accounts, but there is a link to his Reverbnation profile. For more fan engagement, it may be worthwhile reconsidering placing more information on Facebook.

https://www.reverbnation.com/jimmiesomething - this profile provides a playlist, gig listings, some live photos and one featured video - the minimum you would expect from a Reverbnation account. No background information is available, but he does have a link to a social media account. It is recommended that he place some more background information and contact details. While the mail button can be used, a further email is beneficial.

The Red Moons

The Red Moons is an alternative rock/grunge band hailing from Chicago, Illinois. The threesome started their musical journey in 2014 and they released their debut album, Out of Touch, in 2015. The debut was followed by A Heightened Sense in 2017, and their third album Eat Your Own was recently released in October 2018. The band has played with acts such as Blood People, Mac Sabbath and Galactic Empire.

The Red Moons is:

Anthony Sarillo on guitar and vocals.
Eric Olsen on bass and vocals.
Lance Olsen on drums and vocals.

https://www.facebook.com/theredmoons/ - The Red Moons' Facebook profile is relatively well-maintained promoting gigs, album releases and press appearances when available. Considering the profile was opened in 2014, there are not many photographs or videos. One beneficial feature on this profile is the subscription item on the menu - not seen on many Facebook accounts. The background information is sufficient, and the band provides ample links to other social media with contact details.

https://www.instagram.com/theredmoons/ - The Red Moons' Instagram account has a pleasant balance between professional and personal images making it ideal for fan engagement. The posts are not consistent, nor is there much information in the details section; however, there is a link to their Bandcamp profile.

https://theredmoons.bandcamp.com/ - The Red Moons use their Bandcamp account as an official website, which is useful; however, it does not offer background information or contact details. The site is based primarily around playlists and discography - I suppose this is what music promotion is all about after all. Links are available to social media accounts, so this can be used to find contact details.

Charley Reynolds

Charley Reynolds is a country music singer/songwriter from Orlando, Florida. She released her debut single 'Underneath the Stars' in 2015 on iTunes, followed shortly by three more tracks in 2016 - 'Get Over Yourself', 'Stupid Love Song' and 'Need You By My Side'. Charley released her debut album, Kickin' Up Dust, in May 2017 and held the album's release concert on the same night at the Walt Disney Amphitheatre. Charley lists her influences as Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert.

Charley Reynolds' latest EP, Kissed Us Goodbye, was released in April 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/charlyreynoldsofficial/ - it is easy to see that Charley is one of the social media generation by her Facebook profile. The account is very well-maintained with both promotional posts and fun posts on an almost daily basis. She has numerous photographs, but the videos from performances and some 'at home singing cos I was bored' are the more entertaining. The biography is lacking, but she has links to other social media accounts with contact details. A band profile is available on the account with access to a playlist.

http://www.charlyreynolds.com/ - if the Facebook profile lets you down in any way, this is where Charley's official website makes amends in a big way! All you could want short of Charley giving you a hug is available on the official site. Many photographs and videos, along with album releases and interviews is available on the site. A playlist can be accessed, as well as merchandise on the easy to navigate menu. The pink theme is apt as it expresses Charley's bubbly and sweet nature. Contact details are available, but there are no links to social media accounts and the EPK requires a password to access.

 


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Eryn

Eryn Shewell, more commonly referred to as Eryn, is one of the modern vocalists who have discovered that 'retro pop' sound. Hailing from Maryland, Eryn combines the genres of blues, country, rock and jazz to form a thrilling soulful sound for her listeners. Described as a seductive range changing voice, Eryn embraces all opportunities to write music and perform. As part of The Eryn Shewell Band, Eryn won several awards including the Top Blues Band and Top Female Vocalist Asbury Music Awards in 2011. In 2013, Eryn began a new band called Eryn Shewell and the Whiskey Devils. Eryn released her debut EP, Lady E, was released in 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/Eryn.LadyE/ - Eryn's Facebook profile focuses on fan engagement with regular posts that are not only promotional but personal content as well. Numerous photographs and videos are available showing Eryn onstage, with other artists, posing with friends and promotional items. The profile has an extensive biography with links to other social media accounts; there are also contact details and gig listings. I don't see any problem with this account, but could recommend the addition of a band profile or subscription tab.

http://erynofficial.com/ - What I find adorable is the immediate kiss you receive when opening the Eryn official website - click the website and you'll know what I mean. The website is easy to navigate with access to a playlist, a subscription widget and a clearly defined menu. Links to social media accounts are available, and the colour scheme matches Eryn's EP design. It's well laid-out and aesthetically pleasing with pictures pinned to the top of the page.

Affinity

Affinity is a rock foursome hailing from the Carolinas in the United States. The group began in 2015 as a small creative project between two members, but by the end of 2016 Affinity was starting to bloom. Since completing their line-up, these young men have worked tirelessly resulting in their debut album, Lead The Way, being released in September 2018.

Affinity is:

Matthew Lowry on vocals and guitar.
Jesse Jones on guitar and vocals.
Wendell Martin on bass.
Rodrick Locklear on drums.

https://www.facebook.com/AffinityNCBand/ - Affinity's Facebook is a very well-maintained one with regular posts promoting gigs, releases and interviews. The focus here is fan engagement when you look at the post style, the types of photographs and the videos uploaded. The account is professional, but there are videos helping you gain a 'behind the scenes' perspective of Affinity which is quite enjoyable. A band profile is available offering a playlist, videos and gig listing. While I am not a fan of video headers, this one is pleasing because it is both subtle and artistic. My one concern is the lack of links to other social media accounts (if any) and no contact details.

https://affinity.bandcamp.com/ - Affinity's Bandcamp provides basic background information with no links to social media accounts, which is disappointing; however, there is a contact link available. As a Bandcamp profile, the emphasis is on merchandise sales and Affinity provides this option with access to their debut album.

Strange Heart

When I read Strange Heart's biography, I think of some Shakespearean play. Two unlikely characters experiencing tragedy only to come together and build something bigger than themselves overcoming all woe and whatnot, and whatnot, and whatnot. You see, Bryce Carrol-Coe returned to the west coast after receiving a heart transplant searching for a place to sleep and a fellow musician. Josh Clemens arrived a few weeks later to be near family a second (not literally a second) before two of his sisters died from cancer. Their fates intertwined and Bryce helped Josh to bring his reflective songs to life; thus, Strange Heart was born.

Strange Heart is:

Josh Clemens on guitar and lead vocals.
Bryce Carrol-Coe on lead guitar and vocals.
Mike Schneider on bass and vocals.
Bobby Jankowski on drums.

Strange Heart release their debut album, Sinking Ships, on November 30th.

https://www.facebook.com/strangeheartband/ - Strange Heart's Facebook is a well-maintained account with regular posts promoting press articles, releases and gigs. There is a strong focus on fan engagement with the posts being conversational and interactive. The account has several live photographs, but it is the videos that make the account most enjoyable showing many 'behind the scenes' features. My one concern is the lack of contact details in the 'about' section. While there are links to other social media accounts and an official website, no email is available as a contact to the band.

https://www.instagram.com/strangeheartrockband/ - Strange Heart's Instagram has a good balance between personal and promotional images with more videos than photos. The account does not seem to be well-maintained, despite being created in February. It may be useful to post more regularly, but the video element does make it enjoyable for fans even if posts are only once per month.

https://www.strangeheartmusic.com/ - the official website for Strange Heart is a single landing page, but it has almost everything you need from a band including a biography, gig listings and social media widgets. The initial elements are a link to Spotify and a subscription option with an easy to navigate menu. The contact details can be found by clicking the link, along with media (soon to come). I would recommend navigation to press images instead of merely placing the images underneath the biography.

Sigulka

When you think of Spain, the last type of music you would consider is Celtic rock - or perhaps that's just me. Sigulka is one of those bands that breaks stereotypes and pumps heavy Celtic rock from Madrid. This talented quintet have won various awards since their inception including two Akademia Music Awards.

Sigulka is:

Margarita on violin.
Juan on guitar and vocals.
Dan on guitar.
Fredy on bass.
Cristian on drums.

Sigulka released their album Symbols in August 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/sigulka/ - Sigulka's Facebook account is relatively well-maintained with two or three posts each month. The posts are primarily promotional with a focus on gig listings. Now, my Google translator may not be the greatest, but the posts are quite short and formal making it seem impersonal. Sigulka has a band profile app giving fans access to their gig schedule, videos and playlist. Moreover, they have apps for Instagram and YouTube available, so you don't need to leave Facebook to access these accounts. Merchandise can also be purchased from Facebook, which is another enjoyable convenience. Overall, Sigulka has made excellent use of the apps available to them; however, the biography is not background information on how Sigulka came about. Moreover, the video header is one of the flashier images making it difficult to view as a person with photosensitive epilepsy - this may be worth reconsidering.

http://sigulka.es/ - Sigulka's official website is well laid planned with their menu being prominent at the top of the page. Links to other social media accounts are easy to find and images are pinned making it pleasant to view. Music is available on the website with contact details and latest news; however, once again, there is no biography. I would recommend changing this, as well as reconsidering the number of images on the pages. Incorporating text with images may make it seem less 'busy'.


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