Biscay

Biscay are a six-piece from UK. The band’s name derives from the location they are based. Biscay are fronted by the exciting young French singer Elea may. The sextuplet are a hybrid of Funk, Jazz and World Music. The award-winning outfit enjoyed a successful 2018 winning five songwriting competitions combined with May’s sweet voice is accompanied by an accomplished rhythm section that plays a combustion of upbeat funk and rich jazz textures.

http://biscay.co.uk/

This is a basic account with an attractive image of the band set in the background. The white colour seems to be an easy backdrop to the material you will find. There is a nice Bio section, alongside a link to Biscay’s latest music video. You will find a link to a music player alongside a lovely gallery of colourful snaps of the band. There is also A press release section with links to magazine articles and reviews of the band.

https://www.facebook.com/biscaymusic/

This is a helpful site for anybody interested in the band. There are regular post updates from the studio, as well as photos and videos of recordings. This idea of giving visitors exclusive behind the scene footage conveys itself as professional.

 

Four Trips Ahead

Four Trips Ahead is a Prog/Metal act from New York formed in 2003 by Lead singer/songwriter Pete Wilson. The band have steadily forged a hard-working reputation with extensive tours across the States and Europe, including the UK. They have also featured in several Musical publications and received national airplay. Wilson’s strong and impassioned vocals are matched by the intricate guitar solos and pounding drums that are reminiscent of American act Black Label Society.

Four Trips Ahead recently released Latest Album “... And the Fire Within” last Spring.

Four Trips Ahead are;

Pete Wilson - Vocals

Brian Eisenpresser- Guitars

Dan Cassidy- Bass

Ken Candelas- Drums

http://fourtripsahead.com/

This is a very professional site with an attractive logo, and a large background photo of the band. I felt this gave the impression of a renowned rock act. There are some nice quotes about the music from reputable Music publications, as well as an extensive bio on FTA’s latest album “… And the Fire Within”. There is a link to the band’s YouTube account, as well as a photo gallery. The news section promises exciting upcoming releases, but it is not regularly updated.

https://www.facebook.com/fourtripsahead/

This is another well managed account by the band. There are regular posts on media promo, gigs etc. They seem to interact on each post with the fans, which is always a plus for any music fan. There are links to other social media accounts, plus videos that gain behind the scenes access, as well as an extensive photo gallery. I felt impressed with the overall feeling that they enjoy interacting with the fans.

Explorers

Explorers are a Synth/pop act from Chesterfield, England. The two -piece were inspired to form the band through a bond of 80’s cinema, Nostalgia and “a DIY spirit”. They derived their name from a Joe Dante film. The duo previously appeared in several indie bands, including MYbe ;which outsoled Maximo Park and Placebo in the charts. The duo produces warm and atmospheric music replete with synths and hazy vocals.

Explorers are;

Jez Dennis – Drums, Vocals

Rob Bannister- Synths, vocals

https://www.weareexplorers.co.uk/

This is another attractive site with a backdrop of sunset that gives the impressions of a warm welcome. There is an extensive bio on the duo, a music player, which includes new single “Waiting for the sun”, plus a section dedicated to the Explorers’ social media activity. The only negative is there is no photo gallery to peruse.

https://www.facebook.com/weareexplorers/

This is a good FB page from Explorers. The outfit have formed an engaging page that interacts with new fans. They regularly post updates in regards to music promotion. There are some colourful pictures of the band on stage, plus sneak peek of new music recorded in the studio

Sirsy

Sirsy are a rock and soul duet from New York. The duo is Lead singer/ Drummer Melanie Krahmer, who has previously featured in Modern Drummer Magazine, and guitarist Rich Libutti.

They have performed over 200 shows annually over a ten-year span that includes opening slots for established acts like Maroon 5, Cheap Trick etc. Krahmer’s vocals are powerful and energetic with the sardonic grooves of Libutti’s guitar lines.

Sirsy are currently working on a follow up to 2015 EP “ Sketches and Ghosts”

https://www.sirsy.com/

This is a very well- organized site that has been done to professional standard. The duo’s hard work ethic has been transposed into creating a vibrant and compelling webpage that is worth a browse if you have a few minutes. The strong colour scheme is instantly attractive with a slideshow effect informing visitors of the band’s recent achievements. The sections are categorized with a dropdown menu for any subject of interest. There is an updated gig schedule, MP3 links to Sirsy’s back catalogue alongside an option to read through the lyrics, too. The video sections feature a link to their YouTube channel.

Also, the photo section is divided into separate pictures such as press, live, Instagram etc. The about section concludes with an extensive biography, alongside a press kit.

https://www.facebook.com/sirsyband/

This is another fun and entertaining site designed to engage with listeners. The profile picture of the band as caricatures highlights their personality, which is a warm gesture for visitors. There are regular posts of their recent tour, photos of the band enjoying themselves across the states plus videos that act as a diary as they drive from coast to coast. This gives the impression that they enjoy what they do.

Sandoval Band

Sandoval Band is Jean Sandoval, A guitarist/singer/songwriter from Meridian, CT, USA. He enjoys creating different sounds to form unique ones and has toured extensively alongside with fellow musicians. Sandoval writes soulful tunes blended with blues, jazz, country and Latin flavour. Sandoval shares similarities with Santana and Jeff Healy.

Sandoval recently released new EP “Sound of It All: Part A” in January.

https://www.sandovalband.com/

This is another professional site. The viewer is greeted by a large photo of Sandoval, alongside an instant player of his latest EP. There are some pictures of the guitarist in the studio, as well as some with his gear. There is also a video of the guitarist performing live on a local TV show.

https://www.facebook.com/sandovalband

This is another well managed FB page that engages with the audience. The posts show how Sandoval values his listeners with regular updates on his personal life, as well as tours and new music. There are videos that offer sneak previews of the new album, as well of the band working hard in the studio. I feel this is another positive for new fans interested in learning more about the guitarist.

Chrysalis

Chrysalis are an underground Indie/ Heavy metal outfit from Barstow, CA. The band have experienced something of a meteoric rise since the days when they self- released their debut album in College. Since then, they have featured in several notable music publications such as Revolver and Metal Hammer, as well as toured with acts like Ill Nino and A Day to Remember.

Chrysalis have gone on to release a further two albums to date, including a successful crowdfund campaign in support of the second one.

The band create atmospheric sounds via crushing guitars and pounding drums. They write progressive music with thought provoking lyrics.

Chrysalis are:

Yessi Burton - Vocals / Guitar / Keys
Chris Norris - Guitar / Backing Vocals
Gabe Gallego - Guitar / Backing Vocals
Jared Sturgis - Bass
Billy Norris – Drums

https://chrysalisband.com

This is a pleasant site to visit with an attractive overhead and a nice blend of colours that reflects the emotional and calming aura of Chrysalis. There is certainly no lack of music for the regular site browsers. There is a full catalogue; which includes videos of the singles, too. I found that you need to scroll down to discover this, as well as several social media links, and information on the band. There is a comprehensive bio, which seems outdated. Overall, this is an interesting insight for fans none too familiar with their sound.

https://www.facebook.com/ChrysalisBand/

This seems like a site managed by the band themselves in order to promote their material. There are regular updates on their music, plus interaction with their fans. Also, the pictures seem like music posters from their gigs, with the exception of a few. Th videos seem like guitar breakdowns for the fans. My only criticism is that the site has not been active for over a year.


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Ramshackle

Ramshackle are a Punk rock act from Sydney, Australia, comprising of friends from England, Australia and China. The band were originally formed as a three piece by two high school friends, who had competed together in Battle of the Bands competitions. They were joined by an English bassist, whose family moved to Sydney when he was 9 years old. The band were finally converted into a four piece in 2013 following the arrival of a music producer from China on drums.

Ramshackle have regularly toured across Australia at some big venues, as well as local festivals.

The band play high energy guitar orientated music with melodic vocals and powerful lyrics.

Ramshackle are:

Lead Vocals & bass: Tony Austin

Guitar & vocals: Jared Montgomery

Guitar & vocals: James Wall

Drums: Jack Gao

https://ramshackle.com.au/

This is another well managed site with some great on-stage pictures of the group in performance, an extensive about section, and lyrics. There is a music player for those interested in their sound, alongside a couple of videos of the band on stage. The only criticism is it would have been nice to see a few more videos of the band.

https://www.facebook.com/ramshackleband/

This is another good facebook page with posts on upcoming gigs, a comprehensive collection of photos of the band in rehearsal, as well as performing on stage. The videos are an insight into the band in rehearsal, which feels like it really involves the fans. My only criticism is that the posts haven’t been updated since May.

Wild Horse

Wild Horse are a four-piece hard rock act from East Sussex, England formed by brothers, Jack and Henry Baldwin. The band have been compared to The Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys, and have appeared at notable venues across London and Southern England.

The hard working outfit were recognized in 2014 as “Rock the House” nominees, They have released two albums &3 EP’s to date.

Wild Horse recently released second album “Songs About Last Night” in June. They are currently working on a new EP

http://www.wildhorse-rockband.com/home

This is another attractive site with an intent to promote the act’s credentials. There are various links to Wild Horse Music via various established online music platforms, some sharp images of the band, as well as an extensive bio. I feel this is a good introduction to Wild Horse.

https://www.facebook.com/wildhorseuk/

This is a great site that embodies the band’s hard work ethic. I feel this reflects the band’s personality with in-depth posts that regularly update fans on gigs and music promos. There are tons of photos of the band onstage, as well as videos of the band onstage, and latest music tracks. This is a professional site managed to appeal to fans.

Mitch Dalton and the Studio kings

Mitch Dalton and The Studio kings are a British supergroup formed by revered guitarist Mitch Dalton, whose played with Robbie Williams and Melody Gardot. The band are completed by Pianist David Arch, best known for his work on TV show “Strictly Come Dancing”, and in the Oscar winning film “The King’s speech”, Bassist Steve Pearce (Van Morrison) and drummer Ian Thomas (Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton). The band play melodious grooves and have featured music on several films and tv shows.

Mitch Dalton and The Super kings have a debut album called “...Meet Mitch Dalton and the Studio Kings”

http://www.mitchdalton.co.uk/

This is another well managed site with a stylish font and colourful pictures on the home page.

There are snippets of reviews, as well as a bio and a link to the band’s new album. The pictures contain images of the band in the studio, as well as videos’ too. I felt this was an interesting look into the band, which gave an insight into their music.

https://www.facebook.com/MitchDaltonandTheStudioKings/

This site doesn’t offer much information on the band. There are posts on the band’s shows with a promo photo. There are no videos, and the last update was in March.

Black Olives

Black Olives are a hard rock act from London, England. The band debuted headlining the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 with the support of BBC Music live.

The band have continued to set the bar with high profile appearances at notable venues and festivals in England, which includes a performance in Moldova to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Black olives have also supported Joss Stone at the Royal Philharmonic too. The band fuse Brit pop with classic rock music to creates well-crafted melodies.

Black Olives have released 3 albums to date to much critical acclaim. Their latest “Double Standards” came out in 2017.

https://www.blackolivesmusic.com/home

This is a nicely organized site with a link to that latest album plus a compelling bio on Black Olives, plus a music player that covers a majority of their albums, plus photos from their past European tours. There is also a nicely updated schedule page,too. I feel this is another site apt for new fans.

https://www.facebook.com/blackolivesmusic/

This is a rather informative page with regular posts updating readers on airplay submissions, upcoming gigs, and photos of them, too. The photo section provides intricately taken snaps of the band on stage via colour /black & white. I also found the video section to be different from your usual FB band pages, in which we get insight into the recording of various tracks. Overall, a fully insightful introduction for new fans.

Attic Theory

Attic Theory are the amalgamation of former members of Matchstickmen and Rain May fall. The Liverpool- Based outfit play self- proclaimed “Sexy Groovy Rock”

Attic Theory derived the name from an episode of CBS TV series Elementary, and have performed at venues like the 02 Academy, alongside high-profile support slots for established artists like Graham Bonnett, Quireboys and DiamondHead.

Attic Theory will soon embark on a tour in support of The Soap Girls and Saving Abel. They will soon be releasing new material, too.

Attic Theory are;

Peter Donnelly - Guitar

Tim Cunningham - Guitar & Backing Vocals

Lewis Wright - Vocals

Kenneth McArthur - Bass

'25 hours & 5 minutes Party' Dave Hornby – Drums

http://www.attictheory.co.uk/home

This is another attractive site to the all-conquering eye. The opening page features a large graphic with the enticement to watch their new video. There is a much-detailed biography, as well as a Spotify link to the band’s latest track “Saints Amongst Us”. I feel it would have been nice to hear more because they sound good. There is only one video to view. It certainly is a site in development. However, it is a good start.

https://www.facebook.com/AtticTheory/

This is another fully informative site. There are regular updates on the band’s latest news, Gigs, plus they share another act’s material, which shows the band’s kindness. The photo section details the act’s sense of humor, alongside festival appearances, and music posters. This reflects the impression the act is down to earth and feel comfortable engaging with a new audience.


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Interview with Tiê Alves

The urban troubadour: why Tiê Alves is one of the most interesting artists of the new Brazilian popular music.

Tiê Alves updates the concept of the troubadour blending the best of the MPB (the Brazilian popular music) tradition with a urban touch, which in this case means the mega metropolis of São Paulo. The cultural melting pot of the city and its oppressive immensity are the background for inventive melodies and original lyrics performed with a blasé-yet-shy allure simply impossible to resist.

(GF) When did your contact with music start?

(TA) I began when I was a child. My mother played guitar and sang to me and my father was always very musical. At home, we heard a lot of music, mainly Brazilian music, but also The Beatles among other genres. My sister plays, as well: flute, percussion and double bass, but she works with graphic design. By the way, she developed the cover and all the artwork of my first album. I was 16 when I became interested in playing the guitar and decided to take classes. By that time, I was a huge fan of rock bands such as Nirvana and Pink Floyd. So I set up a band with my high school friends, started playing and never stopped since then. The guitar seduced me right from the start because of its versatility, but also because it is a very intimate instrument that must be kept very close to the body. It is said that the guitar “searches” for the most introspective personalities, for the shy people.

(GF) How about your musical education? Who were your mentors and influences?

(TA) I went to college and got a degree in Music at the Faculty of Arts Alcântara Machado. I also studied singing and Brazilian folk guitar, that we call “viola caipira”. I did this training as a musician, but in parallel I composed regularly. Creation has always been very important to me. Gradually, I joined other partners and developed my composition, but it all started in a very intuitive way. I was mainly influenced by Brazilian musicians, such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento. After I have built a repertoire of original songs, in 2014 I recorded my first album: O Rio e a Lua (The River and the Moon).

(GF) And how was the production of your debut album?

(TA) It was a great learning experience. Since it was my first one, I literally learned by doing. Fortunately, I had a super talented producer named Ana Rodrigues, who understood my concept and brought a lot of information in terms of arrangements.

(GF) Any coming projects?

(TA) I'm producing my second album, “Tá Osso” (Tough Break, on a free translation) produced by guitarist Luiz Cláudio Sousa. This album has been crowdfunded and it has a strong influence of Jazz. The idea for the name came from an idiom usually used in Brazil to describe financial problems, but in the song, it describes a person who is head-over-heels.

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It's A Girls Thing

Amanda Grace

Not one to be boxed into a single genre, Amanda Grace is one of the more contemporary solo performers offering indie-rock and alternative pop sounds. After studying at Winona State University and her nephew being diagnosed with leukaemia, Amanda took a closer look at music and returned with a children's album in 2010. In 2012, she released an acoustic album called Embrace focusing on the experiences of family members passing and what that means to her. Her most recent album, Rayne Angel, is a movement from previous releases with diverse melodies and was released in November 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/Amandasakom/ - Amanda's Facebook account is a very personal, well-maintained one with regular posts. While she promotes her gigs and releases well, it is her personal posts with videos and images that make the profile endearing. I also enjoy her notes which are very engaging and help people gain an inside perspective of Amanda Grace. Amanda has a band profile widget available, so there are videos, an EPK and playlist access for fans. I would recommend the addition of social media handles in the 'about' section.

https://www.instagram.com/amanda_gracemusic/ - as with her Facebook account, Amanda Grace's Instagram account seems to be more personal than professional. While there are promotional posts, the majority of the images focus on the more intimate side of the artist - which is a good thing! It's a well-maintained account, and I enjoy how she updates her next gig in the 'about' section.

https://musicbyamandagrace.com/ - Amanda Grace's official website is easy to navigate with a prominent menu pointing out the different areas. Another prominent feature is the social media accounts menu where she has listed everything from Twitter and Soundcloud to Facebook and LinkedIn. If you scroll down, you will find gig listings, news, album information, and a contact box. I also like the background image which is easy on the eye and quite attractive to view.

Faith Bardill

 

If you're into country music, then the chances are likely that you have heard of Faith Bardill and The Band. Only a teen when she won her first award, Faith has performed over 150 shows across four states in the US. They have also opened for national recording artists, such as Craig Campbell, and Faith was called back for the 2015 series of American Idol. Hailing from North Carolina, Faith is known throughout the state for her classic country, country and even classic rock music.

Faith Bardill includes:

Faith Bardill on vocals and guitar.
Josh Oldham on bass.
Scott McBryde on drums.
Garrett Morrison on guitar.

Faith Bardill is a two-time winner of the Carolina Music Awards for 'Teen Artist of the Year' in 2015, and 'Country Female Artist of the Year' in 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/faithbardillandtheband/ - Faith Bardill's Facebook account is a well-maintained one with an emphasis on performances. Her gig listings are the first item you will see when you open the page, and there are various acoustic covers by Faith dispersed along the timeline. Many live band images are available, and access to music videos is available via the tabs in the menu. The about section does have links to other social media sites, but it is lacking when it comes to background information offering the bare minimum. A good profile with all the information you need and highly engaging for a loyal or new fan.

https://www.instagram.com/faithbardill/ - this Instagram account is a testament to Faith's young age with many 'selfie' style images available. She also has some performance images and videos, but it is more personal than professional — a well-maintained account that is a lot of fun to view offering people some 'behind the scenes' insight into this country singer. If Faith wants to use this as a professional resource, I would recommend some promotional images for gigs or releases.

http://www.faithbardill.com/ - Faith's official website is a simple landing page with a biography, press quotes, playlists, performance dates and images available. The importance of subscription is made clear with this being the first item you see when you arrive on the website - a brilliant marketing tactic. Also, her social media menu is evident at the top of the page, so you can't miss it! I like this website; it's clean, neat and offers everything you need. I only wonder where the contact details are.

Savanna Leigh Bassett

All the way from Jacksonville, FL, Savanna Leigh Bassett is a singer-songwriter who is taking the country music world by storm. A graduate of Florida State University where she studied Commercial Music, Business and Philosophy, she decided to pursue music as her full-time career. She aims to not only play a few ditties but make a positive change with her music, and she demonstrates this by working with Body and Soul - a non-profit organisation using music to empower individuals with health conditions, such as cancer or heart disease. Savanna has worked with various industry professionals in the country genre and recently released her single, 'Greenlight, Go', in 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/SavannaLeighBassett/ - Savanna's Facebook account is relatively well-maintained and very engaging for new visitors or loyal fans. It utilises the band profile widget fantastically, so people have access to her songs, videos and the dates of gigs. Most of the photographs are personal in style with a tinge of 'press shot' to them, but they all make her look good (and isn't that what it's all about). I love the fun videos mixed in with the acoustic performances, my favourite being the 'slippery slide' one. It makes the account seem less imposing and more playful. I would recommend, however, that Savanna place links to her other social media accounts on her 'about' section.

https://www.instagram.com/savannaleighbassett/ - a relatively well-maintained Instagram account with a good balance of professional and personal images. Savanna seems to enjoy putting up acoustic videos and images of her performing, which is ideal from a promotional standpoint. However, it is the cutesy images between the professional items that make you endeared to this country star. I am a particular fan of the 'mayonnaise eating' piece; how can you eat that much mayonnaise?

https://www.savannaleighbassett.com/ - Savanna understands the power of imagery and videos, and that is evident in the layout of her official website. The landing page is filled with press photographs, a subscription box, an easily navigable menu and links to her social media accounts. Her music tab offers an outstanding array of options where you could listen to her music, so you can't say you didn't know where to go! I enjoy the bold lettering and soft colours, but if I may offer a single piece of advice, it would be to place videos or a playlist on the website.

Joy Kate

 

Barely out of her teens, Joy Kate is a singer-songwriter hailing from a small town in Mississippi who uses music as a catharsis. Instead of keeping a diary, this Nashville star says that she uses music and, regardless of how she is feeling, it makes her feel happy. Focusing on pop music production primarily, she debuted four well-accepted singles - 'Flirt', '2 Much', 'Edge of My Love', and 'Spin You Back'. Joy Kate's debt EP debut will paint a picture of a modern day Juliet with a pure and powerful voice.

https://www.facebook.com/joykatemusic/ - Joy Kate's Facebook profile is a relatively well-maintained one with a great deal of artist promotion but through personal photographs. There is a combination of promotion regarding her musical and acting careers, but it's all the same bubbly Joy Kate. There are various images and videos giving you insight into the artist; as well as access to music videos and playlists. I would recommend an update of the bio section with links to other social media accounts and contact details.

https://www.instagram.com/joykatemusic/ - this Instagram account is filled primarily with press images, but the personal images are so well edited it's hard to tell if they're not professionally shot as well. The consistency of posts makes it a great account to follow, and the Spotify link in the bio is a useful feature.

https://www.joykate.com/ - the content of Joy Kate's official website's landing page makes it obvious what path they want the visitor to take - look at the music, baby! It's an attractive page, and the imagery is lovely to view. It's bright, bold and vibrant, just like Joy Kate. The problem is unless you are familiar with web design; the menu is not placed correctly. To access the menu, you need to click on the 'three lines' and deal with a drop-down menu. Once you have the links available, each link is easy to access, and the pages provide an abundance of relevant information. In fact, Joy Kate includes a section discussing the non-profit organisations she supports.

Toya Nash

 

A classically trained mezzo-soprano, Toya Nash is one of the powerhouse belters whose unmistakeable sound makes people quiver in their boots - in a good way. In addition to being a formidable singer, Toya is both a screen and stage actor. She has released a single, 'Paradise', and an album called 'Him...'

https://www.facebook.com/TOYANASHofficial/ - If you're looking for something sultry but powerful, then you've come to the right place! Toya Nash's Facebook is a relatively well-maintained account with about two posts per month, mostly promotional. Unlike many of the other bands I come across, Nash has a maturity in her press images making them fun but professional at the same time. There are several videos that are enjoyable to watch and access to her music. More than that, there is access to other social media accounts with contact details in her bio.

https://www.instagram.com/mstoyanash/ - Toya's Instagram account is a relatively well-maintained account with a good combination of promotional and personal images. There are also memes, videos, and good grief what I would give to look as good in those bathing suits! I'm content with the account, but does she really need to look that good?

http://toyanashmusic.com/ - a very simple website with one landing page and everything on it. Basic colours using white, pink and black - all tones that complement each other. Toya's gallery, videos, music and biography are neatly laid out allowing you to easily discover all you need to know about the artist.

Alicia Michilli

 

Coming all the way from Detroit, Michigan, this young soul/R&B artist released her passion and class onto the world. Alicia released a self-titled EP including one of her singles, 'Crazy'. She recently released her sophomore EP, 'Letter from the edge', on November 29th, 2018. The EP will be available on all music streaming websites.

https://www.facebook.com/AliciaMichillimusic/ - One of the most endearing elements of Alicia's Facebook account is her posts. Yes, they are mostly promotional putting out her gigs and her new album; however, it's the way she words the post that makes it more engaging. It's a type of sentimentality, making you feel like a friend rather than a fan or guest. Her band profile gives you access to songs and videos, plus the gig listings are available. I would recommend a relook at the biography section. She places links to social media accounts, but there are no contact details available.

https://www.instagram.com/aliciamichilli/ - this Instagram account has an interesting balance between the press and personal images. Once again, there is a degree of sentimentality in the account with Alicia appearing stylish and passionate. I would recommend that Alicia relook the link in her bio as it appears to be broken.

https://aliciamichilli.com/ - Alicia Michilli's official site is a simple, clean-cut one with an attractive background image. The menu is easily found and navigable with the media being accessed quickly. The social media links are simple to find and make Alicia Michilli's music easy to locate. I would only recommend that the text is made slightly lighter as it is difficult to read with the darker colouring.

Chelsea Blues

 

Chelsea Blues is one of those soul-based, bluesy, jazzy, one-of-a-kindey people who will get your soul ringing and your heart singing! A singer, a poet, and a performance artist - Bahamian first and British second; this beautiful artist has plans to take the world by storm, and don't you dare stop her!

https://www.facebook.com/ChelseaBluesOfficial/ - Chelsea Blues is, as I said before, one of the bluesy, jazzy, soul-based lovelies that our world needs. They stand for their beliefs, and if you're not there with them, well that's your issue. An intriguing sound, with just a hint of attitude - Chelsea Blues is a powerful force that people have yet to encounter, and help you if you're not ready for it! The Facebook account is great, but I have concerns regarding the lack of contact details and other social account links. The account is well-maintained, and I enjoy the number of videos and photographs.

https://cbluesjazz.wordpress.com/ - Chelsea's website is a unique one in that it offers not only music but also a link to her poetry. A bold image of Chelsea meets you as you log onto the site, and you can immediately scroll down to her bio with a link to her latest album below. The menu can be found above and directs you to various sections. Social media links are obvious so that you can follow her quite easily. I don't have any concerns with this website; I just wonder which template it is so I could use it.

 


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Carolyn Miller

 

Having been on the stage since the age of eight, we doubt Carolyn Miller expected the role of a country pop singer was ever on the cards. After graduating from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, this New York native was ready to explore a new path away from the film and television world. Using YouTube as her creative outlet, she built a following with only three videos and, according to Miller, suddenly discovered a side of herself she didn't know existed. When deciding to enter the world of music, she was determined to take on country because of its lyrical quality - it tells a story, and you need to be truthful. After several years of hard work, Carolyn released her debut EP, Unbreakable, in November 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/CarolynMillerMusic/ - Carolyn's Facebook is a very well-maintained account with well-worded and engaging posts. She uses both images and videos as part of her posts making them more interactive for fans and site visitors. There are different videos available and a plethora of images, but what I truly enjoy is that the photographs are quite personal. Her biography section provides all the information one may require including contact details and social media account links.

https://www.instagram.com/carolynmillermusic/ - Carolyn's Instagram is pretty much the same images as her Facebook profile with many personal pictures, including a wedding photograph. A good balance between professional and personal, and some enjoyable videos with live sets. I don't have any concerns and quite enjoy the account.

http://carolynmillermusic.com/ - A landing page acts as Carolyn's website promoting her music very well. The first item you notice on the page is an advertisement for Unbreakable, followed by gig dates and a playlist. If you scroll further down, you'll discover more information, eventually reaching a contact box. Everything you need is on this website, despite the social media links and menu not being accessible at all times.


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The Afro Nick Song and Record Release

Back for more, the Afro Nick has returned with two brand new song releases that explore the growth and maturity of The Afro Nick's musical style. For those who aren't familiar with The Afro Nick and his unique and heartfelt song compositions, look no further than my last review here at The Old School Project. The Afro Nick has once again delivered a raw, high powered performance inspired by the classic rock legends like, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley and Santana. The Afro Nick oozes and accentuates what it means to be Rock and Roll. Having acquainted myself with his sound and recording process, I have delved into the songs “You” and “Wild Angel” with an open mind and an open hear. I will directly focus on “You”, a song that I found inspiring and powerful.

The recently released single “You” is some of The Afro Nicks best work to date. I can tell that the music is growing and evolving every time I hear his new stuff. The recording itself is very well done and mixed to perfection. Again, Afro Nick reminds me of The Black Angels or something of the like. “You” is hard-rock driven with distorted guitar parts. The chorus is ethereal and harmonious, which juxtapose as well with the excellent guitar solo. Overall, this is my favorite Afro Nick song to date. I am looking forward to checking this release out on vinyl.


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Wild Angel” is a melodic, heartfelt love song that tells the story of a man fallen from grace. This song is reminiscent of the Rolling Stones “Wild Horses” but not in the name, just a feeling that the song exudes. This song works well with “You” and both songs show a different side of what The Afro Nick brings to the table.

I talked with The Afro Nick about his upcoming releases here for The Old School Project and you can read his words below:

What inspired you to write you and can you tell us a bit about your upcoming releases?

(Afro Nick) A Few years ago, I was roaming around West Village with my girlfriend and I happened upon a small music store on West 4th street. I knew they keep vinyl’s in the basement so, I walked downstairs to take a look. There was a guy there playing a fretless guitar and he sounded really good. So, I turn to see who he is and to my surprise I see, Carlos Santana, and next to him, Cindy Blackman. I immediately ask my girlfriend, “Do you know who this guy is?” and she said “No, It can’t be him.” Just a few minutes later, I’m introducing myself to Carlos Santana saying, “It’s You! Right?”It has become one of my most memorable moments and an inspiration for my song, “You”. When I sat down to write the song, I mixed it up with a love story, but the inspiration and the main idea of the song is about Carlos and his music. “You take me, you ring love in the air, you make me high, all I need and I’ll be fine.”

The song “You” is the A side of 7” Lathe Record that I will release on June 9th. (online on June 8th) The release Show is at Nublu Classic - 62 Ave C, New York. The B side is my song “Wild Angel” that I released a few weeks ago at Rockwood Music Hall. I hope you enjoy listening and come over to Nublu Classic!  

Check out this release online here http://www.theafronick.com/store/ https://soundcloud.com/theafronick/you   https://goo.gl/Z4eQrW  and grab a copy of the Afro Nicks new compositions via vinyl ASAP. Thanks again to Afro Nick for reaching out for a second review and we look forward to hearing from our readers about these songs.

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Bands To Keep On Your Radar

Crane Technique

Crane Technique is an electronic rock artist from the streets of Ventura, CA. This is the solo project of musician Paul Wheatley. The music has a strong influence from indie rock, alternative rock and 80s pop. The latest single, 'Just 4 2Nite', is available now via digital stores including iTunes.

https://www.facebook.com/CraneTechnique/ - Crane Technique's Facebook profile is a well-maintained one with regular posts from the artist. Several videos are available, as well as photographs with live band photography and 'behind the scenes' images. What I enjoyed on this profile is the link to other social media apps using widgets, so I had instant access to Crane Technique's Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. I would recommend a link to a band profile to access a music playlist and tour dates.

https://www.instagram.com/crane.technique/ - the Instagram account is not as well-maintained as Facebook, but there are enjoyable promotional and personal images available. A nice balance exists between the different types of images making this an engaging account. I would recommend a link to Crane Technique's official website in the personal information section.

https://www.cranetechniquemusic.com/ - Crane Technique's emphasis on his releases is evident in his official website with playlists and merchandise available on the landing page. This is a good technique, particularly since links to photographs, tour dates and contact information can be easily found. I would recommend a biography section to promote the artist or an EPK link with press information.

The Royal Turns

Hailing from Atlanta, GA, The Royal Turns is a folk-rock five-piece set to take the world by storm. Since their formation on two years ago in 2016, this guitar-driven rock 'n' roller, bluesy, folksy, Fleetwood Mac-cy inspired band are something I'm happy to come across. While they were formed in 2016, the group only released their debut EP in 2018 to a positive reception. During their promotional shows, they continue to work on more material for a full-length album and experiment with new sounds to keep fans engaged.

The Royal Turns are:

Summer Grace on vocals and keys.
Celeena Corbin on drums, vocals and percussion.
Tim Perryman on guitar and vocals.
Kaleb Garrett on guitar and vocals.
Sean O'Keeffe Jr. on bass guitar.

https://www.facebook.com/theroyalturns/ - The Royal Turns' Facebook account is one of the more well-maintained and engaging accounts with which I have been presented. Seemingly more a personal account than a band, posts are made regularly with a good balance between promotional and 'fun'. Many photos are available with a plethora of live band images, as well as several videos to keep new and old fans engaged. Links to other social media accounts are available, as well as gig listings and contact details. My only recommendation is a band profile widget with access to a music playlist.

https://www.instagram.com/theroyalturns/ - Once again, a well-maintained social media account with a good balance between professional and personal images. A link to their official website is available in the details section with a biography, which is useful from a press perspective. I don't have any qualms regarding this account.

http://www.theroyalturns.com/ - A very well laid out website with a simple structure and menu on the top making it easy to navigate. The social media links are also immediately visible, so it is easy to follow these links if one would wish to do so. The new album is very prominently advertised on the landing page, which is beneficial for obvious reasons; plus, I love how there are Instagram and Spotify widgets further down on the home page. I don't see any problems with this website; it seems all the bases are covered.

Hambone Relay

 

Stepping out of Philadelphia, the gentlemen of Hambone Relay are redefining the modern organ trio using a unique combination of jazz, funk, rock and psychedelic grooviness. The band was founded by organist Mark Brown who originally performed with Baltimore's The Bridge as a keyboardist. Fortunately, he moved along to build Hambone Relay drawing inspiration from organists Billy Preston and Jimmy Smith resulting in an overwhelming musical brew. Hambone Relay released their latest album, American Hi-Fi, in 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/HamboneRelay/ - Hambone Relay's Facebook account is a relatively well-maintained one focusing on the professional side of things. The first item you will see when logging on is their shop with various merchandise, all rather amusing and affordable. My favourite is the 'Free Hugs Poster', so perhaps I could schmooze some free merch? In other news, the FB account has videos, playlists, gig dates, several photographs, and contact details. My only recommendation is listing other social media accounts in the 'about' section. Now, about that free merch...

https://www.instagram.com/hambonerelay/ - a combination of professional and 'behind the scenes' shots on a well-maintained Instagram account. I'll admit, I'm not an expert when it comes to Instagram, but I do know that a balance between these two styles is excellent for fan engagement. I also enjoy the combination of images and videos (what are those Instagram videos called?). I enjoy how the band's following gig is advertised in their personal information section - a handy marketing tactic.

https://www.hambonerelay.com/ - Hambone Relay's official website is a very well laid-out, and it's clear to note their emphasis on subscription and the latest album. An easy to navigate menu can be found at the top, along with an EPK which is beneficial for press purposes. Access to social media links are available; super if you want to engage more with the band. Finally, there is clear contact details information making it easy to get in touch with the band if needs be. I also like the background image which is entertaining and easy on the eyes.

The Tweed

 

Initially intended to be a quintet, The Tweed is a Moscow/Los Angeles rock duo in the style of Coldplay and Maroon 5. Working together, singer and guitarist Greg Pekk and drummer Matt Shepard started building a group that would take on the unsigned world. By April 2016, the band had sifted through their mass of material to release a single, 'Someone I Know', which was well-acclaimed and received airtime on stations across the globe. In September 2016, The Tweed won the Unsigned Only 2016 competition competing with over 6000 entries. In December 2017, they released their single 'You Better Know My Name!'

The Tweed is:

Greg Pekk on vocals, guitar and keys.
Matt Shepard on drums and percussion.

https://www.facebook.com/Tweed.Is/ - The Tweed's Facebook account is not one of the busiest with few posts, but that doesn't mean it isn't engaging with the content it has. The wording of the posts are conversational, the photos aren't all promotional with some live images, and the band has a band profile available for playlist access. Remaining professional, the gentlemen have contact details and a biography; however, I wonder if they have any other social media accounts to link?

https://www.reverbnation.com/tweedis - Always a good option, The Tweed have chosen to use their Reverbnation profile as an official website. Their featured songs, videos and gallery are available on the landing page; as well as reviews in a separate block. An access to their Facebook and Vimeo is available, so the only thing I would recommend is a contact email. Contact boxes are useful, but they are not always the most reliable.

 


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Ooberfuse

 

Described as 'ethereal electronic pop' by an influential UK music critic, Ooberfuse is an electronica act hailing from London. Well-crafted songs are delivered by this dynamic do providing emotional and powerful vocals over electronic (I know I've said electronic a few times) music. Most well known for their live performances, Ooberfuse has graced the stages of Bush Hall, Trafalgar Square and the Leicester Square Theatre.

Ooberfuse is:

Hal St John on guitar, vocals and synths.
Cherrie Anderson on vocals and keys.

https://www.facebook.com/Ooberfuse/ - Ooberfuse's Facebook account is relatively well-maintained with engaging posts from the duo on a regular basis. I enjoy the daily videos campaign they are currently running, as well as the plethora of live videos the group has on the account. Various photographs are available, but they are primarily promotional. The band focuses greatly on promotion and there is even an email signup section. I am pleased to see contact details and a link to their official website, but I would recommend placing links to other social media accounts for further online engagement. It might also be beneficial to place access to a playlist on the account.

https://www.instagram.com/ooberfuse/ - Ooberfuse's Instagram account is a relatively well-maintained account with a well spread out set of photographs. There are promotional images and many of them focus on live performances, but then there are also fan images with 'behind the scenes' pictures. One element I found particularly amusing was the way Ooberfuse crafted several images to create a single image when looking at the page as a whole - you'll see what I mean when you view the page. It's an incentive!

https://www.ooberfuse.com/home - the official website has a single landing page with a main header, menu, email signup and rotating design. I love this design because it doesn't bombard you with information and focuses on one element before allowing you 'inside'. The colour is scheme is well thought out, and the items on each page are well laid out. The biography could use some work and discuss background of the band, but the press quotes are a smart addition. Moreover, there is no information under 'daily vids', so this should be considered.

Judd Hoos

 

When you think of an American rock band, Judd Hoos is a group that should come to mind. Based in South Dakota, the band has only on the charts since 2017, but man have they charted the charts! In 2017, Judd Hoos released the iTunes charting album, Music In The Dark, and in 2018 (that's this year for anyone who's a couple of months ahead), they released their single 'Dirty Work' produced by J. Hall in Nashville. Sharing the stage with names like Third Eye Blind and Trapt, the band is set to be a name you'll get to know rather quickly.

Judd Hoos are:

Tyler Bills
Shane Funk
Chris Hornick
Andy Young

Judd Hoos are currently working on a follow-up five-song EP to be released in 2019.

https://www.facebook.com/juddhoos/ - Judd Hoos' Facebook account is quite a well-maintained one focusing with the posts focusing primarily on gigs and other promotional elements. There are numerous images and videos, particularly of live events, which are particularly enjoyable for fans (new and old) as it seems these boys put on one hell of a show. I always love a store because, well, I'm a woman with a credit card. Some fantastic items on sale, and I'm seriously wondering if I could schmooze one of those beanies. The contact details are intact, links to other social media accounts are fine; however, I have one major issue with this account - the header has flashing lights! I'm all for a gif header, but flashing images makes it difficult for people with photosensitivity to view a profile. If I weren't obliged to view this site, I would have closed my tab without looking beyond the homepage.

https://www.instagram.com/juddhoos/ - Judd Hoos' Instagram is a well-maintained account with an even balance between promotional, live performance images, and some personal pictures. In fact, there are some photos of a barbeque and a stuffed unicorn (or the band's spirit animal). It's a fun account to peruse and shows how carefree the guys can be, while still remaining professional.

https://juddhoos.com/ - I think this time I will mention my reservation about the website first instead of last. When landing on the group's official website, I am faced with strobes flashing in my face. I have photosensitive epilepsy, so this is not a pleasant experience and I am so glad the landing page is a scroll down option instead of having to find a tab on a menu. Once you scroll down, you will come across merchandise, links to music streaming sites, and an Instagram widget. Fortunately, you do not need to return to the top to find a link to the main menu with all the headings available in a drop down tab. My only concern, once again, is once you head to the page of choice you will face a strobe gif at the top of the page. I implore the band or the band's web designer to reconsider this feature!

Dark Rouge Park

 

Dark Rouge Park is a synthpop trio hailing from the city of Los Angeles, CA. Described as a 'pulsating melodic dream', this band combines unique, thought-providing lyrics with an original electronic melody. The band is influenced by established acts such as Peter Gabriel, Abba Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, and The Cure.

https://www.facebook.com/darkrougepark/ - Dark Rouge Park's Facebook account is not a well-maintained or relatively well-maintained account with posts only being made when an album is released. Only a few videos are available, but they are fun to watch being 'behind the scenes' options. The photographs are mostly press-related and could require updating. The only benefit of Dark Rouge Park's FB account is that they have contact details and social media links available. I would recommend an update of all information, including some more regarding a biography. Then again, that's just me.

https://www.instagram.com/darkrougepark/ - Dark Rouge Park's Instagram account is as poorly maintained as their Facebook. During the past year, only four or five images have been added; however, they are not all promotional with some personal images as well. This is one positive aspect - the balance between press images, live performance images and some backstage shots. I would recommend paying more attention to the account, even if it were to post promotional images of gigs or new releases.

http://www.darkrougepark.net/ - I am not sure why people enjoy flashing images in their videos, but it is not fun for others who are tired or have photosensitive conditions. Once again, the landing page of an official website opens with a video header using strobes. Fortunately, you can scroll down to find information on the band, links to social media accounts and contact details. The menu is easy to find and can be accessed without having to return to the top of the page, so thank you for little mercies. Different pages are neatly laid out and the colour scheme is a clean one. My only complaint is the opening header.

Illbe

 

An indie pop threesome hailing from Los Angeles, CA and inspired by the likes of Troye Sivan, Twenty One Pilots and Halsey.

https://www.facebook.com/illbemusic/ - I am unsure when Illbe opened their Facebook account, but I am assuming it was in June based on the first image being uploaded at the end of the month. Based on that, Illbe tend to post on a regular basis, primarily with images and some videos. The images are promotional in nature with only two videos on the video, one being a rather brilliant cover of Troye Sivan's 'My My My'. I am a little disappointed with Illbe's 'about' section where they have no biographical information and minimal social media links. If I were to use FB exclusively for a biography, I would not know anything about them. In fact, I pretty much don't. I do know they have released a debut single called 'Memoirs'.

https://www.instagram.com/illbemusic/ - Illbe's Instagram may be more well-maintained than their Facebook account with live band images, press shots and some videos. They have a decent balance between images, and I don't see any problems nor do I have any concerns regarding this account.

https://band.link/illbe - The group has chosen to use their Bandlink website as an official website. This site focuses primarily on Illbe's debut single, 'Memoirs', exclusively. Contact details are available, with a single line biography on the band. This can be ideal if you are looking for music exclusively, but if you want gig details or videos then you'll need a different website. May I recommend using the Reverbnation option?


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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.”

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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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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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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