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The Grounds from Calgary are set to tickle your classic rock fancy with their new single, Lilac. These young musicians have breathed fresh new life into the alternative rock scene with hints of classic 90’s grunge and dipped in pure classic rock bliss. Their music is well beyond their years as they show a great level of maturity in their sound, evolved and well developed. Check out their new single, Lilac and you will hear what I mean:

You can pick up the single on iTunes here and make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Nashville is definitely not just the home of country music and has been giving us the gift of great rock bands lately. One notable band to check out is The Grayces which have a classic rock style meshed with psychedelic grunge. It is a refreshing new style that will capture your attention. The Grayces are set to release their new album, Westing this Tuesday, October 14th. Check out their video for their song Do It To Me:

The Grayces are:

  • Iz Stone – Vocals & Guitar
  • Chas Cantrell – Drums
  • Patrick Ward – Bass

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1) Posthumous Fame
2) Walls of the Dead
3) Rattlesnake
4) Drop in a Bucket*
5) Do It To Me*
6) Mercy Kill
7) Terminator
8) Skin
9) Old Man
10) Westing
11) Mona Lisa
12) Lord & Gods of Alcohol*

Make sure to pick up Westing on Tuesday and also visit their social media sites. We will be bringing you a review of the album later this week.

~ Marisol

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Photo Credit: Dalton Campbell

It was just last month when we brought you our interview with the incredible prog-rock/alternative band Megafauna from Austin. I am excited to announce they are getting ready to set out on their West Coast Tour dates next week! Check out the cool West Coast Tour Poster which was created by Tristan Lewellyn, John Musci and Austin Haines.

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If you don’t already have it, make sure to pick up their latest release, Maximalist which is quite deserving of your attention. I am not going to do them the injustice of trying to place them into a music genre category because their fresh new bold style of music fuses a variety of musical influences and have successfully created their own unique sound. You can pick up great tones of progressive rock, alternative grunge style, power pop and garage rock.

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We are excited to be seeing a stop in San Francisco at the Bottom of the Hill on October 23rd. We will try and bring you full coverage of the event. In case you missed it, we are pleased to repost our interview with Megafauna singer/guitarist, Dani Neff.

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press. We have to tell you that we love the new video for Haunted Factory, looks like a lot of fun recording that. We understand you also choreographed the video?

Dani: Yes, I choreographed that along with my friend Stephanie Chavez. She has a company called Woven Feet here in town and they do a bunch of dance stuff, but ya we worked together on it.

Music Junkie Press:  It looked like a lot and there was a lot of great creativeness in that.

Dani: Ya, it was very, very fun. It was tiring. Oh My Gosh, it was. I was in shape for a very hot minute there.

Music Junkie Press:   We are excited because with Maximalist came out earlier this year and has been getting a lot of great response, well deserved attention, can you tell us a little bit about the title and the inspiration behind it?

Dani: Yes, so Maximalist is this idea that we live in a world with sensory overload and there is basically, so much of everything happening at all times and with the internet, you can access all kinds of information at any moment, and a lot of people are paralyzed by this excess of information and this plethora of choices. And a Maximalist is someone who can navigate this world overflowing with choices and excel in it and find a path throughout the madness.

Music Junkie Press: That is really so true, especially for the youth of today. It is completely overwhelming to be a youth in that environment.

Dani: Ya, I don’t envy the younger generation.

Music Junkie Press: If we look back at growing up and what things from today we might have wanted to have, there isn’t much. For me, it might have been the cell phone, but for safety sake.  Now, back to your music, are you going to be working on any more videos?

Dani: Well, we will soon. As of now, basically what we have in the pipeline is an animated video for Monster Sleeping which is almost done and then another fiction video for Time To Go and it is this really fun, surreal video about this beverage called Magafauna that people drink and then their world totally changes and everything gets really colorful and surreal and all these little stories that happen to people who drink Megafauna. So we have those two things coming out hopefully very soon, we have been working on them for like a year or so.

Music Junkie Press: Time To Go is one of my favorite songs, I am excited for that video. That is a great track. Also, you have this great style that you have created your own sound, this fusion of elements of rock, progressive, alternative and more. Growing up, what musicians most inspired you for that?

Dani: Gosh, I am a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix, I listen to a lot of blues, Albert King, Junior Kimbrough, Albert Collins and also grunge, like early 90’s grunge, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots and then also Fiona Apple, Natalie Merchant and also Nick Drake, the acoustic player, and Elliott Smith which you don’t hear that as much in our music, and Radiohead was a huge influence, I love, I am enamored with them.

Music Junkie Press: The nice thing is you all have pulled this sound together and it is unique and inviting. It brings out a lot of emotion, makes you feel alive. Do you have a particular songwriting process?

Dani: It totally depends on the song so. Let me think, a lot of songs will start with me just messing around with a riff and I will come up with a riff that I like  and then over the top of that, a melody will just come out and then sometimes I will take words, I will come up with nonsense words at first and sometimes some of those are actually really poignant to me and that is why I am coming up with them. If that makes any sense to you?

Music Junkie Press: Yes, exactly, it is exactly that whatever flows easiest seems to be the most important for you.

Dani: Ya, and then other times I did this process where I took a bunch of my writings over the years, and cut up different lines and then arranged them into song lyrics and poems.

Music Junkie Press: That is so awesome and quite creative.

Dani: Ya, it was a lot of fun. So some songs take me a year to write, literally a year or two and other some songs just come out fully formed. They just flow out and they are just there.

Music Junkie Press: Now, how old were you when you first started playing guitar? And what was the first song you learned in its entirety?

Dani: I was 10. Ya, it was Smokestack Lighting by Howlin Wolf.

Music Junkie Press: How about with summer coming to a close soon, what was some of your highlights for you this year so far?

Dani: Burning Man, Burning Man was a blast. It was so intense and I don’t know, the media was just saying that it is dead and there were a lot of wealthy people out there now and this and that. But Man, when I was out there, it was extremely intense, I got stuck in a whiteout, a sand blizzard, it was crazy. It really is crazy. What else, let’s see, we went out on a very long tour this summer, a two month tour, I also made it out to Europe to visit a friend of mine. I did my running around during the summer a lot because the Austin heat in Summer is too much for me.

Photo Credit: Anna Webber

Photo Credit: Anna Webber

Music Junkie Press: You have had quite a busy summer! How about if we could peak into your Ipod, what artist or song might be most surprising for us to find in there?

Dani: Surprising? Blonde Redheads. Fleet Foxes. Helplessness Blues is a great album, new Medeski, Martin & Wood, Keller Williams.

Music Junkie Press: Well, it is great to see how your music tastes are so varied, you can feel it in your music. You are so multi talented, a dancer, an artist, musician, your music preferences are so varied, what advice could you give to get other people out there today to listen to a variety of music?

Dani: To maintain that diversity in music?

Music Junkie Press: Well, in everything, I know that a lot of times the youth of today are given choices to do and they sometimes might be persuaded to stick with just that and not try new things. They pick up the guitar and the parents check the box now for guitar, and push them into that. You instead have done a wide range of things, succeeded at them as well. I believe even in law for you?

Dani: Yes, I am a lawyer too.

Music Junkie Press: That is amazing and great, what advice could you give to the youth?

Dani: Probably to face your fears, to not be afraid, to not be afraid to fail, be open to doing something because you want to even if you are not that great at it, keep trying.

Music Junkie Press: Everyone has their kids trying to place them in their checkboxes of what they are good at. Same thing with the music genres. That is what I love about your music, you don’t try to fit it into a checkbox for a genre or sub-genre. It is its own unique style.

Dani: Thank you, I am glad to hear that.

Music Junkie Press: What are you guys currently working on?

Dani: Well we are touring again in October, We just don’t stop. We are going out West, going to hit California, Seattle, and Portland and all that, and the Rockies. But we are also working on a new album so I have been writing a bunch of songs for that and we have been collaborating on songs. I am actually meeting with a studio engineer next week to talk about timing for that. And then I am also going to record an acoustic EP. I think it will just be Dani Neff, because it is so different from Megafauna, I think, or maybe, I don’t know. So ya, we would like to record another really epic music video, another dance one but even more psychedelic, like body paint, really crazy lighting. So that stuff and we have a bunch of shows in Austin in September so we are busy.

Music Junkie Press: We are looking forward to you coming out here. We are in Northern California, so we really look forward to it.

Dani: Yes, we are supposed to play San Francisco October 24th, haven’t locked down a venue yet, but we will be there.

Music Junkie Press: We will definitely lock down the date and look forward to seeing your show. Lastly, what would you like to share with our audience and your fans?

Dani: A lot of what I am learning recently about myself is to just.. Well okay, to just face your fears. Instead of trying to hide from your fears or distract yourself from them, to just face them head on and find out why you are afraid of what you are afraid of and learn from that. Also, when you have certain feelings that can be hard, probably this is too out there, Mari: (No, please go ahead), Okay, like sadness, anger, frustration, instead of running from those feelings, to just be with them, sit with them and just welcome them and learn from them.

Music Junkie Press: That is great advice, they always talk about people coming in to your life at the right time for a reason and I think you prove that. You just touched on something very personal for me that I was struggling with just yesterday. It was the anniversary of my father’s passing and I had all these hard feelings and there are three things I could have done, run from the feelings, distract from them or be with them. In the past, I did the other two and this year, I was just that, with them. Just felt them all the way through. So it is amazing that you talked about that and it is such great advice. You caught me off guard with that.

Dani: Wow, Oh my gosh, it is great you did, it is so hard, I mean in a way it is hard being with it, but in a way it is kind of easier than just running away from it. And then, when we have these feelings, a friend was telling me this, that they are there for a reason and you have to let them out and have the feeling.

Music Junkie Press: That is true, the interesting part is that they are going to be there until you let them out. If not today, then tomorrow, or whenever, they will be there until you experience it. That is the fact that I learned yesterday, 3 years later and these feelings are still there to release because I didn’t deal with them back at that time. Until you go through them, just know they will be there waiting for you. I ran from them before and this year, faced them and I feel much better for it. That was great advice Dani to share with everybody.

Dani: Thank you. I was inspired by this poem, a Rumi poem called The Guest House, I recommend it. It is just about how being human is just like a guest house and the guests are the different feelings and you just have to welcome each guest, even if its terrible.

Music Junkie Press: That is a great way to look at it.

Dani: I read it from the Burning Man info guide and it is a poem by Rumi.

 “A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Jelaluddin Rumi 

for complete poem visit here

Music Junkie Press: Thank you so much for your time and we look forward to seeing you in San Francisco on October 23th.  Thank you for your great gift of music, your wonderful words and great advice.

Dani: Thank you so much, and it is what I do, my mission.

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Be sure you head over to http://megafaunamusic.bandcamp.com/ and pick up Maximalist. We look forward to their upcoming tour and make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

Information & Links:

Credit Dalton Campbell

Photo Credit: Dalton Campbell

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Photo Credit: Dalton Campbell

Austin has been keeping quite a secret and it is time everyone gets to know about it. I am talking about the incredible prog-rock/alternative band Megafauna. I am not going to try and place them into a music genre category because their fresh new bold style of music fuses a variety of musical influences and have successfully created their own unique sound. You can pick up great tones of progressive rock, alternative grunge style, power pop and garage rock. They most recently released their album, Maximalist which is quite deserving of your attention.

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In addition they toured this past summer in support of their album and will continue to set out on another tour shortly. We had the opportunity to talk with Megafauna singer/guitarist, Dani Neff and she is such a wonderfully talented artist. We are pleased to bring you the interview here:

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press. We have to tell you that we love the new video for Haunted Factory, looks like a lot of fun recording that. We understand you also choreographed the video?

Dani: Yes, I choreographed that along with my friend Stephanie Chavez. She has a company called Woven Feet here in town and they do a bunch of dance stuff, but ya we worked together on it.

Music Junkie Press:  It looked like a lot and there was a lot of great creativeness in that.

Dani: Ya, it was very, very fun. It was tiring. Oh My Gosh, it was. I was in shape for a very hot minute there.

Music Junkie Press:   We are excited because with Maximalist came out earlier this year and has been getting a lot of great response, well deserved attention, can you tell us a little bit about the title and the inspiration behind it?

Dani: Yes, so Maximalist is this idea that we live in a world with sensory overload and there is basically, so much of everything happening at all times and with the internet, you can access all kinds of information at any moment, and a lot of people are paralyzed by this excess of information and this plethora of choices. And a Maximalist is someone who can navigate this world overflowing with choices and excel in it and find a path throughout the madness.

Music Junkie Press: That is really so true, especially for the youth of today. It is completely overwhelming to be a youth in that environment.

Dani: Ya, I don’t envy the younger generation.

Music Junkie Press: If we look back at growing up and what things from today we might have wanted to have, there isn’t much. For me, it might have been the cell phone, but for safety sake.  Now, back to your music, are you going to be working on any more videos?

Dani: Well, we will soon. As of now, basically what we have in the pipeline is an animated video for Monster Sleeping which is almost done and then another fiction video for Time To Go and it is this really fun, surreal video about this beverage called Magafauna that people drink and then their world totally changes and everything gets really colorful and surreal and all these little stories that happen to people who drink Megafauna. So we have those two things coming out hopefully very soon, we have been working on them for like a year or so.

Music Junkie Press: Time To Go is one of my favorite songs, I am excited for that video. That is a great track. Also, you have this great style that you have created your own sound, this fusion of elements of rock, progressive, alternative and more. Growing up, what musicians most inspired you for that?

Dani: Gosh, I am a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix, I listen to a lot of blues, Albert King, Junior Kimbrough, Albert Collins and also grunge, like early 90’s grunge, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots and then also Fiona Apple, Natalie Merchant and also Nick Drake, the acoustic player, and Elliott Smith which you don’t hear that as much in our music, and Radiohead was a huge influence, I love, I am enamored with them.

Music Junkie Press: The nice thing is you all have pulled this sound together and it is unique and inviting. It brings out a lot of emotion, makes you feel alive. Do you have a particular songwriting process?

Dani: It totally depends on the song so. Let me think, a lot of songs will start with me just messing around with a riff and I will come up with a riff that I like  and then over the top of that, a melody will just come out and then sometimes I will take words, I will come up with nonsense words at first and sometimes some of those are actually really poignant to me and that is why I am coming up with them. If that makes any sense to you?

Music Junkie Press: Yes, exactly, it is exactly that whatever flows easiest seems to be the most important for you.

Dani: Ya, and then other times I did this process where I took a bunch of my writings over the years, and cut up different lines and then arranged them into song lyrics and poems.

Music Junkie Press: That is so awesome and quite creative.

Dani: Ya, it was a lot of fun. So some songs take me a year to write, literally a year or two and other some songs just come out fully formed. They just flow out and they are just there.

Music Junkie Press: Now, how old were you when you first started playing guitar? And what was the first song you learned in its entirety?

Dani: I was 10. Ya, it was Smokestack Lighting by Howlin Wolf.

Music Junkie Press: How about with summer coming to a close soon, what was some of your highlights for you this year so far?

Dani: Burning Man, Burning Man was a blast. It was so intense and I don’t know, the media was just saying that it is dead and there were a lot of wealthy people out there now and this and that. But Man, when I was out there, it was extremely intense, I got stuck in a whiteout, a sand blizzard, it was crazy. It really is crazy. What else, let’s see, we went out on a very long tour this summer, a two month tour, I also made it out to Europe to visit a friend of mine. I did my running around during the summer a lot because the Austin heat in Summer is too much for me.

Photo Credit: Anna Webber

Photo Credit: Anna Webber

Music Junkie Press: You have had quite a busy summer! How about if we could peak into your Ipod, what artist or song might be most surprising for us to find in there?

Dani: Surprising? Blonde Redheads. Fleet Foxes. Helplessness Blues is a great album, new Medeski, Martin & Wood, Keller Williams.

Music Junkie Press: Well, it is great to see how your music tastes are so varied, you can feel it in your music. You are so multi talented, a dancer, an artist, musician, your music preferences are so varied, what advice could you give to get other people out there today to listen to a variety of music?

Dani: To maintain that diversity in music?

Music Junkie Press: Well, in everything, I know that a lot of times the youth of today are given choices to do and they sometimes might be persuaded to stick with just that and not try new things. They pick up the guitar and the parents check the box now for guitar, and push them into that. You instead have done a wide range of things, succeeded at them as well. I believe even in law for you?

Dani: Yes, I am a lawyer too.

Music Junkie Press: That is amazing and great, what advice could you give to the youth?

Dani: Probably to face your fears, to not be afraid, to not be afraid to fail, be open to doing something because you want to even if you are not that great at it, keep trying.

Music Junkie Press: Everyone has their kids trying to place them in their checkboxes of what they are good at. Same thing with the music genres. That is what I love about your music, you don’t try to fit it into a checkbox for a genre or sub-genre. It is its own unique style.

Dani: Thank you, I am glad to hear that.

Music Junkie Press: What are you guys currently working on?

Dani: Well we are touring again in October, We just don’t stop. We are going out West, going to hit California, Seattle, and Portland and all that, and the Rockies. But we are also working on a new album so I have been writing a bunch of songs for that and we have been collaborating on songs. I am actually meeting with a studio engineer next week to talk about timing for that. And then I am also going to record an acoustic EP. I think it will just be Dani Neff, because it is so different from Megafauna, I think, or maybe, I don’t know. So ya, we would like to record another really epic music video, another dance one but even more psychedelic, like body paint, really crazy lighting. So that stuff and we have a bunch of shows in Austin in September so we are busy.

Music Junkie Press: We are looking forward to you coming out here. We are in Northern California, so we really look forward to it.

Dani: Yes, we are supposed to play San Francisco October 24th, haven’t locked down a venue yet, but we will be there.

Music Junkie Press: We will definitely lock down the date and look forward to seeing your show. Lastly, what would you like to share with our audience and your fans?

Dani: A lot of what I am learning recently about myself is to just.. Well okay, to just face your fears. Instead of trying to hide from your fears or distract yourself from them, to just face them head on and find out why you are afraid of what you are afraid of and learn from that. Also, when you have certain feelings that can be hard, probably this is too out there, Mari: (No, please go ahead), Okay, like sadness, anger, frustration, instead of running from those feelings, to just be with them, sit with them and just welcome them and learn from them.

Music Junkie Press: That is great advice, they always talk about people coming in to your life at the right time for a reason and I think you prove that. You just touched on something very personal for me that I was struggling with just yesterday. It was the anniversary of my father’s passing and I had all these hard feelings and there are three things I could have done, run from the feelings, distract from them or be with them. In the past, I did the other two and this year, I was just that, with them. Just felt them all the way through. So it is amazing that you talked about that and it is such great advice. You caught me off guard with that.

Dani: Wow, Oh my gosh, it is great you did, it is so hard, I mean in a way it is hard being with it, but in a way it is kind of easier than just running away from it. And then, when we have these feelings, a friend was telling me this, that they are there for a reason and you have to let them out and have the feeling.

Music Junkie Press: That is true, the interesting part is that they are going to be there until you let them out. If not today, then tomorrow, or whenever, they will be there until you experience it. That is the fact that I learned yesterday, 3 years later and these feelings are still there to release because I didn’t deal with them back at that time. Until you go through them, just know they will be there waiting for you. I ran from them before and this year, faced them and I feel much better for it. That was great advice Dani to share with everybody.

Dani: Thank you. I was inspired by this poem, a Rumi poem called The Guest House, I recommend it. It is just about how being human is just like a guest house and the guests are the different feelings and you just have to welcome each guest, even if its terrible.

Music Junkie Press: That is a great way to look at it.

Dani: I read it from the Burning Man info guide and it is a poem by Rumi.

 “A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Jelaluddin Rumi 

for complete poem visit here

Music Junkie Press: Thank you so much for your time and we look forward to seeing you in San Francisco on October 24th.  Thank you for your great gift of music, your wonderful words and great advice.

Dani: Thank you so much, and it is what I do, my mission.

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Be sure you head over to http://megafaunamusic.bandcamp.com/ and pick up Maximalist. We look forward to their upcoming tour and make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

Information & Links:

Credit Dalton Campbell

Photo Credit: Dalton Campbell

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Manic Pixi which features a unique pop-grunge-punk sound that is quite infectious and will easily grab your attention. They have just released a video for their single, Kiss Me which is off of their upcoming album, Sugar Bomb! They teamed up with Yacht Club Productions to bring their ideas to life. Singer Kat Hamilton commented, “Since this was our first video, we needed it to be one-hundred percent our brand: silly, sexy, confident and fun. We spoke to a ton of directors, but Yacht Club had a love of pop-punk culture that drew us to them immediately.” Check out the video here:

The new album is set for a September 16th release. It will definitely be a great album to crank up loud and take you on a rock pop punk ride. Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Wolves

Dreamers, the rock trio from Brooklyn are creating a buzz with their new video, Wolves and deservedly so! The video for Wolves was filmed on Hi8, directed by Nikolai Vanyo and animation provided by Nick Wold. The filming on a Hi8 brings the retro style which is perfect for the romantic werewolf storyline. Check out the video here:

Wolves is the first single from Dreamers’ upcoming album This Album Does Not Exist, which is set for release on November 18th. Their style brings a fresh take to grunge rock sprinkled with psychedelic tones. Definitely a band you will be hearing a lot more from.

Dreamers is:

  • Nick Wold
  • Chris Bagamery
  • Nelson

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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It was only a couple weeks ago where we told you about the great new song, Run Away by Radio Black featuring Foo Fighter’s Taylor Hawkins on drums. You can read that original post here. The grunge three piece rock band, Radio Black recorded the song at Dave Grohl‘s studio and home of the famed Sound City mixing console, Studio 606.  “Run Away,” is the first song off a to-be-announced upcoming album.  Check out the new song here:

They recorded three songs for their new album, which was recorded and produced by John “Lou” Lousteau, Fireball Ministry front-man and “Sound City” documentary producer Jim Rota, and Brad Smith of Blind Melon and features  appearances from studio players including Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), and Mick Murphy (My Ruin, Chevy Metal).

Now they are ready to finish this album and you can be a part of the making of this highly anticipated debut album. The band hopes to raise $12,000 to go back to the studio where they recorded the first 3 songs of their debut album, using the Sound City Neve 8028 analog mixing console, previously graced by the likes of Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney and of course, the Foo Fighters.  Incentives range from digital MP3 downloads, to personalized thank you videos, and fans can even pledge to receive executive producer credits on the album.

Head over to their Kickstarter campaign page for more information or to pledge a contribution here: http://kck.st/Wd9muU

This band has such a great grunge/alternative style with hints of seventies classic rock, complete with compelling vocals, catchy chorus and melody rich in tones. I look forward to what Radio Black has in store for us.  The powerhouse trio consists of lead singer/guitarist TJ Courtney, drummer Derek Geldhill, founding member of Smile Empty Soul, and bassistDan Kremer, a seasoned touring musician.

About recording at Studio 606 with the same Neve 8028 analog mixing console previously used by his childhood musical inspirations including Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Fighters – Radio Black lead singer/guitarist TJ Courtney explains, so he “Recording the song was somewhat of a nerve-racking experience. The first couple days at 606 were devoted to sorting out instrumental arrangements, tracking drums, bass, and guitars. Everything was going very smoothly and I felt very comfortable, until it was time to track vocals. Maybe it was just my nerves, but after spending time in the studio and working with some of the amazing rock musicians involved days prior, I now felt intimidated,” He continues, “More jitters started to pop up when I started thinking about all the artists that had recorded in the room recently, like Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicksand Trent Reznor.The first mic setup didn’t seem to be a good match for my voice, and things weren’t clicking right off the bat…We took a much needed lunch break and I was super nervous thinking, ‘What if I can’t get these vocals down? This whole thing would be a bust.’

 Luckily, after lunch Lou returned with a different mic and after channeling every ounce of his confidence, Courtney was able to try again. “I calmed myself down and just tried to relax and connect with the song, instead of thinking about all the other crap. Then I felt a moment of calm and belted out the first take on the chorus. It felt good! Then Rota and Lou both chimed in, ‘That’s what we’ve been looking for man! Nice Job!’ Then it was smooth sailing from there.” 

 About the inspiration for “Run Away” Courtney explains that it’s a song “about taking risks in life and having the courage to abandon your prejudices, restrictions and anything else holding you back from being who you really are.”

So stay tuned for more new music by Radio Black and make sure to visit their social media sites.

~ Marisol

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Lullwater

There is a great band that I must tell you about! They are Lullwater from Athens, GA and I am hooked on them. Their sound can be described as a grunge, rock,  or alternative. Whatever you want to call it is fine with me, I just call it damn fine music! Lullwater  have just headed out on tour with Blacklite District and they are capturing everyone’s attention with their energetic rockin sets. They will be touring well in to September so make sure to get yourself to a show. The tour dates are as follows:

  • 7/16     Clifton, NJ                                          Dingbatz
  • 7/17     Wantagh, NY                                      Mulcahys
  • 7/18     Cranston, RI                                       1150 Oak Bar
  • 7/19     Lawrence, MA                                    Claddagh
  • 7/24     Niagara Falls, NY                               The Evening Star
  • 7/25     Pottsville, PA                                      Goodfellas
  • 7/26     Washington, WV                                The Pourhouse
  • 7/29     Dayton, OH                                        Oddbody’s
  • 7/31     Fredericksburg, VA                            Hard Times Cafe
  • 8/08     St. Petersburg, FL                               Octave
  • 8/15     Corpus Christi, TX                              Theos
  • 8/16     San Leon, TX                                      18th St. Pier
  • 8/23     Bismarck, ND                                     Rise Festive at Missouri Valley Fairgrounds
  • 8/27     Crest Hill, IL                                       Bada Brew
  • 8/28     Chesterfield, MI                                 Diesel
  • 8/30     Battle Creek, MI                                 Planet Rock
  • 8/31     Bangor, MI                                         Hogg Bash X
  • 9/01     South Bend, IN                                  Cheers
  • 9/03     Cudahy, WI                                        Metal Bar
  • 9/04     Jefferson, WI                                      Rox
  • 9/09     Minneapolis, MN                                Fine Line

Lullwater is:

John Strickland – Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Brett Strickland- Lead Guitar & Vocals
Joseph Wilson – Drums
Roy Beatty – Bass

They currently have their self titled debut album out that has been stuck on my playlist for the past week now! You can pick it up on iTunes here. You have searing vocals, dirty and fierce guitars, alternative rockin style from start to finish. With solid tracks like Blind, Albatross or Waste Yourself, you will be drawn in to the world of Lullwater.

Make sure to visit their social media sites and we will see if we can bring you an interview with vocalist, John.

~ Marisol

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radioblack

Grunge three piece rock band, Radio Black has premiered a new song, “Run Away” featuring Foo Fighter’s Taylor Hawkins on drums.  The song, which was recorded at Dave Grohl‘s studio and home of the famed Sound City mixing console, Studio 606.  “Run Away,” is the first song off a to-be-announced upcoming album, which is recorded and produced by John “Lou” Lousteau, Fireball Ministry front-man and “Sound City” documentary producer Jim Rota, and Brad Smith of Blind Melon and features  appearances from studio players including Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), and Mick Murphy (My Ruin, Chevy Metal). Check out the new song here:

 

It is a great grunge/alternative style song with hints of seventies classic rock, complete with compelling vocals, catchy chorus and melody rich in tones. I look forward to what Radio Black has in store for us.  The powerhouse trio consists of lead singer/guitarist TJ Courtney, drummer Derek Geldhill, founding member of Smile Empty Soul, and bassistDan Kremer, a seasoned touring musician.

About recording at Studio 606 with the same Neve 8028 analog mixing console previously used by his childhood musical inspirations including Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Fighters – Radio Black lead singer/guitarist TJ Courtney explains, so he “Recording the song was somewhat of a nerve-racking experience. The first couple days at 606 were devoted to sorting out instrumental arrangements, tracking drums, bass, and guitars. Everything was going very smoothly and I felt very comfortable, until it was time to track vocals. Maybe it was just my nerves, but after spending time in the studio and working with some of the amazing rock musicians involved days prior, I now felt intimidated,” He continues, “More jitters started to pop up when I started thinking about all the artists that had recorded in the room recently, like Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicksand Trent Reznor.The first mic setup didn’t seem to be a good match for my voice, and things weren’t clicking right off the bat…We took a much needed lunch break and I was super nervous thinking, ‘What if I can’t get these vocals down? This whole thing would be a bust.’

 Luckily, after lunch Lou returned with a different mic and after channeling every ounce of his confidence, Courtney was able to try again. “I calmed myself down and just tried to relax and connect with the song, instead of thinking about all the other crap. Then I felt a moment of calm and belted out the first take on the chorus. It felt good! Then Rota and Lou both chimed in, ‘That’s what we’ve been looking for man! Nice Job!’ Then it was smooth sailing from there.” 

 About the inspiration for “Run Away” Courtney explains that it’s a song “about taking risks in life and having the courage to abandon your prejudices, restrictions and anything else holding you back from being who you really are.”

So stay tuned for more new music by Radio Black and make sure to visit their social media sites.

~ Marisol

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Twin Berlin

I have a very special treat for you today.  I am listening right now to Buzzkill the new single by Twin Berlin off of their debut full length album, Sleazebrain which is due out February 18th,2014.  It is unbelievably awesome! It reminds me of one of my all time favorite bands, Nirvana. Twin Berlin just exudes raw garage punk style reminiscent of early grunge days. Think garage style mixed with dirty punk and in your face rock!

Vocals on the track are mysterious and multi-dimensional. The song has some nice guitar solos and I can only imagine what energy these guys give off when they perform live. You will get hooked on the solid drumming and cool bass lines.  Twin Berlin is Matt Lopez on Vocals and Guitar, Sean O’Neil on bass and James Janocha on drums.

Check out their new song, Buzzkill here:

 

Twin Berlin has worked on an EP with Travis Barker(blink182) an art collaboration with Mikey Welsh (Weezer), recorded with Garth Hudson (The Band), and have been busy performing with bands such as Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed & Cambria, Third Eye Blind, Spin Doctors, Switchfoot, Eve 6, All Time Low, White Tie Affair and the list can go on and on. They have been featured on MTV, NBC’s Deception and countless others.  They are a band that deserves to be heard and once you start, you won’t want to stop!

Their new LP is said to be “a raw and belligerent collection of songs born out of anxiety and self doubt, executed with a confident, sarcastic swagger.” Now if that doesn’t hook you in, I don’t know what will. I am really excited for this new album.  

For now, visit their social media sites and while you are at it, head over to Itunes and pick up their music. Stay tuned, we will be bringing you an interview with Matt Lopez in the next couple weeks.   I will leave you with a video for their bad ass song, “Can’t Take,Take, Take” which was produced by Travis Barker.

~ Marisol

 

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