-Review- Skies Turn Black - "Skies Turn Black" EP

Manchester, UK hard rock/metal band Skies Turn Black gets their "Skies Turn Black" EP reviewed. Read our take below.

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From: Manchester, UK
Sounds like: Hard Rock/Metal

Three song sampler on Soundcloud


Order the entire EP on iTunes here.

Skies Turn Black just unleashed this EP onto the world. With six songs full of hard rock/metal, it's time that the world knows Skies Turn Black. "Smoke And Mirrors" opens with a nice sweet guitar riff which then transitions into a full blown cavalcade of sound. The track brings to mind Avenged Sevenfold mixed with Iron Maiden. It's a great opening track that really kicks things off nicely. "Life Goes On" takes things on a bit of a slower sound. The tropical opening which then kicks over to a more metal sound is something special. The catchy hard rock metal sound bring to mind an early Nu metal sound akin to Saliva or Flybanger. It's a track that really knows how to keep it heavy and melodic. "Cold" explodes right off the bat with a high energy that takes the EP to a high level. It's an incredible track that brings to mind the more recent sound of Blessed By A Broken Heart. "Play The Game" is a rockin' good time of a track. The track will get the head bobbin and the foot tappin with its high octane sound. "Choking On Air" keeps things going on a nice rocking, melodic clip. The fast pace of the track combined with the vocals really makes the track shine bright. The chorus is top notch and really sounds like it'd be a perfect fit for rock radio. "Departure" ends the EP on a high note. The track really finishes things off perfectly. It's such an awesome EP from start to finish.

Verdict:
Skies Turn Black have really paved their own path in the rock/metal scene with this EP. They bring their unique sound to the forefront. It's a great thing to hear a band that has such a refreshing take on the genres.

-Interview- Altamadum (8/2/15)

Thunder Bay, Canada based rock band Altamadum gets interviewed and talks about their formation, the rock music scene, upcoming plans and more. Read all about them below.

www.facebook.com/altamadum
www.facebook.com/altamadum
From: Thunder Bay, Canada
Sounds like: Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Altamadum” and is there any meaning behind it?

Cam Thomas, Brendan Byers & James Cole met in high-school through similar interest in artists. We started out doing covers and instrumental originals, then began playing music live. Shortly following graduation, Sam Mucha was brought into the band as lead singer and we moved into ThunderSound Studio. In the studio, our music really found a new level of development. We were able to take home and evaluate our songs individually and expand on them. This has become a prominent factor in our writing process, especially for our latest album 'Levels'. As for our band name it was our drummer Brendan that first suggested 'ultimatum' to us as a band name. We all agreed it sounded great, but felt that it had likely been taken by another band. We decided to change up the spelling and the 'Alt-' was chosen to represent us as an alternative option to what was going on in our local music scene.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

Whether it be through the music itself or our lyrics, what we most want listeners to take away is an emotional component. We write our music to hit-home and connect with anyone that can feel what it is we're saying when we pick up our instruments.


3. What can people expect from your live show?

An Altamadum show is raw-energy. Our set-lists always flow so there is rarely ever a lull in what is going on on-stage. People don't come to hear us talk and make jokes between songs, so we keep the interaction with the audience primarily to the music. We put on a show that we would want to see.


4. How has the response been to the "Levels" album? What's your favorite track to play live?

From what we've heard, the response to 'Levels' has been unreal and overwhelming, and has been noted for it's diversity. We tried out a few new things on this last album, such as bringing in a piano and experimenting with various sounds and styles. Each of us vary in our favorite tracks to play live, but as a band we all have a shared energy when playing 'Fallen Angels' together. We are able to feed off of each other, and the song has become a staple as an opener at our shows.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

That's definitely not an easy question to narrow down to, but if we had to pick three that we could all agree on to tour with we'd have to go with Avenged Sevenfold, Billy Talent, and Three Days Grace.


6. Any crazy show stories?

The craziest show story we can recall took place in Oshawa, Ontario during our tour last summer. We were getting set to play to what had been a fairly tough crowd, giving all of the other acts a hard time. Shortly into our set, a group of young women had come into the bar, celebrating a birthday, and not expecting to find a 'rock' band on stage inside. The presumable 'birthday-girl' had her eyes set on our bass player and decided it would be fun to get up on stage next to him and grind up next to him. Following this, she picked up his water bottle and began whipping it around, spraying water all over the 'tough crowd'. After that bar loosened up and the rest of the night was a blast. Safe to say that it was an epic night all thanks to those lovely ladies!


7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

There's a lot of depth to the genre of rock currently. You've got a lot of amazing new bands that are all coming in, making a name for themselves, but then you still have classic rock acts filling out 50-60,000 seat arenas. Rock is constantly going through an evolution, all the while keeping everything it represents at it's core, making it appealing to a huge demographic.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in Canada both locally and country wide?

Canada has an amazing music scene coast-to-coast. Vancouver and Montreal have become hotbeds in not only Canada but North America as well. Here in Thunder Bay, the music scene is trying to make a comeback after several years of disinterest from the community. This has been a result of our city being so isolated, making it hard for touring bands to make an impact on our listeners. Today there are a lot of great local bands playing a number of different genres which makes it appealing to a lot of people, and the venues have done a great job at finding a happy medium for their customers expectations.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Downloading music has become a way of life in todays world. Legally, it's an endless door for artists to get their music out to the masses. If a band is willing to release a song to help promote an albums worth of work, that piece should be free to circulate the globe and atract as many people as possible. Ideally, this should lead to more people going out and buying the album (or legally downloading it), but when entire albums begin to get downloaded illegally, it's only hurting the artists.


10. What’s next for Altamadum?

Our next step right away is beginning our third album. The last year has been non-stop for us after we put out 'Levels' and we're so excited to begin work on new music. We've been working on a lot of new ideas and sounds and really want to take our time in the recording process to make this our best album yet. We also love making music videos, so we're hoping to get some new one's out there soon for our fans. Being able to work with this label has got us all really pumped for the future, both with our goals and the unknown. it's definitely something we're excited about.


11. Any shoutouts?

A huge shoutout to each and every person that has continually supported us throughout our careers: The Byers', The Cole's, The Forneri's, The Elder's, The Thomas', Onur Altinbilek, Carly Hughes, Taylor Perrault, Enzo Riccio & everyone at Music World Academy, Jimmy Wiggins, Aviary Kings, and Don't You(,) Mean People.

-Review- More Than Most - "Impossible Is Temporary" EP

London, UK electro/rock band More Than Most gets their "Impossible Is Temporary" EP reviewed. Read our take below.

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www.facebook.com/morethanmostofficial
From: London, UK
Sounds like: Electro/Rock



If you've been listening, rock music from the UK has been brimming over with talent recently. Offpeak, Renegade & Retrospect, Silhouettes, Recruits, and now More Than Most have all brought the UK to a new higher level. "You're Not Alone" starts out with a synth laden intro which then erupts into a Linkin Park influence throughout the track. The track is phenomenal and really sets things off right away. "Remember Who You Are" is a fast tempo rock track riddled with synth here and there. The track really captivates in way of the incredibly catchy rock sound that they present. The gang vocals in the chorus along with the electronic breakdowns add an element of depth that few bands can pull off. "Save Me From Myself" treads into 30 Seconds To Mars territory with its more atmospheric arena rock sound. It's a track that has no flaws whatsoever and should be a fan favorite. "Nightmares" closes things out with a bang. The track is fast, hard and really shines with an early Panic At The Disco mixed with Pvris sound. It's a track and EP that brings out the exceptionally pure talent of the band.

Verdict:
More Than Most have an amazing EP here that along with their newest single "Feed The Fire" (which can be heard here) keeps the evolution rolling on their brilliant sound. Don't hesitate in checking these guys out. Big things are on the horizon for these guys for sure.

-Interview- Darkstone Crows (8/1/15)

Toronto, Canada based metal band Darkstone Crows gets interviewed and talks about their formation, the metal scene, upcoming plans and more. Read all about them below.

www.facebook.com/darkstonecrows
www.facebook.com/darkstonecrows
From: Toronto, Canada
Sounds like: Hard Rock/Metal



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Darkstone Crows” and is there any meaning behind it?

Chanel and Jiv started this band after meeting in a music program when we were both very young. We worked our fingers to the bone to create our music and resume along with other members who have now been dismissed from the lineup. We developed our sound by simply trying out different ideas. Even to this day we branch out and look for new, fresh and interesting styles of playing. Just to keep things interesting and exciting for us and our fans. Our band name was originally “Pariah”, however marketing was an absolute nightmare because of how many organizations are called Pariah already. We were brainstorming ideas for weeks, finally Russ came up with “Dark Storm Crows”. Jiv, upon hearing the name, said “Darkstone Crows” by accident and it stuck.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

We put a lot of meaning and effort into crafting our lyrical content to address issues as we observe them. A fair amount of angst and displeasure towards war/suffering, police brutality, racism, homophobia, animal cruelty, and crimes against nature can be clearly heard in many of our tunes. We also celebrate the excitement of the world around us (metal scene, related community), and the thrill of live performance, as well as trying to inspire people to rise above, and strive toward a more positive end.


3. What can people expect from your live show?

A whole lot of sweat and flying hair. We’re a very high-energy band, we move around a lot, we try to have fun, really get into it with the entire crowd, and make them move. You won’t find any of us standing still, that’s for sure. Offstage, all of us are really easy to talk to, and more often than not, we’re up at the front, supporting the other bands and once again just trying to get people to MOVE.


4. How has the response been to the "Darkstone Crows" EP? What's your favorite track to play live?

Unreal. The amount of feedback has been pretty amazing, we were reviewed more than a few times, but the real kicker for us was that there was such a ton of positive feedback. Of course, we’re always looking for ways to improve, but it was such a nice morale booster.
Choosing a favourite song is tough. We have two staples from our set on that album, but it’s a toss-up between them and some of our newer material. Of the album tracks “Sidewinder” and “Fathoms” are the two winners, but “Fathoms” is the crowd favourite, for sure.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

International: Halestorm, System of a Down, and Iron Maiden.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Right before a very important show, just as we were about to begin, the boys of the band ripped off their shirts and revealed hidden bright pink, rainbow emblazoned tshirts that said “Death Metal” across them in bubble letters. The girls were flabbergasted.


7. What’s your take on the current state of metal?

It’s never going to go away completely. Metal is so engrained into such a diverse and tight-knit community, and it’s a tradition passed down through the decades. It seems like the surface of what’s possible has only been scratched in the last few decades, and we are excited to be involved with the newest wave of heavy metal coming out of the woodwork.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in Toronto both locally and country wide?

Toronto itself seems to be leaning towards a declining heavy folk/indie vibe at the moment, however the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has given way to a massive cult metal following. Oshawa/Whitby has a more punk rock vibe, really gritty and dirty, within its metal scene. You move in toward Ajax/Pickering or Scarborough and it starts getting a little more hardcore and punk than metal in those suburbs. Toronto itself has a very underground metalcore scene that caters more towards bands touring through the city, rather than the product of the city itself. Mississauga, where we are from, is near desolate in terms of metal bands. As you move past Burlington’s death metal dominated scene, Hamilton’s rock n’ roll and raunchy late 70’s energy envelope you. Hess St. is notorious as THE pub scene.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

While downloading is arguably helpful towards musicians in terms of exposure, in the end it does hurt the financial gain and general livelihood of musician(s) in question. As awesome as free music is, it’s still a business and it should be up to the artist whether their music is available without purchase or not.


10. What’s next for Darkstone Crows?

More work, more shows, more recording, more people and places to see. We want to tour outside of our little corner of Ontario eventually. Getting stateside without label support is tough but we’re working hard to make that happen. Europe is calling to us, we’ve been told we’d do well there, but for now, we’re just setting a foundation. Definitely keep an eye/ear open for some new recordings, maybe a music video too.


11. Any shoutouts?

Second Pass, This! Is A Crisis, Second Nature, The Dead Sexy, Odd Ones, Chasing Shadows, Tether, Infinity, Black Collar Union, and a very special shoutout to Schoolcraft. They’re all so awesome and hardworking.

More Than Most Release "Feed The Fire" Music Video

London, UK electro/rock band More Than Most recently released their music video/single "Feed The Fire". Watch below.

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www.facebook.com/morethanmostofficial
From: London, UK
Sounds like: Electro/Rock




-Review- Life As Lions - "Rock Is Back" EP

Los Angeles, CA rock band Life As Lions gets their "Rock Is Back" EP reviewed. Read our take below.

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www.facebook.com/lifeaslions
From: Los Angeles, CA
Sounds like: Rock



Recently people have been doubting rock music's ability to captivate audiences anymore. Needless to say that Life As Lions are looking to change that thinking and prove that rock music hasn't gone anywhere. If anything, this EP shows that rock is alive and well."Goode Co." opens the EP with high tempo. The track has really high energy throughout. It's extremely catchy and with a crazy guitar solo and sure to be an audience clapping participation part to boot, this track has got it going on. "Recovery" veers into Jimmy Eat World territory with its emotionally charged pop rock sound. "Control" closes things out with another high intensity track. The track brings to mind early Foo Fighters as it really has a way to stick to your head with its infectious melodies.

Verdict:
Life As Lions really know rock music. All three of these tracks could be singles on their own. This EP is sure to get stuck in your head for days. Rock definitely is back and better than ever with these guys around.

-Review - Darkstone Crows - "Darkstone Crows" EP

Toronto, Canada based metal band Darkstone Crows gets their "Darkstone Crows" EP reviewed. Read our take below.

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www.facebook.com/darkstonecrows
From: Toronto, Canada
Sounds like: Hard Rock/Metal



Canadian female fronted metal band Darkstone Crows released this EP back in June. "Hell To Pay" opens up the EP with a strong guitar riff which then leads into female melodic vocals and drums. The song then starts driving into high gear with a Halestorm type tenacity. The guitar solo in the track is really amazing. It's an awesome opening track that really hooks in the listener. "Sidewinder" comes in with a bang and really brings things to a hard rock edge. The southern rock influence really works well in the track. "Deadhead" keeps things going at a high clip. The track is sure to get the crowd moving and the pit going. The track is relentless and really shines. "Fathoms" closes up the EP with a bang. The high adrenaline and melody on the track is something truly special. Rock radio is sure to get a kick in the face with a track and EP like this.

Verdict:
This is their first EP and for a debut, it's pretty damn good. The production is top notch and with the different variations of metal and hard rock contained within, it's sure to please any listener of the genres.

-Interview- Offpeak (7/28/15)

Esh Winning, UK indie rock band Offpeak gets interviewed and talks about their formation, the UK music scene and much more. Read more below.

www.facebook.com/pages/Offpeak/480790625369715
www.facebook.com/pages/Offpeak/480790625369715
From: Esh Winning, UK
Sounds like: Indie Rock



1. How did you guys get your start in music. How did you come up with the name "Offpeak” and is there any meaning behind it?

Well it started off as a joke in 2013 when I (Jamie - Vocals) and my brother (Robbie - Guitarist) were having a laugh on the karaoke machine one Christmas. We enjoyed it and continued to make it happen. One of our friends sent us a video of them playing the drums through the Xbox (on band hero) and was really good so one day we decided to go down local rehearsal studios in County Durham UK and practise. At the studios you had to register your band and we didn’t have a name but we were practising at an ‘Offpeak’ time so we decided that would be the name. Robbie had a few songs he had written in the house and we decided to learn those. We practised religiously and in December 2013 we played our first local gig. In early 2014 after the gig, a childhood friend (Kier-Bass) joined and completed us as a 4 piece band. We then played several gigs throughout the UK and recorded a few demos. Late September 2014 (David – Drummer) left the band to concentrate on his career. He was replaced by (Jackson) who couldn’t off been a better replacement, we recorded a few more demos and a few local gigs. Early 2015 we recorded our debut single ‘Feelings Stay The Same’, which was released in July 2015 alongside our first music video.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

We would like to think that listeners could use our music to help them in their circumstances. Because there is a story behind all of our songs.


3. What can people expect from your live show?

A LOT of energy, fast riffs and pure rock and roll.


4. How has the response been to the "Feelings Stay The Same" single? What's your favourite track to play live?

We have had nothing but fantastic feedback from our first single, and it is definitely our favourite song to play live as people cannot retain their dancing for this.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Slaves UK, Royal Blood and Foo Fighters, would be an amazing experience.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Yeah, but I think you need to be there to witness them.


7. What’s your take on the current state of indie rock?

I think at the moment this genre of the music industry is quite weak, as it is predominately very repetitive throughout the artists, where as we have a very unique sound.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the UK both locally and country wide?

Locally it is not very good as there is limited good music venues, but the further you go south the music scene gets better.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

I Think it is unfair as its hard to make money in the music industry when you are unheard.


10. What’s next for Offpeak?

Well we have recently recorded an E.P which we are going to release, hopefully get a Booking agent, and gig as much as we possibly can!

-Interview- Life As Lions (7/27/15)

Los Angeles, CA rock band Life As Lions gets interviewed and talks about crazy show stories, the rock music scene and much more. Read more below.

www.facebook.com/lifeaslions
www.facebook.com/lifeaslions
From: Los Angeles, CA
Sounds like: Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound?

We all grew up loving rock and roll. We were the kids that picked up an instrument and started running with it, getting in to bands at an early age. We all started playing shows in High School bands or earlier and just never stopped. The sound we have developed has come from all of our backgrounds, previous bands and all of our different taste in music. It all revolves around the central theme of loving rock and roll and that’s really what keeps us motivated.


2. Who thought of the name “Life As Lions” and is there any meaning behind it?

The name Life as Lions came up organically. We were brainstorming names and fell in love with the idea of Life as _____. We decided on Lions because we loved what that represented at the time, but as we’ve grown as a band over the years, it has taken on a truly new meaning. You see a National Geographic depiction of a mature adult lion, with scars on his face and noticeable battle wounds on his body, you realize a lion has to fight for everything it ever wanted and is truly a symbolic creature of determination and pride. It’s a good name to try to live up to.


3. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

We want listeners to love rock and roll as much as we do. We titled our 3rd EP “Rock is Back” because we kept hearing from people that ‘rock is dead’ or ‘rock and roll died years ago’. We certainly didn’t think so. We were like, ‘screw that, let’s make people love rock and roll again’, and that’s our goal. We hope to write those songs that inspire people to hang up their glow sticks and neon tank-tops and throw up their horns. \nn/


4. What can you tell us about new music? How will it be different than the material on the "Rock Is Back" EP?

Rock is Back was music we wrote after moving to Los Angeles from Texas. It was a lot more aggressive than anything we had written up until that point. Maybe traffic had something to do with it, we can’t say for certain. However, this next round of music is a mix of some of the writing styles we did in Texas and that aggressive Los Angeles writing that we’ve done lately. We have a lot of material we are working on and we are loving where it is headed.


5. What can people expect from your live show?

You can expect a high energy, polished show with a tight and cohesive sound.


6. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Just 3? Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World and Andrew WK. We can start there.


7. Any crazy show stories?

Shows are always crazy. We will play anywhere, which sometimes can be hilarious. You could be rolling up to a House of Blues, or you could be outside in the van drinking Whiskey-Monsters and realize you are loading in to a church youth-group theater. Or better yet, you could be showing up to do an ‘in-store’ show at a skate shop and be playing to tax-exempt weekend shoppers who want no part of you. Though those kinds of shows have the potential to become a disaster, they can easily turn out to be the most fun. A while back we got asked to play a house party. We were stoked to play because we LOVE house parties. So we load up and drive like 2 hours away to this house. We get there and call the guy that asked us to play; No answer. The house is dark, looks like no one is home. We remember there was a Facebook event created, so we try reaching out on Facebook. No go. The event had been removed. We are sitting in our van with all of our gear ready to play this house party, but it turns out the kid got grounded for throwing a party at his parents house the night before, had removed the facebook event and failed to call us. We found this out about an hour later as we were driving back. We were so bummed that we didn’t get to play that we made a call, got placed on a bill as a fill-in for a band that couldn’t play that night at a venue in Houston. We invited all the kids that were supposed to come to that house party and raged. It was a really fun show by accident.


8. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

On a large scale, rock doesn’t seem to have much of a mainstream outlet. You don’t see much rock and roll showing up in local scenes these days either. There is obviously a lot of EDM and Hip Hop out there. There are a lot of sub-pop and shoe gazer bands out there too, especially in the LA market. But it doesn’t seem like there is a huge demand for Rock and Roll. You don’t see a lot of leaders for the genre, except for the Dave Grohls of the world. I think in an over-all sense, people are having a hard time identifying with the genre these days. It’d be cool if someone came out and was like, “ok… this is what rock and roll is now”, but that is really an un-rock and roll thing to do.


9. What’s the current music scene like there in California both locally and state wide?

That’s simple. As long as you are paying, you’ll have no problem playing.


10. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Well, we have a habit of giving out our music for free, so the real question isn’t about illegal downloading, it’s more about how we feel about the state of digital content distribution.
We want our music to be accessible to as many people as possible without annoying limitations. If people want to pay outright for a download- awesome. If they just want to stream and listen on a non-committal basis- awesome. We are just glad you liked the music. Maybe, hopefully you shared that link with a friend.
There is so much digital content out there these days that it is very easy to be overlooked. A lot of sites offer ‘unsigned’ sections that help grow locally, or up and coming artists, which is cool. I think the hardest thing is that, since there are so many artists viding for your attention, it takes a lot to stand out. More so than ever before, which makes bands do some outrageous things just to get your attention.


11. What’s next for Life As Lions?

We are in the process of writing our 4th EP. Lots of new material is on its way. We look to be coming to a town near you very soon.

Oppressed Affliction Release "Bloodthirsty" Single

Chicago, IL hard rock/metal band Oppressed Affliction recently released their "Bloodthirsty" single. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/oppressedaffliction
From: Chicago, IL
Sounds like: Hard Rock/Metal




More Than Most Release "Impossible Is Temporary" EP

London, UK electro/rock band More Than Most recently released their "Impossible Is Temporary" EP. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/morethanmostofficial
From: London, UK
Sounds like: Electro/Rock




Red Light Compliance Release "Dead Youth" Album

Chicago, IL punk band Red Light Compliance recently released their "Dead Youth" album. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/redlightcompliance
From: Chicago, IL
Sounds like: Punk Rock




Life As Lions Release "Rock Is Back" EP

Los Angeles, CA rock band Life As Lions recently released their "Rock Is Back" EP. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/lifeaslions
From: Los Angeles, CA
Sounds like: Rock




Letters To A Friend Release "Void" Single

Seminole, OK metalcore band Letters To A Friend recently released their "Void" single. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/LTAFofficial
From: Seminole, OK
Sounds like: Metalcore




Offpeak Release "Feelings Stay The Same" Music Video

Esh Winning, UK indie rock band Offpeak recently released their "Feelings Stay The Same" music video. Watch below.

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www.facebook.com/pages/Offpeak/480790625369715
From: Esh Winning, UK
Sounds like: Indie Rock




-Interview- Cater To The Kids (7/23/15)

Portland, OR indie rock band Cater To The Kids (ex In Retrospect) gets interviewed and talks about their start in music, the indie rock scene and upcoming plans. Read more about them below.

www.facebook.com/cttkband
www.facebook.com/cttkband
From: Portland, OR
Sounds like: Indie Rock

Photo credit: Aiden Evelyn (http://www.aidanevelynphotography.com)

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Cater to the Kids” and is there any meaning behind it?

I started playing guitar when I was 13 after playing Guitar Hero 3 embarrassingly enough. Over the years I picked up drums and bass and in high school I was in the schools choir to learn how to sing. We won 3rd place in state competition in 2013. As for the name: I was hanging out with my friend and talking about this dream band I was thinking about and how I would cater the the kids to the music but in my usual fashion I butchered my words and "cater to the kids" tumbled out of my mouth to which my friend said "hey that's not a bad name" and it stuck, so thanks Spencer!


2. What do you want your listeners to take away from your music?

Personally, I just want the people listening to forget their worries and just have fun. I try to achieve a sense of enjoyment and fun at all times when writing.


3. How is the new music coming along? Any word on a release date?

I am working on a 15 song album in a bedroom studio, hopefully shouldn't be more than 2 months and I'm very excited to share it!


4. What can people expect from your live show?

People can expect a lively band with loud music. Shows are meant to be fun for not only the people listening but for us as well.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

I'd love to play with Portugal. The Man, Grouplove and My Morning Jacket.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Not yet but I'm hoping to have plenty very soon.


7. What’s your take on the current state of indie rock?

I think Indie Rock is in a really weird place to be in right now. The genre is constantly shifting between thousands of sounds and single bands can shift between those and usually do. This level of diversity is healthy and creates a very artistic environment for us to write in.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Oregon both locally and state wide?

I honestly think Portland is the next big music scene. We obviously have guys like The Decemberists and Portugal. The Man here but we have Blue Ember and thousands of good metalish bands that all work very hard. But for every good band there are more that are bad. We've played with bands that have shown up stoned out of their minds and were throwing ramen into the crowd and peeing on people's cars. Bands like them give us a bad name.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

While I'm not for pirating I'm not against it. It's a good way for people with no money to experience and share your music. If someone loves your band they will buy merch and records after having the pirated version.


10. What’s next for Cater to the Kids?

Next step for CTTK is finding permanent members haha, also getting the basics out of the way like finalizing the shape of the album and the singular songs. I'm already reaching out to local artists and their two cents. But most of the next things are still first things.


11. Any shoutouts?

Spencer as mentioned above (but for right now I have no bridges built so it's probably good to not burn them by shouting out some person and not another).

-Review- Bring Backup - "Shell Stories" EP

El Reno, OK based pop/punk band Bring Backup gets their "Shell Stories" EP reviewed. Read our take below.

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From: El Reno, OK
Sounds like: Pop/Punk


Pop/punk has had a bit of a resurgence lately. Bring Backup is setting up to carry the pop/punk flag with their debut EP "Shell Stories". "Dropout's Rhetoric" kicks things off with a New Found Glory type track. The track is upbeat and hits all the right notes. "Party In '83" is absolute gold. The catchy, crunchy, melodic sound on the track is perfect for all pop/punk lovers. "Past Times And Lifelines" is a single and perfectly understandable why. The song is catchy and really strikes the right chord. It's a radio friendly track that the listener will fall in love with. The breakdown and guitar solo on the track really make it shine. "Road Trip" keeps things rocking and pulls out all the stops for a classic summer pop/punk track. The track channels some of the sweet sounds of the genres humble beginnings. "Don't Be Sorry, Be Better" closes out the EP in stunning detail. The track is gleaming with catchy pop/punk and will make the listener salivate for much more. There's such a tremendous amount of awesome pop/punk within the five tracks on the EP, you'd be heartbroken that the EP stops when it does.

Verdict:
If you dig pop/punk, do yourself a favor and check out Bring Backup. This EP is five tracks of pop/punk fun that you can rarely find on a debut EP.

The Skyway Release "Judgement Night" Single

Houma, Louisiana progressive/emo rock band The Skyway recently released their "Judgement Night" single. Listen below.

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From: Houma, LA
Sounds like: Progressive/Emo Rock




From The Wolves Release "A Cold Embrace" EP

Calgary, Alberta, Canada based metalcore band From The Wolves recently released their "A Cold Embrace" EP. Listen below.

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From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sounds like: Metalcore



-Interview- Beauty In The Darkness (7/15/15)

Las Vegas, NV metal band Beauty In The Darkness gets interviewed and talks about their formation, the Nevada music scene and upcoming plans. Read more about them below.

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From: Las Vegas, NV
Sounds like: Metal



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Beauty In The Darkness” and is there any meaning behind it?

Well...basically the band started out in high school except for Ariana we met her through Facebook and auditioned her at Samash. We've been a band since October of 2012 and have been going strong since. One sound is a little awkward I would say... We basically aren't the same musically and combine it to make the kind of music you've heard on our new EP Lost for Words. We just want to stand out as much as possible to our fans and to pan to different music listeners and there taste. For your next question the name Beauty in the Darkness was thought up by Zero it was meant to describe the music for example we may play with melody and always try to find something to catch your ear but we also like showing our heavier side of music but not afraid to explore our musical horizons. Hence the name Beauty in the Darkness.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

We want our listeners to take away the hidden meanings implanted into our songs. We want our songs to stand out and have things that you have to play over and over to hear making it feel like your listening to a new song but you can still sing the lyrics.


3. How has the response been thus far to the "Lost For Words" EP? What's your favorite tracks to play live off of it?

The response to our new EP Lost for Words has been way better than expected. Obviously we've put a lot of hard work, sweat, money, and time into it but the responses have been far more exciting than we could've imagined! From fans asking for autographs, to bands from foreign countries wanting to play with us, and getting discovered by this record label From the Depths Entertainment has been really awesome! And for your question on live shows our songs perfect tragedy and deadly whispers are always fun to play the get the crowd going and wanting to join along with us, but we love playing all of our songs haha.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

Pillow pits, moshing, dancing, and so on its all there we have it all there's no certain way to feel out music but all of our songs have a different vibe and make our live shows always fun to experience.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

If we could tour with anyone it would have to be Foo Fighters, our friends from Irie, and The Gazette but I'm not sure if the whole band would agree haha!


6. Any crazy show stories?

I mean there is no single crazy show story we've gone from playing in dresses, playing with the drums backwards, bleeding on our instruments, and dancing with the crowd we always do something fun and unexpected!


7. What’s your take on the current state of metal?

Our thoughts is it just music a lot of it might get repeated but there are a lot of good ones as well if you just take a chance to listen.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in Nevada both locally and state wide?

It's not like any other music scene even though we may have venues that open and close left and right there are a lot of opportunities in Vegas. We have promoters like Jew King, Pulsar, and Josh Figg who keep the music scene alive. We have things like Envy Showcase, House Of Blues, Hard Rock, and tons of other things going on. We also have the underground punk scene with venues including Hellpop and house shows happening frequently. And of course Eagle Aerie Hall, that venue has been around since forever. It's a pretty cool and interesting music scene if you keep up with the bands and their shows!


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

As long as you enjoy the music enough to either steal it or buy it a fan is a fan no matter what and however you can get music get it, but we do suggest buying it to help your bands continue to grow and continue making music.


10. What’s next for Beauty In The Darkness?

A new album, new music, touring, releasing our music worldwide, and getting more of a deeper fan base.


11. Any shoutouts?

We'd like to thank all that have supported us so far that includes family, friends, our studio producers who helped us get our EP done, and of course all our fans who stay with us and keep us alive! Oh yea and of course........ Our Mothers.