Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms

Luna Elisabeth Jezebel Pool aka Baby Lu was born on February 5, 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. Lu began singing and songwriting in her early teens and went to several music auditions where she was rejected because of her young age. She then decided to start making her own music after graduation in 2018. As she didn’t have any connections yet she wasn’t able to produce something properly. In 2019 she met the producer Austin Asiegbu (2aBeaatz) and started to produce her own songs. Pool has cited Adele and Demi Lovato as her major musical influences. Her other influences or inspirations

Left In The Dark: “Shadowglass” – razor sharp riffs within a massive wall of sound

Left In The Dark is a 4 piece alternative-rock and metal band from the Dayton Ohio area. The band has released their 13 track debut album “Shadowglass”, which they recorded, mixed, and mastered themselves. The album was co-written by vocalist Josh Schaurer and drummer Brian Gerth. The other performing members in the band are George Hargreaves on guitar, and Travis Reynolds on bass. Left In The Dark started playing shows late in 2015, but have been a band for two years, most of which was spent writing and recording their debut album.

The album artwork

The album artwork

Left In The Dark did an amazing job with this album you have the mixture of heavy metal jams like Metallica, catchier rock songs and anthems like Three Days Grace, and Shinedown. But personally what got me with this album was the not sticking to all metal or all rock, as they use different sounds and textures to make all kinds of rock fans excited about their music. “Shadowglass” ranks up there with whatever your classics are. Period. It is a genre-buster that is bound to unite rock fans of whatever sub-genre.

“Shadowglass” is ingenious and a clever work of music. Left In The Dark’s music here is dark, yet uplifting. To give their music that uplifting quality, they obviously have to go ‘emo’ you’re thinking, but rest assured they stayed away from it. They mix emotional and hardcore with sweet and sick. They blend gentle, sprawling acoustic pianos with screaming, gut-busting power chords. They combine elements from rock and metal to create an assault of razor sharp riffs within a massive wall of sound, where Josh Schaurer’s vocals are allowed to scream, soar and soothe.

Josh Schaurer

Josh Schaurer

What the members of Left In The Dark have crafted here is an incredibly emotional, loud, and technically impressive album; one that just fills you with unbridled energy. It starts out with a cool, slow paced piano build-up of an intro, which leads to the first kick-in-the-pants actual song – “Denial”. Singer Schaurer’s melodic lead vocal is supported by pounding drums and bass and killer guitars which rise and fall throughout the track. But it is the third cut, “Lie To Me”, which starts to unleash the full hardcore power of this band. It is exactly here that you realize that finally you have found a new rock band with an absolutely insane amount of talent that still can appeal to the masses.

“We Aren’t” opens with a furious guitar rampage and bursts into an epic score, melding hope and despair together in a three-and-a-half minute tribute to the more classical metal sound, which is pure guitar bliss. Josh Schaurer can sing beautifully, he can scream with enormous talent, and he can do a melodic growl when he wants to. That Left In The Dark can deliver some of the most intense and beautiful hard melodic rock that the human body is capable of, is made clear on “Last Request”, “Riptide” and “So Far Away”. All throughout these songs George Hargreaves proves that you don’t need a crazy guitar solo to show off guitar skills, you can easily pull it off with creative riffs that go perfectly with the vocals.

Left In The Dark

Left In The Dark

There are many bands trying to be hard these days. Left In The Dark do not have to try. Clearly their music is what comes naturally to them. I had multiple eargasms listening to “Gone”, where the band mixes sweet melody with malicious metal. Josh Schaurer’s distinctive voice, combined with George Hargreaves’ crushing riffs, and the thunderous beats of the percussion section provided by Travis Reynolds on bass and Brian Gerth on drums, allows for complete and utter controlled mayhem, giving me the song I’ve been waiting for. The song that confirms this is no ordinary rock band…not by a long shot!

“Best Wishes”, “Runaway” and “One Last Time”, again, seamlessly combines the band’s classic edgy vocals with melodic choruses, grinding guitar riffs, tight bass lines, and heart pounding drum beats into cohesive works of epic rock art. In particular, with its changing tempos and amazingly layered harmonies, “One Last Time” is my second favorite song on the entire album, after “Gone”. Left In The Dark consistently reach their potential on “Shadowglass” by creating empowering and energy filled tones with catchy hooks throughout the entire album. To cut a long story short, grab this if you don’t have it, an absolute must for anyone who appreciates modern rock music.

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