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

A New Way to Live Forever: “Monument” – high energy rock anthems

Fort Lauderdale’s A New Way to Live Forever is an alternative indie-rock band led by dynamic front man Russ Rogers (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar) with Phil Tucciarone (Drums), Steve Velez (Bass), Stephen Rose (Guitar) and Daniel Dyer (Guitar). Their latest EP release “Monument” which has had unanimous critical acclaim is available at iTunes now. ANWTLF has also dropped the new single ‘Fall Or Follow’ and lyric video for ‘Valley Metro!’.

The EP is a striking example of what the band has to offer. “Monument” is somewhat unexpected, pretty different and much more textured and nuanced than we usually hear in this genre. The lead single ‘Fall Or Follow’ sets the tone lyrically and sonically, and is, well, monumental in its overall approach.

It shows the group working in unison, bringing together their clever lyrics, big hooks and soaring melodies and harmonies. But there is plenty diversity in the sound beyond that, the whole set is full of dynamic color.

ANWTLF excel at blending arena-ready swagger and groove with an impressive and sparkling triple-threat-layer of heavy rock guitars, which not far from the surface maintains a set of pop and urban-flavored sonics, ready to deliver alternatives soundscapes such “I Saw Stars”, on which we also find Producer Peter Klett playing guitar,  and “Leave It All Behind”.

It is also spacey, with truly epic pianos and sing-along choruses on “Dream Away”. It all adds up to that unexpected sound I mentioned in the beginning.

ANWTLF is going into uncharted territories, mixing pop, soul-infused vocals and heavy rock music with a modern swing, a music style that suits them very well. At the same time A New Way to Live Forever is able to deliver high energy rock anthems, vibrant with banging beats, while grooving with effortless ease along traces of grunge-like guitar work.

“Monument” really has a contemporary rock-soul style to it. It is intense and very melodic.  It rolls on all cylinders, combining memorable ballads and fast-tempo rockers without sacrificing EP unity or flow.

All in all, A New Way to Live Forever delivers an honest recording that reflects their musical image, full of cool and addictive sounds that work very well together. The EP showcases a maturity of songwriting and a very interesting future for ANWTLF.

Many if not all of the songs on “Monument” seem to take their core inspiration from genres outside of hard rock which leaves us with some of the most intriguing and diverse songs to come out of this genre in a long time. This is an excellent EP that really plays to ANWTLF’s strengths.

The entire recording is catchy with enough variety and quality to keep listeners coming back for more each time.  They are playing venues and sharing stages as well as supporting Trapt in a showcase at The Whisky in LA on 4/28, but surely it won’t be long before A New Way to Live Forever are headlining their own major shows around the globe. (Top Photo credit: Alex Solca)

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