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

Kick Me Out – “No Puppets” radiates raw authenticity and artistry!

Netherlands based band, Kick Me Out assumes their own identity brewed of metal, rock, pop and punk, and are well on their way to becoming a force in the underground scene. The 5-piece unit radiate raw authenticity and artistry. Kick Me Out hold nothing back on their EP release, “No Puppets”. In the years since members Leander van Bijnen, Fons van Wegen and Boudewijn Jansen morphed from Deadman’s Switch, to the addition of musicians Nienke Schimmel and Rowan Maris, the collective have gone from an aspiring indie band to a true, female-led punk-rock band with raw vocals and a powerful sound. Not only has Schimmel discovered a resonant, soaring voice that few others achieve; the band has found a way to make a strong statement with their music.

Despite the thundering bombast of their sound, Kick Me Out also manage to connect emotionally with the listener on some of the more heartfelt tracks. “No Puppets” is a solid album of butt-kicking, crunching rock-inflected tunes.

Guitars are heavy and distorted and share center stage with Schimmel’s mewling and hollering, and the driving rhythm section keeps everything tight and propelled steadily forward.

The opening bars of lead track “Say Something” serves as a statement of purpose: a snaky, sinewy dose of bone-crushing punk rock, with an ear-wormy shout-along chorus and plenty of tasty guitar licks.

As opening tracks go, it’s a damn good one. “Can I have a minutes of your time,” sings Nienke. “May I please explain myself.” From there onward all hell breaks loose. Once the song is halfway through, you realize The Kick Me Out mean business.

And they quickly confirm that sensation with the explosive “Falling From The Sky”. Continuing with the massive chugging riffs, the track maintains the band’s aggression, while the vocal hooks sink deep into your mind.

As the twisted tale unfolds, I’ve got to admit, I’m impressed with this song. The production is ‘loose and live’ giving the sound an intensely fierce and gritty quality. The song, possibly because of the raw production, sounds fresh and relevant.

The album’s apex, for me, arrives with the motherlode of Bijnen and Wegen’s screaming guitars, Maris’ rumbling basslines, and Jansen’s hard banging drums on “Holding On”. This song is the centerpiece of the EP – a balls out rocker that will have you banging your head to the rhythm.

Add in Nienke’s commanding vocals and this gut-busting anthem is sheer ear-bending beauty. And I’m willing to bet that this will be a tremendously fun song live. If you’re looking for a mosh-pit song structure, this is it!

Surprisingly the best is yet to come. With “What About Us”, you get a straight up crushing wall of sound that features Nienke Schimmel at her absolute best. Her range is on full display, creating a vocal atmosphere that conjures up audible heartfelt images.

It’s a song with guts and attitude. On the whole the band’s sound is driven by relentless percussion which powers through every song, and the heavy guitars riffs which push the tunes further. Add to that the standout vocals and you’ve got a winner every time.

With too many punk, rock and metal bands sounding sterile and calculated nowadays, it makes the rawness, emotion and originality of Kick Me Out stand out even more.

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