Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

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Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

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FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

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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,

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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

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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

The Incredible Kicks: Fairytales

The first thing that strikes me when I listen to any Australian rock band, are the vocals. Ever since the 80’s when I fell in love with bands like Cold Chisel, Australian Crawl and Midnight Oil, the one key factor, over and above the music itself that made these groups so endearing, was the voices that powered their songs.

I’m not sure if it’s something special Australians either eat or drink, but there seems to be an uncanny amount of Aussie rock singers with vocal ranges that are nothing short of mind-blowing.

Add this to the fact that Australian musicians seem to be endowed with an automatic built-in sense of rhythm and harmony, and you have music with a melodious approach, catchy choruses, driving (but never overblown) guitars, a kick-ass bass and drum engine room and an overall smooth, sleek sound that is hard to resist.

A perfect balance of rock, pop and alternative styles, with a usually staggering, charismatic vocal performance from a towering front man.

The Incredible Kicks is yet another Australian band who continues this successful Aussie rock dynasty, by perfectly representing the above description, and Travis Hair on lead vocals and guitar, comfortably slips into the “towering front man” role, with absolute ease.

The Incredible Kicks are a 3-man outfit from Brisbane. Travis Hair handles lead vocals, guitar and keyboards. Luis Bran covers bass and vocals. While Josh Griffin keeps time on drums and vocals.

Their music style resides somewhere between Cold Chisel, Silverchair and Queen, which is like saying they resemble a letter somewhere between A and Z.

Precisely.

The Incredible Kicks. Left to Right, Travis Hair – Josh Griffin – Luis Bran

The band is capable of quickly changing styles,sound and tempo (and often do!) within the same song. Listen to ‘Fairytale’ with it’s hard-rock guitar intro, The ‘Bohemian Rhapsody-like” vocals, the poppy rhythm riff interludes and the machine-gun drum breaks delivered by Josh, to get just a tiny insight as to how intensely The Incredible Kicks arrange their songs. Their sound is total.

Every aspect of the instruments contributes greatly to the bands sleek driving rock sound.

First and foremost vocalist Travis Hair, whose presence is so powerful throughout the songs. You can tell the man is an immense talent. His passionate singing in ‘All Right’ and frantic bellowing in the almost romantic new-wave sounding ‘Not On Me’ is perfect evidence of this.

Also not to be underestimated, is Travis’ guitar playing. Which is tasteful, powerful and never overly intrusive within a music genre that is generally a predestinated victim of the electric guitar hero.

Luis Bran’s dynamic, stomping bass lines and clean plucking are also fundamental in establishing the band’s sound, as is drummer Josh Griffin’s solid, creative and consistent drumming.

The cherry on top of all this beautifully controlled music mayhem, is definitely the vocal arrangements and harmonies.

The Incredible Kicks stand head-and-shoulders above many of their musical counterparts, primarily because they deliver top quality vocal arrangements in industrial quantities.

This is a trait very hard to find amongst many indie bands. Often we come across bands who write great songs and deliver fantastic musical interpretations, but fall horribly short in the vocal department, sensibly complicating their road to commercial success.

This is not the case with The Incredible Kicks, who can proudly brandish this as one of their strong points.

The bands smooth transitions from song to song is evident on their EP “Fairytales”. Packed with memorable tunes, there’s hardly a song that could be considered a filler. But there sure are the obvious highlights.

‘Delicate Romance’ captures the bands authentic versatility and musicianship, with continuous tempo changes and building chorus lines. While ‘Your Way’ adds a more dramatic, passionate sense to the EP. ‘All Right’ sounds like a classic Queen song with its powerful vocal harmonies, ever-changing musical arrangement, clever drum hooks and elusive acoustic undertones. The rest of the album magic, is conjured up with uplifting guitar riffs and inspirational lyrics.

The Incredible Kicks are currently working on their brand new album ‘Ineffective Lullabies’ which should be ready for release mid-July. While they also have a new single out entitled ‘Any Excuse’.

If you like your rock tinged with great vocals and powerfully creative arrangements, you can grab their album ‘Fairytales’  on iTunes from here.

Or just head straight over to The Incredible Kicks homepage now.

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