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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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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

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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

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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 Drama Dolls: “The Sublime Art of Self Importance” – burning with abrasive crunchiness

The Drama Dolls are the brainchild of ex Colony bassist, guitarist and main songwriter, Mike Cambridge, who also handles the mixing and production. Mike, along with drummer Alan Bristow and Agatha on keyboards form the nucleus of the band, with vocals by acclaimed US rock singer Chris Hodges. The mastering of the 3-sided single, “The Sublime Art of Self Importance EP”, released on Velvet Ant Records, was handled by the Pete Mayer of U2, Muse and Jack White fame.

The cover artwork

The cover artwork

The reason the music business is in shambles has something to do with piracy…but in a strange way. The main problem is that there is virtually no talent who merits anybody’s hard earned money. Nowadays, any ass with auto-tune and a laptop gets a contract and radio-play. If there were more talent like The Drama Dolls in the industry, music as a whole would not be at the point it is today, people would spend their money to buy singles, Eps and albums, and the artists would reap the benefits of their hard work. Instead everything sounds the same, as if it was manufactured with the same software…and it probably was!

The Drama Dolls are different. They deliver genuine, raw, alternative rock and come out with all guns firing on “Don’t Waste Your Prayers”, the opening track from “The Sublime Art of Self Importance”.  If there is a constant on this Ep, it is the fist-pumping anthems and melodic tunes. The guitar-attack blasts through the opening bars, burning with abrasive crunchiness, as the galloping bass and drum rhythm, tests Chris Hodges’ vocal cords which bellows and soars. The Drama Dolls demonstrate their versatility and musical strength with this Ep.

The-Drama-Dolls-400There’s plenty of heat here, mixed with guitar solos, mood inspirations, and straight ahead rock like on “I Want More”, which steams and boils with pressure-cooker precision without ever shooting off its lid. The band turn things up a notch on “King For A Day”, infusing the song with as much melodic catchiness as they do with crusty energy. The cherry on top is provided by the smoldering guitar solo. Apart from each individual member of the band bringing their own remarkable talent to the table, Mike Cambridge seems to find the perfect rock n’ roll sound to each song.

Mike handcrafts these tunes and treats each individual song as though it is Plasticene that he can mold into perfection. And ‘perfection’ here doesn’t mean glossy, shiny, slick production. It means finding that raw, sometimes abrasive but always melodic sound mix that makes rock n’ roll’s controlled chaos so alluring. Sleek production in rock can sometimes be likened to freckles on a hot blonde. No one gives a sh*t about the freckles because they’re all so concentrated on how tight the blonde’s ass is!

“The Sublime Art of Self Importance” defines pure rock with no strings attached – packing riff awesomeness, emotionally charged vocals, a solid guitar attack, and an amazing rhythm section, that culminates in hard-hitting, balls to the wall rock.  It would be a complete understatement to say that this is a great unbridled rock recording by The Drama Dolls!

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