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

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

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 &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

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

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

Sleep Keepers: “ROAR!” – the sound becomes rock art!

Alternative rock band ‘Sleep Keepers’ has released the EP “ROAR!”, which contains 4 heavy dynamic tracks with elements of dubstep, female harsh screaming vocals and cipher-filled lyrics. The Ukrainian-based Sleep Keepers, consists of drummer Toshi, straight from the heart of Japan, the guitar player Ilya, from a war zone and lead singer Talana, from the capital of Ukraine. Even with cascading riffs, powerful vocals, and bouncing choruses, “ROAR!” enlists an underlining layer of trickery. Isolating these clever moments takes many listens, but inevitably adds incredible depth to the recording.

In a music industry plagued by clones and angsty teens trying to sound angry, vocalist Talana evokes the actual tone of the words she sings. For instance, whatever she sings, we as an audience can understand, sonically, her sensation. The delivery and distortion of Talana’s voice generates tangible visions of the lyrics.

sleep-keepers-roarThis furthers our attachment to the songs because we grasp the total sound and feel just as the band intended. It’s not sound for the sake of sound, but tone for the sake of emotion. You may hear hundreds of clichéd lyrics and singers trying desperately to sound emotional, instead of harmonizing the words with their enunciations. Talana confronts this concept head on and nails it.

A producer should always take bands in a new direction, in terms of sound. No one record should replicate another. The most meticulous engineered albums can still fall victim to sameness sometimes. Fans identify this easily and see it as a sidestep from originality.  I’m not sure who produced “ROAR!” but the result is unique because Sleep Keepers come off as heavy, yet incredibly transient.

Their archetype of sound can put listeners in a total trance, while at the same time explode with unbridled energy. They’re one of the few, new breed of alternative rock bands, to force fans to exist at a perfect balance. “ROAR!” flirts with the concept of ever-changing timbres and sounds throughout their tracks, going from electronic to electric, and from soft to loud, barricading listeners into some of the most emotional and driven songs in the genre.

Notwithstanding the fact that their arrangements are brimming with sonic onslaughts that arrive in multiple waves, nothing sounds cluttered or stagnant. The genius of Sleep Keepers’ songwriting comes in these ‘huge’ moments. The band centers on one or two key moments in each song to make it sound monumental and catchy at the same time.

They’re like signatures, sometimes enhanced through careful layered soaring vocal screams or ambient spoken word interludes. Instruments drop in and out to isolate what they want you to hear and feel. The most prominent of course, being Ilya’s guitars and the electronics, while Toshi’s drumming never fails to impress throughout.

You can sample all these goodies straight away on the opening title track “ROAR!” – and once the band goes full swing, at this level, their sound becomes rock art.

sleep-keepers-roar-talanaThe overall pacing of EP is flawless. Sleep Keepers control the tempo, offering needed reprieves before plunging back into the fray. These intervals, although a bit slower is not short on impact – “Kindness Can Kill” is initially disguised as a reprieve, before it explodes into a wall of over-driven sound.

“This City Needs A Hero” functions anatomically, like circuitry of our hearts. Immediate electric bounces kicks off the record with a bang. Repeating riffs and musical cues amplify the track’s reverberations, as the harmonies and lead vocals soar, sweep and dip through the verses and choruses.

The song builds to massive melodic moments, before the instruments slowly drop out to only restart their journey again, carrying the song to even newer heights. “High Voltage” is comprised of fiery, thrashy guitar riffs, pounding drums, throaty screams, and chunky breakdowns.

The tracks on “ROAR!” open the ears and heart up to the variety of textures and feelings explored throughout. There are many undeniable high points on the EP, emotionally and sonically. These songs can rattle out the windows on your car on a regular basis as well as give you massive head to toe tingles, just by the turn of a volume knob.

All-round the music is melodic, hardcore, riffing, and a good mix of production and grit, while the lyrics are quotable, pertinent and insightful. Buy the EP even if you need to sell a kidney for it!

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