Thursday, December 12, 2013
To All Our Fans,
It is with heavy hearts that we must let you know that Steve Klein is no longer a part of New Found Glory. We’ve had our differences with Steve over the years that have led us to this decision. We love Steve however personal differences have guided this decision and we no longer feel we can work with him. Rest assured that New Found Glory will still go on! After the Parahoy Cruise we are planning to write a new record and start this new chapter for our band. We have not decided on who will fill Steve’s position however we will let you know our plans as soon as we figure that out. We love you, our fans, so much and appreciate your dedication and loyalty to our band. We hope you stick by us during this difficult time.
We love you,
Chad, Jordan, Cyrus, and Ian
This is shocking and sudden news from the NFG camp, who have been a mainstay in the Coral Springs, FL music scene ever since the group was founded in 1997. For him to have been ousted from the band indicates that there was a growing rift developing between Steve and his bandmates, and it came down to a group vote that he had to leave. We'll see where this takes the band moving forward, and no word yet on his replacement just yet, but we'll be sure to let you know once it becomes available.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
"Christmas Time Again" kicks off the effort with an intense, frenetic blast introducing you to the lead vocals of Craig Sulken who adds a certain distinct element to all of their songs that is hard to miss and can't possibly be ignored as we delve deeper into the album. My favorite tune off the collection is "Rather Be But Here", a toned down acoustic number that is the perfect accompaniment as you relax by the fireplace with your hot chocolate admiring the warmth of the holiday season and the sheer, unbridled beauty of this little musical nugget totally exemplifies the holiday spirit that all of us seek to find year in and year out. "Alone For The Holidays" does an exquisite job of accentuating the heartwarming spirit of the holidays as you put your stockings up by the fire, drinking your hot chocolate and basking in the warmth and glow of those you love with this indelible number providing the backdrop for the whole scene.
The disc's latter portion features "Home For The Holidays" a relaxing, merry number filled with top notch, chestnut wooded acoustic guitar riffs that give off the aura of the Christmas season so acutely that you can practically smell the wood burning from the fireplace and see the band play right in the comfort of your own living room. The title track is a gritty but reflective number that features deep and punctuating guitar riffs and poignant, introspective lyrics that make you feel the emotion pouring out of the band, and you can feel the heartfelt sincerity as well that goes along with the message embedded within the walls of this album if you listen really closely. "O Holy Night" concludes matters here on the album, and the band do a solid job of putting their all into this Christmas staple that totally exemplifies the Christmas magic and spirit that will warm you up and surround you with great fervor and anticipation as you sit back and watch the magic unfold right before you. This is the first time I've reviewed a Christmas album on my site before, and I was a little hesitant to review holiday albums in the past as all of them sound the same to me, but this holiday album in particular really struck my fancy as it kept things simple and straightforward, and gave us an introduction to the band and the musicianship and camaraderie that they exemplify on this effort is uncanny and a marvel to see unfold musically right before your ears.
All in all, a spectacular Christmas album from BoyMeetsWorld, a band that you should pay special attention to in the New Year as they bring their unique blend of pop-punk to the masses with a blast, and this Christmas collection should tide you over until the new year rolls around with bountiful musical gifts aplenty awaiting on the other side.
Album Score: 3.5/5
- Christmas Time Again
- Rather Be But Here
- Alone For The Holidays
- Home For The Holidays
- Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal...
- O Holy Night
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Combining the worlds of sports and music today with a rundown of my favorite music inspired sports team logos. Some sports teams from across the country have adopted logos that take their influence from the world of music, and I managed to round them all up today to show the vast influence that music in general has had on the logos of professional sports teams from across the country. Here is a list of some notable designs:
The NBA's Utah Jazz have an awesome, snazzy music note shaped in the form of a 'J' with a multicolored basketball representing the team's youthful and dynamic image. The team originally resided in New Orleans where jazz music was popularized, and the team eventually moved out to Salt Lake City in 1979 where they continue to reside today. This is probably my favorite of all the music inspired sports logos as it has the perfect name and logo to match that totally encapsulates the bond between sports and music that has the most spirited color representation proudly displayed here. The team has been to the NBA finals twice in 1997 and 1998, losing both times to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. Their musically inclined image has kept them grounded and the people are proud of them and what they represent as a whole to the city.
The Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL have sported a flying 'P' logo in the shape of a vinyl record that has embodied the class and spirit of the City of Brotherly Love ever since their creation in 1967. The team has won 2 Stanley Cups so far in their history, once in 1974 over my beloved Boston Bruins and again the next year over the Buffalo Sabres. This logo has an overall simplicity to it that I can appreciate and identify with and take something away with me in the process as well. While my B's were able to exact revenge on them two years ago by sweeping them in the playoffs and avenging the epic collapse from the year prior, I always have a soft spot in my heart for Philly who are alot like in Boston in most aspects due to their rich and cultured history that goes back a long way and continues to resonate to this day.
St. Louis Blues
Another team from the NHL that has some musical influence with its logo is the St. Louis Blues. Also founded in 1967 during the league's expansion from 6 to 12 teams, this ultra seek blue music note with a gold trim has been the cornerstone of the team ever since, and they initially obtained a great deal of success in their early years with 3 straight Stanley Cup Finals appearances, all ending in losses most notably with the 1970 Finals where they were swept by the Boston Bruins in one of the most memorable clinching games in history that occurred in overtime when Blues defenseman Noel Picard tripped Bobby Orr that allowed the winning goal to be scored just 40 seconds in overtime, with that image now represented in a statue just outside the TD Garden in Boston. This team can take pride in the fact that they contributed to one of the most memorable games in history, while still pursuing a championship to call their own to this day but still have an terrific logo to show for it.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
To check out the full list of interviewee subjects along with their videos, head on over to Critical Wave UK's website right here and click on 'In The Tub' to feast yourself in some eye popping shots of up and coming Brit bands showing some skin and arousing some attention as well.
Things get off to a rousing start on "Collide" a thick, upbeat track featuring a colorful array of beats and electronically guided effects that make this song a good way to start off the album and sets the stage for what's about to come later on in the effort. "Hollywood" is a party friendly track featuring standard issue rhyming schemes and Jake's insightful lyrical wisdom being the strong suit here as it represents a different blend of hip-hop that is vastly different from what we're accustomed to. "High Life" features the musical stylings of Jeremy Thurber, and features some neat acoustic guitar melodies that blend in together quite nicely with the beats and music images it instills in us after we're finished listening to the track. My favorite song off the album is the stripped down "Homeless", an intensely personal track about living without a roof over your head, and Jake completely hits it out of the park here and with this song reveals different facets of his personality and his musical mission coming to fruition on this well composed and musically deep track heard here.
The second half gets underway with "Carry On" a eclectic, uptempo track featuring an assortment of mid tempo beats that lean in a more pop direction this time around, and there is nothing wrong with that. "A Million Lives" touches on youth issues that are plaguing today's youth, from bullying to suicide attempts, this song deals with societal problems head on and puts a positive spin on all of it that makes their problems instantly disappear within the sound of his voice. The disc begins to conclude on "Puppet", a more darker and complex tune that deals with the squabbles that usually plague a musician and big wigs at major record labels who think they know what sells albums these days. The album concludes on "Number One Rule" a high velocity, breezy tune with Jake's lyrical skills once again providing ample opportunity for him to take center stage and shine among all the other similarly accentuated artists currently out there today. It's quite refreshing to hear a different breed of hip-hop that is slowly becoming extant right now as we speak. Other artists like Macklemore are ushering in an idea of social change and positivity that takes away the negative connotations that are traditionally associated with hip-hop, and puts pressing social issues into the forefront, whether it be bullying, gay marriage, or insecurities. Jake Miller has the passion, drive, and enthusiasm to have a positive impact on today's youth, and that's pretty much the main goal of any musician, regardless of genre.
Overall, a terrific and intriguing effort from Jake Miller, who is starting to make a name of himself in the rap game with his strong lyrical abilities that put him in a different class among all the others that will allow him to go the distance in this game.
Album Score: 3.5/5
- Me and You
- High Life (f/ Jeremy Thurber)
- My Couch
- Carry On
- A Million Lives
- Number One Rule
We start things out with the title track, a sprawling seven minute opus that reintroduces you to the lead vocals of Win Butler, who contributes a great deal to the band's style and charisma that is omnipresent on every Arcade Fire effort up until this point, and is represented well right here. "We Exist" is a full featured, melodic blast that is syncopated with rich musical delights and the lovely backup vocals of Regine Chassagne contribute a great deal to the band's style that is already well known to this point. "Here Comes The Night Time" features an neat piano arrangement coupled with a strong musical focus from Win and everyone involved to create a high energy and whimsical piece that will leave you spellbound before all is said and done. "Normal Person" features an array of distortion before settling into a straightforward rock groove that deviates slightly from their prior musical mission, but works to their advantage beautifully right here. My favorite song off the album is "You Already Know" an upbeat, jazzy tune featuring colorful musical arrangements and top notch instrumentation that makes you stand there in wonder of these musicians, and watch the magic unfold right before your eyes and ears, just an amazing track all around.
The second half begins with "Here Comes The Night Time II", complete with a vocal refrain sung in unison between Win and Regine that accurately portrays their musical relationship, and shows the capabilities of a group that work far behind the confines of the musical spectrum, and in another dimension as far as I'm concerned. "It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)" finds the band delving into some light electronic instrumentation that works its way through the musical foundation, and trickles in ever so softly and eventually breaks through in a deluge of sharp instrumentation and a honed in focus that shows the band is in their element and at the top of their game as well. "Porno" features an array of instrumentation including fingersnaps and an eerie synth wave working its way in and shares some similar musical characteristics as the prior ones exhibited. "Supersymmetry" concludes our musical stay here with a 11 minute downtempo number that is markedly different than the other tracks, and features a certain level of ambiance that will make you appreciate the band that much more, and what they can do for you musically. Arcade Fire is a band that has quickly grown on me in recent years, and they have brought a new sense of musicality and ambition that I haven't seen from a musical act in quite some time, and it has made me extremely hopeful for the future of current musical acts out there looking to expand their musical horizons.
Overall, an extremely creative and ambitious effort from Arcade Fire who are continuing to spruce up their musical resume with a sea of musicality and unbridled musical syncopation between all musicians that will definitely impress you upon first listen.
Album Score: 4/5
- We Exist
- Flashbulb Eyes
- Here Comes The Night Time
- Normal Person
- You Already Know
- Joan of Arc
- Here Comes The Night Time II
- Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
- It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
A wonderful new split EP has just made its way from a voyage across the Atlantic from merry old England courtesy of Throwing Stuff and Boston Manor. This raucous and ambitious new effort has a unheralded and youthful spirit attached to it that makes it unique and a wise music decision if you're looking to start your holiday shopping a bit early this year.
Throwing Stuff gets us started right away with "Five Pound Beers" a blasting, no stone unturned effort with piercing and shrieking vocals that put you on notice right away and gives you an idea of what to expect for the duration of your stay here. "Token Beef" features much of the same musical characteristics as the prior one exhibited, and may take some time getting used to but if you're a hardcore punk fan, you've found your calling and will feel right at home along with all the others gathered in the mosh pit.
Blackpool's own Boston Manor cool us down a bit with some pop-punk rhythms to get us into gear right off the bat. "July" is an amazing, musically adventurous track that takes me back to my high school years with some New Found Glory esque melodies and hooks that you have no choice but to surrender yourselves to right away. "Wolf" ends it all here with a fast paced, rigorous effort that totally encapsulates the band's sound perfectly, and does a great job of closing things out to give us a preview of the best of both worlds with these two bands and where they intend on going musically from here. You may remember Boston Manor from my recent Towering Over London Bandcamp compilation, and bassist Dan Cunniff was responsible for mixing, mastering, and recording this entire effort that has proven that he is an exceptionally talented musician with skills that run the gamut all over the map, and has given his band creedence as to having what it takes to be known beyond the confines of their home country and into the hearts of American music listeners.
Overall, a terrific split EP from Boston Manor and Throwing Stuff, who have sent out a warning call to us letting us know what amazing and thrilling music is heading onto our shores right now as we speak. Now available for streaming on Soundcloud right here.
EP Score: 3.5/5
- Throwing Stuff - Five Pound Beers
- Throwing Stuff - Token Beef
- Boston Manor - July
- Boston Manor - Wolf
Monday, November 25, 2013
Starting things out with a brand new interview to add to my ever growing collection! Today, we touch base with Brooklyn's own Highly Suspect. You may remember them from my Artist Spotlight post I did on them a few weeks back, and drummer Ryan Meyer was gracious enough to sit down and do an interview with the site that allows us to get to know the guys a little bit better up close and personal, and get a sense of where the influences of their music lie and gain a better perspective about them as regular people and musicians. Here is my transcript of the interview I just did with Ry:
Give us your names and what you guys do in the band?
Johnny Stevens - guitar, lead vocals
Rich Meyer - Bass, vocals
Ryan Meyer - Drums
How did you guys all meet and when did the band form?
Richie an I met in the womb and had to spoon for 9 months. You get to know a guys after that. We both knew Johnny from high school, but we didn't end up becoming friends till years later. Rich and Johnny met at a party, both had motorcycles and acoustic guitars and got along famously. Johnny and I on the other hand had a rough start...and did not get along for a while. but in the end we got over it and we all moved in together about 8 years ago. We've all been roommates ever since, for the exception of a few years when i went of to school. The band formed in 2007-2008 ish.
How did the name Highly Suspect originate?
A band name generator. Johnny's dad said "Ya gotta have highly in the name". so...Highly Suspect came up and stuck.
How would you describe the sound of the band to those who may not be familiar with you guys?
Rock n' Roll.
What were some bands that you listened to when you were younger that may have or not influenced your sound in some way?
Everything and everyone has been an influence. but the great British rock bands i.e. Zeppelin, Floyd, Beatles were huge. as well as Nirvana, Foo Fighters, 90's rock etc. Hip hop is a huge influence as well, especially for beats, tempos, and lyrical content.
Take us behind the recording process of your EP "Black Ocean" and what that whole process was like?
Black Ocean was made in a few different studios. "Bath Salts" and "The Go" were made entirely in Studio G (Brooklyn) with producer Joel Hamilton. Also originally from Cape Cod. Joel has worked with everyone, from Pretty Lights to Black Keys and Wu-Tang. He's the man.
"Fuck Me Up ", "Guess What", and "Lydia" were recorded for the most part in our apartment with producer Joe Duplanter (Gojira). Drums were tracked at Spin Recording Studios in Queens. These recording were much more intimate, not only did we record in our living room, but Joe is a close friend of ours and brought along his 1yr old girl for us to baby sit during the process. We also discovered click tracks just don't work for us, and ditched them completely.
How has your audience responded to your music and how big of a role do they play in your success?
Oh man without our fans we would still be playing music in a basement...they play a huge role in our career! They love us and we love them back!
For fun, what do you guys like to do for leisure away from making music and playing shows?
We all work. Johnny's a bartender, Richie builds custom furniture, and I'm a freelance front of house engineer.
What's coming up next for you guys, any upcoming shows or such that we should be aware of?
A lot is happening here in New York we cant talk about just yet, but fans can look forward to a new music video/single coming up soon!
Lastly, why do you think people should check out your music?
Because.... its not Justin Bieber.
Thanks once again to Ryan for being so gracious with his time in his ever increasingly busy schedule to do this interview. I'm happy I stumbled across these guys randomly, as they have a special and unique talent that deserves to be shared with everyone and value the creative wisdom that each of they guys emanate constantly on a routine basis, and how hard working they are in providing for their fans. For more information on Highly Suspect, 'Like' them on Facebook here and follow them on Twitter right here.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
British born singer songwriter Covey has just released his debut music video for "Comes and Goes". The exceptionally talented artist who currently goes to school here in the Boston area at Berklee College of Music has brought his exceptional talents from across the pond, and has adorned us with a thoughtful and inquisitive track that allows us to get a sense of who he is a person and what his music hopes to accomplish as well. I was impressed with what he brought to the table musically, and he is an immensely talented individual who is honing his talents into something that is truly special and one that people will instantly gravitate towards. Check out his brand new music video that came out yesterday to see the visual stimuli that he has put on top of this layered composition.
For more information on Covey, head on over to his Facebook page here and give him a well deserved 'Like' if you enjoy what you hear! You can follow him on Twitter from this location here and download his new single "Comes and Goes from his Soundcloud site at this spot right here.
To check out "Backyard Haze" for yourself, head on over to Academy's Soundcloud page right here and hear for yourself what they have recorded for your listening pleasure. 'Like' them on Facebook over here to receive an instant download of "Backyard Haze" and follow the boys on Twitter here to stay in touch with them on a direct basis.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The man who she saw in the photo was none other than George Brett, who spent his entire 21 year career with the Royals and led the team to a 1985 World Series Championship over their in state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. I'm amazed that the song is actually about the baseball team as I'm a huge MLB fanatic, and I was actually rooting hard for the Kansas City Royals to make the playoffs this year since they haven't made it to the postseason in years and I constantly played the song as a way to subconsciously root for them to win. While they didn't make it to the postseason, I think the song is a fitting way to pay tribute to a team that has an underdog characteristic to them that is a huge quality that I admire about sports teams, and their constant undying quest to win and go against what is expected of them.
For more information on each of these artists and to cast your vote, simply go on over to MuzicNotez's Wild Card Battle page located right here to make your voice heard as to who you think should go on and deserve this amazing opportunity!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Proud to finally unveil the nominees for my 4th Annual Artist Spotlight of the Year Awards! This yearly award is given to a band that has stood out among the pack of Artist Spotlight features here on the site in the past year. This year's crop of nominees runs the gamut from all throughout the local Boston music scene to give a wide representation of the depth of talent emanating from the Boston area, and runs the spectrum as well to give a host of different genres that accurately portrays the best local talent currently active out there today. And without further ado, the nominees are...
Red Star Super Giant
The Relevant Elephants
Last One Out
Voting for this contest begins right now and will continue until December 19th. Voting is limited to one vote per computer, but you can also vote from your mobile phone if you'd like to get a second vote in for your favorite artist. The winner will be announced on December 20th and will be bestowed upon with the prestigious Artist Spotlight of the Year award and will be featured prominently on the site and be given full bragging rights as a must see artist in the Boston area right now as we speak. Get your votes in for your favorite Artist Spotlight feature right now!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Yeah, we have a lot coming up here. A really cool new website called Feedbands is releasing an exclusive vinyl this month that is a compilation of our two records and EP. We've compiled enough live audio to make a live album that we'll probably be releasing in the coming months. We're hoping to release a new EP by spring / summer and a full-length after that. We're taking a little breather from the road right now, but things will definitely keep happening.
Thanks once again to Mikey of Kansas Bible Company for being so generous with his time to do this interview! While it would've been impossible to interview all 12 members of the band, I'm glad I got some insight as to what makes these guys so amazing and among one of the musical treasures you should be listening to right now, they are definitely a worthwhile listening experience for sure. Don't forget to pick up their latest album "Hotel Chicamauga" right now via their Bandcamp page located right here for your listening pleasure.