-Review- Renegade & Retrospect - "Unorthodox Satisfaction"

Manchester, UK hard rock band Renegade & Retrospect gets their "Unorthodox Satisfaction" EP reviewed. Check out our take below.

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From: Manchester, UK
Sounds like: Hard Rock



Renegade & Retrospect released this EP in 2014 and will sure please fans of true rock music. The opener "Cold" kicks into high gear with an almost 70's rock sound mixed with a modern rock tinge. The sound really works on the track as it has the makings of a damn fine opener for an EP. "Blinded Paradise" opens with an almost White Stripes sound but then switches into an almost alternative sound. The result is a very accessible track that treads into hard rock territory akin to Buckcherry. "Devils Chokehold" has a fantastic opening in the way of the guitar and upbeat flow of the track. It continues throughout the track and really lifts up the EP with its tempo. This track has radio written all over it is no surprise its such a fan favorite. "Unorthodox Satisfaction" captures a tremendous arena rock sound perfectly. The hard riffs and driving force of sound is fantastic and should be cranked as loud as possible. "Too Fast For Me" is the closing track for the EP. The track has a southern draw to it and really sticks with it the whole way through. It's a different sound than the previous tracks but will still stand out on the EP in a good way.

Verdict:
It's a solid EP and since new music is on the horizon, it is a very exciting time for Renegade & Retrospect fans. The sky is the limit for this talented rock band from the UK. Rock is in full force on this EP. The band has some older influences but mixes them into a modern style of their own. Get excited rock music fans!

Veronica Grisham Releases "New Culture" EP

San Francisco, CA based solo eclectic rock artist Veronica Grisham recetly released her "New Culture" EP. Check it out below.
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From: San Francisco, CA
Sounds like: Diverse Rock



-Interview- Renegade & Retrospect (4/23/15)

Manchester, UK hard rock band Renegade & Retrospect gets interviewed and talks about their formation, the UK rock scene and their upcoming plans.

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From: Manchester, UK
Sounds like: Hard Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Renegade & Retrospect” and is there any meaning behind it?

Renegade & Retrospect was created through three like minded individuals meeting at university in North West England with the same desire to start a band. The Renegade & Retrospect sound and true beginning happened towards the end of 2013. Jordan Leppitt, Gareth Hodges and Dan Godwin played with a number of musicians before realizing that they were best of as a three piece. The Renegade & Retrospect Hard Rock sound came about through the various influences that the band members fused together. From Jordan’s 60’s/70’s hard rock and folk rock influences to Gareth’s 90’s Alt Rock influences they developed a sound that is described as Refreshing and Original. The Renegade & Retrospect name came about based on our views of modern day music. As a collective we strongly feel there is no originality or substance in the modern day ‘Pop’ world. And this is because music has been exploited by commercialization and labels that only focus on one thing, the image. It is now a common occurrence for an artist to have very little say on the music that is commercialized under their name; all there used for is their image, they are a tool. Now that music has no integrity and no drive to focus on the music itself, there is no originality, and the industry has become mundane. We feel originality comes from purely being yourself with the music you create with no regard for image or some pretentious persona; that will come by just doing what you do. We feel Retrospective music had that mentality, with the main focus being the music. We feel you have to look respectively on music now to find something original and innovative because there is not enough substance in modern day music to do so. Renegade & Retrospect in a nutshell; Rebel and look back on music.


2. How's the new music coming along?

The music is coming along well. New tracks are coming together, and we have a very good feeling about this new E.P. Our influences and personalities have changed in the last year, and we feel we have become an even stronger unit. Hopefully this E.P will portray that.


3. What can people look forward to from your new music? How will it be different than your previous "Unorthodox Satisfaction" EP?

This new E.P will be more experimental, more professional and will really portray what we are about and the potential we have. We feel the last one was premature and did not portray our true potential, so we are very excited to show the world our new material.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

We are a powerful, loud and hard hitting three piece that will get your heads bobbing and your hips swaying. With catchy melodies, sing along choruses and balls to the wall riffs. We are enthused by live performances, and our live performances have often been described as better than the recordings themselves.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

If we are talking bands of all time then Led Zeppelin, Green Day or Foo Fighters. But if we are talking new bands then it would be Blues Pills, The Wild Lies or Royal Blood.


6. Any crazy show stories?

We have a number of drunken hilarious memories, but one that really stood out was the first battle of the bands we ever played in Bolton, UK. Only 2 songs into the set and our bassist managed to literally snap his bass string. Fortunately we managed to borrow a bass, but we still wonder to this day how that happened.


7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

Improving as we are starting to see a number of artists pop up that we strongly admire. And the Foo Fighters are starting to deliver strong messages with their recent documentaries/music which we back whole heartedly. But there is still that underlying image focused mentality there.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the UK both locally and country wide?

The music scene is generally good, it’s vibrant and active and there are lots of things to do and be a part of. But it’s quite pretentious with Indie being ‘in’, or if it’s not that it’s Metal Core or Screamo, and we are somewhere in between that. So it’s hard to break into, but as we are neither it adds to the Original aspect which is helping us develop a good fan base, and in the long run we feel that will be very beneficial.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Terrible, but we feel with the development of technology it was inevitable. We think people are beginning to notice the problem though and bands are starting to get the appreciation they deserve for their music.


10. What’s next for Renegade & Retrospect?

We have lots on the horizon. Starting with recording our E.P in June, then we are off on a small tour in July. Over the summer we will be working towards our first music video and the release of our second E.P. And then we will be back on tour autumn time.

Lucid Optics Release "Sadlibs" Album

San, Jose, CA hip hop artist Lucid Optics recently released his "Sadlibs" album. Check it out below.
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From: San Jose, CA
Sounds like: Indie Rap

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Before The Storm Release "Unknown Resource" Single

Calgary, Canada based metalcore band Before The Storm recently released their single "Unknown Resource". Listen below.
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From: Calgary, Canada
Sounds like: Metalcore



Bring Backup Releases "Past Times And Life Lines" Single

El Reno, OK based pop/punk band Bring Backup recently released their single "Past Times And Life Lines". Listen below.
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From: El Reno, OK
Sounds like: Pop/Punk



One Day Waiting Release "Fear Itself" Single

Hudson Valley, NY based rock/metal band One Day Waiting recently released their single "Fear Itself". Listen below.
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From: Hudson Valley, NY
Sounds like: Rock/Metal



-Interview- Bear Fight (4/20/15)

Newport Beach, CA punk rock band Bear Fight gets interviewed and talks about their punk sound, formation and their upcoming plans.
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From: Newport Beach, CA
Sounds like: Punk Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Bear Fight” and is there any meaning behind it?

We have all been playing music since we were kids and have been playing together for a number of years now in a few different bands. When we started Bear Fight we wanted to keep true to the original punk sound but make songs that had some harmony & were catchy but not be considered pop punk. Brownie literally thought of the name of the band half asleep. We liked it because it sounded tough. Not realizing that it had a meaning in the gay community and referred to a combination of alcoholic beverages. A Yeager Bomb & an Irish Car Bomb.


2. How's the new music coming along?

At the moment new music is coming slower than normal because we have been playing so many shows. But we are slowing down our show schedule to work on new music for a full length album.


3. What can people look forward to from your new music?

There will be a few songs that are not so complex and are very basic, straight forward, punk. Short & sweet. It's good to have a mixture of styles to appeal to others but at the same time not stray from our sound.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

I like to think that even if you don't like our music we are entertaining live. We put on a good, energetic show and try to be funny in between songs. Sometimes failing miserably.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Bands that we would like to tour with, in our genre, !OFF, The Bronx, Descendents, and the Adolescents.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Yes but those are not to be spoken of. Just kidding, not really.


7. What’s your take on the current state of punk rock?

The current state of punk rock is okay. There are some really great local bands out there. Great punk legends that have come back to tour. But there are no new bands that are making it big.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the California both locally and state wide?

There are these little pockets out there. A group of bands that play Orange County, a group that plays the Inland Empire, a group that plays LA and so on. Each area the musical style and preference change a bit.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

I don't care too much about it. Either way it's bound to happen.


10. What’s next for Bear Fight?

Next up, new songs for our full length album. We will be making a video soon. And we will have another song on MTV's new season of Fantasy Factory.


11. Any shoutouts?

Thanks to Mac & The Doll Hut, Jason & ADHD Entertainment, Basement Records, & our friends: Damaged, Give Us Nothing, & Karate In The Garage.

-Review- Draped In Dread - "Our Misconception" EP

Feasterville, PA metalcore band Draped In Dread gets their "Our Misconception" EP reviewed. Check out our take below.
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From: Feasterville, PA
Sounds like: Metalcore



Pennsylvania has always been a breeding ground for incredible metal and hardcore bands. From Paint It Black and Zao to War Of Ages and August Burns Red, PA has always has a firm place in the metal and hardcore scene. Draped In Dread from Feasterville, PA may just in fact be the next PA metalcore band to come up through the ranks with this EP. "Preface" is an intro track that features a very nice breakdown. The track is sure to be a nice opener for a live set. "Our Misconception" sets its teeth right in with a fast melodic metalcore sound that brings to mind early I Killed The Prom Queen or Letter To The Exiles. The cleans with the stellar guitar work makes this a great first full track on the EP. The track has a lot to like and will sure get people singing along and setting things off on the dance floor. "The Depths" is a more melodic track than the previous tracks. It still shows its ferocious teeth in the way of the many breakdowns and harsh vocals. "Chains" is a song that just brings it. The melody in the track is throughout the track in its five minute length. They show a lot of range on the track as it always keeps things interesting. "Mirrors" is the closing track and immediately the guitar work sucks in the listener. The track and EP lays a path of devastation in its wake. What more could the listener ask for?

Verdict:
Draped In Dread have unleashed this EP upon the metalcore world and although they're a young band, this EP can hold its own up against anyone in the genre. Two stepping, moshing, head banging, melodic sing alongs, this album has a lot of great things contained. Metalcore fans will surely be impressed with this EP.

Red Letter Statement Release "The Rain" Music Video

Rochester, NY alternative rock band Red Letter Statement recently released their music video for their single "The Rain". Watch below.
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From: Rochester, NY
Sounds like: Alternative Rock



Draped In Dread Release "Our Misconception" EP

Feasterville, PA metalcore band Draped In Dread recently released their "Our Misconception" EP. Listen below.
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From: Feasterville, PA
Sounds like: Metalcore




Ready To Fire Release "Without Doubt" EP

Perth, Australia pop punk band Ready To Fire recently released their "Without Doubt" EP. Listen and buy below.
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From: Perth, Australia
Sounds like: Pop Punk

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Stick Shift Release Demo Tracks

Quakertown, PA based punk rock band Stick Shift recently treleased demo tracks from their upcoming album
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From: Quakertown, PA
Sounds like: Punk Rock



Sonnder Release "Not Far Enough" Single

Philadelphia, PA indie rock band Sonnder recently released their "Not Far Enough" single. Listen below.
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From: Philadelphia, PA
Sounds like: Indie Rock




-Review- Bear Fight - "Round 2"

Newport Beach, CA punk rock band Bear Fight gets their "Round 2" EP reviewed. Check out our take below.
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From: Newport Beach, CA
Sounds like: Punk Rock



It's no secret that Orange County has made a name for itself within the punk and hardcore scene. Bands from Atreyu, Reel Big Fish, Avenged Sevenfold, Sublime, No Doubt and of course Social Distortion all came up in the OC scene. Bear Fight brings their style of punk rock to the forefront with their "Round 2" EP (which was tracked and mixed by Eddie Casillas of the Voodoo Glow Skulls). The first track "Ashes Of Hope" kicks right in with a upbeat punk riff reminiscent of Pennywise. The track really keeps things at a frantic clip as it features a tad of gang vocals and just a great punk sound to it. It may remind listeners at 90's punk with early The Offspring. "Civil Liberties" still keeps things fast and rocking. It's a bit of a throwback track that compares to early punk rock. "The Lonely Grave Of Paula Scholtz" continues on the groove of the last track and compliments it well. The short punk, tad old school hardcore influence is present throughout its mere two minute span. "Why Try" features a great guitar riff in the beginning and near the end and it doesn't let up for the listener to take a breather. It's fast, rockin and such a great driving track. It's not even ten minutes into the EP and it's like listening to an energy shot for your eardrums. "Bear Fight" is a minute long to close out the EP. The track features feedback and then transitions a gang chant that will sure get the punk crowds singing along. Awesome closer to an extraordinary EP.

Verdict:
Any and every fan of punk will dig this EP. Bear Fight has brought OC punk and mixed it with their style. The results are an astounding YES! that punk fans should pick this up immediately.

We Are Funhouse Release "Ghost" Single

Parkersburg, WV alternative rock band We Are Funhouse recently released their new single "Ghost" off their upcoming "Pillowtalk" EP. Check it out below.
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-Interview- Veronica Grisham (4/12/15)

San Francisco, CA based solo eclectic rock artist Veronica Grisham gets interviewed and talks about her music shift from previous works, the California music scene and upcoming plans.
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From: San Francisco, CA
Sounds like: Diverse Rock



1. How did you develop your new sound? How is this sound different than the "A Fallen Dream" music?

Developing a different sound was something that I had actually considered while I was still making music under the name A Fallen Dream. I always wanted to create another project besides AFD that sounded different but couldn’t do both at the same time. After being on hiatus for a while and coming out with songs that weren’t quite satisfactory to me I decided to start all over. I started AFD when I was 17 years old and I’m not exactly the same person now. The sound I’ve come up with is more mature me. I’m happier with where I am and what I’m doing and I think it’s starting to show in the new music.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

I would say to enjoy it for what it is. It’s music, if it moves you then that’s wonderful and if it doesn’t then that’s fine too. I say this because everyone definitely sees how people are commenting about bands on the internet (Youtube, Facebook, etc). It’s an eyesore for me to scroll down and look at hateful comments sometimes. People put so much effort into talking about how an artist needs to “go back to their old sound” or have somehow become a manager of all things music. I feel you can still respect someone as a musician knowing that’s what they want to do for the rest of their life and not be a fan of the music itself.


3. What can people expect on your upcoming "New Culture" EP?

A lot of different things. I’ve gone down a more melancholy and atmospheric path with the new sound. People should expect electronic to jazz/blues-rock to post-rock influences. If you took all of those things and put them in a heartfelt gloomy blender…that’s probably the best way to describe it.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

I’ve actually been thinking this same thing since I started working on the EP. What I think people might feel is refreshed and in a restorative mood. I want it to be fun experience so who knows what will happen?!


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

At the moment The Dear Hunter, This Will Destroy, and Deftones.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Not yet???


7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

I don’t think it will ever get old because of they way that so many bands mix other genres with it and everyone’s backgrounds blending together. There’s a style of rock for everyone and I don’t see myself getting bored with it anytime soon.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the California both locally and state wide?

I love the music scene here. I haven’t been here that long enough (a little over a year) to know how it is for other local bands as far as promotion and other band needs though. But there’s open mics everywhere, great venues, and bars that have different things going on each night of the week.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

It’s always going to happen. It’s wrong and so many people do it but I just hope that those who are doing to bands they love are at least buying their merch and going to shows. In the end those people that are downloading that music are sharing with other people who might like it also.


10. What’s next for you?

A full-length for sure and playing shows. After making the big move from east coast to west, focusing on school, and working, I think I’ve found a good balance and feel really good about writing music for the future.


11. Any shoutouts?

I’d like to thank those who have supported me for making the big move to a different coast in pursuit of what I really want to do, my friend/roommate for taking the time out to shoot pictures of me in the “wilderness” for the album art and promos, and those who have stuck with me are liking the new sound so far.

-Review- Blood Party - "Why Won't You Hold Me Computer"

San Francisco, CA post rock band Blood Party gets their "Why Won't You Hold Me Computer" album reviewed. Check out our take below.
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From: San Francisco, CA
Sounds like: Post Rock

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This album from Blood Party was produced with Sylvia Massy who also has worked with System Of A Down and Tool. With such an eclectic sound coming from her studio, would Blood Party keep the trend going by creating a rock masterpiece? Let's find out. "Sable" opens up with an awesome guitar riff which could almost be mistaken for a A Perfect Circle riff. It's a very good opener and keeps the energy throughout. "Gatrunka" is a great track and that atmosphere it sets with its distortion within the song really adds a layer of depth to the track. The post rock breakdown near the end of the track would be enough to rile up a live crowd. "Kegle" is a short upbeat track that really shows off a different sound for the band. It brings to mind a more California sound with its high energy and almost digital influence. "Limo Crash" will haunt the listener. The moody pace of the track is incredible and should be heard immediately. "Kittens" is the longest track on the album clocking in at a touch over six minutes. If there's a track on the album that would remind the listener of Tool, it's this one. The crunchy guitars and spaced out sound make for a great journey track to get into. "Sex Accident" brings things back down a few notches. That's not to say it's a soft song by any means. It's full on rock to its fullest as the post rock sound will burst through the listeners eardrums at a soothing controlled pace. "Gordon Shumway" is a digital influenced track that strays into an almost industrial sound but not by too much. It's short and really serves as a good interlude to the last two tracks on the album. "Elevators" opens drums only and then transitions into a groovy riff which then transforms into a wonderful breakdown. The bass is showcased wonderfully on the track. The contrast between this track and the last track is night and day. The reverb effect later on in the song kicks things up a notch before ending the track out. "Murder By Chihuahua" is the closing track. It closes things out on a pace that really makes the listeners yearn for more. Everything just works on the track and it's a shame it has to end as quick as it does. The band is currently in writing mode so don't be surprised to hear more from Blood Party more sooner than later.

Verdict:
With Blood Party going to someone who produced System Of A Down and Tool, you know the production would be top notch and this is no exception. The post rock stylings mixed with experimental undertones make this a must listen to for any fan of experimental rock.

-Interview- Blood Party (4/2/15)

Oakland, CA based post rock band Blood Party gets interviewed and talks about working with producer Sylvia Massy (System Of A Down/Tool), the California music scene and upcoming plans.
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From: Oakland, CA
Sounds like: Post Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Blood Party” and is there any meaning behind it?

PAUL - Music was always around me as a kid. I started playing piano when I was 8 years old. I was always interested in drums but I didn’t start playing until I was 14. I took some really beginner lessons for a minute, bought a Tool album, joined a rock band. Boom. Blood Party was that one name that stuck during the grueling process of creating a band name not taken and it made us giggle.

BEN - I never listened to music much until I found Bjork and Aphex Twin in my teens. Bjork opened up a whole world of unique approaches to music, Richard D. James showed me how ugly noises by themselves become beautiful when used properly. Just voraciously devoured everything I could find that tickled me from that point on, always wanted to make music I was proud of. Could NOT be in a better place for that right now. We were throwing around different names, Blood Party is the one we ended up both liking that wasn’t taken. Turns out ONE OF US accidentally stole it from a throwaway joke from a Questionable Contents strip. OOPS. But I think we both enjoy the dichotomy inherent in a METAL AS BUTTS sounding name when we’re….not really metal at all. Favorite WHAT DOES YOUR NAME MEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN story - Trent Reznor, after the umpteenth time being asked that, “It doesn’t mean ANYTHING. It just. Sounds. COOL. NINE INCH NAILS. JAZZ HANDS.”……….I dunno if he actually did jazz hands, but the world is a way better place if he did.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music? How did you hook up with Sylvia Massy (Tool, System Of A Down) for the album and how was the experience?

PAUL - When we write music we are usually more concerned with what we are going to take away from it, not so much how other people will interpret it. Of course it’s an incredible feeling to see the same passion in a listener but it’s more of a bonus if it happens. The band recorded our first demo in Oakland with our good friend, David Hughes, over at Shine on Studios. When we were ready to record a follow up album we emailed Sylvia’s studio just for the hell of it. She was genuinely excited to work with us and showed a big interest in our music. Sylvia Massy is one of biggest female producers in the world and has recorded a ridiculously long list of fantastic bands and artist. Despite all that she still has the same passion and drive about recording even small underground bands like us. That’s a beautiful thing in itself. To get the opportunity to make an album with her and Ian Rickard was a very special moment for us in music.

BEN - It’s pretentious and trite, but really true…..I don’t think either of us care what other people think about what we do. Sure, I love playing for people into it, and we’ve been lucky to have some really fun shows. But even if we didn’t ever get to play out, I know I’d still play and write for myself, then bug the crap out of Paul till he came over and made little ideas into BIG FUN SONGS. Oof. It was amazing to work with Sylvia Massy. So many people that have done as much as she has are burnt out and going through the motions at this point. She is so NOT. The joy she gets from working with musicians and the way she makes the process weirder and better and more fun on every level is just…..perfect. Ian Rickard, her engineer, is such a professional BEAST too. Recording can be stressful and so formulaic it takes all the wonder out of it. Not at Massy’s Hood. Inspiring is not a strong enough word. Big ups to Dave Hughes at Shine On Studios in Oakland too. Wonderful human to work with.


3. How has the response been so far to the "Why Won't You Hold Me Computer" album since its release?

PAUL - The fact that we are a two piece instrumental band floating in a music scene oversaturated with music, I think it’s done pretty well. The San Francisco bay area is definitely not the music scene it used to be and the struggle for every band is always going to be getting their music noticed and heard. We couldn’t be more proud of this album, the songs on it and what we accomplished in the studio together.

BEN - Lulz. Better than one could expect with a two piece instrumental band? It’s been a huge thing with both of us to try to make the music we want whilst eschewing sequenced parts. No knock against bands that use loops and sequenced tracks, some of my favorite musicians write stuff that is impossible to perform piece by piece live. Just been approach we both have a lot of fun with and embrace. Like BUTTS. Having Ms. The Massy and Mssr. Rickard help us reproduce the bigger sound we go for live helped a LOT. Lots of positive responses make my butt WIGGLE.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

PAUL - Nudity, Kittens, Fooooooog Machines…..We like to play right up front and close to the crowd at the edge of the stage. We like to be as close to the peoples as possible. I generally never play on the drum riser unless the club requires it. Our shows are loud, energetic and full of bass sorcery and drum magic.

BEN - Dunno. Would love to be able to watch us from the outside. Because EGO. Favorite compliment I’ve ever received after a show is, “MAN you guys make a lot of noise for two people.”. I just……I just want to watch Paulsy do his front man thing.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

PAUL - Russian Circles, Tool, JUSTIN BIEBER (because the dude knows how to draw)

BEN - Bjork, PJ Harvey, Venetian Snares (I mean come on THE MAN’S NAME IS AARON FUNK AND HE HAS A SONG CALLED WINNIPEG IS A FROZEN SHITHOLE).


6. Any crazy show stories?

PAUL - We did a little mini tour up to Washington last year right after we recorded "Why Won’t You Hold Me Computer". We took some wrong turn around the Oregon border and drove over the pass on some tiny back woods road in a snow storm at like 5 am. We almost ran out of gas on the mountain and we were pretty sure we would die. I was positive Ben would have eaten me too. Then we played The Checkerboard the next day in Spokane. The stage is basically three large steps. It was the strangest set up but a really great night. Also: This adorable little hipster girl in the crowd made some very interesting moans after each of our songs. Not gonna lie, kinda the highlight of the tour. Probably the worst show story we have had was our cd release show in Oakland. We showed up to the venue and the owner had a rave set up on stage instead of us. He then told us we were going to be playing in a run-down old hydroponics closet next door with no bathroom, no bar, and no windows. It was humiliating. Ha, yeah, so we found somewhere else to play that night and moved the entire show. Ended up being a packed great night!


7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

PAUL - I don’t think the industry will ever be a medium that makes sense or is fair. As music continues to evolve each year the industry struggles to catch up and the majority of bands that aren’t writing trendy generic marketable pop will always struggle to make money at it. I’m not against mainstream music it’s just always surprising what gets popular. It really is all about who you know. You continuously read depressing articles in the paper how rock is dead, but rock music is very much alive. You just have to know where to look to find it and support it. The best idiotic quote ever said about our band at a show by some random bro was, “I guess it’s interesting what they are doing but they will never be on the radio.” That pretty much sums it all up right there.

BEN - I don’t listen to a lot of rock stuff, but it’s an interesting time for music. The reach and availability of smaller, weirder bands is so much greater than it’s ever been. Unfortunate that what has gone hand in hand with that is a huge loss of revenue for any band not making Nickleback style mass appeal stuff. But I think there are so many people out there taking rock and metal into beautiful, weird places. Because YESHHHHH NEW DIRECTIONS.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the California both locally and state wide?

PAUL - The music scenes are very different in each city in California. We generally play the San Francisco bay area mostly which can be very diverse and fun to perform in. But the scene has changed a great deal. The tech boom has once again infiltrated a large portion of historic venues causing many to close their doors and others to reopen as dance clubs. It’s an oversaturated music scene that unfortunately makes it very competitive to play in. But there are so many extraordinary bands in the area making some amazing music. And from what I have heard lately, the city is now providing support to the rock clubs which is fantastic.

BEN - The East Bay is in a hugely transitional place right now. Sad that a lot of live music venues have been pushed out to make room for yet another boring wine bar for the tech crowd, but there are still quite a few fun places to play. Also still a lot of bands doing interesting things out here.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

BEN - lol. That boat has SAILED. It’s unfortunate that Lars Ulrich was the figurehead for helping musician’s hopefully profit from their art at such a pivotal point. Because good message, HORRIBLY UNLIKEABLE MILLIONAIRE does not an effective platform make. It’s amazing that we are at a point where one can carry around three thousand albums on their phone, sadly that and other download approaches has fostered an attitude of anything intangible should be free in so many. If you like what an artist produces, but never do anything to support that artist, how do you think they will be able to continue to produce?


10. What’s next for Blood Party?

PAUL - We are currently spending a lot of time writing. We hope to record another album with Sylvia as soon as we are ready, while sprinkling in a few local shows every month. We like to continuously remind ourselves why we do this, which is for fun. So as long as that is always the priority, there is a lot in the works for the band and we will continue to keep making noise.

BEN - Whatever Paul said. I just show up and look pretty. WOOT LAZY MUSICIANS.


11. Any shoutouts?

PAUL - We don’t believe in shouting. That’s something a singer would do.

BEN - YOU’RE TEARING ME APART LISA. I DID NOT HIT HER. oh hi mark. Insert Tears For Fears Cheesy Joke Here.

Sonnder Release "Late October" Single

Philadelphia, PA indie rock band Sonnder recently released their "Late October" single. Listen below.
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From: Philadelphia, PA
Sounds like: Indie Rock