Moth Wings Release Music Video for “Sleepy Eyes”

Texas-based Moth Wings is an over the top rock band, ready to prove that they’re more than just loud. The Houston natives released their new single “Sleepy Eyes,” a chilled out departure from their usual abrasive sound, accompanied by a stop motion music video. The track is from the new mixtape DragonFruit, out yesterday.

Frontman Spencer Fort says “When I went into ‘DragonFruit’ I spent a lot of time talking back and forth with myself. I remember asking myself ‘Really? We’re going to put the guitars down already?’ And though it is not a permanent move by any means, it was still weird to start up a release with little to no guitar tracks. That’s why we’re treating it as a Mixtape more than an actual album, because I want the chance to express a side of myself that isn’t masked so heavily in loud drums and distortion.

This Mixtape is to be listened to more like a letter, from me to you,” Fort continues. “I didn’t clutter it up with noise and theatrics because I want people to be able to sit down and actually listen to what I’m saying, hopefully find a relation to it, or let it speak to them in a way that I haven’t been able to previously. Some moments of ‘DragonFruit’ felt like an open nerve to record, and all I can ask is that someone understands it. This is my most honest work.

DragonFruit is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

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Sea In The Sky Announce Debut Full Length ‘Everything All At Once’

Alternative rock quintet Sea In The Sky has announced their debut full length Everything All At Once which is set to be released September 29th. Produced and engineered by Nick Loiacono at Fang Studios and mixed and mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio, the musicians show off their maturity after releasing their previous three EPs.

“‘Everything All At Once’ showcases a blend of musical styles we’ve all been influenced by. In turn, we hope to influence our fans to be adventurous when exploring music.” – Guitarist, Jakob Bray

On the new album, Everything All At Once, the band showcases their melodic, progressive guitar work with smooth, soaring vocals, which will quickly remind you of band’s like, CHONDance Gavin Dance, and Polyphia.

Hear the band’s self-titled single, “Everything All At Once” below.

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Though the band may hail from the quieter parts of the Bay Area. SEA IN THE SKY is anything but soft-spoken. Founded in July 2012 as an instrumental quartet, SEA IN THE SKY quickly began making a name for itself with the release of its first self-titled EP (May 2013). SEA IN THE SKY’s versatility was evident on those first compositions, but it wasn’t fully realized by the progressive music world until the December 2014 release of Serenity, the band’s second EP. Incorporating subtle nods to both jazz and funk into its progressive material, the group’s ability to dance on the lines between genres brought it widespread local and online recognition, including praise from renowned publications. This time period also found the band solidifying its reputation as an incomparable live act. SEA IN THE SKY played numerous of shows throughout the SF Bay.

In 2015, SEA IN THE SKY introduced vocalist Sam Kohl to the lineup, expanding the band’s sound and adding an entirely new facet to its distinctive approach. After Jakob Bray joined the mix as the band’s new guitarist, SEA IN THE SKY proceeded to record and release a third EP, Visions, which has already garnered acclaim from numerous media outlets. Dense and heavy, but also ethereal and light, SEA IN THE SKY is a unique voice in the progressive music scene as a whole.

Chillwave/R&B artist Amber Ryann Releases New EP with an Introspective Video Series

California chillwave/R&B artist Amber Ryann‘s new record Voice Memos is truly a “behind the looking glass” attempt at self-discovery. In an effort to give the listener a better understanding of the record’s message, Ryann has released an accompanied video for each song, all filmed by Darius Turbak. It begins with the silhouetted title track and leads into the wavy, atmospheric pop single “For Real” featuring rapper Airospace.

Another special guest on the record includes “Like I’m Gonna Die” featuring Samantha Stone. The mood within the song’s lyricism is lonesome, sorry, and bitter, and is a constant question of purpose. When writing it, Ryann had been in a state of exhausted hopelessness. It’s a story on reflection, days in which she dealt with intense depression and endured a period of binging. “I had brought so much ill will upon myself to alleviate my own pain, at some point I felt destined to fail so I no longer wanted to try. ” says Ryann.

Although her music has a conscious hip-hop quality, Ryann first recognized her passion for music after seeing the My Chemical Romance video for “Helena” and watching Gerard Way’s emotionally intensive delivery. She consumed a healthy dose of rock and hardcore in the years to follow, but when her father, a rap/R&B producer, encouraged her to branch out, that’s when she really began to grow as a multi-instrumentalist. The new record is Ryann’s effort to find where she stands in a world with social and racial turmoil, and how her empathy plays a role.

Voice Memos is available now on Bandcamp.

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Vault 51 Drops Second Single “Magnolia” & Announce Debut EP

Atlanta rock quintet Vault 51 has released a new single titled, “Magnolia“, which follows up on their recent debut single, “Thirty Six“. The new release continues with the outfit’s colorful rock vibe with melodic driven riffs and clean harmonious singing, giving a glimpse on what’s to come from Vault 51.

“We chose to release Magnolia as a single, because we felt it was an appropriate song to reflect the overall theme that our EP gives off. That is, the idea that as we grow older, life seems to pass us by more and more quickly. Life is constantly ticking by, whether you want it to or not. And we spend so much of that time completely wasted. Everyone wants to create something beautiful before they die. To leave their mark on the world. We all start from nothing and strive to grow into something beautiful, much like a Magnolia flower.” -Vocalist, Landon Jones

Along with the new single, comes the announcement of the rock group’s debut EP Kid. Produced by Drew Fulk (I Prevail, Motionless In White) and mixed by Lee Rouse, the forthcoming EP is set to release July 20th. You can purchase the new single “Magnolia” on iTunes and watch the colorful visual below.

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Vault 51 is an alternative rock quintet from Atlanta, GA. Despite facing many obstacles that would force most to disband and move on, the group instead chose to persevere and press on with what they set out to accomplish. After years of developing their unique sound, Vault 51 is thrilled to release their debut EP ‘Kid’, available July 20th, 2017.

 

Hear Ten Cents Short’s new EP Major Steps, Minor Setbacks Today

Massachusetts pop-punk quartet Ten Cents Short released their sophomore EP Major Steps, Minor Setbacks on Friday. The album features the single “Beggars”, co-written and produced by Four Year Strong‘s Alan Day. The band was able to recruit Day while they were doing some grass roots promotion at a Warped Tour stop and gave him an early demo of the EP. The rest of the record was produced by Chris Piquette who has worked with Lions Lions and Trophy Wives (now known as Makeout).

We spent a lot of time on these songs, writing them about real feelings and messages we wanted to portray,” says vocalist Aaron Couto. “These songs ended up having some of my favorite and most personal lyrical content. This record is really a big step for us, and it really shows the evolution of the band over the last two years. Having worked with Alan Day of Four Year Strong on our single “Beggars” really opened our eyes and minds to new ways of songwriting. Each song has its own unique message touching upon subjects such as mistreatment, heartbreak, and karma. Along with genuine lyrics the songs also have their own unique musical styles.

Major Steps, Minor Setbacks is available for pre-order now on iTunes.

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About Ten Cents Short:
Ten Cents Short was founded in Somerset, MA in February of 2014. The band released their debut EP All I Ever Wanted in May of 2015 followed by a single in December of that year. Ten Cents Short currently has plans for a Sophomore EP to be released spring 2017. With new music and a growing fan base, Ten Cents Short has their eyes fixed on a journey of fans, friends, and success in the music industry. Positive attitudes continue to drive the band to fulfill their dreams and provide their fans with high energy music and inspiring personalities.

Going In Depth with Forever Strong

Forever Strong recently released a two track ep, entitled “Spring EP”. We love it. It’s wonderful. You will love it. The band is currently in the middle of a Midwest tour.  We asked Ryan to go in depth on what each track was about. Before you read the following, head to:

https://foreverstrongwv.bandcamp.com/album/spring-ep

and give the songs a listen. Then read along! Enjoy!
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2016:

While playing this song live, I often say, “2016 really sucked, so I wrote a song about it,” but as every emo soul knows, there’s so much more to it than that.

This song was the first pure collaborative effort between all four members of Forever Strong. Whereas most of our other songs existed as solo material, or before we were a four-piece, this began with a bouncy guitar riff that Greg had shown me. It came together as this upbeat song with underlying aggression woven into the instrumentation. The development of the music was very organic, and the skeleton of the song came together in practically one sitting.

When it came time for lyrics Greg had written a couple pages of material that he suggested we use. The lyrics were ripe with cynicism and fear of the future, as well as a struggle to maintain any sort of happiness in the present. I tend to try and write with an overarching theme of hopefulness, even in the face of depression and despair. So I took Greg’s lyrics and combined them with my own recent experiences.

The past year had been filled with long-term friendships being altered, and even severed. I had faced more adversity and mental pain than I ever had before. I saw loved ones struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. I saw people I had known for over a decade manipulate everyone around them and burn every bridge imaginable. I had this fear that I could be stuck in this same town and succumb to the same vices that so many of my peers have. But I had this thought. This situation right now sucks, but this isn’t going to define my life. I chose to stop listening to my brain or my surroundings when they would say “This is where you’re meant to be. Right here. Get used to this, because it doesn’t get better”. I responded with the chorus of 2016,

The phrase “pessimistic wasted reverie” really resonated with me, because I always get stuck in these daydreams, and sometimes they’re really cynical, but that’s a waste of a daydream. I should be setting goals and accepting the love that surrounds me. The song ends with a bridge of dueling vocals. I absolutely love old school Brand New and Taking Back Sunday, so I wanted to incorporate a similar style into this song. While the song climaxes with these cries of desperation, we revert back to that happy intro riff as a reminder that things do resolve, and that the life we live is ours, and we get to choose how we live it. I think that’s pretty great.

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LONE RANGER:

This is a very old song. I had written this song in 2014 when I was graduating college, and I was at a social event with a lot of the seniors that I knew. I was standing around with these people that I’ve spent pretty significant amounts of time with for the past four years, yet I was by myself, watching other people in circles chat and laugh and smile. These people were some of my closest friends, but I felt so detached and uncomfortable at that point in time. I would walk up to a group of people, and try to get involved in the conversation, but it felt very forced. In the midst of my friends, I felt like I was the only person on a space station. It was an irrational feeling, but my social anxiety comes in waves and prevents me from interacting how I want. It made me depressed.

I went home and began writing what seemed like a journal entry, but my mind thinks in phrases, and a song emerged. Every single line in this song was a legitimate thought that I had. The chorus may have the cute little phrase, “I’m a lone ranger at the space station,” but this is the furthest thing from a cutesy pop rock song. I always felt like I was involved in so many “cool” moments in my social circle in college, but I didn’t ever feel like I was too close to the center of it (hence the line “My Kodak moments never involve me”).

Perhaps my favorite segment of lyrics in this song comes in the first verse. “These people are having the greatest time, but I prefer to stay inside my mind. And think of all the places I’d rather be. Roughly somewhere between the land and the sea.” This line encapsulates the message of the entire song. Everyone around me is having a good time, and I’m also present, experiencing this, but my mind prevents me from feeling the same way. I get stuck inside my thoughts, and I’d rather be on this extremely fine line between reality and fantasy.

When I presented this song to the band, we tried to keep it simple, driving, and full of energy. We had played it so much that we began to get tired of it, but then becoming a four-piece changed everything. We switched off vocals between Greg, Daniel, and myself, and added a tempo change in the last chorus. We wanted to keep this song fun, despite the overwhelming theme of anxiety. Much like 2016, it’s a song that thrives on uplifting music to make the content much more digestible.

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Ten Cents Short Release Music Video for “Higher Powers”

Many are familiar with the story of a band signing to a big deal and then having everything changed about them, but the Massachusetts pop-punk quartet Ten Cents Short take the concept to the next level in the cheeky new music video for their single “Higher Powers”. The band narrowly makes it out the song’s intro before they are stopped and some “changes” are made, which only get increasingly more aggressive as the tale unfolds.

‘Higher Powers’ is a song about working hard and putting your all into something, meanwhile someone else gets all the glory,” says vocalist/bassist Aaron Couto. “The moral of the song is to always stand for what you believe in and don’t let anyone be your puppet master.

The video for “Higher Powers” was directed by Dan Fried at Just fly Casual and is off the band’s upcoming sophomore EP Major Steps, Minor Setbacks that will be released on May 26th. The record was co-written, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Chris Piquette at No Boundaries Studios, with the exception of the single “Beggars” that was co-written and produced by Four Year Strong‘s Alan Day. Pre-orders are available now on the band’s website.

CD RELEASE SHOW:
Saturday May 27th – @ The Met in Pawtucket, RI
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Ten Cents Short was founded in Somerset, MA in February of 2014. The band released their debut EP All I Ever Wanted in May of 2015 followed by a single in December of that year. Ten Cents Short currently has plans for a Sophomore EP to be released spring 2017. With new music and a growing fan base, Ten Cents Short has their eyes fixed on a journey of fans, friends, and success in the music industry. Positive attitudes continue to drive the band to fulfill their dreams and provide their fans with high energy music and inspiring personalities.