Outer Glow (ex-I See Stars) Announce Debut EP “Lunar // Effect”

North Carolina metal outfit Outer Glow has announced their debut EP titled, Lunar // Effect, set to release June 30th. Formed in July of 2016 by Zach Johnson, the former I See Stars vocalist, the band has continuing to build their fanbase by releasing three singles, which are featured on their upcoming EP. After leaving I See Stars, Johnson commented, saying,

“I See Stars was a huge part of my life that I’ll never forget or regret. It truly was a dream come true to travel the world and play the tunes we wrote together. The end of my career with I See Stars at first was pretty rocky and it was hard for me not to be bitter, until I seen them play a show without me and saw how happy they were and I knew it was for the best. Outer Glow has been so amazing. It’s the first time I’ve ever had the freedom to express myself lyrically and emotionally and that’s something I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Every member of I See Stars is a composer as well, so sometimes writing songs got very emotional to people’s attachments to their art, with Outer Glow it just seems to click. Everybody is pretty good at letting go of ideas if it doesn’t pass the democracy of the band. Especially the song “Monsters” I wrote lyrically about struggles with growing up in a broken home and having negative traits of your parents or family. I personally didn’t grow up in a broken home but a lot of my best friends did and I’ve been around it and have seen how much of an influence it can have on people. I’m super excited for everybody to hear what the other guys and I from Outer Glow have put together for our EP, Lunar // Effect. We all put so much time and effort in composing this Ep and I’m beyond thrilled with how it turned out. To wrap things up I’d just like to thank everybody who has ever supported my music career including my friends and family and I See Stars. I love you all and wouldn’t be able to do what I do without you guys.”

Outer Glow are set to perform their CD release show on June 30th at The Blind Tiger in Greensboro, NC. Watch Outer Glow‘s latest single “Monsters” off the upcoming EP below.

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Outer Glow is a 6 piece North Carolina Metal band formed in July of 2016 with Chris Watts and former I See Stars vocalist Zach Johnson. The band began an aggressive online campaign via social media to get the word out about the band which at the start also had Outline & Color bassist Michael Skaggs who later left the band. The band went to release two debut singles in 2016 ‘Sycophant’ and ‘All That Talk’ which featured Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King, With new members being rotated in the lineup settled with dual frontmen Chris Watts/Zach Johnson, Guitars featuring Kandon Monk and Paco Vergara who also does cleans, Bass with John Hicks and Drew Knoeller on drums. The band later announced their debut EP ‘Lunar//Effect’ for 2017 with the single ‘Monsters’ which was produced by Kile Odell of Failure Anthem. The release date of June 30th also coincided with the band’s debut show in Greensboro, NC.

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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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:

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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.

Molehill Release Third Single From Their New EP

Progressive indie-rock band Molehill from Chicago, IL has premiered the third and final single from their new EP Hearts on Fire. The record will be released on May 12th, but today you can hear the track “Old Soldier,” a west coast hip-hop groove meets Gregorian chant that tells the story of bassist Trevor Jones’ grandfather who served in WWII.

The ‘Old Soldier’ instrumental came to me in a wave of emotions after finding out that my Grandfather had taken a turn for the worst in late 2014,” says Jones. “My Grandfather’s reflections on his experience in WWII and remarkable life stay with me every day. Throughout our time together I would often find myself asking him questions about his life. It was hard for me to understand how someone who experienced so much pain and suffering could always maintain an unshakably positive attitude about people and life. In short, it was inspiring.

When asked about the instrumentation, Jones says “I’m constantly messing around with variations on West Coast hip hop beats, which were a big part of the soundtrack of my youth. I have always admired the simplicity and effectiveness of Dr. Dre’s production which is partially indebted to the great George Clinton and P-Funk, Parliament, etc. George Clinton is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries.

After bouncing ideas back and forth via email, vocalist Peter Manhart found a vocal melody that really resonated with the rest of the band and brought the emotions of the track to life. “Pete was kind enough to listen to me talk about by Grandfather for about twenty minutes, take notes, and do his best to construct a story. I’m indebted to Peter for offering so much care in his lyrical approach to this song. To me, it was the perfect compliment to the music and put me in a meditative state. I hope you enjoy listening.

Hearts on Fire is available for pre-order here and the first two singles can be heard on Soundcloud.

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Molehill had humble beginnings in small local venues in Champaign, IL, and has since grown into an established presence in the Chicago music scene. They have played over 300 shows between the Midwest and Eastern United States, including some of the more prestigious venues in Chicago, as well as national (and international) festivals like Summerfest, Musikfest, SXSW, and Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Molehill has built a reputation for explosive live shows and a tireless work ethic, as well as the work they’ve done towards fostering a more friendly and cooperative music community in the city of Chicago. They were one of the founding members of the Chicago Roots Collective, which was a 10-band collective working together to promote the Chicago music scene and their music, and for the last 2 years Molehill has curated a monthly email list to dozens of local bands to try to promote live music in Chicago and encourage local bands to attend shows, discover new bands, and support each other even more.

Peter Manhart, lead singer, lyricist, and guitar player, started playing piano at the age of 3. At the University of Illinois, he pursued a double major in engineering physics and piano pedagogy, but dropped the piano major after 2 years so that he could focus his practice time on the guitar. He went on to get his physics degree, but also took numerous creative writing and poetry classes to develop his lyric writing ability. After moving from Champaign to Chicago, Peter met bassist Trevor Jones, who was studying double bass at DePaul University. Trevor had spent a large portion of his life in various orchestras and has always had a penchant for well organized noise, whatever the genre. He also grew up watching his father, a music professor, manage and play in a 16-piece jazz big band. This instilled in Trevor a strong business and management sense, and helped him complement Peter not only musically but with the business aspect of the band as well. After Peter and Trevor started working together, drummer Devin Staples joined the group. Devin has been a fixture in the Chicago gospel scene for years, and had also been a member of two highly-respected Chicago bands, NYCO and Cassius Clay. The 4th and final piece of the puzzle, keyboard/synth player Greg Van Zuiden, joined soon after. Greg had recently graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a music degree, moved to Chicago, and was looking for a band to join. As the youngest member of Molehill, he was the light-hearted “glue” that helped the band stay strong.

The Hearts on Fire EP continues the group’s tradition of storytelling in music. The dark, brooding “Old Soldier” tells the story of a proud, religious, soldier, living out his last days in a nursing home – “And he sits in a dead room, sterilizer and perfume, and the lights are slowly growing dim.” “Reverie” has the narrator lamenting the loss of a parent long ago, while also thanking that parent, for “you made me the person I am.” Last but not least, the title track was inspired by the “Euromaidan” protests in Ukraine – the birthplace of Peter Manhart’s mother. The song is about the common people rising up to fight an oppressive regime. Though the people in this protest were unarmed, the government sent riot police and snipers to kill them, and yet the people’s numbers kept growing until they were finally heard. This song is about the strength of community, sheer willpower, and the resonance of a good and virtuous idea. Though the few in control may try to keep the will of the people down, the masses can change the world if they fight together. With the recent wave of public dissent and protests happening around the world, this seems like the appropriate time to share this song

Hollow Announce Debut Album; Release “Anomaly” Music Video

Metalcore quartet, Hollow has released their debut single “Anomaly“. The single comes from their upcoming debut album titled, Home Isn’t Where The Heart Is, which is set to release June 9th. The band formerly known as Hollow Heart has a history of metalcore, but in this new album, they mix genres of rock, metal and post hardcore giving a unique approach to the new modern metal genre.

“‘Home Is Not Where The Heart Is’ was originally going to be a concept album, and these lyrics were the only ones we kept after we decided against that. It’s all about how bleak the future looks. They describe all of humanity being narrowed down to one big city that’s sucking up the rest of our natural resources. So inside the walls everything looks fine, but the rest of world is just a big desert. It’s very Mad Max and it’s very Matrix.” – John Flynn, Bass/Vocals

Home Isn’t Where The Heart Is is now available for pre-order. Watch “Anomaly” below.

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Everybody has emotions that they don’t like to talk about; aggression, regret, desperation. Life isn’t cookie-cutter and neither is our music. We are angry, broken people with the mutual understanding that our listeners are probably able to relate to the places in life that have inspired our music. Hollow wants to create an atmosphere with our fan-base that allows them to express those emotions in a positive and constructive light, both with our live performances as well as our personal relationships with our fans. We want to use our music to facilitate community and help each other move forward with what we express in our music. No sugar-coating, no tiptoeing around our problems.

An honest, aggressive approach to music.