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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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.

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.

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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 Share Their New Single “Reverie”

Progressive indie rock band Molehill from Chicago has released the second single from their upcoming EP Hearts on Fire. The track “Reverie” is an electronic/organic hybrid that tells the story of losing someone, but being thankful for the influence they had on you.

The lyrics are about my father, who died when I was 6 years old,” says vocalist Peter Manhart. “Throughout my life, I have met many people who had stories about how great a man my dad was, how smart or funny or kind he was, how he helped so many people, or how he was this amazing piano player. However, to me, his legacy is more than just a story – ‘you left them a story to tell, but you made me the person I am’.

Sometimes a song comes together very quickly and other times, it requires a little more attention. The latter being the case with “Reverie” explains Manhart. “It started as a 3-chord bridge in one of Greg’s (keys/vocals) other ideas which I really dug and turned into its own song. After cycling through many treatments for the song, we finally settled on this organic/synth hybrid – which is a direction we find ourselves taking more and more.” The track combines elements of their 2015 EP Tin God like the more synth-heavy approach heard on the track “The Repeating” and a more sparse, organic arrangement in “Two Souls.”

Hearts on Fire will be released via all digital retailers on May 12th and is available for pre-order here. The band will be performing at this year’s Canadian Music Week on April 21st at Cherry Cola’s.

“Reverie” and the EP’s title track are also available on Spotify.

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Lane Change Release ‘Rise’ EP

Phoenix, AZ based rock quartet Lane Change has released their 4 track EP, Rise. Out now on all major digital outlets, Rise was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by Michael Beck (Lydia, Jake E Lee) at SoundVision Recording Studios in Mesa, Arizona

With our new EP, RISE, we really wanted to capture the raw energy and excitement of a LANE CHANGE live show. Of course, with two lead vocalists there are a ton of strong melodies and harmonies. We had a goal in mind and I’m thrilled with how we were able to accomplish that. – Jake Galambos, guitarist, LANE CHANGE

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LANE CHANGE is a rock quartet from Phoenix, Arizona. Led by a dual vocal powerhouse in Myles Vann and Lizzie Shafer, the band’s infectious guitar riffs, driving bass lines, and pounding grooves breathe new life into the rock genre. Straightforward lyrics are soulfully delivered, and their complex harmonies create a fresh yet familiar sound. Rounding out the line-up is guitarist Jake Galambos and drummer Cameron Holladay, blending a mix of influences into an exciting and eclectic musical journey.

The road to LANE CHANGE began in 2013 when four musicians came together for the one thing they had in common: their passion for music and performing. Although their musical tastes were as diverse as their backgrounds, they soon found that their commonalities would allow them to focus their efforts as one collaborative unit instead of four individuals.

Founding Member, Cameron Holladay was diagnosed with Autism when he was 6 years old. For years he unsuccessfully searched for activities and hobbies that would put him in a place to establish social relationships with others. When he was 10, he found that place…behind a drum set. Over the next 3 years, he would quickly hone his skills by studying the influences that came before him. Developing the techniques of John Bonham and Ginger Baker, and the mirroring the stage presence of Keith Moon, Cameron quickly became one of the most in demand drummers among his peers. However, he soon realized that his style of playing was not necessarily a good fit for their desired directions. “I’d played in a handful of bands, but I was never able to find a deep musical connection or common interest. I needed to be a part of group that was on the same page as me.”

Ready to start a new project, a friend of the family suggested he check out another performer on the Phoenix scene, Myles Vann.

Myles had been involved in various musical theater companies around the valley, as well as filling in as a Karaoke host when needed. He was no stranger to the stage. His musical roots were planted in his hometown of Chicago, and were nurtured by his Father who sang in the local church choir, and his grandmother who introduced him to The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye. At the time Cameron went to go see him perform, Myles was singing in a popular local R&B group and he blew the scouting, young musician away! After the set, they made an instant connection, bonding over favorite bands, songs, and singers. “It was immediate,” says Myles, “I knew we had to do something together, but I wasn’t sure about being a rock singer. Cam was, and I decided to trust him.”

So with a heartbeat and a voice in place, the two began their search for the sound. After, working with a few guitarists, the duo had not yet found someone who could accompany both the soulful stylings of Myles vocals with thunderous crashing of Cameron’s Drums. They sent out an A.P.B. throughout the local music community to find their man.

Jake Galambos is a Georgia native who began his musical career in his school’s orchestra playing the instrument that nobody else wanted to, upright bass. While in school his family decided to head west. Jake brought his knowledge of musical notes with him and decided to add 2 more strings to his education as he began playing guitar in college, where he graduated with a degree in composition. With a degree in one hand and a notebook full of half completed songs in the other, he returned to Arizona. “I was teaching lessons at a studio, and one of my colleagues handed me a flyer, and said, ‘this sounds like you.’ It was a list of influences, styles, desired experience, and what they were doing. It was me! Cameron recalls the “audition” as if it was yesterday. ““We made him learn three songs, and we plowed through all three, but we knew as soon as we finished the first song this was our guy.”

After performing as a successful cover band around town with various bassists for some time, the trio was ready and eager to open up Jake’s notebook and start working on original material. While there were some successes everyone agreed that they were still missing “The Hook.”

While attending college, Jake took a musical and personal interest in one of his colleagues, Lizzie Shafer. Lizzie had left home to pursue her passion for singing. In the process of studying to become a classically trained opera singer, she was required to learn to play a wide range of instruments. Jake’s confidence in Lizzie’s musical ability convinced him to mention her to Cameron and Myles as a solution to finding a permanent bass player. “Jake and I were dating at the time, and while I sang, played guitar and piano, I had never picked up a bass. He asked me if I would be willing to learn. I was looking for an original project, and I’d seen these guys play live. How could I say no”? Lizzie remembers. “When I first mentioned Lizzie to the band they were hesitant to bring on a female with no bass experience. Not to mention bringing in a relationship is always a wild card, but when they heard her play and sing, they knew she was the missing piece.”

LANE CHANGE had found its “Hook”!

The rhythm section of Cameron and Lizzie is as tight as it can get, which allows guitarist, Jake Galambos, the freedom to interpret or create songs as it best suits a 3 piece band. The band has found a way to maximize both Myles’ and Lizzie’s vocal talents in everything they do. Whether it be writing new songs or working up some of their favorite covers, that is the element that makes the LANE CHANGE sound. “Most bands are lucky to have one person strong enough to front the band vocally”, says Myles “We have a double barrel aimed at you! The dynamic and diversity that allows really puts us in a unique position”.

LANE CHANGE recently released an independent, self-titled debut album in 2015. They recently released a follow up EP, “RISE”. “RISE” is a 4 song work that strongly showcases each member of the band and their individual contribution to the unit. “We utilized more production on this effort in an attempt to produce a fuller sound, but while still keeping it as live sounding as possible” admits Jake.

While the band continues to write and record new material, it is their live performance that separates them from others. Their live show is an engaging, high energy, concert-like experience that pulls you in and does not let go. “We have been accused of using backing instrument and vocal tracks in the past, because people can’t believe we move around like that, and we can still hit our parts”. Lizzie admits. “I guess that’s a compliment”?

LANE CHANGE has performed nearly 200 shows for crowds of 50 to 10,000 people, and they have become one of the most in-demand and talked about acts in the Southwest United States. Audiences are not only buzzing about their musicianship and diversity, but also the energy and passion in which they deliver every performance. “No one ever leaves one of our shows without a feeling of W.T.F was that?” Cameron exclaimed. “We really believe that there is still a place in the industry for a kick butt rock and roll show with tasteful music and lyrics you can actually understand”.

As the band continues to grow, their chemistry on and off stage is non-manufactured, honest, and undeniable.

“We are a family as much as we are a band” says Myles. “We know that we were meant to take this ride together, and we could not be happier or more excited!”

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Soldiers Of A Wrong War Release “Yeah!” Music Video; Announce New Album

Italian alternative rock quartet Soldiers Of A Wrong War has released their new party-filled music video titled, “Yeah!” Along with the new single, comes the announcement for the band’s second studio album Countdowns, which follows up on their 2014 three-track EP Slow. The new album is set to release April 18th and is now available for pre-orders via iTunes.

“When we wrote this song we were like: ‘This stuff sounds insanely like one of those rock’n’roll songs that make you wanna instantly dance and have fun!’. If you listen to the song, you can feel influences from the old school rock’n’roll scene of the mid 60s, early 70s, mixed with some alternative rock vibes from the ’90s. The catchphrase in the refrain, which is ‘It doesn’t make much sense, but I like it,’ basically represents the world we live in today.”

“The infosphere is flooded with tons of content through social media every single day and it looks like you really don’t need a reason to like something. Even if it doesn’t make sense, if you see that people share it, then it seems that you have to like it automatically and you just go with the flow, trapped in a system which seems to be designed to decode ourselves and bring our individuality to a point where it’s nearly extinct. Is this what we really want?” – Adin Sulic (bassist)

Watch the “Yeah!” below and pre-order Countdowns here.

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“We live, bleed and breathe for music: it’s more than words, melodies and notes mixed up together, music is our lifeblood, it is where we thrive!”

Soldiers Of A Wrong War formed in 2007. Since the very beginning the guys took seriously their musical interests and after a few months they started to write their own music. After almost a year the band began recording their material in studio, recording at first a three tracks EP in 2009 and then, on January 2011, their first full length album, “Lights & Karma”. Both of the releases were completely self funded.

From the new album are available two singles and music videos: “Save Me” and “Dreamers”. In 2014 the guys released a brand new EP, “Slow” and an official video for the song ‘Slow’ was released too. On June 2016 a new single, “We Will Never Fall”, was released as well as the accompanying visuals via New Noise Magazine. The song is the anticipation of the band’s 2nd studio album, which will be available in early 2017.

If you’re looking for some fresh and sharp rock music that will jump into your ears to conquer your brain, freeze it in a moment of pure pleasure and give it back to you safely refreshed, then Soldiers Of A Wrong War is exactly what you need!