Coat Check Girl Release New Single “Awake”

After gaining over 80K plays on their last single “Audience of None,” the Los Angeles-based alt-rockers Coat Check Girl are back with their latest offering “Awake.” Ushered by a bombastic horn section, the track’s easy-to-move-to vibe has an energy that stays high, all the way up until the last note of guitarist Nate Rich’s harmonic solo.

‘Awake’ is one of those songs that just happened,” says vocalist Andre Rodriguez. “I was just messing around with the guitar one day and the main bass line just popped in my head. That inspired the entire song, we decided to structure the whole thing based on it, and once we had the full body of the song, Nate wrote one of my favorite solos ever.

After fleeing the country of Venezuela amidst political turmoil, Rodriguez started Coat Check Girl initially as a recording project for his senior thesis. The quartet, who borrow their name from Jayma Mays‘ character on How I Met Your Mother, released their first single “Time” in 2014. In 2016, the band released their single “Yellow | Blue | Red,” an emotional track that is aimed at bringing awareness to the ongoing problems in Venezuela.

“Awake” was produced by Latin Grammy Award winning producer Rodolfo “Rudy” Pagliuca and mastered by Scott Levitin (Warner Bros. Records). It’s available now on Spotify.

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Momma’s Boy Releases New Single “Want Me Back”

Kansas City, MO-based indie surf rock band Momma’s Boy has returned with their latest single “Want Me Back.” The track is the third and final in their three-part single series, following up “Don’t Talk About It” and “Personalize.” The sensual, groove-driven “Want Me Back” is injected with strong R&B, soul and Motown influence, and is a bit of a departure from the disheveled 60-70’s garage-rock sound of their debut 2017 EP, Liquid Courage.

“‘Want Me Back’ is about the moment you realize somebody likes you the way you like them,” says bassist Jared Bajkowski. “It explores all of the emotions that come with that thrill — giddiness, lust, apprehension, fear. Ultimately, its message is that you can’t live in fear of getting hurt. It’s better to let someone in, be vulnerable, and allow that feeling bloom into something big.

If previous singles “Don’t Talk About It” and “Personalize” represent summer and fall, respectively, “Want Me Back” embodies the glittering hush of winter. The track’s dreamy keys and glossy groove blanket the track in an introspective mist. Contributing lead vocals and songwriting for the first time in the band’s discography, bassist Jared Bajkowski delivers wounded lyrics that explore the rush of starting of something new after recent heartache. “Want Me Back” is a journey through the whole cycle: the invitation to go out, the first move, and the fear that comes with feeling the spark. The chorus ties everything together, reveling in the thrill of mutual attraction. “Want Me Back” was recorded, mixed, and mastered in Studio A at Element Recording Studios by seasoned producer Joel Nanos, with a sparkling clean mix that accentuates all of the track’s quirks.

Born and raised in America’s heartland, Momma’s Boy is God’s honest truth. The four piece’s sound synthesizes elements of psych-pop, surf-rock, and garage rock based in the garage and power pop sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. Quinn Hernandez’s stormy and electric drumming style lays down smooth, body-moving grooves that often explode into furious thunder, while Jared Bajkowski’s melodic and liquid bass lines add a punchy, barking thickness that creates constant motion in the mix. Up front, Peter Beatty’s cool, shimmering guitars and swaggering croon dovetail with Shaun Crowley’s fiery, explosive guitar solos and smoky growl to bring the finishing spark to the group’s sonic experience. Together they emerge with a hooky sound that pushes the boundaries of surf, psych, and garage. Momma’s Boy is proud to have supported such notable artists as HOMESHAKE, And the Kids, LVL UP, Walker Lukens, The Phantastics, and the Architects.

“Want Me Back” is available now on Spotify.

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White Knife Study Release New Single and Music Video “Ghosts”

If you’re a fan of dark, existential indie rock like The National and CHVRCHES, then you may have just found your next favorite band. The Portland-based, synth-driven indie rock group White Knife Study has debuted their new single and music video “Ghosts”. The quintet, who borrow their name from a winning hand in the board game Clue, has released their second single, following up the towering synth track “The Quiet“.

‘Ghosts’ is about a guy realizing he isn’t where he thought he’d be in life at this point, but what he has is pretty close to perfect,” says vocalist Sean Howland. “The video was my way of showing that concept visually. It seems dark and cold, but gradually you come to see that you had all you needed.”

The video was shot by Scotty Fisher of Sleeper Studios in Howland’s backyard and was done in one continuous shot. “We actually shot the video to a sped up version of the song and then slowed it down to get a more dramatic effect in the movements,” says guitarist Bryan Calhoon. “Everyone in the film are real friends and family. No actors. We shot this video on the same day as our first video, so it was a pretty long 17 hour day of filming.

White Knife Study formed from the ashes of the heavy, guitar-driven group DIVIDES. The alternative/hard rock band began in Alaska, but later made the move to Portland to make touring easier. After taking a break, a few of the members wanted to create a new project with the ambiance of big synths and hooky choruses. They found kinship with members of another Portland via Alaska band called The Hoons and so White Knife Study was born. The band enlisted producer Casey Bates (Portugal. The ManGatsby’s American Dream) to help bring this new sound to life. The band plans to begin work a full EP this spring.

“Ghosts” is available on Spotify.

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Captain Squeegee Release New Music Video for “Our Children”

Psychedelic indie rock band Captain Squeegee have made a name for themselves in Arizona over the years for their over-the-top music videos and their latest release, the delightfully strange “Our Children,” does not disappoint. It is the first single from their upcoming EP Harmony Cure, a collection of punk rock showtunes due to release on January 26th via 80/20 Records. The uneasy anthem is about passing on a broken world to the next generation as vocalist Danny Torgersen charismatically belts optimistic lines as “And when our children hang out, I hope they save the world. I hope they know about our weapon. And drop it again, that harmony cure.” In order to balance out the serious subject matter, the band opted for Sci-Fi references, 90’s hip hop aesthetics, and even wheeled out a freakin DeLorean in the video.

Our previous videos always told a narrative story and had a plot, kind of a guided journey, and I wanted this one to be a sensory overload, ‘what the f*ck kind of video.’ I wanted this video to make a lot less sense than other videos.” said vocalist Danny Torgersen.

Harmony Cure was produced, engineered and mixed by Bob Hoag (The FormatThe Ataris), the same person behind the band’s 2013 full-length To The Bardos!. The five wickedly clever tracks hover over funk, ska, prog, rock, jazz and everything in between. “It’s about finding hope through song, confronting the demons of the 3D world with HARMONY,” says Torgersen. “A sonic swim through the unsettling swamps of time, age, death, dying art, & the future of Earth. You know, whatever. That’s kind of why we also named our new beer (by SunUp Brewing) after the album…it’s like, ‘dude I know, being human is crazy… here just drink this it might help’

Pre-order Harmony Cure here, which will also be available on vinyl.

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Pop Punk Band Bleacher Days Release Music Video for “Some Strain of You”

Boston-based pop punk band Bleacher Days has arrived with a new music video for their single “Some Strain of You”. The track comes via the band’s new EP I Only Saw True Purpose that was produced by Chris Piquette (Trophy WivesLions Lions).

The EP as a whole is essentially chronicling the end of a 7 year relationship I was in,” says vocalist Wren Mohammed. “‘Some Strain Of You’ functions as the moment you realize future plans you may have envisioned with someone simply aren’t gonna go the way you planned all this time, while also working as a criticism for someone using substances (be it drugs, alcohol or even an over usage of escapism such as television or video games) to deal with those negative emotions, as well as criticizing your own naivety. Those things, though they may numb the pain, are simply not healthy for you in such large and frequent doses. You’ve got to rid yourself of bad habits for yourself, and no one else.

When asked about the video, Mohammed told Idobi “Honestly the video was kind of spontaneous. We hit up our boy Dan Fried (Just Fly Casual) and sent him the song, not really knowing what we wanted to do with it. He had the idea of shooting the gang in some cool spots. So we brainstormed and just went to some places around Massachusetts we thought we look cool on camera haha. It all worked out because we ended up going places where we all had some memories with certain people that we didn’t exactly want to think about, and we managed to make new memories through shooting the video. So like recording the EP itself, the experience was wicked cathartic. It’s a real good look into who we are as people and how interact with each other. Some of our friends even make some guest appearances in it!

Bleacher Days will be setting out on tour this December with Riviera (who recently performed at the Warped Rewind at Sea event). The punk package will start in Stroudsburgh, PA and end in Attleboro, MA on 12/16 (full list of dates below).

In its first year of hard work, Bleacher Days has made an immediate impact on New England shows, rallying bands together and promoting in person on their way to selling out a 250 cap room with their most recent headliner. A feeling of camaraderie consumes the room when the band takes the stage and the relationships within the band run deeper than the band’s one year age would suggest. Longtime friends, past musical projects, and once abandoned ideas is what brought Bleacher Days together.

I Only Saw True Purpose is available now on Spotify.

Tour Dates: 
12/9 Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox
12/10 Chicago, IL @ Township
12/11 Cleveland, OH @ Marshall’s Locker Room
12/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge
12/13 Columbus, OH @ Donato’s Basement
12/14 Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
12/15 West Haven, CT @ The Cave
12/16 Attleboro, MA @ Patterson Creations

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Wild Ire Release Lyric Video for “Ragtime Gal”

Oregon-based and recent Headbang for the Highway’s Alumni Fest winners Wild Ire has released a lyric video for their latest single “Ragtime Gal”. The alternative rock track has an immediate late 19th century novelty vibe before launching into an explosive, full-band earworm. Written about anxiety and depression, guitarist Jesse Palmer says “It’s a song to bring your heart to sadness all while insisting you bang your head.

The lyric video for the single was created by Zack Williams and the track comes from the band’s debut album Antisocial Butterfly, released earlier this year. The Salem quartet formed in 2014, steadily releasing singles and EPs, including their self-titled effort and their sophomore release Me and My Friends. Since inception, Wild Ire has toured much of the Northwestern states and most recently sharing stages with Strawberry GirlsJason Richardson and Covet’s Yvette Young.

Antisocial Butterfly is available now on Spotify and iTunes.

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Unlocking The Truth Release New Music Video for “My Chains”

By now, the story of teenage metal trio Unlocking The Truth (who walked away from a seven-figure deal with Sony) is well known. After years of media excitement, late-night TV appearances, and breakout sets at Coachella and Bonnaroo, the band’s debut album Chaos was finally released independently last year. The Brooklyn-based band is now back with a new music video for their latest single “My Chains”. The video (directed by JP Brasca) cuts through much of the hype surrounding the group and shows a different side of the band.

We wanted the video to show that Unlocking The Truth has more to offer than just a good song,” says guitarist/vocalist Malcolm Brickhouse. “The video and song both push the envelope for ‘the norm’ in metal music. It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s MY CHAINS!

The track is a soulful metal hybrid, co-produced by Brickhouse (and Kenta Yonesaka, Germano Studio NY), who says “The meaning of ‘My Chains’ will be different for everyone, but there’s a line in the song for everyone. Think about it. We all have chains in life. It could be somebody or something we use as a crutch to help us get through life and loosen those chains.

“My Chains” is available on Spotify and iTunes.

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