Rochester-based “Futurepunk” band The Plague has debuted another new single from their upcoming full-length album Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E. The track “Can’t Stop Loving You” is an upbeat tune about accepting someone for who they are and loving them unconditionally.
Frontman/producer David Adam Monroe says “Getting close to someone takes risk. There are many moments when it is normal to get afraid of rejection. ‘Will this person accept my most core feelings, thoughts, ideas or even secrets?’ ‘Can I trust them to deal with my anger, joy, failure and successes?’ I wrote ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’ about unconditional love. I wrote it to let the people close to me know that I will be there for them no matter what, and that I accept them the way they are and I love them. I’m lucky enough to have them love me back and I am forever grateful. Relationships are the best thing I have in my life.“
Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E will be released on October 13th via Recover Records, a label owned and operated by the band themselves. Monroe is no stranger to the business side of music, producing records alongside Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Pink, Jessica Simpson), and serving as an A&R rep for Victory and Torque records. Before that, Monroe led the band Third Estate who appeared on Warped Tour from 02-06 and toured with many established acts such as Story Of The Year, Yellowcard, and My Chemical Romance.
After 20 years in the music industry, Monroe sought to create a project that would spread a message of hope, and to rebel against these growing self-destructive ideals. “In the early days, most of my experience in the music industry seemed plastic and fake. Every time I got involved in something that seemed like it was going to take off, I was very concerned about the situation. Music is important to me, but so is being kind and loving. I didn’t feel I could make the world a better place with those opportunities, whereas working in a basement on this record has already done more for me spiritually than any work in the past.” says Monroe.
“Can’t Stop Loving You” is available now on all online retailers.
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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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Ahead of the release of their debut album Homecoming, Ohio-based indie rock trio Ledges has released a new single titled “Snow”. The airy slice of dreamy, piano pop is about not forcing your views/beliefs onto others.
Frontman Andy Hoffman explains “I was in a weird spot emotionally and processing a lot when this song was written, so the words came quickly and easily, which is rare for me. It’s about the struggle that comes from forcing the big and broad experience of God, faith, love and relationships into our narrow internal perspective of those things. A reconciliation of sorts. Often times when things don’t fit, we have a choice to make; We can either be open to new ideas and expand our perspective, or we can be closed off and watch our worldview shatter.“
Homecoming was originally intended to be an EP, but as the band began recording demos they realized that the story needed to be told in the form of a full-length album. Once the ideas were formed, they took multiple treks to Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, where producer Will Hess helped shape the sound of the new album. It’s gritty, but smooth. Filled with big moments, but also quiet reflections. The new record proves to be a brutally honest tale and every detail is a reflection of each band member’s thoughts and experiences.
Pre-order Homecoming before it releases on 9/1.
Upcoming tour dates:
Aug. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
Sept. 24 – Cincinnati @ Midpoint Music Festival
Oct. 19 – Chicago, IL @ Elbo Room
Oct. 20 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
Oct. 21 – Cincinnati, OH @ Mad Frog
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Canadian electro-rock duo Chapellz has released a music video for their single “Passion”. The song will be on the band’s upcoming debut EP The Notone releasing on 9/1 and is a dramatic love story between a starlet and a common man.
“The video was inspired by 40’s Film Noir,” says Ced Chapellz, the producer and guitarist for the band. “They fall in love and get married. A few years later, the sudden death of her husband left her with questions and a deep depression. She died old at her home with her broken heart. She never knew who or what had killed her late husband. The ending is the starlet returning to life in the present times (2017) she runs into a man andgets a feeling of deja vu. She felt like she knew him, but has no idea who he is, like a ghost she ones knew.“
The Notone will be available on all digital retailers on 9/1.
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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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Comic book series The Realm has enlisted the musical services of Joplin, MO’s indie pop darlings Me Like Bees to put together the soundtrack for the upcoming release. Today, we have the music video for the first of five singles “The River Divides” coincides with the comic’s first issue being released on 9/13.
The post-apocalyptic high fantasy comic series is be distributed by Image Comics (known best for The Walking Dead) and is about a group of people who are constantly coming to grips with a hostile new world, all the while struggling with their checkered pasts that pale in comparison to the horrors they are forced to survive daily.
Vocalist Luke Sheafer says “When I wrote the lyrics, I was imagining salty, war-ready people who lamented the world they now live in, while also pining for their former lives, as bogged down with worries, regrets, and fear as they may have been.“
Comic creator Jeremy Haun told Alternative Press “The band and I actually come from the same small town. A mutual friend sent over Me Like Bees’ first album ‘The Ides’ just before it came out a few years ago. I put it it on while I sat drawing comics. I played through. Several times.“
This soon turned into a friendship between the band and Haun, which led to many talks about future collaborations. Haun says they kept doing the “We need to work together!” thing for awhile until about a year ago. “I started working on this comics project The Realm and thought we could collaborate on a song for the project. Luke thought about it, pitched it to the band, they were in. They put together ‘The River Divides’ and it was everything I wanted it to be. It stood on it’s own as a song, but then worked perfectly as a theme song for the project. It was like the opening credits theme to an HBO series or Netflix show.”
Read the complete interview at Alternative Press. For more info and to check out the comic when it releases on 9/13 visit http://www.realmcomic.com/.
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Fresh off their run with Music Saves Lives on Vans Warped Tour, Rochester-based “Futurepunk” band The Plague has released their latest single “Will You Ever Know Me”. The track is a very personal story about frontman David Adam Monroe’s relationship with his father.
“He was diagnosed with cancer at a time where our relationship was not at a strong point,” says Monroe. “The song is about grieving the loss of a relationship, when part of you wants to keep hope alive.“
“Will You Ever Know Me” will be on The Plague’s debut album Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E, releasing on October 13th via Recover Records. While out on Warped Tour, the band distributed 22,000 samplers including their singles “Danger,” “Not The Only One,” and “Fallen.” The proceeds were donated to the Music Saves Lives foundation.
Before starting The Plague, Monroe led the band Third Estate who appeared on Warped Tour from 02-06 and toured with many established acts such as Story Of The Year, Yellowcard, and My Chemical Romance. After their disbandment, Monroe began producing records alongside Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Pink, Jessica Simpson), and served as an A&R rep for Victory and Torque records.
“Will You Ever Know Me” is available track now on iTunes.
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