Sleeptalk Release Music Video for Dizzying New Single “Young”

Electro-pop quartet Sleeptalk from Los Angeles has released a new music video for their single “Young”. The track comes from their debut self-titled album that will be released on July 28th via Artery Recordings, which includes a combination of remastered versions of songs from their earlier EPs as well as brand new tracks.

Vocalist Anthony Fitzpatrick says “This song is about a specific night where 10 PM turned to 5 AM within minutes. It’s about those nights where the only thing to look forward to is the rest of the night. The type of night when congenial is not only a word but a lifestyle. Stumbling around, lighting continuous cigarettes and enjoying a group of friends where nothing can go wrong, except the end of the night.

Pre-orders for Sleeptalk are available now on iTunesMerchNow, and all other digital retailers.

Tour Dates:
7/7 – Kansas City @ The Riot Room
7/8 – Cleveland OH @ The Smposium
7/9 – Columbus OH @ Donatos
7/12 Nashville TN @ The High Watt
7/13 Atlanta GA @ The Vinyl
7/14 Tallahassee FL @ The Wilbury
7/15 St Pete FL @ Lucky You
7/17 Fayetteville North Carolina @ The Drunk Horse
7/20 – Dallas TX @ Dirty 30
7/23 Austin TX @ Sidewinder
7/24 Houston TX @ Walters Dwntwn
7/25 Tempe AZ @ 51 West
8/4 Hollywood CA @ The Troubadour

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The Plague Release New Single “Not The Only One”

Freshly launched experimental pop-punk band The Plague has released “Not The Only One”, the second single from their forthcoming debut EP Hope For the F.U.T.U.R.E. The track is a follow-up to “Danger“, a single that racked up over 34K plays on Spotify in two weeks and charted in the iTunes Top 50 Hot Tracks. “Not The Only One” is a heady song about addiction, recovery, and the need to move on from toxic relationships.

Frontman David Adam Monroe says “It was difficult and scary because I wasn’t sure that I was ever going to find anybody that I could relate with and was afraid I was gonna be alone. I thought I wouldn’t find anyone that would appreciate me for being myself. The chorus is me telling myself that it’s going to be OK. On the other hand, I wrote the song so long after the situation and after I had already found those relationships, so in that way I was writing it for other people who are in that situation and need encouragement.

Monroe wrote and produced the entire song himself, which should come as no surprise as he has produced records alongside Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Pink, Jessica Simpson). Before getting into the production side, Monroe was in the band Third Estate, who appeared on Warped Tour from 02-06 and toured with many established acts like Story Of The Year, Yellowcard, and MCR.

Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E will be released in the fall of 2017 on the band’s own label Recover Records.

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Lane Change Release Official Music Video for “Floodwater”

Phoenix, AZ based rock quartet Lane Change has released the Official Music Video for “Floodwater”. Directed by RedBlackFilms, “Floodwater” is off of their recent four track EP, RISE.

Even to the four of us in Lane Change, “Floodwater” means something different each time we play it. We really wanted to write a song that reflected everything we saw going on in the world, but didn’t want tell the listener how to feel. In the concept for the video, we set out to capture the energy and message of the song visually to compliment the sonic element. We really wanted the ending to leave the viewer feeling a positive emotion no matter what the song and video meant to them.. We tried to focus on the live performance aspect while adding in a minimal, but yet emotional story line. We couldn’t be more excited with the way it all came together! – Lizzie Shafer (Bass and Vocals)

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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!”

Mansell Release Music Video for Dreamy and Peculiar Single “Ghost”

Atlanta-based indie rock trio Mansell has released the official music video for their single “Ghost”. The track comes for their latest record Mantra, an eight-song offering that landed in the iTunes Top 100 Alt Chart and led the band to a support slot with Butch Walker earlier this year.

The video was conceptualized by a friend of the band, John Gray. “We all feel like kin to one another, so the understanding and chemistry there on multiple levels was a comfort in letting another artist interpret your music emotionally the way John did,” says vocalist Holden Fincher. “He essentially dove into the song for an extensive period, and analyzed it in depth. He would call or we’d be together and he would just say how many times he had really listened to that song to really breathe it in and know it, and we’d discuss every little thing about it. The emotional pulls of the song itself, as well as who we are as artists, and what the project ‘Mantra’ was to us were put through the mind and emotion of himself artistically. The finished product is the collision of that knowledge and he as an artist. Like a Basquiat and Warhol collab or salty fries with a chocolate shake.

Mansell chose an abandoned denim factory in Georgia to film the video, a location that really embraces the dreamy and peculiar vibe of the track. “Everyone on set and in the video were people close to us,” says Fincher. “From 5am to 10pm we just spent the day with close friends, family, and artists we really admire and hauled ass. It was just a cluster of people who love each other working hard to make something real and great, for the sake of making something real and great. We are incredibly grateful for them and the product.

Mantra is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

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Playing To Vapors Release Music Video for Single “Switchblade”

Columbus-based quintet Playing To Vapors has released the first single and official music video from their forthcoming debut album Shred The Master Design. The song “Switchblade” is an indie/math-pop jam about being young and impressionable, and finding it difficult to know who to trust. The video (shot by Chance Duffy) captures the raw and frenetic energy of the track, using stimulating visual effects that make you wanna dance…and maybe check the contrast on your laptop.

The writing process for this song was very collaborative,” says vocalist Lucas Harris. “It started as a guitar riff, and each member continued to add to the song until it grew into not only ‘Switchblade,’ but also into the next track, ‘Answers.’ I think this song serves as a centerpiece for the record as a whole, both in sonic aesthetic and meaning.

Shred The Master Design was produced by Josh Antonuccio at 3 Elliot Studios in Athens and is the first time the band has ever recorded to tape. The full-length is a follow-up to their 2015 EP A Glitch in a Void, which helped them land a slot on the Bunbury Music Festival where they opened for acts such as The Black KeysThe Avett Brothers, and more.

Shred The Master Design will be released on all digital retailers on June 16th. It is available now for pre-order on Bandcamp and includes and instant download of “Switchblade”.

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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

Pete Lynch Releases Music Video for “Till The Rivers Run Dry”

Colorado-based alt-rock artist Pete Lynch will be releasing his new sophomore album Kill the Monster on May 19th. Today, you can watch the music video for the first single “Till The Rivers Run Dry”. All the footage was shot by Pete himself while on a road trip, using a GoPro, GH2, and an HTC phone.

Since I wrote ‘Till the Rivers Run Dry’ during a 5000-mile road trip across America, it was logical to use some of the 200 hours of film I made on the journey for the music video,” says Lynch. “My intention was to visually translate the atmosphere of the song into a road movie, that would fit the melody, and communicate what the text means to me. The stars of the video are the empty road and the countryside, the vastness of the landscape, the fantastic colors and the invigorating beauty. I hope the video will inspire people like my road trip inspired me.

The track and album were mixed by Tim Palmer (known for his work with Pearl JamBlue OctoberOzzy and many more), who says “in a just world, ‘Till The Rivers Run Dry’ will be a smash.” Kill The Monster is a follow-up to Pete’s debut album Face Me! and explores different creative avenues, experimenting with different keys and tempos and using a variety of electronic elements. “I had a very clear vision of how I wanted the record to sound. I had played some of the songs live, so I had a better understanding of the way people react to the new songs,” says Lynch. “Till The Rivers Run Dry” is available on Spotify and iTunes 

Kill The Monster will be out on all digital retailers May 19th. Pre-order now on iTunes.

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Pete Lynch’s sophomore album Kill the Monster, mixed by Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam, Blue October), is a substantial step in his musical journey. “I had a very clear vision of how I wanted the record to sound. I had played some of the songs live, so I had a better understanding of the way people react to the new songs,” says Lynch. Taking a different approach musically and lyrically than on his debut album FACE ME!, Lynch explored different creative avenues, experimenting with keys and tempos, and using a variety of electronic elements to create a larger and fuller sound with an intriguing vibrant sonic atmosphere. “I wanted each song to stand on its own but also to melt together as one, creating a harmonic and cohesive album,” Pete says. He recorded 17 songs with his usual collaborators, drummer Sascha Bem and guitarist Markus Gartner and invited Simon Hinkler (from the UK outfit The Mission) to contribute guitar on the track “4010,” Pete’s first mini-opera. Kill The Monster was widdled down to 11 stellar songs, intelligently written, precisely executed and crafted, and armed to the teeth with bitter-sweet, catchy melodies and Pete’s very personal, emotional and intimate lyrics. Stories drawn from true life experiences and his views of the world, reflecting where he’s from and who he is.

Born in Silver Spring, Maryland and raised in a highly musical family, Pete discovered his love for music at a tender age. At six, he purchased his first album, The Who – Live at Leeds. A few weeks later, he picked up his father’s guitar and began learning his first chords from his dad, a Czech dissident. Shortly after, Pete’s parents decided to move to Europe. The rest of his childhood and youth were shaped by living in a foreign country, experiencing his mother and father getting divorced, getting in trouble with the law and, being torn between two continents. Experiences that had a profound impact on him. He was eleven when he moved on to playing the bass guitar, formed his first band and played his first concerts. At 14, Lynch decided to move back to Virginia and just two years later packed his bags again for a move back to Europe. He played in various bands, putting all his energy and time into writing songs, training his voice and vocal skills, and touring the continent playing in subways, in clubs and at festivals. He also supported bands such as the Go-Betweens, the Godfathers, Concrete Blonde, and toured Europe with Nina Hagen. Currently Pete has his home base in Denver and in Vienna.