Sunday, June 25, 2017

Curved [unedited]

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Interview & Review            

          French Kiss has this beautiful voice mixed with a fun riff that captures your attention throughout the whole song. On top of that, Janne Kaarto, DJ for Curved, is just an overall nice person. He loves what he is doing and sees making music as a hobby.... Just like how I like to say blogging as a hobby. However, his hobby could totally become something bigger than that, and I am excited to see how this goes for him. 

            "My biggest musical influences are Van Halen (especially Sammy Hagar period), Marillion, Dio, Queen, Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and of course today's artists Deadmau5 and The prodigy." Hearing this unique variety of influences, it's no wonder why I like Curved the moment I heard him on Meet the Underground. He loves music, "from childhood to (now)" he makes these amazing tracks just for the pure pleasure. Although, to me, he sounds like an EDM artist, he actually considers himself as an electronic artist. Janne says, "I play guitar and bass but electronic music fascinates because computers give you unlimited possibilities for creating music."
His newest and biggest song French Kiss has gotten him on a Big EDM, as well as over 100K stream on Spotify. Kaarto says about the reception to his newest song is a "happy surprise. It has succeeded well considering that I am completely independent artist without any support from record companies. It is my first track that has been taken to the official Spotify playlist."
Janne is working on two new songs for the upcoming tracks, "the compositions are complete and now I need to find vocalists (for) these tracks." The mood in the tracks are "pretty chill futurebass" kind of music. He is unsure about a whole album, but maybe an EP..... "I don't know if I'm ready for (a) LP."
JK says his music is unique because of his "musical roots," referring to how he tries to find "the perfect rock bass line like 'John Deacon.'"........ However, for his new music will sound different, because "the bass (will usually) fall behind and the synthesizer replaces it."

Sunday, June 18, 2017

BlitZ [unedited[

BlitZ sound like the modern versions of Queen, AC/DC, and many other classic rock bands like Kiss. I love the drums  in Rock Me (Through The Night) so much that I'm almost willing to compare to Avenged Sevenfold's, but A7 is just a lot faster. They got a good sound though, would love them to play a gig with another favorite of mine, Four Colour Ghosts.
             Never Give Up is written well, I was surprised to hear something as light with a piano riff tied into one of their songs.... Pleasantly surprised at least. All of the songs on SoundCloud are good, the tracks are catchy and simply melodically written. Not too heavy rock, but just the right amount of rock. Their showmanship is upbeat and reminds me a lot of how 80's bands play. Falling Down is catchy as well with easy lyrics to sing along with.
            They are a good tribute to rock and roll, they seem to keep the "good time rock and roll" feel in the air. Although my taste doesn't really include 80's kind of rock, other than Dinosaur Jr and some AC/DC, I certainly appreciate the sound. This kind of music is not good for times were you don't have to focus on what is being said, but it is good to listen to the instrumental sounds. These guys are good for headbanger fans...... Yes there are fans that wipe their hair up and down, I saw the nom everywhere during Tool's Boston Calling performance.
      They are starting to record their next album in July, and release it hopefully in September 2017. Very excited for these guys and can't wait to hear more!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Partyshuffle [unedited]

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Partyshuffle

    Niklas Liggo Snall from Sweden definitely has one of the coolest hobbies, he drives cool old cars and pull parts of remixes together. To be honest, I would hang out with him! He doesn't have enough followers, so go follow him and listen to the craziness this dude makes for his mixtapes on SoundCloud.
   He seems like he's living a good life drinking alcohol in the passenger seat (thank you Niklas for not drinking and driving) and blasting his mixtapes of awesome remixes. "I listen to the music when I'm welding at work. And when I party I my old cars with friends" Nik says. He also told me that he makes these mixes on his computer, and it takes about 8 remixes to make one mixtape. His SoundCloud tracks are about 4-7 minutes long, but I want more everytime one ends.
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Five Mile Smile [unedited]


       Forming in 2000, Five Mile Smile is a rock band hailing from Northern Ireland. They took a 11 year break, 2003-2014, but got back together to find their "American rock sound". They have recorded many songs throughout the time they've been together, but the song that is a "in your face rock song" is Brawlin In Belfast. "Most of our other songs have an American rock feel, but with this one we decided to celebrate our home town, and the history of local boxing. We feel it is our best song yet" says the drummer (Brian Finley). 
       In the "early days", the band was made up of Ross as guitarist/vocalist and some bass, Brian on drums, and Connor on bass. The 3 piece band worked hard with a "small but loyal following" touring across Ireland. They recorded singles like Long Road Out in 2001, Walk Thru in the following year, and Pirate "a rough jam recorded during a band practice in 2003". They decided to break off and do other things in 2003.
       After talking to each other via Facebook, they recorded some songs and played a couple small gigs starting again in 2014. They recorded Call to Arms in 2014, and The Villain that following year. Connor left to be a father in 2015, but Ross and Brian stayed together "embracing the American rock sound" and went on to record loads of songs. Some of of the tracks include Drinkin All  Day in 2015, and Working Man that following year. Brawlin in Belfast is their latest and personal favorite song. 
        Loyalty and passion is what this band seems to have, along with hard work. I enjoyed rocking out to Brawlin in Belfast and Drinkin All Day, two songs that stuck out to me the most. I do have to agree with the band, Brawlin in Belfast sounds like their song. But hard work should never be overlooked, and with that said I will have to say Beg Borrow or Steal, Working Man, and Lights Out were impressive too. 

Pixel Box [unedited]

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      Although the interview was so far my shortest interview I have had so far in my blogging career, I enjoyed talking to Pixel Box. As a band they seem to be taking this by stride, and sort of taking it easy and not rushing themselves to do anything they aren't ready to do. This is probably how things happen with a band and that's things should be. 
      The three men jamming out in each of their songs are; Vinnie Holmes playing the guitar, Rob McDonald with the bass, and Ollie Dixon on drums. The two band members I interviewed were Vinnie and Ollie, and they both said they grew up listening to music. They find their desired sound for each of song comes from listening to bands like Rage Against The Machine, but they say they are "very curious people" and like to combine all sort of distorted and electronic sounds. "A lot of our songs come from fooling around and seeing what works" Ollie says. 
      After making their first EP (Holophony) that was released last year, they are currently working on their next EP curation. They are almost done with it, and will hopefully be done with it within this year (hopefully in the summer). The new album is "a lot less heavier and more experimental than the last album was" they told me, with less rock elements then Holophony had. "The first EP was us finding our sound as a band, and those songs were in the early stages of the band. And the next album is what we want to be, and it's great... You can definitely hear that" Vinnie said. 
        When asked to assess they're accomplishments so far as a band they said, "It is getting that EP out, because I haven't been on a band that has released any sort of album ever" said Ollie. They have so far played little gigs around London, but very popular venues. Glitch Trippin and I Am ("the closest (song) we have to dubstep") are the favorite songs to play live, both of these songs will be on the upcoming EP. They are planning to play at trying to play at bigger venues after they come out with the EP #2 and attempt to get themselves out there to the music world. 
       I would like to thank Kehd Flowers again for showing me yet another band in the UK, and thank you to the Pixel Box for waiting for 30 minutes while I was stuck in traffic and spending the time to talk to me. I'm very excited for what's next!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Crybaby Special [unedited]

Crybaby Special


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     Crybaby Special's newest song, Let The Boy Down, is a piano driven rock song that has a flow to it that makes you want to sing "let the boy down" along with the band. In fact all the songs are like this, and in that way their songs are contagious. So please listen at will, and be aware that you may become addicted to Crybaby Special. 
   Their vocals kind of sound like the The Clash alittle bit with the kind of funk sound that Jack White brings. With that said, I feel a little connection between Jack White and Crybaby, because the ballad lyrics in their songs.
    In speaking to the band I learned more about them, they formed in 2012, are apart of The Preservation Society Presents record label, and have headlined and played shows across the UK. For their newest single they duct taped microphones to the pub ceiling in Gillingham for the video. "When recording the video we agreed to start at 12 in the afternoon. One member was still asleep at 4pm so we planned to go ahead without him. He finally woke up and we managed to get him over in time to feature in the video" Crybaby said through Facebook messenger. Finally, they "mimed" the lyrics "let the band down" in parts of the video.
      I would like to thank Crybaby Special for all the information they gave me, and thank you Njck Connett for introducing me to the band. As always I will keep my readers updated with my opinions on future tracks they make!

Beatastic [unedited]

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    With a significant sound that definitely distinguishes them from the other bands in Brighton, it is a pleasure to do a review for Nico. His music seems to be all over the place with political, social, and personal messages in the songs. But all of his work comes down to one thing in particular, relying on people to form together for a good cause. And honestly, that's what the world needs to do with all the change going on around the world. 
    I admire how Beatastic's sound is in each song, the flow of piano drums and guitar is truly riveting. He kind of reminds me of a lower vocals of Woodkid, because of the multi-instrumental background flowing with low sounding vocals. His sound is driven in most of his songs by the drums and the guitar.
      The songs that really stuck out to me on Soundcloud is The Freedom, a loud song that reminds me of what it's like to listen to a Big Pink track. The political song Nothing Will be the Same Next Year that sheds light on his own concern for society and the world problems through a summary of what happened in 2016 in his music video. And lastly, he does a different version of a classic Temple of the Dog song, Hunger Strike, that is more electronic and trance like.
     Here's some links to his social medias if you want to get in touch with him:
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