Δευτέρα, 24 Απριλίου 2017

Jared Mancuso - Superdope (2016)

Jared Mancuso makes his return as a solo artist with his new alternative rock album Superdope . His first solo release, A Very Pleasant Person (2012), is comprised of songs written over the course of a decade, and chronicles his growth as a songwriter and arranger. Just like Superdope, it features him on every instrument: drums, bass, guitar, keys, and vocals. Following the release of A Very Pleasant Person, Jared teamed up with friend and homonymous fellow songwriter Jared Bardugone to produce two albums as The Jared Project.
While on hiatus from TJP, Jared Mancuso has been spending a great deal of time spearheading another venture called Not Fade Away, a modernized tribute to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and their contemporaries.

The mid-century stylings of early rock & roll in Not Fade Away served as a great source of inspiration for Superdope.  Additionally, Jared took influence from the sunny beach-party vibes and musical intricacies of The Beach Boys, as well as elements from some of his modern musical role models: the catchiness of Weezer, the bluesy garage grittiness of Jack White, and the punchiness of The Black Keys.
These elements come together in Superdope, a sonically refreshing, in-your-face love letter to rock & roll mailed priority first-class from Jared Mancuso.


Stephanie Braganza - Chains of Silence (Single 2017)

Canadian singer songwriter Stephanie Braganza has released the official music video for her new rock single, ‘Chains of Silence.’ The animal rights-themed video’s release coincides with World Day for Farmed Animals (WDFA), which was founded in 1983.
The new single is a jaw-dropping story of an alien abduction with a surprising twist. The thought-provoking video houses a powerful message and promises to incite discussion amongst its viewers. ‘Chains of Silence’ also marks Braganza’s first foray into the rock genre.
The song was written by Braganza and her co-writer, Kolin Stewart. The track was co-produced with John Allen, the co-producer behind Braganza’s last hit single, ‘When We Last Kissed – ft. Drega.’ Chris Strikes, the director of Kardinal Offishall’s award-winning music video, ‘Turn It Up,’ was also brought on board to help envision the music video concept that Braganza and Stewart created.
“When Stephanie pitched the concept of the video to me,” Strikes detailed, “I immediately said, ‘let’s do it!’ It was an awesome idea and I was very excited to be on board.” For Strikes, one of the most important elements of approaching the project was creating thought-provoking visuals that also cause the viewer to take a moment and feel compassion toward animals.
To date, Braganza’s repertoire has been a blend of pop and dance music. Now, with rock holstered in her belt, the performer is continuing to prove her diverse musicality. The songstress’ resume includes a long list of performances as well, such as performing with rap artists Belly and Ginuwine at the Much Music Video Awards. Following that, she debuted the video premiere of her first two international singles, ‘2 Good 2 Be’ and ‘When We Last Kissed – ft. Drega,’ presented by V-MIX TV.
Braganza’s powerhouse vocals and experience on the stage helped her win the Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Live Artist. In fact, the vocalist has performed in a wide array of settings throughout her career, including a private event at the Art Gallery of Ontario which was attended by former president George W. Bush. Braganza has also performed at top festivals like Indie Music Week, DesiFest, and the Toronto VegFoodFest.
On top of all of that, Braganza has appeared at notable venues like Casino Rama, Casino Niagara, The Mod Club, The Canadian National Exhibition Center, and Yonge & Dundas Square. Her television appearances include Rogers TV ‘Daytime,’ ‘South Asian Focus,’ ‘TV-ONE Canada,’ and more.


Freudz Couch - Ego (EP 2017)

 Freudz Couch originiated in 1992 recording and touring through to 2003 before disbanding with 3 albums and multiple indie singles released during that time. In late 2016 the band reunited to record and release a new EP titled 'Ego' in the Spring 2017 with 3 new singles and videos already released for 'Martha' and 'Darkness' as well as the first time the band has recorded and released a cover song and video for the Phil Collins 80's hit 'I Don't Care Anymore'. The EP is being recorded and produced by world renowned engineer Nick Blagona whose credits include a wide range of artists from The Police and Deep Purple to Tom Jones and Cat Stevens.



Κυριακή, 23 Απριλίου 2017

The Curtis Mayflower - Death Hoax (2017)

The Curtis Mayflower are pleased to announce the arrival of "Death Hoax". An album flush with stark lyricism, resolute musicality, thoughtfully balanced by the band's signature blend of Rock and Soul. While the 2013 debut "Everything Beautiful Is Under Attack" was a trove of one-take performances, "Death Hoax" is a more focused studio endeavor.
Recorded in January of 2016 at Wooly Mammoth Sound by David Westner, all members of The Curtis Mayflower brought their personal songwriting styles to the table. The result is a nine song vignette reflecting the gravitational tendencies of the human condition.

The band will tour the release of "Death Hoax" beginning in March for the foreseeable future and is busy putting the finishing touches on an EP of outtakes and improvisations.


Wayne Olivieri - Eclectic Mind (2017)

Wayne is a Jersey Boy born and bred!!
Wayne Olivieri (Wayne O) has been singing since the fourth grade when he joined the Saint Mary's Boys Choir from Plainfield NJ.He grew up singing at church every Sunday and performing concerts with the choir.
After 8th grade he started his first band and never looked back..............All through high school years he was singing in a band.......And at the age of 17 was playing full time in clubs in New York City like CBGB's, Max's Kansas City, The Lime Lite ,The Village Gate and more. Playing on the same bill as The Ramones, The Talking Heads, Blondie, and a plethora of others. He performed up and down the east coast and Moved to Asbury Park NJ where he performed at legendary clubs like The Stone Pony , The Fast Lane and others.
It was there where he met and became good friends with John Bongiovi (Jon Bon Jovi). Wayne and Jon stayed friends for over 17 years and performed many times next to Jon and the band. Opening shows etc…He became a regular at The Stone Pony ......one of the most famous rock Clubs in the world at the time(and still is) where he opened and headlined many times for acts like David Johansson, Huey Lewis, Southside Johnny , Cindy Lauper, Beaver Brown, Rick Derringer, Billy Idol and many more.

Wayne Continued to play in Europe and America over the years then took some time off to start a family and raise his daughter. After a long hiatus (and divorce) Wayne is happy to be back writing and recording with new found energy and creativity.
This album is his third release on Oneway Records which Wayne started in 2014.


Side Chain - Alchemy (2017)

Side Chain is a new and upcoming band inspired by 90's rock and metal mixed with modern production.

Formed in 2015 in Little Rock, Arkansas, Side Chain was initially created by Stephen Shatzer and Dustin Miller. Soon after John Kyzer and James Pennington joined the group. Utilizing some of their older songs they began creating their unique sound of hard rock and metal roots. They began recording their first album, Alchemy, in 2016. They quickly realized that they would need a second guitarist, so they asked Nathan Cameron to join in late 2016. The album is set for release in March of 2017.

Guitarist Dustin Miller and vocalist James Pennington had played together for years, as had drummer and recording engineer Stephen Shatzer and guitarist and bassist John Kyzer. Nathan Cameron had played in several bands as well, and each member has integrated their own style to create the Side Chain sound.

All the songs on their album Alchemy both recorded and self-produced by Side Chain and Stephen Shatzer.



Siren's Sky - Cosmic (2015)

Siren's Sky is Dutch songwriter/guitarist Herbert Kaptein working with various (studio) vocalists. Amongst them are Lydia Salnikova (US), Jessica Rasche (US) and Esther Bredius (NL). Their latest CD 'Cosmic' was released in January 2017. Other work comprises the CD "Forever" (Nov 2015) and the EP "Heal You" (August 2016).

Before starting Siren's Sky Kaptein was the main songwriter/guitar player in various New Wave/Alternative Rock Rotterdam based bands including "Eyes Are Blind" and "The Undertow". His guitar orientated music combines alt rock, classic rock, new wave, 80’s and 90’s, post punk  and Celtic influences. All albums are entirely written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Kaptein himself.
Born and raised in Russia, Salnikova originally made her stand in the U.S. music scene as a lead vocalist and keyboard player for the Grammy-nominated band Bering Strait, which released 2 albums on Universal South Records and was featured in a “60 Minutes” episode, as well as a full-length documentary, “The Ballad Of Bering Strait”. The band extensively toured throughout the U.S.
Salnikova, being both a skilled singer and a classically trained pianist left Bering Strait in 2006 to start searching for her own voice, not that of a singer or a player in a band but that of a solo artist.

Since leaving Bering Strait, she has released 2 full-length solo albums: “Hallway” (2010) and “Valentine Circle” (2013). Salnikova’s most recent offering, a concept EP titled “New Heart”.
Since 2008, Rasche has recorded over 400+ vocal tracks for 100+ songs. From 2008-2012 she was the primary vocalist of Jeff Hamel's "Majestic" Project, releasing 4 CD's - "Arrival", "Clover Suite", "Ataraxia", and "Labyrinth". She also was the featured vocalist on the Proximal Distance project spearheaded by Jeff Hamel & Gregg Johns of Slychosis releasing 1 CD.
Mella Barnes is a Nashville based professional session singer, songwriter, and voiceover artist. She works with other songwriters, producers and musicians to help them complete their creative ideas.

Bredius was the lead singer of Kaptein's former Rotterdam / NL based band Alt. Rock / New Wave band "Eyes Are Blind". Currently she has her own voice-over studio Voice-E.


Τετάρτη, 19 Απριλίου 2017

Lichtgestalt - Tempus Fugit (2017)

Release: 26 May 2017

When the German NDH/Gothic/Metal band LICHTGESTALT from the Rhine Ruhr/ Münsterland area was founded at the end of the year 2013, it became rapidly clear that this group will start through in their scene immediately. Only a few months and steady rehearsals later, the self-titled debut EP “Lichtgestalt” was released in 2014 on the band’s own label Lichtgestalt Music. The EP marked a big success and charted straight away in the Top 30 of the German DJ Club Charts.
Their first full-length album „Motorenherz“ saw the light of day in April 2015 on the Danse Macabre label. The specialized press celebrated the record as, for instance, powermetal.de wrote that “the track ‘Tiefenrausch’ impressively demonstrates that only this band is able to the claim the rights on the crown of German, hard music…”, whilst Orkus magazine even attested that the quartet had created a  new musical genre:  “Theatrical, spaced out, different….Lichtgestalt with their debut album firsthand creates a new genre - “Neuen Harten Stream” (new, hard Steam)….”.
Since May 2015, the band around the charismatic singer Thomas C. Hertz regularly shows live that they’re also capable to transfer their energy from the studio onto stage. In the year 2015, LICHTGESTALT also successfully toured twice with the German NDH iconic band STAHLMANN and started to play first headline shows.
In line with their live activities, guitarist and song-writer Der Heizzer and singer and lyricist Thomas C. Hertz began the song-writing of their sophomore album “Tempus Fugit” which will be released on May 26th, 2017 on the Pride & Joy Music label with Edel distribution in their native country of Germany.
In the meantime, the group, which furthermore still consists of Lippman on bad guitar and Brukke on drums, finished more live shows during the year 2016 which included a performance at prestigious Gothic Castle Festival and some club shows. In February 2017, LICHTGESTALT hit the road together for a 14-day European tour together with the Metal bands ALMANAC & GLORYFUL and continue to play club shows and more festivals during the year to support the “Tempus Fugit” release.
The year 2017 will without any doubt the year of LICHTGESTALT!

Line-up: Thomas C. Hertz (vocals), Der Heizzer (guitar), Lippmann (bass), Brukke (drums)



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