Exclusive Review: Snailmate – “I Know What You Want” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

When it comes to dynamic duo Snailmate, it’s all about the energy and insatiable desire to share their unique sound with the world. Comprised of Kalen Lander (Synth/Vocals) and Bentley Monet (Drums/Vocals), this Arizona-based band has relentlessly toured Europe, Japan, and spends 6 months out of the year touring the US for the last 5 years. Since then, Snailmate has been hitting the ground running and has no intention of stopping, and they are currently extending their buzz with their newest single “I Know What You Want”.

Combining a fury of well placed synth parts, dual punk and rap-oriented vocals with measures of theatrical touches, this single is equally fun as it is technical and tightly knit. The vocals are spit quickly and effectively, putting a brilliant genre bend to their electronically-infused signature sound. Meanwhile the drums are super punchy, full of fun fills and cover all angles despite any lack of guitar. The track is bassy, attention grabbing, and versatile in its overall execution.

If anyone grew up in the 90’s scene, then you might remember Atom and His Package. While Snailmate‘s sound is very different, they give a great callback, or perhaps reminder of Atom. But either way, can be appreciated all the same. One thing you can definitely hear is Snailmate having a mess load of fun, and is definitely a must-see when they jump back on tour after this COVID19 pandemic subsides. But until then, you really need to take a listen to “I Know What You Want” and get to know this band. Their music is available all over the place and their multifaceted and energetic sound will be your new addiction.

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Album Review: Trey Wonder – “Can’t Wait” LP

Review by: Justyn W, Brodsky

When it comes to versatility and expressing unrelenting artistic merit, Hawaii-based indie artist Trey Wonder hits home with his full length record ‘Can’t Wait’, a collection of multifaceted tracks that bring back an old school production style with several rock and indie elements that bring a sense of nostalgia.

Trey, a master of his craft with 25 years of guitar and 20 years of drums under his belt, the performer/songwriter started garnering an unwavering buzz after the release/success of his sophomore album ‘The Ghost Of My Father’ in 2018, which has amassed over 500,000 streams on Spotify alone. Now with his current release ‘Can’t Wait’ making its rounds in the market, Trey has once again raised the bar by continuing to release hauntingly grungy and genre-bending Rock songs that are equally compelling as they are diverse. With fast tempo changes, ominously catchy vocal hooks, punchy rhythm section tones and a style reminiscent of blends that concoct ingredients from artists like Nirvana, The Ramones, Weezer and others of a similar caliber, ‘Can’t Wait’ really shines a light on Trey‘s free spirited writing style that is innovative, inventive, and really brings us through a journey through several Rock genre and sub-genre approaches you never thought could be conjured. This album is one of those gems you might find in someone’s random CD or record collection, but at the same time could easily be out in the forefront making waves among the masses of Trey‘s fans that have always been there, as well as new fans just discovering him.

This album is an explosion of versatility and combines several eras of Rock elements all stirred together into a tasty stew of endless musicianship factors, tightly knit chord progressions, and a classic production style that brings us back to a time where music really caught our attention. ‘Cant Wait’ is a must-listen in every way, and you can thank us later for recommending it.

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Exclusive Review: Versus Me – “Continuous” EP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh

With the countless amount of bands and artists in today’s indie scene, signed or unsigned, they’re all aiming to climb to the top of the Spill Your Guts agro crag (if you grew up watching 90s Nickelodeon, then you know exactly what that is). But all that aside, the music industry has never been more competitive for the up-and-comers, especially after the discontinuation of the full-summer runs of the holy grail of indie band-designated traveling music festivals, the Vans Warped Tour, after 2018. But a band like Versus Me, who began hitting the ground running several years ago and comprised of passionate musicians that put every cell of their body into their music, have been part of the Warped Tour scene heatwave and everything in between, and yet have easily stood out among the masses, with or without the push from others in the scene. Basically, these guys are 100% DIY til they die; where no matter where they end up, they created their own destiny and manifested it all on their own, with blood sweat and tears. All of this passion in the energetic, metalcore-driven outfit comes to fruition in their most recent 13-track juggernaut “Continuous”, which released this past September.

These tracks are not only unwaveringly in-your-face, but as tight-knit as can be. It’s orchestrated chaos with more than enough melody to keep it in a mainstream-worthy spectrum. The verses are just as much ambient and ominous as they are gripping and unrelentingly earth shattering. All topped off with dynamic interludes, EDM touches in many bridge measures and breakdowns, and a plethora of musicianship factors that are brought to the forefront through top of the line production techniques. The vocals share dueling duties of both crafty melody measures and high power screaming that never outdoes itself in any way. And let me point out – VM does not use the scream factor just for the sake of it. You can tell this band knows there’s a time and place for everything, and with screaming making or breaking the divide, these guys get it right just about every time and conjure a sound that is both edgy and marketable. Rabidly high gained guitar swells, chugs and mid throttle riffs pan out perfectly on both sides of the mix and completely hold together the punchy textures that the rhythm section holds down throughout every high energy chorus and breakdown.

One of the most notable factors of “Continuous” is its versatility and multifaceted nature. You hear the same band playing throughout the duration of this record, but hear something different in more subtle ways rather than obvious ones; separating them from an “experimental” sound or aura that can throw the record completely off. This album is a great serving of many metalcore-edged components, but have so much more going on with their distinctive detail, post production touches, and just altogether a unity of energy, passion, musicianship, dynamics, and everything that shows you exactly how a band stands apart from anything else you’ve ever heard. And that’s exactly what you’ll hear with “Continuous”. You’ll have a very difficult time picking a favorite song from this record, and once you listen to this anthemic record from front to back, you’ll understand exactly why.

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Artist Review: FRND CRCL – “Famous” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

It’s refreshing when a band like FRND CRCL hits the scene to remind us that melodic pop/punk is still alive and well. This articulate quartet of professional musicians not only have a solidified signature sound that is raw and melody-driven, but relentlessly fun and energetic as well. And their newest single “Famous” demonstrates their ability perfectly.

Accompanied by a colorful official music video with some clever meme-themed editing, this song launches into a dangerously catchy chorus that will have a very hard time leaving your head. Combining an indie pop-punk sound reminiscent of genre juggernauts like Blink 182, Alkaline Trio, Neck Deep and others of a similar caliber, FRND CRCL hones a unique style that is memorable, personal and elegantly crafted. The four musicians blend diligently and really showcase a type of self-awareness that most bands lack nowadays. Despite the song title, this band is humble and doesn’t portray an arrogance that leads you believe that they’re out just to chase fame. These dudes have fun with what they’re doing, and this song sends that vibe pretty much instantly.

With a pounding rhythm section, crunchy guitar chops and dual vocal melodies at the forefront throughout the song’s duration, “Famous” sets the bar high for the band and really delves into the band’s ability to write a catchy riff with melody choices that fit like a glove. The verses have a punchy groove and really gives you that rare feeling of intrigue when it comes to tightly knit songs angled more towards the newer era of pop-punk, but still maintains that wit and charm the genre has been known for since it started exploding back in the mid-to-late 90s. Overall, FRND CRCL puts forth a balance and composure that showcases each member’s influence in the band, conjuring a solid rock sound that sustains both originality and familiarity. “Famous” from the very first listen will be very difficult to get out of your head: and will stick with you long after it’s over.

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Artist Review: Fiction Dogs – “Single Sunday” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Roaring guitar riffs, a pounding rhythm section and gritty, catchy vocal melodies make for a tasty concoction with power trio Fiction Dogs‘ newest album Single Sunday. A 6-track record of anthemic tunes with a very versatile signature sound and unwavering musicianship factors that keep you on the edge of your seat.

With the start of their opening number “Let’s Pretend”, the band comes out swinging with high-gain guitar progressions and unrelenting energy that will easily blow the roof off every house in your neighborhood. This is a track where if Black Sabbath started a 90s punk band, this would likely be the result. And it doesn’t disappoint. What’s great about this record (and band) is the authentic production value. There are no tricks, no post production theatrics, no auto-tune. These dudes keep it real by plugging in, playing, and relying on actual good songwriting to carry the weight for them. A rarity among today’s music realm.

Another component that makes this album a gem is the band’s multifaceted take on Rock music. They have a signature style, but showcase many different angles of their craft. Tracks like “Two Times Today” and “Like God” really delve into the trio’s true core, and prove that quality songwriting structures and vocal melody choices are high on their priority list; and that their versatile take on Rock-infused music can come in different forms. These are charming tunes without the unnecessary noise or diversionary tactics from the actual talent. These guys keep it 100% real.

The best part about this album is the staying power and classic status – it’s a record that has the ability to stay with you even after it’s over, and leaves you with good vibes all around. Kinda like the feeling of reaching the end of the rollercoaster – you just wanna get right back on. It’s an album that has a classic feel, and has songs you can come back to time and time again without skipping over one track. Single Sunday is a stroke of genius for the Rock genre, and brings us a throwback feeling of the 80s, 90s, as well as today’s better Rock sensibilities.

About the album:

The band recently reunited when Terrance McAbee rejoined Michael Williams and Craig Florio back in Florida after a year exploring the west coast. The group never stopped working while Terrance was away, recording most of the new album during a ‘Single Sunday’ when the three connected for an all day, all night session. The new project is a half-album featuring music written by all three members with Craig singing and playing the drums, while Terrance and Mike play guitars and bass. The second half of the album is nearly complete, but growing as the band member/roommates keep writing and falling in love with new songs. It can be easy to hear the Springsteen and Pearl Jam influences; however, the guys will just as often play Van Morrison or Eminem. The entire project was recorded at Maple Studio in Clearwater, Florida with help from Pro Tools, Gibson and Fender. 2019 will be a busy year primarily focused on the west coast of Florida and a growing digital presence. ‘Fun songs about sad stuff’ is the band’s approach, embedding an underlying sense of anguish in the subtext of the lyrics, with uplifting melodies and poetic word play.

“Single Sunday” is currently available on Spotify and other digital music retailers and streaming platforms. If this is the first time discovering Fiction Dogs, then you’ll be thanking us later. You’ll be more than happy you gave this album a listen.

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Press Release: Power Trio Tarah Who? Gears Up To Release Their Newest EP “64 Women” On February 22nd, 2019

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

People have been describing Tarah Who? as “If Motörhead was fronted by Alanis Morissette”. The band recalls 1990s alt-rock and grunge’s tradition of balancing integrity with tuneful songcraft. And the energetic trio is very excited to showcase this sound with their upcoming EP “64 Women”, slated for release February 22nd, 2019.

Touching on a grungy rock sound that shares equal parts originality and familiarity, Tarah Who?’s female-fronted versatile style is heavy, melodic and encompasses anthemic song structures and songwriting. Lead by front-girl and band founder, Tarah G. Carpenter, she has teamed up with producer Jason Orme (Alanis Morissette guitarist) to compile a collection of tracks that showcase’s the band’s effective signature sound and boasts some of their best work to date. Comprised of 5 new authentic tunes with big, heavy, fast paced guitars and a driving, punchy rhythm section, “64 Women” puts a fresh hypnotic spin on yesterday’s and today’s iconic rock eras with a vast array of multifaceted elements that are contributed by each band member, and shines through as a whole collectively as a solid chemistry with each track that plays out. Tarah’s vocals are one of the central cornerstones to every song and projects an onslaught of energy and unwavering passion. With lyrical concepts that delve into story-telling methods that widely range from a series of topics, she never fails to grab your undivided attention with her ability to tell a compelling story and keep you on the edge of your seat. The band’s rhythm section, comprised of female-drummer/backup vocalist, Coralie Hervé, along with bassist/backup vocalist, Joey Southern, cruises through the tracks with loud, vicious tempos, dynamic fills, and rhythmic riffs that tie each song together and bring an unwavering presence of heavy energy to the band’s overall style on the EP. It’s a record that will feed the insatiable hunger of their current fan base, and amaze new listeners that discover them for the first time and leave them all hankering for more.

The loud and heavy power trio has been an industry buzz since their inception into the market and really hit the ground running throughout 2018; successfully touring the west coast last April and the east coast in July. Now with their heavily-anticipated new EP being geared up for release, the band has acquired a residency in January 2019 at the Redwood Bar in DTLA to promote the new record and will have an official release party in Los Angeles on February 23rd, 2019. In support of the record, they will be heading out in March 2019 to tour the Southwest. They will also be heading overseas to Europe in June and July 2019 to perform tour dates in France and the UK.

64 Women” officially drops on February 22nd, 2019, and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms, as well as their live shows. Their first anchor single “Numb Killer” from the EP, will be releasing January 11th, 2019, and will be accompanied with an official music video. Mark your calendars!

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  • Official Website: http://www.tarahwho.com/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tarahwho/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarahwho/?utm_source=ig_embed
  • Twitter:https://twitter.com/TarahWho
  • Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Q7WuoNQUT5rfvo83edxNR
  • SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tarahwho
  • Bandcamp: https://tarahwho.bandcamp.com/
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqh-A49-N88

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Press Release: Trey Wonder Set To Release His Sophomore Album “The Ghost Of My Father” On November 23rd

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Grungy, versatile and unwaveringly charismatic with his viscerally multi-genre Indie/Punk approach, Hawaiian island-based artist Trey Wonder is geared up to release his sophomore record The Ghost Of My Father.

If Weezer and Radiohead started a 90s-era punk band, then Trey Wonder would definitely be recruited as their lead singer. And the brilliance of both groundbreaking signature sounds is what The Ghost Of My Father brings to the table. We have a collection of tracks that dynamically blend an edge-of-your-seat Indie sensibility, and several elements of punk, grunge, and an eclectically melodic style that is reminiscent of several rock eras.

Each self written and self produced track is comprised of a clever mixture with musical elements that include melodically versatile vocals, loud and crunchy guitar progressions, a tight knit pounding rhythm section and dangerously catchy choruses. He’s an original in his own right, but still can be heard as recognizable among the drawn influences from some of yesterday’s and today’s rock icons. You never hear the same thing twice, but you can tell it’s the same artist commanding the wheel, and the infectiously catchy overdubs in every chorus will stick with you throughout the record even after it’s over.

On top of this record being a follow up to Trey‘s predecessor Nice Fish, this new album is also an attribute to his father, and is being released on the anniversary to his death on November 23rd. This record is for any avid Indie Rock listener that yearns for the glory days when punk was actually good, and wasn’t afraid to show its melodic side. The Ghost Of My Father will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms on Friday.

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