Exclusive Artist Review: Tony Manley – “Another Night In Hollywood” Album/LP

West Virginia’s Tony Manley has been hitting the ground running since the age of 8 when he started playing guitar, and has been writing songs and manifesting his signature sound ever since. Known for his distinctively catchy style and insatiable affinity for the Rock & Punk genres, respectively, Tony’s diligently blended style touches on several Rock elements with innovative musical landscapes and a modern sensibility that truly makes him a multifaceted and multi layered standout of his calibre. And his newest 20-track juggernaut ‘Another Night In Hollywood’ is direct evidence of this.

Accompanied by several feature artists with next-level production value paralleling the strong performances on the album, ‘Another Night In Hollywood’ is an ambitious record that showcases several crucial angles of Tony Manley’s musicianship factors and artistic merit in a way that shines a bright light on his collective levels of talent. It’s an album that diligently balances originality and familiarity, giving the listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Opening track “I Miss You Here In Hollywood (feat. Zach Cook)” is a direct example of this and really sets the tone for the rest of the album. Tony’s mid-to-high range vocals are brilliantly written and structured with strong melodies in a way that’ll garner your undivided attention throughout the record’s duration. Zach Cook’s verse is very well placed, well paced and really adds a layer of depth that enhances the visceral listening experience, something made apparent from the moment this track starts. It’s a very strong opener that brings Tony’s signature stylization to the forefront in a way that is both effective and articulate.

Another notable track on this album is the more upbeat “Not Sober (feat. Rep)”, an acoustically anthemic number with a Dashboard-esque feel that really brings out the best of Tony Manley’s melodic vocals both lyrically and structurally. This one fits in perfectly with the rest of the album but also explores a whole other angle of Tony’s musicianship factors – bringing his versatile songwriting ability to the spotlight. Feature artist and rapper Rep spits some dynamic bars on this tune that parallels lyrically with the Tony in a way that not only works, but enhances the song’s concept as well. Tony especially brings his vocal A-game to this track, delivering a more charismatic performance that is engaging and crafty. Follow-up track “Chicago (feat. Saint James)” has a similar delivery but is more rhythmic with a swagger that even has R&B textures implemented into the structure. This is another song that explores the multi-genre angle of the album while still remaining true to the record’s signature style and tone.

One last highlight on this album is the more energetic “My Dear Poison (feat. Marissa Silva)”. A guitar-driven Rock infused track with a female feature that serves up excellent duel-flavors and atmospheres. This song is another anthemic effort with brilliant vocal melodies and story-telling lyrics that accompany the melodic guitar progressions and leads. This is definitely one of the stronger feature tracks as well as one of Tony’s stronger performances on the album. It’s also a song that dives deeper into Tony’s versatility as a songwriter as well. Overall, every track on this record ties the album together and really showcases Tony Manley’s distinctive melody structures, songwriting ability and performance execution. It’ll entice you to dive deeper into his discography, career as well as his future subsequent releases. ‘Another Night In Hollywood” has strong staying power, where it’ll stay with you even long after it’s over. The album is currently available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen, and it won’t be your last time doing so.


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Exclusive Artist Interview: Jeff Thill’s Sonic Descent

Emerging from the prominent Southern California music scene, multi-musician/producer and songwriter Jeff Thill has been an insatiably active artist in the market and has contributed his multifaceted skill sets to a slew of bands and projects since the 80s. Now in 2021, through many chapters of musical evolution and artistic manifestations, Thill has put together a project with an album of songs that are mind-blowingly versatile and futuristic; effectively named Sonic Descent. This 12-track juggernaut, titled ‘Full Throttle’, has been in the works over the past year and is about to unleash its first anchor single “Luna Tick.” With heavy anticipation in the air, we recently featured Sonic Descent in a recent article and have vowed to keep a close eye on the release until the album drops in its entirety. We’ve had the privilege of hearing the record from start to finish and can confidently say that Thill is definitely at the top of his game from all angles, integrating a nostalgically futuristic style that touches on several Rock eras ranging from the 80s/90s and mid-2000s all wrapped up into a modernized signature sound that balances equal parts originality and familiarity. So we got a chance to sit down with Jeff Thill for a comprehensive interview regarding his past, present, the near future and beyond.


How long have you been active under your current artist name?

I created Sonic Descent a year ago and have since written 12 songs. None of the songs have been released yet.

What music scene/city do you currently represent?

Are “Space Punk” and “Conspirapop” genres? Haha. My sound pulls heavily from 80’s pop/punk, synth-wave, ska, and surf.

What are some of your music influences?

Bands like Devo, Buzzcocks, Ramones, and Flock of Seagulls as well as ska influenced bands like The English Beat with a touch of Dick Dale thrown in for good measure.

•The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live music experience and for artists altogether. How has it affected you and your career?

I was laid off from my day job and found myself with a ton of down time. Thankfully I discovered Fiverr and re-discovered my love of writing and recording music. It blew my mind that I could lay down the rhythm and vocal tracks, then easily collaborate with amazing musicians from all over the world to help bring my visions to life. Over the course of my 12 song adventure I worked with musicians from Los Angeles, Nashville, Poland, Russia, Finland, and Spain. Each song started in my head but soon became a truly organic experience that never ceased to amaze and excite me. The icing on the cake was finding an incredible mixing and mastering genius named Roman (ERMixing) who is signed with Warner Music in Poland. He gave my songs the retro vibe and punch I was looking for.

What kind of concepts do you tend to write about as an artist? Shine some light on that.

As a former stand-up comic and lover of all-things science fiction, my music tends to incorporate high-concept themes. Almost like episodes of Black Mirror but with a touch of humor. I like to delve into fun conspiracy topics like bigfoot, UFO’s, hidden technologies and government secrets. In fact, the album was written as a 12 part “Space Opera” loosely connected by a mysterious, central figure who’s a time traveling, phase-shifting, spacefaring musician.

What’s in store for you in 2021? Give us the goods.

I plan to release a handful of singles leading up to the album entitled, “Full Throttle.” The first single, ‘Luna Tick’, releases on May 26th with pre-saves available now. In addition to releasing songs from Full Throttle, I’ll be shooting a series of music videos that let the listeners know exactly what the songs are about. Don’t you hate it when a music video seems to have nothing to do with the song? Me too. Of course, in-between all of that I’ll be writing new songs for the next album which will follow a similar release pattern in 2022.


Connect with Sonic Descent until the single/album releases:

•Official Website: http://www.SonicDescent.com

•Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/SonicDescent

•Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/sonicdescent

•YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqYlW-ZWGruBjlNyBQo-XRg

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Press Release: Sonic Descent Gears Up To Release Space-Themed Debut Album “Full Throttle” For 2021

Southern California’s Sonic Descent, the new project from artist Jeff Thill, has put together a diligently crafted 12-song album of space-themed tracks that are brilliantly versatile and highly multifaceted. Thill, a veteran musician of the prominent Southern California scene, has been highly active since the 80s and has been a staple in the musical realm since his inception into the market. His work with many artists is well known and is still available on YouTube and other anchor platforms.

Now with the birth of Sonic Descent, his highly skilled musicianship factors, production value and artistic merit comes to the forefront in a way that showcases his talent effectively. As an avid fan of science fiction, Thill’s passion for space-themed concepts are brilliantly implemented and play a vital role in the authentic signature sound that this album encompasses. While the album is still in its post-production and distribution stages, his first single “Luna Tick” is slated for release this month in May and makes a dynamically nostalgic impression to set the tone for the rest of the record. The single grasps onto an acclaimed futuristic indie style with raw elements of 80s synth-wave similar to the likes of Devo, and a 90s contemporary sensibility all wrapped up in an authentically visceral approach. A lot of the album songs also garner a traditional ska/punk edge with well-integrated horn parts and rhythmic tempos. “Luna Tick” in particular really focuses on several crucial angles of today’s more modern production value, boasting a perfectly paralleled balance of originality and familiarity, giving every listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

The single has that rare catchiness from the 90s that is scarcely heard in today’s musical realm. Thill’s mid-to-high vocal melodies are effective, versatile and have diligently crafted lyrics that are cleverly executed. The duel synth and guitar parts have an eclectic approach with dynamic leads and riffy rhythms. The multi layered tempos also add a progressive edge into the song that truly makes it stand out from the common songwriting structure and really shines a light on Thill’s next-level writing. The single releases later this month and is a must-hear on all accounts. Sonic Descent will undoubtedly win you over with this single and will easily create anticipation for the rest of the album.

Connect with Sonic Descent until the single/album releases:

•Official Website: http://www.SonicDescent.com

•Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/SonicDescent

•Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/sonicdescent

•YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqYlW-ZWGruBjlNyBQo-XRg

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