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: Leaving Zero – “Get Your Body Moving” & “Coming Back For More” Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Bethany Stephenson

Some bands know how to grab you by the ears from the very first listen. They say first impressions are the most crucial ones, and can make or break a career when attempting to launch. In this case we have Memphis-based Hard Rock quintet, Leaving Zero, who immediately has hit the ground running.

For a band just starting out with their first two singles, these guys are an absolute mind blow. Their first single, “Get Your Body Moving”, does complete justice to the song title. It’s a heavy concoction of frantic guitar progressions, fierce tones, a heavyweight rhythm section, and a masterful vocal approach that steers the track into mid-to-high range ferocity. Drawing reminiscence to influential rock bands like Shinedown, 3 Doors Down and Stone Sour, Leaving Zero combines many versatile elements that deliver up a signature sound that is recognizable and original in their own right. Chris Autry’s vocals are authentic, full of attitude, and really delves into the band’s overall artistic merit as the cog of the machine. With a dangerously catchy chorus at the centerfold of the song, “Get Your Body Moving” does exactly what it advertises.

Moving on to their subsequent single, “Coming Back For More”, we get the same punch and precision as the predecessor, but this time with a more driving tempo and upbeat key signature. This one has a little more adrenaline but sustains the same amount of charm as the first single. Focusing more on the technical skill set of the drums and guitar work at the helm, this tightly fit track is comfortable like a leather glove and never lets up on the insatiable energy. Autry comes out swinging once again with more tasty vocal melodies that soar through each verse and reach a climactic feat by the time the chorus shows up. It’s a perfect follow-up to the last track and continues to showcase the band’s signature sound and each member’s influence on the overall execution of each song.

One of the most notable factors of these singles is the high quality production value. For a band honing their craft with a prominent hard rock sound in this modern era, the pre and post production is beyond the norm and exceeds expectations for a band just starting out. It sets the bar high for the band, and they are more than ready to reach those heights very few bands in this era really do. Both of these songs have mainstream potential and Leaving Zero is definitely a band I can see labels taking an interest in.

I’ve been in many bands for the last 23 years, and this is the type of group I’d love to write/jam/perform with. And trust me…I’m picky. Leaving Zero is just starting out, but not without a bang. Fans of this band will be impatiently waiting for a full length album, just like we are. You won’t regret giving these guys a listen.

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Artist Review: Alpha Circle – “Circles” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

It’s a breath of fresh air when we come across a band or artist with true authenticity. A collective group with a nostalgic signature sound that brings us back to the good old days when good old fashioned quality songwriting was on the priority list. Alt/Rock quartet Alpha Circle is one of those cases, and for good reason.

With ambient reverb-accompanied guitar swells, a groovy rhythm section and intelligently crafted clean vocal melodies, this band’s newest single “Circles” is a massive sigh of relief in comparison to what we hear in today’s music market. This quartet of professional musicians come together to deliver a track that is not only effective, but sustainably catchy in its own right from the very first listen.

Alpha Circle is a rare find, a group that is true to themselves in a way that brilliantly reflects on their music in a way that shows the band in its forefront of artistic merit, musicianship quality, and versatility all wrapped up into one tastefully catchy package. With clean and crisp vocals driving the song forward from the very second “Circles” begins to play out, this track truly demonstrates the collective cog of the machine between all four musicians that bring their own diverse additives to the table. The rhythm section is tightly knit and cruises through each measure, the dueling guitar tracks are very effective and deliver their own standout when it comes to the track’s atmospheric textures, all topped off with vocal melodies that are especially strong in the chorus – which is definitely the highlight of this song.

One thing that is made apparent throughout the duration of “Circle” however is atmosphere – a feel-good vibe that not only carries the song, but pieces it together perfectly as well. It’s the type of song that never gets old. It utilizes an almost oldies sound, more reminiscent of 90s Indie Rock, with the perfect touch of today’s more favorable rock-infused touches. It’s a tasty combination that truly delivers up a sound that is flavorful, eloquent, and original in its own right as well as familiar to the music listener in search of nostalgia.

Another factor of this track is the authentic production value – there is no cheesy auto tune or post production theatrics needed to enhance the song into some electronic mess. It’s four musicians playing what they love, and each member shines on this single without the overuse of studio antics. A rare quality in today’s music industry.

“Circle” is a more than solid single that is driving Alpha Circle forward with diligence and are determined to bring the masses a future of unforgettable music releases. Once you take a listen to this song yourself – you’ll definitely see why these guys are well on their way to something much bigger.

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Artist Review: The Jive Aces – “Diggin’ The Roots Volume 1 & 2” LPs

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Don’t just go back to your roots – dig them!

We’ve heard a lot of today’s takes on classic songs from many new age contemporary artists, as well as tribute bands and cover artists putting their own spin on yesterday’s hits from many calibers of genres with a fresh additive or two. Some do it well, some fall flat, and then there’s the few and far between gem that comes out swinging with the charms of both yesterday’s and today’s most influential eras wrapped up into one super tight package. That, my friends, is The Jive Aces.

This UK-based band are definitely not a bunch of randies by any means. Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, this elite group has garnered an enormous following from a combination of acclaims including their viral video for the track “Bring Me Sunshine” and for also being the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”. Since then, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves as the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band, and show no indication of slowing down their momentum anytime soon.

So with a résumé like that, you know there has to be something of theirs worth putting on your playlist. And their 2-Volume LPs Diggin’ The Roots are shining examples of their tightly knit signature sound of songs we’ve all come to know and love over many, many years. Boasting into today’s production value while maintaining that old school influential charm, we get a more than solid performance on both records comprised of eclectically professional musicians that absolutely own their roles on every track to deliver a sound that not only resonates with the classic each song became long ago, but with a whole new realm of energy and technique that gets us to appreciate them all over again in a whole new way, in a whole new era.

Diggin’ The Roots is exactly as advertised. They are tracks that have brought on endless inspiration and appreciation among a majority of today’s prominent artists and are the roots to their stories. On The Jive Aces Volume 1 record, RockinRhythm & Blues, we get a tastefully blended album of 13 tracks with many flavorful additives. Classic tunes on Volume 1 include smash hits “Jump, Jive & Wail”, “Feelin’ Happy”, “I Want You To Be My Baby”, and many others of the same caliber. Led by lead vocalist Ian Clarkson, who also takes up roles on trumpet and ukulele, his clean and vibrant voice in the forefront of every song really solidifies the band’s approach. The right rhythm section really paves the way for the rest of the band, and really puts the proper backing behind Clarkson’s effective vocal takes and melody placements. With hot piano leads, an anthemic brass section and funky fiddles added to the mix, this fresh look at some of our favorite Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues tracks will definitely get you up off of your feet and own the dance floor.

On their Volume 2 record, Hot Jazz, we get the same Jive Aces vibe with their tight grasp on 13 more classic tunes that combine equal parts originality and familiarity, just like Volume 1. Staying true to form like the previous chapter of this 2-part release, we get an instrumentally versatile execution of fan favorites from the classic Jazz era that includes “Jeepers Creepers”, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” and “It’s Been A Long, Long Time“. Both of these records absolutely compliment each other and bring a brand new timeless edge to every perfected measure. The showmanship factors are undeniable and one thing that screams from these releases are the words “INCREDIBLE LIVE SHOW”. Diggin’ The Roots really brings out each member’s musicianship abilities and when put together, collectively bring out a stick dynamite just ready to go off at every event they play. And their devoted fan base and successful career milestones reflect that. But one of the most notable things about The Jive Aces is their authenticity – there is no wacky autotune, no oversaturated production techniques, and absolutely no cheat methods whatsoever being used. This band can produce live exactly what they do in the studio, which is a rare thing in today’s digital age of music.

The Jive Aces are the breath of fresh air you’ve been needing for a long time. They are a standout of their caliber, and once you take a listen to both volumes of Diggin’ The Roots, you’ll see and hear exactly why they are the UK’s number 1 Jive & Swing band.

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•Link to Volume 1: http://jiveaces.com/album/518834/diggin-the-roots-vol-1-rockin-rhythm-blues

•Link to Volume 2: http://jiveaces.com/album/518835/diggin-the-roots-vol-2-hot-jazz

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

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Artist Review: Circle The City – “Home” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With a dynamically Alt/Indie-Rock infused sound with a knack for subtle sweetness and multifaceted writing techniques, Canadian quartet Circle The City really puts a naturally boasted change to the game with their current buzzing single, “Home”.

Based out of Sarnia, Ontario and comprised of a powerhouse lineup featuring Riley Thompson (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Harold Collins (Guitar), Nathan Yeadon (Bass Guitar)), and Jesse Mootrey (Drums/Percussion), these four versatile musicians brilliantly delve into a chemistry that really shines through their flavorful, catchy signature sound and songwriting structures that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving their audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

With a cleverly executed mix of sultry Jazz vocals, melodically thorough guitar compositions, funky jazz breakdowns and a pounding rhythm section that is tightly crafted, Circle The City is anything but the next ordinary run-of-the-mill band you’ve heard far too often. This female fronted group has a balance and composure that really sustains a foundation that’ll grow on you from the very first listen.

Their single “Home” is a perfect demonstration of this. The song has a Jazzy vibe that is seductive, engaging, and really visceral with an aura that showcases their style in a way that is not only effective, but very memorable as well. It’s the type of song you’ll keep coming back to time and time again, and find new ways of appreciating it. It’ll also entice you to also check out their discography of prior releases, as well as their future prospects. The band delivers up a sound that’ll capture your undivided attention, and stay with you.

And that’s another notable fact about “Home” – their staying power. The ability to stay with you even after the song is over. Similar to movies that are not only re-watchable, but also gets better every time. And that’s one of the defining factors of the power that this single gives off. Another key element for this track is the natural production value. There are no post-production theatrics or noisy plugins that take away from their naturally gifted sound, and really shines the spotlight on each band member’s ability. You get to hear true chemistry from the band as a whole as each measure comes together beautifully with a writing style that really resonates with a brilliant original take on the Alt/Indie and Rock influenced genres. Once you take a listen to “Home” yourself, you’ll see (and hear) exactly why Circle the City is an absolute standout of their caliber. The single is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad we sent you in their direction.

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Press Release: Carolee Rainey Releases Her New Single “Sacrifice”

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

We at Artist Reach have a great suggestion. Stop doing what you’re doing and go listen to Carolee Rainey’s new single, ‘Sacrifice.’ 

This may sound strange, but the first time we heard  ‘Sacrifice’, we felt like she may have been talking right to us. But Wait. Hold that thought. On the second listen, we’re certain she may be talking not only to us but through us. She has literally brought me back to a time in our lives before real responsibility kicked in…when life was carefree and wild.  Oh yeah. Its funny. A dear friend of ours who has met Rainey said she got the idea to write ‘Sacrifice’ after reading an article about a manager that worked closely with Stevie Nicks in her early career and mentions in the interview how much he enjoyed working with Stevie, but it had been a long time since they had been in touch and how wonderful it would be to just randomly run into her again somewhere. 

This was the very article that inspired Rainey’s ‘Sacrifice.’ This is Rainey’s third single out on her new label ‘Sapphire.’  The other two singles, ‘Deeper Than The Ocean’ and ‘You Matter’ invoked the beginning sparks of a brilliant new songwriter artist on the horizon.  We’re talking superstars like Tracy Chapman, Tori Amos, Lana del Rey, and Ed Sheeran. 

Add Carolee Rainey to the list. ‘Sapphire’ is proud to have Carolee on the label and is thrilled to promote a platform in which this unusual and soulful artist can now be heard by the world. Get ready.

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Press Release: Metal Outfit Our Dying World Release Two Brand New Viscerally Powerful Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Some metal bands in this era just tackle the genre just for the sake of it. Because the “scene kids” are into it and screaming is all the hype. But then, you run into a band like Our Dying World, proving one record at a time that true metal is a genre that isn’t going to die anytime soon, thanks to bands like them and others of their caliber.

Reminiscent of a style comprised of Opeth and the earlier albums of Killswitch Engage, the band’s newest anchor single, “Liberation”, is an onslaught of heavy-driven face melting lead guitar chops, vicious vocals and a pounding rhythm section that could tear the roof off your house. Their sound, however energetically provoking, is very orchestrated and beautifully arranged with melodic songwriting structures, tightly knit guitar work and an anthemic signature sound that really defines them as more than just a metal band. It’s the type of song that could be diligently covered as a classical piano track and showcases a type of music theory foundation. And that’s what truly makes “Liberation” a triumphant song – it can be performed in many different angles and really brings out the band’s true versatility.

Their debut and prior single, “Post Mortem”, is far more straight forward for almost any metal fan. This climactic track comes out swinging and never wavers from its heavy and rhythmic grooves. It’s more fast paced, in your face and will just about bring you to your knees. Accompanied by a very compelling YouTube lyric video, this song is heavy just much as it is fascinatingly and dynamically structured. The higher pitched and at-times guttural vocals really solidify the band’s overall style and just gives it that badass nature that we yearn with all metal bands we come across, and Our Dying World executes their type of niche within this realm perfectly and really makes them a stand out of their kind. And those are the two words that really give a band or Artist the platform to make it to greater heights in the industry – stand out.

These songs are a unrelenting and grab you by the throat from the very first listen. Each song has their own approach as well as elements that separate them as something different, but you can still tell it’s coming from the same band. And that’s when you truly know you have come across a real gem of its kind. Hearing a band really tackle different angles, elements and the overall chemistry to blend together a concoction, but close enough within its boundaries to still know that it’s the same foundation to the ingredients being used.

If this is the first time discovering Our Dying World, you’re in for one hell of a surprise. Brace yourself.

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