Exclusive Artist Review: 21 And 9 – “So…” EP

You just don’t hear bands like this anymore. Emerging from the musical landscapes of Ontario in Canada, Alt-Rockers 21 And 9 blasted onto the market two years ago with their dynamic Alt/Rock style accompanied with nostalgic 90s elements of Grunge and Indie – and began hitting the ground running pretty much immediately. And with two years of writing and recording under their belts, the quartet have officially released their highly anticipated debut EP “So…”.

Comprised of six versatile and multifaceted tracks, 21 And 9 truly make an unforgettable impression with this record and any fan of the 90s will absolutely adore it. Combining a sound that is reminiscent to 90s nostalgic heavyweights like Oasis, Gin Blossoms, Weezer and Live, 21 And 9 serves up an EP that has intelligently crafted vocal melodies, powerful harmonies, a driving rhythm section and tastefully blended duel guitar leads. Opening track “All Figured Out” brings this manifestation of their sound right to the forefront with a buildup intro that diligently merges into a climactic chorus and a slamming breakdown that cruises all the way to the end of the song. This song beautifully demonstrates how all opening tracks should present themselves – powerful, wholesome and well executed. Title track “So” continues to showcase the band’s distinctive style but shines a light on more crucial musical angles that makes 21 And 9 the versatile unit that they are. This straightforward Alt-Rock number is well put together and focuses more on the strong vocal melody factors, as well as effective vocal harmonies throughout the song’s duration. It’s the EP’s anchor single and easily stands out as one.

Another notable track on this record is the anthemic “In This Song”, a powerful song with rhythmic drum rudiments and ambient guitar work. The blends of clean and gain-driven guitars mesh perfectly and brilliantly parallel the vocals from beginning to end. This track will likely become a favorite for anyone that listens for the first time, but overall, it’s very hard to pick a favorite since all six tracks are absolute standouts. But nevertheless, “So…” is a far-above-average debut record for a band that has only been together for two years. 21 And 9 definitely will be going places, and this record will definitely entice you to keep tabs on their career and subsequent releases. “So…” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen. For this debut record, the band has partnered with apparel company Tenfed (www.tenfed.com) and will be donating ten meals for every record sold to those in need – so it helps a great cause too. All the more reason to grab a copy today!


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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: WHYNE

Emerging from the musical landscapes of Italy, Artist/Producer WHYNE began producing in 2013 and is known for his distinctive and versatile signature sound and remixes, mastering his craft on software including Logic Pro and Ableton. He quickly began gaining traction, eventually getting his name out and subsequently began producing for other artists and collaborators until 2018 when he decided to designate his focus completely on his own material as a solo artist. Though WHYNE is relatively new to the market, he has several years of hard work and experience under his belt as well as a formal music education from the Italian Conservatorio. He takes inspiration from several different industry heavyweights including Skrillex, Daft Punk, Billie Eilish, Our Last Night, Lady Gaga, Lauv, Fall Out Boy and a vast array of others. Now with WHYNE ready to emerge into the market in full force, we got a chance to do an exclusive interview with him, tapping into his background, influences, and what the near future has in store.


How’d you come up with the artist name Whyne?

It comes from my birth name Alex Wayne, which can translate to WHYNE. Whine means like the act of crying, maybe crying to yourself ‘cause you’re scared of not being good enough, so it’s like a name with added irony, like I’m calling me little and crying, but it’s not like that, I had a time in my past where I cried so many times because I felt like I was not enough, and now it’s enough – I’m not crying anymore, so I call myself WHYNE as sort of a way of teasing myself.

What music scene/city do you currently represent?

I currently represent Italy, but my dream is going to the US.

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

The pandemic makes me think more about myself and it has also helped find the true me and what I really want in my career.

What are some of your music influences?

I take inspiration from various artists from Skrillex to Two Steps From Hell, Illenium, Our Last Night, Slander, Billie Eilish, Noisia, Whitney, Lady Gaga, Excision, and I can go on with Porter Robinson, Daft Punk, Lauv, Fall Out Boy, Kiiara…I don’t want to put my mind on a “cage” of just one genre. I produce what I feel in that moment, from future bass to glitch hop, from dubstep to pop…etc.

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

I’m a difficult person to understand, I think in a strange way. I write about life experiences, they could be happy or sad. I like to talk about people on my social about their stories and trying to take what they feel and bring that to my track. Every time I write lyrics or a track I imagine myself in a place – every time it’s a different place, like a beach in the morning or woods in the night, that’s helped me to look at what I’m doing from another point of view and has also helped me to tell a “story” with my track.

When is your debut release coming out?

My debut release will be out at the end of July / beginning of August.

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

I have so many tracks ready and so many artists to collaborate with, I wanna bring a new light to the world through music.


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