New Music: “The Darkest Times” | Hawthorne Heights

This track is off the band’s upcoming EP, Hurt, to be released September 18th via InVogue Records!

Review:: Tidal Wave | Marco With Love

A debut EP is basically a gimme, right? When studio time is
being doled by a salt shaker, the idea of coming up with any sound that’s
better than “competent” can seem unfair. The things that make a band matter—all
that junk about a specific sound that no one else has, and an energy and
delivery that makes it work perfectly is probably best judged once there’s a
full album, when being in the studio isn’t quite as much of a luxury.

So it’s especially impressive to listen to Marco With Love,
who apparently is a guy named Marco and his band named Love. Last year they
released the kind of first single, also titled “Love,” that does exactly what
it needs to. With a mix of 60s-reminiscent jangle pop guitars that prove the
band is living up to their namesake, a smooth
rhythm section that sounds much more modern, and an earnest gruff vocalist,
it’s got good style and tight song craft that should make anyone curious for a
full EP. There’s enough confidence and freshness in this lead single that an
entire five songs rehashing it could have easily been an okay start. Which is
why MWL’s Tidal Wave EP is so weird,
and more importantly, good.

Tidal Wave doesn’t
sound anything like “Love.” It sounds like country-fried alt-rock, which if you
want to be annoying about arbitrary genre specifications, differs from
alt-country because the latter pretends that it’s from the country when it’s
really from the city and this one doesn’t bother pretending. It sounds like Ryan
Adams’ most recent album. As someone who is a sucker for just about anything
that Ryan Adams does, this is a good thing. But even if you’re not as obsessed
with Mandy Moore’s ex-husband as I am, Marco With Love doing it is still
definitely a good thing.

The title track starts off the EP with an energy that keeps
the open road moving. “Leave It All Behind” simmers that down to a cocky
swagger, and the closer “Poor Young And Gifted” doubles down on the rough
sincerity in Marco Argiro’s voice for a tough ballad. And then there’s a cover
of Townes Van Zandt’s “Waiting Around To Die.” Covering Van Zandt is a smart
idea, since his sound and attitude pervade the best parts of the EP, but it
also highlights quite how not-quite-country the band is. When you’re living in
Brooklyn and considering Westchester to be the countryside, then then a
full-throated country ballad of love, loss, and time doesn’t quite connect.

But the weakness of Marco and his Love’s cover abilities
highlight exactly what is so impressive about Tidal Wave. They sound like themselves. They’re doing it in a
country rock style that should be old and repetitive, and they sound different
than the version of themselves that they were a year ago, but they’ve managed
to create a sound that is self-assured. They’ve done it twice now. To be
honest, I like their jangle-pop start more than the country-twang rock, but I’m
not complaining about either. Mostly, I’m looking forward to what they do next.

Release Date: July 17th, 2015
Run Time: ~16 minutes
Rating: 4/5

Track listing:
1) Tidal Wave
2) Leave It Behind
3) Waiting Around To Die
4) Poor Young and Gifted

Written by Jon Hecht

New Lyric Video: “What’s Left of Us” | Secrets

This track is off the band’s upcoming acoustic EP, Renditions, to be released April 7th via Rise Records! To pre-order the album, click here!

Mizgin Announces Remix EP

Mizgin has announced a remix EP for her hit single, “Get You Off,” which will be available on February 12th! The single was mixed by Phil Tan (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce) and presents Mizgin’s sexy and fierce persona. You can watch the viral video for “Get You Off” by clicking here!

For more on Mizgin: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Spencer Sutherland Announces New EP

Pop singer-songwriter, Spencer Sutherland, has just announced he will be releasing an acoustic EP! The EP, Unveiled, will be released on January 13th and is available for pre-order by clicking here!

Below you can find the EP’s track listing!

Track Listing:
Heartstrings (co-written by Johnny Andrews)
Nothing Can Hurt Me (co-written by Andreas Carlsson)
Playing Games (co-written by Kevin Lankford)
Make It Better (co-written by Jerry DePizzo and Ben Levels)

Review:: Taylor and the Wild Now | Taylor and the Wild Now

For Fans of: The Head and the Heart, Oh Honey, Dawes, Ben Howard

If you could bottle the feeling of a lazy afternoon, this EP would be it.

Taylor & The Wild Now’s self-titled debut EP showcases Taylor Baker (guitar, vocals, banjo) and Drew Walker’s (guitar, trumpet) respective talents with bright, melodic riffs and enticing melodies. Showcasing mostly melodies and guitar riffs, Wanderlust serves as an appealing hook for the EP. Bewildered showcases more of a blues sound, which continues into Sun Song before slowing down with Wild, the EP’s final track.

Arguably, Wanderlust is the standout track on the EP. Wanderlust captures the emotions of wanting to move on, as Baker wistfully sings, “I’ve drawn maps with everywhere I’ve never been.”

Taylor & the Wild Now’s debut is stunning, with relaxing, soaring sounds that don’t overpower the vocals. Fans of folk and indie music alike will adore this release.

Release Date: August 12, 2014
Rating: 4/5
Runtime: ~16 minutes
Check Out: “Wanderlust”, “Sun Song”

01. Intro
02. Wanderlust
03. Bewildered
04. Sun Song
05. Wild

Written by Carina Browder