Sometimes the last places we’d ever want to be lead us to where we need to go. For vocalist Chris Douglas Keller, Brooklyn seemed like it had become home. After tragedy struck, Keller uprooted his life in the Big Apple, heading back to home in Illinois and began creating music under the moniker Douglas ★ Warren. On his new single “Say My Name,” Keller pleads to the city he had to leave behind. “I had to move back to Illinois to recover,” he says, “it isn’t only remembering something special from my point of view, but asking something special from a city I shared such a bond with.” Keller tells us this is one of the most honest songs he has ever written, and this honesty presents itself in the true emotion ringing through. Give a listen to “Say My Name” below!
“I’ve always gotten a kick out of making off color remarks. I’ve been attracted to very dark humor and have a cynical way of thinking. I tend to get a kick out of saying offensive and turning toward a more offensive type of humor that has gotten me into trouble more than once. “Blasphemy, Myself and I” lyrically is a little self analyses on why I think I say the things I do, and realizing it’s a coping mechanism I use to deal with my own discomfort in our society. It’s an honest song, and it’s one of my favorites off of Summer Bones so we did an acoustic version that I think really compliments the melodies and feel of the original,” shares vocalist Nick Thompson.
We are thrilled to share that we have teamed up with the incredibly talented Amanda Markley to premiere her latest single, “Cold (Revisited).” Much like the weather in the city she calls home, this stripped-down version of Seattle vocalist Amanda Markley’s “Cold” is dark, damp, and dreary. But lowered temperatures and tempos come with plenty of chills, and Markley’s aching voice sends shivers running over your skin. “‘Cold’ is a song about longing and sadness,” Markley states, “and I wanted to revisit it because I connect so closely to its lyrics. I wanted to record a version where the raw emotions I was feeling in the lyrics match the way they’re delivered.”
Markley has been hard at work over the last few weeks, diligently writing and recording her self-titled EP, which will be released May 6th. The five-track EP, which was written and produced with the help of some fellow Washington-based artists (Adamm Mitchell, Chase Manhattan, Matt Bacnis, and Chloe Hendrickson), features this revisited single. Whether it’s the fuller version or its gray counterpart, “Cold” is sure to please and Markley is poised for something special. Don’t believe us? Give “Cold (Revisited)” a listen below!
Following the release of her brand new EP, Markley will be heading to Nashville to record a few songs with singer/songwriter/producer Will Pugh (Cartel) and fans should keep their eyes peeled on a possible duet in the near future! To stay caught up on Amanda Markley and all her music making magic, check out her socials below.
This track is off the deluxe edition of Unconditional, out now!
On song ‘Die Young With Me,’ premiering at USA TODAY, twin-brother duo Nat and Rob Rufus of Blacklist Royals reflect on Rob’s teenage battle with cancer.
Today we’re jamming out to “Die Young With Me,” the newest song from Blacklist Royals! This song is the title track off the bands upcoming album, to be released on June 10th.
Check out the link above to learn about the incredible back-story of the song and why it is so personal to the band!
Listen to Say Anything’s ‘Hebrews’ album title-track featuring The Front Bottoms’ Brian Sella.
Say Anything will be releasing their newest album, Hebrews, on June 10th via Equal Vision Records – and I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty damn excited! You can give the title track a listen over on Red Bull Music which premiered today!
What do you guys think of the song?!