Festival Review:: Fashion Meets Music Festival

The inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival kicked off this past Labor Day weekend in the Columbus, OH area. Music and fashion have intermingled for a long time and there are many musicians who even create their own clothing lines and brands. FMMF set out to provide the best of fashion and music and although these two didn’t necessarily mesh over the weekend, there were plenty of activities for each respectively. 

There were well over 100+ plus performances throughout the festival with concerts on three main stages along with after party shows at local bars/clubs in the downtown Arena District. For the fashionistas in attendance there were fashion seminars held by Project Runway alum Kelli Martin and Althea Harper, runway stages and a retail marketplace.

The music lineup was filled with a variety of different genres, but seemed to mostly contain indie/alternative artists. One of the highlights at festivals for me is discovering new music that I haven’t heard before. A few of the artists that stood out the most to me were NGHBRS, Envoi and empires. Each band brought a lot of energy to the stage and left me wanting to hear more of their music.

Overall FMMF brought in a fair amount of concert goers with numbers increasing later in the night for the main headlining acts: O.A.R and Local Natives (Friday), Circa Survive and Switchfoot (Saturday), New Found Glory and Cold War Kids (Sunday). The drawback of the headlining performances was the overlapping set times (with one headliner starting 15 minutes after the other) which didn’t allow festival goers to see full sets of both bands if they wished. 

Besides the fashion and music, FMMF also offered a couple of other extras. A variety of food trucks, vendors and sponsor booths were available to the public. There were also some fun activities that included ferris wheel rides and ziplining. 

Since FMMF is an up and coming festival there is room for a few improvements, but overall it was a very fun weekend full of great music. I think it has the potential to develop over a few years and become a very successful festival that people will look forward to attending every year.

For our photos from the festival, please click here!

Written by Caitlyn Willard

New Music: Golden Age | NGHBRS

It seems like NGHBRS is always working on new music. Can we complain? Not one bit. The Long Island-based band has released the second track off their upcoming EP (as of yet, unnamed) to hold fans over until the EP is released this fall.

According to vocalist Ian Kenny, “Golden Age is an ode to my early 20s…some of the strangest and most beautiful days of my life, so far. It’s about following your heart and passions, making mistakes, and growth.”


New Music:

Small Talk NGHBRS

One of our favorite bands to feature on the site, NGHBRS, recently premiered their newest single, "Small Talk.“ This is the first track off the bands upcoming EP.

What do you guys think about the new track?! 

50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW (Part 3)


Since none of us here at Lucy Out Loud will be able to attend SXSW this year, we’ve put together a list of 50 acts(in no particular order) we think those of you that are attending shouldn’t miss! 

To check out our third installment (acts 21-30), click “Read More”!

*Note: some acts we’ve included are performing at South By So What?! and not South By South West. However, since the festival takes place during the week of South By Southwest, we’ve decided to still include them in our list!

Part 3 (Acts 21-30). Check out Part 1Part 2

  1. Night Riots
    This band has achieved amazing success over the past four years including being dubbed “one of the top 16 unsigned bands in North America” by Rolling Stone Magazine and “one of the most critically overlooked bands (of 2012)” by MTV Buzzworthy. Their last EP had fans and critics buzzing as the EP displayed a new confidence from the band. We’ve seen Night Riot progress a lot since 2010 and we can only expect even more success this year!
    Where to catch Night Riots: 3.14 – 3:30pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Blind Pig Rooftop; 3.15 – 8pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Buffalo Billiards

  2. Lost in Los Angeles
    This “dream-induced indie pop” band uses their music as a way to explore their dreams and share their stories with their listeners. The LA-based trio are planning on following up their SXSW performances with a new single and a full length album to be released this spring!
    Where to catch Lost in Los Angeles: 3.12 – 3:20pm @ The Shiner Saloon; 3.13 – 10pm – Heart of Texas Rockfest @ Main Outdoor Stage; 3.14 – 12pm – Big Picture Media Showcase – The Blind Pig Rooftop; 3.14 – 10pm @ Blue Moon

  3. We Came As Romans
    While they may be third-billed on their current tour with Asking Alexandria and August Burns Red, that doesn’t mean We Came as Romans don’t know how to take full control over a crowd from onstage. Expect them to treat this set as a headliner. 
    Where to catch We Came As Romans: 3.14 – South By So What?! @ Quiktrip Park

  4. Two Cow Garage
    These Ohio natives released their last album, The Death of the Self Preservation Society, back in September and have been doing nothing but touring ever since! In total, the band has ranked up nearly 100 tour dates in the US and UK, quite impressive for any band to accomplish in six months. With a great raw rock sound, this is a band you seriously don’t want to miss.
    Where to catch Two Cow Garage: 3.12 – 6pm – Midcoast Takeover @ Shangri La; 3.13 – 10pm @ Soho Lounge; 3.14 – 5:45pm – Midcoast Takeover @ Shangri La; 1am @ Headhunters

  5. Mindless Self Indulgence
    It’s tough to tell you what to expect from Mindless Self Indulgence. Because if there’s one safe bet to make, you can be sure that MSI will be unpredictable. But, with this craziness comes unmatchable energy and a performance that is seriously enjoyable.
    Where to catch Mindless Self Indulgence: 3.15 – South By So What?! @ Quiktrip Park

  6. For The Foxes
    From the first time I [Lucy] saw these guys back in 2009, I knew that For The Foxes were one to keep my eye on. After signing to Hopeless Records back in 2011, the band has done nothing but create a giant buzz around them. Their indie-infused, ‘80s influenced sound is one that is truly unique and makes them one of our must see bands at SXSW!
    Where to catch For The Foxes: 3.12 – Between 12pm to 11pm – The FREE All Day Super Awesome Fun Time Party @ The Aquarium; 3.14 – Between 12pm to 6pm – Charlie Says “Fest!” @ 2326 E Cesar Chavez St

  7. Alesana
    There’s been a bit of a gap since the last time we heard from Alesana. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Their identifiable dual vocalled sound, backed by cinematic lyrics and harsh instrumentals, translate greatly to their live show. So, we hope that the time they’ve spent away, focusing on writing and recording and such, magnifies this even further.
    Where to catch Alesana: 3.15 – South By So What?! @ Quiktrip Park

    One of the best, most refreshing bands that we’ve been introduced to recently, NGHBRS spent months tucked away in an old mansion to record their debut album. Now, with a stellar sound and a brilliant album in-tow, they’ve returned to society and are making one hell of an impression!
    Where to catch NGHBRS: 3.11 – 5pm – Third String Productions Showcase @ The Aquarium 3.12 – 5pm – Red Gorilla Showcase @ Bourbon Girl; 3.13 – 5:25pm – Set.FM Showcase @ Hyde Park Bar and Grill; 3.14 – 4:40pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Blind Pig Rooftop

  9. Bad Veins
    Indie pop duo Bad Veins gained recognition when they won the Target Music Maker Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008. Even though their last album was released back in 2012, the band is sure to be one of the buzz bands of this year! 
    Where to catch Bad Veins: 3.12 – 1am – SXSW Official Showcase @ Quantum Lounge; 3.14 – 1:40pm – Flowerbooking Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlies

  10. Ringo Deathstarr
    Ringo Deathstarr has had great success in Japan with their “shoegaze” sound similar to My Blood Valentine. The band will be releasing a limited pressing of their EP (previously only available in Japan) on March 25th. Ringo Deathstarr is spending the next few weeks touring in the US and will be playing three showcases at SXSW – so get your asses to at least one of them!
    Where to catch Ringo Deathstarr: 3.13 – 5:45pm – Gueros Frenchie Smith Records; 3.14 – 4:45pm – Exploding in Sound Party @ Hole in the Wall; 10:15pm @ Swan Dive Patio

Lucy Out Loud’s Top Albums of 2013

Our senior writer and photographer, Eric Riley, has put together his top 20 albums of 2013. Click “Read More” to see his list and read why each of these albums made his year!

20. LIGHTS, Siberia (Acoustic): Let’s skip over the whole “this is a re-release blah blah blah” thing. Okay, cool. When the original Siberia was released back in 2011, LIGHTS took her synth-pop sound and greatly strengthened it. On these acoustic versions, she continues to grow, now demonstrating just how powerful her vocal abilities are. The title track ditches its original ethereal swirls and replaces them with soft piano, transforming the track into a beautiful, delicate duet sung alongside Arkells’ Max Kerman. “And Counting…” maintains its yearning and heart, this time with smooth violins rather than eerie Theremin. The record uses the same bottle to capture an entirely different bolt of lightning. 

19. Echosmith, Talking Dreams: One of this summer’s stand-outs, Echosmith burst into the music world in 2013. Following their extended stint on Warped Tour, they released their first album, held a solid opening act position throughout the fall, scored a handful of television promo spots, as well a slot as an iTunes’ Free Single of the Week. All eyes on this band in 2014. 

18. City and Colour, The Hurry and the Harm: This was Dallas Green’s first C&C album after the official disbandment of Alexisonfire, and he used this chance to produce one of the most emotion-filled and gorgeously-sung albums of the year. His voice transitions seamlessly throughout the highs and lows of his impressive vocal range, and tracks like “The Lonely Life,” “Thirst,” and the beautifully painful “Two Coins” each display a differently-stylized presentation, while carrying honest and introspective lyrics along with them. 

17. Demi Lovato, DEMI: I don’t use the term “guilty pleasure,” and I certainly won’t start doing so with Demi Lovato. Because there is no need for guilt here. I have always been a huge fan of her as an artist, and DEMI gives even more reason to be – it’s an emotionally-grand pop gem that keeps Lovato at the top of her field, while boasting her vocal skill, her growing maturity, and strength, both artistically and personally.

16. The 1975, The 1975: Not many bands broke out in 2013 to the degree that The 1975 did. Their quite lengthy full-length managed to hold listeners’ attention throughout sixteen danceable, singalong-able, more-than-enjoyable tracks packed with a sound that sets them apart from most. It’s going to be all systems go for this group next year, and it’s going to be fun to see just how far they’ll get. 

15. Panic! at the Disco, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!: If past trends are to be taken into any consideration, then we all should have expected something completely different from Brendon Urie and Co. this time around. And the dark, moody gloom-pop that we were handed on Too Weird to Live… didn’t disappoint.  The album takes countless chances, combining the multiple sounds and styles that the band has created over the years, and consistently hits its mark. Though the group’s sound changes with each record, “This Is Gospel,” “Collar Full,” and closer “The End of All Things” lend a feeling of uniformity, assuring us that despite all of the changes, they’re still the same band. 

14. Golden Youth, Quiet Frame; Wild Light: Golden Youth may have the shortest album on this list, only seven songs (six, not counting the brief introduction), but that’s no reason to think that it’s anything less than spectacular. The combination of Stephanie Lauren’s angelic vocals and heavy use of unconventional instrumentation provides for an end result that is truly outstanding.

13. The Rubens, The Rubens: As the furthest traveled band and album on here, hailing all the way from Australia, The Rubens literally came from half a world away. With them, they brought a soulful, brooding sound that hits you from the moment “The Best We Got” begins. “My Gun” and “The Day You Went Away” are infectious enough for widespread success, but still unique and recognizable. The real highlights come when the band slows the tempo, with “I’ll Surely Die,” “Look Good, Feel Good,” and stand-out ballad “Never Be the Same.” If you missed out on these guys this year, don’t worry: with this much ambition and talent, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them in some spotlights next year.

12. Bastille, Bad Blood: Saying that Bastille’s mega-single “Pompeii” helped them erupt onto the music scene this year is an awful pun. And is also one that I am gladly making, because it makes me laugh. But, in all seriousness, Bad Blood is both simple and intricate, reserved and enormous, gritty and gorgeous, something we didn’t expect yet something we were certainly missing. 


11. NGHBRS, Twenty One Rooms: For two months near the end of 2012, NGHBRS chose to lock themselves away within the abandoned estate of journalist/poet William Cullen Bryant. During this time, the band reclused themselves inside of the rumoured-to-be-haunted mansion. This lingering sense of eeriness, accompanied with a bundled isolation, timelessness, vacancy, and history can be heard throughout Twenty One Rooms. Upon a first listen, it’s good. Hell, it’s very good. But the more you listen to it, the more these intricacies stand out, the more you hear the little things that make it a special record. NGHBRS deliver an album that has something for any occasion and any taste. 

10. Lorde, Pure Heroine: While her triumphant “Royals” dominated Top 40 radio stations all over the place and first introduced us to her, it was the coupling of Lorde’s timid voice and lavish attitude throughout the rest of Pure Heroine that made for an undeniable sound. Don’t let yourself be distracted by the success of the single; there’s a sweet ambiance that is nothing short of addictive.

09. Dan le sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Repent Replenish Repeat: While everyone was focused on Jay-Z’s viral marketing and Kanye West being “the Morrissey of hip-hop” (which is probably the greatest thing I read on the Internet this year), this English duo flew in so far under the radar that they barely blipped. Unfortunately, there is a large market of listeners out there who most likely missed out on Repent Replenish Repeat, an album which seeps pure poetry out through every note and word. Their spoken-word pieces and the hip-hop tracks both land with heavy impact – whether it’s the swirling, drug-fueled love story of “Terminal” or the aggressive and vengeful grit of closer “You Will See Me” (both spoken), the grinding echoes of “Stunner” or “Gold Teeth” calling out the narcissistic and the materialistic, we’re treated to some real genius. This will probably be seen as blasphemous, but here goes: this is some of the best hip-hop from 2013.

08. The Airborne Toxic Event, Such Hot Blood: The fact that I can only fit in The Airborne Toxic Event really says something about the rest of the list, but we’ll get there. My first listen of Such Hot Blood came during a very transitional point of my life, and it served as a perfect soundtrack for it. From the first seconds of “The Secret” to the fading drums of  the concluding “Elizabeth,” the record soars. While each track gives something special, “Safe” is a true gift, wherein violist Anna Bulbrook’s strings and backing vocals stun. The longing for love and the loss of it that ring throughout are both tragic and elegant, but with them come a constant lingering of hopefulness, whether lyrically or musically or some combination of the two, that really leaves its mark. 

07. Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob: At first, I forgot that this record came out this year. I don’t know why. But I’m glad that I double-checked, because it would have been a very, very big mistake if I hadn’t caught it. Keeping with their reputation, the Quin sisters released another brilliant album, it’s no surprise. Lyrically, they are as strong and sharp as ever, now swapping their guitars for a more synthesized sound, heavily dependent on keys and electronics. Combining their dim lyrics with often upbeat and lively instrumentation provides the biggest key to this album’s success. Heartthrob was something pretty different from Tegan & Sara, but there are certainly no complaints here.

06. Bring Me the Horizon, Sempiternal: The growth and progression that we’ve seen over the past few years from Bring Me the Horizon is undeniable and impressive. Following with the maturation that 2010’s There Is A Hell… showed, Sempiternal takes any remaining doubts critics could have about this band and obliterates them. Oli Sykes’ songwriting has never been stronger nor his vocal range any better. Arguments could be made about either “And the Snakes Start to Sing” or “Hospital for Souls” to name one of the best song the band has ever penned, and each would have a very strong case to support it. Stylistically, this is the cleanest album the group has ever produced. Meanwhile, their aggression and rage remain perfectly intact. The strides that this band has taken are astounding, and it doesn’t seem like they show any signs of stopping.

05. The Wonder Years, The Greatest Generation: As the conclusion to a trilogy of albums which began with the youthful-aggression of The Upsides and continued into Suburbia’s stories of a broken hometown, The Greatest Generation is The Wonder Years’ grand finale. Elementally, we’re treated to the best musical display that the band has produced to date – sharp, concise, and firing on every cylinder. From the first seconds on the introductory “There, There,” it’s clear that it will be a different record compared to the previous two. Lyrically, Campbell is exposed, confessional, and open, exposing the darker corners of his mind; the hereditary fears of “The Devil in My Bloodstream,” worries of always making the wrong choices on “Passing Through A Screen Door,” or never being in the right place at the right time on “The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves.” With each passing song, the album builds to its’ powerful closer “I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral” – a seven-and-a-half-minute culmination of not only the album’s key lyrical and musical pieces, but the themes that The Wonder Years have always focused on – knowing who you are, fighting for all that you can, and making the ones around you proud. It’s the grand finale to an album that reveals it all, performed by a band that holds nothing back. 

04. Fall Out Boy, Save Rock and Roll: I wonder if Fall Out Boy know just how many heart attacks they gave their fans this year. Ever since their split, there were reunion rumors. And near the end of 2012, they started to pick up steam.

Then, in February, they were back.

And they broke the Internet.
They announced their reunion, but that wasn’t enough. They premiered a new song, coupled with a music video, and that wasn’t enough. They routed a two-month-long nationwide tour, and they weren’t finished. They had a new album, and it was done. When we first heard “My Songs Know …,” I think we were all still a bit in shock to fully digest it. So when Save Rock and Roll came out, it brought with it the fear and uncertainty of what to expect.

What we got was the tightest, sharpest version of Fall Out Boy we’ve ever had. Patrick Stump’s vocals continue to dominate, Wentz’ penmanship holds as much wit and acumen as ever, and the end result is some of FOB’s best tracks. Guest spots from Foxes, Courtney Love, Big Sean, and the incomparable Sir Elton John (remember that thing I said about their best tracks being here? Yeah, “Save Rock and Roll.”) mix things up a bit, while “Young Volcanoes,” “Alone Together,” and “Miss Missing You” are trademark performances. There’s no question that there was a giant void while Fall Out Boy were on their hiatus. But with their return, they jumped in head first and regained their place on the throne, back and better than ever.

03. twenty|one|pilots, Vessel: It’s rare for a band in such an early part of its career to have total control over their genre. Then again, Vessel is in a genre all its own. It’s one part pop, one part hip-hop, one part piano rock, and about a dozen parts of a dozen other things. But each note somehow fits together perfectly. As “Ode to Sleep” trickles in, it sounds ready to drop into a typical pop-punk track. And then Tyler Joseph begins rapidfiring his lyrics and shatters that misconception. And then Tyler Joseph starts singing and shatters that shattered misconception. This endless series of twists and turns continues throughout Vessel’s dozen tracks, abruptly transitioning from the synthesized “Migraine” into the ukulele-graced “House of Gold.” The duo’s giftedness for these seamless shifts and stylistic changeovers keeps the listener on edge.

Not since Chronic Future has a band combined these two sounds with such a digestible success.

(Also, sidenote: no matter what sort of dance/EDM/dubstep/whatever music you listen to, I’m going to go ahead and make the claim saying that the drop during “Car Radio” was the best one of the year, just saying.)

02. Frank Turner, Tape Deck Heart: What amazes me most about Frank Turner is his ability to not only write consistently-brilliant music, but his ability to grow as an artist, maintaining his humility while doing so. For years, Turner has stuck to a steady, nearly endless cycle of touring, writing, and recording. Throughout all of this, his music never misses its mark, and Tape Deck Heart keeps with that trend. His autobiographical songwriting allows a thorough look into both his head and heart, never afraid to make himself an open book. The brokenhearted “Anymore” and “Tell Tale Signs” are quiet, yet passionate, while “The Fisher King Blues” and epic finale “Broken Piano” build and grow from gentle ballads to roaring productions that could rattle arenas. Despite his calm tendencies, Turner never forgets his roots. The punk rock pledge of allegiance “Four Simple Words,” lead-single “Recovery,” and the reminiscent “Polaroid Picture” all display that Frank Turner not only remembers, but still holds dear to the places he came from and those who were there. Tape Deck Heart is darkly optimistic and painfully passionate, and Frank Turner is a true master of his craft. 

01. Sara Bareilles, The Blessed Unrest: From my very first listen, I’ve had this album penciled in as my Album of the Year, waiting to see if contenders could come along and prove their superiority. It’s possession of the top spot isn’t due to a lack of competition, but rather there was no other record this year that could overpower what Sara Bareilles produced with The Blessed Unrest. Like she did with “Love Song” on 2007’s Little Voice, The Blessed Unrest too begins with the lead single; this time, starting with “Brave,” an enthusiastic, ebullient anthem that praises personality and self-expression.

Much like “Brave,” the upbeat tempo of “I Choose You” and “Little Black Dress” keep with Bareilles’ ability to write fun pop songs ready for the airwaves. What adds even more perk to them is their location within the album, juxtaposed against somber, heartfelt piano ballads: the peppy “I Choose You” follows the calm “1000 Times,” while “Little Black Dress” adds a much-needed lightheartedness after the side-by-side emotional hurricanes that are “Manhattan” and the dark, atmospheric swirling of “Satellite Call.”

“Manhattan” is one of Bareilles’ most impressive displays, comparable to Little Voice’s powerhouse finale “Gravity.” The song is gentle and melancholy, with Bareilles’ voice set to timid pianowork, achingly surrendering the city to her counterpart in a failed relationship.

Sara Bareilles’ early success was a double-edged sword. With the extreme popularity of “Love Song” after its release, there were the critics who believed that that was as good as it would get for her. And on Little Voice, she showed that she was more than a one-hit success. Her second effort, Kaleidoscope Heart, proved that a sophomore slump was far from a worry for her. Now, on The Blessed Unrest, she continues to not only grow as an artist, but excel. Don’t be surprised to see Bareilles hoisting a little gold gramophone for this album.

Tracks In The Snow | Volume 1 | AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

imageYou can download our brand new compilation featuring NGHBRS, Stages & Stereos, Parks, and seven other awesome artists by checking out the links below!


Digital Booklet link

Interview With:: NGHBRS

First off, please introduce yourself and tell us what you do in the band!

My name is Jordan and I play drums in the band.

Your latest music video, Hold Up Girl, was shot by using Instagram and has gone viral! How did you guys come up with the concept for this video?

J: We knew we wanted to do something that was really out of the box and shareworthy. A lot of our favorite music videos are the ones that are extremely difficult to create. We brainstormed some ideas for a couple weeks and then one day Ian called me and was like, “dude, I got it!”

On top of releasing a viral music video, you guys also released your debut full-length just a few months ago and were also listed as one of the “Top 100 Bands to Watch Out for in 2013” by both Alternative Press and Absolute Punk. How does it feel to earn so much exposure over the past year as a DIY band?

J: It feels good to know that even without a lot of resources and outside help people are still taking notice to what we’re doing. It’s really tough to be a DIY band and it requires a ton of sacrifice. It’s definitely rewarding that it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Twenty One Rooms is a great album that shows how diverse you guys can be with your sound while still staying true to yourselves. What do you hope your fans walk away with after listening to this album?

J: With this album we wanted to show how much our band has grown over the years. We’re constantly fighting an uphill battle, but we always stay persistent and keep fighting to reach our goals. This attitude of triumph against adversity is one of the biggest themes on the record. The fact that fans have reached out saying how much the record meant to them is such a humbling thing, and it’s exactly what we’ve set out to do.

You guys actually stayed in an abandoned estate of journalist and poet, William Cullen Bryant, to write and record Twenty One Rooms. Do you think this made a difference in what direction the album went?

J: The house we recorded in definitely played a huge role in the album. We went into the house with a lot of the material already written, but we were inspired to get in there and just write. We ended up writing some songs in the house that made the record over songs we had been working on for months. Ian pretty much scratched all his pre-written lyrics once we got into the house as well. I know the pictures and poetry on the walls really affected him. We also recorded the entire album live in the ballroom of the house, so the tones on the album are very roomy and alive.

What can we expect next from NGHBRS?

J: We’re really excited to be a part of this year’s CMJ Festival, and we’re hoping to really capitalize on the buzz our video created. Expect to see us on the road in 2014 for sure!

Thanks for your time! Anything else you’d like to add?

J: Thank you!!! Here are our links for you to have…


Review: Twenty One Rooms | NGHBRS

Now, I don’t want to “toot our own horn” or whatever, but when we released our second compilation last month (PS, go download that bad boy), I like to think that we made some pretty great choices regarding the bands we chose to include. Of those included, we have NGHBRS – one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need to Know and an AbsolutePunk.net Band to Watch.

And rightfully so.

On their debut full-length Twenty One Rooms, NGHBRS produce a sound that can draw countless comparisons, but in the end, is something that is only theirs. For a very new band, the nearly-automatic discernability of their sound is impressive.

Lead single and album intro “Hold Up Girl” premiered a little while back, and it makes sense to use the track in both of those aspects – it’s just as catchy as it is accessible.

Whether they’re slowly, achingly swooning (“1990,” “Wake Me in the Morning”) or raising the tempo with full-band energy and shredded guitar solos (“Twenty One Rooms,” “Dead Man’s Reprise,” “Beneath the Raging Sun”), the band shows a diverse skill set in what they can do with their sound.

Near the end of 2012, the band chose to lock themselves away in the abandoned estate of William Cullen Bryant, an esteemed journalist and poet. For two months, they reclused themselves within the rumoured-to-be-haunted mansion without television or internet. This lingering eeriness, accompanied with a bundled sense of isolation, timeliness, vacancy, and history can be heard throughout Twenty One Rooms, most obviously on “Everything Was Beautiful…,” which opens with Vonnegut’s famous quote from Slaughterhouse Five.

Twenty One Rooms is a special record. Upon a first listen, it’s good. Hell, it’s very good. But the more you listen to it, the more the intricacies stand out, the more you hear the little things that make it a special record. NGHBRS deliver an album that has something for any occasion and have a sound that is for everyone.

Word of advice: watch this band closely.

Release Date: July 16th, 2013
Rating: 4.25/5
Runtime: 35:16

1. Hold Up Girl
2. 1990
3. We Were Wolves
4. Twenty One Rooms
5. Wake Me in the Morning
6. Beneath the Raging Sun
7. “Everything Was Beautiful…”
8. Dead Man’s Bluse
9. Dead Man’s Reprise
10. Screwtape
11. Green River

Jordan Schneider
Ian Kenny
Tommy Fleischmann
Eric Vivelo

Written By: Eric Riley

First Day of Summer = Compilation Release Day!


We introduce to you, SPF13! Our 2013 Summer compilation features 10 artists including Spose, The Golden Youth, NGHBRS, and 7 other fantastic artists! By the way, did we mention it’s FREE?

You can listen to it on Soundcloud by clicking here,
You can download it FOR FREE on Mediafire by clicking here,
And you can check out our Digital Booklet by clicking here!