Sometimes even the best of us need a little help. For Houston singer/songwriter Greg Cote, the solo life was one he had become accustomed to, but when it came time for his next project, an EP titled HTX slated for a July 30th release, he knew he’d need a hand. Greg Cote & the Real Life Friends is a project packed with self-awareness and sincerity, and “4.24.16” showcases this level of openness and honesty. For fans of anyone from Ramshackle Glory to The Front Bottoms to Bayside, this sweltering summer that we’ve been dealing with is about to get a whole lot cooler. Give a listen to “4.24.16″ below!
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!
Building toward their second full-length album, we’ve teamed up with Atlanta-bred Faithless Town to debut the visual stream for their lead single “Waste Away.” Whether it’s the dark, heavy verses or the light, airy chorus, frontman Gene Owens’ vocals help craft a sound that is part Bruce, part Bowie, the 80’s, 90’s, and modern mainstream all blended together.
Owens shared with us how the track came to be. “After discovering them at a big outdoor music festival, I spent a lot of time listening to The National. I fell in love with their last album Trouble Will Find Me. One day during that period I sat down and starting strumming the guitar and before long I had “Waste Away.” The song evokes the imagery of a hopeless office worker that feel disenchanted with life and wants more than anything to escape in search of something better. With the production we looked to a lot of Smiths records to emulate how Johnny Marr would overdub multiple guitars to create a dreamy, lush soundscape.” Check out the visual stream for “Waste Away” below and keep your eyes peeled for Faithless Town’s full-length album Empires, to be released on June 2nd!
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.
We are excited to premiere “Teenage Evolution,” the brand new single from Swedish pop/rock duo Love In October. For brothers Erik and Kent Widman, limitations are hardly a burden but rather a tool to be used. But don’t take it from us: “‘Teenage Evolution’ is more about a feeling than a theme,” Erik said about the track. “It’s the feeling of hopping in a convertible, driving down highway 101 with the wind blowing in your hair, and not having a care in the world. We tried to capture the feeling of summer, love, and youth wrapped into 3 minutes of pop bliss.”
On Love in October III, the band’s first release since 2011, the duo used minimal equipment within a strict time restriction, resulting in fresh, snappy pop that shows no sign of the four-year hiatus that preceded. The EP will be released on April 22nd and fans can head over to the band’s Facebook here to check out the artwork and track listing.
We are thrilled to premiere “Jacob,” the brand new single from Australian indie rock trio, Lyke Giants! The track is one that builds up slowly, but once it does, it’ll hit you hard. Filled with spacey guitars and ethereal synths, “Jacob” takes you on a journey of self discovery.
When discussing the meaning behind the track with us, frontman James Brewer shares, ““Jacob” is a transparent account of my own journey over the last three years. The songs beginning formed from being heavily impacted by the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God to receive a new name. However that story stuck with me and evolved, showing me how I could personally relate and how I had to have a similar experience myself to really believe.”
We’ve teamed up with Austin alt-rockers The City Sound to premiere their brand new single, “Live It Again,”
which you can stream below!
“Live It Again” is the second single on The City Sound’s
upcoming 5-song EP, Volume One, which
is set for release on May 19 . When telling us about the new track, vocalist
Dean Danger says, “‘Live It Again’ is about doing any and everything we can to
get our music to everyone’s ears. Sometimes the routes we take are
unsuccessful. Even then, we wouldn’t change our decision to pursue those
options, because we get to do what we love.”
Formerly known as The Artillery for the last 12 years, the
band recently renamed themselves after some member changes and is now on a
brand new path in their career. The band is preparing to release three albums
this year, the first being Volume One to
be released on May 19th, the second to follow in July and a third in
October. With a new lineup, new image, and new music on the way, we’re looking
forward to what the rest of 2015 holds for The City Sound.
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!
Lily & The Parlour Tricks are premiering their newest single, Requiem, exclusively on Paste Magazine!
It wasn’t long ago that Lily & the Parlour Tricks blew us away at CMJ with their vintage vibes, powerful vocals and on-stage chemistry. After their recent single “Belle Guinness” brought the band back onto our radar, we were thrilled to hear there was more new music with latest song “Requiem.”…