Check Out NYC Rock Band SILVER RELICS – Debut Album Out Now!

untitled1New York City-based rock band SILVER RELICS is Alex Sepassi and Justin Alvis.

Beginning at age 10, Sepassi actively honed a raw talent as a vocalist, performer, and by his late teens, a prolific songwriter. Raised on the iconic British songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s, Sepassi later discovered the Technicolor experiments of the psychedelics and brooding ’80s indie rock. He deftly incorporates the best of these influences while adhering to a classical “songs first” philosophy, writing taut, arresting demos on acoustic guitar and piano before sending a song on its trajectory. “I don’t know if I know what makes these songs, I think it’s different and new every time,” Sepassi explains. “The lyrics just point directly towards where I am in my life at that exact moment.”

Drummer Justin Alvis began his career as a member of various Drum and Bugle Corps that toured extensively across North America and Europe. His experience as a rudimental snare drummer molded him into a rhythmic databank. It’s not surprise that his skill set is the foundation of SILVER RELICS. His power and precision are easily recognizable each time he’s behind a kit.

“Justin is incredibly talented, with a work ethic and consistency that makes him one of a kind.”

Sepassi was introduced to New York producer Howie Beno at his 2016 South by Southwest showcase in Austin, TX. The two connected instantly, discussing a mutual admiration in each others’ past work and forging plans to record in the immediate future, SILVER RELICS and Beno began recording Sepassi’s material shortly thereafter.

“Howie’s the director, mentor, facilitator, the boss and our dear friend. He’s just as much a member of this group as we are and we know just how fortunate we are to say it.”

After deciding to relocate to New York in the Spring of 2017, Sepassi and Alvis were determined to record a collection of songs prior to their departure.

“What makes these songs different for me is how we were able to capture a snapshot of all the things that surround a life changing move in a very short period of time . . . the excitement, the uncertainty, the risk, the anticipation, the massive fucking anxiety just to name a handful,” Sepassi says. “I think these are experiences that a lot of people go through often and you certainly don’t have to move across the country to identify with this concept. It’s very human.”

SILVER RELICS continue to resonate with their listeners and to extend their reach since they began performing on New York stages in late 2017. Their live performance and style has often been compared to their artistic influences: Depeche Mode, The Cure, Duran Duran, Joy Division, The Verve, Nirvana, The Stone Roses, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, The Doors, Pink Floyd and The Beatles.

The band released their debut album, Generic, on May 17, 2019. You can take a listen by visiting Spotify HERE.

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Cinematic Alt-Pop Trio PLYA Share ‘Adrenaline’ Video + London Headline Show

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SHARE LIVE VIDEO FOR
‘ADRENALINE’
WATCH HERE

HEADLINING LONDON’S THOUSAND ISLAND
FEBRUARY 28TH

Cinematic alternative-pop trio PLYA have released the live video for their storming single ‘Adrenaline’. Submerging listeners with their captivating style, the video invites you to witness PLYA exposed and real, in an intimate and honest performance.

‘Adrenaline’ was first released via underground Italian label Manifesto at the end of last year and instantly started making traction online, gaining over 700K steams on Spotify in a few weeks. And now with the video, PLYA return to the UK with a brand new headline show at London’s Thousand Island.

Emerging just over a year ago with the track ‘Thinking Of You’ the three piece immediately sparked attention with their artistic songcraft. Perfectly syncing electronica, rock undertones with atmospheric pop, PLYA, led by Julia Sykes, deliver a cosmic sound full of sonic tension and diversity, derived from Julia’s eclectic upbringing, drawing in aspects of London, Europe and Los Angeles.

Since debuting, PLYA were named BBC London’s ‘BBC Introducing featured artist’ in April 2018 and had their Hype Machine Top 10 single ‘Feast My Eye’ hand-selected by Sir Elton John for his Apple Music Beats 1 Radio show. They also played a sold-out headline show at London’s Camden Assembly, and supported the likes of Grammy nominated artist K.Flay, R.LUM.R, The Aces and The Night Game in the UK and Europe.

PLYA also joined the bill of upcoming talent at The Great Escape Festival 2018 as well as appeared at the sold-out three-day festival O Son do Camino in Spain, alongside headliners The Killers, Two Door Cinema, Martin Garrix and more.

In September PLYA simultaneously released the sensuous tracks ‘Innocent’ and ‘Addiction’, with ‘Adrenaline’ finishing off an exciting year for the trio. Now with new music soon to be announced, they will be headlining London’s Thousand Island on February 28th with Cronicle as support (watch the show teaser HERE).

Tickets for the show are available now at goo.gl/9fRfFy

MAT KEREKES Shares New Single ‘Diamonds’

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Best known as the lead vocalist of the cult alt-rock band Citizen, the Ohio-based singer-songwriter Mat Kerekes has shared his new single ‘Diamonds’. The track is the second single to be taken from his from upcoming solo album Ruby after the title track was released in December.

Mixing the intimate with the anthemic, ‘Diamonds’ transcends the lo-fi, acoustic-based recording style of his previous solo releases in favour of a sharper pop edge that offers a modern take on timeless rock sonics.

‘Diamonds’ is accompanied by a surreal music video directed by Johnny Chew (Rainbow Kitten Surprise, The Bronx).

The album ‘Ruby’ finds Kerekes showcasing his versatility as a singer-songwriter. Incorporating elements of pop and alternative, it boasts massive choruses, dynamic arrangements and infectious melodies.

‘Diamonds’ is released on Black Cement Records in the States, the label headed by Will Yip (producer of Turnstile, Angel Du$t and many more), and via Parlophone in the UK.

Mat Kerekes will hit the road on a month-long North American tour which commences at the end of the month. Support comes from Jetty Bones and Jacob Sigman. Please see http://matkerekes.com/ for full dates and ticket information.

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ARCHIE FAULKS Releases Debut Single ‘It Rains’

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‘IT RAINS’
DEBUT SINGLE OUT NOW
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

HEADLINE LONDON SHOW
SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS – SEPT 4th

London singer/songwriter Archie Faulks has released his debut single ‘It Rains’. The solemn love song features haunting strings among stunning alt-folk and Archie’s irresistible croon.

Regarding the single Archie says, “I wrote ‘It Rains’ about a dying but once great relationship. All we do now is fight and get back together again; with the memories of the glory days being the only thing bringing us back to each other. The love is still there but I realize its no longer helping either of us, but rather taking over our days and nights with worry, anger and fear. It’s a love for things we did together and the feeling we gave each other, but not for the other person themselves. The song is the realization of this but wanting to retreat to ‘our place’ and cling on for a few more days in the vague hope that we can regain an element of the past and not let us be washed away by the flood.”

‘It Rains’ is the debut single from Archie Faulks, who first rose to prominence under the moniker Tenterhook in 2014. As Tenterhook he enjoyed tearaway success over the course of two EPs, which spawned radio hits that led him to be featured as Zane Lowe’s Next Hype on Radio 1, while also receiving support from BBC 6Music and Radio X. He became a worldwide No.1 on Hype Machine, clocked up millions of plays on Spotify and completed a number of tours across the UK and Europe playing with the likes of Asgeir and Rhodes.

Explaining the transition from Tenterhook he says, “I first started releasing music when I was 18, with hindsight perhaps it was a little too soon and I wasn’t happy with the trajectory I was heading in both artistically and mentally.”

He continues on the time away spent focusing on himself musically and lyrically, “I’ve been writing all the new material on my own, trying to create an honest and heartfelt record to both laugh and cry to. I felt like going under my own name so that I no longer had a barrier to hide behind, it’s forced me to face my own truths and make some difficult life choices which has hopefully made me a better songwriter and person.”

Europe got a sneak peak of the new Archie Faulks sound earlier this year when he played a number of shows with Isaac Gracie that went down a storm. To celebrate the release of ‘It Rains’, he will play his first ever headline show as Archie Faulks at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters on September 4th. Tickets are on-sale now via Music Glue.

Interview: Alternative/Pop Rock Band, SHALLOW POOLS

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Good morning, music lovers!

I recently had the chance to speak with SHALLOW POOLS about their band and their music. Shallow Pools is an alternative/pop rock band made up of three amazingly talented female musicians out of Massachusetts and they’re definitely a band to keep your eye on! Check out the interview and their social media links below:

  • Can you introduce yourselves and describe your roles in the band?

    Jess plays guitar, Ali plays drums and Glynnis sings and plays bass!

  • How would you describe your sound?

    We’re definitely a mix of pop rock and alternative!

  • What made you decide to transition from playing acoustic covers to playing originals?

    We started out playing acoustic covers for fun. Once we started getting more serious and playing in front of small crowds, we realized that we wanted to be playing our own music. We just had to learn to play together first before we could start writing together!

  • What was the songwriting process like?

    Jess usually comes up with guitar parts first, and then the drums and bass come after. We almost always work on melodies and lyrics last after we have a solid instrumental! We do rearrange things in the studio, but we like to have a good demo before we record.

  • How important is it for you to draw inspiration from your own experiences in your music?

    It’s definitely important! We feel more connected to these songs than any of our old songs because the lyrics are much more personal. Hopefully other people can relate to these songs and connect with them too!

  • I love seeing a band made up of strong, talented women. How gratifying has it been to see the support for shallow pools so far, and to break that stigma that alternative bands are mostly comprised of men?

    It’s amazing! We’ve had a lot of people approach us after our shows and they seem really excited about our music. Seeing young girls especially getting excited and asking for photos and autographs is the most gratifying feeling. We’re glad that we get to play a small part in breaking the stigma. There are SO MANY talented women playing alternative music and we’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of them through playing shows.

  • What would you like listeners to take away from your music and from you as a band?

    We hope that listeners can relate to our songs and find comfort in knowing that other people go through similar experiences. We also want people to know that we really want our shows to be inclusive and welcoming spaces.

  • Do you have any upcoming projects or plans for shallow pools that fans should be on the lookout for?

    Our next single “Sinking” is coming out 8/24 and hopefully an EP in the fall! We have a bunch of shows booked over the next few months and all of the dates can be found on our social media!

  • Where can fans find you online?

    A lot of places!!

    iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify
    Instagram: @shallowpoolsMA
    Twitter: @shallowpoolsMA
    Facebook : shallow pools
    YouTube: shallow pools
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Watch: PERSONA Premieres New Single & Music Video, ‘Whole Again’

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The adage that states “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” hits home for Long Island Indie/Pop rock quartet Persona and their brand new single “Whole Again,” out TODAY  with a corresponding music video (see below). Running off the recent release of their last single, “Indie Cowboy” (and whilst preparing to record a new album), Persona takes indie rock to new heights, continuing to explore past the realms of the genre and incorporating crisp elements of both alternative rock and pop into the mix. Although the track is quite personal, the corresponding music video adds even more layers to the band’s ‘persona,’ showcasing a toxic relationship on it’s way down. Taking their individual, unique pains and applying it to Persona’s creative process, the final result is an indie mish mosh of triumph. About the release of “Whole Again”, the band states:

“Whole Again” is about coming down off of a breakup and finding yourself, exactly where you are supposed to be. I think we all can relate to a toxic love relationship. Where you love a person so dearly, but they are just not good for you and you stay complacent and settle for all the negative outcomes of the relationship. “Whole Again” is about settling in to the uncomfortable situations after a breakup and finding yourself and growing.

Prior to the band’s foundation in 2011, the members spent the better part of the decade not only developing their craft, but becoming one with the character, reality and imagination that makes the band who they are today. “We write songs about events that have happened in our lives. Our songs are about overcoming are struggles, they are literally who we are collectively and individually,” states singer Tom Spartinos. Indeed, the struggle has been very real in past years with a car accident nearly taking bassist Sam Trestmans’ life, a fire destroying guitarist Costas Themistocleous’ home as well as the band’s home recording studio and various battles with demons and addiction.

“The ups and downs of life in general have solidified a strong and sacred bond between us that has reflected in our music,” explains Themistocleous. Indeed, the layered indie-rock sound that Persona has cultivated shines in the band’s debut release, “Take Me To The Mon”. Released in late 2012, the EP is rich with crisp harmonies and nostalgic melodies. “Mayday, We Crashed” was the sophomore EP produced by Gary Cioffi (Transit, Four Year Strong) at Maximum Sound Studio in Danvers, MA. Upon completion of “Mayday, We Crashed”, Persona ultimately crashed and went under the radar. Little did they know it would be a few years before they shared their music with the world again. “After we got home from touring and the release of “Mayday, We Crashed” we burnt out, we all felt it would be best to take a few weeks to ourselves, little did we know how long that few weeks would turn out to be” explains Tom Spartinos on the band’s state after “Mayday, We Crashed.” “We just needed a break. We needed to grow individually to get to the next chapter of our lives. I honestly can’t say it didn’t hurt me every day, but Tom and I kept writing when we had the chance and jamming full band when available,” retorts Costas Themistocleous.In the spring of 2017, Persona released the single and lyric video for “Say What You Say,” followed by former bassist Will Suraci departing from the band and drummer CJ Kostaras (Giants at Large) becoming the back bone. The new Persona spent the rest of the summer releasing singles, accompanied by a music video once a month. “We want to impact people with our music. We want to make people reflect and ponder, and we want to spread a positive message. There is always room for positive vibes and good feeling, especially in the world we live in today,” added Spartinos. The band is currently set to release 3 new singles and videos before they hit the studio in November 2018 to record their 3rd EP and are planning numerous local and national tour dates for 2018 and beyond. “Whole Again” is out on all digital platforms NOW.

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AWOLNATION Announces Third Studio Album & Releases Brand New Track ‘SEVEN STICKS OF DYNAMITE’ | #awolnation

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ANNOUNCES THIRD STUDIO ALBUM HERE COME THE RUNTS
out February 2nd 

BRAND NEW TRACK
‘SEVEN STICKS OF DYNAMITE’

PREORDER HERE COME THE RUNTS NOW
2018 U.S. & EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY

IMG_0937Multi-platinum artists AWOLNATION have announced the release of their third studio album, Here Come The Runts, on February 2, 2018. Fans can preorder the album starting now at awolnationmusic.com and receive instant downloads of ‘Seven Sticks of Dynamite,’ and current single ‘Passion,’ which was the #1 most added at US Alternative Radio and currently #19 on the Alt Radio charts. In the meantime fans can stream ‘Seven Sticks of Dynamite’ here.

Serving as a follow up to the platinum-certified debut album Megalithic Symphony, and 2015’s Run, which included US No. 1 hit ‘Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)’ as well as Top 5 tracks ‘I Am’ and ‘Woman Woman,’ AWOLNATION’s third undertaking sees Aaron Bruno once again at the helm producing, writing and recording. “With this record I really wanted to make a rock n’ roll/pop album.” says Bruno. “And I say ‘pop’ how I grew up listening to it, in the sense of Dire Straits or Born In The U.S.A or The Cars or Tom Petty.”

Bruno spent 2016 crafting the album in his home studio nestled in the coastal mountain range separating the Pacific Ocean and the suburbs of Los Angeles where he grew up. The secluded location is reflected throughout the album. “The record definitely has a feel to it that seems parallel to the vibe of this mountain and the land,” Bruno notes. “It’s like a non-GMO record. There’s no fake shit on there, none of the vocals are tuned. It’s all real playing.”

In support of Here Come The Runts, AWOLNATION will be embarking on a North American headlining tour with support from Nothing But Thieves on February 11th in Toronto. They will then be crossing the pond for a European/UK run throughout the month of April. A full list of European dates can be found below. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Here Come The Runts Track List

  1. Here Come The Runts
  2. Passion
  3. Sound Witness System
  4. Miracle Man
  5. Handyman
  6. Jealous Buffoon
  7. Seven Sticks of Dynamite
  8. A Little Luck…And A Couple of Dogs
  9. Table For One
  10. My Molasses
  11. Cannonball
  12. Tall, Tall Tale
  13. The Buffoon
  14. Stop That Train

 

AWOLNATION On Tour

¤¤ Each North American ticket order includes a physical copy of the upcoming album “Here Come the Runts” ¤¤

02/11 Toronto ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre*
02/13 Detroit MI @ Fillmore*
02/14 Chicago IL @ Aragon Ballroom*
02/16 Columbus OH @ Express Live!*
02/17 Cleveland OH @ House of Blues*
02/18 Rochester NY @ Roc Dome Arena*
02/20 Boston MA @ House of Blues*
02/22 New York NY @ Terminal 5*
02/23 Philadelphia PA @ The Fillmore*
02/24 Silver Spring MD @ The Fillmore*
02/25 Charlotte NC @ The Fillmore*
02/27 Atlanta GA @ The Tabernacle*
03/01 Houston TX @ Revention Music Center*
03/02 Austin TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre*
03/03 Irving TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
03/04 Kansas City MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland*
03/06 Denver CO @ Fillmore Auditorium*
03/07 Salt Lake City UT @ The Complex*
03/09 Seattle WA @ Showbox SODO*
03/11 Portland OR @ Crystal Ballroom*
03/13 Oakland CA @ The Fox Theater*
03/16 Los Angeles CA @ The Wiltern*
*w/ Nothing But Thieves

06/4 Paris France @ Les Etoiles
07/4 Frankfurt Germany @ Gibson
09/4 Zurich Switzerland @ Dynamo
10/4 Lausanne Switzerland @ Les Docks
11/4 Milan Italy @ Santeria Social Club
12/4 Munich Germany @ Backstage Werk
14/4 Vienna Austria @ WUK
15/4 Prague Czech Republic @ Roxy
16/4 Warsaw Poland @ Proxima
18/4 Berlin Germany @ Kesselhaus
19/4 Hamburg Germany @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
20/4 Amsterdam Netherlands @ Melkweg
21/4 London UK @ Scala
25/4 Dublin Ireland @ Academy
27/4 Moscow Russia @ Glav Club