Friday, October 2, 2015

Melodic hard-rock band Z-Sides release debut LP 'Via Negativa'

The melodic hard-rock group known as Z-Sides have released their debut LP record, “Via Negativa.” The album contains no fewer than 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of a full hour, making “Via Negativa” a comprehensive Z-Sides experience. It has been proudly published an an independent release outside the financial and managerial influence of the corporate music industry. Charging, soaring, pounding and at times even beautiful, “Via Negativa” from Z-Sides is clearly one of the most intriguing rock releases of 2015.

Z-Sides are a collection of music aficionados from Redwood City, CA. “We come from different backgrounds and different interests,” the band writes. “All of us have been playing since childhood, but our band has only been in existence since 2013.”

They cite as main artistic influences the Clash, Rush, Queens of The Stone Age, Yo La Tengo, Chavez, U2, REM, the Beatles, and Pink Floyd. Their own sound contains audible qualities similar to each of these (some more than others) but the result is a unique blend that cannot be called derivative. In fact, their overall effect is perhaps most reminiscent of the wildly creative, original independent labels like Dischord Records, Revelation Records and New Age Records in the late '90s and early 2000s.

Music on “Via Negativa” is aggressive without sounding macho, evocative without feeling melodramatic, violent without being destructive. Vocals and lyrics form an integral part of their songs but never become the focus of the music at the expense of instrumentation.

Asked to comment on the themes of their debut album, Z-Sides write that their record is “Exploring difficult emotions honestly and with a sense of criticism that is as searing on the self as it is on society or anyone else. We seek to express the depth of true heartache, the elation of true joy and the chaotic beauty of living life.”

The band goes on to note that “the music on this album was written collaboratively and reflects a range of influences larger than any one member of the band.”

As of the time of this writing, reports “Via Negativa” entering the alternative music charts at #3, a startling accomplishment for any record less than 12 hours into its first day on the market. The title of the record itself translates from Latin to 'by way of negation.'

Z-Sides have publicly stated that their second full-length record is already underway, implying that music fans have a real rock dynamo on their hands in this arresting group of musicians from California's Bay Area.

“Via Negativa” by Z-Sides is available online at over 600 stores worldwide. Get in early, rock fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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IID Empire releases new rock LP 'Kast of Modern Empire'

The rock artist known as IID Empire has released his debut full-length album, “Kast of Modern Empire.” The LP contains 11 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of a full hour, making for a round treatment of IID Empire's repertoire. It has been published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. Grooving, sex-charged, and sharpened with balanced doses of audio aggression, “Kast of Modern Empire” is easily one of the best independent rock releases of 2015.

IID Empire (pronounced 2-D after the artist's initials) cites as main music influences Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White and Richie Sambora. The resultant sound is steeped in the Brit-pop subculture that stretches from the 1960s to the year 2000 and beyond. Fans of groups such as Pulp, Oasis and the Verve will be particularly enthusiastic about “Kast of Modern Empire,” though the record has more than enough meat for listeners with a penchant for classic British rock like that of the Jam, the Who, or even the Animals as well.

The lush, expansive tones on “Kast of Modern Empire” are all the more impressive because the LP has been orchestrated by a single musician, IID Empire, wholly without creative collaboration.

“I am a solo artist first and foremost,” IID Empire writes. “I created the album entirely on my own, playing every instrument on each track as well as adding vocals.”

The achievement this represents doesn't manifest until one hears the music. The impact is immediate and real. It's hard to keep from seeing a live group behind the wall of sound that is “Kast of Modern Empire.”

In fact, IID Empire is currently at work assembling a live show. Fans will be duly excited to hear this, but not surprised. The music practically leaps onstage every time the music fan hits 'play' as it is. IID Empire describes the crew as a four piece with himself playing guitar and performing lead vocals.

IID Empire writes and plays music in his home city of Glasgow, Scotland.

“Kast of Modern Empire” by IID Empire is available online worldwide at hundreds of locations. Get in early, rock fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Rock crew Bugs Skully releases debut EP 'Rabbit'

The heavy metal project called Bugs Skully have released their debut EP album, “Rabbit.” The record contains five original Bugs Skully songs with an approximate total listening time of over 20 minutes, making for a comprehensive introduction to this explosive, dynamic, and creatively nostalgic rock group. A time bridge connecting the hardest music of the 1980s with the hardest lifestyle of the 1930s, “Rabbit” stands as proof that Bugs Skully can bring harder metal than prohibition would ever have allowed.

Asked to describe their artistic goals, Bugs Skully is clear and concise: “[We're] bringing back guitar-driven '80s metal tracks.”

And brought them they have.

Citing musical influences such as Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, AC / DC, Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) and Yngwie Malmsteen, Bugs Skully are what fans of these titans of rock have been waiting for. What is more, they've brought in a clutch of musicians who aren't afraid to work with the shady likes of Bugs beyond the long arm of Johnny law. Such featured artists include Guns N' Roses alum Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal on two tracks, Warlord's Mark Zonder, the Steve Vai Band's Philip Bynoe, YouTube sensation Juan “The Beast” C. Rodriguez, and popular performer/songwriter Chris Hodges.

“Rabbit” is the most prominent official release from Bugs Skully to date, the first glimpse coming in the form of summer 2013's “Cheap Regret” single, which garnered a fair following for the band and prepared them for the achievement that is the “Rabbit” EP. The single remains significant in the wake of “Rabbit” as it remains available but is not included on the newer record.

Thematically, “Rabbit” plays with common (and uncommon) heavy metal elements such as journeys beneath haunting full moons, the “enchantment” of witches, the interplay of hunter and hunted, the dangers of solitude, and “Halloween,” a closing track which the band calls “an ode to the things that go bump in the night.”

“Rabbit” from Bugs Skully is available online worldwide. Get in early, heavy metal fans.

Bugs Skully is a Dave Polites music project.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Marko Benn releases new LP 'Just Remains'

The singer and songwriter known as Marko Benn has released his latest full-length record, “Just Remains.” The album contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 35 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the support or influence of the corporate music industry. Raw, unmitigated and full of sonic emotion, “Just Remains” is the definitive work from this remarkable singer-songwriter from Ontario's burgeoning music underground.

Marko Benn cites as main artistic influences Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) and Danny Shirran of Dubai, UAE. His own music falls not far from these trees, being largely founded on heartfelt vocals and rhythmic and ringing acoustic guitar chords. Benn's singing is a masculine kind of beautiful, genuine and true, his guitar work straightforward and strong.

Still, Marko Benn's “Just Remains” is a record based on songwriting more than any of its other high qualities. In terms of chord progression and lyric poetry both, it is a work of humble genius resonating outward from Benn's real-life narrations.

Asked to describe the themes of his new record, Benn writes, “The songs on this album come from experiences in relationships. They relay messages of several emotions like love, heartache and depression.”

Nevertheless, the album is uplifting rather than sad. It is refreshing, invigorating, and often warm. The effect is like a hand outstretched to the listener offering goodwill, brotherhood, and the understanding that comes from having felt several colors of pain.

Largely a studio musician, Marko Benn has stated that his overarching goal in music is to raise funds for sick children and their families.

“After personally experiencing the need for support,” a representative for Marko Benn writes, “he knows how important it is to help others.”

Marko Benn's popular single, “Precious Moments” was made available on iTunes and elsewhere in 2012 with all proceeds going towards this worthy cause.

“Just Remains” by Marko Benn is available online worldwide. Also be sure not to miss his “Precious Moments” video (link provided below).

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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“Precious Moments” by Marko Benn

Wendy Honestly releases debut solo single 'Tattoo Tears'

The award-winning singer and songwriter from Belgium known as Wendy Honestly has released her debut solo single, “Tattoo Tears.” The track has been published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. It is Honestly's most prominent and anxiously awaited single since her “Lady Masquerade” hit, which went gold in 2013. Sultry, shadowy, and bearing the best elements of soul-pop and modern electronica, “Tattoo Tears” showcases Wendy Honestly as one of Europe's best kept secrets.

Wendy Honestly cites as chief musical influences Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, Paloma Faith, Selah Sue, Dido, Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, and many other great singers known for their powerful sonic poetry. While Honestly's vocal performance on “Tattoo Tears” places her among vocalists of this high caliber, her musical accompaniment is also reminiscent of groups like Massive Attack, Portishead and Goldfrapp.

“Tattoo Tears” by Wendy Honestly is also being released with an accompanying official music video.

Music by Wendy Honestly first strikes the listener as music which draws one in and makes a colorful place in which to experience the moods, tones and emotions it evokes. If the music fan pays attention, however, it may be the intended meaning and suggested themes which eventually hit the hardest.

“I wanna inspire people to be real,” Wendy Honestly writes. “I hope people can relate to my lyrics. Art is never perfect but it's the perfect expression of how you feel.”

Honestly's stage name isn't just for show, either. It's a direct representation of her actual self.

“Writing lyrics comes naturally to me,” she says. “Most of the time it just happens like a hunch, when I cry or when I can't sleep.”

She goes on to describe “Tattoo Tears” as a song about perseverance, about “dealing with pain and growing stronger with every step we take. It is only by falling and failing that we can learn how to do it right next time.”

True to form, her new single is one which resonates with the earnest pains and obstacles of her own life.

“Letting go is a life lesson I had to learn,” writes Wendy Honestly. “Even though the men in my life have brought cracks into my heart, by recording this song, I have given myself the power of the eternal word! I can only hope true love does exist. What I did learn is that it starts by loving yourself, by excepting both your weaknesses and your strengths.”

But “Tattoo Tears” wasn't recorded for this reason alone, naturally. Wendy Honestly knows the importance of music and of musical inspiration, both as an artist and as a person.

She writes of this, “Other artists and their struggle to get there have also inspired me. People need hope. It is the fuel that keeps them going.”

Wendy Honestly received a golden record for her single with DJ David Latour, “Lady Masquerade.” The track charted for five months and hit n°10 after just three weeks. She has published many popular dance and rap songs, such as “Live Free” with DJ Mark With a K. She has performed live in London, Monaco and at her home base of Belgium.

“Tattoo Tears” by Wendy Honestly is available online worldwide. Get in early, soul-pop fans.

The following dedication comes directly from the artist, herself:

I wanna dedicate this song to all people who've had a great deal of suffering in their life, who've stayed strong on the outside, yet are broken on the inside. I wanna let them know they are not alone.

Just like I see this song as the closure of 15 years of drama and pain in my life, I want them to find the strength inside themselves, and let this song be an eye-opener. Only you have the power to set your own limits, to demand self-respect and gain self-confidence again! The key is inside you. Nobody else can live your life.

I have learned that without being at rock bottom, I would never have gotten the insight that the drama actually was a true blessing in disguise. I needed this journey to grow as a person. Without the struggle, you cannot appreciate the good things as much.

I have a mission in my life. It is to help and heal others with my words. Through my songs I am able to do this on a large scale. It would be beautiful to see if I could only let a few people discover the truth within themselves. If the past didn't happen, I would never have become a singer-songwriter! Therefore I feel blessed and thankful.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Music: Joes Brands, Danny Corten, Kaena Bervoets, Tom Cornelis, Wendy Honestly
Artwork cover: Erkan Karaca
Photographer: Dimitri Pruym
Recorded, produced, mixed & mastered @ Sputnik Studio (Joes Brands)

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

DJ Alex Graham releases new dance single 'At Night'

The DJ and composer of digital dance music known internationally as Alex Graham has released his latest house-music single, “At Night.” The track has been released as an independent track outside the influence of the corporate music industry. Pulsing, pounding, vibrant and grooving, “At Night” from Alex Graham is the latest proof that the tradition of house music is more alive in 2015 than ever before.

Alex Graham is a multidimensional musician with experience playing 14 different instruments. A true veteran of the house-music underground, Graham has been working as a DJ for more than two decades. His expanding credits as a music producer span the last seven years. The present release of “At Night” stands out as a prominent example of his skills, being a much touted, updated bootleg remix of an already highly acclaimed classic.

Alex Graham has been DJing since the age of 14. He has performed as the headlining act at private parties, illicit raves, and as a special guest for many other live acts. His experience in classical music connects him to many corners and avenues not often associated with house music, a fact he has not taken for granted. His classical music training may also be heard in the characteristic way his music transitions from one movement to the next, sometimes gradual, sometimes unpredictable, but always intuitively and in a way that excites the listener and provokes plenty of action on the dance floor.

Graham has extensively performed live as a DJ in the British Isles and abroad, and has shared the stage with such popular artists as Wally Lopez, Bodyrox, MOS, and a great many others. His music has been graced by master vocalists like Pepper MaShay, Amrick Channa, Angie Brown, Rozalla, Hanna Jones and Toyah Wilcox.

Some of the underground music industry's best labels have published Alex Graham music, including Skint Records, who released his double A-sided single with plans for more, and Miss Moneypenny's, who released a triple-CD album featuring no fewer then eight Alex Graham original tracks. Still more high-profile labels have expressed interest in music by this eminent DJ, ensuring that listeners and dancers alike have plenty from him on the way.

Graham has hinted that a fresh, new live set is in the works and may be ready for live performance as early as winter 2015.

“At Night” from Alex Graham is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Island singer-songwriter Jamie Gallo releases new album 'Awakening'

The singer and songwriter from Hawaii known as Jamie Gallo has released her much awaited full-length record, “Awakening.” The LP contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been published as an independent music release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Melodic, rocking, thrilling, beautiful, powerful and full of the original alternative rock tradition, “Awakening” by Jamie Gallo is the rock record the scene has been wanting.

Jamie Gallo cites as main artistic influences Joni Mitchell, Thom Yorke, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, and Al Green. Her own vocal sound and style reflects her great taste in music, having elements of Mitchell and Nicks both, as well as the precision of Houston and the insouciance of Aguilera. Gallo's overall tone blends groove with grunge and adds a touch of funk. Her “Awakening” album also boasts that particular tenor of folk-rock which gave the original alternative rock groups, bands like Blind Melon and Soul Asylum, the ability to play hard with acoustic instruments or lightly while plugged in.

Like many of the world's best musicians, Jamie Gallo got her start in music via Sunday psalms.

“I got my first guitar when I was five years old and started singing in church,” she writes. “I was a closet rock junkie as my cousin Johnny turned me on to Beatles and '70s rock. He was my first inspiration.”

As one might intuit from the title of her record, the themes of “Awakening” remain close to her rock-n-roll roots.

“The songs on this album represent spiritual, relational and social 'Awakening,'” she writes. “We go through life hoping to gain wisdom from the lessons we learn, and with love that has been burned with each experience we are awakened.”

Jamie Gallo's current official bio describes her as a mother, writer, advocate, lover and student of life. She has written for film, documentaries, and TV. Playing often on her island home of Maui, her music has been heard as far away as Hollywood, Colorado, Germany, and even China.

“Awakening” by Jamie Gallo is available online worldwide. Fans of alternative rock should get in early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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