Artist Review: Dead Harvest – “Stay Around” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Sometimes you run into a band that brings a sense of something new and fresh, yet recognizable. After taking a listen to Dead Harvest‘s newest single “Stay Around”, it’s safe to say that this is one of those bands.

This quarter of collective musicians have set the groundwork to a very eclectic and authentic Rock sound that embodies elements from the 70s, the grungy 90s era, all the way to today’s mainstream indie sound. With crispy guitar riffs, a solidified rhythm section and melodically driven vocal structures, “Stay Around” is one of those diamonds in the rough that defines this band’s signature style.

When I hear this song, I think of The Clash and The Strokes having a love child. A sound that really focuses on the key songwriting factors doused with tasty guitar riffs and even a solo to give the song a coup de gras in case you were hoping for one.

Basically, Dead Harvest delivers a forest fire of Rock & Roll in one of its truest forms, accompanied by a sonic wave of tasty indie elements vacuum sealed into one tight package. This track is definitely going to be added to your indie rock favorites list in no time, and you’ll be staying around (no pun intended) to see what tricks these guys have up their sleeves next. “Stay Around” is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming networks. We highly recommend you all give the song s listen:

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    Album Review: Terry McMahon Project – “A Shade Of Alec” LP

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    We are more than stoked to bring our man Terry McMahon back to the platform to celebrate and look in-depth into his new Alt/Rock album A Shade Of Alec.

    We were definitely blown away from his single “Believe”, so when he submitted his album to us, we already knew we were in for quite a treat.

    With an amazing onslaught of high-quality production value coming from elite producer Doug White of Watchmen Studios (credits include Gym Class Heroes, Every Time I Die, and countless others), Terry McMahon‘s album has all the works from incredibly catchy choruses, eclectic song arrangements and a signature sound that is both original and familiar, A Shade Of Alec‘s likability factors are essentially around every corner throughout every track of this record.

    With a signature sound reminiscent of Rock artists the world has come to know and love including Breaking Benjamin, Staind, and Soundgarden, Terry brings a powerful emphasis to his vocal abilities and really knows how to place melodies into every measure.

    Opening track “Critically Broken” sets the tone perfectly and gives you an outstanding first impression of what these songs bring to the table as a whole. From subtle verses that buildup to a climactic chorus and a melody that soars on top of the chord progressions perfectly, this song is the perfect sonic-fueled Rock opener one could ask for of an album of this caliber.

    Toning things down a bit, we have the anthemic percussion-driven track “Sentiment For The Lost”, arguably one of the most addictive songs on the record. If you’re looking for that Alt/Rock non-whiney dark ballad, then this track is gonna be one of your favorites. But the thing I love the most is both of these opening tracks really demonstrate the different angles that Terry McMahon brings to the forefront that showcases both his writing style and dynamic vocal abilities effectively. Every song on this album signifies something different, but you can tell it’s coming from the same artist.

    But the best thing is, A Shade Of Alec reminds us of many things that still exist among the convoluted noise in today’s mainstream market. It reminds us that brilliant songwriting still exists, authentic production is still being utilized, and albums like this one keep the rare gems shining; even if they’re few and far between. Each song has something for every Rock fan on this record, and you don’t hear the same thing twice even though it’s the same artist. There’s no experimental trickery, overproduced theatrics, or any trivial distractions from the actual music. No gimmick needed, no ghostwriters necessary, Terry McMahon shows his authenticity front and center from start to finish on this LP.

    We are very honored to be reviewing this album, and we know you’ll dig A Shade Of Alec just as much as we do. No matter what Rock era you designate yourself with.

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    Artist Review: Terry McMahon Project – “Believe” Single

    Review by: Justyn BrodskyBuffalo, NY’s Terry McMahon Project has a sound that brews some of yesterday and today’s artists we’ve all come to know and love, but still puts his own versatile touch to a signature sound the band can call their own.

    The band’s leading man, Terry McMahon, has a signature sound reminiscent of artist influences ranging from Staind, Seether, Breaking Benjamin and Pearl Jam. Their modern rock sound is bold, pure, and powerful; driven by powerful, deep and emotional lyrics that really brings the listener to identify with their music from their own personal experiences.

    The band’s anchor single “Believe” portrays a perfect example of this. The song’s dark, subtle and rock-infused combination of acoustic textures, edgy guitar riffs, and punchy rhythm section layers the music with a mesmerizing tone and puts their musicianship factors into the forefront that really brings a solidification to their perfectly blended chemistry. It’s a well-executed, multifaceted track that showcase’s Terry‘s vocals most effectively, and is evident throughout the song.

    The implementation of the 90s and early 2000s era with today’s modern rock sensibilities makes Terry McMahon Project a standout of their caliber, and a refreshment of musical years many rock listeners miss dearly. Terry and his band gives you a refreshing reminder that brilliantly written music still exists, and that the era of music we all still yearn for is still out there if you look in the right places. You’ll be more than happy that you discovered Terry McMahon.

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    Artist Review: The Mountain King – “Hitting Stellar Pipes”

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    A vast array of human emotions in musical form, The Mountain King brings their experimental realm to the surface with their powerful concept record “Hitting Stellar Pipes”.

    It’s rare that you find a song/track of continuity that clocks in at 34:05, but once you step outside the box, you find an effectively dark and versatile composition that puts every emotion right into the forefront.

    The music evolves as the track plays out, and is perhaps a dive into the conscious mind. It’s a tale of moods, melody, and a musical storyline that never wavers from its dark presence. With riffy and chugging distorted guitars and a punchy rhythm section, The Mountain King holds nothing back with coming at you from all angles of artistic expression. From glistening vocal melodies and heavily grungy elements, “Hitting Stellar Pipes” is a stellar exercise of human emotion in musical form.

    The Mountain King is a very conceptual approach to many genre elements. The group of multifaceted musicians tell stories with their use of musicianship factors and instrumentation that makes their artistic merit stand out from anything else of their caliber.

    If you wanna lay back, close your eyes, and experience music in a very direct way that hits human thoughts and emotions, “Hitting Stellar Pipes” hits home brilliantly.

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    Artist Review: Bad Marriage – “Old School Stereo” Official Music Video

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    Grab 5 of the best musicians you personally know with similar artist influences, stuff them into one explosive package, and this is the band you get.

    A lot of artists have tried to “bring back” the hair band era. Most have failed at it, and some comically pushed themselves to notoriety with it (ie: The Darkness, Ugly Kid Joe, Green Jelly).

    Then there’s Boston’s Bad Marriage. A band I truly believe has re-captured what other bands have tried their damndest to capture, but at the same time have put their own spin on the era. And their song “Old School Stereo”, accompanied by a cinematic music video, tackles this concept perfectly.

    A band that’s only been around since 2016, these guys have it all – down to the image, style, talent, but best of all – songwriting ability. The chemistry and cog of the machine is comprised of riffy guitar tones and chugs, a pounding rhythm section, and a vocal range that fits this genre like a glove. And although Bad Marriage just by their photographs seem to be a band just lusting for the 80s, they are so much more than that. And it’s this particular song and music video that emphasizes exactly what they’ve managed to bring to the table.

    Bringing all the elements from the late 70s and 80s we’ve come to know and love, “Old School Stereo” brings forth a concept that shows us that a band can still execute an old school genre in today’s mainstream sensibility. The video is straight-forward with girls, cinematography, a charismatic and energetic show experience, and a song & video that is produced in a way that showcases Bad Marriage most effectively. Everything from the dangerously catchy chorus, gang-style harmonies, and the overall aura that has made rock & roll what it is today.

    And we are definitely not the first ones to take notice of the gem that this band really is. They’ve opened for a vast array of legendary acts, including Buckcherry, Eddie Money, Extreme, Dokken, the Michael Schenker Fest, John5, LA Guns, and many more.

    I could seriously go on all day about how fucking awesome this band is, but I think it’d be a better idea to just take our word for it now and go watch/listen to “Old School Stereo” and let Bad Marriage speak for themselves. You’ll be glad we sent you there.

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    Artist Review: Untitled Art – “Philly To Long Branch Part 2” Single

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky


    Energetic, fast, relentless, and a blast of versatility in the EDM wave. 

    I’ve never really heard anything like this. Untitled Art brings us a fast-paced and heavy presence with their powerful, grungy take on EDM with their single “Philly To Long Branch Part 2”, presenting some of the most impressive vocal executions that could be displayed with this type of in-your-face energy. 

    It’s melodic, versatile, unforgettable to the ear, and absolutely original. It starts out completely eye-brow raising and continues to get more insatiably dynamic, innovative, loud, and action-movie worthy. 

    The vocal ranges and overall mix is one of the best parts that brings out the mastered craft and artistic merit with this single, and it never outdoes itself in any way. The structures continue to stay loud, but melodic. Its formula is very fresh, but you can still hear many of yesterday and today’s musical influences that give this song extremely high likability factors. It’s definitely a song you’ll come back to time and time again, especially if you’re looking to blast something raw and original to your friends or music lovers looking for new food for the ear.

    This is a brilliant single, and it definitely entices you to research more into what Untitled Art has available in their past catalogue, and future collectively. Chances are, you won’t be disappointed in the least.

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    Artist Review: Suburban Vermin

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


    An energetic old-school stylized punk rock trio from Seattle with chicks filling the guitar and drum roles? Sign me up.

    Just like Dead Kennedys before them, this punk trio has the ability to draw you in just with their controversial band name alone: Suburban Vermin. Witty, clever, and eye-brow raising, the curiosity to hear them just becomes morbid.

    So after doing just that, I couldn’t help but admire this band’s instant-classic sound that leaves you relieved that bands like Suburban Vermin still exist. A band that is 100% authentic, and keeping the music that Seattle is known for alive and well. Their sound is a plug-in-and-just-fucking-play kind of approach without the need of any kind of synthesized theatrics; straying far from mainstream antics.

    And that’s what punk has always been about, and for a band in this era to still stick with that same formula along with the values that corroborate it makes Suburban Vermin a band that deserves undivided attention from all true punk/Seattle-scene fans out there that still remember that the scene where this band comes from was, and always will be, iconic. And Suburban Vermin belongs in that collection of bands that have contributed to the genre and music scene as some of the most influential.

    The production value is a perfect showcase of their authentic and traditional persona as a band, and the male and female vocal leads compliment their sound beautifully and add a very charismatic and signature style that also gives them a lot of room for versatility as well. Basically, if you’re a fan of the Seattle scene’s most influential bands (both mainstream and underground), then Suburban Vermin is a band you’ll be adding to your list of favorites. They’re a rare gem, and a breath of fresh air that true punk rock is still alive. It’s bands like them that keep it not only alive, but going strong as well.

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