Press Release: 125 And I Love You – “Skeptics” LP + signing with Death Punk Records

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

125 And I Love You announce signing with Death Punk Records; Listen to their new Album “Skeptiks” Now!

Michigan’s newest Pop Punk duo have announced they’ve signed on with Death Punk Records, and have just released a new album under the label.

Skeptiks” out October 1st 2018 has hit stores to great acclaim. With 2 tracks on Radio Stations in America and Australia, this album proves to be an instant Pop Punk classic. Drawing comparisons from Blink-182, Alkaline Trio, and A Day To Remember, it’s no wonder the band accumulated nearly 1,000 plays on SoundCloud in one night.

125 And I Love You is a Mid-Michigan Pop Punk band based out of Pewamo, Michigan. Founded in 2018 by Vocalist/Guitarist Trevor Thelen and Bassist Doug Fox, the duo combine the attitude of old school Pop Punk with a modern twist. Lyrically the band has been known to hit every base tackling topics of Depression, Suicide, Heart Break, Existential Crisis and the occasional song about Bar Romance.

125 has songs that fit the spectrum from Serious (Brooks Was Here) to Comedy (Roses For Grandpa) and has a song for everybody. You can stream “Skeptiks” on Deathpunkrecords.com and for a short time you can get the album for free on Bandcamp! Please get in touch with Trevor at 125andiloveyou@gmail.com for guest list, interviews, or promo copies of Skeptiks.

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Artist Review: The Spanish Flies – “Ignorance Is Bliss” EP

Review by: Justyn BrodskyCanada’s music scene has brought many of yesterday’s and today’s most prominent artists the industry has ever graced to the world.

Whether it’s worldwide selling artists or underground bands, there’s always been a refreshing and eclectic vibe coming from the true north. Psychedelic Pop Rockers The Spanish Flies are another prime example of this.

This Edmonton group’s most recent EP Ignorance Is Bliss portrays a crafty, energetic, and keyboard-infused rock sound that showcases elements from many different rock eras; going as far back to the 70s, all the way to today’s mainstream sensibilities.

With 5 tracks of consistent rock and roll deliciousness, each song shows different angles to the musicianship qualities coming from The Spanish Flies. With a psychedelic feel reminiscent of the 90s, add in some rock and punk influence from bands like The Doors and The Strokes with today’s multifaceted production quality, and you have a tasty stew that resonates with “Ignorance Is Bliss”.

Leading man and guitarist/vocalist Fel Gamarra, is the heart & soul of the band that is behind all aspects of the creative process from the music, lyrics and image. With riffy guitar tones, catchy melodies/harmonies and dynamic keyboard integrations, each track brings out an unwavering energy that is fueled by passion and well-sung narratives that cast light into Gamarra’s travels, experiences, and inspirations that brought life into this EP.

The record is solidified with a well-paced and tight rhythm section that holds it all together and projects each song effectively with its consistency, smoothness, and edgy feel. The vibrant and loud overall tone gives this EP the versatility that sets it apart from your average rock record, and really dives into a sound that truly breaks new grounds when it comes to implementing several influential sounds from different eras; and it doesn’t disappoint in the least.

“Ignorance Is Bliss” is currently available on all major digital music retailers including ITunes, Apple Music, CD Baby, Spotify, and several others.

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  • Website: thespanishflies.ca
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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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Artist Review #2: After Alice – “99 Gold” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh

We last reviewed Hard Rock outfit, After Alice, in January 2016. One year later, their music is even more infectious, and their presence has expanded gracefully.

Like stated in the first review, AA‘s spot-on and high range, flawless vocal structures are still ever present with the band’s main focus being their songwriting, which in our opinion is still in the realm of something that is almost unheard of in today’s Rock/Metal category. Basically, if you’re a big fan of the 90’s AKA when great songwriting still existed, then this band is an absolute must-hear for you.

With time comes more greatness for After Alice with the release of their newest single that’s spreading like wildfire on podcasts and radio, “99 Gold”. Once again, we have astonishment in the production value. The band obviously knows where their greatest strengths are, and they put it right to the forefront where it belongs. The guitar riff drives this song forward until the high vocal range grabs you by the throat. And by the time you get to the catchy chorus, your mind is still trying to catch up to the adrenaline rush that’s been thrown at you (whether you were prepared or not).

The chorus is catchy, memorable, and sticks like glue. And if you’re a guitarist, the opening riff to this track will definitely be chugging in your head even while you sleep. It’s an infectious riff, and it’s perhaps the simplicity and ability to write a proper vocal melody that makes After Alice as effective as they are. 

One word of this song title describes this song beautifully: gold. Hey, After Alice, can we get some more please?

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Artist Review: Furious Underdogs

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


An audio-visual explosion in emotion, humor, politics, mood swings, and a fantastic 70s punk implementation into an innovative sound that gives you something energetic and fun around every twist and turn.

And that’s the sound in an and of itself that Furious Underdogs portray when presenting an edge-of-the-seat persona with their most recent EP Glitter Your Own (Unicorn). It’s definitely new food for the ear with that classic old school Rock/Punk edge that came out of the gate in the 70s; however still maintaining a sensibility that today’s Rock listeners can appreciate in whole.

One thing that makes these tracks more interesting is the music video content that consists of a montage where musical and historical elements make an appearance. It all fits well with the speedy-punk outbursts and spoken-wordy lyricism that cruises the tracks along.

But overall, you can’t help but have adoration for the honesty Furious Underdogs puts out there. One might call it controversial, but we see it as expressive, and to some extent, perhaps daring. But that’s what makes this EP a lovable one; there’s nothing held back. This is artistic expression that brings us back to the way-back-when era while exploring newer, fresher avenues in musical innovation. We highly suggest to check out this EP; along with the videos to make your experience most effective while listening to Furious Underdogs.



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Artist Review: Virtual Zero

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Chi Brodsky


A 90s influence that brings us back to our glory days; no matter the genre and with an insatiable determination to absolutely be an innovative presence, possibly with a premonition or perhaps a futuristic mindset of what’s to come. Some might say…

ANDREW ZERO: Band Perspective

Virtual Zero showcases a unique cross between grunge and pop rock, changing dynamics along the way. Nobody else sounds like us. Not in Portland, not in the mainstream. Just when you think you’re listening to a grunge song, out comes the church organ, a panflute, or a choir of synthetic voices coming from our keyboardist we truly have an original sound that is hard to match. The band was first formed in 1998 from a name change from Irish Monkey. As Virtual Zero we started off as a metal band comprised with a DJ, which everyone seemed to have in the 90s. The band broke up not even making it to a set of over 6 original songs. Lead vocalist Andrew Zero (Stephens) wanted to be back in the music scene ten years after leaving it and brought the name Virtual Zero back. After several lineup, the band solidified to the lineup today in early 2016. Our debut album The Fall can be found at cdbaby.com/cd/virtualzero3 . Instead of having 6 songs as the old lineup managed, The Fall has 16 songs with a few more under our belts. With all the bands in the city of Portland offering you music, no one can touch ours. We stand alone. Are you a zero? Do people think of you as a nobody? Its only Virtual. Find your voice with Virtual Zero.”

A perfect sum-up of Andrew/Virtual Zero is a story to behold. Many hours of writing, composing, riffing, and everything in between to showcase many sides to Andrew and his full-one-man-band efforts; be it compositions, singing, releases that has aspired and inspired many, has only pushed the bar higher for Andrew and his releases/projects in the shortcoming.

With the amazement this elite musician has in store in the shortcoming, and with a new year in its beginnings, be sure to connect with them on all Social Media & Music Outlets such as Spotify, ITunes, and all other major online radio platforms as you explore them. So please keep an ear open for new music, and a watchful eye as he plans for a very busy performing schedule for 2017 and beyond.


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