Artist Review: Fiction Dogs – “Single Sunday” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Roaring guitar riffs, a pounding rhythm section and gritty, catchy vocal melodies make for a tasty concoction with power trio Fiction Dogs‘ newest album Single Sunday. A 6-track record of anthemic tunes with a very versatile signature sound and unwavering musicianship factors that keep you on the edge of your seat.

With the start of their opening number “Let’s Pretend”, the band comes out swinging with high-gain guitar progressions and unrelenting energy that will easily blow the roof off every house in your neighborhood. This is a track where if Black Sabbath started a 90s punk band, this would likely be the result. And it doesn’t disappoint. What’s great about this record (and band) is the authentic production value. There are no tricks, no post production theatrics, no auto-tune. These dudes keep it real by plugging in, playing, and relying on actual good songwriting to carry the weight for them. A rarity among today’s music realm.

Another component that makes this album a gem is the band’s multifaceted take on Rock music. They have a signature style, but showcase many different angles of their craft. Tracks like “Two Times Today” and “Like God” really delve into the trio’s true core, and prove that quality songwriting structures and vocal melody choices are high on their priority list; and that their versatile take on Rock-infused music can come in different forms. These are charming tunes without the unnecessary noise or diversionary tactics from the actual talent. These guys keep it 100% real.

The best part about this album is the staying power and classic status – it’s a record that has the ability to stay with you even after it’s over, and leaves you with good vibes all around. Kinda like the feeling of reaching the end of the rollercoaster – you just wanna get right back on. It’s an album that has a classic feel, and has songs you can come back to time and time again without skipping over one track. Single Sunday is a stroke of genius for the Rock genre, and brings us a throwback feeling of the 80s, 90s, as well as today’s better Rock sensibilities.

About the album:

The band recently reunited when Terrance McAbee rejoined Michael Williams and Craig Florio back in Florida after a year exploring the west coast. The group never stopped working while Terrance was away, recording most of the new album during a ‘Single Sunday’ when the three connected for an all day, all night session. The new project is a half-album featuring music written by all three members with Craig singing and playing the drums, while Terrance and Mike play guitars and bass. The second half of the album is nearly complete, but growing as the band member/roommates keep writing and falling in love with new songs. It can be easy to hear the Springsteen and Pearl Jam influences; however, the guys will just as often play Van Morrison or Eminem. The entire project was recorded at Maple Studio in Clearwater, Florida with help from Pro Tools, Gibson and Fender. 2019 will be a busy year primarily focused on the west coast of Florida and a growing digital presence. ‘Fun songs about sad stuff’ is the band’s approach, embedding an underlying sense of anguish in the subtext of the lyrics, with uplifting melodies and poetic word play.

“Single Sunday” is currently available on Spotify and other digital music retailers and streaming platforms. If this is the first time discovering Fiction Dogs, then you’ll be thanking us later. You’ll be more than happy you gave this album a listen.

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Press Release: Power Trio Tarah Who? Gears Up To Release Their Newest EP “64 Women” On February 22nd, 2019

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

People have been describing Tarah Who? as “If Motörhead was fronted by Alanis Morissette”. The band recalls 1990s alt-rock and grunge’s tradition of balancing integrity with tuneful songcraft. And the energetic trio is very excited to showcase this sound with their upcoming EP “64 Women”, slated for release February 22nd, 2019.

Touching on a grungy rock sound that shares equal parts originality and familiarity, Tarah Who?’s female-fronted versatile style is heavy, melodic and encompasses anthemic song structures and songwriting. Lead by front-girl and band founder, Tarah G. Carpenter, she has teamed up with producer Jason Orme (Alanis Morissette guitarist) to compile a collection of tracks that showcase’s the band’s effective signature sound and boasts some of their best work to date. Comprised of 5 new authentic tunes with big, heavy, fast paced guitars and a driving, punchy rhythm section, “64 Women” puts a fresh hypnotic spin on yesterday’s and today’s iconic rock eras with a vast array of multifaceted elements that are contributed by each band member, and shines through as a whole collectively as a solid chemistry with each track that plays out. Tarah’s vocals are one of the central cornerstones to every song and projects an onslaught of energy and unwavering passion. With lyrical concepts that delve into story-telling methods that widely range from a series of topics, she never fails to grab your undivided attention with her ability to tell a compelling story and keep you on the edge of your seat. The band’s rhythm section, comprised of female-drummer/backup vocalist, Coralie Hervé, along with bassist/backup vocalist, Joey Southern, cruises through the tracks with loud, vicious tempos, dynamic fills, and rhythmic riffs that tie each song together and bring an unwavering presence of heavy energy to the band’s overall style on the EP. It’s a record that will feed the insatiable hunger of their current fan base, and amaze new listeners that discover them for the first time and leave them all hankering for more.

The loud and heavy power trio has been an industry buzz since their inception into the market and really hit the ground running throughout 2018; successfully touring the west coast last April and the east coast in July. Now with their heavily-anticipated new EP being geared up for release, the band has acquired a residency in January 2019 at the Redwood Bar in DTLA to promote the new record and will have an official release party in Los Angeles on February 23rd, 2019. In support of the record, they will be heading out in March 2019 to tour the Southwest. They will also be heading overseas to Europe in June and July 2019 to perform tour dates in France and the UK.

64 Women” officially drops on February 22nd, 2019, and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms, as well as their live shows. Their first anchor single “Numb Killer” from the EP, will be releasing January 11th, 2019, and will be accompanied with an official music video. Mark your calendars!

Connect with Tarah Who?:

  • Official Website: http://www.tarahwho.com/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tarahwho/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarahwho/?utm_source=ig_embed
  • Twitter:https://twitter.com/TarahWho
  • Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Q7WuoNQUT5rfvo83edxNR
  • SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tarahwho
  • Bandcamp: https://tarahwho.bandcamp.com/
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqh-A49-N88

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Press Release: Trey Wonder Set To Release His Sophomore Album “The Ghost Of My Father” On November 23rd

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Grungy, versatile and unwaveringly charismatic with his viscerally multi-genre Indie/Punk approach, Hawaiian island-based artist Trey Wonder is geared up to release his sophomore record The Ghost Of My Father.

If Weezer and Radiohead started a 90s-era punk band, then Trey Wonder would definitely be recruited as their lead singer. And the brilliance of both groundbreaking signature sounds is what The Ghost Of My Father brings to the table. We have a collection of tracks that dynamically blend an edge-of-your-seat Indie sensibility, and several elements of punk, grunge, and an eclectically melodic style that is reminiscent of several rock eras.

Each self written and self produced track is comprised of a clever mixture with musical elements that include melodically versatile vocals, loud and crunchy guitar progressions, a tight knit pounding rhythm section and dangerously catchy choruses. He’s an original in his own right, but still can be heard as recognizable among the drawn influences from some of yesterday’s and today’s rock icons. You never hear the same thing twice, but you can tell it’s the same artist commanding the wheel, and the infectiously catchy overdubs in every chorus will stick with you throughout the record even after it’s over.

On top of this record being a follow up to Trey‘s predecessor Nice Fish, this new album is also an attribute to his father, and is being released on the anniversary to his death on November 23rd. This record is for any avid Indie Rock listener that yearns for the glory days when punk was actually good, and wasn’t afraid to show its melodic side. The Ghost Of My Father will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms on Friday.

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Artist Review: The Blankz – “(It’s A) Breakdown” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Thrusting back to the good old days when the Vans Warped Tour actually booked real punk rock bands, The Blankz prove with their new single “(It’s A) Breakdown” that punk is not dead, and never was in the first place.

If NOFX and Pennywise had a baby, The Blankz would be a definite DNA match. But even with influences like that, this band’s driven and powerful punk rock approach hones a craft that is in their own right and really gives punk fans a breath of fresh air; as well as a reminder that one of the best genres of music is still alive and kicking even more than before.

With a catchy synth part that perfectly parallels the melodic verses, the crunchy guitar chugs and tight rhythm section really kicks this track into overdrive and leads a hook that’ll stick like glue in your head even after the song is over. It has great power chord progressions with exceptional vocal melody arrangements that punk rock is known for, and really gives a nod to the 90s to early 2000s era of bands from Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords in particular.

Another notable quality about this single is the band’s authenticity – where excellent songwriting is high on the priority list and doesn’t require post-production noise or smoke screens to keep the listener distracted from a mediocre song. There are no one-trick-pony methods or theatrics at all, just an in-your-face punk song with that edge-of-your-seat feeling that is rare in today’s era of music.

For any fan of true punk rock, “(It’s A) Breakdown” is an absolute must-listen in every way. It’s that sound you’ve been yearning for, a reminder that true punk rock exists, and that its legacy will continue no matter what garbage is being shoved down everyone’s throats on mainstream radio. If punk is your thing, then The Blankz will become one of your new instant favorites. You’ll be glad you discovered them.

The single is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. Be sure to pick up a copy and experience “(It’s A) Breakdown” for yourself!

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Press Release: Trace The Sidewalk – “Simply Livin’” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Energetic, grungy, rhythmic and melody driven, Trace The Sidewalk has everyone singing along to their anthem “Simply Livin'”.

A two-man international powerhouse comprised of Dean Ferrito (UK) and Matthias Niehues (USA), their versatile collaboration on this track brings us back to iconic music eras where effective songwriting and melody placement was high on the priority list.

With 90s-style production value showcasing this song’s grungy rock signature sound with an upbeat flavor, “Simply Livin'” and its unwavering catchiness has that staying power – where the song stays with you even far after it’s over. You might still be humming in your head or even putting it on repeat relentlessly, regardless – this jam completely sticks in your head with that staying power. And that’s a rare gem in today’s modernized music realm.

Reminiscent to the song title, one of the best components of “Simply Livin'” is the simplicity itself, as well as authenticity. The duo brings forth a style that has soaring guitar progressions, a thriving rhythm section and catchy vocal melodies with a 90s rock sensibility that leaves you wanting more – and they don’t need post production theatrics or one-trick-pony methods to keep you interested. Just authentic songwriting and brilliant melody choices that will have you singing along from the very first listen.

This track is Trace The Sidewalk‘s debut single, and just one of eight original tracks that’s going to be on their debut album slated for release Christmas Day of 2018. It’s gonna be a rockin’ holiday!

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Press Release: Bound By None releases “The Descent” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

If you love old school hardcore and early 2000s Punk with today’s elite production value, then Bound By None‘s “The Descent” will punch you in the throat.

Going back to the glory days of high-velocity power chords and gang vocals, “The Descent” is absolute proof that punk is not dead, and never was in the first place. Armed with a punchy rhythm section, glass cutting guitar progressions and melodic vocals that have a razor’s edge, Bound By None delivers up elements of old school punk (ie: Suicide Machines – “Destruction By Definition,” The Descenedants, Pennywise…) and gives the genre amazing continuity and a fresh face.

The band is extremely tight and well rehearsed. We have a drummer that cruises through each measure with precision, accuracy and relentless energy. And that’s the key word for this band – ENERGY. Lots of it. This song is definitely one for the books if you’re looking for the next best sports-arena anthem, or even perhaps a wrestling match. Either way, this song grabs you by the neck and refuses to let go.

Seriously, if you’re into true punk rock without the “indie” or “pop” flavors, then Bound By None‘s “The Descent” will be your new favorite track. And this band will be at the top of your favorites. The single is currently available on digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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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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