Having produced and played in a Toronto psych band Gitar, Russian-born/Toronto-raised Mikhail Galkin began making home studio solo recordings a few years ago, releasing the debut LP Chagrin Seasons along the way. Clear Customs marks a departure to a heavier sound. The record is about an underlying sense of paranoia about the splintering, polarized society, which at the same time is more globalized and surveilled than ever. The title track, a summation of the record's theme, is about a seeping alienation that seems to be more pervasive in the current cultural and political climate. Feeling as though one is on the outside of history, being rewritten in real-time by strange folks with unfamiliar voices. The track is about mental illness, specifically dealing with a friend with psychosis.
Dark Horses return this November with their new single, ‘XIII’, released on Tricky Spirits Records. Alongside the release, the band have unveiled an accompanying video in collaboration with Italian dancer / choreographer Király (AKA Marta Antinucci) and visual artist T.S. Sanchez. Shot in Berlin, the video depicts the coexistence of everyday life alongside the surreal, in a Fritz Lang futuristic style, with urban dystopian scenes. The Holocaust Memorial appears in the new video as a a sanctuary of emotions in an "ordered system that has lost touch with human reason".
Underpinned by an insistent, pulsing synthesizer in 'XIII', singer Lisa Elle paints a ghostly scene in which every one of us is broken down into data, our individuality and expression stripped back to numbers and algorithms.
Then as the razor-sharp guitars crash in, she urges you to run… because what else is there left to do in a world where the rich and powerful can tap deep into our inner psyche at the click of a button and the smell of a few dollars more?
To support the release of ‘XIII’, Dark Horses head out across Europe for a short run of dates with their partners in darkness, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
The Crowleys just released their new single/video “Midnight Blue”. Tucked behind upbeat surf guitar and robotic vocal tones, “Midnight Blue” is about where your mind takes you on a sleepless night.
"Our friend Evan Bond animated the video for us. We met him when he offered to help us move a new mixing console up three flights of stairs into our friend Michael Keire’s studio. When we learned he was a talented artist and animator we knew we wanted to work with him and the time felt right when we started brainstorming ideas for the new video. We pitched Evan a very basic idea and gave him full creative freedom after that. He did a great job of portraying the emotion of “Midnight Blue” through the short, minimalistic animated story. The carefree yet melancholic tone of the song guides an antique robot through a day at the beach where his imagination and reality clash. It exemplifies the loneliness and anxiety hidden behind a happy facade which is what inspired the track in the first place."
Allentown alternative rockers Vicious. are back again with an angsty new track, "S.O.O." The band partnered with Pure Grain Audio to debut the song, which is rage-rock anthem dedicated to the freedom fighters of the world, in which vocalist Sam Sky lyrically captures a shared frustration with the state of the recent sociopolitical climate. The singer elaborates:
"I feel like there are only two polarized viewpoints of people, especially in the media, that are propagated for the sake of a disingenuous agenda. There is a whole middle of the argument not represented, a whole silent majority that has common sense, that knows violence is not the answer, yet has drawn the line against the evils of post modernism and intersectionality. I'd like to think that's what this song is all about. It's dedicated to the freedom fighters out there like Gad Saad, Sam Harris, Dave Rubin, Rand Paul etc etc. People who I even sometimes strongly disagree with, yet we find common ground and love for liberty. Its dedicated to those who truly stand for the individual, assimilation of values, and true equal opportunity. Freedom and liberty are so very not cool these days amongst so many, and that shit's gotta fucking change." - Sam Sky
Hailing from Allentown, PA, four-piece aggressive alternative rock band Vicious. consists of Sam Sky (Vocals), Dan Artim (Guitar), AJ Larsen (Guitar), and Chris Arcand (Bass). Formed in 2016, Vicious is the brainchild of Sky, ex-I Am King frontman, who recruited long time friend and former bandmate Artim before acquiring a full line up and honing in on a sound they loved. Pulling inspiration from heavy metal, alternative rock, and grunge, Vicious. is a free-for-all, let loose and rock out kind of band. Lyrically, recurring themes of conflict and pain are discussed, both internal and external. The band aims to write lyrics that say what everyone is thinking, but either don't know how to or are too afraid to actually say it.
Earlier this year, the band hit the studio with audio engineers/producers Mitch Rogers (Bxd Blxxd, Varials) and Andrew Baylis (Nine Shrines) to lay down a slew of new tracks, to be released this fall. With melodic vocals and hard-hitting lyrics, Vicious. emphasizes the message that you are not alone with your demons. Frontman Sam Sky expands, "We all have them. Everyone struggles and feels like they're drowning at one point. Find the strength in yourself, and give the finger to anyone in your way."
Kode Maya are an alternative-indie duo from Österbotten, Finland, comprised of.Henrik Sundström and Sebastian Jacobson.
The project started in 2014 as a one-time-fuzzrock-session, but eventually turned into a band with a more softer sound. In the Spring of 2016 their self-titled debut album was released, all songs recorded like poor musicians recorded in the old days, on a Tascam 4-track Recorder. A month later Loophole Factory EP came out, a more loopier lofi-sounding EP. A year later, Kode Maya's second album, ʼSkahftung, Baby!ʼ Was released. This time the 4-track was left at home, but the rest of the gear was brought to a small cottage in south of Österbotten, a little village called Skaftung. The whole album was written and recorded in two weeks.
In the summer of 2017, Kode Maya decided to work on just a couple of songs for two months, and see what happens when youʼre not in a hurry. The result is the newly released single ʼMosquito/Surrenderʼ. Kode Maya is a nostalgic duo, always using references from the music and culture that was popular during their upbringing, or even before. Hopefully not done in obvious ways, references from everything from Deftones, Steely Dan, Beastie Boys and Thin Lizzy, to old Swedish television shows can be heard on the new tracks. The skilled drummer Daniel Hjerppe was hired to play and record the drums. All the other instruments are handled by Henrik and Sebastian.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.