(Brooklyn, NY) The Hollow Ends is a folk-rock band fronted by Saint Louis-based songwriter Zachary Schwartz. Mixing socially conscious lyrics with anthemic choruses and roots/Americana sounds with punk rock energy, The Hollow Ends deliver a varied but cohesive and compelling musical package. Schwartz moves seamlessly between punchy, driven punk, and gorgeously arranged folk and roots music blanketed in delicate harmonies.
Now, The Hollow Ends are gearing up to release their debut full-length, Bears In Mind, out July 27th via Brave New Records.
In this current musical moment monopolized by bands emptily boasting ‘shoegaze elements’ and peddling 80s throwback dream-pop, The Hollow Ends is a breath of fresh air. To be sure, the basic elements of a Hollow Ends song—soaring vocal harmonies, social conscious lyrics, pounding drums, and distorted hollow-body guitar—are not new. Certainly upbeat, stomp-clap folk has reasserted itself cyclically in popular music over the last few years. The unique offering of The Hollow Ends, however, is a marriage of grit with precision: Schwartz manages to make flawless vocal performances and perfectly executed, thoughtful arrangements come alive with a moving, gritty sincerity communicated to equal effect in songs fast and slow.
This is on full display on Bears In Mind. Through the frantic kick drum in “Close To Flames,” the subdued violin drone and operatic harmonies in “City Lights,” the wild, carnival-like arrangements that punctuate “The Air,” and the minimal instrumentals that provide context for the massive vocal performance in “Ibex Fights,” runs those common threads of grit and precision that make The Hollow Ends such a delight to listen to.
The Caracals is the brainchild of charismatic songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Cis, an Orange County-based artist with a creative vision and a passion for retro aesthetics.
The Caracals are particularly inspired by early 2000s indie-rock, and the period’s unique wave of indie-rock bands. Johnny’s indie-rock influences are tastefully mixed with surf, beat and flavorful '60s vibes, making for a direct and unique take on garage rock music.
The band is expected to release their debut EP in September 2018. The Caracals worked with Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Royal Blood), for their recent single release, “In The Dark.” The track was featured on the popular Spotify playlist “Fresh Finds: Six Strings.”
Hotel Mira have j released the third track 'Ginger Ale' from their upcoming record out this August!
""Ginger Ale" is about going on a date when I was on tour in London. And everything was going well but then I kept losing my train of thought by having these random, horrible flashbacks to fucked up things in my childhood. It got to the point where I could hardly hold a conversation. Becky, if you're reading this, you are a wonderful, Scottish flower and I apologize for being so distracted and out of sorts that evening."
"Recently, our friend and director, Henry Acteson, had shown us this old film camera that simultaneously shot four different photos to create moving like images. We loved the vibe and wanted to add a little flavor with animations for our “All Night Baby” video. We met up in Vancouver for a weekend and shot the footage over the span of a couple days.
The song comes from our album Slow Wave, showcasing a lusher, modern approach to our brand of pop-sensible, rock and roll. Soaked in the bright psychedelia of the 1960’s and dipped in the indie rock explosion of the new millennium, our music can best be described as a bridge between the two. "
wwoman is the project of Pittsburgh artist Gi Smee, who regards the project as “a pitstop on their way to what’s really important.” Within new track “FOA” and its soft atmosphere and piercing fuzz, there’s a palpable sense of escapism from reality. The track is described as “a journey of will through the sea of chance.” Gi explains: “This is what it feels like to float away from your home and family and planet against your will.”
Musically, “FOA” shows wwoman mesh various aspects, from lush synths and a bouncy bass line to smatterings of guitar in the second half. The rhythm section projects a hypnotic allure. The “if I found my way,” vocal hook provide is wholly effective, even in its subtle transitioning from the verses. This is a great synth-pop groover to bring you into a chilled-out weekend.
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.