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.
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."
Finnish alternative rock group Stale Lane has released new single and music video 'Pyro'. Since late 1990's on various line-ups as in MALfUNCTION musicians Tomi and Sami played loads of shows and recorded various of demos until MALfUNCTION called it quit on 2007.
After a couple of silent years, the former bandmates started to make music together again with the idea being not so much in forming a band but more collaborative and incorporating the many friends the guys have come to know over the years. This became STALE LANE. And their first single "Pyro" is here.
"'Waiting to Begin' is a song inspired by the constant struggle of becoming too busy or driven to live or enjoy life; whether you're an artist or working the nine-to-five, you've got to put things on pause once in awhile and appreciate why we're in this mess and how we can make the most of it," Patrick explains. "That's the feeling I wanted to convey, from my own perspective as an artist to everybody out there feeling the same fatigue chasing down lofty goals or obligations when we should really be living in the moment and doing what we love, day after day."
Pittsburgh native, Los Angeles resident & Award-Winning singer/songwriter Patrick Joseph has been active in the music world for years now, having toured extensively in North America, Europe, and having showcased at festivals such as SXSW, CMJ, NXNE, ASCAP Expo, and the Sundance Film Festival. With the support of music licensing, having landed dozens of film and TV placements (The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, American Housewife, Chicago Fire, Marry Me, Happy Endings) and the support of influential independent radio such as KCRW and KEXP, Joseph has independently forged a spot for himself as one of LA’s brightest young songwriters and rising stars on the indie scene.
Often compared to a range of contemporaries from Ryan Adams, James Bay, Jeff Buckley, and Tom Waits, Joseph is a freshly unique brand of indie-rock flair in the modern realm of the singer/songwriter genre.
A multiple winner in the Independent Music Awards as well as multiple awards won locally and internationally, Joseph's music is a hidden gem of pristine caliber from the indie music scene.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.