The Pulltops are a Milwaukee-based power-pop trio with a singing drummer. Their music is best described as energetic album-rock meets power-pop delivered with a punk edge. The trio formed in Milwaukee in 2002 with the release of their first and more upbeat power-pop focused release, “8-Track”. Since then, they have added in classic-rock elements along with instrumental experimentation, resulting in a mix of hooks and moody rock. The band is primarily comprised of guitarist Tom Crowell and drummer/vocalist Mark Pierret. Bassist Steve Kerwin is a frequent presence when performing live.
"When I Was Young” is the straight-forward rock track on The Pulltops' new EP, “By Accident or Design”. Lyrically the songs takes a look at past mistakes filled with regret, yet also clings to a glimmer of hope for a chance to move forward. All of this is accented by a mix of powerful guitars, alternating vocal leads, and a searing guitar solo over a power-house rhythm section that move the lyrics along.
"Rio" is a track about romance in an idyllic town, where the sea is close and where you can’t help but run into old friends at every turn. Cutting through the song’s bouncy rhythm, the lead guitar is blurred in a reverb haze like summer eyes after a long day in a chlorine pool. Descending chromatic runs and a tinge of minor keys give the song that quintessential surf vibe. The song’s essence is the carefree, laid back bliss the seaside evokes in all of us. No schedules, no plans.
"“Rio” is a reflection of what brought the band together in the first place. In frustration, our music calls out for a more simple life free from the tedious complications of the modern world. In that sense, at our core we are optimistic, and it is that optimism that is the real driving force behind the sound."
May Rio met Ian Langehough during NYC's blizzard of 2015. They quickly connected, and after May overheard some music Ian was working on, she worked up the nerve to ask if he'd like to start a project. They pulled in May's friend Keith Rowland on bass and Ian's friend Steven Whiteley on drums and Poppies was a band. With Steven moving away, the current lineup is May, Ian and Keith with Lex Nordlinger on drums.
Good EP, their debut EP (released on 6/9/17), follows their first three singles released late last year. Good EP was produced by Hunter Davidsohn (Porches, Sheer Mag, Izzy True) and mixed and mastered by Carlos Hernandez of Gravesend Recordings and Ava Luna. GoldFlakePaint called Good EP a "brilliantly solid and endearing collection of songs, a gem in the truest sense of the word," and Tiny Mix Tapes has called it "all 'tasteful' and shit!'"
“Inches Apart” is a single from Brooklyn’s Magana, accompanied by a stunning new video from director Lauren Finerman (New York City Ballet) and backed by exclusive remixes from Frog and Benjamin Shaw. Magana’s debut EP, Golden Tongue, found praise and support from The Line of Best Fit, London In Stereo, yvynyl, BBC, GoldFlakePaint, IMPOSE, The Le Sigh, The Deli Magazine and many others.
Haunted and emotional, “Inches Apart” touches on the work of St. Vincent, Diane Cluck, Sharon Van Etten and Rebecca Moore. It's heartfelt and emotional music with ghosts whispering through the walls.
"Tree Trunks" is the second single from Basement Revolver and is off their upcoming EP 'Agatha' out on 21st July On Yellow K Records (U.S.) and fear of missing out records (U.K.)
'Tree Trunks' was written when I started experiencing panic attacks for the first time, and my increasing need to find a professional who could help me to find better ways to cope. It also tries to mirror how I imagine the environment feels sometimes - and how the environment is tied to many people's mental health. I was very fortunate to find the help that I needed and I would encourage everyone to go after the mental health resources that are available to them."
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.