New Music Friday (2/16/18): Runaway Brother, Senses Fail, and More

New Music Friday
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New Music Friday is here and we have some music that you should definitely check out.

Belle & Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems

Boy Rex – Live! From the Far-Away

I’m With Her – See You Around

Pianos Become the Teeth – Wait For Love

Runaway Brother – New Pocket

Senses Fail – If There Is Light, It Will Find You

Superchunk – What A Time To Be Alive

Playlist: Songs That Inspire Off Road Minivan

Off Road Minivan put together a list of songs that inspires them to play the way that they do. You can check out the playlist and why they selected each song below.

Band Of Horses – “The Great Salt Lake”

This song has a size to that’s very interesting since tonally the guitars are thin. It’s big and melodic yet sounds like your standard indie rock band. I dig it.

Coheed and Cambria – “Blood Red Summer”

This song was when they got very poppy. This song is super melodic and catchy with counterpoint vocal melodies interweaving throughout the song. It’s got great rhythmic phrasing. I Love the bridge and ending of this song.

Manchester Orchestra – “The Gold”

It’s a song that truly fills the room. The vocals layer with the music in a way that completely captivated the crowd.

Pianos Become The Teeth – “Late Lives”

From start to finish it just sucks me in. The vocals are so sincere and caring.

Thursday – “For the Workforce Drowning”

I always loved how this song crashes right in with an intense ebb and flow of energy.  It’s this kind of immediate impact mixed with musical storytelling that embodies how we love to organize music ourselves.

Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

Loved this song from the arcade fire, such a banger chorus. The whole song really places you in a particular mellow yet upbeat atmosphere.  The balance of effortless cool and danceability makes for a very accessible sound that invited you to feel part of something exclusive.

Snow Patrol – “Chasing Cars”

This song is just a classic and that can’t be denied. Whether you love it or hate it I’m sure everyone has some memories associated with it.  It has this simplicity that somehow evokes so much emotion and constantly builds tension throughout the entire song.  Truly an epic in its genre.

Trade Wind – “Lowest Form”

I’m a huge fan of dark ambient riffs and this track does it for me. The drum groove and vocal melody through seal the deal.

Thrice – “The Window”

The guitars in this song are amazing. It’s like the guitars and the vocals are speaking to each other.

Death Cab For Cutie – “Soul Meets Body”

I first listened to this song about 10 years ago and still do often. It’s catchy, simple and perfect.

Moving Mountains – “My Life Is Like A Chase Dream (And I’m Still Having Chase Dreams)”

The strong beginning and moving chorus are an inspiration to create  impactful parts that really jump out at you.

Armor For Sleep – “The Truth About Heaven”

The way the guitars in this song work together and play off each other are really what inspire me. Combined with the awesomely Hooky vocal melodies.

Deftones – “You’ve Seen The Butcher”

This song captures the “heavier” influence behind some of our parts. Also messing around with different/changing timings is something very inspiring to our writing.

Bayside – “Guardrail”

The way this song is written is something that really stands out. The song structure is extremely smart, the parts flow awesomely into one another, and it takes me back to listening to music as a kid.

Thursday – “Standing on the Edge of Summer”

Thursday always did things a little differently in their own style. Being able to capture your own unique, affective style is something that always grabbed me about them.

Saosin – “It’s Far Better To Learn”

The faced paced intricate lead guitars of saosin were always something I was inspired by and use to draw ideas from for certain lead parts. Not to mention every song on this album is a hit.

Interview: Whale Bones

Nathan Kane of Whale Bones recently answered our questions about the music scene in Indianapolis, their music video for “Backyard,” and much more. Check out the full interview below.

Being from Indianapolis, Indiana, what type of music scene did you grow up with?

I didn’t grow up in a music community, really. The majority of my exposure to music, when I was younger, came from my parents. They showed me a lot of grassroots folk, which I think had a strong influence on my songwriting and my choice to take acoustic guitar lessons. I’m also grateful to have grown up in the internet era, because I was exposed to a lot of alternative and emo bands from the early 2000s. I had a few friends in high school who showed me cool bands that I wouldn’t have otherwise learned of, but I never experienced an overarching community of music in Indianapolis.

What led to starting Whale Bones?

I’ve been writing music since I was in high school, but only started taking it seriously in college. Once I moved to a town where I didn’t know anyone, I began spending time writing alone in my room. At the time, it was only meant for my ears, and I used it to focus my energies on something productive and positive. Once I met my friend, Paul, we immediately connected through our mutual love of various bands, and our love of playing music. We started playing on the street in order to make a little money. Over Spring Break one year, we took a road trip to Florida and spent the week relaxing and playing music. I wrote five songs during that week that later developed into being The Seaside EP. It sort of just fell into place, and Whale Bones became the vehicle for those songs to come out.

The Seaside EP was inspired by a trip to Florida. What inspired the band’s upcoming release, Island Fire?

My grandfather built a cabin on a lake in the middle of nowhere, Canada. The closest sign of civilization is a 30 minute drive away. My family goes up there every year to get away from the world and to reset. There’s no electricity, and we use propane in order to light the cabin at night. Paul has been up with my family before, and we had a blast exploring islands and enjoying the solitude. A few of the songs on the new record were written up there.

One summer, we saw smoke on the horizon, and took a boat out to see what was happening. There was an island that had caught on fire due to a campfire that had not been properly doused. The embers slowly ate away at moss in the rock and eventually spread to cover the whole island. There were firefighters that were able to stop the fire. After they had taken care of most of the island, I climbed on to take a few photos, which ended up being the album art for Island Fire.

Who did you work with for the “Backyard” music video?

My friend Joe Etemadi filmed the music video. He approached me about working on a music video together, and after a year of talking, we finally started working on the project. We collaborated on storyboard and executing the shoot. After it was shot, we both worked on editing and coloring the final product.

My friend John agreed to be our character for the video. He once spent time traveling the US and living in the back of his van, so he felt like the perfect person to take the role.

What is your focus leading up to the album release?

Right now I’m focusing on making a new music video, and getting everything else ready for the release. Doing booking, management, and press on your own is tough, but it gives me control over the whole product. I’m trying to set aside time for writing and creating, because that’s what gives me fulfillment.

What are your plans after the release? Are you heading out on tour?

We have a short tour being planned for right before the release, and my intent is to tour the record with some frequency throughout 2018. I plan on doing some solo stripped down tours, and also larger tours with the full band. Traveling is such a fulfilling experience. You get to meet some of the kindest and most interesting people on the road. It’s also great to reconnect with old friends!

Do you have any hobbies outside of the band?

I’m really interested in hand-painted signs and other forms of visual art. While I wouldn’t consider myself a visual artist, I do enjoy making art and discovering other artists. I also like hiking and exploring state parks that are near me. there than that, I like trying different beers with my friends!

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

Thank YOU!

You can keep up with what music we’re listening to on our Spotify Playlist.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whalebonesmusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/whalebonesband
Instagram: http://instagram.com/whalebones
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/whalebones
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/whalebonesband

Review: The Dangerous Summer – The Dangerous Summer

The Dangerous Summer last released an album in August 2013. The band has had it’s ups and downs (as a lot do) and they’ve returned with their self-titled album. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of the band who knows everything about them by any means. I do recall getting into some of the songs on Reach for the Sun and ending up with a promotional poster for War Paint, but since then, I haven’t kept up much with them.

Their self-titled album launches with “Color” and you instantly feel how personal the lyrics are. That feeling sticks throughout, but “Ghosts” really hits a home run with it. It’s one of the stronger songs on the album that picks up the pace a little bit before slowing back down with “Luna.”

AJ Perdomo is the last remaining original member of The Dangerous Summer. With his vocals, though, the songs still sound similar to what we’ve previously heard. Without him, this would just be a different band altogether. With new members backing him, it’s natural that the music will sound a little different and it’s a welcome development.

However, even with how much thought and care is put into the lyrics, the album didn’t quite click as much as Reach for the Sun did when I was first introduced to the band. That said, it’s not that this is a bad album. It’s just one that needs to sink in some more. Some people connect with intensely personal songs in ways that I don’t always feel like I do. My life honestly hasn’t been that eventful for a lot of scenarios to be relatable. But I still find things I like in songs that I can’t fully relate to. This one is going to take some more time, but I still suggest giving it a listen to see if the band’s new sound is one you enjoy.

You can grab a copy of The Dangerous Summer on Amazon.

‘Camila’ Is A Reintroduction Filled With A Personal Touch and Epiphany

“Crying in the Club,” the first solo song from Camila Cabella was the world’s first teaser in what was to come from the 20 year old singer – or was it? It’s a mid-tempo sultry dance track that sampled part of Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In A Bottle” for the chorus. Going from a group to solo act encompasses a whole new set of challenges. The heat of the spotlight is just on you alone and the world has to get acquainted with that person – sans a career that feels like a separate entity.

“Crying In The Club” is also not present on Cabella’s debut album. In fact, the album itself is disposal of what you thought you knew. Initially, Cabella’s album was going to be titled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. While this concept given it’s due within the 10 song personal narrative of her first album, this is a reintroduction. Like a person who left a long time relationship, Cabella gets to properly acquaint herself with the world. “Camila” is just right.

The album starts with “Never Be The Same,” which may throw you for a loop because the opening organ ushers you into a mid-tempo ballad. Right from the beginning, it sets the tone for a personal, emotional experience and not just a pop album that will start off with quintessential top-40 song. The whole album does a balancing act between energy and rumination. Regrets and optimism.

Songs within “Camila” highlight the singer’s strengths creatively. The music arrangements don’t overtake the narrative, but they add to them. There’s a lot of use of piano and sometimes, modern pop formations that guides you into her vocals.  “All These Years” one of the first songs on the album that uses an acoustic guitar open allows Cabella to interweave harmonies that add fullness to her impressive vocal range. There’s another showcase inside the latter half of “In The Dark.”

Cabella and executive producer Frank Dukes come together to make personal touches all throughout the album. They not only play to her strengths as a singer, but nods to her Cuban-Mexican heritage, as well. For instance, the part that the Spanish guitar plays midway through the dance hall vibe of “Inside Out” or the Pharrell-produced hit “Havana,” that sounds like a testament tot the flavors of her hometown in Cuba.

Two themes that run concurrently and eventually clash into each other are control and love. The Skrillex-produced reggaeton tinged “She Loves Control” is a summary of Camila’s personality.  “don’t you try taming the storm” However, with love, you don’t control every outcome with another person involved. You can only surrender to that feeling and hope to not be broken by someone else’s free will. The piano ballad, “Consquences” within the chorus of how love is this combustible element.

When you’re on your own and in a famous position, there’s this need to separate the real from the fake. We tend to think the existence of celebrity with an overabundance of superficially. Cabella is figuring that out both within an particular individual (“In The Dark”) and the L.A. ecosystem (“Real Friends”). Cabella is very much a confident woman who is still figuring things out on this new journey.

“Camila” is a debut solo album from a person who is actively in the process of molding who they are and what they want to be. This is on the outside of expectations or encased within a collection of people. In 2012, Cabella became a part of Fifth Harmony – a collective. Despite all the success, sometimes you just want more.  At 20 years of age, it’s fascinating to walk through a 33 minute journey with something that she can truly call her own.

Interview: Con Etiquette

Con Etiquette

Con Etiquette took some time to answer questions about their latest EP, what comes next for the band, and more. You can check out the interview below and listen to The Company We Keep over at Bandcamp.

When the band first started, what were the expectations?

Consistently write good songs and fun. We lucked out, Antonino had an ep that was released a few months prior to the original lineup. We used that as a platform and sculpted our sound from there.

You released The Company We Keep in December 2017. How was the EP received?

TCWK has been getting overwhelming positive feedback. Excluding ourselves, there have been approximately 8 people who have listened to it, 7 are direct relatives. Some of the responses have been, “cool”, “aight” and “not bad!”.

Who did you work with on the EP?

We worked with Greg Thomas and Chris Yeti at Silver Bullet Studios in Burlington,CT.

You’re playing a show with Fossil Youth in February. How did that opportunity arise?

One part internet and one part luck, we got an email and we’re stoked, that entire bill fucking shreds.  We’re also playing with Have Mercy and Household March 12th at the Webster Underground in Hartford.

What are some of the band’s goals for 2018 now that the EP is out?

Play as many shows as possible.

What’s the favorite show that the band has played so far?

Probably our record release show last December with Such Gold and Wess Meets West. Every band had a ton of energy, and we all thrive off that, it gets us high, with the assistance of marijuana of course.

Do you have any hobbies outside of the band?

Yes! Vin enjoys meatball subs. Antonino paints pictures of cats in outer space. Wes enjoys fantasy basketball leagues. Dan excels at enjoying the San Diego sun while we answer these.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

facebook.com/conetiquette
conetiquette.bandcamp.com
instagram.com/con_etiquette
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4vPjePy8yPPybC8tc4jBNP

Monday Musings: Music and Comics

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Photo Credit: Ian Baldwin

Today’s Monday Musings features music and comics. I’ve recently read some comics I really enjoyed and there are a couple music-related things to check out.

Apple Bows Apple Music For Artists to Provide Acts With Deep Analytics Dive

The easily navigable dashboard’s home page provides artists with their current number of plays, spins, song purchases and album purchases. The user can specify the time period ranging from the past 24 hours to the 2015 launch of Apple Music.

I tried to get Elephant Jake access to their artist profile on Apple Music and wasn’t successful. It’ll be interesting to see if they roll this out to all artists or keep their focus on larger artists. There are plenty of smaller artists and labels who would love to have access to this data.

Justin Timberlake chats with Zane Lowe

Justin Timberlake talks about writing songs for Beyoncé and his son listening to “Filthy.” If you’re a fan, give this a listen. This is just the first part, but you can listen to the full interview here.

Batman and Son and Catwoman: Trail of the Catwoman

These are two comics that I recently read and really enjoyed. Batman and Son is the first trade of Grant Morrison’s run on Batman. Trail of the Catwoman is by Ed Brubaker with Darwyn Cooke on a good chunk of the art. If you like the Bat-family of characters at all, give these a read if you haven’t yet.

You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.