Playlist: A Page Unturned Shares Top LA Bands

A Page Unturned

A Page Unturned took some time to pick out their favorite LA bands and share them with us. Take a look and listen to their selections below.

Billie Eilish – “bellyache”

She has an incredible voice and such a cool persona. Always brings so much energy to the stage and puts no boundaries on her genre or creativity. – Ryan

I’m Her Own Words – “Cut & Dry”

My friend Daisuke showed me these guys in 2015 and I’ve been a fan since. I just dig their sound. – Ryan

NOFX – “Linoleum”

Who doesn’t like NOFX? They’re the definition of punk and continue to put out music today after almost 30 years. They don’t care if anyone likes it and that’s what punk rock is all about. – Ryan

Hoobastank – “Just One”

It’s not too much to say they made a big wave for Emo. The melodies are catchy and their music will keep being the standard for Emo music.

Jack’s Mannequin – “Spinning”

The singer Andrew was diagnosed in Leukemia in 2005. They released 2nd album after his recovery and the sound always told me how strong we all are and how amazing our life is. – Yoshihiro

Linkin Park – “Numb”

Nothing to say, they’re legends in long rock music history. Their music will carry on till the end of time. – Yoshihiro

Every Other Year – “One Day”

We were on the same bill as them at one of our shows recently and we thought they were a really good band. Brought a lot of energy and had really good tunes.

The Dickies – “Stukas Over Disneyland”

One of those classic punk bands from the 70’s and 80’s that my Dad showed me. Very catchy vocal melodies, intricate guitar riffs and some very funny songs. – Damon

Gardenside – “Blind”

A band from LA that a friend of my told me to check out on Spotify and I thought they were great! Hopefully we’ll get to be on the same bill as them one of these days. – Damon

Yellowcard – “Ocean Avenue”

One of those bands that we grew up listening to from our genre. They were an overall great band with catchy tunes and the violinist is awesome! – Damon

Playlist: Pros and iCons Share Biggest Inspirations

Pros and iCons

Pros and iCons released their debut album, iConic, last year. The band has a wide variety of influences and they were kind enough to share those with us today. Check out the playlist and what they had to say about each song.

 Mötley Crüe — “Kickstart My Heart”

There’s an undeniable energy in all of Mötley Crüe’s music that greatly inspired iConic. Their anarchical style and explosive hits capture the anthemic poise we aim to express in our music and live performance. Plus, they’re just badass.

Linkin Park — “Breaking the Habit”

This is one of our favorite songs by one of our favorite artists. They infiltrated mainstream radio while aggressively combining pop, hip hop, and rock. Our band name Pros & iCons expresses an inherent duality to illustrate our genre-bending approach, which is similar to and inspired by Linkin Park.

Polyphia — “Light”

Pop melodies disguised as guitar leads? Polyphia exceeded our expectations of contemporary rock. Their tunes directly inspired what we had aimed to achieve on “Catch Me.”

The Weeknd — “Angel”

Whether by heartbreak or just damn good songwriting, we couldn’t escape this song for the months we were finalizing iConic. The Weeknd’s nearly somber musical disposition makes our little 2007 emo hearts feel at home. His songs are massive and emotional, much like ours, and “Angel” greatly influenced our track “Fallen.”

Lady Gaga — “Marry the Night”

Gaga is one of Joey Dean’s (vocals) biggest inspirations. Her vocal approach, translating her classical training into her pop/rock ‘n’ roll hybrid, is much like Dean’s. Her Born This Way era certainly bit from the 80s, much like iConic, and this massive hit has inspired us sonically, thematically, and visually.

Drake — “Hype”

When we were writing iConic, Drake dropped “Views” and we couldn’t stop streaming this ish. Much like The Weeknd, Drake’s emotive lyrics and production make us feel some type of way and we love it. We had to choose “Hype”—everyone gets hype at every Pros & iCons live show.

Bring Me The Horizon — “Drown”

Much like Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon seamlessly blended together genres into a style original to their name. Particularly, their orchestral influence fits well with cinematic and video game-inspired tracks we have and have yet to release. “Drown” is one of our favorites off That’s The Spirit.

Elton John & George Michael — “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”

Between their style, vocal approach, and stories, these two LGBTQ icons are huge inspirations for Joey Dean. They both evoked something provocative in their approach, while maintaining a richness to their singing. And, well, Elton John wrote for The Lion King. How could we not include him?

Sylar — “Soul Addiction”

Sylar is a fellow NYC native, hailing from Queens, the stomping grounds of our own Niko Vaude (guitar), and so we’ve been watching their journey for a while. Their record Help! proved we weren’t the only crazy kids on the underground NYC scene progressively blending together genres. “Soul Addiction” became a Van’s Warped Tour anthem we couldn’t stop listening to.

Thirty Seconds to Mars — “Kings and Queens”

It’s hard to articulate with Thirty Seconds to Mars. Their music just has this feeling. It fires us up from the inside and inspires. We grew up listening to them and have felt an irresistible connection to A Beautiful Lie and This Is War. “Kings and Queens” is just that song.

Interview: Super American Talk New Album

Super American

Super American recently released Tequila Sunrise. I highly recommend checking it out, which you can do over on Bandcamp. Pat Feeley took some time to answer our questions about the album, the Buffalo music scene, and more. Give it a read below.

When did you first start working on Tequila Sunrise?

We didn’t know it at the time, but we started it the first day we ever worked on music together. It was March of 2016, I believe. The final product didn’t come to fruition until we started putting the pieces together earlier this year.  Matt’s songs span a great length of time probably dating back to 2015. Mine were all written last year except for “Commitment Issues,” which we finished right before we went into the studio. When we found out the record was a go (we had a budget) we began demoing out all of our ideas and trying to fit them into one piece of work, Tequila Sunrise. The final versions are all closely derived from the demos we did prior.

What was the writing and recording process like?

There was no particular writing “process” for this record as it basically spanned our entire existence as a “band.” When we were inspired we would make something and share it with one another. Add to it. Subtract from it.  Work it from there. The recording process was unique because we had demos of all the songs — that we liked. So we were trying to preserve that energy while adding quality and weight to the recording.

If you could describe this album in one sentence, what would it be?

Nice to meet you.

Now that the album has been out for a little while, how does it feel to have it out in the world?

It feels weird. I felt amazing the first night and day. Very thankful for all of the positive things people were saying and the support of our friends, followers, etc. I was proud that we were able to see it through. Now I really just want to make something better.

Being from Buffalo, NY, what is the local scene like there?

I love my city.  Sometimes we eat each other alive instead of showing love, but it’s a small town and the sun doesn’t come out for six straight months.  It takes great leaders to really set a positive and inclusive tone for a scene to grow and thrive, so hopefully we will set a good example.  There are a lot of talented and passionate people.  Nothing energizes me like going to a show and seeing someone express themselves.

Do you find yourselves heading out to NYC often to play the wide variety of venues there?

We’re almost 7 hours away from NYC, but have have played there a few times. It’s a trip! Cleveland, OH is honestly more like our second home. (Sorry!)

Is there a venue in NY that you hope to play one day? How about outside of your home state?

We don’t discriminate. I want to start playing anywhere someone might know a couple of our songs.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

Exploring new ways to express myself.  Learning!  Doing my laundry more often. Improving my fitness and attitude. :)))

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today. Where can our readers keep up with Super American?

@supamerican on Twitter / Instagram. Thanks for having me.

Playlist: Sam Hale Shares Artists He Loves

Sam Hale
Photo credit: Jenna Doolittle

Sam Hale is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who had been hard at work on some new music. He’ll be releasing Somewhere Between Love & War on October 12th. Sam kindly put together a playlist of some of the artists he loves and wrote a little about each selection. Check it out!

David Ramirez – “Watching from a Distance”
David Ramirez is electrifying. I heard this album and it inspired me to reach out to his producer, Sam Kassirer. That is how Somewhere Between Love & War was born.

Wye Oak – “Before”
Wye Oak is an interesting discovery I made last year. They are two multi-instrumentalists that create a rich and colorful blend of sounds accompanied by thoughtful and honest lyrics. You’ll have to check them out!

Cigarettes After Sex – “K.”
Cigarettes After Sex put out a pretty awesome album, especially the song “K”. Their music has a dreamy undertone with seductive vocals that don’t sway too much from the pocket, leaving you in a state of infinite trance.

Kevin Morby – “Harlem River”
Kevin Morby’s repetitive guitar lick in “Harlem River” influenced me a bit when creating “Supernatural”. The song starts off giving you a Gotye feel, but once the song picks up it becomes super spacey and psychedelic. I appreciate a long song when it’s done correctly. They achieved it in this one.

Chromatics – “Into The Black”
I love the Chromatics recreation of Neil Young’s “My My, Hey, Hey”. It’s almost as if her voice was made for this song. This song opened me up to hear their whole catalogue.

The War on Drugs – “Pain”
It took me a while to actually start listening to The War on Drugs. I had heard of them and friends told me to check them out. It’s no mystery they are an amazing band, but they have definitely influenced me. The song “Pain” is one of my favorites.

Nick Hakim – “Green Twins”
Nick Hakim put out a super soulful album called Green Twins. The title track “Green Twins” is one of my favorites. The song has a subtle distorted effect that makes it feel like an old vinyl. His performance is amazing and I love the production on this number.

The Cinematic Orchestra – “To Build A Home”
I heard the song “To Build A Home” a while back on the independent station KCRW in Los Angeles while driving home from a friend’s house. I instantly fell in love. It’s such a beautifully played song that gives you chills right when the singer hits the falsetto vocals in the chorus.

Slowdive – “Start Roving”
The band Slowdive has been around for a while, but they recently put out an album called Slowdive after 21 years of not releasing any music. All the songs on the album are amazing, but the one that stood out to me is called “Star Roving”. It has this industrial, 80’s pop quality to it that I just love.

Interview: Homebound Talk New EP and Tour

Homebound

Charlie Boughton, Homebound’s vocalist, took some time to answer questions about the band’s new EP, More to Me Than Misery and their headlining tour. Check it out!

More to Me Than Misery released in August, so what has the reception of the EP been like?

It’s been really positive in these last few weeks. People have taken to the songs really well and hearing stories about how they have connected with them means so much.

What was the inspiration behind the EP?

More to Me Than Misery draws on the many pitfalls when searching for happiness in love and life. Last year was possibly the best and worst of my life for the very same reasons and you begin to fear the very things that once made you who you are. Although the name of the record draws from quite a poignant lyric, I wanted the title of the record to be seen as a positive outcome to the hardships I experienced.

You also just wrapped up a headlining tour. How did that go?

It was a humbling week for us. To have so many come out in numbers to see us was very special. We were apprehensive and nervous about doing a headline tour but we were shocked at just how many people care about this band.

You’ve been a band for over four years now, how would you say that things have changed since 2014?

We’ve definitely improved at our craft. We didn’t really know what we were doing back then and we’ve slowly but surely learnt more about ourselves as individuals, musicians and as a band. We’ve made plenty of mistakes a long the way which has both helped and hindered us in our journey. Musically, we’re still evolving and finding what fits us best.

When did you first start working with Rude Records? How has the label helped the band grow?

We first started talking to these guys back in the summer of 2016 when they had expressed an interest in our then unreleased EP, ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’. They’ve been enthusiastic every step of the way and have always matched our ambition. It’s important to work with like-minded people who understand what you want to achieve and they’ve done everything they can to do that. It’s allowed us to fully focus on being a band and write music.

Now that the EP is out and the tour wrapped up, what are your plans for the remainder of the year? Any plans to come to the U.S. for some shows?

Touring the U.S. is the end goal but it’s very difficult for bands to get to a point where they can make that trip a reality. There’s a lot that goes into it so hopefully that something that can happen sooner rather than later. For now, we want to build on MTMTM, and continue to spread the good word about it.

Thank you for your time! Where can the readers keep up with the band?

Keep up to date with us on all socials @homebounduk and on Spotify. 🖤

SoCal Spotlight: Orange County’s Takers Leavers

Takers Leavers

Takers Leavers are the latest SoCal band we want to spotlight. Continue reading to learn more about what the band likes about the SoCal scene, where they’re from, and more.

Hometown: Orange County, CA

Formed: 2016

Band members::
David Baqi – vocals, guitar
Karem Idrees – bass, vocals
Robby Friend – guitar
John Gee – drums

When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?

DB: When I found out becoming a professional ice cream eater isn’t as sustainable as it should be.

KI: About the same time I discovered Angus Young and AC/DC.

How did the current lineup come to be?

Patience with the process. We lost some and gained some. That helped us find the right equation.

With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?

Most of the bands we’ve come to love have come from being booked with them. Also, attending local shows helps us discover bands while supporting our friends.

What’s your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? What’s one thing you wish you could change about it?

The many venues, bands, and music fans. We got to sharpen our teeth in a scene that pumps out consistency and creativity. A lot of successful creatives, mentors, and producers thrive here. A bit more diversity in the style of bands/shows and a blending of the different music cultures would be cool to see.

There’s no doubt that this is a crowded place. So do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How does the band go about doing that?

Watching our following blossom recently has been an extremely humbling experience. We do our best to create a platform for others to speak, and people do a much better job at spreading our music than we do sometimes.

How do you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?

We run it ourselves. The intimacy of being able to do it and really connect with our people makes the most sense. Hit us up on IG, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. Even Vero.

Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?

The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa. They love us. We love them. They make us sound great. We love their food, drinks, and staff.

What is the band working on right now?

Preparing for a West Coast tour in support of our EP Break & Bloom, available on every streaming platform September 7th.