Albums Out Today (9/8/17)

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

Alvvays – Antisocialites

Bearings – Nothing Here Is Permanent

Death From Above – Outrage! Is Now

Four Year Strong – Some Of You Will Like This, Some Of You Won’t

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood

Jack Johnson – All The Light Above It Too

MUTEMATH – Play Dead

Stray From The Path – Only Death Is Real

The National – Sleep Well Beast

Thomas Rhett – Life Changes

Interview: Have A Good Season

Photo Credit: Brett Sweeney

Have A Good Season answered some questions for the site. The band talks about working with Jesse Cannon, their new single, and more. Check out the full interview below.

When the band started in late 2012, did you have any goals you knew you wanted to hit?

We wanted to play house shows and build a local fanbase. It was what a lot of our friends and favorite bands were doing at the time so it felt like a good first step for us.

You have two EPs out now. How would you say the band has progressed through those two releases and now the new single, “Gum,” that recently released?

I think we’ve definitely matured thematically and lyrically. We’re also better at showing each other ideas and building off of them so each of us have a hand at finalizing a song.

What was it like working with Cannon Found Soundation? Do you plan to work with them some more?

Mike and Jesse at Canon Found Soundation were both really great to work with. We wanted to try something a little different for “Gum” so we went with Adam Chichocki at Timbre Studio. Adam had a lot of great ideas and his mixing/mastering helped us make “Gum” sound exactly how we envisioned it.

Being in New Jersey, do you travel to New York and Philly to play shows and expand your fanbase?

We’ve played a few house shows in Philly and some gigs in NY as well. Those are two places we definitely want to play more often in. Always a fun time. Our most recent out of state show was with Brian from Have Mercy. It was a really nice, intimate set in Brooklyn at this ballroom venue.

What is the hometown scene like?

Our hometown scene is amazing! NJ is and always has been a great place for music. Growing up, we all went to shows in Asbury Park and New Brunswick and Red Bank. Being able to play those same places when HAGS started really helped us build a fanbase in NJ.

What do you currently have in the works? Are there plans for a full-length?

Hopefully a full length sometime this year. Maybe a tour? We aren’t positive yet. Definitely gonna keep writing and playing shows here and there though.

Do any of the members have hobbies outside of the band?

I love to draw. I’ve been doing the artwork for HAGS for a while now. I love weird comics and old cartoons and that kind of thing so I guess that’s why my artwork looks the way it does. I’ve done all of our t-shirt graphics and the cover art for “Gum.” You can follow me on Instagram at boy_oh_boy_art.

Lastly, where can out readers keep up with the band?

You can keep up with us on:
Facebook: facebook.com/HaveAGoodSeason
IG: haveagoodseas0n
Bandcamp: haveagoodseason.bandcamp.com
We’re also on iTunes and Spotify. Cheers.

High and Low Festival

This Saturday, September 9th, the High & Low Festival comes to San Bernardino, CA. We’ll be on site for the event. Tickets are still available and you can buy them here. Doors open at 1pm. You can catch us tweeting about the event throughout the day over on our Twitter.

Follow along with the festival on social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/highandlowfest/
Instagram: @highandlowfest
Twitter: @highandlowfest
Hashtags: #HighandLowFest #HighandLowFest2017

SoCal Spotlight: Hundred Handed

Next up in our SoCal Spotlight is Hundred Handed! Both members answered our questions and you can check out their video for “Miss California” at the end.

Hometown: Los Angeles
When the band formed: Season 5 of Game of Thrones
Members: Jordan McGraw: Vocals, Guitar, keys. Drew Langan: Drums, background vocals.

When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?
JM: For me, I had just moved from Dallas, TX to Los Angeles and had no friends yet and nothing to do… So I picked up a guitar and taught myself every Blink-182 and Nirvana song I could and eventually got a teacher. By the time school started, all I wanted to do was put a band together.

DL: I didn’t really. I always played drums in school, and I did a lot of playing alone in my parents’ den. Being in a band wasn’t really on my mind. One day when I was a sophomore, a few juniors asked me to join their metal band. I thought that was pretty cool so I said ok. Never looked back!

How did the current lineup come to be?
JM: Drew and I have been in bands for almost 10 years now. We just kept growing and learning more about ourselves as musicians… We finally decided to form a new band and be completely unapologetic about doing exactly what makes us happy. That’s Hundred Handed. It’s also my first time taking over the lead vocals. SO MUCH FUN! I had always just sang backgrounds here and there… We needed a singer so I said “fuck it I’ll do it!” and put my mind to learning as much as I could about singing and finding my voice.

DL: I just can’t get rid of this guy!

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?
JM: The best part of LA is that the local scene includes every tour in the country as well. We definitely make sure to show up early for every show we go to and hear all of the bands on the bill.

What’s your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? What’s one thing you wish you could change about it?
JM: The best and the worst thing about it is that anyone can book a show anywhere. On one hand, it opens up great opportunities for any great band to get in front of people. On the other hand, it opens up great opportunities for unprepared bands to get in front of people. Got to start somewhere though! I say go for it.

DL: Yea it’s definitely very saturated. It can be tough to sift through all the music happening here, but like Jordan said, that offers up a lot of opportunity.

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?
JM: We just make music non-stop and play as much as we can! Also, Drew offers free massages after every show. He even offers an “encore.”

DL: Best massage in LA!

How does you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?
JM: We are probably the most active on Instagram… but we are on twitter and Facebook as well. We love talking to fans! SO HIT US UP! http://hundredhanded.com

Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?
JM: I think the Troubadour is my favorite. The stage is a good size but it’s still a smaller venue. I’ve also seen so many great bands play there so the nostalgia kicks in when it’s show time. Nothing beats the feeling of playing the same stage you’ve seen some of your favorite bands on.

DL: I like Club Nokia a lot. The vibe is really cool there. It’s a (relatively) newer venue so it feels pretty modern and I’m a total sucker for that. The stage is plenty big, it holds a good amount of people, and the backstage area is great.

What is the band working on right now?
JM: We are finishing up an EP or part one of an album or a small album… who knows what you’re supposed to call it now. New music soon! We also have an October show coming up at the Peppermint Club.

Interview: Faers

Faers took some time to answer some questions about getting involved in music, being on BBC Introducing, and more. Check out the full interview below.

How did you first get involved in the music scene?
Steven: Hi, thanks for having us. Ryan and Alex first got into the music scene a few years ago they have been in a few bands before FAERS. For myslef, Morgan and Sam this is our first band playing on the live scene.

When did things really start to come together for the band and you knew what direction you wanted to go in?
Ryan: I would say that things started to come together as a band when Alex joined last year. After he joined we started playing bigger shows and writing better songs.

What was it like having “Time” played on BBC Introducing?
Sam: It was great, lucky for us BBC Introducing have played a few of our single now. we are very grateful for their support.

What’s the best thing about being a part of the London music scene?
Morgan: The venues and the music lovers are the best thing about the london music scene. its important to keep these venues open…

Do you have a favorite spot to play in London?
Alex: We enjoy the shows in Camden they are always fun and sweaty. We have played some killer shows in Hoxton that we wont forget in a hurry

Where are you hoping to take the music next?
Steven: We are looking to do a small tour up the country next year with maybe the odd show in Europe. its important we play these shows in London but its also good to see if people enjoy our music outside our bubble

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers keep up with you?
Morgan: Thanks, check us out here: Facebook and Spotify.

SoCal Spotlight: Whispertown

Photo Credit: Jake Bellows

Whispertown takes the spotlight this week. Morgan Nagler took some time to let us know more about the band and their roots in the SoCal music scene.

Hometown: Born in Florence, Oregon, grew up in Los Angeles / South Bay
When the band formed: 2004
Members: Morgan Nagler (songwriter, vocals, acoustic guitar), Jake Bellows (produced & mixed I’M A MAN, electric guitar and vocals live, multi-instrumentalist on the album), Nick White (keys), Jon Watkins (bass, live only)

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

When I first wrote a song.  And was terrified to perform alone.  A band, to me, is like idea farming!  You vibe out with your friends and cultivate a seed.  Sometimes you have no idea what it will grow into.

How did the current lineup come to be?

Over the past few years the core has been Jake and I. We feel so fortunate to have been playing with Nick White, Jon Watkins and Stephanie Tarling live. They are all magically talented and happen to be dear friends as well. We like to keep it family style.

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?

I have no idea what’s going on out there!  Haha.  Although I do feel there is currently a new wave of community forming right now in our micro universe.  Having a song circle with friends, passing the guitar around is my favorite thing to do.  I really only find out about new music through my friends.  We go to a lot of shows just to see our friends play, and often are enchanted by the other bands sharing the bill.  I guess you gotta get out of the house and see where the day takes you.

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

The strange and diverse beauty and how it influences us.  Spending time with the Mountains, the Desert and the Ocean. How it physically changes your chemistry.  The relentlessly dreamy weather.  I wouldn’t change a thing.

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?

I think building a following can be very fickle.  I consider myself a lifer.  I am devoted to making music regardless of what else I might do, and regardless of how many follow.  There is peace in taking the power out of judgement.

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

I battle with the video game world of social media. What a strange era.  It’s like we all have dual lives. Inside the box and outside the box.  It is my fundamental belief and goal to spend as much time as possible outside the box!  However, I am present, and fascinated with this still new mode of communication and where it will take us.  @inWhispertown on Instagram and Twitter, and Whispertown on Facebook.  I have yet to snap or story.

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

I love playing the Troubadour because of it’s history, and more locally The Bootleg is my fave.  Kyle, who books it, is so nice and the sound is epic.  And the back stage area has ping pong.

What is the band working on right now?

We are getting ready for our release, and tour to follow supporting the magical M. Ward… who is also from Southern California!  I’M A MAN comes out Sept 1st via Graveface Records.  #newgenesinbluejeans

Premiere: Previous Love – “Caffeine” (Acoustic Session)

We’re excited to bring you a new video from Previous Love. They’re doing a series of acoustic videos and today you can check out one for “Caffeine.” The band released their self-titled EP, and you can read our recommendation of that here.

The idea behind the set of acoustic videos the band plans to release is to promote solo performances from their lead singer, Gary Sheedy, while he attends school in Florida. With the band hailing from Buffalo, NY, they’ll be in a new situation during the school year. Check out what the band has to say about how they’ll be handling the separation:

With Sheedy ready to begin playing the southeast and the rest of the members’ presence in the northeast, Previous Love is ready to bridge the gap. The band is poised to be an east coast powerhouse, and intends to let nothing get in the way of sharing their music; not growing pains, and certainly not distance. Previous Love is set to take over the world.

With a confidence like that, the band is off to a great start. They’ve spent a ton of time and effort on honing their craft and putting their best effort forward in their music. It shows in the EP and in how they go about handling a difficult situation like this one that can often leave bands on a hiatus of sorts. We look forward to what Previous Love releases next and we hope you enjoy this video!

A Casual Fan’s Take on ‘Science Fiction’ by Brand New

Brand New - Science Fiction

Brand New is a band that I didn’t get into until after they released Daisy, so it’s hard to consider myself anything more than a casual fan. I haven’t listened to their albums hundreds of times. Despite that, I do happen to own Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu on vinyl. However, there are albums I have bought before and haven’t ended up listening to the records as much as I thought I would. So buying vinyl isn’t always an accurate representation of how much I enjoy or listen to a particular album.

Their latest release, Science Fiction, piqued my interest. I remember telling Jason Tate on a podcast we did that they weren’t on my most anticipated list, but I would still listen whenever a new album came out (or something to that effect, anyway). And I honestly wasn’t in a rush for it to come out. When the limited edition vinyl dropped, I wasn’t concerned about getting my hands on a copy. When the album started showing up in the form of various rips on the internet, I started to get interested. Hoping it would be up on Apple Music shortly thereafter, I waited. It didn’t come right away so I gave a single listen to the hour plus file. Initially, I actually heard about 10 seconds on YouTube but stopped because it didn’t seem like it was great quality.

That first listen gave me an inkling that I’d enjoy the album more than I expected to. While listening to it, it’s like I forgot about everything else the band had done before, because frankly, it didn’t matter to me if this was or wasn’t like their previous stuff. My opinion on albums simply comes from whether I enjoy them to not. I’m perfectly fine with bands who change their sound over time and bands who don’t get a bit stale.

This album never went on repeat for me. I wanted to sit with it between listens so it all wouldn’t blur together. When it finally hit Apple Music, I gave it a second listen. Having the track listing was a huge plus, too. Now I actually knew what songs were playing, which is always helpful.

“Lit Me Up” starts with a spoken word bit, and I’m not a huge fan of those. It takes about two minutes to get to the actual music and once it gets there, it’s a wonderful opening track. It grabbed me and kept me interested in the rest. “Same Logic / Teeth” gives a new look at what Jesse can do with more screaming that expected.

It’s hard for me to sit and listen to albums that are over an hour long. I prefer the ones that run around the 40 minute mark. That feels like the sweet spot to me, but I will make exceptions, especially when the album flows like this one does. It never felt like it was an hour long album because I easily took to it.

If you’re wanting a full on breakdown of this album, you won’t find that here. I’m just a casual fan who really enjoys this listening experience. Is this the end of Brand New? If it is, that’s fine. And if it isn’t, that’s fine, too. Don’t get me wrong, I respect everything this band has done for music over the years, but I’m not a hyper-fan and there’s no shame in that. This is a great album and it feels like the band took their time because they wanted to get it right. And they sure did.

Grab a copy of Science Fiction over on Amazon.