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

New Music Friday
Photo Credit: Jack Hamilton

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.

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?

Albums Out Today (1/19/18)

New Music Friday
Photo Credit: Jack Hamilton

New Music Friday is here and we have some music that you should definitely check out. The year is off to a great start with good releases already.

Charlie Puth – Voicenotes

Evertim – Your Heaven Held Me Well

Fall Out Boy – M A N I A

First Aid Kit – Ruins

Porches – The House

The Shins – The Worms Heart

Speak Low If You Speak Love – Nearsighted

Super Whatevr – Never Nothing

They Might Be Giants – I Like Fun

Water From Your Eyes – All A Dance

The Xcerts – Hold On To Your Heart

Playlist: Verst Share Their Influences

Verst took some time to make up a playlist of their influences and why they picked each song. They released David Slain in November 2017. The album brings a nice blend of indie and space rock. You’ll definitely want to check it out if you’re looking for some laid-back, but rock driven music to listen to. Check out the playlist and the album below.

The Stooges – “Search and Destroy” 

This song is here for James Williamson’s guitar sound, for the full throttle mode and “fuck you” attitude of his delivery. When making David Slain with a Les Paul Custom and Marshall amp, I wanted very much to get a guitar sound as overwhelming and snarly as this. The way the leads come in and push everything out of the way, their abrupt exits. That is rock and roll.

Echo & the Bunnymen – “Show of Strength”

It’s difficult to pull one song from their catalog, but this one has everything I love about them. The dark cold war menace, Will Sergeant’s extremely cool Fender tones, the angular, arty simplicity and the way those guitar notes slowly bloom into feedback in the ending. And Ian’s voice, holy shit. I saw them many times back in the day, and I can say that NO ONE pushes a PA system like Ian did back in the day. His sound was just towering.

David Bowie – “Joe the Lion”

The Berlin era Bowie and Iggy stuff is at the very top of my list, always. The obviously volcanic eruption of creativity and innovation, the coldness and sense of place. This track is art rock at its best, replete with Fripp’s ever-violent playing, Bowie’s oblique and dystopic lyrics, his over the top vocal delivery that’s so typical of this era. A track like this reminds me not to try to be pretty or sensical. Fuck all that. Nail me to my car!

Judas Priest – “Dissident Aggressor”

This is their most arty track. The high vocal dubs are just insane. There is just zero bullshit at all in those menacing riffs, and the drumming is so propulsive. It has moments and corners. God, it’s good.

Queens of the Stone Age – “How to Handle a Rope”

This is another band with a vast catalog of bitchin tracks, so this is just an example. Their pummeling robotics, croony yet emotionally unavailable vocals, and darkly bristling guitar tones are a constant touchstone. We don’t play like this or make these sounds, really, but it’s a constant source of inspiration.

Slayer – “Jesus Saves”

This is my favorite track from my favorite Slayer album. I love the sections it has, and the fact that it starts “slow” by Slayer standards. When I hear it in my car, it makes me want to punch my dashboard. We aren’t a metal band, but I’m a metal fan. Usually ur-metal, but Slayer is an exception. I admire their purity of vision.

Black Flag – “Depression”

This tune is a hardcore masterpiece, especially the live version from The Decline of Western Civilization. There’s this little hitch in Ginn’s riff that just levers the whole song like a fucking trebuchet. Do you hear it? You can tell that the impulse behind it is pure childhood tantrum. It’s the same impulse that leads one to vandalize shit. Only a boy could make that kind of thing up. I’d love to sound this awake, is how I’d describe it.

Queen – “Dead on Time”

Here are some arty prog dudes playing their uniquely fruity brand of speed metal! Like all their fast ones, this track is so viciously happy and ADD. Sometimes I realize that all we’re doing with a tune is verse chorus verse chorus big ending, with all the same number of repeats of everything. Queen is the opposite of that. They deliberately subvert structure and repetition, so they remind me to tweak things. And then there’s the heavy-handed, hyperactive mixing. All of a sudden Brian May’s guitar pushes everything out of the way. There are no rules in rock, and these guys prove it.

Pavement – “Baptiss Blacktick”

What glee there is in a tossed-off song like this. The first couple Pavement albums were full of these blithely written, casually executed gems. But Malkmus was on fire and he just couldn’t miss. This song is like flaming snot, so droll and smart in a stupid way that doesn’t even study but gets an A anyway.

Slowdive – “Erik’s Song”

How many times can I try to approximate the feeling of this track? I think I try on every album. But there’s nothing like the original. It’s probably just new age music, but the parallax of sounds and melancholic mood are so cool. I could stare at a grey sky and listen to this for hours.

PJ Harvey – “50 foot Queenie”

This song kicks such major ass in so many ways. I loved how cold and violent she was on Rid of Me. And the obviously live sound of it. The lyrics are just crass and menacing. But funny! So good.

Liz Phair – “Flower”

This is the track that changed my world when I first heard it. And to this day, it reminds me to be real and to be myself. And to say shocking stuff when I can.