New Music Friday is here and we have some music that you should definitely check out.
Little Coyote recently released The Trouble With Teeth in October. You can check out the album on Bandcamp. Little Coyote shared some fall favorites with us, as well. You can check out a quote about the album and the playlist below.
I (Teagan) began writing The Trouble With Teeth at the end of 2013 after graduating from high school. The band and I recorded it at the end of 2015 and now in the fall 2017 we finally put it out, what I’m trying to say is, it’s been a long time coming. Throughout these past 4 years of writing and recording this album I got married (when I was 20 years old), moved really far from home, family and friends, started a band, did a lot of things that scared me. The Trouble With Teeth is about experiencing growing pains of the most literal sense possible, about being 19 and experiencing the true fragility of life for the first time and figuring out what’s really important to you. We are really excited to finally be sharing this album with everyone and thankful to EggHunt Records for helping us put it out. It’s been a long process but we are so glad to have gone through it, in the words of our album’s title track I suppose, “All we’ve got is time.”
Best Behavior are releasing Things That Happened on November 14th. The EP boasts four songs and when the title track kicks into gear, it took me by surprise. It reminded me of Hot Hot Heat circa Elevator. They have the same sort of pop sound and catchiness with their lyrics. “As I Wait” is about a relationship that feels like it met a one-sided ending. He even takes responsibility by singing “I know I’m the one to blame.” The underlying music provides a great beat for the song and the band continues to impress.
While “As I Wait” was somewhat about communication (or lack thereof), “Say” is certainly about it. “I don’t know what to say” frequently comes up and it’s something everyone can we relate to. Haven’t we all had those moments where we just have absolutely no clue what to say? “Catherine No Chaser” closes out the EP. It’s a fun, summer-like song and even though it’s being released in the fall, it still works. The song fits with the overall tone of the EP. The music isn’t drastically different, even though the lyrical content might be a little more on the bright side than the other three songs.
Overall, Best Behavior put together a fun EP. The production on it is solid from start to finish. It won’t take up too much of your time to check this out since it’s only four songs. Best Behavior are certainly a band to keep an eye on as they continue working on new music. If you’re interested, you can grab a copy of Things The Happened on their Bandcamp. I highly suggest you do so.
New Music Friday is here and we have some music that you should definitely check out. Take a look at the list of releases below.
A few weeks ago, Weller released their debut, self-titled album. Even with the album having 10 songs, it comes in at a quick 24 minutes. Only two songs ever run over three minutes and despite it being short, a lot is packed into it. With your mainstream releases, it can feel like songs are shoehorned into that 3-4 minute runtime. Weller never makes their songs feel that way. They take time when they need it and make the point quickly when necessary.
The vocals throughout the album have an intimate feeling to them. You really get the sense that you’re getting a firsthand look into someone’s life. “Answer Anything” gives that feeling right away and is a good opening song to set the mood for the album. “Boroughs” talks about living in a cleaner place and not aging. The words give you a sort of image, frozen in time, of those two things. A cleaner place isn’t hard to imagine, but there’s still something personal about it. I’ve always thought you could tell a lot about someone just by walking into their place. This feels like it’s giving you a sense of that in a way. Like they deserve to live in a much cleaner place.
“Standard” is one of those three minute plus songs, but it never feels like it. It engrosses you so you don’t even notice that much time has passed. There’s a little bit of everything on this album. “Buck” starts with a more full feel to the music and then thins out as the vocals come in. It really allows you to focus on the lyrics and the dynamics throughout the song are great. “Point of Personal Privilege” rounds out the album in a nice fashion. There’s avoidance, which we’ve all experienced in one way or another, which leaves you finishing the album on a relatable note
You won’t find any filler on this album. Weller is a great addition to the ever-enjoyable Philly music scene. At times, I start to miss it and then realize, I can at least listen to it whenever I’d like. Not to mention, this is a nicely timed release because it brings those fall vibes throughout it. The band put out a solid release as their debut. Pick up a copy if you’re interested.
Silence The Radio have a new release coming on December 1st. The band took some time to answer our questions about the new single, the music scene in Providence, and much more. Check it out!
With the band starting in 2015, it’s still relatively new. What was the main goal when you first started?
Our main goal has always been to pursue our passion, which is writing and performing music. That’s been everyone’s passion since we were kids.
How has that changed now that you’ve been at it for a couple years?
Most of the change has been in our writing style. We write a lot more now than we ever have before, and the songs we write have a lot more depth and a clearer style.
Being from Providence, RI, what is the music scene like there? Are there any challenges as a band that come from being from there?
The music scene in Providence has had its ups and downs during the years we’ve all been involved. All in all we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to work with some of the most amazingly talented people on the east coast, and we’ve developed a lot as musicians and as people by being involved in our local scene.
You recently worked on “Friendly Neighborhood Nightmare” with Chris Piquette. What was that experience like?
The recording process for “Friendly Neighborhood Nightmare” was a ton of fun. Chris is a great friend of ours, and he really helped us bring that song and that story to life.
You then did a video with Dan Fried for the song. How did that opportunity come about?
We knew Dan from his work with a lot of the other bands we had played with in RI. We got in touch with him and he helped us put together a solid concept for the video, then we filmed it all in about a day. It was probably the craziest experience we’ve had together as a band so far.
What can fans expect from you for the rest of 2017?
Our brand new EP, Friendly Neighborhood Nightmares comes out on December 1st on iTunes and Spotify. It’s a collection of the most powerful songs we’ve ever written and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?
Thanks for having us! You can follow us on all our social media accounts.
Trying recently took some time to answer questions about the band, releasing Halloween-themed songs, and more. Check out the interview and their new songs below.
What were the expectations when the band first started? Was it something to do for fun or a more serious endeavor?
I wanted to start a serious band with lots of practicing and thought. So I wound up just making demos in my bedroom alone. I would write songs on guitar, record them, maybe add another guitar, a keyboard part that sounded like violin, and put some glockenspiel and melodica over it till it felt full. After I had a handful of those I shared it with some friends and a few that were really interested—Brady Costigan, Kelsey Yappel, and Nick Michael—wanted to play with me, Zayn Dweik eventually joined. The band definitely tries to be fun, we play covers, have band date nights and sleepovers occasionally, but I try to make sure we’re always being thoughtful in what we do—the shows we play, music we write, photos we take, and everything.
You recently released a couple Halloween-themed songs. What went into making those?
Over a year ago, I was fooling around with public domain videos on the Prelinger Archives at archive.org and I stumbled on the Marathon of Fright horror movie trailer from, I think, 1953. The turquoise tint over everything and bizarre characters were so outrageous. I got inspired and made a little song using a keyboard to go with it, planned to share it the next Halloween, got busy and never did. I’m finishing up the debut album for Trying now and wanted to get some of the songs out early, so I’d finished up “Nobody Loves Halloween Like You Do” over the summer and wanted to release it. At some point it became obvious that I had a song about ghosts and haunting with Halloween in the title and that weird little “Marathon of Fright” song. I went back and tidied up “Marathon of Fright” and added in a melodica (that one creepy note that rises up at the end) and had Sierra Mollenkopf help me assemble artwork, and then it was done!
On the topic of Halloween, what makes the holiday appeal to you?
As a child, I remember so much excitement on Halloween night. It was spooky but in a magical sort of way, like you could be anything and anything could happen. Costumes were so fun. And the candy was great, though honestly I think I rarely ever finished all mine, but the magic was in going out with people and acting weird and odd and over the top. The pumpkin painting and all the fall stuff really warms my heart.
Can we expect some more holiday themed releases?
Oh yeah, probably. We put out a Christmas cover, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” I think the first year we were playing together on a friend’s compilation—we were called The Sports back then—and I absolutely love and adore Christmas. I still make the band play that song and I play classics like “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Silver Bells,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on my own or with friends. I usually write Christmas songs too but don’t release them. I want to make sure I do it right and not cheesy, but definitely count on me doing something eventually. Maybe even this year, but I doubt it.
What’s next for the band and what are you looking forward to most in 2018?
Oh, boy. There’s a new Wes Anderson movie coming out in 2018 and I’m really excited for that, I think it’s called Dog Island. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also coming to Broadway and I want to see it even though it was kind of fan fiction-y, I’m still a sucker for Harry Potter and will buy into the scam. Also, Trying will be releasing our first album! Unless things go horribly wrong or something. But it will probably have ice cream on the cover and it will have songs about long drives and childhood pets and moving to a city. I want it to be out in the early spring, fingers crossed.
Thanks for your time. Where can our readers follow you?
Our name is actually borderline impossible to find, totally our fault, but we tried to make it easier so everything is TheBandTrying, except for Spotify which is something random. Thanks for asking questions and listening!
LIMBS took some time to put together a Halloween themed playlist for the site. Check out their song selections and what they have to say about them.
Fleet Foxes – “The Shrine / An Argument”
Josh: Fleet Foxes is one of my favorite bands, especially around the fall time. 3/4 of the song is normal, but the ending takes a weird, dark turn. The music video for this song is really eerie as well and it fits the Halloween vibe for sure.
Misfits – “Astro Zombies”
Daniel: You gotta listen to the Misfits at least once during October. It’s a tradition of mine to cycle through their whole discography every fall season. This is one of my personal favorites.
Ozzy Osborne – “Mr. Crowley”
Tyler: I chose Mr. Crowley for the playlist because of the back story behind the character. Mr. Crowley, other known as Aleister Crowley was thought to be the “most wicked man in the world” in the early 20th century. Crowley gained a lot of his “darker” reputation from dabbling in satanic worship, and drug experimenting. I thought it would be a very fitting song to add to this playlist.
Michael Jackson – “Thriller”
Jordan: I feel like this song really speaks for itself. I honestly cannot think of a more iconic song to reference for the Halloween season.
Jeff Richmond – “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah (feat. Tracy Morgan & Donald Glover)”
Chris: This song helps make up for the insane amount of horrible Halloween-themed songs that exist. 30 Rock is also a good show.
The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Sunshine the Werewolf”
Josh: This was one of the first songs that really got me into TDEP. And it fits the Halloween feel because, well…it’s Dillinger.
Opeth – “Harvest”
Daniel: Opeth has a massive discography and I love every single one of their records. This song in particular has a very ‘fall’ feel to it.
CKY – “Escape from Hellview”
Tyler: I picked this song because the riff is gnarly, the song has this creepy haunting vibe/lyrics, and it reminds me of Tony Hawk Pro Skater. Now go get a slushie.
blink-182 – “I Miss You”
Jordan: [insert cliché statement about blink first inspiring me to play guitar]. Also vibe the Nightmare Before Christmas references – channel your inner scene kid.
Every Time I Die – “We’rewolf”
Chris: This entire record slams. I think it may be my favorite ETID record out currently. This track, specifically, is perfect for Halloween.
Isis (the band) – “Celestial (The Tower)”
Josh: Isis is one of the best heavy bands ever, hands down. I think this song fits the Halloween vibe perfectly. The screeching guitar, dark heavy howls in the background and massive riffs are flawless. This whole album is perfect for the fall/Halloween time.
Nine Inch Nails – “She’s Gone Away”
Daniel: Not only is this song dark and SO good, but it’s also featured in the new season of Twin Peaks. Trent Reznor can do no wrong.
Calabrese – “Voices of the Dead”
Tyler: When, you know you have no friends, you listen to the dead…’ Need I say more? Gnarly horror punk band that rips.
Jace Everett – “Bad Things”
Jordan: This song is eerie and lecherous…like a lot of modern-day Halloween themes. I think this song may have been used on a television show or something.
Radiohead – “Creep”
Chris: Great song.