Triple Tuesdays, Feb. 28th, 2017

It's that time again folks, time for Triple Tuesdays! This week we have HAWK, The Jacks, and Grown Up Avenger Stuff.

HAWK is an indie rock band from the UK. Made up of a group of friends, the band express what they witness in everyday life filled with social issues dealing with inequality. Their new video for "Take It Away" is filled with strong emotions and a dark, artistic touch. Vocalist Julie Hawk's delicate yet powerful voice sings of a friend being stalked after a night out. To find more information about the band, check out their site

The Jacks are a Southern California band inspired by the vintage sound of the 60's and 70's. Their new single, "Wings", is very upbeat and has a smooth feeling to it. Take a look at their website to find out more.

Grown Up Avenger Stuff are an indie rock band from Charlotte, NC. "A.I.M (All In Motion)" is very hard rock-like with punk riffs. The vocals start off calm but then change, revealing a more in your face attitude. Check out their site for more information.

See you next week on Triple Tuesdays!

Premiere: The Barnum Meserve – Flight

With a full length album titled When All is Lost slated for release on April 21st, The Barnum Meserve have partnered with RMP to premiere their song "Flight". With a large sound and careful arrangement, this powerful band forges ahead without any guitars in the mix. The trio consists of Leon Wiley on vocals and piano, Dylan Griffiths on bass, and Paul Moss on drums to round out the rhythm section. The band certainly does a good job of blending their influences and staying original at the same time. We hope you'll enjoy their powerful blend of genres and instruments!

The Barnum Meserve – Band Info

You can find The Barnum Meserve on Facebook, Twitter, and Bandcamp. When All is Lost will be available worldwide on April 21st, 2017 on 34D Records.

The Barnum Meserve Promo Photo

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Anti-Flag Proves Commitment to the People

At their final show on  tour with Reel Big Fish, Ballyhoo, and Pkew Pkew Pkew, we had the chance to sit down with Anti-Flag drummer Pat Thetic. In a brief conversation focusing mainly on the band’s activism and political songwriting, we find out a bit more just how Thetic (and presumably the band) feels about the new POTUS and the current political situation in the world.

When asked if the Die for the Government anniversary tour was planned based on the election, Thetic explained that the decision was made long before the results of the election were seen. He goes on to explain, “it’s interesting that all these issues of extreme power being concentrated into one shitty person’s (Trump) hand, that’s a battle that we’ve been fighting for years and that’s a battle that people have been fighting long before us. The songs on Die for the Government talk about those issues, but they’re just as relevant today as they were in ’94 or ’93 when we wrote them. Thetic also revealed that the songs on Die for the Government were written between 1991 and 1996, the year the album was released.

In regards to new music, and how it would be affected by the current state of the world, Thetic discussed the band’s proclivity towards writing about issues that aren’t in the limelight. He continued saying, “it’ll be interesting because the Trump stuff is so out there right now. It’s almost like beating dead horses ‘cuz we already know that he’s a liar and that he’s a scumbag. So to find the spaces where we wanna say something that’s interesting, that’s gonna be a bit of a challenge right now because he’s such a piece of shit.” Thetic also added that the band is working on new material, but that they are in the very early stages and are far from releasing anything.

Following up on his response, we asked about Anti-Flag fighting the smaller battles that aren’t talked about much. Thetic’s response was quite detailed, and he used a great example of what the band talks about; “well yeah, that’s interesting and nobody wants to hear the same things that everybody else is already talking about. For instance, on American Spring we have a song about drone strikes (Sky is Falling). In the US, we don’t consider drone strikes to be a weapon of terror, but they really are because the people who live underneath these drones that are flying around don’t know where they’re gonna hit, don’t know when they’re gonna hit. It’s essentially a billion dollar program that is a terror weapon that just makes the population afraid all the time. That is an idea that is not readily available in the mainstream, and the more you look at the drone program the more you realize it’s just the same as a guy walking into a marketplace with a suicide vest on. It’s just a much more expensive way of doing that, and it creates a culture of fear.”

Last but not least, in regards to The Bright Lights of America, the second and final Anti-Flag album on RCA records, Thetic said the departure from their traditional sound was “a departure in sound, but not in intent”, due to the budget they had from the label. Thetic continued on to say that the band wanted to experiment with cello and glockenspiel, for example, saying it was “a little bit of musical masturbation”, and that working with producer Tony Visconti was an immense pleasure.

We can certainly say the same about speaking with Pat Thetic of Anti-Flag, and are immensely thankful for the time he took out of his day to chat with us. American Spring is available now on the band’s website and at music outlets worldwide.

Super Saturdays, Feb. 18th, 2017

Yet again, Super Saturdays returns! This week we have The Flashpot Moments, SUiT, and Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors.

Hailing from one of the best cities on earth, Boston-based The Flashpot Moments put out a killer rock song called "The Learning Curve". With a wide variety of influences, the band showcase their musical diversity.

"1q84" by SUiT is a bluesy alternative rock song with a pumping, building energy. The single is off of their upcoming album, which will be released before the end of 2017.

For the hopeless romantics out there, Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors have released "We Never Should Have Moved to L.A." The amusing lyric video featuring a dancing storm trooper is definitely worth a watch.

That's it for now, until the next Super Saturdays!

Metal Mondays, Feb. 13th, 2017

Another Monday… And that means it's time for Metal Mondays! This week we've got Veio, Chase the Day, and Bullet Height.

Portland based metal act Veio have released the song "Structures", in support of their upcoming sophomore release Infinite Light / Desperate Shadows. The hard hitting song features a solid mix with sounds similar to those of Chevelle and Tool, yet bringing a tad of originality to the sound as well.

From their first full length album, Chase the Day present "Pariah". The song features hard rock riffs over a solid groove provided by the rhythm section. The UK based band certainly shows their best with this song, and it's damn good.

Last, but not least, a German duo from Berlin – Bullet Height. The electronic band has a heavy sound fitting with industrial or perhaps even NDH, and their music is definitely worth checking out. They'll be dropping an album later this year.

Until next week for more Metal Mondays to start your week!

Super Saturdays, Feb. 11th, 2017

This week on Super Saturdays we have tracks from Kaptur, Joshua James Hunt, and Bronte.

Canada's Kaptur show off their chops with the song "Futureproof", which was released on Feb. 2nd. A driving indie song with building energy, Futureproof catches the ear of the listener and draws you in. The song is from their EP, Go to Waste.

Joshua James Hunt's song "Tell Me Girl" is a high school love song with a funky bass line and driving choruses. The album Just Let Go is available now on the Joshua James Hunt website.

Sounding similar to Atlas Genius and The 1975, Brontë shares infectious indie rock with their song "Hands", which is the lead single from their EP of the same name.

That's al for now, until next weekend for another Super Saturdays!

Triple Tuesdays, Feb. 7th, 2017

Yet another week, and another Triple Tuesdays! The Astronots, The Sleeping Sounds, and Benchmarks fill out the lineup this week.

Orange County rock band The Astronots have released a bluesy, synth loaded song called "Rain Jammo". The song, full of solid riffs, features a good mix that holds the song together as a cohesive whole.

The Sleeping Sounds submitted the video for their track "Figure It Out". A dancy song that would sound just right on top alternative stations, I hear similarities to Atlas Genius and other such artists.

From Nashville, TN, Benchmarks have released their anthemic song "Frames". The song maintains the status-quo of indie punk, but still brings originality as well.

See you next time for another Triple Tuesdays!