In this season of gratitude, we get an EP from one of the most grateful artists making music, Otan Vargas. This NYC artist recently vowed via Facebook to “work hard and save enough money, so I can tour from east coast to west coast and even out of the country.” He made this public promise not to expand his music exposure or increase merchandise sales. Call it instead a gratitude tour – “Then I can finally thank each one of you in person,” said Vargas to his fans.
Alexx Calise asserts that she absolutely is not crazy. This statement comes a year after her hauntingly beautiful Sound of Cancer project release, ‘No Vampires in Gilroy.’ The ‘AC3’ EP, released November 13th was produced entirely at Calise’s Los Angeles home (with the exception of drums) by Alexx Calise and her producer, Wes Michener.
‘AC3’ is five tracks featuring Calise at what she does best: take you from heavy party rock tunes, such as the jumpin’ “Not Crazy” to the deeper, more pensive songs like “Outta Here” which sympathizes with confusion yet emits enough compelling rhythm to get “through the night.” Continue reading
Dreamy yet explosive, Echodrone presents their third album, ‘Bon Voyage,’ out June 26th. The San Francisco group began in 2005 with Eugene Suh (guitar squall/ electronics/ vocals) and Brandon Dudley (bass), later completed with Mark Tarlton (drums/ sound engineering) and Meredith Gibbons (guitar skrunk/ vocals). Prior releases include their 2007 self-titled EP, voted #2 Listener Favorite on Vertigo Radio, as well as their 2009 full-length release, ‘The Sun Rose in a Different Place’ which gleaned significant airplay on Soma.FM.
The year’s end approaches and thus the compulsion to mention best-of’s. I’d like to title this Best of 2011, but I really can’t since Resonance began mid-year in June. So I’ll say Best Rated Resonance releases. Out of nearly thirty EPs and albums reviewed these five received perfect scores.
Her Vanished Grace: ‘See the Moon’ — Dreampop Luminescence
Steady and powerful, Her Vanished Grace is a power dream pop band based in New York City. Together since 1991, Nance and Charlie Nieland, Maria Theodosiadou and Billy Loose create a terrain of sweet melodies and noisy guitars that define Her Vanished Grace. ‘See the Moon’ does well in pointing out the goal, setting forth, and sustaining the journey.
Rival Sons: ‘Pressure & Time’ — Raw Soul Revival
Rival Sons is blazing with passionate blues-driven music; they are a modern day take on what made Zeppelin and company truly classic rock. Already, Rival Sons and their June 20th debut, ‘Pressure & Time’ (Earache Records), have gotten Classic Rock Magazine nominations for best of the year.
Sound of Cancer: ‘No Vampires in Gilroy’ — hauntingly beautiful groove
Layered with hauntingly beautiful melodies, dysphonic distortion, and elaborate choral harmonies woven around ominous soundscapes, Sound of Cancer’s debut, ‘No Vampires in Gilroy’ combines Alexx Calise’s love of blues, jazz and grunge, and Dennis Morehouse’s penchant for all things dark and disturbing. Dark and compelling, soulful and reflective, ‘No Vampires in Gilroy’ is an incredibly fitting release for autumn.
Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun: ‘Wildfire’ — electro-fuzz rock
This Atlanta group’s spontaneous experimentation has been dubbed “indie-electro-fuzz rock.” Though several tunes involve elements that could easily aggravate – continuous sporadic buzzing, rusty swing simulation, bleeping musical ringtones – the dance beats keep you moving. Each song is dynamic enough that these quirky sounds contribute to the overall experience, rather than distract. These twelve tracks present intricate lyrics backed by a fuzz dance groove.
Voletta: ‘Soft Focus’ — industrial shoegaze rock
There’s a moment in the dim light of dawn when we first open our eyes and remind ourselves who we are, where we left off yesterday and what we have planned for the hours ahead. This is the moment captured by Voletta in their second EP, ‘Soft Focus’ released October 20. This two piece band from Philadelphia mixes fuzzy industrial vibes with floaty shoegaze soundscapes. ‘Soft Focus’ is smooth, powerful, sparkling…like water gliding over rocks, polishing the rough edges, showcasing the inherent beauty within.
*Voletta’s ’Soft Focus’ EP is available for free download at bandcamp.
There’s a moment in the dim light of dawn when we first open our eyes and remind ourselves who we are, where we left off yesterday and what we have planned for the hours ahead. This is the moment captured by Voletta in their second EP, ‘Soft Focus’ released October 20. This two piece band from Philadelphia mixes fuzzy industrial vibes with floaty shoegaze soundscapes.
Originally formed in 2004, Voletta is comprised of Joe Sheairs (guitar, vocals, bass) and Andre Comfort (drum kit, drum machines, synth) who have been playing together since 2009. Continue reading
It’s not often a band name comes with a promise. This month however, we get a release from an Atlanta group called Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun.
Their spontaneous experimentation has been dubbed “indie-electro-fuzz rock.”
After three EPs this group signed with Greyday records, which is re-releasing ‘Wildfire,’ the full length album that initially debuted in May.
These twelve tracks present intricate lyrics backed by a fuzz dance groove. Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun is comprised of Lauren (guitars/ keys/ vocals), Cregg (guitars/ keys/ vocals), Micah (bass/ keys/ vocals) and Jeremy (drums/ electronics). In 2009, the group quit their full-time careers so they could book, tour, record, and expose their music to as many people as would hear them. Over the past two years they’ve toured an astounding 15-20 dates per month, visiting venues throughout the US Eastern half.
Autumn leaves, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pie. A chill in the air, a thrilling annual encounter with black cats, witches, and vampires. Indeed, October is underway and the haunting holiday approaches. This Halloween we can anticipate a release from Sound of Cancer, the collaborative music project of recording artists, Alexx Calise and Dennis Morehouse.
Layered with hauntingly beautiful melodies, dysphonic distortion, and elaborate choral harmonies woven around ominous soundscapes, Sound of Cancer’s debut, ‘No Vampires in Gilroy’ combines Calise’s love of blues, jazz and grunge, and Morehouse’s penchant for all things dark and disturbing.
This concept album has been three years in the making, recorded in between Calise’s and Morehouse’s rigorous touring/ recording schedules. Individually, they each have several achievements of which to boast. Singer/ songwriter/ guitarist, Alexx Calise has appeared in major publications such as Blender magazine, Guitar World, and the how-to/method book, “How to Succeed as a Female Musician.” Calise’s 2010 sophomore album, ‘In Avanti’ is a “rocktronica” collaboration with Grammy-nominated producer, Luigie Gonzalez. Meanwhile, drummer/ songwriter Dennis Morehouse has played with such notable acts as Triple Seven, Dear Damien, Diatribe, 16 Volt, Brain Pudding, and Marc Ford’s Fuzz Machine. Currently, Morehouse is playing drums for Gilby Clarke (Guns ‘n’ Roses, Rockstar Supernova), Braw (which features Norwood Fisher of Fisbone), and of course Sound of Cancer. Collectively, Calise and Morehouse’s works have appeared in numerous TV shows including “Next,” “One Tree Hill,” “1-800-Missing,” and “Wanted,” and in major feature films such as “88 Minutes,” “Eight Legged Freaks” and “Big Fat Liar.” Continue reading
In the late 80s during my junior high years, as my peers and I began to stamp our identities with music, we dug through our parents’ vinyl collections of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Who, Janis Jopelin. Compared to the synth rock that ruled the radio at the time, the raucous ramblings of the previous generation sounded astoundingly genuine and raw. They were a welling up of emotion from the inner depths of the soul. It would be only a few years before Seattle grunge exploded on the music scene and we would be able to proclaim a new wave of guttural groaning as our own.
Perhaps it is time again to get back to basics. Rival Sons is blazing with passionate blues-driven music; they are a modern day take on what made Zeppelin and company truly classic rock.
Already, Rival Sons and their June 20th debut, ‘Pressure & Time’ (Earache Records), have gotten Classic Rock Magazine nominations for best of the year. This Los Angeles group is comprised of Jay Buchanan (vocals), Scott Holiday (guitars), Robin Everhart (bass), and Miley (drums). ‘Pressure & Time’ is ten well-paced tracks featuring explosive vocals, gut-wrenching reflective pieces, and lots of soul.