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.
Dark and spacey, Stellarscope is set to release a self titled album November 25, 2011. Influenced by such bands as My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Jesus and Mary Chain, Stellarscope creates textured soundscapes grounded with intense vocal conviction.
Together since 1995, this Philadelphia band is comprised of Tom Lugo (vocal/ Guitar/ fx/ samples/ programming), Rob DeFlaviis (bass/ keys) and Bob Forman (drums/ percussion). Stellarscope has played venues throughout America’s East Coast and also Canada. Their songs have appeared on several programs, as well as various worldwide compilations and tribute albums. Tom Lugo spoke with Resonance about Stellarscope’s journey coming full circle and what we can anticipate with the new dawn. Continue reading
In this internet age, we are connected instantly to people around the globe. Yet are we connected to our own selves? We have access to ideas from every philosophy, but do we have any direction? In a commercial age overrun by consumerism, how can we tap into creativity?
Ruiz addresses these issues through hard rock music.
With their homeland in the Central European country of Croatia, a country just east of Italy across the Adriatic Sea, this band brings a unique perspective from the philosophical roots of nearby Greece.
Playing as a trio since 2007, Ruiz is comprised of Tomislav Šnidarić (lead vocals, guitar), Marko Kalčić (vocals, bass) and Janko Kezele (vocals, drums). Their 2009 debut, ‘Erupt!’ featured new wave beats and groovy bass notes set to casually themed catchy tunes. Progressing in their musical abilities, Ruiz put forth two 2011 releases, both for Geenger Records. The first was a 4-track EP titled, ‘Draw the Line Never a Square.’ The second was ‘Radio Revolution,’ an album that calls society not so much to revolt but moreso to return to the roots of inter-connection and identity.
Lead singer Tomislav “Tome” spoke to Resonance about Ruiz’ recent releases and the music’s commentary regarding societal issues today. Continue reading
Grungy post-punk with a bit of emo, The Only Ocean from Lompoc, CA released their debut EP ‘Kaleidoscopic,’ April 18, 2011. Playing since highschool, the members are Wesley Hill (Guitar, Vocals), Dustin Whalen (Lead Guitar), Alex Burdess (Bass), and Shae Kakos (Drums).
Exploding with the heart-thumping realization of being haunted, The Only Ocean takes off. “Those Ghosts” have The Only Ocean running, but not wild. The punkish rambling in this opening track is tempered by statements of not fulfilling your expectations regarding the typical fight/flight reaction: “I’m not gonna get mad and lash out in anger. I’m not gonna get sad and break down and cry.” They will play to their own tune, not to your expectations, but you may ultimately appreciate their individuality. Continue reading
Perhaps because I live in one of the top rainiest cities of America, I find myself quite often flipping through radio stations only to recall the statement on my vehicle’s back window: I’d Rather Be Listening to Otan Vargas. Vargas’ debut, released at year’s end, 2009, is a well crafted acoustic grunge album which I find is best suited for rainy days.
Somber and achingly honest, Alone examines angles of solitude while revealing a ray of hope. Preparing a new EP, Otan Vargas spoke to Resonance about living his dream as a musician in America.