Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shapes and Colors rise from the ashes

After 3 years, the band known as Aria Aesthetic saw the end of an era come to pass, and we have re-emerged as something new entirely: Shapes & Colors.
The Metro-Detroit bred progressive alt-rock band will release their new EP "On display" on March 10th.
Listen to their first single "Rise".

Love will come to you from Poets Of The Fall

Finnish pop / rock band Poets Of The Fall has released a new video "Love will come to you" from their latest album "Jealous gods", watch it below:

Fourplay : Siamese , Red Seas Fire , Skeyes , Cafeine

Siamese - Siamese (2015) Is it finally time for this band´s breakthrough album?
Time for another Fourplay column with 4 albums that I´ve been listening to this week and first out is the Danish alternative / progressive rock band Siamese. Formerly known as Siamese Fighting Fish and now releases their 3rd album simply titled "Siamese".
Rock from Denmark most often means top quality and this album ain´t no exception, I think of these guys as a crossover between Dizzy Mizz Lizzy and Kadawatha.
Fans of Circa Survive might have something to look forward to here, no matter where you are in the world. New Zealand, Brasil, Japan, France or USA. Here´s your new favorite band.

Red Seas Fire - Resolution (2015) Where do they go from here?
It feels like the British band Red Seas Fire just gets heavier and heavier for each EP, their 3rd EP "Resolution" is their heaviest so far but not a direct hit. I wasn´t sure what to think of it first but this band is just too good to slip through your hands.
They´re less industrial and more towards melodic metalcore but with a huge injection of alternative / progressive metal.
Perhaps not this band´s brightest moment, however I can´t turn this new music down either. "Resolution" is a bit like Gollum, both charming and unattractive at the same time.
Red Seas Fire has reached the crossroads, let´s see in what direction they´re headed.

Skeyes - Empty mirrors (2015) Another star is born in the skies
The state of Pennsylvania is known for many great artists like Donnie Iris, Poison, Pink, Breaking Benjamin, CKY and Taylor Swift. Now we can add another promising new act to that list with the clever name Skeyes.
Their debut EP "Empty mirrors" is a nice blend of post hardcore and metalcore, nothing new under the sun but still done with class. The title track stands out and so do the opener "Ethereal" featuring special guest Garrett Rapp (The Color Morale) on vocals.
Give these guys a moment of your time because I expect greater things to come.

Cafeine - New love (2015) The 80´s called and wanted it´s sound back
Caffeine, you don´t need it but once you get it, you can´t be without it. The addictive music of this album can easily be your new love.
Charming Indie rock flirtin´with synth pop and dance punk. Oh la la. This is what happens when Pulp has listened to too much Gary Numan while they´re collaborating with Plastic Bertrand.
New wave never went away, it keeps on coming just like the way waves do.
Now this was a fun record to listen to.

Friday, January 23, 2015

September Mourning working with Howard Benson on new album

The dark alternative hard rock band September Mourning has signed with Virgin for the release of their upcoming debut album out this spring. The album is produced by Howard Benson and here´s the first single "Children of fate".

Go electric with Cafeine, new album New Love drops Feb 17

In anticipation of the American release of New Love (out Feb 17 on Indica Records) by Montrealer Xavier Cafeine, comes the exclusiveCulture Collide premiere of Cafeine’s single Electric.” New Love is described as an anthemic celebration of the will to survive, a loud and reverberating affirmation that we can find something magical within our misery. 

Roots rock band The Highway drop new song from upcoming album Enter To Exit

Psych-tinged soul rock band The Highway releases their new single “All You Do” from their forthcoming sophomore album Enter to Exit, due out April 14, 2015. The Highway “much as the name suggests, isn't content to idle in one place,” (The Deli Magazine) and has been performing continuously throughout 2014, including a successful winter residency at Brooklyn’s Spike Hill.

Punk rock band The Howl drops new music video Sputter

The Howl is an Indie Rock and Roll / Punk band from Humboldt Park of Chicago. The four dudes have been playing an energetic blend of rock and roll spiced with punk roots and angular, math-y melodies all around Chicago since 2012 and have toured nationally in the last year, expanding their fan base to both US Coasts.
Watch their new video "Sputter" here:

Alternative rockers Jarflower announces new EP Contrast

Alternative rock band Jarflower announces the release of their new single, “Haunted,” from their forthcoming EP, Contrast. Having shared the stage with such musical luminaries as Hellogoodbye and Dishwalla and with sold-out shows at legendary venues including The Studio at Webster Hall and Glasslands, Jarflower has set themselves apart as “one of the best American rock groups working in New York.” 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hayley Kiyoko has given it all

Music can often be more than just an escape. It can be paradise. That's precisely what it is for singer and songwriter Hayley Kiyoko. Her 2015 EP, This Side of Paradise, unlocks a brand new realm for pop music, expanding boundaries with alternative daring and electronic warmth.
"This side of paradise" will be out Feb 3rd. Stream the new single "Given it all" here:

Ki: Theory deliver sinister synth rock track The way it was

Ki:Theory (pronounced “Key Theory”) is the alias for American recording artist and producer, Joel Burleson, who specializes in alternative rock and electronic.  
Ki:Theory’s original music is consistently compared to crossroad between Radiohead, Ratatat and Nine Inch Nails. Ki:Theory’s most recent double album, KITTY HAWK Deluxe (Kringer Records), featured a version of Ben E. King’s hit “Stand By Me” that exploded on the scene in a 2014 Super Bowl ad and episode of FOX’s hit TV show, the Following starring Kevin Bacon.  “Stand By Me” was also featured in the movie trailer for Brick Mansions starring Paul Walker and RZA along with TV spots for Marco Polo (Netflix), Dallas (TNT), and Bates Motel (A&E).

Stream his new single "The way it was" here: