Save Face are bursting back into the limelight with ‘GLITTER’ –– a special kind of love song for all the people who wreak havoc on our lives. Watch as fresh crimson jumpers become nearly indistinguishable in the music video out now, directed by Benjamin Lieber and co-produced/directed by front person Tyler Povanda (he/him).
As Save Face re-emerge, a transition is beginning to show between that pop-punk group the scene became familiar with on their 2018 debut ‘Mercí’, and the synth-backed one thrashing around in placeholder blood in 2021. According to Povanda (and literally anyone who listens to this song), ‘GLITTER’ is a “sonic metaphor for the transition of the band” –– one that leans all the way into the eccentric and eclectic but with the unabashed confidence to pull it off, too.
‘GLITTER’ is a mere preview of the mania to come from Save Face’s upcoming sophomore album for Epitaph Records, out later this year. Povanda has truly taken his songwriting, lyrics, and conceptual skills to the next level, creating music that’s more interested in building worlds than adhering to genre conventions.
“I’m just trying to make something that’s interesting to me, despite whether anyone likes it or hates it.”
Rising dance-pop musician Freddie Future has released his latest single, ‘Loving You (So High)’ accompanied by a stellar video on the 20th of August via Physical Presents. The single was produced and mixed by Anthony Kalabretta (who previously worked with DVBBS, Protest the Hero, and Felix Cartal) with Kristian Montano stepping forward as the master engineer. Over the years, Freddie Future has been supported by noteworthy publications, including CLASH Magazine, Exclaim!, Variance Magazine, Northern Transmission, Toronto Guardian and Canadian Beats. With over 2.6 million plays across platforms, the artist has been featured on the Youtube channel MrSuicideSheep numerous times as well as on Spotify’s New Music Friday Canada,Fresh Finds and Just Vibing, Outliers playlists.
Freddie Future is currently based in Toronto where the producer released his debut self-titled album in 2019, with a sold-out album release party at The Drake and would gain attention with the unique single, ‘Too Heavy’. Music has always been an important aspect of Freddie Future’s life, helping celebrate the good times and comfort during the dark times. Finding inspiration in the likes of Rufus Du Sol, Elderbrook and Majid Jordan, the producer’s own sound calls to mind the contemporary likes of Elderbrook, Cannons and A R I Z O N A.
Melodic with its shimmering style and caressing basslines, ‘Loving You (So High)’ will gently lift your spirits. Freddie Future bathes his light vocals in fresh electronic tones, providing a breezy hit fit for the summer months. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a road trip with your other half, or just a day splashing in a cold, crystal clear pool – Freddie Future will be on your playlist and bringing the good vibes.
Freddie Future tells us about the new single: “’Loving You (So High)’ was the first track written for this new project, and instantly I knew there was something special here. The song is about being so consumed with a desire for someone that their love feels like the best drug you could ever have. It’s that ultimate state of euphoria you feel when you truly love that person. The song started with a few vibey chords but really came together once the catchy vocal hook was made. “I get so high off loving you. So high, so high, so high”.”
Check out the video for ‘Loving You (So High)’ below.
Among Us is the second track from the new album Horizon. The lyrics talk about the search for answers to the mysteries of existence by the human being and how there are powers in the shadows that try to hide them to prevent the evolution of society. It is one of the shortest and fastest tracks on the album, also one of the most melodic. The lyric video has been created by YOD multimedia.
Today, alt-pop artist Caroline Romano releases her new single, “The Hypothetical.” Opening with soaring, distorted guitars and energetic percussion, “The Hypothetical” swells into a head-banging, pop-punk number as Caroline’s angsty vocals growl tongue-in-cheek lines like, “Dress you up / You’re my Ken Doll / Because Barbie always makes the call.”
As the name may suggest, “The Hypothetical” is about a hypothetical romance with that one person you just can’t get out of your head. “I think those can be the most fun romances,” Caroline quips. “I wanted to capture that feeling of being so infatuated with a crush that it’s borderline a state of psychosis. Everything’s sweet and sour all at the same time. It’s nothing serious. It’s Barbie and Ken in wonderland, even if it’s only in your head. It’s just hypothetical.”
“The Hypothetical” comes on the heels of “PDA of the Mainstream,” a single that set the precedent for Caroline’s metamorphosis into a pop-punk powerhouse. With a number of singles already out — including her Billboard charting R3HAB collaboration, “I Still Remember” — she has quickly garnered millions of streams as well as support from key tastemakers like Hollywood Life, American Songwriter, and Just Jared.
A self-proclaimed “loudest sort of introvert,” the 19-year-old Nashville-based artist has written and performed her way into the hearts and ears of an anxious generation. Wise beyond her years, her songwriting abilities showcase her witty, introspective, and hopeful take on modernity, romanticism, and the highs and lows of being young in today’s world. A unique and passionate force in the music world, Caroline Romano is a breath of fresh air who is forging a path of her own industry.
Be sure to check out ‘The Hypothetical’ via your preferred streaming service.
Hello there everybody! Apologies the lack thereof posts in the Interview of the day section, there’s been a few things out of my control lately that I’ve been dealing with but now that’s all out the way the blog can resume as it should be!
Today for us we introduce you to a band which blends ambient dream scapes with dark pop rock hooks and soulful vocals that pack a dissonant punch. That band is Fox Violet. Their lyrics examine homelessness, disassociation, longing and our cultural obsession with fairy tales. With soaring layered psychedelic guitars and crunchy synths Fox Violet crafts bold stories that are ethereal, relatable and raw which makes them one of the most exciting bands on the rise right now.
Could you please introduce yourself for us? My name is Thea, I am in the project Fox Violet, an ambient indie rock project based out of LA.
How long have you been playing? I have been in this project 4 years, and singing my whole life. This version of Fox Violet continues to evolve into a new sound which I’m excited about.
What three words would you use to describe the music you play? Ambient. Raw. Gritty
What are your musical influences? I have a lot of great influences specifically PJ Harvey, she had such an impact on me vocally and melodically growing up, but also in her give no s**t attitude. She combines this fierce and fragile nature that really appeals to me. I also love bands like The National, and Portishead, Nirvana and so many others. It’s all about the song for me any day of the week. Lately I have been digging back into the 70s. I love the epic-ness of songs like “Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show? I once saw adults dressed in bunny costumes, I have to say that was hilarious.
Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted? Great question! I would say I would love to go to the Greek Theatre and just be fully immersed actually by an orchestra, I want it to be huge and transcendental.
What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning? Haha! I have to say there isn’t anything I’m embarrassed to own, all music has an impact on you and connects you back to yourself. It’s all story telling and different parts of the story of being human. I really love any music I own and only just recently started collecting Vinyl again. Lately I have been listening to a lot of The Rolling Stones.
What have you been listening in the last few weeks? Currently I’m re-listening to all of the Beatles and a ton of early 60s/70s artists like Jimi Hendrix, trying to soak up all of those intense guitar parts.
.Are there any releases you have planned in the near future? Yes! I have a single coming out on August 6th called “Long Way Down,” followed by an album PRISMS late august.
Be sure to check out Fox Violet’s latest release, their fantastic single, ‘Long Way Down’ below.
Silent Planet return with their brand new single ‘Panopticon’ today, their first taste of new music following the band’s 2020 single ‘Trilogy‘ and Redux edition of The Night God Slept.
Of the new release, Silent Planet frontman Garrett Russell shares:
“‘Panopticon’ paints a dystopian view of the future – one where technological advances have pacified the human spirit and made us apathetic in the face of an increasingly malevolent, post-singularity AI that was developed under the premise of security… ultimately becoming a tyrannical overlord,” adding:
“To communicate the story of humanity and its traditions being outmoded, we challenged ourselves to write a song with no guitar. Using only bass, electronic elements, and percussion – we developed this track over the course of the summer.”
Be sure to check out the link for ‘Panopticon’ below or alternatively you can stream the track via the following link.
Since forming in 2009, Silent Planet have steadily gained traction from playing local venues throughout California and expanding to the DIY touring scene throughout the US. Over the past 10+ years, the band have gained prominence thanks to their vast array of influences, anchored by Russell’s master’s degree in psychology and field experience as a mental health therapist. This is a band that continually reaches into the hearts and minds of their fans for a connection unlike many others.
Stay tuned for more in the future from Silent Planet.
UK-based indie-alternative band Calva Louise have released their sophomore album Euphoric, out today on FRKST / 300 Entertainment. Across the 13 songs on the album, the band is telling a story about the duality of human beings and different perceptions of reality. The lyrics detail episodes of the dreamer’s experiences as an inner conversation with his other self, the counterpart of the human being, that seeks to experience freedom and have an encounter with the unknown. Sonically, the songs take on a future-punk approach, infusing heavy guitars with otherworldly synths and electronics often complimented by bilingual lyrics in both English and Spanish.
Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting for ‘Euphoric’ below.
1. Free To Be Lost 2. Hunting 3. Tiranito 4. Ephemeral (Ft. Blakeeleven) 5. Belicoso 6. Alcanzar 7. Trial 8. Other Self 9. Mafalda 10. The Odds 11. POP(urrí) 12. Euphoric 13. Orange Blast
Orders for ‘Euphoric’ can be made via the following link.
VOLUMES are back with yet another metallic juggernaut. The band has just dropped the video for the bulldozing new song “Get Enough.”
“‘Get Enough’ is about the point in someone’s life where everything eventually is for personal gain,” the band explains. “Things can get very isolating and lonely when someone is knowingly going out of their way to use and deceive something or someone for self-benefit. The song is essentially having that conversation with yourself — a nice hard look in the mirror. In general, we feel like now more than ever with as instantly gratifying as life can be, it’s more important to always look at the bigger picture and take a breather. This song speaks to that narrative.”
The band continues, “This song is a step out of the realm Volumes has existed in for a long time. it’s showcasing another side of the band that has been percolating for quite some time. Introducing a new sonic direction was something crucial on our minds for this album and we couldn’t be more excited with the outcome. We are looking forward to playing this one live.”
Rising singer-songwriter ROSIE releases her new single & video, “Sad Sad Sad,” out today via Arista Records. After releasing her viral hit “Never The 1” in 2020, ROSIE has continued to deliver a series of captivating singles as she heads towards the release of her debut EP.
Her debut EP, which is slated for release this Fall, explores the five stages of grief. In a statement about how her new single “Sad Sad Sad” aligns with the EP’s theme, ROSIE says, “The song represents acceptance and how, after a full year of healing and growing, sadness can still creep in. This feeling is a reminder that sometimes there are certain scars that never go away, and when sadness is accepted it can serve as a lesson to never repeat the same mistake twice.”
Opening with gentle guitar strumming, ROSIE’s soft vocals deliver a heart-wrenching first verse: “Too many restless nights my body’s shaking / My head hurts gotta stomach ache / Too many sleepless nights and I’m impatient / Like a war inside my mind / I’m anxious all the time.” As the production kicks in, “Sad Sad Sad” transforms into a captivating anthem packed with palpable, raw emotion.
Check out the video for ‘Sad Sad Sad’ below or you can stream the track via the following link.
Underoath revealed their highly anticipated seventh full-length, Voyeurist, set for release on January 14th via Fearless Records. To celebrate the announcement, the band shared the anthemic new track “Hallelujah”, which serves as the second single from Voyeurist and is sure to be a staple of their live set for years to come. “Hallelujah” boasts one of the most addictive hooks of the band’s career over a soundscape anchored in chaotic guitars, soaring synths, and percussion that will rattle the listener to their bones. Fans were offered a sneak peek of the track earlier this week in exchange for granting camera access at voyeurist.io. Once on the website, they were able to listen along as they got a glimpse at other fans doing the same.
Guitarist, Tim McTague summarizes the track perfectly:
“I think the song is one of the more powerful songs on the album for a myriad of reasons, but sharing a night of beers and stories with a handful of the people you love, unpacking a ton of heady concepts and recording a choir really put an exclamation point on the song for me. It’s dark, beautiful, haunting and heavy all at the same time. That’s what Underoath does best in my opinion.”
Voyeurist marks the first time in Underoath’s storied career that they took the recording process completely into their own hands. Doing so led to plenty of difficult conversations, but it also provided the ideal situation for artistic innovation. As McTague continues “I’ve always wanted to record our own album. I think we just needed to get into a headspace personally that would allow criticism and critique to land in a productive and constructive way.” The result is the most collaborative album of Underoath’s career and, anchored in a profound respect for each other, one that left no stone unturned creatively. McTague adds again “We grew so much in real time and I think the record speaks to that growth and collaboration. I haven’t ever felt this attached to a project in my life.”
The band refers to Voyeurist as “high-def violence” – technologically advanced, but undeniably visceral. Conceptually, Voyeurist has several interrelated meanings, each tying back to the concepts of how we curate ourselves through social media and how that facade masks a lot of what we actually experience in life. The album is a cohesive listening experience with enough layers to provide fans with a fresh take and new favorite track on every spin.
Voyeurist is available for pre-order now, including a deluxe animated vinyl that features a plastic o-card sleeve that activates playback of the jacket’s interlaced video imagery.
Hawthorne Heights have released brand new single The Rain Just Follows Me, which is taken off the upcoming album of the same name. The Rain Just Follows Mealbum is released the 10th September 2021 via Pure Noise Records
Speaking about the the new single singer JT Woodruff said “I really wanted to name this album after those lyrics. It perfectly described what I’ve been going through. During the day, everything seems totally fine, but when I lay down and turn out the lights, my world comes crashing down. If this happens on tour or at home, I usually just think of the coast. I think of the way I feel, watching pelicans on the pier. And usually everything will stabilise, but for some reason nothing was working. When you’re gone for months out of the year, it starts to feel normal. Your entire family and circle of friends have to rearrange their lives to stay connected to yours. And as much as this seems like a woe is me, touring band sob story, it really isn’t about that at all. It’s about how our society has taught us to work ourselves to exhaustion, and at the end of day, our prize is an early grave.”
Check out ‘The Rain Just Follows Me’ below.
The 11-track record, produced by Grammy-winner Cameron Webb (Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Megadeth), stands as some of Woodruff’s most resonant writing to date, as he unravels themes of both physical and emotional distance from his wife and daughter in Ohio as well as personal identity as the front man of as one of the most iconic emo acts of the new millennium.
“The most unbelievable part of this story is that this entire album was written and recorded BEFORE the pandemic,” singer JT Woodruff shares. “All of this darkness and turmoil is basically a summation of the coldest and loneliest nights I’ve tried to reconcile for the past 17 years.”
Eager to hit the studio again as soon as possible after their 2018 release Bad Frequencies – and probably a bit naive about how much they could physically take – the writing sessions for LP8 took place in unusual places: in sound checks and dressing rooms, in far-flung rehearsal studios after marathon overnight drives. Hawthorne Heights weren’t just burning the candle at both ends; they were splitting it in two, then letting the flames engulf the smaller pieces completely.
Pre-orders for ‘The Rain Just Follows Me’ can be pre-ordered via the following link.
Hertfordshire based alternative metal band Defences announce their new album ‘In The Balance’ set for release on 15th October 2021. The band also reveals the abrasive, beautiful and confrontational new single ‘FALSE GODS’ out now on all streaming platforms.Fans can pre-order/pre-save the album HERE.
‘In The Balance’ arrives as a snapshot of primary lyricist and vocalist Cherry Duesbury’s experiences over the last few years; Glancing over the inevitable difficulties of a global pandemic as well as several pivotal cultural events. “We wrote this because we need to” exclaims Cherry.‘In The Balance’ is the result of Defences looking for hope in the stark realities of life, facing them head-on to find positivity.
“A lot of the lyrics are based on internal struggles,” notes co-vocalist William Alex Young. It’s a snapshot in time, looking at humanity in both its glory and its struggles. “It’s incredibly honest”, Cherry adds. “It’s the most honest I have ever been in terms of lyrics.”
There’s a universality to this honestly with the band’s latest offering ‘False Gods.’ Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Cherry uses her personal reaction to comment on all humanity. “I was listening to Calum’s demo on repeat around that time. I didn’t plan on writing about it at all,” she recalls. “It was the day after a protest on this hill that I used to spend my Friday nights on as a teenager. It was packed full of people, and when I saw these pictures and videos I started crying. I couldn’t believe there were so many people this close to home showing their support. It made me think about how we are all just human. So, I wanted to write a song about humans, and calling some of them out for the way they have been behaving.”
This hope bubbles under the very surface of ‘In The Balance’ and underpins Defences’ attitude as a band. The songs emerge as a celebration of how humans deal with things that happen in their lives, how they understand and acknowledge those experiences, and what ultimately can be learned from them. And they do so with a powerful energy that perfectly blends the dual vocals with down-tuned instrumentation.
Joining several strong contemporaries, it continues their evolution from any norms in alternative metal. The guitars are heavier, the screams louder, but there’s still space for the melody to drive it forward.The album revels on both its energy and passion, yet lands on genuine positivity.
Cherry looks back at the hourglass, the heart, and the scales of justice emblazoned on the album’s artwork commenting “It’s a time capsule of this moment in our lives, in any life. It’s about the experiences, the difficulties, the struggles that we all go through, and the eventual hope that we find.”
Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting for ‘In The Balance’ below.
1. Something More 2. Say It 3. Voices 4. In The Black 5. The Heart 6. False Gods 7. Blue Candour 8. For What It’s Worth 9. Ocean Floor 10. Little Light 11. Meant To Be