South coast grit pop trio snake eyes’ new single ‘scuttlebug’ is “a song about lonerism and feeling cut off from your mates when they don’t make the time,” says vocalist and guitarist Jim Heffy. “i’m not good at being on my own but i think it’s super important to be able to be your own company and entertain yourself.”
It’s also a song that made Heffy’s purchase of some extraneous new musical gear entirely worthwhile…: “if you’re ever having an internal argument about whether or not you should get that new pedal/weird bit of gear that you don’t absolutely need, do it. you might get a new song or two out of it. i saw one of my friends was getting rid of a delay pedal so i told him i’d take it. he had this little vibrato pedal that he was willing to chuck in for a couple extra quid so i said “sure”. i had the intro bass riff recorded in the voice notes on my phone and as soon as I started messing around with the vibrato pedal, the guitar part came straight away. it wasn’t originally supposed to be on the mixtape but i knew I wanted to get it on there. we finished the arrangement of the song the day before we tracked the drums and i wrote the final lyrics in the shower the day i tracked the vocals.”
snake eyes are uniting their recent slew of vibrant, riff-fuelled singles on ‘the lovehate mixtape’, which is set for release 19 November via Killing Moon Records. Aptly, the release will be available on actual cassette tape, available to pre-order now. The collection of tracks follows the band’s debut EP ‘skeletons’ which was released last year as the pandemic took hold. Heffy explains snake eyes’ journey to this mixtape thusly: “for our second full release, we knew we wanted to switch things up a bit. i had so many songs written and the thought of doing another ep didn’t make any of us particularly excited. i think tom floated the idea of doing a mixtape “with skits and that” and that seemed a lot more fun. i realised that some songs seemed sorta like love songs and others not so much. there’s more good vibes within some of the tracks (than on the skeletons ep) but more anger in others. there’s definite themes of self love and self destruction too, so “the lovehate mixtape” was born.”
This mixtape is a veritable party of a record which provides an insight into snake eyes’ world and is a fun, wild ride, complete with a killer collection of tunes. Kicking some punk attitude in with their grunge and brit pop influences (think hints of Nirvana, blur, Reuben, a dusting of Wolf Alice & a splash of Weezer), snake eyes self-produced their first EP but this time around have collaborated with friend and producer James Simpson (Indoor Pets). Dan Coutant (Drug Church, War on Women, Gnarwolves) delivered on the mastering mystery magic.
The live-music-prohibiting events of 2020 meant that snake eyes launched with merely one gig under their collective belt, but you can bet your bottom dollar that this time round you’ll be able to catch snake eyes in actual real life, blowin’ ya noggins off as they rip rock shows up and down the UK. They’ve already started to set stages alight with their fire riffage. See below for upcoming dates.
Hello everyone welcome back to the New Music Roundup! We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week are Audio Karate whom have reissued their sophomore record, ‘Lady Melody,’ on vinyl for the first time ever! Remastered by JasonLivermore (The Blasting Room), the limited pressing of 500—100 copies in classic black vinyl, 150 copies in tricolor splatter, and 250 in coke-bottle green— features reworked artwork and original handwritten lyrics.
‘Lady Melody’ has earned a cult following amongst musicians since its release in June 2004. A Day to Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon has called it one of the best records ever. It was recorded and mixed in two weeks in December 2003 at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado by Jason Livermore and Bill Stevenson (Descendents/All), with Stevenson often touting its single “Jesus Is Alive & Well (And Living in Mexico)” as possibly being his favorite thing he’s ever recorded.
The band says, “Thank you for all the years of continued support, hope this video reminds you of simpler times…not a single cell phone in hand by anyone in the audience. Imagine that.”
Not quite early 00s pop-punk or post-hardcore, ‘Lady Melody’ largely slipped under the radar upon its release. However, the same raw technical originality that separated it from the pack led to its cultish popularity. It remains a start to finish fan-favorite 16 years later, transcending nostalgia with a sound that feels as urgent and fresh in 2020 as it did in 2004.
“It’s the worst album cover really, but it’s bizarro, and the record is kind of bizarro, and we’re definitely bizarro,” says Audio Karate guitarist Jason Camacho. “We self-funded our first release 20 years ago in my mom’s living room, and we’re still DIY. We’ve merely upgraded to Justo’s garage. We’re just beyond happy that we’re able to release this for our friends and fans who’ve been asking for it for a long time. Thank you all! Now please leave us alone!”
Seconds up now are RLND (pronounced Roland), a four-piece rock band from San Francisco, CA. They have at turns been referred to as “Kinda like Tool” “Too loud” and “The most ferocious underground metal band around,” although the latter came when the bassist had a broken foot– take that as you will.
They’re debuting a new single and wild new video for “Public Chefs” off their upcoming album ‘ZEALAND,‘ a concept album that the band explains is “built around our collective narrative as a capitalist society.”
“‘Public Chefs’ is kind of the odd track out on the record musically and (director) Tsunami said he had an idea for a video for the song,” RLND guitarist Joe McClune tells No Echo. “He ran with the thematic idea behind the song, which is basically the wholesale distraction of the population at large with smoke and mirrors.
Moving onto the South Coast now we have the newcomers Snake Eyes with their release in the form of‘Bugged Out’, the closing track from their recently released ‘Skeletons’ EP.
Vocalist and guitarist Jim Heffy had this to say of the track.
“This was an idea I’d had for many years and that had many different forms. There were other guitar parts, as it was originally written for two guitars, but when I decided snake eyes should be a one-guitar band, I changed up the track. I was having a really bad time with insomnia and when I did sleep I would have weird nightmares and that’s kinda what the song’s about. Scary stuff, I know.”
You can stream and watch the video for ‘Bugged Out’ below.
Anyone for a London band now? We have the fantastic Petrol Girls for you now.
The track, ‘I Believe Them’ has been released to raise funds for Solidarity Not Silence legal fees which you can find out about here.
“We’re releasing this track to raise as much money as we possibly can for Solidarity Not Silence and to widen the network of people supporting the cause,” says vocalist Ren Aldridge. “Solidarity Not Silence is the legal defence fund for a group of women, including myself, who are being sued for defamation by a man in the music industry because of comments that we each made separately regarding his behaviour towards women. We’ve been fighting this case since December 2016 and desperately need help raising money for our legal costs. The only reason we’ve been able to successfully fight this case as long as we have is because we were able to come together and fundraise for our legal defence. Help us keep our legal representation all the way to court and win this!!!
“As one of the Solidarity Not Silence defendants, I’m limited in what I can say about the case whilst it’s ongoing. However, there’s nothing to stop me contributing to a wider conversation about sexual violence and the law – which is what this track, ‘I Believe Them (Solidarity Not Silence)’ is about.
“‘How are we meant to protect ourselves?’ I find myself internally screaming this question, which is the chorus lyric, on a pretty regular basis. On the one hand, the criminal justice system consistently fails and often further traumatises survivors of sexual violence who decide to report to the police. This system clearly does not protect the majority of survivors and I personally do not believe it holds any answers in dealing with gender based violence. Then on the other hand, when survivors and their allies try to protect one another by speaking out about abusive behaviour, they become vulnerable to libel/ defamation law. And in both criminal and libel cases, the burden of truth is placed on the survivor. Literally what does the law expect us to do?
“There is, in practice, no legal aid available for the defence of a defamation case, which creates a dynamic whereby it is relatively easy for someone with money to silence those without. Money should not be a barrier to accessing justice and we refuse to allow our case to set a precedent for silencing marginalised voices in the music community and beyond. Please donate to / share our crowdfunder: http://www.crowdjustice.com/case/solidaritynotsilence.”
Now let’s change things up a little right now and we have a belter of a track in the form of the Avant-garde metal trio Imperial Triumphant with ‘Excelsior’, a track from the band’s fourth album, ‘Alphaville’.
Bassist Steve Blanco (who also directed the video) had this to say of it.
“Many people flock to the big city with golden dreams in their eyes willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, like the ones they see at the top. It is the seal of approval; The medieval crest upon which the very fabric of humanity’s elevation prevails. The failure and losing streak is a deceptive reality that slowly finds its way as diminishing returns, caught up in the illusory system. Ever upwards.”
You can check out the video for ‘Excelsior’ below.
As the penultimate song on Chapter I Revisited, “Demons” arises as another emotional and intense performance by AD INFINITUM’s multifaceted vocalist Melissa Bonny, accompanied by harmonic instrumentals while presenting the anthemic character in the chorus. Light as a feather, Melissa gently whispers moments of the lyrics before setting the stage for the second single’s grand finale, taken from the new acoustic album, Chapter I Revisited, to be released digitally this Friday, December 4 via Napalm Records!
AD INFINITUM on “Demons”: “Look what the advent calendar offers you today! We are happy and proud to share the music video and single “Demons” before we can finally introduce you to Chapter I Revisited”
Heading into something a little more disruptive now as we move on in this weeks Music Video Roundup are the Deathcore monsters Distant for ‘Dawn Of Corruption’, the title-track from the band’s recently released EP.
The track also features a guest vocal spot from Jason Evans, frontman of Ingested.
You can check out the video for ‘Dawn Of Corruption’ below.
The band’s ‘Dawn Of Corruption’ EP is out now via Unique Leader Records.
Keeping with the Heavy metal genre or something along that lines still for our next video, we give you the quartet Firstborne with the visuals to accompany their brand new single, ‘Sacred Lights’.
For those unaware, the band’s line-up is composed of drummer Chris Adler (ex-Lamb Of God), bassist James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth), guitarist Myrone, and vocalist Girish Pradhan.
Check out ‘Sacred Lights’ and its video below.
Who wants some throbbing bass, harsh feedback and a good snarling attitude to everything for the penultimate video this week? Well, that’s what Saint Agnes give you on their latest video for ‘This World Ain’t Big Enough’.
Vocalist Kitty A Austen had this to say about the track:
“This World Ain’t Big Enough’ is a song about toxic love: that person that you can’t live with or without. Jon and I chose to lockdown together so that we could keep working, and that proximity resulted in a song about two things: being unable to exist in the same space at the same time… but also unable to exist anywhere else.”
And the dark video?
“We got together on Halloween night to film a video at a closed emporium and antiquities warehouse. We’ve missed being a weird little family on tour so much that when we could finally all get together, we made a series of strange family portraits to commemorate the occasion.”
After the surprise tease at the start of last week, YUNGBLUD and Machine Gun Kelly have dropped their latest collaboration.
With drums provided by Travis Barker and an infectious guitar lick thrown in for good measure, it’s a proper dancefloor filler with Dom and Colson bouncing off each other brilliantly in what is the latest track the three have collaborated on together. They might as well just make a supergroup right now because the material they could potentially make would just be amazing. Oh well, I guess we can only dream when we think of this.
Check out the final video for this weeks Music Video Roundup below.
And that’s it for another week of a roundup of the best new tracks out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
Hello everyone! Welcome back to the new music video roundup. We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
Formed in 2018, the young Los Angeles-based duo Analog Party has distilled their love for grunge, classic rock, post-punk, and industrial music into both a debut EP Model Youth (released April 19, 2019) and single Absolution (released June 19, 2020). Comprised of singer/multi-instrumentalist Animaan Pathak and bassist Charles Horin, the band’s unique sound walks a fine line between fierce riff-based rock and moody, atmospheric textures, touching on both introspective and existential lyrical themes. Their latest single “One” is reminiscent of bands like Alice in Chains and Deftones — soaring vocal harmonies, viscous heavy guitars, and mammoth drums serve as an immense sonic backdrop to a brooding reflection on how to exist in an increasingly chaotic society.
“Although I wrote the song late last year, the lyrics feel even more relevant now. While the verses capture the overwhelming waves of anxiety, fear, and loneliness that stem from being a young person in this currently fucked up period of history, the chorus captures the dichotomy of hope and hopelessness for the future. The phrase ‘I am one’ could be viewed as a self-affirming and empowering statement just as much as it is a reflection on how helpless and alone one can feel in today’s society. For the video, we teamed up with our friends at Sleepless Format (Brandon Villalovos and Mike Williamson) to capture a simple performance with a bleak visual tone to match the vibe of the music.” explains vocalist / multi-instrumentalist Animaan.
Seconds up in this weeks roundup are the Pop-Rock Trio taking the world by storm in Waterparks whom have shared a video for ‘Lowkey As Hell’.
“The song is a recap of the last year or so. It really describes what’s been going on and who I am. When I’m on stage, I’m a forward-facing, extroverted presence. At the same time, I’m also the biggest hermit ever. I just like to stay in, ignore my phone a lot, and write. I’m naturally reserved in my day-to-day life. The juxtaposition of loud materialism versus private emotion in that opening line really encapsulates the feeling I wanted to get across in the rest of the song.”
Heading out on their latest video are Mayday Parade for ‘Out Of Here’.
To be more precise about what the song is written about, we have to turn to drummer Jake Bundrick:
“’I Can Only Hope,’ simply put, is about my father. He recently had some medical issues in Georgia and being that I live in California, I felt so far away. The song is about being terrified. It’s about that uncertainty whether someone will pull through something so difficult. It’s about the unknown that follows all of it and never forgetting the sounds or senses of the moment when you received the news.”
After some teasing on both artists part, Stand Atlantic and Mokita have released their brand new collaboration.
‘I’m Sorry’ is a proper heart-tugging anthem detailing the regrets that exist inside of you when love breaks down wrapped in the soft patter of electronic drums and plucking of guitar strings.
As Stand have said, it’s something a little different for them to release but it’s something that is very welcome indeed.
Snake eyes latest release has them share a video for ‘Bugged Out’.
This is a cut from the band’s just-released debut EP ‘skeletons’, which arrived last month.
Guitarist and vocalist Jim Heffy says: “This was an idea I’d had for many years and that had many different forms. There were other guitar parts, as it was originally written for two guitars, but when I decided snake eyes should be a one-guitar band, I changed up the track. I was having a really bad time with insomnia and when I did sleep I would have weird nightmares and that’s kinda what the song’s about. Scary stuff, I know.”
Next up we have Never Not Nothing with their latest effort, ‘Upbeat Deadbeat’.
The duo – who recently changed their name from Black Futures – are following up their recent drop, ‘Ritual Destruction’, released last month.
Space explains: “The song grew from this idea of an ‘Existential Price List’. A literal absurdist depiction of their being a cost to your every action as a living entity. Be it an environmental cost, personal cost, societal cost. We may be more aware than ever of the impact our actions have on our surroundings.
“It felt important to juxtapose ‘Survival Of The Nicest’ with a brutally honest depiction of my personal battle with a tormented predisposition towards loss and disaster. The trial of trying so hard to present positive meaning in the face of the ridiculous walls we’ve built around us in the shape of societal norms, rules and antiquated systems that celebrate detached, divisive, destructive leaders.
“But we are not alone, we can project our own meaning on to the world using art and music as a subversive tool to give each other the agency to change and explore new frontiers. We’re hoping for Survival of The Nicest!”
Skywalker have announced that they have signed to Pale Chord and they are celebrating in style.
Vocalist Jay Kocera had this to say about the signing:
“We’re really excited to be partnering with Pale Chord for the release of our new album! Pale Chord share our vision and we wholeheartedly appreciate their unwavering support and commitment to growing the band globally.”
Their first celebration is the release of a new music video which has a lot of sentimentality for Jay as he explains here:
“[This is] a pure expression of depression, despair, and loneliness. It’s about pondering my earlier decisions to “go it alone” and only rely on myself, as is the contemporary mantra of extreme individualism. In the midst of it, I find loneliness, emptiness, cold, and gloom. I want to escape but find myself unable to do so. In the bridge, I turn to breathing meditation, a technique so cynically abused by the worst players of global markets and capitalism, and ultimately fail. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of love, acceptance and letting go of what is not necessary or wholesome.”
Smrtdeath, who was born Mike Skwark, has announced his new album ‘Somethjings Wrong’ due out November 20 via Epitaph. Now, Smrtdeath shares his latest single from the forthcoming record. ‘Don’t Love Me’ epitomizes what Skwark does best, making anthems out of the everyday. With an incredibly catchy, and powerful chorus, the song transcends the underground alternative rap scene and makes it an infectious earworm.
“’Don’t Love Me’ is about wanting someone you can’t have,” explains Skwark. “Kind of like meeting someone at the wrong time, or when you’re too focused on yourself to have time to pursue a connection anywhere else. It’s also about the misguided feelings people can have about someone based on a fleeting connection.”
Now for the penultimate this week. UK four-piece LOVEBREAKERS dropped its new single “Family Man” via Little Rocket Records. The song appears on their forthcoming debut LP “Primary Colours” out in Spring 2021.
Jack Perry of LOVEBREAKERS says, “The song tells a short story of someone who has just became a parent. It’s influenced from some close friends of mine who recently started their own families. It’s a “homage” to those guys. It’s that back and forth of “DAMN THIS SUCKS, BUT I WOULDN’T CHANGE IT FOR THE WORLD.” The verses are the negative side of things and the pre choruses/choruses are the positive side.”
And now it’s time for the final video this week and it’s emotional as hell. This is Charlie Simpson with his latest single, ‘I See You’
The track gives delicate piano sounds mixed with swirling strings that shield the beautiful melodies before an overwhelming finale sends shivers straight down your spine. It’s just wow. You have to check this out. do it.
It’s lovely basically and you can listen to it right here:
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
Happy beginning of October everyone! Welcome back to the new music roundup. We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week are the Texan Trio Waterparks.
This is the bands first track to be released since the release of their third record, ‘Fandom’, which was released on 2019.
Awsten Knight says:
“The song is a recap of the last year or so. It really describes what’s been going on and who I am. When I’m onstage, I’m a forward-facing, extroverted presence. At the same time, I’m also the biggest hermit ever. I just like to stay in, ignore my phone a lot, and write. I’m naturally reserved in my day-to-day life. The juxtaposition of loud materialism versus private emotion in that opening line really encapsulates the feeling I wanted to get across in the rest of the song.”
Seconds up this week are the South Coast duo Snake Eyes.
“This was a track that kinda fell in my lap,” admits vocalist and guitarist Jim Heffy when talking about snake eyes’ newly-released single ‘skeletons’. “A guy at my old work would make these very questionable remarks/“jokes”. I didn’t wanna make a scene as I was leaving the job so I’d just bite my lip, which looking back I feel was the wrong move. The lyrics came to me when driving home from work so I had to pull over and quickly whip the voice recorder app out and sing it all before I forgot. When I got home, the chords wrote themselves and the song was done in 10 minutes. We shot most of the video in Thomas’ basement but filmed the arcade scenes in Hastings on the seafront. The bulk of the video was shot last August so naturally we got some funny looks/comments, including “Halloween’s not for another 2 months, dickhead”.”
The EP ‘Skeletons’ is set for release on 9th October 2020 via Failure By Design.
The first tracks released by the band, ‘don’t worry’ and ‘wishbone’ have already enjoyed support from the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show (who also premiered ‘skeletons’), Planet Rock Radio, BBC Music Introducing in the South and Alex Baker at Kerrang! Radio.
In the absence of your classic gig scenario and thirsting to play the tunes from their EP, having only managed to squeeze in one real life performance before lockdown kicked in, snake eyes recently played a “live” gig online with Crashface, which you can watch back here.
Now, LA-based AViVA isn’t letting anything get in her way with releasing music this year despite the ongoing changes we’re seeing around the world. This September she is releasing what she has called her favourite new song, ‘WICKED’. With 2 Billion streams under her belt, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Outsiders is giving her fans something they can rely on during these unreliable times.
‘WICKED’ harks back to some of the lyrics and production we’re used to from her earlier releases ‘BRN’ and ‘Blackout’. It is a dark pop melody with haunting lyrics about what it feels like to be misplaced in the world and carry that mantle throughout your life.
“It’s a wicked world, for this wicked girl” is the main hook which grabs listeners from the start. AViVA is using her music as a platform to share her ideas around creativity, self-expression and identity, and it would seem this song is no exception.
On the release, she says:
“Dancing around with your inner demons can be fun. Sometimes you can harness that energy and create something great. Sometimes it can take over and we let the darkness rule us. That means different things for different people. I guess ‘WICKED’ is about accepting that reality and making the most of it all. Regardless of what the fake people around you might say is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.”
And for our penultimate track comes from Strange Bones.
The band have dropped their latest single, ‘Menace’ which features the vocals of Bob Vylan.
On the track, Bobby Bentham (Vocals) says:
“Menace is a cathartic release in response to the world being on hold and the insanity that came from this. We are the passenger in the car, sat next to hypocrisy with absurdity in the driver's seat going absolutely nowhere, the road is blocked. I could also say it’s a commentary on the playing fields levelling out, when everything falls apart, you are left with your will and you desire to continue moving forwards, never back.”
“The world has been on somewhat of a hold recently but we’ve had to continue creating and Menace is one of the results of that constant creating. It’s the perfect storm. It’s the result of two wild bands coming together and creating something that reflects the energy of our live shows. It’s been a long time coming!”
And last this week we have Will Gould (Creeper) has he has recently unveiled his brand new Punk Rock project Salem, where he’s joined by Matt Reynolds (Howard’s Alias, Skylar, Drawings).
The project launch comes a few months following the release of Creeper’s second record, ‘Sex, Death & The Infinite Void’.
Salem will released their self-titled EP on October 23rd 2020 via Roadrunner Records where the band have given a glimpse on what to expect via their single, ‘Destroy Me’.
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best new tracks out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
Hello everyone! Welcome back to the new music roundup. We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week on the New Music Round is the San Diego Surf / Skate Punks Wanted Noise with their latest single ‘Go Get’
Bassist Jin Salamack who wrote and performs lead vocals on the track says:
“Go Get” was a saying my high school track coach Gary Sanchez used to tell us at practice. “If you want it bad enough, you need to go get, go get,” forgetting the ‘it.’ I swear he knew that it would spark a song title one day. This single speaks for the youth and adults who never grew out of doing what they’re passionate about. Not giving up on your dreams by giving in to what society thinks is best for us. This song also speaks for this band. We met in college, got our degrees, but at the end of the day, we still would much rather be on stage sharing our experiences with our fans. Hopefully our music can inspire others, as the bands of our generation did for us.”
In the words of Wanted Noise themselves:
Wanted Noise. A bunch of loud, obnoxious, and handsome dudes who love to play distorted instruments in cool places. Bringing back that SoCal punk sound with a twist and shake of today’s modern hits. We’ll play venues, bars, backstage, backyard, your home, garage, next to your pool, in your pool, wherever the sun sets.
Up next on this weeks Roundup, we have the South Coast trio Snake Eyes. We have for you their third single, ‘Skeletons’ and this one? It’s an absolute cracker!
“This was a track that kinda fell in my lap,” admits vocalist and guitarist Jim Heffy when talking about snake eyes’ newly-released single ‘Skeletons’. “A guy at my old work would make these very questionable remarks/“jokes”. I didn’t wanna make a scene as I was leaving the job so I’d just bite my lip, which looking back I feel was the wrong move. The lyrics came to me when driving home from work so I had to pull over and quickly whip the voice recorder app out and sing it all before I forgot. When I got home, the chords wrote themselves and the song was done in 10 minutes. We shot most of the video in Thomas’ basement but filmed the arcade scenes in Hastings on the seafront. The bulk of the video was shot last August so naturally we got some funny looks/comments, including “Halloween’s not for another 2 months, dickhead”.”
Heading over to Brisbane, Australia for our next pick this week we have Waxflower.
‘Getting Better’ strips away everything apart from guitar and vocalist Tristan Higgins’ soft croon to create a poignantly stirring acoustic track that cuts right to the soul.
Let Tristan explain where it originated:
“Getting Better was me tying a bow on a dark period of my life. A particularly long and intense panic attack had landed me in the hospital. Every attack at the time felt like a failure, as if it were erasing any hard-earned progress on a long journey to betterment. I noted the impact of that night on the people around me – we all felt defeated. I felt ashamed.
The song catalogues that period and its aftermath, the breakdown of a relationship. It helped me to explore the roots of my feelings at the time and work towards accepting the outcome was for the best of everyone involved.”
And for the penultimate pick on this weeks rundown of tracks, there is the Metalcore duo VantaVoid. In this duo, lead vocalist Frank Gioia (CrankThatFrank) and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Young (Makeout), hope to summon listeners into a supportive community of outcasts. With songs of fearless intensity, featuring searing vocals, chainsaw guitars and pulverizing rhythms, the duo gives testimony to this axis of trauma and truth.
VantaVoid takes their name from the color “vantablack” the darkest black in the color spectrum. While there is certainly plenty of darkness in their music, there is also illumination to fill the void. Frank testifies that pain can produce power. “The important thing with feeling emotion is to channel it through something positive, and to create something to make other people feel good.”
“Burn is a song about destroying everything I love and hate. It comes from a very self-destructive time in my life where I didn’t want to channel my anger into anything but destroying every bridge I ever built. Not only is this the heaviest song we have, but Frankie Palmeri from Emmure adds his own flair to the track and we were fortunate to have Drew Fulk (WZRD BLD) mix it.”- Frank Gioia (VantaVoid)
And here lastly we have the absolute powerhouses in Raiders. This is Sean Smith (Ex- The Blackout) latest project where the new dynamic is as destructive as any band on the scene. ‘Destructobot’ follows on from their previous release in the form of ‘Wasting Away’ which is just desolating noise which will stay with you for a long time.
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best new tracks out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!