Rising Atlanta pop duo Chapel has announced their brand-new EP Room Service, due out 23rd April via Rise Records. Produced and engineered by the band – Carter Hardin (vocals/guitar/keys) and Kortney Grinwis (drums) – mixed by Matt Huber (Nightly, joan), and mastered by Sam Moses (Smallpools, Nightly), the 4-song EP showcases Chapel’s signature playful-yet-emotive lyrics, soaring pop melodies, and R&B inflected rhythms, synths, and guitars. You can pre-save Room Service HERE.
News of the band’s forthcoming EP comes with the release of opening track “First Love” and a music video shot and directed by the duo at home
Sometimes in the back of your head you hope you and your first love work out. If not at the beginning maybe later in the future. Most of the time the reality is it doesn’t ever work out and although it doesn’t you both will always share this weird bond together. This song explores that pain and acceptance. - Chapel
“First Love” follows Chapel’s previously released EP track “Pillow Talk,” which dropped in January and has already racked up multiple spins on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. Since releasing their debut EP Sunday Brunch in 2017, Chapel has accrued more than 8 MILION streams across platforms while receiving accolades from Billboard, SPIN, POPULAR, Alternative Press, and more.
Chapel’s new EP – Room Service – is out 23rd April via Rise Records
One of Australia’s most compelling young rock acts RedHook have just revealed their fiery new single ‘Bad Decisions’; the title track of their long-awaited debut EP - produced by Stevie Knight (Trophy Eyes, Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly) and mixed by James Paul Wisner (Hands Like Houses, Underoath).
Unrelenting and infectious, ‘Bad Decisions’ is two and half minutes of cathartic alternative rock, led by the relatable, and, at times, uncomfortably honest lyrics of lead vocalist Emmy Mack. Featuring gang vocals from a bunch of RedHook's mates in Yours Truly, The Dead Love, Grenade Jumper, FANGZ, Down For Tomorrow and The Last Martyr, the confessional punk rock singalong hurtles through its blistering guitar solo to its ecstatic finale.
Mack describes 'Bad Decisions' as a “self-loathing anthem”; "I always joke to the boys that it's my theme song," she laughs. "I wrote it when I was feeling depressed as fuck, trapped in a spiral of self-destructive behaviour and making a lot of *checks thesaurus* questionable life choices that only served to intensify my rubbish headspace and feelings of deep self-loathing.”
She continues, "(‘Bad Decisions') is me reflecting from rock bottom on how on earth I went from being a straight-edge, dux-of-my-Catholic-school goody-two-shoes to feeling like a totally lost and fucked up mess of an adult. It's me laughing at myself and, I guess, trying to take something positive away from all it all. Hopefully someone else out there can relate."
RedHook’s debut EP Bad Decisions, which also features previous single ‘Cure 4 Psycho’, is due out on Friday, 23rd April.
Prior to the worldwide pandemic, the band toured relentlessly, including multiple headline Australian tours and a debut UK/European tour. This also included appearances at Download UK, Good Things, BIGSOUND and Halloween Hysteria 2019, as well as supporting the likes of The Amity Affliction, Sevendust, Hands Like Houses and Ocean Grove.
Previous releases have seen extensive support from Spotify, Apple Music, triple j (three singles added to full rotation) and triple j Unearthed, with the three-piece winning the Download Sydney triple j Unearthed competition. They’ve also received glowing support from worldwide tastemaker blogs Rock Sound (UK), Kerrang! (UK), Pilerats, Hysteria Magazine, HEAVY Mag and Don’t Bore Us, as well as hosting the ABC’s esteemed video program Rage, with multiple music videos being added to rotation.
In the coming weeks, RedHook will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Bad Decisions’.
‘Bad Decisions’ is available worldwide now
Zak Abel has released his new track, ‘Be Kind’ — his first new solo music of 2021. Co-written with Nate Cyphert (Marshmello, Bebe Rexha) and produced by Nick Ruth, ‘Be Kind’ radiates the warmth and sincerity that Zak put out into the world throughout the course of 2020.
Now signed to Island Records, Zak has re-discovered his calling and the things that really make him tick; writing songs that mean something to people, that uplift people, that make people wonder, dream, feel.
Whether by performing tracks from home via his Instagram Live every night in April or regularly checking in with fans across his socials, the importance of reaching out, talking, and listening remains at the forefront of Zak’s songwriting. “Talking things out and feeling connected is really important,” he says, “and it made me realize that, sure we all come from different backgrounds, but we’re all experiencing the same things, just in different orders.”
A smoky, feel-good jam full of verve and groove, ‘Be Kind’ itself listens like an anthem for the soul, an antidote to the division and intolerance that Zak sees and feels all around him. Zak says: “We are living through a strange time where it feels like we are so divided, and intolerant of people that we disagree with or are different to us. Often, that intolerance is based on someone’s race or religion, sexuality, gender, or identity. To me, the content of one’s character is the much, much more important factor. In a world where you can be anything, I’ll be kind to you. Could you be kind to me?"
‘Be Kind’ follows the success of 2020’s ‘Freedom’ — a collaboration with Superstar dance producer Kygo which has since amassed over 100 million streams — and a sold-out European Tour in 2019, which culminated in Zak selling out a 3000-cap headline show at The Roundhouse in Camden, a stone’s throw from where he grew up. With more new music on the horizon, 2021 promises to be an exciting year for the Zak Pack (the name of his fan club) - stay tuned!
Miami, Florida-Gothic Rock artists Astari Nite release their brand new song All Else is a Curse.
After listening to artists such as ABBA, David Bowie, and Yazoo, it caused Vocalist Mychael, to reflect upon voices that we may never hear again. Inspired by this, Astari Nite started to write their next album. Mychael provides more details on the inspiration of All Else is a Curse..
In essence I fell in love with a lot of laughter and simple conversing during these engagements.
Often, I would slide away in thought during these times only to be reminded of voices I might never hear again. Feeling merry and magical, Astari Nite began tracking for our next catalog of songs and in an instant “All Else is a Curse” became my new obsession.
As melancholy as I may appear, I am carelessly smiling deep inside. The more I dwell on who or what moment in time this song is about, I like to believe that sadness is an artform and as cliché as it may sound, it meant everything to me.
More details on the upcoming album will be released in the coming months. All Else is a Curse is out today on Negative Gain and can be heard HERE
'There's such a thin line between the liberation of having no one to answer to when you're single, and the memory of the last person you loved," says Sinéad. "When I'm single I fill my days up as much as possible, but those little moments where you remember being held by someone you loved can creep up. 'Last Love' is a celebration of moving on."
Featuring previously released collaborations with EARTHGANG and Masego and VanJess, Harnett's highly anticipated second studio album Ready Is Always Too Late celebrates her journey to embodying the best version of herself. Empowering songs with messages around individualism and unity exist alongside vulnerable snapshots of Harnett's less confident past self, painting a picture of evolving self-worth that requires time and care to cultivate, all the highs and lows included. While her work isn't over, Harnett's hope is that her listeners will accompany her on this journey so they can begin to figure out where they are on their own.
Born to a Thai mother and Irish father, Sinéad Harnett is a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter born and raised in London. Harnett started to find her voice while participating in talent shows at a local university, and the reception she received was so overwhelmingly positive that she committed to building her confidence on the stage and making the leap toward a career in music.
Harnett did everything from making bands with friends and performing on campus to recording in grungy studios and uploading demos on YouTube, eventually leading to 320 million lifetime streams and collaborations with high profile producers such as Disclosure, Kaytranada, Rudimental, and GRADES. Harnett's 2019 debut album Lessons in Love found the rising R&B star in a deeply introspective place, learning to acknowledge and accept patterns in her romantic relationships to grow from them. Lessons in Love yielded break out single "If You Let Me," which has surpassed 70 million streams on Spotify alone.
(New York, New York - February 22, 2021) - Brooklyn based alt-pop band Record Heat (fka Spirit Animal) announce the release of their new EP, 1, out March 12th via The Orchard. The 3 track EP will include the band's previously released tracks "Just Hits" and "Nathan" along with closer, "Network," co-written with mega-producer, Nolan Lambroza. Record Heat will also be releasing a limited edition NFT, making them one of the first bands to experiment with cryptoart dedicated to bringing fans a unique artistic experience.
"The creative process for our new logo opened our eyes to new visual art styles and techniques, which in turn led us to begin exploring the cryptoart space. Now, after witnessing the explosive growth of this movement through quarantine, we've decided to make our first piece. Popular artists like RAC, Blau, Zack Fox, and Mike Shinoda have experimented with NFTs, but we've come up with a new use case. Instead of making a standard album cover for '1', we collaborated on a 27-second, hyperreal audio-visual loop where our cover art can 'physically' exist digitally. This is accompanied by music from "Nathan," one of the songs on the EP. Since we can't sell CDs -- both because there's no touring and, generally speaking, because of streaming -- this feels like an exciting new way to re-commodify cover art as something fans can own. We're always looking for unique ways to merge art and commerce, and this time we're doing it while educating people about this new artist-sustaining, digital marketplace," the band says.
2019 found Record Heat earning fans so rabid that many got tattoos of the band's lyrics. Their debut album Born Yesterday had struck a chord and they toured relentlessly behind it, supporting bands as diverse as Fitz & the Tantrums, Incubus, The Struts, and White Reaper. As the record continued to gain traction, the opportunity for a deluxe edition arose, hence REBORN YESTERDAY. All of the other original tracks remained, but two new songs-"HYRD8" and "Arm Candy"-were added, plus a stripped-down acoustic take on the first single "YEAH!" Record Heat has received major attention from a variety of high profile media outlets, including Consequence of Sound, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Billboard, Alternative Press, Ones To Watch and Pop Dust. Now the band is ready to bring the heat with the release of their new EP, 1, that's sure to make fans sweat.
Released on Epitaph Records, joke's on you was the 7th most listened to release of January 22, 2021, according to Spotify. The streaming service celebrated the launch of joke’s on you by listing “rock bottom” (ft. nothing,nowhere.) on New Music Friday and featuring guccihighwaters on a billboard in Times Square. MTV joined in to praise the album, which has already collected over 17.4 million streams on Spotify alone and features the singles “hold somebody” (ft. Powfu), “straight jacket,” “highschool” “expectations,” and “rope.”
Conceived by revisiting his old recording process – isolated in a room with nothing but a laptop and some basic music equipment – joke's on you captures the momentum and emotion of Morgan Murphy, who creates under the moniker guccihighwaters. A quiet and sensitive introvert, Murphy often stood in the shadow of doubts of his peers. joke’s on you candidly refers to the lack of confidence others had in him in the early stages of his career.
“joke's on you is about feeling like I finally did something with my life,” Morgan admits. “I made an impact with my music while many people doubted me as I was coming up.”
Despite his recent success, which has him poised for pop stardom, guccihighwaters hasn’t always embraced attention or popularity. “I was very shy…I didn't say much. I was always nervous to be in social situations,” Murphy confesses. However, when he uncovered the ability to namelessly create on the internet, a feeling of freedom came over him and he found a sense of belonging, admitting that “it was like a secret party that I just discovered.” This breakthrough was monumental to the creation and success of guccihighwaters. As Murphy made “friends” at that “party,” he used his tenacious ebb and flow storytelling style, his unwavering passion for perfection and a blue-collar work ethic to cultivate and shape an eager and vibrant fanbase of over 1 million monthly listeners and over 196 million streams on Spotify who all subscribe to his community approach to emotional connection.
Reluctance to embrace the good moments, Murphy still approaches his music with a fresh and modern outlook, as the Irish kid from Long Island making beats in his bedroom, unaware that he could someday experience success just by being himself. “Blowing up and not being kind of ready for it was crazy,” Murphy confesses of the real-life shock he experienced of the success. “I always wanted it,” he says. “But it's almost like I was lying to myself, that I wasn't confident enough to actually tell myself I could really make it. I didn't want to get my hopes up in case I didn't.”
However, the result of his efforts speak for themselves. guccihighwaters’ sophomore album, joke’s on you, includes “hold somebody” – which features viral sensation Powfu – has gathered 1.5 million streams since its release – and previously released singles “straight jacket,” “rope, “expectations,” and “highschool” combined have over 10 million streams. His recent single joins guccihighwaters’ catalog including “i’m so sick of this,” which gathered 41 million streams on Spotify, “i hate me too,” “oh fuck i’m drunk,” which 20 million streams and 18 million streams respectively, “i thought i died inside,” which boast 15 million streams, and “rather be a ghost,” and “needle & thread” which check in with over 5 million streams each.
FEBRUARY 25th, 2021 - Hope Vista, former lead vocalist of alt rock band VISTA, has unveiled her new solo pop project, called Ravive. She will release all future solo work under the name Ravive, and her debut single "Sahara" will be released on all digital platforms March 5th. The DNA of Ravive is a culmination of all of her past musical endeavors, including her time in VISTA and releasing music as a solo artist years ago. Growing up in the mid 90's bubblegum pop era, Hope Vista has been fascinated with the structure and production of pop music since young childhood. Ravive creates her own blend of ghostly ear candy, and the release of "Sahara" will introduce the hypnotic nature of what's to come. About Ravive, she states:"Releasing music under the name Ravive is the most authentic representation of who I am artistically at 27. Of course, Hope Vista is my real name, and that is my core - but Ravive allows me to showcase the evolution of my artistry from 2015 to now. Ravive is me, now, 5 years later. My previous musical endeavors - releasing solo music years back as Hope Vista and then as the lead vocalist of alt rock band VISTA - represented where I was. Ravive is darker, feels everything quite vividly, and knows what the music in her head sounds when brought to fruition. Pop music is an exciting part of what's in my blood. I am RAVIVE - a revived form of Hope Vista, just a bit more evolved."
Ravive is a breather. She is emboldened, a breath of desert air. An ethereal fusion of breathy pop, cinematics, and synthesized melancholia, Ravive is writing her own story of revitalization. After spending years in the rock industry and touring nationally with an alternative duo, the 27 year old is embracing evolution, simplicity, eeriness, and reflection. Fueled by Diet Dr. Pepper, her experimental sonic blend is simply an audible painting showing where she’s been. Her debut single “Sahara,” a pulsing, ghostly dream, paints the visual of walking through the desert to try and reach a place of safety. A phantom for your ears, Ravive toys with her inner darkness to create a hypnotic, synth pop smoothie.
“Faucet Mouth is a song about how once people have something to dislike about you, their mouths turn on and run like faucets, and the idea that everybody has something to say about you in the long run anyways. With the approach for the video, we went for a spoof video similar to blink-182's "All The Small Things", Eminem's "Without Me", and Bowling for Soup's "1985" where we are all dressed as different genres as the video progresses. Bands don't make as many funny videos anymore, especially metal bands for the most part, so we wanted to do something we thought would be fun, funny, and a bit nostalgic to us.” - Eric Abyss, vocalist
TRAVERSE THE ABYSS is a heavy metal/metalcore band from Scranton, Pennsylvania that brings an intense in-your-face sound by fusing elements of groove metal, thrash metal, metalcore, and melodic death metal to create something truly unique. With an onslaught of searing riffs, head-bobbing grooves, a variation of harsh vocals, and a new influence in every song, they will leave lovers of heavy music wanting more.
The band debuted in late 2016 with their album ‘The Gamble of Life’ and followed up with a self-titled EP in 2018 as well as a few singles. Since their debut, they have made their mark in the underground metal scene by playing independent shows all over the East Coast. They have gained an endorsement from veteran company Dirtbag Clothing, won a breakout series battle of the bands, and had radio play on several FM stations and internet radio. The band has also had the opportunity to open for a long list of national touring bands including Motionless In White, Whitechapel, Miss May I, and Attila.
With an ambitious plan for 2021, TRAVERSE THE ABYSS has gone all out for their new music video “FAUCET MOUTH”, which premiered via Metal Injection. They went for a spoof video in the vein of blink-182's "All The Small Things", Eminem’s “Without Me”, and Bowling For Soup’s “1985” for the new visual, providing the laughs and escape from negativity that so many of us desperately need right now
THE OFFSPRING release new single 'Let The Bad Times Roll', and announce brand new album of the same name for April 16th
Legends and innovators of the Southern California punk rock scene, The Offspring have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, won countless awards, and have toured consistently, playing more than 500 shows in the last decade alone. Their music has had a lasting impact across film, television, and video games, but the band turned their focus to a new album release in 2021. The band is comprised of singer Dexter Holland, guitarist Noodles, drummer Pete Parada and new bassist Todd Morse.
The new music was written and recorded over the course of the last several years at various locations including the band’s Huntington Beach, California studio. The album is the band’s third time working in collaboration with legendary rock producer Bob Rock.
True to the irreverence at the core of punk rock music, the band and lyricist Dexter Holland took a view to today’s cultural moments and didn’t shy away from creating topical material in this album. The title track, written in late 2019 and recorded in 2020, reflects the country’s ongoing challenges. Holland said: “I feel like we’re in a unique period in history where instead of our world leaders saying ‘we’re doing our best’ it’s more like they’re saying ‘fuck it’ and its really scary.”
As guitarist Noodles said: “Folks are saying, if it’s all going to Hell, we might as well make the most out of it, or at least go out swinging. ‘Let The Bad Times Roll!’"
This Is Not Utopia
Let The Bad Times Roll
Behind Your Walls
Army of One
Breaking These Bones
Coming For You
We Never Have Sex Anymore
In The Hall of the Mountain King
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