There was a time in the music industry when a person would walk into a recording studio with nothing more than a few lyrics to songs he had written and that was all he had. It was after he walked into the studio that he would meet the men who would help put together all of the musical parts to the songs that would become an album. This situation hardly happens today so when it does, the resulting album is something unique. This unique situation surrounds the new release from singer-songwriter Coley Kennedy, a man who recently created a release under the moniker of Black Vincent.
Don Puglisi is a multi-talented artist who has spent time as an actor, writer, director and composer. Having already spent time as musician, Puglisi is currently exploring the singer-songwriter side of his personality. That musician side of Puglisi’s personality can be found on several albums of music. The latest of Puglisi’s releases is entitled Ricochet Girl.
The music business is like a party and there is nothing better than the thrill of being at a party that you weren’t invited to, the knowledge that you could get found out anytime soon. That must be how Heartless Bastards feel about their place in the scheme of things, waiting to get found out and making the most of the situation in the meantime. From the point of view of the other partygoers they are the strange bunch in the corner who seem to be having more fun than anyone else and who, if truth be told, have actually livened things up to the chagrin of the more straight-laced hosts.
Since being signed a decade ago thanks to a chance meeting with Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney, Heartless Bastards have sought to refresh the sound of rock and roll, take the same building blocks available to everyone else, blues, indie and a sort of underground college rock vibe, but use them to build interesting new shapes, shapes that are both pleasing and surprisingly unique, shapes that have other bands wondering why they didn’t see those same possibilities in their own blueprints.
Rebel House Radio is a Los Angeles-based duo made up of multi-instrumentalists Mike Mangan and Mike Blumberg who play all of the music themselves. The band combines several genres of music together to create a style that feels very inclusive. From one track to the next, Rebel House Radio sounds like a completely different band. That form of variety comes alive on the band’s new release entitled One More Day.
Cincinnati, Ohio singer-songwriter Royal Holland is relatively new to the scene having only started writing and playing his own songs. Even with that being said, there is plenty of good things to be said about Holland and his songs. Holland is currently in the middle of creating a 3-CD collection of music one CD at a time that will later be compiled into one collection to be released on record. Having already released the first of the CDs called Volume One- The Maze, Holland is currently getting ready to release the second collection called Volume Two- Flamingo.
Dustin Prinz is a Nebraska-based singer-songwriter who is also an accomplished guitar player. Prinz Is known for his unusual style of playing that he calls Parapicking, a style that is based around including percussive effects into the playing of the instrument. Prinz is so well-known for this style that his videos on YouTube have reached millions of plays. While known for his teaching techniques, Dustin Prinz has continued to write; record and produce his own music. Currently, Prinz is promoting his new release entitled Feeling It.
The first track on the Feeling It EP from Dustin Prinz is the title track of the release. As Prinz is a singer-songwriter, his writing style includes incorporating many different styles of music into his songs. With the track “Feeling It,” Prinz creates a track that features a Rock style to it with a little Blues feel thrown in as well as a generous dose of twang in the vocals from Prinz. “Feeling It” is a track that finds Dustin Prinz creating a track that feels very much like a contemporary Country song.
Dead on TV is a Rock and Roll band from Chicago. The band features Daniel Evans on Vox/Guitar, Vince McAley on Drums, Mike TeeVee on Bass and Synths and Corey Devlin on Guitar. Each of these musicians helps to give the band its sound that includes several different genres of Rock and Roll music. Along with the usual Rock sound, the band also includes some New Wave influences as well as a generous amount of Punk feel. The band created quite a stir when they released their first EP called Fuck You, I’m Famous back in 2012. Recently, the band returned with a six-song EP entitled Creeper.
Bullyheart is a rock band that brings together many different pieces and makes the music of the band come alive. The most important piece of the group is Holly Long who sings, plays the guitar and keyboards, and writes the songs. Along with Long are bassist David Boucher and drummer Kevin Harp. The three musicians come together to create a group that has a solid rock base and many different influences that help give their music a lot of body. Currently, Bullyheart is promoting their newest release entitled Antigravity.
In only four and a half years, Cleveland-based Deadiron has solidified into a band that sounds like a group with a lot more time under its belt. The heavy metal outfit features a sound that is very heavy but still with plenty of melody in its musical approach. The current lineup of the band consists of Alexander Van Ness – Vocals, Tyler J. Harvey – Lead Guitar, CJ Langmack – Rhythm Guitar, J Bennett – Bass Guitar and Tom Walling – Drums. The band’s melodic metal sound is so solid that they even managed to grab the attention of Cleveland heavy metal label Auburn Records who put out the band’s 2015 release entitled Into the Fray.
When talking about their current single, "The Mission Field," I compared The Payroll Union’s musical stance to that of The Band’s breaking with the expectations and fashion of the day and mining a wholly different seam. Whereas the latter were happy to inhabit that older world, the former are more interested in describing it, the difference between historical re-enactors and academics, I guess. I say this because although they may look the part, their musical tools seem rooted in the present even if their subject is the riotous times of early 19th Century Philadelphia and it’s reactionaries, brawlers, preachers and rabble-rousers.