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Dysfunktone - Collection Perspective Album Review

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Good vibes & good dudes, Dysfunktone is here to bring all they’ve got.

Long Island born and bred, the four piece band has set their hearts on creating music that inspires people to dance, listen, and be in the moment. Thanks to the efforts of current members Rob Meza (Guitar & Vocals), Brandon Hanna (Guitar & Vocals), David Wolfsohn (Bass & Vocals), and Dakota Henry (Drums), Dysfunktone is looking forward to what’s in store for their musical future.

From humble beginnings in 2015, Dysfunktone has worked hard to not stick to any one sound, while also creating a feeling for listeners with music all their own. Jazz, reggae, rock, funk, metal: all genres that could describe any sound from the foursome at any given time. Collective Perspective is the culmination of that work, their first release since 2017.

Check out the 9-track LP down below to get a sense of what we’re talking about!

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Collective Perspective Tracklist:
1. Afterimage
2. Luminescence
3. Dementia
4. Reflection Collection
5. Toasty
6. Clouded
7. Mirror
8. Hourglass
9. Feelin' Time

The 9-track LP is a catch all for Dysfunktone’s self proclaimed genre blending good vibes. The tracks mostly remind me of Acid Rock and Funky Jazz having a baby - with the shortest song being around 3 minutes, and the longest being over 11 minutes. Generally, the album is good. It floats seamlessly between each track, it doesn’t ever take itself too seriously, and it feels welcoming even to novice listeners of Dysfunktone.

I can appreciate a genre blending jam band as much as the next person, but part of me wants to ask the question: why and also who cares? The album can leave a little bit to ask in the sense of togetherness, and what makes this album different than their 2017 release? I wonder what aspects of genre blending can be applied to make a concise, cohesive album without giving up the ideals that the band already carries. The album feels too all over, and can make any listener feel a little alienated upon first or second hear-thru.

Moving forward, I would look forward to an album that sees itself in a better way. One that takes the idea of genre blending, and pushes it into the song making, rather than just putting a multitude of different songs together and calling it as such. I like the vibe, I like the tone - the band feels good to listen to, but constructing an album is just as important as the songs that are in it, and taking the time to thoughtfully craft is what I’d be interested in.

As far as the band is concerned, Dysfunktone’s goals are simple: keep playing shows, spreading good vibes, and making good music. DIY to their core, and ready to spread the love, Dysfunktone is headed towards a bright future. If you like something to bob your head along to, Dysfunktone’s got you covered - but, ultimately, if you like good music and good people, well then you’ve found your people, regardless.

Check out Dysfunktone’s social media to keep up with everything they’ve got going on, including (but not limited to) shows, new releases, and good tunes!

Dysfunktone: Facebook

Retroglyphs - Self Titled Review

Philadelphia has a habit of bringing together all kinds of people. It is the city of brotherly love after all. So, why should it be any different in music? If you've ever heard "Nightcall" by Kavinsky, and you dig it, you're gonna like this. Retroglyphs are an 80's inspired synth band that transforms electronic music into something that feels familiar and new all in one. 

The band was started by Frank Cervantes and his friend Josh Dowiak. The pair used to be in a band called The Once Was, until a few months when they discovered their passion for making 80's inspired music. Since then they've decided to go all in on Retroglyphs, and lately they've been seeing really great results! The band began by leaking tracks on Soundcloud and submitting their single "The Noose" to New Retro Wave Records, and to their surprise they released it on the We Rule Nation platform, which is a pretty big deal. 

Following that success, the song was then remixed by Damokles, a famous Swedish retrowave producer, and other tracks of theirs were then remixed by artists in Netherlands and Poland. The band also boasts songs featured in Philthy Mag and WXPN, so you'd be silly to not check this one out, you heard it here first.

Retroglyph's took all of their successes and compiled them into a self-titled album. A 10-track collective of differing electronic sounds and synth noises. You can check out the tracklist below to follow along!

Retroglyphs Tracklist:
1. Hyperdrive
2. Wild Road
3. One Last Kiss
4. Imposter
5. Transformation
6. War Torn
7. The Noose
8. No Glory In The Fall
9. Forever Time
10. Two Years

 

 

The self-titled album is an 80's inspired montage of tracks that sound like they could've come straight out of a movie soundtrack. The production and quality of the album is impeccable, if I'm being completely honest. There is very little I dislike about this album. Each track brings it's own personality to the album, creating an atmosphere that is not going to burden you with too much of the same things, and also feel cohesive enough to be a complete album.

The combination of synths, keyboards and drum beats to create the album feel nostalgic and also exciting. Retroglyphs aren't singularly stuck in the past, but have taken notes and are creating something that feels good. Their music is best listened to while driving in the car, sitting, or outside on the beach. I made sure to test all locations for this one!

One thing I wasn't really keen on was accessibility. Besides Spotify (which, if I haven't told anyone yet, is my least favorite way of streaming music), the album is available on iTunes which can make it hard to listen to. You can find the album pieced together with various remixes on soundcloud, which was how I listened. However, in comparison to the gravity of the album's depth, the level of music being played, and the overall tone of the album, this minor inconvenience can be overlooked!

Check out one of our absolute favorites, "The Noose" below.

Keep up with Retroglyphs by checking out their social media below, and definitely do check out their music on their soundcloud! We look forward to what comes next from these guys!

Retroglyphs: Facebook // Soundcloud

When Ships Collide - WSC III Review

Over the course of late 2015 and early 2016, When Ships Collide has spent their time sharing three EPs, all of which are well worth the listen – but, especially their most recent addition, WSC III

Released on June 8th, WSC III is Mom Approved™ (seriously, my Mom really liked these songs) and definitely Hook recommended. WSC III is the final installment in the three-part EP series, and culminates the collective sounds that are explored throughout the other two EPs.

The Philadelphia rock band includes Troy Kominiak (guitar & vocals), Toddy Selby (bass & vocals) and Jake Detwiler (drums & drums) to create what makes up When Ships Collide – and can I gloat about how impressive their sound is for a three-piece rock band? I did it anyway.

WSC III is an enjoyable collective of music, one that sincerely highlights some old school alt rock sounds; sounds that I remember hearing as a kid – Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Holly, The Ramones, Billy Joel, & even Freddie Mercury. Maybe that was why my Mom really liked these guys, or maybe it was simply because this is really great music. Stuff you can move too, that tells a story – not only lyrically, but instrumentally as well.

The pairing of vocals, which between Kominiak and Selby are indescribably unique, guttural, and throaty paired with the upbeat, classic rock instrumentals that makes for a listen that isn’t comparable to any band I’ve reviewed thus far. 

Like, these guys are really stinkin' good ok.

Artwork: Andrew Shearer

Artwork: Andrew Shearer

WSC III Tracklist:
1. Wrong Again
2. Rave On
3. Can You Blame Me?
4. What's Your Plan?










The EP includes 4 tracks (as seen above), one of which a Buddy Holly Cover, “Rave On,” which really sets the mood for the EP. Meanwhile, opener "Wrong Again," is the culmination of what the WSC project seems to be - this track really captured the overall vibe of what When Ships Collide was working with over the course of these EPs. 

Honestly though, each of these tracks was stellar, and I have a feeling they'll be on repeat for the rest of the month.

I was sincerely impressed by the way in which this EP moved, where each track used similar techniques with vocal work, but the songs are not tiring or annoying with repetition or similarities. Instead, they played off of one another for impeccably smooth transition without losing the listener along the way.

Instrumentally, vocally, and lyrically, When Ships Collide is bringing a pretty extensive, exciting game to the table. Their sound is perfected, nostalgic, and perfect for drinking milkshakes to (I imagine).

Rating: 9.5/10

Definitely check out When Ships Collide, check out WSC III as the final installment in their EP series, and check out their other music as well. You can't go wrong with these guys, so start doin' right by taking a peek at their links below.

Share a meme, tell them your favorite painter, ask them about their favorite diner food - you know the drill.

When Ships Collide: Facebook // Twitter // Soundcloud // Bandcamp

From States Away - Hypervigilant Review

Photography: Jordan Beschel

Photography: Jordan Beschel

New York Pop-Punk band From States Away gather together to bring you their sophomore EP, Hypervigilant. The EP is a collection of songs about living with anxiety and depression, being an outsider, and heartbreak.

Hypervigilant will be released tomorrow on July 8th!

You can check out the music video for the lead single from the album, “Fight of Flight,” right here! The video showcases the band's high-energy and attitude that heads into the album. 

“Fight or Flight” kicks off the tone of the EP and gets you in the mindset for pure anthem-driven, energetic pop-punk. The big, dramatic choruses and crunchy guitar tones sound really solid and certainly hypes you up for more.

“'Fight or Flight' is the introduction to the story of 'Hypervigilant'," says frontman and vocalist Chris Lauletti. “It depicts the initial journey a person begins to go through when they start to feel anxiety/depression for the first time. We shot the video over a span of two days with Alex Tuttle from Idealist Media Services, who we've worked with in the past. We attempted to capture the energy of our live performances, and utilize time manipulation to communicate the lonely feeling that often comes with the beginning of that initial journey." 

The band clearly takes inspiration from the mid-2000's heyday of the pop-punk genre which shows a lot in “Ashes,” the second song on the EP. Instantly catchy, the band shows a very “heart-on-thier-sleeves” lyrical nature, where nothing remains cryptic for long. 

“Serenity” opens strong with a low bass riff and becomes a somber punk ballad with a catchy hook. Lauletti sings with a passion and his enthusiasm really comes through on “Serenity” and the closing track  “Chasing Amy.”

Tracklist for Hypervigilant:
1. Fight or Flight
2. Ashes
3. Ferris Wheel
4. Serenity
5. Chasing Amy

 







Hypervigilant gets a 7 out of 10.

From States Away are doing what they're good at in this release. A few of the songs sound similar, and if you're looking for a change-up or a fresh take on the genre, you might want to look elsewhere. But if raw retro pop-punk is your thing, From States Away will certainly scratch that itch!

From States Away: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Bandcamp