New Year, New Music From Halogens

Photo by Connor Meany

Photo by Connor Meany

What better way to start our new year than with Halogens?

One of our longest followed bands, the New Jersey foursome has recently shared a brand new song to start of 2018 and we couldn't wait to get our hands (and ears) on it. Their first single release since their split with Staten in December 2016, it's quite literally music to our ears.

Check out "Pretty Enough" below!

In true Halogens fashion, they're here to make you feel everything. Between the constant highest standard of lyricism and their instrumental push and pull, "Pretty Enough" is fresh air for those feeling stale. We're excited for what else may be coming this year, so stay tuned!

For more on Halogens & to keep up with what they're up to, check out their social media down below!

Halogens: facebook // Instagram // SoundCloud // Twitter // YouTube

The Hook Journal Releases Latest Compilation Charity EP

We are elated to announce our latest compilation charity EP, The Winter EP, available for stream and download right stinkin' now!

The EP includes 5 previously unheard tracks from local bands including Honeytiger, Anna Ladd, Downtrodder, Psycle, and Doggo. Each track on this EP is either an unheard demo, or unreleased master of tracks these bands graciously donated to our cause!

The Winter EP's profits will be donated, 100%, to WOAR. WOAR is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose mission is to eliminate all forms of sexual violence through specialized treatment services, comprehensive prevention education programs, and advocacy for the rights of victims of sexual assault.

"Founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1973 WOAR is Philadelphia’s only rape crisis center and one of the first in the nation. Over the years the organization has grown from a group of volunteers working in a small room of a hospital to an organization that touches individuals across the city."

Click here for a sample of WOAR’s history over the last 40 years.

Check out a stream of the EP below!

It'd mean the world to us if you checked out the EP and donated some money to the cause! If you can't because funds are short, please just share the EP and that would be great too!

As always, thanks for all of your support & Happy New Year!

The Vaughns Share Two New Songs & On Vinyl, Too

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In mid-November, The Vaughns teased fans & listeners alike with their most recent release - a two track 45RPM 7" vinyl. If you know anything about The Vaughns, you know that vinyl is well good & gone, sold out as heck. If you don't know The Vaughns, let us introduce you!

From Springfield, NJ The Vaughns have taken over their local scene and surrounding areas by storm with their groovy, rock sound offset by lead singer Anna Lies. The rest of the lineup for The Vaughns include David Cacciatore, Ryan Kenter, and Tom Losito. With influences like Alabama Shakes, Nirvana, and The Beetles, you're in for a real treat, especially on the latest release.

We've got it streaming for you down below, so check it out!

'Santa Cruz' & 'Bby Save Me' are sultry little jams that are sure to get you in a good head space wherever you may be this holiday season. They're quirky, fun and pair nicely together for a cute little duet of music.

The Vaughns have had a super successful 2017, so we're looking forward to 2018 and what it has in store for these NJ natives. To keep up to date with all things The Vaughns, check out their social media links down below!

The Vaughns: Facebook // Website

'Sunshine Fever' From CHVNCE Is The Trip You're Looking For

Celebrating their most recent release, Millennial Hippie, CHVNCE released a music video earlier this month for 'Sunshine Fever,' and you'd be straight silly to miss this one.

Check it out below!

With a blast from the past psychedelic feel & reminiscent of bands like Foals or Queens of the Stone Age, CHVNCE are bringing an enlightening sound for listeners - and we're not the only ones who are noticing. Recently picked up by Blossom Records in LA, CHVNCE is well on their way. Coming out of a solo indie project from Hayden Chance, and now into this is quite the thrilling adventure, and we're only even more excited to see what else they have in store for us in the coming year!

Check out their social media below to follow along with what CHVNCE has got in store!

CHVNCE: Website

Catch Up On Rich People's Latest Music Video

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Did you miss Rich People's latest release & music video? Well, let's bring you up to speed then. Earlier this month, Philly/Jersey band Rich People shared a brand new music video for their track 'Back Step,' another emotional song from the band - one you're sure to fall in love with.

Check out the video below!

Lead singer Rob had this to say, 'The lyrics are from the perspective of a very self-involved musician who is often so wrapped up in their own writing and playing that they forget to maintain relationships. The attitude of being better-than and isolating from others starts with the first words. “I always start to finish just before you start to come up” refers to the narrator’s struggle with seeing others as lazy and incompetent at times and by the conclusion of the second verse his cool indifference has amassed and been distilled into the statement “Love is cool, Love is fine, Love is wondering if I have the time”. The truth is that the writer is just lazy and incompetent in matters of interpersonal relationships and humility.

It’s hard for like minds like mine to set aside some together time when our passions call for so much solitude. The farther we pull apart, the more the threads seem to pull and leave us exposed and threadbare. There’s a balance between our commitment to the things that make us interesting and attractive to others, and our need to spend ourselves on each other. I haven’t found that balance but I will continue to write about my efforts and make pretty visuals with my friends to further express what I am feeling.'

This one really hit home for us, honestly. The unraveling of the track matches the unraveling of the video, of the way we feel even. We've been a fan of Rich People for a little while now, and while their tracks our always succeeding in connecting with listeners on a deeper level, 'Back Step' is a really poignant track to end the year with, so definitely check it out above.

As always we've got their social media down below if you wanna check out more!

Rich People: Website // Facebook

New Music Video Out Now From Amanda Jayne

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Hailing from Long Island, NY Amanda Jayne has been bringing the energetic, emotional touch to her music since her debut album back in 2016. To wrap up 2017, however, Jayne has shared the second part to her first music video, 'Bruising.'

'Bruising Pt. II' video was filmed inside the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, NY: the home to artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. As the music and meaning converge, this historic landmark becomes the space that Jayne and her characters inhabit. In addition, the video was shot in one continuous take.

Check out the video below!

“This song and video are extremely personal to me,” says Jayne. “I am creating from
experience. Every detail you hear in ‘Bruising’ is accurate to the situation I was in. Making
this song has been a cathartic experience, and I’m glad I got to rework it to highlight the
themes and attract the listener even more.”

Check out the video up above, and if you dig it, check out Jayne's social media down below to keep up with what she's got in store for the new year!

Amanda Jayne: iTunes  // Spotify  // SoundCloud  // Bandcamp

America Part Two End The Year With New Music Video

Photo: Dieter Unrath

After their summer release of EP, Pure, America Part Two are wrapping up their 2017 with a music video to celebrate Pure, and their track 'America Part II.' 

Check out the music video below!

The track is a sentimental, somber piece accompanied by a music video that is full of reminisce and memories. What better way to end 2017 then by looking back, both thoughtful and hopeful at the core of their sound. Definitely check out the video above, and we have America Part Two's social media links down below for your consideration!

America Part Two: Facebook // Website

Hopeless Records Signs Hold Close To Roster

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Hopeless Records is thrilled to add Midwesterners Hold Close to their roster. Today, Hold Close releases the brand new EP I'll Never Go Back, which was produced by Seth Henderson (Real Friends, Knuckle Puck). Along with the new EP, the band has also released a new music video for the single "Bloom," which fans can now watch below!

On the EP, vocalist Braxton Smiley states, "I'll Never Go Back means being you...not wasting time making other people happy before you're happy with yourself. Find your place, find your happiness, and don't let anything break you down. Once you've found it, you'll never go back, only forward."
 
Fans can stream I'll Never Go Back in full now on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify.
 
"Signing a record deal was never a main focus for us," explains guitarist Jessee Everett. "We just loved writing music and touring. We're very humbled and honored to be a part of the Hopeless family tree, and to finally share the news with our fans along with everyone else who ever had the slightest bit of faith in us. This is only the beginning of something beautiful."

For more on Hold Close and what they have lined up, check out their social media down below!

Hold Close: Website // Facebook

Icarus The Owl Shares 'Dream Shade' & Announces Tour

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"Dream Shade" is the second single from Icarus The Owl's forthcoming album Rearm Circuits, set to be released December 1st, 2017 via Blue Swan Records. The band has also announced that they will be supporting Dance Gavin Dance on tour this December. The run kicks off on December 4th in Reno and wraps up on December 15th in Sacramento. 

Check out the track below!

On the new track, singer Joey Rubenstein shares: "This song is about the many forms that abuse can take. Despite it's destructive and malignant affects, we pass it off as normal everyday behavior. We focused on neglect and broken homes for the video."

For more on Icarus The Owl, check out their social media below, Rearm Circuits will be released on December 1st via Blue Swan Records. Pre-order bundles are available now at icarustheowl.com.

Icarus The Owl: Facebook

The Clydes Get In The Halloween Spirit With New Single

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"The Vampire of Hanover" is The Clydes Halloween contribution, and the third and final single off of their upcoming full-length, So The Story Goes, due out on October 20th via Mint Records.

Check it out below!

The song premiered on New Noise Magazine where the band shared, "Brian, our guitarist, likes to read about crime, and he came across an article in the New York Daily News about this guy, Fritz Haarmann. He was a German serial killer known as the Vampire of Hanover. He handed Brent, our lead singer, a tape of a song he was working on and showed him the article and said, 'Write about this.' Brent wrote the lyrics from the killer’s point of view. That became 'The Vampire Of Hanover,' the song. Brian feels it’s one of his best pieces of music he’s written. The rest of the album is more uplifting – songs about standing up for yourself and trying to find the best version of yourself. It’s our fifth recording overall and our second on Mint 400 Records. But we feel it’s by far our most complete work."

To keep up with the upcoming release as well as the other cool stuff The Clydes are up to, check out their social media below!

The Clydes: Facebook

New EP Announced From Glass House Along With Support Tour

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Glass House Point have officially announced the release of their upcoming EP, Midnight Appetite expected out on October 27, as well as a corresponding promotional tour. Set for early November, and aptly titled “The Midnight Appetite Tour,” the Florida indie rock band are certainly starting off the fall right!

“Our new music is, collectively, more thematic and focused than anything we’ve ever done. It’s us introducing what we have become and debuting ourselves on a bigger stage," says the band.

You can check out their tour schedule down below!

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House Point recently embarked on the “Think Fast; It’s Gone” Tour. Midnight Appetite will be available on all streaming platforms on October 27th. Otherwise, keep up with Glass House via their social media down below!

Glass House: Facebook // Website

New Music Video From Lionheart Out Now

California heavy hardcore band Lionheart are celebrating a new music video for their new single "Still Bitter Still Cold." The track comes from the band's upcoming album Welcome To The West Coast II and premiered with Kerrang! Magazine.

Check out the music video below!

"The song title and lyrics are a continuation/tie-in to some of our older material," says vocalist Rob Watson. "The mid-tempo groove is heavy, dark, and helps tell the story perfectly. This is one of our favorite tracks on the new album and one we really look forward to playing live."

Welcome To The West Coast II marks the band's return after they announced their departure last year. The title of the record is a continuation to one of their most acclaimed albums that brought forth a new era in California hardcore.

To keep up with Lionheart check out their social media below!

Lionheart: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Flounder Warehouse Shares 'What To Do'

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Philadelphia & NYC prog-pop band, Flounder Warehouse recently shared their debut music video for single, "What To Do." The Femme-Fronted band is an emotional, cathartic experience that all at once feels large and small.

Check out the video below!

With your main instruments being a piano, violin and percussion you're getting an earful that is reminiscent of a singer/songwriter genre on a larger scale. According to front-woman Seann, "This project was really personal for me. The song is based off a life experience. It’s from the point of view of a woman who is falling in love with someone, but she is hesitant to reveal her feelings to him. As she’s struggling with that decision though, she is unaware that there is no real possibility for a future between them: he’s leaving, to somewhere she can’t follow. By the last verse, she discovers his impending departure, and she is sort of left helpless, scrambling with her emotions. Hence, “What to do”."

The video is a clean, clear representation of that. The warm, light colors open up a sense of vulnerability that can be shared between listener and musician which I can definitely appreciate. To keep up with Flounder Warehouse check out their social media links below, you definitely don't want to miss this one!

Flounder Warehouse: Site // Spotify // Bandcamp // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Beshiba Anticipates New Album With New Single

Photography: Jacob Williamson

Photography: Jacob Williamson

South Carolina's very own, Beshiba, is celebrating the upcoming release of their sophomore EP, Worthless, by sharing the second single off of the November 4th release! The song, "F.E.L" features a guest spot from Garett Hood, the vocalist/drummer of Guerrilla Warfare.

Check out the track below streaming for free on Bandcamp!

According to Beshiba, "The basis of the song came from the chant, which is rooted from the perspective of being an outcast from society and refusing to conform to the standards of every day life to which the mainstream imposes on you. It's about being a dreamer and looking beyond every day life and those precedents & values which are forced on you, and using your anger as a driving force to push through all that to achieve & get what you want out of life. On the other hand, the other parts of the song reference suburban kids who had everything handed to them on a golden plate who never really experienced hardship or poor upbringing, but try to pretend like they know what struggle is."

esides the anticipation of Worthless, Beshiba also recently announced a November tour, we've provided dates below! In the meantime, the single is available for free download on our Bandcamp as well as on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, & Google Play!

To keep up with any new announcements that Beshiba will be putting out, check out their social media to never miss a moment!

Beshiba: Facebook // Instagram

GRIMM. Debuts New Music Video 'Summerset Station'

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A blend of hip-hop & alternative rock, GRIMM. brings out the best of both genres in their brand new single "Summerset Station," off of upcoming EP, spectrum. The new track also has an exclusive music video you can watch below!

The track is an upbeat, 21 Pilots-esque anthem that you definitely want to check out. If you're familiar with the genre blending techniques of Linkin Park, 21 Pilots, or even locally grown band Civil Youth, then you're definitely going to dig this. The video isn't what it seems, but maybe you should watch it for yourself to figure it out.

According to GRIMM., "After years of writing, managing and playing for bands, Adam found his own voice that would be the inspiration behind a new perspective in mainstream music. Being diagnosed with Autism at the age of 6, Adam had always been treated differently. Dealing with a mandatory separation from class into a resource room where Adam spent his time writing music and helping his classmates that functioned at a lower level. He used his musical ability to become more social and gain the confidence to become the performer he knows he will be. GRIMM. wants to be an inspiration to kids with Autism who feel their disability is stopping them from achieving their goals in life."

Good, new & exciting music for a good cause is definitely the type of stuff we like to get behind. GRIMM is going to push the limits on genre bending, and we look forward to what's to come in the near future!

Stay tuned later this month when GRIMM anticipates to release spectrum, and check out their social media to keep up with all updates!

GRIMM: Facebook // Instagram

'Float Around' Out Now Via Coldfront In Anticipation Of New Album

Canadian pop-punk band Coldfront recently shared their brand new single "Float Around"today via idobi Radio.

"Float Around" is the title track from the band's forthcoming album, which will be released on October 6th. It marks the band's debut full length on Equal Vision Records, and can be pre-ordered now.

Check out "Float Around" below!

On the new track, guitarist Chris Casarin shares: "' Float Around' is one of my favourite tracks on our new record and I think it really captures the new direction Coldfront is heading in. This song started as something completely different - it was a fast and chaotic song at first but with a little studio magic we made it into something special. 'Float Around' is a song about a shitty break up and and trying to hold on to something that will never work."

Keep up with Coldfront by checking out their social media down below!

Coldfront: Facebook

Archie Alone Releases "Motives"

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Since truly forming in early 2012, Archie Alone has been connecting with audiences with their impassioned blend of emo and post-hardcore. Comprised of Nicole Mesce (vox/guitar), Cindy Ward (vox/guitar), Tony Mastrolia (bass) and Pete Clark (drums), the band is now getting ready to release a new, 6-track, self-titled EP!

In anticipation for the new EP, Archie Alone has recently shared their brand new track, "Motives." You can check it out streaming below!

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Ward says “Motives,” the EP’s lead single, “is about trying to establish genuine relationships with others. Then becoming disappointed because most people are concerned with only getting what they want instead of reciprocating an altruistic friendship.”

Look for Archie Alone out September 30th via self-release and be sure to follow the band on any of their social channels detailed below.

To keep up with Archie Alone and their latest updates, check out their social media down below!

Archie Alone: Facebook

Moth Wings Shares 'Sleepy Eyes' Music Video

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Texas-based Moth Wings is an over the top rock band, ready to prove that they're more than just loud. They recently released their new single "Sleepy Eyes," a chilled out departure from their usual abrasive sound, accompanied by a stop motion music video. The track premiered with Idobi Radio and is from the new mixtape DragonFruit.

Check out the track & music video streaming below!

Frontman Spencer Fort says "When I went into 'DragonFruit' I spent a lot of time talking back and forth with myself. I remember asking myself 'Really? We're going to put the guitars down already?' And though it is not a permanent move by any means, it was still weird to start up a release with little to no guitar tracks. That's why we're treating it as a Mixtape more than an actual album, because I want the chance to express a side of myself that isn't masked so heavily in loud drums and distortion."

"This Mixtape is to be listened to more like a letter, from me to you," Fort continues. "I didn't clutter it up with noise and theatrics because I want people to be able to sit down and actually listen to what I'm saying, hopefully find a relation to it, or let it speak to them in a way that I haven't been able to previously. Some moments of 'DragonFruit' felt like an open nerve to record, and all I can ask is that someone understands it. This is my most honest work."

DragonFruit is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

For more on Moth Wings, check out their social media down below!

Moth Wings: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Brookelyn Rose Shares 'Promises' Music Video With Listeners

Off of her EP Does She Know, Brookelyn Rose storms in to steal the spotlight and your heart with a brand new track and music video!

Originally from Philadelphia, PA (we know that place) Brookelyn Rose has been hard at work in LA, California making sure her music gets heard. "Promises" is the second track after "Does She Know" from her EP, Does She Know.

Check out the video below!

With a mix of rock/pop and country/folk vibes, this little diddy is as heartfelt and fun loving as they come. You definitely don't want to miss out on Brookelyn Rose as she comes up in her own, unique, genuine way. 

To keep up with the songstress, check out her social media down below!

Brookelyn Rose: Instagram | Youtube | Soundcloud | Facebook

Blessing A Curse Release Brand New Music Video

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Orlando-based metalcore band Blessing A Curse has partnered with Idobi Radio for the premiere of their new music video, "Every Single Lie." The track comes from their latest album Satisfaction from the Vengeful, released on Smartpunk Records last year.

Check it out below!

Lead Guitarist Brandon Swanson says "It's a song written about the struggles and hardships of our day to day life, not just as musicians but as people. This song is for anyone who's been promised something that never came true and lost the will to keep fighting. We were all in a pretty dark place when this album was written, and I think this song especially reflects that."

The new album Satisfaction from the Vengeful was produced by Andrew Wade and the video for "Every Single Lie" was shot by Bryce Hall (The Summer Set, Wage War) at a live show in Florida.

For more on Blessing A Curse, check out their social media below!

Blessing A Curse: Facebook // Twitter //Instagram