Music

Rent Party's New Single 'Involved' Out Now

Philadelphia's own Skylyne Records are proud to support Maryland innovative rock band, Rent Party. The band is celebrating the release of their brand new single, "Involved," which you can check out streaming below!

The black and white video exudes a type of contagious confidence that makes "Involved" a must see and hear video.

The band is made up of lead singers, guitarists Finn Cohan and Ryan Conway as well as Michael Silverglade on bass and Jack Kessler on drums. Formed in 2016, the guys mashed together blues and alt-rock styles to create their unique sound. The band’s first demos were released on Soundcloud in the beginning of the year with new music being released throughout 2017!

To keep up with Rent Party, check out their social media below!

Rent Party: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Hopeless Records and Sub City Announce $10,000 APMAs Grant Program

Hopeless Records has partnered with Sub City for the first-ever Sub City APMAs Grant, an initiative to inspire people to get involved in their community by teaming up bands and fans with a charity who needs their great ideas! Entrants can present a number of opportunities in order to help their community through music.

From an after-school music program for at-risk kids to organizing a benefit concert and beyond that, Sub City looking for any ideas that can help improve the world with the power of music. Philly area native and this year’s Sub City grant ambassador Dan “Soupy” Campbell had this to say about the grant: "On tour recently, we've been talking with a lot of people who feel depressed and defeated by the state of the world. Now more than ever, it feels like we need to lean on each other. The world needs the positive impact that you're capable of creating. Your passion can be education, the environment, inclusivity, ending world hunger, access to clean water, helping animals, giving kids a place to go after school. It's almost limitless."

Ideas for the Sub City APMAs grant can be submitted through the Hopeless Records website. However, submissions are only open until June 15th. If you have an idea but are unsure about the next steps to take, Sub City is offering to pair entrants with a nonprofit that needs your help. The submission will be reviewed by a combined panel of industry partners and charity organizers, with the winner being announced at the 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards on July 17th.

"We are thrilled to be teaming up with Soupy from The Wonder Years and Alternative Press to award this first grant,'" says Louis Posen, president of Hopeless Records/Sub City. "This is our way to say, 'Here is money so you can take your great idea and take action to make the world a better place.' We recognize there are a lot of smart fans and bands with amazing ideas that are only missing funding to get off the ground or to get to the next level."

Hopeless Records: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram
Alternative Press: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Official Music Video from Dirty Machine Out Now!

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Dirty Machine (Zombie Shark Records), a Nu Metal group from Los Angeles, CA is celebrating the release of the official music video for their single, “Discord.” 

The title track off of their upcoming album (Available May 26th), “Discord” follows in the footsteps of Nu Metal pioneers such as Korn, Limp Bizkit and Mudvayne. The video was produced by Ron Thunderwood (video credits include Hollywood undead, Combichrist and Stitched Up Heart).

After headlining the Jagermeister Stage at the 2016 Kansas City Rockfest and earning regular airplay on Kansas City’s “98.9 The Rock,” the band has built a solid following in the underground scene and has shared the stage with such acts as Ghost, Sixx AM, Disturbed, Trivium, Hell Yeah, Alien Ant Farm, Otep, Metalachi and Orgy.

Stay tuned for the release of Discord on May 26th, and check out the new music video for the title track now!

DIRTY MACHINE: Website // Facebook // Twitter // YouTube

Islander Releases Music Video For "Casket"

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On May fourth, Islander released the fifth and final video from their most recent release, Power Under Control. The single, entitled “Casket,” is a hard-hitting but melodically brilliant tune. Frontman Mikey Carvajal says of the singe, “Lyrically, when I was writing “Casket,” I felt like I took a page out of the Johnny Cash playbook. I think the song speaks for itself, it's a jammer."

Recalling the evidently eventful video shoot, Carvajal recalls, “We actually shot this video on NASA's property in Florida. We were riding to a show with the director, Nathan Mowery, and saw a spot that looked good to dig some graves down a gravel road. Once a NASA helicopter started hovering right above us, it was pretty apparent that we probably should have picked another spot. Thankfully, we were already done shooting. Also, we didn't find any aliens, sadly."

Check out Islanders brand new video for “Casket” and catch them on tour with Bad Seed Rising and The Funeral Portrait June 7th through 13th, or with Korn, Stone Sour and Baby Metal June 15th through the 28th.

ISLANDER ON TOUR:
Headlining tour with Bad Seed Rising and The Funeral Portrait:
6/7 - Cincinnati, OH @ Mad Frog
6/8 - Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
6/9 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge
6/10 - Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
6/12 - Colorado Springs @ The Black Sheep
6/13 - Denver, CO @ Moon Room

Summer Of Serenity with Korn, Stone Sour, Baby Metal:
6/15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
6/18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
6/20 - Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheater
6/21 - Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
6/22 - Mt. View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
6/24 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre (KISW Pain in the Grass)
6/25 - Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center
6/26 - Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Wellness Complex Amphitheatre
6/28 - Redding, CA @ Civic Auditorium

For more on Islander, check out their social media below!

ISLANDER: Facebook // Twitter // YouTube

Former Coliseum Frontman Re-emerges With Fotocrime

More than a decade after the 2003 formation of Coliseum, frontman Ryan Patterson is now resurfacing with post-punk outfit Fotocrime. Under the pseudonym R. Pattern, he and longtime collaborator J. Robbins have crafted Fotocrime’s new EP Always Hell at Robbins’ Magpie Cage Studio.

The title track is streamable now, and the full release will be available on May 12th, 2017.

Featuring guitar tones that will be familiar to longtime fans of his, R. Pattern introduces analog synths, drum machines and darker-than-ever lyrics to Fotocrime that set the project apart from his former musical endeavors. Drawing inspiration from cloak-and-dagger crime fiction, dark Rockabilly crooners and Technicolor melodrama, Patterns new music excites the listener with a sense of Cold War paranoia, modern-day malaise and smoky noir.

Stay tuned for more information regarding the release of Always Hell.

Fotocrime: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Up-and-Comer Alli Walker Has her 'Head In The Clouds'

Based in Toronto, EDM-pop singer-songwriter Alli Walker is stepping onto the music scene with her debut single, “Head In the Clouds.”

Check it out below!

Alli describes her music as “a fun, EDM-fused, pop sound with the musicality of funk and R&B,” and “Head In The Clouds” delivers just that. Alli says it took her a while to find her footing as an artist, but once she “stopped trying to fit in a mold and write songs that fit on the radio, that’s when I was able to find who I wanted to be as an artist and just write catchy songs about things I wanted to write about.”

Walker came up with the idea for “Head In The Clouds” when she was in the car, following the pattern of many other great artists and songs. Alli claims it’s one of her favorite songs “for it’s funky, outside-the-box, catchy, make-you-wanna-dance feel,” and it encompasses everything she was aiming for in a funky dance beat. Walker is looking to turn her music into a collaborative project with a team of people who think similarly to the way she does. She wants to make music people love listening to, and she certainly starts off on the right foot with “Head In The Clouds.”

Give it a listen, and keep an eye out for Alli Walker in the future, and check out her social media down below!

Alli Walker: Website // Facebook // Instagram

Exclusive Premiere: Secret Nudist Friends Share 'Met You At That Show' With The Hook

Photography:  Jeanette D. Moses

Photography: Jeanette D. Moses

Straight out of the Philadelphia scene, Secret Nudist Friends have been making waves with their good vibes and good music. The garage/post-punk/surf trio is excited to premiere their newest track, "Met You At That Show," here at The Hook!

Based in Philadelphia, with strong roots in the Brooklyn and Philly scenes, Secret Nudist Friends was originally, the Brooklyn based bedroom project of Edward Krosney of The Fancy Balloons. Krosney teamed up with former bandmate Matthew Klauser to bring the project to the live stage, and thus the band went on to feature several lineups until they met Brian Hullihen, who brought new life and collaboration to the project. Recently, Krosney has passed the project over to the loving hands of Klauser and Hullihen who make up the new trio with bass player Andy Slepman.

SNF states that they "draws its sound from the psych rock roots of the 60s, such bands as the Zombies, Beach Boys, and Beatles, as much as current garage and psych groups such as Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Thee Oh Sees." The band has released several singles, an EP, and are working to release a full length in 2017. (Woohoo, that's this year)

Check out this exclusive premiere below!

The smooth track is an exciting establishment in a series of upcoming events for SNF, including a release show on March 6th at the Tralfamadore, which kicks off a month long SXSW tour! "Met You At That Show" vibes so hard as spring approaches, and relives that fateful experience of meeting someone at a show (do you know that experience, we do).

The track was written and performed by Secret Nudist Friends, with Matty Klauser -(vocals), guitar, Brian Hullihen (drums), and Andy Slepman (Bass). And in the usual DIY fashion, the single was recorded January-February 2017 at Tralfamadore in South Philly!

If you're stoked on Secret Nudist Friends (like we are), then you should check out their upcoming tour dates, and then check out their social media to keep up on all things SNF!

Secret Nudist Friends: Facebook // Bandcamp

Emma Ruth Rundle & Jaye Jayle Announce Split

Due out Friday, February 24th, Sargent House is pleased to announce the release of The Time Between Us - a split between the alternative label's very own Emma Ruth Rundle and Jaye Jayle. The split album contains three previously unreleased tracks from each artist - and given the label's reputation, it is bound to excite listeners and/or fans of the two artists (hiyo).

The Time Between Us will serve as an interesting listen given the two artists' respective, nearly conflicting genres. On one hand, you have the sad, alternative, acoustic-ish/indie-ish vibes of Emma while on the other, you have the blues-y and southern drawl of Mr. Jayle. With this in mind, listeners are granted the ability to get sad in two different ways! Wow. How nice of Sargent House to give you options in succumbing to your depression and shirking all responsibility.

The Time Between Us track listing:

- "The Distance" (ERR)

- "To Fold in England (Hours)" (ERR)

- "Hand of God (Acoustic)" (ERR)

- "About Time You Came To Me" (JJ)

- "Unnecessarily" (JJ)

- "Hope Faith County" (JJ)

The split is also coming out to promote a dual, European tour between the two artists...the dates can be found below:

Apr 20 Lisbon, PT @ Sabotage *

Apr 21 Porto, PT @ Understage / Rivoli *

Apr 22 Villa Real, PT @ Club de Villa Real *

Apr 23 Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival

Apr 24 Utretcht, NL @ Tivoli

Apr 25 Liege, BE @ Reflektor

Apr 26 London, UK @ The Lexington 

Apr 28 Leeuwarden, NL @ Asteriks 

Apr 29 Paris, FR @ OTB Fest Nights 

Apr 30 Den Haag, NL @ Paard

May 02 Munich, DE @ Ampere

May 03 Nuremberg, DE @ Club Stereo

May 04 Munster, DE @ Gleis 22

May 05 Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree

May 06 Copenhagen, DK @ A Colossal Weekend *

May 07 Hamburg, DE @ Prinzenbar *

May 09 Malmo, SE @ Plan B *

May 10 Stockholm, SE @ Kraken Stockholm *

* Only Emma Ruth Rundle 

Otherwise, keep up with the artists on:

Emma Ruth Rundle - Official Website//Facebook//Twitter//Instagram//Bandcamp

Jaye Jayle - Facebook//Twitter//Instagram//Bandcamp

WVM Shares Dynamic New Single With Listeners

Echoing both classic synth-pop masters Depeche Mode and New Order as well as the more modernized sounds of Daft Punk and The Chromatics, the Christoffer Berg (The Knife, Fever Ray), electronic musician, visual artist, and multi-instrumentalist WVM has released his Electronic Pop single "Sown." 

Check out "Sown" below!

"Sown" gets a lot of its inspiration from 80s Bowie and Peter Gabriel with a lot of early Prince.... but mostly it's just the music I want to hear, a lot of my heart and soul went into it which is why it really doesn't sound like any other artist other than me," says WVM of the single!

The single premiered on Huffington Post, and is a catchy tune for sure! For more on "Sown" or on WVM, check out their social media down below!

WVM: Official // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Four Star Riot Share New Song

To start the holiday weekend, Four Star Riot made sure to tease fans with a brand new single, "Beautiful Soul." The track is available on Spotify & Apple, but you can check out a stream of "Beautiful Soul" below via Bandcamp!

The song, a longtime staple in the band's live show, was recorded and produced last month by Steve Connelly at Zen Recording. Lyrically, it's about inner-beauty and strength, and the power to overcome sadness; a topic that is fitting for the month of January, when depression affects so many people! Musically it pulses and drives, showcasing a tight four-piece power pop unit with a track that's built around guitar, bass and drums.

This is a really nice, smooth track that makes us excited for what Four Star Riot has coming up in their future - and also nicely highlights their 2016 release of Waves back in September!

For more on Four Star Riot, and their running start to 2017, check out their social media links below!

Four Star Riot: Facebook // Website // Instagram 
 

Farewell For Now Puts Out "Merry Christmas, I Miss You" And It's Not To Be Missed

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Syracuse-based acoustic act Farewell For Now has released his debut single "Merry Christmas, I Miss You" just in time to tug at your holiday heartstrings. The creative force behind the project, singer/songwriter Matheus Amado, says the song was inspired after someone unexpectedly came back into his life!

You can check out a stream of "Merry Christmas, I Miss You," down below!

It’s kind of a long lost song,” says Amado. “The idea is centered around the idea that you loved someone long ago and that person comes back into your life as a completely different person.

For more on Farewell For Now, or "Merry Christmas, I Miss You," check out the social media links below!

Farewell For Now: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bandcamp

Four Star Riot Drop Dual Music Vids

Finally a band that makes you give a thumbs up to your screen. It sounds like the Tampa Florida indie group is still high off their single being featured in the new Deadpool movie, and are riding that energy on their newly released album Waves (Sept 2nd). Of the two songs, the one destined to stick in your head is Empty Space. The bass riff sounds like something that Flea from RHCP would come up with on an off day. You can most certainly hear David Bowie’s Fame as the primary influence in the song, so they lose points on originality. However, the music video looks like a schoolhouse rock cartoon on acid so I guess they make up for it there. It’s good to hear a band that doesn’t need to fill each empty space in a song with a noisy cymbal crash or distorted guitar dross. They pull off a clean, funky sound in this track and it’s a refreshing return back to some basic groove lines that seem match perfectly to the pace of your morning walk to work.

The next song, So far, is really just a 90’s ballad, but because it was released this year and not 1994, I guess it’s acceptable for some. They could’ve put this track on the NOW  5 CD and no  one would know the difference.  This one has a seemingly poignant message,  talking about feeling distant from someone and not knowing why you can’t ever get closer. But it just doesn’t sound as deep as it should.

Waves on Spotify .

Connect on their website here

Both of these tracks deserve a listen and we're eager to see some new videos!

Will Wood & The Tapeworms Connects With The Hook

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After the recent release of their latest album, Self-ish, Will Wood & The Tapeworms has taken the time to connect with readers of The Hook!

Check out what Will Wood had to say about his first show, or his last show, or maybe all of those shows in between. A handful of experiences you definitely don't want to miss!

Vomit.
     Suck down a cigarette and toss it down a gutter on Bleecker Street. Splash some water on my face in the water closet at Vivaldi. Five-dollar flask of Evan Williams on the corner where they don’t check ID and down it in four swilling gulps before oozing down the sidewalk to suck down a cigarette on the corner of 9th and Ave. A. Bacardi Gold in the pocket of my tzatziki-stained $800 Loro Piana trenchcoat to hold up my sleeve between opportunities to discreetly spill a few drops into a black coffee from Au Bon Pain on College Avenue. Don’t look both ways before crossing the street to roll on up to the hookah bar on George. Learn to freestyle rap from a large redhead who called himself Johnny Fresh up at Matelson Hall. Two tabs of a research chemical only known as 25i-NBOMe under my tongue at the Relay for Life in a North Jersey Suburb. Bile, sick, coughing, wheezing, heart palpitations and a faint occasional reminder that I need to change my face and get out of this town before they tar and feather my Borderliner ass and send me out with my keyboard strapped to my back on an NJTransit back to wherever I came from.
What was my first show like? I’d like to know myself. I don’t think I’m capable of reaching back into the cloudy ether of my memory and fishing out something I’m certain of. I have scraps of things to look back on, but the order and the significance are all twisted and knotted and tangled like matted hair on a sweaty pillow. Like lofty thoughts on an acid peak. I sort of emerged around 2013 or so, I think, although I had been on stage as a musician before then. Under various names and disguises and personas who all requested unique attention from me and gave nothing back in return. Nothing but vaguely haunted blackout shards of evening mania and what I fear may be permanent damage to my internal organs. There’s no Dewey Decimal System in my head to keep track of these haphazardly-arranged memories. Scratched DVDS and unwound video tapes on crooked bookshelves in the attic of my head – I can pull out overexposed polaroids and maybe tell you which one in the photo is me, but to pick a single evening out of the haze and say “yes, that’s it, that’s the one!” is like asking a toddler his earliest memory. He’ll probably babble about his time spent as a dinosaur in a past life, and new age freaks will make youtube comments about indigo children and the dawning of the age of Aquarius.
 Maybe my first show was that night at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village. I was 18 years old and a fresh dropout from Binghamton University, singing about LSD in front of my friends and family. The response was mixed. Maybe it was the night I got drunk on the curb with the Rabbi I met at the Sidewalk Café, or got drunk with the schizophrenic outside the Pyramid Club who told me that the government had repossessed his mansion because of something he had in his intestines- he had good weed. Or in the basement of the Poetry Club soaked in face paint, boxed wine and strange men’s saliva. Or the night I discovered that fascinating gay bar with the red walls and pornographic videos showing behind the bar, doing bumps of cocaine off a stranger’s house keys. And what about that night spent on the bench with the wailing obese man covered in mud who cackled like a maniac at every word I said but let me drink long island iced tea of an old milk carton he had on his lap? Or was it the night I asked out the goth girl with the skull candy headphones, not knowing it would lead to years of emotional turmoil, heartbreak and nonsense?
 I’ve been playing shows for a long time. I suppose since High School. For some musicians, there may be a landmark by which they knew they were getting their start. An event etched into their mind that they look back on fondly, or maybe embarrassedly, and say “that was my first time.” I don’t have that. I’m missing huge chunks of my life and I’m still sitting on the curb picking up my molars and putting them back in my face. Will Wood and the Tapeworms has existed since before there was even a band I could call Will Wood and the Tapeworms. Will Wood came somewhat before that, but I’m not sure when. There were other personas and other iterations and countless utter failures to launch, but with the way I scrambled my brain, I can only tell you that I don’t remember my first show. Just lots and lots of last shows.

-Will Wood

For more on Will Wood & The Tapeworms, or what they're up to, check out their social media links below!

Will Wood and the Tapeworms: Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

New Single out from PUBLIC

Like a cleaned up version of surf rock, Public releases their latest single "Perfect". Sounding like a band opening for 311, the simple lyrics and beach club riffs make this song ideal for freshman move in day or perhaps the playlist in your favorite chain burrito restaurant. It comes off as a “feel good jam” with a cleaned reggae theme begging you to turn up the bass on that new stereo your parents bought you.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, this song actually does have an admirable message: Paying tribute to the problems of low self-esteem in a woman’s image. Singer John Vaughn croons to his girlfriend(s) that they’re perfect to him, no matter what, just the way they, no matter the shape and size. Its a tribute done a bit generically, but nevertheless goes against the beauty standards we accept via the Kardashian-esque Instagram pages.
 

 
When listening to a theme that’s been beaten into submission over the past few years, you cant help but roll your eyes at his breathy voice as he assures her she doesn’t have to worry about looking perfect because (Yup, you guessed it!) she’s already perfect to him. Just because they incorporate a popular theme doesn’t make them memorable. The track is worth a listen, and the quaffed-haired trio may eventually find originality, but don’t expect to hear from this band anytime soon.
 
This song is one of three singles they will release before debuting their winter LP. 

For more on PUBLIC, check out their social media below!

PUBLIC: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

The Danger Of Falling Streams New EP

West Virginia’s The Danger of Falling have released their debut EP available for streaming!

The five track EP entitled Hope/Well is released via Imminence Records. The band hopes to become real contenders in the Hardcore Christian scene with this new record.

One of the group’s main influences is the teachings and themes of Christianity. The band is trying their best to live through God with the music they make together, something certainly admirable. After releasing a demo in 2014, the band gained a following by going back to the basics: playing shows. In the spring of 2015 they released a two song single getting the attention of Imminence Records. Since January of this year they have been working on the EP they are now ready to show the world. 

According to Vocalist Lucas Smith, “We are exceptionally happy with the outcome of the new material and fully believe in every note and every line. Thank you for all the love you've given us!” The release includes the single “Myself/Alone” which is a killer track. With the help of the internet and social media, the group was able to get fans outside of their humble hometown of Morganstown, WV. 

Check it out below with links to their social media and streaming sites! Enjoy! 

The Danger Of Falling: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp

Glenn Matthews Premieres "On Repeat"

In preparation for an upcoming September album release, Philadelphia native band Glenn Matthews has been sharing tracks with listeners over the past few months - and we're itching in anticipation.

Today, Glenn Matthews shared their most recent single, "On Repeat." The track joins the ranks along with "Scab Over," which had been released on July 24th. Both tracks express a somber quietude that echoes thanks to the baritone guitar's featured sound - a marked trait of Glenn Matthews as they've grown.

You can check out "On Repeat" streaming on youtube below, and "Scab Over" right here!

The indie rock band is from Philadelphia, PA - a staple since their formation in 2009. Originally created as an acoustic project, Glenn Matthews (aka Kenny Miller) has developed into a full band! Glenn Matthews released their debut EP, The Kitchen Fire of '97, in late 2015. They then released of a six song acoustic EP, two coins add up to thirty cents (tour tape), which was followed by a week long tour through the northeast and Canada. The acoustic EP is where "On Repeat" and "Scab Over" come from!

The great news is that if you really dig these singles, then on September 30th, Glenn Matthews are preparing to release their first full length album, Maintenance, with the help of Family Fabric Wreckords

Check back on The Hook for more info, and here's hoping for a few more songs off of Maintenance to really get us going for the release on the 30th! For more on Glenn Matthews, check out the links below!

Glenn Matthews: Facebook // Bandcamp

VARNA Share "Living A Lie"

Photography: Chad Michael Ward

Photography: Chad Michael Ward

Female-fronted, hard rock group, VARNA, have recently shared their latest single, "Living A Lie."

"Living A Lie" premiered over at Revolver! Led by vocalist Tiana Woods, VARNA has received praise from The Los Angeles Music Awards, The North American Independent Rock Awards and The Barebones Entertainment Awards for their DIY hard rock sound. 

Check out the music video below!

The three-piece have built a fanbase across the globe since their 2013 debut EP, This Time, It’s Personal, which pulled opportunities to share the stage with prominent acts like Drowning Pool, Act of Defiance and Screaming For Silence Armored!

For more on VARNA, check out their social media below!

VARNA: Website

Oathbreaker Announce Album & Stream New Song

Belgium's own emotional metal assault Oathbreaker recently announced their latest album Rheia, unveiling the album artwork, pre-order packages, and a brand-new single "Needles In Your Skin." 

While the album won't be put out by label Deathwish, Inc. until September 30th, the single can be listened to below. 

The urgently emotive piece builds quickly from a haunting reverie to a frantic crescendo. Caro Tanghe's vocals lilt in weakness and then shred into ruinously wondrous screams, leaving every hair on the back of your neck standing in attention. All in all, this taste leaves one craving more, and hopefully the album will deliver in spades. 

Oathbreaker, Rheia track listing:
1.  10:56
2.  Second Son of R.
3.  Being Able to Feel Nothing
4.  Stay Here / Accroche-Moi
5.  Needles In Your Skin
6.  Immortals
7.  I’m Sorry, This Is
8.  Where I Live
9.  Where I Leave
0.  Begeerte




The band will also be embarking on tour around the time of their album release. They will be joining the likes of Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, Gatecreeper, and others on the road throughout North America. Check the dates below.

Keep up with Oathbreaker's latest endeavors online, through Facebook or Twitter, and definitely catch them if/when they come through your area! As always, stay tuned for more epic metal feels!

Oathbreaker: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Pop Singer Josh Bailey Releases Track

Rising New York City pop singer, Josh Bailey, unleashed his new single, “Baby No.”
Produced by L Williams, the instrumental crosses between dubstep, hip-hop and R&B with its percussive, slow, smooth reverberations. Beneath Bailey’s synthetic voice, it creates a brand new, never before heard sound. In a way, Bailey is every legendary pop artist in one, and because of some of his stylistic choices, it isn’t difficult to infer where he gets some of his inspiration from. He often begins verses with stout crescendos like Prince does in “The Beautiful Ones” and waves a “no no” around like Michael Jackson does in “Dirty Diana.

Dissecting his appearance, he presents himself like a 80’s artist. Bringing the delicate but firm male presence back to alternative pop music with his sleek up-do and look away pose, his face radiating in the lighting scheme.

Bailey has spent years posing for pictures. He ventured into modeling at age 14, around the time he concurred that he decided music was important to him and a career that he wanted to pursue. At age 15, he developed his voice and performance skills in community theater classes for three years. Because of that preparation, he was able to write and record original music including his track “Sugar,” released in 2015.

Currently, Bailey is constructing a free experimental R&B Ep, due for release this summer and will feature “Baby No.”

Follow Josh Bailey online with the links below!

Josh Bailey: Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Street Sects Make Announcement & Release Single

For those of you who haven't been informed of the existence of Street Sects, the filthy and ferocious noise-punk duo that bubbled up from the darkest depths of the Austin, TX, music scene... now you have. 

Recently, this band announced not only their signing to experimental label The Flenser, but the imminent drop of their label debut as well. The album, titled End Position, is set for a September 16th release date. The album is reportedly a meditation on suicide fantasy, both the means and the cause. Based on their prior releases, their misanthropic sound will cater well to such a subject matter.

End Position Track listing:
1.  And I Grew Into Ribbons
2.  Copper In The Slots

3.  In Defense of Resentment
4.  Featherweight Hate
5.  Our Lesions
6.  Victims of Nostalgia
7.  Black Din
8.  Feigning Familiarity
9.  Collared, Kept
10.  If This Is What Passes For Living





In the meantime, the band dropped a particularly chaotic bread crumb titled "And I Grew Into Ribbons". It is less of a song and more of an aural representation of a drugged-up joy ride through all nine rings of Hell over the course of three minutes and fourteen seconds. I mean this in the most endearing way possible, for the marriage of Leo Ashline's unhinged vocal delivery and Shaun Ringsmuth's gritty, gutter-scrapingly gnarly production is truly spectacular. Hear the single below.

The band is playing shows in their immediate area, but it does not look like they have any immediate plans to tour.

Regardless, be sure to follow them if you are excited so you can stay up-to-date and possibly cop some fine pre-order goodies in the process. Also, check out their Bandcamp, as their earlier releases are insanely addictive as well. As always, stay tuned for more frenetic south-western frenzy!

Street Sects: Facebook // Bandcamp