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A Day Without Love Celebrates New Music Video & Touring

Matthew with The Hook (duh) here again to bring you just what you’ve been missing! Reviews of some of your favorite artists, past present and forever. I’m back today with an all too familiar face! Philadelphia favorite & DIY legend, A Day Without Love.

If you need a refresher, the man behind the guitar is Philly artist Brian Walker. He’s back doing what he does best: making you feel things deep down, sharing wisdom, and making real good sounds. This time in music video form! That’s right, this music video celebrates the recently concluded “The Rise Above Tour” which spanned 10 different cities in just 9 days! A Day Without Love spent time in each respective city, visiting friends, making new friends and eating really good food. Now, if you think that’s impressive just wait until we get into the song and video aptly titled: “Good Friends Are Hard to Find.”

Check out the music video down below!

As someone who knows a thing or two about long-distance relationships and the connections we make along the way in this journey of living, I’m really into this music video! Factoring in the stupendous guitar playing and great editing, this video is everything you could want and more! Heartfelt and touching songwriting? Check! A gorgeous guitar patterning, harmonized with just the right touch of back-up vocals? Double check! I don’t want to give away too much of the magic here, because this is a moment you need to have fresh in your mind (by clicking on the above video streaming). If this doesn’t leave you appreciating everyone that has ever left an imprint on your heart, then I recommend listening harder because you’re missing it.

What A Day Without Love and Brian are promoting is a message we here at The Hook find very important and sadly remains often unrecognized. Don’t think for one second that we won’t continue to support A Day Without Love, good vibes, making new friends, and (per usual) enjoying really good music.

Moving forward, we can’t wait to see what’s next on the horizon for one of our favorite musicians! 


A Day Without Love: Facebook // Spotify // Main Website // Twitter // Instagram

The Hook Launches: What Music Means To Me

Photographer: Rich Sanders

Photographer: Rich Sanders

We have spent a lot of time writing about music. Three years of our time, in fact, just writing about our friends, peers, colleagues, faceless emailers. We’ve loved every moment of it, but what does this all mean? We made it out of our terrible two’s, and we spent a lot of time refocusing our agenda on what’s important to us here at The Hook Journal.

Community is one of the biggest driving forces that we, as people who enjoy music, play music, make music, listen to music, archive music, would agree upon, right? What makes music this experience for all of us, no matter where we are in relation to it? Whether it’s behind a microphone, behind a camera, through headphones, in a packed basement in South Philly, a coffee bar in New Hampshire, an abandoned Warehouse in South Carolina, music gives us something to hold onto - so, we decided to ask about it.

What Music Means To Me is our forthcoming project that has been carefully asked of contributors all over the United States. The contributors are unique music creators, enjoyers, opinion havers, & art makers who identify all in different, creative & unique ways - ways that make them just them.

Music is one of the oldest art forms, and has been a constant source of power, of courage, of enlightment, of togetherness, of vulnerability - and we hope this project shows that. What Music Means To Me can be as abstract or as literal as human beings allow it, it can be in the form of words, of song, of art, of understanding and silence. We hope to create community by giving a platform to people, by giving the opportunity for others to feel understood, to give and receive empathy, to promote local music, and most of all to be meaningful humans.

Over the course of the next month and a half, beginning on April 10th, a new contributor’s story will post in the morning hours, and we hope that you read these stories, share these stories, take in these moments and apply them to What Music Means To You - and then let us know what you think, tell us your biggest fears, your highest moments, how to be better, who to listen to. What we want most of all from this project is a sense that people are heard, and this is a community that cares for every person, no matter how small or large their part - so, come be part of it with us!

Love,
The Hook Journal & Emily Famularo

Hannah Lorimer Celebrates Debut Single, 'Alive'

Photographer: Courtney Kehr

Photographer: Courtney Kehr

After tireless hard work & dedication, we are excited to announce the celebration of a debut release from Philadelphia’s own, Hannah Lorimer.

The Illinois native has been creating, performing and supporting local music & artists since 2013 here in Philadelphia - and has now, finally, put out her debut single, “Alive.” The track is sweet, sultry, and romantic in all ways that we’ve all always known & loved with Lorimer’s music. The singer & songwriter has really crafted something special & unique, which can be a feat in itself: a track that shows off Lorimer’s distinct sound.

Check it out below!

“Alive” is upbeat, but remains grounded in gentle lyricism, and the powerhouse that is Lorimer’s voice. There isn’t a single moment in the song where you’re questioning where Lorimer is bringing you. It feels confident, fluid & matured, as if Hannah herself knows that the content she is putting out is content that needs to be heard - and so, we hear it.

The 5-minute long track is what we hope is the first of many, whether that be more singles, or even a full album. Either way, Hannah Lorimer is always gigging here in Philadelphia, and we’ve included her social media down below so you never miss a beat!

Hannah Lorimer: Facebook // iTunes // Spotify // Instagram

Music Video Follows For Port Lucian Fans

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Back in November we covered Port Lucian’s first single, “Lucid Dreaming II,” a dreamy, love song for those romantic at heart. The recent Philadelphia transplant is making sure to pick up the pace as they debut the accompanying music video for “Lucid Dreaming II.”

The music video is just as soft as the track itself. A collection of retro images and graphics that stand idly by, being experienced. Enjoy it for yourself down below, debuting today!

The track: a layered collective of vocals & instrumentals lends itself perfectly to layered, tapered images of calm, and longing. Port Lucian has already proven the gravity of their emotions, as well as ours - and we’re ready for more. What’s to expect in the New Year for this newfound favorite!

To follow along with us on Port Lucian’s remarkable journey, check out their social media down below!

Port Lucian: Website

ASL Music Video Is Latest From With Confidence

Bands continue to take in the important of inclusivity as they move forward, and With Confidence has always been one step ahead.

"Moving Boxes," the third single from their recent album Love and Loathing, the band's second full length, out on Hopeless Records, was their pet project for this American Sign Language Friendly music video. The band worked with an ASL interpreter to create a really special video for fans to experience the song in a different, more inclusive way.

Check it out below!

A few months ago, With Confidence shared the original music video for "Moving Boxes,"and in June released "That Something".

"Moving Boxes" was written by guitarist Inigo Del Carmen, who said, "I think it's important for media/art to be accessible to everyone. Our goal is to create music for everyone to enjoy and lyrics that everyone has the opportunity to relate to. By doing a video in ASL, we can further immerse our fans who are hearing impaired and create an even bigger platform for some of the topics, such as mental health, that our music touches on. My best friend is hearing impaired and this is something we've talked about doing for awhile and now we've actually done it! Big thanks to Raquel for being an amazing teacher and helping us learn some ASL!”

To never miss a moment of what With Confidence are up to, check out their social media links down below!

With Confidence: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Flounder Warehouse Shares 'Better Now' Music Video

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An ode to the freedom of life & love & music is Flounder Warehouses most recent endeavor with their music video, “Better Now.”

The fun loving band has a fun loving track, one that takes on the challenges of happiness, of pursuing something you love no matter what - and we can’t stop listening. The jazz infused pop track is an effortless listen which makes it easy to add to any playlist you’ve got going right now.

Check out the fiery tune devoted to life itself down below!

About the track, the band said, “This video is completely absurd --- a series of scenes in which I have the time of my life while doing silly things. At one point I dance with an enormous rubber ducky on the beach. It was really fun. The project came together when I was talking to my brother, Alex, on the phone and he said, "Let's do another music video." I had no idea about what, and I hadn't written a song in a year. So the prompt he gave me was: "Write a summer song that doesn't use the word 'just.'"

Turns out, I use "just" a lot in my songs. So that part was challenging. The rest was natural. It's the second video I've collaborated on with my brother, who is the videographer and director -- it's really special bringing our passions together into these projects. After watching this video, I hope people feel inspired to be themselves, spread good vibes always, and choose to live out their dreams no matter what.”

We feel pretty good, what about you? Check out the music video & spread some love with Flounder Warehouse! We’ve got their social media links down below!

Flounder Warehouse: Facebook

The Catharsis of Bleeder & The Single Series

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The comeback stories of all comebacks, Bleeder is fluent in catharsis - and they’re using their new single series to highlight it.

After being born with hemophilia & then medically infected by HIV & Hepatitis C at age 10 - Shelby Smoak has a lot to talk about. After almost dying at 24 when the HIV had become AIDs, Shelby survived & wrote a book, but he wasn’t done there. Creating Bleeder meant creating another way to feel, and Bleeder has a lot to give.

Their most recent single, “Rose In The Rain” is the first of many from their new Single Series. Check out the music video down below to get a taste of this smooth folk rock vibe!

“Rose In The Rain” is an emotional slow down, allowing you into Bleeder’s frame of mind. An easy listen, the song is reminiscent of rock & folk. You can check out the track on Bleeder’s bandcamp, but otherwise you’ll definitely want to stay tuned as the Single Series begin to ramp up over the next few weeks!

Check out Bleeder’s social media down below to never miss a beat!

Bleeder: Website // Facebook

FYKE Shares New Music Video

FYKE have been making huge gains as one of Universal Music Groups International Acts - and recently are celebrating the release of their music video for the single, “Till The End.” The track, much like others from FYKE, radiate a message highlighting social issues & positivity.

Comprised of Enik Lin, Steven Delman, Justin Wright, Mikee Fabella, and Gerard Christian, the band released their debut single "Favorite Mistake" in early 2017. Front man, Enik Lin, has produced/recorded and mixed all of the bands music with the support of Gene Gimaldi at Oasis Mastering.

Check out the music video for “Till The End” below!

Enik elaborates on the song, "'Till The End" is a song about dealing with anxiety and panic attacks. Anxiety disorders are estimated to affect 30 percent of adults (age 18-54) in America alone. almost half of that percentage is unreported due to misdiagnosis, people that choose not to seek help, and people that don't even know that they are currently suffering from an anxiety disorder. We wanted to write a song that brought attention to the symptoms of living with anxiety and the constant feeling of wanting to find a way to escape its grasp.”

To keep up to date with what FYKE has going on, including positivity & social awareness, make sure you’re checking out their social media down below!

FYKE: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

"Didn't Ask For A Dime" From Goodnight/Goodluck Out Now

Philadelphia's own Goodnight/Goodluck are celebrating the second release off their upcoming EP - missing, is expected out on May 12th. In the meantime, fans can enjoy and appreciate their latest release off of the EP, "Didn't Ask For A Dime."

A self-recorded four-track demo was released in April 2017, and picked up the very next day and favorably reviewed by WXPN's The Key. Buoyed by the positive reception and a string of well-received live performances, the band recorded their debut EP the following winter with Joe Reinhart (Hop Along/Algernon Cadwallader) at The Headroom in Philadelphia. goodnight/goodluck is Sarah Puleo, Eric Zrinsky, Ed Taylor, Jayson Verdibello, and Alex Brown, together they create a sound that is electric, fun and feel good.

Check out the track streaming below!

The track is a folksy, easy going and mixes an interesting set of voices and sounds together to create a catchy fusion. missing is being released on May 12th - the release show is at Boot & Saddle with openers Secret Americans and WAX WAV. With "Didn't Ask For A Dime" boasting itself over a month in advance for listeners, goodnight/goodluck have given fans and listeners plenty of time to hype themselves up for the release!

We sure as heck couldn't be more excited to see, and hear, what is to come. Check out their social media down below to follow goodnight/goodluck on their journey!

Goodnight/Goodluck: Spotify // Facebook // Instagram // Bandcamp

Exclusive Premiere: War Twins Share New Single "American Kids"

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LA Natives and iconic two piece War Twins are up to bat with their fiery new single, "American Kids." After touring non-stop and calling their van home for the last 5 years, the duo partnered with the famously innovative producer, Sylvia Massy (Tom Petty, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers),  Massy was able to capture and accentuate the combination of raw emotion and radiant energy of several of War Twins songs in a quick week of recording.

We've got this hot new single streaming below via Spotify!

After having spent the last few weeks touring the Northeast, including our home city of Philadelphia just yesterday, War Twins should be celebrating this release by relaxing and enjoying their hard work!

Definitely check out the single streaming on Spotify, and checkout War Twins social media down below to keep up with everything they've got going on!

War Twins: Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

BLOOMER's Latest Release 'Last Star' Sure To Catch Your Ear

Photography: Marie Machin

Photography: Marie Machin

BLOOMER have been killin' it in Baltimore since 2012, and now they're making some noise with their latest release, "Last Star." The track is a pure rock jam that'll definitely get you pumped up and into BLOOMER (if you aren't already, why aren't you).

With a release two weeks ago, BLOOMER are riding the high of a brand new track - and we are too. Down below we've got "Last Star" streaming for you to check out, so let us know what you think!

Let BLOOMER know what you think as well!

The track is a hard hitting, poignant sound that is easy to listen to, but also fun. BLOOMER definitey have something with this track, and we're looking forward to what they've got coming up next!

Until then, check out BLOOMER's social media links down below to never miss an update!

BLOOMER: Website

The Foxfires Share Brand New Music Video With Listeners

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New York indie favorites, The Foxfires, have been busy releasing new music in 2018 - and we couldn't be more hype about it.

With nearly five years of hard work under their belts, The Foxfires have recently shared a lighthearted, good spirited new music video for their track, "Don't Give Up." Following their mantra of feel good tunes, The Foxfires won't disappoint you with this one!

Check it out below!

With the help of good vibes and friends, The Foxfires have created a sweet hearted little music video for fans and listeners that speaks on both their talent as well as their fun, and easy going nature.

To keep up with The Foxfires, check out their social media down below!

The Foxfires: Facebook // Twitter // Website

VISTA Announces Launch 2018 Date

Photographer: Acacia Evans

Photographer: Acacia Evans

VISTA has been exceptionally busy since their debut in 2017, and 2018 is shaping up to be quite similar for the alt rock group. With three months underway in 2018, VISTA was pleased to announce their participation in Launch Music Conference this Spring! Their set will fall on the first day of the conference, April 12th, on the Lanc City Square York College stage at 8:15 PM.

The band has been hinting that no new music will be dropping until later on this year, but they're riding high off of their success of tracks like "Allegiance" and "Long Live" which circulated on stations like Idobi Radio. The band also successfully headlined two tours, an impressive feat for the fast moving group!

To keep up with VISTA and what they've got going on, check out their social media down below!

VISTA: Facebook // Website

New Single From Foxanne To Knock Your Socks Off

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In anticipation of their upcoming EP release, Hafling, Foxanne is celebrating the new year with new music and we couldn't be happier! The Brooklyn 3-piece took inspiration from a night spent with someone not so worth spending time with - which we basically all can relate to.

"Whiskey and Strawberries" captures the essence of that feeling, and bottles it up for one heck of a listening experience. Lucky for you (and us) we've got it streaming below for you via Soundcloud!

Lead singer/songwriter and guitarist Foxanne is supported by synth player Michael J Harris and Julliard trained percussionist Andrew Funcheon. The band are regulars around the east coast, especially Philadelphia and New York City. With a sound like that can you blame them?

Of course we're excitingly awaiting Hafling, but until then, stream this bad boy and check out Foxanne's social media down below to never miss an update!

Foxanne: Instagram // Youtube

Exclusive Premiere: Serencia Shares 'I Touch Heaven'

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What kind of Valentine would we be if we weren't giving you a gift? Well, don't you worry, we didn't forget - and neither did Pennsylvania favorites, Serencia; because what better gift is there than the gift of music?

The 4 piece indie/folk band from Lancaster, PA is comprised of Derek (Vocals-Guitar), Lily (Cello), Hannah (Vocals), and Bryce (Guitar). Together, with AGL Sounds, Serencia made their most recent album Morning Blues, which released in November of 2017. Both Morning Blues & their first album, A Leap of Faith, A Violent Shove, are available for stream & download. 

However, we're not here to talk about that - as much fun as it is. We're here to exclusively bring you a Valentines Day dreamboat of a song. "I Touch Heaven" is Serencia's latest release, a tribute to Grandfather, Dick Hanna, and his original song "I Touch Heaven (With My Hand)" recorded in the 1980's. 

Check it out exclusively streaming below via Serencia's bandcamp & The Hook Journal and get the tissues ready!

The sweet, somber track is right in line with Serencia's current sound - a perfect addition to the discography and collection they're currently building. 

"This song is especially important to me, it is a song that my Great Grandpa wrote back in the 1980's and had pressed onto vinyl. I've always loved the song and wanted to honor his work by bringing it to a new generation. Lily (Eckman) and I originally recorded it on our first album A Leap of Faith, A Violent Shove, but since we added Bryce (Sadler) and Hannah (Hensely) and had such a great experience working with AGL Sounds on our new album Morning Blues, it felt like this was a great time to revisit this song as a full band interpretation," says Derek Paris Frantz of the revival track.

So, spend this Valentines Day with someone or something you love, put on "I Touch Heaven" and drink lots of water. Check out Serencia on their social media, and definitely check out their most recent album release Morning Blues if you dig this. Otherwise, as always, thanks for reading and make sure to catch up on their social media links to never miss a moment!

Serencia: Facebook

The Burns Share New Music Video With Listeners

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Straight out of New Jersey, The Burns have been hard at work since 2018 started!

With the recent release of their debut album, Splenderson, The Burns are celebrating with a brand new music video! "Wolves" is a bit of a teaser for listeners and fans, a pre-release for their upcoming EP expected out in June - and there might be a little personal surprise in there when you watch!

You can check out the music video streaming down below, so definitely do that!

"Wolves" is a rumbling track that builds into a fierce and emotional listen - The Burns make you want to feel things, and gosh darnit, we're feeling them! The band is celebrating their one year anniversary on March 2nd at The Saint in Asbury Park - so if you're in New Jersey you definitely want to check that out.

To keep up with The Burns, definitely check out the music video above, and then check out their social media to make sure you never miss an update! We'll be hosting the NJ band on February 23rd at our place in South Philly, so if you're around and you dig it, come check it out!

The Burns: Website // Spotify

Exclusive Premiere: Lazarus Wilde Teases Listeners With New Single

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The vulnerable, ever talented Lazarus Wilde has spent the new year preparing for their upcoming March release - an EP that explores the raw emotion of being, and one we're personally anticipating - but, in the meantime, Wilde has teased fans and listeners with a sneak peak of what's to come: a brand new single.

Exclusively on The Hook, we're premiering Lazarus Wilde's latest track "Angor Animi" for everyone to check out. We have a streaming video down below for you! The third release under Lazarus Wilde is anticipated release on March 1st, just a few weeks away. The Condition Of Human Dilemma will feature four tracks including "Angor Animi," and is sure to knock your socks clean off.

Check out the video below!

"I wanted to create a song that explored the feelings of someone going through an anxiety attack for the first time, i know when i myself had my first panic attack, i felt as though something was seriously wrong, in an extreme thought even possibly dying or having a heart attack. We as humans tend to internalize our emotions when things get hectic forgetting that sometimes we need to express our feelings in however way we see fit. This song was my approach in expressing a feeling that many of us experience often," says Wilde of the track. 

So, you heard it hear first, "Angor Animi" is the first track off of Lazarus Wilde's March 1st EP - so stay tuned, because if you dig this then you're gonna dig the whole damn thing. As always, social media links down below to keep up with everything that is Lazarus Wilde!

Lazarus Wilde: Facebook

 

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