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Catch Up With Us: Puppy Angst Shares New Music in November

Philadelphia’s own Puppy Angst is swiftly moving onto the scene with their fuzzy, noisy sound sure to make you feel welcomed & in your feels.

The celebrated the end of 2018 by releasing their first full band track, “meet at the show.” Represented by Good How Are You Records, Puppy Angst had help from Dylan Kittrell at The Blank Space recording & mixing “meet at the show,” while the track was mastered by bassist Kyle O'Connor.

Check it out streaming below!

Having been released on November 16th, the track holds it’s own as an impressive & well constructed track that pulls at the heartstrings while also remaining easy to listen to. I’d be interested to see where Puppy Angst moves forward in the new year, and I wonder how they vibe on stage, as well as how they continue to grow and become an valuable piece of Philadelphian DIY culture.

If this peaks your interest, check out their social media links down below!

Puppy Angst: Facebook

Action/Adventure "Parachute" Into Fall

Photography: Kaitlyn Johnston

Photography: Kaitlyn Johnston

Chicago’s very own Action/Adventure are here to turn pop punk upside down & right side up with their melodic, passionate vibe. The band is enjoying themselves after their most recent music video release for their track, “Parachute.”

The five piece premiered the track at ThePunkSit - an anthem to the Creatives in the hustle, and damnit we’re listening. Check out the energetic camaraderie of Action/Adventure in their music video for “Parachute,” down below!

“It's about confronting the unknown," says vocalist Blake Evaristo. "It’s really easy to have fears and doubts that prevent you from reaching your desires and goals; however, it takes real courage to attempt a try amongst all odds. We’re at this point in our lives where the band dream is dwindling, but we’ll be damned if we give up without a fight. We hope the video illustrates that. Shout out to all the cast, crew, and friends that made our first video a reality. We can’t thank them enough. We hope people enjoy the song and dig the video."

If this music video isn’t enough to quench your Action/Adventure thirst, check out their social media down below so you never miss a beat in what these guys have got coming their way!

Action/Adventure: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Exclusive Premiere: Ernston Shares New Single "Simple!"

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We have the pleasure of announcing Ernston's brand-spanking-new single, "Simple!" which comes to us as a triumphant return for the New Jersey vets!

With help of other NJ friends like Chris Flannery (Save Face) on drums, as well as produced/mixed by Doug Gallo at AGL Sounds, and mastered by Adam Cichocki at Timber Studios. The comeback for Ernston includes members Errol Beutell- Guitars), Jimmy Fasulo (Vocals), and Ryan Hillsinger (Drums) - hopefully a call to action for the threesome for some new tunes and vibes.

"Simple!" is a goofy, power pop track that doesn't ever take itself too seriously. I mean how can you take yourself too seriously when your girl asks you to write her a song?

Check out the official lyric video down below!

With the excitement of a brand new single, Ernston aren't stopping there!

The three piece has two shows coming up, both of which are happening in their (and our) home state of NJ, so we'll give you those dates down below so there aren't any excuses! Aside from that, you should check out Ernston's social media so you'll never miss an update, and I'll include that down below for you as well!

Peep those show dates, check out that lyric video, and keep your ears & eyes peeled for what Ernston has up their sleeve!

Ernston Show Dates:
3/30: Union County Performing Arts Center - Rahway
4/14: Mt. Moon - New Brunswick

Ernston: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp // Spotify

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

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

New Music Video Ahead Of Debut LP From Forever Starts Today

The female-fronted power pop/punk outfit Forever Starts Today signed with Third String Records recently and are gearing up for their debut release Always Hope due out this Friday, August 25th! To celebrate, the band has shared a brand new music video for single, "Last One Standing."

The album was produced and recorded by Joseph Milligan at ORB Studios and mixed/masted by Paul Leavitt. Consisting of Christina Murphy (Lead Vocals), Nathan Dunn (Guitar & Vocals), Troy Hirschhorn (Guitar), Kyle Salaga (Bass), and Nicholas Turner (Drums), Forever Starts Today aim to share  messages of hope, positivity, and discovery throughout their lyrics.

Check out the video below!

Always Hope explores some of the tougher things in life (like losing a loved one, surviving abuse and finally cutting ties in a toxic relationship) but they all tie around in a positive way. The band elaborates, "If you listen to our new record, you will hear that we draw inspiration from everyday life. We tackle a wide range of topics on Always Hope, but it can really be summed up by saying 'this is what it means to go through life in your 20's, in today's world.' We didn't shy away from any of the more intense topics either." The main goal is to connect with people through music, by delivering a sense of hope and positivity by opening up about some tough situations brings a sense of rawness to the lyrics and sound. The band continues, "we hope that in doing so we can help provide some listeners with a sense of sympathy or empathy and the feeling that they aren't alone in whatever they are experiencing." 

They have a few shows lined up if you're into them!

Andi Shares New Single 'Half Home'

Andi is a Toronto based artist who is very involved in her music making process, producing original tunes that might make you feel a little better than before. Recently, the songstress shared brand new single "Half Home."

She released her debut EP Sketches last year and is currently working on her first full length inspired by issues she sees in herself and in the world. Subjects include women’s empowerment, toxic views on masculinity, LGTBQ+ issues and her lived experience as a bisexual woman. Her relatable music communicates everyday experiences of self-conflict, emotionality, and love, qualities that characterize the human condition.

Check out "Half Home" below

"This song is about being young and in a transitionary stage of life. When I wrote the track I was alone on the road, floating from recording sessions to rehearsals, and crashing in my car between gigs. Writing this song helped me embrace living in a state of change," says Andi of the track.

For more on Andi, check out her music video above and then her social media to keep up to date!

Andi: facebook // instagram // twitter // bandcamp

The Flatliners Release New Video 'Indoors'

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Toronto's The Flatliners released a brand new music video recently for their track "Indoors." The video takes place at a local karaoke night, where the patrons are only interested in singing 'Indoors,' and those participants are clearly ready to fight to keep "Indoors" playing all night long.

Check out the smooth little diddy below!

Frontman Chris Cresswell says, "'Indoors' comes from a place of deep winter isolation and serious reflection - with the help of some burning paper and that familiar smell. Nights like that, that can really help take you to where you want to be once the snow melts."

He adds, "So now that it's summertime when you're out with your friends burning the candle at both ends, enjoy it, cause the snow's gonna fall before you know it. This one's for all those karaoke kings and queens out there, singing along like no one's watching."

Check out The Flatliners social media to keep up with everything they're up to!

The Flatliners: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Web

Bella Rose Drops Music Video

Hard rock group, Bella Rose, recently shared their new single and video, "Trouble." 

The video comes as a prequel to the group's debut music video, "The Wayside," with the first scene of the new video, leading in with an inebriated stumble into the opening location for "The Wayside."

Check out the video below!

"'Trouble' is was written lyrically to make you question what the song is about. What this song means to me, and the trouble in a black dress, could be interpreted in many different ways by the listener. It's opened ended for you address your own temptations and vices." says Vocalist, Zachary Rutter

Watch "Trouble" below and stream the new single on Apple Music today. To keep up with Bella Rose, check out their social media below!

Bella Rose: Website // Facebook // Instagram

Seaway Shares Brand New Track

SEAWAY has premiered their new track "Something Wonderful" via a Rock Sound Facebook Live Q+A earlier today.  "Something Wonderful" is taken off their new album Vacation, due out on September 15, 2017 via Pure Noise Records.

Check out "Something Wonderful" below!

The band will release their new album Vacation on September 15, 2017.  Pre-orders available now at www.seawayband.com, or via iTunes. The band is also touring this year with With Confidence, Four Year Strong, and Silverstein!

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

Seaway: Website // Facebook

"Fleeting Foxes" Music Video Out Now From The Foxfires

New York natives and long time Hook favorites, The Foxfires share a brand new music video for their track "Fleeting Foxes."

The track comes off of the most recent album from the band, Reawakening, which we reviewed back in spring and you can check out here! The music video is an ethereal, natural and fun spirited video that celebrates the essence of what The Foxfires achieve to be in their music!

Check it out below!

With sounds stemming from genres like shoegaze, indie pop/rock, and surf rock, The Foxfires are sure to charm you into listening and enjoying their music - and we aren't complaining. We're ready for a music video from our favorite track off of Reawakening, "Winter in California," though!

To keep up with The Foxfires and what they're up to, check out their social media below! Don't miss out on this chill group!

The Foxfires: Facebook // YouTube // Twitter // Instagram

Imminence Records Signs Ætherial, Releases Teaser for Forthcoming Single

Imminence Records has recently announced the signing of Melbourne's melodic death metallers, Ætherial! 

To celebrate the announcement the band has released a teaser of their upcoming debut single that will be on their debut album, entitled The Still Waters of Oblivion. The label debut will drop this fall with more news being shared closer to the release, but in the meantime check out the teaser below!

Bassist, Cassandra George had this to say about the recent news, "We are absolutely thrilled to be joining the Imminence Records family! Their exceptional work ethic and dedication to their bands is second to none and we are ecstatic to be releasing our debut album with them. We really appreciate our amazing team for all their handwork behind the scenes and would like to thank both the EMG and Imminence crew for their belief in us - we are extremely excited to unleash Ætherial in all its dark and devastating glory upon the world really soon..” 

The band from down under is one not to be missed, so definitely check out their social media to keep up with future announcements!

ÆTHERIAL: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Debut Album Released For Letters To Part

Photography: Kayla Surico

Photography: Kayla Surico

Post Rock/Ambient and Progressive/Indie 4-piece, Letters To Part, have released their debut full-length entitled, A Human Curse, on July 7th! 

Recorded at Iceman Studios, Daniel Colombo recorded, mixed and mastered the 8-track album which details struggles, whether it be from drug abuse, self mutilation, gambling, and the likes, and verdicts a story about how everyday we are living in an anxiety induced world.

Lead singer Y'shua Ortiz-Escobedo expands on A Human Curse, by stating it "is a story about understanding true heartache, and trying to cope. Through vices that we all use. Trying to relieve some sort of symptom."

Letters To Part are headed on tour to celebrate the release, and you can check out those dates below!

Last week, the band streamed A Human Curse exclusively with Substream Magazine, and you can Purchase A Human Curse HERE!

For more on Letters To Part, check out their social media below!

Letters To Part: Facebook

THE STOLEN Announce The Fragile Heart Tour Pt. II

NJ band, THE STOLEN, recently announced their headlining tour celebrating a successful release of Fragile Heart. The tour kicks off on August 9th in Amityville, NY at the Amityville Music Hall and will wind its way through Pittsburgh, Chicago, St. Louis, before making a run down sound in Dallas and Atlanta. The tour concluded on August 20th in Nashville, TN at The End.

Tickets are now available for The Stolen's headlining tour for Fragile Heart PT. II at their website, so check it out, and we've got the tour dates below!


The Stolen unleashed Fragile Heart which included single "Euphoric" an '80s new wave meets a late '90s alternative sound, with dreamy undertones and effervescent verses. The music video directed by Felipe Gomez looks back on the thrills evoked from the first tastes of freedom and the nostalgia of night adventures in adolescence.

Check it out below!

"We wanted the video to reflect the innocence of youth," said the group, "The filming of the video was a unique experience for us. We chose to have our younger siblings take roles as an underlying connection to ourselves."

THE STOLEN are definitely an up and coming band that you don't want to miss - with features on MTV, spots on Warped Tour and So What?! Music Festival, this rising band doesn't disappoint. Be sure to get your tickets above at their website, and check out their social media for more updates!

The Stolen: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Solo EP On The Way From Indie Folk Artist Laura Brehm

Colorado indie-folk singer/songwriter Laura Brehm is releasing her first solo EP, called Breathe, slated for release on July 28th through Electric Bird Records. Brehm has done over 30 collaborations with artists in the electronic dance music genre, but her solo EP shows her softer side, leaning more towards the indie genre. As a solo artist, Brehm has been compared to the likes of Ellie Goulding, Colbie Callait, and Imogen Heap. 

Laura Brehm is one of the most sought after vocalists in the electronic dance music sphere, with collabs with artists like Feint and TheFatRat under her belt. But she wants to show the world her own personal style with Breathe. Her unique sound combines indie, folk, and a little bit of electronic, a merging of genres that isn’t often seen in the music world. That’s why Laura created the label Electric Bird Records herself, in order for there to be a place where her two favorite types of music can come together. When you don’t fit the mold, break the mold.

That seems to be the case for Laura Brehm, who said about her solo EP, “I kept trying to give this EP to a producer to help me bring it to its highest potential, but things out of my control kept happening that led me away from that and I finally realized that the only person who can express this exactly the way I want to is myself.”
 
Her words prove her independence and her headstrong determination to make her own place in the music world. Keep your eyes open for the release of Breathe in late July (you can watch the teaser for the EP if you’re curious), and follow Laura Brehm for any forthcoming updates. 

Laura Brehm: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube // Soundcloud

Curses Announces The Abandoned Tour

West Virginia-based metalcore band Curses have announced a northeast tour in July to support their debut with Imminence Records, titled Chapter I: Introspect. The Abandoned Tour will also feature artists Unwill, In Search of Solace, and RVNT. Curses is currently on their Curses & Friends Tour, and it appears they don’t plan on resting anytime soon. The Abandoned Tour will kick off on July 20th and span over eight days and eight cities along the northeast. 

Check out the dates below!

 Curses was formed in 2014, and they already have a Vans Warped Tour appearance under their belt. Since their formation, they have been working hard to complete their first full-length album, and after teasing fans with a few singles, they finally released Chapter I: Introspect in February. The band is excited to come back to the northeast with new material when The Abandoned Tour kicks off. Look out for them in a city near you, and you can listen to Chapter I: Introspect before you go see it performed live.

Keep up with Curses on social media for any more updates from the band. 

CURSES: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
 

Where Is My Spaceship Shares New Music

After a recent February release of his newest album, Mostly Crocodile, Where Is My Spaceship (mostly Josh Evensen) has spent his time release two new singles!

"I wanna be Tim Tebow" and "nothing/no one/no distinction" are the most recent endeavors for Where Is My Spaceship, and both follow suit in Mostly Crocodile's footsteps. The DIY punk mentality is strong with both of these tracks. While they aren't completely punk, the tracks both have an indie, garage rock type feel.

Both tracks are streaming above, and are anticipation tracks for Where Is My Spaceship's upcoming album, DIEFALLING. For more on Where Is My Spaceship and what they're up to, check out the links below so you don't miss anything they have to offer!

Where Is My Spaceship: Website // Tumblr // Twitter

Shatterproof Kicks Off Summer Tour With New Single

Kicking off their Best Summer Ever Tour with Never Let This Go, Shatterproof support their latest single "So Punk" off their forthcoming release. The tour will weave its way through the US this June hitting the Northwest and Midwest before ending on June 25th in Dallas, TX. 

Off the band's forthcoming release, "So Punk" was recorded at The Blasting Room, produced/engineered by Chris Beeble, and mixed by Mark Needham at Red Oak Studios with assistant mix engineer by Tyler Spratt. 

Check it out below!

 The band details their "So Punk" single which premiered exclusively with New Noise Magazine, by stating, '"So Punk" is one of our favorite songs we have ever written. It's high energy, fast and super fun to play live. It's about the struggles of a working artist, about how art doesn't have the value it used to have, and not just in the music world. But while exploring these struggles of artists, it has a message of hope, that "I'm not down... I'm not out." We think this song sets the stage well for the rest of the EP, and we have been dying to have people finally listen to it." 

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

Shatterproof: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Stargazer Share New Single & Music Video

Stargazer are back on the scene, and they're ready to make waves. The band has announced their debut full length -Tui La- coming this Summer, and is leading the big news with a brand new music video for the first single, "Temple of Solace."

Check it out below!

Old time fans will find a step up from the band's previous EP, while newcomers have a whole lot to discover. Anyone familiar with The Contortionist's latest album, Devin Townsend or even TesseracT will recognize some of Stargazer's influences and is bound to find something to keep them tied in until the album drops.

Matt Copp (vocals), opened up about the track: "Temple of Solace has some of the oldest riffs we've ever written, stretching back to before Stargazer was even a band. Slow and expressive, it has a very different weight than the rest of our material. It's about becoming lost in the struggle to escape the demons that pursue us, when sometimes we're the ones chasing ourselves in prisons we build."

To keep up with Stargazer and their exciting summer, check out their social media links below!

Stargazer: Facebook

Hayride Casualties Release Single "Coal Fired Train"

A throbbing heartache, a cry for help, and it's the world that needs saving - that's the basis of the new single "Coal Fired Train" by Brooklyn indie folk-rock outfit Hayride Casualties.

Premiered on GroundSounds earlier this week, it's a direct reflection of the current state of our world; from an environmental, political and social perspective. "Coal Fired Train" comes off the band's upcoming album Fossil Fuel Kid, out June 9th.

Check it out below!

"I think for anyone paying attention to what’s happening in the world right now, it’s hard not to feel hopeless, and it’s this constant battle to stay optimistic," shared vocalist Daniel DeWald. "'Coal Fired Train' explores those moments of burnout when you give in and just let the darkness completely overtake you. Hopefully those moments are temporary, but it’s good to know you’re not the only one feeling that way."

To keep up with the indie group, check out Hayride Casualties on their social media below!

Hayride Casualties: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram