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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

Hope Vista Shares Brand New Single

One of the hardest working women in music & a peer I admire greatly, Hope Vista has been spending her downtime productively, and with Hope, there never is downtime (lucky for us).

Her first solo release since 2015, Hope now spends the majority of her time leading her full band VISTA. “Skin & Bones” is due out on December 28th, and harkened to be the only release from her solo act in the foreseeable future.

About the single, she states, “For the last three years, my life has been VISTA. It will remain VISTA, and that will always be my main priority. While VISTA is focusing on writing, I wanted to share with you all a song I wrote this fall that I felt was important to share. I have no further plans to release any other solo music again, but I felt this one was special.”

December 28th, we expect you guys to be right here for “Skin & Bones” debut! The single is a tantalizing teaser not only as a solo single, but for the future of VISTA. We can’t wait to see & hear what happens as the year ends with this fast moving, hard working band & artist.

Check out their social media links below to stay in touch!

Hope Vista: 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

New Single & US Tour From Scarves

Seattle Based Math Rock new comers, Scarves, are hitting the road with a brand new single and their first full US Tour. With an exciting end to the year ahead of them, Scarves are preparing fans and listeners for their upcoming LP, Dinner Dates for the End of Days.

Due out on September 28th, marking this release as their first with Good Eye Records, will see release digitally and on vinyl, including a limited “Green/Blue” Smoke color run of the album. The brash, emo threesome includes frontperson/founder Niko Stathakopoulos, Cael Watts (drums) and Nessa Grassing (guitars).

Not only have the announced a brand new album, and embarked on tour, Scarves have also released their first track off of the LP. “Arrow” is classically and thematically Scarves - leaving listeners excited for what is coming next.

Check it out streaming on Soundcloud below!

The song just debuted yesterday on KEXP airwaves, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on it. tay tuned for more from Scarves and be sure to follow them on their socials below. Dinner Dates for the End of Days is out September 28th and is the ninth release from Good Eye Records.

Scarves links: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Spotify

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

"In The Dark" Is The Latest From The Caracals

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With a stellar mixture of garage rock roots and indie sound, The Caracals are bringing their own fresh twist to the scene. With a beginning in Orange County, California, the new project is inspired by gritty, noisy bands like The Black Keys or The Last Shadow Puppets. Their latest release, "In The Dark" is a conceptual single with hints of surf rock and contemporary twists.

We have it streaming down below for you, and we couldn't be more excited about it! Check it out down below.

The moody, brooding single is the set up for a hopeful 2018 EP from The Caracals and we'll agree that we're hopeful too. According to the band, their mission is "...to craft exciting down-to-earth tracks that are filled to the brims with chunky guitar riffs, energetic vocals and steady rhythm sections with a retro feel."

You heard it here, so to keep up with the up and comers, check out their social media down below!

The Caracals: Facebook // Instagram

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

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

 

Hound The Wolves Anticipate Album With New Music Video

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Camera Obscura is Hound The Wolves upcoming anticipated album, not due out until Valentines Day, the band has been sure to hype up listeners with a teaser - and you don't want to miss this!

Straight out of Portland, Oregon, Hound The Wolves have released a brand new track & accompanying music video! "If Lost In Mind" is a brooding, heavy rock outpouring of song. The music video is there to disorient you into the headspace Hound The Wolves want you in - so let's get lost in it together below!

The music video was entirely a DIY effort, with the premise, shooting and post-production from
their own skill, which is incredibly impressive! The video itself is going to leave you wanting more, and more is what will be coming within the next month from Hound The Wolves. Camera Obscura is on our to-do list so be sure to check back in February for our review!

If you're interested in learning more about our new found West Coast friends, check out their social media below to never miss an update!

Hound The Wolves: Facebook // Bandcamp

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 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

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

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

'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

Debut EP Announced From Native Suns

Native Sun has announced its debut EP, Songs Born From Love and Hate, due out October 20th via PaperCup Music!

EP track "Palindrome" was recently featured on Glassnote Records' Noteworthy 01 compilation (highlighting emerging NYC-based bands), and recently, the band follows it with EP opener "Sister."

Check it out below!

The track is a bluesy rock jam dedicated to "the eternal creatures of the night searching for the world's love and acceptance," complete with a sing-along chorus and a bright pop of horns. 

To keep up with Native Suns, check out their social media below and watch out for their upcoming release!

Native Suns: Facebook