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John Whip's 'Electric Love' Debuts Today

Photographer: Steph Defeo @solidstares

Photographer: Steph Defeo @solidstares

Philadelphia local, John Whip, is celebrating today with the premiere of his latest single, and greatest effort, "Electric Love." The jazz infused-pop single is one listeners can easily fall in love with, and Whip creates an intimate scene for you to get lost in.

Whip is an impressive force, but the singer did have help putting "Electric Love" together, of course. With the help of his regular band as well as some outsourcing, "Electric Love" includes John Whip (keys, vocals, production), Sam Carlen -(guitars, bass, additional keys), Craig Hamilton - drums & percussion), Ilya Setrakian - (keys for Electric Love), and Henry Tirfe - (tenor sax for Electric Love).

Between Whip's smooth voice and tender lyricism, his band also follows suit in a defined, crisp manner to make this track a true delight and experience to listen to. We've got the exclusive premiere of the track, streaming here on The Hook only!

Check it out below!

Whip describes how "Electric Love" came to fruition for us, "I wrote this song after accidentally falling in love with someone.  The way we all do when someone just says the right thing or smiles at you the perfect way.  They way that maybe we all think we shouldn’t because there are so many options and reasons to be alone. I knew I didn’t want it to be a jazz song though as that would limit my possibilities in a commercial world, but I knew that if I sung it a certain way and packaged the song a certain way, it could be pop - but still a different kind of pop.

I've just fallen in love with a lot of guys and wanted to explore what that means and who that makes me in the world we live in.  

I just wanted people to relate to that other side of hookup culture that we don’t sing about. The part when we catch feelings / usually the worst part because feelings aren't always reciprocated ya know?"

Of course we relate to that, and "Electric Love" is the perfect song to put on while getting over those post hookup blues. John Whip should have lots more to give us if this is what he's already putting out - polished, professional work.

To keep up to date with John and what he has coming out, check out his social media down below to never miss an update!

John Whip: Facebook // Soundcloud

Hands Like Houses Sign To Hopeless Records & Release New Music

Hands Like Houses are officially the newest members of the Hopeless Records family. To celebrate this signing, the band has dropped a brand new single and music video for "Drift."

Check out the video below!

Frontman Trenton Woodley says "Drift" is about finding the connection: "Drift is about a momentary lapse in momentum, where everything is still long enough to question where you're going, where you've been and how they are somehow supposed to connect in the middle."

On joining the Hopeless Records family, Woodley states "In terms of our career, we're incredibly excited to be working with our friends at Hopeless Records, as they become that key link between our present and our future as a band."
 
Fans will have a chance to hear Hands Like Houses perform "Drift" all summer at this year's Vans Warped Tour. Tickets for the tour are on sale now here.  

Returning home in October, the Drift Australian Tour will be Hands Like Houses biggest headline run to date.
 
Upcoming Tour Dates:
2017 Vans Warped Tour

June 16 - Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field North Lot
June 17 - Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fairgrounds
June 21- Albuquerque, NM @ Balloon Fiesta Park
June 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Fear Farm Festival Grounds
June 23 - Las Vegas, NV@ Hard Rock Hotel
June 24- Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
June 25- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
June 27- Nashville, TN @ The Fairgrounds Nashville
June 29- Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
June 30- Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
July 1 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
July 2- West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
July 4 - Wilmington, NC @ Legion Stadium
July 6 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 7 - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
July 8 - Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 9 - Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
July 10 - Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 12 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
July 13 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
July 14 - Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
July 15 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 16 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 18 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
July 19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 20 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 21 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 22 - Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 23 - Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
July 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds)
July 26 - Maryland Heights, MO@ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis
July 27 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 28 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
July 29 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
July 30 - Houston, TX @ NRG Park - Main Street Lot
August 1 - Las Cruces, NM @"New Mexico State University (Intramural Field)
August 4 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 5 - San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field
August 6 - Pomona, CA @ Fairplex Pomona

For more on Hands Like Houses, check out their social media below!

Hands Like Houses: Website // Facebook

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

Curses Signs To Imminence Records, Releases New Single

Throughout 2016, the Bluefield, West Virginia metalcore act Curses has been building up a buzz around themselves through aggressive show-playing and the release of two singles. Not to let the burn fade, the band has just announced their signing to extreme music's premier label Imminence Records. Furthermore, the band is about to start touring and has dropped yet another single, titled "The Abandoned", which will be featured on their upcoming debut album Chapter I: Introspect. Though the album won't be coming out until January 27th, this single along with the others should tide fans over until then. Check "The Abandoned" out below!

Since 2012, Curses has been plugging away to make a name for themselves. With an EP and a slew of singles under their belt, the band has been able to gain sponsorship opportunities, host some pretty notable features (most recently being Spencer Sotelo of Periphery), and even a slot on their region's Vans Warped Tour lineup. Currently consisting of Brandon Casto and Eli Fry on vocals, Davey Nicewander on guitar, Michael Olivares on bass/vocals, and Shane Cyrus on drums, the band is currently set to make a killing. 

Speaking to their recent signing, guitarist Nicewander exclaims:
"We're excited to see what the future holds for our relationship with Imminence Records and we couldn't be happier to be on board. We'd also like to thank our fans, close friends, our management team at Defiled, and anyone else who has supported us thus far. 2017 promises to be a banger!"

As for the aforementioned touring, the band is embarking on the 13th with the bands Sheeva and Alive/Alone starting in Illinois and ending in South Dakota.

Check out the dates below!

Curses has so much coming up, it'd be a travesty if you missed out! Be sure to follow them on social media so you can stay up-to-date with the latest news, and be sure to grab a copy of Chapter I: Introspect when it drops early next year. As always, stay tuned!

Curses: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Bandcamp

Grey Goes Black Shares New Track

NJ locals, Grey Goes Black, have recently premiered their latest track "Enough to Waste The Day" with Speak Into My Good Eye's 24 Hour Song Challenge!

The ambient song highlights a brash rhythmic beat, thanks to James Malizia jr. (bass, keyboards) and Steven Moraghan (drums, electronics) against the haunted voice of vocalist and guitarist Matt Casoni. "Enough to Waste The Day" is a really cool addition to Grey Goes Black's work, something I've been keen on seeing more of!

Check out the stream of "Enough to Waste The Day" below!

We're hoping that there is more where that came from with Grey Goes Black, but until we hear more news, check out their social media links or the other contenders from SIMGE's Songwriting Challenge for more good vibes!

Grey Goes Black: Website // Facebook

RED CAIN Share New Single

Photography: DM Photography

Photography: DM Photography

After teaming up with Metal Rules, RED CAIN have recently shared their brand new play-through of their single "Hiraeth." The track comes straight off of their upcoming self-titled debut EP set for release on November 25th. The track was written as an anthem to glorious ages past, driven by the band's Eastern European roots!

Check it out below!

RED CAIN storms back into the scene after a two-year hiatus! The modern, melodic project is sure to be something you should be watching out for! For more info on RED CAIN and what they're up to, or their upcoming EP release, check out their links below!

RED CAIN: Facebook

Wetbrain Shares New Single

Our Philly favorites, Wetbrain, spent their Tuesday (yesterday, keep up with us) by sharing brand new music. And let us tell you, it's been a long time coming, and we're ready for the ride.

With an impressive lineage and resumé including over 30 shows, and an admirable beginning in 2014 - Wetbrain has been notoriously known for tackling and bending genres to create their own style of music. "Filter Face" is no exception to this methodical process.

Check it out below!


Released on September 20th, "Filter Face" was self-recorded and produced at band member Andrew Haff's house/recording & rehearsal spot, The Jug. According to the band, "[they] had been jamming on the chorus guitar riff for a couple of weeks without really knowing how to turn it into a concise song." 

And yet here we are with this super funky, drippy track that I've been listening to everywhere - on a run, before bed, hyping up to do work. "Filter Face" is a must listen track, and we're super stoked on Wetbrain (per usual, amirite).

Check out the track, support your scene, and for more on Wetbrain check out their music below!

Wetbrain: Facebook // YouTube // Website // Twitter  // Instagram // Soundcloud // Buy Music

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