John Gaar “Roll Like That”

John Gaar’s “Roll Like That” is an intensely soulful sound that draws upon the 1950s and 1960s doo-wop, blues, and 1970s funk. All together, what listeners will experience when they hear Roll Like That is a tremendously capable set of vocals and world-class musicians. The band works like a cohesive element – sure, there are times where the guitars and horns are allowed to step out in front – but the wall of sound that comes issuing out on Roll Like That is immense. We’re particularly fond of the back and forth between the instrumentation and Gaar’s vocals on this single. With smart repetition of the chorus, John ensures that listeners will be singing it long after the track ceases playing. Continue reading “John Gaar “Roll Like That””

Sin7 “Erased”

Sin7’s “Erased” is a heavy, hard-hitting rock track that whips in bits of Slipknot and Godsmack into a guitar and supersonic-vocal led assault. Sin7’s production of Erased ensures that a slinky bass line, screams, on-point drums, and sizzling guitar work is able to shine alone or as an integral part of this cohesive effort. Never allowing listeners to take a breath, Sin7 makes a song that could easily slot onto hard rock rotation, whether on terrestrial radio or on Spotify. With increased energy in the cut’s last ten seconds, Sin7 ensure that the song is indelibly imprinted in the minds of anyone listening in. Continue reading “Sin7 “Erased””

MariBased1 ft. MrBenjamin “DOE BOI”

MariBased1’s “DOE BOI” is an effort that calls back to the days of gangster rap. This means that there is a deep, nearly horrorcore approach taken to the song’s backing beat. The gritty lyrical flow of MariBased1 and MrBenjamin further adds realism to this single. As the track cuts off at the 2:30 mark, we’re left as listeners wanting more. Make it a point to check out what MariBased1 is doing on his Facebook to get a chance to hear some of the most honest takes on a long-neglected rap style. DOE BOI’s video is below, but the richness of the lyrical content is such that fans will be able to envision each line as the pair spit it. Continue reading “MariBased1 ft. MrBenjamin “DOE BOI””

David Haerle “Glendale”

David Haerle’s “Glendale” immediately draws listeners in with a sunny, mid-2000s alternative sound that builds upon the tradition of Everclear and Smash Mouth. The instrumentation on Glendale is something special, adding a further narrative element to the mix. Listeners can enjoy the track purely through its vocal side, through the collection of instruments that establish the backing element, and a cohesive entity. As Haerle’s single continues to play, fans will hear this instrumentation grow and evolve. With nuances incorporated into the track throughout its whole run time, fans’ interest in Glendale will stay strong until the final few notes. Check out the video below the jump. Continue reading “David Haerle “Glendale””

Joey Danger “Surrender”

“Surrender”, the latest effort from Joey Danger, is a futuristic track that ties in late-1990s Fear Factory, Linkin Park, and Stabbing Westward into a dark, brooding effort. The raw passion present in the track will keep listeners interest high; a bit of Weeknd-styled R&B is the cherry on the top of the sundae here. Echo and distortion transform the track into something special, blurring the separation between organic and electronic. A stunning video accompanies this song, coming close to what I’d imagine the Cyberpunk 2077 aesthetic will look like. Invigorating and expansive, Joey Danger’s Surrender is a track that has considerable replay value. Continue reading “Joey Danger “Surrender””

Trina “I Just Wanna” (ft. City Girls and Arie)

Trina’s new track “I Just Wanna” features City Girls and Arie. The effort is able to showcase the intense flow of Trina while having a varied backing beat. Whether bass-heavy beats, a clap trap, or something light and airy, I Just Wanna’s beat is something that will bury itself deep into the minds and hearts of listeners. Adding in other females to the mix changes up the overall vibe of the track, keeping the momentum high from the first line until the last utterance. Another hit from Trina. Continue reading “Trina “I Just Wanna” (ft. City Girls and Arie)”

John Paciga “The F-Word”

John Paciga’s new track “The F-Word” is a bouncy, fun track that will bury its melodies deep into listeners’ minds. The robust piano line will remind listeners of The Rocket Summer or Bo Burnham. The F-Word is one of those songs that even draws back into the early-oughts college radio scene – I feel hints of Rich Hardesty and Ben Folds weaved into the fabric of Paciga’s latest single. Over the course of the last few years, Paciga’s vocals and piano playing have increased to a degree that something special comes forth with The F-Word. With all of the charisma of a Brendon Urie, John Paciga can chalk up another victory with his latest cut. Continue reading “John Paciga “The F-Word””

AV Super Sunshine’s “Time Bomb” Video

AV Super Sunshine are an act that needs to be seen to be believed, and the video for their “Time Bomb” single is a cut above. The visuals – a pair of individuals running away from certain danger – parallels quite well the frenetic pace of the track. With additional actors providing a bit of realism to the run through the neighborhood, one feels that they want to experience the rest of of the narrative that the pair tell here. The video (and track) end with a sense that the duo have similarly intense adventures, even with things like filling a car’s parking meter. Continue reading “AV Super Sunshine’s “Time Bomb” Video”

Steven Graves “How Long”

Steven Graves’s “How Long” is a track that draws upon the rock of the 1970s and 1980s; hints of The Eagles and Dire Straits can be inferred from the track. A robust instrumentation ensures that each ropy bass line, drum hit, and fuzzy guitar riff contributes to the overall easy-feeling sound of the single. How Long is one of those efforts that listeners can continually delve into and find new dynamics or sounds even five or ten plays in. We’re in love with the emotive and intimate sound of the guitars, which call forth a bit of Santana and Slash all whipped together. Steven Graves has a hit on his hands with How Long. Continue reading “Steven Graves “How Long””

The Ivy Walls “White Ocean”

The Ivy Walls’s “White Ocean” sits at the boundary between 1980s goth and new wave styles. On their latest single, the act is able to use vocals to both tell a story and establish further depth to the harmonies achieved. With a haunting beauty, the act is able to deftly weave in synths and vocals into a cohesive entity. Gradually rising and falling, White Ocean is an effort that is much deeper than the smoothed-out sound leads one to perceive. With a subtle stylistic shift at the 2:30 mark, The Ivy Walls are able to keep interest in White Ocean high until the act winds up things. Continue reading “The Ivy Walls “White Ocean””