Archive for January, 2018

Primitive Race Releases Lyric Video for “Cranial Matter”

Soul Pretender Climbing College Radio Charts Throughout North America

Primitive Race has released the lyric video for their “Cranial Matter,” off of their November 3rd released Soul Pretender LP, to celebrate the album’s dubut on NACC Top 200 and #27 Weighted / #22 Unweighted College Radio Charts. The band is also donating 100% of 2018 album sales to MusiCares to benefit substance abuse treatments for artists battling addiction in honor of late front-man Chuck Mosley, who passed away a mere 6 days following the album’s release.

“‘Cranial Matter’ is probably my favorite song on the album because it was a classic example of Chuck doing what he did best; it was punk rock that ear worms the listener to singing along without knowing the words.” – Chris Kniker (Founding Member)

“When I listened to the music, ideas just came pouring out,” Mosley had previously stated. “I couldn’t say no to doing the record. When we completed the first few tracks, I found myself wishing I had written them. Not just the lyrics…just good heavy riffs and grooves really sucked me in. The melodies and words came super easy with this music. Even though it’s a whole different vibe it brought out a side of me I haven’t experienced since writing with Faith No More.”

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Track List:
1. Row House
2. Cry Out
3. Cranial Matter
4. Take It All
5. Bed Six
6. Stepping Stone
7. Turn It Up
8. Soul Pretender
9. Nothing To Behold
10. Dancing on The Sun

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Lethal Injektion Release Official Music Video for “No Turning Back” Off of ‘Judgement Night’ LP

 

Tucson, AZ based, West Coast Metal band Lethal Injektion has released the Official Music Video for their single, “No Turning Back,” off of their September 2017 released Judgment Night LP. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, “No Turning Back” was directed by Irin Daniels of Marmera Creative.

“No Turning Back” is about fighting for your dreams no matter what and against all odds, until you get to the point of no return! There IS No Turning Back” – Jonathan Russell (vocals)

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Lethal Injektion is the newest Rap/Metal sensation, based out of Tucson Arizona. The band was put together with Tucson’s hottest top tier artists to make an undeniable sound & movement.

Jacob Ryan, is a successful independent rap artist under the rap name The Raskal, who most recently won West Coast Artist Of The Year @ The Under Ground Music Awards in New York in December 2015. The Raskal has also had major write ups in The Source, allhiphop.com, World Star Hip Hop, along with other big features.

Jonathan Russell is most known for his amazing talents as the vocalist in his own band, Stands With Fists. Stands With Fists has had a lot of independent success as well doing several huge events such as Knot Fest & KFMA’s Fall Ball just to name a few. Jacob reached out to Jonathan back in July, with an idea and concept never before seen or done in Tucson. A fusion of hardcore passionate hip hop lyrics, blended with high energy, aggressive metal tones and rhythms. The one thing missing was a band to make it all come together. Using his deep connections in the Tucson metal scene, Jonathan reached out to a young talented group of musicians to finalize this new super group. Guitarists Lawrence McIntyre & Jesse Espich team up with drummer James Ringstrom, and bassist Luis Rodriguez to provide a unique, yet marketable sound to accompany Jonathan’s wide vocal range and dynamic melodies, as well as Jacob’s gritty yet clever rhymes and distinct voice. Their debut single “Strength Through Struggle” has done amazing numbers, and is available on all major digital music outlets. The band released their follow up single and very first music video “Voices” on their YouTube channel Friday January 15, 2016. The band then followed up with their first studio recorded EP “Sex Is Power”, which made an immediate impact charting as high as #8 on Itunes for new releases for the Rock Genre, and stayed at #1 on Amazon for new alternative metal release for the first 2 weeks. Be on the lookout for their second full legth album “Judgement Night” under the home umbrella RuffLife Recordz, comingSeptember 15, 2017.

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Karabas Barabas Release Music Video for “Fuckarana,” Featuring Times Square Mascot Mafia Brawl

Psychedelic Alt-Rock trio KARABAS BARABAS have released a New York centric, unconventional official music video for “Fuckarana,” off of their 12/22 released LP, Sex with the Devil. The video, shot entirely in Midtown Manhattan, features the infamous Times Square Mascot Mafia battling among themselves along with other well known midtown characters.

“Our rehearsal space is in midtown and, over the years, we’ve developed a love/hate relationship. With ‘Fuckarana’ we feel we accurately captured the essence of the insanity that is midtown.” – Karabas Barabas

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Track List:
1. Sex with the Devil
2. Lahey
3. 50/50
4. Alcohol
5. That 70’s Song
6. Immaculate Convection
7. Fuckarana
8. You Can’t Do That
9. High Five
10. Jacques Lemaire

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With Jacques Lemaire’s guidance & training KB was sent on a holy crusade to slay the sexy demon in the name of the Lord, who was born on isle 2 in 7-11.

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Sleepwar Releases “Thousand Different Faces” Off of Upcoming EP, ‘When We Were’

 

Phoenix based, Indie Rock band Sleepwar has released the Official Music Video for their single, “Thousand Different Faces.” Originally premiered on Paste Magazine, “Thousand Different Faces” is the first single off of the band’s upcoming debut EP, When We Were, and is available for FREE download.

 

 

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Track List:
1. When We Were
2. Thousand Different Faxes
3. Forever
4. The Jaywalker
5. Wandered and Washed

 

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Hailing from the desert expanse of Phoenix, Arizona, indie rock band Sleepwar pushes indie rock to another level by combining new wave and synth-pop influence, with lyrics speaking to addiction, recovery, and the inherent struggles of modern life. Sleepwar is led by Roger Willis (vocals) with Tim Woodbridge(producer, keys), James Allen (bass), Mark Pfister (guitar), and Brendan McGuinness (drums).

Utilizing lush synthesizer soundscapes, Sleepwar produces a unique sound that is both familiar and completely original. Fans of the five-piece rock outfit have likened their music to that of Tame Impalathe KillersColdplayImagine Dragons, and Local Natives.

Sleepwar’s self-released initial EP, When We Were, due for an early 2018 release, was recorded, mixed, and produced by Cory Spotts (Job For A CowboyThe MaineBless the FallGreeley Estates) at BLUElight Audio Media in Phoenix, AZ.

Sleepwar was formed in 2015 when seasoned musician Roger Willis (Something Left To LearnNamesakeGoodbye Tomorrow) sought a new project focused on songwriting and collaborated with aspiring producer Tim Woodbridge, who had been composing with vocal placement in mind. Willis shared their rudimentary recordings to longtime friend James Allen, who immediately loved the new sound.

Allen joined Sleepwar as bassist and co-lyricist, where his former struggles with addiction and drug abuse became the foundation for early songs like “The Jaywalker.” Though Allen’s words drew from his personal demons, the lyrics would resonate with Willis and Woodbridge who had experienced both personal and familial alcohol and drug addiction. While the founding members of Willis, Woodbridge and Allen would remain constant, the band’s evolution from garage to indie rock new wave brought to the lineup several talented musicians, eventually finding balance with current drummer Brendan McGuinness and guitarist Mark Pfister.

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Small Town Titans Release Official Music Video for Deeply Poignant “Dragonfly”

York, PA heavy rock band Small Town Titans has released the Official Music Video for their heartrending single, “Dragonfly.” Originally premiered on Loudwire, “Dragonfly” is vocalist Phil Freeman’scelebration and memorial of his mother’s life and tragic passing.

“This song was written for my mother. She passed away in February of 2017 after a three-year battle with cancer. She loved dragonflies which happen to have deep spiritual significance in many traditions and cultures, representing love, freedom of spirit and compassion. She embodied all of these qualities…The intent of this song is to celebrate her life and bring a little light and love to anyone who may be dealing with the grief of losing someone to illness. She was and is an amazing soul, and I hope this song captures a tiny glimmer of her spirit for the person listening to it.” – Phil Freeman

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The Small Town Titans are a power trio from York, PA who love to constantly create, as well as play live. Gone is the notion that a rock band should only release 10 songs at a time every 2 years. In a world where music fans crave new content constantly, the Small Town Titans aim to deliver their brand of art all of the time, drawing inspiration from a new wave of rock bands such as Highly Suspect and Royal Blood, and rock legends such as the Foo FightersAudioslave, and Deep Purple. Thanks to their efforts at assembling their own studio in a basement, STT can create and release songs, podcasts, live online concerts, and more with no rules. This artistic change in attitude stems from touring for the better part of 2 years, and realizing how difficult it really is.

After coming home from their last 30 day run, the band had made $4,000. After repairing their vehicle, restocking their merchandise and more, the band was left with $1,000. After putting most of that back into the band’s funds as usual, each member took home $150. This startling reality made STT take a step back and evaluate themselves as a band, a brand, and a business. After firing their manager, the boys soldiered on with the help of their team at Round 2 Records. They began to truly treat Small Town Titans as a legitimate small business more than ever before. Unnecessary expenses were cut, and more creative and innovative sources of new revenue were explored, such as utilizing the direct to fan creation platform Patreon, where the band is currently making $200 every time they release a new song on YouTube.

Instead of trying to make a million fans, STT is focusing on the fans they already have. With a love for playing live, a Small Town Titans show has evolved into more than a concert. It’s an event, with a set list that’s decided right before the show, and plenty of stage banter in between songs. The band simply hits the stage to deliver an energy driven show using guitars, drums, and their voices. Nothing more, nothing less. This approach to their live performances has led to them sharing the stage with acts such as Highly Suspect, Papa RoachBlack Stone CherryPop Evil, and more.

By focusing on their engagement with social media and managing themselves, Small Town Titans are growing like never before and having more success as a business and a brand. The band just wrapped up a weekend long recording session at Hybrid Studios with friend Kevin Soffera, drummer for Seether on the 5x platinum selling record Disclaimer II, and who STT also recorded their last album Reflection with. Six brand new songs were recorded live in the studio, as well as professionally filmed by Springwood Productions at the same time. These new songs and videos will be released throughout the rest of 2017 and 2018. Songs range from the hard hitting “Me, Myself, and Monster” and “Wreck” to the ballad “Dragonfly”, an emotional song written in memory of Phil’s mother, who passed away earlier this year due to cancer, performed live with just one voice and an acoustic guitar.

Small Town Titans are actively forming a team of like minded individuals in the new music business who are just as driven and passionate as they are, rather than waiting to be discovered. As the band continues to grow their fan base online this year, they will also hit the road, this time with a smarter game plan, a stronger fan base, and a passionate team behind them. For all things STT, visit smalltowntitans.com.

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AESTHETIC PERFECTION Releases Dark Cover of N*SYNC Mega-Hit Single “Bye Bye Bye” Off of Upcoming ‘Ebb and Flow’ EP!

SEVERED NATIONS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR with GRENDEL and PETER TURNS PIRATE Dates Announced

100% independent industrial pop act Aesthetic Perfection has taken the N*SYNC hit single “Bye Bye Bye” from bubblegum pop to sensually tense, dark electronic ballad, pairing minimal synths and brightly expressive vocal styling for a deeply morose aural experience. “Bye Bye Bye” is the first single off of Aesthetic Perfection’s upcoming EP, Ebb and Flow, due out February 2, 2018.

Uncertain times call for bombastic art, and Aesthetic Perfection has returned to answer that call with the new single, “Ebb and Flow.” Recounting the highs and lows of the heart, the single’s swagger recalls a not-so-distant past where the wars were cold and gratuitous excess burned hot; but producer Daniel Graves is not one for overwrought nostalgia. He keeps us focused on the future with clean electro rhythms and smooth vocal harmonies backed by aggressive percussion fit for an arena. “Ebb and Flow” sees you, Top 40 radio, and raises you an Industrial Pop romp in an underground nightclub.

Available worldwide February 2nd, the three-track single contains an infinitely danceable remix by Miggiddo (alias of Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh) and a surprise bonus cover of N*Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye,” featuring Nikki Misery of New Year’s Day on guitar. Graves may be tipping his hat to the past, but the “Ebb and Flow” single sets its sights on the sound of tomorrow.

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Aesthetic Perfection will also be joining GRENDEL and PETER TURNS PIRATE on the SEVERED NATIONS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR. Launching April 5 in Fairfield, OH, the tour will wind throughout North America, wrapping up May 13th in Toronto.

SEVERED NATIONS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
04/04 @ The Event Ceter – Fairfield, OH
04/05 @ Bar XIII – Willmington, DE
04/06 @ Drom – New York, NY
04/07 @ Brighton Music Hall – Allstong, MA
04/08 @ Evening Star Concert Hall – Buffalo, NY
04/09 @ Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
04/10 @ Phantasy Ballroom – Lakewood, OH
04/13 @ Respectable Street – West Palm Beach, FL
04/14 @ Orpheum – Tampa, FL
04/15 @ Fallout – Ricmond, VA
04/16 @ TBA – Charlotte, NC
04/17 @ Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
04/18 @ Goat – New Orleans, LA
04/19 @ Numbers – Houston, TX
04/20 @ Elysium – Austin, TX
04/21 @ Jack’s Bar – San Antonio, TX
04/22 @ The Church – Dallas, TX
04/24 @ The Ruins Live – Oklahoma City, OK
04/25 @ TBA – Albuquerque, NM
04/26 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ
04/27 @ TBA – San Diego, CA
04/28 @ 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
04/29 @ DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
05/01 @ Paris Theater – Portland, OR
05/02 @ Highline – Seattle, WA
05/04 @ Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
05/05 @ TBA – Denver, CO
05/06 @ Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
05/07 @ TBA – Omaha, NE
05/08 @ Amsterdam Bar – St. Paul, MN
05/09 @ TBA – Milwaukee, WI
05/10 @ Crack Fox – St. Louis, MO
05/11 @ Reggies – Chicago, IL
05/12 @ Smalls – Detroit, MI
05/13 @ Coalition – Toronto, ON

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Interview with Avrell

Avrell is a Latin-influenced rock band from Denver, Colorado. The trio have recently hit the ground running with their first stuido album in the works. With influences like Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, and Coldplay infused with their Spanish-language roots, extraordinary arrangements, and catchy vocals, we can be sure to expect something huge from Avrell in 2018!

Who are each of you and what are your roles in the band?

Geo is the lead singer and plays acoustic guitar. Edgar plays the keyboards and Ever plays the bass and sings backup vocals for live performances.  We write the music and make arrangements together.

What’s everyone’s musical history?

Ever has been playing music since high school. He started with the saxophone and quickly found a love for all instruments. He also plays piano, bass, a little acoustic guitar, and an assortment of wind instruments.

How did you all meet? When did Avrell form?

Avrell formed when Ever and Geo met. We both wanted to make music and decided to do so. At first, Ever would switch between piano and bass, but once Edgar arrived, Ever took to the bass and we’ve been making music together ever since.

Why did you guys choose the name Avrell, and what meaning does it have for you?

A lot of great things have happened in our lives so we wanted to keep the ball rolling on that.  We however didn’t like the name April so we searched for a variation in another language and found Avrel to be a great sounding word which meant the same.  We then added an extra “L” to make it ours.  

 

When writing a song, do you write the music or the lyrics first?

We have a large selection of songs, a large number of them written by Geo who writes the lyrics with the music at the same time. Sometimes we’ll all sit and finish the lyrics when he gets stuck.  Ever will usually write the music and then add the lyrics to them.

What other artists have influenced your musical style?

We have been influenced by many different artists from very different places around the world: Coldplay, Mana, Mark Anthony, Maroon 5, Camila. We take a little from every style and try to make new rhythms from what we have learned. We all grew up in different places around the world and listened to different styles, which we’ve all mixed into our songs.

Besides music, what other things have influenced your music?

Life in general has been a big influence.  We express ourselves through our songs.  Our life experiences are reflected in the lyrics and in the energy that we put in every arrangement.

What are your hobbies aside from music?

There are many hobbies we share and when one of us gets in to something new, the rest of the band tends to follow.  We snowboard, which in the summer turns into longboarding. We work on cars to relax sometimes. We also like to enjoy the great outdoors by hiking, off-roading, or perhaps just sightseeing.

In your experience, how does music from another language connect with the people who don’t speak it? Do you think music can bring people of different cultures and backgrounds together?

We have noticed that when we play our songs whether people understand the lyrics or not, they get the feeling that we are trying to convey. From our perspective, music in itself is a language which crosses barriers that everyone can understand.   It doesn’t matter where you are from – when you hear a good beat your body moves regardless of whether you understand the lyrics or not. This brings people together no matter what their background is.

 

If you could change an event in your past, would you? Which one and why?

There is nothing either of us would change of our past because all we have lived and learned is what is creating Avrell now. Our separate experiences have brought us together to create this band which will allow us to share our music with the world.

What has been the best thing about being in a band so far?

The best thing has been learning to understand another human being as they struggle through life to try to make the best of things.  We all have our personal lives but we have come together as a family and are learning to understand each other. This teaches us to also understand everyone around us because everyone has their struggles, as well as hopes and dreams, just as we do.

When can we expect your debut album to be released? Will there be a producer?  And will you be touring on that album?

We are now working on our album, spending what seems like countless hours in the studio and in rehearsals trying to make it the best possible.  We have a producer:  ( Guys please advice on what we should comment here )  We are hoping to tour on that album as soon as its released.

What else would you like people to know about Avrell?

We are friends and family people. We have put a lot of our time and love into these songs in order to give our listeners the best of us. Hopefully one day we will inspire other young artists and dreamers to follow what they dream to accomplish one day. The greatest and most priceless reward at the end will be the fulfillment of living this life -not just existing – by doing what we really love.

Thank you so much!

  – Avrell

 

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Phoenix Rising Release Official Music Video for “If I Say No”!

Dallas, TX based Nu-Metal Band Phoenix Risinghas released the Official Music Video for their newest single “If I Say No,” off of their upcoming debut LP, From the Ashes. Scripted by the band and directed by Jake Bonham, “If I Say No” was originally premiere on Huffington Post.

“IF I SAY NO” is a song about standing for yourself when you are face to face with someone that is trying to make you feel bad for who and what you are. Everyone has experienced trying so hard to be accepted as a person, doing everything that we can to succeed, but ultimately being psychologically beat up by another person, or even ourselves when we fail! The song questions “What if I say no?” and responds “Then this all ends” as a battle cry for the listener to rise up and not take it anymore.

We are not always accepted as the person that we are but that is no reason to put up with abuse from another person. We are also going to fail in some of our pursuits of excellence, and that is also no reason to be shamed by another person. We are who we are and we should be proud of the human being that we have become. Failure is how we learn and how we grow. Most successes are from repeated attempts of trying over and over again until you succeed.

We chose a ‘Comic Book Music Video’ because we love comics and it just felt like a fun way to present the storyline. The opening scene was shot at the comic book store Kent grew up going to for years! Also, some of our fans have asked if we will be selling the ‘PHOENIX RISING’ comic book used in the video! We are happy to say that we are in the process of making this happen with the storyline of the video totally expressed in comic book form. A dream come true!!! – Phoenix Rising

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PHOENIX RISING, based out of Dallas, Texas, came together in 2017 in the most unlikely of places: a Craigslist ad posted by Vocalist Kent Summerour in search of like-minded musicians who not only wanted to make music with substance, but who wanted to create a live spectacle like nothing else in the local music scene. After a short search and a lot of luck, the ad was answered by five seasoned musicians one of whom was Australian. Comprised of a second vocalist, guitar, synth and a whole lot of rhythm, PHOENIX RISING was born.

Like setting fire to gas, the newly formed group had written an album’s worth of material in one month, and the search for producers began. This search led PHOENIX RISING to Tyler Smyth; however Smyth was on tour six hours away in San Antonio . With no way to get in touch with Smyth, Kent went down to San Antonio with a pillow and a sleeping bag, on a mission to maneuver himself back stage, and persuade Smyth to listen to the demos, hoping that after hearing the music, Smyth would be driven to work with the band. Mission Complete, Smyth agreed to work with PHOENIX RISING in LA and shortly thereafter, the band flew out to record their debut album From the Ashes.

With the Album complete, supported by several Music Video’s – PHOENIX RISING now look forward to drawing emotion from the listener and inspire fans with their powerful stage show. The music has a very “overcoming” quality to it. Musically and lyrically, PHOENIX RISING wants you to stand up for what you believe in and overcome any and all adversity that blocks your path.

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Colossal Street Jam Release Lyric Video for “Just Take Hold”

New Jersey based, Bluesy, 70s influenced Rock Band Colossal Street Jam has released the Official Lyric Video for their single, “Just Take Hold,” the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2017 released LP, Living Free.

“Even though our last release, Living Free, is still going strong we decided to get back in the studio and release new music. I think this new single shows the inspired direction of our band and its the first track written by all 5 of us. We are beyond excited to share everything we are working on and we hope you all dig this new single.” – Gene Potts

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Mix the gritty, soulful vocals vocals of Gene Potts with the guitar fire of Sal Marra, the pulsing bass of Anthony Flora, the war-hammer drums of Dave Halpern and the one man festival that is Eric Safka on keys, and you get Colossal Street Jam. Colossal Street Jam is a 5 piece band from Red Bank, NJ that plays a 70’s style brand of infectious and melodic rock and roll.

CSJ has shared the stage with many great artists throughout their career including: Robbie KriegerKings XThe Drive-by TruckersThe Hold SteadyGov’t MuleJohnny WinterSebastian BachBruce DickinsonScreamin Cheetah WheeliesRitchie BlackmoreSteve MorseZebraDeep PurpleClarence Clemons and many more!

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I, Alone Releases “Good Fight” Lyric Video Off of Debut EP, ‘Collateral Beauty’

 

Alternative Rock/Pop act I, Alone has released the lyric videos for three of the singles off of the debut EP, Collateral Beauty, with “Good Fight” garnering over 50,000 plays.

“Good Fight was written from a nontraditional point of view compared to my typical writing perspective. I study Grammar and Language to greatly improve my lyrical content and really dive into the lyric. With focus on rhythm, rhyme, symbolism and metaphor, I take every line as its own cohesive expression. Ive found this most often leads to a relatable product that paints a picture in a dynamic fashion. Generally speaking, my songs begin as short stories and I pull from that to form a broad, but appropriate idea. However I wanted to do something different with ‘Good Fight.’ I wanted to be a bit more specific and concrete. During the writing process, I was overcome by the experience and promise of the EP. I wrote ‘Good Fight’ as a song that summarizes my journey through music. Yet still, it’s such a relatable song to so many. I hear all the time that listeners identify the content with overcoming bullying, finding self confidence and hope for the future. It truly is a feel good, I told you so, type of song.” – I, Alone

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Collateral Beauty Track List:
1. Constant Companion
2. Good Fight
3. Say You Will
4. Sail
5. By a Thread
6. The Road

 

It takes a lot of strength to accept who you are,” says Brandon Zastrow. “I am becoming comfortable and confident in what I have to offer the world. The peace that comes from within permeates into my writing, performance and my life. I have been searching for myself for many years, and I believe I am beginning to crawl towards my greatest version as an individual and as a musician.”

Being the front-man, the main songwriter and the guitarist for his solo moniker I, Alone, Zastrow is becoming a visible and consistent alternative/rock artist that cannot go without notice. Since the release of his debut EP Collateral Beautyon 8 December 2017, I, Alone has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from major press agencies across North America and Europe. This has permeated into all aspects of his life, including his music and the business that comes with it.

“With the relative infancy to my project, I am forced to be a man of many trades. This can become exhausting, but I have also come to find the success and accomplishment tremendously fulfilling. I am responsible for my successes and my failures. I promised myself that I wouldn’t allow the same failure to reoccur twice. My vision and creativity has flourished as a solo artist. No one else’s inactivity or misdirection can hold me back.”

One thing that has kept the fire burning for Zastrow has been his obsession to constantly challenge himself. “I always try to push outside of familiar parameters,” says the singer. “If it’s anything like what has already been done, there is no meaning or purpose behind your art. Much too often, artists are speaking without a true voice. Too many are filling lines or notes because they fit, not because they take you somewhere better. I hope that this can be easily seen through by a good listener.”

“If you look at the groups doing it for twenty-plus years,” he continues, “they were always changing their style, testing the water and derailing from what was expected. So there’s always that effort to push yourself as an artist, but I never want to abandon that sense of melody and connection that listeners can grab hold of, whether it conjures up memories or helps them heal. That’s what I love about music, when it makes me feel something. It takes me back to those moments.”

As I, Alone continues to expand through media, radio and audiences, Zastrow will continue to look at contemporaries for examples of acts able to maintain their relevance while rock & roll faces an uphill struggle in the mass media. “Those guys are inspirational, showing that you can have a strong presence, even if what you are known for doing seems bleak.”

Forward we go, always together.

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