Archive for May, 2018

3 YEARS HOLLOW Release Official Lyric Video for “You and I”

Quad Cities heavy rock band 3 Years Hollow has released the official lyric video for their newest single, “You and I.”

“For us, ‘You and I’ was more or less a Thank You to our fans that have supported us over the years. This band has a new attitude and our past experiences have become the writing fuel for a new album that will break all the previous molds of what 3YH was. The break we took the last few years was much needed but we’re incredibly excited to be writing together again.” – Jose Urquiza (Vocals)

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3 Years Hollow is a 5-piece band from the Quad Cities, a group of cities located along the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois. Jose Urquiza [vocals], Tony Reeves [guitar], Neil Kuhlman [guitar], Dex Digga [bass], and Chris Cushman [drums]—dispense honest hard rock that’s equally hypnotic and heavy.

Over the past decade, the group has solidified itself as one of the Midwest’s most incendiary and infectious young acts. Their breakout independent single “Remember” charted at #1 on Octane, while “Chemical Ride” is closing in on 1 million YouTube views. In 2012, they emerged as regional victors during the Ernie Ball-sponsored Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival “Battle of the Bands”.

Playing the Tinley Park, IL date of UPROAR, they caught the attention of Imagen Records who proceeded to offer them a deal soon after. Now, with production by none other than Clint Lowery of Sevendust, their latest album bristles with irresistible intensity and magnetic melodies.
Becoming a local stalwart, 3 Years Hollow shared the stage with everybody from Papa Roach to Buckcherry, and they’ve siphoned their live energy into a kinetic anthems.

About the sound, Jose explains, “We want to play melodic hard rock. That’s the music that brought us together. At the same time, we all have drastically different influences from progressive rock to hair metal to pop punk. All of these other influences will begin to shine through as our albums progress hopefully.”

That cohesion comes across on the likes of “For Life”. Coupling a fret-burning solo and chorus from Lowery with Jose’s dynamic delivery, it practically explodes on impact.

“It’s about a person who is struggling and has fallen away from the world alone,” says the vocalist. “You can see the damage and the demons the person deals with on a daily basis. However, all of a sudden, there is hope instead of despair. The final message is to pull away from the demons, stand strong against them, and keep them out for the rest of your life. It was such an honor to bring that track to life with Clint.”

Then, there’s “Hungry”, which bares its teeth via a bombastic beat and arena-size hook. It taps into their on-stage intensity. “We wrote that in the jam space,” recalls Jose. “We want people to get close to the music. We give everything we can so fans forget about everything else.”
3 Years Hollow supported The Cracks with three (3) singles, all which cracked the Active Rock Top 40 chart and the Billboard Mainstream Rock Top 40 chart.

Ultimately, 3 Years Hollow constantly keeps the listeners in mind with that honesty. “Everything I write about is a completely personal experience or something I’ve witnessed or experienced myself,” he concludes. “I want to give everybody something real.”

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Blacklite District Reveal Exclusive Teaser for Upcoming New Album!

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Spearfish, SD based electronic alternative rock act Blacklite District has just released a unique video inviting fans into their studio with a sneak peak at their upcoming, new album. The duo has also announced a 13 date tour run beginning May 17 at Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, IA.

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Tour Dates:
05/17 @ Diamond Jo Casino – Dubuque, IA
05/18 @ Lifer’s – Algona, IA
05/19 @ Top Fuel Saloon – Braidwood, IL
05/20 @ Rail II – Peoria, IL
05/22 @ The River – Cape Girardeau, MO
05/23 @ Guitars – Joplin, MO
05/24 @ Cafe Acoustic – Saint Joseph, MO
05/25 @ TBA – Omaha, NE
05/26 @ Strawberry Bar – Mandan, ND
05/31 @ The Garage – Moorhead, MN
06/01 @ Hipps Pub – Eau Claire, WI
06/02 @ West Side Bar – Little Falls, MN
06/03 @ Phoenix Lounge – Harrisburg, SD

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Blacklite District follows no rules. With sounds of everything from electronic, EDM and hip hop, to hard rock and alternative, the band truly stands out from the pack of what has becomes today’s generic sounding “Active Rock”. Formed in 2012 by Kyle Pfeiffer and Roman James, ages 12 and 11 respectively, the band grew organically in their local music scene through the years to come. In 2011, BLD was discovered by Grammy Award-winning producer, Stephen Short (Paul McCartney, Queen), which resulted in a 10 day recording session at the world’s largest residential recording studio, Sonic Ranch, just outside of Mexico in Tonillo, TX. The group re-located to Los Angeles and played some of the most famous venues in the world for the remainder of 2011.

In 2013, the group released “With Me Now” as the lead from it’s debut album Worldwide Controversy. “With Me Now” immediately went to #1 on SiriusXM channels Octane and Faction, hit the Top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart (#32), and sold 100,000 copies. BLD went on a very successful US tour with Saving Abel in Jan-Apr 2014, with 26 of those shows SOLD OUT. After a legal battle with their management and record label, Blacklite District went on hiatus in late 2014.

On August 23, “The Struggle” was release to radio and To Whom It May Concern went for pre-order at digital retailers. Revolver Magazine premiered the music video for “The Struggle” on August 25. The band also announced a 41 date tour called “The Struggle Is Real Tour”. Blacklite District released a Nightcore remix of “The Struggle” to YouTube on September 6, which got over 2,000,000 plays and resulted in the single breaking the Top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Indicator chart at #36.

One month later, on October 6, the group released a Nightcore remix of “We Are The Danger” which got over 400,000 plays on YouTube. A couple of weeks later, the band released “Broken Souls” to radio, as well as a Nightcore remix which resulted in 500,000 plays and hitting #30 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator. This was the second song in the month of October to break the Top 40 (along with “The Struggle.”)

“The Ghost of You and Me” was released as a music video and a Nightcore remix on December 28, 2016. The song was yet again a success for Blacklite District resulting in 400,000.

On January 20, 2017, BLD released “Living In A Nightmare” as the first single from upcoming album Instant Gratification. With a coinciding Nightcore release, “Living In A Nightmare” broke the Top 25 on the BDS Indicator chart, marking the bands highest spot in chart history. The song has been streamed over 250,000 times.

On February 24, famed radio DJ Lou Brutus posted the bands video for “Cold As Ice”, which was released the same day. The song scored a whopping 350,000 streams in its first week alone, and as of May 2017, has over 3.5 million combined views on YouTube. “Cold As Ice” serves as the second single from Instant Gratification. In the summer of 2017, “Cold As Ice” was added to Spotify’s “Rock Hard” playlist, and was put into rotation on SiriusXM’s alternative channel Faction. In October, “Cold As Ice” was added to rotation on SiriusXM Octane, and it’s Minecraft music video has over 10 million views on YouTube. There are about 4 videos about a Herobrine invasion with zombies and “nether watchers” and how the main character, a player in a blue suit, survives. There are 4 songs in total in the order of The Struggle, Cold as Ice, We are the Danger (possibly not from Blacklite District), and Just so you Know.

Blacklite District released their third album Instant Gratification on September 22, going Top 10 on Amazon’s Top Electronic Albums chart.

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HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD Release Official Music Video for “Save Me”

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Houston, TX Rock Band HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD has released the official music video for the title track off of their 2016 released EP, Save Me. Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Blake Ralston at Out of Mind Imaginations, “Save Me” introduces fans to HOH’s unique live experience in advance of their tour run with The Bunny The Bear, It Lies Within, and Dead Noise.

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“When we were just getting Hold On Hollywood started, we were writing out a lot of different ideas to try and find our sound and get together a strong collection of songs we were proud of. ‘Save Me’ was one of those songs that just wrote itself. Everyone in the band contributed to its creation and the result was a raw, powerful, 7-minute epic that told a personal and relatable story. It has always connected with audiences and continues to be a crowd favorite night after night.

For the video, we wanted to try something a little different. We wanted to put out a lyric video for ‘Save Me’ but also felt it was important to capture the raw and personal essence of the song in the imagery. Our longtime photographer/videographer Blake Ralston came up with the idea of shooting our live performance of the song at Swan Dive, a small club in Austin, and cut the lyrics in over that footage. Everything you see in the video was captured in one take, as we performed the song live. The end result is raw, real, and personal…just like ‘Save Me‘ is, and we love that.” – Hold On Hollywood

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Tour Dates:

05/11 @ Championships – Trenton, NJ
05/12 @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
05/14 @ Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
05/16 @ The Loft – Lansing, MI
05/17 @ Hot Rock Sports Bad – Warren, MI
05/18 @ Music Lynxx – Mentor, OH
05/19 @ GroundZero – Spartanburg, SC
05/21 @ The Warrior – Tallahassee, FL
05/22 @ Rok Bar – Daytona Beach, FL
05/23 @ Nighthawks – Jacksonville, FL
05/27 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX *
07/21 @ The Woodlands, TX – The Woodlands Pavilion ^
07/28 @ BFE Rock Club – Houston, TX *^

* Hold On Hollywood Only
^ 94.5 Bud Light Roast w/ BLUE OCTOBERAWOLNATIONTHEORY OF A DEADMAN, and ROBERT DELONG
^* w/ SAVING ABEL

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Hold On Hollywood is a rock band based out of Houston, TX. Their sound combines powerful vocals, massive guitars, unforgettable melodies, relatable lyrics, and infectious pop hooks that will have you singing along before the first chorus ends.

Since debuting in April 2015, Hold On Hollywood has built a dedicated fan base through their steady stream of live shows in Southeast Texas, Louisiana, and have begun venturing out on tours across the US. Notable acts that Hold On Hollywood has performed with include:

– Bon Jovi
– Steel Panther
– Drowning Pool
– Saving Abel
– Framing Hanley
– Red Sun Rising
– Gemini Syndrome
– Black Tide
– Burn Halo
– SycAmour
– Super Bob
– Dellacoma

2018 is stacking up to be Hold On Hollywood’s biggest year yet, and began with their winning the 94.5 The Buzz/Live Nation contest to open for Bon Jovi’s “This House Is Not For Sale” tour date in Houston, TX. This once in a lifetime opportunity put the band in front of an audience of 18,000+ fans at Houston’s Toyota Center, and led to Hold On Hollywood’s debut single “The Chase” landing in rotation on Houston’s biggest Modern Rock station “94.5 The Buzz”. That performance with Bon Jovi led to the band being added to the upcoming 94.5 Bud Light Roast in July with Blue October, Awolnation, Theory of a Deadman, and Robert DeLong.

Hold On Hollywood just released their newest music video for their debut EP’s title track Save Me and is currently out on tour with The Bunny The Bear, It Lies Within, and Dead Noise on the East Coast. Stay up to date with the band at holdonhollywood.com

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JUST 6 HOURS Release Official Lyric Video for “One Way Doors” Off of ‘SOBER’ EP

New Jersey based alternative rock band JUST 6 HOURS has released the official lyric video for their single, “One Way Doors,” off of their sophomore EP, Sober, which is out NOW via Moto Records.

“‘One Way Doors’ is a song about drug use and not being able to become sober, like going through a door and not being able to open it back up, hence the title, ‘One Way Doors.’ The lyrics use quotes from real drug addicts – Just 6 Hours

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Early Praise for Sober

“Jersey Shore-based Just 6 Hours’ forthcoming sophomore EP, Sober, finds the young band maturing with an angst-filled, metal-rooted, punk-fueled sound that will please fans of both Tool and Black Sabbath. Among the standout tracks is “One Way Doors,” which features such an emotional vocal delivery by singer-rhythm guitarist, Seth Barnett, it almost seems as if he is mistakenly trapped in hell and can’t get out. A blend of metal and blues guitar by Nick Marrotta adds to the intensity and integrity of the track.” – The Aquarian.

Track List
1. Ashes
2. Patrick
3. Pity Me
4. One Way Doors
5. Dan
6. Number Man

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Just 6 Hours is an alternative rock band formed in 2014 by bassist Gordon Sine. Lead vocalist/guitarist Seth Barnett joined the group in June of 2015 and the band is now based out of Asbury Park, NJ. A change in the band’s lineup just before a gig at The Saint in Asbury Park resulted in the addition of Nick Marrotta and Anthony Giordano on lead guitar and drums, respectively, in the spring of 2017. With only six hours of rehearsal time leading up to The Saint show, the reinvented band took the stage and performed a powerful set. Since that first show at The Saint, Just 6 Hours has performed at major venues across NJ including The Brighton BarThe House of IndependentsThe Wonder BarThe Stone PonyDingbatz, and Boontunes. In May 2018, Just 6 Hours was named Jersey Rock Band of the Week by WRAT 95.9 FM and in April 2018 played a live set on WMCX 88.9 FM.

Borne from musical influences that include NirvanaGreen DayYellowcardPierce the VeilBlack SabbathMetallica, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Just 6 Hours sound is a combination of powerful rhythms supporting aggressive guitar drive melodies with lyrics that are thoughtful and emotional. As an original member of the Moto Records community, Just 6 Hours released their second EP, Sober, in March 2018 to rave reviews. Their first EP, H.O.P.E., was released in early 2017. Both are available on all streaming services.

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VYCES Release Official Music Video for “Thin Luck”

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LA Hard Rock Band VYCES has released the official music video for their single, “Thin Luck.” Originally premiered on Loudwire, “Thin Luck” was directed by Ron Thunderwood.

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VYCES are currently touring with metal legends MUSHROOMHEAD on their Spring North American tour.

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Tour Dates:
05/09 @ Revolution – Little Rock, AR
05/10 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/11 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
05/12 @ The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
05/13 @ Jake’s Backroom – Lubbock, TX
05/15 @ Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
05/16 @ Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
05/18 @ Analog – Portland, OR
05/19 @ El Corazone- Seattle, WA
05/20 @ Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
05/22 @ Hodi’s Half Note – Ft. Collins, CO
05/23 @ The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
05/24 @ Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
05/25 @ Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE
05/26 @ Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA
05/27 @ Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
05/29 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
05/30 @ The Annex – Madison, WI
05/31 @ Route 20 – Sturtevant, WI
06/01 @ Odeon – Cleveland, OH

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Los Angeles based hard rock band VYCES started in the summer of 2014 when Chicago native Dave Naruszewicz was looking to work on a new project following the disbandment of his former group Heart-Set Self-Destruct. After years of touring with such bands as Filter, Hell Yeah, Volbeat, Pop Evil, etc.., he realized it was time for change. He spent time working with other musicians in the Chicago music scene looking to feed his passion as an artist but he did not find what he was looking for. Dave’s vision was not deterred, so he decided to reach out to longtime friend and drummer, Russell Ray (formerly of Old Fashioned Beatdown).

Dave began flying to Los Angeles from Chicago twice a month to build something new, original, and undeniable. Russ then reached out to guitarist, Shawn Patterson (also formerly for Old Fashioned Beatdown). The three began writing demos together and also sending ideas back and forth over the internet which ultimately became the foundation of VYCES.

After a few trips to LA they decided to go into the studio with producer Augustus Cryns (Butcher Babies, Stitched Up Heart, etc..), and also featured Mark James Klepaski (Formerly of Breaking Benjamin, and Lifer) on bass. After a year of writing and recording the band had finished 22 songs of true emotion, and power. Being compared to such artists as Chevelle, Korn, and Red, they have sonically created a solid blend of active rock and metal. Dave describes the soul of the songs as exploring the darker side of human emotion and behavior saying “It’s something everyone can relate to because everyone has experienced some form of hurt, betrayal, weakness, hate, addiction, and/or lack of acceptance. It’s also the fuel that drives us to become stronger, get better, and overcome the flaws we’ve built in our minds.”

In October 2016 VYCES released their debut EP “DEVILS” and released a music video for the single “DEVIL” shot by Ron Underwood. From October through November of that year the band embarked on a the HELLRZZR TOUR which trekked across the U.S performing in 29 cities in 33 days.

VYCES spent the beginning of 2017 working on new material in between hitting the road on three national tours playing shows with Otherwise, Powerman 5000, etc.. In June 2017, the band released it’s first radio single titled “NOCTURNAL” accompanied by another music video shot by Ron Underwood, and features Butcher Babies own Carla Harvey. ‘Nocturnal’ reached #38 on the Mediabase Active Rock Charts making it their first top 40 single.

VYCES is currently preparing for 2018 with the release of their highly anticipated new single, ‘THIN LUCK’ which impacts national radio on 02/06/18 and will be on tour all year long.

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BLACK COFFEE Release Official Music Video for “I Barely Know Her” Debut Album, Take One, Out NOW!

Columbus, OH based Rock Band Black Coffee has released the official music video for their single, “I Barely Know Her,” off of their debut album, Take One. Filmed at the Johnstown Opera House in Johnstown, OH, “I Barely Know Her” was shot, directed and produced by John Payne of Payne Productions.

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“We are a band that write, record, and play like it’s 1972. This album represents what we believe is real, raw music. No click tracks, no triggers, and no pitch correction. Just a bunch of hippies in a room.” – Black Coffee

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Track List:
1. Creamer
2. I Barely Know Her
3. Hurricane
4. Monica
5. Born to Lie
6. The Traveler
7. Psychedelic Red
8. Fade
9. Away

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Black Coffee formed in early 2017 after drummer Tommy McCullough introduced singer|bassist, Ehab Omran, to guitarist Justin Young. Within the first few days, these artists began songwriting and the chemistry was overwhelmingly apparent.

With the release of Black Coffee’s debut album, Take One, on April 21st, the Columbus, Ohio rockers definitely possess the sound, style, confidence and work ethic to drive this album’s success. The original single, “I Barely Know Her,” is already available on all streaming services, and its accompanying video debuts Friday, April 20th.

Fans can expect a diverse selection of original music. From the raw and dominant 1st single to the blistering, “Hurricane,” and funky, “Monica,” . . . along with otherworldly, “The Traveler,” and drive-with-the-top-down classic,“Born To Lie,” Take One proves to be one of the most exciting musical debut’s in modern history.

Black Coffee combines superb musicianship with a high-energy performance that is refreshingly both vintage and ground-breaking. This three-piece collaboration takes inspiration from classic rock bands of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, and fuses it with the root music of blues and rock n’ roll from the 40’s and 50’s. Dedicated to re-inventing modern rock music, Black Coffee parts the proverbial sea for the next generation of artists.

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RED DEVIL VORTEX Releases ‘Something Has To Die’ EP

LA Based Metal Rock Band RED DEVIL VORTEX has released their highly anticipated new EP, Something Has To Die. It features five original songs that bring a great listening experience with high energy guitar riffs, chaotic melodies, and a strong message about strife and survival while facing your demons.

“We’ve been working on this EP for a long time and it’s finally out! Making this record was a lot of fun and we’re happy with how solid it sounds and I hope people can relate to it and enjoy the music too!” – Gabriel Connor

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Track List:
1. Undaunted
2. The Devil’s Place
3. Something Has To Die
4. The Fallen
5. Villains And Kings

Red Devil Vortex is a band from Los Angeles, CA, brought to life in 2016 by Gabriel Connor (Lead vocals / bass), Pablo Kravicz (Guitars / vocals) and Iago Marcondes (Drums / vocals).

With the intention of creating a bombastic atmosphere through the music, visuals and live performances, Red Devil Vortex has its kick start with the release of the first single, “THE FALLEN”, in October of 2016, followed by several live performances in Los Angeles and SoCal area, sharing the stage with artists like Uli Jon RothDayshellSaliva and I Am Morbid.

Forging a solid partnership with producer and songwriter Augustus Cryns (Butcher BabiesAnti-FlagWestfield Massacre) after having worked together on “THE FALLEN”, the band entered the studio once again in November of 2017 to record their first EP.

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