Archive for the ‘ Alternative ’ Category

Willamena Release Inspiring “When You Close Your Eyes,” Off of Upcoming ‘Strong Enough to Last’ EP

Kalamazoo, MI, based Alternative Indie Rock Band Willamena has released the lead single off of their upcoming Strong Enough to Last, “When You Close Your Eyes.” Originally premiered on Paste Magazine, “When You Close Your Eyes” has already garnered extensive radio plays and praise across Mainstream Rock, Alternative, and College radio throughout the United States, Canada, and even Australia.

Click HERE to Download “When You Close Your Eyes”

Early Praise for “When You Close Your Eyes:”

Uplifting and Inspiring, this track is timely for a world that seems more focused on scandals and negativity, and a much needed respite from the darkness being thrown at us every day. But it’s not just the lyrics that make this track so special; “When You Close Your Eyes” is both refreshingly new but comfortably reminiscent of the best of 80s and 90s college rock.Paste Magazine

Clearly, Lucas Ross is a great rock vocalist, and carries dynamics the the Fred Neil did, and Rob Thomas and Bono still doK-Zap (KZHP, Sacramento)

Willamena creates a true audible experience that is both savory and delicious…With laser focused precision and pinpoint accuracy, Willamena delivers music that is destined to be in your arsenal of playlists.Rob Figarola (Daily Unsigned)

Click HERE to Pre-Order Strong Enough To Last

Willamena is a rarity — a nationally-charting genuine indie band. Strong Enough to Last (mixed by Grammy-winner Cameron Webb) is the band’s sixth studio effort, and advance single “When You Close Your Eyes (Radio Mix)” was on the radio even before the EP went to replication. So all the arrows continue to point “up” for the award-winning #1 Kalamazoo rock act (dubbed “the hardest-working band in Michigan” – music.AllAccess.com 10/20/15) whose music has aired from Japan to Montana to Greece.

Their fifth release, The Light Ahead hit the streets and the airwaves in January, 2015. Before the release date of The Light Ahead lead-off single, “The Other Side of Loneliness,” debuted at #5 on the Billboard AAA indicator most-added chart (1/17/15), started at #3 in AAA downloads and streams on radio-servicer PlayMPE.com (1/2/15), and jumped straight onto the FMQB AAA top-200 singles chart at #110 (1/20/15) – all without professional promotion or a publicist. “The Other Side…” peaked at #87 on the FMQB singles chart, stopped only by a lack of “promo” spending. The EP itself climbed directly to #1 on Amazon.com’s “Hot New Releases” Adult Alternative list (1/17/15) and cracked the top-100 on the FMQB AAA non-comm album chart. The follow-up single, “If This Is Love,” charted nationally as well, and third single “Way Back When” spun on over 200 radio stations world-wide. As RadioInfo.com observed, “… it’s definitely a marketable sound that makes for some hit triple-A playlists… and hot AC/AC stations that wait patiently for their turn …. We are keeping our ears on them. So should you.” (RadioInfo.com “pick of the week” 1/14/15).

But “The Light Ahead” was no flash in the pan. Willamena has been impressing programmers, critics and fans for years. The band’s 2013 CD Lost in the Shadows and its tracks charted nationally in six radio formats: Top 40, Hot AC, Triple A, Active Rock, Americana, and College. At least 180 terrestrial stations in six countries aired something from “Lost…” not counting syndicated-show affiliates that pushed the total well over 300. Several critics predicted the success of “Lost in the Shadows” from the get-go:

“… [U]ndeniably infectious rock…” “… [T]he standout tracks… could do some serious damage on U.S. radio in 2013. And that means there are songs on this album you’ll likely be humming in your sleep.” John Sinkevics, Revue Magazine and http://www.LocalSpins.com

“… [Lost… has] a very polished sound that suits their seemingly effortless radio-ready rock anthems perfectly… [It] should help… give them the national attention they… rightfully deserve.” – Justin Kreitzer

“Lost in the Shadows” followed 2004’s “Far From the Current.” “… Current” aired on then-emerging AAA stations from Seattle to Staten Island to satellite (XM Unsigned’s “most notable” and “most played” lists) on a near-zero budget and made its own mark in the music world:

“Willamena… turn the Northern superiority complex against itself with devastating results in ‘Rock-n-Roll.” Dave Queen, Village Voice 9/26/05 re: “… Current”

“I keep thinking, how could a band with this talent and sound not be on a big label… will these guys ever run out of hooks?” Bill Ribas, NYRock.com 3/5/2005 re: “… Current” 3/5/2005 re: “… Current”

“…[P]op rock, in the vein of Matchbox 20, Counting Crows, modern U2, etc… a familiar rock sound culled from decades past, [but] the sheer craftsmanship… in the music keeps [it] from coming across as a stale rehash… Comparisons aside, Lucas Ross is a great rock vocalist…” Alan Moore, LoveLaborMusic.com 6/14/2005 re: “… Current”

But by the time “… Current” was released, what became the music industry’s (and Michigan’s) unprecedented decline was already underway. For one snapshot of the milieu, a story in the Grand Rapids Press about “… Current” was titled “Willamena revives music scene in Grand Rapids.” (Tricia Woolfenden, Grand Rapids Press 2/5/04). Part of another writer’s review offers a clue, too:

“Perhaps the real risk for Willamena is writing a great album that no one will hear.” Nick Stephenson, Recoil, 2/04.

Simply put, after “… Current” came out, tough times got tougher. Willamena’s home base between the coasts and lack of industry connections (or cash) had always hampered the band; what turned out to be “the big crash” didn’t help. Neither did Napster, or NAFTA, or club closings, or slashed label rosters, or the cratered economy which scattered so many Michiganders, and the band, around the country seeking work. In mid-2009 the band went on a reluctant hiatus.

So despite winning the 142-band WBFX/Aris Hampers Rock Search in 2001… and despite making head-turning original rock like the 2002 CD Ghost of July which produced rave reviews like these:

“Willamena are the Derek Jeters of local music… Along with their kick-butt live shows… “Ghost of July” is putting these cats on the bus that says “Major League…” Buddah Worthmore, Music Revue, 5/2002

“’Ghost of July’ could be the most solid release from a local band this year – a sonically-superior recording showcasing emotional performances and… gifted songwriting… highly recommended…” Recoil Magazine, 6/2002

… and despite headlining at premier clubs from Milwaukee to Manhattan and outdoor festivals, and opening for national acts like Fishbone, The Why Store, and SR-71… and despite earning “… the reputation of being the hardest-working act in Michigan…” (The Buzz, TheIndustryResource.com 12/22/04)… and despite maintaining the title of “… the hardest-working band in Michigan…” (Carly Plank, Revue Magazine 6/20/13) years later… Willamena remained unsigned and, largely, undiscovered.

Undiscovered, that is, until the rise of internet radio, and LPFM, and the Triple A radio format, and accessible technology that brought Willamena’s music out of obscurity. Beginning in 2011, world-class recording pros including Gravity StudiosDoug McBride (Fall Out Boy, Rachael Yamagata, Veruca Salt), Grammy winner John Seymour (U2, Santana, Dave Matthews Band) and Grammy winner Cameron Webb (Kelly Clarkson, Social Distortion, Motorhead) began to take an interest in the band, contributing their talents on various tracks (and on decidedly non-major-label budgets). Throughout 2012, ‘13, and ‘14 radio stations all over the U.S. and internationally-syndicated programs latched on to Willamena’s hook-filled songs, and the stage was set for 2015’s “The Light Ahead.”

Music fans around the world have been figuring out what the major labels have missed so far: Willamena has the goods. Strong Enough to Last is another collection of original, radio-ready Midwestern rock n’ roll, and it’s set to line the band up toe-to-toe with major-label acts on radio playlists around the globe.

“‘… Clearly, Lucas Ross is a great rock vocalist, and carries dynamics the way that Fred Neil did, and Rob Thomas and Bono still do…” KZHP Sacramento

“There is plenty to like here and these guys should really make a splash on the music scene… Expect great things from Willamena. They’ve got the chops to achieve them… 4.5 stars (out of 5).” – G.W. Hill re: “Lost in the Shadows”

“… Their music is ready made to fill arenas…” John Verburg, WestMichiganIndie.com

Connect with Willamena:
Willamena Official
Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify | bandcamp | MySpace | ReverbNation

Bubbles Erotica Releases Official Music Video for “Cloak And Dagger” Off of Debut, Self-Titled Album

Chicago based alternative rock band Bubbles Erotica are ready to re-ignite the flames of the ’90s alternative rock revolution with their debut, self-titled album, which is out NOW! Drawing from such diverse influences as System Of A Down, Nirvana, and Queens Of The Stone Age, the quartet’s sound is quickly gaining momentum with broadly glowing reviews. Originally premiered on Paste Magazine, the second single and video, “Cloak And Dagger,” is the epitome of Alternative Rock–the alternative to radio, to mainstream, and the repetitive–harnessing the innovative creativity and passion that the music industry needs.

It’s not every day you have something hit your ear holes that blows you away; whether it’s the over-saturation of method radio rock or the paralyzing effect of trying to pick through everything available online, it’s hard to find that genuine wow-factor. Chicago, however, appears to be holding a brilliant musical gem in the form of Bubbles Erotica, an alternative rock quartet who’s geared to pick up where the great rock revolution of the ’90s left off. Evoking equal parts System Of A Down,Queens of the Stone Age, and Nirvana, these midwest newcomers are composing and creating music that will appeal to both the mainstream and the underground rock scenes. Today they’re dropping their debut, self-titled album, which has already been garnering massive praise for its raw creativity as well as a math-rock precision worthy of a more seasoned band.Paste Magazine

Bubbles Erotica Track List:
Track List:
1. Cicada Arcade
2. Humbaba
3. Under your Wing
4. Operation Condor
5. Wisconsin Discotheque
6. Home is Where the Dark is
7. All I want
8. Cloak & Dagger
9. Ghost
10. Make it Out Alive

Let’s get a mad scientist, leave him alone in their labratory and see what kind of insane creation they can come up with! Bubbles Erotica, out of Chicago, Illinois, is proceeding to rewrite the script as they release their self-titled record independently on May 9th!Madness To Creation

After listening to this work of genius I can tell you that there are a number of brilliant songs on this album. Songs such as “Humbaba” and “Cloak & Dagger” are both backside kicking songs that have the potential to conquer moshpits and alternative nightclubs for years to come. Where as songs like “Op C” are the sort of tracks you’d hear on the O.S.T of a major Hollywood blockbuster or a fantastic indie series.925 Rebellion

I have and will always support anything that is Chicago. This album from Bubbles Erotica just makes me proud. Giving it a few listens, I found myself gravitating to a few of the tracks. Track #5 “Wisco Disco” (Wisconsin Discotheque) is just a fun filled rock fusion of dance grooves that will get your ass up while throwing your fist in the air uncontrollably. The hypnotic beat had me just enjoying every second of this song and as Depeche Mode would say, “I just can’t get enough…”Unrated Magazine

In today’s cut-throat music scene, it’s rare to find a band as self-sufficient, forward-thinking and as conscious about their art as Bubbles Erotica. In 2010, members Philip Hasso, Bradley Springer, Michael Hasso, and and Colin Stone came together to bring something new to the Rock Genre. From the constantly shifting sounds they create to the lush cover art of their two albums to their expansive, mind-bending videos: this is a band that, while eager to stand-out, doesn’t seem pre-occupied with waiting for someone else to get them heard. They’re forever creating, always two steps ahead of anyone else in their genre, locally or otherwise.

Buy Bubbles Erotica online HERE

Connect with Bubbles Erotica:
Official | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Breaking Music Radio Show!

Breaking Music Magazine has teamed up with Abydos Records Radio and The Heart Riot Agency to bring you The Breaking Music Radio Show, hosted by Lance Waste ( Lead Singer of Darling Waste, founder of The Heart Riot Agency), the show is a weekly look at indie rock bands that are featured here on Breaking Music Magazine. Tune in every wednesday night at 8pm to discover your new favorite band!

http://tunein.com/embed/player/s276656/

Track by Track With Eily Orcko

13043596_1187520877944992_2650033580047416838_n
Rapper Eily Orcko recently released an amazing mixtape. We’ve been listening to it all week. We asked Eily to give us a track by track breakdown of what each song is about. 
Grab the freemixtape at DAT PIFF and read along as you listen to each track!
Smile: Smile was a song I kind of had in my head before it was written. The song consist of bits of my personal life and views bringing you in with “Let me see a crowd of angels laughing from they angle” kind of setting the tone of frustration. I really wanted the listener to get a glimpse into parts of my life I don’t really speak on with this song like I do with all of them but with alittle more depth. At the end of this song I had a message to someone very dear to me that continuously let me down but they no longer matter so I guess they really couldn’t make me smile at the end of the day huh?
Bogus: Bogus is abit of introspective on my whole career to a degree. The song starts off with “I crash landed abandoning my brand new rocket ship” which is really a reference to me feeling like I’m stranded in Cleveland leaving behind allot of the things I had recently obtained back home…I lost allot. the song really goes indepth with feeling out of my element with all of this, Being a rapper, all these new people I’m meeting, The hip-hop scene, the hate and channels we have to swim through to even take the smallest step in what we hope is the right direction all of it. Bogus really is suppose to let people know “hey I’m out here doing me, yeah its awkward and hard but this is what I love and I’m here to make the change I wanna see in the community no matter what.” I’m always trying to stay true to my message of positivity but not be so direct with it and bogus captures the whole essence of that concept.
Enough: “Bro pass me a bottle, Losing these days screaming out fuck tomorrow, Spend all my evenings with niggas and bitches, so I spend my riches and drown in my sorrows.” Off rip Enough’s message is put out there. I grow tired, I hit my lows, I drink and spend money I don’t have on things I don’t need so I don’t feel ect. Enough from my perspective comes from that point where you just simply have enough of your negative ways and the negativity around you. Fox came in with this painting the picture from his perspective, him being the responsible and better put together person on this track he raps from his perspective of being the sober guy around that negativity and not really fully understanding but at least being there cause he knows his friends need help. you get two sides of one scenario the drunk with allot on his plate and trying to get by and his friend whose always a reliable ride from the party they really didn’t wanna attend in the first place.
13450048_1216396055057474_6563527199949933511_n.jpg
Chuthlu Shalt Not Be Disturbed: Alright lets get this out the way I love H.P Lovecraft’s work and the ocean is like my life I love water so I’m drawn to there being some alien squid dragon guy under the water taking a nap who if you look at him he’ll drive you insane…I can relate man people look at me and then they look crazy all the time. Now that the title is out the way, this song has a lazy vibe. I wrote this with the whole “I feel like an outcast” mind set I reference back to my drinking and how it helps me coast through life “floating down a lake of whiskey” I like whiskey drink of preference just a little fun fact for you. To wrap this up, the song is really just a relaxed tune saying yeah I hear you but I’m just gonna figure everything out my way.
Nudes From A Vampire: “Nudes From A Vampire” Lets see if you can tie this all together. If you know anything about vampires (I like spelling it with a Y ((Vampyre)) but I feel like I gotta sacrifice things like that sometimes) you can’t get nudes from a vampire cause they cant be photographed so your not getting anything out of the message. the nudes part come on now we all appreciate nudes and wanna see the goods right? I wrote this about my highschool girlfriend that sucked the life out of me…well tried to. the song holds content from being in a one sided relationship where you feel like you have to chase someone your already with and your getting nothing out of it. at the end I close off with “one day well both see the same thing and well see who comes back” which is really referencing when you break that relationship off seriously that person will attempt to come back at some point…my advice though, just move on there’s better people in this world to surround yourself with and you deserve to be happy and if your that life sucking vampire all I have to say is, Stop it your making all the awesome people in this world lame and sad.
Wild Things: A tropical adventure through my old partying days with the wild things. This is one of my favorite tracks it really is just fun for me. The song holds my famous drinking content (get use to it) with a little view into my old life of being out in the streets, drinking, fighting, yelling, dealing with self Proclaimed “O.G’s” and telling my listener who may try to be one of the “monsters” come on and see what its really like. the hook in the track is suppose to show the positive fun side yet the verses are suppose to reflect the negatives. All and all I tried to set the fun relaxed wavy tone with this song.
Sunset Motel: This is an actual undisclosed location, if you know what it is AYEEEE. A small personal story from a time way before I was an adult making questionable decisions as a young teenager in South Florida. The song contains abit of a day I had with a girl I was interested in for a week or so we use to talk about saving up money and getting out of Florida to see the world and just have fun with no more drama but it also holds the reality of that situation where I have to be around and be apart of things I don’t agree with in my head. the whole ordeal ended up with me drinking allot of vodka, skating all over the place, partying, rarely sleeping, making money and spending it all then loosing what even got me into all of that to begin with.  at the end of all that I end up alone working on music…
Journey Of The Destroyer: So if you paid attention to the bits of detail in the last song at this point I’m alone “Journey of the Destroyer”  is introspective of everything I did previously before and where I’m headed. I tackle things like relationships, feeling and being alone as a kid, hiding from problems, and growing up in general then kinda landing where I am after taking a loss. I reference retreating again and falling back into my old loner ways and if I do that will the person I lost find me or are we just gonna meet awkwardly on the other side. do our Losses take away from who we are, make us stronger or do they make us all monsters (little bit of foreshadowing there).
If Dogs Were Wizards: so the title is just a title has nothing to do with anything really…just so you know. “if dogs were wizards” is like Bogus Pt.2. As I make my way as an artist people throw shade at me and with my growth I have more confidence in my craft. the whole track I’m really doing my least favorite thing and that’s rapping about rapping. All in all there’s some bars and flow switches I can appreciate but at the end of the day its just about my career so far and how unhappy I am with certain things. this whole tape is really just a series of bogus events in my life.
KIDS: Kids Is a freestyle…..I was just rapping about whatever came to mind really, the beat is chill and keeps up with the whole wavy them. I mention things that we do that take away from us being us and losing ourselves. Mentioning my career again I also reference being called crazy at points in my life and replied to that saying “I’m not insane, Just switched up and made my own lane, gathered experience making good vibes from bad pain” which can be taken all types of ways. still Kids is a freestyle I stepped to the mic, hit record spit then edited an threw it on the tape.
Rain: I often feel like things that went wrong in my relationship are my fault. I focused so heavily on music I didn’t give the girl I loved the attention I use to. My passion for her and the passion I found doing this drove me to be a better artist honestly. Once again loss is the topic a song of mine. I’m starting to think I’m a depressing artist the deeper I get into this stuff.
That Sinking Feeling You When…: Through out my life I’ve been in and out of others and some people just look for trouble. This song was about a friend of mine I use to see allot of good in but she always ended up hurting herself with her bad choices. a smooth relaxed oceanic tune intros you into me describing a moment with her, from there I sing about the events that take place day to day and how we met. the tone is set to be wavy like everything else but also have a more lost feel than the rest. With less power and control in this situation I wanted my listener to get lost in the vibe so I let the beat ride out for awhile after I sing the outro.
Night: Closing this mixtape you find yourself with “Night” which is the same subject matter as Bogus but in present context. Where I’m at right now I feel like I’m in ruins with nothing music in my heart and fire in my soul. No more home, no more friends, nothing is the same anymore for me I have set my path as “Eliy Orcko” the Former Punk Skater from Coral Springs, Florida. The song reflects on everything all the previous songs talked about and I think it’s one of my best, it has that wavy song with an up beat groove to it along with my vocal melodies its definitely in my top 5 on this whole project.
Like Me: “Like Me” is a song Sav from Authentic Language gave me as a feature and wanted me to kind of take over for so I used it on the tape. It ended up fitting well but I didn’t know where it should go so I consider It a bonus track if you shuffle the whole project you’ll find it fits in perfectly though. the track is just about loving someone intensely and enjoying just who they are and what you have together. content touches on more than physical relations, always being there, taking a chance with someone different, and sticking by their side cause you’ll never have another connection like the one you have with a person who actually cares and vibes with you.

NEW RADIOHEAD!!!

MiltonJ and The Leftovers Release Highly Anticipated ‘Vain Wisdom’ LP & “Sun” Lyric Video

Alternative Rock/Hip-Hop Quintet MiltonJ and The Leftovers have released their newest LP, Vain Wisdom along with their tender lyric video for the poignant single “Sun”.

“The track is about the love I have for my son Adrianno and the perspective of a kid who walked the path of fatherhood at a young age. It was an attempt to explain with words why the responsibilities and struggles that come from being a parent are welcomed because of the bond you have with your child.”MiltonJ

550

Buy Milton J and The Leftovers Vain Wisdom Online:
iTunes | Amazon

Connect with Milton J and The Leftovers:
Milton J and The Leftovers Official
Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

 

Merge Release “The Exit” Music Video

Merge_Promo_2016

French alternative rock band Merge have released their new single, “The Exit”. After touring across Europe in 2015 with acts such as Limp Bizkit, Enter Shikari, The Used and Circa Survive, Merge locked themselves up in the studio to write and record their next album. “The Exit” is the first track to be unveiled, and present the band in a new light. The band will be touring France end of June 2016 and Europe from October 2016 on.

Guitarist Julien Ho-Tong commented on the new track saying, “We are excited to release our new single. We feel that we have finally found a fresh new sound that represents Merge. We can’t wait for what’s to follow!”

Watch “The Exit” below and be sure to keep all eyes on Merge throughout the rest of 2016.

About Merge:

Merge is an Alternative Rock band from Paris, France that were founded in November 2011.

In March 2012 Merge released their debut EP “Transmission”, which was followed by a series of shows, at venues all around France and Europe, with bands such as Dance Gavin Dance, La Dispute, Touche Amore, Devil Sold his Soul and Funeral for a Friend. This increased their reputation rapidly around Europe thanks to their solid live performances.

In April 2013 Merge hit the stage at Groezrock Festival in Belgium alongside bands such as Rise Against, Billy Talent, Bad Religion, Pennywise and Bring Me The Horizon. At the end of 2013, the band announced their signing with the US label ‘Red Cord Records’ and their 1st full length release “Elysion” was out on February 18th 2014 wordwide.

Furthermore the band toured regularly across Europe supporting acts such as Limp Bizkit, Architects, Enter Shikari, Circa Survive, The Used and many more. Merge’s 2nd album is currently being mixed by Al Groves at The Motor Museum Studio, UK (Adele, Artic Monkey, Bring me the Horizon, Coldplay…).

Connect with Merge:

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM