If you’re looking for a video unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, we’ve got you covered: Tide Pods meet Britney Spears. For Elisabeth Donaldson’s directing debut, the multi-talented artist teamed up with indie piano rockers Molly Rocket to create a cover of Britney Spears’ legendary hit, “Toxic” while simultaneously creating satire that brings the current state of affairs in America to light. The video utilizes the infamous 2018 Tide Pods trend to show how crazy it is that, while there are much more important things to be worried about, America is focused on tiny balls of laundry detergent.
Exposing cultural decay while creating entertainment can be a tricky thing to pull off, but Donaldson achieves it. Visually, the video sticks to a Tide Pods themed color scheme, outfits, and locale (aka the laundromat). Who wouldn’t want to try some of the tasty meals shown in the video: Tide Pod cereal, eggs, pizza, etc?? Props to Donaldson for a directing debut worth noting, and Molly Rocket for a unique and unforgettable performance.
Need a little pick me up as this winter drags on? Check out the new record from John, Jack, and Charles of Monsterwatch! The Seattle-based punk band is soon to release their sophomore four track EP called Z O T, featuring “Brain Twist”, “I Don’t Get It”, “Lost My Car” and an already-released single, “Big Sin”. Z O T was produced and engineered by Steve Fisk and displays the flexibility of Monsterwatch’s music following their previous record, Blabbermouth, and a few other singles. From a classic, intense punk song like “Brain Twist” to a more mellow, but still upbeat track like “Lost My Car”, Monsterwatch has created a treat for fans and new listeners alike.
“Brain Twist” is the leading track on the EP, and will do just as the title suggests for the listener. With authentic screamo-punk sound and emotion, it is reminiscent of Carbon Airways’ “Razor Edge”.
“Brain Twist” is followed by “I Don’t Get It”, which follows the vein of the previous song. If you’re feeling angsty, this is the track for you. Filled with “you just don’t understand” vibes and a head bobbing beat, this is punk at its purest.
“Lost My Car” is one of the most approachable songs for those not used to heavier punk, tinged with some perfectly placed piano moments. “Lost My Car” has a slightly nostalgic sound to it. If The 1975 were a punk band, this is a song they’d put out; however, it is still 100% Monsterwatch’s own sound. It’s a great transitional song into the next song on the EP, a single which has already been released: “Big Sin”.
“Big Sin” has a bit of a Talking Heads sound to it, and along with “Lost My Car” definitely fits what Monsterwatch labels itself as: groovepunk.
Every track is filled with killer guitar and screamo vocals that are controlled yet unapologetic. We can’t wait to see what Monsterwatch does next.
If you’ve been searching for funkytown, look no further. Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics are gearing up to release “Call Out My Name”, a brand new single full of soul and authentic funk, in winter 2018. Finding success after the release of their debut LP, “It’s About Time” in 2012, Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics have been been making waves with their own unique sound. Originally created in Florida in 2006, the now Atlanta-based band is composed of Ruby Velle’s vocals/writing, Spencer Garn on keys, and guitar from Scott Clayton, as well as four additional members to create the eight-piece group.
“Call Out My Name” is teeming with classic funk and evident care put into the track. Whether you’re there for the instrumentation or the emotion-packed vocals, “Call Out My Name” will make you a new (or more ardent) fan of the eight-piece band. Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics know how to take their time to create the most authentic and inspiring tracks possible.
Amy Rigby is about to drop her brand new album, The Old Guys on February 23rd via Southern Domestic Recordings. Having moved all around throughout her musical journey over the past several decades, Rigby has worked with bands, partners, and alone; her solo debut was Diary Of A Mod Housewife in the nineties. Her first solo album in quite a few years, with writing by Amy and recorded by her husband Wreckless Eric in their current New York base.
An unapologetic album, The Old Guys is composed of twelve tracks that thoroughly display Rigby’s honesty and grasp of her own sound. The Old Guys is a step back into the solo life for Rigby, but as a veteran musician, she knows what works for her at this point. We’re excited to see what Amy Rigby continues to dish out.
Keep an eye out for The Old Guys, out February 23rd.
24-year-old New York-based reggae/dancehall/R&B artist Kranium just dropped his brand new single “No Odda” .
Born Kemar Donaldson in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Kranium has an amazing ability to create music on the fly, and “No Odda” is no exception. Ever since his breakout hit “Nobody Has To Know”, Kranium has been dishing out consistent quality content, as well as collaborating with big names, including label mate Ty Dolla $ign.
“No Odda” is #relationshipgoals in a song. With a catchy beat, authentic lyrics, and irresistible vocals, Kranium has checked all the boxes for a quality love song – just in time for Valentine’s Day. In addition, Kranium also dropped the lyric video for “No Odda”, created by 7Lemons.
Despite his success, Kranium remains refreshingly humble and rooted in authenticity: “To be honest, I’m just gonna be myself and make music to the best of my ability. I’m taking guidance from the right people. I’m here to work and I’m happy to have a platform like Atlantic Records to push it further. I’m here to stay not just to come and go. The rest is in God’s hands.”