Allow us to shed a little light on the subject: today, The Lampshades are dropping their brand new single, “Astrology II”, which appears on their upcoming LP, Astrology. The Pittsburgh-based trio is made up of lead vocalist Jaren Love (who also plays guitar), drums by Daren Adelman, and Chris Kibler on bass. The inter-genre group puts out absolutely authentic and unique music, and “Astrology II” is no exception, as well as the rest of their forthcoming record.
“Astrology II” is unlike any song you’ve heard before; it is beautifully chaotic. With an almost eerie, otherworldly melody, this track fits it’s space-themed title perfectly. About 3:30 in, the song takes the listener for a spin with a surprising fiddling solo, but it works. It’s the kind of song you have to listen to more than once to fully appreciate. “Astrology II” is truly a unique sonic experience.
The Lampshade’s fifth full-length record, Astrology, will be released on March 23, but until then, be one of the firsts to give “Astrology II” a listen today!
Belle Mare is made up of songwriters Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone. Bushell and Servidone met at a bar in Brooklyn and managed to work their way up to the Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan. They are currently working on new material, but, in the meantime, they have released their new single “Liars”.
“Liars” sets Bushell’s vocals at the beginning of the track, putting her delicate vocals on top of a guitar melody. Bushell’s vocals are soft and delicately laid on the track. “Liars” is an easy listen that is perfect for relaxing day when you just want to relax. The song is dreamy, with a touch of acoustic. The song leaves the listener feeling relaxed. “Liars” is a good song that made Belle Mare’s absence worth the wait.
24-year-old singer/songwriter WAYI is thriving in music with her debut single “The Way I Am”. The song is a song with a refreshing taste of honesty and a theme of love. WAYI draws from her own experiences in “The Way I Am” stating that “I almost lost myself to a man who liked me but not enough to accept me with all my flaws. Unconsciously, I started changing just to please him. Now that I’ve learned from it, I just say ‘fuck it’. You take the good and the bad or you leave it all!”.
The songstress performs “The Way I Am” with Spanish guitars in the background and a hint of R&B. The song is a song that inspires women not to lose their self-worth in the midst of love. “The Way I Am” comes from a position of love and not power. In 2018, WAYI is the name to remember.
Datarock‘s latest album, Face the Brutality, dropped March 9th through YAP records. DATAROCK is an 80’s recreating synth-rock band hailing from Norway, a place known more for its black metal. The band says the album’s title comes from a phrase they had heard prior and that, “coming from a city of black metal, and with a background in punk and trash metal, we found the title so utterly wrong for DATAROCK.”
Face the Brutality‘s first track, “BMX”, kicks off in good ol 80’s drum machine style. Joined in by an arpeggiated synth line that takes you back in time. I dropped a line to the band and asked,” why re-create that period of time?” Fredrik responded, “Probably just the fact that I grew up back then and have fond memories connected to those kinds sounds.” Seems, he isn’t alone. It’s becoming a trend and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon with aqua net and 80’s fever. There are contemporary sounds in this 80’s mix alongside some spunky lead guitar riffs, old school wah-wah, and some great group back up singers. Fredrik’s voice can range in the stylings of Beck, Sting, and even Sisters of Mercy as you get into the albums 4th track “Laugh in the Face of Darkness”, with its seductive sound. DATAROCK is a surefire for 80’s party like entertainment, not only through audio alone. Their stage show is top notch and made famous by wearing red tracksuits, in which you can purchase through their website. More than just a synth-driven pop band with punk influence the lyrics throughout have a poetic depth that can be thought pondering. When asked what track he was most stoked about Fredrik stated, “Today my favorite is the one named after a soap opera featured in Twin Peaks’s first season – Invitation to Love; a track that reinvents the ballad as a dance floor genre … and puts the reverb back on Kjetil Møster’s saxophone.” The track begins with drum and bass that is smoother than a baby’s butt. Mysterious like a hitman, and as sleek as a leatherette in an 80’s Porsche. The album ends on a punk-ish note with “Darkness at the Edge of the Pit.”
Overall the album hosts a series of hidden gems when it comes to musical diversity. DATAROCK have revamped the 80’s genre and polished it to perfection. When asked about the international reception Fredrik comments,”Over the years it’s been great! Like how we been able to play a thousand clubs and festivals in 36 counties on 5 continents – and how we ended up as 36 on NME’s list of albums of the year, or how Rolling Stone Magazine made Computer Vamp Love 88th beat of the yeast, etc. So far the best international response on the new album has been 5/5 in Music News and 4/5 in Classic Pop.”
In closing, what have we learned, Norway, more than just black metal, they’ve got DATAROCK. Go purchase your copy of Face the Brutality (or a tracksuit) from the bands’ website.
London-based punk band Dream Wife is back and they are bringing with them more of the sounds, beats and messages that fans all over the world are dying to hear. Not only do they have a powerful foundation that is rooted in the women’s rights and feminist movements, but they have vocal abilities that make give their battle cries credibility and life. With an exciting rush of releases this spring season, Dream Wife has just published their music video for “F.U.U” which, since its release, has become one of their most popular tracks. Within the video, the lights and movement match perfectly the lyrics of the track that portray rough, jagged action and embodies power. But they have more than just a stunning music video in store for their fans and followers this year.
Along with filming and producing a visual spectacle that is as exciting as it is entertaining, this all woman band has announced tours on an international level that is sure to highlight their versatility as well and gather a new international fan basis. As a whole, Dream Wife is very much about the experience of pushing the boundaries of patriarchal conventions and rejecting expectations that are explicitly based on gender. Confrontation of the generally accepted social norm is one of the attractions of this wildly popular and growing band.
Unpredictability and trance-inducing music has become the expectation from fans and critics of freak-fuzz Baltimore based duo Ed Schrader. Together, Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice have created a sound that it unique and completely their own and now they are bringing their newest tour, “Riddles” to a town near you. Since their formation in 2010 this group has participated in nineteen U.S tours leaving very little amount of time to produce new records. However, with a new full length album release, they are ready to hit the road once again and see where it takes them.
With the addition of this new album to their musical artillery, the duo races through a world of synth melodies and 80’s pop influences. Their sound has often been described as unpredictable and erratic, but harmonious all at the same time. This composed chaos, however, is just one of the many attractions of Ed Schrader. With their music at the forefront of their performances, they are able to deliver a spectacle that will both amaze and surprise all that are in attendance. With the release of their new album and the announcement of their next tour, Ed Schrader has proved that he has what it takes to take these explorations into the unknown to the next level.