NPR just premiered the latest from L.A. based band Hit Bargain, “Hell Is Real”, which is off of the band’s LP Potential Maximizer, out May 11th. Nora Singh, Hit Bargain’s front woman, found inspiration for the track from her experiences of small-town Ohio. She describes her experiences as a “self-imposed exile.” The frustrations are evident on this punk-rock track as Nora sings “When we’re afraid we shoot, point blank, point blank,” and “What’s far is unknown, what’s unknown makes us afraid.”
Nora further describes the core of “Hell Is Real” saying:
There is a mural in my partner’s Ohio hometown that prominently features this phrase painted in four feet letters on the side of a building. Opposite is a picture of people suffering in a lake of hellfire. I found it a funny declaration, “HELL IS REAL”, like “THE END IS NIGH”, just this warning of this intangible myth juxtaposed with this very American rust belt town that’s falling apart, losing its jobs to automation and outsourcing. The lyrics revolve around xenophobia and Capitalist complacency.
“Hell Is Real” is not an average punk-rock track and draws on reals problems faced today by many.
April 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Emerald House w/Post Life, Media Jeweler
May 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rec Center
June 16 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Explosion
June 18 – Burlington, VT @ Hope All Is Well
June 19 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub
June 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
June 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
June 23 – Baltimore, MD @ Joe2
June 27 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
June 28 – Detroit, MI @ Trixie’s
June 30 – Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah (all-ages matinee)
New York based artist Sam Himself has made a name for himself with his new single “Heartphones”. With a classic take on rock, “Heartphones” gives the listener a taste of dreams, hope, and commitment. The song talks about having to take sacrifices to get to where you want to go in life.
“Heartphones” tests the question of how far you are willing to go for something you love. The track is a love song that tugs at your emotions and plays a part in your decision making when it comes to questioning big decisions you have to make in life.
Alexx Mack is back with her brand new song titled “Uncomfortable”. The Los Angeles based singer debuted her track after a year long hiatus. “Uncomfortable” is a song about people in relationships that try to bring their partner down instead of lifting them up and encouraging them. The track is all about letting your beliefs that your partner once silenced out and showing that there is more to you than having your dreams questioned.
“Uncomfortable” goes into reclaiming your power instead of letting others bring you down. The song is powerful and makes a statement for those who want to be heard. The track encourages women to show who they are despite what the world says.
Sine the release of his wildly successful synth laid single, “Let It Go,” singer/songwriter Lonely Benson has been working towards the release of his newest self-titled LP. Not only is “Let It Go” the perfect sneak peak to this wonderfully laid back LP, but every song that Lonely Benson contains is full of the same indie pop magic that fans have come to love from this artist. Throughout the entire release, the listener is taken through story after story that has been perfectly executed with the use of clever lyricism and dreamy vocals. One of tracks in particular, “Lazy Lover” aligns itself to this description. Lonely Benson is the ideal listen for any occasion or circumstance–whether you are spending time with friends, laying on the beach, or on a drive by yourself in the countryside.
Throughout all of his tracks, fans will fall in love with all of the thrillingly nuanced synth-pop influences and skillful guitar work. Along with this killer skills in his back pocket, Lonely Benson has the unique ability to create a warm and inviting atmosphere with his music that is both infectious and highly coveted. Without a doubt, this artist has what it takes to make it big time, seeing as there is already a significant amount of buzz surrounding this new project. Since his debut as an artist, he has been featured on Apple Music’s alternative list and has been awarded over 2 million streams on Spotify. Along with killing it with his now millions of stream, he has also created a following through his coverage everywhere from Indie Shuffle to KickKickSnare. No doubt, this new album is going to satisfy all of those who have jumped on the Lonely Benson band wagon.
Distancing himself from the overwhelming status quo of the modern music is up and coming South-London based artist DWY. Since his debut, DWY has effectively distinguished himself from other artists by producing music with so much soul and unique talent. His most recent release, “Over You,” is further evidence of this truth. Like many of his other tracks, “Over You,” is composed of simple yet beautifully produced pieces that, when put together are the perfect combination of well written lyrics and talented vocals. As fans listen to this wonderfully constructed single, they will experience music in one of its purest forms–without overpowering instrumentals or other effects, just clean simple, beautiful lyrics. DWY transports his listeners to a world that he creates with his smooth emotive voice that both calms and soothes the soul.
Above anything else is the irrefutable fact that DWY brings something unique and beautiful to the music industry. “Over You,” being his most recent addition to his ever growing musical lexicon is no different. For those who have had the please of experiencing his version of soulful electronic pop , the new single will be a welcomed new piece to enjoy. For those who have not yet discovered this young talent, it will be a refreshing, new experience that will capture their attention and renew their view on modern music.
Tanners just released her debut single “Holy Water.” The New York based songwriter/producer has already engineered several artists’ records and is taking music into her own hand with “Holy Water, which resides in the world of synth psych-pop. With the help of Tanners’ sweet voice, “Holy Water” exudes sensuality. She pulls you in with lyrics like “I can be your Jesus if you let me” and “Come with me and swim into my daydream.”
“Holy Water” is inspired by Tanners’ childhood fondness for the beach. It revolves around of being born again by water in the purest form. Tanners comments on the track: “It’s a thank you song to the ocean for teaching me to embrace vulnerability.”