Humphrey-McKeown Passing Shadows an Epic Adventure in Music and Voice A Spirited Fusion of Past and Present

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“Passing Shadows”, the latest release by Humphrey-McKeown instantly captures listeners with epic instrumentation and uplifting vocals. The song offers a spirited performance combining various elements of rock, pop, and folk while encompassing the gorgeous layers of the all-American ethos.

While listening to Humphrey-McKeown, fans will be whisked away into an ethereal dimension which is illuminated by the theatrical nature of the score. At moments,  “Passing Shadows” makes you feel as if you are in a 70s rock opera. Other times, the song transports you to contemporary times with an distinct alternative feel. Unmistakable however, are the country and folk-infused elements that take listeners to the core of the American soul or even the Midwest plains with a slightly gritty feel.

“Passing Shadows” is an easy listen with a nice danceable feel. The song truly has a distinct sound that is unconventional yet engaging.  Humphrey-McKeown has developed a beautifully entertaining production that not only has mass appeal but inspires an appreciation for gifted multi-instrumentalists creating a picturesque layering of stunning images through sound and voice.

Heather Humphrey and Tom McKeown are each one-half of Humphrey-McKeown, a songwriting and performance collaboration that started in 2006. The songwriting duo, after agreeing to partner took to the road and started writing for music publishers all over including places like LA, Chicago, and Nashville. The team is known for their diverse writing style, organic melodies, and drive to create new sounds that have never been heard of in the past.

Humphrey-McKeown has written over 100 different songs for other artists however, they have since shifted the focus from writing for others to defining their own unique musical presence. The duo’s first open mic in 2010 led to the release of four studio albums in a 3-year spans. Through a painstaking audition process, the duo was able to find several other great musicians to complete their band.

The band now consists of Heather Humphrey (lead and background vocals, piano, flute, and percussion), Tom McKeown (lead and background vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, piano, synths, bass, drums, and percussion) Jim Livas (drums and percussion) and Tony Meadors (Upright bass, 4&5 string electric bass, and background vocals). Humphrey-McKeown’s sound has been described as contemporary Folk-Rock Americana while their styles encompass a variety of genres such as rock, pop, country, folk, and progressive. The secret sauce to their unique sound is “a hint of Brill Building songwriting” (hm-music.com). The band’s upcoming release is called ‘Tapestry of Shadows’ which is due out on May 20th, 2017. Visit www.hm-music.com to learn more about the band and their music.

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Suburban Vermin Channels the Force Seattle-based Indie Punk Band Delivers Sonic and Visual Experience

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Seattle-based indie punk rock band Suburban Vermin is channeling the force in their upcoming release “The Awakening”. Due out for Pre-Release on May 4th, 2017, the track is one of many which belong to a 4-part commemorative EP entitled ‘TV Head Nation’ developed to celebrate the band’s 10-year history. “The Awakening” is an energized rock song with driving rhythms and pure intensity. Sharing a fun story about a trip to watch the Star Wars film, the song is filled with some sad irony, however it is almost hard to capture because the energy of the the performance never falters and remains in constant overdrive. Still, “The Awakening” is a solid production that is worth adding to your punked-out playlist.

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One of the performances that Suburban Vermin introduces fans to on ‘TV Head Nation’ is “Bleed for Me” an edgy production with aggressive guitar action and an intense sequence of powerful drum beats. A gritty vocal performance adds a righteous dose of raw energy to the overall score while expressing pensive songwriting.

Suburban Vermin maintain a serious level of intensity on ‘TV Head Nation’ with the performance “Lola”, which opens up with a sequence of lingering guitars and hard-hitting percussion. The song has a distinct head-nodding vibe. “Lola” illustrates graphic imagery and elements of twisted love through the use of descriptive metaphors. “Lola” is borders on the line of chilling and amusing as lyrics such as “she says it isn’t love, if there isn’t blood” and “she cuts into me like a serrated blade” which is moderately disturbing for any lusty lover but if you are among the kinky variety, this song’s for you.

There is more to explore when it comes to Suburban Vermin and the band permeates many artistic layers that extend beyond solely creating great music. They have created for fans, a complete visual experience to include ‘The Comic’ an engaging graphic collection which includes an adventurous story about a fight against an evil figurehead named King TV Head who happens to terrorize unconventional folk.

Suburban Vermin LogoSuburban Vermin who have been revered for their distinct punk artistry have been together for a decade. In honor of their longevity, the band is set to release a 4-part EP entitled “TV Head Nation” along with a comic book. The Seattle band has been likened to other well-known bands such as The Ramones, The Clash, the Buzzcocks and musicians such as Kurt Cobain.  The band has performed all over the Northwest and has opened up for groups such as Amber Pacific, Guttermouth, The Members, Left Alone, Hunter Valentine, and Authority Zero. In 2016, Suburban Vermin performed at Hempfest.

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Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders Blood and Bones A Fascinating Blend of Rock Sounds and Intense Vocals

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If you are in search of some fresh rock tunes, then look no further than Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders. The band’s most recent release “Blood and Bones” delivers a fascinating alloy of sounds and distinct musicianship. Coming soon on the Album ‘Greenbah’, “Blood and Bones” captivates the listening ear with up-tempo rhythms and electrifying guitar riffs.

While the instrumentation proves to be a powerful force on “Blood and Bones”, Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders deliver an equally remarkable performance on vocals. While engaging in the gritty rock vocals performed on the song, it is impossible to ignore the distinguished songwriting content.

They lyrics on “Blood and Bones” are entertaining, yet convey a highly-relatable sense of frustration. As Billy Roberts croons, “sometimes you make me so damn, mad”, listeners will most certainly feel the exasperation that exudes from the song, while finding the most recognizable moments. The lyrics expressed throughout the song’s play are engulfed within extraordinary metaphors while vexed expressions are juxtaposed with feely waves and energetic chords. Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders gives audiences an incredible performance, one that is undoubtedly worth experiencing.

Check out Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders “Blood and Bones”, now streaming on YouTube.

Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders is a dynamic band known for covering various genres including:  country, rock, alternate country, hard rock, blues and folk music. In August 2014, the band released their debut album, ‘The Last of the Originals’. Follow the links below for more music from Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders.

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The Dirty Clergy Rattlesnake Release Just in Time for 4th of July The Spirit of American Music Abounds

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Alabama garage rock pop band The Dirty Clergy has just released their latest album ‘Rattlesnake’. Indie Mag says, “If you’re looking for some good ol’ American Rock & Roll, look no further than this Alabama firecracker”. Awesome, just in time for the 4th of July. Get your celebration on and rock out to the latest tunes from The Dirty Clergy.

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The Dirty Clergy BandBased in Winfield, Alabama, The Dirty Clergy is known for channeling early rock and roll sounds and the band has been compared to renowned acts such as Alice Cooper, T. Rex, Muse and Cream. The band joined forces in 2011 and dropped their first EP ‘The Breakdown’. The band released their full album Revival through their self-published label Happy Daze Records. In 2012, The Dirty Clergy released ‘Shake’, their sophomore EP and then headed out on tour to finish out the year. The band received national exposure with the release of their 2014 single “Shake, Shake” after being featured on mtvU/MTV networks, AXS TV, mainstream and college radio stations both nationally and internationally.

‘Rattlesnake’, the latest release from The Dirty Clergy, was recorded by Lester Nuby III former Verbana drummer (Capital Records). Though the band incorporates early rock & roll nuances, they have created their own unique fusion of music that is strikingly diverse. The Dirty Clergy is bringing back the gritty rock sounds that music lovers have been longing for over the last decade.

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Interview with Artist SmartBlackKid BTS Discussion with SmartBlackKid

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Fun Facts:

One thing I can’t leave home without….

Gemstones. I carry gemstones with me every single day.

What is on my iPod right now…. 

I don’t have an iPod, but my iPhone right now? Is playing Bad Like Jesse James by John Lee Hooker.

The last album I bought was…

Can’t tell you the last time I actually bought an album.

When it comes to music, I dream of…

Genie. Kidding. When it comes to music, I see colors swirling around

to match the sound. I see the vibration of the world rising with the right music.

 

Inside the Music with Hakhi Alakhun, SmartBlackKid

We recently checked in with Brooklyn musician, singer, and songwriter Hakhi Alakun to find out the scoop on his newest album release ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1’. Check out the deets below!

Your album seems like a huge project, What moved you to release ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol.1’ ?

I gave myself no time to do any promotion when I released an album per month in 2012.  I literally would drop an album, rest for the first week of the new month; and by rest, I mean, gathering the songs, music, pre-production. 2nd week was recording. 3rd week was mixing and 4th week was mastering, packaging and release. When it was all finished? I couldn’t believe myself. But still no one except my immediate fan base from social media knew what I was doing. I knew back then that the next album would be the “Best Of” as a way to draw attention to catalog and actually promote the music.

Can you tell us about some of your music influences and what impact they have had on your style today?

My first real musical influence was Maurice White from Earth, Wind & Fire. My mom shoved one of their albums in my face when I was 5 and she asked me to read the lyrics and pay attention to the words. I did the same thing with Sly and the Family Stone, sitting and reading the lyrics. Then Prince happened to the world and his music helped me discover my voice as a singer. I have a pretty low baritone most times and can’t sing those high tenor songs. Prince had a baritone and a falsetto and by singing his music, I discovered I had the same thing. The energy and spirit of my music is heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Lyrically and creatively he seemed to always be reaching for new realities, new ways to hear sound, new ways to play guitar. I try to have that approach to making my own music, to not limit myself to hip hop or r&b just because I’m a black dude. But to really explore.

When did you discover that music was your passion?

I discovered music was my passion at 9yrs old. I asked my mom for piano lessons and she said we couldn’t afford them at the time.  Instead she bought me a Casio keyboard  which I took and sat with my boombox and taught myself how to play my favorite songs. I worked at this everyday with no motivation, and no encouragement. I just needed to know how to express myself with this instrument. I was in love with it and I couldn’t really stop until I developed some level of fluidity.

Everyday after school, I would hold these concerts in my room for about 2hrs, then I would have dinner and do my homework and be a normal kid.

It seems like your music is not just about music but there are some serious messages there, can you give us some insight into what that is all about?

I spent about 10 years of my life in the NYC underground poetry scene and from there I attended an unofficial “school of performing arts” so to speak. I was apart of a large community of artists ( writers, actors, dancers, photographers, musicians, poets, etc. etc) who performed regularly at various venues in the City. The standard was high and the expectation was excellence. I was a spoken word artist who always had a message about self-empowerment through the mind and through spirituality so a lot of my old writing habits from those days are still with me. I feel that writing song lyrics is a serious art and I have a lot to express but I have to be brief in a song. My time as a poet trained me, so to speak, to write about serious issues and themes in a way that is clear and simple. Plus, there’s no one really doing that right now. Bob Marley to me was the greatest example of music with messages done in a very wise and proverbial way. I’m reaching for that standard in my songwriting.

Do you feel that other artists need to be putting out more meaningful music content? If so, why?

Yes. Absolutely. There is a song for everything, every moment, every feeling, every circumstance that a human being can go through on Earth. But for some reason, today’s music only speaks to a few aspects of human life: social status, financial status and sexuality.  It’s a very limited means of self-expression against the backdrop of this very complicated world we live in. I personally need art to help me make sense of the world, and to hear the truth be affirmed. Music is bigger than money and fame; it’s a language of motivation , of love, of community, of society and I want to be counted among the musicians who wrote about more than myself. There are 13 and 14 year olds out there who are big thinkers just like I was as a kid. I want my music to be present for them.  If our world was a plant, and music was the water feeding this plant, it’s a plant that is wilting pretty bad I feel. I don’t feel the love, the insight, the wisdom, the motivation, the affirmation from a lot of today’s music. I hear a lot of the same themes in variation and repetition. Meanwhile, I’m over here trying to eat organic and not consume too many GMOs, I’m thinking about my right to privacy in the surveillance age, I’m talking about coming to terms with my shadows and my own dark side so that I’m not projecting it on others. I want to personally hear music about these things. So I write it.

If there were 3 words you could use to describe ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol.1”, what would they be?

Creative, Intelligent and Visionary.

The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol.1What is your most favorite track on the album so far?

Ohhhhh that is so hard. That’s like asking which finger is your favorite. Hmm.

I would say the song I’m most proud of is Labyrinths Within. I say that because it was inspired by a book

I read on shamanism. Most songs about people target another person as the antagonist, the cheating partner, someone didn’t love you enough, someone hurt you etc. etc. I wanted to write a song about what’s  really going on inside of people. What if your biggest enemy is really yourself? Your ego? We are often projecting what we dislike about ourselves unto others. We blame others for situations we create with our various levels of self-esteem. We are often looking for people to love us in place of not really loving ourselves. The song deals with that and in particular, betrayal , which is something a lot of people can relate to. I really like how I was able to capture a complex idea and turn it into what I feel is a funky, danceable, groove. That was cool. I also like Sell, Sell, Sell because it’s daring to say what people wouldn’t really dare say on a record. Today’s music sucks. Every song is favorite, really.

Your album is available in multiple media outlets, how has the response been from your fans thus far?

As an indie artist in control of my own business, I think the response has been really good but can also be better. Since I don’t have a major machine behind me, every move forward is a success.

If there were at least one takeaway for new listeners just tuning into SBK, what do you hope that one thing will be?

That real music played with real instruments with intelligent lyrics is very very very cool and worth owning and listening to regularly.

So, you do your own instrumentals, vocals, production, have your own label and publishing capabilities. Is there anything that you do not do?

There are instruments I can’t play, notes I can’t sing, and guitar riffs I’m still learning how to play. I have my limitations but I end up attacking them when I get ready. I also don’t eat GMO foods.  I don’t watch TV and I don’t believe everything I see and hear. 

If there were aspiring artists out there looking to follow a similar route in production and distribution, is there any advice that you would offer them?

Make sure you copyright your work twice. You need to own the sound recording AND the composition. Never take advice from amateurs and people who are NOT artists. Create time and space for self-care. Artists like to brag about how long they worked in the studio last night, or how hard they worked on this or that. But speaking for myself? I need to schedule some time at a spa and get a massage; and sit in a hot sauna to get my mind, body and spirit in the right balance.  Always create the conditions that inspire the best of your creativity.

When you are not in the studio or touring, where can your fans find you?

Wandering the streets of New York collecting ideas for songs. Or at a burlesque show being inspired the feminine form.

Your album just came out and is gaining traction, what’s next?

Next is releasing the video for Free Thought which will happen as soon as the planet Mercury comes out of retrograde. Then I will release a series of SBK videos to offer visual elements for the music. Also, be on the lookout for the SmartBlackKid Show which will be a series on YouTube later this fall.

Any parting words for our music-starved readers?

Visit smartblackkid.rocks and support an artist who actually cares about you-the music lover.

Check out our latest Music Review of ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1

SmartBlackKid “Free Thought” Modern Rock Innovation SmartBlackKid Single “Free Thought” Delivers Unconventional Wisdom

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SBKImage1Sure, we have all heard of one-man-bands before but, we have never heard anything that sounds like the latest single from Brooklyn musician SmartBlackKid. His latest release “Free Thought” from his album ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1, is a powerful blend of modern rock sounds, alternative energy, and classic rock overtones. If cookie-cutter sounds are what you fancy, then exit stage right because SmartBlackKid is delivering anything but the standard. For an invigorating adventure outside of the norm and into the unconventional, immerse yourself into the sounds SmartBlackKid on “FreeThought”, now streaming on Bandcamp.

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“Free Thought” originally made its appearance on SmartBlackKid’s debut album release ‘Change Reaction’. The artist describes the song as a “social commentary on maintaining rights to privacy and freedom in the digital age”.  The song delivers a fierce production complete with addicting instrumentals and captivating lyrics. The New York-based rocker and multi-instrumentalist seems to channel the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and the influence of Led Zeppelin as he shreds out possessing riffs and extraordinary chords. SmartBlackKid however, demonstrates his own commanding presence, giving an authoritative performance that will most certainly go unmatched.

All too often music consumers are encouraged to go with the flow, embrace sounds that conform to social constructs, whether we like them or not. And, if we don’t like them, they are played over and over again until inevitably we end up singing along to a meaningless tune with a catchy beat. SmartBlackKid shares a different experience with listeners, one that encompasses a fusion of past and present, and one that is rich with creativity and innovation.

“You are a powerplant. An energy company. An energy source. You supply power to everything in your reality…”

-Hakhi Alakhun

 

Based in Brooklyn, NY SmartBlackKid is a creative rock endeavor belonging to musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Hakhi Alakhun. The artist is a self-taught musician who took up the keyboard at age 9. He began writing and composing music and later performed as a backup singer during the 90s for groups such as Copasetic. As a diverse artist, Hakhi performed backup vocals for Dennis Edward and the Weather Girls 1998 track ‘Don’t Look Any Further’. He later taught himself to play the guitar after circling the underground scene as a spoken word artist. Teaming up with Sayo Ogundiran, Hakhi formed the band Synai and released the EP ‘AS IS’ which critics compared to work by Ani DiFranco and Prince.

Hakhi brings over 10 years of experience to the industry having worked in private music production and as a leading guitarist for the bands Lo Frequency and Bullyfoot Massive. His adventures took him to Beirut, Lebanon, Manama, Bahrain, San Jose, and Honduras where he participated in cultural exchanges, educating and teaching music. Before leaving the band, Hakhi played before the UN General Assembly in 2012.

“Free Thought” is the first single from SmartBlackKid’s album ‘The Best of SmatBlackKid Vol. 1’ which was released on September 13th. The compilation album is available at over 30 different music stores including iTunes and Apple Music. Through the popular music site Bandcamp, Hakhi Alakhun has released 10 different albums, releasing one album per month between April of 2012 and January 2013.

Hakhi’s latest project consists of a true to life one-man-band. The artist performs both lead and background vocals, plays every instrument, and produced the entire album himself at his very own SBK Studios. If that isn’t enough, Hakhi Alakhun has established his own imprint 4PJMusic Group through which his music is published. About his work, Hakhi says, “Im daring to sing about what’s really on my mind, the future of society and our world. I can’t be the only one who cares about that.” Learn more about SmartBlackKid by visiting the official website at www.smartblackkid.rocks

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Conner Gilbert Lyric Video Release for “The Prospect” Now Streaming Conner Gilbert “The Prospect”, an Inspiring Performance with Modern Appeal

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Conner600x600Singer and songwriter Conner Gilbert recently released the lyric video for his song “The Prospect”. The emotionally-driven performance appeared on his 2009 solo album debut titled ‘The View from Within’. If you are looking for an inspiring song with purposeful lyrics, “The Prospect” will certainly deliver. Reminiscent of early acts such as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, Conner commands the attention of listeners with epic instrumentals and rock-infused vocals. “The Prospect” is a refreshing production with contemporary appeal. Should you need a diversion from the heavily saturated pop/hip-hop hybrid tracks that are currently soaking up the air ways, “The Prospect” will provide a delightful respite. If you are jonesing for the sounds of Chris Isaak with a contemporary pop-rock flair, you will be pleased to discover the sounds of Conner Gilbert. The young artist’s songwriting resonates with the imprint of the distinguished 1960s and 1990s styles. He has however, uniquely crafted a modernized acoustic style with a distinct vocal performance.

Conner’s lyric video release provides a thoughtful visual to accompany the poetic words which emerge slowly from the track. As the video progresses, viewers are introduced to several landmarks and sights that are gently blurred in the background. As the words appear across the screen viewers are quickly enveloped into the resounding message that Conner has decided to share with his audience. In summary, “The Prospect” is dynamic and engaging.

Energetic guitars strum as background vocals harmonize and Conner sings “You’ll never really know what you mean to me my friend”. Pianos capture the essence of the composition while carefully crafted layers express retro sounds. As the track builds intensity, Conner hits a long note and let’s it linger on as the instrumentals kick out a lighthearted melody. For a fleeting moment, the song winds down, teasing fans with some catchy riffs only to surge forward with an cinematic finish. “The Prospect” is highly-contagious and marvelously uplifting. Conner Gilbert demonstrates effortless sophistication with intricate patterns that seem to flow naturally. The song creates a panoramic journey as interpreted in the lyric video. Conner captures fans, achieving the apex of listening satisfaction with creative insight, strong vocals, and polished instrumentals. Experience the sounds of Conner Gilbert, by checking out his official lyric video, now streaming on YouTube.

Listen to Conner Gilbert Perform “The Prospect” on YouTube.

Conner600x6002Recognized as an accomplished musician, Conner Gilbert is no stranger to performing. After working with several other bands, he has embarked on his solo journey as an artist. As a young musician, Conner gains inspiration from the sounds of the 1960s and the 1990s which can be heard in his songwriting. He released his debut album ‘The View From Within’ on April 24, 2009 which was followed by the release of his single “Here’s To The Days” in January 2011. Regarding Conner’s debut album, Jim Price of the Altoona Mirror says, “Gilbert’s soaring voice and vocal harmonies provide a fresh listen from start to end.” Check out more music from Conner Gilbert and check out his full tour schedule on his Official Website www.connergilbertmusic.com.

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Kenny Fame – Soul of a Man (Volume 1) Eclectic Jazz-Rock Infusion

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Soul0Kenny Fame international singer, songwriter, poet has a rock, jazzy yet urban mix album ‘Soul of a Man’. The track ‘Ain’t No Biggie’ is a combination reggae and soul, yet with a contemporary blues twist. ‘Broken Valentine’ instrumental reverberates and accentuates lyrics of a broken heart. The lyrics captures a love connection that is one-sided event. The song ‘On the Subway’ the singer captures daily events and personalities encountered on a subway ride. As he watches the riders, his curiosity heightens by envisioning the life’s journey of these riders. ‘She’s a Runner’ a combination of rock, contemporary acoustic guitar that blends with distinctive lyrics depicting lover that refuses to commit. On the track, ‘We Came to Play’ its jazzy rock infused beat stirs the depth of the innermost soul. Definitely easy listening with poignant instrumental selection that easily wraps around your heart, soul, and mindset. An album that encompasses varied genres to entice your inner being.
Listen to Kenny Fame Ain’t No Biggie

Fame is originally from Brooklyn but currently resides in London, UK. His career took off in 2010, after winning a poetry contest at the 10th Annual Black Writers Conference. In 2014, track ‘Artist on the Verge” was selected at the New Music Seminar and he was named Indie Bands Guru. Currently, Fame is a participant in ‘Hard Rock’ competition. Kenny Fame has written for artist Rihanna to One Direction. He has had five #1 songs featured on the Internet Radio. Check Kenny out on his Official Website.

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KickBend “Someday” Single Powerful Vocals and Instrumental

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KickBendKickBend international vocalist, musicians, and producers, recently released the single “Someday”, a smooth powerful track evoking an emotional love journey solidify by burst of instrumental interludes. The drums, piano, acoustic and bass guitars intensifies the flow of the song. The raspy-country, yet bluesy vocals frame the setting of the story, love will come, but not today.
KickBend begins with the cello that produces a smooth but ebbing account of emotions. Vocalist soulful voice tells the emotional journey of one searching for love. The intensity of the instrumental interludes builds up to the climax, with electric and acoustic guitar, as well as the drums and piano. The cello smoothly brings “Someday” to its closure. This song demonstrates the crest and ebbs along a journey of love. It makes you want to slow dance, sing, moan, cry, yet it leaves one hopeful.

The track is a powerful yet modern rendition depicting that love is nearby and obtainable. KickBend’s “Someday” was mixed and engineered by Larry Millas at World Stage Studios; mastered by Collin Jordan in The Boiler Room in Chicago. KickBend released “Spin” March 2014 which was engineered and mastered by Erick Nelson Yoder at Horse Drawn Productions in Berwyn, IL. In 2012, KickBend produced “Crumbs” and “Taken” (featured Jessica Robinson); produced by Danny Karabaic at DK Media, mixed by Eric Yoder at Horse Drawn Productions. KickBend’s music style encompasses soul, blues, pop, country and definitely folk. It is a style that internationally people are thirsting for.
Listen to Kick Bend Someday, now streaming on Soundcloud.


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Hooyoosay Wrong Kind of People EP Fresh Indie Pop Sounds

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3100838If you have grown weary from the sounds of commercial pop music, then Indie is one of the best routes for discovering fresh pressed music. What started as a fun collaboration between friends evolved into a dynamic band known as hooyoosay. The band just released their latest EP, ‘The Wrong Kind of People’, an upbeat alloy of rock, Euro-pop, and country-infused numbers that showcase the band’s eclectic style and flair for the unconventional.

‘The Wrong Kind of People’ takes a satirical approach to music, delivering meaningful lyrical content through the EP’s 4 entertaining songs. Numbers like the title track “The Wrong Kind of People” deliver feel-good vibrations and playful melodies while blending classic rock and doo-wop styles. After an uplifting journey into the world of indie sounds, fans will enjoy “Illusions at Work”, an instrumental arrangement with distinct piano melodies, harmonicas and heartwarming sequences.

Driving rock rhythms bring “The Wrong Kind of Hello” to life while amusing listeners with catchy chords and quirky lyrics. Something about ‘The Wrong Kind of People’ seems very right as the lyrics move and elevate. Fans of country music will fancy the sounds on “The Right Kind of Friend”, another catchy number with festive riffs and down-home charm.

With a name as individual as their sound hooyoosay describes their collaboration as “no credits, no gigs” as the band records songs for the fun of it, making their material available popular digital stops such as iTunes and Amazon. hooyoosay’s work has evolved into an ongoing project. The band’s style encompasses guitar pop, classic rock, r&b, acoustic, indie pop, vintage pop, cover songs, and so much more. Rick Jamm from JamSphere described hooyoosay’s earlier work as being “all grown up, warm, wonderful, and acerbic music”. Learn more about the band by visiting their official website at www.hooyoosay.com.

 

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