The Stangs “American Session”

This Indie-Rock band  “The Stangs” is from Pembrokeshire in Western Wales. Their EP called “American Sessions” will be released song by song over the summer. The music is rough like most rock but has a brilliant sound that has a classic rock vibe.

The Stangs

They were formed in 2015, they have played many live shows in the UK and have hit Spotify making a name for themselves on the web. Graeme Heath is on vocals, Josh Lomas is bass and Glenn Alcock is drums making up the three person rock band.

Michael Baker is the producer of this band, he found them during a show at London’s The Troubadour, the band was then invited to do a recording session in New Jersey, starting the journey of their EP “American Sessions.”

My favorite song on this EP is “She’s A Stranger” it has a different sound than the rest of the EP and I defiantly have a special place in my heart for this song. I like the song because you can easily relate because we all have had that feeling with someone we just met and thought we liked, but, they were a stranger. This song encapture’s it all, the feeling of meeting someone for the first time but having the feeling you like them but “for all I know she could be a heartbreaker.”

American Session Album cover B&W

I will be on the lookout for more songs from this band. The songs have me interested to see where they go and what comes next!


Music:

“She’s a Stranger”
Spotify: https://rebrand.ly/spotif294
Apple Music: https://rebrand.ly/shesa4ee3

“The Beekeeper”
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2BiaD703N9WOqbEO4UTlNy
Apple: https://itun.es/us/0PnSkb


Websites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheStangsBand/

Main Site: http://www.thestangs.co.uk/




Eva & The Oak: Floriography EP Review

Eva & The Oak

The band “Eva & The Oak”, now from Boston, started out in Raleigh, Noa Carolina, with lead vocals, guitar and songwriter Madeline Parascandola, drum player and percussionist Nick Parascandola, bass player Connor Barry, pianist Jake Rosenberg, violist Dan Lay and Steven Xia who does sound design and additional guitar.

I asked what the inspiration for the EP was and got this response from Madeline Parascandola:

The initial inspiration for the EP was a dysfunctional relationship in my teenhood, though as the ep progresses more comes to surface. Lust begins to bloom amidst youth and innocence, and an urge for vengeance- rather, an urge to haunt- begins to develop. We see this especially in “Peony Heart.” Peonies, in floriography, symbolize both shame and purity. The EP resolves with “Remember the Iris” as personal power is regained.Madeline Parascandola

Madeline Parascandola

Eva & The Oak are a dream pop/indie band, and their music gets unique rings from many different sounds, including the viola, drums, and the piano. The voice they add as well makes them stand out.  Dream Pop came from the Eighties, in between alternative rock and non-psychedelia music, and it is defined as “texture as much as melody”. That is very likely the reasoning behind the title of the EP “Floriography”, which means “the language of flowers”, relying a lot on how a flower feels or smells.

The music definitely has a unique taste to it and is also a good listen. The combination of instruments and  vocals give off a dreamlike quality. I enjoy the music for it is both different and relaxing. The different instruments give it a calmer tone, enhanced by deep and soothing vocals from lead singer Madeline.

When I asked the band members what they liked most about being part of a band:

 

Connor Barry (electric and upright bass): I first heard Maddy play about two years ago and since then I’ve been captivated by her singing and her songwriting. To be able to be a part of that process is my favorite part of playing in the band. Every night the songs evolve and change but the inspiration at it’s core is continually fascinating for me.

Jake Rosenberg (keys): What’s key for me is that we are all trying to bring the same elements out of the music, we aren’t trying to communicate the songs in different ways- obviously we have different roles and such- but searching for similar means of communicating ideas through the music as we grow together is something I enjoy in the sound and what excites me, like how tight we can get.

Dan Getty (drums and percussion): My favorite part of playing together is making little changes and decisions on the fly. Every time I play the song, it’s ever so slightly different.

Madeline Parascandola (voice, guitar, songwriting): These are all songs I wrote in solitude- you know, usually under a tree somewhere in North Carolina- from as early as 16 years old, so to watch the songs evolve with everything each band member has to offer is always beautiful. It’s just something I never would have imagined back then.

Steven Xia (production, sound design): When Maddy and I first started working on these songs it was about 2 years ago. To hear them go from just a melody and some strummed chords to what we wrote together and the production I’ve done, is something her and I have been waiting to hear in the physical world for a long time. And to hear that in different tonal spaces and venues with improvisation? It’s like free remixes all the time!Connor Barry, Dan Getty, Madeline Parascandola and Steven Xia

My favorite song out of their EP was the first song I listened to called “Remember The Iris”. It has the deep vocals and great instrumentals characteristic of their other songs, but the lyrics are really what got to me. “Called upon The Fae to send you sleep/Picked from lavender fields in the in-between/Shaking in your bed they set it to steep in your/Boiling mind” is the first verse of the song and very soothing, I loved both “The Fae” and “Lavender Fields” because both are peaceful in lore.

Song link: https://soundcloud.com/eva-and-the-oak/remember-the-iris?in=eva-and-the-oak/sets/floriography

My final question to the band was how the band was formed, and Madeline and Steven replied:

“In my early teens I was in awe of the underground freak folk scene in Raleigh. I was always watching my brother play around in different bands. Eventually we began playing together-garage shows and such. We both ended up moving to Boston and right off the bat I met Steve, Connor and Jake.”
Steven answered: “I remember very well the first time Maddy and I met. Connor was there too actually. Connor and I were playing in a different band at a house show in Revere, MA I believe. Maddy was opening up for us with a solo set and one word comes to mind: Angelic. She even had a white dress on to boot! So some months pass and the band Connor and I are in says we are getting another singer in the group, and it’s Maddy! And I was like “Finally now I have an excuse to actually talk to this amazing musician!” So a year and some change goes by and during a tour, Maddy and I got real close and she was sharing a lot of her personal music with me. I had quit the band that we had been in together before Eva & the Oak at this point, but me and Maddy always wanted to keep doing music together. So we started Eva & the Oak.”Madeline Parascandola and Steven Xia

The whole EP is a totally relaxing and surreal experience and represents the genre very nicely. I totally recommend listening to Eva & The Oak and give the band 5 stars.


A live song called “Benny Bear:”

Websites:
https://evaandtheoak.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/evaandtheoak/?fref=ts
https://www.instagram.com/eva_and_theoak/
http://www.littleoakband.com




Camille Peruto “From the Sea to the Sky”

The sound of Camille Peruto’s album “From the Sea to the Sky” is upbeat and heartwarming. Peruto has a powerful voice, and she lets it shine in this album. She is from New Jersey and was on American Idol, Season 14. She opened for Anna Nalick (Breathe -2AM) and Tim Reynolds of The Dave Matthews Band!

Camille commented that:

Opening for Anna was a huge achievement for me. I have always been inspired by her songs, and since the day I met her she has been giving me advice whenever I need it! Opening for Tim was extremely exciting too! I was voted the winner in a contest to play the show with him. I am so grateful for the people who voted, and it just makes me really hopeful for the future of my career! That was my first show singing on stage in front of hundreds of attentive people! It was a dream come true!Camille Peruto

Congratulations to Camille! I personally love Anna Nalick (especially “Breathe – 2AM”), and I think it is amazing that she got to open for her – I am super jealous that she got to meet her. I am very happy for Camille that she got her dreams, as not many do.

Camille explained this about American Idol:

It was a learning experience. It was extremely fun and surreal, but also very eye-opening. There were so many amazing singers who would get cut and then they would put comedy acts through. I guess it goes to show that it is reality tv, and that’s what you sign up for! I had a great time and met many wonderful peopleCamille Peruto

I cannot even imagine what being on American Idol must have been like, it would have been surreal for me too, but I cannot sing, so it would have been more of an embarrassing fail! Camille has come very far since American Idol, with her release of the album “From the Sea to The Sky” this January, and previously her album “Sparrow” in 2013.

She told me her inspiration for the album “From the Sea to The Sky” was:

I wanted this album to be contemporary-sounding but very honest and meaningful. I had the songs written, and I wanted to carefully craft the album in a way that would tell a handful of stories but also still work together as one. I was mainly inspired to create a body of work that would flow and mean something special to people who heard it.Camille Peruto

Camille Peruto

I agree that the songs are very honest and down-to-earth! I personally love the whole album. It fits my genre, although I skip between many genres. I adore Biscuit Moon and Crooked Roads.

The main reason I like Biscuit Moon is for the songs’  lyrics.  They speak to me. “I’ll dream until I cry” particularly got to me, then a few seconds later “Isn’t it a funny little world we live in” along with the chorus “I am on my way home.” Home has many different meanings to me: it is where you find yourself and where you find where you belong and surrounding yourself by people, or sometimes things, that you love. It is also about love, and I know a little about love and that it is hard to find it. When you come home to love, it is the best feeling in the world.

Crooked Roads is the first song on the album and I instantly fell in love with it. I like the first line “Off the line not quite right/Time is keeping”. It speaks to me for many reasons because I sometimes feel myself off the line of the world while my dreams and time are keeping me still. I also like “Scared to find borrowed time” because I’m scared that I’ll find that I did something again and again and that I just didn’t do it right. The chorus “Crooked roads no nobody knows, no nobody knows/ Crooked roads no nobody knows, no nobody knows/Bottled up and brittle its hard it to meet the middle and your so close/That’s where crooked roads go…” ‘Bottled up and brittle’ relates to me because I always bottle up my feelings, and it is when you get to the middle and are so close that is indeed where crooked roads go.

Here is the link to Crooked Roads on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/camilleperuto/crooked-roads-2

Album Cover

I asked Camille what her favorite track was and she answered:

I have a lot of favorites! Lately, I have been loving Lagoon (the last track). Though my favorite changes everyday! I love the production of Lagoon. I actually chose to put it last on the album as opposed to the beginning because I want there to be something to look forward to!Camille Peruto

I like Lagoon too, to be honest! It is an interesting track, although I do enjoy the other two I previously mentioned a bit more. Lagoon does have an awesome sound and amazing vocals though. I find the lyrics of Lagoon extremely interesting. I love the idea of escaping to a lagoon with a lover under the moon.

I inquired what Camille’s favorite part of being a singer was, and she told me:

I love being a role model and using the platform I’m on to be a good example to people. I’ll play at schools, hospitals, benefit concerts – all of these are full of amazing people who I want to share my gift with. I just want to make someone’s day a little better by singing them one of my songs. That is the goal!Camille Peruto

I find this inspiring and something to look up to in someone! Camille seems like someone little kids can look up to and an amazing role model. I think she is doing an amazing job at being a role model, I say congrats to her.

Camille Peruto

Overall, I choose to give the album five stars. I just love it. I hope Camille Peruto puts out many more songs and albums very soon!


Websites:
www.camilleperuto.com
www.facebook.com/camilleperutomusic
www.twitter.com/xcamillecamille
www.youtube.com/xcamillecamille

Members/Instruments:
Eric Novod – Drums
Joe Parella – Guitar/Machine
Roshane Karunaratne – Piano/Keys
Erik Kase Romero – Bass
Camille Peruto – Vocals/Acoustic Guitar




Erich Mrak: Upcoming Artist

I don’t often listen to rap/hip-hop but I think this artist is amazingly good for a genre I don’t like and has  pleasing sounding music and beat. The lyrics have a good meaning and can make you think, which is what music is about.

The particular song I am talking about is “Think About it” written by Erick Mrak himself, when asked about why he wrote it he responded:

The inspiration for writing ‘Think About It’ came from stories from a time in my life a while ago that consisted of a lot of drinking, bars, some parties, and a girl. Very happy memories, that I wanted to build a song around in order to reflect on certain memories (such as drunkenly jamming, and dancing). The opening line for me always hits home – ‘I woke up – feeling 45 – sleeping on my side – breathing in your smoke’, is a line that I’ve wanted to use in a song for a while, mainly because I can remember exactly when that was, where I was, how I was feeling, and my overall mind state at the time. At the time, it felt like the last 3 months had been one huge blur, and it was a lot to take in.Erich Mrak

The song can be found here on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/erichmrakmusic/think-about-it

Erich put out his first EP in 2016 titled V containing five tracks, including these two songs “Human Faces” and “I Don’t.”

When asked about Human Faces, Erich had this to say:

For “Faces”, we (Bento – my producer, and I) wanted to create an upbeat song, and from there, I wrote about the summer that I had just come out of.Erich Mrak

Human Faces is an inspirational song and one of my favorite of his, I recommend listening to it.

Erick Mrak has been writing songs since the age of seven and is now around the age of 21.

His favorite part about writing songs is:

My favourite part about writing music is being able to talk about what I know, to tell a story, and to communicate how I’m feeling. Wether their happy, sad, serious, sensitive, special, drunk, etc memories, I’m able to talk about them, and that helps me on a personal level, to put it all in words, and create something. Also, through writing, I’ve found that people who listen to the songs we make can relate to them. Wether it’s a relaxing song like ‘Think About It’ or a serious song like ‘Drowning Out’ ft. Maurice Moore, they we’re written to share experiences, and if they strike a chord with you, great.Erich Mrak

Erich connects on a deep level with his writing it seems like and puts a lot of effort into his music when writing, especially since he’s been writing since the age of seven!

All photo’s & cover art done by Martin Nombrado (https://www.instagram.com/bra.deau).

Erich Mrak is based out of Toronto, and is enjoying singing/rapping. I asked him about it and he remarked that:

 My favourite part about singing/rapping is how I can never learn enough. I can’t stop pushing myself, I can’t stop progressing. It allows me to be in competition with myself. As well, because of singing/rapping, I’m able to tell stories, and share experiences through music.Erich Mrak

I agree with Erich on this on so many levels, with my writing I can’t stop pushing myself. It is a deep feeling you get in your gut, if you’re a self-critic or want to better all the time then it defiantly is a competition with yourself!

His favorite part of the music industry is this:

I enjoy being in the music industry because I’m able to collaborate, and create with other artists of different genre’s, and mediums – from music, to photography, and videography.Erich Mrak

The music industry can be a tough place, at least I have heard! It can be tough with all the pressure to become an upcoming star but it seems Erich is handling the pressure well.

Erich Mrak is a new and upcoming artist which I actually came to find after listening for a while I enjoyed the music, it reminded me of Macklemore and I can enjoy some of their songs from time to time

Erich Mrak

 


Websites
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/erichmrakmusic
Twitter : https://twitter.com/ErichMrakMusic
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ErichMrakMusic/
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/erichmrakmusic/




TALIA “Thugs They Look Like Angels”

I like the sound of TALIA – they have a good combination of guitar, drum and vocals. “Thugs They Look Like Angels” is an interesting album.  The whole album has interesting instrumentals and good vocals throughout.

I asked one of the band members, Nicolas Costa, what inspired them to write this album, and he answered back:


“Life in Paris, the people you meet (mostly the bad ones), misadventures, being out for revenge… Some girl on some website said that sometimes our lyrics “didn’t hold any water.” First, I really resent that because I don’t really sing “I love you baby let’s get married” or “Let’s party all night with Jack Daniel’s” (although I have nothing against these kinds of songs) and I worked on those lyrics, but then I felt sorry for the writer because she didn’t have enough imagination to make something out of it… That’s for the lyrics, for the music we wanted to sound more like we sound live, I know it’s kind of a cliché but we overproduced the previous record and i didn’t want to make the same mistake”Nicolas Costa

Album Cover

Nicolas Costa

 

One song, “American Bride” has great vocals, awesome drum beat and great guitar riffs. It has a unique sound sequence between 2:03 and 2:25 where the guitar stops and has a killer drum sound.

I think “American Bride” is about a couple that is having abuse problems, and they want to get married – they have the dream of the “American Wedding/Bride” and they get so far off path until they realize they love each other. Then they do get married because the man regrets abusing the woman. Also, if you notice, everything is in reverse leading up to the wedding.

The reason I think this is because of the man drinking and the woman tied up in barbed wire. Also, between 0:34 and 0:35, the woman is crying. Then, a little bit after that, the lyrics “After dusk is falling/Physical at night” is followed by the man about to hit the woman. In the end, though, they get married.

I do not support spousal abuse, at all, but if you can work through it then that is great! In this video, they did, and I think it is an extraordinary video.

Go ahead and tell me if I am wrong with this analysis and share your opinions! I’m captivated by the depth of the video and song. It is amazing and should be shared.

Another notable song is “Johnny Bait”, which they performed live at The Whisky a Gogo in Hollywood, CA. The drums, guitar, and vocals are just as good as in “American Bride”. I especially appreciate the lyrics You can’t call me baby. The song has a positively catchy ring to it and a good tune to go with it. I am not the biggest fan of this but it is catchy and worth listening too.

When questioned about what inspired him to write “Johnny Bait”, Nicolas responded:

“Johnny Bait was about a girl I met that was younger than me, nothing happened really it was more a fantasy than anything else, but it was a time when my life took a turn for the better and somehow she embodied some of that…When we finished recording the song we thought it sounded a bit seedy and we liked it ^^”Nicolas Costa

 

Alice Thomas

My ultimate favorite song out of the album “Thugs They Look Like Angels”  would have to be “High Strung”. I love the beat and the lyrics “This town is getting the best of me” because I can relate. It is a very well put together song.

Another great song is “The Flood” because has very down-to-earth lyrics and also speaks to me. “I’d rather sit with the freaks and wait for the fun” and “Liars will lie through their teeth and it won’t stop.” These lyrics are true, especially the part about liars.

Regarding his favorite song, Nicolas replied:

“My favorite to play is Johnny Bait, it’s laid back and the crowd seems to like it a lot… I like the sound of High strung on the record and a part of the lyrics gave the record its name”Nicolas Costa

 

TALIA is a punk, grunge, indie band based off 90’s rock that comes from Paris, France and Los Angeles. The band members include Alice Thomas, who does bass and back-up vocals, Nicolas Costa, who does guitar and lead vocals, and Hervé Goardou who plays the drums. “Thugs That Look Like Angels” is their third album. The first two are “Cockroach Killer” (2008) and “Permanent Midlife Crisis” (2013).

When I picked his brain about his favorite part about being in the band, Nicolas told me:

“It’s gonna sound cliché again but the live part is the best, because it’s what you dream about when you’re a kid, you don’t dream about spending hours in a studio redoing the same part over and over (even if I really like being in a studio now) or in front of your note pad trying to figure out if “good” rhymes better with “food” or “understood” 😛 More seriously, the few years I spent without a band felt like a waste of time, it’s something I need…Nicolas Costa

They opened for The Datsuns in August 2013 in Paris, France, then for Catfish and The Bottlemen in November 2014 (Paris). After that, Lonely the Brave in April 2015 and Reverend Horton Heat in July 2015 (Paris). They had over 100 shows in France – isn’t that amazing? I’ve always wanted to go to France so I think it is amazing! They also have another show scheduled for 2017!

Nicolas’s favorite part about Paris is:

“You never know how things are gonna turn out, so it can be kind of exciting”Nicolas Costa

To wrap it up, this band is wickedly talented – everything from their guitar riffs to their good drum beat, to deep song meanings, to great vocals…they have it all!

 




Post Death Soundtrack: The Unlearning Curve

Post Death Soundtrack: The Unlearning Curve


My first impression of this psychedelic/industrial rock trio from Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto) was that it was a new sound that I absolutely loved and couldn’t wait to share with people. They are different, I’ve never really listened to psychedelic rock before but I definitely enjoyed their different tune and how down to earth they are. The subjects they cover matter and I love the lyrics – they speak to me.

Here is “Through The Gates”:

“Through The Gates” has a very emotional tone to it. You can hear the vocalists put a lot of effort into it. I love the illusion of standing your ground and how many of us just let go. It is a very well written song.

My favorite song from The Unlearning Curve is “That Which Is”. I instantly fell in love with it, and my next favorite is”Through The Gates,” although honestly, I adore the whole album.

The band was founded back in 2007 by Buck and Moore in Calgary. They were influenced by bands like Massive Attack and Skinny Puppy and got attention from magazines who called them out of the ordinary.  They now are out of Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary where they originally started.

The band members do different jobs; both Buck and Moore do vocals and lyrics except for one track which the chorus was helped by Colin Everall (who helps with piano and drums) which was Track #7.  Buck also helps with producing and engineering alongside Ireson. Ireson is the bassist and producer, and all songs are by them except for one track which was also helped by Colin Everall which is Track #5. The album art cover art is done by Kayla Aileen Brown.

Jon Ireson came into the band later in 2008, when the band got more popular. They knew Ireson from previous stage encounters and that is how he came to the band to do bass and be the producer alongside Kenneth Buck.

Jon Ireson

In 2010 Post Death Soundtrack released “Ultraviolence” with the new song “Little Alice”
Which the video can be found here: https://postdeathsoundtrack.bandcamp.com/video. I adore “Little Alice”. It has a good story to the song and the video is really well done.

After another 3 years, they released “The Unlearning Curve” which has (in my opinion) amazing out of this world sound and vocal plus good messages portrayed in their music. I would recommend it to anyone who likes rock. The album is available for free download and vinyl format as well on Spotify


Band Page Website: https://postdeathsoundtrack.bandcamp.com/
Band Page: Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Post-Death-Soundtrack-247719198207/
Homepage: https://postdeathsoundtrack.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/postdeathsoundtrack
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/post_death_soundtrack/
Kayla Aileen Brown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MissKaylaBean/
Produced at Suite Sound Labs in Vancouver: http://www.suitesoundlabs.com