Self deprecating humor being my own personal crutch, I can appreciate an artist that refers to herself as wearing ‘homeless lady clothes’. Her wardrobe notwithstanding, Hailey de Almeida, shows a great deal of promise in her first EP. Incredibly young and incredibly raw, there are a number of rough edges in the songwriting and arrangements that will need smoothed out, but there’s potential there. With increased production value to her videos, some added experience crafting her songs, and the right people around her, she’s a solid developmental prospect. But, give her a listen for yourself and see what you think.
I’ve never heard a band refer to themselves as Black Pop; but I do get a certain Armor for Sleep vibe from Long Island based, Love, Robot. Lead singer, Alexa San Roman provides the ominous yet beautiful melodic backbone to the tracks. Not relying on a ‘hooky’ chorus, there’s a great balance struck between the melancholy drums and the anguished vocals. Give them a listen and see what you think.
Despite a fairly frightening opening sequence (if you’re a single man), “Better Man” is a charming introduction to Rhode Island Pop/Rock group, Sienna. Viana Newton fronts the upbeat New England band. While there’s nothing revolutionary about their sound or the genre, the songs are melodic and hooks catchy enough to draw in a strong audience. It’ll be interesting to see how they progress with expanded touring and time for more material. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.
[Official Bio] We’re Sienna. More specifically, we are Viana, Alex, Mike, Zach and Gregg. Making music is our one and only prerogative, and we love doing it more than anything else! The best part is when we get to go out and share our tunes with everyone and meet awesome new people. If we could take every person we meet through the band who we friggin love out for a pizza party and other fun activities, YA BETTER BELIEVE WE WOULD – but like most other bands, our funds are limited.
Our songs are about growing up, moving on, overcoming, loving, leaving, and just being a person. We sincerely hope that we can connect with and help people with the stuff we put out there. But the main thing that you can absolutely count on is that our music will make you MOVE YOUR HIPS! And hopefully drop your drawers (don’t be shy). Peace, love, and kittens.
There’s something particularly endearing about a gal who can scream. Too often female fronted bands are compared to Paramore and Evanescence. Frankly; that gets old. I don’t think Red Handed Denial, from Toronto, is going to have that problem. Lauren Babic is more likely to draw comparisons to Otep’s Otep Shamaya. Check out their video, “Divide” and see what you think of the Canadian Rockers.
[Official Bio] After releasing their debut EP, Eyes and Liquid Skies in late 2009, Red Handed Denial cut their teeth at some of the best venues in Toronto, relentlessly honing their sound while building an unforgettable live performance. In January 2012, they entered the renowned Iguana Studios to record and release their latest single “Violent Delights”, a song with the refreshing new taste of what’s to come.
Red Handed Denial’s highly anticipated debut full-length album Stories of Old was released on December 10th, 2013. Recorded with engineer/producer Mark Jossul of Mobus Music, Stories of Old truly encapsulates the struggles the band has endured over the past year. With a mix of influences from metal, pop, and even jazz, listeners of all genres will find something to love about the dynamics and versatility of RHD’s new release.
People unfamiliar with Metal historically have a hard time appreciating the more rhythmic, rather than melodic, elements that the vocals provide. Connecticut based, Currents, would be an ideal band to introduce them to the niche of the genre, as their rhythms will grab you by the throat and not let go. The guitars have unique flavor to them that blends beautifully with lead vocalist, Jeff Brown. Give them a listen and see what you think.
[Official Bio] One of the hardest hitting metal acts out of Connecticut, Currents brings together some of the most talented musicians from their area. Formerly known as We Came As Plague, in 2009 they reformed as Currents and added Patrizio Arpaia on vocals to bring the band full circle. The band is described as having ‘earth-shattering vocals, monstrous breakdowns and melodic riffs’ while encompassing that ‘Connecticut groove’. Currents is full of technicality, from striking the perfect balance of songs that make you head bang to beautifully crafted melodies that are infectious to say the least.
Through their music, Currents focuses on their message around life struggles and the overcoming of obstacles people encounter in their everyday lives. Though some of their lyrical content portrays a darker feel to the underlying message that is, to never let go and remember that whatever life throws at you, you are not alone.
Currents is a group of very positive individuals who strive to get their message out to the public and share their music. They released two singles titled, “King of Catastrophe” and “Anneliese”, which later lead to the release of their debut EP “Victimized” in January of 2013. Based on diehard passion for the music and a work ethic second to none, Currents is a hard working band whose ready for the road and has a solid platform to succeed.
Feel good Hard Rock is something difficult to find and to pull off. Bands are typically left as one or the other. I Ignite, hailing from Long Island, has done a solid balancing act, combining elements of Pop Punk and Hard Rock, which results in aggressive guitars and an almost danceable tune. If they’re able to craft a truly memorable hook and chorus that sticks with the listener, they could become a Warped Tour staple type band. If you like what you hear, give them a listen on Facebook, Twitter, or Reverbnation.
[Official Bio] The buzz surrounding Long Island 5 piece punk/metal/rock band I Ignite has been loud, proud, and overwhelmingly positive! Stemming from their first performance in December 2011, people have only been asking for more of what originally began as the brainchild and creative outlet for For The Taking/A Farewell Fire guitarist Eddie Raccioppi; the music that first began appearing on his personal Facebook music page has now exploded into a full band live show experience.
After years of paying dues as a stellar ax-man and astute songwriter in clubs and bars all over Long Island and New York City with his former bands, Eddie has laid down his guitar and traded up for a microphone, assembling some of the best musicians on Long Island who have come to truly believe in the new music and round out the project that’s really turning some heads. The members of I Ignite are comprised of veteran members from some of the Island’s best local acts under and ON the radar including: For The Taking, Aprils End, Blameshift, The New Black, and The Apparition.
“I Ignite is about life and lessons learned”, says vocalist Eddie Raccioppi who wrote and recorded the bands 8 song CD on his own. His most recent songs, “Without You” and “Falling”, are already on heavy east coast terrestrial and local Internet radio station rotation. 2012 looks to be a very promising year for I Ignite with new music, photo shoots, and a music video lined up for the band before the start of the summer months. I Ignite bring to the table a refreshing level of energy, heart, and excitement that some bands lack in today’s commercial music industry. It shows in their music, and how they play it as they continue to take the stage and continually “wow” audiences every time.