Southern California 9-piece Ska/Rock/Reggae/Pop-Punk Band Half Past Two has released its latest single “Mean Green” from the band’s upcoming full-length album on all streaming platforms. Check out the song here:
Produced by David Irish with Meagan Dolce at Pot of Gold Recording, the song is meant to be fun but also hold a strong message. Guitarist Max Beckman said the single is a return to form for the band while also a way of challenging themselves.
“The writing process started like many of our songs with Tara’s lyrics and a basic structure by myself,” Beckman said. “Pre-pandemic the two of us had been writing more closely with trombonist Jack Sneddon who brought a whole new life to the track with his arrangement for the horn section and main guitar riff. In the studio we got deep into the arrangement, adding multiple layers of vocals and weaving synth and guitar leads. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product and think it’s one of our best tracks to date.”
After five studio releases and over 100 shows to their name, Half Past Two have headlined at the House of Blues Anaheim and Chain Reaction, and have supported national and international touring acts including Reel Big Fish, The Aquabats, Less Than Jake, The Skatalites, RX Bandits, The Selecter, The English Beat, Mustard Plug, The Toasters, and Pato Banton.
Love Letters From Space has released “The Note in Her Hand,” a new song that brings awareness to depression and suicide. Check out the song below:
Upon first listen, the track begins with a cheerful vibe as harmonious vocals and a melodic piano line flow in. Though it quickly becomes apparent this song has a deeper meaning, with the “note” from the title being the suicide note from a girl. The lyrics transform into the note itself, illustrating the hardships that many people battling depression go through, such as only having one way out and seeing the world better off without them. It is clear the song wants to bring awareness to this topic, and it does so in a tactful way.
At this point, the song picks up with a driving guitar and upbeat drums. Love and support become the theme here with a lyrical focus on searching for ways to deal with depression. The video shows some popular figures who seemed to have it all yet still succumbed to committing suicide, truly illustrating the fact that mental problems can affect anyone.
The song had a goal of bringing awareness to a subject that many wouldn’t address, being bold in its approach yet still providing entertaining value in the musical talent on display, which is nothing short of outstanding. In the end, the song accomplishes what it sets out to do. Bravo on the singing, instrumental performances and spotlight on a serious issue affecting many people today. We look forward to hearing more from Love Letters From Space.
The distinct voice of Gregory Dillon paired with chillwave synths merge to form a nostalgia-inducing cover of the emo pop band The All-American Rejects’ “Swing Swing.” Check out the song below:
The track opens with a spacey vibe as Gregory’s clear and mighty voice instantly captivates, reconstructing the original song’s rock setting into an enlightening chamber of self-discovery. It’s easy to lose track of space and time as the extraordinary sensation of the cover is expansive and ethereal yet personal and vulnerable. Gregory’s ability to meld his potent voice without overtaking from the smoother instrumentation is a balance that confirms his skill of understanding song composition and what is needed to make the best possible art.
Every cover song attempt offers many possible varying end results based on the artist’s skill and intention, and clearly Gregory knows what works for him if he can take an alternative rock anthem and transform it into something he call his own. “Swing Swing” has been given new life with this Synthwave version and will surely lead to a continuing avenue of creativity for the rising star.
French Pop electro band MD One has released its second single “Bombe A” on Jan. 29 from their upcoming debut album “Twelve Stars” coming out 2021. The song is uplifting in its lyrics and free flowing in its sonic rhythms. Check out the music video below:
The opening guitar is lonesome and thoughtful but quickly leads into a head bobbing and foot tapping beat. Vocalist David Granger’s message of finding chemistry with someone else and lighting up desire is elating in nature and enhances the sentiments of the song, activating both the mind and the body of the listener. The synthesizers at the midway point transform the track into a dance rock experience and showcase the abilities of composer Marc Vindret, known as the alchemist of sounds. Many instruments are layered onto each other and are well balanced to provide a nice crescendo into the final verses of “sweet desire” and “feeding the fire.” The overall song is radio friendly yet offers the profound meaning usually found within deep cuts. “Bombe A” offers a true feeling of euphoria felt in every bone of the body and is a required listen for those looking for something modern and stylish.
MD One has created a sound of their own, taking inspiration from many different locations and we can’t wait to see where they’ll end up next. To find out more on MD One, check them out on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and their official site.
Xayberoptix premiered a new song on Feb. 14 that will light up the dance floor and make you wave your hands in the air from excitement. “Before it Ends” is a modern take on the electronica genre made to fit right in with any classic dance playlist. Check out the promo virtual concert below:
Written and produced by Laos-native Xayberoptix and featuring Laura S. Wright on vocals, “Before it Ends” is a catchy, upbeat dance anthem that could shine at any EDM festival. Harkening back to the pulsing beats found in the early 90s dance club scene, “Before it Ends” combines body-moving rhythms with romance-inked lyrics, resulting in a new fusion best accompanied by strobe lights and pyrotechnics. The song demonstrates Xayberoptix’s command of the electronica genre, as he intertwines smooth keyboard melodies to drive the song while backing synths ease in and out to fill out the deep end. His collaboration with Laura is a perfect match as her voice elevates the song to the next level, adding strong emotion to match the high party energy.
Xayberoptix is no stranger to composing and producing tracks of all genres, and we’re excited to see where the next stop is on the unique musical road ahead of him. To stay up to date with all things Xayberoptix, check out his Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and YouTube channel.