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.
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.
Adam McClelland’s debut single “Strung Out Over You” is a love letter to all fans of feel-good music. The Country rock single hits all the high points with flair, featuring clear, strong vocals that deliver with purpose and drive. Check out the song below.
The track begins with an anthemic melody leading into touching lyrics of companionship and the feelings of being home. The tune is for those who have felt down with nowhere to go but ultimately having a partner who can bring joy and meaning to their lives. “Strung Out Over You” presents this story perfectly with interesting anecdotes, such as stumbling out of bars, that allows us to sympathize with Adam.
The song structure makes for an easy and enjoyable listening experience and could easily fit onto any contemporary playlist. The instrumentals provide the backdrop with clean acoustics, drumming that propels the song to the next level, and a hotshot guitar solo that truly displays the musicianship behind this rising star. The song is a promising start to what ‘s in store for Adam McClelland’s musical future. If this is the quality of songs we can expect moving forward, we can’t wait to hear more!
Heartache, loneliness, and longing are some of the emotions you will feel after listening to Alex Genadinik’s cover of “Blue Trolley,” a title translated to English. The song was originally by Russian poet and musician Bulat Okudzhava, who was known for subtly challenging Soviet cultural authorities.
Alex’s interpretation of the song is somber yet hopeful, as the lyrics tell the story of a night train traveling through the city as a ship at sea. The main theme of the song is that the company of strangers can help during the journey home, even if no one is talking to each other because of the ability of strangers to bond together. The song ends with the rocking train easing the pain, a delightful outlook to a soul’s troubled past.
The overall performance is a great combination of song choice, musicianship, and storytelling through unique lyrics. The choice of song by Alex allows a new, diverse audience from different backgrounds to hear a Russian song, allowing them to become interested in a new culture. The vocal delivery by Alex is soft and delicate but with driving purpose, and the instrumentation is clear and subtle, with light acoustic guitar overdubbed with a strumming pattern in the later half. A recommended listen for anyone!