Joey Flats’ latest track “WASTED” is a surprising departure from the rapper’s previous work. Tapping into an alternative rock nerve, the song’s electric sounds and heartfelt vibes will delight dedicated fans and newcomers alike. Check out the song below:
“WASTED” is a well composed song with catchy hooks, clean guitars and fluid vocals all wrapped up in top-notch production. The immersive lyrics give a sense of desperation, which leads to multiple listens, leaving a lasting impact on the listener. The words capture a moment in a relationship and exposes the vulnerability we feel when we depend on others.
It’s always interesting to hear an artist create music in different genres. The clear production and vocal overlays found in rap and Hip-Hop come through here nicely and show that distortion and soaring guitar solos aren’t always needed to make a solid rock song. The overall sound of this track would not be out of place in a skate-pop-punk mixtape. If you’re looking for fast, youthful and awesome, look no further than “WASTED.”
We look forward to hearing more from Joey Flats and we’re curious to see what genre he jumps into next. To see and hear more of Joey, click here.
Indie underground rock duo Blood Bullet return with a stack of 16 hot tracks on their latest album “Eternal Return Vol. 1: Conquered by the Past,” released this January. The songs are loud, brash, sometimes sinister, but always focused on keeping the beats rolling and the riffs flowing without straying into the world of experimentation or reflection.
“Eternal Return Vol. 1” is the LA band’s third release on the XV Empire label and first since 2016. In addition to Isiah Zombie’s cryptic vocals and Brandon Dean’s signature guitar playing, Blood Bullet has recruited Andrei Skliarov to perform bass on all songs to fill out the low end. Their combined efforts result in a full sound not heard before in the BB canon.
“The addition of bass from our friend Andy is really what separates this album from our previous releases,” Isiah Zombie says. “It makes us sound closer to a full band.”
The story behind the concept album tells of a war between the zombies and vampires in a distant land as they fight for the last remaining humans to devour. Ultimately, the story is in place to string along the narrative but not entirely necessary to understand for enjoying the music.
Overall, anyone looking for a punk-infused hard rock journey should look no further than Blood Bullet’s “Eternal Return Vol. 1.” Check out BB’s Soundcloud to listen to the album in full and check out their CDBaby to purchase for $9.99.
Although this album has just come out, Blood Bullet is already working on Vol. 2 for a 2021 release.
Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Opâru has released a new video for “The Deep End,” which focuses on the beautiful aspects of nature and blending them with an urban landscape. Check out the video below:
Opāru is the moniker of Los Angeles-based songwriter-singer and actress Dianna St. Hilaire, who is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is creating haunting electro music with dark undertones, and “The Deep End” shows off her influences that can be found throughout the record, including the likes of Mt. Eden, Lindsey Stirling, director David Lynch, American Horror Story, and Zola Jesus.
The new single is a love song to her beloved and admires the strengths and the flaws in a relationship, but most importantly it focuses on the depth of what most humans attempt to attain in their lifetime. The video features time-lapsed visuals of nature and the hustle and bustle of a city at night and highlights the importance of finding compassion for living things and being mindful of your inner animal.
“The music represents pure animalistic human emotion,” St. Hilaire said. “It epitomizes what it is like to be human by transcending the human experience with self-discovery and acceptance of who we are on an emotional level.”
Hilaire started to write and perform music at a very young age in choir and musicals. Her first instrument was the piano and she taught herself the craft of reading and writing music. In her late teens, she began performing with punk bands and for producers as a back-up/studio vocalist in New Mexico where she took on her first musical alias with the group Versailles. Partnering with the infamous Kim Fowley (The Runaways, Kiss, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper), she has toured the US extensively, been featured on the official Grammy ballots, as well as charting on Billboard. In 2015, St. Hilaire decided to reinvent herself with the new project Opāru that focuses on experimental electronica, 80s synth pop and alternative rock.
“’The Deep End’ is about a unique equality between two people on an emotional and physical level,” Opāru said. “Our survivability paired with our own hopes and dreams and how we can make them a reality for each other by helping one another to change the world.”
Canadian electronic artist Voldo Blanka released a new music video for his first single “Go Your Way” from his recently released album “Nuns Enjoy a Mandman.” Check out the track here:
Directed by Nathan Kim, the video was shot in the dark and grungy alleys of Los Angeles and features actors Stewart and Judson Emery as they reunite after exploring the depths of the city. The artistic yet reality-based video fits the melody driven single, which is built around a classical piano line and features haunting electro-vocals that take you to space. The inventive instrumentation is reminiscent to the likes of Hundred Waters or Chromatics and is a track to be played repeatedly to the end of the year.
Voldo Blanks is the moniker of Neu Mannas, who was the frontman of alternative rock group Head of the Herd, the first band in Canadian history to have a #1 rock single without a record label. After three albums and years on the road, Neu Mannas left to hone his skills as a composer for screen. Although he falls under the umbrella of electronic, he is also a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and film composer whose concept lends itself to the realm of alternative electronica.
Last Giant has recently released its sophomore album “Memory of the World.” Check out the the opening song “Living in Photographs” here:
Last Giant began as a solo project by bandleader Ryan Heise (ex- System and Station) who collaborated with a group of touring musicians to take his “Heavy Habitat” debut album out on the road. He has since teamed up with Palmer Cloud on bass and Matt Wiles on drums to create “Memory of The World.”
The opening song “Living in Photographs” starts with a techno greeting before diving into the alternative rock sound that fans have come to expect from Last Giant. The riff is poppy and fun sounding, perfect for upbeat car rides. The chorus is catchy and the vocals by Heise are top notch, coming together to form a proper introduction to the album. The song is about the social media lifestyle many people live and how everyone is living in the pics they post online. “Diamond Decade” follows up with a heavy riff that is edgier and rocks harder than you would expect, truly being a representation of their louder inspirations such as Led Zeppelin.
“The Comedian” features some interesting keys in the beginning that soon delves into their trademark Jane’s Addiction style grunge with a breakdown featuring satisfying drums rolls that play off the guitar-work well. The next song “Toys for the Devil” has a very 70s groove riff that can make anyone start head-bobbing and the song’s guitar solo adds substance to the overall album that has so far lacked any standout solos.
After the four opening rock songs, “Inventory” slows things down with thought-provoking lyrics and a sentimental melody. This song shows Last Giant can go beyond the expected rockers by adding textures to their recordings and allowing their instruments to propel their message forward. Next up is “Drastic Plastic,” the fastest composition that is anchored on a strong rhythm section that carries everything along at quick pace. This track seems to have punk-inspired influences but mixed in a 90s alternative atmosphere.
“In the Calm” continues on with the trademark Last Giant sound of heavy groovers layered with clear, and determined vocals. The songwriting follows the pop format of catchy hooks yet has unexpected twists and turns that are reminiscent of the best progressive acts. Also, the end of the song is intense and one of the most aggressive performance heard so far. “Coverz” has the most bizarre opener with distorted vocals over a couple of guitars playing. It’s a welcome surprise and offers a change of pace to keep listeners on their toes. This hybrid track is part a loud-banger and part introspective toward the end, and illustrates their progressive influences well.
The electro vibes kick in to start “Blood on the Road” when suddenly the slow pounding drums introduce the guitars that sound straight from Soundgarden with head-banging riffs along the hard-jamming drum and bass. At this point the album has already proved its worth and any additional songs of high quality are just the cherry on top. “All the Same” features passionate screaming that demonstrate Last Giant’s dedication to their craft while the closer “Saint Paul” brings it all to a close with a bluesy riff that underlines the narrative about the murder of innocent Philando Castile at the hands of police officers. The song ends the album with an explosive finale.
Mixing engineer Paul Malinowski (Shiner, The Life and Times, Riddle of Steel) and co-producer Larry Crane (Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, Tape Op) did a phenomenal job at putting the great talent that is Last Giant and making the instruments and vocals stand out while blending in. “Memory of the World” is a recommended listen to anyone who enjoys heavy jams and raucous riffs fronted by a legitimate singer who knows how to pen songs and bring us the rock.