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.
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.
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!
Patrick van Zandwijk, aka TuskHead, is set to release his new song “Blue” coming out on Feb. 5. The singer-songwriter is known for blending together genres such as folk, country and bluegrass in a way that keeps the down to roots spirit of those genres while enliven it with his own signature style. “Blue” is another example of what makes TuskHead stand out above the rest.
Piano and fingerpicked guitars start off the track along with a thumping beat, giving off a sense of calm before the oncoming storm. TuskHead has a very clear and determined voice, serene yet robust, allowing the listener to feel tranquil and mighty at the same time. The song has a buildup of rollicking drums that elevate the track from a traditional Country-inspired tune into a full on anthem, with contemporary production to match up with the popular tracks of our day.
The touching verses and catchy chorus are seized by several powerful guitar solos. “Blue” makes you want to march forward with pride and grab life by the horns. Head bobbing melodies and foot stomping rhythms solidify TuskHead’s latest effort as a keeper in our favorite up-and-coming artist’s playlist.
We hope you are as excited to hear the new song as we were listening to it. To learn more about TuskHead, follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and check out his website here. To pre-save “Blue” on Spotify, click the button below.