At her musical essence, New Jersey singer-songwriter Rasha Jay encapsulates cross-genre soul-rock sentiments, setting her aside from the pack. Rasha Jay is due to release her latest and more emotive single, ‘Backbone’ on May 28th. Written during Feb 2020, just before a year like no other, Rasha describes the inspiration behind the newest single:
“I wrote this song in February 2020, ahead of a tumultuous year that we didn’t expect here in the US or in the world. I wrote it after hearing about my last uncle passing away on January 1st. I came home and went right to my keyboard and just started talking, then singing, then crying…and what came out of that was not just sadness and grief, but gratitude. My aunt passed away 30 days after him. Again, grief with gratitude. I felt honored to know them, to love them. That’s what Backbone is about–the visuals, the feelings, the notion of recognizing you are what you are because of a connection”.
Rasha Jay, 2021/Press-Release
The song itself is powerful and poignant, with the achingly soulful vocals of Rasha layered within the trip-hop, Portishead-Esque instrumental. The guitar’s melody echoes throughout, forcing your head to bop to the beat, luring you into forgetting the pain behind the lyricism. ‘Backbone’ is stripped down, allowing us to focus on only Rasha Jay’s stunning vocals, which were Rasha’s first vocal take. ‘Backbone’ is a raw and honest track that feels in-depth compared to the superficiality of some pop songs; it feels as if we are reading a diary entry from Rasha, able to empathise with Rasha’s trauma while simultaneously enjoying the musicalisation of the unrestrained vehemence.
Rasha Jay has grown up in the small town of Owings, Maryland, and is exemplary that no matter who you are or where you are from, you can and should make music for self-expression. ‘Backbone’ is out on all streaming platforms on May 28th, and you can hear and see more of Rasha Jay through her socials which are linked below.
Franki‘s talents knows no bounds. In her home of Hollywood, she boasts a huge repertoire in screenwriting, journalism, writing novels, and now in her brand new calling. A newly-anointed singer songwriter fuelled by attitude and fearlessness, Franki Pineapple means business in the punk rock genre.
With an interesting mix of the rage and attitude of punk, the instrumentation of a thrash song and the influences of modern day EDM, the new release “Fuck It, Man” expresses the importance of just not caring about others – make sure you do you and do it well! The track comes in radio edit format but I suggest you just Fuck it, man and listen to the proper version – it’s more fun that way!
Stephanie Carlisi, AKA Franki Pineapple, calls the hills her home, born in the building that now houses the world headquarters of Scientology – a vast difference to the woman that became Franki. From birth, she has dedicated her life to storytelling, through many different mediums. The first taste of the music world came to her when legendary songwriter and actor, JD Souther (The Eagles; Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor) hired her to transcribe his lyric journals. He encouraged her talents, nurturing the little musician into something confident, powerful and full of attitude!
With the new attitude came a new name: Franki Pineapple – sweet on the inside but spiky on the outside – suggested by her friend and producer Nararaj Tribino (PM Dawn; Nile Rodgers). Completing the identity, she donned a new logo, created by John Pasche, who also created the famous Rolling Stone’s lips and tongue – and this is where the fun really began.
Apple Inc took a disliking to Franki’s use of fruit, and pressed a lawsuit against the new artist, suing her for the use of the logo:
“Apple brought a compromise settlement to the table which I felt deep in my soul would limit me in ways I simply could not sign on for. I had done nothing wrong; I had infringed on Apple in no way; all I had done was put my heart and soul into the creation of something cool which represented peaceful rebellion; I knew I could not back down and so I decided to fight.” – Franki
Coming out on top, Franki saw this as an act of rebellion against big corporate ideologies, and a prevailing sense amongst the nonsense of the whole case.
Follow Franki on all socials to get ready for more exciting news!
Up-and-coming UK Metal band Helestios are gearing up to release their upcoming album, Your Pain Tastes Good, which is an exciting mix of tracks with influences from Metallica to Sepultura, with melodic guitar solos to suit your thrash needs.
After the horror of 2020, this album comes as a breath of fresh air to all metal fans, reminding us how the genre always stays true to itself even through conflict and social division. Your Pain Tastes Good is a reminder to both fans of the band and of metal to think positively and always look forward to the good things in life (such as the new album!)
Featuring 8 tracks with incredibly composed guitar – and vocal growls pulled from the depths of hell – this album is a story through ancient mythology and a reflection of the world around us.
Sacrifice opens the album, with the sound of throat singing setting the tune underway before the guitar enters with layers of harmony, and an intro long enough to get lost in the rhythms. Other notable tracks are You Are Free, a triumphant-sounding guitar riff with more gentle vocals to start with, before plunging straight back down into growls. The title track Your Pain Tastes Good, has a more mellow start before the triplet guitar slams in, flipping the mood on its head and reminding you once again of Helestios’ forte.
With influences from all around the world, the band pulls together a unique international feel to their music, with Henrijs Leja on vocals and rhythm guitar, Stelios Aggelis on lead guitar, Ian den Boer on drums and Agnis Aldiņš on bass. The band are based in Basingstoke, UK, but originate from all across Europe.
They combine many different techniques of music from their eclectic past and experiences across the continent, including the aforementioned throat singing by Agnis, to the Lebanese prayer intro, to Return to Baalbek, recorded by Henrijs in Lebanon during the protests in 2019. These little touches make the album incredibly accessible around the globe, simultaneously keeping the listener on their toes with exciting moments on each track, telling real tales of human struggle happening all around us right now.
“We want to provoke people to think a bit deeper and realize there’s more than everyday mainstream media has to offer. There’s enough exciting stuff going on right now in various scientific fields from uncovering very unusual facts about ancient history to modern genetics and with our new understanding we should re-apply and re-view many things that we believe are cornerstones. Not to mention the fact we live in an era when individual human rights are noticeably reduced. We’re looking to stand together with everyone, brothers and sisters and friends through metal – stand together for what is right!”
Make sure to follow Helestios on social media to not miss the album drop!
Megadeth will be releasing new music in 2021 – that’s according to the band’s bassist David Ellefson.
In a new interview, Ellefson discussed the progress of the band’s forthcoming album, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Dystopia’.
“Basic tracks are done. Overdubs now are continuing,” Ellefson told the Decibel Geek podcast. “I’m sure 2021 will see some new Megadeth music of some form – hopefully the whole album, because touring will open up and we can drop a record and the tour dates that we have rescheduled will all go forward as planned. That’s what we’re hoping.”
He added: “That’s about all I can say on it – just ’cause it’s not done yet, so it’s hard to talk about something that’s still in motion.”
Speaking about their forthcoming 16th studio album, Mustaine said: “Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and David Ellefson [bass] both just finished their parts. And this was probably one of the strongest records we’ve ever had as far as duration.
“The other records we’ve done have all done been different lengths, and our [record] contract that we have [to deliver] for one company, it’s eight songs, for another company, it’s 11 songs, so, realistically, all we need to do is do an 11-song album and we’re done, right? That’s not the way old Uncle Dave is, though.”
Indie-punk Maverick Vanderocker returns with a brand new EP – The Good Punk – a 5 track journey, bringing us a brilliant mix of punk, indie and psychedelia in this experimental EP.
Soon to be turned into a short film, the short album touches on themes of sex, voyeurism and confirms Vanderocker’s place in the alternative music scene.
Vanderocker is an indie music project lead by Adrienne Vanderocker, an LA based performance artist who comes from a family of Dutch-American classical musicians. Boasting a huge amount of talent, Adrienne composed the EP, playing guitar, bass and synth on the record. Together with the producing skills of Brandon Eggleston and several noteworthy guest artists such as Federico Pol Jr (Joe Cocker), Peter Holmström (The Dandy Warhols, PIA), and Brendan Bond (Black Pumas), the EP was born.
Vanderocker have continued to soundtrack an eccentric and dreamlike view of the world, best described by Adrienne herself:
“In my mind, it’s a basic study of humans on different levels, almost from an Alien National Geographic kind of perspective. ‘Here is Earth, a most beautiful place and here are the alluring creatures who call themselves human beings. Let’s observe them when they are just in their bodies. Now look how they change when they interact with other groups’ – like a typical lab observation, right? Which is interesting in itself; but then of course, we have to look at how amazingly powerful humans can be when they disengage from the drama and plug into something bigger than themselves. I find comfort in all of it, when I can step back and observe us the way a newcomer might.”
In the early stages of their music, Vanderocker worked more with classic rock and electronica, but through experimentation and collaboration, the sound has become more polished, honing in on the perfect hybrid genre, including trip-hop, avant garde, roadhouse blues and indie pop.
Vanderocker have continued to push musical boundaries, working with Phil Ek (Modest Mouse; Built to Spill) on single, Dear Future Self in August 2020 and appearing on the soundtrack to the PS4/XBox One/PC game, Beyond Blue. Tying all of the music together and encapsulating the Vanderocker journey, the short film, Cult for You, will be a 1920s-esque erotic flick, with shooting beginning this November.
The Good Punk is due to be released on the 13th November, and the track list goes as follows:
Cult For you opens with punchy, punk guitar that lead the track, accompanied by haunting and sensual vocals. As the harmonies layer, the track becomes more intense, leaving the listener in their own imagination.
“Earthly pleasure. Birthright. A pure journey of the flesh. The most basic, primal experiential potential of having a human body. You can get off and go about your day unaffected, or you can reach other dimensions, use sex as medicine and heal yourself and/or your other, or connect to pure God essence, just by knowing how to use your body as a vessel. Sex is a portal. I like the duality there is in sex and the sensual worlds alone- the drama, the meaning, the purpose all begins in our heads and then trickles through our bodies to be expressed and manifested.”
Endless city leads with a heavy bassline, introducing the other instruments that layer upon each other. It really gives you a nostalgic feeling of walking through an empty city at night, feeling empowered but intrigued by the mystery around you.
“Now we take the human experience out of the singular and look at it from about 50 yards away, for instance, watching small groups interact in our favourite petri dish – a city at night. This environment is a prime setting for getting the extreme highs and polar opposite lows out of people, often within the same experience. We follow our subject, seemingly feminine, through the streets where she bears witness to all of it. People’s faces become lock boxes for sins, secrets, or resilience, or heroism, and they also become the most open, revealing, expressions of themselves on the flip of a dime. There is also the idea that a city at night is also where you have the easiest access to mind altering substances, either through drugs, or euphoric divination – and seeing how the two paths can have their similarities is interesting to me. The two paths can look the same but feel and affect one in polar opposite ways. Of course, all these experiences lead to the same goal- wanting to feel loved, and oh the trouble humans go through to achieve this feeling. From an outside perspective, it would make you deeply curious what the fuss is about.”
Taking Notes boasts a more avant-garde feel to it, bringing in more electronic and psych vibes. The layering of the voices with whispers really gives a trippy feel to the track. Sit back and close your eyes, you’re in for a journey with this one. This is also included as a bonus track instrumental, which is simply incredible and really give the instruments their spotlight.
“This is the most avant-garde piece on the EP. Establishing a deep funky groove as a setting for a narrative on the human experience and how we have to go through all this strange and often painful play to be able to tap into the higher experience and of course, our true potential. I was setting up a kind of 70’s vibe as the foundation and Pete ended up putting some really cool guitar work, creating this brilliant soundscape over the piece. In case anyone wanted to enjoy this piece without the narrative, we included a bonus instrumental on the EP.”
Supercell really brings the punk into this EP, with its message about waking up, coming together and “opening the eyes of the human race”. It is a brilliant final track to the EP, especially considering what society has been through this year.
“This track takes a look at how powerful humans are when they come together for a cause .Of course, it particularly speaks to all the unrest and upset around the massive corruption and ongoing systemic racism. When I was writing Supercell I was just thinking about that superpower gene that kicks in when change happens. I wrote it thinking about it in that context and then learned what a Supercell actually is- a Supercell is the mother of all storms. It couldn’t have been more perfect.”
Keep an eye on Vanderocker’s social media accounts for the release of this fantastic and thought-provoking EP.
When you know something is good, you know it’s good. The minute we heard Charmian Devi’s new music we just knew it was special and at this present time, whilst the world is falling apart, her music allows you to escape all the troubles of the world. But first, why not get to know more about Chairmian Devi and afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to indulge her music.
“Charmian Devi has a unique gift for arrangements and composition. Vocals are sweet and sultry. She has talent and her music a sultry and fresh effort.” – Michele McManmon, The LA Indie Music Examiner.
“Such a Disgrace’ is the exact opposite with her song. It’s a groovy soul that makes your go out to her.” –IndieDial.com
Folk- rock trooper, Chairmian Devi has already written two of this year’s most infectious and seething rock songs and she also assembled a band featuring some of rock’s most revered names; guitarist Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group); Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan’s bass player since 1989; Tom Waits; Paul Simon) and Sonic Youth drummer, Steve Shelley, not to mention the talented work of Marc Urselli behind the production desk (six-times nominated and three-times Grammy award winner: Lou Reed; Mike Patton; Keith Richards; ZZ Top and many more!) Proving her standing among these rock legends, Chairmian Devi is your new rock hero!
Based in Canada, Chairmian Devi has spent her life as a musician, from melodic garage bands through to lead singer and songwriter for 90s punk band, Wretch Ethyl who became Canada’s most talk-about bands, opening for the likes of Seattle grunge legends, 7 Year Bitch and punk icons, Nomeansno. Their demise after four fraught years sadly coincided with the tragic death of her husband – it was from the burning embers of this dark and harrowing time that Charmian Devi relocated to London for two years to rebuild her life. Still haunted by her turbulent past, she returned to Canada and a new Charmian emerged, a songwriter and musician who was truly able to crystallise her experiences and express them through her music.
“I really enjoyed recording with Charmian Devi…her songs remind me of bands like the Velvet Underground, raw intuitive and in-tune with the times.” Bassist, Tony Garnier
Dedicated to a life in music and resolutely opposed to authoritarian regimes and dogma, Charmian is the embodiment of everything rock n roll stands for: truth; revolution and unyielding artistry. Her latest single, Radio of None is available on 8th April.
“I’ve really enjoyed producing Charmian because there are fewer and fewer artists today that play inspired & raw folk/rock music and are not trying to polish everything to sound more commercial. Her music speaks the truth and she puts all of herself into her songs. That’s also why I wanted to use musicians that are comfortable in an environment of spontaneous music that’s rough around the edges but carries a meaning and an attitude. Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and Sonic Youth are all raw and unapologetic and make great rock and/or folk music with powerful lyrics and meanings, so choosing Lenny, Tony and Steve was an obvious choice because that is exactly what Charmian does too!”Three-times Grammy Award-winning producer, Marc Urselli
Meshiaak will also be supporting Testament on their North American Tour with Black Dahlia Murder and Municipal Waste.
Meshiaak return with the official video for City Of Ghosts, taken from their blistering second album Mask Of All Misery, which is out now via Mascot Records.
Speaking about the video, Guitarist Dean Wells offers, “The video clip was a really fun experiment. Filming it, and directing it ourselves, we tried to capture the vibe of the song and the fun we had playing it. I think it came up great! We hope you enjoy it!” Singer Danny Camilleri adds, “Crank this up and bang your damn heads!”
Meshiaak will join The Black Dahlia Murder and Municipal Waste in supporting Testament on the band’s Spring North American Tour. The excursion brings the band to The U.S. and Canada for the first time from their native Australia. Camilleri shares, “We could not be happier to finally be coming through the United States and Canada, and what better way to do it than with Testament, Black Dahlia Murder and Municipal Waste. You will not want to miss this tour.”
It has been three years since the Australian quartet’s debut album ‘Alliance of Thieves’ dropped, which married dark undertones, heavy grooves and sophistication whilst retaining old-school metal values. Upon its release Metal Hammer applauded its “modern power/thrash metal attack,” Powerplay exclaimed that the album “bludgeons and berates the senses with incredible precision and astounding musicianship” and Classic Rock revelled in the “mix of brooding progressive metal and heavy rock.”
So, it’s no surprise then, that the band are back to continue the story and have a new member and renewed energy. Formed in Melbourne, by 4ARM’s Danny Camilleri and Teramaze’s Dean Wells with bassist Andrew Cameron, they have recruited drummer David Godfrey who replaces Jon Dette, following his departure due to logistical reasons with him being based in the US and the rest of the band in Australia.
‘Mask Of All Misery’ is an album that journey’s through a maze of toxic influences and the masks the exponents wear. “The album deals with a lot of personal reflection and issues as well as attacking or addressing much broader issues concerning perhaps the ignorance of society in regards to what’s going on around us all,” explains Camilleri.
The album barely takes a breath through the ten songs and deals with personal struggles and the inner-strength to pull yourself through as well as burrowing into the dark underbelly for an album of uncompromising heaviness. However, the band have an ability to sprinkle light, adding visions of hope lyrically and a strong sense of melody throughout the unrelenting power and musicianship of the four members.
The album was recorded and produced by Dean Wells at his Wells Productions studio in Melbourne with the songwriting partnership of Camilleri Wells. Talking about the recording process Camilleri says “We generally have an idea of how many songs we want for an album, we aren’t the kind of band that writes 20 tracks and picks the best 9 or 10 to go on the album, if something doesn’t grab us early we tend to just throw it in the bin and work on something that does! We demo every track to almost album quality before even looking at officially beginning recording, then we’ll sit on it a bit and let it digest.”
Expanding on how the writing relationship works he explains, “We don’t designate or anything like that, either Dean will come up with something cool or I will, we’ll work on it from that point until it evolves into what we envisioned in our head, though a lot of the time the song will take on a completely different face than when we first began work on it, that’s one of the most enjoyable parts about the writing process with Meshiaak. We never stop pushing the boundaries for ourselves and seeing where we can take something. I love the creative part of it all.”
From the shadow of the Egyptian pyramids, to the foot of the Hollywood hills, Show Whight‘s Rock ‘n’ Roll has followed him wherever he’s been. Now it lands in the home of many of the rock greats of the past – the UK.
The single, Down the Aisle, was described by the singer as a “rock and roll song that everyone would want to play at their wedding“. Powerful vocals and a sweeping guitar solo aim to retain the sound of the prestigious classic rock of the past, simultaneously defying modern expectations in line with its ‘rebellious‘ ethos.
While honing his craft, Show Whight has found himself in the presence of several musical greats such as Toto frontman, Bobby Kimball and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, as well as playing in famed venues such as House of Blues and Viper Room.
He now starts his journey to bring his sound to audiences across the pond.
With a sound that has elements of 90s rock, psychedelic break downs and an all-round euphoric atmosphere, Keemosabe cater to lovers of the likes of Kings of Leon, John Mayer and Foals.
Set to release their self-titled forthcoming EP, the Italian indie-rock band are set to take the year by storm. Their vision and sound reflects the fury and drama of the world’s largest cities, reflected most in their forthcoming track ‘Out of They City’ that mirrors this concept visually through its accompanied video.
Their London dates proved a huge success, selling out both The Islington and Servant’s Jazz Quarters, whilst their popularity in Milan saw them playing the city’s largest venues, including the 3,000-capacity Alcatraz. After recording and mastering their EP at Abbey Road Studios, they were subsequently invited to perform a live show at the fabled Studio One.
With music that merges energetic grooves, powerful riffs and pop melodies, the band produces music of genre-spanning quality that is impossible not to love. With live dates in Italy and England planned for this year and their debut album nearing completion, Keemosabe are set to be one of 2019’s new faces of indie-rock.
Chicago’s KNOCKOUT KID recently slayed this year’s GROEZROCK festival in Belgium (w/ Rancid, Hatebreed, Face To Face, Sick Of It All, Four Year Strong), and are now premiering their new music video for “Empire Business” with Revolver Magazine The band has also announced a string of tour dates and another festival appearance at Take It Easycore Fest in North Carolina. All dates below.
Watch the new video with this link: http://vevo.ly/fyd6bh
The band checked in to say, “MANIC is our testamanet to those flaws we’re told to hide, the ones that make us, US. Find an outlet for your suffering. Raise it as a flag. Better yet, send it as a beacon from your lighthouse.”
Knockout Kid’s unique brand of aggressive pop punk hardcore has solidified them as one of the frontrunners of the scene, and they’ve spent the last year touring the U.S. and Canada extensively in support of their self-released debut, “ICWTJD.” Having been compared to Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember, and The Wonder Years, KNOCKOUT KID hit the studio last year to add their own twist on the sound they have come to call their own.
Speaking on the recent signing, the band said, “Joining the Bullet Tooth family is a dream come true for KNOCKOUT KID. Having grown up on bands from Josh and Bullet Tooth, it’s only right that they release our most ambitious album to date. The future has never been brighter.”
Knockout Kid are featured in recent issues of New Noise Magazine, Outburn Magazine, and Substream Magazine.