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The sound of Grief and gratitude. Rasha Jay’s Spine-Chilling new single “Backbone”.

Rasha Jay Press-Release

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.

Image from Rasha Jay Music on Facebook.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rashajaymusic

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/rashajay

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rashajaymusic

Website: http://www.rashajay.com

Soundcloud:https://www.soundcloud.com/rashajay 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3DL86xcJUoJ2iv5tVvJ7Hn?si=hyIagl65S_GmJ3z_CZXcTQ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/rashajay4816

Written by Ella Heaton.

Watch out! der Mist is coming with brand new music!

Glasgow based electro-rock duo der Mist is set to smash on to the scene with their brand new single ‘It’s Alright’, releasing on January 15. The unique blend of pop, indie, rock and synth sounds gives this band a super unique edge that is hard to find in today’s climate. The new single brings something fresh and acts as a precursor to the release of their debut self-titled album next month which is something you do not want to miss.

Composed of Craig McKissick and Ali Whitty, both based in Glasgow, the duo are armed with a plethora of instruments and skills, making them sound as though there’s more in the band than just two. Having previously playing in Crash My Model Car (signed to V2 Records) and Augusta Fireball, Ali was introduced to Craig through a local charity he set up to help young musicians. Their introduction clearly worked, as the two decided to miss out on being in a traditional full band to become something a bit different.

Covid-19 lockdowns may have separated the duo, but this only motivated them to do more, using YouTube to create vlogs about their musical developments and opinions, among practicing other exciting methods to promote their music. Touching on the common struggles of any musician – from picking out your band name to sorting out your artwork – these vlogs helped keep their morale up whilst helping others in the music community.

The single comes on January 15, accompanied with a brilliant video on the 22nd, capturing the essence of der Mist and putting them on the map as ones to watch. ‘It’s Alright’ really makes you feel like everything will be alright, combining rock, indie and synthetic sounds to produce something brand new and extremely interesting. Taking inspiration from some of the giants from the 80’s synth genres, and the classic charm of modern rock, the duo’s upcoming album should stir real excitement among any music fans.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/der.mist.music

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/der.mist/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRUiiPBHOT05ZzcBKMmVz6Q

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Four Crooks Keep It Real With Their New EP ‘Black Magic’

For some, lockdown was a series of unfortunate events. For Four Crooks, however, the global pandemic was a catalyst of creativity, from which grew their brand new EP, Black Magic.

The band, hailing from Telford, took to a remote farmhouse to combine their thoughts and musical talent to bring to us Feel Alright, Paranoia, and the title track, Black Magic, all together combining as a brilliant, heavy Indie EP reminiscent of Royal Blood and Nothing But Thieves.

Four Crooks consists of Dave Morris (vocals/guitar); Eamonn Russell (guitar); Toby Barnett (bass) and Dan Quinton-Jones (drums). Four seemingly average guys who came together over their love and need for heavier sounding Indie tracks.

Eamonn met Dave the night he was being kicked out of a bar after an altercation with the manager over gig fees and, as they walked together, carrying the kit, they bonded over their love for a particular sound of music. Toby and Dan joined in with this shared passion and inside the farmhouse, without distractions, the EP was born.

The three tracks on the EP show the rawness of the band. Just four lads who are being open and honest about mental health and relationship struggles.

The title track by the same name as the EP mentions the highly additive qualities of women, and other substances, warning us of the highs and lows. Feel Alright introduces us to the struggles of getting through a difficult relationship, whilst holding your head high. The track features a bouncing, feel good melody – definitely a lockdown mood booster.

The final track, Paranoia, speaks of the struggles of dealing with anxiety and doubts, with a heavy bassline that will be stuck in your head for days.

Overall, the EP is a solid listen, with three tracks that really show the band’s talent, and with the second national lockdown over our heads, can we be looking forward to new music from this up-and-coming band? Lets hope so!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fourcrooks 

Twitter: twitter.com/fourcrooksband 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fourcrooks/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/fourcrooks 

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YUNGBLUD’s New Single and Tour Announcement Here Now!

YUNGBLUD simply cannot stop treating his fans this year, releasing three new singles, two new collabs with musical giants Machine Gun Kelly (featuring on the deluxe side of his new album) and Bring Me The Horizon, a remix of his single with marshmallow AND Music videos to compliment these tracks. Its clear why he is a front runner in todays music, mixing genres of pop, rock, punk and electro-pop into a rebellious tune to fuel todays kids to be themselves and love everyone’s flaws.

The latest release – Cotton Candy – steers off topic from his usual lyrical themes, bringing themes of romance and sexual liberation. With a heavy, funky bassline that reminds us of the iconic Tame Impala riffs and a bouncy pop melody, mixed with the vocal talent, the latest release is an earworm that just grows and grows on you until you find yourself hitting that repeat button.

As more and more hybrid-rock musicians release their experimental records, we are reminded what the true meaning of Rock ‘n Roll is – Self expression and individuality. More and more alternative musicians are pushing these boundaries, with Palaye Royale and Machine Gun Kelly joining in on the smashing of gender stereotypes within fashion

The music video for Cotton Candy is brilliantly shot, perfectly capturing the essence of the song, with colourful outfits as well as big attitude from Dom himself

This release came just before the announcement of the “Intimate as Fuck” tour, which is a reprise of tours he has done in the past – limited tickets in small, intimate venues or pubs in British cities. The tour will be comprised of his new album, plus past big hits, stripped back as an acoustic punk show with his massive energy. Tickets are on sale now, and come through the purchase of the new album, Weird!, which can be bought as a cd, Vinyl or Cassette.

Weird! promises to be more uplifting thank the past albums, a reflection of the journey that he has been on as a musician, and how this has helped him cope with his mental health better. Its a nice reminder that not all Rock or Alternative music has to be sad or angry.

Written by Mars Smith

Tadini emerges from the ashes to start his solo career

You may be sitting there working from home, going over your new routine and thinking about when you can schedule in your next snack break whilst questioning your life choices. Well.. new rock star Tadini’s debut single is here to inspire you to do just that.. question your life choices that is.. not schedule your next snack break. 

Written as he relocated from Boston to Los Angeles, Tadini’s new single The Arsonist is a universal message to accept and embrace change.

Listen to the tease for The Arsonist, here

We had a chat with Tadini himself who explained the references to change in the single by stating “It’s the first song I wrote for the album. It is about setting one’s old self on fire (therefore the arsonist) in order to start fresh, kind of like a Phoenix. It symbolizes the beginning of my solo career”.

So, take inspiration from Tadini, see how you can rise from the ashes of the current climate and whilst you are at it, checkout the rest of his material in the links below ahead of the release of his debut album Collective Delusion later this year. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tadini/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucastadini/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeMilxOcYdk&feature=youtu.be

Website: lucastadini.com