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

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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”.

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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.

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

Written by Ella Heaton.

Steady Rollin brings an accordian to the guitar fight in their upcoming single ‘Donde Te Has Metido?’

Ellen Oakley

Dropping May 24th, Steady Rollin is merging blues-rock and the Spanish language seamlessly in their release ‘Donde Te Has Metido?’ (Where Have You Gone?). This will be the El Salvadoran musicians’ first Spanish language track and promises to leave listeners with an earworm of a tune.

As the song kicks in, the trio instantly commands attention with a soft acoustic guitar that steadily builds into a heavier variation. With metal like pacing driving the track forward but letting each beat hit and resonate, ‘Donde Te Has Metido?’ culminates in a sinfully melodic chorus that is equal parts toe-tapping and impactful. The tone is kept on track narratively with equal parts playful energy and emotional performance, weaving the tale of a love like no other that changes a person’s perspective on life, to only lose it when the things fall apart. Whilst the tonal shift is not drastic, it’s enough to switch from upbeat to a sense of longing seamlessly, showing genuine craftsmanship and a sense of musicality whilst avoiding an overdramatic finale that could take listeners out of the experience.

At its core, ‘Donde Te Has Metido?’  is an ode to the classic rock sound of the 70s, with nods to the likes of Cream and The Who. It relies upon traditional rock elements, which are enhanced in its presentation, and the result is a refreshing take on the nuances of the style.

Overall, Steady Rollin enhance established occurrences with the inclusion of a new quirky perspective: see the use of an accordion as a competitor to the standard guitar feature. The inclusion of the Spanish language never causes a barrier due to the palpable talent and sentiment present, making it accessible and a must-listen.

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Winchester 7 & The Runners bring the fuzz with their latest single ‘When the World Stops Spinning’

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A wave of fuzz like no other, Winchester 7 & The Runners, has created a track with all the bite and musicality of 90’s grunge with the melody and quirk of alt lyricism. ‘When the World Stops Spinning’ is chocked full of addictive riffs, a memorable breakdown and a joyful vibe that transports the listener to a place of reckless fun.

With a dynamic opening that mimics live playing, leading into a strong riff-fronted tune accompanied by earthy vocals that add a lightness to the distorted backing, ‘When the World Stops Spinning’ starts as bold as it ends.

The driving percussion is steady, grounding the track as it bleeds into a solo that feels reminiscent of classic 70s rock, with extra sludge. Somehow the song feels like it’s packed an entire culture of psychedelic rock, grunge nuances, and distinctive imagery in its just over three minutes run time. It stands as a real ode to Winchester 7 & The Runners’ talent and a tribute to the band’s influences. Not only is the style and presentation invigorating, but the whole track is lead by an electric ukulele which adds another layer of personality to the performance.

With a catchy beat that encourages listeners to dance their problems away, chant worthy lyrics and an overall aura of charm, ‘When the World Stops Spinning’ is the perfect soundtrack to any post lockdown adventures or for a kick of motivation when your weeknight is dragging. Winchester 7 & The Runners is refreshingly candid and genuine, combining various alternative scenes to a wall of sound and festivity. If you feel the lockdown blues, the addition of this song to any playlist will instantly rectify that.

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Pentral show how to do concept rock right with upcoming single ‘Silent Trees’

In honour of their anticipated album dropping early May, Pentral have released ‘Silent Trees’ to wet the appetite of any avid lovers of heavy riffs and percussion that you can feel in your chest. The track, which was released on March 5th, is a cacophony of ethereal harmonies, progressive driving beats and powerful lead vocals. Reminiscent of classic metal, with steady pacing and a focus on a lilting vocal performance, ‘Silent Trees’ balances compelling storytelling and dynamic musicality effortlessly.

The trio has created an excellent look into the upcoming album, one that stands as a call to arms for humanity against discrimination in a way that is not only accessible but a brilliant listening experience too. ‘Silent Trees’ is epic in its sound whilst it remains grounded due to its pacing, simple yet effective with a grandiose tone. With an accompanying music video that matches the song’s raw essence, the track is punchy with a lot of heart, further shown through the chosen topics and lyricism.

The album was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic and it was a huge challenge wearing face masks almost every time. There was tension and fear among the musicians and engineers of getting infected. Besides that, the songs are not “straight”. Pentral uses a lot of uncommon and odd time signatures and harmonies, so it was pretty hard to record the final version of the tracks. Atmosphere, harmony, melody, groove and a strong message to make people think. For the band, this is what music is all about.” – Victor Lima (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars)

With clear influences from the band’s Brazillian roots and an evident passion that oozes through each note, ‘Silent Trees’ promises that ‘What Lies Ahead of Us’ (dropping May 7th) will be a vivid listening experience. Filled with soul, forcefulness and a fight that has been missing in the current music scene, it is not to be missed.

Keep up to date with Pentral here:

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Website: https://www.pentralmusic.com/

Words by Ellen Oakley


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In Signs are knocking at your door with their new single

In Signs boast the latest melodic rock sound coming all the way from Kyiv, Ukraine. The three-piece band bring with them an immense new single that builds and builds until you are about to explode – and you want to do it all over again!

Introducing the rock track you never knew you needed, ‘Knock Knock’ is the first of several new songs from the trio, hoping to inspire new and old listeners and show the world that In Signs really mean business.

You can watch the brand new lyric video down below!

Combining something old and faithful with a twist of something new, atop influences from their Slavic upbringing, the new single really sets in stone what In Signs are about, simply through one song. The harsh, constricted vocals convey emotion that is only heightened by the incredible melody from the rest of the band.

It’s so important to be true with people who listen to your music and this is our main goal. There are a lot of artists nowadays but not all of them are doing art. We want to prove that music is not about money, it’s about the passion of your life. I’m a closed person and making music and writing lyrics is a perfect way for me to communicate with people. I become a songwriter by chance. I didn’t want to be a musician, it just came up after my first tattoo which is Metallica’s song title ‘Nothing Else Matters’. It’s such a great pleasure to play live some songs which I created from the very beginning. There are a lot of ways to create music but all our songs start from an acoustic guitar and vocals. ”

– Arsen, frontman of In Signs.

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YUNGBLUD and Machine Gun Kelly in Zombie Apocalypse in New Video

Continuing with the plethora of content from last year, YUNGBLUD treats us all to third collab with rap-turned-pop punk legend Machine Gun Kelly, finally giving us the video that we all have waited so long for.

Mirroring the same vibe as previous video collab I Think I’m OKAY, but with a major apocalyptic twist – zombies are about.

The boys are both reaching the end of a long, heavy night of partying when suddenly zombies strike! But they don’t care, continuing to party and play for the dead, similarly to how they did in the last video, where they performed on a raise platform to adoring fans with their arms in in the air. This time, the “fans” arms are in the air for a different reason – they want their blood!

This video is a quintessential YUNGBLUD and MGK collaboration, with eccentric outfits and makeup, attitude and huge energy. The only thing missing is the two of them being able to be together…perhaps we can hope that by time they come round to filming something for their third collaboration – Bodybag – featured on Machine Gun Kelly’s latest album, things will be different, and the two of them can celebrate and rock out together.

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Franki Pineapple does not shy away in her new maximum-attitude single

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!

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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.

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Steady Rollin Bring us a Limited Edition Vinyl in Celebration of 2020

For some, 2020 was a bit of a write-off, but for Blues-rock band Steady Rollin, 2020 came with great success, with the band making the giant leap from El Salvador in Central America to news articles and radio stations all across the world.

To celebrate the success, they are releasing 100 Copies of their album Love & Loss on Limited Edition Vinyl. The release is a homage to all of their fans in the UK that have supported them during their journey; a gift in the form of a double-sided Vinyl, with the band opting to reject studio producing for a live-recorded, authentic sound. The release is in tandem with a brand new video – Call Me By 2 – featuring not yet before seen footage of the band playing live.

“Powerful, compelling blues, ‘Impossible’ follows on from the hugely popular track ‘When the Judgement Comes’ and its super-charged dance remix courtesy of Elyse Rich, set a course from 80s synth pop to modern flourishes of stomping delight, all wrapped around the pounding, relentless rock of Steady Rollin’. The Steady Rollin’ train will be pulling into a station near you before you know it…” New Noise

With Benjamin Andrade on drums and backing vocals, Gerardo Pardo on bass and Fernando Poma on guitar and lead vocals, Steady Rollin have already captivated the audiences in their native land of El Salvadore, and are now spreading the music further across the globe.

Love & Loss tells stories of Fernando’s real life love stories to a blues-rock style backing, accompanied by brilliant instrumentalism from the band. Fernando has loved music since he can remember, playing the drums until his obsession for guitars kicked in, leading him to start the musical path that paved the way for Steady Rollin. It is clear that music is his calling, pouring his heart and soul into every performance for a raw and true feeling.

Benjamin Andrade’s interest in music started back in 1994 when he started listening to classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Metallica, moulding his musical taste and honing his musical skills to the genre. His ability led him to help form many successful bands such as Kroma, Ultraviolet and Alter Ego. Nowadays he is faithful to Steady Rollin, and acts as Yamaha drumming representative for El Salvadore!

Gerardo Pardo is a professional bass player, bringing in expert basslines as the finishing touch to each composition. He is highly regarded in the El Salvadorian music scene, paving the way for smaller bands to hop on stage and take their turn!

“Fresh from winning over their native Latin America, Blues rock titans Steady Rollin’ are getting ready to take on the world…the warm, fuzzy vibe of standalone recent single ‘Impossible’ is the sound of a band in their element.” Music Week

The Double Vinyl Edition of Steady Rollin’s Love & Loss is available Exclusively Through Diggers Factory Here

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Megadeath’s David Ellefson Says Band Will Release New Music in 2021

The Heavy Metal giants will release their follow up to the 2016 album dystopia.

As Reported by NME

Megadeth David Ellefson

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.”

Back in June, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed that the band had recorded 18 songs for their new album.

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.”