NOISEHEADS (Pensacola, FL). One of our favorite hard rock bands has just wrapped up their 2nd full length release "SITCOMS FOR ALIENS". The first single "BALLAD OF ME, MYSELF, AND I" is a manic and catchy hard-rock romp reminiscent of Jane's Addiction, only with more angst and aggressive tendencies mixed it. We have been following the Noiseheads since their first demos and its exciting to watch the band grow. WIth over 6,000+ fans across social media, 80,000+ views on YouTube, and picking up awards including "Best Rock Music Video of 2014" for their song/video for "DUST" at AlternativeNation.net (beating out Alice in Chains and Slipknot), the band has proven their authenticity and skills, and they are poised to breakout with the new album. Visit www.noiseheads.com and stream "BALLAD OF ME, MYSELF, AND I" and "SITCOMS FOR ALIENS" (in its entirety) and help us spread the word and support the band!
KICKSTAND JENNY (Santa Rosa, FL) (Rock). Kickstand Jenny hails from Soundwerkz' own backyard and the guys are a solid new rock band. What first caught my ear was the power ballad "WHY" - well-crafted, performed, and recorded. The vocals, melodic hooks, tasteful guitar riffs/solo, and the vocals truly stand out and have such a soulful feel that could open alot of doors for the band. Then I heard the catchy riffs and melodic hooks of "DEATHRAP", "LYING IN BED", and the bluesy soul of "BRING IT ON DOWN" and it becomes obvious that Kickstand Jenny has a talent for writing catchy hard rock. Based on the tracks we are really digging, there will be more to come from Kickstand Jenny in the coming months. Definitely a band to support, follow, and keep an ear on as they continue writing and growing. Check out "DEATH TRAP" below, then head over to kickstandjenny.com to show the love and support the band!
SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS (Chapel Hill, NC). The buzz and the press is so hot on this band you can feel the heat all the way down in Florida. It was recently announced the group will play AMERICANAFEST in Nashville. Rolling Stone named the group in the "Top 10 new country artists you need to know." Likewise, Buzzfeed says Sarah Shook is the "#1 of 5 women who are kicking country music's ass". Saving Country Music named the group's new record "SIDELONG" as one of "twelve most essential albums of 2015", and the group was #2 on the Independent Weekly's "Top 25 albums of 2015 released in the triangle"! Well shit, with all that, there's not much left to say I guess - I really dig the bourbon and marlboro soulful vocals and the melody and lyric of the new single "HEAL ME" - Check it out below and head over to the band's site to learn more and support this hot new artist = www.disarmers.com.
BLACKBERRY SMOKE (Atlanta, GA). Proof that persistence, talent, attention to songcraft, constant touring, and work ethic does payoff. Since forming in 2000 Blackberry Smoke has been taking over the world "one fan at a time" and are beloved as one of our favorite bands. The band's new album "LIKE AN ARROW" is due for release on October 14, 2016 (Rounder Records). Like An Arrow is the group's second album on Rounder and their 5th studio release. Check out the stripped down southern rock sounds of "WAITING ON THE THUNDER" from the new album (below) - A testament to the continuing excellence & grit that is Blackberry Smoke.
LIKE AN ARROW FALL TOUR kicks of September 23, 2016 - Head to blackberrysmoke for tickets and info.
THE CHRISTOPHER BROTHERS (Los Angeles, CA / Pop). The song "THE GIRL NEXT DOOR" presently sits at #4 nationwide on Reverbnation's Alternative Chart. "THE GIRL NEXT DOOR" is an infectiously fun song. The video (and the song) showcases the group in a style reminiscent of early Beatles and/or the Monkeys. With hooks and the energy of youth, The Christopher Brothers are having fun and forging a path to success on their own terms. The brothers are racking up impressive numbers and seem to be set to continue their DIY climb to worldwide success.
The brothers are Cameron (19) Drums, Charles (17) Guitars, and Ethan (14) Bass. Even at their young age, the group has already played The Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy, Legoland (CA), Six Flags Parks, shopping malls, and schools throughout the U.S. and opened for Al Jarreau, Spyro Gyra and WAR at the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. Check out GIRL NEXT DOOR below and then slide over to hear more and support the Christopher Brothers at Reverbnation.
BRIGHTSIDE (Tallahassee, FL / Pop). Introducing Brightside - a young band emerging fast on the Florida scene with their recent EP produced by Zack and Kenneth of ZK Productions in Atlanta (Mayday Parade, Cartel, All Time Low). The group is currently tracking two more songs with Producer James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever, Underoath, Stairwell).
One thing is obvious - Brightside has a knack for writing undeniable hook-laden pop hits and the band delivers a tight sound born of talented real musicians. The band's sound is aimed squarely at the top of the Pop/Top 40 charts (where I think they will be in the not-too-distant future). The single "AEIOU" is undeniable and guaranteed to draw teen-girls far and wide and "GOODNIGHT WORLD" is a sleeper hit ballad with the potential to have long legs at the top of radio station playlists worldwide. Listen to "AEIOU" and learn more at www.officialbrightside.com/epk
The band already is scoring local drive time spins at Hot 104.9 (WHTF-FM Tallahassee) and specialty spins at V89.9 (WVFS-FM Tallahassee). 2015 Vans Warped Tour (Jacksonville) and 2015 Florida Music Festival (Orlando), and opening spots with We The Kings, Alien Ant Farm, and Socialburn, the band is quickly progressing to local headliner status, consistently drawing 300-400 at shows.
If I were an A&R person I would contact Brightside's manager sooner rather than later. Management is Terry Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Artists/Bands/Songs in the Soundwerkz Headphones KID RUNNER, JUDE SHUMA, SARAH SHOOK AND THE DISARMERS, SPRING KING, REDITUS, CEASE TONE, HIDE YOUR KIDS, BLACK DESERT SUN, DIFFERENT TURNS, DUSTIN PRINZ, NICK RYAN, 33 YEARS, MORGAN KANE, NINE TIMES BLUE, MAR, INSEMI, HENRY HALL, CROBOT, FEW BITS, MIDDLE KIDS, THE TONES (FULL BODY TONES), ST. PIXIE, THE CHRISTOPHER BROTHERS, REDITUS, THE KRICKETS, BRAVE BABY, MIDNIGHT MOB, THE HOLLYWOOD KILLS, MILES NELSON, RADIO BIRDS, STOPLIGHT CONVERSATIONS, RUNAWAY JUNE, ASHES OF OLD WAYS, DARK WATER RISING, A FRAGILE TOMORROW, MORGANS ROAD, LOST ELEMENT, MADAM ADAM, OSARA, PINE GROVE, TERA MELOS, WHO KILLED AMANDA, BRIGHTSIDE, SELVES, ARCADE FIRE, KAYE, STATES OF EMOTION, EAST VILLAGE VAMPIRE, VUKOVI, BENJAMIN R, MINUS CUBE, INK PROJECT, GIROBABIES, DERAILED BAND, WOLVES (UK), VIGO THIEVES, THE JACKALS, DECLAN MCKENNA, LIBERTINES, THE HINDS, SUNFLOWER BEAN, KALEO, ALEX BUREY, THE PERSON AND THE PEOPLE, EPISODE, PJ HARVEY, GUTTER HONEY, SUGARCOATED KILLERS, FINAL DRIVE, BRING ME THE HORIZON, TOBACCO ROAD BAND, and ADRIENNE O.
MORGANS ROAD (Charleston, SC) Americana Rock. Releases new single "OLDE CUMBERLAND" from their next record. I gotta tell ya' the vocals, the melody, and the pure soul coming through the speakers is nothing but authentic (and I absolutely love the big fat Hammond driving the mix). The group's website says "emotionally authentic storytelling" and that's spot on for the music. Check out the brand new single below and help us spread the word. Support the band at www.morgansroad.com
JUDE SHUMA (Chicago, IL). Psychedlia that is pushing the envelope of cool music. If you dig Tame Impala, you need to check out Jude Shuma. It's so refreshing to hear an artist doing fresh music that's really exploring and non-pretentious. Jude's website describes Jude as a multi-instrumentalist and psychedelic enthusiast. Recorded and mixed in his home studio, one of Jude's songs is featured on the HBO series, Ballers. Check out "FLOAT" below and head over to judeshuma.com to show the love and support Jude Shuma today!
A THOUSAND HORSES (Southern Rock / Country) Signed to Big Machine Label Group, ATH has been nominated as CMA "Best New Artist of the Year." The group is carrying the torch of southern country rock in the vein of Blackberry Smoke, Black Crowes, and early Big & Rich. ATH has one of the most powerful record labels in the world behind them and a ton of spins of their single "Smoke", but they are still working to get to the next level. Just shows how competitive things are in Country Music. Check out "FIRST TIME" below and support the band.
WYLDER (Washington D.C.) Reflective indie-pop with truly tasteful arrangements, musicality, and standout vocals. While the group will surely draw comparisons to the best of alt/synth groups blowing up, Wylder's tasteful and artistic arrangements, infectious phrasing and vocals truly stand above the crowd. The harmonies are awesome! In some ways, the band reminds me of E.L.O. (and I mean that as a huge compliment). The new single "Bitter" from their debut album "Rain and Laura" (released in April 2016) showcases the band's musicality and songwriting. Check out "Bitter" below then show some love and support for Wylder at AlternativeAddiction. For more information www.wyldermusic.com.
SELVES (GERON HOY) (Philadelphia, PA). Soundwerkz sayz - we likes it, we loves it, we features and recommends it! And we really REALLY dig Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Geron Hoy and the whole vibe and feel he is dropping. We first featured Geron's track "AURA" a few weeks back, and now Geron dropped another bomb on us - his latest single "SOMEBODY'S GONNA GET IT" from his upcoming EP "Caligo" which is set to be released 09/02. The song can also be found on the EA Sports NHL17 Soundtrack, and is reminiscent of Cage the Elephant, Beck, and Blind Melon to name a few. Critically aclaimed for his previous album releases, Geronís stand-out track "JAR" is currently approaching 7 million streams on Spotify. In addition, his track "LADY CROW" won the Grammy Associationís Pitchathon event yielding a front page story on Grammy.com. 'Nuff said, Geron Hoy is a sincerely talented singer/songwriter offering fresh music for the world to enjoy. Check out "SOMEBODY'S GONNA GET IT" and then show some love and head over to iTunes and support Geron Hoy. Learn more at www.selvesmusic.com
DOPESICK UPDATE (West Hollywood, CA). Adam Albright, lead guitarist and founding member, of Dopesick prepares sophomore album release for 2016, and releases the second video "HAYES N WEBSTER" (directed by Matt Zane of Lord Zane Productions) showcasing the darker "slit your wrist" side of the band. The new record entitled "The Love and Terror Cult" is being produced by Patrick Burkholder at Pawnshop Studio in Van Nuys, CA, with Aaron Rossi (Ministry, Prong) on drums and Mandi Martyr (Ministry) on bass. Look forward to a release late 2016. Hats off to Adam Albright for being one persistent S.O.B. in the music business and for his upcoming takeover of the West Coast / Hollywood hard rock/metal scene. For more info and to support Dopesick = www.dopesick.com
DOPESICK ("RIDE THE NIGHT") (West Hollywood, CA) Dopesick's latest track is fresh and has a real opportunity to impact nationwide. "RIDE THE NIGHT" is an infectious mix of reggae roots and a "wall of guitar" chorus. I think the song is bad ass! And definitely capable of connecting with a much wider audience. Spread the word, share the love, call and email your local rock station and request DOPESICK "Ride the Night" (Email the PD/Station a link to the youtube video - they need to hear the song). The video was directed by Matt Zane (Wayne Static, John 5, Orgy). Mixed by Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, Fuel, Ill Nino). Mastered by Augustus Cryns (Stitched Up Heart, The Dead Rabbitts, The Academy Is). Learn more about Dopesick at Facebook/WeAreDopeSick
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THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT (United Kingdom). These brits are bringing the raw soul and energy that could save rock-n-roll. The new single and title track to TMM's new album on Earache/Concord "WHITE BEAR" floored me the first time I heard it ... the chorus is just incredibly powerful rock and roll! The vocals and guitar tones sent chills up and down my spine, and I was hooked on THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT. I ask myself: why have we not heard about TMM until now? This band kicks ass! Listen below and help us spread the word about THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT. To learn more, check out thetemperancemovement.com
KID RUNNER (Columbus, OH). Some of the coolest alt-indie-pop music we've heard in four moons. "GIVE ME SOMETHING TO LOVE" is catchy as hell (with a repetitive little vocal hook that's simply infectious). I heard about Kid Runner on Alternative Addiction (an awesome music website and e-zine to check out and add to your favorites). After spinning the track - I too was drawn in to Kid Runner's sound. Check out the song below and head over to the Kid Runner's Facebook Page for tour dates, info, and more music. As always - show the love and support Kid Runner!
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MIDNIGHT MOB (New York) For all the rock fans out there looking to discover a new hard rock band who still bring melodic hooks - welcome Midnight Mob.The power, range, and soulful tones of Blackey's voice is simply incredible. She's crazy talented. Combined with hooks that draw you in, a wall of tasteful guitar riffs and solos to make your ears bleed, and drums that kick you in the ass, you will be hooked on Midnight Mob. "GHOSTS" (featured below) from the band's new EP "Honest Brutal Glorious" (released March 2016) showcases Blackey's incredible voice and M.M.'s ability to write melodic hard-rock. The band toured some big festivals over the summer including Summerfest (WI), Sturgis (SD), Rock N Derby (NY), Fashion Meets Music Festival (OH) and Great South Bay Music Festival (NY).
It is rare to find a band with enough miles on their van and enough scars on their souls to really get their shit together and find/polish their sound. Midnight Mob is one such band. Learn more and support Midnight Mob at midnightmob.com. Contact Manager - Allan Tepper email@example.com
THE TONES (FULL BODY TONES) (Lexington, KY) - Get ready for The Tones - bringing the "in your face" and long over due hard and heavy rock grooves with "KING OF THE WORLD" - I LOVE THIS SONG! Signed to indie label Long Island Records, I am so glad to hear actual rock-n-roll again and thrilled to learn of labels supporting the genre. Don't get me wrong, there's some absolutely superb new alternative, pop, and synth based music coming out these days, but growing up on the Crue, Ozzy, Zepp, Aerosmith, VH, Maiden, and all rock in between, I welcome the return of hard guitar licks, heavy groove, and rock vocals (which include both melody and harmony). The Tones are Joe Fulton (guitar/lead vocals), Craig Sullivan (bass guitar), and Willy Freebody (drums). Check out KING OF THE WORLD and head over to hear more and support the band at The Tones on Reverbnation.
THE KRICKETS (Panama City, FL) Wow, sometimes you just stumble on something special and I think I did just that with The Krickets. An all-female country-folk group with soaring vocals, harmony, and old-time folk/country styling that drew me in and intrigued me. I see a place for The Krickets in country music. Call me crazy, but my gut tells me there's room for The Krickets on country radio, CMT, and Nashville. I think its wonderful for the band to be blowing up in their own right and doing so independently on the strength of their music. The group labels themselves "female swamp-folk." They just released their debut album "Spanish Moss Sirens" (produced by Muscle Shouls producer Ben Tanner, Alabama Shakes) and recorded at Sun Drop Sound in Florence, Alabama. The band's website reports the album debuted at #1 on Amazon's Folk Release Chart, is in active rotation in over 30 countries, and continues to rapidly gain popularity - all organically. That's truly awesome!
BAND MEMBERS: Melissa Bowman (vocals, guitar, banjo), Emily Stuckey (vocals, guitar, percussion, mandolin), Lauren Spring (vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin) and Katrina Kolb (bass). The Krickets have upcoming live shows in Mexico Beach's Music in the Park (Sept. 15th), Backstage Pass, Panama City (Sept. 16th) and the Scallop Fest, Port St. Joe (Sept. 30th). I can see The Krickets becoming a great story of success from a tiny southern town. Listen for yourself and show the love and support for The Krickets at www.thekrickets.com and at www.facebook.com/thefloridacrickets.
VIC SPITS (FOMERLY VICIOU$) (Atlanta,GA/Hip-Hop). A songwriter/rapper from Atlanta, VIC SPITS is an up-and-coming force in hip-hop. His recent EP "INDEPENDENTLY MAJOR" showcases tracks like "GO GITTA" (an infectious hard-hitting hip-hop/rap revival) which is racking up soundcloud streams (>13,000 spins in the 29 days since its release). VIC's previous single "BOUT THAT LIFE" stands at over 40,000 soundcloud streams and the official video is approaching 35,000 plays. A uniquely talented writer and rapper, VIC SPITS is an artist to follow! Check out "GO GITTA" (released to Youtube 2 days ago) and help us spread the word! Head over to soundcloud.com/vic-spits or Vic's Youtube Channel for more and stay in touch on social media (@VicSpits
VUKOVI (Scotland) CONGRATULATIONS! to VUKOVI on signing with LAB RECORDS.
888 (Denver, CO) CONGRATULATIONS! to 888 on signing with Island Records Group.
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Sixx A.M. release Vol. 1.0 of the new double album - "Prayers for the Damned". Check it out and get your copy at sixxammusic.com.
09/15/16: I often wonder if "geographical displacement" prevents many great young artists from ever finding their destiny. I hear many talented artists who are based (geographically) in places that don't offer much in the way of support simply due to the lack of fans who support the style of music the group is making. Sure, there will be a few fans everywhere who support any style of music, but it makes me ask myself "what would this band's story be if they were in a market and location where there was a thriving scene for the style of music the band was making?
The days of getting a major label to invest millions in a young band on the power of a demo alone are ancient history. And if the local scene is into something different or the sheer number of available fans is extremely small, then what is the group to do? Of course, the great equalizer (supposedly at least) of the Internet is always available and the group can toss their music into the mix with millions of other songs vying for a position in front of online fans. But, what if they were in a local scene that truly supported their style of music? If they were great, they could have the chance to rise above and access like-minded fans to buy t-shirts, and more, etc. That might offer the group an opportunity to grow and make a few shekels along the way as they develop and grow, and perhaps offer a chance for them to achieve their destiny. Just saying...
09/03/2016: Archived older posts and features today. The main site was getting a bit large and cumbersome with all the embedded code. Check the archives for older posts, features, and interviews.
Archived Exclusive Soundwerkz Interviews:
04/01/2016: Soundwerkz is excited to announce a new relationship and connection with music blog ListenHereReviews and owner Lauren Gribble. Lauren is a music journalist who shares our passion for discovering, sharing, and exposing the best in new music! LHR covers all genres of music and artists, and features news, album reviews, live show reviews, and much more. Check LHR out and spread the good word!
06/01/2016: Laurence Made Me Cry has a really nice ambient and stirring single out - just a cool song and worth sharing with the world.