A Taste Of Things To Come – Matter Of Mind
Channeling Rock, Emo and Pop, Stockport, England’s Matter of Mind hold a sound unique to their own. As is evident on the band’s latest single, “Take It Back,” their catchy, soaring choruses and ballsy rhythms are certain to have you hooked and wanting more.
Their raw energy and emotionally driven and connecting rhythms are sure to cement them at the forefront of the next wave of guitar-driven music.
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Callum Benson at Steel City Studios. Mastered by Grant Berry at Fader Mastering.
Small Town Good Time Feeling – Logan Mize
Big Yellow Dog Music’s heartland troubadour Logan Mize is serving up a hometown helping of brand-new music with his upcoming album, Welcome to Prairieville – out October 1st.
Featuring 11 masterfully written tracks, Welcome to Prairieville not only celebrates Mize’s rural upbringing, but also showcases his unique storytelling abilities that have helped shape his career since the beginning. A true passion project, Mize spent nearly a decade developing the concept behind the album and co-wrote all but one song on the track listing, making this one of his most personal releases to date.
Fans won’t have to wait until the fall to hear what’s coming from the Kansas native, however, as he’s offering up the first taste of the project today (30/7), following an exclusive first play from Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 yesterday, with his “breezy ode to country roads,” (CMT) “George Strait Songs.” Written by Mize and Blake Chaffin, the heartfelt tune pays homage to the country crooner’s roots, highlighting all the best aspects of Middle America that made him who he is today.
LOGAN MIZE WELCOME TO PRAIRIEVILLE
Filmed in Pretty Prairie, KS, just miles from Mize’s hometown of Clearwater, KS, and directed by Jordan Horsch, the video for the song, finds the Sunflower State native in his childhood comfort zone, as he explores the streets and fields of a tiny town that mirrors the one that built him.
Welcome to Prairieville Album Track Listing:
- George Strait Songs (writers: Blake Chaffin, Logan Mize)
- Welcome To Prairieville (writers: Blake Chaffin, Logan Mize)
- River Road (writers: Blake Chaffin, Logan Mize, Tyler Johnson)
- Wine at the Church, Beer at the Bar (writers: Blake Chaffin, Logan Mize, Jason Blaine)
- Follow Your Heart (writers: Lynn Hutton, Logan Mize)
- I Need Mike (writer: Blake Chaffin)
- If You Get Lucky (writers: Blake Chaffin, Logan Mize, Daniel Agee)
- Tell the Truth (writers: Blake Chaffin, Logan Mize)
- We Ain’t Broke (writers: Blake Chaffin, Logan Mize)
- I Still Miss You (writers: Blake Chaffin, Logan Mize, Jill Martin)
- It’s About Time (writer: Logan Mize)
A Powerful Remix – Oddko / ZARDONIC
ZARDONIC, award-winning DJ and Drum & Bass mogul (Bullet For My Valentine, Entertainment One, All Elite Wrestling, SUPERHOT Team) has collaborated with Los Angeles’ answer to industrial metal music, ODDKO.
The single “Disobey (Zardonic Remix)” is paired with a jaw dropping video by ODDKO mastermind, award-winning director and motion designer Giovanni Bucci (Korn, Jane’s Addiction, Fleshgod Apocalypse).
The original version of ODDKO’s industrial masterpiece “Disobey” was released in 2018. The groundbreaking video went on to win many awards, including Best Metal and Horror Video at the LA Music Video Awards, as well as both Silver and Bronze Telly awards. The video has garnered 1.7 million views to date.
ODDKO is an LA-based independent alternative/industrial metal band spawned from the mind of Giovanni Bucci, who started the band as a way to fully express himself in all dimensions, using the music to fuel the images and then feed back into the music.
Their debut EP, “Digital Gods” was written and composed by Giovanni, and for the initial recording he tracked guitars, bass, and electronics, and programmed drums. Subsequently he recorded the tracks with the help of Francesco Paoli (Fleshgod Apocalypse) and Dave Tavanti (Kpanic). Production and recording of cellos, violins, drums, bass, guitar and various arrangements were orchestrated by Daniele Marinelli. The final magic touches were applied in Los Angeles with the help of producer/sound engineer Rob Romano, and the EP was mastered by Howie Weinberg (Rammstein, Madonna, Metallica).
Bring Them To Justice – O.Y.D.
Due to the events that took place in Minneapolis in 2020 being followed by the actions of Derek Chauvin and the other officers, who tried to cover up the crime, O.Y.D. felt the need to make a clear statement against all forms of racism.
In a pandemic world that has given birth to one of the biggest social and economic crises, as well as the feeling of uncertainty about the future of arts, O.Y.D., presents their new Video Clip / Single entitled “Bring Them To Justice.”
A Heavier Beat – Awaken the Giant
Awaken The Giant is an American rock band from Houston, Texas, formed in 2017 by Blake Suarez and Tab Cocchia.
Original band mates from a former band, Blake and Tab broke away to create a heavier, harder sound and be the sole song writers. This allowed them to create the sound that they always envisioned.
Awaken The Giant is independently releasing their debut EP Black & Blue in 2021, and has amassed a world wide fan base. The EP will showcase mainstream rock songs to heavier multi genre styles with electronic elements.
Awaken The Giant is:
Tab Cocchia: Vocals/Guitar
Blake Suarez: Guitar/Unclean Vocals
If The Shoe Fits – Pink Elefants
Pink Elefants — the project of Maryland-based artists Finch and Illeven — share their new single/video “Sinderella.”
The music video is an absurdist-horror take on the themes explored in the song. Explaining the cinematic concept behind the video, the duo write, “at the beginning of the video when we sit down and begin to watch the performance, the dancer in front of us seems grotesque. We begin to judge her, harshly. As that happens, our true selves begin to surface, while our actress transforms and heals. The monsters at the end almost feel helpless as they spew their disgust, but the dancer smiles…she has transcended and become more of herself, no longer affected by the harsh opinions of man.”
Pink Elefants is the project of long-time friends Finch (Flores) and Illeven (Joshua Matthew). Previously performing in the rock/metal band Megosh, the duo created Pink Elefants as an outlet to explore other genres and, in the process, quickly became experts at defying genre boundaries, pulling widely from a plethora of influences. The band name was inspired by the “Pink Elephants on Parade” sequence in Disney’s Dumbo (1941). Much like the transformation of the elephants in that scene, the band’s ethos is to be ever-evolving with their sound and the world around them.
The band made their debut as Pink Elefants in 2019 and have continued to pump out a steady stream of singles since. Pink Elefants’ true passion lies in the creation of the music: “Writing together brings back a lot of the fun for us. The limitations are removed and we can just write without worrying too much about all the other hoopla that comes along with being in a musical entity with business-like endeavors. This project is a dream team of passionate and hungry musical virtuosos.”
Getting Lucky – Leeann Skoda
Leeann Skoda is a vocalist and songwriter based in Los Angeles. Combining intricately-woven melodies and folky vocals, Skoda creates a dreamy kind of Americana. Her lush new EP, Lucky Penny, merges pop and Americana.
Recorded at Studio PunchUp in Nashville with a cast of ace Nashville and LA-based players, Lucky Penny is a unique collection of songs that came to fruition over a month-long songwriting binge.
Leeann was inspired to write the first single, “The Living Room,” off of her upcoming project by a heartbreaking true story. “The Living Room” touches on the melancholy and mysterious and was inspired by a story about a woman who spies on her young neighbors, whom she initially envies for their carefree, bohemian lifestyle. When one of the neighbors tragically passes away, she is confronted with the frailty of life. “The Living Room” is set to release on July 23rd.
In contrast to the first single, the second single “I Believe” is an up-tempo, trippy love song. With Liz Phair-esque tongue-and-cheek lyrics and electric guitar that evokes Blind Melon, this tune will make you want to frolic in a field in your bee costume. While light-hearted on the surface, this song also reveals a deeper message of being open to love. “I Believe” will be released on August 25th.
Both singles represent the main contrasting themes of the record, loss and transformation respectively. The themes are communicated masterfully through both the lyrical elements and the orchestration. This record combines substantive lyrics, honest storytelling, and lush instrumentation to create a well-rounded collection of songs. Lucky Penny will be released on November 5th.
Setting New Standards – Mitchell Tenpenny
Rising country singer-songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny has released the latest brand new song from an as-yet untitled new EP coming out later this year.
After a clip shared with fans on TikTok gained over 2.5 million views, ‘Truth About You’ was finally released earlier this month, and has already become the largest streaming debut of his career to date.
Written by Mitchell, Matt Alderman and Thomas Archer, ‘Truth About You’ is the third new song Mitchell has released in 2021. It’s the follow up to SiriusXM’s The Highway Hot 30 #1 song ‘Bucket List’, which released in conjunction with the state of Arizona where Mitchell filmed the music video, and the critically praised ‘To Us It Did’ deemed a “must listen” and “marvellously energetic and charmingly written.” All three songs will appear on the upcoming EP.
Tenpenny is also confirmed to appear on a forthcoming collaboration with country superstar Chris Young, ‘At The End of A Bar’, having performed the duet for a huge crowd of hometown fans in Nashville as part of a video shoot over the 4th July holiday weekend.
A True Family – Dave Hause
Blood Harmony Records and acclaimed Philadelphia-raised singer-songwriter Dave Hause are excited to announce Blood Harmony, Hause’s fifth and by far his most ambitious solo album to date (pre-order) – due for release on October 22nd.
Produced by celebrated Americana singer-songwriter Will Hoge, Blood Harmonyfeatures a first class assemblage of musicians consisting of members of The E Street Band, and musicians known for their work with The Highwomen, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and many more.
Beneath the surface of Blood Harmony are multiple layers of meaning related to Hause’s role as a musician, a brother, a husband, a son and—having become a father to twins a few months before the release of 2019’s Kick—a dad. Created with his younger brother and longstanding writing partner, Tim Hause, and being released on their very own label, Blood Harmony also presents itself as a meaningful reassertion of what family means to them all.
Blood Harmony track listing:
Leave It In That Dream
Carry the Lantern
On a base level, the term “blood harmony” is simple—it describes the specific sound two siblings make when they sing together. Given that Dave Hause has been writing and recording songs with his younger brother, Tim Hause, for a while now, it made sense to use that phrase as the title for his fifth solo record. But this being a Dave Hause album also means there’s much more to it than that.
You can hear Hause’s passion and dedication to his craft—as well as his determined approach to it—flowing through the veins of Blood Harmony’s ten stunning, sumptuous songs. Written with his brother over a series of weekly Zoom sessions, they began crafting songs together in January 2021. They’d been writing remotely together since 2017’s Bury Me In Philly so it wasn’t an entirely new process for them.
They traveled with 10 songs to Nashville where acclaimed songwriter Will Hoge took up the helm of producer. Through Hoge’s connections, what Hause calls “a staggering bunch of musicians” was assembled to flesh out the songs he and Tim had written. He’s not wrong–there was Brandi Carlile’s drummer Chris Powell, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street band bassist Garry Tallent, acclaimed session guitarist Tom Bukovac, Jason Isbell’s guitarist Sadler Vaden, and keyboardists Billy Justineau, who’s mainly worked with country superstars Eric Church and Brothers Osborne, Mike Webb, whose credits range from Chris Stapleton to John Prine, and Jen Gunderman, Sheryl Crow’s keyboard player.
While nobody would say the quality of Hause’s previous albums was lacking, making Blood Harmony with those musicians was nevertheless a concerted effort to ramp it up. And it does. It begins with “Northstar,” a tender paean to the direction, comfort and joy his wife and twins have given him that also drives home the emotional resonance and sense of family at the centre of this album. The gorgeous, lilting paradise of “Hanalei” captures that rare sense of peace when you’re with the person you love and nothing else matters. “Surfboard” injects some rare, good-natured humour into the trials and tribulations of being working class while “Carry the Lantern” and its life-affirming, almost Thin Lizzy-esque riffs double down Hause’s commitment to his sobriety and his family. The album closes with the gorgeous “Little Wings,” a track Hause calls a post-script, but it resonates much more deeply and feels more significant than that. In fact, it ends the album the same way it begins—with a tender song for and about his twins that’s full of the purest love and hope.
It’s impossible to not hear and feel just how much Hause and his whole family—that beating heart at the centre of these songs—mean to him. It’s a truly beautiful thing.
Additionally, Dave Hause has announced a 20-date UK/European tour next year
28.01.2022 – Antwerp – Kavka
29.01.2022 – Hamburg – Knust
30.01.2022 – Frankfurt – Batchkapp
01.02.2022 – Munster – Skaters Palace
02.02.2022 – Berlin – SO36
03.02.2022 – Leipzig – Conne Island
04.02.2022 – Wien – Arena
05.02.2022 – München – Technikum
06.02.2022 – Milan – Legend Club
08.02.2022 – Zürich – Exil
09.02.2022 – Stuttgart – Im Wizemann
10.02.2022 – Köln – Die Kantine
11.02.2022 – Nijmegen – Doornroosje
12.02.2022 – Amsterdam – Melkweg
15.02.2022 – Nottingham – Rescue rooms
16.02.2022 – Glasgow – Òran Mór
17.02.2022 – Manchester – Gorilla
18.02.2022 – Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
19.02.2022 – London – Islington Assembly Hall
20.02.2022 – Bristol – Thekla