Video Voyeur: 3Qs with FAtHERS

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FAtHERS have just released their impressive and noteworthy video for “O’Malley”Their music is heavy without being cliche, and the group thrives in pouring genuine emotion into every piece. Channeling hardcore heavyweights such as Cave In, Big Business, Converge, and Trap Them, Fathers bring a unique vision to the table.Their new record was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kanan at the Keep In, in Denver, Colorado. The band has been having an active year already, in which they’ve completed a West Coast tour, been invited to play festivals such as Denver’s Electric Funeral Fest, and have supported the likes of EYEHATEGOD, Sacred Reich, Sworn Enemy, Great Falls, Cro-Mags, Whores., and more. With an upcoming release slated for early November, we’re intrigued by the breaking barriers band.

We took the time to chat with the Mhyk from the band as we dive into their new video a little bit deeper.

 

1.Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?

This song was inspired by the suicide of someone very close to a member of the band. As with many suicides, it seemed to come out of the blue, and the song is an attempt to try to empathize with and capture the frustrations that silence so many people who are hurting. We chose this song as we felt it captures a lot of the themes we explored on this album.

2. What was the inspiration behind this video(visuals, storyline, etc.)?

The idea behind the video was to show fatigue, frustration and a sense of imbalance and powerlessness. The lighting design, done by Gil Romero, was actually created specifically for that song. I think he and the director may have had to alter it slightly, but it’s very close if not identical to what he created for our live show.

3. What was the process of making this video?

The video was shot entirely at a friend’s house and at our practice space by Chelsea Alderman of Sea Monstrosity. They then supplemented with some of their own stock footage. Again, we tried to shoot scenes and performances that captured the ideas of chaos and imbalance, in keeping with the theme of the song. We met with the director a few times in conjunction with our stage multimedia director Gil Romero, to make sure we could create something for the live shots that was as original as possible given time and space. The acting shots were done with a friend of the band, and designed to use a simple symbol that conveyed weight and complexity, thus the idea of trying to stack uneven stones. We’re excited about how this turned out and feel it’s a great accompaniment to the album.

Dirty Snowman Society Shares a “TASTE OF HEAVEN”

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The first word that comes to mind when listening to “Taste of Heaven” by Dirty Snowman Society is seduction. The distorted lead guitar tone pulls at the ears by teasing resemblance to “Smooth” by Santana while the overall track appears to nod to Nirvana. The deep lead vocal sits somewhere in between soothing, pleading and agitated. These are just a few of the many layers this track has to offer the listener.

Clearly of the Rock ’n’ Roll age, the balance of pleasantries and distortion in the tracks instrumentation further drives home the overall message of the emotional duality associated with being in an entrancing yet toxic relationship. The backup vocalists in the chorus exude an almost angelic tone while accompanying the lead vocalist on the words “your slice of hell tastes like heaven to me” but to make sure there isn’t a shift too heavily in one direction or another, there are a lot of distorted and dissonant guitar parts happening deeper in the track to maintain the conflict. Even the final ending tone carries this metaphor home – it’s messy, a little dirty but still pleasant.

Stream “Taste of Heaven” by Dirty Snowman Society now on all of your favorite streaming platforms.

Get Down with the New Single from The Normal Living

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Jersey City natives The Normal Living (TNL) have just released a new sound with their single How It All Went Down. T​ he song starts out with a bang, a heavy electric guitar riff immediately grasping the listener’s attention. The beat is met with enchanting vocals and thoughtful lyrics.
Before you get caught up in headbanging along to the beat of the drums, the lyrics hit you like a tidal wave. ​“There are no reasons why this should ever make sense.”​ The track tells the heartbreak and grief of a mother losing a daughter to suicide.
“All these empty stares with nothing to say. If they ever really cared would it be this way?”
It is gut wrenching and full of emotion. The song aims to bring awareness to suicide and mental health.
We can’t wait for what’s to come from TNL’s upcoming album, being released in 2020.

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HITHA Entices With New Single

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Pop songstress, Hitha, is way more than just a smooth voice and a charismatic personality. She is a dedicated role model for the younger generation, and has made it her mission to be an advocate for those who are not given a voice. She does this through music, and inspiring people to love themselves, feel confident, and spread kindness. 

 

Hitha is unlike any other 14 year old you have ever met, considering how she just launched a tour this past August in India, that she named INSPIRE, bringing together more than 2,000 fans. She is expected to continue the tour across major cities, spreading awareness and bringing people together through her music.

 

“Got Me Liking You” is the latest release from Hitha, combining an upbeat melody and a heart-warming message. Unlike her other tracks, this one is the first that is a light-hearted, feel-good, romantic movie type. And we must say, Hitha nailed it.

 

After the first chorus, the catchy melody makes listeners get up and dance, and the sweet lyrics are earworms for memorization. Hitha is set to release a number of upcoming singles, “Tell Me Why” and “Chocolate Kisses” to name just a few. 

 

If her next few tracks are anything like “Got Me Liking You”, then we may just have to start looking for flights to see Hitha perform these songs live!

 

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Dylan Perkons Entices With Single + Debut

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Victoria-based Dylan Perkons’ debut is a collection of richly orchestral songs that tell the story of an experienced songwriter finally stepping out to record under his own name. Perkons has spent his career working on various projects, honing his craft both on the road and in the studio, so while The Healing Day is his first solo outing, it represents a much longer journey. His lead single “Black and Blue” is a heartfelt, soaring indie-folk track that will be lingering in your ears for days to come. The Healing Day is best described as layered. These are earnest, well-crafted songs, brimming with strings, french horn, electric piano and a plethora of synthesizers, creating a distinctive universe for the listener, one they will want to visit over and over again. 
Listen to the noteworthy track, here:

 

Video Voyeur: 3Qs with Jake Benjamin

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Jake Benjamin is a New York musician that is steadily on the rise. With his new video in tow for “Bound to You,” the artist also brings an eclectic video to the table that is visually captivating from start to finish. One of several singles Benjamin has been and will be releasing in the coming months, the new music will lead up to a fuller release, expected in the New Year. We had the chance to catch up with Jake Benjamin for an exclusive interview regarding his latest video release.

Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?

“Bound to You” was a story that came from a stream of consciousness. The thoughts that raced through my head got so vivid that they became a vision projected on the ceiling and from there I kept on writing and writing and by 3AM, the song and melody had been writing with the composed vocal loops. “Bound to You” is a song dedicated to the ones who never leave your mind and love unconditionally. I wanted to give the listener a glimpse in the composition process using a loop pedal. The video highlights the method of how I build accompaniment with the sounds of my voice and the effects of the loop pedal.
What was the inspiration behind this video(visuals, storyline, etc.)?

Well besides giving listeners a visual on inner mechanics of looping, I think it was important to give the overall light feeling of the song. So, using the natural light inside the lovely home of the sound engineer who worked with me on the video gave the right setting for this song.

 

What was the process of making this video?

It was a collaborative effort between the videographer, Fernando Martinez, who used multiple cameras in the shot. With the help of producer, Ben Wisch, we were able to use his home studio give an honest live performance of “Bound to You.”


Catch up with Jake Benjamin via: www.jakebenjaminmusic.com