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The Griswolds Interview

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From rising to popularity on international music blogs to headlining their own US tour, The Griswolds have had a notable journey thus far. The Australian four-piece band—consisting of guitarist and vocalist Christopher Whitehall, guitarist and synth player Daniel Duque-Perez, bassist Tim John, and drummer Lachlan West—released their first EP, Heart of a Lion, back in 2012, which garnered global attention. Fast-forward 2 years and the guys released Be Impressive, their debut album, to high praise. As they wrap up their first headlining US tour July 17 and head back to Australia for an August tour with Passion Pit, The Griswolds are primed to take the music world by storm.
Cliché: How’d you four come together?
Chris Whitehall: We all met on Chatroulette. [laughs]
Since you guys got your name from National Lampoon’s Vacation, do you have a favorite scene from the movie?
When Clark fails to get into Walley World is a classic scene: “Fucken ay right—we’re the Griswolds!”
Have you seen the other National Lampoon films? Have a favorite?
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the best.
Where do you draw your musical inspiration from?
We draw inspiration from anything. We don’t have rules, and we don’t try to write about anything in particular. We just let anything in.
Who would you love to play with if you could?
Led Zeppelin and The Beatles.
What’s your favorite song to perform live?
“Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.
What has been one of the weirdest experiences you’ve had on the road?
We once got stopped in the middle of the road by 30 donkeys. It was really strange.
What do you love/hate about touring?
We love getting to experience all the many different cities around the world. We hate the smells in the van.
How is the tour going now?
The current tour is so cool. Heaps of the shows have been sold out, and it’s just been a mind-blowing experience for our first ever US headline tour.
What’s next for you guys?
We’re starting to write album number two at the moment, and we’ll be doing a lot more touring throughout the rest of the year. We have some shows alongside Passion Pit for their tour in Australia, and we’re heading out with New Politics and Andrew McMahon later this year in the US.
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The Griswolds interview: Photographed by Jory Lee Cordy 

Years & Years: Communion Album Review

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There is music that makes you want to get up, dance, and move your body. It’s the music you hear when you’re out at a club and feel a sudden urge to bring out your painfully killer dance moves. It’s upbeat, lively, and gives your soul a taste of impulse. Then, there is music that feeds your emotions. It’s the music that you just want to sit and nod along to the lyrics. It’s mesmerizing. It sends chills down your spine and causes goosebumps to scatter across your arms. It’s music that makes you feel something. Years & Years, a rising electro-pop, London-based trio, has somehow managed to capture both elements with their debut album, Communion, which was just released this past July. Best put, they have created what they like to call “music you can dance and cry to.”
Communion begins with an eerie track that can easily be compared to that of The Weeknd. “Foundation” carries the perfect amount of depth and mystery to allow each listener to subtly ease in to the rest of the emotionally-driven album. Although it may appear to be easy to get lost in the midst of the upbeat, dancehall-like tempo of their tracks, their lyrics convey deeper themes of desperation, uncertainty, loss of identity, fear and doubt. Their grotesque take on struggle shine light on the dark realities of life we can all relate to and their voices give beauty to thoughts we tend to filter out when we speak.
The album continues with tracks such as “Real” and “Take Shelter,” which elicit the naked truth of shame that burdens desire, whereas “Eyes Shut” speaks of how we sometimes intentionally blind ourselves from the realities of situations, especially when it comes to love. “Nothing’s gonna hurt me with my eyes shut / I can see through them” is a line from the chorus relaying the message of how we get caught up in our fallacious ways in an attempt to trick our own minds, but in the end, there is no way to truly fool ourselves.
Their most well-known single, “King,” reached great heights, rolling in at #1 on the UK singles chart. Lead singer, Olly, mentioned in an interview that this song was written during two different stages in his life. With that, this track embodies the nature of a toxic relationship, needing the other to let you go as it seems beyond the bounds of possibility to do it yourself. Slow verses and dark melodies flood this song, further revealing the dispute of resistance.
“Shine” is the only track on the album where the lyrics match the buoyant vibe, and it just so happens to be one of my favorites! It’s difficult to not feel joy with a song that celebrates the conquer of a longstanding battle, especially after listening to the rest of their music. Although this track appears to be perfectly placed in the album to keep the melancholy music from becoming too burdensome for the listener, Years & Years have collectively mastered the balancing act of light melodies and heavy words with the use of pure vulnerability. Communion is an album that showcases music as an art form, something both beautiful and tragic.
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Interview with Jeph Howard of The Used

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The Used, ever since their debut in 2002, have been making waves in the music community. With their 6th studio album released last April, the gentlemen have progressed matured as adults as well as within their own writings. The Used have always been a band with something to say, but with Imaginary Enemy, they are making sure that their works are here to grab attention. This isn’t done in a “look at me” fashion, but rather the band’s choice to voice their concern that “the people” are not banding together when it comes to certain issues, whether political, social, or economic. Bassist Jeph Howard took a few minutes to comment on the band’s progress, their future, and what it means to be a live/organic band in today’s overly digitalized music industry.
Cliché: Revolution was written differently with you, Quinn, and Dan composing music to Bert’s vocals. What were the trials of this writing process?
Jeph Howard:
We wrote a bunch of songs and those songs were scrapped, so we started over. We kind of had a bunch of guitar lines that were just there and the vocals were sung over the guitar lines. That’s kind of where the vocals started coming out first. There were no set guitar lines yet and then the melodies would follow. We would piece together the parts that we had wanted to record.
For me, it was cool and I had a good time doing it and I have to say that I had the best time I’ve ever had recording with this record. I know that I normally wouldn’t say that circumstantially, but I like jamming. I love having a guitar player right there and a drummer right there and a singer here. I like jamming as a band. I love playing with Dan’s beats.
This album has very minor touches of production, if any at all. Do you feel this is what helped The Used break back into their niche?
We’ve had a pretty much strong grip on the band since the beginning. Warner had a little bit of influence and a little bit of a push and there have been some things that were pretty shady, but overall as production goes, I would say that’s more of the producer.
We went with Feldman a lot and Feldman is big on production. I’m not very anti-production, but I don’t like a LOT of production. Slim is better. It’s kind of how we all feel as a band. We had to battle him for this. We fought to have less production and it is a good thing for Feldman because he likes to do things his way and I appreciate it, but we wanted to go more natural and more organic, more real. When you see a live band, that is the best kind of music. Recording bands are great, but the live band is the key. The more natural the record sounds then the better it sounds live.
I agree. If everything is digitalized and auto-tuned, you aren’t experiencing who the band is or their true sound. It’s almost like you are being lied to.
Yes! Or it is all computer tracks. I want to see someone make a mistake. I want to see the drummer screw up. I want to see the bass player screw up. That’s a live show. We screw up all the time. We actually make jokes about it. If you see someone pretending to play a flute on stage it is because someone screwed up. It happens every show, three or four times.
DSC_0278-3Imaginary Enemy is influenced heavily by the turmoil of humanity. Bert’s lyrics are intense and geared toward revolution. Was it complicated to write around these words? Do you all share the same opinions?
Revolution is a harsh word. Bert means it as a revolution of consciousness, which is aimed at humanity. I think that is the proper way to use that word. Standing up to fight is still fighting. To change, how do you change what is going on? I live in California, so let’s take that as an idea of what we are talking about. Look at the drought. They are putting so much pressure on the people who live there for water and to save water. “We need to make sure that we save water,” which is really good, but they are not putting pressure on the factory farms. Factory farms are using 90% of the water. So, the people who are using 10% of the water are getting so much grief, so much headache and pressure, but these factory farms… you can call them whatever you want, Satan or whatever, but they are evil. I use that lightly though. It’s using up food and resources. If you take that one little issue and change it, people will start to realize that they need to change these factory farms. That is sort of an idea on our view on revolution. That is what can make waves.
What I am voicing on what I think he means, not exactly what he means, but that you cannot stand around with petitions, fighting, to get money. Money doesn’t fight money. We need people to stand together. This record is about people standing together in unity and as a whole, as a community. I think people coming together is what really makes a difference. It’s easier said than done and people are going to get hurt. It’s going to have backlashes and it isn’t going to be easy.
The lyrical content of this album is influenced by Umberto Eco’s essay, Inventing the Enemy. In it, he notes that a nation is defined by their enemy rather than their companions. Aside from the nods towards this revolution we just spoke about, was this also a nod towards past labels?
I never thought about it that way. I haven’t read the essay and I know that Bert has been trying to get me to read it and I need to! I have so many books on the line and I am a very slow reader! [laughs] Bert references that a lot actually and he does it on stage a lot, too. He wants people to read it, so I should put that ahead of everything else that I am reading.
With labels, we didn’t have a hard time with Warner, really. We did okay with them and they treated us really well. There was some fucked up shit. Not going to lie, but we were with Warner for 10 years. That’s a long time. It went from the Internet starting to burn records, to all of a sudden, everyone was fired and there was only one person doing one job for 700 bands. How do you put any positive focus on any band when you have to take care of 700? We got lost in the mix there, but so did everyone else. Then we moved to Hopeless, but as a distribution only. They are great. I know we are mostly using them as a distribution like I said, but they care. They do charity work all the time and they are really great people. Nothing bad to say about them! We went from a big label to an indie label and actually got a better, positive deal.
You stated a little while ago that you weren’t impressed or inspired by today’s music. What is it about today’s music that is shallow of creativity in your view?
I don’t hate all music that comes out right now. There are a lot of bands coming out right now that are really good. The Marmozets, who we are on tour with, are incredible. They are one of the best bands I’ve ever heard. They have so much passion. They are one of those bands that you see live and go, “I want to be in a band!” That right there contradicts what I said about there not being any good bands out there. There are a lot of good bands, but also there is a lot of garbage. I don’t mean to be mean either. It’s the same thing with everything. Once something gets good, it gets filtered with a bunch of crap.
Back in the day—and I’m only talking from an American music standpoint here—you go to out of the country, there is SO much good music. Here, it’s kind of like, someone figures out a plan of how to do something and all of a sudden computers get involved that can map that same plan. You now can mass-produce bands through this computer machine and they all come out sounding the same and there is no backbone. There is no soul. I mean that in the music way as well. Look at soul music. Back in the day, when you saw gospel soul bands, their music would be like a slap in the face. You can still see those bands today, but what I mean is that is how The Marmozets are. Every Time I Die is like that, too. You’ll see! This tour, we are so lucky to be playing with everyone. Though, that is what I think is missing from some music today. There is no soul.
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I hear a rumor that your writing is influenced by hip hop and Latin music?
Latin bass is incredible. I have never really tried playing Latin bass and I don’t know a lot of the idea of it, but what I really dig is Afro-Cuban, which has hip hop similarities to it. Anything with that back beat to it. Growing up, I was into hip hop and Latin music—I mean like REAL Latin music. There is this band Ojos de Brujo from Barcelona that is great. I think they broke up recently, but their bass player is out of control. Their backbeat is just… oh my god.  I would say almost like hip hop-ish too with that twist of Latin.
Would you say that with the revolutionary themes of Imaginary Enemy that The Used has come full circle in where you all want to be?
I can see that. Right now we are definitely the most positive that we have ever been since the beginning. There is a drive in our band right now. I wouldn’t have been able to say that, years ago. That beginning with the first record that was about getting the fuck out and feeling trapped. The whole idea was that one that was there. That want and that same vise is there again, but even stronger. It makes me excited to record again. There is talk of a lot of things happening next year, but we are doing a 15-year thing next year. It’s going to be so crazy!
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Interview with Jeph Howard of The Used: Photographed by Heather Glock

Amy & the Engine Interview

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Amy Allen began her music career at 9 years old when she became the electric bass player of her older sister’s band. The group members eventually went their separate ways, but Allen’s love for music persisted and inspired her to pursue songwriting at Berklee College of Music, where she formed Amy & the Engine. Today, flanked by her “engine” of four guys from all over the world, Allen is making waves in the music industry. Amy & the Engine’s newest single, “Last Forever,” a song full of soul and rock ‘n’ roll, was released on Valentine’s Day this year. Be sure to look out for her EP, which is also in the works to be released later this year!
Cliché: A lot of artists in the industry choose to forgo college, but you’re currently studying songwriting at Berklee College of Music. Why do you think it’s important to study music at university?
Amy Allen:
For me, every day at Berklee has been nothing short of crazy and eyeopening. I transferred to Berklee after studying at Boston College for two years in the Nursing program. Switching from classes in organic chemistry to classes in music theory was like walking into a school where everyone spoke Mandarin… and I didn’t. For my first semester, I smiled and nodded like I knew what was going on around me, but I didn’t. It wasn’t until my second semester that I realized I had to buckle down and actually learn this stuff in order to get to the classes I really wanted to take in songwriting. I’m definitely still not a theory guru, but now I have a much better understanding of how to manipulate chords, melody, and lyrics in order to write better songs.
I know you met the “Engine” at Berklee, but how did you all start playing together and decide to form the band?
I fell in love with music because of two things: 1) writing and 2) feeling the energy of a band around me. In my first band experience, I was the 9-year-old electric bass player in my older sister’s all-girl band and after that, there was no turning back—I needed to be a part of a band. As I went through middle school and high school, I played with a bluegrass band called The Jerks of Grass and went on to gigs occasionally with a rock band in Portland. When I finally found my way to Berklee, I knew it was time to create a sound of my own by forming my first personalized band. A year into my time at Berklee, my friend Kaylee urged me to jump-start the band-forming process, and at a place like Berklee where you can throw a rock and hit 15 guitarists, we turned to the only place we knew to turn to: Facebook. Shockingly, we got a ton of interest and started meeting with lots of players, but it wasn’t long before I found my core group. We’ve been together for just about a year now, so I’m secretly wondering if any of the guys will get me a one-year anniversary gift… Probably not, but here’s to hoping… Or maybe they’ll read this and buy me food or something… I’ll let you know.
What has been your best memory with the band so far?
Oooh… that’s a tie. The first was probably jumping around the stage with them at CMJ last year. I think it was the most fun I’ve ever had performing because the guys were all revved up and ready to move after a long car ride, and we were all just excited to debut our sound in NY. It was amazing. The second best memory was actually last week. The night before a showcase, we were trying to practice and as usual we were denied a practice room because everybody and their mother signs up for practice rooms at Berklee. We went and got drinks at this place near campus called Little Steve’s and somehow got onto the topic of “stress dreams.” Listening to them describe their most recent dreams was one of the funniest things I’ve experienced in a long time.
You have an EP to be released later this year. What can we expect from that?
The next single is all cued up and ready to go, so we can’t wait to share that with everyone. The rest of the EP will be recorded next month in NY with the help of two of my quirky and fantastically talented friends, Griffin Emerson and Andrew Seltzer. My personal inspirations have always been girl groups of the ‘50s and ‘60s (à la The Ronettes and The Dixie Cups) mixed with some classic rock influences from bands like Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders. You can expect to hear those retro influences channeled into a modernized pop/rock, girl-fronted and harmony-heavy record.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration for songwriting?
My sisters! Being the youngest of three sisters, I am never lacking juicy material. When one of us is in a good relationship, the other is breaking up; when one of us loves our job, the others want to change career paths completely. It’s like the three of us are on the exact same cycle but off by one degree, and we’re so close, it’s like I’m experiencing all of our ups and downs at once. It can be a blessing and a curse, but it’s mostly a blessing.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would you choose?
Ever? The Dixie Cups, Lindsey Buckingham, or TLC, though both are highly unlikely. Today? Probably First Aid Kit.
What are your hidden talents?
I used to figure skate competitively. You watch Dance Moms on TV… Dance Moms have nothing on Skate Moms. Thankfully my mom was not one (love you, Mom), but it was epic. I’ll leave it at that. I’m also a “Master Diver,” whatever that actually means. Basically I’ve gone scuba diving a lot, and I have a nifty little certificate because of it.
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Amy & the Engine Interview: Photos courtesy of Shervin Lainez

DREAMERS Interview

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Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, DREAMERS is a visually stimulating and eclectic trio with a crisp, psychedelic sound. Having just released their debut EP on November 18, 2014, followed by their single “Wolves” that hit the Top 10 on Alt Nation’s countdown, it’s safe to say these boys are ready to take 2015 by storm. Below, we chat with the group about their unique and colorful sound, upcoming tours, and how they became a band.
Cliché: First off, how did you all meet?
DREAMERS: Nick and Chris grew up together in Seattle, and Nelson grew up in Ridgely, Maryland.  We met by some strange turn of events and ended up in Brooklyn, a hub of intense rat-infested art-making. DREAMERS was officially formed less than a year ago in 2014.
What do you think makes your band stand out the most? Is it your sound, your lyrics, or your style?
We think the visual element is one and the same as the music. For example, we have a website, dreamersuniverse.com, that is very psychedelic. There are a lot of specific reasons behind that, namely the theme of sleep and dreams, waking life, and the perplexing situation we call ‘existence.’
Tell us a little more behind the design of your website.
It’s a visual depiction of our universe, so people can see the backdrop behind our music.  We think rock’n’roll  is half music, half lifestyle and philosophy. Using visuals, we can give that context to our music. Life is a strange, weird, and colorful string of visions, feelings, concepts, and dreams. These are the types of things fans can expect from one of our shows as well.
What else can fans expect from one of your shows?
If we can bring together a room full of vastly different individual minds and unite them for a moment with the same sights, sounds, and feelings of freedom and intense experience, then we’ve done our job. Expect songs as well, and surprises.
What about a tour?
Yes, MASSIVE tour announcements are in the works, coming soon. 2015 will be a year of life on the road for us. Please, talk to us on the Internet and invite us to your town, and we really will come there.
Who would you love to tour with if you could?
John Lennon, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Nirvana, James Brown, Arcade Fire, Julian + The Voidz, Arctic Monkeys, The Oh Sees, Radiohead, and Foo Fighters. Unfortunately, many of these artists are deceased, so we will first tackle the more realistic goal and tell our agent to call up the brothers Foo. Also, we would love to tour with NY-based foursome Mainland, or Night Riots, or perhaps Public Service Broadcasting (touring with them in April).
Does your band have a message? If so, what is it?
Be EXCELLENT, to each other. And don’t sell yourself short. Also: Life is too short to be an asshole. And: Dream. Dream, think, be, read, do.
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DREAMERS Interview: Photographed by Kristin Roby

Men At Work

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The Boston-based band, Gentleman Hall, are ,to say the least on the rise. From their very first single, “Sail Into The Sun,” which was featured on Target’s 2013 holiday commercial, to when they played at the Billboard Music Awards, this band is one to watch. Drawing comparisons to MGMT and The Killers, Gentlemen Hall are stand out men at work. Below, Seth Hachen and Bradford Alderman of Gentlemen discuss what their writing process, touring and Kendrick Lamar.

Cliché: How did the band get started? Are you all from Boston? 

Gentlemen Hall: We’re actually all from the northeast and midwest and met each other in Boston. We were just friends for a while hanging, partying, and jamming; and then one day we started writing songs in the basement which, led to playing some parties and eventually shows. Not much has changed, just playing better shows now but we still write at home.

Where did the name of the band come from?

We were playing one of our first frat parties in Allston and things were going fantastic as people were really going nuts so we kept turning the PA system louder and louder. Naturally, after some time, the cops busted the scene and were doing their whole threatening to arrest everybody and everyone thing and when finally they came up to us and they said “Gentlemen, haul your asses out of here or we’ll haul em to jail”. Something just clicked there and realized at that moment that we were going to be a band that pushes it to the limit at every opportunity. We commemorated it by naming our band after the words that were spoken at that moment to us (with a slight spelling change of course).

How would you describe your sound? 

People tell us we sound like the culmination of all music past and present which I suppose to an extent is true. But really we are just trying to find new sounds and write songs that express that universal human spirit as well as convey our individual triumphs and tribulations. We write tons of ideas and songs while we are at home and a lot of them end up in the archives but the ones we all love we end up recording and performing.

What’s the writing process like, is it more organic or does the band sit down intentionally to write a song?

Each song has its own journey, from starting with a single idea or even a feeling and then developing it in various ways, sometimes over the course of years until it’s released. We try out a lot of ideas and arrangements and feel which ones we like the most. We figure if we like it, maybe someone else will.

Are there any plans in the works for a full album? 

We are working on an album that should be coming out later this year. We have a lot of really great songs recorded, so now it’s mostly mixing and finishing. We play a lot of the new material in our live show that people seem to like, so we’re really looking forward to releasing the music.

How was touring with Third Eye Blind, and what was the fan reception like?

 It was incredible. We loved traveling around with them and had some epic shows together. There were a lot of people at each show and we did our thing and the fans really embraced us and rocked out with us. It was also great to watch Third Eye Blind rock it each night. The band and crew are all great people and are very talented as well.

The band did a cover of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” What drew the band to that song?

We’re huge fans of Kendrick and love his last record. We bumped Good Kid, M.A.A.D City on the road all the time and we just thought it would be really cool to take one of our favorite songs off that record and do it in the GH style. We are really pumped about the great reception it has received.

What can fans expect from the band in 2014?

We’ve totally made a pact to go balls to the wall this year. We’re just really excited to release more music and play as many shows as we can. We also have a music video for our single, “All Our Love,” coming out in a couple weeks.

All images courtesy of Nate at Total Assault

Win an Autographed Photo From The Maine!

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Cliché Magazine teams up with The Maine for a giveaway you won’t want to miss!
Two (2) lucky winners will receive the following:
– An autographed photo (photographed by Imani Givertz) from the members of the band The Maine
How To Enter
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Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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About The Maine
The Maine is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona formed in January of 2007. Their first full-length Can’t Stop Won’t Stop was released on July 8th, 2008 to incredible fan reception.

On June 4th of 2013, The Maine released their fourth full-length album, Forever Halloween. The album was recorded live through analog tape without the use of computer editing techniques which have become the standard in modern recordings. This gave the album an energy that cannot be captured any other way than 5 people performing in a room together. “The tape machine was like having an older, wiser, intimidatingly glowing woman in the room” says frontman John O’Callaghan on the experience. “We were all meeting her for the first time, but she already knew everything there was to know about the five of us. In no single way judgmental, but she sniffed out the bullshit and wouldn’t allow us to be anyone we are not. We are now better men for meeting that woman.” (The Maine Homepage)

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When in Rome

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British rockers, Muse, are slated to release a full length concert DVD.The band is currently in the very early stages of a new album but in the mean time are gearing up for  the DVD release. According to singer Matt Bellamy, “It’s gonna come out in 4K, which is the highest resolution concert ever shot. It’s four times more powerful than HD, so it’s like ridiculous detail. When you see the concert being filmed, you can see all the crowd, you can see their faces being filmed.”

Muse fans should keep an eye out for an official release date.
 
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Ace Reporter Has Arrived

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Brooklyn’s Ace Reporter recently performed at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey at one of the venue’s final shows. Their set featured songs from their album Yearling, released in late February, and lead singer Chris Snyder’s voice mesmerized the crowd from the first to last note. Now, typically their ability to entertain would be a cause for celebration. However, after listening to their album on acereporter.bandcamp.com, it’s hard to decide which sound is superior: live or digital.
Yearling contains ten songs and each song differs from the next. “Bronze,” is slow and sexy, “Aesop,” is a Coldplay-meets-Imagine-Dragons track, while the groovy “Untouched and Arrived,” is a headbop worthy tune. This diverse quality frees listeners from other autonomous trends and enables them to fully appreciate the album. In addition to the various melodies, Ace Reporter features complex lyrics and wordplay in their song titles that not only draw listeners in, but establishes a fan base.
Still, the key difference between the album and live performance is the energy that Ace Reporter envelops the audience in. Chris Snyder’s voice alone is enough to swoon an audience, but his stage presence and interactions with the audience creates an intimate performance. Their live show was stripped from the very electronic sound that was featured online and sets a down to earth mood for all to enjoy. So, whether it’s digital or live, Ace Reporter has a sound to suit all ears.
Photographs courtesy of acereporter.bandcamp.com

Hunter And The Dirty Jacks Servicing Your Soul

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Blues rock band, Hunter And The Dirty Jacks, have been rocking and rolling at the famous Harvelle’s Santa Monica every Tuesday night. The band created a weekly concert at Harvelle’s where fans can pay five dollars or bring in two cans of food. The food donation feeds approximately two or more meals to someone going hungry in the local Santa Monica community. The band works with two charities, “Feed Your Soul” And “Magic Music Foundation.” In addition to hosting this charity event, the band has had a number of impressive guest appearances from blues legend Coco Montoya to most recently Conan O’Brien’s guitarist Jimmy Vivino as well as a host of other excellent guitarists.
The band’s event has generated enough money and food to feed thousands of hungry people across the Santa Monica area. The most recently have been working with a foster home in Los Angeles to set up music programs for the foster kids. Big plans are in the works to include other charities all while continuing to work with their current charities.
Check Hunter And The Dirty Jacks Servicing Your Soul every Tuesday at Harvelle’s Blues Club in Santa Monica if you’re in the area!
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https://www.facebook.com/HunterAndTheDirtyJacks
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http://www.hunterandthedirtyjacks.com/rock/