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Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Odyssey

Hello, everyone!

I'd like to begin by apologizing for my prolonged absence from the blog the past few weeks - work and other responsibilities have been kicking my butt. And one of those new responsibilities is an opportunity that I'm quite excited about.

I have been selected to write for the online news and social media platform called The Odyssey Online. I have begun to write articles that I believe speak to the millennial generation in a way that is relatable and meaningful. I am extremely excited to share my humble opinion with the world.

With that being said, I'd like to make clear that I will still be updating and growing this blog. I am currently trying to find a balance between work and play, and blogging among other things has gotten caught up in the mix. My passion for finding and sharing music has not ceased and neither has my desire to run this blog. I hope to have something new for you by the end of this week!

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

-Aidan

P.S. Happy Independence Day to my American readers!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

MILKK

A huge fanbase and one song? Not impossible - just rare. And you've found it with indie-poppers MILKK. Hear from the band and the fans below!

The Members

MILKK is a three-piece indie pop group that hasn't been around very long - just since April of this year. Pat Kiloran is the face of the trio, a singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist from Music City of Nashville. Jack Vondrachek is a producer and multi-instrument player from the Twin Cities, and rounding out the trio is John Ogelby on touring/session percussion and production. Frontman Pat explains how the band got together:

"Jack and I met when we were freshmen in high school in MN. I was starting a band with a friend at the time, and we asked Jack to join. We didn't really know him at all. We just knew that he played guitar. Then I met John while playing some gigs down here in Nashville. We hung out a couple times and went on the road together for a weekend run of shows, and I just knew he was the right guy to finish out the trio. Coincidentally, we all lived and played in MN at different times and know a lot of the same people from that scene."

The Music

Well, truth be told, there isn't much yet. In fact, there's one song - but that one song is already making waves. 
"Pacific Kiss" hit music streaming services May 26th as the trio's debut track, and it's been picking up steam every day since. It's already been noticed and signal boosted on multiple platforms thanks to high early streaming stats. And those numbers aren't coming out of nowhere, but from the multitudes of fans they already have.
MILKK hit the big time early, as they mention in the statement they gave me: "After going public on social media at the beginning of April 2017, MILKK made an unexpectedly quick and remarkably large splash in the indie-pop scene, connecting almost instantly with a wide array of die-hard fans." 
And they aren't exaggerating - take one look into the Twittersphere and you're bound to run into users who have been fans before the release of their debut. @sadartgallery from Twitter (feel free to follow!) told me a little bit about how she discovered her new favorites:

"I first discovered MILKK a few months ago when [I found them] on Instagram. I checked out their page and I really loved their aesthetic, so I decided to find them on Twitter as well. There was a clip of "Pacific Kiss" pinned to the top of their page, and as soon as I heard it I fell in love. After that I was pretty much just waiting for them to actually release the song, so I ended up joining a group chat for fans of MILKK. We call ourselves the Carton Club and we're like one big happy family. It's great." 

If these guys are doing it for the fans, then they've got a lot to work with.

As for the song itself: if their future is half as bright as their sound, then MILKK is set for life. With beachy vibes and The 1975-esque guitar hooks, this song screams summer. You'd think that this is your typical LA-born-and-raised pop group by the natural California sound, but the fact that they're quite the opposite says something special about this midwest/southern trio. It suggests versatility and uniqueness - two qualities necessary to get ahead in the competitive world of indie pop. And these guys have done it, with only one single so far. Pat's voice floats easily over the smooth sound inspired by the likes of LANY and others. Not every band can be this far ahead of the game. Impressive, indeed.

The Final Word

From their birth just a few short months ago, MILKK have hit the ground running. No band that I've witnessed has hit the spotlight this early with only one single under their belt, released AFTER their extensive fanbase had already been established. And with a song like "Pacific Kiss" leading them off, it's my guess that this trio is going places. @sadartgallery wraps it up pretty nicely: "Seeing MILKK grow has been so cool, and I'm glad I got the opportunity to find them before they got huge." 
And here's your opportunity to help them grow even more: follow them on Twitter at @wearemilkk, and listen to "Pacific Kiss" on Soundcloud and Spotify now! A live video version of "Pacific Kiss" will be available once the song hits 4,000 streams on Spotify, so let's get them there!

-Aidan

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Interview: Cider Sky

Welcome to my first ever blog interview, with the guys from the chill pop sensation Cider Sky! I reached out to the members with a couple questions, and they were awesome enough to chat with me.


The Members

Cider Sky is a cozy two-piece made up of singer-songwriter and beauty extraordinaire Simon Wilcox and co-singer and music man Shridhar Solanki. According to the group's Facebook bio, the two met by a "beautiful accident" in London, England - which is, surprisingly, not the hometown of either member. The pair, obviously destined for a partnership, had a second chance meeting in their hometown of Los Angeles, which marked the official beginning of Cider Sky and a future of beautiful pop music. 

The Music

Upon that fateful second meeting in LA, the newly formed pair produced and recorded their first heartbreakingly gorgeous single, "Northern Lights," a track about beauty and companionship which was featured on the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 in 2011. With their music career starting to take flight, Cider Sky released their first collection of six tracks, titled the King EP, later that year. This collection declared Cider Sky as a sustainable part of the chill pop genre, with softly sung harmonies, airy keyboards and minimalist beats to keep the focus on Wilcox's thoughtfully charming lyrics. Heading into 2012, Wilcox and Solanki went on a single spree, releasing five separate tracks including a Christmas track throughout the year. 
However, as is common with many groups of various genres, Cider Sky could not be content with just one sound. After a brief one-year hiatus, the duo returned with "Flames," a track with a sound still deeply rooted in the group's original feel, but beefed up into more of a beach-pop groove with a catchy chorus and a heavier keyboard. A "Flames" remix album was released later in 2014, featuring club and trance mixes by Zak Moya, Habischman, and in.deed. Cider Sky, in only a few short years, had mastered the art of imagining and re-imagining their sound flawlessly in a way to bring in new listeners without losing the attention of original fans.
After another pause in 2015, Cider Sky returned once again with four independent tracks that now held qualities of tropical pop - stronger leads, a new synth background and more drums than all of the King EP. Again, these tweaks to sound never completely lost the original "Northern Lights"-esque vibe - in fact, the 2016 single "Pride" begins extremely similarly, which light xylophone notes and a laid back tempo. Five years made Cider Sky more musically confident, bringing out the two members' best qualities and maintaining the ones they already knew they had. 
2017 has already been blessed by more Cider Sky - in fact, one of the three singles released so far this year has only been streaming since May 8th. "Rush," the duo's most recent single, is the heaviest track yet, beginning with electric guitar feedback before falling into a steady rock beat behind Wilcox's ever-strengthening voice, with Solanki backing her up. It's a little less Halsey and a little more Front Bottoms, but every bit Cider Sky - a quality they still don't intend to lose.
Despite the evolution of their sound, Cider Sky never lost what is arguably their best attribute - lyrics that grab your heart and soul and hold on for dear life, making you feel and imagine all of the world's most magnificent beauty. While guitars may replace keys and whispers may turn to shouts, thus is life; one cannot hope to remain innocent forever, but can be true to oneself their entire life. 

Exclusive Interview!

Aidan: Who are your musical inspirations? 
CS: We find musical inspiration in diverse things - French cinema, modern and classic poetry, afrobeat, samba, New Romanticism and the California Light and Space Movement (to name a few).

Aidan: If you could headline any venue, where would it be? 
CS: The beautiful and historic Massey Hall in Toronto (where Simon used to be an usher)(if possible she would perform that night wearing her old vest, bow tie and name tag). 

Aidan: You can turn into any animal. What animal do you choose? 
CS: Wiggy ([Instagram] @wiggythepuppy), our band mascot. We need to know what’s going on in his dog brain. 

Aidan: What does the future look like for Cider Sky? 
CS: So bright, we gotta wear shades!

The Final Word

The inspiration for the name Cider Sky comes from the moment at twilight when the sun bows out for the day, but still shares its light with the world for a few fleeting moments. Like the sight of dusk, Cider Sky inspires thoughts and memories that could not be dreamed up any other way. Dreamy lyrics about love, strength and hope can inspire listeners to feel the same way. Evolving style is the strength, not the weakness, of this two-piece. Although my personal love affair with "Northern Lights" and the King EP will never fade, the variety of tracks from 2012 to now give everyone something to love. Be sure to check out Cider Sky's Facebook page and Twitter feed for all the latest on new music, tours and more. And as always, head on over to Spotify to listen to all the soft, sweet tunes that Cider Sky has to offer.

Thanks so much again to Cider Sky for answering my silly questions. Let me know if you'd like to see more interviews like this in the comments - and I'm always open to future feature suggestions!

-Aidan

Monday, April 24, 2017

Against The Current

It's time to kick your spring into high gear, and I have some great pop rock energy for you in Against The Current.


The Members

Against The Current is a three-piece group out of Poughkeepsie, New York. The frontwoman is the gorgeous Chrissy Costanza, the guitarist is the very talented Daniel Gow, and keeping the beat is Will Ferri. This trio actually started up as a quartet in early 2011 by Gow and Ferri along with a couple of friends until Costanza joined later that year, adding that signature female voice. The young group gained a considerable following from their Youtube channel, making covers of popular songs along with other YouTubers and gaining fans along the way up until the release of their first original songs. I personally discovered the band last summer before catching them on the Vans Warped Tour in August:


The Music

Pop rock is the perfect definition for this lively trio. Their music has the infectious pop sound to catch your ear, and the rock vibes to get you jacked up and bobbing your head to the pounding guitar. Costanza's voice is incomparable and versatile - it's a voice you could hear either on a Chainsmokers track or a duet with Hayley Williams (speaking of, check their Spotify for a cover of Ain't It Fun!).
Their first batch of originals, the Gravity EP, introduces the band as a solid contender in the competitive pop rock scene. "Talk" is upbeat, guitar-heavy, and reminiscent of your favorite mid-2000's angsty scene rage bands screaming about boys who never change. On the other hand, "Dreaming Alone," featuring the voice talent of Taka, slows it down with beautiful harmonies and lyrics about missing the one you love.
Their 2016 debut full-length, In Our Bones, is the perfect blend of lighter pop rock tracks and heavier rock-centric tracks that will appeal to a wide audience. One of my personal favorites is "Wasteland," which starts out with poppy keyboards but transforms into a ballad comparable to any one of the greats (All Time Low, anyone?) "Blood Like Gasoline," as the name suggests, hits hard and doesn't give apologies.
If you're not too into the heavy side of rock, you'd definitely groove to "Forget Me Now," a laid back post-love anthem perfect for any beach dance party or girl's night out. "Runaway" gives off similar vibes with its fun lyrics and bright catchy melody, and "Young and Relentless" is the teen exclamation we've all been looking for.

The Final Word

Get a feel for Against The Current either by checking out their numerous covers of popular songs, or dive right in to their originals in the Gravity EP or the debut In Our Bones. Either way, you'll find ATC will be your newest pop rock jam heading into summer. Infectious pop lyrics and melodies, juxtaposed with heavy guitar and driving drums and Chrissy Costanza's incredible voice will have you bobbing your head and dancing with friends at the same time (if that's possible - try it). Add these guys to your party playlist for late nights and get ready to fall in love.
Against the Current can be found on Spotify, and still posts to their YouTube channel with music videos and even more covers. 

Let me know what you think about ATC in the comments!

-Aidan

Thursday, March 30, 2017

HUNNY

It's spring break time! Whether you're cruising the coast or chilling at a party, HUNNY is the bright post-punk you need.


The Members

To be honest, there's not much to be known about HUNNY other than what thorough research has dug up - the band itself hasn't given us much. For example, the members are listed on Facebook as "jason, jake, gregory, kevin, joey"... even though there's six members. Their location is "Southern California"... and that's it.
Fortunately, your humble blog author is decent at researching and was able to dig up some more info. Thanks to genius.com, we know that the members consist of Jason Yarger as lead vocalist and lead guitar, Jake Goldstein and Jake Munk on backup guitars, Greg Horne on bass, Kevin Gerimmett as keyboardist, and Joey Anderson as the drummer. As most SoCal bands do, HUNNY started out with humble beginnings - Goldstein and Munk were long-time friends who played music together regularly. Similarly, Yarger and Horne had been playing in a group years before the six musicians decided to band together (no pun intended) to form HUNNY in 2014. 

The Music

HUNNY has described themselves as "sadwave," a variety of post-punk influenced by groups like The Cure with lyrics focusing on the more downtrodden moments of their youth. Although some aspects of the band are rather unusual (the About section of their Facebook page reads 甘い付箋。何も、すべて。どこかで何か。人間を救う。キス。殺す。私はあなたを愛して、はちみつ, which translates from Japanese as "Sweet sticky note. Nothing, everything. Something somewhere. Save human beings. kiss. kill. I love you, honey"), the music of HUNNY is a prime example of SoCal rock that suggests beach parties or chill nights. "Cry For Me," the band's first single and first track on the 2015 debut EP Pain / Ache / Loving, is reminiscent of your favorite post-punk group with a special flair to make it their own. Heavy keyboard work that would make Two Door Cinema Club jealous combined with guitars that drive the rhythm to new heights help to make HUNNY a contender for the best group of their genre today. "July," my personal favorite of the EP, screams "we've gotta find a new place to hide out" with all the fervor of The Cure and all the passion to make it personal. "Natalie" has a nostalgic vibe to it, with shimmering guitars that would remind anyone of their past lovers, regardless of whether they're named Natalie. Two singles from 2016, "Colder Parts" and "Vowels (And the Importance of Being Me)," round out the short yet lively (and growing) discography of this young emerging California superpower.
*UPDATE* Check out the links to HUNNY's streaming sites below for their NEW SINGLE, "Shy," which has just been released! A full update has been added to the article below.

The Final Word


With HUNNY touring extensively around the States this spring and summer supporting Bad Suns, and playing alongside The Frights in May, you have plenty of opportunity to rock out with this up-and-coming sadwave band. With bright keyboards, smooth guitar sounds, tasty bass licks and vocals that speak to any angsty teen (only half-joking, because I'm one of them), HUNNY is a party band for any spring break occasion and on into summer. We've all had breakups and bad times, and HUNNY understands, delivering an uplifting form of sympathy to get you out of that darkness and onto the dance floor.
Connect with HUNNY on their social medias and listen on Spotify or SoundCloud. I would also direct you to hunnytheband.com... But, as I mentioned before, there's not a lot there.

-Aidan

P.S. I'd like to give a huge shout to my buddy Nate Burr for recommending these guys to me. Catch HUNNY's upcoming show in Boise and see if you can find him!

P.P.S. After completion of this post, HUNNY's manager reached out to me with a release about HUNNY's brand new single, "Shy," out NOW on their SoundCloud page (link above):


"This energetic track features a magnetic drumbeat, stellar vocals, and a mesmerizing chorus. This alt-rock single comes with a splash of pop - it'll be stuck in your head in no time.

Pre-sale starts today for HUNNY's show at the Constellation Room in Orange County on May 26. (Gateway Drugs and Kid Bloom open.)

HUNNY explains, "After hearing a million different people talk to us about the importance of everything from branding to 'hit potential', we took it upon ourselves to instead focus on what we love about being in a band: the writing and recording of a shit ton of music. This song is the first thing you will hear from that said collection of music. We hope you enjoy."

Huge thanks to Sarah Haberfeld and HUNNY for the great info! Please check them out on tour and follow their social medias!