The Front Doors

The Front Doors – BIG TIME

Yes you are reading this correctly, they’ve come out with another record just 7 months after their last one!

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For those who didn’t see the first review, The Front Doors are a fuzz-pop/rock & roll band out of Long Island/Queens made up of Steven Joyce on bass/guitar/vocals, William Hargrove on drums and Michael LoSchiavo on bass/guitar/vocals. To date they have two full lengths, Open which was released in January, 2016 and their newest record BIG TIME which was released in August of 2016.

Reasons your ears deserve this:

-Consistent writing, you always have something new to look forward to

-Fun, upbeat rock n’ roll with catchy hooks and tasteful instrumentals

My favorite track on the record is Up The Wall.

You can listen here.

Up The Wall is my favorite track on the record for a lot of reasons, and I’ll explain them! The song starts off with a simple drum beat and chord progression which is then accompanied by Mike’s vocals. They throw in a little spice with a drum fill and break that gives the verse some subtle depth. This song has the most catchy chorus of any The Front Doors song(in my opinion.) “I don’t really want to dance with you, but I really really don’t want you dancing with him.” The descending chords that sync perfectly with “dancing with him” make this hook that much catchier. Add in some well-placed vocal harmonies and you have a song that is sure to get stuck in your head.

The Front Doors have such a good formula for writing catchy, engaging and alluring songs that are short and sweet and leave you wanting more. Each track on BIG TIME has it’s own little flare of creativity and catchiness that makes the record so great.

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Alone at Home

Alone at Home – Anachrony in Everything

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Alone At Home is the name Andrew Adams’ lo-fi bedroom pop/indie rock out of Lansing, Michigan. Using a landscape of analog recording processes, Alone at Home has made an endearing EP titled Anachrony in Everything which was released in November of 2015. To date, he has one other 3 song self-titled EP which came out in March of 2014.

Reasons Your Ears Deserve This:

-Pleasant, beautiful songwriting that you can listen to on repeat

-Great progression from start to finish, doesn’t disappoint

-Subtle intricacies of the many layers of real and programmed instruments mix very well

My favorite track on this record is In The Meantime.

You can listen here!

In The Meantime is (in my opinion) the grooviest song on this record. It starts off with a super smooth and catchy guitar riff followed by simple, bass-heavy drums that immediately set the pace and feel of the song. I can’t help but think about driving around, windows down, blasting this song while getting lost a winding road somewhere. The keyboards and quiet vocals add great depth to this song while maintaining the groovy feel. Perhaps my favorite part of the song is at 1:30 in when the distorted guitar solo starts, it is short-lived but it adds so much to the progression of the song before it gets right back to the chorus. Just like the EP itself, In The Meantime is so easy to listen to over and over again.

Anachrony in Everything makes you appreciate the subtleties of recording on your own with (relatively) old techniques. It gives your ears a break from the over-produced music we hear every day and shows you that you can create awesome music without an insane studio.

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The Front Doors

The Front Doors – Open

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The Front Doors are a garage rock/fuzz-pop band out of Long Island/Queens made up of Steven Joyce on bass/guitar/vocals, William Hargrove on drums and Michael LoSchiavo on bass/guitar/vocals. To date they have one full length, Open released in January, 2016.

Reasons your ears deserve this:

-Fun, energetic, impressive and hilarious live show

-Keep getting better every time I see them

-Great harmonies and talented multi-instrumentalists

After seeing these guys a good few times, I knew they wrote solid songs and performed them very well. I was stoked to hear that their first release Open did such a great job capturing this bands sound and feel.

At a recent show, shortly after the release of Open, The Front Doors put on a kick-ass show at GUSSY’s bar in queens. The fun they were having on stage was contagious for the whole crowd that was watching. At one point(sorry Steve) the guitarist was ripping a solo and fell off stage but caught himself on the staircase below without missing a beat. It was hilarious and impressive at the same time! They also have some of the funniest banter of any band I’ve ever seen. So, combine three fun, funny, talented multi-instrumentalists who write great music and you have The Front Doors.

My favorite song on the record is Without Her.

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Without Her is a catchy, combination of good lyrics, great vocal harmonies and a lively feel throughout the song. It’s one of the slower songs on the record which helps you focus on the vocal melody and how well it fits. The guitar, drums and bass stick together tightly in this song. While the guitar and drums keep rather similar throughout, the bass does a solid job to back that catchy guitar progression while throwing in some really cool fills, especially in the chorus.

The chorus of Without Her is one that is sure to get stuck in your head.

“I am lost without her, I am lost, I am lost without her, I am lost. But I’m(so much(fucking)) better off”

Overall, Open does a great job capturing this bands fun, fuzz-pop sound while giving the listener some great hooks, melodies and harmonies that will make them want to listen to this record over and over. Their writing style gives you short digestible bites with each song, with the longest song being only 2:46. I’m really excited to see what these guys will put out next and you should be to!

 

Check out their debut record Open for pay your own price here.

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Mildura

Mildura – If Not OK

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Mildura is a band out of of Claremont, CA. They currently have two releases, At The Feet of Giants which is a 5 song release in February of 2013 and If Not OK which has 6 tracks, released in July of 2014.

Reasons Your Ears Deserve this:

-Fun, in your face riffs and rhythms

-If you love emo music(like I do), you will love this band

I knew I liked this band from the get-go after hearing the first track Bet It’s Great. They show their balance between upbeat fun riffs/drum parts and slower twinklie parts all in a 1:47 second song.

Although this record is short, it’s the kind of music you need to listen to a bunch times to get everything they’re throwing at you. I really like how this band incorporates builds up to great driving riffs in a few of their songs like “AAA” and “Bet It’s Great.”

My Favorite track on this record is New Sea.

Click here to listen to “New Sea”

The song starts off with a quick guitar riff which is promptly met by an awesome drum fill and a gentle accompanying guitar lead and bass guitar. The vocals come in shortly after with some lyrics in the chorus that I can really get behind. “Anywhere but here, I’ve got to get, there’s something wrong, when all I want, is to be everywhere I’m not.” The song cuts to somewhat of a break down in the middle of the chorus where everyone shares the same hits. They then hit you again with the intro riff and that cool drum fill and lead riff,  lead back to the chorus one more time.  Then everyone completely stops while the rhythm guitar keeps playing. The song kicks back in and goes through the entirety of the intro of song one more time with the lyrics “Oh my god you take so long,”  the song then ends with a major hit all at once.

These guys have some real talent in their songwriting as well as rocking their individual instruments. They have a great way of packing a lot into each song even though the longest track is only 2:25 seconds. If you like catchy, up-beat emo, Mildura – If Not OK is a great record for you.

Check out all of their records for pay your own price on their bandcamp here.

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I just noticed they sent me an email with a free link to their new acoustic album for downloading their records, I’m listening to it while I write this and it’s excellent so far. So do it!

 

 

Titanics

Titanics – Deeper

Titanics is a tranquilpop/electronic/new wave band out of Albany, NY. They are a two piece made up of Mark Lombardo and Derek Rogers. The band currently has two full lengths out, Soft Treasure which came out in February of 2013 and Deeper, which was released in October of 2014.

Reasons Your Ears Deserve this:

-Able to combine tasteful pop with dream-like calmness

 -Perfect album for going to bed or waking up

 -Powerful, spot-on vocals with catchy, smooth instrumentals

 

This band finds a great way to blend dreamy, soft synth sounds and up-beat pop hooks to create something truly unique. After a few listens you realize how dynamic this album really is.

The first track on the album “Into” is a perfect first track to give you an idea of the different elements that make this band great. It starts off dreamy and quiet, then picks up slightly when the drum machine kicks in with layers of synth as well as guitars. This album has a good flow to it. While the tracks “Move Slow,” “Ellie Kemper” and “Drive In OOO’s” have the slower, sleepy feel to them, they aren’t without little hooks and subtle upbeat rhythms to maintain the album’s continuity. The tracks “Stepping Out”, “Terrain”, “So Sleep Hollow” and “2” are the more upbeat and catchy tracks on the record with their own tranquil components to them.

My favorite track on the album is the last song “2.” This song is one of the more catchy ones on the record and it is sure to be one that gets stuck in your head.

Click Here to listen to Titanics “2”

The song starts off with a wavy synth chord that quickly cuts into the main riff of the song with no lyrics. A synth-led, SUPER catchy riff that hooks you in immediately. Underneath the synth lead there is a subtle bass part, simple drums and that wavy synth from the intro.

The song then cuts to the first verse, which keeps the wavy synth chord, drums and bass guitar which is now slightly more pronounced and full of intricate fills. The vocals on this track were what really got me to pick this one as my favorite. The singer has some serious talent cutting in and out of falsetto seamlessly. This is also one of the more complex melody lines on the record. The song then opens into the chorus with the lyric, “I held a mirror to my double life.” A fun poppy riff comes in on the left side to compliment the dual vocals harmonies that are going on. The bass line from the intro, synth-lead part also comes in to complement the chorus of the song. After is a post-chorus with a soft minor progression and a brief break with subtle drum hits that bring you right back into the intro of the song. It then has the same verse as the intro with that intricate melody. Titanics then hit you with that pretty chorus again. This time, the post-chorus is extended and incorporates some other bits of melodies with high synth and lower sweeping synth. They also add some interesting noises as well as reverse sounds that are panned playfully between right and left. It cuts back to the chorus and back to the intro, this time, with a simple lead guitar riff that adds a deeper feel to the section. The song then cuts to nearly nothing with only the sweeping synth slowly fading out which makes way for the typewriter. Once the typewriter dings and is reset, the song picks back up with a heavier, bass-lead line with drums and backwards organs. This is then met with a beautiful lead guitar hook and some subtle organs to fade out into the end of the song.

One of the things that took a few listens for me to hear is the amazing bass guitar that is sprinkled thoughout this album. If your looking for an overall fun listening experience with very catchy hooks, fantasic vocals and impressive synth and guitar work, then Titanics-Deeper is a great album for you.

 

You can find all of their music on their bandcamp here!

http://titanics.bandcamp.com

Or check out their website here!

http://titanicsmusic.com

You Blew It!

You Blew It! is a emo/rock/mathrock band out of Orlando, Florida. The band is made up of Tanner Jones, Andy Anaya, Trevor O’Hare, Matt Nissley and Andy Vila.

To date they’ve released Grow up, Dude, followed by The Past in Present, and their most recent release Keep Doing What You’re Doing was put out in 2014, as well as a cover EP of songs by Weezer called You Blue It. Most recently they released an incredible 3 song EP called Pioneer of Nothing.

Reasons your ears deserve this:

-Powerful and unique songwriting style

-Awesome live show

-Catchy and unique vocal style/instrumentals

My first experience with this band was back in college at Oneonta, walking around at night to The Past In Present. I discovered the album at the perfect time in my life and it really helped me to get through it. I immediately loved the band from the first song I heard. Hope Its Not A Deposit Bottle! is one one of my favorite songs by this band, I could really relate to the the lyrics and the techincal syncopation between the drums, guitars and bass immediately caught my ear. This one song goes through so many movements in just 4:19 seconds.

I had the pleasure of seeing these guys at Shea Stadium (not the baseball stadium) in Brooklyn, NY last winter. They closed a show with some really impressive other bands (I only remember Prawn playing that show too, sorry). I didn’t know the newest album Keep Doing What You’re Doing very well, but when their set was over I HAD to buy it. Although the singer said he didn’t feel like they should be playing last, they proved that they deserved to. Their set was so powerful and engaging to watch. I would absoutly see these guys every time they’re playing near me.

It was a very close race between Gray Matter and Award Of The Year for my favorite song on this album. I’ve decided to go with Award Of The Year.

 

 

This song wastes no time hitting you with a huge full band count in to big open distorted chords while the drums hold down the beat. They then hit you with that big intro again which leads to the first verse. With the three guitars doing totally different things. They all start off playing noodlie parts and once the drummer opens his high hat they seem to come together a bit more and play more bouncy parts that synch with the drums really well. The bass is holding the whole thing together with his 8th note progression which has some really cool fills in it as well.

They then stop everything and hit you with the chorus. Similar to the intro, this part is huge and the drummer plays every hit right with the guitars and bass to make it even more powerful than the intro. The singer’s vocal style really shines on this track. He finds the perfect balance between singing and yelling that make his vocals seem so raw while being refined and hitting every note perfectly. His delivery in the chorus is one to take notes on. His vocals hit right with the hits of the instrumentals and add such an awesome depth to the the chorus.

They then go back to the intro of the song, and go right into the verse again, then right back into that massive chorus. Then everything quiets down and goes into a slow-rising build up that peaks, then the drummer freezes and everyone hits a very well orchistrated line that leads to the break and four hits that everyone in the band scratches together. Then they bring it right back to the chrous and end the song with two huge hits and a fade out.

Overall this album does an amazing job capturing You Blew It!’s intensity and creativeness that I saw on stage last winter. If you enjoy this album you should really check out their older albums too. This band has been evolving with each release and really writing some great music.

You can download/order Keep Doing What You’re Doing here:

https://topshelfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/keep-doing-what-youre-doing

You can download/buy all of their other music here:

https://youblewit.bandcamp.com/

They’re also all on Spotify!

PS: The split Florida Doesn’t Suck with Fake Problems is REALLY cool. Check it out!

Heavy Sigh

My Quiet EP

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Heavy Sigh is a five piece blend of emo and dream-pop from Clifton, NJ. They are made up of Suzy Forman (vocals/guitar), Josh Alberg (drums), Nick Hernandez (guitar), Eric J Scholz (bass) and Gregory Maniago (synthesizer, trumpet, percussion.) My Quiet EP is the first release by Heavy Sigh.

Reasons Your Ears Deserve this:

-Pretty female vocals that really complement the instrumentals

-Great blend of dreamy, catchy and intricate

-Instrumentals that move together like a very cohesive movement

Each song on this record has its own unique pace and style that gives you a great indication of each members talent. The subtle use of trumpets in Chlorine and the heavy, hard-hitting accents in Tell Me What State You’re In give you a great look into the coposition of the band. They can go from pretty and light to massive and intense at the drop of a hat.

My favorite song on the album is Rains. It embodies all of the aspects that I like about the band into one. The song starts off with a simple drum beat that is quickly followed by the bass, guitars and synth. The simple hook on guitar caught my ear immediately. The whole band seems to move like a wave with the underlying synth part. Then the vocals come in, pretty and small with subtle harmonies behind them to take you into the verse. There is then a small break of just guitar and vocals followed by a big re-entry by the entire band with a slightly more strum-heavy and driving guitar, bass and drum part to bring you to the second verse. Once Suzy says “I told you I was embarassed,” the whole band throws on the distortion that adds a heavy element to the ending chorus and gives it more of a shoegazie feel. The lyric “Like I do” with the three part harmony gives me butterflies every time. The lovely vocals mixed with that heavy hitting distortion give the end of the song great balance. There is then a few guitar strums under the vocals and the song is over.

 Click Here to hear “Rains

Overall this band does an amazing job blending emo, dream-pop and shoegaze into something very original. Each members influence is evident in My Quiet EP and molded into a tight-nit, short album. The EP shows you the bands soft side while also hitting you with their more energetic and gnarly side.

 

Download their first 5 song EP My Quiet EP below and set your own price!

http://heavysigh.bandcamp.com

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Edelweiss

Edelweiss is a self described Wunder rock band out of Stroudsburg, PA. They are made up of Niko Porlier (20) on vocals/guitar, Tony Young (18) on guitar, Shane Cashman (18) on the drums and Thomas Vitale (19) on bass/vocals. They have released two EP’s to date, Pre-Columbians which was self-released in 2011 and their sophmore self-release, Honduras in August of 2013.

Reasons Your Ears Deserve This

-Captivating and up-beat songwriting

-Ideal balance between spacy and mathy

-Precise and calculated instrumentals that lock together very well

The Honduras EP is a collection of very intricately laid out and progressive songs that really show you what this young group of musicians are made of. The opening track Grand gripped me from the first listen. The sophisticated layering of tapping guitar accompanied by synth, bass and drums are thrown at you in the first quick 2 minutes and 52 seconds of the first track. Grand is a strong indication of the talent of each member and their songwriting ability that is to come throughout the rest of the EP. Their use of auto-tuning as well as reverb and delay on the minimal vocals gives the album a spacy vibe that compliments the tight and intricate instrumentals. Their use of heavily distorted guitars/drums/bass and synth in certain parts make their use of the higher-pitched xylophones and lead guitar cut through to give the whole EP even more depth.

Although it was a hard choice, I’ve decided that my favorite song on the Honduras EP is Withering Heights. The song starts off right away with a very wide open progression. The the drums and bass keep the part pushing along as the delayed guitars play spacy and delayed tapping parts over the underlying rhythm guitar lead. There is also a fairly quiet organ/synth part underneath the second time through the intro that really makes the intro seem like its floating. The song then cuts to an intense bridge with the guitars, bass and drums leading the way into the first verse and pre-chorus. Everything then cuts out to introduce the vocals and pretty tapping parts of the pre-chrous. The high-hat opens up as the guitars play riffs that are jumpy and almost robotic. It works so well with the rest of the instrumentals to create a really interesting chorus. The whole song then drops out again for a measure, that allows the lead guitar to show us another awesome riff over a similar drum and bass part to the first verse of the song. They then get into a break that has every instrument accent the same notes while the bassist gets a small solo in between. It then cuts right back into the intense bridge from the beginning into a build-up that brings you to the fast-paced, intricate instrumental and extended verse that leads you right back into the chorus. This then takes you seamlessly right back into the intro of the song.


Edelweiss has a way of throwing a ton of parts at you while still maintaining great song structure that you can really grasp. Their combination of complexity, clarity and thoughtful songwriting makes this band one that you can really latch on to. I can’t wait to hear what these young dudes are going to come out with next.

You can download all of Edelweiss’s music below and name your own price:

http://edelweissofficial.bandcamp.com/

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