Sunday, July 20, 2014

Guster Wants You To Take The Pledge



Direct-To-Fan Platform Pledgemusic Announces New Artist-To-Fan Campaign With Boston Alternative Rock Group Guster For Upcoming Album

Pledgemusic is excited to announce a freshly launched pre-order campaign with Boston alternative rock band Guster for their upcoming album. Produced by Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen), the new album is the follow up to 2010’s Easy Wonderful


With the album fully recorded, Guster wants to offer exclusive merchandise and experiences and create frenetic fan engagements leading up to the album’s early 2015 release. Fans can purchase pre-order exclusives such as signed CDs, handwritten lyrics, and a skydiving adventure with the band. Aming the unique experiences available for pledgers, they can welcome Guster’s Ryan Miller to DJ a house party while wearing a Chewbacca costume or accompany the band to a local Tesla dealership where they will test drive a model S with you and then purchase it for you (for a cool $150k USD). In addition, fans can spend a day with Guster on the idyllic Maine seacoast with paddling, lawn games & archery followed by a sunset BBQ and acoustic set, hosted by the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools. For more details visit: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/guster or go to www.guster.com

New music from Guster is always a good thing! 

Ryo’s Note: Personally, I can’t believe it’s been five years since the last Guster release. Where does all the time go?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Drown Incus - Latter Days




Modern/Alternative rock band Drown Incus recently released their debut album, Latter Days. Drown incus is yet another rock band that hails from overseas (these guys are Swiss) and know how to perform hard rock that fans will enjoy. They have a sound that is similar to some of the great modern rock bands of the day (Breaking Benjamin, Creed, A Perfect Circle), but I also hear a lot of progressive rock influences in their music (Queensyche particularly comes to mind).

Drown Incus definitely leans toward the heavier side of hard rock. Rock fans looking for something a little softer are not going to turn this on. They also aren’t the loud, rock screaming, Swedish metal that has been so popular as of late. Drown Incus is a much darker, moodier rock. All of that add up to an enjoyable debut record.

If there is one drawback to be said about the band, it would be the formulaic music and writing style. After three or four listens, a couple of the songs started to sound repetitive and stale. That’s not to say they are bad songs, they just started blending together after a few plays, which had me putting the disc down for a couple of days before revisiting.

Overall, Drown Incus’ debut album Latter Days is a fun listen and an enjoyable record. Fans of modern rock music will like the heavy style from these Swiss rockers. If you’re looking for some new music to add to your IPOD, give this a band a chance.

Ryo’s Rating: 6.5 (out of 10)

Track Listing:
Intro
Narrow Path
Out Of Distress
Drive
Leading Nowhere
Pawns
Let Go
Disdain
Too Late
Still Waiting
Away From My Place

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Stand Up And Say No - Assuming Loyal



                                                   

Stand Up And Say No is a mesmerizing band consisting of just one member, Andre Nault. This artist is an inspiration to men like me. The 30-something father of five is releasing music because it’s in his blood. He is also fighting against the belief that a person in his position (middle-aged and raising a family) needs to give up their dreams and conform to a “normal” life. And while that story is alone is worth this post, Nault has also released some fantastic music.

Assuming Loyal is the latest EP from Stand Up And Say No and it is a beauty! This 4 song extended play contains elegant music that seasoned professionals strive for, but few rarely attain. Stand Up And Say No accomplishes this feat with ease. Every song on Assuming Loyal is spectacular. The EP demands to be played over and over and over again. And knowing that Andrew Nault creates this magnificent music in his spare time only adds to the beauty of it.

The first single from the EP (“Can You Feel”) will be available on July 4th. The video can be witnessed here: http://standupandsayno.com/album/can-you-feel-single And while “Can You Feel” is a solid song in its own right, it is actually the weakest song of the EP. That’s only to say that every song on this EP is amazing.

Take “I Will Find You” for example. I could not stop listening to this song when I first played the disc. My finger hit the repeat button many, many times before I could even make it to the next track (“We Only Have Now”), another phenomenal song. Beautifully crafted lyrics sung by a sophisticated baritone voice and overlaid with singing guitar work that encases the entire song in an artful shell, “I Will Find You” is one of the best songs that I’ve heard this year.

Andre Nault is on his way to indie rock stardom, especially if Stand Up And Say No continues to make music as wonderful as what is featured on Assuming Loyal. If you are seeking out great new music for this summer, check out Stand Up And Say No. Assuming Loyal and additional information about band can be found here: http://standupandsayno.com

Rating: 4.5 (out of 5) – simply amazing

Track Listing
Can You Feel
I Will Find You
We Only Have Now
We Push Through