I remember the first time I listened to Never Trust A Happy Song, and immediately realized I had discovered a fantastically creative new band. Five years after Grouplove’s smashing debut, one of RARAs Farm’s 2011 Albums of the Year, the Los Angeles quintet is poised to release their third album, Big Mess, which is bringing back some of those same warm feelings.
Philadelphia’s MANWOMANCHILD release their stylistic new album Awkward Island today, and it’s a creative new offering definitely worth a listen for fans of Indie Rock.
Everywhere is a fresh new UK band about to release their 2nd EP this September. If their new single “Some Other Dude” is any indicator of what to expect, I think fans are in store for a healthy serving of tasty pop rock.
Ever since Welcome To Rockville last month, I’ve been living off of a vicious nonstop dose of heavy rock ‘n roll – time for me to give my throbbing eardrums a break with something a little more melodic. Enter Astronomique and their new single, “The Shape You Take.”
THE GILLS! The name kind of makes me want to scream it. This upbeat punk/pop/rock hybrid sound coming from Nashville via Pensacola, Florida is sure to get you on your feet. I got the chance to listen to The Gills over the past week, and I gotta admit. I’m impressed.
It’s been one hell of a start to 2016 for our favorite quintet of Nashville rockers. The Dead Deads have just disembarked from a raucous week rocking the high seas and then quickly released the video for their new single “Super Tiny” which you can sample below.
Single Review – Jet Black Alley Cat
Slinky, cool Jet Black Alley Cat have just released their follow-up single to “Poison,” and it’s a song that is worthy of being on the radar of pop rock fans.
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The Nashville-based quintet splashed onto the scene less than a year ago, and now with “Memphis Blues,” they’ve already delivered their second captivating video, which definitely complements the song well. The tagline on their video is appropriate – “This song and this film is a feeling . Fall in love with it.” The new single is a poppy alt-rock tune with a catchy dance vibe to it that’s just a blast to listen to. Joe Wilkinson’s voice reminds me a bit of Sir SLy’s Landon Jacobs, but the music is more mainstream – in a deliciously good way.
With each listen, I appreciate the song a bit more. The guitars are clever and catchy, and evolve nicely over the course of the four minute journey, including a nicely spotlighted solo or two, one of the benefits of a band with multiple guitar players. If you’re a fan of popular rock, I suggest you take it for a spin.
This new band has already seen nice success, garnering airplay on both MTVu and Nashville’s independent station, Lightning 100, and from what I’ve heard here, that’s just the beginning.
Snag the single on iTunes here, and check out the video below and see if you fall in love with it, too.
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The Crazy Carls’ Alex Baugh Chats With Cretin
We caught up with energetic and talented front man Alex Baugh from Orlando’s Crazy Carls a few weeks ago at the inaugural Big Orlando Festival, where the band shared the spotlight with some of the biggest names in Alt-Rock: Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Young The Giant, New Politics, etc…
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Amidst that impressive line-up, Baugh truly stood out as one of the most dynamic performers of the festival. We caught up with him shortly after his entertaining set.
Cretin: Great set today. I’ll tell you, you have a lot of charisma on stage.
Alex Baugh: (Flashing an electric smile) Thank you. Awesome.
Cretin: So, how would you describe your band’s brand of rock music?
Alex Baugh: Fun. It’s just fun feel good music. Dancy, pop, rock, there’s some funk in there. There’s a lot of different influences we draw from but most of all it’s a fun energetic live show.
Cretin: It is. Speaking of fun and energetic, what did you think of the crowd who caught your set?
Alex Baugh: Sick. It was sick.
Cretin: They really seemed to like it.
Alex Baugh: They liked it and we liked playing for them. It was fun. Definitely got them stoked. They were into the numbers as the set moved on and they seemed to have a good time.
Cretin: When I saw you play at Flagler Tavern, you had a guitar slung over your shoulder.
Alex Baugh: Yeah I did, not today. (smiles)
Cretin: But you seemed like a good guitarist, as well.
Alex Baugh: Yeah, thanks, that’s what I am first off. Being a songwriter, I’ve played guitar for awhile. We were just trying different things, trying to keep it fresh and keep it exciting for the fans. We tried something different today and I think it went off well.
Cretin: I think it gives you a chance to free yourself a bit. (Baugh was flying around the stage)
Alex Baugh: Yeah, a little bit. (smiles again) I felt some freedom today.
Cretin: The music we heard today and the backing tracks, was that all your stuff?
Alex Baugh: It’s all our music. We did one cover, the new Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk.” All of the other songs we worked out in the studio and produced ourselves. Those tracks are hard work.
Cretin: So, speaking of this festival, are there any other bands on the line-up today who you are of particular interest to you?
Alex Baugh: I would say it’s a pretty awesome line-up. I’ve been on tour with Dirty Heads before, they’re cool, good guys (see our interview with Jared from Dirty Heads here). I’ve seen Fall Out Boy before, which is awesome. I’m excited to see Young The Giant; I heard they have good live shows.
Cretin: I saw a bunch of fans singing along in the crowd today, that’s great to see, especially knowing how hard it is to get airplay around here.
Alex Baugh: It’s hard to get radio play anywhere as a local regional artist. Radio is very corporate and it’s money. Radio now is pay to play. Fortunately we got some love from a local Orlando station. 101.1, they play our music sometimes, as well as college radio.
Cretin: So, you’re an Orlando-based band. I thought you might be from New Smyrna Beach?
Alex Baugh: We’re from here (Orlando), but we play all over Florida and just finished a run out to Texas. We also toured with Aaron Carter recently
Cretin: Any new music coming up?
Alex Baugh: We have an EP release coming in January or February next year.
Cretin: Your new video for “To The Stars” is great and the song is very catchy. How’s it doing?
Alex Baugh: It’s doing great. We got over 10,000 views on Youtube and it just came out a week or two. And people love the video, I think it came out pretty awesome. We’ve had a great response so far.
Check out the video shot at Cocoa Beach below:
Cretin: With radio play so tough to get, has video become more important in recent years?
Alex Baugh: Video has become a staple, yeah. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years, and we were one of the first local bands to put out a good video. Now, everyone’s got a good camera, everything’s so accessible and it’s so easy to edit . If you don’t have videos, you may be a little lazy. It’s something for me that is more of a staple. We have over a million views on our YouTube channel. If we’re going to give you new music, we’re going to give you video, too. It’s interactive, it’s fun.
Cretin: So, what’s next for you guys?
Alex Baugh: We’ll be headlining an event in Orlando next year and you’ll see some new music. We’re releasing a new EP and also have a single coming out in the next week or so from that EP, with a new video that we shot for that. We filmed it on the road with Aaron Carter. So, it will be a nice live video which we haven’t released in awhile. Then we’ll hit some states regionally and nationally and hopefully hit South By Southwest.
As we wrapped up the interview, Baugh was thankful and humble. Nice traits for a budding star, just bursting with charisma. We’ll keep you in the loop when they’re playing live and when the band’s new music hits the street. Until then, make sure you hit up Crazy Carls on Twitter and Facebook (then do the same with us).
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